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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Story of a Kurd from Raqqa who fights to free his hometown

    09/19/2017 5:45:10 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 | HIVDA HEBUN
    Ezed Mihemed Ehmed is a Kurdish youth from Raqqa. He was 15 years-old when his family fled Raqqa after ISIS invasion. At that time he wanted to join the YPG ranks but was refused because of his young age. His family sent him to Turkey because they thought the conditions were better than Syria. After only 5 months Ehmed returned to his country. As soon as he turned 18 he joined the YPG and now all he wants is to return to the city where he was born and raised. “Real heaven for a person is the land where he...
  • Destruction of Raqqa exceeds that of Mosul, Aleppo: BBC correspondent

    09/19/2017 4:21:29 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 18 replies
    AMN (al Masdar News) ^ | 18/09/2017 | Andrew Illingworth
    Even Western mainstream media sources are now coming to realize and report on the sheer extent of the destruction that has been bestowed upon Raqqa. To this end, one particular Western journalist has noted that the urban devastation inflicted on the city exceeds that seen in Mosul and Aleppo.
  • Al Qaeda on Rise in Syria

    09/17/2017 9:17:26 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 17 replies
    NRT ^ | 16 Sep 2017 | Manish Rai
    While the United States and NATO remains focused on defeating Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, al Qaeda in Syria is accumulating strength and territory at an alarming pace and may eventually pose the most daunting counterterrorism challenge that the U.S and west has ever faced. Al-Qaeda has reportedly benefited from the U.S.-led coalition’s single-minded focus against ISIS and exploited the opposition against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to grow stronger.
  • If bombed by Russia in Deir-Ezzor again, the US coalition and SDF vow they will fight back

    09/17/2017 9:15:04 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies
    The Region ^ | 9-7-17 (5:00 AM CDT) | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    KOBANI – Sipan Hemo, the general commander of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in a statement released on Saturday wondered why Russian forces bombed their positions, which led to the injury of six fighters. “Russia is bombing the positions of our forces. We are asking Russia to explain the reasons for their bombing our positions," he said, asking whether Assad and Russia were cooperating and allies with ISIS,” he said. On Saturday afternoon, Russian forces struck a target east of the Euphrates River in Syria near Dayr Az Zawr, causing injuries to Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Although the Russian government...
  • Pentagon accuses Russian jets of hitting US-backed Syrian fighters

    09/16/2017 7:12:01 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 25 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | 9/16/2017 | DEBKAfile
    The Pentagon and US allies in Syria accused Russian jets of Saturday "impacting a location known to the Russians to contain (US-backed) Syrian Democratic Forces and coalition advisors" east of the Euphrates River in Syria's Deir El Zour province. The Kremlin denied the allegation. "Several SDF fighters were wounded" the statement added. None of the advisers were injured. But Russia's military spokesman denied Moscow targeted the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters supported by Washington. "This is not possible. Why would we bomb them?" military spokesman Igor Konashenkov said......
  • War in Syria: Assad Thanks Iran and North Korea For Help In Letters (Truncated)

    09/15/2017 12:04:27 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 10 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 9/15/17 | Tom O'Connor
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has expressed his gratitude to the supreme leaders of Iran and North Korea in two recent letters thanking them for standing behind his government, which has been accused by the West of perpetrating human rights abuses throughout a six-year war against jihadists and other insurgent groups. In a letter sent Thursday to Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Assad thanked the leading Shiite Muslim cleric for providing crucial support to the Syrian military as it advanced against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) toward the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, where a three-year siege by the militants was...
  • Troops surround last IS stronghold in Raqqa

    09/14/2017 9:05:32 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 23 replies
    Sky News ^ | 14 Sept 2017 | Alex Crawford
    The combined partnership of Kurds, Arabs and Christians which make up the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are battling the remnants of the Islamic State in Raqqa, and it is having to be done street by street and house by house. They have surrounded the City's large main hospital, which is believed to be the last major stronghold of IS extremists.
  • ‘I Want to Finish This’: US Special Ops Leaders Urge Washington to Stick by the Syrian Kurds

    09/13/2017 9:33:58 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Defense One ^ | September 13, 2017 | Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
    KOBANI, Syria – Talking with American special operators as we walk in the summer heat through the sprawling training facilities of the Syrian Arab Coalition, one sentiment is immediately obvious: relief. It is not that these elite American troops are relaxed about the mission; it is that they make clear they think it’s working and see that the end is achievable. And for those of us who have written about and covered the post-9/11 wars, that is indeed a shift. “My military guidance is clear; what we are trying to do here in terms of the campaign against Daesh is...
  • Russia Has Deployed Its MiG-29SMT Multirole Combat Aircraft To Syria For The Very First Time

    09/13/2017 8:09:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 13 2017 | David Cenciotti
    Once again the Syrian Air War is the testbed for the most recent Russian Air Force weapons system. This time is the turn of the MiG-29SMT. The Russian Air Force has deployed some MiG-29SMT multirole combat aircraft to Hmeymim airbase, near Latakia, in western Syria, the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed on Sept. 13, 2017. It’s the first time the modernized version of the baseline Fulcrum jet is deployed to take part in the Syrian Air War. The MiG-29SMT is an upgraded variant of the MiG-29 featuring a big 950-litre spine CFT (Conformal Fuel Tank) and an in-flight refueling system...
  • US aircraft are striking stranded ISIS fighters if they try to take a leak

    09/11/2017 10:54:09 PM PDT · by topher · 36 replies ^ | Sep. 5, 2017, 4:29 PM | Christopher Woody
    US aircraft operating over Syria have been taking out stranded ISIS fighters one or two at a time in recent days, as a convoy of the group's militants remains stranded in the desert, according to a Foreign Policy report. Eight days ago, a convoy of 17 buses carrying 300 to 500 fighters and their families left the eastern side of the country after a truce was reached between surrendering ISIS fighters and Syrian government forces, which are backed by Hezbollah.
  • Why You Should Know About Israel’s Air Attack in Syria and Why You Should Care

    09/11/2017 11:58:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/11/2017 | Jonathan Feldstein
    Perhaps you didn’t hear about Israel’s alleged air strike on a Syrian military installation last week, but the incident has significant global ramifications about which you should be aware.In Israel, it’s always reported that incidents like these are “allegedly” carried out by Israel because in most cases, Israel neither officially confirms nor denies responsibility.  This is part of a culture where all military items go through a censor. Overtly stating that Israel did something like this is typically not allowed.  Ambiguity also allows Israel’s enemies the wiggle room that, though they may know full well that something might have Israeli...

    09/11/2017 11:14:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/11/2017 | Ari Lieberman
    In the early morning hours of Thursday, Syria’s al-Tala’i military research facility located in Masyaf was reduced to ash and flames. The Jerusalem Post reports that contemporaneous with the strike on al-Tala’I, a Hezbollah weapons convoy in the vicinity was also hit and destroyed. According to Western intelligence sources, al-Tala’i is a center for the production of chemical weapons. Syria blamed Israel and claimed that at least two regime soldiers were killed in the attack. The regime issued a banal and somewhat hypocritical warning of the “dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region.”...
  • USA disallows SAA advance across Euphrates

    09/09/2017 7:41:09 PM PDT · by veracious · 79 replies
    SouthFront ^ | 9/9/17 | Misc
    USA interfering with SAA retaking Syria again. Seems the redistribution of Syrian territory is in advanced stages.
  • US pulls back from watching ISIS convoy at request of Russians , Pentagon says

    09/10/2017 5:24:11 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 8, 2017 | Lucas Tomlinson
    The U.S. military on Friday pulled back surveillance aircraft that had been watching an 11-bus ISIS convoy filled with hundreds of militants and their family members -- at the request of the Russian government. The ISIS convoy was given safe passage over 10 days ago to travel from the Lebanon-Syria border across the Syrian desert to the Iraqi border in a deal struck between Syria and Hezbollah, which angered the U.S. military.
  • Coalition-backed forces push into Syria’s Kahbur River valley (Deir Ezzor)

    09/10/2017 6:42:36 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    FDD's Long War Journal ^ | September 9, 2017 | Thomas Joscelyn
    The Deir Ezzor Military Council announced a new US-backed offensive against the Islamic State in eastern Syria.The US-led coalition announced today that the Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) has begun a new offensive against the Islamic State in the Kahbur River valley. The offensive, named “Operation Jazeera Storm,” aims to dislodge the so-called caliphate from its strongholds north of the city of Deir Ezzor.The new effort means that there are now two different coalitions trying to uproot the self-declared caliphate in eastern Syria. Bashar al Assad’s regime, backed by Iran and Russia, has made progress in Deir Ezzor in recent weeks....
  • Russia says airstrike kills several top ISIS commanders in Syria

    09/08/2017 12:27:11 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | Sept. 8, 2017 | Reuters
    A Russian airstrike has killed around 40 Islamic State fighters, including four senior commanders, near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, Russia’s defense ministry said Friday. The strike, carried out by Su-34 fighter-bombers and Su-35 fighters, came after an intelligence report Sept. 5 showed that top Islamic State commanders were meeting at a secret underground command post in the vicinity of Deir al-Zor, the ministry said on its Facebook page.
  • US warplanes pick off ISIS fighters drawn to stranded convoy ‘like moths to the flame’

    09/08/2017 11:42:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies ^ | 09-07-2017 | By CHAD GARLAND
    IRBIL, Iraq — An attempt by Islamic State to evacuate hundreds of fighters from western Syria to the Iraqi border has instead left them sitting ducks for aerial attacks by the U.S.-led coalition on the convoy. “We were able to exploit it and take advantage,” Army Col. Ryan S. Dillon, a coalition spokesman, said of the ISIS maneuver Thursday morning as 11 buses full of ISIS fighters and civilians remained stranded in the Syrian desert. U.S. warplanes continue to pick off militants who stray too far from the protection of the convoy’s women and children, officials said. Strikes have also...
  • Ankara must go through US, Russia to get to YPG

    09/08/2017 11:18:50 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | September 6, 2017 | Semih Idiz
    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is keeping on the table the topic of a military operation against US- and Russian-allied Syrian Kurds operating under the banner of the People's Protection Units (YPG).“Despite the problems we are having with our allies, we are not stepping back from our plans or operations,” Erdogan told his guests during the Victory Day reception Aug. 30.  “They have to know that we are preparing to do whatever we did with [Operation] Euphrates Shield,” he added, referring to the 216-day military incursion Turkey launched into northern Syria a little over a year ago. Ankara said at the...
  • U.S. Allowing Food, Water from Syrian Regime Territory to be Delivered to ISIS Bus Convoy

    09/08/2017 7:09:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/08/2017 | Bridget Johnson
    ARLINGTON, Va. -- The U.S. military has not stopped food and water delivered from Syrian regime territory from reaching a convoy of tour buses carrying ISIS terrorists and family members, the spokesman for U.S. operations in Iraq and Syria said today.The buses carrying ISIS fighters from the Lebanon-Syria border to the Iraqi border in Syria have not come under fire from coalition forces; some in the convoy have broken off and retreated to Syrian regime territory, while 11 buses are still looking for a place to unload. Bashar al-Assad's regime and Hezbollah forged a deal with the Islamic State under...
  • Israeli jets 'hit factory behind Syria chemical attack'

    09/07/2017 7:40:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Sky News ^ | September 7, 2017 | By Alex Rossi, Middle East Correspondent
    Israeli jets have reportedly targeted a suspected chemical weapons factory in western Syria. The Syrian National Army said four IAF warplanes hit a military site in Hama province, near Masyaf, in the early hours of Thursday morning, killing two soldiers and causing massive damage. It is believed the site was linked to the sarin gas attack in April, which UN investigators said was the work of the Syrian government. The UN confirmed the chemical attacks in Khan Sheikhoun, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of civilians and prompted a US missile attack, were perpetrated by Assad regime forces. Israel...