Israeli missile attack kills civilians: Syrian state media

Syrian state-run broadcaster al-Ikhbariya said the four civilians including a baby had been killed in Sahnaya, south of Damascus, as “a result of the Zionist aggression”.
— Read on www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/israeli-missile-strike-kills-civilians-syrian-state-media-190630235526210.html

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EXCLUSIVE: Countries May Begin Backfilling US Troops in Syria Within Weeks, Envoy Says

In an exclusive interview, Amb. Jim Jeffrey also confirmed a breakthrough agreement that could restart the Geneva peace process.
— Read on www.defenseone.com/politics/2019/06/exclusive-countries-may-begin-backfilling-american-ground-troops-syria-within-weeks-envoy-says/158097/

Explaining Russia’s Position on Idlib

Ollie Richardson for The Saker Blog

Over the past five years my work in the information space has been consciously aimed at explaining why the Russian military does and doesn’t do certain things, whether it be in relation to Ukraine, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Venezuela, etc, and why demanding that Putin bombs everything in sight is exactly what the CIA wants so-called “pro-Russians” to say. Yet I haven’t exhausted (maybe I never will exhaust it?) this topic because it is so vast and, ultimately, complex. And it is because of this seemingly insurmountable complexity that questions like “Why doesn’t Russia liberate all of Ukraine”, “Why doesn’t Russia save Donetsk and Lugansk in the same way it saved Crimea?”, “Why doesn’t Russia boot America out of Syria?”, etc are asked on social media.

But one statement that I haven’t really addressed (until now) is “Why doesn’t Russia liberate all of Idlib in one fell swoop?”. Many “geniuses” like to say that Putin is in bed with the “Ottoman butcher” Erdogan and has thus “betrayed Syria”, similar to how shaking hands with Netanyahu means that Putin is a Zionist and has “betrayed Syria”, or even that a visit of the Saudi King to Moscow means that Putin has the blood of Yemen on his hands.
— Read on thesaker.is/explaining-russias-position-on-idlib/

A Tale of Two Poisonings – Shaping the Story to Fit the Agenda

Philip Giraldi writes:  Poisoning enemies has a long history with Augustus Caesar’s wife Livia allegedly a master of the art, as were the Borgias in Renaissance Italy. Lately there has been a resurgence in allegations regarding the use of poisons of various types by several governments. The claims are particularly damaging both morally and legally…
— Read on thewallwillfall.org/2018/07/17/a-tale-of-two-poisonings-shaping-the-story-to-fit-the-agenda/

Moscow Urges US to Fulfil Pledges on Syria Before Offering Advice on Venezuela #Zakharova #Trump #Syria #Venezuela

KHANTY-MANSIYSK (Russia) (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump should first stand by his promise to withdraw US troops from Syria before calling on Russia to “get out” of Venezuela, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.
— Read on sputniknews.com/russia/201903281073605184-russia-usa-venezuela-trump-syria-advice/