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  • ISIS Is Just Miles Away From Assad's Presidential Palace In Damascus

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

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

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

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

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

    03/14/2015 3:06:49 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 24 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Daniel de Luce
    New York (AFP) - CIA Director John Brennan said the United States does not want to see a chaotic collapse of the Syrian regime as it could open the way to Islamist extremists taking power. The spy agency chief said Washington had reason to worry about who might replace President Bashar al-Assad if his government fell, given the rise of the Islamic State group and other jihadists in Syria. "I think that's a legitimate concern," Brennan said when asked if the US government feared who might succeed Assad. Speaking at an event at the Council on Foreign Relations, he said...
  • Nancy Pelosi: My trip to Syria in 2007 was nothing like the GOP's Iran letter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    12/19/2014 3:07:26 PM PST · by Viennacon · 21 replies
    IBT ^ | 12/17/2014 | Alessandria Masi
    When the U.S. launched an airstrike campaign in Syria to ďdegrade and destroyĒ the so-called Islamic State, some were concerned that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad would indirectly benefit from the destruction rained down on its enemies by America and its allies. Now, nearly three months later, Assad is desperate for manpower to maintain control in areas where pro-regime support is dwindling. U.S. airstrikes, concentrated in areas with a heavy Islamic State presence, have allowed Assad to reallocate some resources, but his army is facing a huge problem: It's running out of soldiers. Ground forces have shrunk from...
  • Iraq: Exclusive Photos Show Al-Hanooti's Political Clout

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

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

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

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

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

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

    10/06/2014 9:15:58 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 62 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-06-2014 | John McCain and Lindsey Graham
    Syrians are already asking why weíre bombing ISIS but not stopping Assadís attacks on them. Good question. The airstrikes and other actions President Obama is taking against Islamic State deserve bipartisan support. They are beginning to degrade the terrorist group, also known as ISIS, but will not destroy it, for one reason above all: The administration still has no effective policy to remove Bashar Assad from power and end the conflict in Syria. Administration officials have called their approach ďISIS first.Ē As for Mr. Assad, in the words of Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the administration will...
  • Biden continues to apologize; first Turkey, now UAE

    10/06/2014 2:05:31 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 7 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 10/06/14 | Roy Gutman
    ďThe Saudis, the Emiratis; what were they doing?Ē he said. ďThey were so determined to take down (Syrian President Bashar) Assad and have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, they poured hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad. Except that the people who were being supplied were (Jabhat) al Nusra and al Qaida, and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world."
  • Syria troops threaten rebel supply route to Aleppo: monitor

    10/03/2014 9:24:53 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 6 Hours ago
    Beirut (AFP) - Syrian troops have seized a village just north of Aleppo that could allow them to cut off a supply line to rebel-held districts of the country's second city, a monitoring group said Friday. ... But the Observatory said rebels had sent reinforcements to Handarat, and that fierce clashes had broken out for control of a hill by the same name that overlooks the main supply route from Turkey into Aleppo. Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Observatory, said 28 rebels had been killed and 16 on the government side, and that fighting continued into the evening.
  • Free Syrian Army Filmmaker Says Rebels ĎLaughingí at U.S. Plan, ĎDonít Take This Seriouslyí

    09/24/2014 5:26:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | September 23, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A documentary filmmaker who spent time with the Free Syrian Army said that moderate rebels are ďlaughingĒ at President Obamaís plan to arm them against the Islamic State, claiming they simply ďdonít take this seriously.Ē Matthew VanDyke, an American filmmaker and a friend of executed journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, spoke with Fox Newsís Shepard Smith about the White Houseís plan to arm and train thousands of rebels affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, a more moderate rebel group thatís friendly with the West, in order to encourage them to fight the Islamic State. VanDyke warned that removing the...
  • America gave advance warning to Iran that it'd bomb ISIS in Syria & they'd not target Assad's regime

    09/24/2014 4:21:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | September 24, 2014 | John Hall
    The U.S. told Iran of its plans to strike ISIS militants inside Syria in order to reassure them that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would not be targetted, a senior Iranian official has claimed. The communication, confirmed in part by a senior U.S. State Department official, appears to signal a cooling in hostilities between the U.S. and Iran for the first time since a 1979 hostage crisis prompted Washington to sever ties with Tehran. Iran is said to have voiced concerns for the safety of Assad, who remains the Shia Islam-dominated nation's closest regional ally and the recipient of Iranian military...
  • Syrian rebels angry that airstrikes hit Khorasan but not Bashar Assad

    09/23/2014 9:33:16 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 33 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sept 23, 2014 | Roy Gutman and Mousab Alhamadee
    <p>REYHANLI, Turkey ó Anti-government media activists and rebel commanders gave a mixed assessment of U.S.-led airstrikes in northern Syria on Tuesday, saying that some of the Islamic State encampments hit had been evacuated and one building that was struck had been filled with displaced civilians, even as at least one major Islamic State base was seriously damaged and many fighters were killed.</p>
  • Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism

    09/23/2014 9:46:11 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 8 replies
    The Modesto Bee ^ | September 23, 2014 | ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE
    DAMASCUS, Syria ó Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group. Damascus said the U.S. informed it beforehand that the strikes were coming.SnipThe United States has ruled out any coordination with Assad's government.
  • U.S. actually had Assadís cooperation during strikes on targets in Syria

    09/23/2014 8:40:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/23/2014 | Noah Rothman
    ¬ďFor the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside,¬Ē Barack Obama said in a written statement in August, 2011. The statement came following reports that indicated Syria¬ís Bashar al-Assad was involved in a bloody crackdown on protesters who rose up amid the Arab Spring revolutions. Two years later, Obama was marshalling support for air strikes against forces loyal to Assad. Though the administration had ruled out ¬ďregime change¬Ē through military force, toppling Assad was the goal nevertheless. The United States was responding to the clear evidence that Damascus had used chemical...
  • Samantha Power: U.S. Aid Will Help Syria Rebels Fight ISIS And Assad

    09/23/2014 7:58:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    "But, may I add, the training also will service these troops in the same struggle that they've been in since the beginning of this conflict against the Assad regime"
  • U.S. strikes Khorasan Group in Syria, which posed 'imminent' threat to West

    09/23/2014 4:34:27 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/23/14 | Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister
    (CNN) -- [Breaking news update 6:44 a.m. ET] The Khorasan Group, which the U.S. military struck overnight in Syria, was actively plotting against a U.S. homeland target and Western targets, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday. The threat was "imminent," the source said. The U.S. military also struck ISIS targets in Syria. The United States "had very good information" about the threat from the Khorasan Group, the source said. The U.S. strikes against the group were planned in advance, not at the last minute, the official said. Khorasan operatives were coming closer to the "end of their planning," the official...
  • Moderate terrorists? Obama and Boehner calling a dogís tail a leg in Syria

    09/22/2014 9:25:51 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/22/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Abe Lincoln once said, ďHow many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesnít make it a leg.Ē In order to avoid actually doing something about ISIS a terrorist group whose goals he probably endorses, Barack Obama has enlisted John Boehner in calling the Free Syrian Army (FSA) moderates. They are no more moderates than a dogís tail is a leg regardless of what they are called in Washington. People on the ground, those who are not constrained by cowardice, have a different view of the FSA. The ďFriends...
  • Russia: ĎFree Syrian Army No Longer Existsí; Rebels Are Coordinating With Terrorists

    09/17/2014 2:45:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    Russia on Tuesday accused the West of ignoring its warnings about the growing terrorist threat in Syria, and claimed that the moderate rebel front Ė the one the Obama administration wants to arm as part of its anti-ISIS strategy Ė ďno longer exists.ĒThe remarks by Russiaís ambassador in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin came during a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which was discussing the most recent report by a U.N.-mandated independent commission of inquiry into the conflict.The report, released late last month and roughly covering the first half of this year, recorded atrocities by the Assad regime and by...
  • Juan McShame going INSANE at ISIS hearing!

    09/16/2014 7:44:43 AM PDT · by Viennacon · 47 replies
    Me | 9/16/2014 | Viennacon
    I hope people are watching this. Such insanity would typically end in someone being ejected from the party John McCain, the hideous terrorist aider DEMANDING the US military attack Assad's regime in Syria and send heavy weapons to the 'moderate' opposition, also known as mega extremists just like those guys in Libya we gave stinger missiles to. Another reason to NOT let McConnell back in the senate. He will continue to send the most unstable man in the country to this vital committee. STOP ARMING TERRORISTS WHO HATE AMERICA!
  • Paths to War, Then and Now, Haunt Obama

    09/14/2014 9:47:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09/14/14 | PETER BAKER
    He made clear the intricacy of the situation, though, as he contemplated the possibility that Mr. Assad might order his forces to fire at American planes entering Syrian airspace. If he dared to do that, Mr. Obama said he would order American forces to wipe out Syriaís air defense system, which he noted would be easier than striking ISIS because its locations are better known. He went on to say that such an action by Mr. Assad would lead to his overthrow, according to one account.
  • Obama: Assad Shooting At American Planes Would Lead To His Overthrow

    09/14/2014 8:51:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 57 replies
    NYT/BI ^ | Sep. 14, 2014, 10:12 AM | Michael B Kelley
    President Barack Obama would seek to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad if American planes were attacked upon entering Syrian air space, Peter Baker of The New York Times reports. If Assad's troops fired at American planes entering Syrian airspace, "Obama said he would order American forces to wipe out Syriaís air defense system," Baker reports. "He went on to say that such an action by Mr. Assad would lead to his overthrow, according to one account."
  • Obama: Assad Protected Christians In Syria

    09/14/2014 8:00:12 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    US President Barack Obama surprised his visitors, the delegation of Eastern Christians patriarchs, on Thursday when he told them that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "protected the Christians in Syria." Obama met with the delegation in the White House for 35 minutes, during which the patriarchs presented a paper in which they exposed the situation of Christians in the Middle East and the threats and challenges they are facing, due in part to the expansion of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group. Sources told Al-Akhbar that the highlight of the meeting was when Obama said the following...
  • Israeli Hospital Battles to Save Injured Syrian Childís Sight

    09/14/2014 5:37:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 9/14/2014, 1:06 PM | (Reuters)
    Israeli medics were checking last week a 12-year-old Syrian boy who was brought to Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat (Safed), northern Israel. The hospital said that the boy was severely wounded, losing the sight in both eyes and suffering injuries to his arm and leg, when a shell exploded near his home in the outskirts of Damascus. After undergoing basic medical treatment in Lebanon, his brother took him by donkey across the border to an Israeli military post, where soldiers took him to hospital in Safed. The spokesperson said the boy was one of ten Syrians currently being treated at...
  • Syrian Government: Go Ahead, Bomb Our Country!

    09/12/2014 8:38:34 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | 9/12/14 | Josh Keating
    Since the United States started getting serious about military action against ISIS, politicians and policymakers have worried that such an initiative would play into the hands of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In his speech last night, President Obama was careful to stress that strikes against the group would not in any way imply that the United States was allied with the Syrian government. ďIn the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its own peopleóa regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost,Ē the president said. Instead, he said, Washington would step up...
  • URGENT Video: ISIS personally threatens Russian President Putin with seized Russian fighter jets

    09/08/2014 9:11:52 AM PDT · by mojito · 55 replies
    Iraqi News ^ | 9/5/2014 | Abdelhak Mamoun
    The video which follows this article was published on social media by members of the terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, includes threats to attack Russian President Vladimir Putin and liberate Chechnya and the Caucus Region with Russian fighter jets and missiles ISIS had seized from Tabaqa Airport in Raqqa, Syria as reported by IraqiNews.com on 27 August. Vladimir Putin, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is a principal supplier of weapons and equipment for Syrian government forces. A member of ISIS directs his words to Putin, ďthese Russian planes which you had sent to Bashar,...
  • Israel Shoots Down Unmanned Drone From Syria

    08/31/2014 12:30:35 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-31-14 | Uzi Baruch
    The Israeli Air Force downed an unmanned drone (UAV) over the Golan Heights as it attempted to enter Israeli airspace from Syria. Forces fired a surface-to-air Patriot missile at the drone, which came from the area of Quneitra - which has seen fierce clashes between Syrian rebels and regime forces. The Israel Defense Forces told the Associated Press that the drone appeared to have belonged to the Syrian military and had flown accidentally into Israeli airspace. The IDF said that the drone was identified in Israel's air space and shot down by a ground-to-air Patriot missile. The IDF "will respond...