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  • Putin orders Netanyahu to halt military strikes on Iranian targets

    02/13/2018 8:27:06 PM PST · by Candor7 · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:29 EST, 12 February 2018 | Chris Pleasance
    F-16 jet was shot down on Saturday over northern Israel, prompting retaliation Israeli forces launched a series of bombardments against bases in Syria But Benjamin Netanyahu backed down after a call from Putin, it is reported Putin warned him against escalating the conflict in the region after Russia has spent years propping up the Assad regime Vladimir Putin warned Benjamin Netanyahu to back off from military strikes in Syria after an Israeli warplane was shot down in the region on Saturday. The Russian President told Netanyahu in a phone call on Saturday evening to avoid a course of action that...
  • Afghanistan First

    01/21/2018 7:22:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2018 | Paul Jacob
    In the last half of last year, U.S. armed forces under President Donald Trump’s direction launched 2,000 air strikes against Taliban targets in Afghanistan. That constitutes more raids than in all of 2015 and 2016 combined, the last two years under President Barack Obama’s command. “The huge spike in airstrikes is the product of new rules of engagement, adopted as part of a strategy that President Trump announced in August,” reports the Washington Post. “U.S. forces can now strike Taliban targets at will, whereas under the Obama administration they were restricted to defending Afghan forces under imminent attack.” Like the...
  • Airstrikes pound Syria's Afrin as Turkey launches 'Operation Olive Branch'

    01/20/2018 7:15:50 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 40 replies
    Rooters Ottoman Empire Nuze ^ | January 20, 2018 | Mert Ozkan and Ellen Francis
    Turkey opened a new front in Syria's nearly seven-year-old war on Saturday, launching airstrikes against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin province that raise the prospect of a further strain on relations between Ankara and Washington.The operation, dubbed "Operation Olive Branch" by Ankara, pits Turkey against Kurdish fighters allied to the United States at a time when ties between Turkey and Washington - NATO allies and members of the coalition against Islamic State - appear dangerously close to a breaking point.The strikes on the Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia hit some 108 targets, the Turkish military said. On land, the Turkey-backed Free...
  • Mattis defends U.S. efforts to prevent civilian casualties in Yemen

    01/01/2018 11:24:00 AM PST · by Ennis85 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 29th 2017 | Dan Lamothe
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave a full-throated defense Friday of U.S. efforts to prevent civilian casualties in the conflict in Yemen, making the case that without American involvement, there would be more. Mattis, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, said that “it’s a tragedy every time” a civilian dies, but that the United States is held to a high standard when it comes to preventing civilian fatalities. “We are being held to a standard – ‘we’ being us and anyone associated with us – that has never been achieved before in warfare,” he said. The comments came after two separate...
  • Coalition attacks Taliban command center and drug labs

    11/21/2017 1:34:07 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | November 20, 2017 | Bill Roggio
    The US military and Afghan Air Force hit a Taliban command and control center and seven “drug labs” in what the Coalition described as “previously untargeted safe havens in south and southwest” Afghanistan. With a shift in strategy, strikes such as these will become the new normal, the top US commander in Afghanistan said.The coordinated airstrikes took place over the last day in three Taliban controlled or contested districts in northern Helmand province: Musa Qala (four strikes), Kajaki (three), and Sangin (one). Musa Qala and Sangin are controlled by the Taliban, while Kajaki is hotly contested, according to ongoing...
  • The Islamic State and the Limitations of Cruelty

    10/26/2017 6:29:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Islamic State just lost its capital at Raqqa and with it the last of the terrorist group's fantasies of establishing a Middle East caliphate. In recent years, ISIS has horrified global audiences with video clips of unspeakable atrocities. What sort of humans could behead, incinerate, drown, torture and blow up innocent civilians, mock and record such horror, and then narrate their macabre videos for a world audience? How could such pre-modern psychopaths ever be defeated, given that in a matter of months ISIS had managed to overrun vast swaths of Iraq and Syria? The zealotry of the Islamic State...
  • Russia says airstrike kills several top ISIS commanders in Syria

    09/08/2017 12:27:11 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | Sept. 8, 2017 | Reuters
    A Russian airstrike has killed around 40 Islamic State fighters, including four senior commanders, near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, Russia’s defense ministry said Friday. The strike, carried out by Su-34 fighter-bombers and Su-35 fighters, came after an intelligence report Sept. 5 showed that top Islamic State commanders were meeting at a secret underground command post in the vicinity of Deir al-Zor, the ministry said on its Facebook page.
  • Australia Suspends Syria Air Strikes Over Russia, U.S. Tensions

    06/20/2017 5:33:34 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 06/20/17 | Rob Taylor
    Operations are ceased as a ‘precautionary measure’ says American ally’s defense ministry Australia has suspended air operations in Syria amid escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow after Russia threatened to track American and coalition aircraft in the war-torn country as targets. “As a precautionary measure, Australian Defense Force strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased,” a statement from the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. The American ally’s decision to back out of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria comes hours after the U.S. shifted some of its own flight patterns in the country to minimize risks, following Russia’s warning on Monday that...
  • U.N. says 300 civilians killed in U.S.-led air strikes in Raqqa since March

    06/14/2017 10:44:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/14/2017 | By Stephanie Nebehay
    Intensified coalition air strikes have killed at least 300 civilians in the Syrian northern city of Raqqa since March, as U.S.-backed forces close in on the stronghold of Islamic State forces, U.N. war crimes investigators said on Wednesday. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group of Kurdish and Arab militias supported by a U.S.-led coalition, began to attack Raqqa a week ago to take it from the jihadists. The SDF, supported by heavy coalition air strikes, have taken territory to the west, east and north of the city. "Coalition air strikes have intensified around the city," said Paulo Pinheiro, chairman...
  • Egypt strikes 'terrorist camps' in Libya in response to attack on Coptic Christians

    05/26/2017 4:43:06 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    RT ^ | 05/26/17
    Egyptian fighter jets have struck militant camps following the deadly attack on Egypt’s Coptic Christians, President Abdel Fattah Sisi has announced. The strikes were carried out in eastern Libya, state television said.Egypt’s president also vowed to continue striking bases used to train militants and who carry out terrorist attacks in his country, regardless of the camps' location.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV4jfKiaSsk  
  • YPJ Spox: We will withdraw from Raqqa if US doesn’t show concrete reaction to Turkey airstrikes

    04/26/2017 6:21:36 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    KOM News ^ | 26 April 2017 22:49 CEST | none stated
    Women's Protection Units (YPJ) spokeswoman Nesrin Abdullah. Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) spokeswoman, Nesrin Abdullah, has said that the group’s forces will withdraw from the operation to capture the Islamic State’s stronghold, Raqqa, if the US doesn’t take concrete action against Turkish airstrikes targeting Kurdish forces in Syria.“The is unacceptable in international law. If the USA or coalition or the US [State Dept.] spokesperson can only say, ‘We are concerned or we are unhappy’ [about Turkey’s airstrikes] then we will not accept this. If this is the reaction, we do not accept it. It means they accept what was done to us,” Abdullah...
  • 12 members of the Kurdish women’s force, YPJ, killed in Turkish airstrikes

    04/26/2017 8:01:23 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    KOM News ^ | 26 April 2017 10:42 CEST | none stated
    YPJ members at a military parade in northern Syria's autonomous region Rojava. Twelve members of the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) were killed in Turkish airstrikes targeting the group’s headquarters in northeastern Syria early Tuesday morning.The YPJ, in a statement on Wednesday, confirmed that of the 20 Kurdish fighters killed in the multiple airstrikes, 12 belonged to the YPJ, while the other eight were members of the People’s Protection Units (YPG). 18 other militants were injured in the air raid.In the statement the group, which came to prominence following several victories against the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group, also accused...
  • Turkish airstrikes target Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq: dozens killed

    04/25/2017 7:17:57 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    KOM News ^ | 25 April 2017 07:17 CEST | none stated
    Turkish airstrikes on Tuesday morning targeted Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq killing dozens of fighters and civilians according to first reports.Fighter jets hit Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions in northeaster Syria’s Derik city (Al-Malikiyah) and Kurdish Yazidi positions in northern Iraq’s Shingal (Sinjar) at around 02:00am local time, according to reports.Information gained by Kom News suggests at least eighteen YPG members were killed in an airstrike on the group’s headquarters in Derik, which is on the border with Iraq’s Kurdistan Region.A radio station and villages were also hit, however the number of civilian casualties has not been confirmed. Turkish warplanes...
  • Turkish airstrikes targeting Kurds, support for Islamic State: PYD co-leader Muslim

    04/25/2017 6:57:27 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    KOM News ^ | 25 April 2017 07:41 CEST | none stated
    PYD co-leader Salih Muslim Democratic Union Party (PYD) co-leader Salih Muslim condemned Turkish airstrikes targeting Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday morning and said coalition forces should not to remain silent on the matter.Speaking to Europe based News Channel, the leader of the largest Syrian Kurdish party said the attack was expected due to the heavy military deployment at the Turkey-Syria border.“There is a tense situation. There were already aerial attacks at the border and reconnaissance flights [by Turkey]. We were expecting this, it is not a surprise. They cannot scare the people of Kurdistan with these attacks. The people of...
  • Chinese Media: 'China's Intervention Not Needed When Only N.K.'s Nuke Facilities Are Hit'

    04/24/2017 6:53:59 AM PDT · by Fennie · 15 replies
    The Dong- A Ilbo ^ | April 24, 2017
    A Chinese state-run media outlet said that if North Korea continues nuclear and missile development, China may not provide military support to China even if the U.S. launches preemptive strike on the North. China and North Korea have agreed to provide military assistance if one of them gets under military attack, and hence the latest report is construed as Beijing's stern warning against Pyongyang. If the U.S. launches surgical strikes on North Korea's nuclear facilities, China will seek diplomatic deterrence but military intervention is not needed, China's state-run Global Times said on Saturday. However, the daily repeated its previous stance...
  • How The U.S. Might Use Air Power To Take Down North Korea

    04/13/2017 4:36:53 AM PDT · by Fennie · 58 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 11, 2017 | Bruce Dorminey
    A massive combination of Tomahawk cruise missiles, air-launched cruise missiles and B-2 stealth bombers would arguably ensure enough firepower to silence North Korean president Kim Jong Un's increasingly bellicose regime. Question is: Would that also be enough to prevent a catastrophic counter-attack against Seoul? Such surgical strikes are fraught with intangibles, particularly since with its population of some 25 million people, Seoul is only 35 miles from the Korean Peninsula's demilitarized zone (DMZ). The most likely response would be with either air-launched cruise missiles from B-52s or B-2s, or Tomahawks cruise missiles launched from U.S. warships, Terence Roehrig, professor of...
  • Tucker Carlson Pushes Sen Graham to Explain Call for Troops in Syria, how long, and at what cost?

    04/08/2017 10:22:53 AM PDT · by PK1991 · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/7/17 | Tucker Carlson
    Tucker Carlson interviews Senator Graham and asks for specifics on what his call for 7,000 troops in Syria means. Who would they fight, how long would they stay, how much would it cost. In the interview, Senator Graham expresses support for fighting ISIS, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Russia. I may be missing a few nations.
  • Democrats Commend Trump's Response to Syria...With Caveats

    04/07/2017 1:34:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2017 | Cortney O'Brien
    Some Democrats are commending President Trump for giving the go ahead on retaliatory airstrikes on Syria after Tuesday's chemical attack, which killed nearly 100 people. “I think it was the right thing to do," Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said on Fox News Friday. Echoing those remarks, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) said in a statement that the airstrikes sent a "clear and measured message" to the Bashar al-Assad regime (although she also blamed Trump in part for the tension because of his travel ban.) My statement on last night’s US military strike on Syria here ? https://t.co/CmOjND88Ba pic.twitter.com/HlQ5uErLVG— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) April 7, 2017 You'll notice another caveat in...
  • First Images Of Aftermath Of "Inefficient" US Missile Strikes Emerge

    04/07/2017 6:08:00 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 70 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Apr 7, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    Russia’s Rossiya 24 news channel has revealed the first footage from the Shayrat airbase, which the United States hit with a volley of 59 Tomahawk missiles after an alleged “chemical attack” in Idlib earlier this week.
  • Trump Unites Congress: US Lawmakers Largely Support Syria Air Strikes

    04/07/2017 5:49:06 AM PDT · by Fennie · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | April 7, 2017 | By Tyler Durden
    Eleven weeks into his administration, Trump's Syrian airstrikes appear to have achieve what until last night appeared impossible: unite much of Congress in support of a Trump decision. As Bloomberg report, U.S. lawmakers mostly expressed support for Trump's strike against a Syrian airfield in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack, though some cautioned that Congress needs to be consulted on a comprehensive strategy if the strike is a harbinger of things to come.