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  • US To Suspend Syria Diplomacy With Russia, Prepares "Military Options"

    09/29/2016 12:58:04 PM PDT · by orchestra · 71 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9/29/2016 | Tyler Durden
    In the most dramatic diplomatic escalation involving the Syrian conflict in the past years, yesterday John Kerry issued an ultimatum to Russia, in which he warned his colleague Lavrov to stop bombing Aleppo or else the US would suspend all cooperation and diplomacy with Russia. 24 hours later, this appears to be precisely what is about to take place, leading to an even greater geopolitical shock in Syria. According to Retuers, the United States is expected to tell Russia on Thursday it is suspending their diplomatic engagement on Syria following the Russian-backed Syrian government's intense attacks on Aleppo, U.S. officials...
  • The Wilson, Rockefeller, & McCarthy Ties

    04/27/2006 7:19:49 PM PDT · by hipaatwo · 60 replies · 1,321+ views
    Very interesting stuff going on in the Mary McCarthy files. It appears many of us missed a few important connections: One aspect of her background so far comparatively unexamined is her West African uranium connection. She served in a key government position concerned with West African nations producing yellowcake uranium at the same time that Joseph Wilson was working in the area. The two may be considered members of the “yellowcake community” within the Clinton national security apparatus of the 1990s.There are more questions than answers for the moment, but yellowcake uramium is not only of strategic importance for WMD...
  • The Syrian-French Connection

    09/29/2003 3:25:22 AM PDT · by kattracks · 10 replies · 89+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 9/29/03 | Nir Boms
    While the media is busy focusing on the troubling story of the two American soldiers detained at Guantanamo Bay for alleged espionage, both of whom had Syrian connections, another Syria story has passed them by. The names of Ahmad al Halabi, an American of Syrian descent, and Captain James Yee, a convert to Islam who spent four years in Damascus before returning to active service, are now well known. But the name of Nizar Nayouf, a Syrian journalist and human rights activist that was detained last week by French police in Paris, will most probably stay anonymous. Nayouf?s only...
  • Hagel: The White House Tried to ‘Destroy’ Me

    12/18/2015 5:29:30 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 146 replies
    Jet-lagged from a long overseas trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had just sat down with his wife for a quiet dinner at an upscale Italian restaurant in northern Virginia when his phone rang. It was the White House on the line. President Barack Obama wanted to speak with him. It was Aug. 30, 2013, and the U.S. military was poised for war. Obama had publicly warned Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad that his regime would face consequences if it crossed a “red line” by employing chemical weapons against its own people. Assad did it anyway, and Hagel had spent the day...
  • Gary Johnson: 'What Is Aleppo?'

    09/08/2016 5:16:21 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 79 replies
    Gary Johnson: 'What Is Aleppo?' Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate, does not know what Aleppo is. Asked on Wednesday's "Morning Joe" what he would do if elected president about the city in Syria at the center of the refugee crisis, Johnson earnestly asked what Aleppo is even. "And what is Aleppo?" Johnson said. "You're kidding me," Mike Barnicle responded, who asked the question. Barnicle then began to explain what Aleppo is to the candidate. "OK, got it, got it," Johnson cut him off, and then added, "With regard to Syria I do think it's a mess. I think that...
  • US will meet target of 10,000 Syrian refugees today

    08/29/2016 12:02:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2016 2:34 PM EDT | Kevin Freking
    The United States will meet President Barack Obamas goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country on Monday, the White House announced. Obama sought a sixfold increase in the number of Syrian refugees provided safe haven in the United States. After a slow start, the administration was able to hit the goal about a month early and just a few weeks before Obama convenes a summit on refugees during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Turkey announces more active role in Syria conflict

    08/20/2016 9:54:23 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 37 replies
    The Guardian (US Ed) ^ | August 20, 2016 | Rooters Istanbul
    Turkey will take a more active role in addressing the conflict in Syria in the next six months to prevent the war-torn country being divided along ethnic lines, the prime minister, Binali Yildirim, has said. Yildirim also said that while the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, could have a role in the interim leadership, he must play no part in its future. Syrias five-year conflict has taken on an ethnic dimension, with Kurdish groups carving out their own regions and periodically battling groups from Syrias Arab majority, whose priority is to overthrow Assad.
  • Russia accuses U.S. of backing Syrian rebels who use poison gas on civilians

    08/06/2016 9:11:18 PM PDT · by Mariner · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday August 4, 2016August 6th, 2016 | By Andrew Osborn
    Russia's foreign ministry sharply criticized U.S. behavior in Syria on Thursday, accusing Washington of backing rebels who use poison gas against civilians and of killing hundreds in air strikes. The ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, referred to rebels supported by Washington as "animals" and said Washington and its allies were recklessly carrying out air attacks leading to numerous civilian deaths. Zakharova's strong comments, in a statement posted to social media, underscored the serious divisions between Moscow and Washington over Syria where they are united in their opposition to Islamic State but so far little else. Moscow backs President Bashar al-Assad and...
  • Behold, a Pale Horse and its Riders Name Was Death

    08/07/2016 10:29:15 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 42 replies
    Paul Craig Roberts ^ | 05 August 2016 | Paul Craig Roberts
    I just listened to Obama give Washingtons account of the situation with ISIL in Iraq and Syria. In Obamas account, Washington is defeating ISIL in Iraq, but Russia and Assad are defeating the Syrian people in Syria. Obama denounced Russia and the Syrian governmentbut not ISILas barbaric. The message was clear: Washington still intends to overthrow Assad and turn Syria into another Libya and another Iraq, formerly stable and prosperous countries where war now rages continually. It sickens me to hear the President of the United States lie and construct a false reality, so I turned off the broadcast. I...
  • Assad to Netanyahu: Help Me Control the Region and I Guarantee You a Calm Golan

    07/31/2016 6:32:48 PM PDT · by foundedonpurpose · 67 replies
    Assad to Netanyahu: Help Me Control the Region and I Guarantee You a Calm Golan By JNI Media July 31, 2016 , 8:30 am 162 16 8 9Email 274Share Unto the sons of Gershom were given, out of the family of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with the open land about it, and Ashtaroth with the open land about it. I Chronicles 6:56 (The Israel Bible) image: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/bashar-al-Assad-syria-russia-vladimir-putin.jpg Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets with Vladimir Putin in Russia 20 October 2015. (Photo: Kremlin/President of the Russian Federation/Wikimedia Commons) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets with Vladimir Putin in Russia...
  • Hillary Clinton will reset Syria policy against 'murderous' Assad regime

    07/29/2016 4:43:23 PM PDT · by orchestra · 25 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 7/29/2016 | Ruth Sherlock
    Hillary Clinton will order a "full review" of the United States' strategy on Syria as a "first key task" of her presidency, resetting the policy to emphasise the "murderous" nature of the Assad regime, foreign policy adviser with her campaign has said. Jeremy Bash, who served as chief of staff for the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency, said Mrs Clinton would both escalate the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and work to get Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, "out of there". "A Clinton administration will not shrink from making clear to the world exactly...
  • Hillary Clinton will reset Syria policy against 'murderous' Assad regime

    07/29/2016 1:46:59 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 44 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 29 July, 2016 | Ruth Sherlock
    Hillary Clinton will order a "full review" of the United States' strategy on Syria as a "first key task" of her presidency, resetting the policy to emphasise the "murderous" nature of the Assad regime, foreign policy adviser with her campaign has said. <-SNIP-> Speaking on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention, Mr Bash, who is advising the party's presidential nominee, said a Clinton administration would seek to bring "moral clarity" to the US strategy on the Syrian crises. <-SNIP-> Mr Bash describes a foreign policy more hawkish than that of the current administration. He said there were a "lot...
  • Syria: At least 85 civilians feared dead after US air strike 'mistake'

    07/20/2016 9:36:23 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 36 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | July 20, 2016 | Paul Wright
    US military confirms it is investigating what could be one of the worst incidents of civilian deaths by coalition forces At least 85 civilians, including almost a dozen children, have been killed after US air strikes targeted an area in northern Syria held by Islamic State (Isis/Daesh) fighters, a monitoring group has said. Some eight families were reportedly wiped out in the IS-controlled village of Tokhar near Manbij on Tuesday (19 July), in what could be one of the deadliest bombings of civilians by coalition forces since the start of operations in the country.
  • Iranian commander: Ground is ready to destroy 'Zionist regime'

    07/06/2016 10:55:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/7/16 | Elad Benari
    A senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) recently threatened Israel, saying the ground is ready for the annihilation of the Zionist regime. The comments by IRGC Deputy Commander Hossein Salami were made at a sermon in Tehran this past Friday prior to prayers marking Al-Quds Day. He also declared that Iran has over 100,000 missiles waiting in Lebanon alone and that tens of thousands of other missiles were placed throughout the Muslim world in order to wipe "the accursed black dot" that is Israel from the map of the world. Salami also threatened Kurdish leaders...
  • Obama retreats from Putin in Syria again

    07/02/2016 8:41:31 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 2, 2016
    Obama retreats from Putin in Syria again By Editorial Board July 2 at 4:46 PM FOR SEVERAL years, the Obama administrations Syria policy has been stuck in a cycle of failure. Secretary of State John F. Kerry negotiates deals with Russia to end the fighting or create a new government in Damascus, while warning that if they are not respected by Russian President Vladimir Putin or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the United States will consider other options, such as stepping up support for Syrian rebels. In every case, the Russian and Syrian regimes have betrayed their commitments, continuing to...
  • Mounting pressure unlikely to sway Obama on Syria

    06/19/2016 2:10:17 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/6/16 | Andrew Beatty
    (AFP) Exasperated US diplomats are in open revolt over Barack Obama's Syria policy, but radical change is unlikely in the twilight of his presidency. More than 280,000 people have been killed. Millions more have fled their homes. A relentless drumbeat of cluster bombs, barrel bombs, chemical bombs, murder, rape and torture has turned swaths of Syria to dust. Humanitarian aid sometimes drips into the beleaguered cities, but when it does, President Bashar al-Assad's regime makes sure "punishment" bombings quickly follow. "The Assad regime's actions defy all definitions of human decency," said one US official. There are ominous signs the regime...
  • More than 50 State Dept. officials want strikes on Assad

    06/17/2016 7:42:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | June 17, 2016
    More than 50 State Dept. officials want strikes on Assad Fifty-one State Department officials have signed an internal memo calling for the U.S. to take military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a bid to force regime change in the country. Signed by officials working on U.S. Syria policy, the "dissent channel cable" makes repeated references to "targeted military strikes" against the Damascus government, according to multiple reports published on Thursday. Failure to stem Assads flagrant abuses will only bolster the ideological appeal of groups such as ISIL, even as they endure tactical setbacks on the battlefield, the cable...
  • Dozens of U.S. Diplomats, in Memo, Urge Strikes Against Syrias Assad

    06/16/2016 8:20:41 PM PDT · by Theoria · 55 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 16 June 2016 | Mark Landler
    More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administrations policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in the countrys five-year-old civil war. The memo, a draft of which was provided to The New York Times by a State Department official, says American policy has been overwhelmed by the unrelenting violence in Syria. It calls for a judicious use of stand-off and air weapons, which would undergird and drive a more focused and...
  • Hillary Clinton Received Secret Memo Stating Obama Admin Support for ISIS

    06/15/2016 10:42:23 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 36 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 14 Jun 2016 | PATRICK HOWLEY
    Hillary Clinton received a classified intelligence report stating that the Obama administration was actively supporting Al Qaeda in Iraq, the terrorist group that became the Islamic State. The memo made clear that Al Qaeda in Iraq was speaking through Muhammad Al Adnani, who is now the senior spokesman for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Western and Gulf states were supporting the terrorist group to try to overthrow Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad, who was being propped up by the Russians, Iranians, and Chinese. In August 2012, a SECRET classified memo was sent to various top Obama administration officials...
  • Former US ambassador to Syria: I couldnt defend US policy any longer

    06/03/2014 12:56:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    US Ambassador Robert Ford resigned from his State Department post a month ago, after a long and difficult time as the envoy to Syria. Ford showed great personal courage in his service while Bashar al-Assad instigated attacks on Western embassies and eventually provoked a massive civil war which has turned into a regional threat, thanks to the collapse of his power in large regions of Syria. The collapse of American policy in Syria over the past year was presumed to have prompted Ford’s departure, which he confirms with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview today.This is interesting for more...
  • Iran using commercial airliner to fly fighters, weapons to Syria

    05/19/2016 8:35:14 AM PDT · by Fali_G · 11 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 05/19/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    Iran is using a commercial airliner with ties to the countrys Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to ferry fighters and weapons to Syria. Sanctioned by the United States for its support of terrorism, Mahan Air operates regular flights from Tehran to Dusseldorf and Munich. But now German politicians are seeking to ban the airline for its alleged ties to Iran's regime. With a fleet of over 50 aircraft, Mahan Air has been making secret trips to Syria since August 2015 and has been delivering weapons and fighters from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon to support and reinforce Syrian President Bashar Al Assads...
  • Leaked documents from ISIS headquarters show terror group and Syrian dictator Assad colluded....

    05/02/2016 2:49:21 PM PDT · by Velveeta · 39 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 5/2/2016 | Jenny Stanton
    The Islamic State and Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad have been colluding, according to leaked documents. An investigation suggests there was co-operation between the regime and the terror group over the city of Palmyra, which was held by ISIS for nearly a year before it was retaken by Syrian forces in March. They also appear to show ISIS and the Syrian government made a deal to trade oil for fertiliser.
  • Cruz ex co-chair in Virginia heads to Syria, praises Assad

    04/27/2016 6:49:44 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 25 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 27 April 2016 | WTOP News (Washington DC)
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Sen. Ted Cruzs former campaign co-chairman in Virginia has traveled to Syria and promised support for the government of President Bashar Assad, who U.S. officials have repeatedly said has lost the legitimacy to rule the war-torn country. Virginia state Sen. Dick Blacks trip to a Middle Eastern country in the midst of a civil war and his comments in the face of official U.S. foreign policy are highly unusual for a state lawmaker. Black, an outspoken Republican, is a part-time state senator who has no role in official U.S. foreign policy. Still, he has met...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Assad siege of Aleppo could be 'imminent,' experts warn

    04/28/2016 7:01:05 PM PDT · by Fhios · 8 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/28/2016 | George Russell
    ... If Syrias largest city is surrounded by government troops, the strategic situation in Syria could change very rapidly for the worse, not only for Syrians, but also for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganand for the Obama Administration, which has banked heavily on the crumbling peace talks to end five years of civil war and an expanding presence for ISIS amid the chaos. The encirclement would also be a major strategic advance for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has drawn his forces in Syria, but has also been helping the Assad regime conduct more focused military operations under a two-month...
  • Evidence Points to the CIA Targeting Assad, Not Daesh in Syria

    04/15/2016 4:22:10 AM PDT · by all the best · 13 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | April 14, 2016
    Washington has jumped at the opportunity to provide massive amounts of weapons to Syria's so-called moderate rebels amid the ongoing ceasefire; it seems that the White House is not bothered by the fact that half of its arms have found their way into the hands of al-Qaeda, Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams note. Rebel fighters from the First Battalion under the Free Syrian Army take part in a military training on June 10, 2015, in the rebel-held countryside of the northern city of Aleppo The Syrian ceasefire is hanging in the balance, former Republican congressman Ron Paul and political analyst...
  • Are North Koreans fighting in Syria? Its not as far-fetched as it sounds.

    03/26/2016 5:41:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    WaPo ^ | March 25, 2016 | Adam Taylor
    Are North Koreans fighting in Syria? Its not as far-fetched as it sounds. By Adam Taylor March 25 This week, representatives of Western-backed Syrian opposition delegation in Geneva told Russian state media that President Bashar al-Assad had a surprising new ally on the Syrian battlefield: militia units from North Korea. "Two North Korean units are there, which are Chalma-1 and Chalma-7," Asaad az-Zoubi, head of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) to Syrian peace talks in the Swiss city, reportedly told Tass news agency on Tuesday. In any other context, the presence of soldiers from the internationally isolated and geographically distant...
  • North Korean Soldiers Assist Assad in the War Against the Syrian People

    10/16/2015 8:31:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    Syria Mirror ^ | 7/20/2015
    North Korean Soldiers Assist Assad in the War Against the Syrian People. 7/20/2015 At 09:21 AM Activists and eyewitnesses confirmed that 5 buses full of fully armed Korean soldiers were seen in the capital Damascus, heading towards Jobar and Eastern Ghouta. It's not the first time Assad has used korean, not to mention the Shiite and Asian militias, fo fight in his side, Many media sources confirmed that korean soldiers from what is called Tshulima units has been assigned as Assad's personal details two years ago, after the large advance opposition forces achieved inside the capital Damascus. Tshulima special unit...
  • Obama Refused to Authorize Plan to Overthrow Assad in 2012

    04/03/2016 11:31:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 3, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Hindsight is 20-20 and examining events from the perspective of what could have or should have happened is usually an exercise in futility.Except when the stakes are high and the path that wasn't taken could have altered our current history.We've known for years that the CIA was urging President Obama to arm the largely secular Free Syrian Army in 2012 to give them a chance to overthrow President Bashar Assad of Syria. This was before Syria's use of chemical weapons, before the Islamic State broke away from al-Qaeda, and before the refugee situation that led to a mass exodus from...
  • US 'appalled' by Syrian regime's breach of truce

    03/31/2016 10:25:55 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/4/16
    The United States said Thursday it was "appalled" by Syrian government air strikes Thursday that killed more than 30 people - including children - in a key rebel bastion east of the capital of Damascus. The raids took place in Deir Al-Assafir, a town in the opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, one of the areas in Syria where a fragile ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia has been in place since February 27. "The United States is appalled by aerial strikes March 31, reportedly by the Assad regime, on a school and hospital in the Damascus suburb of Deir...
  • Assad Willing to Form New Govt With Opposition

    03/31/2016 12:41:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Mar 31, 2016
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said it would not be difficult to agree on a new government including opposition figures, but his opponents responded on Wednesday that no administration would be legitimate while he remained in office. Assad, bolstered by military victory in the desert city of Palmyra, was quoted by Russias RIA news agency as saying a new draft constitution could be ready in weeks and a government that included opposition, independents and loyalists could be agreed. While the distribution of portfolios and other technical issues would need to be discussed at Geneva peace talks, which resume next month,...
  • Happy Easter: Hundreds of ISIS terrorists wiped out as Putin helps Syria take back historical city

    03/27/2016 7:23:58 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 20 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 3/27/16 | Margi Murphy
    Russia helped annihilate the jihadis after Putin made a U-turn over his ceasefire decision. And with the help of Russia airstrikes the Syrian army had been gaining ground for several days. Putin's men hit 158 targets and annihilated more than 100 militants, according to the Russian ministry of defence. Military sources said the army have full control of the city known for its beautiful archeology. Syrian officials yesterday released pictures showing helicopters and tanks blasting ISIS targets. The sick terror cult seized the Unesco World Heritage site in May last year and smashed two 2,000-year-old temples and detonated dynamite blasting...
  • Obama Says Climate Change Is a 'Major' Problem, But ISIS 'Not an Existential Threat'

    03/24/2016 7:28:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 24, 2016 | 7:03 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    Groups like ISIL cant destroy us, they cant defeat us, President Obama told reporters in Argentina on Wednesday. Theyre not an existential threat to us, he said. A few sentences later, he described climate change as a major problem. [] And so its important for the U.S. president and the U.S. government to be able to work with people who are building and who are creating things and creating jobs and trying to solve major problems like climate change At the same news conference, Obama thanked the Argentine president for supporting the Paris climate change agreement. It is worth remembering...
  • Iraq, US launch offensive to take back Mosul; Assad forces advance on Palmyra

    03/24/2016 6:56:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/24/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    ISIS may face its most serious military challenge — a squeeze on two fronts in the coming weeks from the east and the west. After almost two years of controlling the city of Mosul in Nineveh province, ISIS faces a grim prospect of encirclement and destruction if the combined Iraq-US offensive launched today succeeds in its initial missions. So far, as the Associated Press reports, the liberators have the momentum: The Iraqi military backed by U.S.-led coalition aircraft on Thursday launched a long-awaited operation to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants, a military spokesman said.In...
  • House Terrorism Chair: Our Strategy Against ISIS Is a Complete Failure

    03/22/2016 10:45:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 3/22/2016 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    In the wake of Tuesdays deadly terrorist attack in Brussels, the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade called the Obama administrations strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) a complete failure. Days after Belgian law enforcement captured alive ISIS terrorist Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspected ringleaders of the deadly Paris attacks, terrorists retaliated in Brussels by launching a series of explosions at the airport and train station. Thirty-four civilians are dead and 170 are injured, Rep Ted Poe (R-TX) said in a statement Tuesday hours after blasts rocked a terminal of the...
  • Clinton email reveals: Google sought overthrow of Syria's Assad

    03/20/2016 8:48:13 PM PDT · by boycott · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-19-16 | Rudy Takala
    Google in 2012 sought to help insurgents overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to State Department emails receiving fresh scrutiny this week. Messages between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's team and one of the company's executives detailed the plan for Google to get involved in the region.
  • Russia can redeploy to Syria 'within hours', warns Vladimir Putin

    03/19/2016 10:01:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:39PM GMT 17 Mar 2016 | Roland Oliphant
    Russia can ramp up its military presence in Syria in hours if need be, Vladimir Putin has said in an apparent warning to anyone considering taking advantage of his decision to withdraw forces from the country. Mr. Putin made the comments as he addressed more than 700 servicemen who have completed tours of duty in the Kremlin on Thursday afternoon. [] The comments are bound to fuel suspicions about the true nature of the Russian withdrawal in Western capitals. Despite declaring the mission over, Mr. Putin has previously made clear that substantial garrisons will remain in Syria at the Hmeymim...
  • Al-Qaida seizes weapons, bases from US-backed Syrian rebels

    03/13/2016 9:59:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 13, 2016 12:28 PM EDT
    Al-Qaeda militants swept through a rebel-held town in northern Syria in a display of dominance Sunday, arresting U.S.-backed fighters and looting weapons stores belonging to the Free Syrian Army. The militants belonging to the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front along with allied jihadists have been moving to exert their authority over rebel-held areas in Idlib province since a partial ceasefire to the countrys five-year conflict took effect two weeks ago, extinguishing patriotic demonstrations and sidelining nationalist militias.
  • 'Incomprehensible': UN Committee Elects Assad Regime to Leadership Post

    02/27/2016 9:18:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 26, 2016 | 6:06 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    A group of United Nations' member-states on Thursday elected the Assad regime to a leadership post of a special committee dealing with decolonization, sparking protests from a human rights group that had earlier urged U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to intervene. At a meeting in New York, the committee's newly-elected chairman, Venezuelan ambassador Rafael Ramirez, asked the member-states whether there were any objections to putting forward Syrian ambassador Bashar Ja'afari as its "rapporteur" for the coming year. Hearing no objectives, Ramirez declared Ja'afari -- as well as three nominated vice chairmen, the representatives of Cuba, Sierra Leone and Indonesia -- "elected...
  • On the Alawites

    02/23/2016 7:55:22 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/10/2016 | ELIEZER SIMINOVSKY
    Assad has done some bad things in his day. There is no doubt about that. What choice did he have? The Alawaites are a tiny minority group (12%) surrounded by a sea of intolerant radical Sunni Arabs. He has made deals with horrible people. As an Israeli, I know this all too well. At the same time, I can take a step back and understand that the Middle East is a tough place and tough places call for tough measures. As I mentioned above the Alawites are a 12% minority. Most of their neighbors consider them pagans who worship the...
  • Russia Is Launching Twice as Many Airstrikes as the U.S. in Syria

    02/23/2016 7:07:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 23, 2016 | David Axe
    Russia has ramped up its air war in Syria—big time. And it’s starting to show. Relentless and indiscriminate, Moscow’s bombing runs have devastated military and civilian strongholds and cleared a path for Syrian regime forces to counterattack against ISIS militants and rebels. Five months after the first Russian warplanes slipped into Syria to reinforce the embattled regime of President Bashar al-Assad, the Kremlin’s air wing near Latakia—on Syria’s Mediterranean coast in the heart of regime territory—has found its rhythm, launching roughly one air strike every 20 minutes targeting Islamic State militants, U.S.-backed rebels and civilians in rebel-controlled areas.
  • Russia Warns Assad on Vow to Retake All of Syria

    02/19/2016 9:39:29 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 19 February 2016
    Russia's envoy to the U.N. on Friday warned long-term ally President Bashar al-Assad over his vow to retake all of Syria, saying he faced dire consequences if he did not comply with Moscow over the peace process. 'Russia has invested very seriously in this crisis, politically, diplomatically and now also militarily,' Vitaly Churkin told Kommersant newspaper, referring to an international agreement to cease hostilities sealed in Munich last week. 'Therefore we would like Assad also to respond to this,' he said, adding that the Syrian leader's stance 'is not in accord with the diplomatic efforts that Russia is making.'
  • Obama comes under fire for Syria softness

    02/18/2016 8:39:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 2/17/2016, 7:23 AM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    The United States is coming under increasingly bitter criticism for its perceived lack of leadership over Syria as the country's brutal civil conflict heads toward new levels of intensity. Washington appears unable or unwilling to prevent its ally Turkey from bombing Kurdish fighters inside Syria, its critics say. And it has done little to rein in Russia's mounting military involvement on behalf of Bashar al-Assad. President Barack Obama, at a summit in California, said "this is not a contest between me and Putin." "The real question we should be asking is what is it that Russia thinks it gains if...
  • Merkel calls for no-fly zone as Russian jets hassle Luftwaffe (over Syria)

    02/16/2016 2:49:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Feb 2016 08:09 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday backed a call from Turkey for a no-fly zone over parts of Syria, saying it would alleviate the situation of displaced Syrians. "In the current situation it would be helpful, if there could be such an area, where none of the parties are allowed to launch aerial attacks, that is to say, a kind of no-fly zone," she told the daily Stuttgarter Zeitung, when asked about opening up such areas to host people fleeing fighting in the war-torn country. Merkel's call came on the same day that the Luftwaffe (German air force) confirmed Russian...
  • Turkey shells Syrian regime forces, US calls to stop

    02/13/2016 2:23:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/2/16
    The Turkish military on Saturday hit targets of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Syrian regime in two separate incidents in response to incoming fire, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported. In line with the rules of engagement, the armed forces shelled targets of the PYD around the town of Azaz in Aleppo province, Anatolia said, quoting a military source. The army also responded to Syrian regime fire on a Turkish military guard post in Turkey's southern Hatay region, it added. There were no further details on the nature of the Turkish strikes but they likely involved...
  • Russian PM declares 'new Cold War' at Munich

    02/13/2016 8:31:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Feb 2016 11:29 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that strains between Russia and the West have plunged the world into a "new Cold War". With tensions high over the lingering Ukraine conflict and Russia's backing of the Syrian regime, Medvedev said: "All that's left is an unfriendly policy of NATO against Russia". "We can say it even more clearly: We have slid into a new period of Cold War," he said, speaking at the Munich Security Conference. "Almost every day we are accused of making new horrible threats either against NATO as a whole, against Europe or against the US or...
  • Saudi Arabia official: If all else fails, remove Syria's Assad by force

    02/13/2016 8:25:58 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/13/2016 | Mick Krever
    Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says if the Syrian political process fails, President Bashar al-Assad will have to be removed "by force." "I believe Bashar al-Assad is weak and I believe Bashar al-Assad is finished," Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview in Munich, Germany. Saudi Arabia is prepared to contribute ground troops to the fight in Syria, but only as part of a U.S.-led coalition, he said. "Bashar al-Assad will leave - have no doubt about it. He will either leave by a political process or he will be removed by force." "We...
  • Turkish Media Say Saudi Arabia, Turkey May Strike In Syria

    02/13/2016 5:40:05 AM PST · by Strategy · 43 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 13, 2016 | By The Associated Press
    ISTANBUL -- Turkish media are quoting Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying his country and Saudi Arabia may launch ground operations against the Islamic State group in Syria. After taking part at a security conference in Munich, Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia was "ready to send both jets and troops" to Turkey's Incirlik airbase. "Turkey and Saudi Arabia may launch an operation (against IS) from the land," Saturday's edition of the Yeni Safak pro-government newspaper quoted him as saying.
  • In Syria, Obama-backed "Rebels" Battle Obama-backed Militias

    02/13/2016 2:06:54 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 21 replies
    The New American ^ | 12 February 2016 | Alex Newman
    Further illustrating what would at least appear to be the incredible absurdity of what passes for U.S. government "foreign policy," Sunni jihadist "rebels" in Syria backed by al-Qaeda and the Obama administration have been battling against Shia militias that have also been backed by Obama. Both sides are fighting with American weapons, according to news reports. How much money U.S. taxpayers forked over to arm the two warring Islamic factions was not immediately clear. But the enormous human tragedy on the ground is getting worse quickly.The latest battle between feuding Obama-backed forces was first reported by the far-left Daily Beast,...
  • BREAKING NEWS: John Kerry announces ceasefire in Syria 'within a week' following a summit in Munich

    02/11/2016 4:55:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 85 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/11/16 | Chris Pleasance
    Secretary of state John Kerry has tonight announced a deal that will see a ceasefire in Syrian within a week following a meeting of The International Syria Support Group in Berlin. Earlier in the day, Kerry tweeted that he had spoken with Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, about the need for an end to fighting in the Middle Eastern nation. However, it is unclear which of the multiple forces fighting in Syria have signed up to the ceasefire, or how it will be enforced.
  • Russian PM: Foreign offensive in Syria could spark 'world war'

    02/11/2016 12:25:26 PM PST · by Mr. M.J.B. · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2-11-2016 | Staff
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Thursday that if Arab forces entered the Syrian war, they could spark a "new world war" and urged ceasefire talks instead.