Tuesday, 2 August 2016

The Guardian speaks for the terrorists

The Guardian plays the role of spokesperson for the ‘moderate’ terrorists
Just look at the language of the main apologist for the 'opposition' (read 'terrorists'), the Guardian.

Once upon- a-time it used to speak out for peace and social justice but now is the main voice for the Blairites and the war party and is second-to-none in its baying for war against Russia.

Single deadliest incident for Russia since it intervened in civil war as fighters say they have pushed back Assad forces

Rebel fighters in Aleppo have launched a major military operation aimed at breaking a weeks-long regime siege of the opposition-controlled eastern part of the Syrian city.

Dozens of soldiers on both sides of the battle have died so far in the brutal fighting, including the crew of a Russian helicopter that was shot down about 25 miles south of Aleppo on Monday morning, killing all five people on board in the single deadliest incident for Moscow since it intervened in the war.

Images on social media purportedly taken at the scene of the crash showed a dead body stripped of clothing being dragged through the dirt near the wreckage.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for shooting it down of the plane and no group among those fighting to end the siege of rebel-held districts of Aleppo has claimed responsibility.

Aid organisations believe about 250,000 civilians still live in the rebel-controlled eastern half of the city and their plight has led to growing international alarm. The area has been subjected to a butal aerial bombing campaign from the forces of Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies, who have destroyed the last hospital operating in eastern Aleppo.

Syrian government troops imposed the siege after seizing high ground overlooking the Castello road, a vital artery and the only supply route into opposition territory from Turkey, which staunchly backs the opposition and has called for Assad’s overthrow.

Hundreds of opposition troops appear to be taking part in the multi-pronged offensive, launched across a wide front. Rebels say they have pushed back government forces across territory in the north and south of the city, taking control of areas that have been used as staging grounds for loyalist militias, including many backed by Iran.

The campaign was launched on Sunday night, on the eve of the 71st anniversary of the founding of the Syrian army.

Opposition activists in Aleppo said rebel supporters burned thousands of rubber tyres in advance of the offensive in an attempt to obscure troop movements and limit the visibility of Syrian and Russian warplanes patrolling the skies. Videos posted online showed vast plumes of smoke enveloping the city, which was once the country’s commercial capital.....[ ]

I wonder if there is any reason for this?

The Independent, at least, gave the facts without forcing a 

pro-terrorist backstory down our throats

A Russian helicopter with five people on board has been shot down in Syria while carrying humanitarian supplies to Aleppo, the country's Defence Ministry has said.

Three crew and two officers were returning to Khmeimim base in Idlib province when the helicopter was brought down by ground fire.

It is the deadliest single incident for the Russian military since its entrance into Syria's civil war.

"On 1 August, an Mi-8 transport helicopter has been shot down by ground fire in Idlib province after a delivery of humanitarian aid to the city of Aleppo.

"Three crew members and two officers from the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria were on board," the ministry said in a statement.

The Kremlin said all five personnel had died.

"From what we know from information provided by the Defense Ministry, all those who were on the helicopter died," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

Mr Peskov said the Russians "died heroically because they tried to move the aircraft away so to minimize losses on the ground".

Images uploaded to social media purportedly show the flaming wreckage of the helicopter along with a dead body and purported Russian identity documents taken from the wreckage.

In one video, what appeared to be a rocket pod can be seen next to the wreckage. People standing nearby are seen taking photos on their phones and shouting "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great" in Arabic.

It is currently unknown which group brought the aircraft down. Idlib province has a strong presence of fighters both for the al-Qaeda branch in Syria known as Jabhat al-Nusra and rebels.

Monday's helicopter downing was the deadliest for the Russians since Moscow began carrying out air strikes in Syria in support of Assad's forces last September.

In July, two Russian airmen were killed in the central Homs province when their Mi-25 helicopter was shot down by what the defence ministry said were IS fighters.

An Mi-28N helicopter gunship crashed near Homs in April, killing both crew members, but the Russian military said there was no evidence it came under fire.

A Russian warplane was shot down by Turkey along the Syrian border in November, and one of the two pilots was shot and killed from the ground after ejecting.

Earlier on Monday, a Syrian military official claimed that government forces repelled an attack by insurgents that was an attempt to break the siege imposed on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo.

The development came a day after Syrian rebels launched the offensive to break up the government's siege of the eastern, rebel-held part of the city.

The UN estimates some 300,000 people are still trapped in the rebel section of Aleppo, with dwindling food and medical supplies. The UN's special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, warned on Friday that basic supplies in eastern Aleppo could run out in three weeks.

Opposition activists said intense fighting was still ongoing in Aleppo on Monday.

Robert Fisk deconstructs the weasel words used by western media.


How come a Muslim can be a terrorist in Europe but a mere ‘attacker’ in south-west Asia?

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