Spain Says Iranian Oil Tanker Was Seized by Britain at US Request

Spain Says Iranian Oil Tanker Was Seized by Britain at US Request By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — In a move that threatens to hugely escalate tensions between Iran and the US, British Royal Marines raided and seized an Iranian oil tanker at Gibraltar on Thursday. The tanker was accused by British officials of heading to Syria in violation of EU sanctions. Iran’s Foreign Ministry confirmed summoning the British Ambassador to express “very strong objection to the illegal and unacceptable seizure” of the ship. Analysts expressed surprise at the unusually aggressive move against a…

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British Marines Seize Oil Tanker Suspected of Bringing Iranian Oil to Syria

British Marines Seize Oil Tanker Suspected of Bringing Iranian Oil to Syria By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — British Royal Marines seized an oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday. They suspected the tanker was headed to Syria, which would be a violation of US and EU sanctions. The Grace 1 oil tanker was believed to have started its journey in Iran. “That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria,” Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said. “With my consent, our port and law enforcement agencies…

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New “Call Of Duty” Video Game Encourages Support For The White Helmets

New “Call Of Duty” Video Game Encourages Support For The White Helmets By Caitlin Johnstone The official trailer for the latest Call of Duty was released a few days ago, and it features the Syria narrative management operation known as the White Helmets depicted in heroic roles. Characters wearing the organization’s signature headgear are seen clearing rubble in part of the trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. To give you an idea how popular the CoD franchise is, as of this writing the official YouTube version of the trailer…

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Mainstream Belgian Reporter Blows The Lid On MSM Lies Over Ghouta, Syria “Chemical Attacks”

Mainstream Belgian Reporter Blows The Lid On MSM Lies Over Ghouta, Syria “Chemical Attacks” By Brandon Turbeville For six years and ever since the alleged “chemical weapons attack” in Ghouta, Syria in 2013, the Western corporate press has stuck with the easily disproven claim that the Syrian government “gassed” its own people. That lie has been repeatedly debunked by researchers in the alternative media but that hasn’t altered the onslaught of propaganda coming from mainstream “journalists.” Now, however, one of their own, a mainstream Belgian reporter who was captured by…

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Senate Vote Opposes Ending US Wars in Syria and Afghanistan

Senate Vote Opposes Ending US Wars in Syria and Afghanistan By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — In a surprising vote Thursday, the Senate voted 68-23 to pass a resolution from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressing opposition to President Trump’s plan to withdraw US troops from Syria, and expressing opposition to any theoretical pullout from Afghanistan that might result from a negotiated deal to end that war. The non-binding resolution was passed with overwhelming support from the Republican majority, setting them squarely against parts of President Trump’s foreign policy. A number of Democrats who…

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Israel Destroyed Eight Syrian Military Targets, Killed at Least 11 Troops

Israel Destroyed Eight Syrian Military Targets, Killed at Least 11 Troops By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — Despite claiming that their Sunday night airstrikes against Syria were exclusively targeting Iran’s Quds Force, Israeli airstrikes against Syria appear to have almost exclusively hit Syrian military targets, particularly the nation’s air defenses around Damascus airport. Israeli strikes destroyed eight Syrian air defense batteries, and killed at least 11 troops in the strikes. The batteries were mostly aging Soviet designs, the sort Syria has traditionally favored for targeting incoming Israeli missiles. The Syrian systems had some success, too, with…

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Was Timber Sycamore The Program That Created ISIS?

Was Timber Sycamore The Program That Created ISIS? By Brandon Turbeville Despite the repeated demonstrations of the fact that the United States and other Western nations have armed, supported, and funded terrorists in Syria from the beginning of the crisis in 2011 as well as long before that crisis had taken shape, official pronouncements admitting to funding those terrorists made by Western governments and reported by mainstream media outlets should not be dismissed simply because their actions are now common knowledge. After all, these incidents generally involve much more important…

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Donald Trump Announces “Full” And “Rapid” Withdrawal Of American Troops From Syria

Donald Trump Announces “Full” And “Rapid” Withdrawal Of American Troops From Syria By Brandon Turbeville US President Donald Trump shocked the world today in a surprise announcement that the United States was pulling its troops out of Syria. What began with reports from mainstream media sources citing unnamed “defense officials” was finally confirmed by the President in a video where he took credit for defeating ISIS which, according to him, was his “only reason for being there.” The announcement flies in the face of Trump’s advisers, his cabinet, the Pentagon,…

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After Ghaddafi Murder, Weapons Shipped To Syria Via al-Qaeda, Qatar, US

After Ghaddafi Murder, Weapons Shipped To Syria Via al-Qaeda, Qatar, US By Brandon Turbeville While the United States continues to deny providing support to terrorists in Syria in terms of money, training, or weapons without the “rebels” first being “moderate,” the truth is that it has been proven time and time again that the US did indeed arm jihadists in Syria from the very beginning and even before the alleged “protests” began in 2011. Even taking the admitted 2013 arming of terrorists out of the equation – the infamous initiative that took…

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At Least 206 Civilians Killed in November by US Airstrikes in Syria

At Least 206 Civilians Killed in November by US Airstrikes in Syria By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has issued a new report over the weekend summarizing the massive civilian death toll of US-led airstrikes against a handful of eastern towns in Syria. At least 206 civilians were killed in November in those strikes. The strikes center on three towns and some adjoining villages under ISIS control along the Iraq border. Kurdish YPG forces are attacking the towns, and the US is trying to provide air support, which…

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