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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Germany spent 20 billion euros on refugees in 2016

    05/25/2017 10:57:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.24.2017 | dm/jm (dpa, KNA)
    The German government in 2016 provided €9.3 billion ($10.4 billion) to its sixteen states for assisting migrants and €11 billion on measures designed to fight the causes of forced migration and displacement abroad. The figures are from a federal government report expected to be approved and published by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday. A total of €5.5 billion was spent for migrants who were seeking asylum and were not yet recognized by the state. The funds spent within Germany also went towards an integration package that cost €2 billion, while €400 million was spent on shelter for asylum seekers...
  • Convict who escaped Swiss prison after romance with guard gets extra jail time [Syrian rapist]

    05/25/2017 9:47:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 24 May 2017 09:15 CEST+02:00
    The convicted rapist who escaped from a prison in the canton of Zürich in February 2016 with help from his female prison guard lover has had his sentence extended. Syrian prisoner Hassan Kiko, 28, broke free from the Limmattal jail on February 8th and fled along with guard Angelica Magdici, with whom he had developed a romantic relationship. After seven weeks on the run, in March Italian police tracked the pair to a building in the Bergamo region of northern Italy and they were arrested. They had spent a couple of weeks in the town of Romano di Lombardia and...
  • Manchester-born YPG fighter sends message from frontline against ISIS

    05/23/2017 9:52:49 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    KOM News ^ | 23 May 2017 14:56 CEST | none stated
    Manchester-born Hollywood actor Michael Enright, who joined the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to fight the Islamic State (IS) in January 2015, sent a video message after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday night, which left at least 22 people dead and 59 people injured.In the video message, published by media outlet ANF, Enright said the action was pure evilness, calling for support against IS in the Raqqa operation and that he would remember Manchester when facing IS as he is part of the US-backed operation to push out the Jihadists...
  • The Latest: Mogherini warns against US cuts in UN funding

    05/20/2017 7:55:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2017 11:30 AM EDT
    The EU foreign policy chief says Europe does “not see eye to eye” with the Trump administration on major issues such as trade, climate change and funding of U.N. agencies, but can “easily” work with the U.S. on Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Federica Mogherini spoke Saturday during a regional gathering of the World Economic Forum. Mogherini warned that threatened U.S. cuts in funding U.N. agencies “would create a major security issue worldwide, including in Europe.” …
  • Escape from Raqqa horrors (Syrian escape from ISIS)

    05/20/2017 6:19:56 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, May 20, 2017 | none stated
    At least 100 thousand civilians have been transferred from Raqqa city center and surroundings to safe zones. There is an escape among all the dust. The people advance in groups. Vehicles are filled up up to 3 times their height. People are everywhere, walking. Dust clouds make it hard to see far. The town and villages they leave behind aren’t visible, there is a vague sight behind them. In the muggy weather and hot wind, women in black niqabs can be seen. A child carries a baby. Everybody is exhausted. There is the mark of exhaustion on children’s faces, their...
  • Trump Wants NATO-like Force for the Middle East

    05/19/2017 10:49:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Thursday, 18 May 2017 | Nadia Bilbassy
    A senior White House official told Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent in Washington on Thursday that US President Donald Trump wants to set up a NATO-style security organization in the Middle East. The official, who spoke with a small group of journalists and did not want to make his name public, said Trump is going to announce the formation of the regional security organization during his visit to Saudi Arabia. The framework and structure of this organization will be established after eliminating ISIS to bring stability and security to the region through a joint security coalition that includes many of...
  • Merkel awards first integration prize to small town that took in extra refugees [Altena, Germany]

    05/19/2017 5:56:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 May 2017 14:09 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    Altena, a town in western Germany, was on Wednesday honored by Chancellor Angela Merkel for its achievements in integrating refugees. It was the first place to win the National Integration Prize, and received €10,000 for its efforts. The North Rhine-Westphalian town set up a program which aimed to successfully integrate every refugee that was sent there. The program, called “From refugee to Altena co-citizen”, ensured that every refugee family which arrived in the town of 17,300 people was given a “mentor” who helped them settle in, according to n-tv. The new arrivals were also given an apartment within a community...
  • Will US-Kurdish deal force Turkey back to PKK negotiation table?

    05/13/2017 7:41:23 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | May 12, 2017 | Pinar Tremblay
    Although the United States has signaled its increasing support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the last few years, US President Donald Trump’s decision to arm the Kurdish forces in Syria for the battle against the Islamic State came as a shock to the Turkish government. Turkey considers the YPG and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to be part of one common terror group, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been throwing tantrums over symbols of US support for the YPG. Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian conflict for the last six years has been mind-boggling. To put it in the simplest...
  • Russian, US ideas on Syria safe zones could be compatible – De Mistura

    05/13/2017 5:45:16 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    KOM News ^ | 13 May 2017 15:42 CEST | none stated
    Separate concepts of Russia and the United States on creation of special safety and de-escalation zones in Syria could be compatible, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said. “Russia’s idea is in creation of four safety zones in the western part of Syria, the US side thinks about two or three temporary zones of ‘de-escalation’ and ‘stabilization.’ Both the proposals could be compatible in the end,” de Mistura told Il Corriere della Sera newspaper. The diplomat added that the proposed scheme could become effective as the presidents of the Untied States and Russia were engaged in direct talks...
  • Hunger and fear in Syria's Tabqa after IS defeat

    05/13/2017 1:10:18 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 6 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 5/13/17 | [AFP] Delil Souleiman
    Tabqa (Syria) (AFP) - When Dalal Ahmad heard that the fighters who expelled the Islamic State group from the Syrian town of Tabqa were distributing food, she began to run, desperate for any scraps. After more than a month of heavy fighting, and a siege that left the city in Raqa province cut off from supplies, Ahmad and others like her in Tabqa are hungry, exhausted and afraid. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, seized the town of Tabqa and the nearby dam on Wednesday after fierce fighting. The city has been ravaged by...
  • 15 thousand civilians rescued in Raqqa operation in three days (Syria)

    05/13/2017 8:10:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 13 May 2017, 09:48 | none stated
    Wrath of Euphrates fighters have rescued 15 thousand civilians from ISIS gangs during the past three days. The Operation Wrath of Euphrates launched by YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for the liberation of Raqqa territory continues in the 4th day of the 4th phase. Thousands of civilians in settlements north of Raqqa rush to the areas cleared by SDF forces during the campaign. At least 15 thousand locals have been rescued from ISIS and transferred to safe areas over the past three days. Since the launch of the 4th phase of the campaign on May 10, SDF forces have rescued...
  • Turkey: On second thought, we won’t bomb US Kurdish allies advancing on Raqqa

    05/12/2017 2:21:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/12/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Yesterday, Recep Erdogan threatened to attack the YPG, the Syrian Kurd force that on which the US will rely for the advance on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. Today, they’re humming a somewhat different tune. The Financial Times interviewed Turkey’s prime minister, who now credits Defense Secretary James Mattis for explaining what should have been obvious all along, and who sounded the retreat: [I]n an interview with the Financial Times, Binali Yildirim, prime minister, indicated that Turkey had been reassured by James Mattis, US defence secretary, whom he met in London on Thursday.“Turkey’s concerns are understood but on the ground...
  • US Defense Secretary says dialogue with Turkey to continue despite disagreement on Syrian Kurds

    05/12/2017 11:32:36 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    ARA News ^ | May 12, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) among supporters. File photo US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said on Thursday that the United States will continue extensive dialogue with Turkey despite disagreements just after the decision became public that the US would arm the Syrian Kurds.The Turkish government has been very concerned about the ongoing cooperation between the US-led coalition and the Syrian Kurds, and the recent decision of the Trump administration to arm the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). “We had very open discussion with the Turks.  It’s a NATO ally, and NATO allies stick...
  • Nine foreign volunteers that fought ISIS arrested by KRG security force

    05/12/2017 9:26:19 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    ARA News ^ | May 12, 2017 | none stated
    Foreign YPG volunteers seen in the vicinity of Jarablus. Photo: ARA News At least nine foreign volunteers, who had joined the ranks of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to combat ISIS in Rojava-Northern Syria, were arrested by the Asayish security force in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, media sources reported on Thursday.Foreign volunteers are increasingly becoming victim of the problems between the Kurdish parties.“Internationalists Callum Ross (Rizgar Çiya), Ozgan Ozdil (Dêrsim Agir), Anthonî Degatto (Rustem Fist), Justin Schnepp (Şervan Agir), Mirko Bruna (Mirko Cûdî) from Italy, Paola Andolina (Azadî Raperîn) from Italy, Damien Rodriguez (Şêrzad Azad) from the US, Fernando...
  • Once We Beat ISIS, Don’t Abandon Us (From the NYT?)

    05/12/2017 6:55:46 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 11, 2017 | SINAM MOHAMAD
    AMUDA, Syria — At long last, those of us struggling to maintain a fledgling democracy in Northern Syria have been buoyed by the announcement from the Trump administration that the American military will begin to directly arm the Kurdish men and women who make up the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Those forces have been America’s most valued and effective allies in the war against the Islamic State. This is something we’ve asked for repeatedly during the nearly three years our militias have been fighting the Islamic State and winning, victories achieved despite tough odds and a lack of...
  • Germany 'grossly' failing female refugees on sexual violence: report

    05/11/2017 7:56:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 May 2017 17:04 CEST+02:00
    A investigation by news service Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) carried out in Berlin’s refugee camps has found that women in the camps face “grossly inadequate protection from sexual and gender-based violence.” Dozens of the women that IRIN spoke to reported facing sexual harassment while living at Berlin shelters, and many said that they were offered very little support, and lived in constant fear of attack. […] Sally Abazeed, a 20-year-old refugee from Damascus, told IRIN how she had been repeatedly pestered by one guard at the camp, who tried to kiss her and always asked for her phone number....
  • Huge ISIS casualties in rural Raqqa as counter-offensive ends in disaster

    05/11/2017 5:14:18 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 82 replies
    AMN ^ | 5/11/2017 | Chris Tomson
    DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:50 P.M.) – Following the loss of Tabqa and three villages in northern Raqqa, the Islamic State launched a localized counter-offensive against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) beginning on Wednesday evening.Targeting Kurdish-held territory in western Raqqa, convoys of ISIS vehicles attacked the villages of Ayed al-Kabeer, Ibad and Al-Mashirfa where SDF garrisons came under enormous pressure, forcing them to call upon US air support to repel the attack.With skirmishes persisting throughout the night and early hours of Thursday, ISIS had not been able to break through the Kurdish defensive line.Thus far, 26 ISIS militants have been...
  • Pence: No Group Faces ‘Greater Hostility Or Hatred’ Than Christians

    05/11/2017 9:38:52 AM PDT · by kevcol · 16 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | May 11, 2017 | Thomas Phippen
    WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed the Trump administration’s commitment to addressing persecution of Christians around the world and urged Americans to call the targeting of Christians by Islamic terrorists genocide during a speech Thursday. “Throughout the world, no people of faith today face greater hostility or hatred than the followers of Christ,” Pence said at the World Summit In Defense of Persecuted Christians, organized by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).
  • German police launch nationwide anti-terror raids

    05/10/2017 10:31:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.10.2017 | dm/rt (dpa, AFP, Reuters)
    Security forces have launched a nationwide anti-terror operation in Germany. Police in the states of Saxony, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt and Berlin confirmed that properties have been searched. German anti-terror police carried out a series of pre-dawn raids in the eastern city of Leipzig Wednesday. Regional news portal “Tag24” reported that the operation targeted suspected members of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS), as well as other extremist factions. A police spokesperson in Leipzig said the raids were part of a nationwide anti-terror operation. …
  • US Judge Rules Assad Helped Al-Qaeda Kill Americans

    05/10/2017 10:18:24 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 17 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | May 8, 2017 | Ryan Mauro
    A district court judge ruled the Syrian regime — and specifically its ruler, President Bashar al-Assad — are liable for the murders of three Americans by al-Qaeda because of the regime’s massive support for the terrorist group’s branch in Iraq. In addition to those three Americans, tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers, Iraqis and others have been killed or injured due to Assad’s sponsorship of al-Qaeda and other jihadists. The lawsuit was filed by the families of Laurence Michael Foley, a U.S. diplomat in Jordan assassinated by al-Qaeda in 2002; Staff Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin, killed in Iraq in 2004...