Friday, July 3, 2020

Joint Statment Issued by Iranian, Russian And Turkish Leadership: July 01/2020

PDF or  Mehr News

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E. Hassan Rouhani, President of the Russian Federation, H.E. Vladimir Putin, and President of the Republic of Turkey, H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, held a tripartite virtual summit on 1 July 2020.

The Presidents:
1. Discussed the current situation on the ground in Syria, reviewed the developments following their last meeting in Ankara on 16 September 2019, and reiterated their determination to enhance the trilateral coordination in light of their agreements.

2. Emphasized their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. Highlighted that these principles should be universally respected and that no actions, no matter by whom they were undertaken should undermine them.

3. Rejected in this regard all attempts to create new realities on the ground under the pretext of combating terrorism, including illegitimate self-rule initiatives, and expressed their determination to stand against separatist agendas aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria as well as threatening the national security of neighboring countries.

4. Discussed the situation in the north-east of Syria, emphasized that security and stability in this region can only be achieved on the basis of preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country and agreed to coordinate their efforts to this end. Expressed their opposition to the illegal seizure and transfer of oil revenues that should belong to the Syrian Arab Republic.

5. Reaffirmed the determination to continue cooperation in order to ultimately eliminate DAESH/ISIL, Al- Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al-Qaeda or DAESH/ISIL, and other terrorist groups, as designated by the UN Security Council, while ensuring the protection of the civilians and civilian infrastructure in accordance with the international humanitarian law.

6. Reviewed in detail the situation in the Idlib de-escalation area and underscored the necessity to maintain calm on the ground by fully implementing all agreements on Idlib.

7. Expressed grave concern at the humanitarian situation in Syria and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing that the pandemic presents a profound challenge to Syria`s health system, socio-economic and humanitarian situations. Rejected all unilateral sanctions which are in contravention of international law, international humanitarian law, and the UN Charter, particularly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Emphasized, in this regard, the critical need to ensure rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access throughout Syria in order to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people, and, called upon the international community, particularly the UN and its humanitarian agencies, to increase their assistance to all Syrians without discrimination, politicization, and preconditions.

8. Reaffirmed their conviction that there could be no military solution to the Syrian conflict and that it could only be resolved through the Syrian-led and Syrian-owned, UN-facilitated political process in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254. Emphasized in this regard the important role of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva, created as a result of the decisive contribution of the Astana guarantors and the implementation of the decisions of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi. Welcomed the agreement to hold the third meeting of the Constitutional Committee in August 2020 and reaffirmed the readiness to support its work through continuous interaction with its members and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen, as a facilitator, in order to ensure its sustainable and effective work.

9. Reaffirmed their determination to continue operations on the mutual release of detainees/abductees within the framework of the respective Working Group of the Astana format. Underscored that the Working Group was a unique mechanism that had proved to be effective and necessary for building confidence between the Syrian parties, and agreed to take measures to continue its work.

10. Highlighted the need to facilitate the safe and voluntary return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their original places of residence in Syria, ensuring their right to return and right to be supported. In this regard, they called upon the international community to provide appropriate contributions for their resettlement and normal life as well as to undertake greater responsibility in burden-sharing and to enhance their assistance to Syria, inter alia by developing early recovery projects, including basic infrastructure assets - water and power supply facilities, schools and hospitals as well as the humanitarian mine action.

11. Reaffirmed the necessity to respect universally recognized international legal decisions, including those provisions of the relevant UN resolutions rejecting the occupation of Syrian Golan, first and foremost UN Security Council Resolution 497 and thus condemned the decision of the US Administration on the occupied Syrian Golan, which constitutes a grave violation of international law and threatens regional peace and security. They consider Israeli military attacks in Syria as destabilizing and violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country and intensifying the tension in the region.

12. In addition to the Syrian issue, they confirmed their intention to strengthen trilateral coordination in different fields in order to promote joint economic cooperation.

13. Agreed to assign their representatives with the task of holding the next International Meeting on Syria in the Astana format as soon as possible.

14. Agreed to hold the next Tripartite Summit in the Islamic Republic of Iran upon the invitation of President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E. Hassan Rouhani, as soon as possible.

 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Epstein's Gal Pal Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested in New Hampshire

This feels like a distraction.
Maybe she'll "die" while incarcerated?  Easy  enough way to make this messy problem disappear...

Jeffrey Epstein ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell arrested by FBI

Epstein and Maxwell
"British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, an ex-girlfriend of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, is facing charges in the US after being arrested by the FBI.
The six charges include enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts and two counts of perjury.
She was reportedly arrested in New Hampshire and is due in federal court later.
She has denied any involvement in or knowledge of Epstein's alleged sexual misconduct.
Epstein died in prison on 10 August as he awaited, without the chance of bail, his trial on sex trafficking charges.
He was arrested last year in New York following allegations that he was running a network of underage girls - some as young as 14 - for sex. His death was determined to be suicide.

What are the charges?

Four of the charges relate to the years 1994-97 when Ms Maxwell was, according to the indictment, among Epstein's closest associates and also in an "intimate relationship" with him. The other two charges are allegations of perjury in 2016.
The indictment says Ms Maxwell "assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein's abuse minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18".
She is charged with conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts; enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts; conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity; and transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
During the same period she groomed multiple minor girls to engage in sex acts with Epstein, the indictment says. She attempted to befriend them by asking about their lives and families and then she and Epstein built the friendships by taking minor victims to the cinema or shopping.
Having built a rapport, Ms Maxwell would "try to normalise sexual abuse for a minor victim by... discussing sexual topics, undressing in front of the victim, being present when a minor victim was undressed, and/or being present for sex acts involving the minor victim and Epstein".
The perjury counts relate to depositions she gave to a New York court on 22 April and 22 July 2016.
The charge sheet says she "repeatedly lied when questioned about her conduct, including in relation to some of the minor victims".

What is the background?

Allegations against Epstein had dated back years before the parents of a 14-year-old girl said he had molested her in 2005. Under a legal deal, he avoided federal charges and since 2008 was listed as level three on the New York sex offenders register.
But he was arrested again in New York on 6 July 2019 and accused of sex trafficking of underage girls over a number of years.
Some of Epstein's alleged victims have accused Ms Maxwell of bringing them into his circle to be sexually abused by him and his friends.
One told the BBC's Panorama that Ms Maxwell "controlled the girls. She was like the Madam".
Ms Maxwell has denied any wrongdoing.
Earlier this year she sued Epstein's estate seeking reimbursement for legal fees and security costs. She "receives regular threats to her life and safety", court documents in that case said.
Another of Epstein's alleged victims, Virginia Giuffre, has accused Ms Maxwell of recruiting her as a masseuse to the financier at the age of 15.
Details of that allegation against Ms Maxwell emerged in documents unsealed by a US judge last August in a 2015 defamation case but are not part of the charges against Ms Maxwell unveiled in July 2020.

Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?

Ms Maxwell is the daughter of late British media mogul Robert Maxwell."
Robert Maxwell was a Mossad Agent. Who died under really strange circumstances
"Last month a US prosecutor said Prince Andrew had "sought to falsely portray himself" as eager to co-operate with the inquiry into Epstein.
US attorney Geoffrey Berman said Prince Andrew had "repeatedly declined our request" to schedule an interview.
The duke's lawyers previously rejected claims he had not co-operated, saying he offered to help three times.
Prince Andrew stepped away from royal duties last year."
Keep in mind that just a short time ago the very same man that autopsied Jeffrey Epstein autopsied George Floyd. 
 More Epstein related information

 

‘Most of us won’t need Covid-19 vaccine’: Oxford expert explains how the pandemic is likely to end

Oxford University professor Sunetra Gupta, an epidemiologist, has been tagged ‘Professor Reopen’ for her argument against lockdowns as a countermeasure against the Covid-19 pandemic. In a conversation with Hindustan Times, professor Gupta explained why most people won’t need a Covid-19 vaccine and how lockdowns are not a long-term solution to contain the spread of coronavirus.

She said that the vaccine, when it will come into existence, will be used to support the vulnerable, “most of us don’t need to worry about coronavirus,” she said.

Gupta said that she thinks the coronavirus pandemic will end naturally and will become part of our lives just like influenza.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Birth Pangs: CFR- US Retrenchment Will Intensify Crisis in Syria's Idlib- Carrot or Stick

 We talked escalation and more..

  Was updated with info about Canadian participation 

 

Escalation or Political Settlement at the end of many gun barrels?

CFR: U.S. Retrenchment Will Intensify Crisis in Idlib

How many years ago was it suggested here that Syria, aided by Russia, Iran AND Turkey can succeed in taking back Idlib? ( Look below for some two year old posts)  In a slower more methodical manner. While the idiots at Syper (A remake friendly place with lots of obfuscation) & elsewhere lusted for out and out war and onslaughts etc., Chaotic. Messy. And easily usurped by interested parties. 

2018:

The CFR oped (link above) makes clear that the taking back of Idlib is being accomplished and the US does not want that to occur.  Let's make a deal under duress?

"With Iranian and Russian support, the Bashar al-Assad regime will succeed in capturing the last opposition stronghold and “de-escalation zone” in Syria—Idlib province—unless all parties to the conflict can negotiate a solution to the civil war and prevent the upcoming battle. 
If a political resolution is not found, the regime will likely kill, wound, or displace hundreds of thousands of civilians as it seizes control over the rest of the province. Although the U.S. military has begun to pull back from the region, the outcome of the fight for Idlib should be a national security concern, particularly as the United States seeks to contain Iranian adventurism, Russian influence, and Turkish unilateralism in the region; combat terrorism; prevent a humanitarian disaster; and alleviate Syrian instability before it spreads. U.S. inaction could allow the Assad regime’s Idlib campaign to continue and could be viewed as a green light by malefactors searching for any sign of U.S. intent to intervene before proceeding with their plans in Idlib and for Syria more broadly. Moreover, should the battle for Idlib continue, the coronavirus pandemic will amplify the tragedy.
                           
First, Washington offered military assistance—which ultimately proved inadequate to gain the upper hand—to the opposition early in the conflict."
 It proved inadequate when Washington pulled the funding... so long ago
 "Second, when the Islamic State invaded eastern and northern Syria some three years into the conflict, Washington funded, trained, and armed Syrian rebels, including Kurdish forces, and supported their ground battles with air strikes against the Islamic State.
                                       
Washington should consider leading a concerted, diplomatic effort to reach a negotiated agreement to end the war for the following reasons.

First, instead of allowing a lopsided victory for Assad and his supporters, a U.S.-led negotiation could limit Iranian, Russian, and Turkish gains and their tendency to interfere in the region.
 
Tehran also arranged for Shia militias from across the region, including its strongest ally, the Lebanese Hezbollah, to support Assad’s forces.

Russia is using Assad to secure its military influence in the region, including an airbase in Latakia and a naval base in Tartus, both Syrian coastal provinces.
 
Moscow’s intervention began in fall 2015 with airstrikes against rebel targets—and did not distinguish between Islamist terrorists and moderate oppositionists. Now, absent U.S. diplomatic intervention, Russia could remain emboldened to intrude in hot spots in the Middle East and elsewhere. 
Finally, although Turkey has backed opposition elements, its primary objective has been to block Syrian Kurdish territorial and political gains, and to exclude the Kurds from a safe zone along its shared border with northern Syria. 
Ankara carried out unilateral air and ground attacks against Kurdish forces in northern Syria, and a deconfliction agreement with Russia and Iran permitted Turkish troops to move into Idlib province, where they remain today. The current trajectory of the conflict could encourage Turkey to continue interfering in Syria and unilaterally pursue its interests outside of NATO."
Think about all that anti Turkey rhetoric out there in disinfo land... msm and alt
“Second, Idlib province remains the largest safe haven for al-Qaeda fighters since pre-9/11 Afghanistan, with several thousand fighters packed into an area smaller than Connecticut.”

Third, beyond foreign intervention and the concentration of dangerous terrorists, the intensification of the humanitarian crisis is clearly concerning. Idlib’s pre-war population of one and a half million has swelled to more than three million

Should fighting resume, these people will find themselves trapped against a closed Turkish border.

Nearly twenty years into the global war on terror, exhaustion is understandably wearing on Western policymakers and publics. However, the conflict in Idlib demands a response, and the United States could take the lead on proposing a largely non-military solution.
The United States could propose the following notional plan—or something similar—to end the war: Assad could remain in power, but he would have to consult with a newly-elected legislature, demand that Iran and its proxies withdraw, and permit NGOs to conduct humanitarian relief activities. Syrian refugees could be allowed to return to their home provinces, and oppositionists—those who do not belong to terrorist groups—could receive amnesty and be admitted into the political process. U.S. sanctions—including a prohibition on the delivery of oil to Syria—could remain in effect, but would be terminated if Assad implemented agreed-upon commitments. 
Russia could keep its bases, but would have to gradually withdraw combat troops from Syria. The Syrian Kurds could gain some autonomy in a region away from the border, and Turkey would then withdraw from Syria and refrain from further interference. 
Iran and Hezbollah—both of whom are resource challenged— could be warned that their continued activities in Syria would be subject to increasing Israeli and possibly U.S. strikes. And, Russia and the United States could collaborate to gradually degrade the already fractured terrorism landscape—the one area where the two powers agree—working together to kill or capture and return foreign fighters to their home countries for prosecution. This may be the only part of the initiative that cannot be conducted purely through diplomacy.

Irrespective of the terms of a proposed peace agreement, U.S. diplomatic involvement is necessary for a chance at a positive outcome. No other state can exercise the leadership needed to implement the diplomatic and political solutions necessary to avoid broadening, regional instability and the consequent need for more military involvement. An unstable Syria threatens to trigger regional volatility for another generation, opening the door for more Iranian interference and greater radicalization and terrorist activity"
A positive outcome is one that serves Usraelkurd/EU interests. No other outcome could be deemed positive.

US State Dept: Additional "Humanitarian Assistance" For Syria- Iran, Russian, Turkish Leaders Set to Meet & Talk Syria

Birth Pangs. Regional Remake. It's ongoing. What will be the result when the dust settles? 
We're a long way off from that, still. But today's report from the US State Department suggests, quite clearly that the labour is continuing.

UPDATE: Of course Canada is "announcing assistance" 
I'm just omitting all the virtue signalling crap!

"Canada will provide $430.3 million in funding in 2020 and 2021 ($236.5 million in 2020 and $193.8 million in 2021). Working through partners including UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement" 
Canada is providing development assistance for long-term support in building the capacity and resilience of governments, communities and households in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon.
 
Canada’s assistance through its Peace and Stabilization Operations Program supports the international efforts to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity, improves security and aims to reduce tensions between host communities and Syrian refugees and supports the objectives of the Global Coalition Against Daesh.

Following up on yesterday's report:

US State Dept

At today’s fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” hosted by the European Union, Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey announced more than $696 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria in response to the ongoing crisis caused by the Assad regime, Russian, and Iranian forces.  This brings the total U.S. humanitarian response to more than $11.3 billion since the start of the Syria crisis.
The United States remains the largest single donor of humanitarian assistance – both in Syria and around the world.  This assistance is a component of our National Security Strategy, which directs us to continue to lead the world in humanitarian assistance, while ensuring increased global burden-sharing, and to support displaced people close to their homes to help meet their needs until they can safely and voluntarily return home.  We appreciate the European Union’s support in hosting the conference and laud all donors who made contributions today, while encouraging others to do more.  The international community, both traditional and new donors, must remain committed to meeting the growing needs of the Syrian people, a responsibility the Assad regime has proven unwilling to uphold. Instead, it has prioritized funding its reckless and destructive military campaign, payouts to regime loyalists, and the ongoing arbitrary detention of as many as 130,000 Syrian civilians, including women and children.
Today’s announcement of additional assistance through the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is part of ongoing U.S. efforts to provide life-saving food, nutrition, shelter, education, medical care, livelihoods, safe drinking water, hygiene supplies, and improved sanitation as well as mental health and psychosocial support to assist millions of Syrians in need, including those fleeing the devastating bombings by the Assad regime and its allies in northwest Syria. It also supports much-needed counseling and other protection programs for the most highly vulnerable groups, including children, women, persons with disabilities, and the elderly.  This life-saving aid will be provided through the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Organization for Migration (IOM), World Food Program (WFP), non-governmental organizations, and others.
The international community relies on cross-border and cross-line access to deliver humanitarian assistance, and Syrians rely on this aid to survive.  In total, 6.5 million Syrians remain displaced within Syria and an additional 5.6 million have fled to neighboring countries.  From December to March, in response to bombing by the Assad regime, Russian, and Iranian forces, nearly one million people in northwest Syria – more than 80 percent of whom were women and children – fled in fear for their lives.  Following an early March ceasefire, over 270,000 people returned to areas of origin in northwest Syria, but approximately 700,000 remain forcibly displaced.
The United States strongly supports UN Secretary General Guterres’ recommendation to restore cross-border access between northeast Syria and Iraq to deliver aid and medicine
Usrael Kurd occupied territory
Russia and China cynically conspired to hamper the international community’s ability to deliver humanitarian aid to vulnerable areas in Syria through UN Security Council Resolution 2504, which reduced humanitarian border crossings into Syria from four to two, decreased the authorization process for six months, and stopped 40 percent of the medical aid to northeast Syria, thereby increasing an already significant gap in meeting humanitarian needs at a time of a global pandemic.
Medical aid to north east Syria -Usrael Kurd occupied Syria- The rest of Syria isn't getting this "aid"...
The United States supports freedom of movement for all, including forcibly displaced persons and conflict-affected Syrians, as well as the safe, voluntary, and dignified return or resettlement and reintegration of refugees and internally displaced persons in a process that is free from coercion.  We reaffirm our commitment to a credible and inclusive Syrian-led, UN-facilitated political solution pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
Meanwhile..

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani will hold a video conference on Wednesday to discuss the conflict in Syria, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will hold a video conference call Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to discuss recent developments in Syria, according to a statement by the Kremlin.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the three leaders will make separate statements before holding private talks.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Seattle Shooting in CHOP/CHAZ Zone Leaves One Dead & Child Critically Injured

Can't blame all these shootings and this violence on the police.
 
Independent

This is the second fatal shooting in the autonomous zone

A shooting inside an "autonomous" protest zone in Seattle has left one person dead and a 14-year-old boy critically injured.

The Seattle Police Department responded to multiple reports of shots fired around 3am on Monday morning inside the self-declared Capitol Hill Occupation Protest (CHOP).

Callers reported multiple shots were fired into a white Jeep vehicle that was parked near or at the barriers signifying the border of the autonomous zone, according to police.
“When investigators arrived, they found a white Jeep Cherokee riddled with bullet holes on 12th Avenue,” Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said during a morning press briefing. ”We were told that there were two men inside the vehicle, and both had been shot.”
A black male victim was brought to Harborview Medical Centre in Seattle Monday morning where he later died, police said. A 14-year-old-boy was hospitalised with gunshot injuries at the same hospital.
People who identified themselves as “CHOP medics” reportedly brought the two victims to the hospital after the shooting.
No suspects have been identified in the shooting, which the police are still investigating. Police did say that they thought the crime scene was disrupted by other individuals before they got there.

“The typical things we search for in a case like this, or in a shooting like this, weren’t there, and it was abundantly clear to our detectives – people had been in and out of the car after the shooting,Ms Best said. “Detectives are trying to get information from other witnesses, but as has been the case in other crime scenes up in this area, people are not being cooperative with our requests for help.”

“We’re not sure who shot at the car or why they shot at the car,” she added.
The Monday shooting was the fifth to occur inside the CHOP and the second to result in fatalities.
 Occupancy (Occupation?)  has since decreased in the area, but there still remains a gathering of people with little effort from the city to break up the protest.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and her administration have avoided breaking up the protest,( bad for the Dems in the  upcoming election) but the increase in violence could force her hand in getting the city to take back the area.

The police chief advocated for the autonomous zone, which aims to be a police-free area for protesters, to be broken up amid the shootings.
“There are multiple people who are being injured and hurt, and we need to do something about it,” Ms Best said.

“We’re asking the people to remove themselves from this area for the safety of the people,” she added. “It is absolutely irresponsible for this trend to continue.”

There will be a second part for the earlier post from today- I'm anticipating changes on the horizon for Syria. Big changes.

Syrian, Russian Intel Dismantle CIA Linked Espionage Ring Linked to Assassination of Soleimani & Usrael Kurds Escalate

Going long on the latest from Syria:

  1-Syria, aided by Russian Intel, dismantle CIA linked espionage ring connected to the assassination of Soleimani. It seems the tip off for the US for the assassination came from within Syria. Link and Link

Flashback: The US Assassinates An Iranian General

"Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russian Intelligence reports, has dismantled an espionage network, including top security and army officers, a well-informed source told Zaman Al-Wasl Saturday.
   
Maj. General Ma'an Hussein, one of Assad's top aides and the head of the army's communication department, has been arrested amid high security procedures.

The arrest campaign has included senior Intelligence officers, the source said.

The source said the espionage network is most probably linked to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The main mission of the communication department, which coordinates with security and military services, is to spy on the Syrian telecommunications, and monitoring local TV channels, social media accounts.

The State Intelligence, backed by information and data from the Russian intelligence, has tracked the network following the death of Iran’s Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani on Jan. 7, 2020, in Baghdad.

At the time, intial reports accused a Syrian agent of providing information about the Soleimani’s movements inside Syria and the exact time of his departure from Damascus airport before his death in a US drone attack two hours later."
   
2 -Israel has been continuing airstrikes into Syria

Israel’s Air Force reportedly acted against multiple Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and pro-Iranian military sites in Syria over two waves of airstrikes on June 24.
Syrian state news agency (SANA) confirmed the death of two soldiers and the wounding of four others at one of the locations hit by the airstrikes.
“One of our military positions was targeted near the town of Salkhad in the southern city of Sweida, resulting in the death of two martyrs and the wounding of four other soldiers,” the SANA news source stated.
Furthermore, additional positions were targeted during the overnight attack as SANA reported “several hostile missiles were fired at our military positions in Kababej.”
Approximately an hour after the initial attack, a second wave of airstrikes targeted the Hama Governorate in the area of al Salamiyah. It is believed an ammunition cache housed inside an onion dehydration plant was the intended target of the attack.
The attacks came less than a month after reported airstrikes attributed to Israel destroyed a weapons facility in Masyaf, Syria.
2 (a)  Arutz Sheva 
9 Iranian fighters killed in a second wave of airstrikes in Syria attributed to Israel, observer group claims, bringing death toll to 15.

3- Usrael Kurds Storm Syrian Government Offices in Hasaka
"The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have stormed on Saturday Syrian government institutions in the northeastern province of Hasaka, state news agency SANA reported.

The SDF stormed the headquarters of the Grain Establishment, the Electricity Company, and the Sport City, the Industry Directorate, the Commercial Bank and others.

Hasaka Province and the city of Qamishli are controlled by both the Syrian government and the Kurdish forces, the latter of which have bigger parts.

It is still unclear how the Syrian regime will respond to the new escalation."
3(a) SANA- Make no mistake this is an escalation
"Hasaka, SANA- For the second consecutive day, Workers of Hasaka’s Electricity Company on Monday protested in front the company in al-Nashwah neighborhood in condemnation of US-backed Qasad (SDF) groups , which occupied the building by force, and they are preventing the workers from entering it now.
SANA reporter in Hasaka said that protestors demanded to neutralize centers and service facilities so that they can continue providing services for the benefit of all citizens, affirming they will continue their protest until they return to their workplace in the company.
On Saturday, Qasad group occupied headquarter of the Hasaka Electricity Company in al-Nashwah neighborhood, headquarter of the Syrian General Grain Administration in Ghweiran neigborhood, , the sports city, parts of the Youth Housing Complex, the Syrian Computer Society, Directorate of Tourism and Industry, and Environmental Affairs, headquarters of the Traffic Police, Directorate of the Civil Registry and the Commercial Bank in Hasaka city and expelled the employees from these offices."
4-  Usrael Kurds apologize for slaughter- Public Relations in Advance of...
In other news, SDF leader Mazloum Abdi announced his forces’ complete willingness to apologize and compensate the victims of the Amuda massacre during a meeting with a committee tasked with achieving reconciliation with the north Hasakah town residents of Amuda.

Abdi tweeted that there was a meeting between the SDF leadership and families of the dead of Amuda tragedy (2013).

The SDF "offered apologies and moral and material compensation to the affected and the families of the dead of our people in the city of Amuda."

 2013. Yes that’s how long the Usrael Kurds have been slaughtering and displacing the indigenous populations of Syria. Non cooperative Kurds and lots of Arabs. Wonder why 7 years later they  are amends making? What might be on the horizon? Come on back for Part 2.


5- Is Hayat Tahrir al-Sham doing Turkey’s job in Idlib?

  I’ve never been 100 percent convinced of this claim, however abundantly the claim has been made. The increased presence of Turkish military in the region would obviously be unnecessary if all these rebels were truly doing Turkey’s bidding. Additionally rebels wouldn’t be blocking the M-4 and doing all they can to impede Turkish/Russian cooperation, if they were truly doing Turkey’s bidding?
  It’s clearly a realpolitik situation. That is the reality.
"Turkey has remarkably increased its military presence in the region, while its plans to force radical groups to toe the line have given rise to some intriguing developments in jihadi ranks.

The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham pragmatist wing has prevailed in the in-house rift that followed the Turkish-Russian deal, hammered out in Moscow in March, but those who remain bent on fighting have turned to alternative alliances. In mid-June, the al-Qaeda-inspired Hurras al-Din, Ansar al-Din, Tansiqiyat al-Jihad, Ansar al-Islam and Muqatileen al-Ansar formed a joint operations center, dubbed Fathbutou (Be Steadfast). Since then, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham has moved to undermine the new alliance, which not only challenges Hayat Tahrir al-Sham's authority by fanning divisions, but also provides a justification for Russia to resume military operations.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is said to be under growing pressure from Turkey to prevent attempts to block the M4 road, slated as a route for Turkish-Russian patrols, and rein in radical factions. Its rivals have come to accuse Hayat Tahrir al-Sham of taking orders from foreign powers, chiefly Turkey.

Jihadi groups have always sparred with each other, but their rows are now attributed to steps taken under the Russian-Turkish deal. Hence, moves to redesign Idlib cannot be seen independently from the intentions and initiatives of Turkey, which has markedly increased its military and intelligence presence on the ground. Yet Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s conciliatory attitude is turning the radical camp into a new center of attraction. And the resolve of radical factions is increasing the potential for confrontation.
5 (a) Following clashes between groups in Idleb, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham have banned the formation of any groups or the deployment of any checkpoints                           
Go way back to what I've written about Idlib and the situation therein. One of the last reports: Russia and Turkey "Flexible Rivals" or BREAKING: Russia & Turkey Agree on Common Document...   and many, many more...        

          
6:  Canada- HRW wants Canada to bring the ISIS lackies home.
"An unknown number of Canadians travelled abroad to fight for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, as the militant group took over territory in Iraq and Syria and implemented a harsh form of Islamic law."

It’s not likely an “unknown number”- The gov wants to wait until they can either sneak them in unnoticed, or dress it up as some type of humanitarianism? Which looks to be the way this news is being spun.