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  • Cold homecoming for Afghans paid by Iran to fight in Syria

    03/31/2019 6:50:20 AM PDT · by McGruff · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 3/31/2019 | KATHY GANNON
    Too poor to even buy pens and notebooks for school, Mehdi left his home in Afghanistan soon after his 17th birthday and headed to Iran, hoping to make his way to Europe and find work. Instead, Mehdi ended up fighting in Syria’s civil war, a conflict he had nothing to do with, 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) from home. He was one of tens of thousands of Afghans recruited, paid and trained by Iran to fight in support of Tehran’s ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad. There, he found himself thrown into one of the war’s bloodiest front lines, surrounded by the...
  • Where Is Assad Getting His Fighters From? (It's Not Just Lebanon and Iraq)

    01/23/2018 7:12:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    National Interest ^ | January 2, 2018 | Colin P. ClarkePhillip Smyth
    Where Is Assad Getting His Fighters From? (It's Not Just Lebanon and Iraq) Colin P. ClarkePhillip Smyth January 2, 2018 In early December, senior Trump administration officials suggested that approximately 80 percent of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s defense against insurgents in the country’s ongoing civil war is being provided by forces imported from outside of the country. The lion’s share of these fighters is being trained and equipped by Iran, the Assad regime’s most ardent supporter. Interestingly, however, these foreign fighters, almost of all which are Shia Muslims, are not merely comprised of Lebanese and Iraqis, but include significant numbers...
  • Afghan refugees in Iran being sent to fight and die for Assad in Syria

    11/05/2015 3:19:57 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 5, 2015 | Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Iran is recruiting Afghan refugees to fight in Syria, promising a monthly salary and residence permits in exchange for what it claims to be a sacred endeavour to save Shia shrines in Damascus. The Fatemioun military division of Afghan refugees living in Iran and Syria is now the second largest foreign military contingent fighting in support of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, after the Lebanese militia Hezbollah. ***snip*** Iran is also accepting Afghans below the age of 18 provided they have written permission from their parents, the Guardian has learned. At least one 16-year-old Iran-based Afghan refugee was killed in...
  • Syria Army's Weakness Exacerbated by Draft Dodgers

    06/06/2015 11:05:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2015 | Raja Abdulrahim
    Soon after the military police came looking for the 25-year-old computer engineer at his family's home, he fled Syria. He bribed a security officer to briefly remove his name from the list of men wanted for mandatory military service and paid a taxi driver $1,000 to drive him across the border into Lebanon. Like many young men living in government-controlled parts of Syria, he had been putting off conscription by paying $2,000 a year, hoping to avoid becoming cannon fodder for a military that has been hemorrhaging soldiers, either by death or defection, after more than four years of war......
  • Assad recruits Afghan mercenaries to fight Isis

    06/02/2015 6:44:12 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    The Times ^ | June 2 2015 | Tom Coghlan, Aimal Yaqubi and Sara Elizabeth Williams
    Iran is offering thousands of dollars to Shia mercenaries from Afghanistan and Pakistan to join the fight to keep President Assad of Syria in power. According to Shia community leaders in Kabul, the recruitment drive is co-ordinated by the Iranian embassy in the Afghan capital. It provides visas to “hundreds” of Shia men each month willing to fight in Syria. Online Urdu- language recruitment is also taking place in Pakistan, with fighters offered $3,000 each to join up.
  • Syria's Mercenaries: How Iran Uses Jailed Afghan Refugees To Fight Assad's war

    05/24/2015 7:16:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Rawa ^ | May 19, 2015 | Christoph Reuter for Spiegel Online (May 11, 2015)
    Many of his foreign fighters come from Afghanistan -- men like Murad, who is now being held in Aleppo as a prisoner-of-war... All he had wanted was an Iranian residence permit, he says... he found himself fighting as a mercenary in the Syrian civil war on the side of the Bashar Assad regime... When a violent explosion caused the house he was in to collapse, he found himself thinking about his daughters, he says. "I screamed and thought I was suffocating. And then, everything around me was quiet." Men arrived and pulled Murad, who was still screaming, out of the...
  • Taliban fears over young recruits attracted to Isis in Afghanistan

    05/27/2015 8:13:32 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 7, 2015 | Emma Graham-Harrison
    Foreign fighters who claim allegiance to Islamic State are gathering dozens of recruits in eastern Afghanistan, luring would-be jihadis with generous resources and the group’s powerful brand, according to a Taliban fighter who has met several of their commanders. The rapid and dramatic victories clocked up by Isis in Iraq, Syria and Libya have attracted some young men with specific grievances against government or foreign forces, who simply want the strongest possible allies. Others seem drawn by the novelty of an upstart force, the Taliban veteran said, or by the apparently deep pockets of a group that boasts laptops, benevolent...
  • Iran deploys 15,000 troops to support Assad in Syria

    06/04/2015 7:16:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 4 June 2015
    Iran has sent 15,000 fighters to Syria to reverse recent battlefield setbacks for Syrian government troops and wants to achieve results by the end of the month, a Lebanese political source has told The Daily Star. The militia force, made up of Iranians, Iraqis and Afghanis, the source said, have arrived in the Damascus region and in the coastal province of Latakia. The source said the fighters are expected to spearhead an effort to seize areas of Idlib province, where the regime has suffered a string of defeats at the hands of a rebel-jihadi coalition. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the commander...
  • Iran: Leader of the Sunni Movements (with an intro by Michael Ledeen)

    06/23/2008 8:51:30 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 341+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | 06/20/2008 | Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed
    Iran, Friend of the Sunni Terrorists (Surprise!) [Michael Ledeen] I guess I've been saying and writing this for more than seven years, but it's always nice to have support, especially when, as in this case, it comes from the general manager of al Arabiya TV, and a columnist in several publications in the Middle East. That is to say, not a neocon. Abdul Rahman al-Rashed states quite categorically: ...Iran, an extremist theocratic Shiite regime with Ahmadinejad at its helm, is orchestrating and funding the activities of extremist Sunnis in the region. The paradox is most striking in the case of...
  • A Week of Military and Diplomatic Success for Israel; Failure and Humiliation for Iran and PA

    01/25/2019 8:08:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 01/25/2019 | Ari Lieberman
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured another diplomatic victory for Israel with the dramatic announcement that Chad and the Jewish State would be reestablishing diplomatic relations. The Muslim majority nation had severed ties in 1972 following intense pressure from Libya, its menacing neighbor to the north, which at the time was led by the dictator, Col. Muammar Qaddafi. But following a visit by Chad’s President Idriss Déby to Jerusalem and a reciprocating visit by PM Netanyahu to N’Djamena, forty-seven years of animosity instantly vanished. Israel’s historic diplomatic achievement occurred despite intense efforts by the Palestinian Authority and Iran to torpedo the...
  • Israeli Missiles Fall on Damascus; Syrian Forces Retaliate

    01/20/2019 4:24:58 PM PST · by McGruff · 17 replies
    Breaking 911 ^ | January 20, 2019
    The Israeli Defence Forces on Sunday confirmed that its missiles are “currently targeting Iranian Quds in Syrian territory” just before midnight local time as reports from the Syrian News Agency confirms massive explosions in capital Damascus. “We warn the Syrian Armed Forces against attempting to harm Israeli forces or territory,” the statement released by the IDF said. It marks the first time Israel has confirmed they are striking Iranian targets in Syria and that it is happening in real time. There have been unconfirmed reports since that Syrian forces are engaging with their weaponry by the Golan Heights — a...
  • President Putin: Traditional Islam is an integral part of Russia’s spiritual life

    11/28/2018 5:03:51 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 18 replies
    President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Erdogan, Mr Abbas, members of the clergy, foreign guests, friends, Let me congratulate you from all my heart on the opening of Moscow’s rebuilt Cathedral Mosque. This is a big event for all Muslims in Russia. One of Moscow’s oldest mosques stood on this historical site and has undergone reconstruction that now makes it the biggest in Europe. It was given a magnificent modern new look worthy of the capital of our united, multi-ethnic and multi-confessional country. This new mosque is worthy of Russia, in which, I want to stress, Islam, under our country’s...
  • ISIS RETURNS: Sick terrorists take 700 hostage - Putin issues warning

    10/18/2018 7:02:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    www.express.co.uk ^ | PUBLISHED: 14:00, Thu, Oct 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 14:44, Thu, Oct 18, 2018 | By Rebecca Perring
    he Russian leader said the depraved terrorists had expanded its control in territory controlled by US and US-backed forces. ISIS issued Russia with an ultimatum promising to execute ten people every day. Speaking in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Putin said the hostages included several US and European nationals. Putin told the Valdai discussion forum in Sochi: "They have issued ultimatums, specific demands and warned that if these ultimatums are not met they will execute 10 people every day. "The day before yesterday they executed 10 people." Putin did not specify what the militants' demands were. He said...
  • Israel, US send secret delegation to Ukraine to train against S-300 – report

    10/16/2018 4:14:18 AM PDT · by tlozo · 11 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | October 16, 2018 | Judah Ari Gross and Raoul Wootliff
    Israel and the United States sent a secret military delegation to Ukraine to test the Russian-made S-300 missile defense system, which Moscow recently provided to Syria, Hadashot TV news reported Monday, citing Syrian and Russian news outlets. There was no comment on the reports from either Israel or the US. According to the reports, members of the Ukrainian military instructed their US and Israeli counterparts on the capabilities of the system, as well as running through various possible scenarios. One Russian report said that F-15 planes are training in Ukraine against the S-300 as part of an international exercise that...
  • Threat by Turkey’s Erdogan to remove Kurdish mayors after election a rejection of democracy - MP

    10/10/2018 11:09:35 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | Oct 10 2018 | Burhan Ekinci
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s threat to remove any mayors chosen in local elections next March deemed to be “contaminated by terrorism” is a rejection of democracy and an attempt to scare voters away from the main pro-Kurdish party, one of its members of parliament said. Turkish authorities stepped up pressure on the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) following the breakdown of a ceasefire with Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in July 2015. The government says the HDP is, in effect, the political wing of the PKK. The crackdown gained momentum after a failed coup a year later that...
  • Mike Pompeo: Syrian Kurds are 'great partners;' We’ll ensure them a 'seat at the table'

    10/12/2018 10:48:09 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Kurdistan24 (K24) News ^ | Laurie Mylroie
    WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) – Syria’s Kurds “have been great partners,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday evening in Washington DC, as he addressed a conference of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA.)Pompeo affirmed that the Kurds would be party to negotiations over Syria’s political future.“We are now driving,” he said, stressing that last word, “to make sure that they have a seat at the table.”Pompeo is the most senior US official to affirm a long-term commitment to Syria’s Kurds.Previously, Amb. James Jeffrey, who was appointed Pompeo’s Representative for Syria Engagement in late August,...
  • Syrian Rebels Withdraw Heavy Weapons to Spare Idlib From Assault

    10/11/2018 9:34:38 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 2 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | October 10, 2018 | Carlotta Gall
    Syrian rebel fighters have pulled the last of their heavy weapons from front-line positions in Idlib Province, meeting the deadline for a truce negotiated by Russia and Turkey — and possibly sparing the civilian population from a bloody government offensive. It was a rare act of unity for the ordinarily fractious rebel forces, who on Monday drove trucks carrying a tank, artillery and missile batteries out of their base in this small town, as a small group of international journalists looked on. “We are now standing in the demilitarized zone,” said Saif al-Raad, a spokesman for the National Liberation Front,...
  • PM Tells Cabinet ‘Prepare for War With Gaza’

    10/09/2018 3:01:53 AM PDT · by kingattax · 27 replies
    BreakingIsraelNews ^ | 10-8-18 | Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday that he is preparing for a military solution to the violence on the country’s southern border. “If the reality of civil distress in Gaza is diminished, that is desirable, but that is not certain to happen, and so we are preparing militarily,” Netanyahu said in the cabinet meeting. “That is not an empty statement.” The prime minister’s remarks come after the Defense Ministry ordered IDF troops to send reinforcements to the region on Thursday in preparation for a possible escalation.
  • U.S. rejects Iran's legal claim to recover $1.75 billion in frozen assets

    10/08/2018 10:18:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | October 8, 2018 8:14 AM | Stephanie van den Berg, Lesley Wroughton
    The United States on Monday asked judges at the International Court of Justice to throw out a claim by Iran to recover $1.75 billion (€1.5 billion) in national bank assets seized by U.S. courts. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2016 that the assets must be turned over to American families of victims of the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, among others. The hearings at the tribunal were separate from Iran’s claim relating to current U.S. sanctions against Tehran. Iran’s claim in both cases is based on a 1955 Amity Treaty, which was signed 24...
  • State Department: No ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ on US passports

    10/06/2018 2:47:30 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 19 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 10/05/2018 | JNS News Service
    Despite the United States recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December and relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv in May, Americans born in Jerusalem are still unable to list “Jerusalem, Israel” on U.S. passports. “The president has made clear that the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem remain subject to final-status negotiations between the [Israelis and the Palestinians],” a State Department spokesperson told JNS. “We have not changed our practice regarding place of birth on passports or Consular Reports of Birth Abroad at this time.”