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  • Patriarch tells pope of three “true martyrs” executed in Syria

    12/05/2013 2:26:55 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | December 5, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Details: The Syrian Greek-Catholic Church has three “true martyrs”. They are the “three men from Maaloula who refused to repudiate their faith,” and were killed for this reason, said Patriarch Gregory III Laham during his meeting with Pope Francis on Sunday, this according to a press release issued by the Catholic Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria and Jerusalem of the Melkites.The events that led to the three men’s death occurred during fighting on 3 -7 September in the town of Maaloula.According to eyewitness accounts, men from the Syrian Free Army and the Jabhat al-Nusra Islamic Front...
  • REPORT: US Told Syrian Rebels To Kill Islamic Radicals Before Fighting Assad

    05/09/2013 6:21:23 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 9, 2013, 2:19 PM | Michael Kelley
    About six months ago, U.S. intelligence officers in Jordan told Syrian rebel commanders that the opposition should fight radical rebel group Jabhat al Nusra before fighting Syria's army, a commander present at the meeting told Phil Sands of The National. "We'd prefer you fight al Nusra now, and then fight Assad's army," The Syrian commander said he was told. "You should kill these Nusra people. We'll do it if you don't." America has not acknowledged such an action or commented on the report, but the notion is plausible. The U.S. has officially provided non-lethal aid and humanitarian assistance to rebels,...
  • Iraqi al-Qaida and Syria militants announce merger

    04/09/2013 10:52:24 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    AP ^ | Apr 9, 11:56 AM EDT | By BASSEM MROUE and MAAMOUN YOUSSEF Associated Press
    BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's branch in Iraq said it has merged with Syria's extremist Jabhat al-Nusra, a move that shows the rising confidence of radicals within the Syrian rebel movement and is likely to trigger renewed fears among its international backers. A website linked to Jabhat al-Nusra confirmed on Tuesday the merger with the Islamic State of Iraq, whose leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, first made the announcement in a 21-minute audio message posted on militant websites late Monday.
  • Syrian Jihadist Rebels Seize Jordan-Israeli Buffer Zone

    03/24/2013 8:29:50 AM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 3/24/2013, 2:30 PM | Chana Ya'ar
    Syrian rebel forces have seized a 25-kilometer (15 mile) buffer zone stretching from the Jordanian border to the Golan Heights. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog agency, “Fighters loyal to Al Nusra Front, Al Yarmuk Brigade, Al Mutaz Billah Brigade and others took control of Al Rai military checkpoint” east of Sahem al-Golan, in the Dara'a province. snip The rebel forces referred to in the statement are part of the radical jihadist group known as the Islamic Front for the Liberation of Syria, which despises what it considers the rival Western-backed Syrian National Council, the larger...
  • US Vet Fighting With Syrian Rebels Got Full Disability Pay, His Dad Says

    03/13/2013 1:55:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3/12/13 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Eric Harroun is an Arizona native who rioted with rebels in Cairo and fought in Syria for Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Al Nusra. **SNIP** Harroun's descent into Islamic fanaticism seems to have begun sometime after his discharge from the military. With seemingly no way to pursue his lifelong dream of being a soldier, he fell in with two Iraqi brothers, Maadh and Hayder Ibrahim, who he met while attending Pima Community College in Tucson, and began to identify himself as a Muslim, according to people who know him.
  • Scuds Blast Big Syrian Rebel Push for Al-Safira Chemical Arms Store (NATO searching for WOMD?)

    12/21/2012 8:46:05 PM PST · by drewh · 9 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 21, 2012, 2:30 PM
    The Syrian Air Force is again firing Scud missiles, this time to stem the general offensive Syrian opposition forces, including jihadis, launched Friday, Dec. 21, to capture the Syrian army’s military-industrial complex at al Safira and the big chemical and biological weapons store adjoining the facility. It is there, that Scud D missiles stand ready for launching, loaded with chemical weapons. Rebel forces are converging on Al Safira from the east, the west and the south. Among them are brigades of the Jabhat al-Nusra which the US has designated part of al Qaeda in Iraq. Military sources report extremely heavy...
  • Hillary Clinton to Testify on Benghazi Report (Dec. 20)

    12/13/2012 11:16:49 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 44 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 13, 2012 | Thomson/Reuters
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on Dec. 20 before the House of Representatives and Senate foreign affairs committees on a report on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, the committees said on Wednesday. The attack on Sept. 11 killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, and raised questions about the adequacy of security in far-flung posts. Republicans have criticized Democratic President Barack Obama's administration for its flawed early public explanations of the attack. They have also criticized shifting explanations of why talking points given to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations...
  • Obama shouldn’t have designated some of our fighters as terrorists ( Syria Coalition Leader )

    12/12/2012 10:59:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5:21 pm on December 12, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Leader of new U.S.-backed Syrian rebel coalition: Obama shouldn’t have designated some of our fighters as terrorists posted at 5:21 pm on December 12, 2012 by Allahpundit A short but important footnote to the NYT’s story about Assad using scud missiles against the rebels. Remember, this is supposed to be the new pro-western face of the Syrian opposition that’ll make deeper U.S. involvement more politically palatable. But the leader of the coalition took issue with a decision by the Obama administration to classify Al Nusra Front — one of several armed groups fighting Mr. Assad — as a foreign...
  • Video: US declares core of Syrian resistance an AQ affiliate

    12/11/2012 1:04:18 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:41 am on December 11, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    They’re only about 10% of the rebel forces attempting to dislodge that noted reformer Bashar al-Assad, CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh reports, but Jabhat al-Nusra is the most effective and powerful part of the insurrection against the Iranian-backed dictator. The only problem for the US is that they’re closely affiliated with al-Qaeda in Iraq, which has been attempting to overthrow the democratically-elected government in Baghdad, too. If this is starting to sound familiar, just think …. Libya: The Christian Science Monitor has more background on the “foreign terrorist organization” that’s staffed by veterans of some old, familiar places: The speed with...
  • U.S. Troops Are Reported Back in Iraq Over Syrian Crisis

    12/10/2012 7:20:50 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 50 replies
    New American ^ | Monday, 10 December 2012 12:45 | Jack Kenny
    More than 3,000 U.S. military personnel have secretly returned to Iraq via Kuwait and 17,000 more are on their way in response to the civil war in Syria that has spilled over into northern Iraq, according to a report published Monday by Iran's Press TV. The news follows by four days a report from the Russian news service RT that the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower has joined the USS Iwo Jima off the coast of Syria. Both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week issued stern warnings to Syria about unspecified but serious "consequences" that would follow if...
  • Syria Activists: Jihadists Seize Missile Base

    10/12/2012 9:24:16 AM PDT · by edpc · 56 replies
    YNet ^ | 12 Oct 2012 | News Agencies
    Anti-regime activists say jihadist fighters linked to al-Qaeda fought with rebels to capture a Syrian military air defense base near Aleppo. Videos posted online Friday apparently shot inside the base say Jabhat al-Nusra participated in the overnight battle for the base. The videos show fighters inspecting lines of large missiles.
  • Al Nusrah Front seizes Syrian base in joint operation with Free Syrian Army

    10/13/2012 12:55:56 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | October 12, 2012 | By Bill Roggio
    The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that is fighting Bashir al Assad's regime in Syria, has seized control of an airbase near Aleppo in a joint operation with the supposedly secular Free Syrian Army. Video of the fighters at the airbase has appeared on the Internet. The Al Nusrah Front and Free Syrian Army captured the airbase in al Ta'aneh near Aleppo yesterday after heavy fighting with the Syrian military. Scud tactical ballistic missiles as well as anti-aircraft missiles were housed at the airbase. "A few hundred fighters from Jabhat al-Nusra,...
  • Al-Qaida turns tide for rebels in battle for eastern Syria

    07/30/2012 4:47:23 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Monday 30 July 2012 15.00 EDT | Ghaith Abdul-Ahad in Deir el-Zour
    These are not average members of the Free Syrian Army. Abu Khuder and his men fight for al-Qaida. They are one of a number of jihadi organisations establishing a foothold in the east of the country. They hide their presence. "Some people are worried about carrying the [black] flags," said Abu Khuder. "They fear America will come and fight us. So we fight in secret. Why give Bashar and the west a pretext?" But their existence is common knowledge in Mohassen. According to Abu Khuder, his men are working closely with the military council that commands the Free Syrian Army...