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  • Iran and Russia Are Apparently Fighting Each Other in Syria: Did Tehran attempt a coup in Damascus?

    02/07/2017 7:12:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 7, 2017 | Tom Cooper
    Between Jan. 23 and 27, 2017, there were reports that Syrian president Bashar Al Assad had suffered a stroke and had to be hospitalized. The usually pro-Assad British newspaper The Independent claimed that the Syrian president was suffering serious psychological strain. Allegations of a president’s poor health take on extra significance in a Russian proxy state. During the Cold War, the Soviets frequently cited allied leaders’ purported medical and psychological problems when launching military interventions — takeovers, essentially — in the countries of the supposedly-ailing heads of state.
  • Assad says US troops welcome in Syria to fight 'terrorism'

    02/10/2017 8:36:45 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 80 replies
    MRT ^ | Updated 12:41 pm, Friday, February 10, 2017 | Bassem Mroue (AP)
    BEIRUT (AP) Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview released on Friday that the United States is welcome to join the battle against "terrorists" in Syria as long as it is in cooperation with his government and respects the country's sovereignty. Speaking with Yahoo News, Assad said he has not had any communication direct or indirect with President Donald Trump or any official form the new U.S. administration. But the Syrian leader appeared to make a gesture to the new U.S. president in the interview, saying he welcomes Trump's declaration that he will make it...
  • Assad splits with Trump over refugee safe zones in Syria

    BEIRUT President Bashar al-Assad rejected the creation of safe zones for refugees and displaced people in Syria, an idea supported by U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a transcript from an interview with Yahoo News released on Friday. He signaled he would welcome cooperation with Washington in the fight against Islamic State, however, as long as the United States took a clear political position on Syrias sovereignty and unity. Assad has cautiously welcomed the new U.S. administrations focus on fighting the jihadists, in which Trump has held out the possibility of cooperation with Damascus ally Russia.
  • Exclusive: Syrias Assad tells Yahoo News some refugees are definitely terrorists

    02/09/2017 2:56:35 PM PST · by muktar96 · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 02/08/2017 | Michael Isikoff
    <p>Weighing in on one of the most contentious issues in American politics the danger posed to host countries by the 4.8 million people who have fled from Syrias civil war Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Yahoo News that some of the refugees are definitely terrorists.</p>
  • Turning Point in Syria as Assad Regains All of Aleppo {hurrah!}

    12/23/2016 12:15:07 AM PST · by Cronos · 78 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 22 December 2016 | Ben Hubbard
    The evacuation of civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held part of Aleppo concluded on Thursday after long delays because of frigid weather, putting all of Syrias industrial capital back in the hands of President Bashar al-Assads forces for the first time since 2012. ...Tens of thousands of people have been removed from eastern Aleppo since Dec. 15. Before the last buses left on Thursday, the Red Cross said that 34,000 people had left the city, including 4,000 fighters who had left in their own vehicles the previous night. ...The seizure of all of Aleppo by Mr. Assad and his...
  • Syria: Jubilant Syrians gather for Christmas celebration in west Aleppo

    12/21/2016 7:58:08 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/20/2016 | YouTube
    Hundreds of residents gathered at Al Azizieh Square in western Aleppo on Tuesday, to watch the Christmas tree lights being turned on, in an attempt to establish some sense of normality in a city that has been a focal point of the Syrian conflict.
  • 14 US-LED COALITION MILITARY ADVISERS CAPTURED BY SYRIAN SPECIAL FORCES IN ALEPPO

    12/18/2016 5:58:58 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 90 replies
    SouthFront ^ | 12/17/2016 | SouthFront
    At least 14 US-led coalition military advisers have been captured by the Syrian Special Forces in a bunker in the city of Aleppo, according to media reports... Mutaz Kanoğlu – Turkey David Scott Winer – USA David Shlomo Aram – Israel Muhamad Tamimi – Qatar Muhamad Ahmad Assabian – Saudi Abd-el-Menham Fahd al Harij – Saudi Islam Salam Ezzahran Al Hajlan – Saudi Ahmed Ben Naoufel Al Darij – Saudi Muhamad Hassan Al Sabihi – Saudi Hamad Fahad Al Dousri – Saudi Amjad Qassem Al Tiraoui – Jordan Qassem Saad Al Shamry – Saudi Ayman Qassem Al Thahalbi – Saudi...
  • Bitter In Aleppo Defeat, US And EU Seek To Further Demonize Russia

    12/17/2016 8:14:25 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 40 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12-17-2016 | Tyler Durden
    The perverse behavior by Washington and its European satraps is simply a case of sour grapes. Very sour grapes. They have been proven spectacularly wrong about Syria. The liberation of Aleppo this week exposes the Western governments and media in their unrelenting falsehoods and systematic complicity in the Syrian war. This was never a pro-democracy uprising. It was a Western-backed criminal regime-change operation that was unleashed in March 2011, and which is now staring at ignominious defeat. The blood of up to half a million people and many more maimed is on the hands of American and European governments. It...
  • {Boris Johnson, John Kerry} Diplomats urge Russia and Assad to show grace in Aleppo victory

    12/11/2016 11:58:16 PM PST · by Cronos · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10 Dec 2016 | Tracy McVeigh
    Leaders resigned to fall of Syrian city plead for safe passage for civilians and mercy for rebel fighters World diplomats have pleaded for safe passage for Aleppos civilians and for respect to be shown to Syrias disintegrating rebel forces as Bashar al-Assads army moves ever closer to victory in the devastated city....Russia claimed tens of thousands of people had left the city in the past three days during a humanitarian pause, but on Saturday the east of the city was under bombardment. The UK foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and the US secretary of state, John Kerry, were among the...
  • Assad: Israel alone is our enemy

    12/08/2016 2:52:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    INN ^ | 12/08/16 12:37 | Tal Polon
    In an interview with Syrian newspaper Al Watan this morning, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stressed that Israel alone is Syrias enemy. He who conquers our land is an enemy country, not [merely] a country whose leaders employ hostile policies. Israel alone remains our enemy country. Our land is apparently a reference to the Land of Israel itself, and not Syria, which Arab news outlets reported yesterday the Israeli Air Force had bombed.
  • U.S. Syria Policy at Crossroads as Rebels Falter

    12/05/2016 6:27:53 AM PST · by detective · 21 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 4, 2016 | Jay Solomon, Carol E. Lee and Felicia Schwartz Biography @felschwartz felicia.schwartz@wsj.com
    Steep losses by antiregime rebels in Syria have scrambled U.S. policy calculations at a crucial moment in the countrys long-running war, with the election of Donald Trump already pointing to the possibility of a dramatic shift when he takes office in January. Mr. Trump hasn't detailed his plans for Syria, but has outlined a likely break from the Obama administration, which has supplied small amounts of arms and funding to militias attempting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad and has separately fought the Islamic State extremist group.
  • Assad Troops Have Taken 52 Percent of Rebel-Held Aleppo, Russia says

    12/05/2016 3:18:47 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 15 replies
    ABC ^ | 12/4/2016
    Russia's military has said Syrian government troops have seized more than 52 percent of the opposition-held east of Aleppo. An official from the rebel group, Jabha Shamiya, confirmed some of the government's advances to Reuters, saying the troops were now approaching Aleppo's Old City. On Saturday foreign minister Sergei Lavrov called on all rebel fighters "without exception" to lay down their arms and agree to leave the city. Lavrov said Kerry had made proposals on Friday that were more "in line with" what Moscow has been suggesting and said that Russia was ready to send negotiators immediately to Geneva to...
  • Operation in Syria only targets terror, Erdogan clarifies

    12/01/2016 8:23:09 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 6 replies
    Turkeys military operation in Syria is not against any country or person but terror groups in general, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, in contrast to earlier remarks that Turkeys objective was to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following. The aim of the Euphrates Shield Operation is no country or person but only terror organizations. No one should doubt this issue that we have uttered over and over, and no one should comment on it in another fashion or try to [misrepresent its meaning], Erdogan said at a 30th gathering with village chiefs at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on...
  • Erdogan: Turkish forces are in Syria to end Assad's rule

    11/30/2016 9:28:26 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 83 replies
    R T ^ | 11-29-16 | Staff
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Turkish Army entered Syria to end the rule of President Bashar Assad, whom he accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands.....
  • Kremlin asks Turkey to explain Erdogan's remark about toppling Assad

    11/30/2016 5:32:40 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/30/2016 | Andrew Osborn
    The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's statement that his forces in Syria were there to topple President Bashar al-Assad had come as a surprise to Moscow and that it expected an explanation from Ankara. In a speech on Tuesday, Erdogan said: "We are there to bring justice. We are there to end the rule of the cruel Assad, who has been spreading state terror," Erdogan said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call: "It is a very serious statement and one which differs from previous ones [...] We hope that our Turkish partners...
  • Erdogan: Turkish Forces Are In Syria To End Assad's Rule

    11/29/2016 9:59:20 AM PST · by Fennie · 61 replies
    RT News ^ | November 29, 2016
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Turkish Army has entered Syria to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom the accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands of Syrians. "We entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn't enter] for any other reason," the Turkish president said at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul, as quoted by Hurriyet daily. Erdogan said that Turkey has no territorial claims in Syria, but instead wants to hand over power to the Syrian population, adding that Ankara is...
  • We need a plan if Assad wins

    11/29/2016 2:26:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 28 November 2016
    We need a plan if Assad wins 28 November 2016 ? 9:00pm The word unacceptable has been used a great deal in the context of the Syrian tragedy. Bashar al-Assads use of chemical weapons was branded unacceptable but there is evidence of their continued use after Western plans to bomb arms dumps were aborted. Then, it was unacceptable that President Assad would ever be part of the future of Syria. No peace deal would be countenanced while he remained in power. Yet, with Russian help, he may be on the verge of a military victory. It has been apparent for...
  • How hackers tried to 'poison' Syria's Assad

    11/28/2016 9:25:58 AM PST · by ilanilan
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/28/2016 | YASSER OKBI
    Locked out of the government system for several hours, Syrian officials turned to Facebook to deny any attack against Assad and update viewers on his current condition.
  • Syria war: Army makes rapid gains in rebel-held east Aleppo

    11/27/2016 4:35:38 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | November 27, 2016 | Staff
    Syrian government forces have been making rapid advances into eastern Aleppo, forcing thousands of civilians to flee. The Syrian army captured Jabal Badro on Sunday, a day after seizing Hanano district, and is making in-roads in other neighbourhoods. Its aim is to divide the rebel-held east of the city in two. Some reports said several thousand civilians were trying to escape, to government and other rebel-held areas.
  • Syrian army advance threatens to cleave eastern Aleppo

    11/27/2016 11:55:21 AM PST · by fella · 10 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 27 November 2016
    Syrian army advance threatens to cleave eastern Aleppo Syrian government forces advanced deep into easternAleppoon Sunday amid a swift collapse of rebel defenses inside the divided northern city, threatening to cleave the oppositions enclave between its northern and southern parts. The advance into the citys Sakhour neighborhood brings the military within less than .6 miles of commanding a corridor in eastern Aleppo for the first time since rebels swept into the city in 2012 at the start ofthe Syrian civil war
  • Syria producing solid-fuel rockets that could reach Israel from Lebanon

    05/14/2010 9:36:18 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 296+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 5/14/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    Israel's military has determined that Syria was producing its first solid-fuel rockets. Officials said the military and intelligence community said the regime of President Bashar Assad has been producing and deploying a variant of an Iranian long-range rocket. They identified the Iranian rocket as the Fateh-110, developed by Teheran nearly a decade ago and supplied to several countries as well as the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah. "This certainly enhances the military capability of Syria from what it was even five years ago," an official said. Syria has taken the Fateh-110 and developed an enhanced variant. Officials said the upgraded weapon, termed M-600,...
  • Wikileaks: Dems looking for a 'Trump ISIS' video, seeks to de-couple Hillary from Obama

    10/22/2016 7:01:27 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 23 replies
    Wikileaks ^ | Oct 22 2016 | released by WIkileaks
    From:brentbbi@webtv.net To: john.podesta@gmail.com Date: 2015-12-21 12:09 Subject: Re: HRC, Obama and ISIS That's good, sooner it's clarified the better, and the stronger the better. Re the Trump ISIS video, if we don't have the proof campaign should assign 100 people to look for it ASAP, there is probably something on tape somewhere. p.s. On the UN last week, support it yes, but be careful. I love Kerry like a bro' and support him always as HRC should and does. But be careful about the U.N., support but don't go too far. Putin did not agree to anything about removing Assad...
  • Putin's warships sail past the White Cliffs of Dover: Russian attack fleet [tr]

    10/21/2016 6:28:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 119 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 21, 2016 | Darren Boyle and Richard Spillett
    A Russian carrier fleet which passed through the English Channel today deployed heavily-armed guards to deter anyone approaching the warships. A number of guards, equipped with AK-74 assault rifles and heavy machine guns were spotted on the flight deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov as it passed by the White Cliffs of Dover. The powerful fleet was ordered to pass through the Channel, which is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, in single file.
  • Al Qaeda chief urges Westerner kidnappings

    04/26/2014 9:34:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 26, 2014 | by Rania El Gamal
    Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, particularly Americans, who could then be exchanged for jailed jihadists including a blind Egyptian cleric convicted in 1995 of conspiring to attack the United Nations and other New York landmarks. In a wide ranging audio interview, the al Qaeda leader expressed solidarity with the Muslim Brotherhood which is facing a violent crackdown by the army-backed government in Egypt and urged unity among rebels in their fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Hillary Corruption Led to Syria-Russia Crisis [aw!m vanity]

    10/15/2016 5:01:16 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 34 replies
    Big bold Drudge lines [*h*] ... CIA PLANS CYBER STRIKE ON RUSSIA 'DEFCON WARNING UPGRADE' MOSCOW READY FOR WAR Obama wants to not only wag-the-dog, but who knows? A cyber-war could disrupt internet communications -- time to blind Trump supporters. And it all boils down to their bribe money to take out the Syrian government. Obama and Hillary want you to think that Bashar Assad is the very devil. In many ways he is. Worst of all is his defense of Christians and Jews so far as the Establishment thinks. ISIS is cool -- they enslave Christians and Jews for...
  • US playing Syria terrorism card as part of perpetual struggle for global dominance (From Assad)

    10/14/2016 5:55:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    RT ^ | 10/14/16
    "The conflict in Syria is part of Washingtons prime goal to impose global hegemony, President Bashar Assad told a Russian newspaper. Terrorists in Syria, he said, are being used by the US and its Gulf allies to assert control over the region, primarily to weaken Iran. Stating that the West and especially the United States never stopped the Cold War mentality in pursuit of world dominance, even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Assad said that global tensions, especially when it comes Syria, are escalating into World War III. The whole issue is about keeping the hegemony of the...
  • Obama To Decide Friday On Military Action In Syria

    10/13/2016 10:42:24 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 56 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/13/16 | Tyler Durder
    The question is whether it was also "bolster" al-Qaeda linked jihadists whom the US has been supporting for the past several months as a result of the perverse merger of "moderate" rebel forces in Syria.
  • Deputy of banned suicide-bomb-endorsing cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi had White House meeting..

    06/25/2013 9:38:19 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 45 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 25, 2013 | David Martosko
    Full title: EXCLUSIVE: Deputy of banned suicide-bomb-endorsing cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi had White House meeting with National Security Council staff --------------------------------------- The UK and U.S. have banned Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who leads the anti-Israel International Union of Muslim Scholars. The Obama administration invited that group's VP, Abdallah bin Bayyah, to a private meeting on the day it announced support for Syria's rebelsThe organization ended its December 2012 board meeting by calling for the end of Israel and the return of its lands to the PalestiniansHours after MailOnline began inquiring with the National Security Council about its meeting with bin Bayyah, the cleric's...
  • Pentagon Considers Launching Limited Military Action Against Assad

    10/08/2016 4:17:16 AM PDT · by Strategy · 145 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 8, 2016 | Mike Theiler
    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is considering carrying out limited attacks in Syria that don't drag U.S. President Barack Obama to an embarrassing situation, along with several U.S. security bodies holding meetings since weeks to figure out a solution to the rising crisis in Aleppo amid potential U.S. attacks against the Syrian regime. Officials in the Pentagon and the White House told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that these airstrikes will not be disclosed and the U.S. won't claim them publicly. Some analysts expressed concerns over the mounting tension between Russia and the U.S. as this might drift the Syrian war and spur...
  • US Sec of State John Kerry - Leaked audio on Syria - INCREASED VOLUME

    10/06/2016 7:35:47 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | Oct. 4, 2016
    Video at link.
  • Obama administration considering strikes on Assad, again

    10/04/2016 12:30:45 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 4, 2016 | Josh Rogin
    U.S. military strikes against the Assad regime will be back on the table Wednesday at the White House, when top national security officials in the Obama administration are set to discuss options for the way forward in Syria. But theres little prospect President Obama will ultimately approve them. *snip* The CIA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, represented in the Deputies Committee meeting by Vice Chairman Gen. Paul Selva, expressed support for such kinetic options, the official said. That marked an increase of support for striking Assad compared with the last time such options were considered.
  • 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...