Daily Archives: February 28, 2020

2020-02-28: News Headlines

Staff (2020-02-29). U.S., Taliban Set to Sign Afghanistan Peace Deal. truthdig.com The pact sets the stage for U.S. troop withdrawal more than 18 years after George W. Bush ordered bombing in response to the 9/11 attacks.

RT (2020-02-28). Blue check blues: Twitter tricked into verifying teen's fake 2020 candidate for Congress while real people languish. rt.com A high school student tricked Twitter into verifying an account he made for a fake candidate for Congress from Rhode Island, proving the platform's vaunted election integrity efforts are no match for a bored teen. | Rhode Island Republican Andrew Walz's

Staff (2020-02-28). Catastrophic Humanitarian Crisis in Idlib as Syrian Troops Advance & Children Freeze to Death. democracynow.org In Syria, 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Russia-backed Syrian forces in rebel-held Idlib in a major escalation on Thursday. Turkey has vowed to respond in kind, as U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres calls for an immediate ceasefire, saying "the risk of even greater escalation grows by the hour." Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly spoke by phone on Friday to discuss the crisis, as NATO urged rapid deescalation. The all-out offensive by the Syrian government is the single largest displacement in a nine-year war that has forced 13 million t…

RT (2020-02-28). 'We fought Russia 16 times and will fight it again,' warns Erdogan's adviser amid Idlib escalation. rt.com A member of an expert body advising Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted that Ankara is prepared to go to war with Russia after tensions over Syria's Idlib province escalated over the past 24 hours. | Mesut Hakki Casin, who is a member of Turkey's Security and Foreign Policy Board advising Erdogan, made his comments shortly after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Russian-backed Syrian government forces in Idlib province. | We have fought Russia 16 times in the past, and we will fight it again. | The official pointed to Russia's sizeable Muslim population and claimed that the country "

RT (2020-02-28). 'No longer in position to hold them': Turkey says it can't contain Europe-bound Syrian refugees amid Idlib flare-up. rt.com Turkey is no longer able to contain millions of displaced Syrians and has reached "full capacity," Ankara's ruling AK party said in a fresh threat to open the floodgates into Europe as tensions over Idlib reach boiling point. | With Ankara vowing to go "all in" to halt a Syrian Army offensive to retake Idlib province from rebel militias, AKP spokesman Omer Celik suggested Turkey would soon allow hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees to pour into Europe, a threat repeatedly made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the past. | "Turkey can not bear the pressure of the new refugees, we now say that Turkey is a…

RT (2020-02-28). Big war in Idlib will have grim consequences for everyone, including Turkey — Russian senator. rt.com Turkey should take into account that it will suffer too if it starts a large-scale operation in Syria's Idlib, a Russian senator has warned. If Ankara hopes to get NATO backing for it, it will be disappointed, he added. | The already volatile situation in northwestern Syrian region significantly escalated after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed there by a Syrian airstrike on Thursday. Ankara called an emergency NATO meeting in response, and threatened to launch a large-scale military operation to force Syrian government forces out of the province. | Hopefully, the tension would be defused because a big war in th…

RT (2020-02-28). Turkish VP says Damascus to pay 'heavy price' for 'treacherous' attack after at least 33 Turkish troops killed in Idlib airstrike. rt.com Turkey's vice president has vowed revenge on Syrian forces after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike in the rebel-held Idlib province. Ankara previously said it had launched air and artillery strikes in retaliation. | Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay unleashed a scathing verbal attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad and the forces loyal to Damascus shortly after a 6-hour marathon emergency security meeting chaired by Recep Tayyip Erdogan concluded in Ankara in the early hours of Friday. | Oktay minced no words, referring to the Syrian leader as "the head of a terror state" who "would go down in h…

RT (2020-02-28). One more Turkish soldier killed in Idlib shelling, Turkish forces 'retaliate' — Ankara. rt.com Shelling by Syrian government forces has killed one Turkish soldier and injured two more in Syria's Idlib province, the Defense Ministry in Ankara said. Turkey is retaliating, as two countries remain on the brink of open war. | The newest casualties come less than a day after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in what has been reported as either an air strike or an artillery bombardment, also in Idlib. Turkey has sent thousands of troops and armor into the province, which is the last remaining stronghold of militants — some of them affiliated with Al-Qaeda — that once sought to overthrow the government…

RT (2020-02-28). Greece tightens sea, land borders after Ankara's response to strike in Syria's Idlib. rt.com Athens has tightened sea and land borders with Turkey after developments overnight in the Syrian region of Idlib, Reuters reported on Friday, citing government sources. A senior Turkish official said his country would no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe, as Ankara responded on Friday to the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in a reported airstrike by Syrian government forces in Idlib. | The Greek sources said Athens was also in contact with the European Union and NATO on the matter. Greece was the main gateway for hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming out of Turkey in a mass exodus in 2015 a…

RT (2020-02-28). WATCH asylum-seekers march towards Europe after Turkey declares it will no longer hold them back. rt.com Turkey has announced it will no longer hold back people who wish to go to Europe and seek asylum there amid an escalation in Syria. Some have been quick to rush towards coasts and borders before Ankara changes its mind. | Would-be irregular immigrants have started trickling closer to Europe after top Turkish officials said Ankara would deliver on its threat and open the floodgates of migrants on Europe. The hopefuls are gathering in the Edirne province, which borders Greece and Bulgaria, as well as on Turkey's Aegean coast close to the Greek island of Lesbos, AFP reported. | Anadolu Agency posted drone foot…

Staff (2020-02-28). Syrian Refugees Rush Greece Border as Russia and Turkey Tangle. truthdig.com REYHANLI, Turkey — The presidents of Turkey and Russia spoke by phone Friday to try to defuse tensions that rose significantly in Syria after 33 Turkish troops were killed in a Syrian government airstrike, and a new wave of refugees and migrants headed for the Greek border by land and sea after Turkey said it would no longer hold them back. | The attack Thursday marked the deadliest day for the Turkish military since Ankara first entered the Syrian conflict in 2016 and also was the most serious escalation between Turkish and Russian-backed Syrian forces, raising the prospect of an all-out war with millions…

Staff (2020-02-28). Doctors Without Borders: Cheap Coronavirus Diagnostic Kits Needed in War-Torn Areas & Refugee Camps. democracynow.org Across the U.S., officials report a severe shortage of test kits for coronavirus. New York officials say they're preparing their own kits, after kits distributed by the Centers for Disease Control failed validation tests. Meanwhile, new cases of coronavirus continue to spring up worldwide, with Nigeria reporting its first case and one of Iran's vice presidents testing positive. We discuss how MSF USA, or Doctors Without Borders USA, is responding to coronavirus, with the organization's executive director, Avril BenoàÆt.

RT (2020-02-28). Turkey hopes opening frontier for migrants won't hurt ties with West — official. rt.com Ankara does not believe its decision to allow some of the millions of migrants it hosts to cross into Europe will have an impact on its ties with the West, Turkey's communications director said on Friday. | In response to the escalating conflict and the killing of 33 of its troops on Thursday in Syria's Idlib region, Ankara threw open its western land and sea borders to outgoing migrants. | Fahrettin Altun said that migrants were now Europe's and the world's problem too, Reuters reported. | The official also told reporters that Ankara had "no choice" but to ease border controls after not receiving enough suppo…

RT (2020-02-28). Russian missile frigates passing through Turkish straits amid Idlib escalation. rt.com A pair of advanced Russian missiles frigates is passing through the Turkey-controlled straits while en-route to the Mediterranean. It comes as dilomatic tensions between Moscow and Ankara over Syria's Idlib are not letting down. | The 'Admiral Grigorovich' and its sister ship 'Admiral Makarov' are among the more modern assets of the Russian Navy, capable of firing the advanced Kalibr-NK cruise missiles. Part of the Russian Black Sea fleet, they are currently moving to join Russia's naval forces in the Mediterranean as part of a scheduled rotation. | "The third frigate of the class, the 'Admiral Essen' has been…

RT (2020-02-28). Article 5 or 'Oh my gosh'? What will US do after Turkish troops die in Syrian strike. rt.com Turkey has reached out to NATO and the US following the deaths of its troops in Syria's Idlib province, fueling speculation that it might invoke Article 5 and get the alliance involved in a shooting war with Damascus — and Russia.

RT (2020-02-28). Idlib attack that killed Turkish soldiers was 'also against NATO', consultations to start tomorrow — Erdogan's party spokesman. rt.com The spokesman for Turkey's ruling AK party has labelled the Syrian airstrike that allegedly claimed the lives of dozens of Turkish soldiers in rebel-held Idlib an attack on NATO, calling for the US-led alliance to intervene. | "We call on NATO to [start] consultations. This is not [an attack] on Turkey only, it is an attack on the international community. A common reaction is needed. The attack was also against NATO," AKP spokesman Omer Celik told Turkish media on Thursday. | At least 33 Turkish soldiers are said to have been killed in Idlib, the last militant stronghold in Syria, in an airstrike Ankara blamed…

RT (2020-02-28). 'Stakes higher' in Idlib but NATO 'won't run to Erdogan's aid' despite efforts to have allies intervene in Syria. rt.com NATO will not offer anything more than words of support to its member Turkey despite Ankara's efforts to rally its allies after Turkish soldiers came under fire from the Syrian Army in the Idlib 'de-escalation' zone, RT was told. | NATO's collective defense pledge is "not applicable in the case of Turkey because we have an armed conflict on Syrian soil," Sergey Balmasov, an expert with the Russian International Affairs Council and the Moscow-based Institute for the Near East, told RT. Ankara requested an urgent NATO meeting on Friday, shortly after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by the Russian…

RT (2020-02-28). Turkey & Syria on brink of WAR in Idlib: How did it come to this? rt.com Alarming developments in Syria's Idlib saw dozens of Turkish soldiers killed in a Syrian airstrike and Ankara responding with own fire and fury. But anyone following the conflict would know the escalation didn't start overnight. | The Idlib governorate, located in the northwestern part of Syria on the border with Turkey, is the last major stronghold of armed groups that have been fighting to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad for the past several years. The region was spared a Syrian Army offensive in 2018 on a request from Turkey, which said it didn't want to face a new influx of refugees…

RT (2020-02-28). NATO offers Turkey condolences & solidarity, but no additional military aid amid Idlib crisis. rt.com On a request from Ankara, NATO members held consultations on the situation in Idlib, Syria, where 33 Turkish soldiers have been killed. But the alliance failed to pledge additional military aid to its member. | The Allies offered "their deepest condolences" to Turkey and expressed solidarity, but stopped short from taking any more practical measures after the Friday emergency meeting. Other members of the bloc are already supporting Turkey, "including by augmenting its air defenses, which helps Turkey against the threat of missile attacks from Syria" and conducting patrols of AWACS air reconnaissance planes, S…

RT (2020-02-28). Putin, Erdogan speak by phone, could meet soon — Kremlin. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan do not rule out that they could meet in the immediate future, the Kremlin press service has said. | The two leaders held a telephone conversation on Friday. "Both sides highlighted the need for additional measures to stabilize the situation in northwestern Syria," according to the statement that comes after a flare-up of tensions in Syria's Idlib. | Putin and Erdogan "agreed to intensify relevant inter-agency consultations and explore the possibility of holding a top-level meeting in the immediate future," the Kremlin said. | Ank…

RT (2020-02-28). Syria has every right to fight terrorists in Idlib and Russia can't interfere — Moscow. rt.com Damascus has the right to fight back when attacked by terrorists and Moscow is in no position to stop Syrians from doing what the UN Security Council endorsed, Russia's foreign minister has said after the latest Idlib flare-up. | Ankara lost 33 soldiers in the northwestern Syrian province after they were targeted by a Syrian airstrike. Commenting on the tragedy on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the deaths were undoubtedly a tragedy, for which Moscow expresses its condolences. However, Ankara shares part of the blame for what happened, both because it failed to notify Russia about the locat…

RT (2020-02-28). Iran ready to help reduce tensions in Idlib — Foreign Ministry. rt.com Tehran reacted on Friday to the escalation of conflict in northwestern Syria, saying it is ready to take every measure to help reduce tensions. "We are carefully monitoring the field developments and regional outcomes of the developments in Idlib, and we will continue our efforts to end the current tensions," the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Friday. | The statement stressed the need for the sides to properly manage the situation so as to ease the tensions over the Syrian province as soon as possible. | Tehran said it was also working to convene Russia-Turkey-Iran summit in light of the tensions in Idlib. I…

RT (2020-02-28). Astronomers release first color PHOTO of Earth's new 2ND MOON we all missed. rt.com Until recently, many of us earthlings were blissfully unaware that our planet had gained a second moon. But now 2020 CD3 has become such a superstar, we're using giant telescopes just to catch a glimpse of it. | Part-time paparazzi, full-time astronomers at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii snapped the stunning pictures of the car-sized carbonaceous rock using the 8-meter Gemini North telescope. | | © Gemini Observatory/NSF's NOIARL/AURA/G. Fedorets | The image is actually a combination of three separate images using three different filters to capture our new natural satellite in all its glory. | "Obtain…

RT (2020-02-28). US sees 'significant reduction' in Afghan violence, prepares to sign historic deal with Taliban. rt.com The US has seen a significant reduction in violence in Afghanistan during the past six days, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. The statement comes the day before Washington hopes to sign an American troops withdrawal deal with the Taliban. | "We have seen just these last six days a significant reduction in violence in Afghanistan," Pompeo told lawmakers in Washington. | "We are watching closely to see if the Islamic Republic of Iran begins to take even more active measures… that undermine our efforts at peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan," he said. | Pompeo's remark suggested that if the dr…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-02-28). Israel at the Cusp of a Bleak Era. counterpunch.org Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, must be channeling the spirit of Houdini as he continues to plot his escape from one of the most convoluted political dilemmas in Israel's history. It is no secret that Netanyahu's political behavior is almost entirely shaped by his desire to survive in office for as long as possible in

RT (2020-02-28). Trump announces US-Taliban peace deal, 'path forward to end war' in Afghanistan. rt.com President Donald Trump says the US is about to sign agreements with the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan that could provide a way for withdrawal of troops from that country after almost 20 years of war. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is headed to Qatar, where he will witness the signing of an agreement with the Taliban in Doha, while Defense Secretary Mark Esper will "issue a joint declaration" with the government in Kabul, Trump announced on Friday. | If the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan live up to these commitments, we will have a powerful path forward to end the war in Afghanistan and…

RT (2020-02-28). Second time's a charm? Trump nominates Texas congressman Ratcliffe as DNI chief AGAIN. rt.com US President Donald Trump has tapped Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to be the new Director of National Intelligence, pending Senate confirmation. Ratcliffe had bowed out of the nomination last summer. | The surprise announcement, praising Ratcliffe as "an outstanding man of great talent," came on Friday afternoon as Trump departed Washington for a campaign rally in South Carolina. | I am pleased to announce the nomination of

RT (2020-02-28). Congressman threatens Don Jr. with 'serious altercation' over claim Dems 'HOPE' people get coronavirus & die so as to derail Trump. rt.com Democratic Rep. John Garamendi had some harsh words for Donald Trump Jr. after the president's son said Dems "seemingly hope" the coronavirus comes to the US and "kills millions." | The coronavirus is not only a pandemic, it's also now a political tool for Republicans and Democrats to lob across the aisle at each other. | California Congressman Garamendi perhaps went further than any politician has so far when he spoke about the disease and the political response to it in the US while appearing on MSNBC on Friday. Garamendi was particularly upset with Donald Trump Jr. over an earlier statement the president's…

RT (2020-02-28). Wait, what? Biden claims he'll 'appoint' first African-American woman to US Senate in fresh gaffe. rt.com Joe Biden has aroused concerns after misspeaking yet again in public, this time in front of an audience in South Carolina, promising voters he would "appoint" the first African-American woman to the US Senate. | From accidentally pitching himself as a Senate

Steve Early (2020-02-28). VoteVets for Buttigieg: Who's Really Keeping Us in the Dark About Campaign Funding? counterpunch.org In a Democratic primary field that once featured four military veterans, only two are still marching toward the White House. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's anti-war candidacy has sunk nearly out of sight, but Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, became a top tier contender in Iowa and New Hampshire. Flush with cash from nearly

Staff (2020-02-28). Children Are Freezing to Death in Syria as Humanitarian Crisis Intensifies. truthout.org In Syria, 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Russia-backed Syrian forces in rebel-held Idlib in a major escalation on Thursday. Turkey has vowed to respond in kind, as U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres calls for an immediate ceasefire, saying "the risk of even greater escalation grows by the hour." Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly spoke by phone on Friday to discuss the crisis, as NATO urged rapid deescalation. The all-out…

Michael Jansen (2020-02-28). Capture of M5 Hama-Aleppo Highway: One of the Most Celebrated Prizes in Damascus' Campaign to Regain Territory. globalresearch.ca As soon as the Syrian government announced that the north-south highway was open last weekend, my courageous friend Jamil drove from Damascus to Aleppo and back. "The road was fine and very quick," he told me on the phone on …

Tony Cartalucci (2020-02-28). Turkey's Losing Bet in Syria. globalresearch.ca Turkey has allegedly lost another 33 troops in Syria this week amid its refusal to withdraw from Syrian territory amid Syrian government gains in the northern governorate of Idlib. | The BBC in its article, "

Eric Zuesse (2020-02-28). President Tayyip Erdogan Now Claims Syria's Idlib Province Belongs to Turkey. globalresearch.ca On February 26th, Turkey's President, told his Islamist political party that Idlib, which is the most heavily jihadist of all of Syria's provinces and the province where Syria had been sending jihadists who had been defeated but not killed by …

Staff (2020-02-28). Headlines for February 28, 2020. democracynow.org California Monitoring 8,400 People for Coronavirus as Fears of Pandemic Grow, Syrian Airstrike Kills 33 Turkish Soldiers in Idlib, Escalating Tensions, New Justice Department Task Force Seeks to Strip Naturalized Immigrants of Citizenship, Joe Biden's Campaign Walks Back False Claims of Arrest in 1970s South Africa, Democratic Superdelegates Overwhelmingly Oppose Bernie Sanders Campaign, Mike Bloomberg Refuses to Apologize for Spying on Muslims, As NYC Mayor, Mike Bloomberg Called for Cuts to Social Security "Ponzi Scheme", ProPublica: Mike Bloomberg Advised Billionaire Sackler Family on Opioid Crisis, Emails Sho…

WSWS (2020-02-28). Turkey bombs Syria after losing dozens of troops to Syrian-Russian airstrike. wsws.org The danger is growing that all-out war could erupt between the NATO alliance and the Syrian government's major international backers, Iran and Russia.

South Front (2020-02-28). Video: Fall of Saraqib: Syrian Army Retreat Under Turkish Strikes in Eastern Idlib. globalresearch.ca Members of al-Qaeda-linked groups embedded with Turkish troops have reentered the town of Saraqib in eastern Idlib following the collapse of the Syrian Army defense northwest of the town. | The attack was backed by Turkish artillery strikes on positions of …

Erin McCarley (2020-02-28). Class War, the DNC, and the Fight for Our Lives. commondreams.org Democratic presidential hopefuls Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg (L), Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (C) and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (R) participate in the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, Noticias Telemundo and The Nevada Independent at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 19, 2020. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Vijay Prashad (2020-02-28). Witnessing the hell that a migrant can face. mronline.org The Saudi-UAE war on Yemen has been going on for five years. Despite recent peace talks leading to an improvement in aid distribution, the violence has escalated in certain key districts of Yemen over the past two weeks. Since January, 35,000 Yemenis have been displaced from their homes, an indicator of the dangerous situation in […] |

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano (2020-02-28). Punishing the Free Speech of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca "Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech." — First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution | In the oral argument of the famous U.S. Supreme Court cases known collectively as the Pentagon Papers Case, the late Justice William O. …

San Jose Peace & Justice Center (2020-02-28). Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System. indybay.org San José Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th Street | San José, CA 95112 | Bus routes: 22, 522, 23, 523, 55, 64, 66, 68, 72, 73, 168, 181, 500, Hwy 17 Express, MST 55, LRT…

Renee Parsons (2020-02-28). Further Erosion of American Civil Liberties. Why Renew the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. globalresearch.ca As a mid March deadline approaches, the mad scramble is on for Congress to rubber stamp a 'clean' renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ( At every opportunity since 2001, Congress has used the re-authorization …

Brenda Norrell (2020-02-28). Tohono O'odham chairman to testify as U.S. blows up burial place today. indybay.org Tohono O'odham Chairman Ned Norris, Jr., will testify before a Congressional hearing on the destruction of sacred sites today, Wednesday, at 2 pm. Also today, the United States will blow up Monument Hill on Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, where O'odham burial remains were recently found.

teleSUR (2020-02-28). Brazil: Bolsonaro's Businessmen Behind Actions Against Congress. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Folha de Sao Paulo journalist Monica Bergamo Thursday revealed that entrepreneurs from the Brazil 200 Institute would be related to the media attacks that the far-right has undertaken against the Legislative Power. | RELATED: | On Wednesday,

Global Research News (2020-02-28). Selected Articles: Assad's Victory in Syria War? globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-02-28). Turkey, Russia tiptoe toward 'unnecessary war'. iranian.com A military confrontation between Turkey and Syria has erupted in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib. Latest reports say that at least 34 Turkish soldiers were killed on Thursday in a Syrian air attack. A Turkish retaliation commenced last night itself. The Syrian airstrike in Idlib took place in an area between the towns Baluon and …

Reza Marashi (2020-02-28). Pandemics, Politics, and Peace — Episode 11. iranian.com Episode Description: This week, Reza breaks down Trump's dangerous response to the Corona Virus, why it's bananas for the DC establishment to criticize Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren's call to drawdown US troops in the Middle East, and how Iran nuclear deal opponents have boxed themselves in. Sune Engel Rasmussen, Correspondent for The Wall Street …

Juan Cole (2020-02-28). Turkey Mobilizes for War With Syria and Russia as Nearly 3 Dozen Turkish Troops Killed in Airstrike. commondreams.org More refugees from Syria are expected to enter Turkey as a result of the air strike in Syria yesterday that killed nearly 3 dozen Turkish soldiers. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-02-27). Syrian troops repel all militant attacks on strategic Saraqib city in Idlib — military. rt.com Reports by some Turkish media outlets asserting that Syrian "moderate opposition" units have captured the city of Saraqib in Idlib province are out of sync with reality, TASS reported a military source as saying on Thursday. | "Militants' attacks against the city of Saraqib have been successfully repelled by Syrian government troops. The city is fully controlled by the Syrian government," the source said, adding that mine clearance and preparations for restoring civilian life are continuing there. | Saraqib, a strategically important city located to the southeast of the province's center, Idlib, at the interse…

RT (2020-02-27). 'War of nerves': Turkey goes 'all-in' to stop Syrian advance in Idlib but will it end in all-out war? rt.com Tensions in Syria's Idlib province show no signs of abating, with the Syrian Army pressing the offensive against militants while Turkey still seems to be hell-bent on stopping it. Will the situation boil over into open war? | Recent days have seen another spiral of tensions between Ankara and Damascus over the troubled northwestern Syrian province of Idlib — the last major stronghold of extremists and militants. At least 22 Turkish soldiers deployed to Idlib were killed in an airstrike launched by the Syrian Air Force on Thursday, according to Ankara. | President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had earlier issued a…

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U.S., Taliban Set to Sign Afghanistan Peace Deal
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-29
The pact sets the stage for U.S. troop withdrawal more than 18 years after George W. Bush ordered bombing in response to the 9/11 attacks.
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VoteVets for Buttigieg: Who's Really Keeping Us in the Dark About Campaign Funding?
Steve Early | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-28
In a Democratic primary field that once featured four military veterans, only two are still marching toward the White House. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's anti-war candidacy has sunk nearly out of sight, but Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, became a top tier contender in Iowa and New Hampshire. Flush with cash from nearly…
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VoteVets for Buttigieg: Who's Really Keeping Us in the Dark About Campaign Funding?
Steve Early | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-28
In a Democratic primary field that once featured four military veterans, only two are still marching toward the White House. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's anti-war candidacy has sunk nearly out of sight, but Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, became a top tier contender in Iowa and New Hampshire. Flush with cash from nearly…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/28/votevets-for…

NATO offers Turkey condolences & solidarity, but no additional military aid amid Idlib crisis
rt.com | 2020-02-28
On a request from Ankara, NATO members held consultations on the situation in Idlib, Syria, where 33 Turkish soldiers have been killed. But the alliance failed to pledge additional military aid to its member. | The Allies offered "their deepest condolences" to Turkey and expressed solidarity, but stopped short from taking any more practical measures after the Friday emergency meeting. Other members of the bloc are already supporting Turkey, "including by augmenting its air defenses, which helps Turkey against the threat of missile attacks from Syria" and conducting patrols of AWACS air reconnaissance planes, S…
rt.com/news/481918-nato-turkey-no-aid/

Children Are Freezing to Death in Syria as Humanitarian Crisis Intensifies
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-28
In Syria, 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Russia-backed Syrian forces in rebel-held Idlib in a major escalation on Thursday. Turkey has vowed to respond in kind, as U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres calls for an immediate ceasefire, saying "the risk of even greater escalation grows by the hour." Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly spoke by phone on Friday to discuss the crisis, as NATO urged rapid deescalation. The all-out…
truthout.org/video/children-are-freezing…

Greece tightens sea, land borders after Ankara's response to strike in Syria's Idlib
rt.com | 2020-02-28
Athens has tightened sea and land borders with Turkey after developments overnight in the Syrian region of Idlib, Reuters reported on Friday, citing government sources. A senior Turkish official said his country would no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe, as Ankara responded on Friday to the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in a reported airstrike by Syrian government forces in Idlib. | The Greek sources said Athens was also in contact with the European Union and NATO on the matter. Greece was the main gateway for hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming out of Turkey in a mass exodus in 2015 a…
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Catastrophic Humanitarian Crisis in Idlib as Syrian Troops Advance & Children Freeze to Death
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-28
In Syria, 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Russia-backed Syrian forces in rebel-held Idlib in a major escalation on Thursday. Turkey has vowed to respond in kind, as U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres calls for an immediate ceasefire, saying "the risk of even greater escalation grows by the hour." Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly spoke by phone on Friday to discuss the crisis, as NATO urged rapid deescalation. The all-out offensive by the Syrian government is the single largest displacement in a nine-year war that has forced 13 million t…
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'No longer in position to hold them': Turkey says it can't contain Europe-bound Syrian refugees amid Idlib flare-up
rt.com | 2020-02-28
Turkey is no longer able to contain millions of displaced Syrians and has reached "full capacity," Ankara's ruling AK party said in a fresh threat to open the floodgates into Europe as tensions over Idlib reach boiling point. | With Ankara vowing to go "all in" to halt a Syrian Army offensive to retake Idlib province from rebel militias, AKP spokesman Omer Celik suggested Turkey would soon allow hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees to pour into Europe, a threat repeatedly made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the past. | "Turkey can not bear the pressure of the new refugees, we now say that Turkey is a…
rt.com/news/481868-turkey-refugee-europe…

Turkish VP says Damascus to pay 'heavy price' for 'treacherous' attack after at least 33 Turkish troops killed in Idlib airstrike
rt.com | 2020-02-28
Turkey's vice president has vowed revenge on Syrian forces after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike in the rebel-held Idlib province. Ankara previously said it had launched air and artillery strikes in retaliation. | Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay unleashed a scathing verbal attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad and the forces loyal to Damascus shortly after a 6-hour marathon emergency security meeting chaired by Recep Tayyip Erdogan concluded in Ankara in the early hours of Friday. | Oktay minced no words, referring to the Syrian leader as "the head of a terror state" who "would go down in h…
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Turkey's Losing Bet in Syria
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-28
Turkey has allegedly lost another 33 troops in Syria this week amid its refusal to withdraw from Syrian territory amid Syrian government gains in the northern governorate of Idlib. | The BBC in its article, " Syria war: 33 Turkish troops …
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Catastrophic Humanitarian Crisis in Idlib as Syrian Troops Advance & Children Freeze to Death
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-28
In Syria, 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Russia-backed Syrian forces in rebel-held Idlib in a major escalation on Thursday. Turkey has vowed to respond in kind, as U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres calls for an immediate ceasefire, saying "the risk of even greater escalation grows by the hour." Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly spoke by phone on Friday to discuss the crisis, as NATO urged rapid deescalation. The all-out offensive by the Syrian government is the single largest displacement in a nine-year war that has forced 13 million t…
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Turkey & Syria on brink of WAR in Idlib: How did it come to this?
rt.com | 2020-02-28
Alarming developments in Syria's Idlib saw dozens of Turkish soldiers killed in a Syrian airstrike and Ankara responding with own fire and fury. But anyone following the conflict would know the escalation didn't start overnight. | The Idlib governorate, located in the northwestern part of Syria on the border with Turkey, is the last major stronghold of armed groups that have been fighting to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad for the past several years. The region was spared a Syrian Army offensive in 2018 on a request from Turkey, which said it didn't want to face a new influx of refugees…
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Syrian Refugees Rush Greece Border as Russia and Turkey Tangle
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-28
REYHANLI, Turkey

Article 5 or 'Oh my gosh'? What will US do after Turkish troops die in Syrian strike
rt.com | 2020-02-28
Turkey has reached out to NATO and the US following the deaths of its troops in Syria's Idlib province, fueling speculation that it might invoke Article 5 and get the alliance involved in a shooting war with Damascus

Turkey bombs Syria after losing dozens of troops to Syrian-Russian airstrike
wsws.org | 2020-02-28
The danger is growing that all-out war could erupt between the NATO alliance and the Syrian government's major international backers, Iran and Russia.
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WATCH asylum-seekers march towards Europe after Turkey declares it will no longer hold them back
rt.com | 2020-02-28
Turkey has announced it will no longer hold back people who wish to go to Europe and seek asylum there amid an escalation in Syria. Some have been quick to rush towards coasts and borders before Ankara changes its mind. | Would-be irregular immigrants have started trickling closer to Europe after top Turkish officials said Ankara would deliver on its threat and open the floodgates of migrants on Europe. The hopefuls are gathering in the Edirne province, which borders Greece and Bulgaria, as well as on Turkey's Aegean coast close to the Greek island of Lesbos, AFP reported. | Anadolu Agency posted drone foot…
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'Stakes higher' in Idlib but NATO 'won't run to Erdogan's aid' despite efforts to have allies intervene in Syria
rt.com | 2020-02-28
NATO will not offer anything more than words of support to its member Turkey despite Ankara's efforts to rally its allies after Turkish soldiers came under fire from the Syrian Army in the Idlib 'de-escalation' zone, RT was told. | NATO's collective defense pledge is "not applicable in the case of Turkey because we have an armed conflict on Syrian soil," Sergey Balmasov, an expert with the Russian International Affairs Council and the Moscow-based Institute for the Near East, told RT. Ankara requested an urgent NATO meeting on Friday, shortly after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by the Russian…
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Russian missile frigates passing through Turkish straits amid Idlib escalation
rt.com | 2020-02-28
A pair of advanced Russian missiles frigates is passing through the Turkey-controlled straits while en-route to the Mediterranean. It comes as dilomatic tensions between Moscow and Ankara over Syria's Idlib are not letting down. | The 'Admiral Grigorovich' and its sister ship 'Admiral Makarov' are among the more modern assets of the Russian Navy, capable of firing the advanced Kalibr-NK cruise missiles. Part of the Russian Black Sea fleet, they are currently moving to join Russia's naval forces in the Mediterranean as part of a scheduled rotation. | "The third frigate of the class, the 'Admiral Essen' has been…
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'We fought Russia 16 times and will fight it again,' warns Erdogan's adviser amid Idlib escalation
rt.com | 2020-02-28
A member of an expert body advising Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted that Ankara is prepared to go to war with Russia after tensions over Syria's Idlib province escalated over the past 24 hours. | Mesut Hakki Casin, who is a member of Turkey's Security and Foreign Policy Board advising Erdogan, made his comments shortly after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Russian-backed Syrian government forces in Idlib province. | We have fought Russia 16 times in the past, and we will fight it again. | The official pointed to Russia's sizeable Muslim population and claimed that the country "
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Turkey Mobilizes for War With Syria and Russia as Nearly 3 Dozen Turkish Troops Killed in Airstrike
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2020-02-28
More refugees from Syria are expected to enter Turkey as a result of the air strike in Syria yesterday that killed nearly 3 dozen Turkish soldiers. (Photo: Getty) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Video: Fall of Saraqib: Syrian Army Retreat Under Turkish Strikes in Eastern Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-28
Members of al-Qaeda-linked groups embedded with Turkish troops have reentered the town of Saraqib in eastern Idlib following the collapse of the Syrian Army defense northwest of the town. | The attack was backed by Turkish artillery strikes on positions of …
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Capture of M5 Hama-Aleppo Highway: One of the Most Celebrated Prizes in Damascus' Campaign to Regain Territory
Michael Jansen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-28
As soon as the Syrian government announced that the north-south highway was open last weekend, my courageous friend Jamil drove from Damascus to Aleppo and back. "The road was fine and very quick," he told me on the phone on …
globalresearch.ca/capture-m5-one-most-celebrated-prizes-damascus-campaign-regain-territory/5704943

President Tayyip Erdogan Now Claims Syria's Idlib Province Belongs to Turkey
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-28
On February 26th, Turkey's President, told his Islamist political party that Idlib, which is the most heavily jihadist of all of Syria's provinces and the province where Syria had been sending jihadists who had been defeated but not killed by | …
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Class War, the DNC, and the Fight for Our Lives
Erin McCarley | commondreams.org | 2020-02-28
Democratic presidential hopefuls Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg (L), Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (C) and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (R) participate in the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, Noticias Telemundo and The Nevada Independent at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 19, 2020. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Witnessing the hell that a migrant can face
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-02-28
The Saudi-UAE war on Yemen has been going on for five years. Despite recent peace talks leading to an improvement in aid distribution, the violence has escalated in certain key districts of Yemen over the past two weeks. Since January, 35,000 Yemenis have been displaced from their homes, an indicator of the dangerous situation in […] | Source…
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US sees 'significant reduction' in Afghan violence, prepares to sign historic deal with Taliban
rt.com | 2020-02-28
The US has seen a significant reduction in violence in Afghanistan during the past six days, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. The statement comes the day before Washington hopes to sign an American troops withdrawal deal with the Taliban. | "We have seen just these last six days a significant reduction in violence in Afghanistan," Pompeo told lawmakers in Washington. | "We are watching closely to see if the Islamic Republic of Iran begins to take even more active measures… that undermine our efforts at peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan," he said. | Pompeo's remark suggested that if the dr…
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Trump announces US-Taliban peace deal, 'path forward to end war' in Afghanistan
rt.com | 2020-02-28
President Donald Trump says the US is about to sign agreements with the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan that could provide a way for withdrawal of troops from that country after almost 20 years of war. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is headed to Qatar, where he will witness the signing of an agreement with the Taliban in Doha, while Defense Secretary Mark Esper will "issue a joint declaration" with the government in Kabul, Trump announced on Friday. | If the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan live up to these commitments, we will have a powerful path forward to end the war in Afghanistan and…
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Punishing the Free Speech of Julian Assange
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-28
"Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech."

Astronomers release first color PHOTO of Earth's new 2ND MOON we all missed
rt.com | 2020-02-28
Until recently, many of us earthlings were blissfully unaware that our planet had gained a second moon. But now 2020 CD3 has become such a superstar, we're using giant telescopes just to catch a glimpse of it. | Part-time paparazzi, full-time astronomers at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii snapped the stunning pictures of the car-sized carbonaceous rock using the 8-meter Gemini North telescope. | | © Gemini Observatory/NSF's NOIARL/AURA/G. Fedorets | The image is actually a combination of three separate images using three different filters to capture our new natural satellite in all its glory. | "Obtain…
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Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System
San Jose Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-02-28
San José Peace and Justice Center | 48 South 7th Street | San José, CA 95112 | Bus routes: 22, 522, 23, 523, 55, 64, 66, 68, 72, 73, 168, 181, 500, Hwy 17 Express, MST 55, LRT…
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A Difficult Peace
Sean Reynolds | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-28
Nearly a thousand of us were gathered in Chicago beneath the alarming edifice of Chicago's "Trump Tower." Iran's General Qassem Soleimani had been brutally murdered the day before in Iraq, with several of his associates; and the welcome surprise of Iran's relatively measured response was yet a few days off. A region-wide conflagration seemed just …
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Free the Freeway 9
Curt Wechsler | indybay.org | 2020-02-28
RefuseFascism.org defendants face three years in jail for peaceful political protest in the face of LAPD & prosecutorial harassment. We demand charges be dropped.
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A Difficult Peace
Sean Reynolds | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-28
Nearly a thousand of us were gathered in Chicago beneath the alarming edifice of Chicago's "Trump Tower." Iran's General Qassem Soleimani had been brutally murdered the day before in Iraq, with several of his associates; and the welcome surprise of Iran's relatively measured response was yet a few days off. A region-wide conflagration seemed just …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/a-difficult-p…

Free the Freeway 9
Curt Wechsler | indybay.org | 2020-02-28
RefuseFascism.org defendants face three years in jail for peaceful political protest in the face of LAPD & prosecutorial harassment. We demand charges be dropped.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/27/1883110…

Blue check blues: Twitter tricked into verifying teen's fake 2020 candidate for Congress while real people languish
rt.com | 2020-02-28
A high school student tricked Twitter into verifying an account he made for a fake candidate for Congress from Rhode Island, proving the platform's vaunted election integrity efforts are no match for a bored teen. | Rhode Island Republican Andrew Walz's Twitter has been suspended as of Friday, but before that, the blue-checked politician was seemingly a candidate like any other. Perhaps the platitudes that graced his page were a little emptier – "Let's make a change in Washington together," really? – and the follower count a bit low, but the co…
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Tohono O'odham chairman to testify as U.S. blows up burial place today
Brenda Norrell | indybay.org | 2020-02-28
Tohono O'odham Chairman Ned Norris, Jr., will testify before a Congressional hearing on the destruction of sacred sites today, Wednesday, at 2 pm. Also today, the United States will blow up Monument Hill on Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, where O'odham burial remains were recently found.
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Further Erosion of American Civil Liberties. Why Renew the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-28
As a mid March deadline approaches, the mad scramble is on for Congress to rubber stamp a 'clean' renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ( FISC) without amendment. | At every opportunity since 2001, Congress has used the re-authorization …
globalresearch.ca/why-renew-fisa-court-2/5705005

Brazil: Bolsonaro's Businessmen Behind Actions Against Congress
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-28
Brazil's Folha de Sao Paulo journalist Monica Bergamo Thursday revealed that entrepreneurs from the Brazil 200 Institute would be related to the media attacks that the far-right has undertaken against the Legislative Power. | RELATED: | Lula Counters Bolsonaro's and General's Call Against Democracy | On Wednesday, President Jair Bolsonaro posted a…
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Blue check blues: Twitter tricked into verifying teen's fake 2020 candidate for Congress while real people languish
rt.com | 2020-02-28
A high school student tricked Twitter into verifying an account he made for a fake candidate for Congress from Rhode Island, proving the platform's vaunted election integrity efforts are no match for a bored teen. | Rhode Island Republican Andrew Walz's Twitter has been suspended as of Friday, but before that, the blue-checked politician was seemingly a candidate like any other. Perhaps the platitudes that graced his page were a little emptier – "Let's make a change in Washington together," really? – and the follower count a bit low, but the co…
rt.com/usa/481976-teenager-fake-congress…

Congressman threatens Don Jr. with 'serious altercation' over claim Dems 'HOPE' people get coronavirus & die so as to derail Trump
rt.com | 2020-02-28
Democratic Rep. John Garamendi had some harsh words for Donald Trump Jr. after the president's son said Dems "seemingly hope" the coronavirus comes to the US and "kills millions." | The coronavirus is not only a pandemic, it's also now a political tool for Republicans and Democrats to lob across the aisle at each other. | California Congressman Garamendi perhaps went further than any politician has so far when he spoke about the disease and the political response to it in the US while appearing on MSNBC on Friday. Garamendi was particularly upset with Donald Trump Jr. over an earlier statement the president's…
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Second time's a charm? Trump nominates Texas congressman Ratcliffe as DNI chief AGAIN
rt.com | 2020-02-28
US President Donald Trump has tapped Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to be the new Director of National Intelligence, pending Senate confirmation. Ratcliffe had bowed out of the nomination last summer. | The surprise announcement, praising Ratcliffe as "an outstanding man of great talent," came on Friday afternoon as Trump departed Washington for a campaign rally in South Carolina. | I am pleased to announce the nomination of @RepRatcliffe (Congressman John Ratcliffe) to be Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Would have completed process ea…
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Wait, what? Biden claims he'll 'appoint' first African-American woman to US Senate in fresh gaffe
rt.com | 2020-02-28
Joe Biden has aroused concerns after misspeaking yet again in public, this time in front of an audience in South Carolina, promising voters he would "appoint" the first African-American woman to the US Senate. | From accidentally pitching himself as a Senate candidate to having to admit a bizarre story about being arrested trying to see Nelson Mandela was false, the Democratic presidential hopeful has had his fair…
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Wait, what? Biden claims he'll 'appoint' first African-American woman to US Senate in fresh gaffe
rt.com | 2020-02-28
Joe Biden has aroused concerns after misspeaking yet again in public, this time in front of an audience in South Carolina, promising voters he would "appoint" the first African-American woman to the US Senate. | From accidentally pitching himself as a Senate candidate to having to admit a bizarre story about being arrested trying to see Nelson Mandela was false, the Democratic presidential hopeful has had his fair…
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Selected Articles: Assad's Victory in Syria War?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-28
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-are-we-seeing-assad-victory-syria-war/5704994

Turkey, Russia tiptoe toward 'unnecessary war'
M. K. Bhadrakumar | iranian.com | 2020-02-28
A military confrontation between Turkey and Syria has erupted in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib. Latest reports say that at least 34 Turkish soldiers were killed on Thursday in a Syrian air attack. A Turkish retaliation commenced last night itself. The Syrian airstrike in Idlib took place in an area between the towns Baluon and …
iranian.com/2020/02/28/turkey-russia-tip…

Turkey, Russia tiptoe toward 'unnecessary war'
M. K. Bhadrakumar | iranian.com | 2020-02-28
A military confrontation between Turkey and Syria has erupted in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib. Latest reports say that at least 34 Turkish soldiers were killed on Thursday in a Syrian air attack. A Turkish retaliation commenced last night itself. The Syrian airstrike in Idlib took place in an area between the towns Baluon and …
iranian.com/2020/02/28/turkey-russia-tip…

'War of nerves': Turkey goes 'all-in' to stop Syrian advance in Idlib but will it end in all-out war?
rt.com | 2020-02-27
Tensions in Syria's Idlib province show no signs of abating, with the Syrian Army pressing the offensive against militants while Turkey still seems to be hell-bent on stopping it. Will the situation boil over into open war? | Recent days have seen another spiral of tensions between Ankara and Damascus over the troubled northwestern Syrian province of Idlib

Syrian journalist corrects the record on mainstream media's absurd Idlib coverage
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-27
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Syrian journalist Bashar Bazari, who works as a correspondent for HispanTV in Damascus….
thegrayzone.com/2020/02/27/syrian-journa…

Syria: Israel Drone Attack Kills 1 in Occupied Golan Heights
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-27
A Syrian civilian was killed Thursday in an Israeli drone attack on his car in the occupied Golan Heights, Syrian state media reported. | RELATED: | Turkey Accuses Syrian Gov't of Killing 2 Soldiers in Idlib | The attack occurred out in Hadr, a village in the Quneitra province located in the Syrian-controlled part of the territory. Israel illegally occupies most of the Golan Heights plateau, seized in the 1967 war. | Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a war monitor based i…
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Syria: "Moderate Rebels" or "Intelligence Assets"?
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-27
"Moderates" never existed except as an "intelligence" agency narrative to protect and arm all the terrorists. "Rebels" never existed except as an "intelligence" agency ploy to falsely portray a Regime Change war as a "revolution" or a "civil war". | Prof. | …
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