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  • Allying with Assad to Stop ISIS is 7 Different Kinds of Stupid

    08/27/2014 8:15:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/27/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The latest genius to come up with this particular plan is Pat Buchanan. It’s not unique, but it’s a refreshing change from all the proposals that we ally with Iran to stop ISIS. Alternative proposals that we ally with Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy to stop ISIS are on the table. Here’s why it’s stupid 1. Assad is getting his ass kicked by ISIS and most of the other rebel groups. In other words what is the point of this alliance exactly? We’re already allied with an Iranian client in Baghdad that’s incapable of fighting its own battles and is...
  • The grotesque alliance that has been allowed to carve up Syria

    08/26/2014 2:57:08 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 25 Aug 14 | David Blair
    If a retired tyrant chose to write a guidebook entitled “How to be an Arab Dictator”, what would be the most important lesson? It might be summarised thus: “When you are in trouble, fan the flames of Islamist extremism so that your enemies will look even worse than you.” This time-honoured trick can work wonders for the beleaguered autocrat. If he pulls it off, some venerable figures in the West might even argue that he is just the man to quell the very conflagration that he helped to ignite. So it is with Bashar al-Assad, the chief arsonist of Syria,...
  • The Rebels Are Gaining Ground in Syria

    08/24/2014 4:37:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 13, 2014 | Robert S. Ford
    Don't believe everything you read in the media: The moderate rebels of Syria are not finished. They have gained ground in different parts of the country and have broken publicly with both the al Qaeda affiliate operating there and the jihadists of the Islamic State. Meanwhile, President Bashar al-Assad's regime is showing new signs of weakness. The death of moderate armed opposition elements has been greatly exaggerated. These groups -- whom I define as fighters who are not seeking to impose an Islamic state, but rather leaving that to a popular decision after the war ends -- have recently gained...
  • US Gives Intelligence To Assad For Targetting Isis Commanders

    08/23/2014 9:10:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 114 replies
    IBTimes Co., Ltd. ^ | August 23, 2014 15:58 BST | Tom Porter
    Western intelligence agencies have been assisting the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad fight militants of Isis (now called the 'Islamic State'), by providing details on the location of militant leaders for targeted air strikes. The information was passed to Assad's government by German intelligence service Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), which acted as an intermediary, a source told the Independent... In recent weeks, Syrian forces have launched a series of airstrikes against Islamic State commanders and headquarters, as they battle to halt the advance of jihadist forces from their stronghold in the east of the country. The Assad regime has been accused...
  • Bashar al-Assad Is Betting The ISIS Threat Will Bring West To His Side

    08/21/2014 6:58:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/21/2014 | TOM PERRY, REUTERS
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria is wagering that Islamic State's push to reshape the Middle East will eventually force a hostile West to deal with President Bashar al-Assad as the only way to tackle the threat. While Assad's forces escalate their fight with Islamic State militants in the Syrian civil war, the United States is staging air strikes on the same group across the frontier in Iraq. This, along with United Nations sanctions targeting the Sunni Muslim militants in both Syria and Iraq, has strengthened Assad's belief that the United States and Europe are coming around to his way of viewing...
  • Finding James Foley (Interesting Background)

    08/20/2014 9:53:13 AM PDT · by mojito · 13 replies
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | May 3, 2013 | Curtis Brainard
    After 162 days with no information about his whereabouts, GlobalPost announced Friday that James Foley, an American journalist who went missing on November 22 in Syria, is almost certainly being held by the Syrian government in a detention center near the capital city of Damascus.... ...GlobalPost CEO and President Philip Balboni said: "With a very high degree of confidence, we now believe that Jim was most likely abducted by a pro-regime militia group commonly referred to as the Shabiha and subsequently turned over to Syrian government forces. We have obtained multiple independent reports from very credible confidential sources who have...
  • ISIL to U.S.: ‘We will raise the flag of Allah in the White House’

    08/09/2014 4:45:41 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Washington times ^ | 8-8-14 | Douglas Ernst
    The first installment of a five-part documentary by Vice News on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was released online Thursday, offering Westerners a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the terror group that now controls large swathes of Iraq and Syria. For three weeks, VICE News reporter Medyan Dairieh interviewed and recorded members of ISIL in the Syrian city of Raqqa, even capturing gruesome footage of an ISIL victory over the Syrian army’s 17th division. The terrorist group overran a position held by 50 soldiers belonging to the regime of Bashar al-Assad, decapitated them and...
  • ISIL's Syria push 'a political disaster' according to Al Qaeda leader

    05/03/2014 8:50:46 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | May/03/2014
    Iraqi Al Qaeda's entry into Syria's civil war caused "a political disaster" for Islamist militants there, the movement's global leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in a video message, urging the faction to redouble its efforts in Iraq instead. Zawahri has repeatedly tried to end infighting between the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and another Al Qaeda-aligned group, the Nusra Front. He said on May 2 in a message translated by SITE Monitoring that if ISIL had accepted his decision not to get involved in Syria and had instead worked to "busy itself with Iraq, which needs double its...
  • Syrian Army Pounding Civilian Areas to Dust with Endless Supply of Cheap, $200 'Barrel Bombs'

    07/07/2014 9:41:50 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 07 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Basically a car-bomb stuffed into an disused oil barrel (NH₄NO₃ and fertilizer w/nails, bolts, and other improvised shrapnel) then dropped from high altitude -out of the range of small arms fire- the government has already killed 20,000 with the crude-yet-effective device... They started tossing them out of Russian-made Hind helicopter gunships over a year ago, and to especially devastating effect in the government's pounding of Allepo a couple months back. Though just a barrel full of stuff that blows up and spews nails/etc all around, part of it's effectiveness in the government terror campaign has been how indiscriminatethe barrels are in...
  • (ISIS)Anti-Assad rebels said to control 95% of Syrian Golan Heights

    06/27/2014 9:09:31 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 21 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | June 28, 2014 | The Times of Israel Staff
    Almost the entire Syrian side of the Golan Heights is now under the control of rebel forces, including radical Islamist groups, a senior Israeli military commander in the area said Friday. Only the Quneitra border area is still in the hands of forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, Lt.-Col. Anan Abbas, deputy commander of the Golan Brigade, told Israel’s Channel 10. About 95 percent of the Syrian side of the Golan is in the hands of anti-Assad rebels, including radical Islamic groups such as the Al-Nusra Front, affiliated with al-Qaeda, a rival of the burgeoning Islamic State of Iraq and...
  • Obama seeks $500 million from Congress to help “moderate” Syrian rebels

    06/27/2014 2:30:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 6/26/2014 | Robert Spencer
    Doesn’t Obama know that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has bulldozed the part of the Syria/Iraq border that it controls? Doesn’t he know that there are no significant forces in Syria that want a secular state, but only various bands of pro-Sharia Islamic supremacists? Doesn’t it occur to him how incoherent it is to want to arm these people in Syria and fight against them in Iraq? For there is no significant difference between the “rebels” fighting Assad and the “extremists” fighting Maliki.“Obama seeks $500 million from Congress to help moderate Syrian rebels,” Reuters, June 26,...
  • Paul: US has been arming ISIS in Syria

    06/22/2014 5:17:33 PM PDT · by xzins · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/22/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that the Sunni militants taking over Iraq have quickly gained power because the United States has armed their group in Syria. “I think we have to understand first how we got here,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We have been arming [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] ISIS in Syria.” ISIS, an al Qaeda offshoot, has been collaborating with the Syrian rebels whom the Obama administration has been arming in their efforts to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Paul explained. The administration has reportedly assisted the moderate opposition in Syria,...
  • Chris Wallace: Hillary Clinton defended Syria's Assad as a 'possible reformer'

    06/01/2014 4:26:51 PM PDT · by yoe · 9 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | June 1, 2014 | Staff
    Talk along the lines of Hillary, Hillary, Hillary dominated the network news shows Sunday, as hosts and their guests mulled Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, excerpts from her forthcoming memoir Hard Choices and her potential 2016 presidential bid. Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace countered praise of Clinton from Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., by listing some of Clinton’s troubles as President Barack Obama’s top diplomat. Wallace singled out developments in U.S. relations during Obama’s first term with Russia, Iran and Syria."She defended Syria’s President Assad as a possible reformer at the start of that country’s civil war," he...
  • Syrian rebels surrender their strongholds in Homs

    05/07/2014 2:54:15 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 27 replies
    CTV News ^ | 05-07-2014 | Bassem Mroue
    BEIRUT -- Carrying their rifles and small bags of belongings, hundreds of exhausted Syrian rebels withdrew Wednesday from their last remaining strongholds in the heart of Homs, surrendering to President Bashar Assad a bloodstained city that was once the centre of the revolt against him. For Assad, it is a powerful victory ahead of presidential elections. For the rebels, the dramatic exit after two years of enduring grueling assaults and siege captures their sense of abandonment amid world reluctance to help shift the balance of power on the ground. "We ate grass and leaves until there was nothing left for...
  • Western Intelligence Suspects Assad Has a Secret Chemical Stockpile

    05/06/2014 11:33:57 AM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 5/1/2014 | Noah Schatman and Christopher Dickey
    Concerns are growing among Western intelligence services that Syria still has a significant and undeclared arsenal of chemical weapons, including crude chlorine-filled bombs, secret stockpiles of sophisticated nerve gasses or their components—and the scientific know-how to rebuild a larger-scale, higher-grade chemical weapons effort once the Bashar al-Assad regime has escaped the international spotlight. “A ghost of CW [chemical weapons] program in a place riven with conflict—that’s a real concern,” one American intelligence official tells The Daily Beast. But it’s not the only worry. Within the U.S. intelligence community, there’s also lingering unease about the Assad regime’s biological weapons program that...
  • United States Fueling Instability in Syria

    05/03/2014 2:16:03 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05-02-2014 | Katie Gorka
    A growing number of Syrian Christian leaders are traveling to the United States to plead with lawmakers to stop sending arms to the rebels. The most recent visitor is the Patriarch of the Church of Antioch, His Beatitude Gregorios III, who is based in Damascus. For the first three years of the civil war, Syria’s Christian leaders have not been frequent visitors to the U.S., in part fearing reprisals when they return to Syria, but also because they have been reluctant to engage in what they see as political issues. But with the civil war now in its fourth year,...
  • Syria's Assad Visits Recaptured Christian Village

    04/21/2014 6:17:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 4/20/14 | Barbara Surk
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that country's Christians "will not submit and yield" to extremists. Syrian state TV and the country's official SANA news agency said President Bashar Assad visited the hilltop hamlet of Maaloula, inspecting the damage done in recent fighting to its monasteries and churches. Rebels, including fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, seized Maaloula several times late last year, most recently in December. Government troops swept through the village on Monday,...
  • Syria´s Bashar Assad visits recaptured Christian village on Easter

    04/20/2014 2:21:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/20/14 | Staff
    BEIRUT - Syria´s embattled president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, an important symbolic prize for his government ahead of coming presidential elections he appears poised to contest. President Bashar Assad´s visit to Maaloula, some 40 miles northeast of Damascus, serves a propaganda victory for his government in its quest to be seen as protector of religious minorities as its civil war grinds on. (Snip) Rebels, including fighters from the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, seized Maaloula several times late last year, most recently in December.
  • Netanyahu calls Putin, takes neutral stance on Ukraine

    04/17/2014 12:55:42 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/17/2014 | Herb Keinon
    Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu initiated a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss bilateral issues, Iran and Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement. ... Netanyahu does speak to Putin by phone from time to time, so Tuesday night's conversation - though not a regular occurence - is by no means unprecedented. Russia is a major player in three areas of major concern to Israel: Iran, Syria and arms sales to the Middle East. ... On Monday, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki denied a Haaretz report last week...
  • Israel and Russia are getting along. Have the neocons noticed?

    04/16/2014 8:45:25 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    The Week ^ | 4/16/2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Russia and Israel seem to have a growing affinity for each other. A few weeks ago, Israel abstained from a vote in the UN censuring Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported [link at URL] that this is a sore spot for the White House and a diplomatic novum on the world scene. A senior Israeli official said that Israel's absence from the United Nations vote was viewed around the world as an extremely irregular measure, a departure from a long-standing Israeli policy of voting with the United States in the UN. While the Americans viewed...
  • Syria: US, Turkey, Israel behind chemical weapons attacks

    04/15/2014 7:33:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 04.16.14, 01:06
    The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has accused the United States, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the rebels fighting to overthrow it, of being responsible for chemical weapons attacks in the country, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday. In letters to the UN Security Council as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Assad regime cited “reports, studies and documented researches” that allegedly implicate the US and Turkish administrations, as well as several other countries, “whether directly or indirectly in these appalling carnage in Syria, including Khad al-Assal on March 15, 2013.” …
  • Help For Ukraine Would Be Equal To Helping Syrian "Rebels" When Obama Waited Too Long

    04/11/2014 7:30:32 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    4/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Obama waited too long to help the Syrian FSA against the monstrous Assad regime. When some sort of intervention was talked about: (bombing, indirect support, arms, etc) it was TOO late to help, and it would most likely have helped (either directly or indirectly) terroristic elements and possibly Al Qaeda elements which had taken the lead in Syria against Assad. NO WAY ON DOING THAT. PERIOD. And, once again, it is too late to help the Ukrainians against the thug Putin. (strike one against helping them). And as long as the Ukrainian gov't hasn't ran Svoboda and Right Sector and...
  • Town by town, Assad regime retakes southwestern Syria

    04/09/2014 5:03:13 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 15 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 04-08-2014 | Nicholas Blanford
    Hezbollah and the Syrian Army's five-month campaign to clear rebels from the strategic Qalamoun region is approaching its final stand. The allies have seized one village and town after the other, gradually moving southward through the corridor between Damascus and Homs which links the Syrian capital to the Mediterranean coast. According to Syrian state media, Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters are set to launch an offensive against Rankous in central Qalamoun after seizing high ground overlooking the town and encircling it. Once Rankous is seized, only a tract of mountainous terrain stands in the way of the regime's final objective:...
  • Syrian Rocket Hits Turkish Mosque

    03/31/2014 7:43:56 AM PDT · by Fennie · 24 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | March 31, 2014
    A rocket hit a mosque near Turkey's border with Syria on March 31, injuring a Syrian woman, Dogan News Agency has reported. The incident took place at around 2 p.m. in the Yayladagi district of Hatay, a Turkish province on the border with Syria, when clashes between Syrian regime forces and the Free Syrian Army had intensified.
  • Israel bombs Syrian posts over Golan attack on its troops

    03/19/2014 1:02:02 AM PDT · by blueplum · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 19, 2014 1:55am EDT | Dan Williams, Maayan Lubell contributing
    JERUSALEM - Israel attacked several Syrian military sites on Wednesday in retaliation for a roadside bombing that wounded four of its troops on the occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday, the Israeli military said. It said targets included a Syrian military headquarters, a training facility and artillery batteries. :snip: Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said in a statement that the Syrian army had aided and abetted Tuesday's attack. "We hold the Assad regime responsible for what happens in its territory and if it continues to collaborate with terrorists striving to hurt Israel then we will keep on exacting a heavy price...
  • On third anniversary of Syrian rebellion, Assad is steadily winning the war

    03/14/2014 5:56:46 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 03-14-2014 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT — Three years into the revolt against his rule, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is in a stronger position than ever before to quell the rebellion against his rule by Syrians who rose up to challenge his hold on power, first with peaceful protests and later with arms. Aided by the steadfast support of his allies and the deepening disarray of his foes, Assad is pressing ahead with plans to be reelected to a third seven-year term this summer while sustaining intense military pressure intended to crush his opponents. The strategy is not new, but in recent months it has...
  • Al Qaeda hijacks spirit of Syria revolt three years on

    03/12/2014 6:03:18 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/11/2014 | Samia Nakhoul
    KILLIS, ON THE TURKISH-SYRIAN BORDER - Syrian refugees in this border outpost were delighted to hear their home town of Azaz had been liberated - not from Bashar al-Assad's troops but from al Qaeda fighters who subjected them to a regime that included torture and public beheadings. For Syrians who three years ago rose up against 43 years of Assad family rule, living under the hard-line Sunni jihadists who said they had come to save them from the president's atrocities was even worse than Assad himself. While neither Assad nor the rebels have the upper hand, there is a growing...
  • Syria: Army advancing on rebel town near Lebanon

    03/04/2014 2:34:48 AM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 2 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 03-04-2014 | Associated Press
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media say government forces are advancing in battle and tightening their grip on the last rebel stronghold near the border with Lebanon. The SANA news agency said on Tuesday that troops have made significant gains in the battle for the opposition-held town of Yabroud. It cites a field commander in the mountainous Qalamoun region along Syria's border with Lebanon who says President Bashar Assad's forces captured several hills and strategic positions on the town's outskirts. Backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, Syrian troops have been on the offensive in Qalamoun since December, trying to sever a...
  • Kerry tells Capitol Hill that Obama’s Syria policies have failed

    02/03/2014 1:09:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Josh Rogin gets this bombshell from two of the Senators in the closed-door meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry, who briefed them and thirteen other members of Congress on progress in Syria. In short, it doesn’t exist. The chemical-weapons inspection regime set up by Russia to protect Bashar al-Assad is nothing short of a joke, and the peace talks are going exactly where everyone else knew they would … nowhere. Kerry told his former colleagues that he has lost faith in Obama’s policies, and now the US must intervene to stop Syria from being taken over by radical Sunni...
  • Is the Assad Regime in League with al-Qaeda? [Team Obama Tries New Line]

    01/31/2014 9:57:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Time ^ | 1/27/14 | Aryn Baker
    For months, anti-regime activist claims that the Syrian government has cultivated a beneficial relationship with al-Qaeda groups in order to undermine the opposition have fallen on deaf ears. After all, the idea that Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has staked his leadership platform on a campaign against “terrorists”—his term for all anti-government fighters and supporters—would engage with the most radical of all rebel groups, reeks of conspiracy theories. Yet an emerging consensus among analysts and Western diplomats reveals that there might be some truth to the accusations after all. The opposition is now hoping that a shift in the current...
  • US secretly backs rebels to fight al Qaeda in Syria

    01/21/2014 12:44:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:20PM GMT 21 Jan 2014 | Ruth Sherlock
    The United States and Gulf countries have been secretly backing efforts by opposition rebels to destroy al-Qaeda’s most extreme wing in Syria, diplomats and rebels involved in the plan have told The Telegraph. As Western leaders publicly push the Syrian regime and the opposition to the Geneva II peace conference that begins Wednesday Washington has also been quietly supporting moves by Saudi Arabia and Qatar to give weapons and cash to rebel groups to fight al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) in Syria. One source said the US was itself handing out millions of dollars to rebel groups...
  • Report details 'industrial' killing of 11,000 in Assad jails

    01/21/2014 9:50:06 AM PST · by nuconvert · 52 replies
    A Syrian military police photographer has supplied "clear evidence" showing the systematic torture and killing of about 11,000 detainees in circumstances that evoked Nazi death camps, former war crimes prosecutors said. Syrian officials could face war crimes charges as a result of the evidence provided by the photographer, who has defected, the three prosecutors said.
  • Exclusive: Russia steps up military lifeline to Syria's Assad - sources

    01/18/2014 2:22:34 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 27 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Jonathan Saul
    LONDON (Reuters) - In recent weeks Russia has stepped up supplies of military gear to Syria, including armored vehicles, drones and guided bombs, boosting President Bashar al-Assad just as rebel infighting has weakened the insurgency against him, sources with knowledge of the deliveries say. Moscow, which is trying to raise its diplomatic and economic influence in the Middle East, has been a major provider of conventional weapons to Syria, giving Assad crucial support during the three-year civil war and blocking wider Western attempts to punish him with sanctions for the use of force against civilians. The new Russian supplies come...
  • Syria's Assad slams Saudi ideology as 'threat to world'

    01/16/2014 7:04:26 AM PST · by mac_truck · 45 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/15/2014 | AFP
    Damascus (AFP) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned during a meeting in Damascus on Wednesday with Iran's foreign minister that Saudi Arabia's political and religious ideology is "a threat to the world," state television reported. He was referring to Wahhabism, an ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim tradition which is predominant in Saudi Arabia, a key backer of Syria's revolt against Assad. "President Assad warns during his meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of the threat posed by Wahhabi thinking to all the world, not just to the region," the report said. "The Syrian people and some peoples in the region...
  • Bad luck: Same family killed in Syria by Assad and by IDF bombing in Gaza

    01/01/2014 6:39:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 1/1/14 | Robert Spencer
     But if you doubt the atrocity tales that Islamic supremacists tell, you're a greasy Islamophobe, a genocide denier, and worse.
  • Livnat tells Arab MKs, 'you think we're not enlightened? Go to Assad'

    12/24/2013 6:08:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 24/12/13 | Lahav Harkov
    Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat caused an uproar among Arab MKs late Monday night, saying they have more freedom in Israel than anywhere else. During a plenum discussion ahead of the first vote on an amendment to the Film Law, which sets the Culture and Sport Ministry’s budget for movies at NIS 79.5 million, a debate arose on the kinds of films the government should fund. “The job of cinema is to be provocative. There should not be a connection between art and politics,” MK Muhammad Barakei (Hadash) said, adding that “the Right and culture have no connection.” Video...
  • Assad win may be Syria's 'best option'

    12/17/2013 11:24:58 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 9 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | December 12, 2013 9:44 PM
    Washington (AFP) - The sectarian bloodbath in Syria is such a threat to regional security that a victory for Bashar al-Assad's regime could be the best outcome to hope for, a former CIA chief said. Washington condemned Assad's conduct of the conflict, threatened air strikes after he was accused of targeting civilians with chemical weapons and has demanded he step down. The United States is also supplying millions of dollars in "non-lethal" aid to some of the rebel groups fighting Assad's rule. But Michael Hayden, the retired US Air Force general who until 2009 was head of the Central Intelligence...
  • UN inspectors confirm Syria chemical attack

    12/12/2013 11:48:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 13, 2013 2:33 AM EST | Edith M. Lederer
    Chemical weapons were probably used in four locations in Syria this year, in addition to the confirmed attack near Damascus in August that forced the government to abandon its secret chemical stockpile, U.N. inspectors have said. In a report released Thursday, the experts, led by Swedish professor Ake Sellstrom, examined seven alleged chemical weapons attacks and said it lacked information to corroborate the allegations at two locations. The inspectors’ limited mandate barred them from identifying whether the government or opposition fighters were responsible for any of the attacks. Thursday’s report said evidence indicated chemical weapons were probably used in Khan...
  • America as the Protector of Putin, Assad, and Khamenei

    11/27/2013 8:12:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    American Thinker ^ | 11/27/2013 | Shoshana Bryen
    When protests broke out in Syria in late 2011, Russia hoped for a short, nasty war as a matter of Russian national interest -- just enough to put the Muslim Brotherhood and assorted Sunnis in their place. Violence from its own Sunni Muslim population has plagued Russia for decades. Saudi Arabia took over the defeated nationalist Chechen rebellion in the late 1990s, infusing it with money and Islamist overtones, prompting the second Chechen war. More recently, there has been open fighting and rioting in Moscow between Muslims and Slavs. Iran counted on a short war as well -- something to...
  • What Does Nuclear Deal Mean for Iran's Role in Syria?

    11/24/2013 10:24:47 PM PST · by Kennard · 10 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 25, 2013 | Scott Stearns
    LONDON — Could the nuclear deal with Iran help ease the way toward peace talks on ending Syria's civil war? Immediately after the accord with Iran was finalized, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague set to work to prepare a political transition to stop the fighting in Syria. Iran is the principal backer of Syrian military strikes against government opponents and has made clear its intention to carry that influence to planned peace talks in Geneva. Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says there is no excluding Tehran. "Without any doubt, the Islamic Republic...
  • Syrian Hackers Claim Twitter And Facebook Accounts Of Obama

    10/29/2013 4:16:15 AM PDT · by Madison Andrew · 11 replies
    Syrian Electronic Army, the hacker group of Syria that supports the Assad regime has undertaken responsibility for hacking the link of Obama’s campaign on Monday. The group said that it redirected the shortened service links of Twitter and Facebook accounts of the President to one among the propaganda videos of the group. This admission from the Syrian group arrives just a day before Obama hosts a discussion about cyber security with top notch CEOs who belong to various sectors such as Information Technology, defenseand energy. Syrian Hackers Claim Twitter And Facebook Accounts Of Obama
  • Bashar al-Assad: The Nobel Peace Prize should have been mine

    10/15/2013 8:55:59 AM PDT · by honestabe010 · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Oct 2013 | Ruth Sherlock
    Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria, has joked that he deserved to win the Nobel Peace Prize after it was awarded to the international weapons watchdog currently destroying his regime's massive chemical arsenal. The prize, which was given to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Friday, "should have been mine," he said. The remark, which the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar quoted, was made "jokingly" during a recent meeting with visitors at the presidential palace, the newspaper said. However, it might be viewed as inappropriate when uttered by a president whose civil war has already cost more than...
  • Assad: We could blind Israel in an instant

    09/26/2013 8:43:38 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 22 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/26/13 | By YASSER OKBI, THE POST CORRESPONDENT
    “We now possess deterrent weapons that are more important and more sophisticated than chemical weapons,” Syrian President Bashar Assad told visitors to his palace in Damascus on Thursday. He emphasized that he had no need for chemical weapons. According to the report, which was carried by Hezbollah’s paper Al-Akhbar, Assad said this was because the situation in Syria “has never been better,” as “we created chemical weapons in the ’80s as a deterrent against Israel’s nuclear arsenal. Today, it is no longer a weapon of deterrence. We have weapons that are more important and more sophisticated to challenge Israel, which...
  • Assad: We have weapons that could blindside Israel

    09/26/2013 8:35:48 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 28 replies
    Syria has deterrent weapons, more advanced than anything in its chemical arsenal, that could blindside Israel in mere moments, Syrian President Bashar Assad claimed Thursday. “Originally, we produced chemical weapons in the 1980s as a deterrent to Israel’s nuclear capabilities,” Assad said in an interview with the Hezbollah-affiliated, Lebanon-based Al-Akhbar newspaper, adding that “today, we have weapons that are far more important and sophisticated and that can blindside Israel in the blink of an eye.” The Syrian president also charged that the West was not really concerned with stripping Syria of its weapons stockpile in order to safeguard the country’s...
  • FSA MANPADS Down Assad SU-22: Civvy Airliner Some Day?

    09/25/2013 7:11:30 PM PDT · by gaijin · 20 replies
    Syria Baynetna ^ | 9/25/2013 | me
    Five minute handycam videos show crash of apparent SU-22 amidst AAA and surface to air missile fire. Presumably taken by FSA rebels, video clip collection shows six different views of the same event. First clip is totally inconclusive, however subsequent clips in the collection suggest the most likely cause was a successful MANPADS hit. Fire is visible from the aircraft tailcone as the strike aircraft arcs through the sky and strikes the ground in a huge ball of smoke, with no pilot ejection discernible. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja9divCVW94 After the success of Reagan's post-Lockerbie Libyan air raids Gaddaffi went on a years-long...
  • MUSLIM TROPHY IN SYRIA: LIFELESS BODY OF DECAPITATED CHRISTIAN CHILD

    09/22/2013 7:22:31 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 151 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | Sept. 18,2013 | LiveLeak
    A young Christian girl beheaded in Syria. The sign of extremism and fanatics, the long beards, is present in each and everyone of these subhuman Muslims who killed this small child, in their jihad to Allah – inspired by the Quran. This is Obama, Britain, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey funded and supported handiwork. Don’t put your support behind any of these people, whether for military action in Syria, asylum, immigration, another hate preaching mosque. This is what is moving into your town, your country, your society, your neighborhood: video... This video is written with false propaganda claiming...
  • Rebel-on-Rebel Violence Seizes Syria

    09/20/2013 9:24:19 AM PDT · by mojito · 29 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/18/2013 | Nour Malas
    An al Qaeda spinoff operating near Aleppo, Syria's largest city, last week began a new battle campaign it dubbed "Expunging Filth." The target wasn't their avowed enemy, the Syrian government. Instead, it was their nominal ally, the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army. A band of fanatical al Qaeda rebels are turning their guns on more secular rebels in an attempt to turn the struggle in Syria into a holy war. Across northern and eastern Syria, units of the jihadist group known as ISIS are seizing territory—on the battlefield and behind the front lines—from Western-backed rebels. Some FSA fighters now consider the...
  • Pentagon Proposes Boots On The Ground In Syrian Civil War (CNN video at link

    09/19/2013 7:27:20 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 47 replies
    FireDogLake ^ | 9/19/2013 | DSWright
    Despite it being overwhelmingly clear that the American people want nothing to do with the civil war in Syria, the Pentagon has proposed entering the war. Under the proposal U.S. involvement will escalate from providing weapons to rebels via the CIA to direct support and training of rebel forces by the U.S. military. ...
  • One Hour Fox news Interview with Assad on NOW.

    09/18/2013 3:36:47 PM PDT · by Recovering Ex-hippie · 169 replies
    FOX NEWS
    INTERVIEW WITH ASSAD ON FOX NOW...WITH KUCINICH AND A FOX REPORTER....NO LIMIT ON QUESTIONS. aSSAD SPEKING IN ENGLISH..fOX PANEL TO FOLLOW
  • Syria deal shines light on suspected Israeli chemical weapons program

    09/17/2013 9:01:14 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/16/2013 | Staff
    The U.S-Russia plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is drawing attention to Israel's own suspected chemical stockpile and could raise pressure on the Jewish state to come clean about its capabilities. Israel signed the landmark international treaty banning the production or use of chemical weapons two decades ago, but it is among a handful if nations that have never ratified the deal. ...