Tag: ISIS

Max Blumenthal on Baghdadi’s death and Trump’s fake withdrawal in Syria

Max Blumenthal explains how the US-backed proxy war in Syria helped create the al-Qaeda safe haven where US forces killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi; and how Trump, despite announcing a withdrawal, is continuing the proxy war by keeping US troops to steal Syria’s oil.

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By protecting Syria’s Idlib, the US created a safe haven for Baghdadi and ISIS

With the killing of self-proclaimed ISIS “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shoddy narrative pushed by US government officials and regime change propagandists about Idlib was blown to pieces as well

By Dan Cohen

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Trump gives $4.5 million to Syria’s White Helmets, which partnered with jihadists and joined Turkey’s ethnic cleansing

While touting his efforts to end US involvement in Syria, Trump approved $4.5 million more for the White Helmets. This group has been at the heart of the regime-change war on the country, partnering with jihadists and joining Turkey’s brutal invasion.

By Ben Norton

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Pushback: Aaron Maté and Ben Norton discuss Syria war, US withdrawal, Turkish invasion

The Grayzone hosted its first YouTube livestream of Pushback with Aaron Maté, featuring Ben Norton. We discussed the Syria war, the withdrawal of US troops, and the Turkish invasion.

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Israeli attacks provoke Iran, Hezbollah – and could help jihadists

With its bombings of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, is Israel trying to stop an attack from Iran and its allies, as it claims, or is it trying to provoke one? Rania Khalek analyzes Israel’s escalating violence and how it could potentially help jihadist groups in the region.

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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

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How ISIS wives helped their husbands rape Yazidi sex slaves

In Iraq, captured Yazidi women were forced to work as domestic servants for ISIS families — and were regularly raped, with the help of wives.

By Rania Khalek / AlterNet

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