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  • Archbishop of Damascus: 91 churches and 1,400 mosques destroyed in Syria conflict

    07/01/2015 1:17:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 1, 2015 | Ed West
    Maronite leader appeals to worldwide faithful for help The Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, Samir Nassar, has written to Christians in the West asking them to help his country’s 12 million refugees and displaced people.In a letter to Aid to the Church in Need, the Maronite archbishop called the Syrian crisis “the cruelest human drama since the Second World War”, pointing out that 5.6 million children were affected by the war and that many people were dying in the conflict from wounds because of the exodus of doctors and a shortage of medical drugs. He also noted that 1,400 mosques and...
  • Assad Targets Civilians, Hospitals Amid Defeats in Syrian War

    06/18/2015 10:00:52 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 18, 2015 | Daniel Wiser
    The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad is systematically targeting civilians and hospitals, often with chemical weapons, to reverse recent setbacks in the countrys civil war, witnesses told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Assads forces have suffered a number of battlefield defeats in recent months, with the Islamic State and the al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra gaining ground north of the capital Damascus and more moderate rebel groups achieving victories in the south. The Syrian army has also lost about half of its soldiers throughout the course of the four-year civil war and has increasingly relied on outside militant...
  • 'Elephant Rockets' Dropped By Pro-Assad Forces Kill Dozens Near Damascus, Report Says

    06/17/2015 11:09:44 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 17 2015 | Avaneesh Pandey
    At least 27 people were killed and over 60 injured near the Syrian capital of Damascus in attacks by pro-government forces on Tuesday, Al Jazeera reported. The attacks, which were allegedly carried out using improvised weapons known as elephant rockets, reportedly targeted rebel-held areas in the city of Douma, about 6 miles from Damascus. These weapons are made by attaching rocket motors to much larger bombs -- a process that increases their destructive power while greatly reducing accuracy.
  • Gazans Upset with UNRWA Aid to Brethern in Syria

    06/09/2015 10:37:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/6/15 | Dalit Halevi & Ari Yashar
    Israel has often complained that UNRWA, the UN body dealing with "Palestinian refugees," merely exists to continue the conflict without resettling the people it treats as the UN does with all other refugees, but apparently the Palestinian Arabs are unhappy with the organization too - for not giving them enough, and for giving too much to their brethern in Syria's Yarmouk neighborhood. Residents of Gaza defined as "refugees," namely the descendants of Arab residents who left Israel in the 1948 War of Independence, are protesting against UNRWA after the latter transferred resources to displaced Palestinian Arab residents of the Yarmouk...
  • Moderate rebels take key southern base in Syria, dealing blow to Assad

    06/10/2015 11:56:08 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 9, 2015 | Hugh Naylor (Sam Alrefaie contributed to this report)
    A coalition of moderate rebel factions known as the Southern Front took control of the Brigade 52 base by early afternoon, spokesman Issam al-Reis said. Brigade 52 is the largest military installation in Daraa province, which borders Jordan, and is key to the defense of northern routes leading to the Syrian capital, Damascus... The loss of the base is another blow to Assad's forces, which have recently suffered a string of battlefield defeats. A largely Islamist rebel alliance that includes al-Qaeda's powerful Syria affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, has seized most of northwestern Idlib province. The Islamic State militant group has captured...
  • Iranian fighters go to Syria to help defend Damascus

    06/07/2015 4:05:57 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | June 7, 2015 | Michael Jansen
    Thousands of Iranian, Afghan and Iraqi fighters have arrived in Syria to defend Damascus and its suburbs against Islamic State (IS), which has said it will mount an offensive against the capital following recent battlefield successes in Deir al-Zor and Palmyra. So far, 7,000 have reportedly been positioned around the city. They are expected to go on the offensive to retake from fundamentalist militiamen the suburb of Jobar from which they can easily access the eastern gates of the city. The total number of reinforcements sent by Iran could rise to 15,000 when fighters reach the northern port of Latakia...
  • Syria's female tank drivers: Battalion of 800 women commandos in fierce clashes with rebels

    06/06/2015 10:12:36 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 25 March 2015 | FLORA DRURY
    Four years ago, it would have been unheard of for a woman to be part of the Syrian Army, let alone driving one of the tanks and shooting rockets. But the women pictured here are now part of the Syrian regime's most elite force, the Republican Guard, tasked with defending Damascus' suburbs from rebel attacks. Women were first recruited to the elite group of soldiers - the only battalion allowed within the boundaries of Damascus - nearly a year ago. Today, 800 are on the streets of the city, filling in for the soldiers who have been sent out to...
  • Obama Desecrates Memorial Day And Agrees To Commit U.S. Military To Serve Under Turkeys Conquest

    05/26/2015 12:58:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 5/26/15 | Walid Shoebat
    Obama desecrates Memorial Day. The U.S Military will now be committed to advance an Islamic Grand Caliphate. Hard to imagine? Its easy if you try, by simply reading our report. Yesterday, on Memorial Daywe open the papers to read theheadlinesTurkey and US agree in principle to provide air support for Syrian rebels. And it wasnt the president ofthe United States or a spokesperson from the White house that broke the news, but through the mouth ofthe Turks,Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister told the pro-government Daily Sabah newspaper in comments published Monday on Memorial Day.On Memorial Day, the Turks told...
  • Syria Regime 'Ready to Accept De-Facto Partition'

    05/24/2015 7:54:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 71 replies
    Israel National News ^ | Sunday, May 24, 2015 | Sammy Ketz (AFP), contributions by Arutz Sheva Staff
    Weakened by years of war, Syria's government appears ready for the country's de facto partition, defending strategically important areas and leaving much of the country to rebels and jihadists, experts and diplomats say. The strategy was in evidence last week with the army's retreat from the ancient central city of Palmyra after an advance by the Islamic State group (ISIS or IS)... Syria's regime labels all those fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad "terrorists," and has pointed to the emergence of ISIS and Al-Nusra as evidence that opponents of the regime are extremists. Since the uprising against Assad began in...
  • ISIS controls 50 percent of Syria after takeover of Palmyra [Isaiah 17]

    05/22/2015 9:59:45 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/21/2015 | Staff
    The Islamic State terror group now controls over half of Syrian territory after seizing the village and archaeological site of Palmyra Thursday, activists monitoring Syria's civil war said. Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the Associated Press the extremists overran the archaeological site, just to the southwest of the modern settlement on Palmyra, shortly after midnight local time. In Damascus, state TV acknowledged that pro-government forces had withdrawn from the town. A Facebook page close to ISIS published a statement Thursday, purportedly from the group, saying "the soldiers of the Islamic State" completed their control...
  • "The Army of Muhammad" Confesses: We Received Aid in Money and Arms from Syria and Iran

    01/18/2005 8:42:39 AM PST · by TexKat · 9 replies · 949+ views
    MemriTV ^ | 1/14/05
    The following are excerpts from the televised confessions of Muayed Al-Nasseri, who commanded Saddam Hussein's "the Army of Muhammad" throughout 2004. The confessions were aired by the Iraqi TV channel that operated from the UAE, Al-Fayhaa TV, on January 14, 2005. Interrogator: What is your name? Muayed Al-Nasseri: Colonel Muayed Yassin 'Aziz 'Abd Al-Razaq Al-Nasseri, commander of the Army of Muhammad, one of the resistance factions in Iraq. The Army of Muhammad was founded by Saddam Hussein after the fall of the regime, on April 9, 2003. At first, Yasser Al-Shab'awi was put in charge, until his captured in July...
  • ISIS Is Just Miles Away From Assad's Presidential Palace In Damascus

    04/09/2015 10:53:30 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4-9-2015 | Tyler Durden
    Dont look now but ISIS fighters are just a few short miles away from Bashar al-Assads Presidential Palace in Syria after taking control of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus where some 18,000 are trapped in what the UN calls a beyond inhumane situation. The camp, which has been under siege by the Assad regime for years came under attack by ISIS earlier this month who reports indicate may be working alongside al-Qaedas Syrian arm al-Nusra in what would be a break with recent precedent. Some Palestinian factions who, alongside the Free Syria Army are battling ISIS for control...
  • Islamic State takes 90 percent of Damascus refugee camp: monitor [Isaiah 17]

    04/04/2015 9:11:31 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 16 replies
    Yahoo Canada ^ | 4/4/2015 | Oliver Holmes
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State has taken control of 90 percent of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts where 18,000 civilians have suffered years of bombing, army siege and militia control, a monitoring group said on Saturday. The hardline group's offensive in Yarmouk gives it a major presence in the capital. Islamic State, the most powerful insurgent group in Syria, is now only a few kilometers from President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power. The United Nations has said it is extremely concerned about the safety and protection of Syrians and Palestinians in the camp. Civilians trapped there have...
  • Damascus, Syria, Wakes Up to Massive Rocket Attacks

    02/05/2015 11:12:19 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5 Feb 2015 | Molly Hunter
    Residents of Damascus, Syria, awoke Thursday morning to rocket attacks in the center of the city, apparently by the Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam), the second attack in as many weeks. Syrian state news agency SANA said five people were killed ...
  • Hard Times for Hezbollah

    01/31/2015 6:24:20 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 2, 2015 | Lee Smith
    Is Irans Lebanese client losing its grip? Last week Hezbollah buried one of its princes, Jihad Mughniyeh, the 22-year-old son of the late Imad Mughniyeh, a legendary Hezbollah commander implicated in such infamous operations as the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. The assassination of the elder Mughniyeh in Damascus in 2008, typically attributed to Israel, is regarded as one of the organizations most traumatic blows. However, some in the Shiite community here say that Israels January 18 strike on a three-car convoy in the Golan Heights near the Syrian town of Quneitrawhich killed the younger Mughniyeh...
  • The FBI is looking for Ghazi Nasr Al-Din and believes he could be in South Florida

    02/01/2015 4:09:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    WPTV ^ | January 30, 2015
    The FBI is looking for Ghazi Nasr Al-Din and believes he could be in South Florida. He was just added to the bureaus seeking information terrorism list. The agency wants to talk to him about his fundraising efforts with Hezbollah contributors. Hezbollah is an Islamic militant group. Nasr Al-Din is 5 foot 7 and weighs about 175 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes and an olive complexion. He speaks Arabic and Spanish and he has dual citizenship in Lebanon and Venezuela. If you see him call the FBIs toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800- 225-5324) or contact your local...
  • The Birth Of A Tool.

    12/07/2014 2:26:11 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 24 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 1 yr ago | John Neeman Tools
    This "Modern Damascus" is made from several types of steel and iron slices welded together to form a billet, and currently the term "damascus" (although technically incorrect) is widely accepted to describe modern pattern welded steel blades in the trade. The patterns vary depending on how the smith works the billet. The billet is drawn out and folded until the desired number of layers are formed. In order to attain a Master Smith rating with the American Bladesmith Society, the smith must forge a damascus blade with a minimum of 300 layers. Special thanks to the band Foreign Fields from...
  • Israeli jets 'strike near Damascus' - Syrian army

    12/07/2014 10:37:43 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    bbc ^ | 7 December 2014 Last updated at 13:18 ET
    Israeli planes bombed the area near Damascus international airport and the town of Dimas, the Syrian army said in a statement carried on state television. No casualties were reported. There has been no confirmation of the air strikes from Israel.
  • Israel Attacks Damascus

    12/07/2014 10:36:49 AM PST · by George Varnum · 20 replies
    Paul Begley Evangelical Ministries ^ | Dec. 7, 2014 | Pastor Paul BEGLEY
    Pastor Paul BEGLEY just posted a You Tube with this breaking report.
  • 'King Of Clubs' Being Sheltered By Syrian Army

    05/10/2003 4:23:59 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 585+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-11-2003 | Damien Mcelroy
    'King of clubs' being sheltered by Syrian army By Damien Mcelroy in Damascus (Filed: 11/05/2003) The king of clubs from America's card deck of most wanted Iraqis is being sheltered at a military base in the Syrian capital Damascus, according to a Gulf diplomat. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former vice-president of Iraq and one of Saddam Hussein's closest henchmen, is said to be under the protection of Syria's Republican Guard in the decrepit military base near the airport. He is among thousands of regime figures who are believed to have slipped into Syria before Damascus sealed the border. Izzat had...
  • The Rebels Are Gaining Ground in Syria

    08/24/2014 4:37:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 13, 2014 | Robert S. Ford
    Don't believe everything you read in the media: The moderate rebels of Syria are not finished. They have gained ground in different parts of the country and have broken publicly with both the al Qaeda affiliate operating there and the jihadists of the Islamic State. Meanwhile, President Bashar al-Assad's regime is showing new signs of weakness. The death of moderate armed opposition elements has been greatly exaggerated. These groups -- whom I define as fighters who are not seeking to impose an Islamic state, but rather leaving that to a popular decision after the war ends -- have recently gained...
  • James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head

    08/20/2014 7:27:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/20/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obvious from his Twitter feed.Any human life lost is tragic, but a moral individual would have much more empathy for the Syrian Christians who suffered at the hands of Foley’s favorite Jihadists than one of their pet propagandists. Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government.He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict...
  • Assessing the State of the Syrian Army as ISIS Advances

    08/03/2014 5:06:23 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    abc news ^ | 8-3-2014 | KAREN LEIGH, Syria Deeply
    We asked Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, and Aram Nerguizian, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, to weigh in on the state of the Syrian army and how it can respond to the challenge from ISIS. Syria Deeply: What is the state of the Syrian army? Joshua Landis: In Damascus, ISIS has gone to war with the Islamic Front in the Ghouta area and has been squeezed out of Ghouta, and is now trying to open a new front in Qalamoun, the range of mountains near...
  • Pictures Show Historic Damascus Synagogue Destroyed

    05/27/2014 11:36:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Times of Isreal ^ | May 28, 2014
    After numerous reports of damage from civil war, Jobars Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue flattened in attack on capitals suburbA historic synagogue on the outskirts of Damascus was reportedly destroyed amid fighting in Syrias civil war. Earlier reports from 2013 variously indicated that the centuries-old synagogue was destroyed and intact amid fighting between pro-Assad and Syrian rebel forces.. Opposition leaders said Syrian army forces flattened the more than 400-year-old Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue in an attack over the weekend part of a months-long bombardment of the suburb of Jobar and also may have destroyed thousands of Jewish artifacts, The Daily Beast...
  • Palestinian In Damascus: We Do Not Want Palestine..We Ask For Israeli Citizenship

    01/27/2014 5:25:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Israellycool ^ | 1/26/14 | Aussie Dave
    Tens of thousands of people in Yarmouk, mostly palestinians, have been besieged for months by Syrian government forces, with little access to food and medicine. The below video was taken in Yarmouk and posted to YouTube Palestinian In Damascus: We Do Not Want Palestine..We Ask For Israeli Citizenship Posted by: Aussie Dave in Aussie Dave January 26, 2014 4 Comments 156 Views Tens of thousands of people in Yarmouk, mostly palestinians, have been besieged for months by Syrian government forces, with little access to food and medicine. The below video was taken in Yarmouk and posted to YouTube . Its...
  • Clerics rule besieged Damascus residents may eat dogs

    10/15/2013 5:31:08 PM PDT · by haffast · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 October 2013 Last updated at 11:09 ET | Sebastian Usher
    A group of Syrian clerics have issued a ruling - or fatwa - allowing people living in besieged suburbs of Damascus to eat meat that is normally forbidden. In a video, the Muslim clerics said people could eat cats, dogs and donkeys to stave off hunger. The fatwa comes amid reports of starvation in the besieged, rebel-held Damascus suburb of Muadhamiya. Aid agencies have urged the government to allow humanitarian supplies to the area, where many residents are trapped. Hundreds of civilians, some carried on stretchers, were able to flee Muadhamiya at the weekend following a temporary ceasefire. 'Absurd situation'...
  • Assad forces said to use poison gas in new Damascus attack

    09/12/2013 4:29:15 AM PDT · by don-o · 75 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Seo\ptember 12, 2013 | Asher Zeiger
    Syrian rebels claim that the army of President Bashar Assad again used poison gas in an attack on rebel forces in the Damascus area Thursday, an Israel Radio report said. The report was based on rebel sources, who said the attack took place in the Jobar neighborhood of the capital. The rebel sources said they could not tell what kind of chemical weaponry had been used, but that it was a poison gas of some kind, and was causing injuries, including breathing difficulties.
  • Syria said to use gas against Qabun neighborhood

    09/06/2013 1:02:13 PM PDT · by Dbdaily · 70 replies
    By MarketWatch WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Syrian forces have used gas against the Qabun neighborhood of Damascus, Al-Arabiya is reporting citing activists, according to a Bloomberg News report of what the station said.
  • RT sources: Syrian rebels plan chem attack on Israel from Assad-controlled territories

    09/10/2013 1:04:59 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 21 replies
    RT ^ | 09/10/2013 | RT
    A chemical attack may be launched on Israel by Syrian rebels from government-controlled territories as a "major provocation," multiple sources told RT. The report comes as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov proposed that Syria puts its chemical weapons arsenal under international control for subsequent destruction in order to prevent a possible military strike against the war-torn country. Moscow also urged Syrian authorities to join the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The offer has already been passed over to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, who met Lavrov in Moscow for talks on Monday. We dont know if Syria will...
  • Finding Redemption on the Road to Damascus

    09/08/2013 10:16:51 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 8, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The Road to Damascus has long served as a term signifying discovery and conversion, a reframing of ones attitude toward life. It may be gradual, or it may be instantaneous, just as one may spend a long time traveling a road, hundreds of miles even, or one may just turn a corner onto a new road, and be immediately overwhelmed. Known as the City of Jasmine, Damascus is the capital of Syria, and has therefore been identified as one of Americas key enemies for many years. Bashir Assad, like his father before him, has supported terrorist organizations Hezbollah in...
  • Iran vows to support Syria 'to the end,' but rules out sending arms, troops to Damascus

    09/05/2013 3:56:27 PM PDT · by Libloather
    Jpost ^ | 9/05/13
    Iran will support Syria "to the end" in the face of a possible US-led military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad as punishment for his alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians, the commander of the Islamic Republic's Quds Force vowed on Wednesday, Iranian news agency Fars reported on Thursday. "The aim of the United States is not to protect human rights ... but to destroy the front of resistance [against Israel]," Qassem Suleimani was quoted as saying in a speech made to Iran's Assembly of Experts that supervises the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He...
  • The Road To Damascus

    09/03/2013 6:51:00 PM PDT · by Dysart · 5 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 9-2-13 | Daniel Greenfield
    In 2007, the new Democratic Majority Leader defied President Bush by sitting down to meet with a member of the Axis of Evil."We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace," Pelosi told reporters after her talks with Assad. Now the road to Damascus is the road to war. And Pelosi and Obama are racing down it along with everyone else. Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour are nowhere to be found striding insouciantly through the desert or hoofing it alongside a camel. This road movie has an entirely different cast...
  • John Kerry: US has proof that sarin gas used in Syria

    09/01/2013 11:02:08 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 162 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 1 September, 2013 | Harriet Alexander, and agencies
    John Kerry, the American secretary of state, has said that the United States now has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria and said "the case gets stronger by the day" for a military attack. President Bashar al-Assad, he said, "has now joined the list of Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein" in deploying chemical weapons against his population. A day after President Barack Obama stepped back from his threat to launch an attack, Mr Kerry said in a series of interviews on the Sunday news shows that the administration had learnt of the sarin use within the past 24 hours...
  • Syrian Official: If Damascus is Attacked, Tel Aviv Will Burn

    08/27/2013 7:47:20 PM PDT · by Lera · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/28/2013 | Elad Benari
    A senior official in the Syrian army warned the United States and its partners on Tuesday that waging a full-scale war on Syria would be reciprocated with an immediate attack on Tel Aviv. "If Damascus comes under attack, Tel Aviv will be targeted too and a full-scale war against Syria will actually issue a license for attacking Israel," the Syrian army source told the Iranian Fars news agency. "Rest assured that if Syria is attacked, Israel will also be set on fire and such an attack will, in turn, engage Syria's neighbors," he added. The source also warned the U.S....
  • Blasts in the Night, a Smell, and a Flood of Syrian Victims (Excruciating Details of Victims)

    08/27/2013 12:23:45 PM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Thousands of sick and dying Syrians had flooded the hospitals in the Damascus suburbs before dawn, hours after the first rockets landed, their bodies convulsing and mouths foaming. Their vision was blurry and many could not breathe. Overwhelmed doctors worked frantically, jabbing their patients with injections of their only antidote, atropine, hoping to beat back the assault on the nervous system waged by suspected chemical agents. In just a few hours, as the patients poured in, the atropine ran out. To avoid contamination, medics stripped new arrivals down to their underwear and doused them with water before taking them inside....
  • US gave Iraq intel in 1980s, ignored chemical attacks: report

    08/27/2013 7:53:12 AM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | 26 August 2013 | AFP
    AFP - The United States provided Iraq with intelligence on preparations for an Iranian offensive during the Iran-Iraq war even though it knew Baghdad would respond with chemical weapons, Foreign Policy magazine reported Monday. Citing declassified CIA documents and interviews with former officials, the magazine reviewed the US record as Washington weighs military action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons near Damascus last week. The magazine said the US knew in 1983 that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein would not hesitate to resort to shelling Iranian forces with sarin or mustard gas. "As Iraqi attacks continue and intensify...
  • LIVE - 2:30 EDT Announcement from John Kerry on Syria

    08/26/2013 11:15:10 AM PDT · by GraceG · 295 replies
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  • Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria [The Clown & Cameron Pretend to be Tough]

    08/25/2013 3:46:24 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 204 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8/25/13 | Tim Ross and Ben Farmer
    Britain is planning to join forces with America and launch military action against Syria within days in response to the gas attack believed to have been carried out by President Bashar al-Assads forces against his own people.
  • Fears of food and water poisoning after Damascus gassings

    08/25/2013 1:55:57 PM PDT · by bgill · 8 replies
    yahoo ^ | Aug. 25, 2013 | unk
    (This story was reported by a journalist whose name has been withheld for security reasons) "They keep calling me throughout the day, and they are frantic. They ask: Mum, what about the watermelon? Does it absorb the chemicals? What about the milk?' I try to calm them down, but I'm very worried myself... it was the first time she was seriously worried about food contamination since the U.S.-led invasion of neighboring Iraq made Syrians fear contamination of imported food... And you're asking me what I think about America coming? Things can't get much worse."
  • U.S. Poised To Strike Syria With Missiles

    08/23/2013 3:55:24 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 156 replies
    CBS ^ | 8/23/13 | Charlie Kaya
    BREAKING. @CBSDavidMartin: US naval commander orders warships to move closer to Syria to be ready for possible Cruise missile strike.
  • Syrians retrieve 'sleeping' dead after alleged chemical attack

    08/21/2013 10:08:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 21, 2013 | By Erika Solomon and Stephen Kalin
    The men, women and children lying undisturbed in their beds had looked so peaceful they might have been just sleeping, Abu Nidal thought, as he and other rescuers dragged their bodies into the street. His was one of many accounts of a massive assault on the eastern suburbs of Damascus that activists say killed more than 500 people on Wednesday morning. "We would go into a house and everything was in its place, every person was in their place. They were lying where they had been. They looked like they were asleep. But they were dead," he told Reuters by...
  • Opposition says as many as 1,300 killed in gas attack near Damascus

    08/21/2013 6:59:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/21/13 | Dominic Evans
    (Reuters) - Syria's opposition accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of gassing many hundreds of people - by one report as many as 1,300 - on Wednesday in what would, if confirmed, be the world's worst chemical weapons attack in decades.
  • Iran: 'Zionism octopus threatens Muslims'---Hamas: Mughnieh murder 'Zionist gangsterism'

    02/13/2008 1:56:39 PM PST · by SJackson · 33 replies · 66+ views
    'Zionism octopus threatens Muslims' Wed, 13 Feb 2008 16:50:18 Hamas has called on the Muslim world to unite against Israel after the assassination of Imad Mughniya, a top Lebanese Hezbollah figure. "We urge the Muslim and Arab nations to act decisively against the Zionist octopus that threatens the security of Arab and Muslim countries," Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said on Wednesday. Imad Mughniyah, a top commander of Hezbollah, who was killed by a car bomb in Damascus on Tuesday night, 'has been a target of the Zionists for 20 years,' Hezbollah said in a statement. Israeli leaders have...
  • Explosion hits military airport near Damascus

    06/17/2013 6:41:49 AM PDT · by bert · 8 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 06/17/13 | staff
    Violence continues in Syria's civil war, as Syrian state television and residents report that an explosion has shaken a Damascus neighbourhood that is home to several embassies and a military airport. The explosion took place on Sunday night, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), an anti-government rights watchdog, reported, citing residents and activists on the ground in Damascus. -----snip Syria condemns Egypt Meanwhile, earlier in the day, the Syrian government condemned Egypt's decision to cut ties with Damascus and back the armed uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's government, terming it an "irresponsible" move. "The Syrian Arab Republic condemns this...
  • Report: Obama lied about firing anti-Israel advisor

    11/10/2008 12:06:44 PM PST · by pissant · 21 replies · 93+ views
    Israel Today ^ | 11/10/08 | staff
    Robert Malley, a top Middle East advisor that US President-elect Barack Obama promised months ago would play no role in his administration due to ties to Hamas, has reportedly been sent out on the next administration's first diplomatic mission. According to a report in Middle East Newsline, Obama dispatched Malley to Egypt and Syria late last week with a message that the he intends to mend and bolster relations with both nations, and to give greater weight to their concerns regarding regional conflicts than did President George W. Bush. During the Democratic Party primaries, Obama was lashed by critics for...
  • Egypt, others bash Israel over reported Syrian strikes

    05/05/2013 4:08:29 PM PDT · by EBH · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 5/5/2013 | By Adiv Sterman
    Israels reported airstrikes against Syria over the last three days drew condemnations across the Middle East Sunday, including from leaders who have been harshly critical of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Egypt, Lebanon, and the Arab League, amongst others, called on the international community to take steps to prevent further attacks. The across-the-board condemnations emphasized Israels aggression and stressed disapproval at Jerusalems lack of respect for the war-torn countrys sovereignty. Egypt condemns the Israeli attack on Syria, which is considered a violation against international principles and laws complicating the current situation in Syria and threatening the security and stability of the...
  • Syrian report: Israel bombs outskirts of Damascus for second time in recent days

    05/05/2013 12:49:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Published: SUNDAY, MAY 05, 10:00 AM ET | By Liz Sly and Suzan Haidamous,
    Israeli officials report their target was a shipment of advanced long-range missiles headed to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. They are both a major supporter of the Assad regime in Syria and an outspoken enemy of Israel. Aa BEIRUT Israeli warplanes bombed the outskirts of Damascus early Sunday for the second time in recent days, according to Syrian state media and reports from activists, signaling a sharp escalation in tensions between the neighboring countries that had already been exacerbated by the conflict raging in Syria.Though there was no official confirmation that Israel had carried out the...
  • Historic Damascus synagogue looted and burned

    03/31/2013 6:26:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    Jerusalem Post Newspaper ^ | 04/01/2013 | JTA
    The 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in the Syrian capital of Damascus was looted and burned to the ground. The Syrian army loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebel forces are blaming each other for the destruction of the historic synagogue ... The Jobar synagogue was built atop a cave that, according to tradition, was used by the prophet Elijah to conceal himself from prosecution. The synagogue is said to have been built by Elijah's successor, the prophet Elisha, and repaired during the first century by Eleazar ben Arach.
  • Bashar al-Assad was killed by a bodyguard ... (Arab media)

    03/24/2013 3:21:54 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    Arab Media ^ | March 24, 2013 | Unsourced
    Bashar al-Assad was killed by a bodyguard ... (Arab media) Update: According to Arab media www.eltira.org , Bashar al-Assad would have been seriously wounded by gunfire last night Saturday, March 23 by his bodyguard but Iran is not dead. He is currently hospitalized, between life and death, Shami Hospital in Damascus which the streets were closed. Proprietary information (in France): According to reports in the Arab press (and then republished in the Israeli press ), information that journalists say they have "verified" the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad was killed this morning by one of his bodyguards. An important safety device...
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    11/19/2006 11:31:47 PM PST · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Times ^ | November 20, 2006 | Mark Henderson
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