US Provoking Russia to Give Reason for US Attack on Russia. Putin´s Counter-Strategy: Strike First. But is Pres. Putin really Vladimir Putin

There are a lot of aggressive, warlike neocons in America who suffer from vicious sinful pride, diabolical self-righteousness and political paranoia. The neocons  are willing to drag down and destroy all of humanity in Armageddon because North Korea is a threat to the security of the United States.
The neocons would sacrifice thousands of American troops, inculding Navy personnel, and South Korea and Japan in a quest for victory that would lead to World War III (TRIB LIVE 27 May 2017).

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The US is more and more aggressive to Russia – in spite of Pres. Trump´s good will to live in peace with his friend Putin. But the  neocons and their masters, the military industrial complex, seem to have kidnapped Trump, enforcing him to wage an aggressive policy against Russia.
Or did Masons Putin and Trump at their meetings at the G20 meeting recently simply agree on the Illuminati game  (The Albert Pike-William Carr plan)?

The New York Times 28 July 2017: Russia took its first steps on Friday to retaliate against proposed American sanctions for Moscow’s suspected meddling in the 2016 election, seizing two American diplomatic properties in Russia and ordering the United States Embassy to reduce staff by September.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, “This yet again attests to the extreme aggressiveness of the United States when it comes to international affairs.”

The Guardian 28 July 2017: The House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted on Tuesday to approve new sanctions on Russia, setting up a potential showdown with the White House. Vladimir Putin has accused US lawmakers of “insolence”, and promised Russia will retaliate if the latest round of US sanctions against Russia are signed into law.

By the way: When I compare the above Pres. Putin with KGB Putin I see clear differences.
Is Putin really Putin – or a double – as purportedly claimed by the real Putin´s  wife, Lyudmila (The Daily Star 24 Dec. 2016) after the original Putin was poisoned in 2014?

Left: Young KGB Vladimir Putin. 
 I found significant differences in age stable parameters: Young Putin´s lips are much thicker than those of Pres. Putin. Young Putin has no antitragus in his right ear, while Pres. Putin has a pronounced one. Young has a straight, regular nose, while Pres. Putin has a plump nose with a septum prominating much more downwards than that of KGB Putin and more marked nose wings. Pres. Putin´s eyebrows and upper orbital rim is curved – while that of KGB Putin is nearly horizontal.
Also. the below photos from The daily Star are clearly not of the same Putin.

“We are behaving in a very restrained and patient way, but at some moment we will need to respond,” said Putin at a press conference with his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinistö.

It’s impossible to endlessly tolerate this kind of insolence towards our country,” Putin said, referring to the sanctions. “This practice is unacceptable – it destroys international relations and international law.”

The worst of the neocons are John Bolton – former US UN ambassador, here making the 666 sign f the Antichrist, and brain tumour sick John McCain.

It´s a very dangerous game: Putin is not stupid and has reserved the right of a preemptive strike

Global Res. 27 July 2017: Painting Russia as the Enemy.
Before any war, the state always embarks on an outlandish campaign to demonize the target in the eyes of the people. One logical conclusion to be drawn from the incessant array of anti-Russian propaganda that has been promulgated by the West in recent years, is that it is designed to inculcate in the minds of the western public that Russia is the enemy, in preparation for a future war.

In recent years, the world has become increasingly more unstable. Tensions between Russia and the US have reached a level not seen since the height of the Cold War, with some even arguing that we have surpassed this point by now. The US is continually provoking Russia, as the hawks in Washington cannot stand the fact that Moscow has stood up to the neocons in Syria.

Perhaps the US is trying to intimidate Russia so that it backs down, but this is a very dangerous game to play. How many times can the US poke the Russian bear before the bear responds?

The world stands on the edge of a dangerous precipice, as it slides towards war

Baiting Russia into a Military Response in Syria?
Although the official US narrative was that they were protecting US-backed forces on the ground, one cannot help but question the justification used by a country that has repeatedly lied and deceived in order to launch imperial wars.

There is a very real danger that the decision to shoot down a Syrian jet was designed to provoke Syria to respond militarily to US forces, therefore providing justification for a full-scale invasion of Syria by the US and her allies.

Moreover, and more dangerously, there is a potential that this incident was designed (by rogue elements with the US) to provoke Russia to respond militarily to the US in Syria, providing justification to start a hot war with Russia, and launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack on Russia.

Although this may sound like madness, we should not underestimate how mad the neocons are. The US and Russia have reportedly already come extremely close to a direct confrontation in Syria earlier this year. In April, after the US launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield, Russia was “an inch from confrontation” with the US, according to the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani.

Any followers of Dr. Paul Craig Roberts work, the former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, who also worked at a variety of US think tanks in Washington, will know that he has repeatedly warned that some belligerent and crazed elements within Washington are actually considering launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike on Russia.

These persons with Jewish names were responsible for the Iraq war.

It is not just Dr. Roberts that is warning of this apocalyptic scenario however. At the end April, the Deputy Head of Operations of the Russian General Staff, Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, warned of the potential that the US could launch a “sudden nuclear missile strike” against Russia:

“The presence of US missile defense bases in Europe, [and] missile defense vessels in seas and oceans close to Russia, creates a powerful covert strike component for conducting a sudden nuclear missile strike against the Russian Federation.”

North Korea
Russia Today 27 July 2017:  Army Chief Mark Milley: “It’s a very serious situation, and it’s not going in a good direction,” he said.

A ground war in the Korean Peninsula would be “deadly” and “horrific,” the general explained, with some 25 million people in the metropolitan area of Seoul within reach of North Korean conventional artillery and chemical weapons.

“Do I think North Korea’s military would be destroyed? I do,” he said. “But that would be done at a high cost in terms of human life.”
As terrible as war in the Korean Peninsula would be, Milley added, so would be “a nuclear weapon detonating in Los Angeles.”

The Daily Mail 30 July 2017: Donald Trump is poised to order a military strike against North Korea ‘within the next year’ after the communist state said it had successfully fired a ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland.

Pentagon officials have laid out plans to obliterate a nuclear weapons facility operating deep within a mountain in the rogue state.

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What´s behind the Temple Mount Riots in Jerusalem: The 3. Temple to Signalize End of the World

On 14 July 2017, a terror attack at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem escalated into riots causing even an emergency meeting in the UN. And that´s not the first time.

As I have previously written there are strong forces in Israel and in Judaism moving forbuilding the 3. Temple (Ezekiel 40-47) – even demanding Pres. Trump´s help for it. Ezekiel´s 3. temple is thought by the Pharisees and a by a majority of Jews to be built by the Moschiach ben David in the end time, but a minority think with the famous Maimonides that Jews should build it as soon as possible. In fact, Rothschild´s Supreme Court building in Jerusalem does look very much like a temple for the god of Judaism and its layer, Freemasonry, viz. Lucifer and  here and here

And this temple is being prepared in minute details right now

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The Temple Mount Heritage Foundation was proposed by Culture Minister Miri Regev and Environmental Protection and Jerusalem Minister Ze’ev Elkin, with an annual budget starting at $550,000.
Left: Supreme Court in Jerusalem. Note the Illuminati pyramid on the roof.

The Electronic Intifada 24 July 2017:  Plans to rebuild the “third Temple” on the Dome of the Rock would require the demolition of the al Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites.

Apart from provoking tumultuous outrage among Muslims worldwide, the destruction of the al Aqsa Mosque ties in with various end time prophecies about the rebuilding of the “Third Temple”.

If it is indeed rebuilt we will know for certain that we are in the midst of the “end times”. As the biblical prophets foretold that this would be accompanied by widespread wars and destruction, as will almost certainly happen if the al Aqsa Mosque is demolished to make way for the Third Temple.

I suspect that the people who are behind the campaign for the rebuilding of the Third Temple know this. But they aren’t really interested in the Third Temple, their real objective is the conflict and tumult that would follow the demolition of the al Aqsa Mosque. Ed.

Temple Institute head Yisrael Ariel, who has called for the destruction of churches and mosques and the mass slaughter of those who refuse to accept his extreme version of Judaism, at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in June.

Since the gun battle at the al-Aqsa compound on 14 July that ended in the deaths of three Palestinian citizens of Israel and two Israeli police, Israeli media have largely focused on outrage that anyone would carry out an attack at a holy site, while praising Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s collective punishment against the Palestinian population. (On 26 July 2017).

“Netanyahu and [PA leader Mahmoud] Abbas both acted responsibly to prevent a holy war; but the Arab world’s condemnation of Israel is a reason for concern,” read the subheading of an analysis by Haaretz’s Barak Ravid.

Missing from commentaries across the board has been any acknowledgement of the role played by fanatical settlers intent on wresting control of the al-Aqsa compound in occupied East Jerusalem and eventually destroying it as part of an apocalyptic vision. (Chabad Lubavitch).

The compound, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, includes the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. It is one of the holiest shrines for Muslims all over the world, as well as a touchstone of Palestinian identity.

Temple movement leader Yehuda Glick, right, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israelis who seek to take over al-Aqsa see the 14 July attack and subsequent violence as an opportunity to advance this agenda. Immediately after the incident, the Temple movement’s official body released a statement calling to expel Palestinians from the compound: “We must liberate the Temple Mount from the murderous Islam and return it to the people of Israel.”

Looking forward to building the Temple this year and hope that you will soon see the face of our righteous Messiah,” Baruch Marzel one of the most extreme leaders among Israel’s West Bank settlers, wrote last week in an open letter to the mufti of Jerusalem – the top Muslim official in the city.

Bezalel Smotrich, a Jewish Home party lawmaker, does not want to wait that long. “I would set up a synagogue on the Temple Mount today, this morning,” he said on Monday.

Under Israeli military protection, these settlers and extremists tour the grounds on a daily basis, hoping to provoke violent reactions from Palestinian worshippers by shouting and singing nationalistic anthems.

This then provides occupation forces with the necessary pretext to enact harsh measures, with the eventual goal of cleansing non-Jews and replacing the Muslim holy sites there with a Jewish temple, thus triggering a civilizational clash with Islam.

Yehuda Glick, a longtime leader of the Temple movement, now a Likud Party lawmaker, last week welcomed Israel’s ban on Muslims entering the al-Aqsa compound in the days following the shootings.

“This is an enormous game changer,” he said. “Everything is part of the redemptionprocess but the things that happen on the Temple Mount are especially so.”

Radical Muslims who desecrate with blood the holiness of the Temple Mount, the holiest place to the Jewish people, have no right to be there,” Glick and the Jewish Home party’s Shuli Moalem-Refaeli said.

Last week, Glick held a Temple movement emergency session in the Knesset building, Israel’s parliament. Attendees included genocide advocate Rabbi Yisrael Ariel and Bentzi Gopstein, leader of the anti-miscegenation youth movement Lehava.

Yisrael Ariel, the chief rabbi of the Temple movement, articulated an apocalyptic end times scenario in 2015. “[God] is the one who commanded us to go from city to city conquering them, and to impose the seven laws [of the Sons of Noah] throughout the world,” Ariel said.

Ariel added that if Muslims and Christians “raise the flag of [surrender] and say, ‘From now on, there is no more Christianity and no more Islam,’ and the mosques and Christian spires come down,” then they would be allowed to live. “If not,” he warned, “you kill all of their males by sword. You leave only the women.”

“We will conquer Iraq, Turkey [and] we will get to Iran too,” Ariel proclaimed.

Ariel is the founder and head of the Temple Institute, the government-funded group that has published detailed blueprints and a computer animation of what the Temple, to be built over the ruins of al-Aqsa, will look like.

The Temple Institute has received funding from Israel’s education ministry to develop a curriculum to instill “longing for the Temple” in children as young as those attending kindergarten. In 2013, Israel’s mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, presented Ariel with an award for his organization’s work.

In 2012, Zevulun Orlev, one of the party’s lawmakers in the Knesset, called for the construction of a temple at the compound, saying that removing the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque would mean that the “billion-strong Muslim world would surely launch a world war.”

The point is: Solomon´s Temple was not located on the Temple Mount – but at the Gihon Spring several hundred meters away – proven by archaelogy!

Before the destruction of the 2. Temple of Herod´s, Roman Fort Antonia  was on the “Temple Mount” – and the Temple south of it. So, the Western wall, the Wall of Wailing has nothing to do with the Temple. That wall was the western wall of Fort Antonia – and built 25 years after Herod´s death!

This messianic extremism has taken hold in the Likud Party of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well.

In 2014, Likud’s Moshe Feiglin, then deputy speaker of the Knesset, explained the fanatical worldview. “We are in the major front of the fight for the free world against the evil forces of the most extreme Islam,” Feiglin asserted. “Behind the violence, there is a spiritual battle, and the core of that battle is that place – the Temple Mount.”

 Many other Israeli politicians are following the Temple movement’s lead.

A Likud Party website has launched a petition to “raise the Israeli flag on the Temple Mount.”
“The Temple Mount is not in our hands,” the petition declares. “We must change this absurdity.”

Transport minister Yisrael Katz has vowed that Israel “will not cede sovereignty” over al-Aqsa. We need to close the Temple Mount to Muslims for an extended period of time,” Jewish Home lawmaker Moti Yogev said.

Incitement from Israeli officials has become commonplace in recent years. Dozens of Knesset members have given verbal, and even material, support to the Temple movement.

But Israel’s official chief rabbis have long formally prohibited prayer by Jews at the compound for theological reasons – out of concern that Jews could inadvertently desecrate places that must remain ritually pure.

In keeping with this tradition, leaders in Israel’s Orthodox Jewish community blame those who insist on going to the al-Aqsa compound to pray for the resulting bloodshed.
“Those who visit the Temple Mount are turning the Israeli-Arab conflict into a religious conflict,” the Eidah Chareidis, a major anti-Zionist Orthodox Jewish organization in Jerusalem, has warned.

However, as Feiglin revealed at a Knesset session in 2013, the call for Jews to be allowed to pray at the compound is a pretext for an Israeli seizure of the site.

“Let’s be truthful. The struggle here in not about prayer,” Feiglin admitted. “Arabs don’t mind that Jews pray to God.  The struggle is about sovereignty. That’s the true story here. The story is about one thing onlysovereignty.”

Some of the Israeli politicians identify with the movement themselves, while others understand it is politically expedient to make public statements in support of Israeli sovereignty at al-Aqsa.

Avi Dichter – former chief of Bet Shin´s secret police – posted on Facebook a photo of himself in front of the Dome of the Rock with text reading, “Open the Temple Mount for Jews.”

As Dichter said in 2013 when he was public security minister – before embracing the Temple movement’s agenda – Jewish prayer at al-Aqsa, “will serve as a provocation, resulting in disorder, with a near certain likelihood of subsequent bloodshed.”

That may be precisely what many Israelis hope for. Following a stabbing attack by a Palestinian on Friday that left three Israelis in the illegal settlement of Halamish dead, Tzachi Hanegbi, a senior Likud minister and close ally of Netanyahu, threatened Palestinians with a “third Nakba” – a reference to Israel’s mass expulsions and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948 and 1967.

Compiled below this article,  The Electronic Intifada 24 July 2017  brings a list of current and former Knesset members and ministers who have supported the Temple movement’s apocalyptic goals to varying degrees.

 

 

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US-Led Bombings, Burning Raqqa… America’s War against Civilians

The U.S. War Against Civilians in Syria

It was midday on Sunday, May 7th, when the U.S.-led coalition warplanes again began bombing the neighborhood of Wassim Abdo’s family.

They lived in Tabqa, a small city on the banks of the Euphrates River in northern Syria. Then occupied by the Islamic State (ISIS, also known as Daesh), Tabqa was also under siege by U.S.-backed troops and being hit by daily artillery fire from U.S. Marines, as well as U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. The city, the second largest in Raqqa Province, was home to an airfield and the coveted Tabqa Dam. It was also the last place in the region the U.S.-backed forces needed to take before launching their much-anticipated offensive against the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa.

His parents, Muhammed and Salam, had already fled their home once when the building adjacent to their house was bombed, Wassim Abdo told me in a recent interview. ISIS had been arresting civilians from their neighborhood for trying to flee the city. So on that Sunday, the couple was taking shelter on the second floor of a four-story flat along with other family members when a U.S.-led airstrike reportedly struck the front half of the building. Abdo’s sister-in-law Lama fled the structure with her two children and survived. But his parents and 12-year-old cousin were killed, along with dozens of their neighbors, as the concrete collapsed on them.

As an exiled human rights activist, Wassim Abdo only learned of his parents’ death three days later, after Lama called him from the Syrian border town of Kobane, where she and her two children had been transported for medical treatment. Her daughter had been wounded in the bombing and although the U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led troops had by then seized control of Tabqa, it was impossible for her daughter to be treated in their hometown, because weeks of U.S.-led coalition bombing had destroyed all the hospitals in the city. 

A War Against Civilians

Islamic State fighters have now essentially been defeated in Mosul after a nine-month, U.S.-backed campaign that destroyed significant parts of Iraq’s second largest city, killing up to 40,000 civilians and forcing as many as one million more people from their homes. Now, the United States is focusing its energies — and warplanes — on ISIS-occupied areas of eastern Syria in an offensive dubbed “Wrath of the Euphrates.”

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Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The Islamic State’s brutal treatment of civilians in Syria has been well reported and publicized. And according to Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the commander of the U.S.-led war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the battle to “liberate” these regions from ISIS is the “most precise campaign in the history of warfare.”

But reports and photographs from Syrian journalists and activists, as well as first-person accounts from those with family members living in areas under U.S. bombardment, detail a strikingly different tale of the American offensive — one that looks a lot less like a battle against the Islamic State and a lot more like a war on civilians.

These human rights groups and local reporters say that, across Syria in recent months, the U.S.-led coalition and U.S. Marines have bombed or shelled at least 12 schools, including primary schools and a girls’ high school; a health clinic and an obstetrics hospital; Raqqa’s Science College; residential neighborhoodsbakeries; post offices; a car wash; at least 15 mosques; a cultural center; a gas station; cars carrying civilians to the hospital; a funeral; water tanks; at least 15 bridges; a makeshift refugee camp; the ancient Rafiqah Wall that dates back to the eighth century; and an Internet café in Raqqa, where a Syrian media activist was killed as he was trying to smuggle news out of the besieged city.

The United States is now one of the deadliest warring parties in Syria. In May and June combined, the U.S.-led coalition killed more civilians than the Assad regime, the Russians, or ISIS, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, a nongovernmental organization that has been monitoring the death toll and human rights violations in Syria since 2011.

“This administration wants to achieve a quick victory,” Dr. Fadel Abdul Ghany, chairman of the Syrian Network for Human Rights recently told me, referring to the Trump White House. “What we are noticing is that the U.S. is targeting and killing without taking into consideration the benefits for the military and the collateral damage for the civilians. This, of course, amounts to war crimes.”

And nowhere is this war against civilians more acute than in ISIS-occupied Raqqa, where trapped families are living under dozens of airstrikes every day.

Hotel of the Revolution 

Located at the confluence of the Euphrates and Balikh rivers in northern Syria, Raqqa was first settled more than 5,000 years agoBy the late eighth century, it had grown into an imperial city, filled with orchards, palaces, canals, reception halls, and a hippodrome for horse racing. Its industrial quarters were then known as “the burning Raqqa,” thanks to the flames and thick smoke produced by its glass and ceramic furnaces. The city even served briefly as the capital of the vast Abbasid Empire stretching from North Africa to Central Asia.

Toward the end of the thirteenth century, wars between the Mongol and Mamluk empires annihilated Raqqa and its surrounding countryside. Every single resident of the city was either killed or expelled. According to Hamburg University professor Stefan Heidemann, who has worked on a number of excavations in and around Raqqa, the scorched-earth warfare was so extreme that not a single tree was left standing in the region.

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Former President of Syria Hafez al-Assad (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Only in the middle of the twentieth century when irrigation from the Euphrates River allowed Raqqa’s countryside to flourish amid a global cotton boom did the city fully reemerge. In the 1970s, the region’s population again began to swell after then-President Hafez al-Assad — the father of the present Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad — ordered the construction of a massive hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates about 30 miles upstream of Raqqa. Wassim Abdo’s father, Muhammed, was an employee at this dam. Like many of these workers and their families, he and Salam lived in Tabqa’s third neighborhood, which was filled with four-story apartment flats built in the 1970s not far from the dam and its power station.

Despite these agricultural and industrial developments, Raqqa remained a small provincial capital. Abdalaziz Alhamza, a cofounder of the watchdog group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, which is made up of media activists from Raqqa living in the city as well as in exile, writes that the local news normally didn’t even mention the city in its weather forecasts.

In the mid-2000s, a drought began to wither the local cash crops: cotton, potatoes, rice, and tomatoes. As in other regions of Syria, farmers migrated from the countryside into the city, where overstretched and ill-functioning public services only exacerbated long-simmering dissatisfactions with the Assad regime.

As the 2011 rebellion broke out across Syria, Wassim Abdo and thousands of others in Raqqa, Tabqa, and nearby villages began agitating against the Syrian government, flooding the streets in protest and forming local coordinating councils. The regime slowly lost control of territory across the province. In March 2013, after only a few days of battle, anti-government rebels ousted government troops from the city and declared Raqqa the liberated provincial capital in all of Syria. The city, then the sixth largest in Syria, became “the hotel of the revolution.”

Within less than a year, however, despite fierce protests and opposition from its residents, ISIS fighters had fully occupied the city and the surrounding countryside. They declared Raqqa the capital of the Islamic State.

Despite the occupation, Wassim’s parents never tried to flee Tabqa because they hoped to reunite with one of their sons, Azad, who had been kidnapped by ISIS fighters in September 2013. In retirement, Muhammed Abdo opened a small electronics store. Salam was a housewife. Like tens of thousands of other civilians, they were living under ISIS occupation in Tabqa when, in the spring of 2017, U.S. Apache helicopters and warplanes first began appearing in the skies above the city. U.S. Marines armed with howitzers were deployed to the region. In late March, American helicopters airlifted hundreds of U.S.-backed troops from the Kurdish-led militias known as the Syrian Democratic Forces to the banks of the dammed river near the city. Additional forces approached from the east, transported on American speedboats. 

By the beginning of May, the Abdos’ neighborhood was under almost daily bombardment by the U.S.-led coalition forces. On May 3rd, coalition warplanes reportedly launched up to 30 airstrikes across Tabqa’s first, second, and third neighborhoods, striking homes and a fruit market and reportedly killing at least six civilians. The following night, another round of coalition airstrikes battered the first and third neighborhoods, reportedly killing at least seven civilians, including women and children. Separate airstrikes that same night near the city’s center reportedly killed another six to 12 civilians. 

On May 7th, multiple bombs reportedly dropped by the U.S.-led coalition struck the building where Muhammed and Salam had taken shelter, killing them and their 12-year-old grandson. Three days later, the Syrian Democratic Forces announced that they had fully seized control of Tabqa and the dam. The militia and its U.S. advisers quickly set their sights east to the upcoming offensive in Raqqa.

But for the Abdo family, the tragedy continued. Muhammed and Salam’s bodies were buried beneath the collapsed apartment building. It took 15 days before Wassim’s brother Rashid could secure the heavy machinery required to extract them.

“Nobody could approach the corpses because of the disfigurement that had occurred and the smell emanating from them as a result of being left under the rubble for such a long period of time in the hot weather,” Wassim told me in a recent interview. 

That same day their bodies were finally recovered.  On May 23rd, his parents and nephew were buried in the Tabqa cemetery.

“In Raqqa There Are Many Causes of Death” 

A few days after the Abdos’ funeral, the U.S.-led coalition began dropping leaflets over Raqqa instructing civilians to flee the city ahead of the upcoming offensive. According to photos of leaflets published by Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, the warnings read, in part,

“This is your last chance… Failing to leave might lead to death.”

ISIS fighters, in turn, prohibited civilians from escaping the city and planted landmines in Raqqa’s outskirts. Nevertheless, on June 5th, dozens of civilians heeded the coalition’s warnings and gathered at a boat stand on the northern banks of the Euphrates, where they waited to be ferried out of the city. Before the war, families had picnicked along this riverbank. Teenagers jumped into the water from Raqqa’s Old Bridge, built in 1942 by British troops. A handful of river front cafés opened for the season.

“The river is the main monument of the city, and for many people there’s a romantic meaning to it,” Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham, currently co-writing Brothers of the Gun, a book about life in ISIS-occupied Raqqa, told me.

But on June 5th, as the families were waiting to cross the river to escape the impending U.S.-backed offensive, coalition warplanes launched a barrage of airstrikes targeting the boats, reportedly massacring as many as 21 civilians. The coalition acknowledges launching 35 airstrikes that destroyed 68 boats between June 4th and June 6th, according to the journalistic outlet Airwars. Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend later boasted about the tactic, telling the New York Times: “We shoot every boat we find.”

The day after the attack on fleeing civilians at the boat stand, the long-awaited U.S.-backed ground offensive officially began.

After three years of ISIS rule, Raqqa had become one of the most isolated cities in the world. The militants banned residents from having home internet, satellite dishes, or Wi-Fi hotspots. They arrested and killed local reporters and banned outside journalists. On the day U.S.-backed troops launched their ground offensive against the city, ISIS further sought to restrict reporting on conditions there by ordering the imminent shutdown of all Internet cafés.

Despite these restrictions, dozens of Syrian journalists and activists have risked and still risk their lives to smuggle information out of besieged Raqqa — and their efforts are the only reason most Western reporters (including myself) have any information about the war our countries are currently waging there.

Every day, these media activists funnel news out of the city to exiled Syrians running media outlets and human rights organizations. The most famous among these groups has become Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, which won the 2015 International Press Freedom Award for its reporting on the ISIS occupation and now publishes hourly updates on the U.S.-backed offensive. All this news is then compiled and cross-checked by international monitoring groups like Airwars, whose researchers have now found themselves tracking as many as a half-dozen coalition attacks resulting in civilian casualties every day.

It’s because of this work that we know the Raqqa offensive officially began on June 6th with a barrage of airstrikes and artillery shelling that reportedly hit a school, a train station, the immigration and passport building, a mosque, and multiple residential neighborhoods, killing between six and 13 civilians. Two days later, bombs, artillery shells, and white phosphorus were reportedly unleashed across Raqqa, hitting — among other places — the Al-Hason Net Internet café, killing a media activist and at least a dozen others. (That journalist was one of at least 26 media activists to be killed in Syria this year alone.) Other bombs reportedly hit at least eight shops and a mosque. Photos also showed white phosphorus exploding over two residential neighborhoods.

White phosphorus is capable of burning human flesh to the bone. When exposed to oxygen, the chemical ignites reaching a temperature of 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s so flammable that its burns can reignite days later if the bandages are removed too soon.

U.S. military officials have not denied using white phosphorus in the city. The Pentagon has, in fact, published photos of U.S. Marines deployed to the Raqqa region transporting U.S.-manufactured white phosphorus munitions. Its spokesmen claim that the U.S. military only uses this incendiary agent to mark targets for air strikes or to create smoke screens and therefore remains in accordance with international law. But in the days after the reported attack, Amnesty International warned:

“The US-led coalition’s use of white phosphorus munitions on the outskirts of al-Raqqa, Syria, is unlawful and may amount to a war crime.” (Amnesty similarly accused the U.S. of potentially committing war crimes during its campaign against ISIS in Mosul.)

Following the reported white phosphorus attacks on June 8th and 9th, Raqqa’s main commercial and social avenue — February 23rd Street — reportedly came under three straight days of bombing. Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham, who grew up in that city, recalls how that street had once been lined with cafés, entertainment venues, and shops. Its western edge runs into Rashid Park, one of the city’s main public spaces. Its eastern edge stretches to the ancient Abbasid Wall.

Between June 9th and June 11th, as many as 10 civilians were killed in repeated bombings of February 23rd Street and its major intersections, according to reports compiled by Airwars. (These sorts of air strikes, ostensibly aimed at limiting the mobility of ISIS fighters, were also employed in Mosul, parts of which are now in ruins.) On those same days, four adults and four children were reportedly killed in airstrikes on Raqqa’s industrial district, another 21 civilians were killed in the west of the city, and at least 11 more civilians, again including children, when airstrikes reportedly destroyed homes on al-Nour street, which is just around the corner from the al-Rayan Bakery, bombed less than two weeks later.

On that day, June 21st, a Raqqa resident named Abu Ahmad was returning from getting water at a nearby well when, he later told Reuters, he began hearing people screaming as houses crumbled. He said that as many as 30 people had died when the apartment flats around the bakery were leveled.

“We couldn’t even do anything,” he added. “The rocket launchers, the warplanes. We left them to die under the rubble.”

Only a few days earlier, coalition warplanes had destroyed another source of bread, the al-Nadeer bakery on al-Mansour Street, one of Raqqa’s oldest thoroughfares.

In July, the U.S.-led coalition bombed the ancient Abbasid Wall, and U.S.-backed troops breached Raqqa’s Old City. U.S. advisers began to operate inside Raqqa, calling in more airstrikes from there.

More and more names, photographs, and stories of the coalition’s victims were smuggled out by local journalists. According to these reports, on July 2nd, Jamila Ali al-Abdullah, her three children, and up to 10 of her neighbors were killed in her neighborhood. On July 3rd, at least three families were killed, including Yasser al-Abdullah and his four children, A’ssaf, Zain, Jude, and Rimas. On July 5th, an elderly man named Yasin died in an airstrike on al-Mansour Street. On July 6th, Anwar Hassan al-Hariri was killed along with her son Mohammed, her daughter Shatha, and her toddler Jana. Five members of the al-Sayyed family perished on July 7th. Sisters Hazar and Elhan Abdul Aader Shashan died in their home on July 12th, while seven members of the Ba’anat family were killed on July 13th, as was Marwan al-Salama and at least ten of his family members on July 17th.

Hundreds more were reportedly wounded, including Isma’il Ali al-Thlaji, a child who lost his eyesight and his right hand. And these are, of course, only some of the reported names of those killed by the U.S.-led coalition.   

“In Raqqa, there are many causes of death,” the journalists at Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently wrote. These include “indiscriminate airstrikes by international coalition warplanes, daily artillery shelling by Syrian Democratic Forces, and ISIS mines scattered throughout the surrounding landscape.”

For those who survive, conditions inside the city only continue to worsen. Coalition bombing reportedly destroyed the two main pipes carrying water into the city in the 100-degree July heat, forcing people to venture to the banks of the Euphrates, where at least 27 have been reportedly killed by U.S.-led bombing while filling up jugs of water.

A Coalition in Name Only

The United States has launched nearly 95% of all coalition airstrikes in Syria in recent months, meaning the campaign is, in fact, almost exclusively an American affair.

“The French and British are launching about half a dozen strikes a week now,” Chris Woods, director of Airwars, explained to me. “The Belgians maybe one or two a week.”

In comparison, in Raqqa province last month the U.S. launched about twenty air or artillery strikes every single day.

In June alone, the U.S.-led coalition and U.S. Marines fired or dropped approximately 4,400 munitions on Raqqa and its surrounding villages. According to Mark Hiznay, the associate director of Human Rights Watch’s arms division, these munitions included 250-pound precision-guided small diameter bombs, as well as MK-80 bombs, which weigh between 500 and 2,000 pounds and are equipped with precision-guided kits. The bombs are dropped by B-52 bombers and other warplanes, most taking off from the al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, or the USS George H.W. Bush, an aircraft carrier stationed off Syria’s coast in the eastern Mediterranean.

Hundreds of U.S. Marines, most likely from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, are also positioned outside Raqqa and are firing high explosive artillery rounds into the city from M777 Howitzers. In late June, the Marines’ official Twitter feed boasted that they were conducting artillery fire in support of U.S.-backed troops 24 hours a day.

The result of this type of warfare, says Airwars’ Chris Woods, is a staggering increase in civilian casualties. According to an analysis by the group, since President Trump took office six months ago, the U.S.-led campaign has reportedly killed nearly as many civilians in Syria and Iraq as were killed in the previous two and a half years of the Obama administration.

And for surviving civilians, the conditions of war don’t end once the bombing stops, as life today in the city of Tabqa indicates.

As of mid-July, according to Wassim Abdo, Tabqa still has neither running water nor electricity, even though displaced families have begun returning to their homes. There’s a shortage of bread, and still no functioning schools or hospitals. The Tabqa Dam, which once generated up to 20% of Syria’s electricity, remains inoperable. (U.S.-led coalition airstrikes reportedly damaged the structure repeatedly in February and March, when they burnedthe main control room, causing the United Nations to warn of a threat of catastrophic flooding downstream.) The U.S.-backed troops in Tabqa have, according to Abdo, banned the Internet and U.S. officials admit that children in the area are being infected by diseases carried by flies feeding off corpses still buried in the rubble.

Meanwhile, less than 30 miles to the east, the battle for control of Raqqa continues with tens of thousands of civilians still trapped inside the besieged city. Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend has indicated that the U.S.-led coalition may soon increase the rate of airstrikes there yet again.

From Wassim Abdo’s perspective, that coalition campaign in Syria has so far killed his parents and nephew and ruined his hometown. None of this, understandably, looks anything like a war against ISIS.

“My opinion of the international coalition,” he told me recently, “is that it’s a performance by the international community to target civilians and infrastructure and to destroy the country.” And this type of warfare, he added, “is not part of eliminating Daesh.”

Laura Gottesdiener is a freelance journalist and a news producer with Democracy Now! Her writing has appeared in Mother Jones, Al Jazeera, The Nation, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and frequently at TomDispatch. Special thanks on this piece go to Alhasan Ghazzawi.

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Spreading the Truth and Countering the Lies

Bolivian actress and filmmaker Carla Ortiz’s recent interview with Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations brings to the forefront several key issues regarding the dirty war on Syria and the West’s criminality.

Canada, for example, has always played a key role in the so-called Friends of Syria[1] group, which is composed of countries that support terrorism in Syria. Literally, the group consists of Friends of Terrorism. Jaafari points out that whereas there were 137 members in the group, now there are only 11.

This is a political victory for Syria. Whereas the original membership, including Canada, still supports terrorism in Syria, the declining membership is at least symbolic.

Jaafari explains that Syria refuses to be destroyed, as Iraq[2], and Libya[3] have been, and continue to be destroyed. Much to the chagrin of the West and its allies, Syria and its allies are defeating terrorism in Syria. Whereas (for the most part) terrorists are losing, Syrians are celebrating.

“Plan B” for the terrorist- supporting Western governments involves illegally supporting PKK/YPG/SDF terrorists who are trying to partition Syria[4] by carving out a “Kurdish” polity on stolen Syrian territory. Just as Canada is violating Iraq’s territorial integrity by supporting Kurdish warmongering ambitions there, so too is Canada supporting these divisive elements on Syria.

Jaafari also details difficulties in dealing with the increasingly corrupt United Nations. It is this institution, after all, which recently elected Saudi Arabia – which forbids women to drive motor vehicles — to its Human Rights Council. He outlines evidence-based instances where the U.N. failed to appropriately condemn the West’s use of false flag chemical weapons fabrications (i.e. Iraq’s non-existent WMD).

The issue of chemical weapons, used extensively by the West and its terror proxies, is of particular importance now, since peace is on the verge of breaking out in Syria. The West and its allies have consistently demonstrated their preference for on-going, chaotic and destructive warfare, and they have consistently used false flag chemical weapons attacks[5] to further their genocidal goals.  Consequently, there are reasonable expectations that another such attack might take place as a pretext for escalated warfare.

In the interests of peace and humanity, we need to denounce these strategies of deception, and our (Western) governments’ support for terrorism.

We also need to spread the truth far and wide, to counter MSM lies about the dirty war on Syria.

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Notes

[1] Ken Stone, “Canada’s Harper Government Supports Covert Mercenary War on Syria, Funds Al Qaeda Affiliated Rebels.” Global Research, November 12, 2013, (http://www.globalresearch.ca/canadas-harper-government-supports-covert-mercenary-war-on-syria-funds-al-qaeda-afiliated-rebels/5357781) Accessed July 29, 2017.

[2] Mark Taliano, “US-NATO Holocaust in Iraq: The Depopulation and Destruction of Mosul.” Global Research, July 12, 2017, (http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-nato-holocaust-in-iraq-the-depopulation-and-destruction-of-mosul/5598793) Accessed July 29, 2017.

[3]Urban Times, “Libya: Ten Things About Gaddafi They Don’t Want You to Know.” Global Research, July 15, 2017, (http://www.globalresearch.ca/libya-ten-things-about-gaddafi-they-dont-want-you-to-know/5414289) Accessed July 29, 2017

[4] Sarah Abed, “The Kurds: Washington’s Weapon of Mass Destabilization in the Middle East” Global Research, July 14, 2017 (http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-kurds-washingtons-weapon-of-mass-destabilization-in-the-middle-east/5599207) Accessed July 29, 2017.

[5] Mark Taliano,“Syria Chemical Weapons Red Flags and False Flags.” Global Research, April 6, 2017,(http://www.globalresearch.ca/syria-chemical-weapons-red-flags-and-false-flags/5583616) Accessed July 29, 2017.

Judea intensify war on Venezuelan President

On July 27, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Jew) imposed new sanctions against thirteen former and current Venezuelan officials including the interior minister Admiral Carmen Melendez, senior military brass, the president of the electoral council, and the finance chief of state oil company PDVSA, whose US assets would be frozen.

Anyone elected to the national constituent assembly should know that their role in undermining democratic processes and institutions in Venezuela could expose them to potential US sanctions,” said Mnuchin.

The opposition and US moves are to force Maduro to give up his plan to have a 545-member Constituent Assembly elected on July 30.

Maduro called the US punishment illegal, insolent and unprecedented.

Who do these imperialists in the United States think they are? The government of the world?” he said in a speech.

Could it be a warning to anti-Israel Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro that he too is going to contract cancer like the other six Latin American leaders who resisted American domination?

The opposition has rejected Maduro’s proposal of holding round table peace talks ahead of the National Constituent Assembly vote on July 30.

Addressing the crowds, Maduro said “I want peace, reunification and national dialogue. Do you want to give a lesson to these violent people? On Sunday the 30, you have to go out and vote in peace for the National Constituent Assembly.”

The pathetic anti-government liar from Miami, J.J. Rendpon bemoaned recently that the opposition is losing its support as the protesting crowds are shrinking.

Last month, an anti-Maduro terrorist hijacked a police helicopter and attacked country’s Supreme Court building in Caracas.

As usual, the Jewish-controlled media is busy churning Fake News in order to demonize democratically elected Maduro government.

United States have a long history of funding Western NGOs to bring regime changes in countries whose leaders refuse to take orders from them. Currently, this game is repeated in Venezuela, Cuba, Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

In January 2009, Maduro political mentor, president Hugo Chavez order the expulsion of Israeli ambassador in Caracas along with entire Jewish staff in solidarity with Gaza people. Netanyahu blamed Iranian president Ahmadinejad for Chavez action.

Both Maduro and Hassan Rouhani exchanged state visits last year.

Watch a clip from Empire File below to learn the truth behind the Judea War on Venezuela.

New Leak Reveals Emails, Documents From Macron And Affiliated Staff Members

A fresh release of emails, documents and photos was dumped onto online messageboard 4chan late this morning in the latest leak to hit Emmanuel Macron’s campaign ahead of France’s second round of presidential elections. The release purports to contain content from Macron and various staff members.

Files from the release are reported to have been sent to members of Chicago Hacking Conference THOTCON, who have verified their authenticity. Analysts who examined portions of the release say that the owners of the email accounts were practicing very poor security and appeared to have been targeted by a number of hacking methods, including spearphishing and bruteforce attacks. Staff members whose emails are contained in the leak include Quentin Lafay, Alain Torret and Pierre Person, among others. The cache of documents appears to be incredibly large and contains emails spanning back to over a decade ago in addition to financial data. The original leaker of the emails is currently unknown.


Electoral documents for the upcoming second round of 2017 French presidential election are displayed as registered voters will receive an envelope containing the declarations of faith of each candidate, Emmanuel Macron (R) and Marine Le Pen (L), along with the two ballot papers for the May 7 second round of the French presidential election, in Nice, France, May 3, 2017

WikiLeaks Establishes Authenticity of Nearly 20% of Documents From Macron’s Camp

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The WikiLeaks whistleblowing organization announced Tuesday the authenticity of over 21,000 documents leaked from the accounts of Emmanuel Macron’s campaign camp.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Friday, some nine gigabytes of emails allegedly leaked from accounts of Macron’s En Marche! movement were anonymously dumped. Macron’s campaign camp confirmed it had been hacked but claimed fake papers had been mixed up with authentic ones to spread lies ahead of the presidential election.

​On Sunday, Macron won French presidency with 66.1 percent of the votes in the run-off. His right-wing rival Marine Le Pen conceded defeat with 33.9 percent of the votes.


Macron, Netanyahu and Holocaust

On Sunday, two liars and Muslim haters, French president Emmanuel Macon and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Paris to mourn the 75th anniversary of the ethnic-cleansing of French Jews.

According to the Holocaust Industry, on July 14, 1942, French police rounded up 13,152 French Jews who were later sent to death camps in Poland and other German occupied territories.

Speaking near the former site of the Velodrome d’Hiver, the indoor cycle track from which the Jews were allegedly deported in 1942, Macron said: “It is indeed France that organized. Not a single German took part.”

It seems Macon agrees with Netanyahu’s Holocaust story that it were Palestinians who committed Holocaust.

In response, Netanyahu praised Macron as Friend of Israel, and said: “Your struggle against Islamic terrorism is also our struggle. The zealots of militant Islam seek to destroy you and seek to destroy us as well.”

In 2012, former French president Francois Hollande, a non-practicing Jew, had accused Netanyahu being obsessed with Iran and Muslims.

In April 2017, Macron’s opponent Marine Le Pen rejected the Velodrome d’Hiver round-up, saying French people played no part in the ethnic cleansing of the country’s Jewish communities. Marine is no Jew-hater. She has a Jewish bed-mate and she expelled her father and founder of her Front National (FN)party over denying the Six Million Died hoax.

French health minister Dr. Agnes Buzyn, however, claims that her father was among those Jews who were sent to holy Auschwitz torture camp.

This is part of the Zionist narrative of the so-called the Six Million Died, a claim debunked by New York rabbi Yosef Mizrachi in 2015.

The truth, I’m telling you, that not even one million Jews were murdered by Nazis,” he said.

On February 17, 2015, American Jew writer, author and former Republican party’s propaganda strategist David Cole, claimed that Holocaust is based on fakes, frauds, and forgeries.

On March 3, 2016, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry at The Week.com advised Donald Trump to learn from French Jew historian Marc Bloch’s book, The Strange Defeat, before throwing Israel under a bus. Bloch was executed on the order of the Vichy regime for treason. American Jewish couple, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were executed on June 19, 1954 for stealing and passing-on America’s nuclear bomb secrets files to Soviet Union which enabled Russia to develop its first nuclear bomb in August 1949.

Pity, no French or American Muslim has committed such treason against his adopted country.

French-born Israeli ‘Holocaust historian’ Renee Poznanski claims that French Jews joined several French militias to fight the Vichy regime and the Nazi occupiers. Since 1990s, Hamas is conducting a similar military resistance against Jews occupying their homeland – but now the so-called Nazis victims – call it a terrorist organization.

Historically, France is the Mother of Terrorism. Even the word Terrorismhas French roots dating back to the 1794 French Revolution.

On June 5, 2017, UK-born professor Ben Carrington (University of Texas) said: Stop Saying That Muslims Invented Terrorism which was invented by Western Judeo-Christian colonists.

Putin: 755 US diplomats to depart Russia, time to show we won’t leave anything unanswered

More than 750 American diplomats will have to leave Russia as a result of Washington’s own policies, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in an exclusive interview with the Rossiya 1 TV channel.

The American side has made a move which, it is important to note, hasn’t been provoked by anything, to worsen Russian-US relations. [It includes] unlawful restrictions, attempts to influence other states of the world, including our allies, who are interested in developing and keeping relations with Russia,” Putin told channel host, Vladimir Solovyov, Sunday.

 negotiated sanctions bill against Russia, Iran, N. Korea at early stages, and will approve final version – WH https://on.rt.com/8j0w 

We’ve been waiting for quite a long time that maybe something would change for the better, we had hopes that the situation would change. But it looks like, it’s not going to change in the near future… I decided that it is time for us to show that we will not leave anything unanswered,” the Russian president added.

Earlier this week, following the US Congress’ approval of new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, the Russian foreign ministry announced that Moscow told Washington to reduce the number of its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people.

The number of US diplomatic service staff in Russia was ordered to be reduced in order to equal the number of Russian diplomats in the US by September 1. As of now, it “greatly exceeds” the number of Russia’s embassy staff in the US, the ministry said. The American diplomatic mission includes more than 1,200 personnel.

From the perspective of a working diplomatic mission, [the measure] is fairly sensitive,” Putin said.

The US State Department responded to Moscow’s move with regret, arguing that it was an “uncalled-for act.”

“We are assessing the impact of such a limitation and how we will respond to it,” a statement from the department said.

However, the State Department declined to comment on the exact number of embassy and consular staff in Russia, Reuters reports.

The Russian leader went on to say that there is a number of “important spheres of cooperation” between Moscow and Washington, which he hoped would not suffer because of America’s anti-Russian policies. Those mostly include the joint fight against terrorism, obligations to nuclear arms control, and space projects rather than economic relations, Putin said.

Moscow has much wider trade and economic relations with China, the EU and other countries than with the US, the president added.

Putin however underlined that Moscow and Washington had recently reached “concrete” results in de-escalating the crisis in war-torn Syria, which are in the interests of the entire Middle East region.

We also work together on fighting illegal migration and organized crime in a broad sense. There are also issues of cybersecurity,” Putin pointed out, having also referred to joint Russia-US scientific projects in space, such as plans to jointly explore Venus.

The main thing is, that we have a multi-faceted cooperation in many fields. Of course, Moscow has a lot to say and there is a number of spheres of cooperation that we could potentially cut and it would be sensitive for the US side. But I think we shouldn’t do it. It would harm development of international relations. I hope it won’t get to that point. As of today, I’m against it.


WikiLeaks releases 21,000 ‘verified’ Macron campaign emails

WikiLeaks releases 21,000 ‘verified’ Macron campaign emails
More than 21,000 “verified” emails allegedly associated with the French presidential campaign of Emmanuel Macron have been released by WikiLeaks.

The whistleblowing organisation claims the batch of  21,075 emails, dating from March 2009 to April 2017, are uniquely verified through its DKIM system.

A full archive of 71,848 emails with 26,506 attachments from 4,493 unique senders is provided for context, according to a WikiLeaks statement.

It states that while only the 21,075 emails marked with its green “DKIM verified” banner are certified by WikiLeaks as genuine, it believes “based on statistical sampling” that the “overwhelming majority” of the remainder are also authentic.

“As the emails are often in chains and include portions of each other, it is usually possible to confirm the integrity other emails in the chain as a result of the DKIM verified emails within it,” the statement reads.

Macron’s presidential campaign was hit with a huge email leak on the eve of the presidential election on May 5. The electoral commission prohibited the French media from publishing the contents of the leak.

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