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  • Russian airstrikes hit Turkish convoy delivering weapons to ISIS in Syria

    11/28/2015 8:44:49 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/28/15 | Jim Kouri
    Turkish news editor prosecuted for blowing whistle on Turkey's alliance with ISIS The incident involving the shooting down of a Russian warplane by the Turkish military may have had to do with Turkey’s cooperation with the radical Islamic fighters in Syria and Russia’s decision to help the Arab dictator Bashar al-Assad fight both the Islamists and the secular rebel fighters attempting to over-throw Assad. In the aftermath of the Turkish military shooting down a Russian air force plane, the killing of its pilot, and the attack on a Russian rescue helicopter, the violence between those two nations is becoming more...
  • Jeremy Corbyn told to resign by Labour MPs as Syria vote engulfs his leadership (Britain)

    11/27/2015 6:43:28 AM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11-27-2015 | Christopher Hope, and Peter Dominiczak
    Jeremy Corbyn should resign over his "unacceptable" behaviour towards Syria air strikes vote, former Labour ministers have said as the first senior figures in the party break cover against his leadership. Ex-ministers Fiona Mactaggart and John Spellar have urged the Labour leader to take the "sensible" decision to stand down because of the damaging divisions his leadership is creating. Former Home Office minister Ms Mactaggart said his position had become “unsustainable” while fellow ex-minister Mr Spellar said Mr Corbyn’s behaviour over the Syria vote had been “unacceptable”. A third ex Labour minister minister Frank Field said that the party "needs...
  • US Planes Left ISIS Fuel Tankers Unharmed Because 'They Ran Out of Ammunition'

    11/24/2015 10:56:16 AM PST · by xzins · 54 replies
    CNS ^ | November 24, 2015 | Susan Jones
    The U.S. military conducted a second wave of attacks on (parked) ISIS oil tankers in Syria on Sunday, Nov. 22, but the attack fell short of its goal: "The goal was to destroy every truck there. They ran out of ammunition before they were able to do that. But the desire was to destroy every single truck there," said Army Col. Steven Warren, the spokesman for the U.S.-led coaltion fighting ISIS. At a news briefing on Tuesday, Warren played video of the ISIS fuel tankers being bombed or shot with machine gun fire from the air. Warren said all the...
  • Obama Dropped Leaflets To Give ISIS 45 Minutes Warning Before Bombing

    11/23/2015 9:15:40 AM PST · by Strategy · 74 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | November 22, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    "In Al-Bukamal, we destroyed 116 tanker trucks, which we believe will reduce ISIL's ability to transport its stolen oil products," Warren said. "This is our first strike against tanker trucks, and to minimize risks to civilians, we conducted a leaflet drop prior to the strike. We did a show of force, by -- we had aircraft essentially buzz the trucks at low altitude." The leaflets, which fluttered to the ground about 45 minutes before the strikes, simply said: "Get out of your trucks now, and run away from them. Warning: airstrikes are coming. Oil trucks will be destroyed. Get away...
  • France's Charles De Gaulle Strikes ISIL Targets in Syria

    11/23/2015 5:18:41 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 11-23-2015 | Sputnik
    The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has conducted first combat operation against the ISIL targets in Syria. Warplanes from the French aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle" engaged in their first combat mission, striking Islamic State positions in Syria and Iraq on Monday.
  • Russian airstrikes destroy 472 terrorist targets in Syria in 48 hours, 1,000 oil tankers in 5 days

    11/23/2015 4:27:41 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 60 replies
    RT ^ | 11-23-2015 | RT
    Russian airstrikes have torched more than 1,000 tankers taking stolen crude oil to Islamic State refineries. This blow against the jihadists comes as the Russian Air Force has hit 472 terrorist targets in two days in Syria, making 141 sorties. All Russian aircraft have successfully returned to the Khmeimim airbase near Latakia, Major General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said in a daily briefing.
  • Russia orders Lebanon to shut its airspace for so it could conduct naval exercise

    11/20/2015 8:57:36 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    Jeruselem Post ^ | 11-20-2015 | By REUTERS
    Russia has told Lebanese authorities it wants to conduct a three-day naval exercise which could affect civilian flights in Lebanese airspace, Lebanon's National News Agency said on Friday. Russia has said it wants the maneuvers to start at midnight local time and to last three days, the NNA said, citing a telegram from the Russian navy. A Russian defense ministry official in Moscow declined any immediate comment. Russia has been carrying out air strikes against rebels opposed to its ally President Bashar Assad in Syria, Lebanon's neighbor, for nearly two months. "Specialized authorities at Rafik Hariri International Airport received information...
  • Russia Deploys 101 Cruise Missiles, Drops 1.4 Tons of Bombs on ISIL Targets in Four Days

    11/20/2015 8:39:07 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 45 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 11-20-2015 | Sputnik
    Russian warships from the Caspian flotilla have launched 18 cruise missiles on terrorist targets in Syria, Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday. "On November 20, warships of the Caspian Flotilla have launched 18 cruise missiles on seven [terrorist] targets in the provinces of Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo. All targets were destroyed," Shoigu said in a report to president Vladimir Putin. "In the whole, during the aerial operation cruise missile were launched from the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas over a distance of up to 1,500 km, and aircraft were taking off from Russian and Syrian airfields. From the Caspian Sea,...
  • U.S. Pilots Confirm: Obama Admin Blocks 75 Percent of Islamic State Strikes

    11/20/2015 3:33:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 97 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 11/20/15 | Adam Kredo
    U.S. military pilots who have returned from the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq are confirming that they were blocked from dropping 75 percent of their ordnance on terror targets because they could not get clearance to launch a strike, according to a leading member of Congress.Strikes against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) targets are often blocked due to an Obama administration policy to prevent civilian deaths and collateral damage, according to Rep. Ed Royce (R., Calif.), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.The policy is being blamed for allowing Islamic State militants to gain...
  • Russian airstrikes destroyed numbers of ISIS road tankers and oil refinery

    11/18/2015 2:06:40 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/18/15
    Here are two videos of Russian airstrikes on the bad guys. I figured some Freepers would enjoy seeing this.
  • White Swan FINALLY Spotted in Syria -- Massive ISIS Bombardment by RuAF

    11/17/2015 7:56:10 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 43 replies
    Liveleak ^ | 11/17/15 | Staff
    Full Title: White Swan FINALLY Spotted in Syria -- Massive ISIS Bombardment by RuAF Strategic Long Range Aviation Nov. 17, 2015 -- Long range bombers Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 carried out massive strikes on ISIS infrastructure in Syria using cruise missiles and various PGM's. Video Link
  • U.S. Warplanes Strike ISIS Oil Trucks in Syria

    11/16/2015 3:17:44 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 57 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/16/15 | MICHAEL R. GORDON
    Intensifying pressure on the Islamic State, United States warplanes for the first time attacked hundreds of trucks on Monday that the extremist group has been using to smuggle the crude oil it has been producing in Syria, American officials said. According to an initial assessment, 116 trucks were destroyed in the attack, which took place near Deir al-Zour, an area in eastern Syria that is controlled by the Islamic State. The airstrikes were carried out by four A-10 attack planes and two AC-130 gunships based in Turkey. -snip- To reduce the risk of harming civilians, two F-15 warplanes dropped leaflets...
  • Top IS leader killed in US airstrike

    11/15/2015 12:13:06 AM PST · by GonzoII · 25 replies
    The Statesman ^ | 15 November, 2015 | PTI
    The head of the Islamic State in Libya has been killed in a US airstrike, the Pentagon has announced, days after an American drone hit claimed the life of the terror group's dreaded executioner Jihadi John. The US military on Friday conducted an airstrike in Libya against Abu Nabil, also known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al-Zubaydi, an Iraqi national, who was a longtime al-Qaeda operative and later the senior Islamic State leader in Libya, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said yesterday. The attack against Abu Nabil was carried out by US F-15 fighter jets, officials said. The Pentagon announcement...
  • 'Jihadi John' targeted by U.S. airstrike in Syria

    11/13/2015 5:21:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/13/15 | Babara Starr, et al
    British Prime Minister David Cameron described the airstrike that may have killed "Jihadi John" in Syria as an act of self-defense as he awaited confirmation that the jeering, sadistic ISIS mouthpiece is dead.
  • U.S. general sees air strikes against Islamic State picking up (blames lack of strikes on weather!)

    11/07/2015 9:04:38 AM PST · by dynachrome · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-7-15 | Andrea Shalal
    Lieutenant General Charles Brown told reporters at the Dubai International Air Chiefs Conference that the reduction in air strikes was due to weather and to a slowdown in activity on the ground and not due to the start of Russian air strikes in the region.
  • U.S. Backed Moderate Rebels Put Alawite Women in Cages to Protect Themselves from Airstrikes

    11/01/2015 11:38:42 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 202 replies
    The Arab Source ^ | 11/01/15 | Leith Fadel
    In order to deter the Syrian and Russian Air Forces inside the East Ghouta (collection of farms) region of rural Damascus, the U.S. backed moderate rebels from “Jaysh Al-Islam” (Army of Islam) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have placed kidnapped Alawite women in cages to protect themselves from airstrikes. The U.S. backed Syrian Opposition’s social media activists posted the photos of the six kidnapped Alawite women on Twitter, adding their extra commentary that included sectarian insults to degrade the helpless women and taunt the Syrian President Dr. Bashar Al-Assad. This is not the first time that the U.S. backed...
  • Iraqi parliament approves Russian air strikes against ISIL

    10/26/2015 9:50:25 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 41 replies
    todayszaman.com ^ | October 26, 2015, Monday/ 17:34:04 | TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH REUTERS / ISTANBUL
    Iraqi parliament approves Russian air strikes against ISIL October 26, 2015, Monday/ 17:34:04/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH REUTERS / ISTANBUL After weeks of political wrangling, the Iraqi parliament finally agreed to allow Russia to launch air strikes against the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq, paving the way for the involvement of a powerful new combatant in an already complex battleground in a move that will likely incense the US. Russia now has official permission to strike ISIL in Iraq, following the launch of an air campaign to degrade and defeat the militant group in Syria...
  • Four-fifths of Russia's Syria strikes don't target Islamic State: Reuters analysis

    10/22/2015 1:04:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/22/2015 | Jack Stubbs
    Almost 80 percent of Russia's declared targets in Syria have been in areas not held by Islamic State, a Reuters analysis of Russian Defence Ministry data shows, undermining Moscow's assertions that its aim is to defeat the group. The majority of strikes, according to the analysis, have instead been in areas held by other groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which include al Qaeda offshoots but also fighters backed by Washington and its allies. Defence ministry statements of targets hit by the Russian Air Force and an online archive of Russian military maps show Russia has hit 64 named...
  • Russia Kills 150 CIA-Backed Syrian Rebels in Airstrikes

    10/14/2015 1:24:54 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/14/15 | Jim Hoft
    Russia is deliberately targeting US-backed rebel forces in Syria. 150 CIA-backed Syrian rebels have been killed by Russian airstrikes. FOX News reported: Moscow is deliberately targeting U.S.-backed forces in Syria as part of a military campaign that has killed up to 150 U.S.-trained rebels, a U.S. official told Fox News. The claim comes as the U.S. and Russian militaries try to reach an agreement about flight safety in the skies over Syria. Officials from both countries are holding their third videoconference on the issue Wednesday, as U.S.-led coalition and Russian aircraft look to avoid collisions as they launch airstrikes into...
  • Over 1,000 Militants Surrender To Syrian Army In Last 24 Hours

    10/10/2015 7:10:36 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    Fars News Agency ^ | October 7, 2015
    Over 1,000 terrorists laid down arms and surrendered to the Syrian authorities over the past 24 hours in Daraa, the Syrian local sources also confirmed. The militants also turned over their cache of ammo to the authorities, both sources added. The development came after President Bashar al-Assad in a televised address in July pardoned all soldiers who have fled the army, saying that his words served as a general decree to relevant officials. Hundreds of gunmen have been laying down their weapons and turning themselves in to authorities in areas across the country.
  • Over 1,000 Militants Surrender To Syrian Army In Last 24 Hours

    10/10/2015 7:29:02 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 19 replies
    Fars News Agency | October 7, 2015 ^ | October 7, 2015 | N/A
    Over 1,000 Militants Surrender To Syrian Army In Last 24 Hours The development came after President Bashar al-Assad in a televised address in July pardoned all soldiers who have fled the army, saying that his words served as a general decree to relevant officials. Hundreds of foreign-backed militants surrendered to the government troops in the province of Daraa, Syria's National Reconciliation Committee announced on Monday. Hundreds of foreign-backed militants surrendered to the government troops in the province of Daraa, Syrias National Reconciliation Committee announced on Monday. Over 1,000 terrorists laid down arms and surrendered to the Syrian authorities over the...
  • Sudan wants UN investigation into American strike of 1998

    08/21/2005 10:22:10 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 586+ views
    Sudan wants an investigation into strike American of 1998 KHARTOUM - the Sudanese government reiterated Sunday a request for investigation by the United Nations on strike American missiles which had destroyed in 1998 a pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum. They suspected it of producing chemical weapons. Khartoum invites in an official statement the Security Council of UNO "to inquire into the charges of the United States uttered to attack factory Al-Chifa seven years ago". The text was published at the time of the 7th anniversary of strike. "This painful memory should be a lesson for the international community to include/understand...
  • ISIS so weakened by Russian airstrikes and desertion it could be destroyed in hours

    10/05/2015 8:31:05 PM PDT · by Signalman · 72 replies
    Express ^ | 10/5/2015 | Nick Gutteridge
    ISIS is now so fragile that its so-called calipahate could be wiped out in a matter of hours, a top terror expert said today. Western and more recently Russian airstrikes, chaotic leadership and mass defections have weakened the jihadi group to such an extent that it would be unable to repel even a small invasion force. A terror analyst told Express.co.uk that the fanatics have vastly exaggerated their military strength and called on Western leaders to launch a co-ordinated fightback which would obliterate the hate group. Dr Afzal Ashraf said ISIS has become its own worst enemy with its campaign...
  • Russia Destroys Islamic State Command Center in Syria

    10/03/2015 4:21:45 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 70 replies
    Telesur ^ | Published 2 October 2015 | Abby Martin
    Russian Defense officials reported its air force carried out 18 airstrikes this Thursday. They also destroyed a terrorist training camp. Russian Su-34 warplanes attacked and destroyed an Islamic State group command center and training camp Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. The center is located in Maarat an Numan.
  • Russian Ministry of Defense said it has conducted 60 bombing runs in 72 hours

    10/03/2015 1:13:18 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    facebook ^ | 10-3-15 | Ministry of Defense
    Colonel of the Speech General Andrei # Kartapolov concerning actions of the Russian air grouping in # Syria. October 3, 2015 "Starting from September 30, the Russian aviation has performed over 60 sorties on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic to engage over 50 # the ISIS infrastructural objects. These are command centres, explosives and ammunition depots, communications, mini-plants aimed for production armament for terrorist attacks, training camps of militants. Th e strikes have been performed 24 a day from hours the # Hmeymim airbase at the full depth of the Syrian territory. It is to be underlined that...
  • Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

    10/03/2015 7:29:06 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/03/2015 | Alissa J. Rubin
    KABUL, Afghanistan A United States airstrike appeared to have badly damaged a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in the Afghan city of Kunduz early Saturday, killing at least nine hospital staff members and wounding dozens, including patients and staff. The United States military, in a statement, confirmed the 2:15 a.m. airstrike, saying that it had been targeting individuals who were threatening the force and that there may have been collateral damage to a nearby medical facility. Accounts differed as to whether there had been fighting around the hospital that might have precipitated the strike. Two hospital employees, an...
  • International charity's Afghan clinic bombed, 9 staff dead

    10/03/2015 6:19:58 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/3 | O'donnell
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) Nine local staffers for Doctors Without Borders were killed and 30 were missing after an explosion near their hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz that may have been caused by a U.S. airstrike.
  • Franklin Graham on Russian airstrikes in Syria: They're helping save Christian lives

    10/01/2015 6:52:49 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 17 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | Oct 1 2015 | Czarina Ong
    There is no question that the airstrikes launched by Russia in Syria on Wednesday would cause a lot of trouble and damage. However, American evangelist Franklin Graham believes some good could still come out of it. Speaking on Newsmax TV, Graham said the Russian airstrikes in Syria might just end up saving the lives of countless persecuted Christians. "What Russia is doing may save the lives of Christians in the Middle East," said Graham. "You understand that the Syrian government for their good and for their bad over the history of this country, they have protected Christians, they have protected...
  • Russian airstrikes in Syria: Pentagon says strategy 'doomed to failure' as it happened

    10/01/2015 2:40:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/01/2015
    Russia launched its first round of air strikes in Syria, hitting eight sites that it claimed were Islamic State targets only hours after president Vladimir Putins request to use military force was unanimously approved by parliament. The Pentagon disputed Russias claim that it targeted only jihadi groups, with secretary of defense Ash Carter saying that evidence suggested strikes were in areas where there probably were not Isis forces. Carter said the Kremlins current strategy is doomed to failure and American air strikes will continue unimpeded. Syrian activists, civilians and rebels asserted that Russian strikes had targeted moderate forces who...
  • Russia in Syria: Air strikes on Western-backed rebel areas 'kill 36 civilians'

    09/30/2015 1:04:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 09/30/2015 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    Russia's air strikes on Syria's rebel-held areas of Homs and Hama provinces have killed at least 36 civilians, including five women and six children, according to rebel opposition groups. Russian defence officials said aircraft, including Sukhoi Su-24 warplanes from an airbase near Latakia, hit the Islamic State (Isis) group but multiple local and international sources said IS-free areas were targeted instead.The Free Syrian Army (FSA), a Western-backed opposition group, said it has been struck by Russian aerial bombings. The group's commander, Major Jamil al-Saleh, said the northern countryside of Hama "has no presence of Isis at all and is under...
  • Russia begins conducting airstrikes in Syria, U.S. official says

    09/30/2015 6:31:27 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 75 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | September 30 at 8:44 AM | Andrew Roth and Daniela Deane
    Russia begins conducting airstrikes in Syria, U.S. official says By Andrew Roth and Daniela Deane September 30 at 8:44 AM MOSCOW Russian warplanes launched airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, a U.S. official said, after Russias parliament granted President Vladimir Putin authorization to use military force in the multi-layered conflict.
  • Russia launches airstrikes in northern Syria, senior military official says (The Bear Strikes)

    09/30/2015 5:44:57 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/30/15
    Russian warplanes have begun bombarding Syrian opposition targets in the war torn nation's north, working on behalf of dictator Bashar al Assad, according to a senior military official. The official said airstrikes targeted fighters in the vicinity of Homs, located roughly 60 miles east of a Russian naval facility in Tartus, and were carried out by a "couple" of Russian bombers. It was not clear if the strikes targeted ISIS, Al Qaeda or other forces opposed to Assad, who Moscow is aiding. According to a Twitter handle belonging to the Syrian government, the Russian strikes were initiated at the request...
  • ISIS battered by Assad's airstrikes: Air and ground weapons supplied by its ally Russia

    09/19/2015 5:54:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 09/19/2015 | Harry Farley
    ISIS have received heavy bombardment in Palmyra for the second day in a row, a group monitoring the war has said. The Islamic State-held city of Palmyra was bombed on Friday as Syrian army jets carried out at least 25 air strikes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was one of the most sustained government bombardments of Palmyra. The air strikes killed at least 26 people, including 12 Islamic State fighters, the British-based Observatory said. On Thursday, Syrian jets had carried out at least 12 air strikes on Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto capital in the north. Elsewhere...
  • France Prepares Airstrikes Against Islamic State in Syria

    09/09/2015 5:41:56 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/07/15 | Matthew Dalton and William Horobin
    France is preparing to launch airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria, French President Franois Hollande said on Monday, expanding his nations involvement in the Syrian conflict. Mr. Hollande has previously ordered strikes against Islamic State in Iraq but steered clear of striking the group in Syria for fear the attacks would bolster Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, the jihadists main foe in the civil war. Nothing should be done to consolidate or keep Assad in power in Syria, Mr. Hollande said at a news conference where he laid out his policy priorities for the next six months. The decision to bomb...
  • U.S. to Use Air Power to Defend Syria Force

    08/02/2015 3:17:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 56 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 2, 2015 | ADAM ENTOUS
    President Barack Obama has authorized the use of air power to defend a new U.S.-backed fighting force in Syria should it come under attack from Syrian government forces or other groups, officials said, in a move that could increase the risk of the U.S. coming into direct conflict with the Assad regime. The decision ends a months long debate over the role the U.S. military should play in supporting its few allies on the battlefield and comes as the U.S. and Turkey discussed joint operations to clear a zone along the Turkish-Syrian border of Islamic State militants. Turkish officials wanted...
  • Obama Authorizes "Defensive" Airstrikes Against Assad Regime In Syria

    08/03/2015 7:25:05 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 8-3-2015 | Durden
    On Friday, we checked in on the Pentagons ongoing effort to recruit, vet, and train ambitious "freedom fighters" to join the battle against ISIS in Syria. It goes without saying that covert US efforts to aid the multifarious groups vying for control of the country have met with disastrous consequences so far, but if theres anything Washington is particularly adept at, its making bad foreign policy outcomes worse, which is why we werent at all surprised to learn that the commander of the Pentagon's new Syrian "force" was captured, along with his deputy, by al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra last week near...
  • ISIS Leader Killed in Airstrike in Syria

    07/04/2015 4:31:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/7/15
    A senior Islamic State (ISIS) leader who recruited funds and fighters and procured weapons for the jihadists has been killed in a coalition airstrike in Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday, according to the AFP news agency. The leader was identified as Tariq bin Tahar al-Awni al-Harzi. He was killed in the northern city of Shaddadi on June 16, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement. His brother Ali, an ISIS recruiter and person of interest in the 2012 Benghazi attack, was killed by an airstrike in Iraq a day earlier. The Pentagon said Harzi was "responsible for...
  • Team Obama Asks For Strategic Patience In Fight Against ISIS

    06/10/2015 5:01:35 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 17 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 6-9-2015 | Charlie Spiering
    The Obama administration is working quickly to push back against the notion that there is no strategy to defeat Islamic State terrorists, after President Obamas comments during a press conference in Germany after the G-7 World Leaders Summit. (snip) The ends are very clear, weve said this all along, the goal is to degrade and defeat ISIL and remove them as a threat in the region and around the world, he said. (The newly minted State Department spokesperson John) Kirby outlined Obamas effort to train and equip more Iraqi troops to fight ISIS, directing airstrikes against ISIS forces and working...
  • US official: Airstrikes killed 10,000 Islamic State fighters (in nine months)

    06/03/2015 5:25:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 6/03/15 | BASSEM MROUE
    BEIRUT (AP) A U.S. official said Wednesday that more than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed by American-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in nine months, offering a body count for a campaign that has yet to blunt their advance. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken's figure came after a Paris conference on how to stop the extremists ended without any new strategy to halt their campaign. It also comes months after the Pentagon dismissed such counts as "simply not a relevant figure" in the fight against the Islamic State group. Meanwhile, the Islamic State group launched a...
  • Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen airports as kingdom ponders possible cease-fire for aid

    05/04/2015 10:12:22 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    foxnews ^ | May 04, 2015
    In the southern city of Aden, more than 150 airstrikes hit the city's airport, witnesses and security officials said. Houthi rebels and their allies are locked in fierce fighting there against forces loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Monday's airstrikes also hit airports in the city of Hodeida and the capital, Sanaa, witnesses and officials said. They said other airstrikes targeted Yemen's eastern province of Marib and the Houthi stronghold of Saada. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to talk to journalists. Witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity over fear of reprisals. Iranian-allied...
  • Saudis Intercept Yemen Bound Iranian Jet, Bomb Runway To Stop It [Videos]

    05/02/2015 10:51:47 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 6 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | April 30, 2015 | Chris Clarke
    As the conflict in Yemen intensifies, fully armed Royal Saudi Air Force F-15Cs are caught on video intercepting a civilian Airbus A310. The Mahan Air jet was en route from Iran to Yemen, supposedly on a relief mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Apparently the Saudis didnt believe that. Iranians claim that proper clearance was acquired for the flight to Yemen via Oman and pilots ignored Saudi radio communications demanding the aircraft land at an alternate airport, one that just so happens to be under Saudi control.
  • Fighting escalates across Yemen, first air strikes on capital Sanaa

    04/26/2015 7:07:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    reuters ^ | Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohammed Ghobari
    Air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen on Sunday in some of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance intervened last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia who have seized wide areas of the country. There were at least five air strikes on military positions and an area near the presidential palace compound in the Houthi-held capital Sanaa at dawn on Sunday, while warships pounded an area near the port of the southern city of Aden, residents said. "The explosions were so big they shook the house, waking us and our kids up. Life has really become unbearable...
  • U.S. Pressed Saudis To End Yemen Airstrikes

    04/22/2015 11:58:55 PM PDT · by SJackson · 33 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | 4-22-15 | Hakim Almasmari in Sana, Yemen, and
    Senior U.S. officials pressed Saudi leaders for fear of making matters worse Senior U.S. officials pressed Saudi leaders in a series of messages to quickly wrap up their air campaign in Yemen for fear of making matters worse, people familiar with the matter said, before Riyadh declared Tuesday it was ending the offensive. Yet on Wednesday, Saudi airstrikes resumed in several parts of the country after Iranian-linked Houthi militants took over a military brigade in the southern city of Taiz, provincial security officials said. There was no sign of peace talks, though the Saudis had said they were shifting to...
  • Report: Israeli Jet Struck Weapons Depots in Libya

    04/04/2015 2:44:24 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 35 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 4-4-2015 | Gil Ronen
    Arab news sources reported at week's end that an unidentified jet believed to be Israeli destroyed warehouses in southern Libya that held weapons bought by Iran for Hamas. According to the reports in Al Watan and other news outlets, the warehouses were completely destroyed. The weapons that were inside them had allegedly been purchased by Iran, by means of weapons dealers in Sudan and Chad, and were supposed to be smuggled to Hamas through Egypt, by means of the smuggling tunnels between Sinai ands Gaza.
  • Iran Calls for Talks on Yemen: Deputy Foreign Minister denounces Saudi Arabia, allies for airstrikes

    03/31/2015 9:24:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/31/2015 | By HAKIM ALMASMARI in Sana Yemen, and RORY JONES in Dubai
    Iran called for political talks between all parties in Yemen as the Saudi-led coalition on Tuesday extended its campaign of airstrikes against Houthi militants in provinces across the country. Irans deputy foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said intervention in Yemen wouldnt solve the countrys problems and that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies were putting themselves in a very difficult position by launching airstrikes. We believe that the situation in Yemen should be resolved through political means only, he said in a Monday interview with the Russian state-run news channel Russia Today, the first such Iranian comments since Saudi Arabia began...
  • Saudi Arabia sends war planes into Yemen in terrifying clash with Iran

    03/30/2015 7:28:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    Jew News ^ | MAR 29, 2015 | ELIYOKIM COHEN
    On the brink of a new Middle Eastern catastrophe: Saudi Arabia sends war planes into Yemen in a terrifying clash with Iran leaving region at boiling point Religious fissure between Sunni and Shia Muslims erupted into conflict Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Iran-backed Shia Houthi rebels 18 civilians were injured after Saudi warplanes targeted Sanaa in Yemen Britain and America supported the Saudi-led military intervention Coalition deployed 100 fighter jets and 150,000 soldiers to fight in region Truly, it is a terrifying development. The great religious fissure between Sunni and Shia Muslims that dominates the Middle East has erupted into...
  • Saudi-led campaign strikes Yemen's Sanaa, Morocco joins alliance

    03/27/2015 11:07:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/27/2015 | MOHAMMED MUKHASHEF
    Yemen's beleaguered government said Saudi-led airstrikes against its Houthi militia opponents would not last long on the second day of a Gulf Arab-led campaign against the Iranian-allied militia that could escalate a proxy conflict spreading through the region. Warplanes targeted Houthi forces controlling Yemen's capital and their northern heartland on Friday and, in a boost for Riyadh, fellow monarchy Morocco said it would join the rapidly-assembled Sunni Muslim coalition against the Shi'ite Muslim group. Tribes in Yemen's oil producing Marib region said they supported the air campaign, but Houthi forces advanced south despite the airstrikes and Pakistan, named by Saudi...
  • Yemen crisis: Iran calls Saudi air strikes on Houthis 'dangerous'

    03/26/2015 2:43:04 AM PDT · by piasa · 14 replies
    Zee Media Bureau ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:20
    Tehran: In what may intensify the Yemen crisis, Iran has termed Saudi Arabia's military intervention against the Houthi rebels as dangerous, reports said Thursday. Saudi Arabia which had earlier warned to act in the wake of continued advance of Houthis, on Wednesday started conducting air strikes against the rebels which it considers as being supported by rival Iran. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies believe the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, are tools for Iran to seize control of Yemen and say they intend to stop the takeover. The Houthis deny they are backed by Iran. Reacting to Saudi strikes,...
  • Breaking: Saudi Arabia Starts Bombing Yemen: U.S. Officials

    03/25/2015 4:12:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 111 replies
    NBC News via Twitter ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Richard Engel
    US officials confirm to @NBCNews that Saudi Arabia has started bombing rebel positions inside #Yemen. NO indication of troops crossing in.
  • Saudi Arabia Begins Air Assault in Yemen

    03/25/2015 7:08:47 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 9 replies
    http://nytimes.com ^ | March 25 2015 | Mark Mazzetti and David Kirkpatrick
    Saudi Arabia had announced on Wednesday night that it had begun a military campaign in Yemen, the beginning of what a Saudi official had said was an offensive to restore a Yemeni Government that had collapsed after rebel forces took control of large swaths of the country.