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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Washington’s New Lock-Step March of Folly

    10/24/2016 9:23:17 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Consortium News ^ | 22 October 2016 | Robert Parry
    Confident in a Hillary Clinton victory, Washington’s foreign policy elite is readying plans for more warfare in Syria and more confrontations with nuclear-armed Russia, an across-the-spectrum “group think” that risks life on the planet ___ What is perhaps most alarming about this new “group think” is that there doesn’t appear to be any significant resistance to the expectation that President Hillary Clinton will unleash these neocon/liberal-hawk forces of intervention that President Barack Obama has somewhat restrained. Assuming Donald Trump’s defeat – increasingly seen as a foregone conclusion – the Republican leadership would mostly be in sync with Clinton if she...
  • 'Error' to Think That 'America Is Invincible,' Ayatollah Tells Venezuela’s Maduro

    10/24/2016 7:02:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 24, 2016 | 4:23 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Two world leaders who are among Washington’s most outspoken critics met in Tehran at the weekend and discussed whether the United States is unbeatable. Also on their minds — the two candidates running for the White House. “Some people think that America is invincible, while this notion is a big error,” Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. “Frequent mistakes made by Americans during the past 15 years have caused them to seriously run aground in the region and be hopeless now,” he added. “Steadfastness and rational resistance combined with foresight in the face of pressures...

    10/24/2016 6:10:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 23, 2016 | Chris Tomlinson
    A left wing expert on Salafism has suggested that Germany has no real culture and that Syrians should be allowed their own city rather than be forced to integrate into German society. Expert on Salafism and Green party member Kurt Edler is proposing a radical idea on how the German government should handle the integration of Syrians and other migrants into German society.
  • Hillary Corruption Led to Syria-Russia Crisis [aw!m vanity]

    10/15/2016 5:01:16 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 34 replies
    Big bold Drudge lines [*h*] ... CIA PLANS CYBER STRIKE ON RUSSIA 'DEFCON WARNING UPGRADE' MOSCOW READY FOR WAR Obama wants to not only wag-the-dog, but who knows? A cyber-war could disrupt internet communications -- time to blind Trump supporters. And it all boils down to their bribe money to take out the Syrian government. Obama and Hillary want you to think that Bashar Assad is the very devil. In many ways he is. Worst of all is his defense of Christians and Jews so far as the Establishment thinks. ISIS is cool -- they enslave Christians and Jews for...
  • Syria says east Aleppo ceasefire has begun, promises 'safe exit'

    10/21/2016 9:36:12 PM PDT · by Mariner · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 21st, 2016 | By Suleiman Al-Khalidi | AMMAN
    The Syrian military said on Thursday a unilateral ceasefire backed by Russia had come into force to allow people to leave besieged eastern Aleppo, a move rejected by rebels who say they are preparing a counter-offensive to break the blockade. State media earlier said the army had opened exit corridors in two designated areas in the Bustan al Qasr quarter and near the Castello road in northern Aleppo city. Waiting buses were shown on state television. Intensified Russian and Syrian bombing of besieged rebel-held parts of Aleppo in the past weeks has hit hospitals, bakeries and water pumping stations, and...
  • Syrian army says it will 'bring down' any Turkish war planes in its airspace

    10/21/2016 6:45:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 21, 2016
    Syrian army says it will 'bring down' any Turkish war planes in its airspace The Syrian military said on Oct. 20 that it would bring down any Turkish war planes entering Syrian air space, a response to air strikes carried out by Turkey overnight in northern Syria. "Any attempt to once again breach Syrian airspace by Turkish war planes will be dealt with and they will be brought down by all means available," the Syrian army general command said in a statement. Turkish air strikes hit a group of Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG), the military wing of the...
  • Germans Leaving Germany 'In Droves'

    10/21/2016 9:09:55 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 96 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | October 20, 2016 | Soeren Kern
    More than 1.5 million Germans, many of them highly educated, left Germany during the past decade. — Die Welt. Germany is facing a spike in migrant crime, including an epidemic of rapes and sexual assaults. Mass migration is also accelerating the Islamization of Germany. Many Germans appear to be losing hope about the future direction of their country.
  • Inside German ski resort hit by 'major migrant crime wave' where women are so frightened [tr]

    10/21/2016 7:37:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 21, 2016 | Paul Thompson
    A woman living in a picturesque German ski resort hit by a 'major migrant crime wave' has told how she carries pepper spray for protection because she no longer feels safe. Barbara Plant said she will not go out alone at night in Garmisch-Partenkirchen amid concerns over 250 migrants being housed in a disused army complex in the town. Many other women in the Bavarian resort also say they are worried for their safety in what the mayor called 'an explosive situation' after police blamed a record increase in crime on asylum seekers. 'When it gets dark I stay indoors,'...
  • Putin's warships sail past the White Cliffs of Dover: Russian attack fleet [tr]

    10/21/2016 6:28:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 119 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 21, 2016 | Darren Boyle and Richard Spillett
    A Russian carrier fleet which passed through the English Channel today deployed heavily-armed guards to deter anyone approaching the warships. A number of guards, equipped with AK-74 assault rifles and heavy machine guns were spotted on the flight deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov as it passed by the White Cliffs of Dover. The powerful fleet was ordered to pass through the Channel, which is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, in single file.
  • Gary Johnson Says 'Glaring Double Standard' Kept Clinton’s Mosul Mistake From Being an Aleppo Moment

    10/20/2016 4:44:07 PM PDT · by notscj · 4 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | Oct. 20, 2016 | Steven Nelson
    Hillary Clinton gave a disputable description of the location of Mosul, the largest city held by the Islamic State group, during Wednesday’s final major-party presidential debate, but pundits and the press did not pounce. In contrast to the intense news coverage of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson’s moment of confusion about Aleppo, Syria, during an MSNBC interview last month, Clinton’s arguable misstatement about the major Iraqi city attracted just a handful of tweets. “What's really important here is to understand all the interplay. Mosul is a Sunni city. Mosul is on the border of Syria,” the Democratic nominee told a domestic...
  • The Russians ARE coming! Putin's armed fleet heads for Dover as Moscow moves ships [tr]

    10/20/2016 6:40:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 20, 2016 | Darren Boyle, Matt Dathan, and Larisa Brown
    The Russian aircraft carrier fleet is on its way to pass through the English Channel on its way to join Bashar al-Assad's bombing campaign in Syrian city Aleppo, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. The eight-strong flotilla, led by the Admiral Kuzentsov, has completed training its pilots for bombing missions while it has been tracked by the Royal Navy's HMS Richmond and several NATO vessels. And Vladimir Putin's admirals are keen to ramp up the pressure on Britain's warships by calling in extra assets from the Mediterranean in a mission dubbed 'Operation Sea Fist' by the Russian media. A MOD...
  • Sweden to give ISIS fighters housing grants and free driving licences to encourage them

    10/19/2016 9:01:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 19, 2016 | Julian Robinson
    Sweden to give ISIS fighters housing grants and free driving licences to encourage them to reintegrate into society Lund County in Sweden is examining plans to reintegrate jihadi defectors 140 Swedes have come back after fighting with terrorists in Syria and Iraq Reintegration plan would see defectors given housing benefits and driving licences By Julian Robinson for MailOnline Published: 14:59 GMT, 19 October 2016 | Updated: 22:09 GMT, 19 October 2016 Sweden is planning to give ISIS defectors housing grants and free driving licences to encourage them to reintegrate into society, it has emerged. Lund County council in southern Sweden...
  • Turkish president blasts U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State ahead of Ash Carter’s visit

    10/19/2016 7:58:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2016 | Carlo Muñoz and Guy Taylor
    Turkish president blasts U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State ahead of Ash Carter’s visit By Carlo Muñoz and Guy Taylor - The Washington Times - Updated: 10:43 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will be walking into diplomatic buzz saw Thursday when he arrives in Turkey a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a blistering critique of the U.S.-backed campaign to oust the Islamic State group from neighboring Iraq, demanded a bigger role for Turkish military forces. Mr. Erdogan’s remarkable outburst was the latest sign of difficulties the Obama administration faces in keeping the various members...
  • ISIS FLEE from Dabiq - the Syrian town which their group claim will be the site of their final [tr]

    10/17/2016 7:00:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 16, 2016 | Darren Boyle
    Rebel fighters today captured the town of Dabiq in northern Syria - which holds huge symbolic value - from ISIS. Turkish troops, part of what is known as Operation Euphrates Shield, and planes helped various rebel groups push ISIS - sometimes referred to as Daesh - out of Dabiq. Dabiq holds crucial ideological importance for ISIS because of a Sunni prophecy that states it will be the site of an end-of-times battle between Christian forces and Muslims.
  • Matthew Fisher: ISIL’s defeat in Mosul is now inevitable, Canadian generals say

    10/16/2016 8:04:53 PM PDT · by Clive · 13 replies
    National Post (Torono Ontario Canada) ^ | 2016-10-16 | Matthew Fisher
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi went on state television early Monday to announce that the crucial battle to end Islamic State’s ruinous reign of terror in Mosul and western Iraq had finally begun. “Today I declare the start of these victorious operations to free you from the violence and terrorism of Daesh,” al-Abadi said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIL. Shortly before the prime minister told Iraqis that “God willing, we will win,” two Canadian generals who are privy to the battle plans said they were convinced the end of the hardline jihadists in Iraq was inevitable and fast approaching....
  • Royal Air Force Pilots Ordered To Shoot Down "Hostile" Russian Jets Over Syria

    10/16/2016 6:15:47 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 55 replies ^ | 13OCT2016 | Tyler Durden
    As the US officially enters the Yemen military campaign, the UK appears ready and willing to precipiate a catalytic event from which there is no going back. With relations between Russia and the West at post-Cold War lows and deteriorating fast, Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots have been given the go-ahead to shoot down Russian military jets when flying missions over Syria and Iraq, if they are endangered by them. The development comes with warnings that the UK and Russia are now "one step closer" to being at war, according to the Sunday Times. While the RAF's Tornado pilots have...
  • Turkey attacks YPG positions north Syria, Kurds respond

    10/15/2016 8:47:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Ara News ^ | October 13, 2016 | Ahmed Shiwesh
    Turkey attacks YPG positions north Syria, Kurds respond ARA News Tel Abyad – Turkey’s military targeted a headquarters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) near the city of Tel Abyad in northern Syria. “The Turkish artillery bombed the YPG-held village of Khenitiya in Tel Abyad countryside, targeting a YPG security office,” YPG officer Salih Watti told ARA News. The attack, which took place in the afternoon on Wednesday, only caused material damage. No casualties were reported. However, the Kurdish YPG responded to the fire by launching artillery shells at Turkish Army installations near the Syrian border. It was not...
  • Is Watertown, NY next on the list of towns to be seeded with third worlders?

    10/15/2016 5:27:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    RRW ^ | October 13, 2016 | Ann Corcoran
    People ask me all the time: How do I find out if my town is targeted? Frankly there is no list put out by the federal government and its paid resettlement contractors. They are very secretive about the selection process. We heard recently that there are 47 new sites and we have only so far identified those listed below. But, this article from Watertown, NY is a prime example of how you get a hint that something is up! Usually a local newspaper writes a puffy piece like this one about how great it would be for Watertown to revitalize...
  • Russians in Syria 'act like Nazis in Guernica'(drum beats are starting)

    10/14/2016 9:12:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Sky News ^ | October 11, 2016
    Russians in Syria 'act like Nazis in Guernica' Former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell has condemned Russia for its part in the siege of Aleppo. Tuesday 11 October 2016 Russia is behaving in Syria as the Nazis did during the bombing of Guernica in Spain in 1937, according to Tory MP Andrew Mitchell. Mr Mitchell accused Moscow of "shredding the international rules-based system of law", ahead of an urgent Commons debate on the humanitarian situation in Aleppo. The former international development secretary compared the Kremlin's role in the conflict to that of the Nazis during the Spanish Civil War over...
  • Ex-Mossad chief says it’s OK for Israel to support Al Nusra in Syria

    10/14/2016 4:50:33 PM PDT · by AC Beach Patrol · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10/9/16 | Al Jazeera
    Ex-Mossad chief says it’s OK for Israel to support al Qaeda in Syria because al Qaeda never attacked Israel.
  • First Lady Asma al-Assad plays the kind-hearted humanitarian in Damascus as she [tr]

    10/14/2016 6:25:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 14, 2016 | Sarah Dean
    As her husband vows to 'cleanse' the northern city of Aleppo with relentless airstrikes, Syria's First Lady Asma al-Assad is playing the role of a kind-hearted humanitarian in Damascus. The wife of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is believed to live in the centre of the capital city with their three children. The area has been largely spared from the relentless violence that has swept the country since 2011. Posts on an official presidency Instagram account show the British-born First Lady, who was educated at King's College London, greeting female graduates, hugging the orphaned children of regime soldiers and sharing...
  • US playing Syria terrorism card as part of perpetual struggle for global dominance – (From Assad)

    10/14/2016 5:55:18 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    RT ^ | 10/14/16
    "The conflict in Syria is part of Washington’s prime goal to impose global hegemony, President Bashar Assad told a Russian newspaper. Terrorists in Syria, he said, are being used by the US and its Gulf allies to assert control over the region, primarily to weaken Iran. Stating that the West and especially the United States never stopped the Cold War mentality in pursuit of world dominance, even after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Assad said that global tensions, especially when it comes Syria, are escalating into World War III. “The whole issue is about keeping the hegemony of the...
  • Exclusive: Obama, aides expected to weigh Syria military options on Friday

    10/13/2016 8:13:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-13-2016 | Arshad Mohammed and Jonathan Landay
    U.S. President Barack Obama and his top foreign policy advisers are expected to meet on Friday to consider their military and other options in Syria as Syrian and Russian aircraft continue to pummel Aleppo and other targets, U.S. officials said. Some top officials argue the United States must act more forcefully in Syria or risk losing what influence it still has over moderate rebels and its Arab, Kurdish and Turkish allies in the fight against Islamic State, the officials told Reuters. One set of options includes direct U.S. military action such as air strikes on Syrian military bases, munitions depots...
  • Military Spokesman: ISIS Now Putting IEDs on Drones

    10/13/2016 4:03:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 13, 2016 | 8:04 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    ISIS previously has used commerical, off-the-shelf drones for surveillance and to deliver ordnance, and now it is is using drones to deliver explosives, Colonel John Dorrian, the spokesman for U.S. military operations in Iraq, told reporters on Wednesday. He confirmed that one enemy drone exploded after it was shot down: “We know that there was an improvised device on a — on a — a drone. And when that was brought back to the camp, it exploded. So, the reason or the way or the manner in which that happened — still digging into that.” Dorrian said the drones have...
  • Royal Air Force Pilots Ordered To Shoot Down "Hostile" Russian Jets Over Syria

    10/13/2016 9:28:51 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 76 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Oct 13, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    As the US officially enters the Yemen military campaign, the UK appears ready and willing to precipitate a catalytic event from which there is no going back. With relations between Russia and the West at post-Cold War lows and deteriorating fast, Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots have been given the go-ahead to shoot down Russian military jets when flying missions over Syria and Iraq, if they are endangered by them.
  • Exclusive: Obama, aides expected to weigh Syria military options on Friday

    10/13/2016 9:21:26 AM PDT · by keat · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:52 am | Arshad Mohammed & Jonathan Landay
    U.S. President Barack Obama and his top foreign policy advisers are expected to meet on Friday to consider their military and other options in Syria as Syrian and Russian aircraft continue to pummel Aleppo and other targets, U.S. officials said. Some top officials argue the United States must act more forcefully in Syria or risk losing what influence it still has over moderate rebels and its Arab, Kurdish and Turkish allies in the fight against Islamic State, the officials told Reuters. One set of options includes direct U.S. military action such as air strikes on Syrian military bases, munitions depots...
  • Syrian MiG-29 fighter jets performing combat missions with Russian made R-77 missiles

    10/13/2016 6:40:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Air Recognition ^ | 13 October 2016
    Syrian Air Force Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum) fighter jets are performing sorties with medium-range air-to-air missiles of the R-77 (AA-12 Adder) family. Syrian Radio & TV Agency has broadcasted a video showing the attaching of an air-launched weapon of this type to a MiG-29 plane. The video shows a R-77-family missile (most probably, an export version of the missile, i.e. RVV-SD) being carried by an under-wing AKU-170E ejection unit of a MiG-29 plane. The video has confirmed media reports that Russia repaired and upgraded several Syrian Air Force MiG-29 fighter jets. According to data of public sources, the...
  • Home! - Russian officials and deputies advised to return the children and parents home

    10/11/2016 4:18:13 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 32 replies
    Znak ^ | 10/11/2016 | Znak
    Home! - Russian officials and deputies advised to return the children and parents home Google translate: Russian - English Russia, Today, 6:37 Home! - Russian officials and deputies advised to return the children and parents home Russian officials, up to the highest level, it is recommended to return to the country of children studying abroad. And to do so without waiting for the end of the study, and by shifting offspring in Russian universities. At home, parents should also return to officials and deputies, if the older generation of the family for some reason resides abroad without losing the citizenship of...
  • Wheelchair-bound woman is gang-raped by six migrants at Swedish asylum centre after asking [tr]

    10/11/2016 7:55:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 11, 2016 | Julian Robinson
    A wheelchair-bound woman was gang-raped by up to six migrants at a Swedish asylum centre after asking if she could use their toilet, it has been reported. The woman, in her 30s, was sharing a taxi home with a man after going in the medieval town of Visby on Sweden's Gotland island when she asked to stop off. Her fellow passenger invited her inside before she was brutally set upon in the toilet, her lawyer said.
  • If Hillary is elected, there will be war with Russia. (vanity)

    10/10/2016 10:27:25 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 69 replies
    In the second presidential debate, Hillary was quite clear. No ifs, ands, or maybes. She said that if she is elected, she would impose a no-fly zone over Syria, a sovereign nation. Putin will challenge that. Indeed, he must! Then on Hillary's orders, the US will shoot down a Russian plane. Russia will retaliate. At that point, all of Trump's vulgar talk will be forgotten. Instead,the world will wonder why America elected that crazy lady. And Paul Ryan will wonder what bunker to hide in.
  • Syrian refugees capture terrorism suspect and hand him over to German police

    10/10/2016 7:09:21 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies ^ | October 10, 2016 | Erik Kirschbaum
    A Syrian refugee suspected of planning a terrorist attack in Germany on behalf of Islamic State was captured by police early Monday in the eastern city of Leipzig after another Syrian lured him to an apartment, tied him up with the help of other refugees and turned him over to police.
  • Syrian nabbed in alleged bomb plot, with help of other refugees

    10/10/2016 5:56:39 AM PDT · by tekrat · 8 replies
    A Syrian man who was granted asylum in Germany and is suspected of preparing a bomb attack at an unknown location was arrested early Monday following a nearly two-day manhunt, police said. Jaber Albakr, 22, was arrested in the eastern city of Leipzig, police in Saxony state said. Police were informed that fellow Syrians were holding Albakr at an apartment and “immediately went there and arrested him,” Saxony police spokesman Tom Bernhardt said.
  • Russia plans permanent naval facility in Syrian port of Tartus – Mo

    10/10/2016 5:13:01 AM PDT · by tekrat · 9 replies
    RT (Russia Today) ^ | 10/10/2016
    The Russian military plans to expand its supply base in Syria into a fully-fledged permanent naval base. The Russian facility in Tartus has long been used to resupply Russian warships during Mediterranean Sea missions. "We are going to have a permanent Navy base in Tartus. We have prepared the paperwork, which is now being reviewed by other government agencies. The documents are pretty much ready, so we hope to submit them to you for ratification soon," General Nikolay Pankov, deputy defense minister responsible for communication with other parts of the Russian government, told the Federation Council, Russia’s senate. Original Story:...
  • Jihadi Bride Who Fled Syria Uses Life on Probation as Lesson

    10/09/2016 11:37:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 8 October 2016
    Her hair pulled back neatly from her face, eye shadow dramatic and flawless, Laura Passoni bears little resemblance to the jihadi bride she was less than two years ago, when she fled in darkness across a barbed-wire fence, her pregnant body betraying her with fatigue and terror. Convicted on March 23 in Belgium of joining ISIS - the day after members of the group struck the Brussels airport and metro - Passoni’s decision lost her custody of her children to her parents and is forbidden from contacting the baby’s imprisoned father. She spends her time trying to persuade young people...
  • Pentagon Considers Launching Limited Military Action Against Assad

    10/08/2016 4:17:16 AM PDT · by Strategy · 145 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 8, 2016 | Mike Theiler
    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is considering carrying out limited attacks in Syria that don't drag U.S. President Barack Obama to an embarrassing situation, along with several U.S. security bodies holding meetings since weeks to figure out a solution to the rising crisis in Aleppo amid potential U.S. attacks against the Syrian regime. Officials in the Pentagon and the White House told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that these airstrikes will not be disclosed and the U.S. won't claim them publicly. Some analysts expressed concerns over the mounting tension between Russia and the U.S. as this might drift the Syrian war and spur...
  • Syrian insurgent group says loyal to former al Qaeda branch: statement

    10/09/2016 11:30:14 AM PDT · by Mariner · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 9th, 2016 | by John Davison
    A powerful Syrian Islamist insurgent group on Sunday pledged allegiance to former al Qaeda branch Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a statement circulated by rebel officials and reported by a monitoring group said. The Jund al-Aqsa group said it was trying to settle differences with Ahrar al-Sham, with which it has been fighting for days in the northwestern Idlib province, so as not to weaken rebel fighting against President Bashar al-Assad's government. Government forces in recent days have captured territory from rebels taking advantage of infighting, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported. On Sunday they made further gains, recapturing the...
  • Could Russia Really Shoot Down an F-22, F-35 or B-2 Stealth Bomber in Syria?

    10/08/2016 10:32:20 AM PDT · by Mariner · 39 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 7th, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    As tensions between Washington and Moscow flare, the Russian military is warning the United States that it has the ability to target stealth aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit that might be operating over Syria with the Almaz-Antey S-400 (NATO: SA-21 Growler) and the recently arrived S-300V4 (NATO: SA-23 Gladiator) air and missile defense systems. However, Western defense officials and analysts are skeptical and note that both the F-22 and the F-35 were specifically designed to counter those Russian-developed weapons. "Russian S-300, S-400 air defense systems deployed in Syria's...
  • Weekly Update: JW on Obama Enemies List?

    10/07/2016 3:20:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 7, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Targeted by Obama Administration Federal Contractor Tells Local Official to Keep Syria Refugee Plans Secret Judicial Watch Targeted by Obama Administration Three years ago we reported on videos produced by the Government Services Administration (GSA) that show senior GSA officials and staff participating in costumed playacting and parodies. Here’s a flavor: The Rocky Jog – With the Rocky movie theme blaring in the background, senior GSA officials lead employees on an extended jog through the corridors of the GSA’s New York office and the streets of Manhattan. The jog is initiated by Ben Kochanski, deputy regional commissioner,...
  • US Army chief Mark Milley fires threat to Russia and warns: ‘We’ll beat you anywhere, anytime’

    10/07/2016 1:25:55 PM PDT · by BBell · 100 replies ^ | 10/06/16 | DANNY COLLINS
    'WE WILL DESTROY YOU' US Army chief Mark Milley fires terrifying threat to Russia over Syria and warns: ‘We’ll beat you anywhere, anytime’The firebrand speech is likely to ratchet up tensions between the two superpowers as war of words reaches boiling point.THE US Army’s chief commander has fired a thinly-veiled threat at Russia and warned: “We will beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before.”Chief of Staff General Mark Milley pulled no punches following a fiery war of words between Moscow and Washington DC over the Syria crisis.Only yesterday four Nato nations were forced to scramble fighter jets...
  • Kerry calls for war crimes probe against Russia, Syria

    10/07/2016 9:58:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 7, 2016 | Joel Gehrke
    Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia and Syrian dictator Bashar Assad of committing war crimes in their assault on rebel-held territory, including hospitals and aid workers, and called for an investigation. "Russia and the regime owe the world more than an explanation about why they keep hitting hospitals, medical facilities, children and women," Kerry said before a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. "These are acts that beg for an appropriate investigation of war crimes and those that commit these would and should be held accountable for these actions. They're beyond the accidental now, way beyond, years beyond...
  • 'We'll shoot down US warplanes': Russia warns coalition jets carrying out air strikes over Syria

    10/06/2016 3:33:25 PM PDT · by free_life · 139 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | Oct 6, 2016
    Russia has ordered the US not to carry out airstrikes on Syrian army positions, warning that sophisticated air defence systems are now up and running. Putin has ordered the deployment of S-300 and S-400 units in order to protect troops on the ground. And Russian army bosses have warned that the weapons' radius may be 'a surprise' to unidentified planes, helicopters and drones in the area, according to Russia Today . Russia says it has deployed the anti-aircraft batteries because members of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria are working “ on the ground ” delivering aid.
  • Russia Warns US Not to Intervene in Syria, Threatens to Shoot Down Any Airstrike Attempts

    10/06/2016 12:39:36 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 62 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/6 | Pat Revell
    Russia has warned the United States not to intervene militarily in Syria against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, threatening that it may shoot down any aircraft attempting to launch strikes. In a bluntly worded statement, a spokesman for Russia’s defense ministry warned that Russia and the Syrian government had deployed sufficient air defenses to block any potential attacks.
  • ‘S-300, S-400 air defenses in place’: Russian MoD warns US-led coalition not to strike Syrian army

    10/06/2016 10:12:32 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 16 replies
    RT via Reuters ^ | 6 Oct 2016 | Staff
    Russia currently has S-400 and S-300 air-defense systems deployed to protect its troops stationed at the Tartus naval supply base and the Khmeimim airbase. The radius of the weapons reach may be “a surprise” to all unidentified flying objects, Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson General Igor Konashenkov said. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, any airstrike or missile hitting targets in territory controlled by the Syrian government would put Russian personnel in danger. The defense official said that members of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria are working “on the ground” delivering aid and communicating with a large number of communities...
  • US Sec of State John Kerry - Leaked audio on Syria - INCREASED VOLUME

    10/06/2016 7:35:47 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | Oct. 4, 2016
    Video at link.
  • Nicolle Wallace: If Foreign Policy Ignorance an Asset, ‘Sarah Palin Would be Vice-President’

    10/05/2016 9:39:09 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Still disloyal after all these years . . . Eight years after being a putative aide to Sarah Palin, Nicolle Wallace can’t stop trashing the woman she supposedly worked for. On today’s Morning Joe, Wallace suggested that if ignorance of foreign policy were an asset, “Sarah Palin would be Vice-President of the United States.” Wallace’s unworthy remark came in the context of a discussion of Libertarian president candidate Gary Johnson’s claim that his own ignorance of foreign policy was an asset since it makes him less likely to get involved in foreign wars. View the video here.
  • Migrants Resettled in Low-Benefits Lithuania Feel ‘Cheated’, Flee to Richer EU Countries

    10/05/2016 6:19:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 5, 2016 | Virginia Hale
    Migrant families from camps in Greece and Turkey say they feel “cheated” to have been resettled in Lithuania, where benefits are lower than in Germany. One family is now looking into filing a complaint with the United Nations (UN). Despite families’ initially expressing gratitude to the Baltic state which offered them asylum, many have fled to richer countries, blasting asylum agencies for “deceiving” them by giving the impression that Lithuania is a “Class A” nation similar to Sweden and Germany.
  • 12,587 Syrian Refugees Admitted in FY 2016: 12,486 Muslims, 68 Christians, 24 Yazidis

    10/04/2016 7:55:47 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 6 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 3, 2016 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – The administration admitted a total of 12,587 Syrian refugees during the just-ended fiscal year, exceeding the target President Obama declared last fall by 2,587 (20.5 percent). Of the 12,587, the vast majority are Sunni Muslims – 12,363 (98.2 percent) – while another 103 are identified in State Department Refugee Processing Center data simply as Muslims and a further 20 as Shi’a Muslims. Sixty-eight of the 12,587 Syrian refugees (0.5 percent) are Christians. They comprise 16 Catholics, eight Orthodox, five Protestants, four Jehovah’s Witnesses, one Greek Orthodox, and 34 refugees self-identified simply as Christians. The remainder of the Syrian...
  • Obama administration considering strikes on Assad, again

    10/04/2016 12:30:45 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 4, 2016 | Josh Rogin
    U.S. military strikes against the Assad regime will be back on the table Wednesday at the White House, when top national security officials in the Obama administration are set to discuss options for the way forward in Syria. But there’s little prospect President Obama will ultimately approve them. *snip* The CIA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, represented in the Deputies Committee meeting by Vice Chairman Gen. Paul Selva, expressed support for such “kinetic” options, the official said. That marked an increase of support for striking Assad compared with the last time such options were considered.
  • Russian embassy in Damascus shelled from terrorist-controlled area of Syria

    10/04/2016 6:15:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    RT ^ | 10/04/16
    One of the mortar shells fired at the embassy complex hit the residential area, while two others landed near the embassy building, the ministry said in a statement. Nobody was injured by the explosions. “According to reports, the shelling came from the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus, which is under control of the terrorist groups Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and Failak ar-Rahman,” the ministry said. Jabhat Fateh al-Sham is the new name taken by Al-Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda offshoot universally considered a terrorist organization. Failak ar-Rahman is a lesser-known Islamist group. Moscow said the shelling is “result of the actions of those...
  • The State Department just cut off its bilateral channels with Russia over Syria

    10/03/2016 2:36:21 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 50 replies ^ | 10/3/16 | Natasha Bertrand
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