August 10, 2016

Former CIA Head Hints At A Much Wider War In Syria; Saudis Turn To Senegalese Child Soldiers To Turn The Tide In Yemen; Turkey Resupplies ISIS With U.S Weapons

Photo of the leadership of ISIS meeting at a global conference to plot the destruction of the Middle East with the exception of Israel.

An excerpt from, "Clinton-Backing Ex-CIA Chief Also Backs Killing Russians and Iranians in Syria" Sputnik News, August 10, 2016:
"In a PBS interview over the weekend, Morell indicated that he has his own controversial views on foreign policy that could reveal his true reasons for backing the Democratic candidate.

"What they need is [for] the Russians and Iranians pay a little price. When we were in Iraq, the Iranians were giving weapons to the Shia militia, who were killing American soldiers, right?" he said

"The Iranians were making us pay a price. We need to make the Iranians pay a price in Syria. We need to make the Russians pay a price."

This "price" appears to be murder, which would be carried out "covertly, so you don’t tell the world about it, you don’t stand up at the Pentagon and say ‘we did this.’ But you make sure they know it in Moscow and Tehran."

This would, undoubtedly, risk direct conflict with Russia and Iran. Morell also suggested that Washington bomb government buildings in Syria, as well as the presidential guard of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in order to "scare" the leader.
An excerpt from, "Has CIA's Plot to "Covertly" Kill Russians in Syria Come to Pass?" The New Atlas, August 9, 2016:
Morell's plan to kill Russians and Iranians, has not deterred Moscow or Tehran. Unlike the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, predicated on a premeditated lie as clearly exposed by the recent UK government-published Iraq Inquiry, Russia and Iran are engaged in Syria at the behest of the Syrian government.

Furthermore, their objective is not simply to project Russian and Iranian power beyond their borders, but to prevent the collapse of Syria into a NATO-induced Libya-style failed state that will serve as a staging ground for the spread of war back over their own borders. In other words, unlike the US' intervention in Iraq seeking extraterritorial geopolitical gain, Russia and Iran's intervention is based on very real and immediate existential concerns.
An excerpt from, "Saudi FM to recruit thousands of soldiers during African tour" Almasdar News, August 7, 2016:
Saudi Arabia is looking for further 5,000 Senegalese child soldiers–each soldier shall receive $ 5.000 per month, a mouth-watering offer —to initiate the ultimate decisive battle for Sana’a (the Yemeni capital city) in order to recapture it from Yemeni revolutionaries.
An excerpt from, "Here’s How Terrorists Recruit Africa’s Children" By Philip Obaji Jr. The Daily Beast, January 21, 2016:
Parents in Mali and elsewhere are persuaded to sell their sons and daughters to Islamic ‘teachers.’ And those who escape still may find themselves trafficked.

In fact, hundreds if not thousands of Malian children have been sold to armed groups by family members or school officials in exchange for money. In other cases, the children themselves may have been lured in by money and the appeal of “fighting for God,” especially after indoctrination in religious schools. Girls often are bought or abducted to become the wives of combatants. In 2013, the United Nations added Mali to its child soldiers list of shame.
Since more than 50 percent of Mali's 15.8 million people are children, there is a large pool from which to recruit.
An excerpt from, "Large Amounts of US-Made Weapons Sent to Terrorists in Eastern Aleppo through Turkey" By Ian Greenhalgh, Veterans Today, August 9, 2016:
Turkey has recently dispatched a large cargo of US-made weapons and equipment to the terrorists in Northern Syria, Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, said.

He described the move as one of the main elements helping the terrorists groups to make the recent advances in Eastern Aleppo, and said other important factors include surprise attacks by a large number of militants (9,000 terrorists from all parts of Syria participated in the operations), suicide attacks, using tens of bomb-loaded vehicles, terrorists’ disappointment after the army’s siege that has left them no way but to fight to death and the propaganda launched against the Syrian army and its allies by certain Arab media, specially the al-Jazeera.