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  • Why Putin Is So Committed to Keeping Assad in Power

    10/07/2015 6:23:05 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    FP ^ | October 7, 2015 | COLUM LYNCH
    Putin's growing military support for the beleaguered Syrian leader is meant to send a clear message to other anxious despots about Russian loyalty to its friends.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Russian jets 'intercept' US predator drones over Syria, officials say

    10/08/2015 12:14:20 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 8 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2015 October 07 | Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia's air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters a U.S. aircraft flying over Syria had to be rerouted to avoid a Russian fighter jet at least once. "We have taken action to maintain safe separation," Davis said, adding that the U.S. aircraft "changed path a little bit." He did not disclose which type of U.S. aircraft was involved. U.S. officials tell Fox...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Russian jets 'intercept' US predator drones over Syria, officials say

    10/07/2015 10:20:35 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/07/2015 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia’s air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters a U.S. aircraft flying over Syria had to be rerouted to avoid a Russian fighter jet at least once. “We have taken action to maintain safe separation,” Davis said, adding that the U.S. aircraft "changed path a little bit." He did not disclose which type of U.S. aircraft was involved.
  • Decoding Putin's new narrative for Syria

    10/07/2015 12:44:58 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | Sandhya Jain
    Russia's launch of air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria has given a leash of life to the Syrian President. It has forced Washington to reconsider regime change as the cornerstone of its foreign policy architecture The Russians have arrived in West Asia, with a bang, with air strikes against the terrorist Islamic State (Dawlat al-Islamiyah f'al-Iraq w Belaad al-Sham, or Daesh, in Arabic), giving a new leash of life to the beleaguered Syrian President. Their arrival has strengthened Iran, the sole regional ally of the Damascus regime, given a fillip to the Shia Crescent from Iran to Iraq...
  • Escalating Syria Attack, Russia Fires Missiles From Warships

    10/07/2015 8:04:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/7/15 | ANNE BARNARD and ANDREW E. KRAMER
    The Russian military, sharply escalating its military intervention in Syria, launched 26 medium-range cruise missiles on Wednesday from four warships in the Caspian Sea, while providing air support for a ground offensive by pro-government forces. Russian officials said the missiles — which traveled more than 900 miles, through Iranian and Iraqi airspace — struck 11 targets in Syria, but they did not specify which groups were hit. It was not clear whether the missile strike was coordinated with the ground offensive, which was reported by antigovernment activists and insurgents around the central province of Hama, as well as by the...
  • Syrian forces begin ground offensive backed by Russia air and sea power

    10/07/2015 8:00:37 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/7/15 | Erin Cunningham and Andrew Roth
    Russian missiles fired from Caspian Sea warships traveled more than 900 miles to strike targets in Syria on Wednesday as Syrian government forces opened a ground offensive into areas that include rebel factions, officials said. The bombardment marked the first naval salvos in Russia’s week-old military intervention and another sharp escalation of Moscow’s firepower in Syria’s multi-faction civil war. A map from Russia’s Defense Ministry showed the path of the cruise missiles crossing Iran and Iraq — which would apparently require coordination from both nations and draw them indirectly into the Russian military intervention as gateways for attacks.
  • McCain: Russia 'Winning' in Syria

    10/06/2015 10:07:16 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 26 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 10/07/2015 | Chris Hannas
    WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator John McCain criticized the response of President Barack Obama's administration to Russian military action in Syria, saying "everybody knows that Russia is winning." McCain, who has long promoted deploying U.S. ground forces to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, told Alhurra TV that Russia has established itself and become "the dominant player." "They have for the first time since 1973 played a major role in the Middle East, and they're achieving all of their objectives while we sit by and call it a quagmire or in the words of the secretary of defense, unprofessional," McCain said....
  • Obama authorizes resupply of Syrian opposition

    10/06/2015 8:16:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-5-2015 | Barbara Starr, Elise Labott and Jim Acosta,
    President Barack Obama authorized the resupply of Syrian Kurds and the Arab-Syrian opposition as part of a strategy to put pressure on ISIS from the north and strengthen the border, according to two senior administration officials. The approval came at a National Security Council meeting on Thursday. CNN reported over the weekend that the President also emphasized to his team that the U.S. would continue to support the Syrian opposition as Russia enters the war-torn country. "President Obama was clear that we intend to continue our efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL in Syria and to keep supporting the...
  • Putin has sent the feared Spetsnaz special forces into Syria to bail out Assad

    10/05/2015 5:08:54 PM PDT · by amorphous · 66 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | 5 Oct 2015 | Chris Hughes
    The move is a blow to Britain and America’s mission to wipe out Islamic State but maintain an opposition to brutal dictator Assad Russia has sent its crack special troops into Syria to back up ­ President Bashar al-Assad’s bid to wipe out his opposition. Vladimir Putin’s feared Spetsnaz unit and a covert para battalion ghosted into the war-torn country and are preparing for an all-out assault on rebels fighting the regime – including moderate units such as the western-backed Free Syrian Army. A military source said last night: “Putin’s marines are there to guard the airbases they are using...
  • Bombshell: ISIS just hours from destruction ('It won't take very long at all to drive them out')

    10/05/2015 4:53:25 PM PDT · by amorphous · 71 replies
    WND ^ | 5 Oct 2015 | Chelsea Schilling
    A top terror expert says ISIS is now so weak that it could be decimated within hours. According to a London Express report Monday evening, Russian airstrikes, unruly leadership and numerous defections have destabilized the terror organization to the point that it wouldn’t be capable of fighting off even a small attack. Terror analyst Dr. Afzal Ashraf told the paper that ISIS has drastically exaggerated its military power, prompting an international counterattack. Ashraf urged Western leaders to act now to wipe out the jihadi group. The U.S. has led a coalition of airstrikes against ISIS. The New York Times reported...
  • Syria’s Assad Stresses Importance of Alliance With Russia, Iran, Iraq

    10/05/2015 4:51:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/04/15 | Asa Fitch and Sam Dagher
    Syrian president says coalition ‘must succeed’ to secure regional stability Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that his coalition with Russia, Iran and Iraq must succeed in Syria’s war, suggesting the alternative would be a region in chaos. The alliance “must succeed, otherwise we are facing the destruction of the entire region and not just one or two states,” Mr. Assad said in the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network interview. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that his coalition with Russia, Iran and Iraq must succeed in Syria’s war, suggesting the alternative would be a region in chaos. The...
  • Iraqi PM to share anti-ISIS intel with Russia

    10/04/2015 6:24:03 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 22 replies
    trtworld ^ | 10/4 | trtworld
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi says Baghdad is willing to share anti-ISIS intelligence with Russia, Iran and Syria Oct 4, 2015 08:06 GMT Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi announced on Saturday that Iraq will share anti-ISIS intelligence with Russia, Iran and Syria if cooperation is requested. “We have been fighting ISIS more than a year and we have some important security information that no other country has regarding ISIS,” Abadi stated during a press conference which took place at the presidential office in the capital. Abadi also stated that he would welcome military equipment assistance from Iran, Syria...
  • Assad, Putin, and the smart move that Obama must make

    10/04/2015 7:48:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/04/15 | Barry Shaw
    From warfare to lawfare The words used to describe Obama in countries in the Middle East plus Ukraine include “unreliable”, “skittish”, “weak in negotiations” and “feeble in foreign policy.” Best evidence that these words have real meaning can be seen in the “words not action” policy of the Obama Administration when it comes to Syria. On August 20, 2012, Obama said, “We have been very clear to the Assad regime but also to other players that a red line for us is seeing a whole lot of chemical weapons being moved around or utilized. That would change my calculus.”
  • Does the West Prefer ISIS to Putin?

    10/03/2015 9:52:10 AM PDT · by pinochet · 37 replies
    Russian jets are bombing ISIS targets, and Western nations (the US, France and Britain) are denouncing Putin for those attacks. It is obvious some governments of the Western world want ISIS to win and take over the Middle East. For Heaven's sake, Putin is the only major world leader who is outspoken in defending the Christians in the Middle-East. Western governments do not care about Christians, whether in the Middle-East, or in America and Europe.
  • Obama: I’m Not Losing To Putin In Syria

    10/03/2015 3:33:30 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 96 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 10-2-2015 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama is pushing back against the idea that he’s been outmaneuvered in Syria by Russian President Vladimir Putin since the two met at the United Nations on Monday. Obama appeared frustrated by the suggestion during a press conference this afternoon, dismissing it as a notion only talked about in the Washington D.C. “Sometimes the conversation here in the Beltway differs from the conversation internationally,” Obama responded. Obama accused Putin of acting in Syria “out of weakness,” repeatedly referring to Russia’s weakening economy. He also compared his coalition to act against ISIS in Syria to Putin’s unilateral decision to prop...
  • Obama vows to not engage in Syria ‘proxy war’

    10/02/2015 10:36:45 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 10-3-2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama stressed Friday that Russia and the United States would not engage in a "proxy war" due to their different positions on the brutal Syrian civil war. "We're going to continue to have tensions. And we're going to continue to have differences," Obama told a press conference. "But we're not going to make Syria into a proxy war between the United States and Russia." Obama said the U.S. is “clear on sticking to” its policy in Syria, citing President Bashar al-Assad as the “problem.” “No amount of U.S. military engagement will solve political problems,” he asserted. He...
  • U.S., allies demand Russia halt Syria strikes outside IS areas

    10/02/2015 9:17:45 AM PDT · by ETL · 147 replies
    Reuters, via Yahoo News ^ | Oct 2, 2015 | Tom Perry and Lidia Kelly
    BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia bombed Syria for a third day on Friday, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups rather than the Islamic State fighters it said it was targeting and drawing an increasingly angry response from the West. The U.S.-led coalition that is waging its own air war against Islamic State called on the Russians to halt strikes on targets other than Islamic State. "We call on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians and to focus its efforts on fighting ISIL," said the coalition, which includes the United States, major...
  • Russian warplanes strike deep inside Islamic State’s heartland

    10/02/2015 8:10:39 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/02/2015 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT — Russian warplanes have struck targets deep inside the Islamic State’s heartland province of Raqqa for the first time, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Friday. The strikes were carried out against an Islamic State training camp and a command post near the city of Raqqa, expanding the scope of a three-day old air campaign that had previously focused on attacking rebel groups opposed to the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Syrian Ambassador: Two Days Of Russian Strikes More Effective Than Year-Long American Campaign

    10/01/2015 8:17:16 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 46 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10/01/2015 | Tim Hains
    CNN's Matthew Chance reports from Moscow that the Syrian ambassador to Russia has announced that Russian forces are targeting "all rebel groups," not just ISIS. The Syrian ambassador also said that, from a Syrian tactical perspective, the two days of Russian bombing have been more advantageous than two years of American strikes on ISIS.
  • WWIII is shaping up in Syria: ...likens alliance to 'apocalyptic visions of John the Revelator'

    10/01/2015 7:31:58 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 73 replies
    WND ^ | September 30, 2015 | Joseph Farah
    World War III is shaping up in Syria right now, thanks to Barack Obama. According to Russian Sen. Igor Morozov, Beijing has agreed to dispatch naval forces, including an aircraft carrier, to Syria alongside a Russian military force that will join Hezbollah and Iranian army regulars in Syria, an immediate neighbor to the north of Israel, and Iraq to fight ISIS. Now this is both good news and bad news: Good news: Somebody’s got to fight ISIS. And it’s clearly not going to be the U.S. under Barack Obama. Somebody’s got to soundly defeat and destroy ISIS. And that’s clearly...
  • Fiorina: Us Should Secure No-fly Zone Around US Backed Anti-assad Rebels, ‘Be Prepared’ To Use Force

    10/01/2015 7:19:06 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 88 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/30/15 | IAN HANCHETT
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina argued the US should “secure a no-fly zone around anti-Assad rebel forces that we’re supporting” and “be prepared” to use force against Russia if need be on Wednesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. Fiorina said, Well, first, we know what’s going on. Syria and Russia, who have had a longstanding relationship, Iran, and Iraq, are forming an unholy alliance. Russia’s intentions are to shore up, and stabilize the Assad regime. ISIS is sort of a camouflage. There is no doubt, that Russia will be conducting airstrikes against anti-Assad rebels, whether or not they happen...
  • Russia Carries Out Airstrikes in Syria for 2nd Day

    10/01/2015 7:21:04 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/01/2015 | Anne Barnard
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — In a second day of raids in Syria, Russian warplanes carried out a new round of airstrikes on Thursday in the northwestern province of Idlib that targeted not the Islamic State but a rival insurgent coalition, according to accounts from journalists and activists. Russia’s entry into the Syrian conflict, which started on Wednesday with a bombing attack on Syrian opposition fighters, has been angrily condemned by United States officials. They fear that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is using their shared goal of defeating the Islamic State as a pretext for weakening other opponents of Syria’s...
  • (LIVE thread) - Sec. Kerry & Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

    09/30/2015 2:30:14 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 96 replies
    US Dept of State ^ | September 30 | Me
    Any minute, Sec of State John Kerry & Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will have a joint appearance.
  • Hagel blasts White House Syria strategy in memo to Susan Rice [Flashback]

    09/30/2015 12:29:04 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 30, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a highly detailed memo to National Security Adviser Susan Rice in early October that blasted the White House’s strategy in Syria. A senior U.S. official told CNN Thursday that Mr. Hagel wrote a blunt assessment of U.S. policy in the region “expressing concern about overall Syria strategy,” the network reported. The interview corroborates initial reporting on the existence of the memo by The New York Times. Mr. Hagel’s memo conveyed to Ms. Rice that the U.S. needs “to have a sharper view of what to do about the Assad regime,” CNN reported.
  • Russian air strikes hit three Syrian provinces (Rus Orthodox Church calling it a “holy battle”)

    09/30/2015 11:24:54 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 155 replies ^ | 30 Sep 2015 16:38 | AFP
    <p>Warplanes have carried out air strikes in Hama, Homs and Latakia in what Russia's powerful Orthodox Church has termed a "holy battle".</p> <p>“Russian and Syrian airplanes carried out numerous strikes today against terrorist positions in Hama, Homs and Latakia provinces,” according to a Syrian security source.</p>
  • Saudi FM: Assad must go or face 'military option'

    09/29/2015 5:17:16 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 135 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 09/29/15
    Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad must leave office or face being turfed out by force, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said Tuesday, warning of stepped up support for Syrian rebel groups. Jubeir rejected Russian calls for an international coalition to help Assad fight the Islamic State group, and said the Syrian leader's best option would be to step down. "There is no future for Assad in Syria, with all due respect to the Russians or anyone else," Jubeir told reporters in New York after meetings with Saudi Arabia's allies. "There are two options for a settlement in Syria. One option is...
  • Trump backs Russia, Iran efforts to fight Islamic State

    09/29/2015 8:48:59 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 96 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 29 Sep 2015
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leading Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday said he supported Russian efforts to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East, including Syria. Asked whether he backed those like Russia who supported Syrian President Bashar al Assad or those who see him as the source of Syria's current crisis, Trump told NBC's "Today" program: "I side with the group that says if Russia wants to go and fight ISIS, you should let them as opposed to saying were jealous we don't want you to do that." Trump, who is leading public opinion polls among those...
  • Turkish PM: Assad’s ‘atrocities and war crimes’ created ISIS

    09/29/2015 9:04:22 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies ^ | 9-29-2015 | Majeed Gly
    NEW YORK—Ankara is ready to work with the international community to combat the Islamic State (ISIS), Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Rudaw on Sunday, insisting that the government of President Bashar al-Assad is the real cause of Syria’s turmoil. “We are ready to work with any country to combat ISIS because ISIS is a threat to all of us,” said Davutoglu in New York. “But we should not forget that three years ago there was no ISIS. Who created ISIS? Assad’s crimes and tyranny created ISIS.” He said that by bombing moderate Syrian opposition forces, the Assad regime had...
  • Russia Forms Anti-ISIS Coalition with Iran, Syria without U.S. Approval

    09/29/2015 7:26:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/28/15 | Edwin Mora
    Russia has reportedly reached an agreement with Iraq, Syria, and Iran to share intelligence about the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)–without notifying the Obama administration. Nevertheless, President Obama, during his address to the United Nations Monday, indicated that he is willing to “compromise” with Iran and Russia on finding a solution to the Syrian conflict. “Lasting stability can only take hold when the people of Syria forge an agreement to live together peacefully,” said Obama. “The United States is prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict.” President Obama did concede that the Bashar al-Assad regime...
  • The Mess in Syria: “Let’s Remember How This Got Started.”

    09/29/2015 6:14:59 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 8 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-29-2015 | MOTUS
    Big Guy took his cracker jack team to the United Nations yesterday…Cracker Jacks vs. the JV team – now upgraded to “apocalyptic cult.” No, wagering please.He addressed the assembly, and blamed Assad for making him draw that red line in the first place… Damn you Assad!…which forced him into giving al-Assad a harsh stare when he had the audacity to cross it. And then he chastised those who had the audacity to imply that he, Barack Hussein Obama, might possibly bear some small responsibility for the result of that whole Arab Spring mess:  “Let’s remember how this got started.”The only...
  • Obama denounces Assad in speech to UN (check out unbelievable statement)

    09/28/2015 12:19:01 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 32 replies
    dw ^ | 9-28-15
    "There cannot be a return to the prewar status quo. Let's remember how this started. Assad reacted to peaceful protests by escalating repression and killing that in turn created the environment for the current strife." "When a dictator slaughters tens of thousands of his own people, that is not one nation's internal affairs - it affects us all," Obama said, before turning his fire on IS. "Likewise, when a terror group beheads captives, slaughters innocents and enslaves women… it is an assault on all our humanity."
  • U.S. Says Rebel It Trained Surrendered Matériel in Syria

    09/25/2015 11:34:37 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09/25/2015 | Helene Cooper
    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Friday that an American-trained rebel commander in Syria had surrendered trucks and ammunition this week to forces affiliated with an offshoot of Al Qaeda. Military officials, who days before had denied reports of the handover, called the disclosure “very concerning” and a violation of guidelines for the American training program for Syrian rebels. United States Central Command said the rebel commander told the military that he surrendered the American-provided ammunition and trucks early this week in exchange for safe passage through an area in which the Qaeda offshoot, the Nusra Front, operates.
  • U.S.-trained Syrian rebels gave equipment to Nusra: U.S. military

    09/25/2015 5:56:21 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/25/2015 | Yeganeh Torbati
    Syrian rebels trained by the United States gave some of their equipment to the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in exchange for safe passage, a U.S. military spokesman said on Friday, the latest blow to a troubled U.S. effort to train local partners to fight Islamic State militants. The rebels surrendered six pick-up trucks and some ammunition, or about one-quarter of their issued equipment, to a suspected Nusra intermediary on Sept. 21-22 in exchange for safe passage, said Colonel Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, in a statement. "If accurate, the report of NSF members providing equipment to al...
  • Russian fighter jets enter Syria with transponders off

    09/25/2015 12:55:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | September 25, 2015 | Barbara Starr and Ross Levitt,
    <p>Washington (CNN)—A U.S. official told CNN Thursday that Russian fighter jets turned off their transponders as they flew into Syria in an apparent attempt to avoid detection. The official said the fighters flew very close to a transport plane that had its transponder on and functioning.</p>
  • Syria's Christians Back Assad

    09/24/2015 10:26:34 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 19 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | July 2011 | Christianity Today
    This spring, many Syrian Christians rejected protestors' demands for embattled president Bashar al-Assad to resign. But Christians did broadly endorse democratic reforms that would bring an end to dictatorship. "We do not support those who are calling for the fall of the regime, simply because we are [for] the process of reform and changes," said Yohanna Ibrahim, Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, at a religious summit in France. In late May, International Christian Concern, an evangelical ministry to the persecuted church, released to Christianity Today an anonymous open letter from a "trusted Syrian source" that explains why many Syrian Christians...
  • 'Tacit' deal between US, Russia to end Syria war: Assad adviser (Did Putin just Checkmate Obama?)

    09/24/2015 1:21:24 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 135 replies ^ | 9/24/15 | AFP
    'Tacit' deal between US, Russia to end Syria war: Assad adviser AFP 6 hours ago Damascus (AFP) - Russia and the United States have reached a "tacit agreement" on ending Syria's bloody crisis, a senior adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said.
  • Israel Military Says It Is Coordinating With Russia on Syria

    09/24/2015 6:53:59 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 18 replies ^ | Sep 24, 2015, 6:15 AM ET | Aron Heller
    Israel Military Says It Is Coordinating With Russia on Syria By aron heller, associated press JERUSALEM — Sep 24, 2015, 6:15 AM ET Israel has set up a joint mechanism with the Russian military to coordinate their operations in Syria and avoid any accidental confrontations, a senior Israel military official said Thursday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of military regulations, said that teams headed by each of the militaries' deputy chiefs will hold their first meeting in two weeks and will discuss coordination of aerial, naval and electromagnetic operations around Syria.
  • Russia to Send Four Warships On Exercise in Mediterranean, Near Syria

    09/23/2015 11:28:35 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 20 replies ^ | 9/23/15 at 5:40 PM | Damien Sharkov
    Russia to Send Four Warships On Exercise in Mediterranean, Near Syria By Damien Sharkov9/23/15 at 5:40 PM Filed Under:Law & Order Russia is sending four warships on a military exercise to the Mediterranean Sea near Syria, the country's southern military district told state news agency RIA Novosti on Tuesday. The agency did not report on the exact whereabouts of the exercise, however Russia's Southern Military District, which is sending the ships, told RIA that it would take place in "the eastern Mediterranean." Russia's main naval facility in the region is a resupply base in Syria, near the port of Tartus....
  • Gulf Arabs oppose Russia role in Syria, still bent on Assad's ouster

    09/22/2015 8:33:54 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 15 replies ^ | Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:29am EDT | William Maclean
    Russia's military intervention in support of President Bashar al-Assad has dismayed Gulf Arab enemies of the Syrian leader who say it will prolong the war and keep Syria firmly in the orbit of their arch regional rival Iran. Russia says it is providing arms to the Syrian leader, a longtime ally, and has sent servicemen to advise on their use in the fight against Islamic State (IS) and other jihadist groups. Moscow has also staged naval exercises off Syria. Washington, which opposes both IS and Assad, says Moscow has also sent fighter jets, tanks and other heavy equipment to Syria....
  • Netanyahu, Putin agree plan to avoid Syria clashes

    09/22/2015 6:33:33 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 21 replies ^ | 9/22/2015 | AFP
    Netanyahu, Putin agree plan to avoid Syria clashes AFP 5 hours ago Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed on a plan to avoid "misunderstandings" in Syria amid an apparent military build-up by Moscow to support President Bashar al-Assad. The two leaders reached an agreement on Monday during talks in Russia, with Israeli media reporting that the discussions involved avoiding clashes between the two militaries' jets over Syria. "The conversation revolved, first of all, on the issue that I raised regarding Syria, which is very important to the security of Israel," Netanyahu...
  • Russia, Iran Seen Coordinating on Defense of Assad Regime in Syria

    09/21/2015 11:16:12 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | 09/21/15
    Russia and Iran have stepped up coordination inside Syria as they move to safeguard President Bashar al-Assad’s control over his coastal stronghold, according to officials in the U.S. and Middle East, creating a new complication for Washington’s diplomatic goals. Senior Russian and Iranian diplomats, generals and strategists have held a string of high-level talks in Moscow in recent months to discuss Mr. Assad’s defense and the Kremlin’s military buildup in Syria, according to these officials. U.S. officials said they haven’t unraveled the full extent of the cooperation or its intention. “We assume [the Russian buildup in Syria is] being coordinated...
  • John Kerry softens US demand that Assad must go

    09/20/2015 6:09:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/20/2015 | By Nabih Bulos in Amman and David Blair
    John Kerry softened America’s demand yesterday that Syria’s dictator must step down, declaring that the timing of Bashar al-Assad’s departure was open to negotiation. The US secretary of state retreated from the earlier US position that Assad’s removal must be the first step towards resolving Syria’s civil war. He spoke as the regime carried out a series of air strikes near the ancient city of Palmyra, which has fallen into the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). The Syrian air force flew as many as 25 sorties, killing perhaps 26 people on the ground, including...
  • Turn up the rhetoric on Iran

    05/28/2003 9:42:56 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 118+ views
    National Post ^ | May 28 2003 | David Warren/Ottawa Citizen
    It is now emerging from intelligence sources that the reason the United States was able to give Saudi Arabia the heads-up it ignored on the terror bombings in Riyadh, is because the CIA had been intercepting communications between al-Qaeda operatives in Arabia and Iran. The hits themselves helped to clarify co-ordinates; and there is thus little doubt remaining in American minds that Iran is sheltering senior al-Qaeda leaders. The ayatollahs are most likely trying to integrate surviving al-Qaeda resources with those of Hezbollah, their own main horse in terror international. I read some hint of that into the strange remarks...
  • 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...
  • The Terror Masters Revisited

    08/16/2004 6:23:27 AM PDT · by Renfield · 9 replies · 668+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 8-16-04 | Michael Ledeen
    Saturday's Washington Post had an article which quotes the usual unnamed intelligence sources saying that they are surprised to discover that al Qaeda has "reconstituted" itself. This surprise derives from, inter alia, the computer data found recently in Pakistan, intelligence sources (both ours and friends'), and simply looking at the range of activities in which the terrorists engage. This surprise is, as usual, unsettling, since it has been quite clear for some time now that al Qaeda and the other major terrorist groups — Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Jamaa, etc. — are all working together, and have been ever since...
  • Russian led Syrian jets pound Islamic State-held areas for second day

    09/18/2015 8:49:57 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 36 replies ^ | Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:37am EDT | Tom Perry; Writing by Sylvia Westall and John Davison; Additional reporting by Phil Stewart in Washi
    World | Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:37am EDT Related: World, Russia, Syria Syrian jets pound Islamic State-held areas for second day BEIRUT Syrian army jets carried out at least 25 air strikes on the Islamic State-held city of Palmyra on Friday, a group monitoring the war said, the second intense bombardment in two days of territory held by the militants. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was one of the most sustained government bombardments of Palmyra. On Thursday, Syrian jets had carried out at least 12 air strikes on Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto capital in the north....
  • U.S. looks on warily as Russian helicopters arrive in Syria

    09/16/2015 8:04:52 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed September 16, 2015 | Barbara Starr
    A U.S. official told CNN Wednesday that four Russian military helicopters have arrived at the airbase in Syria that Russia is beefing up, adding to the mobility of the Russian forces there. The four helicopters also appear in satellite images provided to CNN by AllSource Analysis. The company said they were taken Tuesday and show Bassel al-Assad International Airport in Syria with newly paved areas, tanks and other equipment. Even as Russia moves tanks, mobile artillery and armored vehicles into Syria, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at this point is deferring to Secretary of State John Kerry to lead U.S. discussions...
  • Report: we had the chance to get rid of Assad in 2012 but turned it down

    09/15/2015 9:48:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/15/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    From the Things That Might Have Been file. One of the chief diplomats involved in negotiations regarding the crisis in Syria has reported that the Russians put an offer on the table back in 2012 which would have involved Bashar al-Assad stepping down and relinquishing power. But at the time the other representatives involved in the negotiations, including the United States, figured Assad was already toast so there was no need to work with the Russians. (The Guardian) Russia proposed more than three years ago that SyriaÂ’s president, Bashar al-Assad, could step down as part of a peace deal,...
  • West 'ignored Russian offer in 2012 to have Syria's Assad step aside'

    09/15/2015 6:21:15 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 8 replies ^ | Tuesday 15 September 2015 04.20 EDT | Julian Borger and Bastien Inzaurralde
    West 'ignored Russian offer in 2012 to have Syria's Assad step aside' Exclusive: Senior negotiator describes rejection of alleged proposal – since which time tens of thousands have been killed and millions displaced Julian Borger and Bastien Inzaurralde Tuesday 15 September 2015 04.20 EDT Russia proposed more than three years ago that Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, could step down as part of a peace deal, according to a senior negotiator involved in back-channel discussions at the time. Former Finnish president and Nobel peace prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari said western powers failed to seize on the proposal. Since it was made,...
  • Obama's Syrian Nightmare

    09/11/2015 6:20:18 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 26 replies
    NYT ^ | 10 Sep 15 | Roger Cohen
    Roger Cohen Continue reading the main story Share This Page Email Share Tweet Save more Syria will be the biggest blot on the Obama presidency, a debacle of staggering proportions. For more than four years now, the war has festered. A country has been destroyed, four million Syrians are refugees, Islamic State has moved into the vacuum and President Bashar al-Assad still drops barrel bombs whose shrapnel and chlorine rip women and children to shreds. For a long time, those who fled waited in the neighborhood. They wanted to go home. They filled camps in Turkey and Jordan and Lebanon....