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This celebrated Western-funded nonprofit collaborated with al-Qaeda to wage lawfare on Syria

Mainstream reporting on Syria has relied heavily on the work of the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA), a Western government-funded regime change group whose investigators collaborated with al-Qaeda and its extremist allies to drum up prosecutions of Syrian officials

By Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton


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Behind the Syrian Network for Human Rights: How an opposition front group became Western media’s go-to monitor

Top media outlets turn to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) for figures on deaths and detentions, never noting the group’s seamless connection to Syria’s opposition, the support it receives from states that waged war on the country, or its open lobbying for US military intervention.

By Max Blumenthal


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ShamiWitness: How Bellingcat and neocons collaborated with most influential ISIS propagandist on Twitter

Top Syria regime-change hustlers and media “experts,” from Bellingcat to pro-war journalists, helped transform the @ShamiWitness account from a foreign Salafi-jihadist recruiter into a credible “ISIS expert.”

By Mark Ames


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Genocide in Iraq: When Local Sunni Became ISIS and Slaughtered Their Yazidi Neighbors

When ISIS came to butcher the Yazidis of Iraq, they simply went next door.

By Rania Khalek / AlterNet

This is the third in a series of articles on the plight of Yazidis in Iraq. Read the first and second installments.

On August 3, 2014, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, orchestrated a pre-planned and systematic campaign of genocide against the Yazidis in northwest Iraq, driving hundreds of thousands of them from their ancestral homeland in Sinjar. Yazidis are a Kurdish-speaking people who practice a pre-Islamic religion that ISIS ideologues equate with devil worship. All across Sinjar, wherever Yazidis were captured, the Sunni extremists forcibly converted or killed the men and enslaved the women and children.

The onslaught sent tens of thousands of Yazidis fleeing to Sinjar mountain, where they were trapped for days in the punishing Iraqi summer heat. The dusty and rugged mountainous terrain was their refuge, but for some it became a tomb. Hundreds, especially children and the elderly, died of thirst and hunger.

According to Yazidi survivors I spoke to in Baghdad, Sinjar, Erbil and Dohuk, the 2014 assault was carried out not by strangers, but by their Sunni friends and neighbors, by people they trusted and considered family. While much has been documented about the horrors ISIS inflicted on Yazidis, there has been little examination of how their genocide was made possible by the cooperation and collaboration of their Sunni neighbors and its consequences on communal relations going forward. Yazidis are strongly distrustful of Sunnis. They fear and loathe them and never want to live in a place where they are outnumbered by Sunnis again.

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Another video shows US gov-funded White Helmets assisting public executions in rebel-held Syria

A new video shows the White Helmets, funded with millions of dollars by the US and British governments, helping with an execution in rebel-held Daraa, Syria.

By Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal / AlterNet


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Is Trump rescuing al-Qaeda’s ‘heartland’ in Syria?

Only Western intervention can save Syria’s beleaguered al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels in Idlib.

By Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton / AlterNet


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How a Syrian White Helmets leader played Western media

Reporters who rely on the White Helmets’ leader in Aleppo ignore his record of deception and risk manipulation.

By Gareth Porter / AlterNet


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