Syria (News/Activism)

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  • 'Barbaric': UN officials condemn Syria's Aleppo bombardment

    09/26/2016 10:58:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | September 26, 2016 | Euan McKirdy, Tim Hume and James Masters
    Top UN officials have separately described the Syrian regime's brutal offensive against areas of the besieged northern city of Aleppo as "barbaric." Following the collapse of a short-lived, US-and Russia-brokered ceasefire, Syrian forces pounded rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Sunday, killing at least 85 people and wounding more than 300 others, an activist group reported.
  • Russia accused of war crimes in Syria at UN security council session

    09/26/2016 8:05:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | September 26, 2016 | Julian Borger and Kareem Shaheen
    Russia has been directly and repeatedly accused of war crimes at the UN security council in an unusually blunt session, as hopes of any form of ceasefire were flattened by the scale and ferocity of the Syrian regime’s assault on eastern Aleppo. The war crimes accusations centred on the widespread use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on the 275,000 civilians living in the rebel-held east of the city, weapons that Moscow’s accusers say were dropped by Russian aircraft.
  • Aleppo has become a 'ghost city'

    09/26/2016 8:00:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | September 26, 2016 | James Masters and Mohammad Eyad Kourdi
    Everyone is waiting for a way out of Aleppo, says 28-year-old Monther Etaky, a graphic designer who lives there. "The city is now a ghost city," the father of a two-month-old boy tells CNN. "There are only ambulances and fire trucks around and over the past three days the shelling has been horrible. "Usually I get used to the barrel bombs and I could sleep normally -- but now I can't -- the new missiles are so loud and horrifying."
  • Russia And The West's Insane Syrian War

    09/26/2016 3:45:15 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 26, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Russia and the West are fighting to decide whether Syria will be run by Sunni Islamists backed by Saudi Arabia or Shiite Islamists backed by Iran. This insane civil war has burned up countless lives, not to mention plenty of dollars, rubles, euros and pounds. The only certain winners of this war, once the dust has settled, will chant “Allahu Akbar” and call for the death of the infidels. Sadly this is nothing new. Russia got the PLO started before Bill Clinton decided to become its sugar daddy. Smuggling weapons to the Mujahedeen to fight the Russians got us into...
  • Syria airstrikes kill 85 people in Aleppo amid diplomatic row

    09/25/2016 8:32:17 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 53 replies
    CNN Clinton News Network ^ | September 25, 2016 | Tim Hume, Joe Sterling and Chandrika Narayan
    Syrian forces pounded rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Sunday, killing at least 85 people and wounding more than 300 others, an activist group reported. The bombardment destroyed residential centers, overwhelmed hospitals and angered diplomats meeting at the United Nations. "Everyone in Aleppo is depressed," an activist on the ground told CNN. "They don't know what they have done to become targets for warplanes. Fear is clear in the eyes of anyone you see walking the streets of Aleppo. Yesterday I saw a woman walking on the street and crying , no clear reason, just crying."Hundreds of airstrikes have pummeled the city,...
  • British ambassador accuses Russia of war crimes

    09/25/2016 8:38:45 PM PDT · by keat · 10 replies
    Russia is partnering with the Syrian government to carry out war crimes, Britain's ambassador to the UN has said. Speaking at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Matthew Rycroft said the push by the US and Russia to stop the fighting is "nearing the end of its life". But UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged world powers to redouble their efforts to end Syria's "nightmare". He said: "What excuse is there for anything less than determined action to stop the mayhem? "How much longer will all those with influence allow such cruelty. "I urge all involved to work harder...
  • US Deploying Forces in 7 Bases in Northern Syria

    09/25/2016 7:39:03 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 94 replies
    FarsNews.com ^ | 24SEP2016 | Staff Writer
    TEHRAN (FNA)- The US has deployed its special forces in at least 7 bases in Northern Syria which are located in Qamishli, Ain Issa, Kobane, Hasaka and Tal Abyadh regions. The Pentagon admitted last week that it has stationed its forces in Northern Syria but didn’t reveal any details. Based on information obtained by FNA from media outlets and field sources, the 7 bases in which the US forces are deployed are: 1.The US forces are seeking to turn Rmeilan airfield in Syria's Northern province of Hasakah into their new operations room and build helipads in there. 2. Mabrouka village...
  • Replica of Syrian arch destroyed by Isis unveiled in New York City [Baal]

    09/25/2016 3:29:24 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 20 September 2016 | Raya Jalabi
    Model of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph, an 1,800-year-old Roman arch blown up by the extremist group last year, was made using 3D printing technology The arch historically served as the entrance to the 2,000 Temple of Baal, which was then converted to a Christian church and finally, a mosque. First put on display in Trafalgar Square in London last April, it will stay at City Hall park for one week, before moving to its next destination, Dubai. The 11-tonne arch was placed in the small park directly outside of New York’s city hall, in the heart of the financial district....
  • UN Chief: End the nightmare in Syria

    09/25/2016 2:40:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations urged world powers on Sunday to work harder to end Syria's civil war. The conflict has taken half a million lives and created an international refugee problem since it started in March of 2011. Addressing an emergency session of the Security Council, Ban asked, "What excuse is there for anything less than determined action to stop the mayhem? How much longer will all those with influence allow such cruelty to continue? I urge all involved to work harder...
  • As Syria cease-fire fails, Obama may leave successor 'problem from hell'

    09/25/2016 12:07:41 PM PDT · by Mariner · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 23rd, 2016 | By Jonathan Landay and Matt Spetalnick
    The United States was relegated to the sidelines of the Syrian war on Friday as an all-out assault by Syrian government and Russian forces on opposition-held Aleppo threatened to unleash a new refugee wave and drive U.S.-backed rebels into the ranks of al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, U.S. officials and experts said. Moscow’s direct participation in the offensive left fading hope for U.S.-Russian peace efforts, raising the likelihood that U.S. President Barack Obama’s successor will inherit a worsening conflict. Entering its sixth year, the Syrian civil war already has left some 250,000 people dead, uprooted more than 11 million and provided...
  • US: Russia's action in Syria is barbarism

    09/25/2016 11:31:06 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/9/16
    Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, told the UN Security Council on Sunday that Russia's action in Syria was barbarism, not counter-terrorism, according to Reuters. The ambassadors of Britain and France said war crimes have been committed there. .....
  • Russia: Peace in Syria almost impossible now

    09/25/2016 11:26:15 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/9/16
    ussia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, told the Security Council on Sunday that peace in Syria was "almost an impossible task now," according to Reuters. Russia and the United States, who back opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, have been trying to salvage a ceasefire deal that effectively collapsed ...
  • U.S. slams Russian 'barbarism' in Syria, Moscow says peace almost impossible

    09/25/2016 11:05:43 AM PDT · by Mariner · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 25th, 2016 | By Michelle Nichols and Yara Bayoumy
    The United States on Sunday called Russia's action in Syria "barbarism" not counter-terrorism while Moscow's U.N. envoy said ending the war "is almost an impossible task now" as Syrian government forces, backed by Moscow, bombed the city of Aleppo. The United Nations Security Council met on Sunday at the request of the United States, Britain and France to discuss the escalation of fighting in Aleppo following the announcement on Thursday of an offensive by the Syrian army to retake the city. "What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counter-terrorism, it is barbarism," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha...
  • Deadly airstrikes pound Aleppo as UN meets about Syria

    09/25/2016 10:46:09 AM PDT · by Mariner · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | September 25th, 2016 | Unattributed
    At least 23 civilians were killed in renewed government airstrikes on the contested city of Aleppo, Syrian activists said Sunday, as the United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting on the spiraling violence in Syria. At the start of that meeting the U.N.'s top envoy to Syria accused the government of unleashing "unprecedented military violence" against civilians in Aleppo. Staffan de Mistura said Syria's declaration of a military offensive to retake rebel-held eastern Aleppo has led to one of the worst weeks of the 5 1/2-year war with dozens of airstrikes against residential areas and buildings causing scores of...
  • The Four Stages of Islamic Conquest

    09/25/2016 1:25:09 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 25 replies
    STAGE 1: INFILTRATIONMuslims begin moving to non-Muslim countries in increasing numbers and the beginning of cultural conflicts are visible, though often subtle. - First migration wave to non-Muslim “host” country. - Appeal for humanitarian tolerance from the host society. - Attempts to portray Islam as a peaceful & Muslims as victims of misunderstanding and racism (even though Islam is not a ‘race’). - High Muslim birth rate in host country increase Muslim population. - Mosques used to spread Islam and dislike of host country & culture. - Calls to criminalize “Islamophobia” as a hate crime. - Threatened legal action for...
  • Syria’s Su-24 Bombers Have Become Its Most Proficient Hospital-Destroyers

    09/25/2016 1:52:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 24, 2016 | TOM COOPER
    While Russian Su-24M/M2/SVP-24s are usually armed with only four bombs, Assadist Su-24MK2s carry much heftier loads of eight to 10 FAB-250M-62s or FAB-250–270s or five FAB-500M-62s. Photo via Y. A. In 1988, Syria placed an order for 48 Sukhoi Su-24MK fighter-bombers and expressed interest in obtaining additional examples. While 24 of these were delivered in 1990 and 1991, Moscow suspended further arms deliveries because Damascus began refusing to pay some old debts. The Su-24 thus entered service with № 819 Squadron of the Syrian Arab Air Force based at Tiyas Air Base, or T-4, while the planned second unit was...
  • Death Toll, Iraq vs. Syria

    09/23/2016 7:40:17 PM PDT · by keat · 18 replies
    vanity | September 23, 2016 | self
    Between 2003 and 2009 the Iraq war resulted in 109,032 deaths, which included 66,081 civilian deaths. George W. Bush's war is widely considered to be a disaster. In comparison, Obama's Syrian war has produced 470,000 deaths to date with civilian deaths estimated at north of 100,000. It's also produced a global refugee crisis and multiplied terror attacks around the world most notably the U.S. I call it Obama's war because, (a) he started it with his petulant and ill-advised Arab Spring movement, and (b) he greatly prolonged it through inaction and indecisiveness, which has emboldened Russia. Just a little tidbit...
  • Russia Issues New “R.O.E.” in Syria: Any Aircraft Threatening the Syrian Army WILL BE SHOT DOWN

    09/23/2016 2:25:54 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 101 replies
    MyDailyInformer.com ^ | 21SEP2016 | Staff Writer
    After the United States and "Coalition" aircraft attacked Syrian Army positions "by mistake" – which killed 62 and injured over 100 Syrian Soldiers – Russia says the next mistake will be the pilot's last, as new Rules of Engagement are now in effect. Two days ago, on 17 September, US-led coalition jets bombed Syrian government forces’ positions near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, killing 62 troops and "paving the way" for Islamic State militants, the Syrian Army General Command told the state television. The bombing took place on al-Tharda Mountain in the region of Deir ez-Zor and caused casualties...
  • After IS, a painful return for residents of Iraq's Fallujah

    09/23/2016 9:07:09 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 23, 2016 | AP via Fox News
    FALLUJAH, Iraq – In the three days since the Iraqi city of Fallujah was reopened for residents following its recapture from the Islamic State group, just over 500 families have returned home, Maj. Gen. Saad al-Harbea, the head of west Baghdad operations, said. Hundreds more have massed around the checkpoints that block the city's entrance to await the multiple security approvals required to re-enter Fallujah, which lies 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of the Iraqi capital. But the vast majority of the 300,000 people that made up the city's prewar population remain scattered across the country.
  • 'Their generation will conquer Rome, Baghdad and Jerusalem': Chilling jihadi video [tr]

    09/23/2016 6:44:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 22, 2016 | Nick Enoch
    A chilling video has been released by jihadi propagandists which shows how 'Cubs of the Caliphate' - children looking as young as five - are being brainwashed into becoming the next wave of ISIS fighters. The narrator refers to them as 'the generation that will conquer Baghdad, Jerusalem, Mecca and Rome'. On a tour of a sharia institution, run by the Islamic State in the Al-Khayr province of Syria - according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, which posted and translated the video - young boys are asked about their dreams and aspirations.
  • The devastation of Syria will be Obama’s legacy

    09/23/2016 1:19:24 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 11 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | September 22, 2016 | Natalie Nougayrède
    "As his presidency comes to a close, the fact is that Obama has little to show the world on Syria. With an estimated half a million deaths, the Middle East in flames and European allies destabilised by the impact of refugee flows, he will pass on a festering crisis to his successor."
  • Dr. Sebastian Gorka: Political Correctness Starts at DOJ HQ, Not FBI

    09/22/2016 10:50:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 21 Sep 2016 | John Hayward
    Dr. Sebastian Gorka, author of the best-selling book Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War, joined human-rights attorney and former State Department official David Tafuri to discuss the Chelsea bombing. Gorka said that from his travel records, we now know that bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami visited Quetta, “the hotbed of Salafi jihadism,” and home base of the Afghan Taliban’s leadership, the Quetta Shura. ... The director of the FBI himself has said there are 900 cases they’re investigating that are linked to ISIS alone, in every state of the union. That’s a huge labor-intensive exercise,” he noted. “Secondly, we have seen that...
  • On the Syrian Refugee Issue

    09/22/2016 5:05:07 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 5 replies
    Advocates of admitting Syrian refugees to the U.S. often try to liken the situation to that of European Jews from the 1930s. This event saw the U.S. turn back a passenger ship, the MS St. Louis, filled with Jewish refugees. Subsequently, many of its passengers perished in Nazi Germany and numerous death camps. Not surprisingly, most who make this ignorant comparison cannot name the ship. The 1939 incident occurred in peace time, and its passengers sought refuge because they were subject to discriminatory laws solely based on their ethnic and/or religious background (being Jewish is widely accepted as both an...
  • Islamic State fired crude chemical weapons on US troops – Pentagon

    09/21/2016 11:04:46 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 21 2016 | Spencer Ackerman in New York
    Islamic State forces have fired crude chemical weapons at US troops in Iraq, the Pentagon has confirmed, a startling disclosure that US officials promptly downplayed as resulting in no deaths or injuries. The attack came from a powdered mustard agent delivered in a mortar or rocket shell and fired on US forces on Tuesday at the Qayyarah West air base near Mosul. The air base, recaptured from Isis in July, is a pivotal staging ground for a highly anticipated attack on Mosul, Isis’s capital in Iraq approximately 40 miles (65km) to the north. Related: The harrowing story of the woman...
  • Amal Clooney attacks Britain over refugee crisis ... should be taking more immigrants from Syria

    09/21/2016 8:04:51 PM PDT · by traumer · 25 replies
    Amal Clooney has called on the UK to take more refugees from Syria. The human rights lawyer urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to press the UN to tackle ISIS, just a day after announcing her intention to mount a legal case against the jihadist group on behalf of a Yazidi sex slave, Nadia Murad. The wife of Hollywood actor George Clooney also said she would be 'delighted' to work on a prosecution of Syrian president Bashar Assad over crimes against humanity and war crimes. Speaking to Channel 4 News alongside Nadia, Mrs Clooney said: 'I would hope that more...
  • This U.S. city has more Syrian refugees than New York and LA combined [ Boise, Idaho ]

    09/21/2016 7:12:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | September 16, 2016 | Rob Hotakainen
    Despite resistance by Idaho’s top political leaders, 118 Syrian refugees have moved to the Gem State since last Oct. 1, all of them settling in Boise, according to new data from the State Department. Compared with larger cities, Boise took in a disproportionate share, accepting more than twice as many refugees as New York, with 9, and Los Angeles, with 45, combined. ... Overall, the United States had admitted 11,469 Syrian refugees as of Sept. 9, ... no state took in more Syrian refugees than California, with 1,300. San Diego accepted more than half of them, or 690, while Sacramento...
  • Nancy Pelosi’s Congressional District Has Taken In Zero Syrian Refugees

    09/21/2016 7:10:16 AM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 21, 2016 | Peter Hasson
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been a vocal backer of President Obama’s (ultimately successful) plan to import a minimum of 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the fiscal year, at one point accusing Republicans of “slamming the door on mothers and children.” But with just days remaining in the 2016 Fiscal Year, Pelosi’s own district has yet to resettle a single Syrian refugee. Since Oct. 1, 2015, more than 12,000 Syrian refugees have been placed in the U.S., according to data from the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center. San Francisco, California, which includes Pelosi’s district (CA-12), has taken...
  • US, Russia abandon diplomatic niceties in testy Syria debate

    09/21/2016 1:20:42 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 8 replies
    AP Via Breitbart.com ^ | September 21, 2016 | AP via breitbart.com
    <p>The United States and Russia abandoned diplomatic niceties Wednesday in a fractious public debate over Syria, blaming each other for spoiling the country’s cease-fire and offering only temporary patches to stem the bloodshed. Secretary of State John Kerry called for all warplanes to halt flights over aid routes, while Russia’s chief diplomat spoke of a possible three-day pause in fighting.</p>
  • Why Is The U.S. Still In Syria?

    09/21/2016 11:22:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2016 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- Just days after the U.S. and Russia agreed to a cease-fire in Syria to suspend bombing of anything except Islamic State targets, American-led airstrikes bombed the army of the sovereign nation of Syria -- a nation at war with ISIS on its own soil -- killing 62 soldiers and injuring 100 more, according to Russian authorities. The Russian Defense Ministry said the Islamic State launched an attack as soon as the Syrian Army was bombed. "Immediately after the airstrike by coalition planes, Islamic State militants launched their offensive," Russian General Igor Konashenkov said. The Islamic State must have...
  • ‘This Is Not the Faculty Lounge’: Foreign Relations Head Rips Obama UN Speech

    09/21/2016 9:14:37 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Richard Haass is the quintessential member of the foreign policy establishment. Long-time President of the Council on Foreign Relations, Haass has served in Republican and Democrat administrations and advised candidates from both parties. In this election, he has been very critical of Donald Trump. So no taint of partisanship can be applied to the normally mild-mannered Haass’ scathing comments on today’s Morning Joe about President Obama’s UN speech of yesterday. After calling the speech a “major disappointment,” Haass unleashed the unkindest cut, saying of Obama’s detached attitude to the crises of the day “this is not the faculty lounge.” Ouch....
  • US Special Forces sabotage White House policy gone disastrously wrong with covert ops in Syria

    09/21/2016 5:39:13 AM PDT · by AC Beach Patrol · 38 replies
    SOFREP ^ | 09/14/2016 | Jack Murphy
    <p>“Nobody believes in it. You’re like, ‘Fuck this,’” a former Green Beret says of America’s covert and clandestine programs to train and arm Syrian militias. “Everyone on the ground knows they are jihadis. No one on the ground believes in this mission or this effort, and they know they are just training the next generation of jihadis, so they are sabotaging it by saying, ‘Fuck it, who cares?’”</p>
  • George Soros to invest $500 million in help for refugees

    09/20/2016 7:11:29 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 76 replies
    CNBC ^ | 09/20/2016 | Nyshka Chandran
    George Soros to invest $500 million in help for refugees http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/20/george-soros-to-invest-500-million-in-help-for-refugees-through-his-open-society-foundations.html George Soros to invest $500 million in help for refugees Nyshka Chandran | @nyshkac 9 Hours Ago CNBC.com Soros invests $500m for refugees Billionaire investor George Soros pledged on Tuesday to invest up to $500 million in programs and companies benefiting migrants and refugees fleeing life-threatening situations. Announced against the backdrop of an ongoing United Nations (U.N.) summit in New York, Soros explained that he wished to harness the power of the private sector for public good. "We will invest in startups, established companies, social impact initiatives, and businesses...
  • Andrea Mitchell Tees Up Dem to Totally Twist Trump Jr.’s ‘Skittles’

    09/20/2016 1:56:26 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 49 replies
    Andrea Mitchell has her unmentionables in major undulations over the fact that Donald Trump, Jr. posted a tweet analogizing terrorists hiding among bona fide refugees to a few poisonous Skittles in an otherwise okay bowl. And so on her MSNBC show today, Mitchell teed up Dem Rep. Adam Schiff to take a big swing at the Trump campaign. Schiff was only too happy to oblige, piously denouncing Trump, Jr., whom he described as a “rotten apple” falling not far from the tree. Schiff accused Trump, Jr. of saying “essentially, children who are fleeing the war and violence are like poison...
  • Get On ‘Same Planet’: Brzezinski Berates Republican For Raising Hillary’s Failed Russian Reset

    09/20/2016 6:16:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Republican congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has to be one of the best-informed, well-spoken, reasonable, fairly non-partisan Members of Congress. So when Royce appeared on today’s Morning Joe to discuss the latest atrocity in Syria, in which the Assad regime barrel-bombed an aid convoy, he was initially given respectful “Mr. Chairman” treatment, until . . . Royce had the audacity, responding to Andrea Mitchell question about Donald Trump’s “embrace of Vladimir Putin,” to refer to Hillary Clinton’s failed “Russian reset.” That set Mika Brzezinski off. After an “oh, wow” of incredulity, Mika demanded “can we...
  • Rudy Giuliani blows up Bill DeBlasio for bomb response

    09/19/2016 6:04:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Circa ^ | September 19, 2016 | Raffi Williams
    Rudy Giuliani attack current Mayor Bill de Blasio for the way he responded to the bomb attack in New York City over the weekend. Rudy Giuliani, who earned the title of America's mayor for his handling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, on Monday excoriated current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for looking like he was "kind of on Mars" during the early reaction to a weekend bomb attack. "He looked like he didn't know what he was doing," Giuliani told Circa in an interview when asked about de Blasio's initial response to an attack that wounded 29...
  • Video of Artillery base at Deir Ezzor

    09/19/2016 3:22:40 PM PDT · by chemical_boy · 3 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xwa1pxFV9hU
  • What Is the US Trying to Do in Syria?

    09/19/2016 12:09:20 PM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    The Clarion Projest ^ | September 18, 2016 | Elliot Friedland
    A video surfaced purportedly showing US commandoes beating a humiliating retreat from US backed rebels in Syria. Heckled by anti-American chants the video shows a convoy of pick-up trucks taking US commandoes away from the town of Al-Rai near the Turkish border which had just been captured by Turkish and American backed rebel militias reportedly fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army. “Christians and Americans have no place among us” one man screamed “They want to wage a crusader war to occupy Syria.” Another yelled “The collaborators of America are dogs and pigs. They wage a crusader war...
  • Gorka: This Is 'Guerrilla Warfare' & We've Seen It All Before

    09/19/2016 7:52:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/19/2016
    "I look at the last two years and I see the Islamic State fighting a two-front war," Gorka said on "Fox and Friends" this morning. "They're using violence in the region - in Iraq, in Syria, in Libya - to consolidate and expand the territory they hold ... and they are promoting attacks on the soil of the infidel." He described recent attacks in Paris, Brussels, Nice and Orlando as "guerrilla warfare." "That's exactly what we've seen in New York and in New Jersey this weekend," Gorka said, adding that a bloody knife attack at a Minnesota mall Saturday evening...
  • Syrian hurls kids out window 'because wife wants freedom' [Lohmar, Germany]

    09/19/2016 5:39:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 Sep 2016 14:05 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The trial begins in Bonn this week of a Syrian man who threw his three children from a first-floor window, allegedly because he disliked his wife’s desire to enjoy the same freedoms as German women. […] Prosecutors say the suspect has admitted to throwing his children out the window of the asylum accommodation, formerly a Chinese restaurant, in Lohmar. According to the indictment, the crime stemmed from the 36-year-old’s frustration with his wife, who “in Germany no longer wished to accept the roles they had at home, and did not want to put up with everything he wanted any more.”...
  • Reports: Russia gives Syria green light to shoot down Israeli planes

    09/18/2016 7:58:21 PM PDT · by Lera · 35 replies
    World Israel News ^ | September 15, 2016
    After Israel attacked the Assad regime's military positions in response to projectiles fired from Syria that exploded inside Israel, Russia called on Israel to show restraint and has allegedly given Syria permission to shoot down Israeli planes that cross into its territory. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on Israel to "show restraint" and to "avoid any provocations" in the Syrian Golan Heights. "There is the need to show restraint and not to allow any provocations in the Golan Heights," Lavrov said commenting on an airstrike carried out by the Israeli jets in Syria's Golan Heights on Tuesday, according...
  • Russian and Turkish Military Chiefs Meet in Ankara

    09/17/2016 10:39:22 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | 15 September 2016
    The chief of the Russian military's general staff visited Turkey Thursday for talks with his counterpart about the situation in Syria. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, and Turkish Gen. Hulusi Akar met at the Turkish General Staff headquarters in Ankara. The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Thursday night that the negotiations allowed the two military leaders "to bring the parties' assessments of the current situation in Syria and the measures necessary for upholding the cease-fire closer." Russia and the United States brokered a...
  • Impervious Hubris: How U.S. Intelligence Failures Led to ISIS

    09/16/2016 5:18:32 AM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Frontpage ^ | September 16, 2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    A decade after U.S. leadership declared a “war on terror,” all it has to show for it is the creation of the Islamic State—an Islamic body that has taken terror and atrocities to a whole new level. How did this happen? A key factor often overlooked is the intelligence community’s failures concerning what fuels the jihadis. Consider Michael Scheuer, author of the 2004 national bestseller Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror. Scheuer’s credentials as described in that book are impressive: “For the past seventeen years, my career has focused exclusively on terrorism, Islamic insurgencies, militant...
  • UN: It's up to us to solve refugee crisis

    09/15/2016 11:25:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/9/16
    This Monday, the first-ever UN summit on refugees and migrants is set to agree on an international response to the largest displacement crisis since World War II. Some 65 million people are on the move worldwide, fleeing wars such as the carnage in Syria, as well as repression and poverty. In total, 21 million refugees are competing for too few resettlement opportunities. At the summit, the UN's 193 member countries are expected to adopt a political declaration that human rights groups have already said falls far short of breaking new ground to ease the refugee crisis. The following day, Obama...
  • Photo bomb: Syrian rebel accidentally blows himself and his comrades up by taking a selfie (TR)

    09/15/2016 10:14:11 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 15, 2016 | Ollie Gilliman
    This video appears to show the moment a Syrian rebel blows himself and his fellow freedom fighters up by taking a selfie with a phone connected to a bomb. The footage, which has not been verified, shows members of the Free Syrian Army gathering around a camera. The eight men are seen sitting in front of a rebel flag as they sing into a microphone, with two rifles propped up in front of them. This video appears to show the moment a Syrian rebel (left, holding phone) blows himself and his fellow freedom fighters up by taking a selfie with...
  • Why Kerry's Syria Cease-Fire Is Already Failing

    09/15/2016 2:56:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 14, 2016 | Benny Avni
    Another of Secretary of State John Kerry’s “Hail Mary” diplomatic deal is well on its way to collapsing, this time in Syria. A seven-day cease-fire was supposed to start Monday across Syria, under an agreement signed last week by Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. Multiparty talks to end the war were to follow. But fire is yet to cease, though attacks have diminished in parts of the country. The lull in the half-decade-old civil war wasn’t enough, however, to launch the main task of the week. The United Nations was to start delivering humanitarian aid to civilians in...
  • UN says armed Syrian groups blocking Aleppo aid for 'political gain' (Al-Nusra)

    09/14/2016 7:40:48 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 14 September 2016 | Raf Sanchez
    UN says armed Syrian groups blocking Aleppo aid for 'political gain' By Raf Sanchez, Middle East correspondent 14 September 2016 • 4:22pm The UN has accused armed groups in Syria of blocking the delivery of aid to the besieged city of Aleppo for “political gain” - including rebel factions inside Aleppo itself who say they will reject aid that comes through regime territory. /snip A convoy of 20 UN trucks carrying enough aid for 40,000 people is languishing at the Turkish border as diplomats try to secure agreement from both rebels and regime forces to allow the vehicles through. /snip...
  • White House Wants To Resettle 110,000 Refugees In U.S. Next Year

    09/14/2016 10:14:16 AM PDT · by Theoria · 34 replies
    NPR ^ | 14 September 2016 | Merrit Kennedy
    The Obama administration wants the U.S. to increase the number of refugees it takes in next year to 110,000."Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers the administration wants to admit 110,000 international refugees in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1," As NPR's Scott Horsley tells our Newscast unit. "That's up from 85,000 refugees in the current year." Kerry made the remarks to members of Congress on Tuesday, a senior administration official told NPR.The administration had previously proposed resettling 100,000 refugees total in 2017, as NPR has reported. This increase, the administration says, "is based on the belief that all...
  • Can Putin’s Aircraft Carrier Stay Afloat on Its Syria Mission?

    09/14/2016 2:37:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | September 13, 2016 | Paul McLeary
    The last time Russia’s sole aircraft carrier sailed into the Mediterranean Sea, five years ago, the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet kept a close eye on its progress. The concern among American officers wasn’t the ship’s contingent of fighter planes; instead, it was the very real worry it would sink and necessitate a potentially risky rescue operation. The 26-year-old Admiral Kuznetsov made it through that 2011 deployment without sinking and is now headed back to the eastern Mediterranean this fall as part of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s effort to use Syria as a showcase for his new model military. But the...
  • Are refugees really going back to war zones 'on holiday'? [Germany]

    09/13/2016 9:20:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Sep 2016 17:14 GMT+02:00 | Emma Anderson | With DPA
    A major German newspaper reported this week that refugees are traveling back to their homelands “on vacation” and then coming back again to Germany. But experts tell The Local this isn’t really the case. A Die Welt report titled “Refugees go on holiday to where they were persecuted” has been raising eyebrows this week as people question how this could happen. The report was based on cases being reported by Berlin labor agencies that some recognized refugees, who are also registered as unemployed, traveled back to Syria, Afghanistan or Lebanon, and later returned to Germany. […] Legally, anyone who has...
  • ISIS 'celebrate Eid’ by hanging 'US spies' from meat hooks and butcher them 'like sheep' [tr]

    09/13/2016 8:21:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 13, 2016 | Julian Robinson
    ISIS has marked Eid by hanging prisoners upside down from meat hooks and 'butchering them like sheep' in a gruesome new execution video. In one sickening scene, men accused of being US spies are filmed having their throats cut in a slaughter house in Deir ez-Zor, north-eastern Syria. The video, named 'The Making of Illusion' was released on the first day of the Muslim holy time of Eid al-Adha and, bizarrely, features short clips showing actors Simon Pegg and Tom Cruise in the 2015 movie Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.