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The show-down over the damaged aid convoy west of Aleppo
is reaching comedy level

By Moon-of-Alabama

The UN/SRC convoy came from the government held west-Aleppo. It had reached a Syrian Red Crescent center in Umm al Kubra in the “rebel” held area further west where it started to unload. Something happened and many of the trucks burned or where otherwise damaged. Allegedly some 20 people were killed. The incident happened shortly after the ceasefire had officially expired.

U.S. sponsored “White Helmet” propaganda teams where there when or shortly after the incident happened.


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Here are various claims that were made about the incident (I am time restricted and will for now not provide links for each of these):

  • The U.S. and its allies claim that the convoy was bombed in an air attack. The Russians deny that they or the Syrians executed any such attack.
  • The “rebels” had various version. Syrian jets AND helicopters did it; “Barrel bombs” were used; a sustained attack over hours …
  • U.S. Secretary of State first claimed that the Syrian did it, than that the Russians did it; helicopters had attacked. The Pentagon then came up with two Russian SU-24 fixed wing aircraft as the culprits. But the U.S. then claimed that the attack went on over two hours which is longer than a pair of SU-24 could sustain.
  • The Russians said neither they nor the Syrians attacked. They alleged that “rebels” attacked the convoy; that there had been no bombs, only damage from fire.
  • The pictures of some trucks show damage that is mostly from fire, but there also seem to have been some explosions and shrapnel impacts though no big direct hits. For me that leaves both possibilities open – an air or artillery attack or a simple local sabotage operation.

I don’t know what really happened.

But independent from what happened is the question of motive.

  • Why would the Syrian Air Force attack the Syrian Red Crescent with which it has good relations and which also works in all government held areas?
  • Why would the Syrian or Russian forces attack a convoy which earlier had passed through government held areas and checkpoints and was thereby not carrying contraband? I find no plausible reason or motive for such an attack. Nor has anyone else come forward with such.
  • A few days ago the “rebels” had accused the UN, which had goods on the convoy, of partisanship and said they would boycott it.
  • “Rebels” in east Aleppo had demonstrated against UN provided help and said they would reject it.
  • There was a general rejection of the ceasefire by the “rebels” and they were eager to push for a wider and bigger war against Syria and its allies.
  • Al-Qaeda in Syria even made a video against the ceasefire. A part of the ceasefire deal is to commonly fight al-Qaeda. They naturally want the deal to end. The attack on the aid convoy seems to help their case.
  • The motive argument makes an attack by the “rebels” plausible and an attack by Syria and its allies implausible.

Kerry spoke at the UN today and performed some funny stunts that had the silly purpose of blaming Russia.

He said that Jabhat al-Nusra and Jund al-Aqsa are al-Qaeda and U.S. enemies and must be fought.

He did not explain why the U.S. -for the last five years- provided al-Qaeda with weapons and munitions (via its sponsored “rebels”).

He did not explain why the U.S. so far did not do anything about al-Qaeda in Syria.

He did not explain why the U.S. did not order and forced its proxy “rebels” to distance themselves from al-Qaeda as it had promised at the begin of the ceasefire. Laughable nonsense.

  • Kerry then demanded a no fly zone over north-west Syria to prevent attacks on aid convoys. The whole UN erupted in laughter (silently). Surely he would love that. His “rebels” could then rearm, regroup and openly prepare for new attacks as they did under the first ceasefire in February.

John Kerry from min. 1:14:44 to min. 1:38:45

Sergey Lavrov from min. 57:02 to min. 1:14:37
Bashar al-Jaafari
from min. 3:15:36 to min. 3:36:00

No, Russia and Syria will not again agree to that, nor will the UN Security Council. The demand was a lame joke.

But the gloves are coming off. The Syrian/Russian side is convinced that the U.S. willfully attacked Syrian forces in Deir Ezzor to hand the city to ISIS. The “rebel”/U.S. side (or their relevant public) will convince itself (despite lack of evidence) that the Syrian/Russian side is willfully attacking hospitals and humanitarian convoys. The words in front of the UN got markedly sharper.

I am afraid that we will soon see another serious escalation of the conflict. An incident between U.S. and Russian planes or something like that. This is playing with fire in a room full of dynamite.

This show is no longer about Syria. The conflict is now part of the U.S. election campaign. It is also about some very stupid need of some adolescent nations to prove to the world that their balls are the biggest. Stupid and deadly nonsense that will kill many bystanders and solve nothing.

The humanitarian aid convoy is moving through territories controlled by mercenary-terrorists in Syria’s Aleppo


Russia presented all evidence on aid convoy attack, now wants impartial investigation

(RT) ~ Moscow has provided all the data it has on the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Aleppo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a UN Security Council meeting. Lavrov also called for a full and impartial investigation into the incident.



U.S. Allies ‘Volunteer’ To Share (Implausible)
Blame For Deir Ezzor Attack

(Moon-of-Alabama) ~ We note that this was not the first U.S. attack on Syrian government forces in Deir Ezzor. Back in December 3 Syrian soldiers were killed in an air raid. In June a U.S. air attack on Manbij killed some 100 civilians. No U.S. attack on any ISIS target in Syria ever came near such casualty numbers.

It is very doubtful that this was not an intended attack. Even Human Rights Watch recognized Saturday’s mass murder as “signal” to the Syrian government (before deleting its tweet).

Now the blame has to be spread.

Early Sunday Australia jumped in claiming its jets had taken part in the attack:

Australian aircraft were involved in a US-led coalition operation which killed dozens of Syrian soldiers stationed near Eastern ISIS stronghold city of Deir Ezzor, the Australia’s Defense Department confirmed.

“Australian aircraft were among a number of international aircraft taking part in this Coalition operation,” the Defense Department said in a statement.
Late Sunday the Danes followed:

“Two Danish F-16 [fighter aircraft] participated in these attacks along with the aircraft of other nations. The strikes had been stopped immediately after the Russian side reported that the positions of the Syrian servicemen had been hit,” the military command authority of the Danish Armed Forces said in a statement issued Sunday.
This morning, the BBC defense correspondent says, the UK also claimed guilty:

Jonathan Beale @bealejonathan
BBC understands @RoyalAirForce jets might have been involved in #Syria Airstrikes that killed 60 + Syrian soldiers.

Four planes attacked and four airforces claim to have been part of it? That is neither plausible nor realistic… … …read more… … …

By Moon-of-Alabama
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