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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Satellite Imagery Confirms Russia Deployed Stealthy Su-57 Fighters To Syria

    02/25/2018 11:04:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    www.thedrive.com ^ | Tyler Rogoway
    At least two of the jets are in-country and they are likely to begin "combat evaluation" sorties soon. Our initial analysis has been outright confirmed and at least two Russian Su-57s have been forward-deployed to Khmeimim Air Base in western Syria. Satellite imagery dated February 23rd, 2018 shows two of the aircraft parked on the base's tightly packed fixed-wing tactical aircraft ramp. It appears that one of the aircraft wears the "shark" scheme, first seen of fifth T-50 prototype "Blue 055," while the other seems to wear a similar paint job, albeit with less contrast and a "pixelated" or "digitized"...
  • Trump Blasts Russia, Iran, Syria For 'Humanitarian Disgrace'

    02/24/2018 5:42:42 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 6 replies
    RadioFreeEurope ^ | 23 Feb 2018 | AP/Reuters
    "I will say what Russia and what Iran and what Syria have done recently is a humanitarian disgrace," Trump told a news conference at the White House on February 23. "What those three countries have done to those people is a disgrace," he added. Earlier, the United States criticized Russia over the bombing of eastern Ghouta, saying Moscow had a "unique responsibility" for more than 400 people being killed in the Damascus suburb this month.
  • Syria war: UN Security Council approves 30-day ceasefire

    02/24/2018 4:41:06 PM PST · by Nextrush · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/24/2018 | BBC
    The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations. However, some of the biggest jihadist rebel groups, and their associates, are not covered by the truce, raising questions about its real impact. The East Gouta rebel enclave near Damascus has been bombarded by government forces for the past week. After the vote in New York, activists said air strikes were continuing...... The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, called for the ceasefire to be implemented but said she was skeptical that Syria would comply. She accused...
  • UNSC okays Kuwait resolution on Syria

    02/24/2018 1:23:40 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    Arab Times On-Line ^ | 24 Feb 2018 33 minutes ago CST | Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi, the UNSC president for February
    NEW YORK, Feb 24, (Agencies): UN Security Council unanimously approved Saturday a draft resolution presented by Kuwait and Sweden to establish a 30-day humanitarian truce in Syria. The resolution will pave way for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the areas under seige in Syria. The resolution demanding the ceasefire “without delay” was adopted as Syrian government forces pounded the rebelheld enclave of Eastern Ghouta, where hundreds have died during a week-long assault. “We are late to respond to this crisis, very late,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council after the vote, accusing Russia of stalling the vote. More...
  • YPG members speak of the situation on Afrin frontlines (war stories to remember)

    02/24/2018 7:39:38 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 24 Feb 2018, 00:00 | BAKİ GÜL AFRIN
    ANF spoke with a YPG fighter in the hills of the Bilika village in the Rajo district about how the invasion attempt by the Turkish army and their accompanying ISIS and Al-Nusra gangs looks from the battle field. Every moment in the Afrin resistance is of historic importance. In the Resistance of the Age that has continued for over a month, the whole truth is still not reflected. It is truly important what the YPG and YPJ figthters who have been clashing on the fronts for weeks experienced. My luck was good and I stayed with a group of YPG...
  • 400 dead Russians and Syrians, yet no one knows who ordered them to attack US forces in Syria

    02/24/2018 7:18:39 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 47 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | Feb 24, 2018 | staff
    The United States is still unsure who directed a February 7 attack on US and US-backed forces in Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, even as he acknowledged accounts that Russian civilian contractors were involved. Reuters has reported that about 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria. The US has estimated about 100 pro-Syrian government forces were killed by US strikes to repel the Febuary 7 attack. Russian military officers told the United States during the incident that Moscow was not involved. The Pentagon has declined to comment...
  • Syria: Civilian Deaths in Turkish Attacks May Be Unlawful

    02/24/2018 6:58:14 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Human Rights Watch ^ | February 23, 2018 12:00AM EST | none stated
    Survivors Describe Attacks on Tents, Home, Farm (Beirut) – Turkish Armed Forces appear to have failed to take necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties in three attacks in northwest Syria in late January 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. The attacks killed 26 civilians, including 17 children.On January 20, Turkey opened a military offensive in the Afrin district. The area, which is under the control of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) – a Syrian Kurdish political party – has a civilian population of approximately 323,000, including 125,000 people displaced from elsewhere, according to the United Nations. “It appears that vulnerable...
  • Syria war: UN Security Council truce vote delayed

    02/23/2018 6:51:18 PM PST · by Nextrush · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/23/2018 | BBC
    The UN Security Council is struggling to agree a resolution seeking a ceasefire in Syria and has put back a vote until Saturday. The vote has already been delayed several times since Thursday. Russia wanted changes to the draft that calls for a 30-day calm to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations. Western diplomats have accused Russia, Syria's key ally, of stalling for more time. France said failure to act may spell the of the UN itself...... Commenting on Friday evening, US President Donald Trump pointed the finger of blame firmly at Syria and its allies, Russia and Iran,...
  • New US Embassy in Jerusalem Will Open in May 2018 to Celebrate Israel's 70th Anniversary

    02/23/2018 8:34:28 AM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 26 replies
    CBN News ^ | 2/23/2018 | CBN Newsroom
    Officials tell the Associated Press that the new US Embassy in Jerusalem will open much earlier than some had predicted. They're working to make the move by May 2018 in celebration of Israel's 70th anniversary.
  • Media Propagates Abbas’ Historical Lies

    02/23/2018 4:37:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 2*23*18 | Sean Durns
    In a long, rambling February 20, 2018, speech before the UN Security Council, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas fed fables to his audience — and continued to attack Israel’s legitimacy. The speech marked the third time in two months that Abbas has publicly distorted history, and shifted blame for the lack of a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And once again, Abbas had a key ally: An uncritical press, seemingly determined to present the Palestinian leader in the best possible light. In his opening remarks before the Security Council, Abbas claimed that Palestinians “are the descendants of the Canaanites...
  • Lebanese Journalist: 100 Years After Balfour Declaration, Arabs Have Failed, Israel Has Excelled

    02/22/2018 3:58:17 PM PST · by SJackson · 24 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 2*21*18 | Karam Al-Hilu
    In a Nov. 25, 2017 article marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, published in the London-based daily Al-Hayat, Lebanese journalist Karam Al-Hilu compared the meager accomplishments of the Arab world in the past century with those of the rest of the countries, particularly Israel. He noted that Israel’s supremacy in the areas of science, economy, society and politics is the source of its strength, as well as the source of Arab failure in confronting it. The following are excerpts from his article:[1] “A century after the Balfour Declaration . . . the Arabs have not managed to build...
  • Turkey Mulls Talks to Avoid War As Russia and U.S. Allies Chant 'One Syria'

    02/22/2018 7:37:19 AM PST · by NorseViking · 16 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Tom O'Connor
    Turkey has raised the possibility of opening a new dialogue with Syria as its supporters threatened to join Kurds in resisting a Turkish invasion in the northwestern district of Afrin. Ankara initially denied Tuesday that a massive convoy of fighters supportive of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad— an ally of both Russia and Iran—entered the Kurd-held enclave and later claimed that Turkish airstrikes turned the incoming forces back. Videos surfaced of pro-Syrian government and Kurdish fighters chanting "one Syria," in celebration of an alliance that Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Wednesday would have "serious consequences" for...
  • CDU spokesman Hardt calls on Turkey to withdraw from Afrin

    02/22/2018 7:48:41 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF News (Berlin) ^ | Wednesday, 21 Feb 2018, 14:25 | ANF BERLIN
    A spokesman for Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union called Turkey to withdraw its forces from Afrin on Wednesday. < Speaking to Deutschlandfunk radio Jürgen Hardt said he could only "urge" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "to end the operation in northern Syria”. Describing Turkey’s actions against YPG in Afrin as “not proportional” Hardt advised Turkey to “focus on securing the Turkish-Syrian border”. The Turkish government is, therefore "well advised to withdraw quickly from this mission now". The federal government had withheld criticism of the Turkish attacks on Afrin for a long time. On Tuesday evening, the Foreign Office called on...
  • “Turkish invasion against Afrin violates international law”

    02/22/2018 6:30:37 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    ANF News ^ | Thursday, 22 Feb 2018, 00:20 | ANF NEWS DESK
    “The Turkish attacks and invasion against Afrin, canton of the autonomous Region of Rojava – Northern Syria, part of the sovereign State of Syria, are an aggression violating international law”, said author and economist Thomas Benedikter. Author and economist Thomas Benedikter spoke to the ANF about the Turkish state’s invasion operation against Afrin that has left one month behind amid intensifying attacks and clashes. Remarking that Afrin has been one of the most safe and stable regions in Syria during the 7 years of war in Syria, Benedikter recalled that the region has welcomed and accommodated hundreds of thousands of...
  • The Russian Attack Against America You Didn’t Hear About

    02/22/2018 3:53:51 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 21 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | 19 February 2018 | Michael J. Totten
    You probably didn’t hear this because few media organizations have even mentioned it, but Russia committed an act of war against the United States a little more than a week ago. No, this is not about more social media and election shenanigans. Russia mounted an armed assault against American soldiers and our allies in Syria, including Kurdish security forces affiliated with the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, at a military base in the city of Deir Ezzor, the largest in eastern Syria. Russian combatants fought alongside Assad regime fighters and Shia militias armed, funded and directed by Iran. Both the...
  • Florida school shooter 'sympathized with Syrian terrorists,' sold knives from lunchbox, friend says

    02/21/2018 11:34:27 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/20/18 | Greg Norman
    A former friend and classmate of Nikolas Cruz says he would follow her around, abuse his girlfriend and even talk about killing his friends' parents, adding to the shocking claims that have emerged about Cruz in the days since the Florida high school shooting. Ariana Lopez told ABC News on Tuesday she and her friends reported Cruz’s behavior to school officials multiple times between 2016 and 2017. Cruz was eventually expelled from Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School, where he shot and killed 17 last week. “He talked about killing our parents, our friends, boyfriends and girlfriends,” Lopez said. “He would...
  • Turkish Jets Bomb Iranian Militias Heading to Afrin

    02/20/2018 8:42:59 AM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 64 replies
    Al Mayadeen ^ | Feb. 20,2018 | Popular videos
    Turkish jets bombard Iranian militia entering Afrin
  • Danish former Under-Secretary-General issues rebuke at 'controlling' UN member states

    02/19/2018 4:38:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 16 February 2018 12:09 CET+01:00
    Christian Friis Bach, who served as Under-Secretary-General with the UN from 2014-17, has criticized the intergovernmental organization, saying individual countries have too much power. The high influence wielded by countries within the UN prevents necessary aid from being provided during conflicts, Bach said in an interview with Politiken on Friday. The UN has said it recognizes the points raised by the former Under-Secretary-General. The UN is incapable of acting or leading effectively with its current organization, said Bach, who was also executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe until May 2017. “Once member states and bureaucracy are...
  • ANTI-ISIS BRIT Brit Jim Matthews who fought AGAINST ISIS cheered on by supporters (trunc)

    02/19/2018 2:05:02 PM PST · by Twotone · 2 replies
    The Sun ^ | February 14, 2018 | Amanda Devlin
    A BRIT who fought with Kurdish militia against Islamic State was cheered by supporters as he appeared in court charged with a terror offence. James Matthews arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court to face a charge of attending a place used for terrorist training, under the Terrorism Act 2006. The 43-year-old indicated a not guilty plea after the charge was put to him. Represented by Joel Bennathan QC, Matthews, wearing black jeans and a brown leather jacket, spoke only to confirm his identity. Matthews, from Dalston, east London, is due to next appear at the Old Bailey on March 1. As...
  • Turkey Threatens To Invade Greece

    02/19/2018 10:35:31 AM PST · by blam · 48 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 2-19-2018 | Uzay Bulut
    In an incident that took place less than two weeks after the Greek Defense Ministry announced that Turkey had violated Greek airspace 138 times in a single day, a Turkish coast guard patrol boat on February 13 rammed a Greek coast guard vessel off the shore of Imia, one of many Greek islands over which Turkey claims sovereignty. Most of the areas within modern Greece's current borders were under the occupation of the Ottoman Empire from the mid-15th century until the Greek War of Independence in 1821 and the establishment of the modern Greek state in 1832. The islands, however,...