Turkish-Backed Commander Survives Assassination Attempt In Greater Idlib, HTS Blamed

Illustrative image. On January 15, Abu Zubair Al-Ghab, a senior military commander of the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL), survived an assassination attempt in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib. Unidentified gunmen targeted the commanders’ vehicle as it was passing on a road near the town of Atimah in the northern countryside of Idlib. Abu Zubair was lightly wounded. None of his family members, who were with him at the time of the attack, were harmed. The NFL, which was formed by several factions in 2018, is Turkey’s main proxy in Greater Idlib. Abu Zubair is a senior commander of the NFL’s main faction, the Ahrar al-Sham Movement. أبو الزبير الغاب بعد نجاته هو وعائلته من محاولة اغتيال في إدلب…. عندما يباهيك أحد بالأمن والاستقرار، ويرفع شعار #نحو_مجتمع_آمن، عليك أن تذكره بالكثير من مثل هذا الخبر. pic.twitter.com/WxVC15PqM8 — أبو يحيى الشامي (@borwjj) January 15, 2022 No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attempt on Abu Zubair’s life. However, Syrian opposition activists said that al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of Greater Idlib, was behind the assassination attempt. Abu Zubair is well-known for his stands against HTS, who has been hunting down

Enduring Stain: The Guantánamo Military Prison Turns Twenty

Illustrative Image Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark Anniversaries for detention centres, concentration camps and torture facilities are not the relishable calendar events in the canon of human worth.  But not remembering them, when they were used, and how they continue being used, would be unpardonable amnesia.  On January 11, 2002, the first prisoners of the absurdly named “War on Terror”, declared with such confused understanding by US President George W. Bush, began arriving at the newly constructed Camp X-Ray prison at the US naval base in Guantánamo Bay.  Structurally crude, it was intended as a temporary facility, remote and out of sight.  Instead, it became a permanent and singular contribution of US political and legal practice, withering due process and civil liberties along the way. After two decades, 779 prisoners have spent time there, many of whom were low level operatives of minimal importance.  Prior to being sent to the camp, the detainees endured abductions, disappearances, and torture in US-operated centres in allied countries.  The previous director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gina Aspel, had more than a nodding acquaintance with this process, having overseen operations at a black site in Thailand specialising in interrogating al-Qaeda suspects. Guantánamo Bay was

Hackers Blocked Websites Of Ukrainian Ministries, Urging Ukrainians To “Prepare For The Worst”

Click to see full-size image Last night, official websites of the ministries of Ukraine were hacked. All the information on the websites disappeared, and a message was published urging Ukrainians to “prepare for the worst.” The websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, the Ministry of Veterans Affairs were hacked, and the portals of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Ministry of Sports, the Ministry of Community and Territorial Development, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Ecology, the Ministry of Energy were blocked and could not be opened. An appeal appeared on the websites claiming that all personal data of citizens was “uploaded to the network”, and the information on the computer is destroyed and cannot be restored. “All information about you has become public, be afraid and wait for the worst. This is for your past, present and future. For Volhynia, for the OUN UPA, for Galicia, for Polesie and for historical lands,” the message reads. The message was published in three languages: Ukrainian, Russian and Polish. Some local media reported that photos of naked women were published on the main page of the Ministry of

Japan Risks Turning Into NATO Staging Ground Akin To Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (L) meet with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (C) at his office in Tokyo on March 16, 2021. (Photo by KIM KYUNG-HOON / POOL / AFP) Fumio Kishida is militarizing Japan to Western standards in violation of constitution. Written by Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst The Japanese government, led by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, has been militarizing the country since October last year in violation of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. Article 9 states that “[Japan aspires] sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained.” To achieve this goal, Japan never built up a serious military fitting of the country’s global importance, nor other means of war as the right to wage war is not recognized by the Constitution. Kishida continues the line of previous prime ministers and members of the ruling Liberal Democratic

Israeli Military Shares Footage Of Failed Hezbollah Drone Operation

File image. On January 14, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) released a video documenting a recent failed attempt by two alleged operatives of Hezbollah to launch a small quadcopter drone near the separation line between Lebanon and Israel. IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee claimed that the two operatives wanted to use the drone to collect intelligence on Israeli-held areas. #خاص توثيق حصري بالفيديو يظهر رصد قوات جيش الدفاع لعناصر #حزب_الله أثناء محاولتهم الفاشلة إطلاق مسيّرة لجمع معلومات استخباراتية تجاه السيادة الإسرائيلية في الفترة الأخيرة. #لا_شيئ_يخفى_علينا pic.twitter.com/cGrBMuh7Ic — افيخاي ادرعي (@AvichayAdraee) January 14, 2022 The IDF also released a photo of another Hezbollah operative who took part in a drone exercise that was recently held in an unspecified part of Lebanon’s South Governorate. Some footage of the exercise were recovered from a downed Hezbollah drone and made public by the IDF on January 7. كما سمح بنشر صورة سرية إضافية لناشط في #حزب_اللة شارك في التدريب الذي نفذ حول كيفية استخدام المسيّرات. وقد ضبطت هذه الصور في المسيرة التابعة لحزب الله الإرهابي والتي اسقطت في الأشهر الأخيرة بعد عبورها الحدود السيادية لإسرائيل. #لا_شيئ_يخفى_علينا pic.twitter.com/cSESJlPMss — افيخاي ادرعي (@AvichayAdraee) January 14, 2022 Lt. Col. Avichay

Forget ‘Balance’, The Russia VS West Info War Is Hotting Up

Illustrative Image Russian news outlets are striving to provide different viewpoints on issues while the western media churns out anti-Russian propaganda… Written by Johanna Ross, graduate of Russian Studies and political analyst based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The recent tensions between Russia and the West, which have climaxed of late over the conflict in Ukraine and Moscow’s security proposals, have been well documented in the western media. The coverage however, has been far from balanced and in most cases, amounts to nothing less than propaganda. As a journalist I have experience of working in different media organisations, including Russian media.  I know, as do the majority of trained journalists, how important it is to provide the audience with a balanced range of perspectives on a given topic when news reporting: if you invite on a guest with one opinion, you must provide an alternative view also. I’m also aware of the criticism that Russian media organisations such as RT and Sputnik have had hurled their way over the last decade, with blanket accusations of propaganda dominating the western narrative about these news outlets. I have not been exempt from such labelling, having been branded ‘Putin’s propaganda girl’ for simply working at

Israeli Authorities Arrested Five Citizens Suspected Of Spying For Iran

Illustrative image. On January 12, the Israeli Security Agency, Shin Bet, announced that it had arrested five Jewish Israelis suspected of assisting an Iranian operative in gathering intelligence and making connections in Israel. The five suspects, four women and one man, are all Jewish immigrants from Iran or the descendants of Iranian immigrants. The alleged Iranian operative, who maintained profiles on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, pretended to be a Jewish man named Rambod Namdar. According to the Shin Bet, some of the suspects told investigators that they were aware that Namdar may have been an Iranian intelligence operative, but continued their communications with him anyway. In exchange for thousands of dollars, the five suspects took photographs of strategically significant sites in Israel, including the US Consulate in Tel Aviv, attempted to form relationships with politicians and provided information about security arrangements at different sites. The security agency said that two of the suspects even attempted to convince their sons to join a Military Intelligence unit of the Israeli Defense Forces at the direction of the Iranian operative. “With their grave actions, those involved put themselves, their families and innocent Israeli citizens at risk, as their information was transferred

US Advisers At Work In Ukrainian Defense Ministry

Illustrative Image Kiev is once again accepting to play a role of destabilizing agent in Russian strategic environment. Written by Lucas Leiroz, researcher in Social Sciences at the Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; geopolitical consultant. Washington decided to send special advisers to work with the Ukrainian Defense Ministry – and Kiev accepted it. Apparently, the new officials will work permanently at Ukrainian government headquarters, which means that their advice and reports will have priority status in the face of decisions taken in Kiev from now on. The measure is part of a list of recent American incursions into the Ukrainian issue, which also includes the sending of equipment and weapons. In fact, once again, Washington shows interest in taking an anti-diplomatic line, to the detriment of negotiations with Russia. In a recent post made by the Policy Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on a social network, it is possible to read: “On January 11, 2022, US advisers Chris Rizzo and Todd Brown began working in the Defense Policy Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on a permanent basis”. At a later time, the Directorate mentions the fact that the main responsibilities of the

Turkey Helped Instigate Uprising In Kazakhstan To Advance “Great Turan” Project

Illustrative Image. 2011 Report that American-Turkish-Israeli operations center instigated Kazakhstan’s bloody unrest. Written by Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst Ankara is seemingly more emboldened than ever as early signs show that the bloody unrest that engulfed Kazakhstan had significant Turkish involvement, not only through its intelligence services, but also through Kazakhstan’s Turkey-oriented politicians and business community. The Kazakh elite, led by its leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, expedited the development of multilateral relations and established an alliance with Ankara. This alliance was cultivated under the formula of a “multi-vector course”, with inspiration of a supranational entity called “Great Turan.” “Great Turan” is a relatively new concept born out of fringe nationalist movements that opposed the Russian Empire and Soviet Union. It was also propelled in Turkey by Kemalist ideology to Turkify Anatolian Muslims and Christians alike. Today, one of the greatest champions of a “Great Turan” – the ideology of unifying Turkic-speaking people from the Balkans to Siberia and Xinjiang, is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. It is recalled that when speaking to the Organization of Turkic States, Erdoğan said: “Turkistan is our ancestral home, our main hearth. We are a very large family of 300 million people who speak the same

Blast Kills Policemen, Wounds Three Civilians In Turkish-Occupied Azaz In Northern Syria (Videos, Photos)

Illustrative image. Source: https://t.me/fri_syrian_army_8 On January 13, a member of the so-called Free Military Police was killed and three civilians were wounded in the Turkish-occupied northern Syrian town of Azaz as a result of an attack with an improvised explosive device (IED). The attack targeted a vehicle of the Free Military Police, a local law enforcement body backed by Turkey. The vehicle belongs to the head of the police Discipline Department, Mohamad Abboud, who was not aboard it at the time of the attack. [embed]https://youtube.com/watch?v=PNt0DKuXVsA[/embed] انفجرت عبوة ناسفة بسيارة بالقرب من مديرية المواصلات في مدينة اعزاز بريف حلب الشمالي و وأنباء عن إصابة عدد من الأشخاص بجروح pic.twitter.com/j8wUbium25 — Âla hacıoğlu (@ala_hacioglu) January 13, 2022 The slain policeman was identified by Syrian opposition activists as Mohamad al-Hussein, who was likely a personal guard of Abboud. Minutes after the attack, Turkish-backed policemen in Azaz dismantled a second IED that was also planted under a vehicle. [embed]https://youtube.com/watch?v=o9rqCC4ltH8[/embed] No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. Kurdish forces and ISIS remains the two main suspects as both of them carried out similar attacks in Turkish-occupied areas in northern and northeastern Syria in the

Large Explosion Rocks Hezbollah Heartland In South Lebanon (Videos)

Screen gran from one of the videos showing the explosion. Early on January 13, a fairly large explosion rocked Lebanon’s South Governorate, the heartland of Iran’s top ally Hezbollah. The explosion emanated from a building located between the towns of Houmine El Faouqa and Roumine, some 18 kilometers away from the separation line with Israel. سمع دوي انفجار حوالي الساعة الثانية فجرا بين بلدتي حومين الفوقا ورومين في قضاء النبطية جنوبي البلاد. pic.twitter.com/0PRaDdxIag — Jadidouna news جديدنا نيوز (@JadidounaNews) January 13, 2022 انفجار في بلدة حومين جنوب لبنان pic.twitter.com/yZJKXoNX8X — حزام (@Ksa305Mbs) January 13, 2022 Al Jadeed news channel said that a fire from a faulty electricity generator spread to a fuel depot then to a nearby warehouse, where unexploded munitions from the 2006 War were being stored, causing the large explosion. However, LBCI news said that the explosion emitted from at a military site of Hezbollah located on Zahrani River. The outlet noted that an “old munition” may have been the cause of the explosion. The explosion resulted in some material losses. Nevertheless, no casualties were reported by Lebanese authorities or local news sources. سماع دوي انفجار قوي في بلدة حومين الفوقا

Greater Idlib: Casualties Reported Following Explosion At Fuel Station Near Turkey’s Border (Videos)

File image. Late on January 12, a massive fire broke out at Eddo fuel station in the town of Kafr Lusin in northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib. Several explosions were reportedly heard before the fire. The fuel station is located near the Turkish border. The area is known to be an infamous stronghold of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of Greater Idlib. The fire claimed the lives of two people and wounded several others. The death toll from the fire could rise in the upcoming few hours. عاجل || إندلاع حريق ضخم في محطة وقود قرب كفرلوسين شمال إدلب. pic.twitter.com/ZyNpd284BB — إدلب Online (@idleb_online) January 12, 2022 #عاجل إندلاع حريق ضخم في محطة وقود #العيدو قرب #كفرلوسين شمال #إدلب وفرق الدفاع المدني تهرع لإخماد النيران. pic.twitter.com/tf7X3joHNP — علاء عقيل (@alaaakill) January 12, 2022 #انفجار محطة وقود في كفرلوسين ادى لمقتل ثلاثة أشخاص حسبنالله ونعم الوكيل pic.twitter.com/kT4wHkYMrL — رب إني لما أنزلت إلي من خير فقير (@snabl73alkhiar) January 12, 2022 مقتل شخصين بانفجار بمحطة وقود في بلدة كفرلوسين شمال إدلب pic.twitter.com/R40gezF9q2 — Mahmoud Talha – محمود طلحة (@mahmoodtalha22) January 12, 2022 According to Syrian pro-government activists, the

Saudi-led Coalition Calls Its Missile Footage Scandal ‘Marginal Error’

Illustrative image, source: the Houthis media wing The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis (Ansar Allah) in Yemen has dismissed its use of old footage from Iraq in a failed propaganda stunt as a “marginal error”. The coalition shared on January 9 footage showing what it claimed to be a ballistic missile workshop of the Houthis in the western Yemeni province of al-Hudaydah. The footage was later found to be taken from the 2009 US film “Severe Clear” which documents the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. In an attempt to justify the failure, Saudi-led coalition spokesman, Brig. Gen. Turki al-Maliki, said that the false video was provided by one of their intelligence sources in Yemen. “We have many sources [in Yemen], and this comes within the marginal error of dealing with these sources,” the spokesman said at a press conference on January 11. “The fact that the footage passed by one of the sources was false does not mean that the Houthi militias do not use port camps and do not use civilians for the purpose of protection.” The Houthis called the propaganda stunt a “major scandal,” and accused the Saudi-led coalition of “lying, deceiving and red herring”. Even

Geopolitics Of Digital Currencies And Internet

Illustrative image The recent events in Kazakhstan have put the topic of digital currencies on the spotlight again. Written by Uriel Araujo, researcher with a focus on international and ethnic conflicts. Kazakhstan is amid a political crisis today after the escalation of violent protests. It is very likely the situation was exploited by foreign actors in the manner of some of the so-called “velvet revolutions”of the last few years. Such turmoils often start with protests pertaining to legitimate issues – in Kazakhstan’s case, a rise in gas prices. Not much is talked, though, about how the issue of cryptocurrencies “mining” factors into this equation – this country became last year the world’s second-largest centre for such mining. In fact, Kazakhstan’s crisis also shows us the geopolitical and strategic importance of the digital currencies’ issue. Cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin being the most famous, are a kind of online digital currency and as such they are basically collections of binary data employed as a medium of exchange as a digital asset – that is, a fiat currency, generally speaking. The records about ownership of individual “coins”’ are stored in a digital database, and through certain transactions additional “coins” are created. Usually they are not

Lithuania Clings Onto European Nuclear Energy Hopes In Bid To Lessen Reliance On Russian Gas

Illustrative image President Nausėda’s dreams for Lithuania’s nuclearization will be difficult to realize. Written by Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst As part of the EU’s bid to transition away from fossil fuels, the European Commission has drafted a proposal that would label some nuclear and natural gas projects as “green”. This caught the attention and interest of Lithuania, with President Gitanas Nausėda being one of the first to comment on the European Commission’s draft bill. “Taking account of scientific advice and current technological progress, as well as varying transition challenges across Member States, the Commission considers there is a role for natural gas and nuclear as a means to facilitate the transition towards a predominantly renewable-based future,” the European Commission said in a statement. Due to the Lithuania’s decision to shut down the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant as part of conditions for joining the EU, as well as the country’s unsuccessful attempt to build the Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant, Lithuanian nuclear scientists have already accumulated some experience in nuclear waste disposal and designing plans for new reactors. The Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant was proposed to be built at the site of the closed Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, but ultimately failed to materialize. The experience gained already, despite being

SDF Launched Arrest Campaigns After Protests In Syria’s Raqqa And Hasakah

Click to see full-size image Written by Khaled Iskef Many locals from al-Shaddadi in al-Hasakah southern countryside protested against SDF violent behavior. Local sources reported that the protesters have held up signs against SDF’s violations and the cases of the arbitrary detention they commit, especially arresting and forcing young men and underage girls to recruit and serve in their camps. The sources added that the locals expressed their refusal to the acts of looting and vandalizing to their properties performed by SDF militants, who also impose royalties on the locals harvests. The sources also clarified that the locals gathered in al-Shaddadi square, burnt tires, and blocked the main roads leading to the city, shouting out anti-SDF and anti-US claims. Al-Shaddadi protests came in parallel to SDF’s arrest campaigns in al-Sweedieh village near al-Tabqah city in Raqqah countryside. The sources mentioned that SDF’s militants raided on the village for the second day in a row and imposed a curfew in addition to raiding on many houses and arresting over 30 civilians. The source also clarified that SDF’s raids were a backdrop of demonstrations against them in al-Sweedieh, that lead to the clashes between locals and militants, resulting in wounding a number

Spokesman For Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Killed In Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province (18+)

Click to see full-size image A wanted commander and spokesperson for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Khalid Balti, also known as Muhammad Khorasani, was reportedly killed in the Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar. According to several reports, unidentified gunmen shot him dead on January 10. According to preliminary data, ISIS militants are behind the murder. On the other hand, the Pakistan’s intelligence services are also suspected. Click to see full-size image Khorasani was the head of the TTP’s Umar Media wing. He was appointed as the new spokesperson for TTP in 2014 after former spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid declared his allegiance to ISIS. He Aged between 48 and 50, Khorasani’s real name was Khalid Balti. He was the TTP’s operational commander and the spokesperson for the group. He was born in the Gilgit-Baltistan region in northern Pakistan. In 2007, he reportedly joined the Tehreek Nifaze Shriat Muhammadi in Swat. He had close ties to the former TTP chief Mullah Fazalullah. He fled to Afghanistan and remained the TTP spokesperson after Pakistan carried out military operations in the erstwhile tribal areas. Khalid Balti played an important role in TTP activities in Pakistan and took part in unification of different TTP factions. Being close to

In Video: Large Convoy of U.S. Tankers Smuggling Oil To Iraq

https://southfront.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/USconvoy.mp4 On January 10, RusVesna published a video showing a large convoy of U.S. takers with Syrian oil heading towards Iraq. The footage taken by a military aircraft proved that a kilometers-long US convoy accompanied by four military vehicles was moving along the M4 highway towards the illegal border crossing of Al-Walid with Iraq. AccordingContinue reading “In Video: Large Convoy of U.S. Tankers Smuggling Oil To Iraq”

Wave Of Suicides Swept Kazakh High-Ranking Officials Following Plot Disclosure

Illustrative Image Immediately after the statement of the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev about the plot of some leaders of the security forces and foreign forces, a wave of suicides swept high-ranking officials of the country’s police and the National Security Committee. Azamat Ibrayev On January 10, Colonel of the National Security Service of Kazakhstan Azamat Ibrayev was found dead in the backyard of his house in the capital, Nur-Sultan. According to local sources, he apparently jumped out of the window. A pre-trial investigation is underway. General Zhanat Suleimenov Earlier on the same day, the head of the Zhambyl region Police Department, General Zhanat Suleimenov also committed suicide. After the riots, a criminal case was initiated against him, he was threatened with a tribunal. Apparently, these are not the last dramatic cases to be reported in the coming days. Meanwhile, the number of law enforcement officers killed in the riots has increased to 17 servicemen. Click to see full-size image MORE ON THE TOPIC: ‘Peaceful Protesters’ In Kazakhstan Reveal Their Origin (Video) Kazakhstan And Europe’s Anti-Lockdown Protests – A Contrast In Reactions The post Wave Of Suicides Swept Kazakh High-Ranking Officials Following Plot Disclosure appeared first on South

Broken Nest, The US Anti-China Project To Destroy Semiconductor Factories In Taiwan

Illustrative Image Written by Piero Messina How to prevent China from attacking Taiwan? The gurus at the US Army War College in Carlisle in Pennsylvania have clear ideas. To make Taiwan less attractive, it is enough to destroy its semiconductor companies. The paper is called “Broken Nest, deterring China from invading Taiwan” and was presented in November last year by two researchers from the military study center, Jared M. McKinney and Peter Harris. The idea must be taken very seriously. Us Army War College is one of the most authoritative think tanks in the US military world. The college was born around the Carlisle Barracks, founded in 1757. Since 1904 the center has formed the military elite of the United States and allied countries. From the courses of the US Army War College have passed soldiers who have made the history of the US army such as George Patton (Landing in Normandy in the Second World War) William Westmoreland (the commander of the US forces in the Vietnam War) and Norman Schwarzkopf Jr ( the General who led the forces of the anti-Saddam coalition in the first Gulf War). In recent years, the College of Carlisle has also trained foreign