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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • France plots next move as Russia extends hold in Syria

    10/06/2015 2:31:51 PM PDT · by Mariner · 26 replies
    france24 ^ | October 6th, 2015 | by Sophie PILGRIM , in New York
    Western diplomats have been left scrambling to revise their Syria game plans as Russia accelerates its ruthless offensive in the country, with the French seeking leverage over Moscow as its manoeuvres threaten to destabilise the region even further. Not even a week after Moscow launched its first air strikes in Syria, startling its Western counterparts and sending the UN General Assembly into a diplomatic frenzy, the Russians continue to swing at anyone who opposes President Bashar al-Assad, from alleged CIA-trained rebels to Islamic State group militants. They've even 'strayed' into Turkish airspace. Their offensive comes on the back of a...
  • Russia offers to reopen military talks with Pentagon over Syrian airstrikes

    10/06/2015 12:21:20 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 8 replies ^ | October 6 at 1:52 PM | By Liz Sly, Craig Whitlock and Brian Murphy
    BEIRUT — Russia offered Tuesday to resume talks with the United States on managing separate airstrike operations in Syria, even as the former Cold War foes bicker over Moscow’s objectives in the civil war. The Russian opening for more military-to-military dialogue was welcomed by the Pentagon after urgent appeals for the Kremlin to keep open channels to discuss its widening air campaign in Syria and ways to avoid possible conflicts.
  • Russia Is Bombing Ambulances in Syria

    10/06/2015 12:07:39 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 55 replies ^ | 10.06.151:08 AM ET | Michael Weiss
    Hunted 10.06.151:08 AM ET Russia Is Bombing Ambulances in Syria Michael Weiss On the same day the U.S. struck a hospital in Afghanistan, Putin’s pilots struck medical facilities and vehicles nowhere near ISIS. Dr. Ammar Martini has a simple question he would like answered: “Why are the Russians bombing my hospitals and ambulances?” One of the cofounders of Orient Humanitarian Relief, a non-profit that provides medical treatment and educational services in northern and central Syria, Martini was recounting to The Daily Beast how Russian airstrikes in the Idlib countryside Saturday destroyed a part of his emergency ambulance center. “They destroyed...
  • Russia says militants in Syria are moving armour close to mosques

    10/06/2015 11:51:43 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 58 replies ^ | 10/06/2015 | Reuters
    Russia says militants in Syria are moving armour close to mosques Reuters – 1 hour 13 minutes ago. MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian defence ministry said its planes had struck 12 Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday, saying the militants had begun to move their weapons and armoured vehicles into residential areas to try to protect them. ... "The terrorists are undertaking efforts to move their weapons into the residential areas of cities," the ministry said. "As a rule the militants place armoured vehicles close to mosques knowing very well that we would never target them (mosques)." ... "We...
  • Israel to provide Russia with intelligence about Syrian opposition

    10/06/2015 11:45:41 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 32 replies ^ | Tuesday, 06 October 2015 10:30 |
    Israel to provide Russia with intelligence about Syrian opposition . Tuesday, 06 October 2015 10:30 Israel will provide Russia with intelligence information about opposition sites in Syria to facilitate Moscow’s military operations, Channel 2TV has reported. The Israeli network said that a senior delegation of Russian army officials will arrive in Israel on Tuesday to coordinate the military cooperation. The delegation will be led by First Deputy Chief of General Staff General Nikolai Bogdanovsky, who will meet his Israeli counterpart, Major-General Yair Golan as well as senior officials in Israeli military intelligence, the air force and the Mossad. Channel 2...
  • Vanity-- Question: How is Obama Able to Force Syrian Refugees in Without Consent of Congress?

    10/06/2015 9:53:47 AM PDT · by Cubs Fan · 40 replies
    Is this some sort of presidential power? Or was it run by congress and as usual they caved in cowardice? Can anybody explain how this process is supposed to work?
  • All Talk, No Action

    10/06/2015 9:10:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | October 6, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    By Monday, interestingly enough, the Russian invasion of Syria was receding as a topic of public concern. Apparently there no longer seemed anything explosive in the tidings of Vladimir Putin's slam-bang entry into that remote theater of conflict. This was notwithstanding those Russian airstrikes against the anti-Assad rebels whom the United States, supposedly, has been encouraging. When President Obama went before the TV cameras late last week, it was chiefly to flog anyone unable to fall in with the Absolute Necessity of Common-Sense Gun Control. "Russian planes, what Russian planes?" our Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader might as well have said....
  • Obama authorizes resupply of Syrian opposition

    10/06/2015 8:16:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-5-2015 | Barbara Starr, Elise Labott and Jim Acosta,
    President Barack Obama authorized the resupply of Syrian Kurds and the Arab-Syrian opposition as part of a strategy to put pressure on ISIS from the north and strengthen the border, according to two senior administration officials. The approval came at a National Security Council meeting on Thursday. CNN reported over the weekend that the President also emphasized to his team that the U.S. would continue to support the Syrian opposition as Russia enters the war-torn country. "President Obama was clear that we intend to continue our efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL in Syria and to keep supporting the...
  • Statement by the North Atlantic Council on incursions into Turkey’s airspace by Russian aircraft

    10/06/2015 6:27:35 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 57 replies
    NATO ^ | Last updated: 05 Oct. 2015 17:23 | NATO
    The North Atlantic Council met today to hold consultations on the potential implications of the recent dangerous military actions of the Russian Federation in and around Syria. Allies expressed their deep concern with regard to the Russian military build-up in Syria and especially the attacks by the Russian Air Force on Hama, Homs, and Idlib which led to civilian casualties and did not target Da’esh. Allies call on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians, to focus its efforts on fighting ISIL, and to promote a solution to the conflict through a political...
  • Syria’s skies crowded with multiple air forces

    10/06/2015 5:50:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    ABC27 ^ | October 6, 2015 | ROBERT BURNS
    Syria’s skies crowded with multiple air forces ROBERT BURNS, The Associated Press Published: October 6, 2015, 3:18 am | Updated: October 6, 2015, 3:37 am WASHINGTON (AP) — The skies over Syria are increasingly crowded — and increasingly dangerous. The air forces of multiple countries are on the attack, often at cross purposes in Syria’s civil war, sometimes without coordination. And now, it seems, they are at risk of unintended conflict.
  • Brzezinski: Obama should retaliate if Russia doesn't stop attacking U.S. assets

    10/06/2015 4:51:52 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | October 5, 2015 | By Nick Gass
    The United States should threaten to retaliate if Russia does not stop attacking U.S. assets in Syria, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in a Financial Times op-ed published Sunday, urging "strategic boldness," with American credibility in the Middle East and the region itself at stake. Moscow's apparent decision to strike non-Islamic State targets and those of Syrian rebels backed by the Central Intelligence Agency "at best" reflects "Russian military incompetence," and worst, "evidence of a dangerous desire to highlight American political impotence," wrote Brzezinski, the national security adviser for former President Jimmy Carter and a strong supporter of...
  • Putin's fearsome Spetsnaz units are preparing ground assault to 'wipe out' rebels [tr]

    10/06/2015 5:44:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 6, 2015 | Simon Tomlinson
    Russia has sent fearsome teams of special forces into Syria to help prop up President Bashar Al Assad, it has been reported. Vladimir Putin's crack Spetsnaz units are said to be preparing a ground assault on rebels fighting the Syrian President – most of whom are backed by the West. They have been ordered to wipe out opponents 'by any means'.
  • End of ISIS? Putin sends in his most ruthless special forces killers to finish off jihadis

    10/06/2015 5:33:14 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 58 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 5th October 2015 | Nick Gutteridge
    'LADIMIR Putin has dispatched his most elite special forces team to Syria to hunt down and wipe out Islamic State (ISIS) militants. The Russian supremo ordered the deployment of soldiers from his fearsome Spetsnaz unit to root out and eliminate packs of fleeing jihadis. A battalion of elite paratroopers also ghosted into the war-torn country this week as Putin ramps up his assault on the Islamist fanatics and rebel forces fighting to topple dictator Bashar al-Assad. The deployment of the Spetsnaz - the elite of the elite in Russia's army who have to undergo a gruelling training programme to earn...
  • Blumenthal announces plan to bring Syrian refugees to U.S. much quicker [eliminate security checks]

    10/06/2015 3:53:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    WTNH ^ | 10/5/15 | Brian Spyros
    All eyes are on the 4 million people who’ve fled a brutal civil war in Syria that’s been raging for four years. Several European countries are offering to take in many of the refugees. The United States has also offered to help by possibly taking in 10,000 people. Senator Richard Blumenthal wants to see the process sped up.“The magnitude of the refugee crisis is staggering and horrifying,” said Blumenthal.Currently, it takes 18 months to two years for a refugee to come to the United States because of the lengthy process that’s involved. Sen. Blumenthal will submit a four point plan...
  • Putin has sent the feared Spetsnaz special forces into Syria to bail out Assad

    10/06/2015 12:47:12 AM PDT · by 100American · 42 replies ^ | 5 OCT 2015 | CHRIS HUGHES
    Russia has sent its crack special troops into Syria to back up ­ President Bashar al-Assad’s bid to wipe out his opposition. Vladimir Putin’s feared Spetsnaz unit and a covert para battalion ghosted into the war-torn country and are preparing for an all-out assault on rebels fighting the regime – including moderate units such as the western-backed Free Syrian Army. A military source said: “Putin’s marines are there to guard the airbases they are using against ­sabotage by rebels. "But Spetsnaz and air-assault troops are not there to provide security to static objects, they are extremely aggressive and highly trained....
  • Russian Forces Terrifying ISIS So Much So That 3000 Terrorists Are Fleeing Syria Headed To Jordan

    10/05/2015 11:02:50 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 65 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 10-05-2015 | Walid Shoebat
    Russia gained a major victory as it emerged that 3,000 Syrian rebels which included the Islamic State (Isis) fighters have fled Syria heading towards Jordan while Jordan is prepping to await the escaping envoys with force of its own delight. As it seems where Obama is failing, Al-Baghdadi is getting it Russian style.
  • Russian Soldiers to Join Fight in Syria

    10/05/2015 10:00:32 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 5, 2015 | ANDREW E. KRAMER and ANNE BARNARD
    Ratcheting up the confrontation over the Syria war, Russia said Monday that its “volunteer” ground forces would join the fight
  • In the ranks of the militants started to panic. An expert on the operation in Syria

    10/05/2015 9:38:30 PM PDT · by MrShoop · 17 replies
    Argumenty i Fakty (Russian Newspaper) ^ | 10/5/2015 | Natalia Kozhin
    (Google Translation)With the start of operations in Syria began an active information war against Russia. As our country should act in these circumstances? - I would not attach any special significance. We must be prepared for such an attack. Although neither Russian nor American nor European politicians do not like to talk, and carefully avoided the phrase "cold war", but we have a de facto live in a "cold war" with the United States. Not with Europe, and it is with America. Some of its manifestations could be seen in 2008 in South Ossetia, and then during a sharp aggravation...
  • Syria conflict: Turkey summons Russian ambassador a second time

    10/05/2015 8:14:58 PM PDT · by amorphous · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 Oct 2015
    Turkey has again summoned the Russian ambassador after a second violation of its airspace by a Russian warplane operating in Syria in two days. It did the same after the first violation on Saturday, after which two Turkish F-16 jets were scrambled. Turkey said the second violation occurred on Sunday. Nato has urged Russia to end air strikes "on the Syrian opposition and civilians". Russia says it is targeting Islamic State and other Islamists.
  • Russian Soldiers to Join Fight in Syria

    10/05/2015 8:01:16 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | OCT. 5, 2015 | ANDREW E. KRAMER and ANNE BARNARD
    MOSCOW — Ratcheting up the confrontation over the Syria war, Russia said Monday that its “volunteer” ground forces would join the fight, and NATO warned the Kremlin after at least one Russian warplane trespassed into Turkey’s airspace. The saber-rattling on both sides reflected a dangerous new big-power entanglement in the war, as longstanding differences between Russia and the United States over President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and his opponents increasingly play out not only in the halls of the United Nations but on the battlefield in Syria.
  • Saudi opposition clerics make sectarian call to jihad in Syria

    10/05/2015 7:33:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | Angus McDowall
    Dozens of Islamist Saudi Arabian clerics have called on Arab and Muslim countries to "give all moral, material, political and military" support to what they term a jihad, or holy war, against Syria's government and its Iranian and Russian backers. Although the clerics who signed the online statement are not affiliated with the government, their strong sectarian and anti-Christian language reflects mounting anger among many Saudis over Russian and Iranian involvement in Syria's civil war. Russia last week started air strikes against Syrian opposition targets that it describes as aimed at weakening the jihadist Islamic State group, a move Riyadh...
  • Bombshell: ISIS just hours from destruction ('It won't take very long at all to drive them out')

    10/05/2015 4:53:25 PM PDT · by amorphous · 70 replies
    WND ^ | 5 Oct 2015 | Chelsea Schilling
    A top terror expert says ISIS is now so weak that it could be decimated within hours. According to a London Express report Monday evening, Russian airstrikes, unruly leadership and numerous defections have destabilized the terror organization to the point that it wouldn’t be capable of fighting off even a small attack. Terror analyst Dr. Afzal Ashraf told the paper that ISIS has drastically exaggerated its military power, prompting an international counterattack. Ashraf urged Western leaders to act now to wipe out the jihadi group. The U.S. has led a coalition of airstrikes against ISIS. The New York Times reported...
  • Obama up against growing support for a no-fly zone in Syria (Fiorina: Prepare to fight Russians)

    10/05/2015 11:21:16 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 44 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10/5/15 | REBECCA KAPLAN
    Russia has been stepping up its involvement in the Syrian civil war - culminating in airstrikes last week that may have targeted not just ISIS, but also rebels opposing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile, the Syrian refugee crisis continues unabated, with a massive influx of Syrians overwhelming Turkey and Europe. To address this, lawmakers and presidential candidates alike - including the president's former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, say the U.S. should respond with a no-fly zone, which is not a tactic President Obama is willing to pursue right now. -snip- And in an interview on Fox News last week,...
  • Syrian insurgents vow to attack Russian forces as Moscow hints at ground role

    10/05/2015 10:59:39 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 5, 2015 | Alec Luhn and Kareem Shaheen
    More than 40 Syrian insurgent groups have vowed to attack Russian forces in retaliation for Moscow’s air campaign, in a show of unity among the usually fragmented rebels against what they called the “occupiers” of Syria. The 41 Syrian rebel groups, which included powerful factions such as Ahrar al-Sham, Islam Army and the Levant Front, said Russia had joined the war in Syria after president Bashar Assad’s forces were on the verge “of a crushing defeat”. The insurgents’ warning came as the chairman of Russia’s parliamentary defense committee suggested that Russian “volunteer” units could join with forces fighting for Syria’s...
  • Russians Moving Artillery, Ground Forces to Hama, Syria

    10/05/2015 10:55:06 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 27 replies
    NBC ^ | October 5, 2015 | N/A
    A senior defense official has told NBC News that the Russian military has been moving artillery and ground forces towards Hama — one of the locations that the Russians targeted in the first 24 hours of their airstrikes. The U.S. official also said that after Russian aircraft breached Turkish airspace by roughly 20 miles, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov contacted the Turkish government to apologize and acknowledge that it was a mistake. "So much for fighting ISIS," the defense official said.
  • Russian jet over Turkey risked being shot down: Kerry

    10/05/2015 10:22:59 AM PDT · by amorphous · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5 Oct 2015
    Valparaíso (Chile) (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Monday that a Russian warplane's "incursion" into the air space of Washington's NATO ally Turkey risked provoking a serious escalation. "We're greatly concerned about it because it is precisely the kind of thing that had Turkey responded under its rights could have resulted in a shoot-down," he said, at a public event in Chile.
  • Kremlin Says Russian ‘Volunteer’ Forces Will Fight in Syria

    10/05/2015 10:03:24 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 5, 2015 | Andrew Kramer
    MOSCOW — Russia signaled deepening intervention Monday in the Syria war, strongly hinting that its “volunteer” ground forces would soon be fighting there, as NATO officials warned the Kremlin after a Russian warplane invaded Turkey’s airspace. The unfolding developments reflected a dangerous new superpower entanglement in the war, which has left a quarter-million dead and half the country’s population displaced since it began more than four years ago. The addition of Russia ground forces to the aerial assaults already underway by Russian warplanes particularly threatens to undermine Turkey’s policy in Syria, which aims for the establishment of a “safe zone”...
  • NATO denounces Russian incursion into Turkish air space

    10/05/2015 9:59:40 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | AYLA JEAN YACKLEY AND HUMEYRA PAMUK
    The United States and its NATO allies denounced Russia on Monday for violating Turkish air space along the frontier with Syria, and Ankara threatened to respond if provoked again, raising the prospect of direct confrontation between the Cold War enemies. NATO held an emergency meeting of ambassadors of its 28 member states to respond to what Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called "unacceptable violations of Turkish air space" after Turkey said a Russian jet had crossed its frontier. NATO members "strongly protest" and "condemn" incursions into Turkish and NATO territory, the alliance said. "Allies also note the extreme danger of such irresponsible...
  • U.S. sees Russia readying ground campaign in Syria

    10/05/2015 12:17:44 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-5-2015 | Barbara Starr
    The latest U.S. assessment of Moscow's activity in western Syria indicates Russia has moved several ground combat weapons and troops into the area to potentially back up Syrian forces in the field planning to attack anti-regime forces, according to two U.S. defense officials. The U.S. views the move as Russia "stepping up its ground activity" in Syria to attack those forces, rather than ISIS elements, according to one of the officials. It's believed the Russians are positioning the weapons to be able to support a Syrian ground offensive, the officials said. The equipment includes several piece of artillery, as well...
  • Ted Cruz in Michigan: 'Nothing short of crazy' to take in Syrian Muslim refugees

    10/05/2015 9:24:05 AM PDT · by VinL · 19 replies
    Mlive ^ | 10/5/15 | Jonathan Oosting
    Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, speaking Monday morning in Michigan, said it would be "absolutely crazy" to bring Syrian refugees to the United States, despite a humanitarian crisis that has captured the attention of the world. The U.S. Senator from Texas spoke to a crowd of roughly 800 pre-registered guests at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, criticizing President Barack Obama for plans to allow more Syrian refugees into the country. "What President Obama is proposing to do, bring tens of thousands of Syrian Muslims to America, is nothing short of crazy," Cruz told the crowd during a question and answer...
  • Putin should unleash Chechen troops on Isis, says region's president

    10/05/2015 11:01:25 AM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Oct 2 ,2015 | Shaun Walker
    The Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has asked Vladimir Putin to send him to Syria, claiming that a land operation using Chechen ground troops would wipe out Islamic State terrorists. “The terrorists don’t know what a real war is, because they have only been subjected to airstrikes. They don’t have experience of real military action,” said Kadyrov in an interview with a Russian news agency. “If our request is granted, it will be a celebration for us,” he said. “But it’s the decision of the commander-in-chief to take.”
  • Kremlin Says Russian ‘Volunteer’ Forces Will Fight in Syria

    10/05/2015 10:44:23 AM PDT · by Lexinom · 17 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | 5 October 2015 | ANDREW E. KRAMER, HELENE COOPER, CEYLAN YEGINSUOCT
    MOSCOW — Russia signaled deepening intervention Monday in the Syria war, strongly hinting that its “volunteer” ground forces would soon be fighting there, as NATO officials warned the Kremlin after a Russian warplane invaded Turkey’s airspace. The unfolding developments reflected a dangerous new superpower entanglement in the war, which has left a quarter-million dead and half the country’s population displaced since it began more than four years ago. The addition of Russia ground forces to the aerial assaults already underway by Russian warplanes particularly threatens to undermine Turkey’s Syria policy, which aims for the establishment of a “safe zone” along...
  • REVEALED: Daring raids by SAS heroes leave 200 evil jihadis DEAD

    10/05/2015 10:36:13 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 20 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 5th October 2015 | Rebecca Perring
    'SAS TROOPS armed with sniper rifles and heavy machine guns have killed at least 200 evil Islamic State (ISIS) extremists in a series of deadly raids in the past year. Soldiers from the elite fighting unit have eliminated the barbaric terrorists in war-torn Syria and Iraq by calling in air strikes, carrying out deadly ambushes and using long-range sniper fire. They have even organised groups of Peshmerga fighters - forces in Iraqi Kurdistan who are fighting the blood-thirsty terror group - into guerrilla units. In one of the most effective raids British special forces destroyed an entire 20-vehicle fuel convoy,...
  • NATO denounces Russian incursion into Turkish air space

    10/05/2015 9:44:17 AM PDT · by keat · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Oct 5, 2015 12:28pm EDT | Ayla Jean Yackley and Humeyra Pamuk
    The United States and its NATO allies denounced Russia on Monday for violating Turkish air space along the frontier with Syria, and Ankara threatened to respond if provoked again, raising the prospect of direct confrontation between the Cold War enemies. NATO held an emergency meeting of ambassadors of its 28 member states to respond to what Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called "unacceptable violations of Turkish air space" after Turkey said a Russian jet had crossed its frontier. NATO members "strongly protest" and "condemn" incursions into Turkish and NATO territory, the alliance said. "Allies also note the extreme danger of such irresponsible...
  • Why We Should Not Intervene In Syria

    10/05/2015 6:59:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/04/2015 | Andrew McCarthy
    It’s ba-aack. The Vacuum, that is. That’s the Beltway fairy tale about how Syria was teeming with secular-democratic Muslim moderates ready and willing not only to topple the barbarous Bashar al-Assad regime but simultaneously to rout al-Qaeda. They were not able to pull off these feats, we’re told, without the massive help that President Obama refused to give them. This default, combined with Obama’s unconscionable retreat from neighboring Iraq while jihadists were on the rise, created a leadership void — the Vacuum — into which the Islamic State (formerly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Islamic State of Iraq...
  • End of ISIS? Putin 'sending 150,000 soldiers to Syria to WIPE OUT evil Islamic State'

    10/05/2015 5:50:21 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    Express ^ | 10/05/15 | Scott Campbell
    VLADIMIR Putin is preparing to send 150,000 troops to Syria in a bid to wipe out the evil Islamic State once and for all. The Russian leader is reportedly mounting an enormous military mission to take control of the terror group's stronghold of Raqqa. The city is the self-declared capital of ISIS in Syria and is patrolled by as many as 5,000 jihadi members. Putin is set to mobilise 150,000 reservists who he conscripted into the military earlier this week. An insider revealed: "It is very clear that Russia wants to sweep up the west of the country, taking Raqqa...
  • Ankara Furious As Russian Jets Violate Turkish Airspace

    10/05/2015 4:53:50 AM PDT · by Fennie · 24 replies
    UT ^ | October 5, 2015
    Turkey opposes Russia's military intervention in Syria. Turkey scrambles fighter jets to intercept Russian warplanes that Ankara says violated its airspace. The Russians were allegedly making their way to Syria to carry out bombings to support Syria's Assad regime. Turkey opposes Russia's intervention in wartorn Syria and officials have warned that any further violations may be responded to more harshly.
  • Syria’s Assad Stresses Importance of Alliance With Russia, Iran, Iraq

    10/05/2015 4:51:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/04/15 | Asa Fitch and Sam Dagher
    Syrian president says coalition ‘must succeed’ to secure regional stability Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that his coalition with Russia, Iran and Iraq must succeed in Syria’s war, suggesting the alternative would be a region in chaos. The alliance “must succeed, otherwise we are facing the destruction of the entire region and not just one or two states,” Mr. Assad said in the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network interview. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that his coalition with Russia, Iran and Iraq must succeed in Syria’s war, suggesting the alternative would be a region in chaos. The...
  • Turkey’s Islamists betrayed Uyghurs, damaged ties with China

    10/05/2015 4:19:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | April 13, 2015
    April 13, 2015, Monday TurkeyÂ’s Islamists betrayed Uyghurs, damaged ties with China Turkey's relations with China that were upgraded to a strategic partnership in 2010 were dealt a significant blow a year later when increasingly assertive political Islamists in the Turkish government started playing a game of proxies with the Uyghurs of Chinese nationality as part of their short-sighted vision of a regime change in their southern neighbor, Syria. This sudden turn of policy with respect to China's Xinjiang region, shaped at the highest level of the government with chief Islamist Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan setting the bar, has been a...
  • ISIS executes 12 Christians- 2 women raped in public, beheaded—for refusing to renounce Jesus

    10/05/2015 12:57:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 153 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 10-5-2015 | Shianee Mamanglu-Regala
    Islamic State militants have brutally murdered 12 Christians, including the 12-year-old son of a Syrian ministry team leader who had planted nine churches, for refusing to renounce Jesus Christ and embrace Islam instead, the Gospel Herald reported. The horrific executions took place last Aug. 28 in an unnamed village outside Aleppo, Syria, according to Christian Aid Mission, a humanitarian group that assists indigenous Christian workers in their native countries. "In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop...
  • Turkey says Russian warplane violated its airspace

    10/05/2015 12:19:02 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 10-5-2015 | Reuters
    A Russian warplane violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border Saturday, prompting the Air Force to scramble two F-16 jets to intercept it, the Foreign Ministry said Monday. The Foreign Ministry summoned Moscow's ambassador to protest the violation, according to an e-mailed statement. Turkey urged Russia to avoid repeating such a violation, or it would be held "responsible for any undesired incident that may occur." Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, as well as key NATO partners, the statement said. Russia launched air strikes last week against forces opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
  • Russian Air Force Strikes ISIS in Al-Raqqa and East Aleppo: Terrorists Suffer Heavy Casualties

    10/05/2015 12:00:08 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 109 replies
    AlMasdar ^ | 10-5-2015 | Leth Fadel
    Over the last 48 hours, the Russian Air Force has targeted the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) with relentless airstrikes above the provincial capital of the Al-Raqqa Governorate and the terrorist group’s stronghold inside the Deir Hafer Plains in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside. On Sunday morning, the Russian Air Force struck ISIS again with a flurry of airstrikes above the Tabaqa Military Airport and the Tabaqa National Hospital, destroying another weapons depot belonging to the terrorist located inside the storage facility that is situated to the north of the military barracks. Meanwhile, to the east of the...
  • Germany faces logistical nightmare as refugee inflows hit record

    10/04/2015 9:47:46 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 26 replies
    Yahoo (Reuters) ^ | 8/4/15 | Michelle Martin
    When Hesham fled Syria in early August with his pregnant wife and baby, he was sure all would be well once he got to Germany. Instead the hope has turned to despair after weeks of waiting to be registered at an overcrowded reception center in Berlin. The 26-year-old former chef is one of the hundreds of migrants who crowd around a small screen at the registration office every day, desperately waiting for their number to come up so they can go inside and get a certificate that is the first step in the asylum process. Some climb on top of...
  • Milbank: Trump will lose, or I will eat this column

    10/04/2015 9:42:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | October 4, 2015 | Dana Milbank, The Washington Post
    I never expected to write these words, but I miss Mitt Romney. Last Wednesday, the day the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination was in New Hampshire alleging that Syrian refugees fleeing for their lives may actually be clandestine terrorists, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee was in Washington, talking sense. "Donald Trump will not be the nominee," Romney told a group of business-school students at Georgetown University. And why won't Trump, who when he isn't besmirching Syrian refugees as terrorists is maligning Mexican immigrants as rapists, get the nod? Because, Romney said, "when all is said and done, the...
  • Obama rejects candidates' ideas for solving crisis in Syria

    10/04/2015 7:06:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 10/03/15 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is accusing White House hopefuls of concocting "half-baked" ideas for solving the crisis in Syria, appearing to even dismiss his former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's call for a no-fly zone before later clarifying his view of the Democratic front-runner. The idea of a no-fly zone — a region of Syria that the United States would protect from bombing to create a safe corridor for refugees — has emerged as a favorite option for Democratic and Republican candidates. It's a plan that allows them to stake out a more aggressive military posture than...
  • Trump: I support Putin 'bombing the hell' out of ISIS

    10/04/2015 5:54:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 167 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/4/15 | Al Weaver
    Donald Trump does not trust Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he is supportive of one thing Putin is doing on the world stage. During an interview with "Meet The Press" Sunday, Trump told moderator Chuck Todd that he supports Putin going out and "bombing the hell" out of the Islamic State in Syria, despite that they are doing so to support Syrian President Bashir al-Assad. "I like that Putin is bombing the hell out of ISIS, and it's going to be ISIS. I'll tell you why — Putin has to get rid of ISIS because Putin doesn't want ISIS coming...
  • Carson: Terrorists 'would be fools' not to try infiltrating refugees

    10/03/2015 6:31:39 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 6 replies ^ | Mark Hensch
    GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Friday that he opposes admitting Syrian refugees inside America’s borders. “To bring into this country groups infiltrated with jihadists makes no sense,” he told listeners in Des Moines, according to ABC News. “At some point you have to use common sense and judgment,” Carson said. "If you are part of the global jihadist movement, and you see large numbers of people from your area moving into the United States, wouldn’t you want to infiltrate them?” “They would be fools not to [try],” the retired neurosurgeon added of extremists. "Why would we do something...
  • Ben Carson calls on IRS to target Muslim advocacy group

    10/03/2015 10:34:46 AM PDT · by celmak · 35 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10/02/2015 | Aliyah Frumin
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is going after an influential U.S. Islamic group, arguing it violated the federal tax code after its executive director recently called on Carson to withdraw from the race following his controversial remarks about Muslims. The retired neurosurgeon started a petition on Thursday asking supporters to encourage the Internal Revenue Service to take away the Council on Islamic-American Relations’ tax exempt status.
  • Netanyahu Says Ties With Russia Good, Doesn't Join Criticism of Syria Attacks

    10/04/2015 9:02:16 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 39 replies ^ | October 04, 2015
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he unsure how Russia's recent military intervention in Syria will affect the situation there, but insisted that Jerusalem and Moscow were on good terms. "We don't want to go back to the days when, you know, Russia and Israel were in an adversarial position," said Netanyahu in an interview recorded for broadcast on Sunday on "CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS. "I think we've changed the relationship. And it's, on the whole, good." Russia bombed the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Saturday and vowed to press its aerial campaign despite criticism from Washington and...
  • Merkel says 'military efforts', talks needed on Syria

    10/04/2015 7:49:37 PM PDT · by Mariner · 35 replies
    AFP ^ | October 4th, 2015 | Unattributed
    BERLIN (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that "military efforts" were needed in Syria but they would not be enough to end four years of bloodshed in the war-scarred country. Merkel urged talks with all sides in the conflict, in an interview with public broadcaster Deutschlandradio. "On Syria, I have said we will need military efforts -- but military efforts will not bring about a solution," she said. "We need a political process, which has had difficulties getting under way." The German leader reiterated a call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be involved in any peace talks...