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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Russia and Turkey Military Drills Come Amid Fresh Syrian War and NATO Tensions [Ezekiel 38-39]

    04/24/2017 7:37:33 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 4/5/2017 | Tom O'Connor
    Russia and Turkey held joint naval drills in the Black Sea region Wednesday as the nations found themselves aligned with opposing sides in conflicts in Europe and the Middle East. Russia's Black Sea Fleet joined the Turkish navy in the strategic body of water, which has been a source of heightened tensions due to parallel military exercises by Russia and members of NATO, of which Turkey was a part. Russia deployed its Kalibr cruise missile-equipped Admiral Grigorovich frigate, Udaloy-class Vice Admiral Zakharin destroyer and Raptor patrol boat to participate in the operations while Turkey sent its Barbados frigate and the...
  • America Should Be Ready, Venezuela Might Become the Next Syria

    04/24/2017 6:38:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies ^ | April 24, 2017 | David Grantham
    Said former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Nazi buildup in Europe: “When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand we apply too late the remedies which then might have effected a cure.” The unwillingness to act when such action would have been simple and effective constitutes the “endless repetition of history,” he concluded. Today, observers would rightly associate this statement with Syria. But Churchill did not make this proclamation so future generations would seek out examples that affirmed his logic. He made the statement so future generations would break that...
  • Internal clashes hit ISIS ranks in Syria’s Tabqa: SDF

    04/23/2017 5:18:05 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    ARA News ^ | April 23, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Internal clashes broke out on Saturday between militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the town of Tabqa in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa province, military sources reported.This comes amidst continued advance by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against ISIS in Tabqa. The SDF has imposed a heavy siege on ISIS-held neighbourhoods inside the town. A source in the Syrian Democratic Forces confirmed that internal fighting erupted among ISIS fighters in Tabqa, after some of them wanted to surrender due to the SDF siege on the town.“As a result of the fighting and the siege on the ISIS terrorists inside the...
  • Syria war: US ground troops kill 'leading IS member'

    04/21/2017 2:30:28 PM PDT · by csvset · 15 replies
    Bbc ^ | 21 april 2017 | Staff
    US troops have targeted and killed a leading member of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in a commando raid in Syria, military officials say. The attack took place near the town of Mayadin in eastern Syria. Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, who was believed to be from Uzbekistan, is said by the Americans to be a close associate of the IS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The US says he played a key role in an attack on a night club in Istanbul on New Year's Eve which killed 39 people. Turkish police arrested Abdulkadir Masharipov, the main suspect in the attack, on...
  • The Moslem Conquest (of India)

    02/14/2004 6:33:32 PM PST · by ml/nj · 83 replies · 8,838+ views
    Our Oriental Heritage | 1936 | Will Durant
    The Mohammedan Conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precarious thing, whose delicate complex of order and liberty, culture and peace may at any time be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within. The Hindus ... had failed to organize their forces for the protection of their frontiers and their capitals, their wealth and their freedom, from the hordes of Scythians, Huns, Afghans, and Turks hovering about India's boundaries and waiting for national weakness to let them in. For four hundred...
  • Over 10,000 civilians escape Raqqa city, arrive in SDF-held areas

    04/21/2017 6:24:14 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil
    ARA News ^ | April 21, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seen in the northern countryside of Raqqa after launching a new anti-ISIS campaign to liberate Raqqa governorate. Photo: ARA News More than 10,000 civilians displaced from the ISIS-held Raqqa city arrived on Thursday to areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) after the SDF captured two more villages.“Over 10,000 civilians came from the city of Raqqa and Tabqa, after liberation of the village of Al-Abbara & Tel Jerbo,” said Jesper Söder, a Swedish volunteer with the Syrian Democratic Forces.In the meantime, the newly created Raqqa Civilian Council called for international aid.“The Council has set...
  • ISIS defensive line collapses north of Raqqa as Kurdish forces liberate six villages

    04/21/2017 2:08:51 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    AMN AMSDAR NEWS ^ | 19 Apr 17 | Chris Tomson -
    DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:20 P.M.) – The long-awaited battle for Raqqa may very soon begin as the US-backed ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) advanced several kilometers in the northern Raqqa countryside today, seizing a dozen villages and hamlets from ISIS. As part of stage four of the Euphrates Wrath offensive, units of the YPG-led SDF launched a blitz offensive that saw Kurdish troops seize a large chunk of territory along a road running horizantally north of Raqqa, threatening to cutoff an ISIS bulge in the area. Effectively, the SDF were able to impose full control over the villages of Jisr Shahin, Al-Ruhayyat,...
  • Syria Moves Entire Fleet of Warplanes to Russian Base

    04/20/2017 11:12:03 AM PDT · by drewh · 21 replies
    Debkflies ^ | April 19, 2017, 11:20 PM | Gioria Shamis and Diane Shalem
    Syria has moved all its fighter aircraft to the Russian Hmeimim air base in Latakia three weeks after 59 US Tomahawk cruise missiles knocked out one-fifth of its air force at the Shayrat base, in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians in Idlib. This was reported Wednesday night, April 19, by the Pentagon. The Russian high command in Syria has its seat at that base. Military sources report that the Syrian air force will operate henceforth under Russian protection and behind the advanced Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense shield without fear of US reprisals. President Vladimir Putin’s response...
  • California Legislature Commemorates the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

    04/20/2017 6:26:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Massis Post ^ | April 17, 2017
    Today, members of the California Legislature commemorated the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, even as the United States of America continues to turn a blind eye to the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians. “We commemorate the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide to remember the 1.5 million souls lost and to celebrate the Armenian’s contributions to California,” stated Assembly member Adrin Nazarian. “Through vigilance and education we can banish genocide to our history books.” “Armenian-Americans have not only survived, they have thrived and enriched the fabric of our communities. The genocide is about real people and real stories. For me...
  • The Way Forward on Syria

    04/20/2017 4:08:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | April 20, 2017 | Congressman Duncan Hunter
    The authorization by President Donald Trump to launch dozens of Tomahawk missiles at targets in Syria signaled to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the rest of the world that America’s tolerance for provocations and threats has finally waned. No longer should we expect meaningless red lines or disadvantageous diplomatic pursuits that have an emboldening effect on adversaries that have either viewed America as weak or sought to attack the nation’s interests. In just a few short months, President Trump has been decisive and unapologetic, whereas his predecessor was just the opposite. Already, President Trump has put Iran and North Korea...
  • Christian Bale talks importance of Armenian genocide film

    04/19/2017 8:11:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 19, 2017 | Mara Siegler
    the Armenian genocide, an event Turkey does not recognize. “One and a half million people were killed in the most brutal fashion, and I knew nothing about it, and that’s not uncommon ... The fact that this Armenian genocide happened and no one was ever held accountable may have provoked other genocides since.” At least 26 countries recognize the deaths as genocide, but in Turkey it is reportedly illegal to bring up the event.
  • Syrian Kurds set up body to govern Raqqa after IS defeat

    04/19/2017 6:34:26 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    KOM News ^ | 18 April 2017 | none stated
    Kurds in Syria’s Raqqa province set up a civilian assembly on Tuesday that will govern the region after the ousting of Islamic State (IS) from its capital city, local media reported.“The city will be liberated soon and our assembly will be consolidated. Then, we will be able to deal with all the problems,” Mehmud Sewax Bersan, the administration’s newly-elected co-chair, said as quoted by the Firat news agency.The creation of the assembly was announced at a meeting in the town of Ayn Issa, north of Raqqa, the main stronghold of IS in Syria. It will consist of 14 committees...
  • Woman freed from ISIS captivity wants to join YPJ (Kurd female military)

    04/19/2017 5:38:18 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    ANF News (English) ^ | Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017, 11:43 | HEYSEM MISLIM
    Fatma Åžerif from Raqqa, freed from ISIS who used her as a slave for three years, wants to take up arms and join YPJ ranks now. All those freed from ISIS captivity has a story, mostly a painful one. Fatma Eli Åžerif is one of those women. Fatma Eli Åžerif, mother of three, is a woman from Raqqa. Her husband lost his life 8 years ago. She has been struggling to save her children from ISIS over the past one year. During the latest SDF offensive in the region, the woman and her children have been freed from ISIS. Speaking...
  • Report: Weakening Syria's government could help IS group

    04/18/2017 3:02:47 PM PDT · by McGruff · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 4/18/2017
    The Islamic State group could inadvertently benefit from a situation in which Syrian government forces are considerably weakened on the ground, a London-based military analysis group said on Tuesday. The report, published by IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, follows the United States bombing of a Syrian army base after a chemical weapons attack on April 4 killed nearly 90 people. The U.S. has accused the Syrian government of being behind the attack — charges that Syria denies. In Syria, the Islamic State group is battling both government forces and forces allied with the U.S.-led coalition.
  • US-backed SDF forces take over ISIS radio station in Tabqa (Syria)

    04/18/2017 2:27:09 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ARA News ^ | April 18, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday took over the radio station of ISIS in the city of Tabqa in Raqqa province.“The Syrian Democratic Forces made new progress in the city of Tabqa, taking control of the ISIS radio station,” Jesper Söder, a Swedish volunteer with the Syrian Democratic Forces told ARA News. “The areas liberated by the SDF are used by civilians who escape the ISIS terrorists. The Syrian Democratic forces cleared all mines laid by Daesh [ISIS] around and in the village of Kabbash, west of Tabqah,” he said.The SDF fighter told ARA News that Tabqa city could be liberated soon. “Maybe in a few days...
  • YPG reports intensified attacks by Turkish-backed gangs on Rojava (N. Syria)

    04/18/2017 10:50:20 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ANF News (English) ^ | Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017, 14:00 | none stated
    YPG reported that the Turkish army and allied gangs continue their activities and attacks on the lands of Rojava, particularly Efrîn Canton. YPG (People's Defense Units) Press Office released a statement providing detailed information about the continued attacks and activities of the Turkish army and affiliated gangs on Rojava soil. Reporting activities by Turkish UAVs over Kobanê border on April 11, YPG said Turkish-backed gangs attacked the villages of Maranez, Malikiye and Elkamiye with howitzer fire the same night. Following the bombardment, Maranez village was targeted with DShK fire. According to the statement, Turkish-backed gangs shelled the village of Beshemre...
  • Obama's red line in Syria finally enforced -- by Trump

    04/18/2017 7:16:36 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 7 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 4/18 | peter lucas
    President Donald Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. And if he doesn't get it, then Barack Obama should turn over the one he got in 2009 -- and didn't deserve -- to Trump. In the blink of an eye, Trump's Tomahawk missile attack on Syria restored American prestige around the world, and probably saved the lives of innocent Syrians from future poison gas attacks by dictator Bashar Assad. He knows what Trump will do to him if he does it again. Russia, Iran and North Korea know as well. It was a forceful message that went around the world. There...
  • Turkey referendum: Trump congratulates Erdogan

    04/18/2017 2:36:36 AM PDT · by Spiridon · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/18/2017 | BBC
    Donald Trump has congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his victory in Sunday's referendum that gave him sweeping new powers. The US president's phone call contrasts with concern by European leaders who have pointed out how the result-51.4% in favor of the changes-has exposed deep splits in Turkish society. Mr. Erdogan has rejected criticism from international monitors who said he had been favored by an "unequal campaign". "Know your place," he told them. The narrow victory was ruled valid by Turkey's electoral body, despite claims to irregularities by the opposition..... The call from Donald Trump was pre-arranged and the...
  • Syrian defector: Of course Assad kept hundreds of tons of chemical weapons

    04/17/2017 3:00:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Hot ^ | April 17, 2017 | ED Morrissey
    Get ready for more red-lining from Bashar al-Assad. Despite claims from Russia and the Syrian dictator himself that he fully disarmed his chemical-weapons program, a high-ranking defector tells the UK Telegraph that Assad still has hundreds of tons of those munitions stockpiled for use by his military. General Zaher al-Sakat says that includes sarin gas, the munitions used against a village in Idlib province that provoked a military strike from the US in reprisal (via Guy Benson): President Bashar al-Assad continues to retain hundreds of tonnes of his country’s chemical stockpile after deceiving United Nations inspectors sent in to dismantle...
  • Russia warns US against ‘Syria-style’ actions in N. Korea

    04/17/2017 7:44:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    RT ^ | 17 Apr, 2017
    Russia warns US against ‘Syria-style’ actions in N. Korea Mike Pence’s statement on the US running out of “strategic patience” towards Pyongyang does not contribute to resolving the crisis, Sergey Lavrov said, voicing hopes there will be no repeat of the US strike on Syria in North Korea. “I hope that there won’t be any unilateral actions like we recently saw in Syria and that the US will follow the policies Trump repeatedly declared during his election campaign,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, regarding the statement made by US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday during his visit to...