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  • Mike Pompeo statements on China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and Syria

    03/16/2018 6:45:19 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 14 March 2018 | Nyshka Chandran
    U.S. foreign policy toward adversaries such as Russia, North Korea and Syria may turn more aggressive if CIA Director Mike Pompeo becomes secretary of state. Pompeo has lambasted Moscow's aggression toward the West and other countries: January 2018: "I continue to be concerned not only about the Russians but about others' efforts as well. We have many foes who want to undermine Western democracy. So there's this Washington-based focus on Russian interference. I want to make sure we broaden the conversation." North Korea October 2017: Pompeo said Pyongyang was would soon be able to threaten a U.S. city with nuclear...
  • How The Russian Church Influenced Putin To Save Christians in Syria

    02/28/2018 5:36:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 2/26/18 | Michael Bateman
    Originally appeared at: Russia Insider"I understood that if the Islamic radicals come to power in Syria, the first ones who would suffer would be the Christians. As already happened in Iraq, where 85% of the Christians were either killed or driven out of the country."At the 1025th anniversary of the conversion of Russia, top leaders in the Orthodox Church requested that Russia save the persecuted Christians in Syria. President Putin quickly answered their request. In the following clip (with transcript below) Patriarch Kirill discusses how these events unfolded and his personal trip to Syria. His Holiness: "Already in 2014, it...
  • Trump Blasts Russia, Iran, Syria For 'Humanitarian Disgrace'

    02/24/2018 5:42:42 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 6 replies
    RadioFreeEurope ^ | 23 Feb 2018 | AP/Reuters
    "I will say what Russia and what Iran and what Syria have done recently is a humanitarian disgrace," Trump told a news conference at the White House on February 23. "What those three countries have done to those people is a disgrace," he added. Earlier, the United States criticized Russia over the bombing of eastern Ghouta, saying Moscow had a "unique responsibility" for more than 400 people being killed in the Damascus suburb this month.
  • Putin’s Syrian Dilemma: Back Israel or Iran?

    02/22/2018 1:41:06 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 19 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 19 Feb 2018 | Anshel Pfeffer
    With perfect timing, and taking advantage of the vacuum left by Obama’s decision not to get involved in Syria, Putin had put Russia back on the geopolitical map. He made a surprise visit to Damascus in December to declare: Mission accomplished. He should have learned from former U.S. President George W. Bush never to say that – because now everything is starting to fall apart for the Russians.
  • Don't be fooled: Assad is no friend of Syria's Christian minorities

    02/14/2018 10:37:45 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2017 | Syrian Christian contributors
    During a markup of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher asserted that the Assad regime was “the protector of the Christians” in Syria. As Syrian Christians who grew up in Syria, we would beg to differ. Hundreds of innocent Christians seeking freedom have been tortured to death in Assad’s jails or shot to death by his brutal thugs – including the activist Bassel Shehadeh, who was killed at a protest, then killed in spirit because Assad forces prevented his friends from going to church to pray for his soul. Human rights lawyer Khalil Maatouk has been detained in...
  • US Defense Secretary Mattis Admits There Is No Evidence Assad Used Sarin Gas on Syrian People

    02/13/2018 6:07:33 AM PST · by davikkm · 10 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    To put things into perspective, the situation in Syria is becoming alarmingly “hot”, and I am talking about a potential hot-war between Israel and Syria, which has a mutual defense pact with Iran. Let me explain: if you’re not Mr. Current Affairs, you should know that Israel attacked both Syrian and Iranian military targets on Syrian territory on Saturday, after claiming an Iranian made UAV (a drone basically) violated Israel’s airspace for one minute and half, before getting shot down by one of their attack helicopters. The drone was allegedly launched from a base in Syria; Israel’s response to the...
  • U.S. Coalition Kills Russians in Airstrikes Against Assad Supporters in Syria, Reports Say

    02/12/2018 11:53:29 PM PST · by vikingrinn · 141 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 02/12/2018 | Tom O'Connor
    The Conflict Intelligence Team found the Russians "may have fought alongside pro-Russia separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine prior to joining the fight against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and other insurgents challenging Assad's rule in Syria." The group also found Russians killed "appeared to have joined the Wagner Group, a private paramilitary company, before traveling to fight in Syria. Last October, ISIS released a video showing two Russian-speaking men the militants claimed to have captured, and subsequent research showed the two men were likely Wagner Group members fighting in Syria." "While the total number of 'Wagner' operatives killed in...
  • Netanyahu speaks to Russia's Putin about Iran

    02/11/2018 8:28:25 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Feb 11, 2018
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Saturday that he informed Putin of Israel's intention to continue defending itself against any aggression and to prevent Iran from establishing a presence "in Syria or anywhere else." Russia backs the Assad regime and maintains a large military presence in the country. Netanyahu has met several times with Putin to coordinate military activities in the region. Russia's foreign ministry appeared to criticize Israel's actions by saying it was "absolutely unacceptable to create threats to the lives and security of Russian servicemen." Netanyahu says he also spoke to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
  • US has no evidence of Syrian use of sarin gas, Mattis says

    02/10/2018 11:39:52 AM PST · by Theoria · 18 replies
    AP ^ | 02 Feb 2018 | Robert Burns
    The U.S. has no evidence to confirm reports from aid groups and others that the Syrian government has used the deadly chemical sarin on its citizens, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. “We have other reports from the battlefield from people who claim it’s been used,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. “We do not have evidence of it.” He said he was not rebutting the reports. “We’re looking for evidence of it, since clearly we are dealing with the Assad regime that has used denial and deceit to hide their outlaw actions,” Mattis said. Syrian President Bashar Assad denies...
  • Syria regime, Daesh seize 3,000 square kms in Idlib

    02/07/2018 11:15:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    AA ^ | 05.02.2018
    Regime, terror group maintain tactical cooperation in areas where fighting is expressly forbiddenSyria’s Assad regime, backed up by Russian fighter jets and the Daesh terrorist group, have seized over 3,000 square kilometers of opposition-held territory in southern and southeastern Idlib within the last three months, according to measurements carried out by Anadolu Agency. Regime forces secured eastern Hama in October of last year, allowing Daesh terrorists to enter several parts of Idlib, which is held by opposition forces and armed anti-regime groups. Operating in coordination, both Daesh and Assad regime forces have advanced far into Idlib following three months of...
  • Former Soviet Spy Sees the Long Arm of the KGB in Today's Muslim Anti-Semitism

    02/06/2018 12:23:22 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 11 replies
    On a reporting trip to Gaza, Amman, and Damascus in 1994, I made a habit of asking Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood leaders whom I met the following question: Did they think the Jews had a plan to dominate the world? I’ll never forget the enthusiastic answer of a pediatrician named Abdelaziz Rantissi, a Hamas leader, whom I met in his doctor’s office in Gaza. “Yes, indeed,” he said. “I have a copy right here.” And he pulled down from a shelf an Arabic-language copy of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It was a response I heard again and...
  • Are Russia’s 20 million Muslims seething about Putin bombing Syria?

    02/04/2018 2:25:17 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Egor Lazarev and Anna Biryukova
    Many observers have warned that Putin’s military campaign in Syria may backfire at home. Russia’s 144 million people include about 20 million Muslims; the overwhelming majority are Sunnis. Some analysts believe that these Russian Sunnis will recoil from Russia’s support for Assad’s Alawite-dominated regime and its attacks on Sunni rebels, and from Russia’s effort to lead a coalition of Shiite powers, Iran, Iraq and Syria. If pundits’ predictions were true, Muslims would be more likely to choose the anti-war response and less likely to support Putin’s intervention. But that’s not exactly what we found. ...There wasn’t a consensus among any...
  • Almost half of Russians want end to military operation in Syria, poll

    02/03/2018 4:58:56 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 17 replies
    Nearly half the Russian public currently want the operation conducted by the country’s Air Force in Syria wrapped up, with only a third of respondents saying that the strikes on terrorists ought to be continued, an independent pollster reports. According to public opinion research conducted by the Levada Center--49 per cent of Russians think that the government should end the counter-terrorist operation that the Russian Air Force is conducting in Syria. 30 per cent of respondents said that they support the continuation of the strikes and 22 per cent said they did not have a solid opinion on the issue....
  • Rocky day for Syria talks in Russia: Lavrov heckled, opposition quits

    01/30/2018 1:59:24 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 30, 2018 | Kinda Makieh, Maria Tsvetkova
    A Syrian peace conference in Russia ended on Tuesday with a statement calling for democratic elections but ignoring key opposition demands after a day marred by squabbles and heckling of the Russian foreign minister. Russia hosted what it called a Syrian Congress of National Dialogue in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. After helping turn the tide of the war in Syria in Assad’s favor, Moscow has cast itself as a Middle East peace broker. However, the event was boycotted by the leadership of the Syrian opposition, while powers such as the United States, Britain and France stayed away because...
  • Putin Calls for a 'Revival' of Islamic Education in Russia

    01/26/2018 12:31:48 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 36 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jan 25, 2018 | Yegor Aleyev
    President Vladimir Putin has promised government backing for Islamic religious education in Russia, in a bid to stave extremism and cater to Russia’s large Muslim community. Up to 20 million Muslims make up Russia’s second-largest religious minority. Thousands of young radicalized Russians have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join jihadist fighters in recent years, making the country the largest source of foreign fighters in the war-torn region. At a meeting with Islamic religious figures on Wednesday, Russia’s president pledged “undoubted support” for a "revival of Islamic education in Russia," the state-run TASS news agency reported. “Traditional Islam is an...
  • Syrian president Assad says Jerusalem to be Palestinian capital

    01/23/2018 1:05:42 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 2017
    The Palestinian cause will stay alive among Arabs until the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, the Syrian president’s office said... “The future of Jerusalem is not determined by a state or a president but is determined by its history and by the will and determination in the Palestinian cause,” President Bashar al-Assad’s office said on an official social media feed.
  • Russia's Putin and Turkey's Erdogan agree on creation of Palestinian state

    01/23/2018 12:55:56 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 23 replies
    The New Arab ^ | Dec 2017
    Russia's Putin and Turkey's Erdogan agree on creation of Palestinian state In a phonecall, the two leaders "discussed the situation of Middle East peace talks in the context of the resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on the status of Jerusalem," the Kremlin said in a statement. They "confirmed the mutual disposition to continue to assist in resolving the Palestine-Israeli conflict on the basis of international norms and realisation of the right of the Palestinian people to create an independent state," it said. US President Donald Trump decided on December 6 to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Trump's move...
  • Why Russia Won't Help Trump on Iran

    12/31/2017 5:49:31 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 24 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | Feb 2017 | Ilan Berman
    In 2005...Putin famously remarked that the collapse of the Soviet Union marked the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the twentieth century.” The years since have seen Putin pursue a foreign policy centered in large part on recreating a modified version of the old Soviet sphere of influence. In military terms, this has meant creating or supporting security blocs, such as the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, that are tethered to the Kremlin and are designed to further Russian strategic priorities in the Eurasian theater. On the economic front, Putin has put forth an alternative to the EU,...
  • Humiliating moment Assad is stopped from following Putin by Russian soldiers on SYRIAN soil [tr]

    12/12/2017 9:27:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 12, 2017 | Julian Robinson
    This is the humiliating moment Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad was stopped from following Vladimir Putin by Russian soldiers on his own soil when the pair staged a 'victory' announcement. The Russian President yesterday declared that his alliance with Assad had been a success and that Moscow will start to withdraw troops from the war-torn country. But on the same day, footage shows the Syrian strongman being humbled on his own turf - when a Kremlin serviceman ordered him to wait while Putin walked off in front of him. The clip shows a man in military clothing placing his hand on...
  • Thousands of Russian private contractors fighting in Syria

    12/12/2017 7:59:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 12 at 8:52 AM | Nataliya Vasilyeva 
    ... Fontanka reported that about 3,000 Russians under contract to the Wagner group have fought in Syria since 2015, months before Russia’s two-year military campaign helped to turn the tide of the civil war in favor of Syrian President Assad... ... The Russian Defense Ministry has said 41 of its troops have died in Syria. But according to Fontanka, another 73 private contractors have been killed there. ... Russia has used such proxies before — in the conflict to help pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine since 2014. One Russian commander boasted of working alongside Russian troops who said they were...