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  • Turkey-backed FSA sold Turkish armoured vehicles to Islamic State: military source

    04/27/2017 6:18:01 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    KOM News ^ | 27 April 2017 10:06 CEST | none stated
    Turkey-backed FSA members in Syria as part of the Euphrates Shield Operation. According to a claim made in Turkish media on Wednesday, Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups sold Turkish armoured vehicles to the Islamic State (IS) group, during the Euphrates Shield Operation.A report in the Birgun daily based on military sources said FSA groups given eight tanks and armoured vehicles to enter al-Bab in northern Syria sold or handed over some of these vehicles to the jihadist group.The Turkish Chief of Staff launched an investigation into the matter but no results were gained as the file remains open, the...
  • Relationships between major Syrian militant organizations, 2011-2016

    04/09/2017 9:35:02 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 8 replies
    Stanford University has a set of very informative web pages containing descriptions of various militant groups. The information is presented as an interactive map showing relationships between groups, leaders, and major battles. There is a wealth of information available. For example, this screen capture shows a map of the relationships between al Nusra, IS, AQ, and the Free Syrian Army.
  • Carnage as suicide bomber kills 42 people in Syrian town just hours after it was taken from ISIS

    02/24/2017 8:14:50 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Daily Mail Co. (UK) ^ | Updated: 08:28 EST, 24 February 2017 | Darren Boyle
    A suicide bomber attacked Turkish-backed rebels just outside the Syrian town of Al-Bab Friday, killing 42 people in a major blow just hours after they hailed its capture from ISIS. The bomber blew up a vehicle packed with explosives outside a rebel command centre in the village of Susian, five miles northeast of Al-Bab, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The blast devastated the twin command posts and also seriously wounded a large number of fighters, the Britain-based monitoring group said.
  • What's really happening in Syria's al-Bab?

    02/21/2017 7:08:57 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | February 21, 2017 | Cengiz Çandar
    Following Turkey’s path in the war against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria is extremely confusing. One cannot even rely on high-level officials’ statements regarding developments on the ground. For instance, Gen. Hulusi Akar, chief of general staff, is the highest Turkish official in uniform. As he was traveling Feb. 15 with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Qatar, Akar announced that the operation in al-Bab was over. He said Turkish forces and their Free Syrian Army (FSA) allies had retaken the town. There was every reason to believe the statement, since it was a military matter and the statement came...
  • Exclusive: CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack - sources

    02/21/2017 4:42:02 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 21, 2017 | 3:26pm EST | Tom Perry, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and John Walcott
    CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar al-Assad. Rebel officials said that no official explanation had been given for the move this month following the jihadist assault, though several said they believed the main objective was to prevent arms and cash falling into Islamist militant hands. But they said they expected the aid freeze to be temporary.
  • Turkey's nationalist 'Gray Wolves' enter Syrian fray

    02/04/2016 7:33:19 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | February 3, 2016 | Fehim Taştekin
    Turkey's nationalist 'Gray Wolves' enter Syrian fray Author Fehim Taştekin Summary: Turkish ultranationalists have joined the fight in Syria as what some observers view as their government's secret weapon, one that could backfire as the group mingles with Islamists along with the Turkmens they're defending. Posted February 3, 2016 Turkish involvement in the Syrian war has been heavily dominated by Islamist fighters, but the conflict has also drawn in an unlikely quarter -- Turkish nationalists. The far-right Nationalist Action Party (MHP) and its youth branch, the Idealist Hearths, have recently come into the spotlight with high-profile losses on the Syrian...
  • Pew: 88% blacks say whites need to do more to give equal rights

    06/28/2016 1:48:49 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 89 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 27, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    A huge 88 percent of blacks believe more change is needed before they have equal rights with whites, and about half, 43 percent, don't believe racism will end, according to a sweeping new survey by Pew Research Center of race in America. In a three-month survey of 3,769 adults — 1,799 whites, 1,004 blacks and 654 Hispanics — Pew found that whites and blacks have starkly different views on race and race relations.
  • Man Hijacks Metrobus; Pedestrian Fatally Struck: Police (Armed Teens Hijack DC Metro Bus)

    05/03/2016 9:07:00 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 28 replies
    NBC Washington DC ^ | 03 MAY 16 | News staff
    A man attacked a Metrobus driver with a weapon and hijacked his bus Tuesday morning, D.C. police said. The bus then struck a pedestrian, who later died. It's not clear where the bus was taken from, but police say the bus in now stopped at a gas station in the 4300 block of Minnesota Avenue in Northeast Washington. Police say the suspect got on the bus and attacked the bus driver with a weapon. The driver managed to get off the bus, but suffered a back injury in the process. He is expected to be OK. The suspect then drove...
  • US arms shipment to Syrian rebels detailed

    04/09/2016 8:59:04 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 27 replies
    Jane's ^ | Apr 7, 2016 | Jeremy Binnie and Neil Gibson
    Documents released by the US government's Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website have provided an indication of the types and numbers of Eastern European weapons and ammunition the United States is providing to Syrian rebel groups as part of a programme that continues despite the widely respected ceasefire in that country.
  • Al-Qaida seizes weapons, bases from US-backed Syrian rebels

    03/13/2016 9:59:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 13, 2016 12:28 PM EDT
    Al-Qaeda militants swept through a rebel-held town in northern Syria in a display of dominance Sunday, arresting U.S.-backed fighters and looting weapons stores belonging to the Free Syrian Army. The militants belonging to the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front along with allied jihadists have been moving to exert their authority over rebel-held areas in Idlib province since a partial ceasefire to the country’s five-year conflict took effect two weeks ago, extinguishing patriotic demonstrations and sidelining nationalist militias. …
  • Putin says Russia backs Free Syrian Army alongside Assad troops

    12/11/2015 11:53:57 AM PST · by Mariner · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 11th, 2015 | By Dmitry Solovyov and Jack Stubbs
    President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia is supporting the opposition Free Syrian Army, providing it with air cover, arms and ammunition in joint operations with Syrian troops against Islamist militants. His statement appeared to be the first time Moscow said it was actually supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's opponents in the fight against Islamic State forces. Putin said last month the Russian air force had hit several "terrorist" targets identified by the Free Syrian Army. A few hours later, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin had been talking about weapons supplies to the armed forces loyal to...
  • Iran point man wounded in Syria marks change of tide

    12/01/2015 8:46:11 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/01/15 | Shahriar Kia
    Revolutionary Guards Quds Force's notorious chief Qassem Suleimani severely injured in clashes south of Aleppo For nearly 5 years the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force’s notorious chief Qassem Suleimani has been spearheading Iran’s full-pledged support for the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. This shadowy figure has been the symbol of Tehran’s infamous plots in Syria, and reports have also indicated Suleimani was running the show and issuing orders to senior Syrian generals and political officials, and at times, even Assad himself. Enjoying the full support of and reporting only to Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei, Suleimani had unimaginable authority in Syria. That...
  • First Western journalist who spent 10 days among ISIS terrorists reveals ..

    11/21/2015 10:49:33 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 17 replies
    The first Western journalist to be allowed access into ISIL territory spent 10 days among the terrorists a year ago. Jurgen Todenhofer visited Raqqa, which serves as the capital of Islamic State's self-declared сaliphate. He also travelled to territories controlled by the terrorist group in Iraq.....He said from whom they get weapons and money..."Weapons flow from FSA and money from Gulf States"...The conclusion of this farce is ....FSA is the name ISIS uses to get free US weapons and other supplies...the myth of "moderate" rebels has fallen... Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=267_1448115126#bmmVTK62QsKoyPJ3.99
  • Syria war: Russia 'is ready to assist FSA rebels'

    10/25/2015 7:28:06 PM PDT · by tlozo · 9 replies
    Russia says it is ready to help US-backed rebels in Syria in their battle against militant organisations like the Islamic State group. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Russian air force could support the Free Syrian Army provided the US shares information about rebel positions. The FSA has so far been among the rebel groups targeted by Russian strikes which have drawn Western criticism. Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It has been bombing targets in Syria since last month and says it is primarily hitting IS positions. But Western powers say most of the air...
  • Syria war: Russia 'is ready to assist FSA rebels'

    10/24/2015 8:06:03 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | October 24, 2015 | N/A
    Russia says it is ready to help US-backed rebels in Syria in their battle against militant organisations like the Islamic State group. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Russian air force could support the Free Syrian Army provided the US shares information about rebel positions. The FSA has so far been among the rebel groups targeted by Russian strikes which have drawn Western criticism.
  • Russia says wants Syria elections, ready to help Free Syrian Army

    10/24/2015 7:51:06 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 5 replies
    Reuters via WBHL ^ | October 24, 2015 | Andrew Osborn and Maria Kiselyova
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Kremlin wanted Syria to prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections, as Moscow intensified its drive to convert its increased clout with Damascus into a political settlement. In comments which mark a shift in Russia's position, he also said that Russia's airforce, which has been bombing Islamist militants in Syria since Sept. 30, would be ready to help Western-backed Free Syrian Army rebels, if it knew where they were. The Kremlin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's strongest foreign ally, has spoken broadly about the need for elections in Syria before. But Lavrov's...
  • [Vanity] The so-called Free Syrian Army is Al-Nusra, the Syrian Branch of Al Qaeda

    10/17/2015 9:31:25 AM PDT · by pinochet · 9 replies
    The American media has been providing evidence since 2013, that the so-called Free Syrian Army and The Al-Nusra Front, are one and the same organization. Here is a Washington Times article from 2013: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/30/al-nusra-front-free-syrian-army-seize-border-cross/ Al-Nusra Front, as the Washington Times makes clear, is the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda Have Al Qaeda now become the "moderates"? The so-called Syrian moderates belong to a movement that has killed more Americans than ISIS (Remember 911?) ISIS used to be the Iraqi branch of Al Qaeda, before they re-organized themselves into a new movement - ISIL/ISIS Both the Al-Nusra Front and ISIS want...
  • The Myth About "Moderate Rebels" and existence of "Free Syrian Army" in Syria

    Washington has been continuing to develop measures against the Russian strategy in Syria. First of all, the US has to demonstrate the existence of the so-called “moderate rebels”. For that reason the topic of the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) became popular in the US and European media. But what is the FSA? FSA units were created about half a year after the start of the Syrian war.Turkey supported this idea. However, it always was a PR myth and never was a real power in the battlefield. The first FSA activity was noted in 2011 when its leader, a former colonel...
  • U.S. Military Drops Munitions to Syrian Rebels: Officials

    10/13/2015 7:32:45 AM PDT · by gtx960 · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | Oct. 13, 2015 | Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
    <p>The U.S. military airdropped 50 tons of ammunition to Syrian rebels fighting ISIS on Sunday — the latest maneuver in the United States' attempt to help turn the tide of a chaotic civil war.</p> <p>The airdrop, consisting of AK-47 rounds, hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds, targeted rebels in ISIS-held territory in northern Syria, senior defense and military officials told NBC News.</p>
  • Vladimir Putin: U.S. Should Have Given $500 Million to Russia, Not Armed Syrian Rebels

    10/13/2015 11:31:04 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Oct 2015 | Mary Chastain
    On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin remarked that, instead of funding Syrian rebels, the U.S. should have just given the money to Russia. The U.S. halted its training program after many rebels defected and U.S. weapons landed in the hands of al-Qaeda. “It would have been better to give us $500 million,” quipped Putin. “At least we would have used it more effectively from the point of view of fighting international terrorism.”Al-Qaeda kidnapped or killed multiple “New Syrian Force” fighters, which left American weapons in their hands. The Pentagon also provided vehicles and ammunition to Nusra Front, a radical Islamic group linked to al-Qaeda,...