Apr 16, 2017

What is the #MOAB Bomb?

English: The guided bomb unit-43/B Massive Ord...
English: The guided bomb unit-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb prototype is shown moments before impact. The detonation created a mushroom cloud that could be seen 20 miles away. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good writeup from JustSecurity, part of which is included here.

The Massive Ordnance Air Blast Weapon (MOAB, known informally as the “Mother of All Bombs” and formally as the Guided Bomb Unit, or GBU, 43/B) has attracted a great deal of attention since it was dropped on ISIS fighters in eastern Afghanistan on 13 April.  Unfortunately, discussion of the attack has been hobbled by a lack of understanding as to the nature of the weapon and the uses for which it was designed, as well as the tendency to discuss it by reference to nuclear weapons.  In this article, we hope to add some needed granularity to the analysis of the attack by describing the MOAB and its purpose.  We conclude by highlighting the international humanitarian law issues implicated by the attack.
Developed in a relatively short time during 2003 with a view to use in Iraq, the MOAB was never employed in that conflict.  The intent was to use it against large formations of troops or hardened above-ground bunkers.  It was also intended for “psychological operations” targeting enemy morale, both by virtue of the size and extent of the resulting blast and the fact that it creates a large mushroom cloud resembling that of a nuclear detonation.  Thus, it was seen as a particularly useful weapon for “shock and awe” type tactics.
The MOAB is huge by conventional bomb standards. Weighing in at approximately 11 tons, it contains 18,700 lbs. of H-6 explosive, which was originally developed for underwater explosions due to its low sensitivity to shock and stable storage characteristics.  This is the largest quantity of explosive in any non-nuclear weapon in the US inventory (although there are larger weapons by weight, they contain less explosive due to having heavier casings designed to penetrate targets).  By way of comparison, the frequently-used Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) comes in at launch weights of between roughly 500 lbs. and 2000 lbs.
Although the military has recounted “kicking it out of the back door” of the MC-130 aircraft, which suggests a “barrel-bomb” approach to employment, the MOAB actually is a guided munition. After leaving the aircraft, a parachute attached to the MOAB deploys.  The weapon subsequently detaches and is guided to a pre-determined target by GPS (satellite) and onboard avionics.  Thus, it differs from its predecessor, the obsolete BLU-82 “Daisy Cutter” bombs developed for use in Vietnam.  Daisy cutters were unguided “dumb” bombs that created large blasts areas in order to clear sites that could subsequently be used for helicopter landing zones. They saw some limited use in both Iraq and Afghanistan, including against cave complexes, until 2008.
The MOAB must be distinguished from the class of volumetric weapons, such as thermobaric weapons and fuel-air explosive weapons that have been used against fighters within cave complexes in Afghanistan.  Those use various means to create a cloud of burning particles with a wide blast radius and intense fireball.  When employed in a confined area, such as caves, thermobaric weapons can create a powerful vacuum as a secondary effect that adds to their lethality.
The MOAB is a conventional explosive weapon.  It results in an initial fireball from the explosion and a subsequent pressure wave caused by the creation of large quantities of gases at high temperatures. The MOAB is an air burst weapon, that is, it detonates above the ground.  This allows its destructive energy to dissipate over the widest possible surface area rather than being absorbed by the ground impact or reflected upwards. It can be used both to demolish surface targets and as an anti-personnel weapon. The effects are similar to any standard high explosive weapon, but the size of the blast radius (reported to be approximately 1 mile) is what marks the MOAB apart from smaller munitions.
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Apr 9, 2017

I'm Getting Nervous About Conflict Between the Two Superpowers

Map of Syria with Idlib highlighted
Map of Syria with Idlib highlighted (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Great post over at Antiwar.com from Gilbert Doctorow - Gilbert Doctorow is a Brussels-based political analyst. His latest book Does Russia Have a Future? was published in August 2015.
My days as apologist for Donald Trump’s backsliding on his electoral campaign promise of a new direction in foreign policy are over. From being the solution, he has become an integral part of the problem. And with his bigger than life ego, petulance and stubbornness, Commander-in-Chief Trump is potentially a greater threat to world peace than the weak-willed Barack Obama whom he replaced. 
Trump has ignored Russian calls for an investigation into the alleged chemical gas attack in Idlib province before issuing conclusions on culpability, as happened within hours of the event. He has accepted a narrative that is very possibly a false flag produced by anti-government rebels in Syria, disseminated by the White Helmets and other phony NGO’s paid from Washington and London. He ordered the firing of 50 or more Tomahawk missiles against a Syrian Government air base in Homs province, thereby crossing all Russian “red lines” in Syria. 
Until this point, the Kremlin has chosen not to react to all signs coming from Washington that Trump’s determination to change course on Russia and global hegemony was failing.
The wait-and-see posture antedated Trump’s accession to power when Putin overruled the dictates of protocol and did not respond to Obama’s final salvo, the seizure of Russian diplomatic property in the U.S. and the eviction of Russian diplomats. The Russians also looked the other way when the new administration continued the same Neocon rhetoric from the tribune of the UN Security Council and during the visits of Vice President Pence, Pentagon boss Mattis and Secretary of State Tillerson to Europe.
However, the missile attack in Syria is a game changer. The pressure on Vladmir Vladimirovich Putin to respond in kind is now enormous.
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Apr 7, 2017

Iraqi Security & Human Update Ending April 06 2017

Jared Kushner of the New York Observer.
Jared Kushner of the New York Observer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    From ISHM a brief synopsis - Follow the link to their website for the entire story. Link at bottom of this post.

  • ISIS Militants Launch Surprise Attack in Tikrit, Killing 30 - On April 4, at least 10 ISIS militants dressed as police officers attacked a police checkpoint in Tikrit, targeting security forces and civilians in the area. The fighting extended into the morning of April 5, resulting in 30 fatalities, including five of the attackers. One day after the incident, 250 members of the Badr Organization PMU deployed to the center of Tikrit to boost security. Local officials have stated that, after this force augmentation, the security situation in Tikrit is stable. The attack in Tikrit comes after a week of operations across Salah ad-Din Province in an attempt to restore security to that area. 
  • Iraqi Security Forces Establish Evacuation Corridors for Civilians in Western Mosul; Civilian Casualties, Atrocities Continue - In a significant departure from previous shelter-in-place policies in both western and eastern Mosul, the Iraqi Federal Police announced on April 3 that it established an evacuation corridor for civilians in Mosul’s Old City. This route is reportedly designed to allow civilians to leave the area before Iraqi Security Forces advance toward the al-Nouri Mosque. A sharp rise in the number of civilian casualties during operations to clear western Mosul may prompt local residents to use the new corridor. However, ISIS militants have executed civilians who attempt to flee; on April 3 Qayyarah South Hospital received the bodies of 20 women and children who were killed while trying to reach ISF positions. Further adding to this confusion, the Iraqi Air Force dropped thousands of leaflets over ISIS-controlled areas in western Mosul, Anbar Province, and Hawija on April 5, urging civilians to stay in their homes. These actions come after the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) reported on April 1 that 543 civilians were killed in Iraq during the month of March, the vast majority of which were in Ninewa Province. The same day, the U.S.-led international coalition revealed that coalition airstrikes unintentionally killed at least 229 civilians in Iraq and Syria since August 2014, although this figure does not include civilian casualties from the March 17 incident in western Mosul (previously reported in ISHM). 
  • Operations in Western Mosul Progress Slowly; ISIS Bombards Eastern Mosul - As Iraqi Security Forces continue their operations to clear western Mosul of ISIS, militants have responded by firing indiscriminately into previously cleared areas in both eastern and western Mosul. On April 6, ISIS shot down an Iraqi helicopter, killing the two pilots. Elsewhere in Ninewa Province, airstrikes against ISIS positions continue, primarily in the areas surrounding Tal Afar and Baaj, southwest of Mosul. 
  • Security Forces Restart Offensive in Anbar as IDPs Flee Toward Qa’im - On April 2, approximately 10,000 civilians fleeing ISIS-held areas reached Qa’im, 20 kilometers from the Syrian border in western Anbar Province. As of December 2016, there were 14,000 IDPs in Qa’im, and the recent arrivals have strained the town’s humanitarian capacity. One day later, Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition warplanes struck ISIS positions in areas around Qa’im. On April 4, a large contingent of tribal fighters, supported by the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, launched an operation to clear a 40 kilometer area in western Anbar, marking the relaunch of combat ground operations to clear militants from the province.  
  • Local Officials Raise Kurdish Flag Over Kirkuk, Sparking Row with Ankara - On April 3, Kirkuk Governor Najmaddin Karim met with a delegation from the Kurdish Ministry on Martyrs and Anfal Affairs, one week after reaching an agreement to raise the Kurdish flag alongside the Iraqi flag over Kirkuk’s government buildings. Immediately following this week’s meeting, the Kirkuk Provincial Council voted to demand a referendum on Kirkuk joining the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq. On April 4, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s Chief of Public Relations met with UNHCR coordinator for Kurdistan, Monica Noro, to obtain a UN endorsement for Kirkuk’s flag-raising decision. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan weighed in on the issue, stating that the cost of maintaining the Kurdish flag in Kirkuk would be “high” and that Turkey would “cut off” relations with Iraqi Kurdistan if the flag is not lowered. 
  • Jared Kushner Visits Iraq with Gen. Joseph Dunford - On April 3, Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor and son-in-law to U.S. President Donald Trump, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to discuss the fight against ISIS and post-ISIS U.S. troop levels in Iraq. He accompanied the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford. 
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Apr 6, 2017

Is Alleged Chemical Weapon Attack in Syria, Another False Flag?

English: Asma al-Assad, wife of the President ...
English: Asma al-Assad, wife of the President Bashar al-Assad of Syria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




Reviving the ‘Chemical Weapons’ Lie: New US-UK Calls for Regime Change, Military Attack Against Syria

From our friends at 21st Century Wire: This is important enough to copy verbatim I think.

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Patrick Henningsen


Here it comes again. As the enemies of peace continue to pressure a new US President into deeper war commitments overseas, and as Washington’s Deep State works relentlessly opposing Russian moves in Syria at every turn, the war drums have started again – beating harder than ever now, clamouring for a new US-led attack on Syria. This morning we saw the familiar theme emerge, and just in time to provide a convenient backdrop to this week’s Brussels’ ‘Peace Talks’ and conference on “Syria’s Future”.



The US-led ‘Coalition’ prepares to make its end-run into Syria to ‘Retake Raqqa,’ and impose its Safe Zones in order to partition Syria, more media demonization of the Syrian government appears to be needed by the West.

On cue, the multi-billion dollar US and UK media machines sprung into overdrive this morning over reports based primarily from their own ‘activist’ media outlets. Aleppo Media Center and others embedded in the Al Nusra-dominated terrorist stronghold of Idlib, Syria, alongside their media counterpart the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) funded by the UK and EU, are all now claiming that the Syrian and Russian Airforces have launched a chemical weapons airstrike killing civilians in Idlib.

In their report today entitled, “Syria conflict: ‘Chemical attack’ in Idlib kills 58”, the BBC is also alleging in their report that Sarin gas was used.

The alleged “chemical airstrikes” are said to have taken place in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, about 50km south of the city of Idlib.

Predictably, the BBC and other similar reports by CNN, have triggered a wave of ‘consensus condemnation’ and indignation by the usual voices, the UN’s Staffan de Mistura, Francois Hollande, and, of course, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who said that President Bashar al-Assad “would be guilty of a war crime” if it somehow be proven that his ‘regime’ was responsible.

“Bombing your own civilians with chemical weapons is unquestionably a war crime and they must be held to account,” he said (reported by BBC).

But is the mainstream media’s version of events what actually happened?

The BBC claims in their article that, “Opposition activists said Syrian government or Russian warplanes carried out the strikes.” This claim should be checked against any Russian air sorties scheduled for the same period. As of this morning, Russia’s defence ministry has stated that it had not carried out any air strikes the area.

The problem here is that the BBC and others are not only taking ‘opposition activists’ reports of a chemical attack at face value, they are also elevating claims that the Syrian and Russian airforces were then later hitting the medical clinics who were treating the survivors:

“Later, aircraft fired rockets at local clinics treating survivors, medics and activists said.”

Expectedly, as with past claims of “chemical attacks,” the notorious US-UK funded ‘NGO’, the White Helmets have already played a central role in scripting the narrative for this latest chemical attack.

As with so many other previous reports on Syria, the BBC, CNN and AP’s reporting relies exclusively on “opposition activists” and “opposition media agencies,” including the ‘pro-opposition’ Step News agency’, the Edlib Media Center (EMC), and ‘opposition journalists’ like photographer Hussein Kayal, as well as an unnamed “AFP news agency journalist”.

The unnamed “AFP journalist” is particularly interesting, as it seems to be the source of a key portion of the BBC’s version of events:

“An AFP news agency journalist saw a young girl, a woman and two elderly people dead at a hospital, all with foam still visible around their mouths.”

The journalist also reported that the same facility was hit by a rocket on Tuesday afternoon, bringing down rubble on top of doctors treating the injured.”

However, as you read further down the BBC report, the story gets less certain, as the story becomes very loose:

“The source of the projectile was not clear, but the EMC and the opposition Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC) network said warplanes had targeted several clinics.”

After their source the SOHR refused to say which “chemical” was supposedly dropped, the BBC quickly moved in to fill in the blanks by framing the story that the Syrian-Russian Airforces had launched a “Sarin Attack”.

“The SOHR said it was unable to say what exactly was dropped. However, the EMC and LCC said it was believed to be the nerve agent Sarin, which is highly toxic and considered 20 times as deadly as cyanide.”


At no point in its reporting does the BBC ever express any skepticism that maybe their ‘activist’ sources could be providing false or misleading information. Ultimately, these reports can be used to trigger renewed calls by Western officials for military strikes against the ‘Syrian Regime’ – which was exactly what happened today after these news stories were circulated. Within a few hours after these reports circulated, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R, Illinois) came on CNN with Wolf Blitzer who asked Kinzinger point blank: What can be done to remove this regime? Kinzinger then replied by calling outright for US airstrikes to “Take out the Assad Regime in Syria”, including “cratering their airstrips so no planes can take off” and creating a “No Fly Zone” over Syria.

These statements, as bombastic as they may sound, are serious and should not be taken casually. The problem is they are based on a series of lies. Of course, Kinzinger was followed on-air by John McCain protesting against US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent comments this week that, “The Syrian people should be able to choose their own (political) future” – effectively holding the overwhelming majority of Syrian in contempt for supporting their government.

CNN Senior Middle East correspondent Arwa Damon also chimed in with Blitzer from New York, and without any real evidence presented as to what has happened and who is to blame, she swiftly concluded that the Idlib “chemical attack” was the work of ‘the regime’ and that America cannot stand back idly and do nothing, and how this would show a “lack of humanity,”

The BBC does briefly mention an alternative report, but carefully tried to discredit it in the court of political opinion by labelling it as from “Pro-Government journalists,” stated here:

“Pro-government journalists later cited military sources as saying there had been an explosion at an al-Qaeda chemical weapons factory in Khan Sheikhoun that was caused either by an air strike or an accident.”

This story of Syria striking a munitions facility is just as likely, if not more so, than the current conspiracy making the rounds in the Western mainstream and Gulf media, and was actually reported by TASS news agency out of Moscow on April 4th, but rather than follow-up on this, the BBC, CNN and the mainstream chorus have immediately written it off and opted instead to pursue the narrative which will allow them to expedite the military escalation which they have expressed on record since at least 2013. If this were a criminal prosecution, the rebel-terrorist-coalition axis has the overwhelming primary motive, as well as expressed intent to escalate – documented on countless occasions. So why is their no rational line of inquiry here?

As expected, the UN affiliated chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW, quickly announced they were “seriously concerned” about the alleged chemical attack, and that they were now “gathering and analysing information from all available sources”. One hopes that this will entail more than just looking at ‘activist’ or White Helmets material being circulated on the US and western media.

Incredibly, Kinzinger also said on national TV with CNN that people should ignore any stories which DO NOT implicate the Syrian government waged chemical attacks against its own people in East Ghouta in 2013 – and that these should be dismissed as “fake news” put out by ‘the Russians and the FSB.’ By this statement, Kinzinger is essentially saying that award-winning American journalists Seymour Hersh and Robert Parry are akin to being Russian agents. Many in Official Washington pose the fallacious argument that “Obama failed to enforce the Red Line in Syria, and let Assad get away with it (in 2013)”. If we go by the actual facts (see research bibliography below) of the 2013 Ghouta incident, then Assad never crossed the ‘Red Line,’ but the US and Gulf-backed ‘rebels’ absolutely did.

These are the same ‘rebels which Adam Kinzinger himself travelled to northern Syria circa 2013-2014 to provide his personal assurances that these terrorist fighters would be receiving US weapons and TOW missiles which arguably, is responsible for extended the life of this needless proxy war in Syria.

So based on the facts of the Ghouta chemical incident, Rep. Kinzinger is actually wrong and lying in his capacity as a high-ranking House Committee member – and doing so with no accountability from CNN whilst broadcasting to a national audience in the United States. The result of this is millions of Americans and politicians are left misinformed of important events – once again, led by misinformation into another war. This is the fundament problem with mainstream media’s own fake news – it leads to wars, many of them illegal, and always waged on false pretences.



In 2013, the US and UK went on an all-out propaganda blitz to try and implicate the Syrian Government in advance of war votes in both Washington and London. The campaign failed.
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Mar 30, 2017

Iraqi Security Update Ending March 30 2017

English: Market in Mosul.
English: Market in Mosul. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Reprinted brief synopsis via ISHM

Key Takeaways:



Hundreds of Civilian Casualties in Western Mosul Blamed on Coalition Airstrikes -

On March 17, U.S.-led international coalition warplanes carried out airstrikes on a suspected ISIS location in the al-Jadida neighborhood of western Mosul. The airstrikes leveled multiple buildings, and likely caused the deaths of an estimated 101 to 263 civilians. Both Iraq’s Defense Minister Irfan Hiyali and U.S. Central Command have ordered inquiries into the incident. On March 28, Lt. General Stephen Townsend, commander of Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters that “if we did it - and there is a fair chance that we did - it was an unintentional accident of war, and we will transparently report it to you when we’re ready.” A sharp rise in civilian casualties in Mosul has outraged several Iraqi politicians and members of the public - most of whom do not accept an alternative narrative circulating in the Iraqi media that ISIS IEDs are responsible for the March 17 incident. According to Iraqi Army Brig. General Thaer Mosawi, 3,864 civilians have been killed in western Mosul since operations to clear that part of the city began on February 19. Protocol for authorizing airstrikes changed after December 26, 2016, when U.S. military advisors were embedded with Iraqi Army units at the front lines in Mosul. Authority for airstrikes was shifted to coalition troops at the front lines and eliminated the need for clearance from upper brass in Baghdad. This change in authorization, the increasing closeness of combat with ISIS militants, and the ISIS tactic of using civilians as human shields will continue to greatly endanger civilians in Mosul if rules of engagement are left unchanged. more...

Security Forces in Mosul Regroup as More U.S. Troops Deploy -

Mindful of increasing international pressure to reduce civilian casualties in western Mosul, Iraqi Security Forces slowed their advances into the that part of the city this week. On March 27, 240 troops from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC deployed to Iraq. The deployment includes two Army infantry companies and one platoon equipped to dismantle roadside IEDs. The troops will join the nearly 5,000 U.S. troops already stationed in Iraq for force protection and advise-and-assist missions. more...

Despite Improved Security, Eastern Mosul Remains a Target -

Despite being ostensibly clear of ISIS militants, and attempts at a return to some semblance of normalcy, civilians in eastern Mosul remain vulnerable targets. On March 26, ISIS militants fired three mortars on the Nabi Younis covered market in eastern Mosul, killing 13 adults and two children. Running water and electricity are scarce or non-existent and residents are cramped in tight quarters with family who have fled western Mosul, or whose homes have been destroyed. Desperate to flee the even more violent western half of the city, dozens of civilians - including children - are killed each day as they attempt to cross from the west to the east, either by security forces fearful that the fleeing civilians are ISIS militants, or by ISIS militants themselves. Officially, the Iraqi Government is continuing to urge civilians in the west to remain in their homes rather than attempt to flee - an increasingly difficult request as food and water supplies dwindle to nothing and nearby fighting intensifies. (For more on conditions in eastern Mosul, see our recent trip report by EPIC's Matthew Schweitzer.) more...


Kurdish Flag Flies in Kirkuk, Civil Servants Pay Suspended -

On March 28, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced that it would raise the Kurdistan region’s flag over government facilities in Kirkuk. This action sparked anger from Iraqi officials; in response, acting Iraqi Finance Minister and Member of Parliament, Abdul Razzaq al-Issa, canceled the paychecks of Kirkuk’s government employees. One day after the flag raising, hundreds of Turkmen residents protested the act by flying Iraqi and Turkmen flags. Yet, despite these protests, on March 29 the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) parliamentary bloc congratulated Kirkuk Provincial Governor Najmaddin Karim for the Kurdish flag-raising, with KRG Vice President Qubad Talabani extending special congratulations to the entire province. Kurdish officials’ actions in Kirkuk come as relations between the KRG and the Iraqi government remain tense. On March 28, KRG Minister of Health Rekawat Hamarshid reported that the Baghdad government had allegedly withheld medicine and medical supplies to Iraqi Kurdistan, precipitating an “immediate and serious” crisis amidst the ongoing influx of internally displaced persons to areas under KRG control. more...

Violence Continues on Diyala, Salah ad-Din Border; Allegations of Chemical Weapons Use Emerge -

 On March 28, ISIS militants launched six mortars at the village of Mubarak al-Farhan, near Baquba on the Diyala/Salah ad-Din border. According to Uday al-Khaddran, Mayor of nearby Khalis, the mortars caused “cases of suffocation among some civilians as a result of strange gases,” and “all evidence indicates that the missiles were carrying a [toxic] chlorine gas.” Although the allegation has not been verified, ISIS militants have used chemical weapons with varying degrees of potency against civilian populations elsewhere in Iraq. more...

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Mar 24, 2017

Controlling the Main Stream Media aka 'Corporate Media'

Lawyer and Ring of Fire Talk Show Host, Mike Papantonio explains why Corporate America needed to take control of the media to gain power over the “marketplace of ideas.” By doing so, he emphatically states, the return on the investment enabled media domination, closing newsrooms across the world and reduced the American news to nothing more than infotainment.

Mar 23, 2017

MSM War Coverage - Aleppo versus Mosul

Saint Elijah's Monastery, Mosul, Iraq - the ol...
Saint Elijah's Monastery, Mosul, Iraq - the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Excellent article by Roger Bridge, originally posted on RTs Op-Edge website.


The world recently got a crude lesson as to how the Western media machine manipulates its news coverage to fit NATO's regime-change agenda.
During two parallel global events - the Russian-backed liberation of Aleppo and the US-backed liberation of Mosul - viewers witnessed the tragic circumstances of two children, with two radically different media spins.

By now, many people are familiar with the story of Omran Daqneesh. He is the Syrian boy from Aleppo who - seated alone in the back of an ambulance, covered in dust, blood and the flood of flashbulbs - became the Western media's stock image whenever it wished to portray the "Russian-backed Syrian regime" and its effort to free the city of Aleppo from the yoke of terrorism.

Omran's "haunting" photograph, splashed across every front page of every Western newspaper on August 18, 2016, accompanied a self-righteous Western jeremiad against "Russia and the Syrian regime," as opposed to the bloodthirsty terrorists who held the residents of this northern Syrian city hostage to their insane ideology for years.

Would the Western media really stoop so low as to use the image of an injured child as a propaganda device to damage Russia’s efforts in defeating such deranged characters?

Unfortunately, that appears to have been the case.

No time or space for 'Mosul girl'
While much of the developed world knows of ‘Aleppo boy’ Omran Daqneesh, how many have heard of an equally tragic story involving a five-year-old girl named Hawraa, the sole survivor of a US-coordinated airstrike on her home in Mosul?

The girl, with burns over much of her body, is now battling for her life in the field hospital of Iraq Special Operations Forces. No place for a five-year-old child, that's for sure. Yet this tragic story has gone conspicuously missing from the West's "heroic" Mosul narrative.

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Wikileaks: DarkMatter

From Wikileaks:

"Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 “Dark Matter”, which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac Computer firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA’s Embedded Development Branch (EDB). These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain ‘persistence’ on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.

Among others, these documents reveal the “Sonic Screwdriver” project which, as explained by the CIA, is a “mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting” allowing an attacker to boot its attack software for example from a USB stick “even when a firmware password is enabled”. The CIA’s “Sonic Screwdriver” infector is stored on the modified firmware of an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.

“DarkSeaSkies” is “an implant that persists in the EFI firmware of an Apple MacBook Air computer” and consists of “DarkMatter”, “SeaPea” and “NightSkies”, respectively EFI, kernel-space and user-space implants.

Documents on the “Triton” MacOSX malware, its infector “Dark Mallet” and its EFI-persistent version “DerStake” are also included in this release. While the DerStake1.4 manual released today dates to 2013, other Vault 7 documents show that as of 2016 the CIA continues to rely on and update these systems and is working on the production of DerStarke2.0.

Also included in this release is the manual for the CIA’s “NightSkies 1.2” a “beacon/loader/implant tool” for the Apple iPhone. Noteworthy is that NightSkies had reached 1.2 by 2008, and is expressly designed to be physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones. i.e the CIA has been infecting the iPhone supply chain of its targets since at least 2008.

While CIA assets are sometimes used to physically infect systems in the custody of a target it is likely that many CIA physical access attacks have infected the targeted organization’s supply chain including by interdicting mail orders and other shipments (opening, infecting, and resending) leaving the United States or otherwise."

Mar 20, 2017

Aleppo, Still in the News Cycle

English: Great Mosque of Aleppo
English: Great Mosque of Aleppo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The Syrian and Russian air forces launched over 100 airstrikes above the eastern countryside of Aleppo on Sunday, the Islamic State’s official media wing, Al-‘Amaq, reported last night.

“More than 100 airstrikes conducted by Russian and Syrian warplanes on the town of Deir Hafer and the village of Maskanah and its surrounding area in rural east Aleppo,” Al-‘Amaq claimed on Sunday night.

This claim by Al-‘Amaq confirms earlier reports by Syrian Army activists regarding the large number of airstrikes over east Aleppo on Sunday.

The Syrian Arab Army is currently on the offensive against Islamic State in the Deir Hafer Plain; they are positioned at the outskirts of the town, as they close in on the terrorist stronghold from three different flanks.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

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