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  • US aircraft shoots down Iranian-made drone in Syria

    06/09/2017 5:08:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/08/2017 | Barbara Starr, Ryan Browne and Zachary Cohen,
    US aircraft shot down an Iranian-made drone that fired on coalition forces patrolling with partner forces in southern Syria, a coalition spokesman told reporters on Thursday. This is the first time that pro-Syrian regime forces -- which the US says includes Iranian-backed Shia militias -- have fired on the US-led coalition. A US official told CNN that a US F-15 jet shot down the Iranian-made Shahed 129 drone, which was being controlled from a location in Syria north of At Tanf. It was shot down after it dropped one of several weapons it was carrying near a position where coalition...
  • Russia, Syria fume over U.S. strike on Syrian troops

    05/19/2017 7:00:13 AM PDT · by blueplum · 7 replies
    CBS ^ | 19 May 2017 5:19am | staff writers
    BEIRUT -- A Syrian military official said Friday that an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition on a government military position near the border with Jordan had killed several soldiers and caused material damage. The unnamed official's comments were carried by Syrian state TV a day after the U.S.-led coalition said a U.S. airstrike had struck pro-Syrian government forces that the coalition said posed a threat to American troops and allied rebels operating near the border with Jordan....On Thursday, the U.S. sent aircraft to strike Syrian regime vehicles that violated a "deconfliction" zone set up around al-Tanf, an army base where...
  • [2003] THE STRUGGLE FOR IRAQ: WEAPONS SEARCH; Iraqis Removed Arms Material, U.S. Aide Says [Clapper]

    04/07/2017 1:22:39 AM PDT · by Fedora · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 29, 2003 | Douglas Jehl
    The director of a top American spy agency said Tuesday that he believed that material from Iraq's illicit weapons program had been transported into Syria and perhaps other countries as part of an effort by the Iraqis to disperse and destroy evidence immediately before the recent war.The official, James R. Clapper Jr., a retired lieutenant general, said satellite imagery showing a heavy flow of traffic from Iraq into Syria, just before the American invasion in March, led him to believe that illicit weapons material ''unquestionably'' had been moved out of Iraq.''I think people below the Saddam Hussein-and-his-sons level saw what...
  • A Tale of Two Narratives #2 - The First Casualty

    05/10/2017 11:48:01 AM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007
    Youtube ^ | 5/9/2017 | Sargon of Akkad (Carl Benjamin)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjgnOz0qujU
  • US Judge Rules Assad Helped Al-Qaeda Kill Americans

    05/10/2017 10:18:24 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 17 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | May 8, 2017 | Ryan Mauro
    A district court judge ruled the Syrian regime — and specifically its ruler, President Bashar al-Assad — are liable for the murders of three Americans by al-Qaeda because of the regime’s massive support for the terrorist group’s branch in Iraq. In addition to those three Americans, tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers, Iraqis and others have been killed or injured due to Assad’s sponsorship of al-Qaeda and other jihadists. The lawsuit was filed by the families of Laurence Michael Foley, a U.S. diplomat in Jordan assassinated by al-Qaeda in 2002; Staff Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin, killed in Iraq in 2004...
  • To Hamas and Back - The Robert Malley Story

    11/11/2008 9:07:06 PM PST · by garetjax · 7 replies · 236+ views
    SurvivingSocialism.com ^ | 11/11/2008 | Garetjax
    Today the hot topic in the conservative blogsphere is the apparent return of Robert Malley. He was Obama’s senior foreign-policy adviser who had been caught meeting regularly with Hamas which Obama had pledged never to do and was subsequently thrown under the bus back in May of this year. Two days after the election he was dispatched by Obama to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Other reports have him leaving for the Middle East just hours after the election results. There is no confirmation from the Obama campaign on Malley but many sources are...
  • Report: Weakening Syria's government could help IS group

    04/18/2017 3:02:47 PM PDT · by McGruff · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 4/18/2017
    The Islamic State group could inadvertently benefit from a situation in which Syrian government forces are considerably weakened on the ground, a London-based military analysis group said on Tuesday. The report, published by IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, follows the United States bombing of a Syrian army base after a chemical weapons attack on April 4 killed nearly 90 people. The U.S. has accused the Syrian government of being behind the attack — charges that Syria denies. In Syria, the Islamic State group is battling both government forces and forces allied with the U.S.-led coalition.
  • MIT Weapons Expert: Latest Chemical Attack in Syria was Staged

    04/18/2017 12:48:47 PM PDT · by ReformedMedia · 20 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 04-18-2017 | Tim Brown
    Following the chemical attack in Syria, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) warned that the first casualty of war is the truth, and he questioned what we were told about the attack and who was responsible as the Trump administration launched an unconstitutional attack on a Syrian airfield.  Now, an MIT professor and weapons expert is challenging the official narrative and asking for the Trump administration to refute his conclusions. On Tuesday, Congressman Massie posted to Facebook an article in which Theodore Postol of MIT says there is no concrete evidence linking Assad to the attack. "I think it's important to collect all...
  • A Tale of Two Narratives #1 - The Media Halo (A look at the current situation in Syria)

    04/16/2017 10:44:54 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/15/2017 | Sargon of Akkad (Carl Benjamin)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmxRddgpo-I
  • Take a Breath

    04/16/2017 10:29:32 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 8 replies
    RACONTEUR REPORT ^ | FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017 | RACONTEUR
    The schizophrenia is palpable. We get rid of Obozo, send Shrillary to the showers - probably forever - thus ensuring she doesn't drive the country right off a cliff in fifth gear, and somehow, someone straps a 2x4 to Bitch McConjob long enough for him to use the nuclear option, derail ChuckU Schumer, get Judge Gorsuch confirmed to SCOTUS, and pave the way for Trump to carpet the country with conservative judges in every district and circuit, undoing Leftist destructive judicial activism for decades. Pretty good, right? Then Trump drops a few dozen old Tomahawks onto one of the vilest...
  • US Official: Russia knew Syrian chemical attack was coming

    04/14/2017 10:13:56 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 39 replies
    A.P. The Big Story ^ | Apr. 11, 2017 9:07 AM EDT | By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The United States has concluded that Russia knew ahead of time that Syria would launch a chemical weapons attack last week, ... The official offered circumstantial elements ..., but no concrete proof. ... others in the Trump administration cautioned that final American determination had been made that Russia had advance knowledge of the attack, which killed more than 80 people and prompted retaliatory U.S. cruise missile strikes. The senior official said Monday that a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a...
  • Syrian First Lady Asma Assad's social media posts reflect 'alternate reality,' critics say

    04/13/2017 12:27:01 PM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 13, 2017 | Cristina Corbin
    The Instagram account of Bashar Assad's wife is adorned with tender snapshots: Asma Assad reading to Syrian children; holding an infant inside a maternity hospital in Damascus; embracing the family of a Syrian who was killed in the nation's civil war – all with the affectionate hashtag #WeLoveYouAsma. It’s a stark contrast to the photos flooding news channels showing Syrian children lying dead in the streets after choking on poison gas that the U.S. and its allies said was unleashed by her dictator husband.
  • US Strike Exposes Weakness of Russian Anti-Missile System

    04/13/2017 8:45:06 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 25 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 10, 2017 | Paul Huang
    A recent U.S. missile strike on a Syrian airbase might have exposed a crucial weakness in Russia’s state-of-the-art S-400 defense system, according to experts. Under the orders of President Donald Trump on April 7, two U.S. destroyers located in the Mediterranean Sea launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles targeting Syria’s Shayrat airbase. The strike was in response to a chemical weapons attack by Syria’s Assad regime, which left more than 80 dead in a rebel-held area. The U.S. Tomahawk strike destroyed over a dozen Syrian bomber jets and hangers. Yet during the event, according to multiple sources, Syrian and Russian air...
  • Ann Coulter Weighs in on Syria: ‘Assad Is One of the Better Leaders’

    04/13/2017 8:10:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    IJR ^ | 04/13/2017 | Adam Pribila
    In a particularly divisive interview Wednesday night on “Tucker Carlson Live,” conservative pundit and provocateur Ann Coulter shared her opinion on the escalating situation in Syria: “It's very hard to explain the Syrian attack, it's certainly not a vital national security interest, we generally don't at least conservatives don't go rushing around the world for humanitarian reasons. For that region of the world, Assad is one of the better leaders, there are probably only one or two better than him.” Coulter then claimed that the Syrian dictator wasn't quite “a Saddam Hussein murderous thug,” saying that Assad helped the U.S....
  • “Chick-fil-A” – That Sounds Rather Misogynist

    04/13/2017 7:24:40 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 13 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-13-17 | MOTUS
    The past 7 days have been rather eventful: Susan Rice was unmasked as the unmasker in the Obama administration’s surveillance of the Trump team The U.S. initiated a bombing run on Syria in retaliation for their use of chemical weapons Evidence that the Obama administration was spying on the Trump team emerged Neil Gorsuch was confirmed and sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court North Korea has been rattling their sabers again, threatening to start WWIII, leading Trump to lean on  Chinese President Xi to control the little Nuclear Gnat. And yet what are students at Pittsburgh’s Duquesne...
  • McCain and Graham Want Ground Troops in Syria, President Trump Says No

    04/13/2017 12:28:47 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 75 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 12, 2017 | Justin Holcomb
    Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain released a joint statement on Tuesday urging President Donald Trump to bolster ground efforts in Syria. "As part of a broader strategy, we urge the President to take greater military action to achieve our objectives, including grounding the Syrian air force and establishing safe havens inside Syria to protect Syrians,” the statement reads. “There will never be a diplomatic solution as long as Assad dominates the battlefield,” according to McCain, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, and Graham, who chairs an appropriations subcommittee.
  • Sen. Cruz highlights danger of toppling Assad regime without a clear strategy

    04/12/2017 8:01:26 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 64 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | April 12, 2017 | Chris Pandolfo
    Cruz, up for reelection in 2018, is back home in Texas on a “two-week listening tour” with voters. In an interview with NBC 5 reporter Julie Fine, he explained the problem with pursuing regime change in Syria without a clear strategy or end game. "We are trapped between impossible options. On one hand, Bashar al-Assad is a monster. He has repeatedly used chemical weapons against his own citizens, against innocent men women and children. He is a bad, bad guy,” Cruz said. [cut] “But on the other hand, the opposition – many of the rebels fighting against him – are...
  • WHY Did The United States Really Topple LIBYA – Same Reason They Want To Topple ASSAD?

    04/12/2017 11:26:31 AM PDT · by davikkm · 16 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, seems to have gotten away with all her crimes against the American people. Of course, it was not just the American people she betrayed There are many around the world whose suffering has been revived by Clinton. When she and Obama toppled Muammar Qaddafi in Libya, they invited in a new modern day slavery. The ISIS invasion brought with it a revival of human trafficking, slavery, and flesh markets. I think the word “freed” was what she did for the Libyan people after brutally murdering Qaddafi. That “freedom” brought Libya...
  • Democrats Eat Their Own: Tulsi Gabbard Attacked for not Blaming Assad for Chemical Attack

    Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), and Iraq War veteran, is getting blasted from the rabid Democrats of her party because she refuses to blame the alleged chemical attack in Syria on the Bashar Assad regime, which was used to justify President Donald Trump's missile strike on a Syrian airbase. Like Republican Senator Rand Paul and Representative Thomas Massie, Gabbard is also skeptical of the Syrian government being behind the attack on the town of Khan Shekhoun. https://twitter.com/CNN/status/850477149895131136 Disgraced former Democrat presidential candidate Howard Dean tweeted, "This is a disgrace.  Gabbard should not be in Congress." https://twitter.com/GovHowardDean/status/850895059771957248 Aren't we glad Dean didn't make...
  • And That’s The Way It Is.

    04/12/2017 7:23:22 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-12-17 | MOTUS
    The parameters of politically incorrect language keep expanding: now simply accusing somebody of being worse than Hitler is WORSE THAN HITLER!Of course that only applies to Republican spokesmen (microaggression!) for the Republican (trigger warning!) President, Donald J. Trump. In normal situations using sarin gas on your own people would be the major transgression, but in the post-Obama world of Ted Baxter news reporting it’s the reporting on the use of sarin gas that comes under attack. I don’t know about you but I couldn’t help but think “Ted Baxter”  when I hear the gravitas with which Scott Pelley pronounced the...