Syria (News/Activism)

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  • The strategic Euphrates Dam stops working and the “Islamic State” organization still controls its

    03/26/2017 2:12:03 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 50 replies
    Syria Observatory of Human Rights ^ | 26/03/2017 | none stated
    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was informed by several reliable sources that the Euphrates Dam which is located on the Euphrates River north of al-Tabaqa city in the western countryside of al-Raqqah has stopped working, the reasons are still unknown until now, where the sources of the observatory suggested that the Dam has stopped because of a power outage, which is being generated from the dam automatically, also the intersecting sources confirmed to the Syrian observatory for Human Rights that the main body of the Dam and the main turbines are still under the control the “Islamic State” organization...
  • Kurdish forces enter Tabqa airbase west of Syria's Raqqa

    03/26/2017 1:28:54 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 26 Mar 17 | Unknown
    The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) entered the Tabqa airport west of the northern city of Raqqa on Sunday, following battles with the Islamic State (IS) group, the SDF spokesman told Xinhua. The SDF entered the Tabqa airport in the city bearing the same name in the western countryside of Raqqa Province, the de facto capital of the IS. Talal Silo, the SDF military spokesman, said the battles with the IS militants are taking place inside and around the airport, adding that the facility will be declared liberated from IS within hours. Silo said the achievement comes with the help...
  • Dozens of ISIS jihadis killed by SDF fire east Raqqa

    03/24/2017 6:25:50 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    ARA News ^ | March 25, 2017 | Hozan Mamo
    Dozens of Islamic State’s (ISIS) jihadist fighters were killed in a renewed offensive by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Raqqa, in northeastern Syria, military sources reported on Friday.The US-backed SDF troops hit ISIS headquarters in the Jadidat Makhit town in the eastern countryside of Raqqa. “The SDF shelled ISIS security centres in the town with heavy artillery and mortar fire,” SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.Over 45 ISIS militants were killed in the attack.“The terror group was forced to withdraw from the town after suffering heavy losses in manpower and equipment,” the official confirmed.The Syrian Democratic Forces seized...
  • Battle for key ISIS bastion to start in 'days,' French defense minister says

    03/24/2017 9:13:57 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 24 Mar 17 | Saskya Vandoorne, Natalie Gallon and Joe Sterling
    The battle to recapture the ISIS de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria will begin in "days," France's defense minister said on Friday. "France has always said that Raqqa was a major objective," French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on French TV outlet CNews. "Today, one can say that Raqqa is encircled, that the battle for Raqqa will start in the coming days. It will be a very hard battle, but a battle that is going to be of utmost importance."
  • Coalition forces vow to obliterate ISIS in Raqqa (TR)

    03/24/2017 9:09:37 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    SUN ^ | 24 Mar 17 | Unknown
    A MASSIVE offensive to seize ISIS “capital” in Syria is set to begin within days – with Coalition forces vowing to “rid the world of the scourge that is ISIS”. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the battle to recapture Raqqa from the evil terror clan was likely to start in the coming day after Coalition forces encircled the city. It comes just two days after ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in Westminster in which four people were murdered by maniac Khalid Masood. And US-backed forces are reported to be trying to capture Karama, a major village east...
  • The noose is tightening in Syria

    03/24/2017 2:08:36 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 11 replies
    THE ECONOMIST ^ | 23 Mar 17 | Unknown
    THE last caliph to make the Syrian city of Raqqa his capital was a lover of fine wine, art and women. Although certainly brutal (he had his most loyal adviser cut into three pieces in 803), Harun al-Rashid is best remembered for his lasciviousness, which inspired some of the raunchiest tales in “The Arabian Nights”. By contrast, Raqqa’s current overlord—the self-declared caliph of a self-declared caliphate—will be remembered for unleashing a spasm of grotesque violence that erupted in Iraq and spread as far as the shores of Libya and the mountains of Afghanistan. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will have also presided...
  • US Troops Lead ‘Daring’ Air Assault ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ On Road To Raqqa

    03/24/2017 2:03:06 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    Task & Purpose ^ | 23 Mar 17 | Adam Linehan
    If there were lingering questions whether U.S. ground troops would play a frontline role in the assault to retake Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, they can be laid to rest now. A fleet of U.S. helicopters carrying about 500 Syrian fighters and their U.S. advisors flew into ISIS-held territory March 22 to begin the first major phase of the Raqqa offensive. The move marks the first time American soldiers have conducted an air assault with local forces in Syria, CNN reports. Backed by Apache helicopters and Marines firing M777 howitzers, the U.S. advisors and their Syrian...
  • US-backed SDF fighters capture Tabqah Dam near Raqqa in a behind enemy lines operation

    03/23/2017 7:14:53 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    ARA News ^ | March 23, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with their Syrian Arab Coalition fighters, launched a multi-pronged offensive behind enemy lines on Wednesday to liberate the Tabqah Dam in Syria from ISIS. Apache helicopters, U.S. Marine artillery and special operation troops were part of this operation to drop SDF fighters near Tabqa.“The Coalition supported this offensive with air movement and logistical support, precision airstrikes, Apache helicopters in close air support, Marine artillery, and special operations advice and assistance to SDF leadership,” the US-led coalition said in a statement.“Over the last four months, the Coalition has conducted more than 300 airstrikes around Tabqah...
  • US-backed SDF fighters capture Tabqah Dam near Raqqa in a behind enemy lines operation

    03/23/2017 1:50:42 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 10 replies
    ARANEWS ^ | 23 Mar 17
    The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with their Syrian Arab Coalition fighters, launched a multi-pronged offensive behind enemy lines on Wednesday to liberate the Tabqah Dam in Syria from ISIS. Apache helicopters, U.S. Marine artillery and special operation troops were part of this operation to drop SDF fighters near Tabqa. “The Coalition supported this offensive with air movement and logistical support, precision airstrikes, Apache helicopters in close air support, Marine artillery, and special operations advice and assistance to SDF leadership,” the US-led coalition said in a statement. “Over the last four months, the Coalition has conducted more than 300 airstrikes...
  • Trump Steadily Ramps Up Military Action Against ISIS and Al-Qaeda

    03/23/2017 1:34:51 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 11 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 23 Mar 17 | Ed Krayewski
    Despite candidate Donald Trump's welcome, sometimes critical look at long-standing entangling U.S. alliances and arrangements, there was little doubt, given his rhetoric on the war on terror, that he would ramp up military involvement. He redeclared that war in his inaugural, putting a new face and new rhetoric to a decades-long fight. Sixty days into the Trump administration, the new contours of the war on terror are starting to take shape. Foreign Policy reports there is a renewed bombing campaign against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen following a late-January raid the Trump administration insisted was a holdover...
  • Tillerson: US to set up zones for refugees in fight against ISIS [more winning!!]

    03/22/2017 5:10:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    The United States will increase pressure on ISIS and al-Qaeda and work to set up “interim zones of stability” to help refugees return home in the next phase of the battle to defeat the groups, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday. Addressing top officials from an international coalition of 68 nations battling ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Tillerson did not elaborate on where the United States planned to set up these safety zones. “The United States will increase our pressure on ISIS and al-Qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow...
  • Syria discussing previously rejected constitution with Russia, says president Assad

    03/22/2017 4:33:44 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    KOM News ^ | 22 March 2017 | none stated
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Anything is up for discussion, including a new constitution for Syria, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian journalists on Monday.“We are ready to discuss anything including the constitution, but we need to see who’s going to be in Geneva, are they going to discuss the same paper or not?” the president said. “But for us, as a government, our position is very clear: that we are ready to discuss it in details, but we support the headline, of course.”Both Syria and the opposition groups had previously rejected a Russian proposal for a new...
  • US military helping US-backed forces in fight for Tabqa Dam in Syria

    03/22/2017 12:44:18 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 22 Mar 17 | Barbara Starr and Zachary Cohen,
    Washington (CNN)Fighters in Syria have begun a major ground offensive, backed up by US forces, to retake a vital dam near Raqqa, Syria, from ISIS, a US official told CNN Wednesday. Tabqa Dam is located 25 miles west of Raqqa, ISIS' self-declared capital, and supplies electric power to a wide area of Syria, according to the US. The area has been under ISIS control since 2013. Retaking the dam is considered a vital step in the further isolation of the area around Raqqa and eventually retaking the city.
  • .@CJTFOIR statement on the #Tabqah Dam OP: “There is nothing easy about this – it takes audacity &

    03/22/2017 12:37:17 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Konstantin Krammer ^ | 22 Mar 2017 | CJTFOIR
    .@CJTFOIR statement on the #Tabqah Dam OP: “There is nothing easy about this – it takes audacity & courage. And the SDF has that in spades.” https://twitter.com/KonstantinKlug/status/844623180270632965
  • US airdrops Syrian forces near Raqqa in surprise attack on Isil

    03/22/2017 12:16:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    Telegraph Co. (UK) ^ | 22 March 2017 | Josie Ensor
    The US-led coalition has airdropped allied Syrian fighters near the Isil-controlled city of Raqqa in a surprise attempt to cut off the jihadists’ main route out. The operation aims to secure the strategic Tabqa dam across the Euphrates river and isolate the capital of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil’s) so-called caliphate from the rest of the group’s territory in Syria. Five helicopters, supported by five fighter jets, dropped dozens of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters near the northern town of Shurfa on Wednesday afternoon, according to local media reports. More at link
  • Reports Coming From Syria About Surprise US Airborne Op To Capture Tabqa Dam & Cut ISIS Exit Route

    03/22/2017 8:10:36 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    Twitter ^ | 03/22/17
    Reports coming from Syria about US airborne op to cut Raqqa-Aleppo highway+landing via Euprhates river near Tabqahttps://syria.liveuamap.com/?zoom=11&ll=35.923532447182374,38.59222412109376   Reports of 500 US and SDF fighters airlifted east Euphrates to control al-Tabqa dam and cut IS Raqqa exit route east Syriahttps://twitter.com/NorthernStork/status/844529224870440961
  • Of All People: Susan Rice Pens Op-ed on Importance of White House ‘Credibility’

    03/22/2017 5:44:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You say “Susan Rice,” any sentient being says “lied about a video being the cause of Benghazi.” So who was the mastermind in Dem Central who decided that Rice was the right person to make the case that, when it comes to foreign affairs, the credibility of an administration’s statements is of paramount importance? Yet there is Susan Rice’s op-ed in today’s Washington Post, entitled “When the White House twists the truth, we are all less safe.” Excerpts:
  • Putin's Real Syria Agenda

    03/20/2017 10:56:47 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 80 replies
    ISW - Institute for the Study of War ^ | 20 Mar 17 | Genevieve Casagrande and Kathleen Weinberger
    Key Takeaway: Russian President Vladimir Putin's primary objective in Syria is to constrain U.S. freedom of action - not fight ISIS and al Qaeda. Russia's military deployments at current levels will not enable the Iranian-penetrated Assad regime to secure Syria. Moscow's deepening footprint in Syria threatens America's ability to defend its interests across the Middle East and in the Mediterranean Sea. The next U.S. step in Syria must help regain leverage over Russia rather than further encourage Putin's expansionism. Russia's intervention in Syria in September 2015 fundamentally altered the balance of the Syrian Civil War.Russia re-established momentum behind Syrian President...
  • FLASHBACK: Bernie Sanders: We Need a "New NATO" that Includes Russia to Defeat ISIS (2015)

    03/20/2017 9:43:59 AM PDT · by tellw · 9 replies
    RT ^ | 11/20/2015 | Anonymous
    What is Democratic socialism? Bernie Sanders, often criticized for endorsing this political philosophy, explained that his view is in sync with America’s development. He also called for shifting foreign policy and creating a “new NATO” including Russia. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) spoke in front of an auditorium full of supporters at Georgetown University on Thursday, arguing that his endorsement of the much-vaunted political philosophy of democratic socialism makes him the genuine heir to long-held traditions of the Democratic Party, not a radical. In doing this, he invoked the name of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom Sanders said initiated programs to...
  • We made an agreement with Russia (Syrian Kurds)

    03/20/2017 9:00:40 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    YPG Rojava ^ | March 20, 2017 | Rędur Xelîl
    The existence of the Russian army units in the Cindy's of the Ephrin Canton was the result of an agreement made between our forces and the Russian army. The agreement was based on the fight against terrorism and on the basis of military training of the Russian army's warriors. We have direct relations with Russia. This step is a positive and good step in the fight against terrorism in Syria. After our forces prove themselves against terrorism, many forces are willing to help us and make a deal with us.
  • US Secretary of State, Turkish FM talk on phone

    03/19/2017 7:02:07 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 3-19-17 | none stated
    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu have talked on the phone, diplomatic sources told state-run Anadolu Agency on March 19.  The two foreign policy chiefs have discussed the preparations for an upcoming meeting of the Global Coalition working to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which will be attended by the foreign ministers and senior leaders of the full coalition, now at 68 members. While this meeting will be held at the Department of State in Washington D.C. on March 22, it will be the first time since the establishment...
  • Israel threatens to 'destroy' Syrian air defence systems

    03/19/2017 12:32:53 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | 19 Mar 17 | Unknown
    Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday threatened to destroy Syrian air defence systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes. "The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation," Lieberman said on Israeli public radio. Israeli warplanes hit several targets in Syria on Friday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the strikes targeted weapons bound for Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement.
  • Israel threatens to 'destroy' Syrian air defence systems

    03/19/2017 8:46:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | March 19, 2017 | Staff
    Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday threatened to destroy Syrian air defence systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes. "The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation," Lieberman said on Israeli public radio.
  • After Israeli Attack in Syria: Russia Summons Israel's Envoy for Clarifications

    03/18/2017 2:39:18 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 15 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 3/17/2017 | Barak Ravid
    Israel's ambassador to Russia has been called in by the Russian Foreign Ministry for clarifications Friday after Israel's air force attacked in Syria overnight, a statement by Moscow said. The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed the statement. Ambassador Gary Koren, who filled his letter of credence to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, was called in for a talk with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov on the recent developments in Syria, a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry said. It is relatively rare for Israeli ambassadors to be summoned for such a talk in the wake of air force action...
  • Syria fires missiles at Israeli warplanes on bombing run

    03/17/2017 6:52:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 17, 2017 | William Booth
    Syria launched antiaircraft missiles Friday at Israeli jets returning home from a bombing run over central Syria, marking a serious escalation between the two Middle East foes. In a rare communique, in which Israel took responsibility for the usually clandestine airstrikes, the Israeli Air Force confirmed that its warplanes had struck several targets in neighboring Syria.
  • Judge Considers Ordering President Donald Trump to Double 50,000 Refugee Inflow to the United States

    03/17/2017 6:00:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 132 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 16, 2017 | Neil Munro
    A federal District Court judge in Maryland is considering whether he should order President Donald Trump to double the annual inflow of refugees up to 100,000 per year.
  • Israel, Assad Regime, Engage in Most Serious Military Incident.....Syrian Civil War

    03/17/2017 1:10:56 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 58 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 3/17/2017 | Amos Harel and Gili Cohen
    Syria deploys air defense system, fires missiles at Israel Air Force jets; Israeli missile defense system intercepts missile north of Jerusalem. Syria and Israel engaged in the most serious incident between the two countries since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War six years ago overnight on Thursday, as Israeli Air Force planes struck several targets in Syria. In response, the Assad regime deployed air defense systems and fired a number of missiles towards Israeli jets. None of the missiles struck the jets, though one of the projectiles was intercepted by Israel's "Arrow" defense system north of Jerusalem.
  • Plaintiff behind Trump travel ban runs Muslim Brotherhood mosque

    03/16/2017 8:14:56 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 85 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 03/16/2017 at 10:05 PM | Leo Hohmann
    The main plaintiff in the Hawaii case blocking President Trump’s revised temporary travel ban is an imam with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The irony is hard to miss: Trump has talked about declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, and now it is a Brotherhood-backed imam who is playing a key role in blocking his executive order on immigration. Imam Ismail Elshikh, 39, leads the largest mosque in Hawaii and claims he is suffering “irreparable harm” from the president’s executive order, which places a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from six countries.
  • Exclusive: AMN Interview With The Kurdish YPG’s 2nd Highest Official, Redur Khalil & His Message

    03/16/2017 12:59:43 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    American Military News ^ | March 15, 2017 | Joshua Raymond-Castro
    “YPG” is a term many have now heard, but may not know, in news reports about the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Also known as “The People’s Protection Units” they are the 50,000-person strong Kurdish militia that has been working as an ally to western forces in the fight against ISIS in Kurdistan, a region of the Middle East that encompasses small parts of northern Iraq, northern Syria, Turkey and Iran. If you have tips you want American Military News to investigate please email [email protected]. Your identity will be protected. The Kurds are an ancient culture of...
  • TEV-DEM member: Attack on Shengal targets the Rojava revolution

    03/15/2017 7:29:02 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    ANF News (English) ^ | March 15, 2017 | BĘRÎTAN SARYA
    TEV-DEM (Movement for a Democratic Society) Coordination member Hanife Huseyin stated that KDP and AKP are attacking Shengal with a concept that has Rojava in the center and said: “By taking Shengal, they are aiming to throttle the Rojava Revolution and attack Rojava easily from there.” Huseyin spoke to ANF on the new anti-Kurdish concept the Turkish state and the KDP launched with the attack on Shengal. “THEY ARE ATTACKING SHENGAL IN A JOINT CONCEPT” Husên stated that the attacks on March 3 and March 14 by the KDP gangs against the Êzidî people in Shengal were developed by the joint...
  • U.S. military likely to send as many as 1,000 more ground troops into Syria ahead of Raqqa offensive

    03/15/2017 12:26:22 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 15, 2017 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    <p>The Washington Post reported today that the US is considering sending up to 1,000 more troops to Syria in coming weeks.</p>
  • Turkey’s Erdogan vows to continue attacking Kurds in northern Syria

    03/15/2017 9:48:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    ARA News ^ | March 13, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday said in a speech in which he criticized the Dutch government, that Turkey will still attack the town of Manbij, which was previously liberated from ISIS by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).“We won’t allow a terror state, controlled by the PKK and YPG, to be established in northern Syria,” he said.“After Jarablus, Dabiq and Al-Bab, now it’s Manbij’s turn,” he added.Moreover, the Turkish president said following his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday, that Turkey wants to work with Russia and the US-led coalition in Manbij, requesting help to...
  • Romancing a Terrorist: I Posed Online as a Young Woman Interested in ISIS

    03/15/2017 9:26:15 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 8 replies
    Reader's Digest ^ | no date given | ANNA ERELLE
    “Salaam alaikum, sister. I see you watched my video. It’s gone viral—crazy! Are you Muslim?” It was ten o’clock on a Friday night in April 2014. I was sitting on my sofa in my one-bedroom Parisian apartment when a terrorist based in Syria contacted me on Facebook. I’d been studying European jihadists in the Islamic State and was interested in understanding what it was that made someone give up everything and brave death for this cause.
  • Malaysia arrests immigration officer and six others with ISIS links

    03/13/2017 12:28:49 PM PDT · by csvset · 1 replies
    Straights Times ^ | 13 march 2017 | Star news
    Malaysia arrests immigration officer and six others with ISIS links KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - An immigration officer was among seven Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) suspects who were arrested in Sabah and at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) from last Wednesday to Sunday (March 8-12). The woman officer is alleged to have arranged for militants to travel without valid documents to Sabah before heading to southern Philippines. The other suspects include three Filipinos with permanent resident (PR) status. Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the first arrest was made on...
  • The U.S. is sending 2,500 troops to Kuwait

    03/12/2017 7:15:16 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 48 replies
    Army Times ^ | March 9, 2017 | Charlsy Panzino and Andrew deGrandpre
    The U.S. military is sending an additional 2,500 ground combat troops to a staging base in Kuwait from which they could be called upon to back up coalition forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The deployment will include elements of the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, which is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. About 1,700 soldiers from the same unit are overseas now, spread between Iraq and Kuwait.
  • Hundreds of ISIS fighters pour into Raqqa as Kurdish forces advance

    03/11/2017 2:14:48 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    Al Masdar News (AMN) ^ | 11/03/2017 | Izat Charkatli
    DAMASCUS, SYRIA (13:05) – According to the opposition-linked Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 300 high-ranking Islamic State (ISIS) commanders and their families have fled the city of Raqqa amidst the unhindered advances of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition. The escapees were forced to use ferryboats to get across the river from Raqqa as Coalition airstrikes have destroyed all bridges across the Euphrates in Syria. While a detachment ferried for Deir Ezzor, the others fled for eastern Hama’s countryside where the group still enjoys relative stability. As the top commanders escape Raqqa, ISIS sharia men lobbied local youth...
  • Syrian Pres. Assad: Erdogan is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood

    03/11/2017 9:40:14 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 34 replies
    KOM News ^ | 11 March 2017 | none stated
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told Chinese broadcaster Phoenix that Turkish President Erdogan is still supporting the Islamic State (IS) group and himself is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation, adding, "the whole world knows that Erdogan logistically and financially supported ISIS and al-Nusra in Syria." The Syrian President also said that his government did not consent to US army presence in the northern Syrian town of Manbij as Washington increases military presence in the country. Speaking to China's Phoenix TV channel, the Syrian president also said that Russia was the only force sincerely fighting against the Islamic State...
  • Islamic State frees Mosul prisoners as grip on last major city slips

    03/11/2017 6:52:34 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11 Mar 17 | Unknown
    Islamic State has released dozens of prisoners held in jails in the districts of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul that remain under its control, residents said on Saturday. The release of the prisoners on Friday is another sign that the militants are being overwhelmed by the U.S.-backed Iraqi offensive that started on Oct. 17 to dislodge them from Mosul, their last major city stronghold in Iraq. Islamic State has lost most cities it captured in Iraq in 2014 and 2015. It declared a caliphate that also spanned parts of Syria from Mosul in 2014. Among those released were people...
  • Religious Charity Helping Illegals, Refugees Granted $18 Million Since Trump’s Election

    03/11/2017 6:51:44 AM PST · by cutty · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 03/10/2017 | Ethan Barton
    A religious-based charity has received nearly $18 million in federal grants to help refugees and immigrant children who entered the country illegally since Donald Trump was elected president.. The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has received nine federally-funded awards since Nov. 8, all of which came from the the Department of Health and Human Services ... Seven of those – worth over $13 million – were awarded under the Unaccompanied Alien Children Program, and the remaining two – worth $4.5 million – were used to helped refugees. ... LIRS ultimately raked in $60 million total for fiscal 2016 –...
  • Turkey kills 71 US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria: Army

    03/10/2017 11:41:39 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 32 replies
    Kurdistan24 ^ | 3/10/2017 | Ari Khalidi
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) - Turkey's army, a key NATO ally, announced on Friday the killing of 71 US-backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) who are fighting the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. In a press release, the Turkish General Staff said the figure belonged to the dates March 2-9, as a ground incursion into northern Syria largely halted due to an encounter with the US and Russian armies in a strip of land crowded with competing forces. In total, Turkey killed 425 and wounded 37 YPG fighters in the area since the beginning of the Operation Euphrates Shield in...
  • Why Kurdish-led force is likely to capture Raqqa from ISIS

    03/10/2017 10:33:21 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 24 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 10 Mar 17 | Unknown
    BEIRUT — Backed by the United States, a multi-ethnic group known as the Syrian Democratic Forces is likely to lead the operation to capture the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital. The group has been the most effective and trusted force by the United States to battle ISIS in the northern and eastern parts of Syria. The SDF was predominantly Kurdish but over the past months, more Arabs have been recruited by the group ahead of the battle for Raqqa which has a predominantly Arab population. Here’s a look at the group:
  • Intelligence chief warns: Germany increasingly a target of ISIS

    03/09/2017 9:04:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 9 March 2017 12:05 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    The head of Germany’s domestic security agency, the BfV, said on Wednesday that Germany has become a priority target for terror group ISIS over the past year. “Germany became significantly more prioritized as a target of ISIS over the course of 2016,” said BfV President Hans-Georg Maaßen, adding that the level of danger continues to be high. The country was shaken by several terror attacks in the name of ISIS last year, most notably the December 19th Berlin Christmas market attack in which 12 people were killed. …
  • Official: Couple hundred US Marines go into Syria

    03/09/2017 3:22:34 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 33 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 8 Mar 2017 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    <p>WASHINGTON — A couple hundred Marines have deployed into Syria with heavy artillery guns, as part of the ongoing preparation for the fight to oust the Islamic State group from its self-declared headquarters of Raqqa, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.</p>
  • Marines have arrived in Syria to fire artillery in the fight for Raqqa

    03/08/2017 12:51:30 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8 Mar 2017 | Dan Lamothe and Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    Marines from an amphibious task force have left their ships in the Middle East and deployed to Syria, establishing an outpost from which they can fire artillery guns in support of the fight to take back the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State, defense officials said. The deployment marks a new escalation in the U.S. war in Syria, and puts more conventional U.S. troops in the battle. Several hundred Special Operations troops have advised local forces there for months, but the Pentagon has mostly shied away from using conventional forces in Syria. The new mission comes as the Trump...
  • Marines have arrived in Syria to fire artillery in the fight for Raqqa

    03/08/2017 12:28:22 PM PST · by CMB_polarization · 66 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 8, 2017 | DAN LAMOTHE AND THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF
    Marines from an amphibious task force have left their ships in the Middle East and deployed to Syria, establishing an outpost from which they can fire artillery guns in support of the fight to take back the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State, defense officials said.
  • Russian and US military chiefs meet in Turkey to discuss the fight against ISIS

    03/07/2017 8:50:17 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    The Duran ^ | 3-7-17 | Alexander Mercouris
    US and Russian military chiefs meet to discuss their plans for fight against ISIS. Just three weeks after the top soldiers of the US and Russian militaries – General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff – met in Azerbaijan, they have followed up with a second meeting in Antalya Turkey, for a summit hosted by Turkey’s top soldier, General Hulusi Akar, who is the Chief of the Turkish General Staff.Unlike the summit meeting in Azerbaijan, which discussed the full range of US-Russian military relations, the meeting in Turkey...
  • Turkey, Russia, US military chiefs hold talks in Turkey

    03/07/2017 8:59:13 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Mar 2017 | AFP
    Istanbul (AFP) - Turkish, Russian and US military chiefs held talks on Tuesday in the southern Turkish city of Antalya to discuss regional issues including Iraq and Syria, the Turkish army said. "Common issues relating to regional security, in particular Syria and Iraq, are being discussed at the meeting," the army said in a statement, without elaborating further.
  • WaPo’s Ignatius: 300 Possible Terrorists Travel Ban Would Have Stopped is a ‘Tiny Number’

    03/07/2017 5:41:21 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    For David Ignatius, what is an acceptable number of terrorists and terrorist attacks in the United States? The question arises because on today’s Morning Joe, Ignatius, of the Washington Post, was discussing the Trump admin statement that since 9/11, 300 people admitted from countries on the reissued executive order have been subject to “criminal, counter-terrorism investigations.” Sniffed Ignatius: that’s a “tiny number.” Really? If those 300 had not been caught up in counter-terrorism investigations, how many would have carried out terrorist attacks? If only 1-in-20 had, that would be 15 terrorist attacks. Fifteen San Bernadinos, Pulses. Even one. Tiny? View...
  • US Stryker Deployment to Manbij, Syria Appears to Have Been a Blocking Move

    Those big armored fighting vehicles are not inconspicuous—and that appears to have been the point. Last weekend, US Stryker armored fighting vehicles appeared seemingly out of nowhere in Syria and descended onto the Kurdish-held town of Manbij. Their arrival was anything but inconspicuous, as the convoy of multiple Strykers, in various configurations, along with tricked-out Humvees rolled across the Euphrates river in broad daylight, with giant American flags whipping in the air above them. After we reported on the story, the vehicles appeared to have made it to Manbij, and proceeded to move all around the vicinity of the city...
  • 75th Ranger Regiment hits the ground in Syria for Raqqa offensive

    03/06/2017 4:38:04 PM PST · by gandalftb · 161 replies
    Hurricane Group, Inc. ^ | 03.06.2017 | JACK MURPHY
    After months of planning and deliberations, the 75th Ranger Regiment has been deployed to Syria to participate in the war against ISIS as the coalition closes in on the so-called caliphate’s capital city of Raqqa. Yesterday, the first images emerged of Stryker armored vehicles on their way to Manbij. This comes weeks after Rangers deployed to theater with their Strykers and elements of the 75th Ranger Regiment had been passing through Kurdistan. By looking at the call sign tag on the back of the Stryker, it is evident that this is 3rd Ranger Battalion out of Fort Benning, Georgia,