Snapshot: US-IS Exposed and Weakened in past month

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"CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam Gas Iran
U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history, including neurotoxin and sarin, and gave him a hand.

U.S. Spies Say Intercepted Calls Prove Syrian Army Used Nerve Gas
...In the days after the attacks, there was a great deal of public discussion about which side in Syria's horrific civil war actually launched the strike. Allies of the Assad regime, like Iran and Russia, pointed the finger at the opposition. The intercepted communications told a different story -- one in which the Syrian government was clearly to blame...US intelligence analysts are certain chemical weapons were used on Aug. 21 - the captured phone calls, combined with local doctors' accounts and video documentation - are considered proof positive. That is why the U.S. government, from the president on down, has been unequivocal in its declarations that the Syrian military gassed thousands of civilians in the East Ghouta region. ...ongoing debate within the Obama administration about whether to strike Assad immediately - or whether to allow UN inspectors to try and collect proof before the bombing begins. Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called that team's work "redundant ... because it is clearly established already that chemical weapons have been used on a significant scale."...there were questions about whether or not a chemical agent was to blame for the massacre. But when weapons experts and U.S. intelligence analysts began reviewing the dozens of activist videos and pictures allegedly taken from the scene of the attacks, they quickly concluded a nerve gas, such as sarin, had been used there...

Israeli intelligence central to US case against Syria
8/27/13 The Times of Israel,
While Israel will almost certainly take no direct part in a military strike, Israeli intelligence information is widely believed to have played a central role in enabling the US’s adamant conviction that Assad’s regime fired chemical weapons at civilians outside Damascus last Wednesday, killing hundreds of people and wounding over a thousand, according to Syrian rebel groups.A large delegation of senior Israeli security officials is currently in Washington holding talks with top administration officials led by US National Security Adviser Susan Rice.In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held his second meeting in two days with his security cabinet to discuss the Syria crisis on Tuesday afternoon.“The State of Israel is ready for any scenario”...
The Israeli team in Washington, headed by Netanyahu’s outgoing National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror, includes senior Defense Ministry official Maj.-Gen. (Res) Amos Gilad, head of the IDF’s Planning Directorate Nimrod Sheffer, and head of the IDF’s Military Intelligence Research Branch Gen. Itai Brun. It was Brun, the IDF’s top intelligence analyst, who in April shocked the international community by declaring the army was quite certain Assad used chemical weapons against rebel forces in Syria in March.
This time again, Israeli military intelligence has reportedly played a key role providing evidence of Assad’s chemical weapons use. Friday, Israel’s Channel 2 reported the weapons were fired by the 155th Brigade of the 4th Armored Division of the Syrian Army, under the command of the Syrian president’s brother, Maher Assad. The nerve gas shells were fired from a military base in a mountain range to the west of Damascus, the TV report said. The report did not state the source of its information. But subsequently, Germany’s Focus magazine reported that an IDF intelligence unit was listening in on senior Syrian officials when they discussed the chemical attack. According to the Focus report Saturday, a squad specializing in wire-tapping within the IDF’s prestigious 8200 intelligence unit intercepted a conversation between high-ranking regime officials regarding the use of chemical agents at the time of the attack. The report, which cited an ex-Mossad official who insisted on remaining anonymous, said the intercepted conversation proved that Assad’s regime was responsible for the use of nonconventional weapons.Giora Inbar, the former head of the IDF’s liaison unit in southern Lebanon, said Tuesday Israeli military intelligence made a priority of intelligence-gathering in Syria, was very well-informed, and was widely trusted. The United States was “aware of” Israel’s intelligence on the doings of the Syrian regime, he said in a Channel 2 interview, “and relies upon it.” On Tuesday The New York Times quoted an Israeli official ...

Map: Syria attack targets and Western military assets
8/28/13 6pmET, by Ben Piven August 28, 2013

State Dept Admits It Doesn't Know Who Ordered Syria Chemical Strike
Given that U.N. inspectors with a mandate to investigate chemical weapons use were on the ground when the attack happened, the decision to deploy what appears to have been a nerve agent in a suburb east of Damascus has puzzled many observers. Why would Syria do such a thing when it is fully aware that the mass use of chemical weapons is the one thing that might require the United States to take military action against it? That's a question U.S. intelligence analysts are puzzling over...

U.S., Allies Prepare to Act as Syria Intelligence Mounts
8/28/13 Wall Street Journal
(posted in CONFIRMED: US Claims Against Syria - There is no Evidence, Tony Cartalucci,
White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice told U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power and other top officials in an email Sunday the U.N. mission was pointless because the chemical weapons evidence already was conclusive, officials said. The U.S. privately urged the U.N. to pull the inspectors out, setting the stage for President Barack Obama to possibly move forward with a military response, officials said....A crucial piece of the emerging case came from Israeli spy services which provided the CIA with intelligence from inside an elite special Syrian unit that oversees Assad's chemical weapons.. which showed certain types of chemical weapons were moved to the same Damascus suburbs where the attack allegedly took place a week ago, Arab diplomats said......if the U.S. chose to strike, it would do so with allies, without the U.N. to sidestep expected Russian and Chinese vetos.

Obama: U.S. Has 'Concluded' Assad Used Chemical Weapons In Syria
8/28/13 6:11 PM ET
"We have looked at all the evidence, and we do not believe the Syrian opposition possessed nuclear weapons on – or chemical weapons of that sort," Obama said...."We're consulting with the international community, and you know, I have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in Syria, but we do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, they are held accountable" Obama said.... he had also concluded direct military engagement in the more than 2-year-old civil war in Syria, "would not help the situation on the ground."
Back in the June, the U.S. also had "high confidence" it was the regime who used chemical weapons not the opposition.Because of that assessment Obama decided to provide the Syrian opposition with more assistance including some military support...

President Obama: 'I Have Not Made a Decision' on Syria
8/28/13 International/ presi..
Russia, a staunch supporter of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, and China will veto any Security Council resolution that includes military action. But the Obama administration may not wait for U.N. approval. Asked if the U.S. was ready to act just "like that," Hagel said: "We are ready to go, like that."...As the rhetoric strengthens, the administration has yet to distribute a promised intelligence report pinning the attack squarely on the Syrian regime....Tuesday, Syria's Foreign Minister challenged the Obama administration..."If they have any evidence of our use [of chemical weapons], I challenge them to show this evidence to [global] public opinion,"

UN experts head to Damascus suburb activists said .... inspectors will only determine whether chemical weapons were used, not who used them.

U.S. officers have deep doubts about impact, wisdom of a U.S. strike on Syria

U.S.: If we need legal justification for Syria strike, "we'll produce one on our own"
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in security meeting in Tel Aviv that Syria is not expected to attack Israel, but IDF deployed additional Iron Dome batteries. (Army Radio)...
(11:50 A.M.) Russia is sending two warships to the region. The U.S. is sending a fifth destroyer to the eastern Mediterranean..the USS Stout guided-missile destroyer along with the USS Ramage, the USS Barry and the USS Gravely. (Haaretz)...

Officials: CIA-backed Syrian rebels under Russian blitz
The Syrian army launched an offensive this week in central and northwestern Syria aided by Russian airstrikes. CIA-backed rebels in Syria, who had begun to put serious pressure on President Bashar Assad’s forces, are now under Russian bombardment with little prospect of rescue by their American patrons, U.S. officials say. Over the past week, Russia has directed parts of its air campaign against U.S.-funded groups and other “moderate opposition” in a concerted effort to weaken them, officials say...

ISIS edging closer to Israel

Report: US intel suggests ISIS bomb most likely caused Russian plane crash in Egypt
IDF coordinating with Russia, Egypt to help locate Russian plane crash in Sinai
A US official said Wednesday the latest US intelligence suggests the crash of Metrojet Flight 9268 was most likely caused by a bomb on the plane planted by ISIS or an ISIS affiliate, according to a CNN report. "There is a definite feeling it was an explosive device planted in luggage or somewhere on the plane," the official told CNN.
The source emphasized that US intelligence has not reached any formal conclusion. The assessment that ISIS was involved was reached by "looking back at intelligence reports gathered before Saturday's plane crash and intelligence gathered since then," CNN reported.
The official said the US did not have credible or verified intelligence of a specific threat prior to the crash, but "prior to the incident, "there had been additional activity in Sinai that had caught our attention." CNN quoted another anonymous US official who said the intelligence regarding ISIS is in part based on monitoring internal messages of the terrorist group, separate from public ISIS claims of responsibility following the incidentite the investigation process. I also expressed sincere wish this investigation team should be allowed to continue their work as mandated by the member states," Ban told reporters. (Reuters) ...e Minister said the US is inventing pretexts to justify intervention. Syria will "surprise the aggressors as it surprised them in" the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when Arab forces caught Israel off guard, and become "the graveyard of the invaders," he said.

US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said deliberations not about whether chemical weapons were used, or whether it was the Assad regime that used them. Those issues were definitively resolved. “There will be a response.”

Kerry: Obama Administration has 'High confidence' Syria used chemical weapons
8/30/13 1:24 PM edt

Special US proxy
Ensuring Israel's QME (Qualitative Military Edge)
Andrew J. Shapiro, Assistant Secretary, Washington Institute for Near East Policy Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
" A Strong Partnership Supports U.S. National Security. So let me first turn to why this relationship is so important to the United States….The most direct tool the US uses to ensure Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge is security assistance. For some three decades, Israel has been the leading beneficiary of US security assistance through the Foreign Military Financing program, FMF...each year Israel accounts for 60% of U.S. security assistance funding distributed through FMF...Ensuring Israel’s military strength and superiority in the region, is critical to regional stability and as a result is fundamentally a core interest of the United States. The United States and Israel also see eye to eye on host of strategic questions. Indeed, a new Washington Institute report by Robert Blackwill and Walter Slocombe articulates the strategic benefits of the relationship for the United States...” Israel is a vital ally and serves as a cornerstone of our regional security commitments....

US Ups Israel's QME

US/IS confesses
Putin's military adventurism in Syria
By making an enemy of ISIS, the Russian president put his country’s citizens directly in the firing line
While it quickly became apparent western-backed Syrian rebels were being hit in the Russian sorties, Putin’s planes also bombed ISIS bases and weapons dumps in northern and eastern Syria. ISIS predictably vowed to take revenge....the Russian leader has long identified spreading Islamist terrorism as a threat to Russia and its central Asian allies, as well as to Arab and western countries. [ed: US backed terrorists] Islamists in Russia’s Caucasus region, particularly Chechnya, have a history of terror attacks on Russian soil. And [ed: thousands Putin said] many Chechen fighters reportedly joined ISIS ranks....But by making an enemy of ISIS, Putin put Russia directly in the firing line...Body bags, military and civilian, bring back bad memories for Russians of the disastrous [US Operation Cyclone 1979-89 Afghan mujahideen army led by Osama bin Ladin to “give Russia its Vietnam”] war in Afghanistan in the 1980s. For a man notoriously touchy about Moscow’s reputation and standing, the fact that the Obama administration... publicly predicted Putin’s intervention would make Russia a terrorist target is galling. Ash Carter, the US defence secretary, said last month “This will have consequences for Russia itself, which is rightly fearful of attacks. In coming days, the Russians will begin to suffer from casualties”...
Putin has spoken about reacting in an appropriate way once facts are established. What this means is unclear. It could involve significant escalation against Isis in Syria, or expansion of Russian involvement into Iraq, where parliament already urged the Baghdad government to seek Moscow’s help fighting ISIS in the north. Or Putin’s response could include a crackdown on Islamist militants in Chechnya and other Muslim areas, something he has done before at times of national stress.