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  • The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad Are Winning

    02/08/2016 10:25:53 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    huffingtonpost.com ^ | 02/08/2016 12:13 pm ET | Alastair Crooke
    The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad Are Winning 02/08/2016 12:13 pm ET | Updated 15 minutes ago Alastair Crooke: Fmr. MI-6 agent; Author, 'Resistance: The Essence of Islamic Revolution' BEIRUT -- Late in the night on Feb. 2, the news hit: "all communication and supply line[s]" between Turkey and Aleppo had been severed, according to a Elijah Magnier, a renowned Arab war correspondent with Alrai Media Group. It seems to be so: the Syrian army and allied militias, backed by Hezbollah and Russian air power, took control of a tendril of territory that...
  • Is This Game Over For Assad’s Enemies?

    02/06/2016 9:35:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 6, 2016 | Nancy A. Youssef
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could make his biggest gains in the country’s long civil war—and potentially tip its outcome in his favor in a matter of weeks—by wresting control of the city of Aleppo from opposition forces, two U.S. military officials told The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity. If government forces are able to successfully encircle the city and hold it, and control the province around it, “the war is essentially over,” said one of the senior defense officials.
  • Assad Forces Poised to Take Back Aleppo

    02/05/2016 11:32:45 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 9 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 02/04/2016 | Faysal Itani
    In a serious blow to the rebellion, the Syrian regime has severed the main insurgent supply line from Turkey to long-contested Aleppo, Syria’s second city. This is the culmination of several tactical regime victories against the opposition in recent weeks, largely due to Russian air support. Although some Western policy-makers (and many opposition supporters) continue to insist that Russia and its allies are sinking into a quagmire in Syria, the facts on the ground indicate that it is the insurgency and its backers who are stuck in a morass. Since the beginning of February, the regime took several towns north...
  • Closing In: Russia, Iran, Assad "Encircle" Syria's Largest City As Peace Talks Collapse In Geneva

    02/04/2016 10:06:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/4/16 | tyler durden
    Back in October, we previewed the “promised” battle for Aleppo, Syria’s largest city prior to the war. By the time Russia began constructing an air base at Latakia, the city - which is immensely important both from a strategic and psychological perspective - was controlled by a hodgepodge of rebels and militants including al-Qaeda, the Free Syrian Army, and ISIS. As we noted four months ago, if Russia and Hezbollah manage to recapture the city, it would effectively restore the Assad government in Syria even if the east of the country is still controlled by Islamic State. In many ways,...
  • DENNIS KUCINICH REPORTEDLY INTERVIEWS SYRIAN PRESIDENT ASSAD

    09/18/2013 11:26:29 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/18/13 | Oliver Darcy
    Former Democratic Congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich reportedly interviewed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday.
  • Putin says Russia could grant Syrian leader Assad asylum

    01/15/2016 5:52:55 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    APA ^ | 12 January 2016 | N/A
    Baku - APA. Russia could give asylum to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if he has to leave his country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published on January 12, according to RFE/RL. "It was surely more difficult to grant [U.S. national security contractor Edward] Snowden asylum in Russia than it would be in the case of Assad," Putin told the German tabloid Bild, referring to the American leaker of classified U.S. documents who was given asylum in Russia in 2013. Putin said it was too early to say whether Russia would have to give shelter to Assad as...
  • Jeb Bush Pledges Military Action in Middle East if President - To Take Out Assad?!?

    01/12/2016 12:18:05 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 66 replies
    Micheal Medved Show | 1/12/16 | Jeb Bush
    Get this. GOPe shill Michael Medved of Salem Media just opened his show with Jeb Bush as his guest. First thing Jeb says when asked about what he'd be saying in a State of the Union speech if he were President was that he'd have congress authorize a use of force to ... Wait for it. Take out Assad. Not take out IS? No, Assad. Just like Obama, and Hillary. And McCain. These guys are obsessed and cock-eyed. He would send US troops to overthrow Assad. But not The Islamic State? This is how he thinks he can gain votes...
  • Accept the Uncomfortable Truth: It’s Time to Support Assad

    01/07/2016 8:35:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/07/2016 | Jay Hallen
    As the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis metastasize, we need a new approach for these unfolding human tragedies. To date, the Obama administration has mostly sat on the sidelines, in part because of war fatigue, but mostly because in the crowded mix of factions fighting in Syria, there are no good actors to support. After the Pentagon's embarrassing admission that $500 million put only "four or five" Syrian opposition fighters on the ground, it is clear that it's fantasy to think we can find reliable Syrian allies who are both anti-ISIS and anti-Assad -- which is the official policy...
  • What do the world's leaders really think of Obama?

    01/04/2016 10:39:34 PM PST · by pboyington · 22 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 4, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Inside the minds of the world’s leaders; friendly, enemy and neutral… Putin – What this guy’s problem? He reminds me of an old cleaning lady waiting for a bus in Leningrad. All he needs is a scarf over his head. I’ve tried to get through to Obamsky, but he’s as cold as a Siberian lake; seems like nothing can break the ice with him. I’ve tried snow mobile racing, Rugby and walking on hot coals to try and bond with him, but nothing works. We did lift weights for a few minutes. He conked out after lifting a couple five...
  • Hezbollah Fighters Are Fed Up With Fighting Syria's War

    12/30/2015 1:26:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12/29/2015 | Jesse Rosenfeld
    They joined to fight Israel in Lebanon, but after multiple combat tours in the Syrian cities of Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, and around Damascus, Hezbollah reservists tell The Daily Beast that they are no longer willing to die in Syria's unending, bloody civil war. As a result of their refusal to continue volunteering to prop up the embattled government of Bashar al-Assad, they say that the Shia Party of God has cut off the money they were accustomed to receiving: reservist paychecks and permanent family benefits packages. What other consequences there may be remain to be seen. Imad, as we'll call...
  • Report: As Obama administration knowingly armed Islamic State in Syria, Joint Chiefs passed US

    12/29/2015 4:46:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 12/29/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    It's come to this: The Obama administration - and in particular the CIA - knowingly armed Islamic State terrorists in Syria. Okay, take it with a grain of salt. It came from Seymour Hersh. Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him – has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. Their criticism has focused on what they see as the administration’s fixation on Assad’s primary ally, Vladimir...
  • United States held secret communications with Assad's regime for years in a bid to limit violence

    12/25/2015 5:05:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/24/15
    United States held secret communications with Assad's regime for years in a bid to limit violence in Syria, officials claim U.S. officials held secret communications with members of President Bashar al-Assad's government for years to try to limit the violence in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. President Barack Obama's administration explored ways to encourage a military coup in 2011 as the civil war in the country got underway. American intelligence officials identified army officers belonging to Assad's minority Alawite sect who could lead a coup, but they found few weak spots to exploit, the Journal said, citing...
  • Blaming Russia…Again

    12/24/2015 8:17:49 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 12 replies
    Souloftheeast.org copied by 21stcenturywire.com copied by ZeroHedge.com ^ | December 19, 2015 by Daniel Spaulding Souloftheeast.org Seoul, South Korea | Daniel Spaulding copied by Tyler Durden on 12/24/2015 21:30 -0500
    In American politics the nation of Russia, especially as personified in its leader Vladimir Putin, becomes all things to all men.To American leftists, Russia is a neo-fascist, violently nationalist country that ruthlessly suppressed minority groups, especially homosexuals. To the American Right, Putin is the second coming of Stalin who is working to subvert good old-fashioned American values around the world.In line with the latter narrative, a certain Christian Gomez recently published an article on The New American website, the flagship of the John Birch Society, supposedly revealing that the Russian government is the real power behind the ISIS terrorist group,...
  • Seymour Hersh: US Military Shared Intelligence with Assad, Defied Obama

    12/24/2015 11:16:41 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 23 replies
    News Max ^ | 23 Dec 2015 | Bill Hoffmann
    The Joint Chiefs of Staff has indirectly supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a bid to help him defeat jihadist groups, a bombshell report by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh claims. Hersh writes in the London Review of Books that the group of senior military leaders who advise Secretary of Defense Ash Carter sent intelligence through Israel, Germany, and even Russia.
  • 15 Questions in Search of a Democratic Debate

    12/24/2015 10:45:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2015 | Larry Elder
    1) Polls show that, by a large margin, Americans feel we're on the wrong track, both economically and as to foreign policy. Yet none of you offers any criticism of President Barack Obama, who has been in charge for the last seven years. Why, then, should Americans believe that four more years, under your leadership, would be any different from the last seven? 2) Sen. Sanders, you've called for a $15-per-hour minimum wage. But even Vice President Joe Biden's economist, Jared Bernstein, considers a $15 hourly rate so high that it would cause an unacceptable loss of jobs. Is he...
  • Assad makes rare visit to church in Damascus frontline

    12/19/2015 10:01:51 PM PST · by Mariner · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 19th, 2015 | by Kinda Makieh
    Syrian President Bashar al Assad attended Christmas choir preparations in an ancient church close to a frontline area in the capital Damascus where his army is engaged in heavy fighting with rebels, state media said on Saturday. State television showed footage of Assad and his wife Asma making the visit overnight to the Notre Dame de Damas Church, where he was shown chatting to the choir. He took a seat near the altar and listened to a recital of Christmas poems in the main cathedral hall. The surroundings of the church in the old part of the ancient capital were...
  • Too Kool For Skool

    12/19/2015 6:48:19 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-19-2015 | MOTUS
    When you elect a president because he has a sharp crease in his trousers, looks like a professor, and sounds smart you pretty much get what you bargained for: a president with sharp creases in his trousers. Too Kool for SkoolRest assured that Barry still thinks he’s the smartest man in the room at any given time; and if you don’t believe me ask Chuck Hagel. Or any of Barry’s other former Secretaries of Defense. Because, you see, when you’re the Professor being smart means you’re right. And right is more important than being effective – at least in the...
  • Hagel: I greenlit strikes on Syria after “red line” crossed, but Obama overrode me

    12/18/2015 11:37:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Many questioned Barack Obama’s judgment when he backed away from his own “red line” in Syria, but Chuck Hagel tells Foreign Policy in an exclusive interview that it was actually worse than that. Obama lost his nerve, Hagel alleges, calling off promised strikes on Syria after Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons. Hagel also says that Obama’s team then stabbed him in the back as he was heading for the exits, and tried to “destroy me”: Jet-lagged from a long overseas trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had just sat down with his wife for a quiet dinner at an...
  • Syria Stunner: German Intelligence "Cooperating" With Assad, Berlin May Reopen Embassy In Damascus

    12/18/2015 9:49:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/18/2015 | Tyler Durden
    John Kerry went to Moscow on Tuesday and was absolutely elated when he stumbled on a Dunkin Donuts:But America’s top diplomat didn’t travel halfway around the world just to get coffee (we don't think). He also met with Sergei Lavrov and Vladimir Putin to discuss (what else?) Syria. You can get a decent idea of which side prevailed by taking a quick look at the following priceless image captured during a discussion between three of the world’s most powerful government officials:In short, Kerry ended up conceding once and for all that the fate of Bashar al-Assad has effectively been...
  • The Humiliation Is Complete: Assad Can Stay, Kerry Concedes After Meeting With Putin

    12/16/2015 11:17:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/15/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Back on September 20 (so, a full ten days before a three star Russian general strolled into the US Embassy in Baghdad to let the US know that airstrikes in Syria “start in 1 hour”), we said that the US strategy in Syria had officially unraveled.At the time, John Kerry had just concluded a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London. "For the last year and a half we have said Assad has to go, but how long and what the modality is, that's a decision that has to be made in the context of the Geneva...
  • John Kerry: Oh, by the way, the U.S. is no longer asking for regime change in Syria

    12/16/2015 7:41:00 AM PST · by RightGeek · 40 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12/15/2015 | Allahpundit
    After this story broke this afternoon, conservative Twitter spent an enjoyable half-hour swapping links to some of the many statements Obama’s made over the years insisting on regime change in Syria. How about this classic, from all the way back in 2011? Or how about this one from just three months ago? Better yet, how about this one from a mere four weeks ago? With the possible exception of “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” no Obama lie has been told more often or better captures his failures as president.Obama wants regime change. Putin doesn’t want...
  • US Not Seeking 'Regime Change' in Syria, John Kerry Says After Meeting With Russian President

    12/15/2015 3:48:46 PM PST · by McGruff · 64 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 15, 2015 | PATRICK REEVELL
    Following lengthy talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said the United States is not seeking regime change in Syria and that the U.S. and Russia see the conflict "fundamentally very similarly." "The United States and its partners are not seeking so-called regime change as it is known in Syria," Kerry said in a news conference inside the Kremlin, before immediately adding that the U.S. continues to believe that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has no possibility of remaining the country's leader in the future.
  • Assad can stay, for now: Kerry accepts Russian stance

    12/15/2015 1:47:58 PM PST · by BeauBo · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 15 December 2015 | MATTHEW LEE and BRADLEY KLAPPER
    MOSCOW (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday accepted Russia's long-standing demand that President Bashar Assad's future be determined by his own people, as Washington and Moscow edged toward putting aside years of disagreement over how to end Syria's civil war. "The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change," Kerry told reporters
  • Cruz: Middle East was more secure with Hussein, Gadhafi

    12/10/2015 2:29:07 PM PST · by Isara · 117 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/10/15 | Ryan Lovelace
    GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Thursday that the Middle East was more secure when key dictators were still in power, and said too many Democrats and Republicans have supported toppling Middle Eastern governments to the benefit of the United States' enemies."Was the world, in fact, in the Middle East, a more secure place when Saddam Hussein was in power, when Moammar Gadhafi was in power, and when [Bashar] Assad wasn't fighting for his life in Syria?" asked MSNBC's Joe Scarborough."Of course it was," Cruz answered. "That's not even a close call."Cruz said Gadhafi did bad things but had worked...
  • Tulsi Gabbard, Rising Democratic Star From Hawaii, Makes Mark on Party by Defying It

    11/29/2015 5:16:33 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, November 28, 2015 | Emmarie Huetteman
    WASHINGTON -- Between the chilly temperatures and the pace of the push-ups, there was plenty to complain about after eight lawmakers straggled into the park behind the Longworth House Office Building for their regular 6:30 a.m. workout. While the others in the group griped and groaned on a recent Tuesday, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, 34, her Hindu prayer beads wrapped around a wrist for her daily yoga meditation, said little. "Tulsi, you hearing a lot of whining?" asked Representative Markwayne Mullin, a burly Oklahoma Republican and former professional mixed martial arts fighter who leads the workouts, mocking the complaints of her...
  • Amid terror wave, UN adopts six resolutions — all anti-Israel

    11/25/2015 11:30:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    INN ^ | 11/25/2015, 2:25 PM | Ari Soffer
    In a move dubbed "surreal" by a leading UN watchdog, and as a campaign of daily Palestinian terrorist attacks continues to target Israelis, the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday adopted six resolutions - all of which bar none condemned Israel. Not a single mention was made of the Palestinian attacks, which have left 22 Israelis dead and hundreds wounded, nor did any other countries - even serial human rights violators such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and others - receive any of the General Assembly's attention. More disturbingly still, five of the the UNGA resolutions were sponsored by the...
  • Obama 2013: Assad must go. Obama today: Hopefully Assad won’t run for president again.

    11/25/2015 5:27:59 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 24, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A nifty catch by Josh Rogin from today's presser. If you want to see what "Smart Power" resolve looks like in practice, here’s where we are right now with a guy whom the supposed leader of the free world has been insisting for years must step down as president of Syria. (snip) As our rotten luck would have it, Assad is interested in running again for the presidency, according to Russian diplomats who recently spoke to him. Either Obama's kidding himself about Assad "choosing not to run" or he's hinting here that there may be ways to force Assad out,...
  • Told he must go, Syria's Assad may outlast Obama in office

    11/23/2015 8:23:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    AP ^ | 11/23/2015 | BRADLEY KLAPPER
    <p>As the United States has turned its attention to defeating the Islamic State group, it has softened its stance on the Syrian leader. More than four years ago, Obama demanded that Assad leave power. Administration officials later said Assad did not have to step down on "Day One" of a political transition. Now, they are going further.</p>
  • Putin Visits Tehran for Syria Talks (Meets with Ayatollah Khamenei)

    11/23/2015 7:31:30 AM PST · by xzins · 78 replies
    VOA ^ | 23 Nov 15 | VOA
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Tehran for talks with Iranian leaders about the crisis in Syria. On his first trip to Iran in eight years, Putin met with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday, as Russia nears a third month of military engagement in the conflict. The discussions come on a sidelines of a one-day trip to Iran for a summit of gas-exporting countries. Tehran and Moscow have supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the ongoing civil war that has crippled the country since 2011 and killed over 250,000 people. The violence has displaced millions more. On...
  • US lawmakers say forget Assad, focus on ISIS

    11/22/2015 7:02:49 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 63 replies
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | Nov 20 2015 | Deb Reichman
    In an unusual alliance, a House Democrat and Republican have teamed up to urge the Obama administration to stop trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad and focus all its efforts on destroying Islamic State militants. Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, and Austin Scott, a Republican, introduced legislation on Friday to end what they called an "illegal war" to overthrow Assad, the leader of Syria accused of killing tens of thousands of Syrian citizens in a more than four-year-old civil war entangled in a battle against IS extremists, also known as ISIS. "The U.S. is waging two wars in Syria,"...
  • On CNN, Why Did Jeb Claim That Bashar Assad Would ‘Execute’ Christians?

    11/20/2015 6:03:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | November 19, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    In a CNN interview this week, presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that only Middle East Christians should be granted refugee status in the U.S. (I argued in favor of this for two months prior to the Paris terrorist attacks which prompted Bush’s statement). In the midst of an otherwise good interview, however, Bush made a bizarre statement: There are a lot of Christians in Syria that have no place now. They’ll be either executed or imprisoned, either by Assad or by ISIS. “Executed or imprisoned” by Assad? This is an absurd and patently false assertion.
  • Minister Lavrov to US: Drop demands for Assad ouster if you want us to take out ISIS for you

    11/19/2015 7:36:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/19/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier today in the Philippines, Barack Obama responded to Russian and French proposals for an anti-ISIS coalition by suggesting that he’d join up — as soon as the Russians dispensed with Bashar al-Assad. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has a different deal in mind: Russia steps up to pull Obama’s chestnuts out of the fire and the US quits making demands about Assad. Consider it Moscow’s idea of a reset: Russia said Wednesday that following the carnage in Paris it was now clear that global powers should unite without any preconditions on the fate of Syria’s embattled leader Bashar...
  • Warning From Ted Cruz: ‘Far Too Many’ Republicans Are Eager to Drag US Into Syria’s Civil War

    11/18/2015 7:17:28 PM PST · by Isara · 105 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov. 18, 2015 | Leigh Munsil
    Putting U.S. troops on the ground in Syria to counter the Islamic State and take on Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime would be a mistake, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Wednesday."I don't believe the answer is sending boots on the ground to Syria," the Republican candidate for president told reporters in Washington. "President Obama - and I think far too many Republicans - are eager to get us in the middle of an internecine civil war in Syria. We don't have a dog in that fight."Assad is a "monster" who has murdered women and children and gassed his own citizens,...
  • Assad: Putin the ‘only defender of Christian civilization’

    11/18/2015 7:00:55 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Assad: Putin the ‘only defender of Christian civilization’ By Kellan Howell - The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Syrian President Bashar Assad said he considers his long-time ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin as the “only defender of Christian civilization” one can trust, a comment made in an interview with a French magazine following the Paris attacks. “When I look at the present state of things in the world, I realize that Vladimir Putin is the sole defender of Christian civilization one can rely on,” Mr. Assad told French magazine Valeurs Actuelles,
  • Putin the 'Only Defender of Christianity' – Bashar Assad

    11/17/2015 11:47:04 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 33 replies
    Sputnik News, Moscow ^ | 10:26 18.11.2015
    Syrian President Bashar Assad considers Russia's Vladimir Putin as the "only defender of Christian civilization one can trust.""When I look at the present state of things in the world I realize that Vladimir Putin is the sole defender of Christian civilization one can rely on," Assad said in an interview with French magazine Valeurs Actuelles. The Syrian leader also said that he would step down only if asked to by the Syrian people and the Syrian parliament, adding that the issue of his possible resignation had not yet been raised on an international level. Syria will only share intelligence information...
  • Obama rules out putting U.S. troops on the ground to fight Islamic State

    11/16/2015 7:29:47 AM PST · by maggief · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 16, 2015
    EXCERPT "There will be an intensification of the strategy that we put forward but the strategy they we put forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work," Obama told reporters at a news conference at the close of a Group of 20 summit.
  • Syria: The rise of the Assads

    11/04/2015 6:38:36 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 4, 2015 | By Neil Quilliam
    The conflict in Syria has drawn in major global powers, some supporting and some opposing President Bashar al-Assad. The Assad family has ruled Syria for more than four decades, but how did they rise to power? Hafez al-Assad was the architect of modern Syria. Following decades of coups and counter-coups in Syria, Hafez used the network he had built in the posts of Commander of the Syrian air force and Minister of Defence to seize power in 1970. To maintain his position, Hafez created a system of divide and rule and personalised his power to such an extent that it...
  • Le Figaro Poll: Over 70% Want Syria’s Assad to Remain in Power

    10/31/2015 10:04:07 AM PDT · by marvel5 · 8 replies
    RT ^ | October 31, 2015 | RT
    A recent poll carried out by France’s Le Figaro newspaper has indicated that at least 72 percent of respondents want Syrian President Bashar Assad to remain in power. The survey, published on Thursday, asked: “Should world powers demand Bashar Assad to leave?” At least 28 percent from 21,314 respondents have voted “Yes” so far, while the majority – 72 percent – have said “No”.
  • These (barrel) bombs are at the root of Syria’s massive refugee crisis

    10/31/2015 10:22:39 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 29, 2015 | Adam Banicki
    Bashar al-Assad denies dropping barrel bombs in Syria, but evidence overwhelmingly says otherwise. The use of barrel bombs has fueled the mass exodus of refugees from the country. Videos continue to be posted to YouTube showing helicopters in Syria dropping what appear to be the unpredictable weapon. Human rights group Amnesty International found that more than 3,000 civilian deaths between January 2014 and March 2015 occurred in Aleppo from barrel bombs. The makeshift weapon is an oil drum filled with explosives, fuel, and metal fragments. They are dropped haphazardly from helicopters with little control for targeting. The United Nations previously...
  • Russia says no country can use military force in Syria without government approval

    10/30/2015 6:31:19 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/30/15 | moscoq
    Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday that no country could use military force in Syria without first securing the agreement of the Syrian government, the TASS news agency reported. TASS said Ryabkov was responding to a question about the prospect of the United States launching a ground operation in Syria. "The question of using military force in any form without the agreement of Damascus is for us unacceptable," it quoted him as saying.
  • Jimmy Carter: A Five-Nation Plan to End the Syrian Crisis

    10/24/2015 8:55:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 10/23/2015 | jimmy carter
    I HAVE known Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria, since he was a college student in London, and have spent many hours negotiating with him since he has been in office. This has often been at the request of the United States government during those many times when our ambassadors have been withdrawn from Damascus because of diplomatic disputes. Bashar and his father, Hafez, had a policy of not speaking to anyone at the American Embassy during those periods of estrangement, but they would talk to me.
  • 'Russia, Jordan agree to 'coordinate' military ops in Syria'

    10/23/2015 10:02:52 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 13 replies
    business-standard.com ^ | October 23, 2015 Last Updated at 19:57 IST | AFP
    'Russia, Jordan agree to 'coordinate' military ops in Syria' AFP | Vienna October 23, 2015 Last Updated at 19:57 IST Russia and Jordan have agreed to "coordinate" military operations in Syria, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today after meeting his Jordanian counterpart. "The armed forces of the two countries, the Russian and Jordanian forces, agreed to coordinate their actions, including those of their air forces over Syria," Lavrov told journalists in Vienna, adding that a "mechanism" had been set up in the Jordanian capital.
  • Syria's Assad Visits Moscow To Discuss Military Plans With Putin

    10/21/2015 6:05:30 AM PDT · by EBH · 79 replies
    NPR ^ | 10/21/2015 | Bill Chappell
    In his first known international trip since civil war began in Syria, President Bashar Assad has just returned from a quick visit in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Assad reportedly briefed Putin on Syria's current and future military operations. Assad's trip was kept secret until after Tuesday's meeting and after the Syrian leader's safe return home. The Kremlin's official account of the meeting includes a quote from Assad, saying, "I want to thank the Russian people once more for the help you are giving Syria and express the hope that we will vanquish terrorism." Announcing the visit, state...
  • Turkey ready to accept transition period for Assad

    10/20/2015 9:48:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Al Aribya ^ | 10-20-2015 | Reuters, Ankara
    Turkey is ready to accept a political transition in Syria in which President Bashar al-Assad stays in symbolic power for six months before leaving office, and is discussing the plan with Western allies, two senior government officials said on Tuesday. NATO member Turkey has long been one of Assads fiercest critics, insisting that no lasting peace can be achieved in Syria without his removal from power. Work on a plan for Assads departure is under way ... (Assad) can stay for six months and we accept that because there will be a guarantee of his departure, one of the officials...
  • Russia, Iran Begin "Promised" Assault On Syria's Largest City In Final Bid To Restore Assad

    10/16/2015 7:32:51 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/16/15 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier this week, we noted that Iran had reportedly sent thousands of troops to Syria in preparation for an offensive aimed at retaking the city of Aleppo. With a population of more than 2 million, Aleppo was Syrias largest city prior to the war and its now run by a hodgepodge of rebels and militants including al-Qaeda, the Free Syrian Army, and ISIS. To get an idea of the effect the war has had on the city, have a look at the following before and after nighttime light emissions images: The battle is also notable for the scale of Irans...
  • The Russian Bear is Cutting off the Serpent's Head Here

    10/15/2015 9:29:58 AM PDT · by NRx · 26 replies
    an-Nahar ^ | 10-15-2015 | Hala Homsi
    The Russian Bear is Cutting off the Serpent's Head Here:Many Equations are Going to Change!by Hala Homsi Beware the bear, namely the "Russian bear". For those who know Russian affairs, "when it rises up, it doesn't just shake the inside of the house, but the entire world," president of the Open University: Dialogue of Civilizations in Moscow, member of the Russian Academy of Education and Professor of Western Thought and Philosophy of Civilizations at Lebanese University, Dr Suheil Farh, tells an-Nahar. For the Russian bear to rise up finally and be active militarily in Syria in the air and on...
  • Russia Declares "Holy War" on Islamic State

    10/14/2015 1:44:50 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 51 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | October 7, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The Orthodox Christian Church, which is reclaiming its traditional role in post-Soviet Russia, has just described its governments fight against the Islamic State and other jihadi groups in Syria as a holy war. According to Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Churchs Public Affairs Department, The fight with terrorism is a holy battle and today our country is perhaps the most active force in the world fighting it. The Russian Federation has made a responsible decision on the use of armed forces to defend the People of Syria from the sorrows caused by the arbitrariness of terrorists. Christians are suffering in...
  • Demoralized Obama natsec team grumbles: Hes too weak and passive towards Putin

    10/13/2015 8:43:12 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 13,2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Even this guys own deputies wont defend him anymore. Current and former Obama officials say the presidents reluctance to respond more assertively against Putin is signaling U.S. weakness and indecision. Were just so reactive, said one senior administration official. Theres just this tendency to wait and see what steps other actors take Sources familiar with administration deliberations said that Obamas West Wing inner circle serves as a brick wall against dissenting views. The presidents most senior advisers including National Security Adviser Susan Rice and White House chief of staff Denis McDonough reflect the presidents wariness of escalated U.S....
  • Syria's Kurds Are Contemplating an Aleppo Alliance with Assad and Russia

    10/12/2015 8:45:44 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 35 replies
    nrttv.com ^ | 10/9/2015 7:24:00 AM | Fabrice Balanche
    Syria's Kurds Are Contemplating an Aleppo Alliance with Assad and Russia 10/9/2015 7:24:00 AM Fabrice Balanche ..............Currently, the Syrian army still controls a third of Aleppo, which is connected to the rest of the government-controlled zone by a narrow road. But this corridor is being squeezed by the Daesh/ISIS on the east and al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra on the west. To win the battle for Aleppo, Assad will therefore need to cooperate with the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Syrian franchise of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The PYD is eager to connect its cantons around Kobane and Afrin...
  • Obama: Ive Been Skeptical From the Get-Go About Training the Syrian Opposition

    10/12/2015 8:29:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 12, 2015 | 8:04 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    President Obama now says he never believed in the $500-million program to train and equip the moderate Syrian opposition. The administration last week halted the failed program, which ended up training fewer than 100 Syrians, all but four or five of whom deserted or died after the Americans tried to turn them into anti-ISIS fighters. Steve, this is why Ive been skeptical from the get-go about the notion that we were going to effectively create this proxy army inside Syria, Obama told CBS Steve Kroft during an interview for 60 Minutes.