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Russia's UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia says the "immediate priority is to avert the danger of war" following a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council concerning Syria.

Asked if he was referring to war between the US and Russia, he says: "We cannot exclude any possibilities unfortunately because we saw messages that are coming from Washington. They were very bellicose.


"They know we are there, I wish there was dialogue though the proper channels on this to avert any dangerous developments.

"The danger of escalation is higher than simply Syria because our military are there... so the situation is very dangerous."

 

UPDATE 3:49 PM -- These remarks came after there was an unannounced Security Council meeting at the UN here in New York City which was kept pretty much under wraps, seen as a last chance. It didn't go very well as you can see.

 

UPDATE 3:55 PM EDT -- I'm told some of the back channel talks with Russia have broken down and broken down badly, which rather ties in with what the Russian UN ambassador said a few mins ago.

 

UPDATE 3:59 PM -- President Trump has been meeting with his National Security Team at the White House, including Defense Secretary James Mattis "What's going on now is they're deciding on two things: The scope of the response by the U.S. and our coalition partners, And, number two: the timing of it."

 Earlier today UK Cabinet ministers gave Prime Minister Theresa May a green light for strikes on the Assad regime in Syria.

 

UPDATE 4:06 PM EDT -- Russia: We will protect our troops in Syria from US missiles

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, said the current situation with Donald Trump threatening to launch missiles at Syrian government forces is a "test for each and every country in the world to protect its people on the ground."

Russia and Iran are the Assad regime's allies in the Syrian civil war.

The Kremlin on Wednesday said the US and its allies - France, Germany and the UK - should "seriously consider" the consequences of their threats to launch military action.

 

RELATED CONTEXT: 

The Russian president and Israeli prime minister were at angry cross-purposes in their phone conversation on Wednesday, April 11.  Vladimir Putin warned Benjamin Netanyahu to discontinue Israeli strikes in Syria because they may rock the Assad regime [backed by Moscow] and insisted on Israel respecting Syrian sovereignty and security. By this warning, Russia clamped down on the freedom the Israeli air force had hitherto enjoyed in Syrian air space for striking hostile elements, primarily Iran and Hizballah.

Netanyahu shot back, according to our sources, that Israel cannot possibly desist from action over Syria, since this would leave Iran at liberty to establish a permanent, hostile military presence in that country. And so, said the prime minister, Israel would have to persevere in its efforts to stop this happening. The conversation between Putin and Netanyahu ended in total discord.

 

UPDATE 4:27 PM (COVERT INTEL) US bombing Syria will allegedly be met with terrorist attacks across US and EU.  Be prepared.

 

UPDATE 4:30 PM -- White House Meeting on Syria may have concluded. Joint chiefs of staff, Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and the UN Ambassador have left.

 

UPDATE 4:39 PM EDT -- White House Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders: "President Trump just finished a meeting with his National Security team to discuss the situation in Syria. No final decision has been made. We are continuing to asses intelligence and are engaged in conversations with our partners and allies." Sanders on Syria: "The President will speak with President Macron and Prime Minister May this evening." 

 

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UPDATE 5:16 PM EDT --

The US is amassing the largest air and naval strike force since the Iraq war in 2003 to be ready for attacks on Syria if the president gives the go-ahead.

 

UPDATE 5:18 PM EDT -- Secretary Mattis has cancelled his trip to New York tonight, per a Pentagon spokeswoman. He was scheduled to stay overnight and have a meeting with Henry Kissinger.

 

UPDATE 5:21 PM EDT  -- Reports that Russian/Turkey/U.S. talks have failed. Reportedly Erdogan had phone calls with both U.S. President Trump and Russian President Putin in an attempt to simmer things down

 

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UPDATE 5:54 PM EDT --

National Command Assets are ALL Airborne:

"CobraBall" followed by a "RiverJoint." Also "Constant Phoenix" going up.

 

CobraBall: The RC-135S Cobra Ball is a rapidly deployable aircraft, which flies Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed missions of national priority to collect optical and electronic data on ballistic targets.

RivetJoint: The RC-135V/W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft supports theater and national level consumers with near real time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities. 

Constant Phoenix: Its mission is to collect samples from the atmosphere for the purpose of detecting and identifying nuclear explosions.

 

UPDATE 6:10 PM EDT --

Mayor Yonah Yahav of Haifa, Israel’s third largest city, Thursday decided not to wait for an official alert, but to issue orders to the town’s residents to prepare for any fallout from a US military operation in Syria. The municipal authorities were instructed to open up public shelters and place emergency services on the ready. Yahav advised families to prepare shelters and fortified rooms for occupation and lay in supplies of essential items for the duration.

 

UPDATE 6:14 PM EDT --

UK says Prime Minister May and U.S. President Trump spoke on Thursday, agreed it was vital to deter further use of chemical weapons by Syrian government.

 

UPDATE 6:40 PM EDT --

Defense Secretary Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford are concerned with managing escalation and preventing blowback on US troops.

 From two sources with knowledge of internal discussions: No resolution out of today's Syria meeting at the White House

 

INTERMITTENT  ELECTRICAL POWER OUTAGES HITTING NEW JERSEY VERY STRANGE. NO BAD WEATHER. NO WIND.

 

UPDATE 7:13 PM EDT -- Preparations for a possible Russian counter attack on the British base RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus were underway on Thursday in the event of US-led military action in Syria.

 

UPDATE 7:22 PM EDT -- President Trump emerged from a meeting with his national security team without a "final decision" on how to respond to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria.

 

UPDATE 7:31 PM EDT -- Two U.S. officials said that blood and urine samples from victims of the chemical attack in Syria over the weekend tested positive for a nerve agentand chlorine gas.

A few hours earlier, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the administration was "looking for the actual evidence" to support a chemical attack

 

UPDATE 8:11 PM EDT -- ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCE JETS REPORTEDLY GOING AIRBORNE.

 

UPDATE 9:15 PM EDT -- The US has asked Russia for the exact location of its forces in Syria. Russia refused to hand over such critical info.
And it’s the reason why it’s taking the US so long to strike. Such theory explains why the US-NATO conducting reconnaissance mission near Syria.

 

MORE ELECTRIC POWER OUTAGES HERE IN NJ. VERY SHORT TERM BUT NO REASON FOR THEM. NO STORMS. NO WIND.  

 

UPDATE 9:22 PM EDT -- Bolton and Mattis clashed today on Syria strikes.

There remains tension between what President Trump and National Security Adviser Bolton want and what the Pentagon is advocating.

Defense Secretary Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford are concerned with managing escalation and preventing blowback on US troops.

Discussions will continue tomorrow. 

 

UPDATE 9:37 PM EDT -- US AIR FORCE  RC-135V    ID# 64-14846   FIXX74 departed Souda Bay, CRETE - On task over the Eastern Mediterranean West of Tartus, Syria. The Boeing RC-135 is a family of large reconnaissance aircraft built by Boeing and modified by a number of companies, including General Dynamics, Lockheed, LTV, E-Systems, and L3 Technologies, and used by the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force to support theater and national level intelligence consumers with near real-time on-scene collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities. Based on the C-135 Stratolifter airframe, various types of RC-135s have been in service since 1961. Unlike the C-135 and KC-135 which are recognized by Boeing as the Model 717, the RC-135 is internally designated as the Model 739 by the company. Many variants have been modified numerous times, resulting in a large variety of designations, configurations, and program names.

 

 UPDATE 11:04 PM EDT --  The window for a US strike on Syria appears to now be closed for the day.  The sun is rising in Syria which is 7 hours ahead of the US east coast and the US *usually* strikes at night.  

Why we are even considering doing this is beyond me.  There is NO U.S. National Security Interest in Syria.  There is NO legal authority for the US to even BE in Syria.  

There are real and legitimate questions as to whether or not there EVEN WAS a chemical attack, and a whole boatload of questions about WHO did it if one actually happened.   

Commons sense says that Syria's President Assad is winning his battle against US-backed "rebels" and had no reason at all to use chemical weapons and bring the wrath of God down on him.  That's a compelling argument for NO action.

Common sense also says that there are people with a very large monetary interest in seeing Assad ousted, so a new gas pipeline from Qatar to Europe can be built.  It is, in my view, THOSE people who are concocting these chemical weapons fairy tales and THOSE people who are pushing for US action.  

The United States is not a mercenary army for hire.  President Trump should come out on TV and say something like "The United States cannot prove IF a chemical attack happened or WHO did it.  Until such time as there is actual evidence, I will NOT authorize an attack upon another country." 

That would put this mess to rest immediately and Trump would solidify his base by proving he's not a reactionary war hawk.  After all, he DID campaign on bringing our troops home.  This would be a good time to do it, and thereby cut the throat of the Deep State that is getting us to wage never-ending wars all over the world.

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