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    North Korea is willing to discuss disarmament, says South

    1 hour ago

    North Korea is willing to talk about getting rid of its nuclear weapons but only
    if its own safety can be guaranteed, South Korea says.The South says the
    subject was raised when its officials met with the North's leader, Kim Jong-un,
    in Pyongyang on Monday, during a rare visit.

    They said Mr Kim is also open to US talks, and would pause weapons testing.
    In previous programmes to halt its nuclear ambitions, the North has failed
    to keep its promises.The leaders of North and South Korea have also agreed
    to meet at a summit next month, Seoul's envoy says.It will be the first such
    meeting for more than a decade and the first since Kim Jong-un took power
    in North Korea.Mr Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet on
    the heavily fortified border next month, at the truce village of Panmunjom.
    The countries also agreed to open a hotline between the leaders.

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-43296671

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    North Korea willing to talk about giving up nukes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTM-iekD5fo
    Published on 6 Mar 2018
    North Korea is willing to talk to the United States about giving up its nuclear
    weapons, South Korea said, in a remarkable development that followed
    unprecedented talks in Pyongyang.
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    Kim Jong Un meets with South Korean officials
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGP7fd50yLg
    Published on 6 Mar 2018
    North Korea is willing to talk to the United States about giving up its nuclear
    weapons, South Korea said, in a remarkable development that followed
    unprecedented talks in Pyongyang.
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    North Korea open to denuclearization talks with US
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WA4fmUGxS8
    Published on 6 Mar 2018..Fox.
    President Trump: Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea.
    Amb. John Bolton give his take.
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    Ready for peace? North Korea prepared to give up nukes if provided with security guarantee
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy6KpW7rap8
    Published on 6 Mar 2018..RT
    North Korea says there is no reason to further pursue nuclear weapons if it gets a
    security guarantee. Meanwhile inter-Korean ties may be on course for the better -
    with envoys from both countries meeting on Monday.
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    Syria war: Government 'takes half of Eastern Ghouta'

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    Forces loyal to the Syrian government have reportedly taken
    half of the Eastern Ghouta - the last rebel-held enclave close
    to the capital Damascus."Regime forces control more than 50%
    of Ghouta," Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based Syrian
    Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP news agency.Aerial
    bombing killed at least 20 people as troops and tanks advanced.

    In New York, the UN Security Council gathered to discuss the
    failure of a ceasefire it had demanded last week.It passed a
    resolution on 24 February demanding a 30-day truce across
    Syria but the government and its key ally Russia say it does
    not apply to some of the rebel groups holding the enclave.


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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43320040

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    'Freedom fighters' on a wage: Pentagon requests $30mn salary budget for Syrian rebels



    Published on 7 Mar 2018
    Ten thousand Syrian rebels are on the Pentagon's payroll. That revelation
    coming from a US Defense Department budget request. Washington now
    hopes to increase that number to 65 thousand, despite the crushing failure
    of a previous train-and-equip programme.

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    Impossible for families to leave Ghouta, they’re being shelled & sniped
    – nun at Syrian monastery

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlIe-ihkk30
    Published on 5 Mar 2018
    Two children are the sole civilians to escape via a humanitarian corridor
    set-up a week ago in Syria's eastern Ghouta - the fate of their parents
    still unknown.

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    PressTV reports from ferocious battle taking place in Syria's Ghouta

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTw0IscOmTU
    Published on 6 Mar 2018
    Press TV Exclusive: Syrian forces making more gains against militants in
    Eastern Ghouta...Mohammad Ali reports.

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    15 years in Iraq: ‘Enough is enough’ – Ron Paul on NATO's mission



    Published on 7 Mar 2018
    The head of NATO says the alliance's troops will stay in Iraq so long as that's
    OK with the Iraqi government. Former US Congressman Ron Paul thinks it's
    time for the alliance to pull out its forces.

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    Sergey Skripal & daughter were exposed to nerve agent - UK police

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4baXE_H0KA4
    Published on 7 Mar 2018Russian ex-double agent Sergey Skripal, 66,
    and his daughter Yulia, 33, were exposed to a nerve agent, UK police
    have confirmed. The police are investigating their attempted murder.

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    Eastern Ghouta: Syrian army splits enclave in three, reports say
    1 hour ago...10/3/18

    The Syrian army has made a significant advance in its effort to take
    rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, reports say.Troops have cut off the region's
    biggest town, Douma, and isolated another, according to UK-based
    conflict monitors the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

    The advance would effectively split the region into three parts.
    The Syrian government began a major offensive last month to re-take
    Eastern Ghouta, near the capital Damascus.Since then they have
    reportedly taken control of half of the region, in an advance that has
    left around 1,000 civilians dead over the past three weeks, according
    to SOHR.The UN has called the bombardment "unacceptable", saying
    it amounts to "the collective punishment of civilians".The military has
    been accused of targeting civilians, but it says it is trying to liberate
    the region - one of the last rebel strongholds - from those it terms terrorists

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43357381

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    Unarmed militants leave Eastern Ghouta through humanitarian corridors
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBxkvhLnTWQ
    Published on 9 Mar 2018
    Group of unarmed militants has left the besieged enclave of eastern Ghouta in
    Syria, through humanitarian corridors. This comes after talks brokered by Moscow.
    This video shows the militants leaving the area through the exit route. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/90rv
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    Syria war: Thousands flee Eastern Ghouta as army advances

    15/3/18

    Thousands of civilians are fleeing a town in the besieged rebel-held Eastern
    Ghouta region outside Syria's capital, Damascus, as government forces advance.

    State television showed pictures of men, women and children carrying bags
    leaving the town of Hamouria, which has come under intense bombardment.

    It is the biggest exodus from the enclave since the military stepped up an
    offensive to retake it last month.

    At the same time, 25 lorries carrying food aid entered the town of Douma.

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said the aid was just a
    fraction of what was needed in the Eastern Ghouta, where some 390,000
    people are facing severe shortages of food and medical supplies.

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    'Situation in E. Ghouta is catastrophic' – Red Cross spokesperson

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8bMRU6nj0Y

    Published on 17 Mar 2018
    The UN's special envoy to Syria has welcomed a brief ceasefire in the city of
    Douma in eastern Ghouta. Staffan de Mistura also renewed calls for an end
    to hostilities across the country. Red Cross spokesperson for the Middle East
    Iolanda Jaquemet comments on the situation in Syria.
    Check out http://rt.com

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    US training Syria militants for false flag chemical attack as basis for
    airstrikes – Russian MoD

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmYCgK2zHCI
    Published on 17 Mar 2018
    Russia’s Defense Ministry says “US instructors” are training militants to stage
    false flag chemical attacks in south Syria. The incidents are said to be a pretext
    for airstrikes on Syrian government troops and infrastructure.
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    Syria war: 'Civilians killed' as thousands flee Turkish air strikes

    A number of civilians have been killed by Turkish shelling and air strikes
    while trying to flee the embattled Syrian city of Afrin, reports say.
    Kurdish media spoke of dozens killed and wounded on Friday night alone
    while a UK-based monitoring group reported further deaths on Saturday.
    A resident told the BBC that shells on Friday had hit cars packed with
    people and air strikes had hit a hospital.

    At least 150,000 people have reportedly fled the Kurdish-majority city.
    Turkey denies targeting civilians. It launched its military operation to
    clearthe Afrin region, in northern Syria, of a US-backed Kurdish militia
    it considers a terrorist organisation.

    Turkey and its Free Syrian Army allies have captured several villages
    in their push to capture the city, reports say. The FSA said it had opened
    corridors to the south to allow civilians to escape.However, Afrin resident
    Ranya said shells had hit cars carrying civilians in the al-Mahmoudia area.
    "Bodies were everywhere," she said.

    "Also at night there were air strikes targeting Afrin hospital. There were
    a lot of victims there and due to the intensive shelling people cannot go
    to get the bodies. Some bodies are still there on the street."

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    Turkish-backed FSA forces celebrate as Erdogan proclaims Afrin city center ‘entirely under control’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocblLVnb_LQ

    Published on 18 Mar 2018
    Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army forces celebrated the occupation of Afrin on Sunday, after declaring
    full control over the city following an eight-week offensive to drive out Kurdish People's Protection
    Units (YPG) forces. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/91bo

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    Syria war: Turkish-led forces oust Kurdish fighters from heart of Afrin


    8 hours ago..18/3/18

    Turkish-backed forces have taken full control of the centre of the Syrian-Kurdish city of Afrin.
    Fighters waved flags and tore down the statue of a legendary Kurdish figure after claiming
    the city centre on Sunday.The two-month Turkish-led operation aimed to rid the border region
    of a Kurdish militia that Turkey considers a terrorist group.Activists say 280 civilians have died,
    although this is denied by Ankara.Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced
    that "units of the Free Syrian Army... took control of the centre of Afrin this morning".

    Read more...http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43447624

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    US trying to recruit Taliban as a proxy spoiler to destabilize the region’ – political analyst
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acyYhiXIMPs
    Published on 17 Mar 2018
    The US campaign against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan has been
    ongoing for the last 16 years. Speaking in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, the US
    defense secretary said America is no longer seeking a military solution.
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    Syrian Army gains firm control over eastern Ghouta

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf90CK65_RQ

    Published on 19 Mar 2018
    Syrian President Bashar Assad toured the liberated areas of
    eastern Ghouta for the first time in five years, meeting with
    civilians and frontline soldiers. His tour happened while
    Turkish forces took control of a portion of northern Syria.

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    This vid shows the complex situation in the north though I do
    not now how valid the site is ?

    Syrian War Report – March 19, 2018: Eastern Ghouta Battle
    Enters Final Phase, Afrin Falls

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K5w9r9ckkE
    Published on 19 Mar 2018...South Front

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    Syria war: Afrin looted by Turkish-backed rebels
    19 March 2018

    Turkish-backed Syrian rebels who seized the northern Syrian city of Afrin from a
    Kurdish militia on Sunday have been looting properties, reports say.A UK-based
    monitoring group said shops and military and government facilities had been raided.
    A rebel commander blamed "thieves" for the looting and said a unit had been set
    up to prevent further incidents.

    Later, Turkey's president vowed to expand its military campaign to all Kurdish-held
    border areas to the east.

    "The military operation will go on until the terror corridor through Manbij, Ain al-
    Arab [Kobane], Tal Abyad, Ras al-Ain, Qamishli has been wiped out," Recep Tayyip
    Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.Mr Erdogan described the fall of Afrin following
    a two-month offensive as a "comma" in its efforts to counter the Kurdish People's
    Protection Units (YPG) militia and added: "God willing a full stop will come next."

    Read more....

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43457214
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    Syria war: Rebel evacuations from Eastern Ghouta gather pace

    6 hours ago..25/3/18


    Those boarding the buses were searched and then given food and water

    Syrian rebel groups have pulled out of more towns in the Eastern Ghouta,
    as the government tightens it grip on the enclave outside Damascus.
    Buses carrying fighters, their families and others left the area late on Saturday,
    leaving the city of Douma as the last rebel-held stronghold.The evacuations
    followed a deal between government forces and a local rebel group, Faylaq
    al-Rahman.About 70% of the Eastern Ghouta is now under government control.

    Hundreds of people have been killed since Syrian government forces, supported
    by the Russian military, launched an offensive on the rebel-held territory last month.
    In recent weeks, they have cut the Eastern Ghouta into three separate pockets,
    forcing rebels to negotiate withdrawals.

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    Poland signs $4.75bn deal to buy US Patriot missiles

    4 hours ago...28/3/18

    Poland has signed an agreement to buy the Patriot missile defence
    system from the US, in a move that is likely to anger Russia.

    President Andrzej Duda said the "historic" $4.75bn (£3.4bn) deal
    gave Poland "state-of-the-art" defences.

    It follows reports that Russia had permanently deployed nuclear-
    capable missile systems in its territory of Kaliningrad, which borders
    Poland.Ties between Poland, a Nato member, and Russia remain
    strained.Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 has
    prompted Warsaw to speed up its military modernisation.

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43574308

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    The street Nazis are surfacing in Kiev.

    This short BBC report ( which I missed the beginning of ) begins to paint the picture.

    They are called the 'National Militia'.

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    What about the Red Shirts in South Africa? Doesn't sound good for the white folk.

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    With the situation in Syria now becoming a nexus of crisis this is a timely reminder to revisit this thread and focus on what is unravelling, worryingly horribly at the moment at least. We can't say that - and it was always dependent on certain pre-planned outcomes holding sway of course - that we weren't warned.

    From the 'get go' Bill had pretty well laid out the possible scenario and I'm pulling this piece from his lead off entry, and placing it in the context of this Syria situation as it stands now:


    The intention there is to provoke Russia to strike the US first (my emphasis - TQ). The US will then respond (as the "victim"). This will be used by the Americans and their western allies to persuade the citizens that there must be a One World Government (The "New World Order") in order to make sure that this can never happen again.

    Absolutely it looks as if there is a serious attempt to isolate Russia and remove it from the UN Security Council.

    Updates in more-or-less realtime here from Jake Morphonios via his Facebook page posted up about 13 hours ago. It makes grim reading:

    Jake R Morphonios
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    From now on, I will be posting all my updates about the US Strike on Syria on my old group page (Citizens 4 Constitutional Freedom). Join me there (and make sure to LIKE the page to get updates): https://www.facebook.com/blackstoneintel/

    UPDATE 8:35 PM EST: #Italian KC-767 aerial refueling aircraft now entering #Jordan from #Saudi Arabian airspace. This aircraft provides logistics for jet fighters which are expected to launch cruise missiles at Syria.

    UPDATE 8:30 PM EST: Syrian and Iranian military are leaving Deir Ez Zor Airbase in anticipation of US air strikes.

    UPDATE 8:25 PM EST: I'm seeing a lot of movement of US and British military jets in the region, moving to bases in Jordan.

    UPDATE 8:15 PM EST: An Israeli security cabinet meeting has been called to discuss the possible Iranian retaliation for Israel's slaughter of 7 Iranians in Syria this week. Israel's northern border has been put on high alert.

    UPDATE 8:05 PM EST: According to Israeli Channel 10 news, Prime Minister Netanyahu just revealed during a security meeting that the USA is going to strike the "Syrian regime".

    UPDATE 7:45 PM EST:: Russia is moving its military helicopters from the Syrian T-4 and Dumeyir airbases in anticipation of a US coalition attack. The last time Russia moved off a Syrian airbase like this was last April when it was given 2 hours notice that a US tomahawk cruise missile strike was imminent.

    BREAKING NEWS - Blackstone sources say US-led coalition air force jets are streaking over the border of #Iraq into #Syria. All civilian air traffic in Syria has been halted in anticipation of imminent coalition strikes by #USA, #UK, #France and allies. This current flyover may be to test Syrian/Russian air defenses and may not be the official strike. But Eurocontrol for Eastern Mediterranean area has put out an alert that airstrikes will take place within the next 72 hours.
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    More updates from Jake Morphonios here. Interesting to note his sign off comment on these latest updates. It's a peculiar development that any Commander-in-Chief would advertise military intentions in such a way, for sure, although directives to do so in most likelihood would have come from more senior higher level clearance military operatives (US Navy Admiral of the fleet in cahoots with deep state?).

    Of particular interest may be the 5.45PM update, below.

    Note also the update relating to North Korea also provided here.

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    LATEST NEWS ON SYRIAN STRIKES - 4-11-2018

    UPDATE 10:00 PM EST: It is 5:00 AM local time in Damascus. The peak window for attack has passed. Based on moon phases, Wed night was 24% waning. Thur night will be 14% waning. Fri night will be 8% waning. USA/UK also have additional naval warships en route. Takes time to get to Syrian coast.

    UPDATE 9:15 PM EST: The Daily Telegraph reports that Prime Minister May has ordered British submarines to move within missile range of Syria in readiness for strikes against the Assad regime that could begin as early as Thursday night.

    UPDATE 9:00 PM EST: #Canada's Justin Trudeau has the good sense to announce that Canada will not participate in military strikes against #Syria.

    UPDATE 8:15 PM EST: United Kingdom deploys additional naval fleet to North Korean coast. The HMS Albion will join with the HMS Sutherland which is already in the area. This will be the third British warship off the coast of North Korea.

    UPDATE 8:00 PM EST: #Russia has deployed all of its fighters and vehicles from #DeirEzzor airbase to al-Talai camp west of Deir Ezzor.

    UPDATE 7:00 PM EST: US redeploys military assets near Black Sea Coast in Bulgaria.

    UPDATE 6:45 PM EST: President Trump speaks with President Erdogan of Turkey to discuss Syria situation. Turkey is a NATO member but has developed close relations with Russia.

    UPDATE 6:30 PM EST: BREAKING: UK Prime Minister has ordered submarines to move within missile range of Syria. PM also called emergency meeting with cabinet on Thursday to discuss Syria strike.

    UPDATE 6:15 PM EST: Russian Defense Ministry announces that if USA strikes any Russian bases or personnel, "Russia's response will be immediate." Russia has promised to destroy US ships if they strike Russian assets with cruise missiles.

    UPDATE 6:00 PM EST: Just as US President Trump is not seeking required congressional approval to conduct acts of war in Syria, UK Prime Minister May stated that she will not seek parliamentary approval either.

    UPDATE 5:45 PM EST: Evidence that White House approved chemical weapon false flag op in Syria in 2013 to blame Assad:

    UPDATE 3:00 PM EST: Photos have emerged that prove that the bodies of child victims in Douma were staged by Jaish terrorists as propaganda. Go to www.blackstoneintel.com to view the photos.

    UPDATE 2:00 PM EST: Russian military says it will deploy troops to Syrian town of Douma that was the site of purported chemical attack.

    UPDATE 1:30 PM EST: A #PressSec briefing at 3:30 PM EST has just been added to the #WhiteHouse schedule. SecDef Mattis & Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford have arrived at the White House.

    UPDATE 1:15 PM EST: President #Macron of #France received operations plans briefing from French military leaders on #Syria strikes.

    UPDATE: 1:00 PM EST: Russian Navy Deployed Ahead of Strikes. Image Sat International published images taken on April 11th showing that #Russia has fully deployed its naval fleet stationed at the Port of #Tartus in #Syria. Only 1 kilo class sub remains in port. Air defense suites active and connected with land based radars and air defense launchers. Ships are moving into their positions for optimal coverage of Syria's coast.

    UPDATE 7:00 AM EST: "President Trump tweeted: Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

    So much for the Trump claim that he would never telegraph his military intentions to the enemy.
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    Quote Posted by Tintin Quarantino (here)
    So much for the Trump claim that he would never telegraph his military intentions to the enemy.
    Trump will only be telegraphing his moves, if his moves turn out, in their entirety, to be as what he appears to be telegraphing .

    I've forgotten where I saw this now, but the analysis of these events that suited my tin-foil-hat-conspiracy-oriented brain the most was that Trump was setting up an F'ing disaster, that will result in everyone with prepper supplies or shelters double checking that all is in order, and in the end, after some intervening years of economic collapse (such as I write about here), these events will serve as a major impetus for a re-worked world order.
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    Further updates from Jake Morphonios, here:

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    LATEST NEWS ON SYRIAN STRIKES: 4-12-2018
    (Most recent updates at the top)

    UPDATE 9:00 PM EST: Reports have leaked that part of the delay in coming to a decision on what to do in Syria is because of internal conflicts between Trump's Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, and National Security Adviser, John Bolton.

    UPDATE 8:45 PM EST: British military source told The UK Times that the original strike plan against Syria had to be scrapped and reworked because Trump's tweet caused major movement in Syria, requiring targeting to be revisited.

    UPDATE 8:30 PM EST: The Guardian reports that Russia has made preparations for a counter attack against the British Royal Air Force base Akrotiri in Cyprus if Syria is attacked.

    UPDATE 4:45 PM EST: #WhiteHouse says that after meeting with National Security Council, #Trump has not yet made a decision on what to do in #Syria. He will be speaking again with #UK Prime Minister #May and French President Macron later today.

    UPDATE 4:30 PM EST: Not to be left out, #German Chancellor #Merkel proclaims, "It is clear Syria has not destroyed all of it's chemical weapons stockpiles" because #French President #Macron says so.

    UPDATE 4:15 PM EST: The AFP (Associated Foreign Press) is reporting that Coalition vessels, including a French frigate, British Royal Navy submarines (equipped with cruise missiles) and the USS Donald Cook destroyer (equipped with Tomahawk land attack missiles) are all in range of the Syrian coast.

    UPDATE 4:00 PM EST: Unconfirmed reports that Washington and Moscow have been negotiating agreement on where airstrikes can take place to prevent Russian retaliation. Discussion includes possible agreement on US strikes limited to only Syrian bases that have already been evacuated.

    UPDATE 3:45 PM EST: Unconfirmed reports that #UK #RoyalAirForce planning to carry out airstrike against evacuated Syrian Ministry of Defense building in #Damascas using Storm Shadow cruise missiles launched from Tornado GR 4s.

    UPDATE 3:30 PM EST: Outgoing CIA Director Pompeo confirms that US-led forces killed "hundreds" of Russian mercenary contractors (Russian equivalent of the contractors USA using in Afghanistan) in Syria in February.

    UPDATE 3:15 PM EST: After hours long meeting, the British Cabinet has "agreed on the need to take further action" to deter further use of chemical weapons in Syria.

    UPDATE 3:00 PM EST: Saudi Arabia shoots down a missile fired over Jizan, launched by Houthis in Yemen.

    UPDATE 2:45 PM EST: Russia and USA communicating on back channel deconfliction hotline.

    UPDATE 2:40 PM EST: Russia calls for emergency UN Security Council meeting on Friday.

    UPDATE 2:30 PM EST: US Navy Poseidon P-8A / PS024 currently operating over Mediterranean to the west of Syrian coastline, likely surveying Russian naval drills.
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    Syria air strikes: US and allies attack chemical weapons sites

    14/4/18

    The US, UK and France have bombed multiple government targets in Syria in an
    early morning operation targeting alleged chemical weapons sites.The strikes were
    in response to a suspected chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma last week.

    Explosions hit the capital, Damascus, as well as two locations near the city of
    Homs, the Pentagon said.Russia's ambassador to the US responded by saying the
    attack on its ally "will not be left without consequences".

    "The nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshalled
    their righteous power against barbarism and brutality," President Trump said in an
    address to the nation from the White House at about 21:00 local time (02:00 BST).

    "The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the
    production, spread, and use of chemical weapons," he said.

    The wave of strikes is the most significant attack against President Bashar al-
    Assad's government by Western powers in seven years of Syria's civil war.


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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43762251

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    Saudi Arabia to send evacuated Syrian militants to Yemen

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    Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:39 UTC


    © AFP 2018 / ZEIN AL-RIFAI / ALEPPO MEDIA CENTRE

    The Russian Defense Ministry has reported that a total of 170,152 people, including 63,117 militants and their relatives, had been evacuated from the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta during a large-scale humanitarian operation in the area.

    500 Jaysh al-Islam militants who were earlier evacuated from Eastern Ghouta, plan to go to Yemen, according to the pan-Arabic satellite television channel Al Mayadeen.

    It cited its own source as saying that the terrorists first intend to illegally arrive in Saudi Arabia, from where they will try to enter Yemen.

    On Friday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told a news briefing that the Russian Reconciliation Center along with Syrian authorities are wrapping up a large-scale humanitarian operation in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta.
    "A total of 170,152 people were evacuated from the area, including 63,117 militants and members of their families," Konashenkov said.
    The relocation of Jaysh al-Islam militants from Eastern Ghouta to the northern Syrian province of Aleppo began late last week, in line with a Russia-brokered deal to release the militants' prisoners.

    The Syrian Army gained control of most of Eastern Ghouta on March 31, when it managed to lift the militants' blockade of a major highway between Damascus and the rest of the country.

    The liberation came after Syrian troops launched their major offensive on Eastern Ghouta in February, in a bid to do away with the militants' occupation of the area, which had been in place since 2012.

    February 27 saw the beginning of daily humanitarian pauses in Eastern Ghouta, part of efforts by Russia and the Syrian Arab Republic to help civilians withdraw from the combat zone.

    Yemen has been embroiled into a violent conflict between the government headed by ex-President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi Shia movement, also known as Ansar Allah, which is backed by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed in 2017.

    Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request.
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    CrossTalk on Syria and North Korea: War without a goal?



    Published on 20 Apr 2018
    U.S. president Donald Trump says he wants American troops to leave Syria.
    The foreign policy blob surrounding him says differently. So, what are exactly
    Washington’s goals in Syria? Partition? War for war sake? Or a means to
    sticking it to Iran and Russia? All are poorly thought out options.
    CrossTalking with Gareth Porter, Danny Makki, and Mohammed Cherkaoui.

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    Syria returns Légion d'honneur award to France

    20 April 2018


    The award was handed back via the Romanian embassy, which represents
    French interests in Syria.Syria has returned to France the prestigious
    Légion d'honneur presented to President Bashar al-Assad, saying he would
    not wear the award of a country that was a "slave" to America.


    read more....http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43833652

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    Former UK Ambassador Reveals Truth About Syria - With Special Guest Peter Ford

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbHHVdrDG_k
    Streamed live on 19 Apr 2018
    Former UK Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford joins today's Liberty Report to share his
    vast experience in the region. He has notably deviated from the government/media
    narrative about the alleged Assad gas attack. How likely is it that Assad used gas?
    Why are inspectors being prevented from visiting the site? How is the "official
    narrative" holding up to increasing scrutiny?

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    SYRIA, Trumps Plan To Build Arab Army So U S Troops Can Leave - ALEX JONES INFOWARS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uym8DEg0qw8
    Published on 17 Apr 2018

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    Trump seeks to build Arab army to replace US military in Syria: Report

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuwvOYIfyxg
    Published on 17 Apr 2018..Fox.
    Former Assistant Secretary of State Robert Charles on why he agrees with the
    Trump administration’s push for an Arab force, to replace the U.S. military in Syria.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    North and South Korea may announce end to Korean War

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPKgjUMteIA
    Published on 17 Apr 2018
    Seoul and Pyongyang have officially remained at war since the 1953 Korean
    Armistice Agreement; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports from
    West Palm Beach, Florida.
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    North Korea 'halts missile and nuclear tests', says Kim Jong-un

    1 minute ago...21/4/18

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says he has suspended all missile
    tests and will shut down a nuclear test site."From 21 April, North Korea
    will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles,"
    the country's state news agency said.Mr Kim said further tests were
    unnecessary because Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities had been "verified".
    The surprise announcement comes as North Korea prepares for historic
    talks with South Korea and the US.

    read more....


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    North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a
    major test site. This is very good news for North Korea and the
    World - big progress! Look forward to our Summit.
    3:50 PM - Apr 20, 2018

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-43846488

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    North Korea announces it will suspend its nuclear & missile tests

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ppj4lobTdg

    Published on 20 Apr 2018..Fox..6 min seg.
    Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior counselor John Hannah and “The
    Coming Collapse of China” author Gordon Chang on North Korean leader Kim Jong
    Un’s announcement to suspend its nuclear and long-range missile tests.
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