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  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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.
  • Saudi Arabia replenished Syrian rebels with one effective weapon against the Assad regime

    10/11/2015 1:28:31 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/09/15 | Jeremy Bender
    A Saudi Arabian official has reportedly disclosed that the Sunni kingdom sent Syrian rebels a new batch of one of the most effective weapons for battling against the Assad regime this week. BBC correspondent Frank Gardner tweeted that a Saudi official confirmed the delivery of 500 TOW antitank missiles to the Free Syrian Army (FSA). The FSA is currently being squeezed from all directions by the Syrian military, Russian airstrikes, and competition from jihadist fighters, including ISIS. The delivery of the TOW missiles which have also been provided by the CIA will increase the capabilities of the FSA...
  • Shiites in Iraq Hailing Putin for Syria Push

    10/11/2015 6:53:22 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/11/2015 | Michael R. Gordon
    NAJAF, Iraq One of the most popular Facebook posts in Iraqs Shiite heartland is a Photoshopped image of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia dressed in the robe of a southern tribal sheikh. It was the American-led invasion in 2003 that toppled Saddam Hussein and empowered Iraqs long-repressed Shiite majority. The United States also took the lead more than a year ago to assemble a coalition to conduct airstrikes in Syria and Iraq against the Sunni militants of the Islamic State. But with the struggle against the Islamic State largely stalemated, it is the naked display of Russian military...
  • Syrian army advances with help of Russian strikes; Putin reaches out to Saudis

    10/11/2015 11:06:59 AM PDT · by amorphous · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11 Oct 2015 | Vladimir Soldatkin and Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    Russian warplanes pounded Syrian rebels unaffiliated with Islamic State on Sunday, insurgents said, helping Moscow's ally Bashar al-Assad reclaim territory and dealing a fresh setback to the strategy of Washington and its allies. President Vladimir Putin - who has infuriated Assad's enemies in the United States, Europe, Turkey and the Arab world by bombing the rebels to protect him - reached out to one of the Syrian leader's fiercest opponents by meeting the powerful defense minister of Saudi Arabia. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors the 4-year-old conflict, said the Syrian military and its Lebanese Hezbollah...
  • Over 1,000 Militants Surrender To Syrian Army In Last 24 Hours

    10/10/2015 7:29:02 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 19 replies
    Fars News Agency | October 7, 2015 ^ | October 7, 2015 | N/A
    Over 1,000 Militants Surrender To Syrian Army In Last 24 Hours The development came after President Bashar al-Assad in a televised address in July pardoned all soldiers who have fled the army, saying that his words served as a general decree to relevant officials. Hundreds of foreign-backed militants surrendered to the government troops in the province of Daraa, Syria's National Reconciliation Committee announced on Monday. Hundreds of foreign-backed militants surrendered to the government troops in the province of Daraa, Syrias National Reconciliation Committee announced on Monday. Over 1,000 terrorists laid down arms and surrendered to the Syrian authorities over the...
  • Why Putin Is So Committed to Keeping Assad in Power

    10/07/2015 6:23:05 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    FP ^ | October 7, 2015 | COLUM LYNCH
    Putin's growing military support for the beleaguered Syrian leader is meant to send a clear message to other anxious despots about Russian loyalty to its friends.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Russian jets 'intercept' US predator drones over Syria, officials say

    10/08/2015 12:14:20 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 10 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2015 October 07 | Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia's air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters a U.S. aircraft flying over Syria had to be rerouted to avoid a Russian fighter jet at least once. "We have taken action to maintain safe separation," Davis said, adding that the U.S. aircraft "changed path a little bit." He did not disclose which type of U.S. aircraft was involved. U.S. officials tell Fox...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Russian jets 'intercept' US predator drones over Syria, officials say

    10/07/2015 10:20:35 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/07/2015 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russias air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters a U.S. aircraft flying over Syria had to be rerouted to avoid a Russian fighter jet at least once. We have taken action to maintain safe separation, Davis said, adding that the U.S. aircraft "changed path a little bit." He did not disclose which type of U.S. aircraft was involved.
  • Decoding Putin's new narrative for Syria

    10/07/2015 12:44:58 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | Sandhya Jain
    Russia's launch of air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria has given a leash of life to the Syrian President. It has forced Washington to reconsider regime change as the cornerstone of its foreign policy architecture The Russians have arrived in West Asia, with a bang, with air strikes against the terrorist Islamic State (Dawlat al-Islamiyah f'al-Iraq w Belaad al-Sham, or Daesh, in Arabic), giving a new leash of life to the beleaguered Syrian President. Their arrival has strengthened Iran, the sole regional ally of the Damascus regime, given a fillip to the Shia Crescent from Iran to Iraq...
  • Escalating Syria Attack, Russia Fires Missiles From Warships

    10/07/2015 8:04:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/7/15 | ANNE BARNARD and ANDREW E. KRAMER
    The Russian military, sharply escalating its military intervention in Syria, launched 26 medium-range cruise missiles on Wednesday from four warships in the Caspian Sea, while providing air support for a ground offensive by pro-government forces. Russian officials said the missiles which traveled more than 900 miles, through Iranian and Iraqi airspace struck 11 targets in Syria, but they did not specify which groups were hit. It was not clear whether the missile strike was coordinated with the ground offensive, which was reported by antigovernment activists and insurgents around the central province of Hama, as well as by the...
  • Syrian forces begin ground offensive backed by Russia air and sea power

    10/07/2015 8:00:37 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/7/15 | Erin Cunningham and Andrew Roth
    Russian missiles fired from Caspian Sea warships traveled more than 900 miles to strike targets in Syria on Wednesday as Syrian government forces opened a ground offensive into areas that include rebel factions, officials said. The bombardment marked the first naval salvos in Russias week-old military intervention and another sharp escalation of Moscows firepower in Syrias multi-faction civil war. A map from Russias Defense Ministry showed the path of the cruise missiles crossing Iran and Iraq which would apparently require coordination from both nations and draw them indirectly into the Russian military intervention as gateways for attacks.
  • McCain: Russia 'Winning' in Syria

    10/06/2015 10:07:16 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 26 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 10/07/2015 | Chris Hannas
    WASHINGTONU.S. Senator John McCain criticized the response of President Barack Obama's administration to Russian military action in Syria, saying "everybody knows that Russia is winning." McCain, who has long promoted deploying U.S. ground forces to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, told Alhurra TV that Russia has established itself and become "the dominant player." "They have for the first time since 1973 played a major role in the Middle East, and they're achieving all of their objectives while we sit by and call it a quagmire or in the words of the secretary of defense, unprofessional," McCain said....
  • Obama authorizes resupply of Syrian opposition

    10/06/2015 8:16:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-5-2015 | Barbara Starr, Elise Labott and Jim Acosta,
    President Barack Obama authorized the resupply of Syrian Kurds and the Arab-Syrian opposition as part of a strategy to put pressure on ISIS from the north and strengthen the border, according to two senior administration officials. The approval came at a National Security Council meeting on Thursday. CNN reported over the weekend that the President also emphasized to his team that the U.S. would continue to support the Syrian opposition as Russia enters the war-torn country. "President Obama was clear that we intend to continue our efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL in Syria and to keep supporting the...
  • Putin has sent the feared Spetsnaz special forces into Syria to bail out Assad

    10/05/2015 5:08:54 PM PDT · by amorphous · 66 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | 5 Oct 2015 | Chris Hughes
    The move is a blow to Britain and Americas mission to wipe out Islamic State but maintain an opposition to brutal dictator Assad Russia has sent its crack special troops into Syria to back up President Bashar al-Assads bid to wipe out his opposition. Vladimir Putins feared Spetsnaz unit and a covert para battalion ghosted into the war-torn country and are preparing for an all-out assault on rebels fighting the regime including moderate units such as the western-backed Free Syrian Army. A military source said last night: Putins marines are there to guard the airbases they are using...
  • Bombshell: ISIS just hours from destruction ('It won't take very long at all to drive them out')

    10/05/2015 4:53:25 PM PDT · by amorphous · 71 replies
    WND ^ | 5 Oct 2015 | Chelsea Schilling
    A top terror expert says ISIS is now so weak that it could be decimated within hours. According to a London Express report Monday evening, Russian airstrikes, unruly leadership and numerous defections have destabilized the terror organization to the point that it wouldnt be capable of fighting off even a small attack. Terror analyst Dr. Afzal Ashraf told the paper that ISIS has drastically exaggerated its military power, prompting an international counterattack. Ashraf urged Western leaders to act now to wipe out the jihadi group. The U.S. has led a coalition of airstrikes against ISIS. The New York Times reported...
  • Syrias Assad Stresses Importance of Alliance With Russia, Iran, Iraq

    10/05/2015 4:51:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/04/15 | Asa Fitch and Sam Dagher
    Syrian president says coalition must succeed to secure regional stability Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that his coalition with Russia, Iran and Iraq must succeed in Syrias war, suggesting the alternative would be a region in chaos. The alliance must succeed, otherwise we are facing the destruction of the entire region and not just one or two states, Mr. Assad said in the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network interview. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that his coalition with Russia, Iran and Iraq must succeed in Syrias war, suggesting the alternative would be a region in chaos. The...
  • Iraqi PM to share anti-ISIS intel with Russia

    10/04/2015 6:24:03 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 22 replies
    trtworld ^ | 10/4 | trtworld
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi says Baghdad is willing to share anti-ISIS intelligence with Russia, Iran and Syria Oct 4, 2015 08:06 GMT Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi announced on Saturday that Iraq will share anti-ISIS intelligence with Russia, Iran and Syria if cooperation is requested. We have been fighting ISIS more than a year and we have some important security information that no other country has regarding ISIS, Abadi stated during a press conference which took place at the presidential office in the capital. Abadi also stated that he would welcome military equipment assistance from Iran, Syria...
  • Assad, Putin, and the smart move that Obama must make

    10/04/2015 7:48:08 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/04/15 | Barry Shaw
    From warfare to lawfare The words used to describe Obama in countries in the Middle East plus Ukraine include unreliable, skittish, weak in negotiations and feeble in foreign policy. Best evidence that these words have real meaning can be seen in the words not action policy of the Obama Administration when it comes to Syria. On August 20, 2012, Obama said, We have been very clear to the Assad regime but also to other players that a red line for us is seeing a whole lot of chemical weapons being moved around or utilized. That would change my calculus.
  • Does the West Prefer ISIS to Putin?

    10/03/2015 9:52:10 AM PDT · by pinochet · 37 replies
    Russian jets are bombing ISIS targets, and Western nations (the US, France and Britain) are denouncing Putin for those attacks. It is obvious some governments of the Western world want ISIS to win and take over the Middle East. For Heaven's sake, Putin is the only major world leader who is outspoken in defending the Christians in the Middle-East. Western governments do not care about Christians, whether in the Middle-East, or in America and Europe.
  • Obama: Im Not Losing To Putin In Syria

    10/03/2015 3:33:30 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 96 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 10-2-2015 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama is pushing back against the idea that hes been outmaneuvered in Syria by Russian President Vladimir Putin since the two met at the United Nations on Monday. Obama appeared frustrated by the suggestion during a press conference this afternoon, dismissing it as a notion only talked about in the Washington D.C. Sometimes the conversation here in the Beltway differs from the conversation internationally, Obama responded. Obama accused Putin of acting in Syria out of weakness, repeatedly referring to Russias weakening economy. He also compared his coalition to act against ISIS in Syria to Putins unilateral decision to prop...
  • Obama vows to not engage in Syria proxy war

    10/02/2015 10:36:45 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 10-3-2015
    U.S. President Barack Obama stressed Friday that Russia and the United States would not engage in a "proxy war" due to their different positions on the brutal Syrian civil war. "We're going to continue to have tensions. And we're going to continue to have differences," Obama told a press conference. "But we're not going to make Syria into a proxy war between the United States and Russia." Obama said the U.S. is clear on sticking to its policy in Syria, citing President Bashar al-Assad as the problem. No amount of U.S. military engagement will solve political problems, he asserted. He...
  • U.S., allies demand Russia halt Syria strikes outside IS areas

    10/02/2015 9:17:45 AM PDT · by ETL · 147 replies
    Reuters, via Yahoo News ^ | Oct 2, 2015 | Tom Perry and Lidia Kelly
    BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia bombed Syria for a third day on Friday, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups rather than the Islamic State fighters it said it was targeting and drawing an increasingly angry response from the West. The U.S.-led coalition that is waging its own air war against Islamic State called on the Russians to halt strikes on targets other than Islamic State. "We call on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians and to focus its efforts on fighting ISIL," said the coalition, which includes the United States, major...
  • Russian warplanes strike deep inside Islamic States heartland

    10/02/2015 8:10:39 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/02/2015 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT Russian warplanes have struck targets deep inside the Islamic States heartland province of Raqqa for the first time, Russias Defense Ministry said Friday. The strikes were carried out against an Islamic State training camp and a command post near the city of Raqqa, expanding the scope of a three-day old air campaign that had previously focused on attacking rebel groups opposed to the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Syrian Ambassador: Two Days Of Russian Strikes More Effective Than Year-Long American Campaign

    10/01/2015 8:17:16 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 46 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10/01/2015 | Tim Hains
    CNN's Matthew Chance reports from Moscow that the Syrian ambassador to Russia has announced that Russian forces are targeting "all rebel groups," not just ISIS. The Syrian ambassador also said that, from a Syrian tactical perspective, the two days of Russian bombing have been more advantageous than two years of American strikes on ISIS.
  • WWIII is shaping up in Syria: ...likens alliance to 'apocalyptic visions of John the Revelator'

    10/01/2015 7:31:58 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 73 replies
    WND ^ | September 30, 2015 | Joseph Farah
    World War III is shaping up in Syria right now, thanks to Barack Obama. According to Russian Sen. Igor Morozov, Beijing has agreed to dispatch naval forces, including an aircraft carrier, to Syria alongside a Russian military force that will join Hezbollah and Iranian army regulars in Syria, an immediate neighbor to the north of Israel, and Iraq to fight ISIS. Now this is both good news and bad news: Good news: Somebodys got to fight ISIS. And its clearly not going to be the U.S. under Barack Obama. Somebodys got to soundly defeat and destroy ISIS. And thats clearly...
  • Fiorina: Us Should Secure No-fly Zone Around US Backed Anti-assad Rebels, Be Prepared To Use Force

    10/01/2015 7:19:06 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 88 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/30/15 | IAN HANCHETT
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina argued the US should secure a no-fly zone around anti-Assad rebel forces that were supporting and be prepared to use force against Russia if need be on Wednesdays Hannity on the Fox News Channel. Fiorina said, Well, first, we know whats going on. Syria and Russia, who have had a longstanding relationship, Iran, and Iraq, are forming an unholy alliance. Russias intentions are to shore up, and stabilize the Assad regime. ISIS is sort of a camouflage. There is no doubt, that Russia will be conducting airstrikes against anti-Assad rebels, whether or not they happen...