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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Afrin: 11 killed in clashes between Turkish-backed Syrian opposition factions

    11/21/2018 2:48:15 AM PST · by Cronos
    Rudaw ^ | 18 Nov 2018 | Rudaw
    Fighting erupted on Sunday between rival factions of the Turkish-backed Syrian opposition in Syria’s Afrin, leaving 11 dead and 27 wounded, according to a war monitor.  The Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northwestern Syria was taken over by Turkish forces and their Syrian opposition proxies in March this year.  The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said pro-Ankara Syrian opposition groups launched an assault on Sunday morning against the al-Sharqiya Martyrs, which had helped Turkey in the Afrin offensive.  The group, which is part of Ahrar Sharqiya brigade, is led by Abu Khula and consists of around 200 fighters. It...
  • Islamic state (ISIS) suffers devastating defeat as Syrian Army liberates entire Al-Safa region

    11/21/2018 2:45:44 AM PST · by Cronos
    Al Masdan news ^ | 19 Nov 2018 | Leith Aboufadel
    The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was finally able to upend the remaining Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists in the Al-Safa region of southern Syria on Monday. Led by their 3rd Corps and 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army stormed Daesh’s last positions in western Al-Safa on Monday morning.This powerful attack by the Syrian Arab Army would result in Daesh’s full capitulation in southern Syria.According to a military source in Sweida city, the remaining Daesh terrorists in western Al-Safa agreed to surrender their last positions after suffering heavy casualties over the last three days.The source added that some of the Daesh...
  • Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Standing with Saudi Arabia

    11/20/2018 2:26:13 PM PST · by little jeremiah · 47 replies
    The White House ^ | November 20, 2018 | Donald J. Trump, POTUS
    America First! The world is a very dangerous place! The country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilize Iraq’s fragile attempt at democracy, supporting the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, propping up dictator Bashar Assad in Syria (who has killed millions of his own citizens), and much more. Likewise, the Iranians have killed many Americans and other innocent people throughout the Middle East. Iran states openly, and with great force, “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” Iran is considered “the world’s leading sponsor of terror.” On...
  • Germany Ends All Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

    11/19/2018 8:38:55 PM PST · by quasimodo_79 · 28 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 11/19/18 | The Associated Press
    Germany’s foreign minister said Berlin has banned 18 Saudi nationals from entering Europe’s border-free Schengen zone because they are believed connected to Khashoggi’s killing. The German government says it has halted previously approved arms exports to Saudi Arabia amid the fallout from the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Germany said a month ago it wouldn’t approve any new weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, but left open what would happen with already approved contracts. Germany’s economy ministry oversees the authorization of arms exports. Ministry spokesman Philipp Jornitz said Monday that “the German government is working with those who have valid...
  • Jamal Khashoggi was a player, not a bleeding heart liberal

    11/17/2018 11:08:42 AM PST · by Pelham · 43 replies
    Financial Review ^ | November 4, 2018 | Alexander Downer
    So back to the tragic murder of Jamal Khashoggi. My intelligence sources tell me he had worked as an intelligence agent for the Saudi intelligence service, GID, for around 20 years. At one point he was sent by GID to Sudan to meet Osama bin Laden and to try to lure him away from terrorism. He failed. Khashoggi had always been close to the Muslim Brotherhood, the people who took over Egypt under Morsi following the so-called Arab Spring. The Muslim Brotherhood is a hard-line Islamist organisation dedicated to the introduction of Sharia and the creation of an Islamic caliphate....
  • NEW MUSLIM CONGRESS MEMBERS 'DECEIVED' VOTERS

    11/17/2018 8:09:51 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 65 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 16 NOV 2018 | WND EXCLUSIVE
    It’s an old joke: How can you tell a politician is lying? His lips are moving. It seems that may be the case for the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress. An analyst at the Gatestone Institute presented evidence that Ilhan Abdullahi Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Harbi Tlaib of Michigan lied to voters. The charge comes from Soeren Kern, a senior fellow at the institute, who who wrote that most of the media coverage since their election Nov. 6 “has been effusive in praise of their Muslim identity and personal history.” “Less known is that both...
  • Rand Paul: Iran Wants Nukes Because It “Feels Threatened”

    02/16/2010 2:05:11 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 165 replies · 3,219+ views
    It turns out that crackpot Ron Paul’s son Rand can understand why poor, innocent Iran might want nuclear weapons—they feel “threatened” by big, bad America (hat tip to Rand Paul: Too Kooky for Kentucky for the video): Watch it at NRB - sorry, can't embed videos here at FR.
  • The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia's War

    11/02/2018 8:26:36 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/26/18 | Declan Walsh, Tyler Hicks
    One hope for Yemenis is that the international fallout from the death of the Saudi dissident, Jamal Khashoggi, which has damaged Prince Mohammed’s international standing, might force him to relent in his unyielding prosecution of the war. Peter Salisbury, a Yemen specialist at Chatham House, said that was unlikely. “I think the Saudis have learned what they can get away with in Yemen — that western tolerance for pretty bad behavior is quite high,” he said. “If the Khashoggi murder tells us anything, it’s just how reluctant people are to rein the Saudis in.”
  • The State Department shouldn’t target Kurds to appease Turkey

    11/11/2018 6:22:17 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 10, 2018 12:58 PM | Michael Rubin
    On Nov. 6, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara posted a notice that “The Department [of State] has authorized rewards for information leading to the identification or location of the senior Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) members: Murat Karayilan (up to USD $5 million), Cemil Bayik (up to USD $4 million), and Duran Kalkan (up to USD $3 million).” Such bounties are not uncommon when it comes to master terrorists. In years past, the U.S. government, for example, issued bounties for Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and Boko Haram head Abubakar Shekau.But the three men...
  • Mass Migration: Majority Of Germans Feel Like ‘Stranger In Their Own Country’

    11/10/2018 9:15:58 PM PST · by blam · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-10-2018 | Virginia Hale
    A majority of Germans say the level of mass migration has left them feeling “like a stranger in their own country”, according to a new study. Presented as part of this year’s Leipzig University research into “authoritarian” attitudes in the country, the figure showed a rise of 12 points since the Competence Center for Right-Wing Extremism and Democracy Research tested Germans on the same questions in 2014, with 56 per cent of Germans expressing the sentiment in 2018. Other findings from the 328-page study, for which 2,416 Germans were interviewed between May and July this year, were that 44 per...
  • Palestinians in Gaza attack Qatari envoy with stones after $15m. payment

    11/09/2018 12:17:17 PM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | November 9, 2018 | Tamar Beeri
    The paychecks of the Hamas members, which were being paid through financial aid by Qatar, were passed on in suitcases in a heavily guarded vehicle. Palestinian protesters pelted the convoy of Qatar’s ambassador to the Palestinians, Mohammed Al-Emadi, with stones Friday as he came to observe the weekly demonstrations along Gaza’s border fence with Israel, according to The Jerusalem Post’s sister publication Maariv. Gazan media reported that those leading the attack against Al-Emadi were from the Palestinian faction of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. PFLP members had earlier refused to take part in the meeting with the...
  • Report: Israel and Qatar to open Gaza sea crossing

    11/10/2018 11:08:20 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/11/18
    An Arab newspaper reported on Saturday that Israel and Qatar are hammering out a deal that would allow Hamas to operate a sea crossing between Gaza and Cyprus. According to the Lebanese Al Akhbar, the prospective seaport is part of a wider Egyptian-brokered cease-fire between Hamas and Israel. While Hamas demands that the crossing be monitored through video cameras, Israel wants both Israeli forces and international elements to monitor the seaport to prevent weapons smuggling. The report comes as a long-term cease-fire between Israel and Hamas appears to be gaining traction. A central part of the deal has been Qatar's...
  • Turkish gunfire wounds two Syrian Kurdish journalists in northeastern Syria

    11/08/2018 2:42:56 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Reporters Without Borders ^ | Updated on November 8, 2018 | none stated
    Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Turkish authorities to guarantee the safety of journalists during their military operations after shots fired by Turkish soldiers injured two Syrian Kurdish journalists in the border town of Tal Abyad, in northeastern Syria, on 2 November. Ibrahim Ahmad and Gulistan Mohammed, who work for the Syrian Kurdish news agency ANHA/Hawa, sustained gunshot injuries while covering the clashes between Turkish and Kurdish forces and the Turkish army’s cross-border bombardment of the town.  The condition of Ahmad, who was hit in the leg, is stable, but Mohammed’s condition is much more worrying because the bullet struck her in the face....
  • Palestinians slam 'provocative' Brazil plan to move embassy to Jerusalem

    11/06/2018 8:38:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    France24 ^ | 11/03/2018
    RAMALLAH (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) (AFP) - A senior Palestinian official on Friday condemned Brazilian far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's announcement that he would move his country's Israel embassy to Jerusalem. "These are provocative and illegal steps that will only destabilise security and stability in the region," Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee, told AFP. The United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, sparking fury among Palestinians, who consider the Israeli-annexed eastern part of the city the capital of their future state. "It is very unfortunate that Brazil has joined this negative alliance...
  • Kurdish deputies kept hostage for two years (Turkey)

    11/04/2018 11:56:15 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    ANF News ^ | Sunday, 4 Nov 2018, 12:30 | ANF NEWS DESK
    Two years ago, eleven HDP deputies were arrested in Turkey. After two years of imprisonment, the European Court of Human Rights is now to decide. On 4 November, eleven deputies of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) were arrested in Turkey. In the middle of the night, party leaders Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, as well as Nursel Aydoğan, Sırrı Süreyya Önder, Selma Irmak, Ziya Pir, Ferhat Encü, Gülser Yıldırım, İdris Baluken, Leyla Birlik and İmam Taşçıer were brought out of their homes. While Sırrı Süreyya Önder, Ziya Pir and İmam Taşçıer were later released against mandatory reporting, others were remanded...
  • Europe opens door to sanctions on Iran after terror plots in Denmark, Paris

    11/03/2018 7:05:52 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Nov. 3, 2018 | Adam Shaw
    European leaders are opening the door to possible sanctions on Iran in the wake of terror plots across the continent -- even as they criticize the Trump administration for reimposing sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s oil exports and financial dealings. Denmark’s intelligence agency on Tuesday said that it had foiled an Iranian plot to kill an opposition activist, and had arrested a Norwegian of Iranian descent. The suspect has denied the allegations and is being held in custody. Iran’s Foreign Ministry has denied any involvement and has issued a “strong protest” to the Danish government. The Wall Street Journal reported...
  • Christians in Egypt bury their dead after attack

    11/03/2018 10:14:40 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    MINYA, Egypt (AP) -- Hundreds of Egyptian Christians attended a funeral service Saturday after seven people were killed in an ambush by Islamic State militants of buses carrying pilgrims to a remote desert monastery. 【Related】IS attack on Christian pilgrims in Egypt kills 7 【Related】Japan, Egypt to work to bring stability to Middle East 【Related】Egypt governor: Remove Disney figures from kindergartens The service at Prince Tadros church in the central city of Minya was held amid tight security. Minya's top cleric, Anba Makarios, led prayers over a row of six white coffins, all victims from the same family. A separate funeral...
  • In Egypt, Islamists Attack Coptic Christian Pilgrims

    11/03/2018 9:25:54 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | November 2, 2018 7:40 PM | Marlo Safi
    In Minya, Egypt, Coptic Christians were terrorized in another attack targeting the minority group on Friday. Islamic militants opened gunfire on two buses carrying Coptic Christians en route to an ancient monastery in Upper Egypt, killing seven and injuring more than eleven. Friday’s attack is one in a series of attacks on Egypt’s ancient Christian community, which currently makes up between 10 and 15 percent of Egypt’s population. Minya has the largest population of Christians in the country — 35 percent of residents are Christians — and experiences a lion’s share of the sectarian attacks. According to Open Doors USA’s...
  • At least 7 Coptic Christians killed in attack on buses in Egypt

    11/03/2018 9:00:41 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 3, 2018, 1:43 PM ET | Randa Ali & Ben Gittleson -CAIRO
    At least seven people were killed and at least 19 others were injured in an attack on several buses carrying Coptic Christians near a monastery in Egypt on Friday, according to a spokesperson for Egypt's Coptic Church. Gunmen attacked two buses and a microbus on a road near the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor, in Minya, south of Cairo, the spokesperson said. One of the buses was carrying 28 members of a family that had traveled to the monastery for the baptism of one of its children, six of whom were injured, according to the spokesman. At least seven...
  • Islamic attack against Coptic Christians pilgrims kills at least 7 in Egypt

    11/03/2018 6:26:10 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-2-18 | none stated
    CAIRO – Islamic militants on Friday ambushed two buses carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo, killing seven and wounding up to 16, according to the Interior Ministry and security officials. Coptic Orthodox Church spokesman Boulos Halim said the death toll was likely to rise. Local church officials in Minya province where the attack took place put the death toll at 10, but the higher figure could not be confirmed. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which bore the hallmarks of Islamic militants who have for years...