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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Turkey accused of sending arms to Syrian jihadis

    05/29/2015 4:00:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/29/15
    ISTANBUL: Images and video footage allegedly showing trucks belonging to Turkey's state intelligence service carrying weapons en route to jihadist rebels in Syria were published Friday in a Turkish daily. The Turkish government has vehemently denied earlier claims that it is arming rebels fighting in Syria and accused dozens of prosecutors, soldiers and security officers involved in the searching of trucks of attempting to bring it down by suggesting that it is doing so. Earlier this month, Turkey arrested four prosecutors who ordered searches in a similar incident in January 2014 and they are now in prison pending trial. More...
  • Champagne Flows While Syria Burns

    07/17/2012 3:57:37 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    Newsweek ^ | July 9, 2012 | Janine di Giovanni
    By the pool, glistening, oiled, and muscular bodies gyrated to a juiced-up version of Adele’s “Someone Like You.” Atop huge speakers, a Russian dancer swayed suggestively in front of the young, beautiful Syrian set drinking imported Lebanese beer with salt and lemon. Behind them, columns of smoke were rising—signs of car bombs and explosions, of an encroaching war. One woman in a tight swimsuit playfully squirted a water gun, joking that she belonged to the pro-government militia, the Shabiha, meaning ghosts or thugs, which is believed to be responsible for a recent massacre of more than 100 people, many of...
  • Syria’s Elites Find Time For Fun As Country Burns

    05/28/2015 8:14:40 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    Vocativ ^ | May 28, 2015
    From their Instagram feeds they appear to be just like other young people enjoying the summer time: backflipping into water, chilling at a pool bar, basking in a sundrenched meadow. But the photos belong to a group of Syrians who have maintained their privileged lives, despite the war ravaging their country. They’re Alawites, the country’s minority sect and its elite. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and many in his ruling government belong to the group, which comes from a strand of Shiite Islam. They dwell in Tartous and Latakia, perched on the Meditteranean on the Syrian coast, where there are few...
  • Islamic State destroys famous lion god statue in Palmyra

    05/28/2015 4:53:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/28/15 | Robert Spencer
    Still pursuing al-Lat after all these years. “The statue was dedicated to the pre-Islamic Arabian goddess Al-Lat, who was one of the three chief goddesses of Mecca along with Manat and al-Uzza.” The Qur’an says: “So have you considered al-Lat and al-Uzza? And Manat, the third, the other one? Is the male for you and for Him the female? That, then, is an unjust division.” (53:19-22) This passage is ridiculing the idea that these three goddesses are the daughters of Allah, for that would mean that the deity only had daughters while human being have sons, who were assumed to...
  • ISIS Brags of Raping Girls, Releasing Pregnant Sex Slaves to 'Jihadi Husbands' After...

    05/28/2015 3:08:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 5/26/15 | Ray Nothstine
    The Islamic State terror group recently released a propaganda article justifying the raping of girls, while boasting that they released some Yazidi women to their "ISIS husbands" after they converted to Islam.In an ISIS propaganda article titled, "Slave-Girls or Prostitutes?, a woman who goes by the name Umm Sumayyah Al-Muhajirah was quoted as saying, "I swear by Allah, O you who feign to be knowledgeable and shout with falsehoods in every gathering, surely the slave markets will be established against the will of the politically correct. "Some slave girls in our State are now pregnant," she added, "and some of...
  • Muslims Rape Woman And Force Her To Recite The Koran As They Rape Her, They Then Pour Boiling...

    05/28/2015 3:03:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 5/28/15 | Theodore Shoebat
    Muslims raped a young woman named Suzan in Iraq, and forced her to recite the Koran as they were raping her. They also poured boiling hot water on her body. According to one report:[S]he was bought by a man from Chechnya who purchased her and two other girls in a matter of 10 minutes. Suzan gave horrific accounts of daily rapes by the man’s bodyguards. “They forced me to say things from the Quran during the time they did their actions, and if I didn’t they whipped me.”On an occasion Suzan resisted, they burned her thigh with boiling water. “They...
  • The Longest Hatred

    05/28/2015 12:42:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Cliff May
    Robert S. Wistrich, who died suddenly last week, was considered the foremost scholar of anti-Semitism, which he called “the longest hatred,” one that appears to be metastasizing in the current era. Writing about Nazi anti-Semitism ruffles no feathers within academia and other elite circles. Mr. Wistrich, however, had been warning that “anti-Semitism has undergone a process of growing ‘Islamicization,’ linked to the terrorist holy war against Jews and other non-Muslims with its truly lethal consequences.” This “new” anti-Semitism,” he added, targetsIsrael, the only state with a Jewish majority: “the collective Jew.” “New” is a relative term: It was 40 years...
  • Emails show Clinton's interest in arming Libyan rebels despite prohibitions

    05/28/2015 1:05:09 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 30 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2015 May 28 | Catherine Herridge, Pamela Browne
    Recently released emails detail then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's interest in arming Libyan opposition groups using private security contractors before the fall of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011 – though at the time, the opposition was not formally recognized by the U.S. or United Nations, which prohibited arming without following strict guidelines and oversight. The issue remains so sensitive that the emails recently released by the State Department redacted a key line on the matter. But the unredacted version of the same email, released to the congressional Benghazi Select Committee and first posted by The New York Times last Thursday, showed...
  • Ted Cruz, charlatan

    05/27/2015 7:15:24 PM PDT · by VinL · 75 replies
    WashPo ^ | 5/27/2015 | Milbank
    As he prepared for his presidential run over the last year or so, a hawkish Sen. Ted Cruz has said U.S. policy in the Middle East and elsewhere is a mess because of President Obama’s weakness — particularly his failure to enforce his own “red line” after the Syrian regime used chemical weapons. “A critical reason for Putin’s aggression has been President Obama’s weakness,” the senator said in a typical appearance, on ABC News last year. “You’d better believe that Putin sees that in Syria,” Cruz added. “Obama draws a red line and ignores the red line.” This takes quite...
  • Amnesty International Denounces Hamas War Crimes

    05/28/2015 5:02:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 28, 2015 | Ari Lieberman
    Amnesty International Denounces Hamas War CrimesPosted By Ari Lieberman On May 28, 2015 @ 12:07 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments [1]The so-called human rights group Amnesty International, which frequently and unjustly criticizes Israel for defending itself against todayÂ’s modern-day Nazis, has issued another scathing report about this past summerÂ’s war in Gaza involving the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas. However, in a surprising and refreshing turn of events, Amnesty International actually performed a genuine investigation and issued a biting indictment [2] of the Hamas terrorist group.The report, one of four issued by Amnesty International concerning the war, confirms...
  • Declassified Document Proves US Created ISIS

    05/28/2015 5:07:07 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 59 replies
    The Daily Sheeple ^ | 5/25/2015 | Joshua Krouse
    Ever since ISIS began its bloody rampage across the Middle East, many of us have been suspicious of their origins. The West seemed perfectly willing to support the rebellion against Russian backed Assad, but as soon as those supposedly “moderate” rebels formed ISIS, they turned against them (according to the media at least). But according to a recently declassified document, the US government knew more than they were letting on (gasp) in regards to the formation of ISIS. The seven page document, which was dated August 12th 2012, was attained by Judicial Watch through a federal lawsuit. It reveals that...
  • Taliban fears over young recruits attracted to Isis in Afghanistan

    05/27/2015 8:13:32 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 7, 2015 | Emma Graham-Harrison
    Foreign fighters who claim allegiance to Islamic State are gathering dozens of recruits in eastern Afghanistan, luring would-be jihadis with generous resources and the group’s powerful brand, according to a Taliban fighter who has met several of their commanders. The rapid and dramatic victories clocked up by Isis in Iraq, Syria and Libya have attracted some young men with specific grievances against government or foreign forces, who simply want the strongest possible allies. Others seem drawn by the novelty of an upstart force, the Taliban veteran said, or by the apparently deep pockets of a group that boasts laptops, benevolent...
  • Hamas Executed Palestinians During Israel War: Amnesty

    05/27/2015 8:27:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Islamist group Hamas used its 2014 Gaza war with Israel to "settle scores" with rival Palestinians, executing at least 23 in possible war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday. A report by the London-based rights group detailed the "brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of 'collaborating' with Israel" by Hamas, de facto ruler of the Gaza Strip enclave. The report details the "extrajudicial execution of at least 23 Palestinians and the arrest and torture of dozens of others".
  • Syria conflict: IS 'driven from Assyrian villages'

    05/27/2015 5:55:26 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 27, 2015
    Islamic State fighters have been driven out of Assyrian Christian villages in Syria that they seized in February, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Kurdish fighters had retaken the villages along the Khabur river in north-eastern Syria. But some reports say Syrian government forces drove the IS fighters out.
  • ISIS fanatics summon crowd to ancient Roman amphitheatre of Palmyra to execute 20 men

    05/27/2015 5:43:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 27 May 2015 | FLORA DRURY
    ISIS fanatics 'called people to watch' as they executed 20 local men in a Roman ampitheatre in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, a watchdog has claimed. The men were shot dead in the restored ruin, which had been used for an annual festival in the city, in front of the crowd on Wednesday. The murdered locals were accused of being government supporters, according to a report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
  • Assad Strikes Back

    05/27/2015 5:16:21 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    FP ^ | May 27, 2015 | Phillip Smyth
    Both rebel forces and the Islamic State are on the march in Syria. Islamist opposition groups have advanced in the south near Daraa and in the north in Idlib; the Islamic State, meanwhile, last week conquered the central city of Palmyra. President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is clearly under strain, but rumors of its impending demise are greatly overstated. While Assad and his Iranian allies are increasingly struggling to field enough forces to protect strategically important areas, they have nonetheless moved aggressively to prevent regime collapse. Using cash and coercion, Assad has launched new efforts to bolster troop levels and engender...
  • Islamic jihadists kidnap priest at his Syrian monastery

    05/27/2015 4:20:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/27/15 | Robert Spencer
    “The priest was kidnapped by three masked people in the early afternoon at his Mar Elian Monastery in the town of Qaryatayn, while he was preparing to welcome an expected influx of refugees from Palmyra.” Father Jacques Mourad had “succeeded the Italian Jesuit Priest Paolo Dall`Oglio as the head of the Mar Moussa Monastery, which is linked to Mar Elian, after Dall`Oglio was kidnapped in 2013 from the northern Aleppo province.” Mourad “worked to foster inter-religious dialogue…”His kidnapping vividly illustrates what a hollow and self-defeating exercise that “dialogue” is, and how mistaken the Church is to place so much hope...
  • Dem Senators: Importing 65,000 Syrians is a “National Security Imperative” [Muslims]

    05/27/2015 3:46:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 5/26/15 | Daniel Greenfield
    Democrats have a very different understanding of national security than Americans.Americans think we should improve national security by keeping ISIS in. Democrats think importing the Syrian Civil War here is a national security imperative.They warn us that, “We cannot expect countries hosting Syrian refugees to continue shouldering such a disproportionate burden if the United States and other industrialized countries do not begin resettling many more Syrian refugees.”It’s as if Jordan and Lebanon are doing us some kind of favor by ‘hosting’ their own fellow Arab Muslims.Besides we didn’t take in Jews during WW2. Now we have to make up for...
  • [Polish] PM Kopacz: Poland to take on 60 Syrian families [Christians]

    05/27/2015 3:44:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Radio Poland ^ | 5/26/15
    Representatives of the Interior Ministry, the Foreign Ministry and the Office for Foreigners met on Tuesday morning to discuss the prospect of giving asylum to about 1,500 Syrian Christians.“Today Christians are persecuted in a barbaric way in Syria, they deserve that a Christian country such as Poland, fairly quickly responded with an offer for help,” Kopacz said.She added that this decision was unanimous at the meeting, which was attended by Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna and Interior Minister Teresa Piotrowska.“We'll start with taking on 60 families. It must be a very precise schedule of activities. We will count on the cooperation...
  • FIORINA: ‘TITLES ARE JUST TITLES,’ HILLARY’S ‘TRACK RECORD’ IS ME COLLAPSE AND THE RUSSIAN RESET

    05/27/2015 12:23:31 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 37 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina argued that “titles are just titles” and Hillary Clinton’s “track record” includes the collapse of the Middle East and the failed Russian reset on Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC. Fiorina said, “I come from a world where titles are just titles, and talk is just talk. It’s only in politics where titles and words mean a lot. In the rest of the world, it’s actually about what have you done, actions speak louder than words. People want to know are your words and your actions consistent and are they consistent over time. And so,...
  • Barack Obama: A Man For The Ages!

    03/12/2015 5:15:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Ann Coulter
    Everyone says President Obama is a feckless commander, weak in statecraft, especially compared to the great leaders of the Western world, such as Reagan and Churchill. I believe this does Obama a great injustice. It's so easy to react the way a great leader would. Sure, Obama could have left a small contingent of American troops in Iraq, preserved America's victory, and prevented the entire region from collapsing into chaos and terror. He could have refrained from issuing empty "red line" threats to Syria. He could call ISIS "Islamic." But anybody could do that -- even ISIS calls itself "Islamic."...
  • With ISIS in Cross Hairs, U.S. Holds Back to Protect Civilians

    05/26/2015 5:42:55 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 26, 2015 | Eric Schmitt
    WASHINGTON — American intelligence analysts have identified seven buildings in downtown Raqqa in eastern Syria as the main headquarters of the Islamic State. But the buildings have gone untouched during the 10-month allied air campaign. And just last week, convoys of heavily armed Islamic State fighters paraded triumphantly through the streets of the provincial capital Ramadi in western Iraq after forcing Iraqi troops to flee. They rolled on unscathed by coalition fighter-bombers. American and allied warplanes are equipped with the most precise aerial arsenal ever fielded. But American officials say they are not striking significant — and obvious — Islamic...
  • Hezbollah vows to step up involvement in Syria's civil war

    05/26/2015 3:09:22 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    AP ^ | May 25, 2015
    BEIRUT – The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Sunday that the region is facing "unprecedented danger" from extremist groups and vowed his fighters will expand their involvement in Syria's civil war in support of government forces.
  • Every Day is "Opposite Day" with President Barack Obama

    05/26/2015 11:58:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | May 26, 2015 | Mark Langfan
    Obama has done exactly the opposite of what should be done in the Middle East for his entire term. Israel had better ignore his advice. Following Obama's speeches is like watching Sesame Street’s “Opposite Day”, the Sesame Street episode where everything is “opposite.” ‘Up’ is ‘down,’ ‘left’ is ‘right,’ and so on and so forth. It's like Berra saying "It's deja vu all over again." With Obama, for the past seven years, every day is “Opposite Day.” Everything he says sounds upside-down and backwards, and is proven, in the short-term, to be just that. Instead of being chastened by reality,...
  • 'Red Alert' Siren Sounds in Southern Israel

    05/26/2015 11:21:59 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 55 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5-26-2015 | Arutz
    A "Red Alert" siren has sounded in southern Israel, near the cities of Lachish, Ashdod, and Bnei Darom. We will update with more information once it becomes available
  • Skyping With the Enemy: I Went Undercover as a Jihadi Girlfriend

    05/26/2015 2:52:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/26 | Anna Erelle
    When a French journalist posed online as a young woman interested in Isis, she was soon contacted by a fighter in Syria. He proposed marriage – but could she maintain a double life?It was 10 o’clock on a Friday night in spring 2014 and I was sitting on the sofa in my one-bed Paris apartment when I received a message from a French terrorist based in Syria: “Salaam alaikum, sister. I see you watched my video. It’s gone viral – crazy! Are you Muslim? What do you think about mujahideen?” A journalist, I had been writing about European jihadists in...
  • Bulletin warns US analysts overwhelmed by pro-ISIS social media,

    U.S. investigators are becoming overwhelmed trying to keep up with the social media barrage by U.S.-based supporters of the Islamic State -- with the latest information suggesting "US military bases, locations, and events could be targeted in the near-term." The warning comes in a new, six-page bulletin obtained exclusively by Fox News. It warns law enforcement and specifically military personnel to be vigilant during upcoming national holidays and military events due to the "heightened threat of attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)." Sent one day before the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the joint bulletin --...
  • Why Israel’s retreat from Lebanon marked the birth of today’s Middle East

    05/26/2015 10:33:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 25, 2015 | Mitch Ginsburg
    The May 2000 withdrawal seemed to be part of a larger land-for-peace trend; instead it raised the curtain on the wars of the 21st century Standing before the microphone, looking like he was delivering a eulogy, Shaul Mofaz, the commander of the Israeli army on May 24, 2000, told the citizens of Israel that after 15 years in the Security Zone in South Lebanon, the IDF had withdrawn. He called the move “historic.” He said the “boys had been brought back home.” There was no mention of victory. After the invasion of Lebanon in June 1982, Israel had departed in...
  • Sydney mother who abandoned her two children to join the death cult in Syria

    05/26/2015 1:25:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Daily (AU) Telegraph ^ | 5/26/15 | BEN MCCLELLAN
    THE mother of a Sydney women who chose life under the brutal dictatorship of Islamic State over her children says she has been brainwashed. Jasmina Milovanov, 26, abandoned her two children, aged five and seven, with a babysitter earlier this month before telling friends she was in “Sham” — Arabic slang for Syria. The Muslim convert or “revert” told the babysitter she was going to pick up a new car when she left her Western Sydney home and never returned. She sent a text message to her Turkish-Australian ex-husband on May 3, while he was in Turkey, telling him she...
  • Two Words Can Show You Whose Side Obama Is On

    05/26/2015 1:21:32 PM PDT · by scouter · 18 replies
    Short Vanity | 5/26/15 | Scouter
    Do you remember back in the 2008 election when Barack Obama derisively said: "... and you go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, like a lot of small towns in the midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they’ve gone through the Clinton admininistration and the Bush administration and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are going to regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter and they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them...
  • The Center Is Not Holding (From ISIS at Ramadi to riots at home, nothing is going right)

    05/26/2015 3:09:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/26/15 | Victor Davis Hanson
    “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” – W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming” Things are starting to collapse, abroad and at home. We all sense it, even as we bicker over who caused it and why. ISIS took Ramadi last week. That city once was a Bastogne to the brave Americans who surged to save it in 2007 and 2008. ISIS, once known at the White House as the “Jayvees,” were certainly “on the run” — right into the middle of that strategically important city. On a smaller scale, ISIS is...
  • Obama’s Iraq War

    05/26/2015 3:02:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    We all know Bush’s Iraq War, but we don’t know much about Obama’s Iraq War. Republicans fight wars. Democrats engage in police actions, impose No-Fly Zones and provide security for humanitarian missions. They don’t do anything as vulgar as fight wars. That would be warmongering.
  • For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart

    05/26/2015 10:40:55 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    AP ^ | 5/26/2015 | SARAH EL DEEB
    BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa's restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream. It was all made possible by the marriage bonus he received from the Islamic State group: $1,500 for him and his wife to get started on a new home, a...
  • With ISIS in Cross Hairs, U.S. Holds Back to Protect Civilians

    05/26/2015 6:20:06 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | MAY 26, 2015 | ERIC SCHMITT
    American intelligence analysts have identified seven buildings in downtown Raqqa in eastern Syria as the main headquarters of the Islamic State. But the buildings have gone untouched during the 10-month allied air campaign. And just last week, convoys of heavily armed Islamic State fighters paraded triumphantly through the streets of the provincial capital Ramadi in western Iraq after forcing Iraqi troops to flee. They rolled on unscathed by coalition fighter-bombers. American and allied warplanes are equipped with the most precise aerial arsenal ever fielded. But American officials say they are not striking significant — and obvious — Islamic State targets...
  • Horror: ISIS' Surreally Repugnant Treatment of Women

    05/26/2015 7:47:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Here we have an actual -- non-political -- war on women, via the Washington Post: Amid all the Islamic State's atrocities — its massacres of civilians, its beheading of hostages, its pillaging of antiquities — the systematic violence the jihadists have carried out against countless enslaved women and girls never fails to shock. For months now, we've heard appalling testimony from women who escaped the Islamic State's clutches, many of whom endured rape and other hideous acts of violence. Zainab Bangura, the U.N.'s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, recently conducted a tour of refugee camps in the shadow of the...
  • How Islamic State’s Win in Ramadi Reveals New Weapons, Tactical Sophistication and Prowess

    05/26/2015 7:20:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Margaret Coker
    In late April, a commander for Islamic State said his forces were ready to launch an offensive to take Ramadi, and the group called for fighters to redeploy to Iraq from Syria.
  • ISIS militants ‘advance towards Damascus’

    05/26/2015 3:29:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 5/26/15
    Syrian regime strikes against ISIS in and around the ancient city of Palmyra have failed to halt their advance towards Damascus, a monitor said on Sunday.The intense strikes came after the fall of Palmyra, named Tadmor in Arabic, to the militants last week. But so far, the strikes had failed to halt the militants, who advanced towards the capital Damascus and overran major phosphate mines about 70 kilometers south of Palmyra.“ISIS has made further progress on the Tadmor-Damascus highway and grabbed the Khnaifess phosphate mines and nearby houses,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network...
  • Iraqi forces regain ground from Islamic State near Ramadi

    05/25/2015 5:53:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra. The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra, on opposite ends of the vast territory controlled by ISIS fighters, were the militant group's biggest successes since a US-led coalition launched an air war to stop them last year. The near simultaneous victories against the Iraqi and Syrian armies have forced Washington to examine its strategy, which involves bombing from the air but leaving fighting on the...
  • Syria Open to Cooperating with U.S. on Iraq -Powell

    09/22/2004 1:09:01 PM PDT · by yonif · 14 replies · 402+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sep 22, 2004 | Arshad Mohammed
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria has shown a new readiness to work with U.S.-led forces to stop arms, militants and money from crossing into Iraq and fueling insurgency, Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Wednesday. "I sensed a new attitude from the Syrians," Powell told reporters after talks with the foreign minister of Syria, a nation Washington routinely accuses of supporting terrorism, seeking weapons of mass destruction and dominating Lebanon. "But of course it all depends on actions, not just on attitudes, so we will be working closely with them," Powell added, emerging relatively upbeat from a meeting with...
  • Former UK Army Chief Calls for Ground Invasion Against ISIS

    05/25/2015 3:40:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/5/15 | Tova Dvorin
    Former UK Chief of Staff Lord Dannatt has called for a ground invasion against Islamic State (ISIS) on Monday, claiming that the cultural and security impact of the group calls for an international armed effort to expand beyond the current airstrike campaign. "The capture and likely destruction of the 2,000-year-old Roman colonnades at Palmyra, Syria, by Islamic State constitutes a potential cultural crime on a gigantic scale," Dannatt wrote in the Daily Mail. "These majestic ruins represent thousands of years of human civilisation and there is now surely no doubting just how great a threat IS [ISIS - ed.] poses...
  • Syria after Lebanon: Hooked on Lebanon

    10/03/2005 11:31:22 PM PDT · by Hunden · 1 replies · 390+ views
    Middle East Quarterly ^ | Fall 2005 | Gary C. Gambill
    Although Syrian troops have withdrawn from Lebanon, their departure is little more than a symbolic acknowledgment of Lebanese sovereignty, extracted under enormous pressure from the international community. They had not been directly involved in policing the country for nearly a decade, and their number had already dwindled in recent years from a peak of over 40,000 down to 14,000. The backbone of Syria's power in Lebanon — its intelligence apparatus — has merely gone underground. The assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in February and the murders of prominent dissidents Samir Kassir and George Hawi in June suggest that Syria remains as capable as ever...
  • Belarus Turns to Pro-Western Nations in the Middle East

    05/24/2015 9:48:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Belarus Digest ^ | May 5 2015 | Siarhei Bohdan
    Belarus's recent leaning towards pro-Western nations in the Middle East follows fast on the heels of rapprochement with the West. On 6-7 May, Joint Belarus-Saudi Committee on Cooperation will meet in Riyadh. On 15 April, Belarus opened an embassy in Qatar. Establishing closer links with the very centres of conservative Arab bloc allied with the West is a milestone in Belarusian foreign policy. In the past, Minsk enjoyed amicable relations primarily with the so-called radical republican regimes in the Middle East. Saddam's Iraq, Qadhafi's Libya, Assad's Syria, as well as Ahmadinejad's Iran figured among Belarus's main partners. The shift towards...
  • Obama Almost Allied with ISIS Against Assad in Syria

    08/25/2014 4:17:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I happen to have here in today's audio sound bite roster an example of something I just mentioned about how the left disqualifies people from commenting on something. "You didn't go to Vietnam! You can't talk about the defense budget! You've got no right." I can't tell you how many times I heard that back in my Sacramento days in the late eighties and even on this show in the early nineties. I thought I'd have a little fun with it one day that didn't turn out to be so much fun with my dad, but nevertheless....
  • Syria Regime 'Ready to Accept De-Facto Partition'

    05/24/2015 7:54:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 69 replies
    Israel National News ^ | Sunday, May 24, 2015 | Sammy Ketz (AFP), contributions by Arutz Sheva Staff
    Weakened by years of war, Syria's government appears ready for the country's de facto partition, defending strategically important areas and leaving much of the country to rebels and jihadists, experts and diplomats say. The strategy was in evidence last week with the army's retreat from the ancient central city of Palmyra after an advance by the Islamic State group (ISIS or IS)... Syria's regime labels all those fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad "terrorists," and has pointed to the emergence of ISIS and Al-Nusra as evidence that opponents of the regime are extremists. Since the uprising against Assad began in...
  • Syrian General Killed in Damascus Bomb Attack

    05/24/2015 7:45:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Sunday, May 24, 2015 | Staff
    A Syrian brigadier-general was killed in a blast that targeted his car in downtown Damascus on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. The Britain-based group said "a brigadier general and approximately six people with him were killed in an explosion in the Adawi neighborhood in the center of the capital." The powerful Ahrar al-Sham rebel group posted a video online claiming to show the attack on Brigadier-General Bassem Ali Muhanna's car with an improvised explosive device, in the early hours of Sunday. A security source said Muhanna was a member of the Republican Guards, an elite unit...
  • Opinion: Morons and Traitors [Nasrallah of Hezbollah losing his grip]

    05/24/2015 7:40:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    AAWSAT ^ | Sunday, May 24, 2015 | Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah recently slammed those criticizing him, saying: "Anyone who says anything contrary to what is said here is a moron, is blind, and a traitor. The Shi'ites of the American embassy are traitors, agents, and morons. No one can alter our convictions. We won't be silent anymore and we will no longer humor anyone." However, this time Nasrallah's angry and threatening statements were not directed against his usual rivals. They are directed against Shi'ites in Lebanon. These statements reveal the extent of such disputes and expose the increasing criticisms against him, after a prolonged Syrian war and...
  • Syria's Mercenaries: How Iran Uses Jailed Afghan Refugees To Fight Assad's war

    05/24/2015 7:16:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Rawa ^ | May 19, 2015 | Christoph Reuter for Spiegel Online (May 11, 2015)
    Many of his foreign fighters come from Afghanistan -- men like Murad, who is now being held in Aleppo as a prisoner-of-war... All he had wanted was an Iranian residence permit, he says... he found himself fighting as a mercenary in the Syrian civil war on the side of the Bashar Assad regime... When a violent explosion caused the house he was in to collapse, he found himself thinking about his daughters, he says. "I screamed and thought I was suffocating. And then, everything around me was quiet." Men arrived and pulled Murad, who was still screaming, out of the...
  • WHERE DO PEOPLE LIKE ME GO NOW?

    05/24/2015 1:32:23 PM PDT · by unlearner · 22 replies
    WND ^ | 5/24/2015 | Joseph Farah
    Those attempting to conquer Syria and turn it into a jihadist, Shariah-compliant hellhole are all Sunni. So, first I have to ask myself why 93 percent of the “refugees” Democratic politicians in America are recruiting to the U.S. are Sunnis. It would be like recruiting Nazi “refugees” from Germany during World War II instead of Jews. The numbers of these so-called “refugees” from Syria are disproportionately Sunnis, even when considering the heavy percentage of the Sunni population there. What’s behind this madness? If we want to be a land of compassion to real refugees, I’m all for it. But that’s...
  • Op-Ed: "Complicit": FDR's Refusal to Save the Jews on the MS St. Louis

    04/20/2015 8:05:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 189 replies
    INN ^ | Sunday, April 19, 2015 7:04 PM | Prof. Phyllis Chesler
    The more we learn about the Holocaust, even as it recedes into the “mists of time,” the more my blood boils, the closer I come to tears. Last night, I traveled far out into Syrian-Jewish Brooklyn, where there are not only Syrian shuls but Egyptian, Lebanese, and Iraqi shuls as well—sometimes two or three on a single block. […] Retired lawyer and filmmaker Robert Krakow was screening his film Complicit, which is about America’s and FDR’s refusal, in 1939, to allow the Jewish passengers on the German ship, the MS St. Louis, to enter the country. More than 900 Jews...
  • Obama: No, Iran Won’t Be More Dangerous with $150 Billion Dollars

    05/23/2015 5:33:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/23/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    [1]The Goldberg interview with Obama reads like a conversation with an idiot. Actually make that two idiots, both of whom are also compulsive liars.One of the highlights of their insane exchange is when Obama tries to insist that Iran won’t be more dangerous if it gets another $150 billion. Obama: The question is, if Iran has $150 billion parked outside the country, does the IRGC automatically get $150 billion? Does that $150 billion then translate by orders of magnitude into their capacity to project power throughout the region? So Obama brings out the math, and by math, I mean...