PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDERS MILITARY STRIKES, HUGE BLASTS HEARD IN DAMASCUS.

 Witnesses are reporting explosions heard in Damscus…

Pentagon: There will be a press briefing at 10 p.m. EDT, tonight, April 13, in the Pentagon Briefing Room on operations in Syria.

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Update 1: President Trump has now confirmed that in a combined operation with France and UK, a military strike is now under way against Syria

“A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad.”

“This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime.”

“These are not the actions of a man; they are crimes of a monster instead.”

“The combined American, British, and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power, military, economic, and diplomatic.”

“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.”

“In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons.”

“Assad’s recent attack and today’s response are the direct result of Russia’s failure to keep that promise. Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace.”

“The United States will be a partner and a friend, but the fate of the region lies in the hands of its own people.”

“Tonight, I ask all Americans to say a prayer for our noble warriors and our allies as they carry out their missions. We pray that God will bring comfort to those suffering in Syria.”

Theresa May has commented:

  • *MAY: AUTHORISED FORCES TO CONDUCT TARGETED STRIKES IN SYRIA
  • *MAY: WE ARE ACTING TOGETHER WITH OUR AMERICAN & FRENCH ALLIES
  • *U.K.’S MAY SAYS STRIKE IS LIMITED, TARGETED
  • *MAY: SYRIA’S PERSISTENT PATTERN OF BEHAVIOUR MUST BE STOPPED
  • *MAY: ATTACKS `NOT ABOUT REGIME CHANGE’ IN SYRIA
  • *MAY: CAN’T ALLOW CHEMICAL WEAPONS TO BECOME NORMALISED

Mr. Trump has threatened military action against Syria for days as retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack by the forces of President Bashar al-Assad on a Damascus suburb last week.

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With two Tomahawk-capable destroyers in The Mediterranean Sea, and following “highly confident” intel that Syria launched the chemical attack, NYTimes reports that President Trump is expected to make a statement about Syria on Friday evening at the White House, an administration official said.

Additionally, Gateway Pundit’s Josh Caplan reports that Vice President Mike Pence was seen “‘rushing back” to his hotel in Peru amid speculation about possible U.S. military action in Syria.

FOX News reports that President Trump has approved military strikes on Syria and is set to announce them within 30 minutes.

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The Donald Cook and The Winston Churchill are capable of carrying up to 150 Tomahawk missiles between them (last April Trump fired 59 Tomahawks into Syria).

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U.S Public Furious at ‘Our’ Government’s Intended Invasion of Syria.

The American public — even the strongest supporters of Donald Trump — is outraged that Trump of America, and Macron of France, and May of UK, intend a military invasion of Syria, in order to ‘punish Assad for’ a chemical attack that he might not even have done, and which might not even have happened at all as the invaders allege it to have happened.

Risking nuclear war against Russia, Syria’s ally, on such flimsy basis, is considered, it seems, treasonous, even by Trump’s voting-base.
 
For example, the Breitbart news-site is associated with Trump’s campaign since the very start of Trump’s efforts to win the U.S. Presidency, and its articles typically receive thousands or even tens of thousands of reader-comments. One of its lead stories on April 11th was “May Readies UK for Syria Strikes, Defies Strong Public Opposition” and it reports the polled two-to-one opposition by Brits against Prime Minister May’s decision to join the U.S. invasion; and if one clicks “Sort by Best” the top reader-comment — the one that received the highest net number of up-votes — is:

EmilyEnso 

May Readies UK for Syria Strikes, Defies Strong Public Opposition

I have just rung up my MP’s office to express my opposition and outrage at what will certainly be a war criime should Britain go ahead with bombing the Syrians and killing yet more innocent people.

It is a criminal and unjustifiable act using a completely bogus sham as an excuse.

I hope everyone else will do the same, alternatively E mail and urgently..

My MP, incidently, is a Tory.

So, an overwhelmingly U.S. readership is most-strongly liking an anti-Trump, anti-May, comment.

Another strongly pro-Trump readership is at the infowars site, and a main story there on April 11th was “REPORT: U.S. SET TO TARGET 70 DIFFERENT SITES IN SYRIA: Including ones at which Russian troops are stationed,” and the top reader-comment, and responses to it there, are even more informative about the passionate repudiation of Trump — and now of the U.S. Government itself — because of this:

JG687 • a day ago

This is a total disaster. i would have voted for Hillary Clinton if I wanted this foreign policy. All due to what was almost certainly a false flag gas attack. Trump, the war advocates have played you like a fiddle.
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LOL123  JG687 • a day ago

I wouldn’t have voted for Hillary under any circumstances, but I get it. 
“The City” in London has spoken to which our federal reserve and petro dollars are connected to…. War is what they need for profits and status quo.
China is installing permanent bases in Pakistan… Add that to the mix.
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Billy Brown  LOL123 • 19 hours ago

the right was never more united and ready to act with her getting in on the table. was good times 

Big-D  LOL123 • a day ago

& China is now in talks with Vanuatu close to Australia to establish a “Permanent Military Presents”.

333888999  JG687 • a day ago

No participant in the Tyranny that goes back at least to Elder Bush, through Clinton/Bush?Obama has been arrested. Now we know why!!
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Mark Right  JG687 • a day ago

Really,whats the point in voting ?
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Mark Right  JG687 • a day ago

Clinton was going to War with Russia as soon as she got it,she said multiple times ! So we lived a year and a bit longer !!! Nice talking to you ,next time we either will be dying or dead and if a afterlife,well I am screwed again !!
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And these are core pro-Trump sites. Of course, anti-Trump sites are likely to be even more opposed to the U.S. Government than the pro-Trump ones are.

Therefore: it is now clear that the U.S. — like its allied Governments (such as UK) — is a dictatorship, which ignores even the most passionate of the public’s priorities (in this case avoiding World War III — especially avoiding the precipitation of it on dubious or even bogus pretenses). 

If, somehow, history continues much beyond this moment in time, then perhaps the main question will be: How did The West come to be controlled by fascists who are obsessed to conquer not only all of Russia’s allies but also Russia itself? Did the spirit of Hitler and Mussolini become ultimately triumphant after FDR died, and how did this gradual takeover by fascism — this defeat of the spirit of FDR, and of the U.N. that he created — actually happen?

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

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Syrian Army Reportedly Finds Saudi-Made Explosives in Eastern Ghouta Cleanup Op.

The military also discovered rockets of the kind previously used by Ghouta militants to indiscriminately shell Damascus.

A Syrian Army field commander speaking to the Syrian Arab News Agency said that the ammo depots were found in the town of Zamalka, about 3.5 km northeast of central Damascus.

According to the commander, the Islamist Al-Rahman Legion militant group controlling the town effectively turned one of its neighborhoods into a network of factories and depots manufacturing and storing shells and the accompanying explosives, and turning spent tank shells into improvised explosive devices. These makeshift weapons production and storage facilities were all linked by a tunnel network.

Some of the explosive materials were Saudi-made, the commander said. Along with the explosives was equipment for mixing them with C4 or chlorine to increase the destructive power of the artillery shells which militants would lob into the capital’s residential neighborhoods.

The Army also found several depots used to store large artillery shells, including shells for the widely used Grad rocket system.Finally, the Army uncovered secret prison facilities where prisoners held by the jihadists were forced to do hard labor.

The Syrian Army wrapped up Operation Damascus Steel, a mission to clear the militant-held East Ghouta pocket following years of terrorist shelling of the capital, on Thursday. The operation, started on February 18, saw the Syrian Army and its allies fighting against a ragtag coalition of Islamists, including Jaysh al-Islam, the Al-Rahman Legion, Ahrar al-Sham, and the al-Nusra Front*, al-Qaeda’s* Syrian affiliate.

During its operations, Syrian troops have discovered large stocks of weapons from Israel, the US, Belgium and other NATO countries. They’ve also found vast underground facilities, from torture chambers and makeshift medical facilities to underground tunnels large enough to drive vehicles through.Last week, just day before the Syrian military wrapped up Operation Damascus steel, opposition activists in Douma, Eastern Ghouta accused government forces of carrying out a chemical attack, prompting the US, the UK and France to threaten to launch strikes against the war-torn country. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that President Trump has yet to make a decision on the matter.

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The Myth Of European Democracy: A Shocking Revelation.

It’s an open secret that the “Soros network” has an extensive sphere of influence in the European Parliament and in other European Union institutions. The list of Soros has been made public recently. The document lists 226 MEPs from all sides of political spectrum, including former President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, former Belgian PM Guy Verhofstadt, seven vice-presidents, and a number of committee heads, coordinators, and quaestors. These people promote the ideas of Soros, such as bringing in more migrants, same-sex marriages, integration of Ukraine into the EU, and countering Russia. There are 751 members of the European Parliament. It means that the Soros friends have more than one third of seats.

George Soros, a Hungarian-American investor and the founder and owner of Open Society Foundations NGO, was able to meet with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker with “no transparent agenda for their closed-door meeting”, and pointed out how EU proposals to redistribute quotas of migrants across the EU are eerily familiar to Soros’s own self-published plan for dealing with the crisis.

The billionaire financier believes that the European Union should receive millions of immigrants from the Middle East and Northern Africa, provide each one with an annual 15,000 EUR in aid, and resettle these migrants in member-states where they do not wish to go and are not necessarily welcome.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has accused the EU of “eating out of the hand” of Soros. He believes that the billionaire open borders campaigner is behind the attacks on Hungary. The reason is the government’s attempts to take legal action over a new law which requires foreign-supported ‘civil society’ organizations — many funded by Soros — to list their big overseas donors in a public register and be transparent about their funding sources in their publications. The Hungarian government is applying efforts to close the Budapest-based Central European University founded by Soros.

“The whole of the European Union is in trouble because its leaders and bureaucrats adopt decisions like this,” said Orbán. “The people support the ideal of the European Union. At the same time, they can’t stand the leadership of the EU, because it insults the Member-States with things like this, and it abuses its power. Everyone in Europe can see that. This is why the European leadership is not respected.”

The Visegrad group is trying to stand tall under the EU pressure on migrants’ policy. The European Commission of Migration and Home Affairs is pushing a new bill to make migrants quotas obligatory. At least 30 Soros supporters work for the commission.

Many people listed in the document are known for attacks on Russia. For instance, Rebecca Harms, a MEP from German Green Party, regularly calls the European Parliament to toughen the sanctions regime against Moscow. Guy Verhofstadt blames Russia for almost each and every thing going wrong in Europe. His article Putting Putin in his Place made a lot of noise last year. In 2012, former Croatian Primer Tonino Picula, who was the head of an observer mission from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), slammed the Russian presidential election of 2012 as unfair, saying it was “skewed” in Vladimir Putin’s favor.

The Soros list sheds light on the question of what makes the EU leadership implement policies, which run counter to the interests of Europeans. The answer is corruption. The politicians bribed by Soros dance to his tune. They fight against the attempts of national leaders to protect the interests of their peoples. Quite often those who oppose such policies have to face the resistance of political elites of their own countries. The standoff between Hungarian PM Orbán and the Soros network is a good example to illustrate how it works. The European Parliament under the influence of Soros friends is pushing Europe to suicide by letting millions of migrants in.

It shows that the much-vaunted European democracy is a façade to hide the activities of power structure close to feudal system with local lord holding the reins. It can hardly be called the power of people. The publication of Soros list provides a clue to understanding who rules the EU and who instigates anti-Russia sentiments in Europe. Actually, this is the case when EU member countries like Hungary happen to be in the same boat with Russia opposing the very same US-based forces, while protecting their sovereignty and independence. This is the time for Europeans to think about transforming the system to do away with outside pressure.

Authored by Alex Gorka

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AMERICA’S LONG HISTORY OF TRYING TO DETERMINE WHO RULES SYRIA.

The CIA organized its very first coup in Syria in 1949 to overthrow a democratically elected president and install a military dictator. The U.S. has never given up trying to determine who rules Syria, comments Caitlin Johnstone

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One interesting and completely undeniable fact that we don’t talk about nearly enough is how Syria has been a target for regime change by the US-centralized power establishment since long before the uprising in 2011.

Proponents of US military interventionism in Syria will avoid addressing this known fact like the plague. They’re more than happy to dispute claims about false flags and the White Helmets, but if you start asking them “Hey don’t you think it’s a little odd that the government we’re all freaking out about right now just so happens to be one that’s been a target for regime change by US defense and intelligence agencies since long before any of this started?” they get real squirmy all of a sudden.

It’s true though. Let’s go over five key items in the mountain of evidence for this, starting with the most recent and working our way backward:

The Roland Dumas Statement

Roland Dumas is the former Foreign Minister of France, and he stated that he was made aware of the violence in Syria in 2009, two years before it started.

“I’m going to tell you something,” Dumas said on French station LCP. “I

Dumas: “Britain was organizing an invasion of rebels into Syria. (Getty Image)

was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met with top British officials, who confessed to me that they were preparing something in Syria. This was in Britain not in America. Britain was organizing an invasion of rebels into Syria. They even asked me, although I was no longer minister for foreign affairs, if I would like to participate. Naturally, I refused, I said I’m French, that doesn’t interest me.’’

‘’This operation goes way back. It was prepared, preconceived and planned,” Dumas added. Prepared, preconceived, and planned.

The 2006 William Roebuck Cable

A December 13, 2006 cable published by WikiLeaks reveals how five years prior to the beginning of the violence, the US government (USG) was seeking out weaknesses of the Assad government which could be exploited to undermine it. William Roebuck, an official at the US embassy in Damascus, said this in his summary of the cable:

“We believe Bashar’s weaknesses are in how he chooses to react to looming issues, both perceived and real, such as the conflict between economic reform steps (however limited) and entrenched, corrupt forces, the Kurdish question, and the potential threat to the regime from the increasing presence of transiting Islamist extremists. This cable summarizes our assessment of these vulnerabilities and suggests that there may be actions, statements, and signals that the USG can send that will improve the likelihood of such opportunities arising.”

This excellent Truthout article from 2015 goes into further details about the cable’s examination of the ways Syria and its relationship with Iran could be undermined, and documents the recurring theme of the US government’s plan to provoke a rash overreaction from Assad against the various oppositional factions in Syria using psyops to foment paranoia about coup plots. The theme of Assad “overreacting” to demonstrations in 2011 has been loudly trumpeted by the western mass media ever since the violence erupted, which the US and its allies were involved in creating from the very beginning.

The General Wesley Clark Statement

 Clark: Syria was on the list.

General Wesley Clark made the following statement on Democracy Now in 2007 about a conversation he had with a general in 2001:

About ten days after 9/11, I went through the Pentagon and I saw Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. I went downstairs just to say hello to some of the people on the Joint Staff who used to work for me, and one of the generals called me in.

He said, “Sir, you’ve got to come in and talk to me a second.”

I said, “Well, you’re too busy.”

He said, “No, no.”

He says, “We’ve made the decision we’re going to war with Iraq.”

This was on or about the 20th of September. I said, “We’re going to war with Iraq? Why?”

He said, “I don’t know.” He said, “I guess they don’t know what else to do.”

So I said, “Well, did they find some information connecting Saddam to al-Qaeda?”

He said, “No, no.” He says, “There’s nothing new that way. They just made the decision to go to war with Iraq.” He said, “I guess it’s like we don’t know what to do about terrorists, but we’ve got a good military and we can take down governments.” And he said, “I guess if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem has to look like a nail.”

So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, “Are we still going to war with Iraq?”

And he said, “Oh, it’s worse than that.” He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, “I just got this down from upstairs”?—?meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office?—?“today.” And he said, “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”

Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

The 1986 CIA Memo

CIA document declassified last year exposed a plot to overthrow the Syrian government by provoking sectarian tensions all the way back in 1986.

Here are a few juicy excerpts:

“Although we judge that fear of reprisals and organizational problems make a second Sunni challenge unlikely, an excessive government reaction to minor outbreaks of Sunni dissidence might trigger large-scale unrest. In most instances the regime would have the resources to crush a Sunni opposition movement, but we believe widespread violence among the populace could stimulate large numbers of Sunni officers and conscripts to desert or mutiny, setting the stage for civil war.”

Sound familiar? Here’s some more:

“We believe that a renewal of communal violence between Alawis and Sunnis could inspire Sunnis in the military to turn against the regime.”

“Sunni dissidence has been minimal since Assad crushed the Muslim Brotherhood in the early 1980s, but deep-seated tensions remain–keeping alive the potential for minor incidents to grow into major flareups of communal violence… Excessive government force in quelling such disturbances might be seen by Sunnis as evidence of a government vendetta against all Sunnis, precipitating even larger protests by other Sunni groups.”

“Mistaking the new protests as a resurgence of the Muslim Brotherhood, the government would step up its use of force and launch violent attacks on a broad spectrum of Sunni community leaders as well as on those engaged in protests. Regime efforts to restore order would founder if government violence against protestors inspired broad-based communal violence between Alawis and Sunnis.”

“A general campaign of Alawi violence against Sunnis might push even moderate Sunnis to join the opposition. Remnants of the Muslim Brotherhood–some returning from exile in Iraq–could provide a core of leadership for the movement. Although the regime has the resources to crush such a venture, we believe brutal attacks on Sunni civilians might prompt large numbers of Sunni officers and conscripts to desert or stage mutinies in support of dissidents, and Iraq might supply them with sufficient weapons to launch a civil war.”

Oh and don’t forget this important little detail:

“In our view, US interests would be best served by a Sunni regime controlled by business-oriented moderates. Business moderates would see a strong need for Western aid and investment to build Syria’s private economy, thus opening the way for stronger ties to Western governments.”

The First Ever CIA Coup

A lot can change in seventy years, but it says a lot about Syria’s

Shukri al-Quwatli: Democratically elected president overthrown with CIA help in March, 1949

strategic significance that the CIA has been attempting to stage coups there since the 1940s. In a 1969 interview CIA officer Miles Copeland confirmed statements he’d made in his memoirs that the Central Intelligence Agency had attempted to overthrow the Syrian government 20 years earlier. In 1956 there was the “anti-communist” intervention called Operation Straggle followed byOperation Wappen, and in 1957 there was a CIA/MI6 assassination plot.

So we know for an absolute fact that the defense and intelligence agencies of the US-centralized empire have been salivating over regime change in Syria literally for generations. And we’re meant to believe that this same government that has been targeted for hostile takeover by the western empire generation after generation due to its strategic importance and refusal to kowtow to imperialist interests just so happens to be the greatest threat to humanity right now? That Bashar al-Assad, who was never spoken of as a vicious dictator prior to 2009 and was even nominated for honorary knighthood by Tony Blair in 2002, just spontaneously developed a sick“addiction” to gassing children in the last few years?

Come on.

We’re being lied to. We’re being lied to about a key strategic asset that the western empire is trying desperately to secure as it hurtles toward post-primacy in a rapidly shifting world. It’s so obvious. Keep pushing back on the lies and open as many eyes to what’s going on as you can before these bastards drag us into a conflict with Syria, Russia and their allies that there may be no coming back from.

Caitlin Johnstone is a rogue journalist, poet, and utopia prepper who publishes regularly at Medium. Follow her work on FacebookTwitter, or her website. She has a podcast and a new book Woke: A Field Guide for Utopia Preppers. This article was re-published with permission.

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