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  • Syrian Kurdish commander: We're ‘ready to engage’ with Damascus (Interview, SDF Chief Commander)

    09/26/2017 5:55:42 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | September 26, 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    RAQQA, Syria — Mazlum Kobane is the chief commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and, as such, the chief interlocutor of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS). The 45-year-old commander, widely known as Gen. Mazlum, is at the helm of the campaign to retake Raqqa, the self-styled capital of IS, which is in its final stages. Kobane, who displays an avid interest in politics beyond his military skills, has earned himself fame in Washington, where his name is frequently mentioned at various panels. Coalition officials who know Kobane are full of praise for the SDF commander, who...
  • War in Syria: Assad Thanks Iran and North Korea For Help In Letters (Truncated)

    09/15/2017 12:04:27 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 10 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 9/15/17 | Tom O'Connor
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has expressed his gratitude to the supreme leaders of Iran and North Korea in two recent letters thanking them for standing behind his government, which has been accused by the West of perpetrating human rights abuses throughout a six-year war against jihadists and other insurgent groups. In a letter sent Thursday to Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Assad thanked the leading Shiite Muslim cleric for providing crucial support to the Syrian military as it advanced against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) toward the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, where a three-year siege by the militants was...
  • Assad rejects security cooperation with the West

    08/20/2017 10:53:32 AM PDT · by Vostok-1 · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:17 BST, 20 August 2017 | Associated Press
    He said Syria will look east when it comes to political, economic and cultural relations. "The direct support of our friends, politically, economically and militarily, made our advance on the ground greater and the losses of war less. Therefore, they are our partners in these achievements on the road to crush terrorism," Assad said. "Let's be clear. There will be no security cooperation nor opening of embassies or even a role for some countries that say that they want to play a role in ending the crisis in Syria before they clearly and frankly cut their relations with terrorism," Assad...
  • Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria

    07/19/2017 1:51:22 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 54 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 07/19/17 | Greg Jaffe and Adam Entous
    President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials. The program was a central plank of a policy begun by the Obama administration in 2013 to put pressure on Assad to step aside, but even its backers have questioned its efficacy since Russia deployed forces in Syria two years later. Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an...
  • Obama's biggest achievement in Syria fell short — and Assad is rubbing it in his face

    07/12/2017 2:14:35 AM PDT · by yoe · 3 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 28, 2016 | Pamela Engel
    The Obama administration has touted its negotiations to remove chemical weapons from Syria as a major diplomatic achievement. But a new report from the UN Security Council found that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against civilians in violation of the deal the Obama administration brokered with the help of Russia in 2013.[snip]"The Assad regime has learned over the past five years that the Obama administration will do absolutely nothing to protect Syrian civilians from mass homicide," Fred Hof, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and a former special adviser for transition in Syria under...
  • Watchdog confirms sarin gas used in Syria chemical weapons attack in April

    06/30/2017 12:06:40 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jun 30, 2017 | Leah DePiero
    The international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Friday that sarin gas was used in the deadly April attack on a Syria town that left more than 80 people dead. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it deployed a team within 24 hours to collect samples, attend autopsies and interview witnesses. Due to security risks, the team was not able to be on the ground in the Khan Shaykhun area where the attack took place, but traveled to a "neighboring country" to conduct its work.
  • WEST NEEDS RUSSIA’S HELP TO FIGHT ISIS AND ASSAD CAN STAY, FRANCE’S MACRON SAYS

    06/23/2017 1:03:19 PM PDT · by Veto! · 22 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 6/21 | TOM O'CONNOR ON
    "Macron said Assad, who enjoys support from Russia and Iran, was not the enemy of France and that, with Russia’s support, French foreign policy in Syria would focus on targeting jihadist groups, whose supporters have killed hundreds in France...." " Interesting article. Headline says it all.
  • US aircraft shoots down Iranian-made drone in Syria

    06/09/2017 5:08:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/08/2017 | Barbara Starr, Ryan Browne and Zachary Cohen,
    US aircraft shot down an Iranian-made drone that fired on coalition forces patrolling with partner forces in southern Syria, a coalition spokesman told reporters on Thursday. This is the first time that pro-Syrian regime forces -- which the US says includes Iranian-backed Shia militias -- have fired on the US-led coalition. A US official told CNN that a US F-15 jet shot down the Iranian-made Shahed 129 drone, which was being controlled from a location in Syria north of At Tanf. It was shot down after it dropped one of several weapons it was carrying near a position where coalition...
  • Russia, Syria fume over U.S. strike on Syrian troops

    05/19/2017 7:00:13 AM PDT · by blueplum · 7 replies
    CBS ^ | 19 May 2017 5:19am | staff writers
    BEIRUT -- A Syrian military official said Friday that an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition on a government military position near the border with Jordan had killed several soldiers and caused material damage. The unnamed official's comments were carried by Syrian state TV a day after the U.S.-led coalition said a U.S. airstrike had struck pro-Syrian government forces that the coalition said posed a threat to American troops and allied rebels operating near the border with Jordan....On Thursday, the U.S. sent aircraft to strike Syrian regime vehicles that violated a "deconfliction" zone set up around al-Tanf, an army base where...
  • [2003] THE STRUGGLE FOR IRAQ: WEAPONS SEARCH; Iraqis Removed Arms Material, U.S. Aide Says [Clapper]

    04/07/2017 1:22:39 AM PDT · by Fedora · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 29, 2003 | Douglas Jehl
    The director of a top American spy agency said Tuesday that he believed that material from Iraq's illicit weapons program had been transported into Syria and perhaps other countries as part of an effort by the Iraqis to disperse and destroy evidence immediately before the recent war.The official, James R. Clapper Jr., a retired lieutenant general, said satellite imagery showing a heavy flow of traffic from Iraq into Syria, just before the American invasion in March, led him to believe that illicit weapons material ''unquestionably'' had been moved out of Iraq.''I think people below the Saddam Hussein-and-his-sons level saw what...
  • A Tale of Two Narratives #2 - The First Casualty

    05/10/2017 11:48:01 AM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007
    Youtube ^ | 5/9/2017 | Sargon of Akkad (Carl Benjamin)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjgnOz0qujU
  • US Judge Rules Assad Helped Al-Qaeda Kill Americans

    05/10/2017 10:18:24 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 17 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | May 8, 2017 | Ryan Mauro
    A district court judge ruled the Syrian regime — and specifically its ruler, President Bashar al-Assad — are liable for the murders of three Americans by al-Qaeda because of the regime’s massive support for the terrorist group’s branch in Iraq. In addition to those three Americans, tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers, Iraqis and others have been killed or injured due to Assad’s sponsorship of al-Qaeda and other jihadists. The lawsuit was filed by the families of Laurence Michael Foley, a U.S. diplomat in Jordan assassinated by al-Qaeda in 2002; Staff Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin, killed in Iraq in 2004...
  • To Hamas and Back - The Robert Malley Story

    11/11/2008 9:07:06 PM PST · by garetjax · 7 replies · 236+ views
    SurvivingSocialism.com ^ | 11/11/2008 | Garetjax
    Today the hot topic in the conservative blogsphere is the apparent return of Robert Malley. He was Obama’s senior foreign-policy adviser who had been caught meeting regularly with Hamas which Obama had pledged never to do and was subsequently thrown under the bus back in May of this year. Two days after the election he was dispatched by Obama to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Other reports have him leaving for the Middle East just hours after the election results. There is no confirmation from the Obama campaign on Malley but many sources are...
  • Report: Weakening Syria's government could help IS group

    04/18/2017 3:02:47 PM PDT · by McGruff · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 4/18/2017
    The Islamic State group could inadvertently benefit from a situation in which Syrian government forces are considerably weakened on the ground, a London-based military analysis group said on Tuesday. The report, published by IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, follows the United States bombing of a Syrian army base after a chemical weapons attack on April 4 killed nearly 90 people. The U.S. has accused the Syrian government of being behind the attack — charges that Syria denies. In Syria, the Islamic State group is battling both government forces and forces allied with the U.S.-led coalition.
  • MIT Weapons Expert: Latest Chemical Attack in Syria was Staged

    04/18/2017 12:48:47 PM PDT · by ReformedMedia · 20 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 04-18-2017 | Tim Brown
    Following the chemical attack in Syria, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) warned that the first casualty of war is the truth, and he questioned what we were told about the attack and who was responsible as the Trump administration launched an unconstitutional attack on a Syrian airfield.  Now, an MIT professor and weapons expert is challenging the official narrative and asking for the Trump administration to refute his conclusions. On Tuesday, Congressman Massie posted to Facebook an article in which Theodore Postol of MIT says there is no concrete evidence linking Assad to the attack. "I think it's important to collect all...
  • A Tale of Two Narratives #1 - The Media Halo (A look at the current situation in Syria)

    04/16/2017 10:44:54 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/15/2017 | Sargon of Akkad (Carl Benjamin)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmxRddgpo-I
  • Take a Breath

    04/16/2017 10:29:32 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 8 replies
    RACONTEUR REPORT ^ | FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017 | RACONTEUR
    The schizophrenia is palpable. We get rid of Obozo, send Shrillary to the showers - probably forever - thus ensuring she doesn't drive the country right off a cliff in fifth gear, and somehow, someone straps a 2x4 to Bitch McConjob long enough for him to use the nuclear option, derail ChuckU Schumer, get Judge Gorsuch confirmed to SCOTUS, and pave the way for Trump to carpet the country with conservative judges in every district and circuit, undoing Leftist destructive judicial activism for decades. Pretty good, right? Then Trump drops a few dozen old Tomahawks onto one of the vilest...
  • US Official: Russia knew Syrian chemical attack was coming

    04/14/2017 10:13:56 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 39 replies
    A.P. The Big Story ^ | Apr. 11, 2017 9:07 AM EDT | By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The United States has concluded that Russia knew ahead of time that Syria would launch a chemical weapons attack last week, ... The official offered circumstantial elements ..., but no concrete proof. ... others in the Trump administration cautioned that final American determination had been made that Russia had advance knowledge of the attack, which killed more than 80 people and prompted retaliatory U.S. cruise missile strikes. The senior official said Monday that a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a...
  • Syrian First Lady Asma Assad's social media posts reflect 'alternate reality,' critics say

    04/13/2017 12:27:01 PM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 13, 2017 | Cristina Corbin
    The Instagram account of Bashar Assad's wife is adorned with tender snapshots: Asma Assad reading to Syrian children; holding an infant inside a maternity hospital in Damascus; embracing the family of a Syrian who was killed in the nation's civil war – all with the affectionate hashtag #WeLoveYouAsma. It’s a stark contrast to the photos flooding news channels showing Syrian children lying dead in the streets after choking on poison gas that the U.S. and its allies said was unleashed by her dictator husband.
  • US Strike Exposes Weakness of Russian Anti-Missile System

    04/13/2017 8:45:06 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 25 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 10, 2017 | Paul Huang
    A recent U.S. missile strike on a Syrian airbase might have exposed a crucial weakness in Russia’s state-of-the-art S-400 defense system, according to experts. Under the orders of President Donald Trump on April 7, two U.S. destroyers located in the Mediterranean Sea launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles targeting Syria’s Shayrat airbase. The strike was in response to a chemical weapons attack by Syria’s Assad regime, which left more than 80 dead in a rebel-held area. The U.S. Tomahawk strike destroyed over a dozen Syrian bomber jets and hangers. Yet during the event, according to multiple sources, Syrian and Russian air...