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  • Democrats Block Bill to Stop Americans Who Join ISIS from Returning to US

    09/20/2014 3:09:29 PM PDT · by walford · 26 replies
    The Minority Report ^ | 09/19/2014 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today asked for unanimous consent on his bill, the Expatriate Terrorist Act of 2014, that would strip Americans who join ISIS of their citizenship. Senator Hirono, D-Hawaii, objected. In his remarks offering the bill, Sen. Cruz discussed the rising threat of ISIS, his concerns with President Obama’s plans to arm the Free Syrian Army, and the support then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once gave to legislation, introduced in 2010 by former Senators Joe Lieberman and Scott Brown, that closely mirrors the ETA of 2014. Specifically Sen. Cruz said: “All too often the...
  • Sen. Rand Paul argues against U.S. arming Syrian rebels on Senate Floor (prepared remarks)

    09/18/2014 2:08:18 PM PDT · by Plummz · 28 replies
    Office of Senator Rand Paul ^ | Sept. 18, 2014 | Sen. Rand Paul
    Sen. Rand Paul today took to the Senate floor to offer a unanimous consent request to separate the Syria rebel funding language from the Continuing Resolution. Senate Democrats objected to this request. Sen. Paul then delivered a foreign policy address outlining his opposition to arming the Syrian rebels. A video and copy of Sen. Paul's remarks as prepared for delivery can be found below. SEN. PAUL DELIVERS FOREIGN POLICY ADDRESS REMARKS: If there is one theme that connects the dots in the Middle East, it is that chaos breeds terrorism. What much of the foreign policy elite fails to grasp...
  • McCain Gaffes Going After Rand Paul: ‘Has He Met With ISIS?’

    09/16/2014 11:24:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/15/14 | Jamie Weinstein
    John McCain’s slip of the tongue won’t help him quell Internet accusations that he once met and took pictures with members of the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
  • Juan McShame going INSANE at ISIS hearing!

    09/16/2014 7:44:43 AM PDT · by Viennacon · 47 replies
    Me | 9/16/2014 | Viennacon
    I hope people are watching this. Such insanity would typically end in someone being ejected from the party John McCain, the hideous terrorist aider DEMANDING the US military attack Assad's regime in Syria and send heavy weapons to the 'moderate' opposition, also known as mega extremists just like those guys in Libya we gave stinger missiles to. Another reason to NOT let McConnell back in the senate. He will continue to send the most unstable man in the country to this vital committee. STOP ARMING TERRORISTS WHO HATE AMERICA!
  • Kurdish fighters advance against jihadis in Syria

    09/15/2014 8:26:48 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    AP/Daily Mail ^ | 15 September 2014
    BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters have captured more than a dozen villages from Islamic militants in heavy fighting across northeastern Syria, an activist group and a Kurdish official said Monday. The fighting in the mainly-Kurdish Hassakeh province came as diplomats at a Paris conference tried to agree on a global strategy to fight the extremist Islamic State group, which has captured large tracts of territory in Iraq and Syria. Kurdish fighters have been battling Islamic State militants for more than a year in northern Syria. The Kurdish People's Protection Units, known by the acronym YPK, have been the most effective...
  • Kurdish President Urges World to Help Syrian Kurds against IS Attacks [FSA "on the way"]

    09/19/2014 11:05:13 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 13 hours ago | RUDAW
    Barzani warned that inaction would lead to terrible consequences and he called on the international community to prevent another humanitarian crisis. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region— President of the Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani called on Kurdish parties and the international community today to assist the people of Kobane against the Islamic State (IS) attacks on the town. “We appeal to all Kurdish forces to put aside their differences and unite to defend the dignity, the land and the lives of the citizens of Kobane,” Barzani said in a statement. “The defense of the land and the people of Kurdistan is the...
  • 6 Reasons Why the U.S. Should Not Arm the Syrian ‘Moderates’ (w/Videos)

    09/19/2014 11:05:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 19, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    The Free Syrian Army is on the wrong side. Here's its bloody track record and disturbing alliances. Video House approves Obama's plan to combat Islamic State in a 273 to 156 vote Demonstrating yet again that we do not have an effective opposition party in the United States right now, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted Wednesday in favor of Barack Obama’s plan to arm and train “vetted” members of the Free Syrian Army. As expected,the Senate went along on Thursday. The Hill noted about the House vote that “vocal opposition” came from “both war-weary liberals and defense hawks who...
  • Cowardly Congress Authorizes Obama to Pay Others to Fight

    09/19/2014 5:24:10 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 33 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/19/14 | Steve Berman
    Yesterday, the Senate approved a bill  to arm and train Syrian rebels, who fight against Bashar Assad, so they can eliminate ISIS, which possesses hundreds of millions of dollars, and no shortage of fighters willing to die for them.  I fail to see the wisdom in this action, or what good can come of this.  It appears cowardly, and even immoral to pay others to fight for you. The New York Times penned almost 1,800 words describing and analyzing this vote, and even got the tally wrong in the original version. Correction: September 18, 2014 An earlier version of this article...
  • Russia: ‘Free Syrian Army No Longer Exists’; Rebels Are Coordinating With Terrorists

    09/17/2014 2:45:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    Russia on Tuesday accused the West of ignoring its warnings about the growing terrorist threat in Syria, and claimed that the moderate rebel front – the one the Obama administration wants to arm as part of its anti-ISIS strategy – “no longer exists.”The remarks by Russia’s ambassador in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin came during a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which was discussing the most recent report by a U.N.-mandated independent commission of inquiry into the conflict.The report, released late last month and roughly covering the first half of this year, recorded atrocities by the Assad regime and by...
  • Who Are These 'Moderate' Syrians Obama Wants to Support Against ISIS?

    09/15/2014 2:11:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/15/2014 | Jamie Dettmer
    There were few modern democrats among the armed opposition to Assad two years ago. There are far fewer now. So who can Obama trust not to turn Western-supplied weapons against us later? The young rebels and opposition activists gathered in a school to discuss how the northern Syrian town of Al Bab should be governed after the departure of Bashar al Assad’s soldiers were taken aback by the question: “Why aren’t there any women here?” It was the summer of 2012, more than 12 months into the uprising against the Syrian president, and more than a year before Abu Bakr...
  • Isis surges towards the borders of Turkey as west mulls options

    08/24/2014 5:54:53 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 32 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 23 August 2014 | Martin Chulov
    Islamic State extremists are pushing to secure the border between Turkey and north-western Syria as the main gateway for recruits to join the caliphate they have imposed across much of eastern Syria and western Iraq. Large numbers of jihadists from Islamic State (formerly Isis) are moving this weekend towards the Turkish border area, about 60 miles north of Aleppo, in columns of armoured trucks that they looted from abandoned Iraqi military bases. The area is now one of the most active front lines in the group's attempt to redraw the borders of the Levant, a campaign that will have huge...
  • Syrian Rebels Describe U.S.-Backed Training in Qatar

    05/27/2014 8:16:43 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 19 replies
    Frontline PBS ^ | May 26, 2014 | Nancy A. Youssef
    With reports indicating that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad are gaining ground in that country’s brutal civil war, moderate Syrian rebels have told a visiting journalist that the United States is arranging their training in Qatar. In a documentary to be aired Tuesday night, the rebels describe their clandestine journey from the Syrian battlefield to meet with their American handlers in Turkey and then travel on to Qatar, where they say they received training in the use of sophisticated weapons and fighting techniques, including, one rebel said, “how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush.” The...
  • 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...
  • Hillary Clinton's twisted take on Syria, Iraq and ISIS

    08/13/2014 11:18:37 AM PDT · by Noremac · 13 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | August 13, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    You'll recall that I quipped that  if Obama asserts that it's nighttime - I get up and go to the window to confirm it. Well, the Big 'O' has a soulmate in the crowded universe of liars in American politics.  Hillary Clinton. Hillarys peeing on my leg but claiming that it's just raining. But I know she's peeing on my leg because we're in the middle of a drought out here - and because (ladies, cover your ears), Barack Obama calls her latest self-serving, scapegoat chatter - "Horseshit". Now, I'd say if anyone can recognize horseshit, it would probably be...
  • A plan to save Iraq from ISIS and Iran

    08/12/2014 11:48:56 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 9 replies
    American Enterprise Institute (byline WSJ) ^ | June 17, 2014 | Jack Keane, Danielle Pletka
    The Middle East is in a downward spiral. More than 160,000 have died in Syria's civil war, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, aka ISIS, has captured key Iraqi cities and is marching on Baghdad, and the security investments made by the U.S. over the past decade—like them or not—are being frittered away. It is still possible to reverse the recent gains of ISIS, an outgrowth of what was once al Qaeda in Iraq. The group's fighters number only in the thousands, and while well-armed, they lack the accoutrements of a serious military. But only the United States can...
  • Dual Threat Has Mainstream Syrian Rebels Fearing Demise Facing Both ISIS Militants and Assad

    08/16/2014 3:42:02 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    NYT ^ | 15 Aug 14 | Anne Barnard
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Far from being depleted by its recent sweep into Iraq, the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is pressing deeper into Syria, regaining territory it had lost to the mainstream Syrian insurgents just as the Syrian Army has come within five miles of encircling the insurgent-held section of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. The dual advance is on the verge of dealing a potentially fatal blow to the mainstream insurgents, leaving them besieged in the city while ISIS, a group deemed too extreme even by Al Qaeda, faces the Syrian government across a crucial front line at...
  • Barack Obama Swept Aside The Entire Free Syrian Army In One Sentence

    08/10/2014 1:14:45 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Updated August 09, 2014 | Michael B Kelley
    “When you get farmers, dentists and folks who have never fought before going up against a ruthless opposition in Assad, the notion that they were in a position to suddenly overturn not only Assad but also ruthless, highly trained jihadists if we just sent a few arms is a fantasy.” - Barack Obama to CBS on June 22 Editor's note: Obama reiterated the statement to Tom Friedman of The New York Times in an interview published on August 9. In one sentence, U.S. President Barack Obama disregarded the thousands of soldiers who defected from the Syrian Army since the uprising...
  • Shoebat: Our aiding and abetting the Free Syrian Army (and Benghazi video connection to Obama)

    06/28/2014 10:00:26 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    http://therightscoop.com/ ^ | June 27, 2014 | The Right Scoop
    Walid Shoebat says that quagmire that is going on in Iraq is just going to increase and there isn’t much America can do about it at this point. But when it comes to what started this quagmire in Iraq, Walid blames the US for ‘aiding and abetting’ the Free Syrian Army in Syria, which we all know is a terrorist group: We’re indirectly aiding and abetting an Al-Qaeda like operation, when it comes to Syria, and that’s what started the quagmire. Our aiding and abetting the Free Syrian Army — which is a terrorist group and we’ve been showing this...
  • U.S. training Free Syrian Army in Jordan — a group that violently targets Christians

    02/08/2014 7:23:45 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 21 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Feb 7, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    The U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army — those are the “moderates,” you know. How moderate? This moderate: in July 2013, Free Syrian Army fighters entered the Christian village of Oum Sharshouh and began burning down houses and terrorizing the population, forcing 250 Christian families to flee the area. Worthy News reported that just two days later, Free Syrian Army rebels “targeted the residents of al-Duwayr/Douar, a Christian village close to the city of Homs and near Syria’s border with Lebanon….Around 350 armed militants forcefully entered the homes of Christian families who were all rounded-up in the main square of the village...
  • U.S. Secretly Shipping Weapons to Syria

    01/29/2014 11:11:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 29, 2014
    Though it’s been well documented that opposition forces in Syria are mostly run by Islamic terrorists—mainly Al Qaeda—Congress has secretly approved U.S. weapons flow to what officials describe as “moderate” Syrian rebel factions. The problem with this is that there are no “moderate” rebel forces in Syria, according to a number of reputable news reports, both domestic and international. In fact, the New York Times published a piece last spring that confirms Islamist rebels—including the most extreme groups in the notorious Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda-aligned force—are running the show in Syria. “The Islamist character of the opposition reflects...
  • Exclusive: Syria Militants increase attacks on Christian town of Saidnaya (VIDEO)

    01/21/2014 6:05:12 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 5 replies
    Press TV ^ | Jan 21, 2014
    This is al-Cherubim monastery on top of a mountain in al-Qalamoun region in Damascus countryside. Foreign- backed militants continuously attack the monastery coming from Rankous in an attempt to reach and take over Sednaya town in Damascus countryside. More than one hundred Takfiri militants from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra front and brigades of the so-called Free Syrian Army were killed during an attack they launched on Sunday against the monastery. Machineguns, RPGs and other types of weapons were seized. Militants in Badda, Talfita and Rankous areas which surround Sednaya increased their mortar attacks on the town following their defeat. A shell...
  • US secretly backs rebels to fight al Qaeda in Syria

    01/21/2014 12:44:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:20PM GMT 21 Jan 2014 | Ruth Sherlock
    The United States and Gulf countries have been secretly backing efforts by opposition rebels to destroy al-Qaeda’s most extreme wing in Syria, diplomats and rebels involved in the plan have told The Telegraph. As Western leaders publicly push the Syrian regime and the opposition to the Geneva II peace conference that begins Wednesday Washington has also been quietly supporting moves by Saudi Arabia and Qatar to give weapons and cash to rebel groups to fight al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) in Syria. One source said the US was itself handing out millions of dollars to rebel groups...
  • Obama’s Failed Islamist Outreach

    12/30/2013 5:24:55 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 30, 2013 | By Josh Rogin
    The Obama administration’s outreach to the Islamic Front in Syria earlier this month failed due to a flawed plan and unrealistic goals, insiders say—and now American influence on the ground with the armed Syrian opposition is at a new low. In a Principals Committee-level meeting at the White House in early December, top officials from several national security agencies convened to decide on the next steps in the Obama administration’s Syria policy. The leadership of the Free Syrian Army, the moderate Western-backed rebels, had been chased from their headquarters in Northern Syria, leaving U.S. non-lethal aid in the hands of...
  • Top U.S.-Backed Rebel Commander Flees Syria

    12/12/2013 12:37:04 PM PST · by mojito · 9 replies
    Time ^ | 12/12/13 | Noah Rayman
    The top Western-backed rebel commander in Syria has fled the country amid growing infighting with Islamist rebels, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Gen. Salim Idris of the Free Syrian Army fled into Turkey and flew to Doha, Qatar on Sunday after Islamist rebel groups took over his headquarters and warehouses of U.S.-provided military gear along the border between Turkey and Syria...
  • U.S. Marines training al-Qaeda-linked Syrian jihadists in Saudi Arabia

    10/20/2013 12:58:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    JW ^ | October 17 ., 2013
    Twelve years after 9/11, the U.S. has changed sides. The Long War Journal reported on June 29 that the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, which is “al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria,” has “cooperated with Free Syrian Army units to establish sharia, or Islamic law, in Aleppo and in eastern Syria.” What is the Free Syrian Army? The "moderates" whom we are training and to whom we are giving weapons: “the US government is backing the Free Syrian Army despite the group’s known ties to the Al Nusrah Front.” "Training of Syrian insurgents steps up in Saudi...
  • MUSLIM TROPHY IN SYRIA: LIFELESS BODY OF DECAPITATED CHRISTIAN CHILD

    09/22/2013 7:22:31 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 151 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | Sept. 18,2013 | LiveLeak
    A young Christian girl beheaded in Syria. The sign of extremism and fanatics, the long beards, is present in each and everyone of these subhuman Muslims who killed this small child, in their jihad to Allah – inspired by the Quran. This is Obama, Britain, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey funded and supported handiwork. Don’t put your support behind any of these people, whether for military action in Syria, asylum, immigration, another hate preaching mosque. This is what is moving into your town, your country, your society, your neighborhood: video... This video is written with false propaganda claiming...
  • Toddler Chained To Fence By Syrian Rebels And Forced To Watch Parents Executed

    09/21/2013 9:50:39 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 76 replies
    Free Patriot ^ | 9/21/2013
    Take a good hard look at the photo. Looking away from it will not change the fact that it happened. This girl’s family had different religious views from the Syrian Rebel Army. When the “Free Syrian Army” marched into her town, they chained her to a fence and forced her to watch as her parents were tortured and killed for their religion. These are the same “Free Syrian Army” soldiers that Obama just violated international law to provide weapons to. I will not gross people out with the graphic video or the violence that happens over there daily under the...
  • Pentagon Proposes Boots On The Ground In Syrian Civil War (CNN video at link

    09/19/2013 7:27:20 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 47 replies
    FireDogLake ^ | 9/19/2013 | DSWright
    Despite it being overwhelmingly clear that the American people want nothing to do with the civil war in Syria, the Pentagon has proposed entering the war. Under the proposal U.S. involvement will escalate from providing weapons to rebels via the CIA to direct support and training of rebel forces by the U.S. military. ...
  • Syrian Rebels Execute Sierra Leonean Immigrant ("tortured to death by the Free Syrian Army"

    09/19/2013 6:55:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 12 replies
    The Patriotic Vanguard (Sierra Leone News Portal) ^ | 9/19/2013 | Alpha Rashid Jalloh
    Amidst reports of chemical weapons and atrocities committed by the warring factions, one Sierra Leonean, Sheikh Mohammed Canah Bah (photo) [at URL] has been captured and tortured to death by the Free Syrian Army... Even though no reason has been proffered by the rebel faction for the capture and execution of the Sierra Leonean, reports generally indicate that such dispositions have been usually manifested against foreigners in the country, a situation akin to what happened to blacks in Libya during the rebellion against Muhamar Al Gaddafi. A representative of the Sierra Leone Students Union in Syria, now residing in the...
  • Syria deal shines light on suspected Israeli chemical weapons program

    09/17/2013 9:01:14 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/16/2013 | Staff
    The U.S-Russia plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is drawing attention to Israel's own suspected chemical stockpile and could raise pressure on the Jewish state to come clean about its capabilities. Israel signed the landmark international treaty banning the production or use of chemical weapons two decades ago, but it is among a handful if nations that have never ratified the deal. ...
  • Half of Syrian rebels are hardline Islamists: British study

    09/15/2013 9:58:45 PM PDT · by DTA · 10 replies
    France24 ^ | 2013-09-16 | AFP
    Half of Syrian rebels are hardline Islamists: British study AFP - Jihadists and members of hardline Islamist groups make up almost half of forces fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to extracts from a British defence study published in Monday's Daily Telegraph. The analysis by defence consultancy IHS Jane's, due to be published in full later this week, puts the number of rebel forces at around 100,000, the Telegraph reported. But these fighters have split into as many as 1,000 bands since violence flared two years ago, the study concluded. Of the rebel forces, IHS Jane's estimates that around...
  • Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists, says IHS Jane's report

    09/15/2013 12:34:09 PM PDT · by Dysart · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 9-15-2013
    Nearly half the rebel fighters in Syria are now aligned to jihadist or hardline Islamist groups according to a new analysis of factions in the country's civil war.Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented into as many as 1,000 bands. The new study by IHS Jane's, a defence consultancy, estimates there are around 10,000 jihadists - who would include foreign fighters - fighting for powerful factions linked to al-Qaeda.. Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share much of the outlook of...
  • Qaeda tells Syria fighters to shun secularists in sign of deeper rebel rift

    09/15/2013 8:00:32 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has told the Islamist militants who are some of Syria's toughest opposition forces to avoid alliances with other rebel fighters backed by Gulf Arab states and the West. His comment reflects a deepening rift between groups of the Western- and Arab-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) and guerrillas sympathetic to Zawahri's ultra hardline network, which seeks to wage a transnational armed campaign against the West
  • Syrian Rebels Attack Chinese Diplomats, Embassy

    09/12/2013 8:33:15 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 9/13/13 | Staff
    Chinese diplomats in Syria as well as Beijing's embassy are under regular threat from rebel attacks, China's ambassador to Syria has confided to local media outlets. In an interview with the Global Times [ link at site], Zhang Xun, China's ambassador to Syria said that Beijing's embassy has increasingly been caught in the cross-hairs of fighting between rebel and government forces in recent months... Zhang said that in another attack last month, Syrian rebels fired mortar shells at President Bashar al-Assad's motorcade. They missed the Syrian leader but hit a building that was located just 10 meters from the Chinese...
  • U.S. weapons reaching Syrian rebels

    09/11/2013 7:50:47 PM PDT · by John W · 70 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 11, 2013 | Ernesto Londońo and Greg Miller
    The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war. The arms shipments, which are limited to light weapons and other munitions that can be tracked, began arriving in Syria at a moment of heightened...
  • 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 don’t know if Syria will...
  • Rebel atrocities in Syria escalate, sparking alarm over Obama plan (disturbing info on FSA

    09/09/2013 3:24:16 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 9/9/2013 | Alex Newman
    A series of fresh revelations about atrocities and war crimes perpetrated by Western-backed Syrian "rebels" had sparked alarm among analysts, further complicating Obama's already tough-push for support to launch military strikes against the Assad regime. ... the latest atrocities are being cited by critics of the warmongering as more reasons not to join the civil war on behalf of ruthless jihadists... Christian villagers quoted in new reports [URL at link] said the rebels had, among other atrocities, forced them to convert to Islam or be murdered while shouting the now-infamous "Allahu Akbar" war cry. Christian homes and churches were reportedly...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Syrians warn U.S. that Al Qaeda has hijacked revolution

    09/01/2013 2:07:08 PM PDT · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 30, 2013 | Tiffany Madison
    Syrians inside the country say the revolution began with peaceful protests from the poor seeking reforms. The movement now brims with violent terrorist operatives aligned with Al Qaeda and Al-Nasra, including extremist fighters from Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. The mainstream media portrays a false picture of the now-compromised Free Syrian Army. The extremist elements within are not just minority-affiliates. They win the battles, they have the ammunition and the food. They have slowly filled the power vaccuum and they do not fight for a freed Syria, but to establish an ultra-fundamentalist state. American taxpayers have fueled the Syrian Civil War...
  • Assad assassination attempt may have prompted chemical weapons strike

    08/31/2013 10:38:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 66 replies
    NBC 'blogs ^ | August 28, 2013 | Richard Engel and Robert Windrem
    Salim Idris, commander of the Free Syrian Army... said the attack on the rebel enclaves around the capital on Aug. 21 was ordered as pressure mounted on Assad -- even from his own supporters -- for a reprisal to the Aug. 8 attack, in which rebels fired rockets at his motorcade as it rolled through the Malki neighborhood of Damascus, headed to a local mosque for prayers marking the end of Ramadan. Assad is not believed to have been in the motorcade at the time of the rocket attack, but the brazen assault on the president's own doorstep had a...
  • Obama backing the wrong Syrian rebels

    08/31/2013 9:46:39 AM PDT · by Scooter100 · 9 replies
    WND | 29 Aug 2013
    Good interview and worth listening to. Obama is actively backing the radical Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaida elements (approx. 20,000 strong) of the rebellion while leaving the Free Syrian Army (approx. 800,000 strong) high and dry, warns retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely. Listen to radio interview at http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/general-obamas-backing-wrong-syrian-rebels/
  • No Killing of Believer Lice in Muslim Beards – Beheading Christians is Still OK

    08/27/2013 7:53:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | August 27, 2013 | Dean Garrison
    Sometimes I stumble upon a story that I can’t pass up. This is one of those times. It would be morally wrong to have a couple of slices of bacon with your eggs but by all means you can not disturb or try to eradicate the blessed lice living in Muslim beards, for they are special lice that were sent forth by Allah. I am not making this up.
  • Rebels: Assad Transferred Chemical Weapons to Hizbullah

    07/18/2013 8:10:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 7/19/2013, 5:46 AM | Elad Benari
    Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad recently transferred two shipments of chemical weapons to Lebanon-based Hizbullah, the Syrian rebels are claiming. Fahad al Masri, a spokesman for the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, told the Lebanese news website El Nashra on Thursday that “the Syrian regime managed to deliver shipments of chemical weapons to Hizbullah.” He added that the weapons were delivered from an area near the capital Damascus and arrived in Lebanon sometime in the past several weeks. The transfer of the weapons, al Masri told El Nashra, was coordinated by Syria and Iran. …
  • WASHINGTON POST: OBAMA SHOWS ‘EXTRAORDINARY FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP’ ON SYRIA

    07/13/2013 2:15:21 AM PDT · by South40 · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 12, 2013 | Eddie Scarry
    The Obama administration has faced criticism from both the left and right for its non-interventionist approach regarding the civil war in Syria. The Washington Post, which in the past editorialized that President Obama was “weak” on the issue, upped the ante Friday. From the Post: IT HAS been a month since the White House informed journalists that President Obama had decided to supply Syrian rebels with light arms. Since then, the regime has launched a bloody new offensive in the city of Homs, using heavy artillery and rockets to attack residential areas held by the rebels. …
  • Al-Qaeda-affiliated gunmen kill Free Syrian Army commander, rebels say

    07/12/2013 11:58:50 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 12, 2013 | By Loveday Morris and Karen DeYoung
    BEIRUT — Syrian rebels said Friday they would retaliate for what they described as the assassination of one of their senior commanders by an al-Qaeda-affiliated group, threatening to widen a rift between moderate and jihadist opposition forces fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad. The killing of Kamal Hamami, a member of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army’s top executive body, comes amid heightened tensions on the opposition side as jihadist groups extend their influence in rebel-held areas of northern Syria. Rebels said that Hamami, whose nom de guerre is Abu Bassir al-Ladkani, was shot dead Thursday in the coastal province of...
  • Syria's Islamists disenchanted with democracy after Mursi's fall

    07/07/2013 9:06:17 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 07, 2013 | Erika Solomon
    Syria's Islamist rebels say the downfall of Egypt's popularly elected Muslim Brotherhood president has proven that Western nations pushing for democracy will never accept them, and reinforced the view of radicals that a violent power grab is their only resort. Radical Islamist groups, some of them linked to al Qaeda, have lately been in the ascendancy in Syria's two-year conflict as the death toll rises above 100,000. Assad has celebrated President Mohamed Mursi's fall as a symbolic blow to the Islamist-dominated opposition, though on the battlefield, where his troops are already making gains, it is likely to have little impact...
  • New front opens in Syria as rebels say al Qaeda attack means war

    07/12/2013 10:56:29 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    Syrian rebels said on Friday the assassination of one of their top commanders by al Qaeda-linked militants was tantamount to a declaration of war, opening a new front for the Western-backed fighters struggling against President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
  • Syrian rebels declare war on … each other

    07/12/2013 9:47:22 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:41 am on July 12, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Good news: John McCain will finally get his wish about being able to tell the good guys from the bad guys in Syria’s civil war.  Bad news: They’ll be the guys in the crossfire.  After playing footsie with al-Qaeda affiliates for more than two years in their attempt to overthrow Bashar al-Assad, the so-called secularists have discovered that terrorist networks tend to be unreliable partners: Syrian rebels said on Friday the assassination of one of their top commanders by al Qaeda-linked militants was tantamount to a declaration of war, opening a new front for the Western-backed fighters struggling against President...
  • Syria: Christian Girl Falls Victim to Horrendous Sex Crimes by Jihadists

    07/11/2013 10:34:50 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 19 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | July 11, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Obama is backing these savages. Thank heaven there are still decent human beings in Congress: Intelligence panels cut off aid to Syrian rebels, Obama says he will arm them anyway "Syria: Christian Girl Falls Victim to Horrendous Crimes" Persecution. org, July 4, 2013 Rape and atrocities on a young Christian in Qusair ICC Note: Troubling news continues to pour out of Syria as the war-torn country becomes a hotbed for religious extremism. Witnesses report civilians suffer immensely at the hands of rebel-imposed Shari’ah law. One, a young Christian girl from rebel-controlled Qusair, was systematically married, raped and divorced 15 times,...
  • Persecution of Christians: American Foreign Policy Will Have To Respond

    07/10/2013 3:42:38 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
    The American Interest ^ | July 4, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    The worldwide rise in anti-Christian persecution is not often noted by the MSM, but that doesn’t make it any less deadly. This week two new stories of persecution hit the web. Christianity Today reports that Hindu extremists broke into a Christian prayer meeting in India and beat up the attendees with clubs and iron rods. The attackers accused the pastors of using force and coercion to convert Indians to Christianity, an accusation the pastors vigorously deny. And in Syria, Fr. François Murad became the latest victim of rebel militas, some of whom are systematically targeting Christians for persecution and death....
  • Qaeda front group kills Syria rebel chief: NGO

    07/12/2013 5:37:27 AM PDT · by csvset · 5 replies
    France24 ^ | 12 July 2013 | AFP
    An Al-Qaeda front group operating in Syria has killed a rebel chief in a firefight in the coastal province of Latakia, a monitoring group said on Friday. The killing comes amid soaring tensions between the mainstream rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) and its supporters and groups affiliated to Al-Qaeda, mostly made up of non-Syrian fighters. Better known as Abu Bassir al-Jeblawi, rebel chief Kamal Hamami was shot dead Thursday by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), one of the main jihadist groups operating in Syria, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. He was killed when ISIS fighters...