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Introduction — Aug 15, 2017

Syrians are reportedly returning home by the hundreds of thousands as the Syrian government re-establishes its hold over the war-torn country. Of course the irony is that the conflict was originally sparked by the West and its allies in the gulf states: Saudi Arabia generously funded ISIS while the CIA is not only alleged to have assisted ISIS but actually laid the foundations for the creation of the militant group in the first place.
This is now generally acknowledged even if it isn’t being widely publicised in the corporate media.
Two other facts that aren’t widely publicised are warnings made by Libyan Colonel Gaddafi. First he told Tony Blair in 2011 that his overthrow would open the way for Sunni militants to seize power, which is exactly what happened.
Then months before his brutal murder, the Libyan leader warned that his ousting would lead to a flood of migrants trying to enter Europe across the Mediterranean, which is again exactly what happened:
“There are millions of blacks who could come to the Mediterranean to cross to France and Italy, and Libya plays a role in security in the Mediterranean,” he told the France 24 television station.
Rather than heed Gaddafi’s warnings however, a coalition of nations formed — including NATO states, Sweden, Jordan and the gulf states — which was instrumental in ousting the Libyan leader.
So the West wasn’t just involved in killing the bearer bad tidings with Gaddafi’s brutal murder. One might even say that it helped create the refugee crisis in the first place.
Moreover, a number of other factors have helped to create this situation. In addition to the ousting of Gaddafi and the attempted overthrow of Assad, we’ve also seen the covert participation of billionaire George Soros and his Open Society Foundation.
According to Zero Hedge:
Maps and guides for migrants to Europe

Maps and guides for migrants to Europe

In 2015, a Sky News reporter found “Migrant Handbooks” on the Greek island of Lesbos. It was later revealed that the handbooks, which are written in Arabic, had been given to refugees before crossing the Mediterranean by a group called “Welcome to the EU.”
Welcome to the EU is funded by—you guessed it—the Open Society Foundations.
Soros has not only backed groups that advocate the resettlement of third-world migrants into Europe, he in fact is the architect of the “Merkel Plan.”
The Merkel Plan was created by the European Stability Initiative whose chairman Gerald Knaus is a senior fellow at none other than the Open Society Foundations.
The plan proposes that Germany should grant asylum to 500,000 Syrian refugees. It also states that Germany, along with other European nations, should agree to help Turkey, a country that’s 98% Muslim, gain visa-free travel within the EU starting in 2016.
Put that together with Angela Merkel’s open border policy and you have a recipe for disaster. Not only for Germany, but with the broader European Union migration policy, for Europe as a whole.
However, all is not lost. Apart from a massed return of displaced Syrians some migrants “rescue services” have suspended operations off the Libyan coast. Save the Children, Sea Eye and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have all halted maritime rescue operations off Libya, citing threats from the navy of the Libyan Government of National Accord.
The Libyan Coast Guard has also reportedly warned these organisation’s vessels that if they didn’t comply with orders to leave Libyan waters they would be “targeted”.
Of course these “charities” have in effect been operating a taxi service, picking up migrants off the Libyan coast and delivering them to refugee camps in southern Europe.
There have even been reports that these “charities” were working in collusion with human traffickers. Just remember that the next time someone asks you to donate to Save the Children or Doctors Without Borders.
The billion dollar question is will the West, and its allies in the gulf states, assist in the reconstruction of a land they helped devastate? Or will they look for another route to bring conflict and chaos into this world? Ed.

Over 600,000 Displaced Syrians Returned Home in First 7 Months of 2017

International Organisation for Migration — Aug 11, 2017

Between January and July 2017, 602,759 displaced Syrians returned home according to reports from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and implementing partners on the ground. Findings indicate that the vast majority of the people (93 per cent) returning had been displaced within Syria. 7 per cent of people returned from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. Returnees from Turkey and Jordan reportedly returned mainly to Aleppo and Al Hasakeh Governorates.

An estimated 27 per cent of the returnees stated that they did so to protect their assets or properties and 25 per cent referred to the improved economic situation in their area of origin. Other factors people gave IOM and partners as their reasons for returning included the worsening economic situation in the place where they were seeking refuge (14 per cent), social or cultural issues such as tribal links, political affiliations or any obstacle preventing integration in their area of displacement (11 per cent), and the improvement of the security situation in their area of return (11 per cent).

Half of all returns in 2016 were to Aleppo Governorate. The report shows that similar trends have been observed in 2017. Consequently, an estimated 67 per cent of the returnees returned to Aleppo Governorate (405,420 individuals), 27,620 to Idleb Governorate, and 75,209 to Hama Governorate, 45,300 to Ar-Raqqa Governorate, 21,346 to Rural Damascus and 27,861 to other governorates.

Within the Governorates mentioned, Aleppo city, received the most returnees, followed by Al Bab sub-district in Aleppo Governorate, Hama sub-district in Hama Governorate, Menbij sub-district in the northeast of Aleppo Governorate, and Al-Khafsa sub-district also in Aleppo Governorate.

According to reports, almost all (97 per cent) returned to their own house, 1.8 per cent are living with hosts, 1.4 per cent in abandoned houses, 0.14 per cent in informal settlements and 0.03 per cent in rented accommodation.

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