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  • As the West Sleeps, ISIS Spreads Throughout the Middle East

    08/31/2015 2:07:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 31, 2015 | GIORA EILAND
    Disconcerting news about ISIS was recently published. First, it was alleged that ISIS used chemical weapons against the Kurds in Syria. Second, that it had gained control of an important city in eastern Libya. It appears that almost nothing can stop the spread of this criminal organization in Iraq, Syria, northern Sinai and Libya.† How can this be? Why hasnít the West been successful in stopping an enemy that it has regarded as a threat that provokes a very real fear? The answers can be defined in two parts: Turkey and weakness. † With regards to Turkey: ISIS is...
  • Russian jets take to Syrian skies to combat IS; Russia begins military intervention against IS

    09/01/2015 7:40:14 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 73 replies
    i24news.tv ^ | August 31st 2015 10:08pm | i24news
    i24news Published August 31st 2015 10:08pm Russian jets take to Syrian skies to combat IS Russia begins military intervention against IS in Syria; IS closes in on Damascus Russian fighter pilots, jets and helicopters will begin arriving in Syria in the coming days to join in the offensive against the Islamic State (IS) and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state Israeli news site Ynet News reported Monday. According to Western diplomats, Russian expeditionary forces have already arrived in Syria to set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase near Damascus, and will operate as a Russian forward operating base. Thousands of...
  • 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 monthsí 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...
  • Syriaís Butcher Really Won the Iran Deal

    07/15/2015 4:32:21 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 15 July 2015 | Michael Weiss
    Thereís one person ecstatic about the Iran deal and Washington would probably prefer he just keep his mouth shut: Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Professing in a cable to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that the newly agreed upon nuclear accord between the worldís major powers was a ďhistoric achievement,Ē Assad went on to note his satisfaction that this would only strengthen Iranís work for ďpeace and stabilityÖin the region and the world.Ē Translation: Iran will further finance and militarily bolster Assadís crumbling regime, not to mention other affiliates and proxies.
  • Israel and Saudi Arabia present united front over Iran deal

    07/15/2015 4:00:22 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 15, 2015 | Richard Spencer
    The nuclear deal with Iran caused fury in Israel and consternation around the region at the likely increase in influence and resources of a newly enriched Iran. Most telling was the loudest expression of support. "I am happy that the Islamic Republic of Iran has achieved a great victory by reaching an agreement," President Bashar al-Assad of Syria said in a message to his Iranian opposite number, Hassan Rouhani.
  • Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary: the Middle East States Should Pray for Al-Assad

    06/24/2015 6:06:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/24/15
    Ulan-Ude, June 24, Interfax - Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries should understand that, if Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime collapses, the terrorist group Islamic State will come after them, Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Yevgeny Lukyanov said. "The states of this region, like Saudi Arabia, Gulf countries, and perhaps some others, should pray for Bashar al-Assad. This is the last security line for them," Lukyanov told journalists on Wednesday. "If Assad's regime collapses, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries will be the next targets for the IS," he said. "There are some 5,000 of the Saudi king's subjects fighting...
  • Assad Targets Civilians, Hospitals Amid Defeats in Syrian War

    06/18/2015 10:00:52 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 18, 2015 | Daniel Wiser
    The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad is systematically targeting civilians and hospitals, often with chemical weapons, to reverse recent setbacks in the countryís civil war, witnesses told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Assadís forces have suffered a number of battlefield defeats in recent months, with the Islamic State and the al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra gaining ground north of the capital Damascus and more moderate rebel groups achieving victories in the south. The Syrian army has also lost about half of its soldiers throughout the course of the four-year civil war and has increasingly relied on outside militant...
  • John Kerry 'absolutely certain' Syria using chemical weapons on civilians

    06/17/2015 2:07:11 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 26 replies
    UPI.Com ^ | June 16, 2015 at 4:16 PM | By Danielle Haynes
    WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday he's "absolutely certain" that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime has used chemical weapons against civilians. Since the beginning of Syria's civil war in 2011, there have been a number of accusations that Assad has employed the use of gas chemicals against rebels and civilians. Most recently, Human Rights Watch said it found evidence the government used chemical weapons in the Idlib governate in attacks spanning two weeks in March. "I am absolutely certain -- we are certain -- that the preponderance of those attacks have been carried out...
  • Syrian forces raid homes to quell protests

    04/23/2011 9:50:12 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie
    Al Jizeera ^ | 04/23/2011
    Two MPs resign amid reported deaths of 15 people as outrage at government's response to pro-democracy protests spreads. Secret police raided homes near Damascus overnight, rights campaigners said , as popular opposition to President Bashar al Assad mounted following the bloodiest attacks on pro-democracy protesters. Security operatives in plain clothes wielding assault rifles broke into homes in the suburb of Harasta just after midnight on Sunday, arresting activists in the area, known as the Ghouta, or the old garden district of the capital. Security forces and gunmen loyal to Assad killed at least 112 people in the last two days...
  • Moderate rebels take key southern base in Syria, dealing blow to Assad

    06/10/2015 11:56:08 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 9, 2015 | Hugh Naylor (Sam Alrefaie contributed to this report)
    A coalition of moderate rebel factions known as the Southern Front took control of the Brigade 52 base by early afternoon, spokesman Issam al-Reis said. Brigade 52 is the largest military installation in Daraa province, which borders Jordan, and is key to the defense of northern routes leading to the Syrian capital, Damascus... The loss of the base is another blow to Assad's forces, which have recently suffered a string of battlefield defeats. A largely Islamist rebel alliance that includes al-Qaeda's powerful Syria affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, has seized most of northwestern Idlib province. The Islamic State militant group has captured...
  • Ex-US Intelligence Officials Confirm: Secret Pentagon Report Proves US Complicity In Creation

    06/08/2015 5:52:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 6/8/15 | Tyler Durden
    Two weeks ago, courtesy of the investigative work of Nafeez Ahmed whose deep dig through a recently declassified and formertly Pentagon documents released earlier by Judicial Watch FOIA, we learned that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad. In his words: "According to the newly declassified US document, the Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the ĎIslamic Stateí as a direct consequence of the strategy, but described this outcome as a strategic opportunity to ďisolate the Syrian regime.Ē Now, in a follow up piece to his stunning original investigative report...
  • Iran deploys 15,000 troops to support Assad in Syria

    06/04/2015 7:16:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 4 June 2015
    Iran has sent 15,000 fighters to Syria to reverse recent battlefield setbacks for Syrian government troops and wants to achieve results by the end of the month, a Lebanese political source has told The Daily Star. The militia force, made up of Iranians, Iraqis and Afghanis, the source said, have arrived in the Damascus region and in the coastal province of Latakia. The source said the fighters are expected to spearhead an effort to seize areas of Idlib province, where the regime has suffered a string of defeats at the hands of a rebel-jihadi coalition. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the commander...
  • Assad nears the tipping poin

    06/04/2015 7:51:12 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4 June 2015 | David Ignatius
    The regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria is facing what U.S. experts say is the most intense pressure since the early days of the four-year conflict . This new squeeze poses some stark choices for the United States, Russia, Iran and Syriaís neighbors. ďBased on current trend lines, it is time to start thinking about a post-Assad Syria,Ē argues a U.S. intelligence official. Until recently, U.S. analysts had characterized the situation there as more of a stalemate. But over the past month, rebel gains in northern and southern Syria have begun to tip the balance. U.S. officials see mounting...
  • State Depít: U.S. ĎNot Going to Partner With a Brutal Dictatorí to Defeat Brutal ISIS (Assad)

    06/03/2015 12:50:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 3, 2015 | 7:32 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    ďWeíre certainly not going to coordinate with a brutal dictator whoís massacred so many of his own citizens,Ē U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters on Tuesday. ďThatís just an absurd proposition. Thatís certainly not going to happen.Ē She was talking about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. ďAndólook,Ē Harf continued. ďThereís nothing ideological about standing up and saying Bashar al-Assad has no place in the future of Syria. And we are not going to partner with a brutal dictator like that to defeat a terrorist organization.Ē Ö
  • Report: Russia Withdraws Support from Bashar al-Assad Regime

    06/01/2015 12:54:53 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Free beacon ^ | June 1, 2015 | Abraham Rabinovich
    JERUSALEMóA dramatic Russian pullback from support of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria was reported Sunday by a prominent Arabic-language newspaper that said that some 100 senior Russian diplomatic and technical officials stationed in Damascus were flown back to Moscow last week with their families. Asharq Al-Awsat reported that a shift in Russiaís policy became evident at a recent high-level international meeting of security officials held in a European city. The unpublicized meeting was held to discuss the threat of terrorist groups to international security. The head of the Russian delegation, asked how Moscow viewed the possibility of a Syria...
  • U.S. Intel: Obama Coalition Supported Islamic State in Syria

    05/28/2015 10:47:14 AM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | May 26, 2015 | Alex Newman
    A newly released intelligence report from the Pentagon shows that the U.S. government knew that supporting jihadists in the fight against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad would produce a fundamentalist Islamic State in Eastern Syria ó and that Obamaís supposed ďanti-ISISĒ coalition knowingly backed ISIS and other Islamic terrorists for precisely that purpose. The heavily redacted Defense Department report, obtained by watchdog Judicial Watch via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, shows once again that, contrary to the false narrative peddled by the establishment press, the rise of the savage terror group known as ISIS was actually deliberate policy. Now, the...
  • Syria Open to Cooperating with U.S. on Iraq -Powell

    09/22/2004 1:09:01 PM PDT · by yonif · 14 replies · 402+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sep 22, 2004 | Arshad Mohammed
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria has shown a new readiness to work with U.S.-led forces to stop arms, militants and money from crossing into Iraq and fueling insurgency, Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Wednesday. "I sensed a new attitude from the Syrians," Powell told reporters after talks with the foreign minister of Syria, a nation Washington routinely accuses of supporting terrorism, seeking weapons of mass destruction and dominating Lebanon. "But of course it all depends on actions, not just on attitudes, so we will be working closely with them," Powell added, emerging relatively upbeat from a meeting with...
  • Israel prepares for a post-Assad phase in neighboring Syria

    05/12/2015 12:37:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    ARA News ^ | May 11, 2015 | Mohammed Salman
    Spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Alon Ben-David, said Sunday that the military intelligence service are working on the preparation of a list of targets that are likely to be struck inside Syria, after a possible fall of the Assad regime. Israel is concerned about the opposition party that may replace Assad regime in case of the latter's downfall. In remarks published by the Israeli newspaper of Maariv, in its Sunday's edition, Ben-David said that the leadership of the Israeli Air Force, in cooperation with the Military Intelligence Service, is working on setting a list of targets to be...
  • Bashar al-Assad's spy chief arrested over Syria coup plot

    05/12/2015 1:47:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Ruth Sherlock, and Carol Malouf in Beirut
    The Assad regime has placed its intelligence chief under house arrest after suspecting he was plotting a coup, in a sign that battlefield losses are setting off increasing paranoia in Damascus. Ali Mamlouk, the head of the country's National Security Bureau, and one of the few officials still to have access to President Bashar al-Assad, was accused of holding secret talks with countries backing rebel groups and exiled members of the Syrian regime. Mr Assad is struggling to keep together the regimeís "inner circle", who are increasingly turning on each other, sources inside the presidential palace have told The Telegraph....
  • Analysis: Syria's al-Assad regime in trouble

    05/03/2015 7:28:29 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun May 3, 2015 | Nick Paton Walsh
    (CNN)A series of victories by Islamist rebels against the Syrian regime is raising the prospect of a sea change in the momentum of a war in which the endurance of Bashar al-Assad has for years seemed to many as a given. Substantial territorial losses by the regime in the northern city of Jisr-el-Shugur and beyond, after the city of Idlib also fell to rebels, coupled with a relatively successful series of advances around the southwest of Damascus, are the result of new levels of cooperation among rebel groups that have spent the past years fighting each other for supremacy, to...
  • ISIS Is Just Miles Away From Assad's Presidential Palace In Damascus

    04/09/2015 10:53:30 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4-9-2015 | Tyler Durden
    Donít look now but ISIS fighters are just a few short miles away from Bashar al-Assadís Presidential Palace in Syria after taking control of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus where some 18,000 are trapped in what the UN calls a ďbeyond inhumaneĒ situation. The camp, which has been under siege by the Assad regime for years came under attack by ISIS earlier this month who reports indicate may be working alongside al-Qaedaís Syrian arm al-Nusra in what would be a break with recent precedent. Some Palestinian factions ó who, alongside the Free Syria Army are battling ISIS for control...
  • Syria and Iraq Are Awash With Russian, Iranian and Chinese Weapons

    04/09/2015 4:07:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Apr. 7, 2015, 1:36 PM | Jeremy Bender
    As ISIS first blitzed across northern Iraq in June 2014, the militants seized large quantities of US arms and vehicles from the fleeing Iraqi forces. Over the almost past year of fighting, however, ISIS has gone from fielding large quantities of US weapons to using a mixture of Iranian, Chinese, Russian, Soviet, and Sudanese ammunition. According to a fact sheet from the Forum on Arms Trade, citing the Conflict Armament Research (CAR) and the Small Arms Survey, ISIS was largely able to acquire this ammunition from the constantly shifting battle lines of the Syrian civil war. A large amount of...
  • Syria claims to shoot down US reconnaissance aircraft

    03/17/2015 1:35:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    ksla 13 / AP ^ | 3-17-2015
    <p>DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syria's state news agency says the country's air defense forces have shot down a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft.</p> <p>SANA says the aircraft was downed Tuesday north of the coastal city of Latakia. It provided no further details.</p>
  • Clarissa Ward On 4 Years Of Civil War In Syria [And Chaos From Obamas JV-Team]

    03/17/2015 5:43:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    CBSNews ^ | March 17, 2015
    CBS NEWSMarch 16, 2015 Clarissa Ward On 4 Years Of Civil War In Syria Sunday marked four years since Syria plunged into chaotic civil war. As the conflict enters its fifth year, President Bashar Assad remains resolute in the face of a rebel movement determined to remove him from power. The consequences of the war are staggering: more than 215,000 people have been killed and nearly 4 million are now refugees. The change was precipitated by the formation of the Free Syrian Army, and with it, the militarization of the conflict, said Ward. "The fiercer the bombardments came from the...
  • Kerry says U.S. will have to negotiate with Syria's Assad

    03/15/2015 6:12:13 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-15-2015 | Lesley Wroughton
    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - The United States will have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a political transition in Syria and is exploring ways to pressure him into agreeing to talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS News in an interview. Washington has long insisted that Assad must be replaced through a negotiated, political transition, but the rise of a common enemy, hardline militant group Islamic State, appears to have slightly softened the West's stance towards him. In the interview broadcast on Sunday, Kerry did not repeat the standard U.S. line that Assad had lost...
  • US does not want to see Syrian regime 'collapse': CIA

    03/14/2015 3:06:49 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 25 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Daniel de Luce
    New York (AFP) - CIA Director John Brennan said the United States does not want to see a chaotic collapse of the Syrian regime as it could open the way to Islamist extremists taking power. The spy agency chief said Washington had reason to worry about who might replace President Bashar al-Assad if his government fell, given the rise of the Islamic State group and other jihadists in Syria. "I think that's a legitimate concern," Brennan said when asked if the US government feared who might succeed Assad. Speaking at an event at the Council on Foreign Relations, he said...
  • Nancy Pelosi: My trip to Syria in 2007 was nothing like the GOP's Iran letter

    03/12/2015 10:14:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 03/12/2015 | By Mike Lillis
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is pushing back hard against conservative claims that the recent Republican letter to Iranian leaders, which has infuriated the White House amid delicate nuclear talks, is akin to her 2007 visit to Syria against the wishes of the Bush administration. The office of the House minority leader issued a scathing statement Wednesday night saying her meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad was part of a bipartisan effort ó conducted through the Bush administration ó to encourage peace in the region, and accusing Republicans of launching a "desperate" defense of their Iran letter to mask criticisms coming...
  • Hey what about these traitors?

    03/10/2015 10:07:16 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 20 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-10-15 | DrJohn
    The NY Daily News blasted the GOP on its cover today, calling them "traitors": † Regardless of President Obamaís fecklessness in negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran, 47 Republican U.S. senators engaged in treachery by sending a letter to the mullahs aimed at cutting the legs out from under Americaís commander-in-chief. We join GOP signatories in opposing the pact as outlined, but we strenuously condemn their betrayal of the U.S. constitutional system. The participants represented the bulk of the Republicansí 54-member senatorial majority, vesting their petulant, condescending stunt with the coloration of an institutional foreign policy statement. They are an...
  • CNN BReaking: NJ Sen. Menendez to be Charged with CORRUPTION!

    03/06/2015 11:01:33 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 174 replies
    CNN | 3-6-2015 | TCRLAF
    Influence peddling on behalf a Medicare Fraud doctor, in return for donations.
  • 'Military pressure' may be needed to oust Assad: Kerry

    03/05/2015 1:43:18 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 67 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 3-5-2015 | AFP
    Military pressure may be needed to oust Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Saudi Arabia on Thursday. SNIP--- "Ultimately a combination of diplomacy and pressure will be needed to bring about a political transition. Military pressure particularly may be necessary given President Assad's reluctance to negotiate seriously."
  • ISIS LOSES CONTROL OF OVER 20 SYRIAN VILLAGES TO KURDSĖAND ASSAD

    03/04/2015 10:27:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/04/2015 | John Hayward
    File this report from The Daily Star of Lebanon under the category of ‚ÄúYay ‚Ķ I Guess,‚ÄĚ or perhaps ‚ÄúTwo and a Half Cheers.‚ÄĚ It‚Äôs good news that Islamic State (ISIS) forces have been pushed out of over 20 Syrian villages. The bad news is that Bashar al-Assad‚Äôs regime did most of the pushing, with an assist from Kurdish militia units. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which does not approve of most of what it observes the Assad regime doing, said that ‚Äúafter three days of clashes, regime forces bolstered by fighters from Arab tribes had...
  • Pelosi: That Netanyahu speech was so insulting, it nearly left me in tears

    03/03/2015 11:04:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/03/2015 | AllahPundit
    Whatever. Here‚Äôs how seriously you should take her alleged outrage over Netanyahu‚Äôs ‚ÄúBibi knows best‚ÄĚ attitude. Back in 2007, while George W. Bush was warning people that Bashar Assad might not be the cuddly would-be ‚Äúreformer‚ÄĚ that Democrats like Hillary Clinton were convinced he was, one prominent liberal flew all the way to Damascus to sit down with Assad and pose for photos. Bush wanted to isolate him; the Democrat in question, convinced that she and her party knew best, had other ideas. Guess who.I also like the idea here that when U.S. intelligence tells you something, you can...
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 61 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regime’s chemical weapons and whether Syria’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after Assad’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on Syria’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after Israel’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • Obama To Allow "Moderate" Syrian Rebels Call In B-1B Bombers For Air Support

    02/19/2015 11:59:34 AM PST · by ColdOne · 68 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | 2/17/15 | Tyler Durden/wsj
    While Obama desperately tries to stick to his now crushed "Nobel peace prize winner" image, by not succumbing to an all-out land war in the one nation where his progressive "pacifism" brought him fame (and according to some, the presidency), namely Iraq, the rest of militant, "interventionist" US foreign policy is rapidly starting to resemble that waged by the most brutally rabid, neo-con Republican leader. Case in point an absolute stunner reported minutes ago by the WSJ, according to which the White House has decided to provide pickup trucks equipped with mounted machine guns and radios for calling in U.S....
  • Syria, Iraq and the United States: A Gathering Storm

    06/09/2004 12:06:20 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 29 replies · 301+ views
    JINSA ^ | June 4, 2004 | Jonathan Howland
    U.S. military forces have discovered a smuggling ring moving copious quantities of explosives and weapons from Iraq to terrorist training camps constructed by the Saddam Hussein regime inside Syria prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The Pentagon also announced that the structure bombed by U.S. warplanes last week, described by many major media outlets as a wedding celebration at a private ranching operation, was actually a "dormitory-like" facility used as a "safe house" to facilitate the clandestine movement of foreign terrorists into Iraq from Syria. According to Pentagon officials, small arms, explosives, and bomb making materials are being removed from...
  • The Hezbollah Connection

    02/10/2015 11:28:35 AM PST · by csvset · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 10, 2015 | RONEN BERGMAN
    1. Ahmad Abu Adass In 2005, the last year of his life, Ahmad Abu Adass was 22 and still living with his parents in Beirut, Lebanon. He was kind and liked people, his friends later told investigators, but none of them thought he was very sophisticated. The best way to describe him was simple, one said. He was generous and a little naÔve. He was very weak, physically. A Sunni Muslim of Palestinian descent, Adass had become interested in religion and now spent many hours at the Arab University Mosque near his home. It was there, after a prayer session,...
  • Conspiracy Theory Becomes Fact: Entire Oil Collapse Is All About Crushing Russian Control Over Syria

    02/03/2015 7:54:17 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2/3/2015 | Durden
    While the markets are still debating whether the price of oil is more impacted by the excess pumping of crude here, or the lack of demand there, or if it is all just a mechanical squeeze by momentum-chasing HFT algos who also know to buy in the milliseconds before 2:30pm, we bring readers' attention back to what several months ago was debunked as a deep conspiracy theory. Back then we wrote about a certain visit by John Kerry to Saudi Arabia, on September 11 of all days, to negotiate a secret deal with the now late King Abdullah so as...
  • Decades of Suspicions: Did German Companies Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Program?

    01/30/2015 9:31:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 23, 2015 Ė 06:13 PM | Gunther Latsch, Fidelius Schmid and Klaus Wiegrefe
    When it comes to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the German government is unyieldingóparticularly when it comes to finding excuses for why it should do nothing when it comes to potential German perpetrators. For more than 16 months, Chancellor Angela Merkelís government has been in possession of a list containing the names of German companies thought to have helped Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and his father Hafis build up Syriaís chemical weapons arsenal over the course of several decades. Ultimately, it became one of the largest such arsenals in the world. [Ö] Berlin immediately classified the list and has...
  • Assad: Al-Qaeda Has an Air Force - the Israeli Air Force

    01/25/2015 3:51:36 PM PST · by Dave346 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/26/2015, 1:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Sunday accused the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of conspiring with the Al-Qaeda terrorist group. ďItís very clear. Because whenever we make advances in some place, they attack in order to undermine the army. Itís very clear,Ē Assad told the American Foreign Affairs magazine in excerpts of an interview that will be published in full on Monday. ďThatís why some in Syria joke, how can you say that Al-Qaeda doesnít have an air force? They have the Israeli air force,Ē he added.
  • Israel Hits Pay Dirt with Strike on Iran & Hezbollah

    01/22/2015 5:22:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 34 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 22, 2015 | Ari Lieberman
    Israel Hits Pay Dirt with Strike on Iran & HezbollahPosted By Ari Lieberman On January 22, 2015 @ 12:44 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi As Congress gets set to impose new sanctions on Iran and the mysterious death of Alberto Nisman, Argentinaís indefatigable prosecutor, once again sheds the unwanted spotlight on the Islamic Republicís overseas terror activities, the mullahs have been hit with yet more bad news. On January 18, Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a convoy of military vehicles traveling on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights with devastating effect.The missile strike...
  • Assadís Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

    01/18/2015 10:22:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 09, 2015 Ė 09:20 PM | Erich Follath
    For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syriaís nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to built the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran. [Ö] Analysts say that the Syrian atomic weapon program has continued in a secret, underground location. According to information they have obtained, approximately 8,000 fuel rods are stored there. Furthermore, a new reactor or an enrichment facility has very likely been built at the siteóa development of incalculable geopolitical consequences. Some of the...
  • Syria Complains to UN: McCain Violated Our Sovereignty

    01/05/2015 10:19:24 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/1/15
    Syria has complained to the United Nations (UN) about several officials who, it claims, entered the country without visas in violation of its sovereignty. These include Republican Senator John McCain, former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and former U.S. diplomat Peter Galbraith, according to Reuters. Syria's UN ambassador, Bashar Ja'afari, called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the 15-member Security Council to pressure governments to take "the necessary measures against their nationals who enter Syrian territory illegally." "Such actions are a blatant violation of Syria's sovereignty and of the resolutions of the Security Council concerning Syria," Ja'afari wrote in a...
  • Obama Throws Fidel a Rope

    12/20/2014 5:04:48 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | Pat Buchanan
    The celebrations in Havana and the sullen silence in Miami tell you all you need to know about who won this round with Castro's Cuba. In JFK's metaphor, Obama traded a horse for a rabbit. We got back Alan Gross before his Communist jailers killed him, along with an American spy, in exchange for three members of a Cuban espionage ring. Had we left it at that, the deal would have been fine. But Obama threw in an admission that all nine presidents before him pursued a "failed policy." Calling for recognition of the Castro regime as the legitimate government...
  • The Syrian Army Is Shrinking, And Assad Is Running Out Of Soldiers

    12/19/2014 3:07:26 PM PST · by Viennacon · 22 replies
    IBT ^ | 12/17/2014 | Alessandria Masi
    When the U.S. launched an airstrike campaign in Syria to ďdegrade and destroyĒ the so-called Islamic State, some were concerned that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad would indirectly benefit from the destruction rained down on its enemies by America and its allies. Now, nearly three months later, Assad is desperate for manpower to maintain control in areas where pro-regime support is dwindling. U.S. airstrikes, concentrated in areas with a heavy Islamic State presence, have allowed Assad to reallocate some resources, but his army is facing a huge problem: It's running out of soldiers. Ground forces have shrunk from...
  • Iraq: Exclusive Photos Show Al-Hanooti's Political Clout

    03/28/2008 10:26:14 AM PDT · by llevrok · 13 replies · 619+ views
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 3/27/08 | Steven Emerson
    Before he was alleged to have become a spy for Saddam Hussein's regime, Muthanna Al-Hanooti's charity work and political activism provided him with access to the highest echelons of government. Newsletters collected by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, some published now for the first time, show Al-Hanooti photographed with dignitaries ranging from First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1996 and Vice President Al Gore along with significant members of Congress. That may explain why Iraqi intelligence agents had confidence that Al-Hanooti would be able to persuade Congress to lift economic sanctions against Iraq. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses him of...
  • U.S. strategy against Islamic State hits major hurdles

    11/02/2014 7:13:46 AM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 30 October 2014
    The Obama administration's plan to raise a 15,000-strong rebel army in Syria has run into steep political and military obstacles, raising doubts about a key element of the White House strategy for defeating Islamic State militants in the midst of a civil war.. Pentagon concerns have grown so sharp that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a two-page memo to the White House last week warning that the overall plan could collapse because U.S. intentions toward Syrian President Bashar Assad are unclear, according to a senior defense official who read the memo but was not authorized to speak publicly. At a...
  • U.S. Concludes Syria Helped Finance Sunni Insurgence

    11/20/2004 3:52:31 PM PST · by xzins · 21 replies · 817+ views
    AINA ^ | 20 Nov 04
    The United States has concluded that Syria helped finance the Sunni insurgency in Iraq. Officials said the regime of President Bashar Assad used the state-owned Commercial Bank of Syria to relay hundreds of millions of dollars to Saddam Hussein loyalists in Iraq. They said the money has been deployed to finance the insurgency against the U.S.-led coalition primarily in Iraq's Sunni Triangle. The Commercial Bank of Syria held more than $1 billion in Saddam regime accounts on the eve of the U.S.-led war in Iraq in March 2003, officials said. Most of that money stemmed from Iraqi arms and...
  • Whose sarin? (Obama exposed for Syria false-flag)

    12/18/2013 9:23:22 AM PST · by Abiotic · 42 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 19 December 2013 | Seymour Hersh
    Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the countryís civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded Ė without assessing responsibility Ė had been used in the rocket attack. In the...
  • Purely military action in Syria could fuel extremism: U.N.

    10/21/2014 5:32:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:23pm EDT | Michelle Nichols
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that using only military means to fight the threat of Islamic State in Syria could radicalize more Sunni armed groups and spark greater violence. ďOur long-term strategic objective in Syria remains a political solution,Ē Ban told the U.N. Security Council. The United Nations is spearheading efforts to end a civil war sparked by President Bashar al-Assadís crackdown on pro-democracy protests more than three years ago. ďA purely military response to the vicious new threat posed by (Islamic State) could ultimately contribute to the radicalization of other Sunni armed groups and spark a...
  • Surprise: ĎDisarmedí Assad regime has been hiding chemical weapons facilities

    10/08/2014 1:44:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/08/2014 | Guy Benson
    A quick update on the largely forgotten half of President Obama‚Äôs shambolic Syria policy. You‚Äôll recall, of course, the blown chemical weapons ‚Äúred line‚ÄĚ and the subsequent, humiliating Putin/Assad plan that accidentally became US policy due after John Kerry blundered into it. Kerry has since admitted that the entire proposition has collapsed, forcing the White House to publicly disagree with its own Secretary of State. Nevertheless, a loyal band of administration lackeys triumphantly cheered news of Syria‚Äôs alleged disarmament when it broke over the summer, after several missed deadlines. ‚ÄėNo Drama Obama‚Äô had done it again, they crowed, achieving...