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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • On hot mic, Israeli PM raps 'crazy' EU, admits Syria strikes

    07/19/2017 5:54:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 19, 2017 4:40 PM EDT | Pablo Gorondi and Ilan Ben Zion
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was caught Wednesday by a live microphone railing against the European Union’s “crazy” insistence on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for closer ties. Netanyahu was meeting with leaders of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia at a regional summit. Netanyahu was discussing Iran, Syria, the Islamic State group, and EU-Israel relations when some of his comments — and those of other leaders at the meeting closed to the media — were accidentally broadcast to journalists in another room. Netanyahu also made a rare public admission that Israel has struck Iranian arms convoys...
  • Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria

    07/19/2017 1:51:22 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 07/19/17 | Greg Jaffe and Adam Entous
    President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials. The program was a central plank of a policy begun by the Obama administration in 2013 to put pressure on Assad to step aside, but even its backers have questioned its efficacy since Russia deployed forces in Syria two years later. Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia, which saw the anti-Assad program as an...
  • Turkey Leaks Secret Locations of U.S. Troops in Syria

    07/19/2017 12:13:37 PM PDT · by thoughtomator · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 7/19/2017 | Roy Gutman
    ISTANBUL—In the latest display of Turkish anger at U.S. policy in Syria, the state news agency has divulged the locations of 10 U.S. military bases and outposts in northern Syria where the U.S. is leading an operation to destroy the so-called Islamic State in its self-styled capital of Raqqa. The list published by the Anadolu news agency points to a U.S. presence from one end to the other of the Kurdish self-administration region—a distance of more than 200 miles. The Anadolu news agency even listed the number of U.S. troops in several locations and in two instances stipulated the presence...
  • Syrian War Report – July 19, 2017: Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Clashes With Ahrar al-Sham In Idlib Province

    07/19/2017 7:11:06 AM PDT · by johnk
    South Front ^ | July 19, 2017 | South Front
    Intelligence Report (YouTube) Syrian War Report – July 19, 2017: Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Clashes With Ahrar al-Sham In Idlib Province https://youtu.be/O3-RilWhnGE
  • Sold by IS in Raqa, Yazidi female fighters back for revenge (Syria)

    07/19/2017 6:41:29 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | July 19, 2017 11:25 | AFP
    She was trafficked into Raqa as a sex slave by the Islamic State group but managed to escape. Now Yazidi fighter Heza is back to avenge the horrors she and thousands of others suffered. Her hair tucked under a tightly wrapped forest green shawl embroidered with flowers, Heza says battling IS in its Syrian bastion has helped relieve some of her trauma."When I started fighting, I lifted some of the worries from my heart," she says, surrounded by fellow Yazidi militia women in Raqa's eastern Al-Meshleb district."But it will be full of revenge until all the women are freed." She...
  • Syrian War Report – July 18, 2017: Army Advancing On ISIS-held Town Of Sukhna

    07/18/2017 1:26:04 PM PDT · by johnk · 4 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | JULY 18, 2017 | South Front
    South Front 8 hours ago INTELLIGENCE UPDATE ON THE SYRIAN CONFLICT. Town Of Sukhna If you’re able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldn’t be possible without your help: Sincerely yours, SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence
  • Turkey-led rebels assault US-backed forces in northern Aleppo (Syria)

    07/17/2017 11:38:03 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    AMN News ^ | 07/17/2017 | Andrew Illingworth
    BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – Today, Turkey-led Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants launched a surprise attack in the northern countryside of Aleppo, striking at the defenses of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) around the town of ‘Ayn Daqqinah. Following a heavy pre-assault bombardment with howitzers, mortars and improvised rocket systems (seen in the video below), FSA fighters broke through the front-lines of the SDF and seized ‘Ayn Daqqinah. According to opposition sources, the specific FSA unit that attacked the SDF was comprised of several fighters who originate from the town of ‘Ayn Daqqinah. These individuals were expelled after...
  • The Christian Genocide in Syria

    07/17/2017 3:04:32 AM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    https://richardedmondson.net/ ^ | 23 March 2017 | Richard Edmondson
    British reporter Robert Fisk was on hand when the city was liberated and wrote: “The Greek Catholic Church of Our Lady is a place of shame, of burnt copies of the New Testament, paintings slashed with knives – many were lying in strips of gold and red fabric beside the altar’s broken cross – and mosaics chiselled from the walls.” Fisk also mentioned that the terrorists had “gouged out the eyes of the mosaic saints.”What is on display in these photos is not merely abomination and sacrilege; it is loathing and hatred of the spirit of Christ; it is...
  • How Qatar carefully nurtured al-Nusra to sow mayhem

    07/13/2017 7:33:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Al Arabiya
    How Qatar carefully nurtured al-Nusra to sow mayhem A video showing Al-Jazeera anchor Ahmad Mansour interviewing the leader of the al-Nusra Front in Syria or Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, has reappeared on social media platforms. While Mansour drew attention to the fact that there is no difference between the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda, the most interesting part remains the target of the dialogue itself. The goal of Al Jazeera anchor was to whitewash Al Nusra Front and present it as a militant party with an honorable cause. The interview brings to the forefront the issue of Qatar’s relationship with...
  • Germany Expecting up to 300,000 More Syrian, Iraqi Migrants in 2017 Through Family [tr]

    07/13/2017 5:39:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 12, 2017 | Virginia Hale
    The German Federal Government has estimated that family reunion rules will see Germany receive hundreds of thousands more Syrian and Iraqi migrants this year. The Ministry of the Interior announced that it granted asylum to 90,389 people in the first six months of 2017, and expects that Germany will receive a total of 180,000 migrants this year – a fraction of the influx of almost a million who the country admitted in 2015.
  • SDF to attend the meeting of anti-ISIS Coalition in Washington

    07/12/2017 3:28:36 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 10 Jul 2017, 22:42 | NEWS DESK
    A representative of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will attend the anti-ISIS Coalition meeting to be held in Washington on 11-13 July. According to information ANF obtained from SDF sources, a representative of the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces will attend the anti-ISIS Coalition meeting to be held in Washington on 11-13 July with the participation of representatives from 70 countries. The meeting to be hosted by Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, will handle the struggle strategies in the wake of the defeat of ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa.
  • CNN covers up al-Qaeda propagandist involvement in Syria documentary

    07/11/2017 1:56:50 PM PDT · by detective · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 11, 2017 | Rick Moran
    CNN's documentary Undercover in Syria received the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in foreign news coverage in 2016 – a fact trumpeted by the network in news releases and in on-air commercials.  Correspondent Clarissa Ward went behind rebel lines in Aleppo to report on Russian involvement in the Syria civil war. But CNN covered up the name of the individual who filmed most of the documentary.  Bilal Abdul Kareem and his website had been contracted by CNN to shoot the project for the network.  But when award time came, the CNN sort of, kind of forgot the participation of Abdul...
  • Iraqi News: ISIS Announced Death Of “Caliph” Al-Baghdadi

    07/11/2017 6:40:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 11, 2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Rumors of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have floated for weeks, with Russia insisting that one of its air strikes took out the self-proclaimed “caliph” of ISIS last month. Just a few days ago, the terror organization executed one of its preachers for accidentally referencing Baghdadi’s death. Today, however, Iraqi News picked up reports from the city of Tal Afar that ISIS has announced the death of its leader — and that civil war has begun within the organization to determine who succeeds him:
  • Syrian Observatory says has 'confirmed information' that Islamic State chief killed

    07/11/2017 6:17:20 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jul 11, 2017 | 8:28am EDT | Reuters
    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday that it had "confirmed information" that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed. Russia's Defence Ministry said in June that it might have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of Islamic State commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa, but Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials have been skeptical. Reuters could not independently verify Baghdadi's death. "(We have) confirmed information from leaders, including one of the first rank, in the Islamic State in...
  • Chilling picture shows female Isil fighter holding child moments before detonating suicide vest

    07/10/2017 5:53:49 PM PDT · by Enchante · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 10, 2017 | Josie Ensor
    At first sight the picture appears to show a mother cradling her young child as she flees an Islamic State-held area of Mosul. But a closer look reveals she is holding a trigger, which she will pull seconds later. An Iraqi TV station captured the moment before a suspected female Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) suicide bomber blew herself - and the baby - up near Iraqi troops.
  • Turkish state attacks Efrîn and Shehba through the night (in Syria)

    07/10/2017 3:42:48 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 10 Jul 2017, 09:24 | none stated
    The Turkish state’s attacks on Efrîn Canton and Shehba region with tanks and artillery fire continued throughout the night last night. Attacks on civilians in the Efrîn Canton and Shehba region by the invading Turkish state and their allied gangs continue. The Turkish state bombed Merenaz and Villa Qadi villages in Efrîn’s Shera district with tanks and Howitzers last night at 23:00. YPG and YPJ fighters retaliated immediately. The gang groups under Turkish state control attacked Merenaze at the same time with DSHKs and heavy weapons. In Elqamiye region the Turkish state’s scout planes carried out 4 bombings. In the...
  • Calm prevails in southern Syria ahead of truce

    07/08/2017 9:40:49 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    ARA News (Syria) ^ | July 9, 2017 | Agencies
    A day before a new ceasefire deal takes effect in southwestern Syria, the concerned areas are relatively calm with the exception of sporadic strikes by the Syrian regime, a monitoring group have said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday, the Syrian regime shelled two villages in the northern countryside of Daraa, one of three provinces affected by the ceasefire. The Observatory said at least one person was killed and a total of 16 such bombs were dropped in the area, wounding several. The US-Russian-Jordanian brokered deal is to be enforced by midday on Sunday, in the provinces...
  • Details Emerge Of ISIS' Mass Abduction Of Christians In Syria

    07/08/2017 3:15:59 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Le Figaro (English addition World Crunch) ^ | 7-5-2017 | Joseph Yacoub and Thierry Oberle
    Christian Assyrians have been targeted repeatedly through history — and found themselves under attack again by ISIS forces in Syria. "They're coming! They're coming!" On that day, Feb. 23, 2015, a new page in the tragedy of the Middle East's Christians was written on the banks of the Khabur River, in northeastern Syria. Armed with heavy weaponry and armored vehicles, ISIS fighters swept down from the Mount Abdulaziz region and stormed local Assyrian Christian villages, sending panic-stricken residents fleeing for their lives. Thousands sought shelter in the area's major cities, Al-Hassakeh and Al-Qamishli. The fighting lasted several hours. Two local...
  • US: Syrian no-fly zone on table in Putin-Trump’s G20 talks

    07/07/2017 8:12:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 6, July 2017 | Rudaw
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – US President Donald Trump is prepared to discuss joint efforts with Russia’s Vladimir Putin to stabilize the situation in Syria at this week’s G20 Summit, possibly even considering no-fly zones in the war-torn country. “The United States is prepared to explore the possibility of establishing with Russia joint mechanisms for ensuring stability, including no-fly zones, on the ground ceasefire observers, and coordinated delivery of humanitarian assistance,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement. Tillerson believes military cooperation will pave the way for a political solution. “First, parties in Syria must ensure stability on...
  • US, Russia prepared to announce cease-fire in southwest Syria starting Sunday.

    07/07/2017 9:15:57 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 13 replies
    BREAKING: AP learns that US, Russia prepared to announce cease-fire in southwest Syria starting Sunday.