Daily Archives: March 6, 2020

2020-03-06: News Headlines

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-03-07). A "win-win" over Afghanistan and Syria. iranian.com Two peace agreements within a week are a bit too much. Hot on the heels of the US-Taliban peace agreement signed in Doha on February 9, Russia and Turkey have signed a peace agreement over the Syrian conflict in Moscow on March 6. On the face of it, the two are unconnected events but they …

RT (2020-03-06). War averted as Russia & Turkey reach deal on Idlib… but is peace on horizon? rt.com After a new agreement with Russia dispelled the specter of a major conflict arising from the recent escalation of tensions in Syria's Idlib, RT finds out whether it will be a lasting solution for Ankara and Damascus. | Damascus had launched an offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib against armed groups, which Ankara had supported as well as launching a military operation of its own. However, a heated standoff between the Syrian Army and Turkey seems to have been avoided. This was all thanks to the diplomatic efforts of Moscow and Ankara, which led to a new agreement on the troubled province following…

RT (2020-03-06). Turkish forces 'to react' to any attack of Syrian Army in Idlib, Erdogan warns. rt.com Turkish Armed Forces in Syria's Idlib would fight back any attack from the Syrian forces, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. | "We would invariably stay vigilant for any attacks and violations," Erdogan said, according to Yeni Safak. | Ankara's main goal is "implementation of UN resolution 2254 and launch of political process and end of civil war in Syria," TASS quoted the Turkish president as saying. He also noted that "the Turkish observation points would retain their status" and that any changes regarding them "are off the table." | On Thursday, Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin agree…

Steven Sahiounie (2020-03-06). The New Idlib Ceasefire Forces Turkey-Backed Extremists to Fall Back. mintpressnews.com Putin and Erdogan met in Moscow in a last-ditch effort to strike a deal over the escalating violence in Idlib, Syria. Steven Sahiounie weighs in on who prevailed and what likely comes next.

RT (2020-03-06). US 'BLOCKS' UN from supporting Russian-Turkish ceasefire in Syria's Idlib. rt.com US opposition reportedly blocked the UN Security Council from backing the agreement between Russia and Turkey for a ceasefire in Syria's Idlib province. US diplomats earlier sought to back Turkey's incursion in the area. | Friday's meeting was requested by Russia, after President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan hammered out a ceasefire after a six-hour meeting in Moscow the day before. | However, "one of the parties" blocked the Security Council statement that would have expressed support for the agreement, Russian envoy to the UN Vassily Nebenzia said. | Also on rt.com | | <...

RT (2020-03-06). 120 migrants rescued by Turkish coastguard off western coast — report. rt.com Turkey's coastguard rescued around 120 migrants trying to reach a Greek island on three dinghies early on Friday after they said their passage was blocked by Greek coastguard vessels, Reuters reported. | Migrants shouted as coastguard vessels approached them off the coast of western Turkey's Izmir province. | The migrants included people from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and various African countries. | Last week, Ankara said it would no longer stop hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers on its territory from trying to reach Europe. | Several migrants on two of the rescued dinghies claimed their boats' motors wer…

The Canary (2020-03-06). Refugees attacked with water canons and tear gas on the Greek-Turkish border. thecanary.co Refugees faced more attacks on the Greek-Turkish border as people attempted to enter Greece, while the European Union's foreign ministers held an emergency meeting to discuss the situation on the border and in Syria, where Turkish troops are fighting.Greek authorities used tear gas and a water cannon to repulse an attempt by refugees to push through the border from Turkey in the morning, while Turkish authorities fired volleys of tear gas onto the Greek side of the frontier.Thousands of refugees have been trying to get into Greece through the country's eastern land and sea borders over the past week, after Turkey…

RT (2020-03-06). Erdogan vows to keep migrants flowing as THOUSANDS keep trying to storm Greek border (VIDEOS). rt.com Turkey's border will remain open for migrants seeking to reach the EU, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says. Thousands of illegal migrants have amassed at the border with Greece, facing off with police and trying to break through. | Ankara will not try to stop the refugees flowing to Europe, Erdogan told reporters Friday, as he was flying home from Moscow, where he had agreed a ceasefire document on Syria's Idlib with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. | Are the borders open or closed? We don't have time to discuss it anymore. It is done. | The situation at the Greek-Turkish border remains very tense [m…

RT (2020-03-06). Congress slams 'fundamentally flawed' Boeing 737 MAX & 'grossly insufficient' FAA in scathing report. rt.com Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft was doomed by the manufacturer's "culture of concealment" that prioritized cost-cutting over safety, while the Federal Aviation Administration's poor judgment sealed its fate, the US House has concluded. | A software glitch that should have been discovered and repaired instead shipped by default with all new 737 MAX planes, resulting in a pair of horrific crashes that killed a total of 346 people and forced the grounding of 737 MAX planes worldwide. The error had been concealed by Boeing executives and ignored by FAA regulators, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee fo…

RT (2020-03-06). Democrat outrage forces Facebook to remove Team Trump's 'misleading' Census ads. rt.com Social media giant Facebook said it will remove certain ads by President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, after Democrats and media activists complained they would confuse Americans about the upcoming population census. | The ads were titled "Official 2020 Congressional District Census," but they directed respondents to a website used by the president's re-election campaign. The text of the ads, however, made it clear they were requesting data so the campaign could better formulate the election strategy in November: | "This survey is ESSENTIAL to our team's 2020 campaign strategy. We need Patriotic Americans like…

Staff (2020-03-06). "Supreme Inequality": Author Adam Cohen on the Supreme Court's 50-Year Battle Against Justice. democracynow.org The makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court has come under intense criticism in recent years after two Trump-nominated justices joined the bench. Senate Republicans confirmed Neil Gorsuch in 2017 after having refused to consider President Barack Obama's nominee in his final year in office, and they confirmed Brett Kavanaugh a year later despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge. During the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, several candidates floated the idea of "packing the court" — appointing more than nine justices — in order to counter the court's rightward drift. But while t…

Staff (2020-03-06). Headlines for March 6, 2020. democracynow.org 3,500 Cruise Ship Passengers Quarantined Off California Coast over Coronavirus Fears, Seattle Area Residents Urged to Work from Home as Coronavirus Spreads Across U.S., World Health Organization's Coronavirus Warning: "This Is Not a Drill", Stocks Tumble as Coronavirus Rattles Global Economy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Suspends 2020 Presidential Bid, Bernie Sanders Campaign Rally Disrupted by Protester with Nazi Flag, Russia and Turkey Agree to a Ceasefire in Syria's War-Torn Idlib, Israel Accused of Collective Punishment After Demolishing Palestinian Homes, Israeli Opposition Parties Bidding to Unseat Netanyahu After…

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-06). Another Farcical Ceasefire in Syria. globalresearch.ca Time and again, ceasefires agreed to on Syria were breached straightaway by US/NATO/Turkish supported terrorists. | Is this time different? Will belligerent Trump and Erdogan regimes turn a page for restoration of peace and stability in Syria? | Will they renounce years …

James Bovard (2020-03-06). Syria Debacles Epitomize Perpetual Perfidy of U.S. Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org Turkey is ratcheting up its invasion of Syria and trying to drag NATO into Erdogan's personal rehabilitation scheme. Threats and counter-threats are flying as thickly as the bombs and bullets. It remains to be seen whether U.S. policymakers will blunder deeper into this quagmire. Last October, the Washington establishment was aghast when President Trump appeared

Global Research (2020-03-06). "Voices from Syria" and "The Dirty War on Syria": Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria. globalresearch.ca Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: *SPECIAL OFFER: …

WSWS (2020-03-06). Putin and Erdogan agree to new Idlib ceasefire at Moscow summit on Syria. wsws.org Despite both sides' efforts to smooth over the conflicts, the ceasefire does not resolve the broader NATO-Russia conflicts behind recent Turkish-Russian clashes in Syria.

Marjorie Cohn (2020-03-06). Trump's Afghanistan Deal Prioritizes Bragging Rights Over Lasting Peace. zcomm.org It's true that the Trump administration signed a "peace deal" with the Taliban — something that eluded both George W. Bush and Barack Obama — but a closer look at the agreement reveals it to be riddled with conditions that are fraught with obstacles…

Paul Street (2020-03-06). They Rule: No Easter Bernie. counterpunch.org Former MSNBC (MSDNC) talk show host Chris Matthews' execution by the Bernie Sanders campaign today was quick and painless. A guillotine was set up near Central Park's Pond & Gapstow Bridge. A crowd of 15,000 applauded politely after Matthews' head was held up and placed inside a model Cold War era television. Ticket fees (ranging from $27 to $200) were dedicated to the Sanders campaign. Sanders addressed the crowd, calmly explaining why Matthews had been condemned. Sanders asked attendees to go to berniesanders.com to contribute further to his campaign and to nominate other broadcast journalists for executio…

Eric Walberg (2020-03-06). Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher (2020). globalresearch.ca First, Diana Johnstone's memoir is a classic, and will be read and quoted as long as we keep struggling for peace and justice. It is one of the great personal accounts of the anguished decline of our uncivilization, …

Jacob Bacharach (2020-03-06). In the Land of the Gerontocrats. truthdig.com As much as I like Bernie Sanders and hope he prevails in the Democratic primary, I confess that there's something gray and depressing about a crusty, seventy-something, New-Deal liberal representing the great electoral hope of the American left. There are, of course, a number of engaging young progressives in office now, but the fame and near-celebrity profiles of newcomers like Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez belie the still fundamentally local power bases of these congresswomen, none of whom has yet been tested even in a statewide election. Victories at the state and local levels have bee…

Adam Wunische (2020-03-06). The US-Taliban Deal Changes Little on the Ground. thenation.com The US-Taliban Deal Changes Little on the Ground…

Thomas Knapp (2020-03-06). Yes, Trump Should Talk with the Taliban. counterpunch.org On March 3, US president Donald Trump spoke (via telephone) with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, chief of the Taliban's Doha diplomatic office and signer, on behalf of his organization, of the recently concluded Afghanistan "peace deal." "The direct contact between an American president and a top Taliban leader would once have been unthinkable," writes Michael

Phelonius Crunk (2020-03-06). History Tells Us Which Democratic Nominee Truly Hurts Down Ballot Democrats. dissidentvoice.org "Sanders can't win the presidency. He's too far left." Others opine, "He'll never get anything through congress. He hasn't ever accomplished anything." What is this movement then? How did a 'nobody' build the greatest political movement and fundraising machine in the history of the United States? Because his ideas are popular. They have broad appeal. …

WSWS (2020-03-06). Clash between Bolsonaro and Congress deepens crisis of capitalist rule in Brazil. wsws.org The Bolsonaro government's break with bourgeois democratic forms of rule—like that of Trump in the US or Modi in India—is symptomatic of a profound crisis of the entire capitalist system.

Milestone in History (2020-03-06). Shahid Buttar v Nancy Pelosi for Congress in November 2020 runoff. indybay.org We achieved a milestone in history in San Francisco in the March 3, 2020 election with Shahid Buttar now in second place challenging 37-year incumbent millionaire reactionary Democrat Nancy Pelosi for a seat in Congress representing 770,000 San Francisco residents out of a population of 866,000 total San Francisco residents.

Telesur (2020-03-06). Former Nobel Peace Prize Nominates Morales for 2020 Distinction. globalresearch.ca "It is an honor for me to inform you that I have nominated comrade Evo Morales Ayma for the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2020," the Argentinian Adolfo Perez Esquivel announced on his Twitter account. | *** | The Argentinian activist …

Robert Reich (2020-03-06). Mitch McConnell's do-nothing republicans. nationofchange.org America used to have a Senate that served the people.

Staff (2020-03-06). Warren Dropped Out, But Her Fight Against Wall Street Continues. truthout.org In 2010, after Ted Kennedy's death left a Massachusetts Senate seat open, Martha Coakley ran one of the worst, most utterly presumptuous campaigns in history to fill it. Believing completely in the idea that no Republican could ever win that office in that state, she barely left her own state attorney general's office to campaign. | When the dust settled from that special election, a contest that saw statewide turnout barely crack 30 percent, a relatively unknown conservative Republican named Scott Brown h…

pip.hinman (2020-03-06). Oil firm dumps plans to drill the Bight, but fight not over. greenleft.org.au

sputniknews (2020-03-06). Tulsi Gabbard Accused of 'Fascism' Online After Speaking Out Against Hinduphobia in US. sputniknews.com Hindu-American Tulsi Gabbard, the sole remaining female candidate in the ongoing Dem primary battle, was verbally attacked after saying she has first-hand experience of Hinduphobia in the US. Defenders chimed in though, arguing such a reaction proves she's got a point.

sputniknews (2020-03-06). Serbian Armed Forces Ready to Close Border to Migrants – Defence Minister. sputniknews.com BELGRADE (Sputnik) – The Serbian military is ready to defend the country's border from the influx of migrants if the leadership issues such an order, Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said on Friday in the wake of Turkey's move to open its frontier with the European Union to migrants amid a fresh escalation in Syria's Idlib province.

sputniknews (2020-03-06). Fragile Balance: Idlib Ceasefire Can Fail From 'Slightest Mistake', Military Expert Warns. sputniknews.com The Russian and Turkish presidents negotiated a ceasefire agreement on 5 March to end the recent escalation of tensions in Syria's Idlib Province. The flare-up was triggered by attacks of local terrorists against Syrian forces and the latter's retaliatory strikes that resulted in the deaths of Turkish troops caught in the crossfire.

sputniknews (2020-03-06). US Could've Sent Munitions to Turkish Troops in Idlib Without Recently Agreed Ceasefire – Erdogan. sputniknews.com Following two months of escalating violence in Syria's Idlib Province, a new ceasefire regime was negotiated for the area by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart on 5 March.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-03-06). After Alabama Executes Nathaniel Woods, Ayanna Pressley Leads Fresh Calls for US to Abolish Death Penalty. commondreams.org After the state of Alabama on Thursday night executed 44-year-old Nathaniel Woods despite serious concerns about injustices in his case, Rep. Ayanna Pressley and other lawmakers and civil rights advocates implored Congress to abolish the death penalty nationwide. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

yenisafak (2020-03-06). Greeks | attack descendants of Syrians who protected their ancestors during | WWII. yenisafak.com As the Syrian civil war continues to rage, it has become quite clear that Europe, where refugee hostility has been on the rise, has quickly forgotten its not-so-distant past.During World War II, hundreds of thousands of Europeans who fled Nazi occupation and Soviet oppression, have sought protection in Middle Eastern countries.There's an abundance of records about migrant ancestors of Greeks who were hosted by Syria during WWII.However, the whole world today is bearing witness to Greece's barbaric attacks against asylum seekers on its borders.Over 12,000 Greek migrants were hosted in camps located in the city of…

yenisafak (2020-03-06). Over 142,000 asylum seekers leave Turkey for Europe. yenisafak.com More than 142,000 asylum seekers have left Turkey for Greece, the country's interior minister said Friday."As of 12.10 p.m. local time, 142,175 migrants have left the territory of Turkey from Edirne and Evros to Greece," said Suleyman Soylu in a tweet.Last week, Turkish officials announced they would no longer try to stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe.Since then, thousands of asylum seekers have flocked to Edirne, along the borders with Greece and Bulgaria, to make their way into Europe.The decision was made after 34 Turkish soldiers were martyred by Assad regime forces in Idlib, northwestern Syria last wee…

yenisafak (2020-03-06). US, Europe unsafe if Syrian regime not stopped: Expert. yenisafak.com American and European interests will soon be threatened if the atrocities by Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria are not stopped, said an American expert on Friday."A new wave of refugees will destabilize European democracies. The United States has interests all over the region that will be threatened by the rising chaos," said political analyst Josh Robin, at his column for the Washington Post."The strategic argument is clear-cut. What happens in Syria doesn't stay in Syria."Idlib, just across Turkey's southern border with Syria, falls within a de-escalation zone laid out in a deal between Turkey and Russia in late…

yenisafak (2020-03-06). Turkey seeks end to civil war in Syria: Erdogan. yenisafak.com Turkey's president on Friday said the country's goals in Syria were to facilitate a political process in line with UN Security Council resolutions and put an end to ongoing civil war.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would remain vigilant in the northwestern region of Idlib in case forces loyal to the Bashar al-Assad regime target the city or violate the latest cease-fire.

yenisafak (2020-03-06). Turkey deports Croatian national over terror links. yenisafak.com Turkey on Friday deported a terrorist from Croatia back to his country of origin, the Interior Ministry said.In a statement, the ministry said the fighter was sent back as part of Ankara's ramped-up efforts to expel foreign terrorists.Turkey continues to send back foreign terrorist fighters, it added.The issue of the handling of Daesh/ISIS members and their families detained in Syria

yenisafak (2020-03-06). Erdogan hopes cease-fire continues in Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com Turkish president on Friday said Ankara reached a cease-fire deal with Russia regarding northwestern Idlib city of Syria, which would hopefully bring an end to a war between Muslim parties.Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks came after Friday prayers in Istanbul, where he commented on operations of Turkish Armed Forces in Syria and deadly coronavirus outbreak around the world."We have had martyrs. We finally sat at the table yesterday and agreed on a cease-fire as of [Thursday] midnight. We hope that it [cease-fire] continues," Erdogan said.Erdogan noted that he hoped this move would bring an end to a war between Musl…

yenisafak (2020-03-06). Turkey condemns 'heinous attack' in Afghanistan. yenisafak.com "We are deeply saddened to receive the news that many people have lost their lives and have been injured as a result of an armed attack that took place in Kabul today [March 6] at a commemoration ceremony, which was attended by many leading Afghan politicians," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement."We strongly condemn this heinous attack, which came about at a critical time when peace and reconciliation efforts gained momentum in Afghanistan," the ministry added.The attack came just days after the U.S. and Taliban reached a landmark peace deal aimed at ending violence in the war-torn country."We reite…

RT (2020-03-05). Tulsi Gabbard calls out 'very real' Hinduphobia in US, gets branded 'fascist' as if to prove her point. rt.com Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the sole remaining woman in the Democratic presidential primaries, has been accused of "fascism" and pressured to drop out of the race after she shared a post about hatred of Hindus in the US. | "Unfortunately, Hinduphobia is very real," Gabbard tweeted on Thursday, saying she experienced it directly both in her congressional and presidential campaigns. "Sadly, our political leaders [and] media not only tolerate it, but foment it," she added. | By way of example, she retweeted someone quoting a Facebook post about a confrontation with an Uber driver accusing Indians of murde…

Staff (2020-03-05). Russia, Turkey Announce Cease-Fire in Northwestern Syria. truthdig.com Putin and Erdogan reach deal to try to ease escalating tensions with Assad-led forces in Idlib and say they will help refugees return home.

RT (2020-03-05). Zarif adviser & former envoy to Syria known for his role in Iran hostage crisis dies of coronavirus. rt.com Hossein Sheikholeslam, adviser to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, has died of coronavirus, becoming the third government figure to perish in the epidemic which has infected thousands in Iran. | Sheikholeslam, whose previous political posts have included ambassador to Syria and assistant to the parliament speaker for international affairs, first rose to prominence in the country while still a student for his role in the US-Iran hostage crisis. | ÿ≠ÿ≥€åŸÜ ÿ¥€åÿÆ ÿߟÑÿßÿ≥ŸÑ&yuml…

RT (2020-03-05). California declares state of emergency after 1st coronavirus death… as US House passes $8.3bn emergency funding bill. rt.com California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency over the deadly coronavirus, soon after local officials confirmed the state's first death from the illness, which has infected more than 50 people in 12 counties. | With California's first death announced on Wednesday, and six new cases arising in the last 48 hours, the emergency declaration could see an influx of emergency funds set aside by Congress rush into the state — with the governor telling reporters on Tuesday there was "always… the opportunity to do a declaration of emergency" to secure "additional resources." | Congress has ag…

RT (2020-03-05). Bernie 'speaks to yearning that is deep and real': Biden heaps praise on his 'authentic' opponent… in 2016 (VIDEO). rt.com Bernie Sanders has been labeled a polarizing radical incapable of uniting Democrats against Donald Trump, but his opponent and DNC darling Joe Biden thinks the Vermont senator has vast appeal — at least he said so in 2016. | In an interview with CNN's Gloria Borger, a much more articulate, four-years-younger Biden explained why he thought Sanders — now his main opponent to clinch the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — was a political force to be reckoned with. | "I think that Bernie is speaking to a yearning that is deep and real, and he has credibility," Biden cooed while commenting on…

teleSUR (2020-03-05). Russia, Turkey Agree Ceasefire Deal for Syria's Idlib. telesurenglish.net Turkey and Russia agreed to a ceasefire deal on Thursday in Syria's Idlib region; after their two leaders said RELATED: | Russian President Vladimir Putin, standing next to his Turkish co…

South Front (2020-03-05). Video: Turkish Forces Are on 'Tactical Retreat'. Syrian Army Recaptures More Territory in Eastern and Southern Idlib. globalresearch.ca Erdogan's forces continue their bloody battle for peace and prosperity for al-Qaeda groups in the Syrian region of Greater Idlib. | On March 3, Turkey shot down an L-39 warplane of the Syrian Air Force in eastern Idlib. The warplane, which …

teleSUR (2020-03-05). Putin and Erdogan Meet in an Attempt to End Idlib Crisis. telesurenglish.net Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan are meeting this Thursday in Moscow to take measures to stop the military escalation and its consequent migration crisis in the Syrian province of Idlib. | RELATED: | "This meeting is crucial. I am confident that the decisions we take will ease the situation in Idlib," the Turkish president said at the start of the meeting, according to local media. | Both presi…

Pepe Escobar (2020-03-05). Empires of the Steppes Fuel Erdogan Khan's Dreams. globalresearch.ca The latest installment of the interminable Syria tragedy could be interpreted as Greece barely blocking a European "invasion" by Syrian refugees. The invasion was threatened by President Erdogan even as he

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A "win-win" over Afghanistan and Syria
M. K. Bhadrakumar | iranian.com | 2020-03-07
Two peace agreements within a week are a bit too much. Hot on the heels of the US-Taliban peace agreement signed in Doha on February 9, Russia and Turkey have signed a peace agreement over the Syrian conflict in Moscow on March 6. On the face of it, the two are unconnected events but they …
iranian.com/2020/03/06/a-win-win-over-af…

Another Farcical Ceasefire in Syria
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
Time and again, ceasefires agreed to on Syria were breached straightaway by US/NATO/Turkish supported terrorists. | Is this time different? Will belligerent Trump and Erdogan regimes turn a page for restoration of peace and stability in Syria? | Will they renounce years …
globalresearch.ca/another-farcical-ceasefire-in-syria/5705729

War averted as Russia & Turkey reach deal on Idlib… but is peace on horizon?
rt.com | 2020-03-06
After a new agreement with Russia dispelled the specter of a major conflict arising from the recent escalation of tensions in Syria's Idlib, RT finds out whether it will be a lasting solution for Ankara and Damascus. | Damascus had launched an offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib against armed groups, which Ankara had supported as well as launching a military operation of its own. However, a heated standoff between the Syrian Army and Turkey seems to have been avoided. This was all thanks to the diplomatic efforts of Moscow and Ankara, which led to a new agreement on the troubled province following…
rt.com/news/482496-russia-turkey-idlib-d…

Turkish forces 'to react' to any attack of Syrian Army in Idlib, Erdogan warns
rt.com | 2020-03-06
Turkish Armed Forces in Syria's Idlib would fight back any attack from the Syrian forces, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. | "We would invariably stay vigilant for any attacks and violations," Erdogan said, according to Yeni Safak. | Ankara's main goal is "implementation of UN resolution 2254 and launch of political process and end of civil war in Syria," TASS quoted the Turkish president as saying. He also noted that "the Turkish observation points would retain their status" and that any changes regarding them "are off the table." | On Thursday, Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin agree…
rt.com/newsline/482516-turkish-forces-re…

"Voices from Syria" and "The Dirty War on Syria": Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: two essential books on Syria for . | *SPECIAL OFFER: Voices from Syria + The Dirty War on Syria: | …
globalresearch.ca/voices-from-syria-and-the-dirty-war-on-syria-mark-taliano-and-tim-anderson-analyze-the-war-on-syria/5620373

The New Idlib Ceasefire Forces Turkey-Backed Extremists to Fall Back
Steven Sahiounie | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-06
Putin and Erdogan met in Moscow in a last-ditch effort to strike a deal over the escalating violence in Idlib, Syria. Steven Sahiounie weighs in on who prevailed and what likely comes next.
mintpressnews.com/russia-turkey-ceasefir…

US 'BLOCKS' UN from supporting Russian-Turkish ceasefire in Syria's Idlib
rt.com | 2020-03-06
US opposition reportedly blocked the UN Security Council from backing the agreement between Russia and Turkey for a ceasefire in Syria's Idlib province. US diplomats earlier sought to back Turkey's incursion in the area. | Friday's meeting was requested by Russia, after President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan hammered out a ceasefire after a six-hour meeting in Moscow the day before. | However, "one of the parties" blocked the Security Council statement that would have expressed support for the agreement, Russian envoy to the UN Vassily Nebenzia said. | Also on rt.com | |
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Of course it's coincidence: Kremlin spokesman denies trolling Erdogan with bronzework of Russo-Turkish war
rt.com | 2020-03-06
Some believe the Kremlin wanted to rattle Turkey's President by placing him next to a work of art depicting a crushing Ottoman defeat at the hands of the Russians, but Vladimir Putin's spokesman says it was pure coincidence. | Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Moscow on Thursday to discuss with the Russian President ways to deescalate tensions in Syria's Idlib province. When Putin and his guest were briefing the media, a clock was visible on the mantelpiece behind their backs. The instrument is decorated with…
rt.com/russia/482509-putin-erdogan-clock…

Erdogan vows to keep migrants flowing as THOUSANDS keep trying to storm Greek border (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-03-06
Turkey's border will remain open for migrants seeking to reach the EU, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says. Thousands of illegal migrants have amassed at the border with Greece, facing off with police and trying to break through. | Ankara will not try to stop the refugees flowing to Europe, Erdogan told reporters Friday, as he was flying home from Moscow, where he had agreed a ceasefire document on Syria's Idlib with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. | Are the borders open or closed? We don't have time to discuss it anymore. It is done. | The situation at the Greek-Turkish border remains very tense [m…
rt.com/news/482520-turkey-greece-migrant…

Refugees attacked with water canons and tear gas on the Greek-Turkish border
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-06
Refugees faced more attacks on the Greek-Turkish border as people attempted to enter Greece, while the European Union's foreign ministers held an emergency meeting to discuss the situation on the border and in Syria, where Turkish troops are fighting.Greek authorities used tear gas and a water cannon to repulse an attempt by refugees to push through the border from Turkey in the morning, while Turkish authorities fired volleys of tear gas onto the Greek side of the frontier.Thousands of refugees have been trying to get into Greece through the country's eastern land and sea borders over the past week, after Turkey…
thecanary.co/uk/2020/03/06/refugees-attacked-with-water-canons-and-tear-gas-on-the-greek-turkish-border/

Putin and Erdogan agree to new Idlib ceasefire at Moscow summit on Syria
wsws.org | 2020-03-06
Despite both sides' efforts to smooth over the conflicts, the ceasefire does not resolve the broader NATO-Russia conflicts behind recent Turkish-Russian clashes in Syria.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/06/idli…

Syria Debacles Epitomize Perpetual Perfidy of U.S. Foreign Policy
James Bovard | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
Turkey is ratcheting up its invasion of Syria and trying to drag NATO into Erdogan's personal rehabilitation scheme. Threats and counter-threats are flying as thickly as the bombs and bullets. It remains to be seen whether U.S. policymakers will blunder deeper into this quagmire. Last October, the Washington establishment was aghast when President Trump appeared…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/06/syria-debacl…

"Supreme Inequality": Author Adam Cohen on the Supreme Court's 50-Year Battle Against Justice
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-06
The makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court has come under intense criticism in recent years after two Trump-nominated justices joined the bench. Senate Republicans confirmed Neil Gorsuch in 2017 after having refused to consider President Barack Obama's nominee in his final year in office, and they confirmed Brett Kavanaugh a year later despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge. During the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, several candidates floated the idea of "packing the court"

Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher (2020)
Eric Walberg | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
First, Diana Johnstone's memoir is a classic, and will be read and quoted as long as we keep struggling for peace and justice. It is one of the great personal accounts of the anguished decline of our uncivilization, …
globalresearch.ca/circle-darkness-memoir-world-watcher-2020/5705714

In the Land of the Gerontocrats
Jacob Bacharach | truthdig.com | 2020-03-06
As much as I like Bernie Sanders and hope he prevails in the Democratic primary, I confess that there's something gray and depressing about a crusty, seventy-something, New-Deal liberal representing the great electoral hope of the American left. There are, of course, a number of engaging young progressives in office now, but the fame and near-celebrity profiles of newcomers like Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez belie the still fundamentally local power bases of these congresswomen, none of whom has yet been tested even in a statewide election. Victories at the state and local levels have bee…
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In the Land of the Gerontocrats
Jacob Bacharach | truthdig.com | 2020-03-06
As much as I like Bernie Sanders and hope he prevails in the Democratic primary, I confess that there's something gray and depressing about a crusty, seventy-something, New-Deal liberal representing the great electoral hope of the American left. There are, of course, a number of engaging young progressives in office now, but the fame and near-celebrity profiles of newcomers like Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez belie the still fundamentally local power bases of these congresswomen, none of whom has yet been tested even in a statewide election. Victories at the state and local levels have be…
truthdig.com/articles/revenge-of-the-ger…

They Rule: No Easter Bernie
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
Former MSNBC (MSDNC) talk show host Chris Matthews' execution by the Bernie Sanders campaign today was quick and painless. A guillotine was set up near Central Park's Pond & Gapstow Bridge. A crowd of 15,000 applauded politely after Matthews' head was held up and placed inside a model Cold War era television. Ticket fees (ranging from $27 to $200) were dedicated to the Sanders campaign. Sanders addressed the crowd, calmly explaining why Matthews had been condemned. Sanders asked attendees to go to berniesanders.com to contribute further to his campaign and to nominate other broadcast journalists for executio…
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Yes, Trump Should Talk with the Taliban
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-06
On March 3, US president Donald Trump spoke (via telephone) with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, chief of the Taliban's Doha diplomatic office and signer, on behalf of his organization, of the recently concluded Afghanistan "peace deal." "The direct contact between an American president and a top Taliban leader would once have been unthinkable," writes Michael…
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Trump's Afghanistan Deal Prioritizes Bragging Rights Over Lasting Peace
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2020-03-06
It's true that the Trump administration signed a "peace deal" with the Taliban

The US-Taliban Deal Changes Little on the Ground
Adam Wunische | thenation.com | 2020-03-06
The US-Taliban Deal Changes Little on the Ground…
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Bolivia: El Alto Citizens Seek Justice for the Sekata Victims
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
During a rally carried out in El Alto city on Thursday, Bolivians demanded the self-proclaimed President Jeanine Añez to respond for the Senkata massacre, which left 36 dead in Nov. 2019.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | RELATED: | Bolivia: Senate Session Ends Amid Protests and Tear Gas | The former senator has not offered a convincing response to those affected by the violence that the Bolivian security forces deployed to guara…
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Former Nobel Peace Prize Nominates Morales for 2020 Distinction
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-06
"It is an honor for me to inform you that I have nominated comrade Evo Morales Ayma for the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2020," the Argentinian Adolfo Perez Esquivel announced on his Twitter account. | *** | The Argentinian activist …
globalresearch.ca/former-nobel-peace-prize-nominates-morales-2020-distinction/5705700

Chile: New Protests Are Scheduled Amid Plebiscite Campaign
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-06
Chile's political and social organizations called for a new wave of protests throughout March, a decisive month for the Chileans on their way to the plebiscite on the new Constitution to be held on April 26. | RELATED: | Chile Senate Approves Gender Parity For Constitutional Process | To begin with, the Workers' United Center of Chile (CUT) called for a demonstration to commemorate the upcoming International Women's Day. | "On March 8 and 9, starting at noon, we will take to the stre…
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Mitch McConnell's do-nothing republicans
Robert Reich | nationofchange.org | 2020-03-06
America used to have a Senate that served the people.
nationofchange.org/2020/03/06/mitch-mcco…

Warren Dropped Out, But Her Fight Against Wall Street Continues
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-06
In 2010, after Ted Kennedy's death left a Massachusetts Senate seat open, Martha Coakley ran one of the worst, most utterly presumptuous campaigns in history to fill it. Believing completely in the idea that no Republican could ever win that office in that state, she barely left her own state attorney general's office to campaign. | When the dust settled from that special election, a contest that saw statewide turnout barely crack 30 percent, a relatively unknown conservative Republican named Scott Brown h…
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Shahid Buttar v Nancy Pelosi for Congress in November 2020 runoff
Milestone in History | indybay.org | 2020-03-06
We achieved a milestone in history in San Francisco in the March 3, 2020 election with Shahid Buttar now in second place challenging 37-year incumbent millionaire reactionary Democrat Nancy Pelosi for a seat in Congress representing 770,000 San Francisco residents out of a population of 866,000 total San Francisco residents.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/04/1883129…

History Tells Us Which Democratic Nominee Truly Hurts Down Ballot Democrats
Phelonius Crunk | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-06
"Sanders can't win the presidency. He's too far left." Others opine, "He'll never get anything through congress. He hasn't ever accomplished anything." What is this movement then? How did a 'nobody' build the greatest political movement and fundraising machine in the history of the United States? Because his ideas are popular. They have broad appeal. …
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History Tells Us Which Democratic Nominee Truly Hurts Down Ballot Democrats
Phelonious Crunk | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-06
"Sanders can't win the presidency. He's too far left." Others opine, "He'll never get anything through congress. He hasn't ever accomplished anything." What is this movement then? How did a 'nobody' build the greatest political movement and fundraising machine in the history of the United States? Because his ideas are popular. They have broad appeal. …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/history-tells…

Clash between Bolsonaro and Congress deepens crisis of capitalist rule in Brazil
wsws.org | 2020-03-06
The Bolsonaro government's break with bourgeois democratic forms of rule–like that of Trump in the US or Modi in India–is symptomatic of a profound crisis of the entire capitalist system.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/06/braz…

Democrat outrage forces Facebook to remove Team Trump's 'misleading' Census ads
rt.com | 2020-03-06
Social media giant Facebook said it will remove certain ads by President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, after Democrats and media activists complained they would confuse Americans about the upcoming population census. | The ads were titled "Official 2020 Congressional District Census," but they directed respondents to a website used by the president's re-election campaign. The text of the ads, however, made it clear they were requesting data so the campaign could better formulate the election strategy in November: | "This survey is ESSENTIAL to our team's 2020 campaign strategy. We need Patriotic Americans like…
rt.com/usa/482452-facebook-removes-trump…

Congress slams 'fundamentally flawed' Boeing 737 MAX & 'grossly insufficient' FAA in scathing report
rt.com | 2020-03-06
Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft was doomed by the manufacturer's "culture of concealment" that prioritized cost-cutting over safety, while the Federal Aviation Administration's poor judgment sealed its fate, the US House has concluded. | A software glitch that should have been discovered and repaired instead shipped by default with all new 737 MAX planes, resulting in a pair of horrific crashes that killed a total of 346 people and forced the grounding of 737 MAX planes worldwide. The error had been concealed by Boeing executives and ignored by FAA regulators, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee fo…
rt.com/usa/482532-congress-blasts-boeing…

US, Europe unsafe if Syrian regime not stopped: Expert
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-06
American and European interests will soon be threatened if the atrocities by Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria are not stopped, said an American expert on Friday."A new wave of refugees will destabilize European democracies. The United States has interests all over the region that will be threatened by the rising chaos," said political analyst Josh Robin, at his column for the Washington Post."The strategic argument is clear-cut. What happens in Syria doesn't stay in Syria."Idlib, just across Turkey's southern border with Syria, falls within a de-escalation zone laid out in a deal between Turkey and Russia in late…
yenisafak.com/en/world/us-europe-unsafe-…

Turkey deports Croatian national over terror links
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-06
Turkey on Friday deported a terrorist from Croatia back to his country of origin, the Interior Ministry said.In a statement, the ministry said the fighter was sent back as part of Ankara's ramped-up efforts to expel foreign terrorists.Turkey continues to send back foreign terrorist fighters, it added.The issue of the handling of Daesh/ISIS members and their families detained in Syria

Turkey seeks end to civil war in Syria: Erdogan
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-06
Turkey's president on Friday said the country's goals in Syria were to facilitate a political process in line with UN Security Council resolutions and put an end to ongoing civil war.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would remain vigilant in the northwestern region of Idlib in case forces loyal to the Bashar al-Assad regime target the city or violate the latest cease-fire.
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-seeks-end-t…

Greeks | attack descendants of Syrians who protected their ancestors during | WWII
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-06
As the Syrian civil war continues to rage, it has become quite clear that Europe, where refugee hostility has been on the rise, has quickly forgotten its not-so-distant past.During World War II, hundreds of thousands of Europeans who fled Nazi occupation and Soviet oppression, have sought protection in Middle Eastern countries.There's an abundance of records about migrant ancestors of Greeks who were hosted by Syria during WWII.However, the whole world today is bearing witness to Greece's barbaric attacks against asylum seekers on its borders.Over 12,000 Greek migrants were hosted in camps located in the city of…
yenisafak.com/en/world/greeksattack-desc…

Erdogan hopes cease-fire continues in Idlib, Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-06
Turkish president on Friday said Ankara reached a cease-fire deal with Russia regarding northwestern Idlib city of Syria, which would hopefully bring an end to a war between Muslim parties.Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks came after Friday prayers in Istanbul, where he commented on operations of Turkish Armed Forces in Syria and deadly coronavirus outbreak around the world."We have had martyrs. We finally sat at the table yesterday and agreed on a cease-fire as of [Thursday] midnight. We hope that it [cease-fire] continues," Erdogan said.Erdogan noted that he hoped this move would bring an end to a war between Musl…
yenisafak.com/en/news/erdogan-hopes-ceas…

Over 142,000 asylum seekers leave Turkey for Europe
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-06
More than 142,000 asylum seekers have left Turkey for Greece, the country's interior minister said Friday."As of 12.10 p.m. local time, 142,175 migrants have left the territory of Turkey from Edirne and Evros to Greece," said Suleyman Soylu in a tweet.Last week, Turkish officials announced they would no longer try to stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe.Since then, thousands of asylum seekers have flocked to Edirne, along the borders with Greece and Bulgaria, to make their way into Europe.The decision was made after 34 Turkish soldiers were martyred by Assad regime forces in Idlib, northwestern Syria last wee…
yenisafak.com/en/news/over-142000-asylum…

Turkey condemns 'heinous attack' in Afghanistan
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-06
"We are deeply saddened to receive the news that many people have lost their lives and have been injured as a result of an armed attack that took place in Kabul today [March 6] at a commemoration ceremony, which was attended by many leading Afghan politicians," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement."We strongly condemn this heinous attack, which came about at a critical time when peace and reconciliation efforts gained momentum in Afghanistan," the ministry added.The attack came just days after the U.S. and Taliban reached a landmark peace deal aimed at ending violence in the war-torn country."We reite…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-condemns-he…

Tulsi Gabbard Accused of 'Fascism' Online After Speaking Out Against Hinduphobia in US
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-06
Hindu-American Tulsi Gabbard, the sole remaining female candidate in the ongoing Dem primary battle, was verbally attacked after saying she has first-hand experience of Hinduphobia in the US. Defenders chimed in though, arguing such a reaction proves she's got a point.
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Serbian Armed Forces Ready to Close Border to Migrants – Defence Minister
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-06
BELGRADE (Sputnik) – The Serbian military is ready to defend the country's border from the influx of migrants if the leadership issues such an order, Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said on Friday in the wake of Turkey's move to open its frontier with the European Union to migrants amid a fresh escalation in Syria's Idlib province.
sputniknews.com/europe/20200306107849443…

US Could've Sent Munitions to Turkish Troops in Idlib Without Recently Agreed Ceasefire – Erdogan
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-06
Following two months of escalating violence in Syria's Idlib Province, a new ceasefire regime was negotiated for the area by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart on 5 March.
sputniknews.com/world/202003061078493207…

Fragile Balance: Idlib Ceasefire Can Fail From 'Slightest Mistake', Military Expert Warns
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-06
The Russian and Turkish presidents negotiated a ceasefire agreement on 5 March to end the recent escalation of tensions in Syria's Idlib Province. The flare-up was triggered by attacks of local terrorists against Syrian forces and the latter's retaliatory strikes that resulted in the deaths of Turkish troops caught in the crossfire.
sputniknews.com/analysis/202003061078497…

After Alabama Executes Nathaniel Woods, Ayanna Pressley Leads Fresh Calls for US to Abolish Death Penalty
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-06
After the state of Alabama on Thursday night executed 44-year-old Nathaniel Woods despite serious concerns about injustices in his case, Rep. Ayanna Pressley and other lawmakers and civil rights advocates implored Congress to abolish the death penalty nationwide. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Video: Turkish Forces Are on 'Tactical Retreat'. Syrian Army Recaptures More Territory in Eastern and Southern Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-05
Erdogan's forces continue their bloody battle for peace and prosperity for al-Qaeda groups in the Syrian region of Greater Idlib. | On March 3, Turkey shot down an L-39 warplane of the Syrian Air Force in eastern Idlib. The warplane, which …
globalresearch.ca/video-turkish-forces-tactical-retreat-syrian-army-recaptures-more-territory-eastern-southern-idlib/5705589

Tulsi Gabbard calls out 'very real' Hinduphobia in US, gets branded 'fascist' as if to prove her point
rt.com | 2020-03-05
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the sole remaining woman in the Democratic presidential primaries, has been accused of "fascism" and pressured to drop out of the race after she shared a post about hatred of Hindus in the US. | "Unfortunately, Hinduphobia is very real," Gabbard tweeted on Thursday, saying she experienced it directly both in her congressional and presidential campaigns. "Sadly, our political leaders [and] media not only tolerate it, but foment it," she added. | By way of example, she retweeted someone quoting a Facebook post about a confrontation with an Uber driver accusing Indians of murde…
rt.com/usa/482444-tulsi-gabbard-hindupho…

Putin and Erdogan Meet in an Attempt to End Idlib Crisis
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-05
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan are meeting this Thursday in Moscow to take measures to stop the military escalation and its consequent migration crisis in the Syrian province of Idlib. | RELATED: | Turkey Threatens to Undo EU Migration Agreement | "This meeting is crucial. I am confident that the decisions we take will ease the situation in Idlib," the Turkish president said at the start of the meeting, according to local media. | Both presi…
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Russia, Turkey Agree Ceasefire Deal for Syria's Idlib
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-05
Turkey and Russia agreed to a ceasefire deal on Thursday in Syria's Idlib region; after their two leaders said after talks in Moscow to contain a conflict that has displaced nearly a million people in three months. | RELATED: | Russia Denies Responsibility for Humanitarian Crisis in Idlib | Russian President Vladimir Putin, standing next to his Turkish co…
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Empires of the Steppes Fuel Erdogan Khan's Dreams
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-05
The latest installment of the interminable Syria tragedy could be interpreted as Greece barely blocking a European "invasion" by Syrian refugees. The invasion was threatened by President Erdogan even as he refused the EU's puny "offer you can refuse" bribe …
globalresearch.ca/empires-steppes-fuel-erdogan-khan-dreams/5705584

Guterres calls for 'immediate and lasting' end to Syria fighting as Turkey and Russia agree ceasefire
news.un.org | 2020-03-05
The UN Secretary-General said on Thursday that he hoped the latest ceasefire agreement between Russia and Turkey to end fighting across Syria's stricken Idlib region, would finally lead to "an immediate and lasting cessation", that would protect civilian lives.
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Breaking: Terrorists Attempt Chemical Attack in Idlib
Miri Wood | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-05
Breaking news from Russian Ministry of Defense: A 15-member terrorist group tried to explode ammunition containing chemical substances in vicinity of Saraqib in Idlib countryside. | Yesterday, Syria News wrote that "The possibility of another chemical hoax continues to loom." | UK …
globalresearch.ca/terrorists-attempt-chemical-attack-idlib/5705592