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Undeniable proof that Google is rigging its search results, meaning its search results are not HONEST results

Google has now proven it (1) censors businesses and organizations it doesn’t like, and (2) tweaks its search algorithms so that many businesses and organizations are either buried in the back pages of search results or do not show up at all no matter what you type in for a search term.  On top of all that, Google tries to bury YOU, the user, with ADS when you search for ANYTHING.

Evil Google


The company which told you years ago
that it would do no evil is trying now to “do evil with both hands.”

Here are three things you may not know.  First, you do not need Google advertising to succeed online.  There are many other great ways to advertise on the Internet.  Second, there are other search engines that are MUCH BETTER than Google.  Why?  They give you only honest search results, with no attempt to twist or deliberately bias those results.  Third, the honest search engines do not keep your search results so they can bury you with ads for the rest of your online life.  (Because they do not keep the details of your searches, they have nothing to sell to advertisers who want to track you all over the ‘net.)  So, if you have been operating all this time with the belief that only Google really knows how to search, please allow us to correct that fallacious notion.

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This was sent to us recently by WND.com.

Here is an objective fact: Google not only censors businesses and organizations, it goes further to filter them out of their search results so no one can find them unless they specifically search using the precise name of that business.

WND.com is one example of this.  Go to Google and search some of these topics:

  • “Christian news media” – even though WND is the oldest online journalism organization in America and still one of the most popular, and at the same time is the largest Christian website on the internet, WND isn’t mentioned once in the top 100 results.
  • “Conservative news media” – no results for WND, but plenty for liberal news sites like Politico. . . The Washington Post. . . The Huffington Post. . . and the ultra-radical left Daily Kos.
  • “Idiot” – President Donald Trump appears as the third result in the search and appears dozens of times in page after page of search results.
  • “Racist” – All Trump All Day Every Day!

And if you specifically search for “WND” or WorldNetDaily, the results return not only links to our website, Twitter feed, Facebook page, etc., but they also include lots of links from WND-hating anti-Christian publications like the Washington Post, Media Matters for America, Salon, and The Huffington Post…organizations that smear WND in their stories and take pleasure in knowing that we along with lots of other honest and ethical organizations are struggling to stay alive now that Google and Facebook have dried up virtually all of our advertising revenue.

Something happened recently that really brought this home in a dramatic and sort of shocking way. I needed to pull up a story I had written several years ago and did a Google search for it. I typed in the exact headline, word for word, and then pressed enter. I got back a total of eight pages of search results, but my story was not anywhere on the first page. Nor was it on the second, or the third, fourth, fifth, or ANY of the eight pages of Google search results!

Incredible, I thought. Then I copied and pasted the exact same headline into the Yahoo search engine, hit enter, and bingo — my WND article was the VERY FIRST search result returned. Of course it was; it was the most perfect match for my search terms!

This showed me in a chilling and undeniable way that Google really has rigged its search algorithms to exclude the pioneering news organization I’ve worked at and helped lead for the past 20 years.  (NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  WND is eminently worthy of your support, if you are able to help maintain honesty on the Internet.  In an age when journalistic truth is increasingly rare, WND is dedicated to making sense out of the chaotic and dangerous era we are living through.  Many important stories never see the light of day — until WND breaks the story.)

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Please allow us to suggest to you a search engine we (NORM ‘n’ AL) have been using for years.  Great search results, honest searching, and no ads.  Try it…you’ll like it!

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Google’s ultimate target: President Trump

Although Google attempted to hobble and silence WND and the rest of the independent, right-of-center media starting after the 2016 election, we were just a mild annoyance compared with Google’s ultimate target: Donald Trump, the man who had the audacity to run for president in 2016 – and win.

I knew it because I am a Google watcher. My company’s life depends, like it or not, on companies like Google and Facebook, Amazon and YouTube. You just can’t prosper or even survive on the internet playing field they jury-rigged without their acquiescence, their tolerance. I saw these companies treat WND with disdain and contempt because of their leftist ideology. I saw them select the radical Southern Poverty Law Center as the semi-official definers of “hate speech.” I saw them stop featuring WND stories and listing them instead on page 12 or 25 or a day late and a dollar short.

But I also witnessed and chronicled how they highlighted the fake news coverage of CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Daily Beast and others on the left when it came to all things Trump. I wrote about it. I even sent memos to the president. (Don’t waste your time trying to find such gems through a Google search, by the way.)

Now, however, we have confirmation of how much the Google hierarchy and the Google culture hate Trump – from their own words, from their own videotaped reaction to the 2016 election results.

You saw the video with your own eyes. I’m sure President Trump has seen it, too – at Breitbart and WND.

There, one and all can see the oozing, uncontrollable contempt of Google’s top execs, including its founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, not to mention its staff, lamenting the victory of Donald Trump following the 2016 election. Brin kicks off their weekly company meeting by saying the meeting is “probably not the most joyous TGIF we’ve had” and that “most people here are pretty upset and pretty sad.”

Brin describes Trump’s supporters as fascists and extremists and vows to thwart the rise of populism. He adds that he is “deeply offended” by Trump’s victory and that the election result conflicts with many of Google’s values. Google’s CFO, also saddened by Trump’s win, promises that America’s most highly trafficked search engine will “use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance really important values.” I hope I don’t have to explain to anyone what that means.

It’s an admission of what Google would indeed do starting that day – churn out and give preference to the mostly negative stories about the president and his administration. In fact, a media research study conducted by PJ Media found that 96 percent of the top 100 search returns on President Trump are from left-wing media outlets. Conservative outlets that would provide voters with a more balanced and positive analysis of the Trump administration are – surprise! – virtually invisible.

But there’s more. A newly released email by another Google executive following the 2016 election reveals a get-out-the-vote effort directed toward Latino voters to benefit Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Add to it that during the election, Google was accused of burying information from search queries damaging to its candidate of choice, Hillary Clinton.

Let me remind you – and you, Mr. President – that this is illegal. Google, Facebook and Twitter are not “publishers.” They are “carriers” of the news – like utilities. It is not in their lawful purview to editorialize, give favor to certain viewpoints, show bias, take sides. They are legally pledged to be neutral. In return, they receive from the government valuable exemptions from legal liability because of this monopoly status they have been granted under the Communications Decency Act of 1996. I don’t have that protection. The New York Times doesn’t have that protection. The Washington Post doesn’t. CNN doesn’t. But Google and Facebook do.

It can be taken away. It’s a privilege, not a right. They have broken our trust – badly. They have not lived up to their part of the bargain.

But it gets even worse. Where was Google in the recent congressional hearings on foreign election interference and digital media bias against conservatives? Facebook and Twitter participated. Google did not.

Google is even more contemptuous of the U.S. government than are Facebook and Twitter. Maybe it’s because of Google’s Deep State ties to the intelligence community. Maybe it’s because of its wealth and power. Maybe it’s because of its leftist ideology. I know this: It’s not nearly as contemptuous toward the brutes in Beijing. Never has been, never will be.

Jeff Sessions could redeem himself for all the recusals by going after Google – today, not tomorrow. It’s the right thing to do if you love free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion and free elections.

Believe me, Google is a much bigger threat to free elections than Russia could ever dream of being.

 

[From an article by Joseph Farah, published by WND.com]

 

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Top Texas attorney says the Mueller probe shows there was “no sound basis” for creating it, especially now that it has demonstrated “irresponsibility,” unbelievable level of partisanship, innuendo, leaks through anonymous sources, and complete lack of integrity

A top lawyer in Texas says the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller appears to be nothing more than an effort to charge people with crimes unrelated to Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. He also said recent revelations of rampant partisanship on the part of prosecutors on Mueller’s team ought to be the death blow to the probe.

Robert Henneke served an assistant attorney general and a top litigator for former Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. He is now general counsel and president of the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Within recent weeks, Mueller fired Peter Strzok for highly partisan texts to his mistress. However, three other figures are also under scrutiny.

Top Mueller deputy Andrew Weissman attended Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election night party and later lavished praise on Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce President Trump’s first travel ban.

Justice Department official Bruce Ohr was severely demoted for improper contact with officials at Fusion GPS, the firm paid by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to dig up opposition research on Donald Trump. This week, Fox News confirmed Ohr’s wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS during the campaign.

Another Mueller prosecutor, Jeannie Rhee, represented former Obama Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes.

On Tuesday, thousands of text messages between Strzok and his paramour, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, revealed a lot of ugly but not illegal Trump bashing. However, one other text is getting scrutiny as possible intent to use the FBI as a weapon in case Trump won the election.

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” texted Strzok. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40,” he added in a text dated Aug. 15, 2016.

Henneke is stunned.

“This is a monster red flag,” he told WND and Radio America. “The role of the prosecutor, the role that I had when I served as a prosecutor, really gives you so much power in making choices that can put people in prison or ruin careers. It can result in serious consequences.

“It is so critical in that role that you and everyone you associate with hold themselves out as being the utmost objective, impartial and strong champions of the law and of justice,” Henneke said.

“Of course people have opinions. But it’s not when people have opinions. It’s when those people are so partisan or when those opinions seem to be driving the outcomes rather than the duty to the oath that you swore in upholding the Constitution and executing the duties of your office.”

In the American system, he said, the people grant the government certain powers. But when politics come before the law, all Americans suffer.  “It’s a grant, not an entitlement. All of that is under the premise that the government is going to discharge its duties safely,” Henneke explained. “Otherwise, if you conceded that power to parties who are going to further their own interests and their own partisan objectives, that’s when you get into tyranny.

“If you can vest this much power in a special prosecutor – who is going to use agents who have more allegiance to Hillary Clinton than they do to justice and the Constitution in going about this situation – then how can we trust that government in looking at other types of citizens, maybe with less political power?”

It’s not just the Mueller personnel that bothers Henneke. He said the process Mueller is pursuing also strikes him as odd.

“The overall approach is very concerning and puzzling,” he said. “Unpacking the layers of this, there doesn’t seem to be anything at the core.”

Henneke believes the whole probe is based on a flimsy premise offered up by Obama holdovers in the intelligence community. He also blasts the Mueller team for their irresponsibility with the information they may be gathering.

“It seems that this has just been packed by innuendo, speculation and leaks and accusations that have led into a reactionary launching of this investigation when really the parameters, and the need for it, I don’t think were defined from the get-go,” Henneke said.

Leaks are commonplace in the Mueller investigation, and Henneke said that’s another clear sign that the prosecutors are not even-handed.

“If there is a significant issue that would require this type of special counsel outside investigation, there’s no reason that all of this should be happening in the public arena through leaks, through anonymous sources, through innuendo and so forth,” Henneke said.

“Furthermore, it just underlines what I see as a lack of integrity in this. This is all some sort of capital intrigue-type drama and not what it is supposed to be, which is a criminal investigation of supposedly serious allegations.”

Based on suspect prosecutors and a shaky premise, Henneke said the sooner the Mueller probe shuts down, the better.

“I think this special counsel prosecution should be shut down,” he said. “I don’t think there was a sound basis for creating it. I think the reason it continues to churn is not because of having uncovered any real substance, but because of the partisanship and media perception stepping in.”

He also thinks the special counsel should be used much more sparingly.  “We need to be putting people in positions of government that we can trust to have the integrity to not need to create special counsels to do the job these positions should stand for in the first place,” Henneke said.

While he believes the probe should be shelved, Henneke thinks the actual results will be far more damaging, both to individuals and the nation.  “I think people’s lives and careers are going to be ruined, not because of uncovering the original basis for the investigation. I think that’s already happening with some of the results,” said Henneke, who believes the damage to the U.S. will be far worse.

“The end result will be some bitterly fought partisan outcome that most of the American people will look at and see from either side of the political spectrum as untrustworthy, corrupt and providing further evidence that the problem in our country really is in Washington, D.C.,” Henneke said.

 

[From an article published by WND]

 

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Checking in on Obamacare…

We all know at this point that the Affordable Care Act is not affordable and does not provide adequate care to millions of Americans who have been forced to enroll in it. We also know it’s never going to be the great healthcare money-saver that we were told it would be. We know medical personnel hate it for the hours of data entry it requires, and that doctors hate it for the greatly reduced but mandatory payments they are forced to accept.

Our illustrious president...Here are some of the other things we know:

– This legislation is a perfect symbol of the way leftist Americans (“progressives”) use coercion and punishment in implementing programs they claim are humanitarian.

– It is a perfect example of the way Democrats knowingly, willingly lie, over and over again, to sell their ideas and programs to the American people.  (Because as we learned directly from Mr. Gruber, the architect of ACA, if the Democrats told the truth to us “stupid” Americans, we would never go for the programs the Dems are selling.)

– It reveals clearly how Democrats do not understand fundamentals of economics and detest the market-based free enterprise system that the USA was founded upon.

– It shows that Democrats place absolutely no value on personal choice and individual liberty. (“Government always knows best” is the rallying cry of the left-wingers. Remember Hillary’s “It takes a village to raise a child” admonition to all of us “stupid Americans” who were trying to raise kids in a family setting?)

– It illustrates better than almost anything else that “progressives” are anything but; in fact, they are incompetent at governing.

HOWEVER…we are now seeing that Republicans are doing their best to look like Democrats in disguise. We thought that following last November’s midterm elections, Republicans were actually going to lead this country in the direction voters wanted to go.

It’s really very simple: To not defund is to defend.

This needs to be the slogan of grass-roots activism running all the way through the 2016 election.

To not defund is to defend.

Republicans were handed the reins of the House for just such a time as this. They were elected in 2010 because the American voters rejected Obamacare. They lost seats in 2012 because they wavered for two years in what they claimed was an absolute commitment to repeal it. They won more seats in the House and control of the Senate in 2014 because they SAID they would repeal Obamacare.

In short, the Republican House leadership lied. They deceived us. They tried to broker the threat of ACA implementation for the presidency, for control of the Senate, and for more votes in the House that they didn’t even need. They claimed they didn’t have the power to repeal. That may be technically true…but they have the power to defund, have had it since January 2011, and they have failed to use it.

Failing to use that power this year and next could very well lead Republicans to lose control of the most powerful legislative body in the most powerful branch of the federal government. It could also cost them the Senate and any chance to capture the White House.

To not defund is to defend.

Why is failing to defund the ACA tantamount to defending it? Because House Republicans got elected because they opposed Obamacare, but then failed to do anything meaningful with the mandate the voters gave them. This has been an outright betrayal of their campaign promises. It has sent an unmistakeable signal to millions of Americans that Republicans really do not represent a viable alternative to Democratic rule.

Leading up to November’s election, voters were so fired up they took to the streets and traveled to Washington to make their voices heard; the message delivered after the election is that there really is very little citizens can do to  influence elected leaders. Those elected leaders, those Republicans who said they were ready to perform as the voters had demanded, not only betrayed their own constituencies, but thus far they have also betrayed the whole concept of representative government and the rule of law.

Campaign talk is cheap. (Maybe even the cheapest, if Obama is the example.) What our elected officials say to get elected, and do once they assume office, DOES NOT MATTER. What matters is what they actually do once they have the power to do it.

To not defund is to defend.

Thus far the House Republican leadership has failed to stand against the biggest borrowing and spending spree in American history. (The biggest by a huge margin.) They have the power to stop it, but for lots of reasons, most of them politically selfish and shortsighted, they have consciously decided not to oppose it. (Result: this USA that we love, and love living in, is now so deeply in debt that we probably will have no choice in the future but to default on some of that debt, which will then have the effect of decreasing the value of the dollar to worthless junk.)

Republicans have now put themselves in the position of being complicit in the Obamacare scam. There is no other way to view it. This is the way millions of Americans, mostly Republicans, now see it…and will continue to see it until they see something coming from the mandate of last year’s election.

TO NOT DEFUND IS TO DEFEND.

Remember that. And let your elected representatives KNOW you remember it.

[from an article by Joseph Farah in Whistleblower magazine]
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The Shemitah: A Biblical pattern indicating a financial collapse may be coming in 2015…

The Shemitah is coming. Financial collapse may be coming with it.Does a mystery that is 3,500 years old hold the key to what is going to happen to global financial markets in 2015?  Could it be possible that the timing of major financial crashes is not just a matter of coincidence?  In previous articles on my website, I have discussed some of the major economic and financial cycle theories and their proponents.  For example, in an article entitled “If Economic Cycle Theorists Are Correct, 2015 To 2020 Will Be Pure Hell For The United States“, I examined a number of economic cycle theories that seem to indicate that the second half of this decade is going to be a nightmare economically.  But the cycle that I am going to discuss in this article is a lot more controversial than any of those.  In his most recent book, Jonathan Cahn has demonstrated that almost all of the major financial crashes in U.S. history are very closely tied to a seven year pattern that we find in the Bible known as “the Shemitah”.  Since that book was released, I have been asked about this repeatedly during radio appearances.  So in this article I am going to attempt to explain what the Shemitah is, and what this Biblical pattern seems to indicate may happen in 2015.  If you are an atheist, an agnostic, or are generally skeptical by nature, this article might prove quite challenging for you.  I would ask that you withhold judgment until you have examined the evidence.  When I first heard about these things, I had to go verify the facts for myself, because they are truly extraordinary.

So precisely what is “the Shemitah”?

In the Bible, the people of Israel were commanded to let the land lie fallow every seven years.  There would be no sowing and no reaping, and this is something that God took very seriously.  In fact, the failure to observe these Sabbath years was one of the main reasons cited in the Scriptures for why the Jewish people were exiled to Babylon in 586 BC.

But there was more to the Shemitah year than just letting the land lie fallow.

On the last day of the Shemitah year, the people of Israel were instructed to perform a releasing of debts.  We find the following in Deuteronomy chapter 15

At the end of every seven years you shall grant a relinquishing of debtsThis is the manner of the relinquishing: Every creditor that has loaned anything to his neighbor shall relinquish it. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, or of his brother, because it is called the Lord’s relinquishment.

This happened at the end of every seven years on Elul 29 – the day right before Rosh Hashanah on the Biblical calendar.

So what does this have to do with us today?

Well, if you go back to the last day of the Shemitah year in 2001, you will find that there was an absolutely horrifying stock market crash.

On September 17th, 2001 (which was Elul 29 on the Jewish calendar), we witnessed the greatest one day stock market crash in U.S. history up to that time.  The Dow fell an astounding 684 points, and it was a record that held for precisely seven years until the end of the next Shemitah year.

At the end of the next Shemitah year in 2008, another horrifying stock market crash took place.  On September 29th, 2008 the Dow plummeted 777 points, which still today remains the greatest one day stock market crash of all time.  It turns out that September 29th, 2008 corresponded with Elul 29 on the Jewish calendar – the precise day when the Bible calls for a releasing of debts.

So on the very last day of the last two Shemitah years, the stock market crashed so badly that it set a brand new all-time record.

And now we are in another Shemitah year.  It began last fall, and it will end next September.

Could it be possible that we will see another historic market crash?

Author Jonathan Cahn has correctly pointed out that we should never put God in a box.  Just because something has happened in the past does not mean that it will happen again.  But we should not rule anything out either.

Perhaps God is using His calendar to make a point.  Cahn believes that if we are going to see something happen, it will probably occur as the Shemitah year comes to an end

Cahn has pointed that, according to his research, the worst of the worst usually happens at the end of the Shemitah year, not at the beginning. In fact, the last day of the year, Elul 29 on the Hebrew calendar, which will occur on Sept. 13, 2015, is the most dreaded day.

The pattern revealed in “The Mystery of the Shemitah” is that the beginning of the Shemitah’s impact is often subtle, but leads to a dramatic climax.

“The beginning may mark a change in direction, even a foreshadow of what will come to a crescendo at the Shemitah’s end,” he said.

And this time around, far more people are paying attention.  Back in 2001 and 2008, most Americans had absolutely no idea what a “Shemitah year” was.  But now it is being talked about on some of the most prominent alternative news websites on the Internet.  For example, the following is what Joseph Farah of WND has to say about the Shemitah year…

Farah believes the date Sept. 13, 2015 bears close watching – though he is quick to admit he has no idea what, if anything, will happen in America.

“A clear pattern has been established,” he says. “I don’t believe it’s a coincidence what happened in America on Elul 29 in 2001 and 2008. It would be foolish to ignore the possibility that a greater judgment might be in the works – especially if America continues to move away from God and His Word.”

The Shemitah year that we are in now does end on September 13th, 2015 – and that falls on a Sunday so the markets will be closed.

But what it comes to the Shemitah, we aren’t just looking at one particular day.

And it is very interesting to note that there will also be a solar eclipse on September 13th, 2015.  Over the past century, there have only been two other times when a solar eclipse has corresponded with the end of a Shemitah year.  Those two times were in 1931 and 1987, and as Jonathan Cahn has told WND, those solar eclipses foreshadowed major financial disasters…

In 1931, a solar eclipse took place on Sept. 12 – the end of a “Shemitah” year. Eight days later, England abandoned the gold standard, setting off market crashes and bank failures around the world. It also ushered in the greatest monthlong stock market percentage crash in Wall Street history.

In 1987, a solar eclipse took place Sept. 23 – again the end of a “Shemitah” year. Less than 30 days later came “Black Monday” the greatest percentage crash in Wall Street history.

Is Cahn predicting doom and gloom on Sept. 13, 2015? He’s careful to avoid a prediction, saying, “In the past, this ushered in the worst collapses in Wall Street history. What will it bring this time? Again, as before, the phenomenon does not have to manifest at the next convergence. But, at the same time, and again, it is wise to take note.”

So what is going to happen this time? We will just have to wait and see.

But without a doubt so many of the same patterns that we witnessed just prior to the financial crash of 2008 are happening again right before our very eyes.

At least now you know what everyone is talking about.

[by Michael Snyder, writing for The Economic Collapse Blog]

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  And now that you DO know what everyone is talking about, please allow us to suggest that you use the time between now and September 13th of this year to dust off your Bible and get to know its Author! We should point out, by the way, that if you have heard about the “Four Blood Moons” which are appearing last year and this, or if you have read the book by the same title, then you probably remember that September 13th of 2015 is the scheduled appearance of a solar eclipse, with the last blood moon of the four due to appear on September 28th, just 15 days later. The solar eclipse will appear on the Feast of Trumpets on the Jewish calendar, and the last blood moon on the Feast of Tabernacles, two very important days for our Jewish brethren. Just a series of coincidences? Not a chance.

 

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Russia threatens retaliation against US and allies over Syrian airstrikes…

Russia threatens retaliation in Syria...

Russia has delivered a behind-the-scenes threat to retaliate if airstrikes carried out by the U.S. or its allies target the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Middle Eastern security officials told WND.

The security officials said Russia complained Sunday in quiet talks with United Nations representatives that the Obama administration’s current aerial campaign against Islamic State fighters in Syria is a violation of international agreements regarding control of Syrian airspace.

The officials said Russia warned it could potentially retaliate if U.S. or Arab airstrikes go beyond targeting Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, and instead bomb any Syrian regime targets.

The officials told WND they do not have any information about the seriousness of the Russian threat or whether Moscow meant it would retaliate directly or aid Assad’s air force in a military response.

The officials said Russian diplomats asserted terms regarding Syrian airspace were agreed upon last September as part of a sweeping deal to disarm Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons by the middle of 2014.

At the time, the international community feared Assad could target chemical weapons inspectors acting in Syria. That fear in part lead to a deal in which Moscow says it was provided with significant responsibility over the skies of Syria, purportedly to insure against Assad’s air force acting against the international disarmament effort.

The officials further said that both the Russia and Iranian militaries are on heightened alert amid the ongoing situation in Syria.

On Saturday, U.S.-led coalition warplanes for the first time reportedly struck ISIS targets in Syria near the Turkish border as well as positions in the country’s east, according to activists and a Kurdish officials speaking to the Associated Press.

Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, told the AP the strikes targeted Islamic State positions near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani.

U.S.-coalition strikes also reportedly targeted a local ISIS headquarters in the northern Syrian town of Tel Abyad along the Turkish border, setting an oil refinery ablaze.

“Our building was shaking and we saw fire, some 60 meters (65 yards) high, coming from the refinery,” local businessman Mehmet Ozer told Time Magazine.

Time reported the strikes were also confirmed by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and were reported by Turkey’s Dogan news agency.
[by Aaron Klein, writing for WND]

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