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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Unidentified Drones Attack Iranian-Backed Militia in Eastern Syria - Report

    10/23/2019 5:53:49 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 3 replies
    jpost ^ | 10/22/19 | Tzvi Joffre
    Unidentified drones attacked Syrian areas controlled by the Assad regime and Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias at the Hamdan airport near the town of Al-Bukamal in the eastern region of Deir ez-Zor, according to opposition-affiliated TV station Halab Today. Before the attack, three drones were seen flying from the direction of areas under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces militia, according to Step News, a news agency founded by Syrian activists and journalists. At noon, explosions were heard at the Hamdan airport. Ambulances were sent to the airport, but the number of causalities is unknown. Iranian-backed militias in Al-Bukamal have been...
  • Trump announces 'permanent ceasefire' in Syria between Turkey and Kurds; lifts sanctions on Ankara

    10/23/2019 9:15:27 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/23/2019 | Ronn Blitzer, Andrew O'Reilly
    President Trump announced on Wednesday that conditions have been met between Turkey and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for what he called a " permanent ceasefire" between the two sides and that the United States is lifting sanctions on Ankara that were implemented following the invasion of northern Syria. Speaking at the White House, Trump said that while a "permanent ceasefire" will be tough to maintain in the volatile region, he hopes that it will last and end the conflict between Turkey and the Kurds. "I do believe it will be permanent," he said. "This was an outcome created...
  • Turkey And Russia Are Declaring Peace In Syria

    10/23/2019 7:55:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/23/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s all over but the shouting, and there really doesn’t even seem to be much of that. Yesterday was supposed to be the end of the ceasefire in northeastern Syria, at which point we expected the Turks to begin “cleansing” the twenty-mile wide border region of any remaining Kurdish fighters. But dawn broke and the fighting still seems to be on hold. The reason was announced earlier this morning and it seems that the Russians have stepped in and put all the combatants back in their respective corners. (Associated Press) Turkey’s Defense Ministry is signaling it won’t resume its...
  • Turkey Says No Need To Launch Another Operation Against Kurds For Now

    10/22/2019 7:18:20 PM PDT · by rintintin · 22 replies
    RFE ^ | Oct 22 2019 | Radio Free Europe
    Turkey has announced that there was no need to restart its offensive against Kurdish fighters outside the current area of operation in Syria because it had been informed by the United States their withdrawal from the border area in the north had been completed. "At this stage, there is no further need to carry out a new operation," the defense ministry said late on October 22 in a statement, as cited by AFP.
  • Pence on Syria: 'Our troops are coming home'

    10/22/2019 7:02:40 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/22/2019 | Morgan Chalfant
    Vice President Pence said Tuesday that President Trump is following through on his promise to bring U.S. troops home from Syria and talked up the prospect of a permanent ceasefire in the region. Pence insisted that a ceasefire the administration helped broker between Turkey and Syria last week has held and claimed Trumps own moves had paved the way for the possibility of a permanent ceasefire. Earlier today, we received word from the Syrian defense forces commander that all of their military forces have withdrawn from the safe zone under Turkish military control and before I came here, our team...
  • Trump Ready to Go to War with Turkey says Secretary of State

    10/22/2019 6:20:44 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 43 replies
    BIN ^ | 10/22/19 | jns
    Although the administration prefers peace to war, U.S. President Donald Trump is fully prepared to authorize military action against Turkey, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday. In an interview with CNBCs Wilfred Frost, Pompeo said the world should know that where we see American interests at stake or fundamental norms around the world that need to be enforced, well use all the powers that we have. While the administrations preferred measures were economic and diplomatic, he said, In the event that kinetic action or military action is needed, you should know that President Trump is fully prepared...
  • Hillary, Acknowledge the Damage Youve Caused

    10/22/2019 4:46:20 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/22/19 | Tulsi Gabbard
    Hillary Clinton, Your foreign policy was a disaster for our country and the world. It’s time for you to acknowledge the damage you have caused and step down from your throne.  
  • Senate Leader McConnell Rebuffs President Trump Introduces Resolution To Keep US Troops In Syria

    10/22/2019 4:20:36 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    GP ^ | 10/22/19 | Jim Hoft
    What crap!These Republicans are so horrible!Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell broke with President Trump on Tuesday and introduced a resolution to keep US troops in Syria indefinitely.This is a complete break with the Republican president. McConnell later lectured President Trump with his lackeys.
  • Iraq says U.S. forces withdrawing from Syria have no approval to stay

    10/22/2019 10:10:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/22/2019 | by Ahmed Rasheed, Idrees Ali
    BAGHDAD/PRINCE SULTAN AIR BASE, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - U.S. forces that crossed into Iraq as part of a pull-out from Syria do not have permission to stay and can only be there in transit, the Iraqi military said on Tuesday. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said, however, that Washington aimed eventually to bring the troops withdrawing from Syria back to the United States. The Iraqi military statement contradicted the Pentagons announcement that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and to help...
  • Forget Syria. What Is The U.S. Doing About The Failed State On Its Southern Border?

    10/22/2019 8:24:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/22/2019 | Sumantra Maitra
    How would one categorize a nation-state whose army gives a drug baron’s son to cartel members after suffering brutal losses in pitched battles? The country whose firebrand leftist president apologized on television and said the army’s surrender to a drug cartel was the correct thing to do, because “we do not want war”?If the reports are correct, this is precisely what happened in Mexico, around the same time the Democratic presidential primary field was debating whether there should be more trillion-dollar expenditures in the U.S. budget. Instead, a failed state on the southern border of the United States should...
  • Tom Fitton Breaking Obama admin knew weapons were shipped from Benghazi to Syrian jihadists

    10/22/2019 5:17:48 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 32 replies
    citizenfreepress ^ | citizenfreepress
    DOD records obtained by Judicial Watch contain the first official documentation that the Obama administration knew that weapons were being shipped from the Port of Benghazi to rebel troops in Syria. The heavily redacted documents do not disclose who was shipping the weapons. Another DIA report, written in August 2012 (the same time period the U.S. was monitoring weapons flows from Libya to Syria), said that the opposition in Syria was driven by al Qaeda and other extremist Muslim groups: the Salafist, the Muslim Brotherhood, and AQI are the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria. The growing sectarian direction...
  • No longer the obedient NATO ally, Erdogan floats nuclear option

    10/21/2019 4:39:44 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Mon October 21, 2019 | Tim Lister
    (CNN)It's no secret that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sees his country as the pre-eminent Muslim power in the Middle East. He regards his vision of political Islam as competing with that of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. He frequently accuses the United States of trying to belittle his country, and ruminates about a "greater Turkey." But does Erdogan believe that Turkey has the right or need to acquire nuclear weapons to cement its status? Last month the Turkish leader suggested as much, saying that "some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. But we...
  • Trump says Israel, Jordan asked US to leave troops in Syria

    10/21/2019 12:51:20 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/21/19 | Morgan Chalfant
    President Trump said Monday that Israel and Jordan had asked him to leave a limited number of troops in Syria. He also said he doesnt believe it will be necessary to leave U.S. troops in Syria except to secure oil fields, describing the region as very dangerous territory. "I don't think it's going to be necessary. I don't want to leave any troops there. That's very dangerous territory," Trump told reporters during a cabinet meeting. "I don't think it's necessary other than we secure the oil. It's a little different section, but we need to secure the oil." The other...
  • U.S. Troops Leaving Syria Will Go to Western Iraq

    10/21/2019 7:46:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/21/2019 | Rick Moran
    The 700 U.S. troops formerly stationed in Syria and withdrawn by the president just prior to Turkey's invasion will go to western Iraq and conduct counter-ISIS operations from there, according to Defense Secretary Mark Esper.Despite Trump's promise to bring the troops home, they will simply be shifted several hundred miles west. While Esper is mum about their specific mission, the location will allow for continued support for allies fighting ISIS and counter-terrorism operations in Iraq.ABC News: His comments were the first to specifically lay out where American troops will go as they leave Syria and what the counter-IS fight...
  • Rotten fruit, rocks thrown at US troops as they pull out of Syria

    10/21/2019 7:15:07 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 37 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 21, 2019 | Zachary Halaschak
    A video has surfaced showing residents of a Syrian town near the border of Turkey throwing rotten fruits and rocks at U.S. troops during their withdrawal. The video, posted by Kurdish agency Hawar News, shows a people throwing the objects at a vehicle that appears to be a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Oshkosh M-ATV. The events unfolded in the town of Qamishli. Video:
  • Romney takes shots at Trump over race, says hes abandoning Kurds in Syria

    10/20/2019 11:25:06 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 20 2019 | Frank Miles - Fox News
    Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, took a series of shots at President Trump in an interview that aired Sunday, saying that some of the presidents rhetoric appealed to racism and claiming that under his leadership, the US was abandoning allied Kurdish fighters in Syria. Romney, who said he wrote in his wife, Ann, when he voted in 2016, told Axios on HBO, The places where I would be most critical of the president would be in matters that were divisive, that appeared to be appealing to racism or misogyny, and those are the kinds of things I think that have been...
  • Petraeus says US betrayed Syrian Kurds in 'sudden exit'

    10/20/2019 7:41:15 PM PDT · by rintintin · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 20 2019 | Chandelis Duster
    Former CIA Director and retired US Army Gen. David Petraeus said on Sunday the United States betrayed its longstanding ally in its fight against ISIS, the Syrian Kurds, by withdrawing US forces from the northern part of the country. Petraeus, who previously oversaw military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, criticized President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US forces from northern Syria on CNN's "State of The Union." "Well, I think we have abandoned our Syrian Kurdish partners. They took over 10,000 losses as the defeat of Islamic State was carried out," he told CNN's Jake Tapper. "The elimination of the...
  • Clinton trolls Trump with mock letter from JFK to Khrushchev

    10/20/2019 3:45:12 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/20/19 | Zack Budryk
    <p>Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday trolled President Trump over his recent letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, tweeting a mock archival letter from former President Kennedy to former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev that originally appeared on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."</p>
  • As America Leaves Syria, Iran Isnt as Happy as You Think

    10/20/2019 4:12:58 PM PDT · by FreedomNotSafety · 27 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 20, 2019 | Ray Takeyh
    There are many sound arguments about why the U.S. should not have withdrawn its modest presence. But the notion that the pullout empowers Tehran is belied by its leaders expressions of anxiety. The Middle East rarely offers a respite to ambitious nations, even Iran.
  • Trumps Big Move On Turkey May Gain U.S. Goals

    10/20/2019 2:22:33 PM PDT · by bitt · 28 replies
    nysun ^ | October 18, 2019 | Conrad Black
    The controversy over President Trumps pullout on the TurkishSyrian border will settle down quickly. It is another useful debunking of ancient shibboleths and decrepit truisms, like the long-impregnable encrustation of false wisdom that moving the U.S embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would unleash hell upon the whole Middle East. There are about 35 million Kurds, approximately half of them in Turkey, where they make up about a fifth of Turkeys population. A century ago almost all the Kurds had been in the Ottoman Empire, which the Allied powers broke up after World War I, a foolish decision that is on...