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It is not about CW investigations. It is about imitations of investigations to produce falsified results without even expection of sites in question.
It’s about UNSC approved CW investigations that Russia had a hissy fit over as they blamed Assad’s govt and IS
Moscow proposed to leave the main crossing point with 85% of supplies volume. But this proposition was blocked by US/UK/France and others. There is no problem in supplies of humanitarian aid through dozens of crossing points. It is about the regime of special crossing point.
There were six UNSC approved crossing points for humanitarian aid. That was reduced to two, now none due to another Russian veto.
The main reason is the military conflict that continues in Syria.So thank rebels/insurgents/jihadists/terrorists for impossibility for millions to return.
Assad says most of the country including the large urban areas is under his govt’s control yet the millions of displaced are not rushing back. One wonders why life in a refugee camp is adjudged better than under the Assad govt?
 
It’s about UNSC approved CW investigations that Russia had a hissy fit over as they blamed Assad’s govt and IS
Let's recall all 5 draft resolutions related to alleged CW in Syria, vetoed by Russia

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Let's look at the last one
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Decides to renew the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism
It appeared that so called the Joint Investigative Mechanism appeared to be biased, politically motivated, manipulated form Washington and in fact produced faked results of 'investigations' even without examination of the sites in question.
In this situation Moscow didn't see any reasons to renew the mandate of the JIT for the reasons that I outlined.
Other draft resolutions were vetoed for the same reasons.
 
What a load of old cobblers!
 
There were six UNSC approved crossing points for humanitarian aid. That was reduced to two, now none due to another Russian veto.
Previously there were a lot of areas that were not under control of Syrian authorities. So 6 special crossing points were assigned. Later the area of active insurgency and terrorist contracted, the ISIL units were eliminated. So the number of special border crossings became equal to 2. Now, In fact only a part of Idlib province needs special humanitarian corridor. And Moscow proposed to leave only one such a crossing point. It would be enough. But now US/Uk/France blocked this proposition. They voted against the respective draft resolution proposed by Russia.
 
It is not about CW investigations. It is about imitations of investigations to produce falsified results without even expection of sites in question.

Moscow proposed to leave the main crossing point with 85% of supplies volume. But this proposition was blocked by US/UK/France and others. There is no problem in supplies of humanitarian aid through dozens of crossing points. It is about the regime of special crossing point.

The main reason is the military conflict that continues in Syria.So thank rebels/insurgents/jihadists/terrorists for impossibility for millions to return.
total and utter spherical thingy’s. It was always understood that the UN was not supposed to sort matters out. Nor did Russia ever give two figs about the human rights aspects, that’s merely political rhetoric. That’s why the vetoes exist. They have been more used than not. What possible reason has Putin to support Assad? Because they use the uprising in Syria as a means to show they do not support Terrism. It’s actually intervening in an internal conflict and thus prolonging it. The only equation for Russia is power and the exercise of it, contrary to the UN Charter principles. Now off you go and chunter on about how easy and dumb Germany was. It’s easy preaching to the converted.
 
Let's recall all 5 draft resolutions related to alleged CW in Syria, vetoed by Russia

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Let's look at the last one
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It appeared that so called the Joint Investigative Mechanism appeared to be biased, politically motivated, manipulated form Washington and in fact produced faked results of 'investigations' even without examination of the sites in question.
In this situation Moscow didn't see any reasons to renew the mandate of the JIT for the reasons that I outlined.
Other draft resolutions were vetoed for the same reasons.
JIT refers to MH17 and its shooting down over Ukrainian territory by a widely reported Russian BUK.

JIM refers to the unanimously passed UNSC formation that Russia vetoed any actions based on their reports, their early renewal, their renewal and their temporary reinstatement. They didn’t like the results. So they vetoed it.
 
Time to drop a B bomb.

Belingcat

 
Previously there were a lot of areas that were not under control of Syrian authorities. So 6 special crossing points were assigned. Later the area of active insurgency and terrorist contracted, the ISIL units were eliminated. So the number of special border crossings became equal to 2. Now, In fact only a part of Idlib province needs special humanitarian corridor. And Moscow proposed to leave only one such a crossing point. It would be enough. But now US/Uk/France blocked this proposition. They voted against the respective draft resolution proposed by Russia.
The ground is the same as it was six months ago pretty much.

The last two were renewed for six months after another Russian veto:

The Russians required their veto. As usual, the Russian proposal didn’t need a veto as it failed to get enough votes in favour. The vetoes were on a 13/2 vote. No absentions.
 
Time to drop a B bomb.

Belingcat


Amusing to see the Russian trolls in the comments section hard at it
 
There is an official explanation that apparently was not quoted or even mentioned by MSM

So Moscow believes that step by step Syrian government should restore full control over sovereign Syrian territory and will itself determine the regime of all bordercrossings.
I think big questions are what is special about the crossing north of Aleppo, why are Western powers so insistent upon having it, and how does it affect Turkey's plans in the area?

The news articles that I have seen have focused on the UN Security Council drama, but have provided very little information on the strategic factors behind the jousting over the crossings.
 
I think big questions are what is special about the crossing north of Aleppo, why are Western powers so insistent upon having it, and how does it affect Turkey's plans in the area?

The news articles that I have seen have focused on the UN Security Council drama, but have provided very little information on the strategic factors behind the jousting over the crossings.
First of all, it should be noted that border crossings are very important from economical point of view.
Despite the collapse of the Syrian economy due to the ongoing war that has raged for years, Syria’s war economy benefits those known as “war profiteers,” who exploit the war, siege, and mass poverty to amass vast resources. These profiteers operate via border crossings...
But the potential profit of controlling these crossings has developed a network of interests between the warring factions. These border crossings also represent an important source of income for opposition forces, especially since foreign support has dried up. At the same time, the forces and militias loyal to the Assad regime also benefit from these crossings, which ensures their allegiance to the government.
There is ... the Bab al-Hawa Border Crossing controlled by the so-called Syrian Salvation Government loyal to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), formerly known as the Al-Nusra Front, which, according to credible sources, brokers secret deals with the Syrian regime to smuggle in many essential goods, such as sugar, flour, and medicine, from Turkey. According to these same sources, the income generated by this operation at Bab Al-Hawa is equal to that earned by all the other aforementioned border crossings combined
So Syrian authorities don't control Bab Al-Hawa border crossing in Idlib and at the same time are interesting in preservation of its status as 'humanitarian corridor' because a lot of smuggled goods are being presented as 'humanitarian aid'. Indeed it is impossible to separate commercial and humanitarian deliveries of sugar, flour, medicine.
So there is no problem with Bab al-Hawa. But as for the Bab al-Salama border crossing in Aleppo province then the situation is quite different. Syrian authorities hope to establish full control over this part of the border that is now controlled by different pro-Turkey factions that sometime fight for the control over border crossings.
The Syrian Observatory has monitored today clashes with machine guns among Turkish-backed factions near Bab al-Salama border crossing with Turkey. Clashes took place between “Al-Fateh Brigade” and the emergency forces of “Al-Jabha Al-Shamiya”, while factions were on high alert there.
Turkish-backed factions continue smuggling operations to regime forces and SDF via artificial crossings in areas under their control in Aleppo countryside.
The situation on the border in Aleppo province is very complex with many competing rebel factions.
On May 13th, the Syrian Observatory monitored the smuggling of dozens of trucks into regime-controlled areas through the village of Al-Sukkaria in countryside of al-Bab, north-east of Aleppo, overseen by Al-Hamza division. Meanwhile, several foodstuff and cattle were smuggled via Aoun al-Dadat crossing, in addition to smuggling people and wanted persons from Nubul and Al-Zahra areas to the areas held by the factions.
Moreover, “Al-Hamza division” controls the crossings used for smuggling in al-Bab, while “Ahrar al-Sharqiya” controls the Jarabulus crossings, and “Sultan Murad” division and the “Northern Brigade” are involved in these actions. Shipments are being smuggled for large sums of money of more than $1,000 per truck, causing resentment among the rest of the factions there.
As Damascus supported by Moscow needs only one humanitarian border crossing in Bab al-Hawa then Western powers insist on two humanitarian border crossings that is now unacceptable for Syrian authorities.
But why US/UK/France have voted against draft resolution proposed by Russia that mentions only Bab al-Hawa? Because Damascus is interesting in preservation of its status as humanitarian corridor.

And as a result a compromised has been found
 
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One piece of “Good News” to come from the present debacle, has just been mentioned on Ch4 NEWS, is that Turkey is/has bombed (some) prisons containing captured ISIS fighters.

Do we/rest of “the West”, have any munitions/UAV in the area, that we could now deploy/use, under the present confusion - specifically for JUST that limited objective?!
seems Ishak Mostefaoui (if that is his real name ) 'Londoner' deash member captured by free syrian forces has been killed....:rofl::rofl::rofl:
 
A compromise has been found in UNSC
On its fourth attempt this week, the Security Council has on Saturday, authorized for one year, cross-border humanitarian aid from Turkey into northwest Syria.
Updated resolution 2533 will allow the delivery of food, medicine and other lifesaving assistance through the Bab al-Hawa Border Crossing.
Initially the Western powers proposed extend existed humanitarian mechanism for two border crossings for one year, while Moscow proposed to leave only one border crossing for half year period.
 
Thanks. Interestingly, the Dominican Republic voted against the Russian proposal and abstained (with Russia and China) on this proposal:

Along with co-penholders Germany and Belgium, voting in favour of the resolution were Estonia, France, Indonesia, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.

Meanwhile, China, Dominican Republic and Russia abstained


Guterres wanted both for a year:

In his latest report to the Council on the implementation of the cross-border mechanism, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that the deliveries through Bab al-Salam and Bab al-Hawa are not only operating at record levels, but must be further scaled up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He recommended that authorization for both crossing points be extended for an additional 12 months, adding that a failure to renew would severe a lifeline from millions whom the United Nations cannot reach by other means.
 
LONDON (Reuters) - British judges on Thursday ruled that Shamima Begum, a London schoolgirl who travelled to Syria to join Islamic State, should be allowed to return to the United Kingdom to challenge the removal of her British citizenship.

“I have reached the firm conclusion that given that the only way in which she can have a fair and effective appeal is to be permitted to come into the United Kingdom to pursue her appeal,” judge Julian Flaux wrote in a ruling.

“Fairness and justice must, on the facts of this case, outweigh the national security concerns... I consider that Ms Begum’s claim for judicial review of the decision of SIAC (Special Immigration Appeals Commission)... succeeds.”

British citizenship, the gift that keeps on paying.

 
Given recent Egyptian rumblings about an intervention in Libya, evidence of a widening conflict between Egypt and Turkey?

'Egypt has sent soldiers to Syria’s northwestern Aleppo province, near Idlib, in coordination with Iran, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday, citing military sources.

'Some 150 Egyptian soldiers with light weapons have arrived in Aleppo’s rural areas, and some have been deployed in the city of Saraqib to the south of Idlib, it said.'


 

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It will be interesting if there is any third party confirmation of this. The Anadolu news agency seems firmly Turkish main stream. There is a lot of misinformation around given the tensions between Egypt and Turkey. All mixed up as well with Ethiopia and Libya issues.

Sounds a bit unlikely to me given the potential/ possible issues of interventions to the west and south of Egypt. Also Egypt is supported by Saudi who are in a de-facto war with Iran.
 
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