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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Carnage as suicide bomber kills 42 people in Syrian town just hours after it was taken from ISIS

    02/24/2017 8:14:50 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Daily Mail Co. (UK) ^ | Updated: 08:28 EST, 24 February 2017 | Darren Boyle
    A suicide bomber attacked Turkish-backed rebels just outside the Syrian town of Al-Bab Friday, killing 42 people in a major blow just hours after they hailed its capture from ISIS. The bomber blew up a vehicle packed with explosives outside a rebel command centre in the village of Susian, five miles northeast of Al-Bab, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The blast devastated the twin command posts and also seriously wounded a large number of fighters, the Britain-based monitoring group said.
  • US struggles to maintain two key allies in Syria: Kurds and Turkey

    02/23/2017 4:09:15 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 23, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    The Pentagon’s top military officer on Thursday underlined that one of the complex challenges the US will face in the future is how to navigate the animosity between the two key US allies in Syria: Turkey and the Syrian Kurds.It comes as the Trump administration debates plans for an increased military campaign against ISIS and future operations to oust ISIS from Raqqa.The Turkish government has suggested that the Kurds should be excluded from the Raqqa operation, while the Kurds argue that Turkey should not play a role in northern Syria and consider Turkish intervention as occupation of Syrian territory.The US military...
  • Turkish forces capture al-Bab after killing over 444 civilians, prepare to attack Kurdish HQ

    02/23/2017 3:54:26 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 23, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    The Turkish Army forces and allied rebels in Syria captured the town of al-Bab on Thursday after a deal with ISIS to withdraw, in an operation that since the 13th of November killed at least 444 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported. The Turkish-led Euphrates Shield campaign arrived near the city of Bab on 13 November and finished its goals after a campaign that lasted over 3.5 months.Already in January, the Turkish army claimed ISIS would withdraw from al-Bab.After the Turkish-backed rebels controlled 50 per cent of al-Bab city, a deal was reached with ISIS, leading to...
  • Kurdish forces capture large chunks of northeast Raqqa

    02/23/2017 8:24:06 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    AMN ^ | 23/02/2017 | Leith Fadel
    BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) liberated several sites from the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization on Thursday, killing and wounding several militants amid their large-scale advance in northeast Al-Raqqa.According to the SDFs official media wing, their forces liberated the villages of Al-Qandeel Al-Sharqi, Abu Jandal, and Mahbash in the northeastern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate.With their latest advance in northeastern Al-Raqqa, the Syrian Democratic Forces have managed to clear much of this region, paving the way for their comrades in the west to push closer to the provincial capital.
  • AKPs Syria police gathered from FSA, Al Nusra and ISIS (Turkey police in Syria are Terrorists)

    02/23/2017 8:06:12 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANF News ^ | February 22, 2017 | SEYİT EVRAN
    The groups AKP called “Syrian Police” and stationed in Jarablus, Rai and Azaz have been revealed to be members of FSA, Al Nusra and ISIS.AKP’s political and military institutionalization in line with their Turkifying concept to become permanent in the cities they invaded continue. Most recently, they have formed a “police” organization. Volunteers gathered from Ankara, Antep, Kilis and villages of Jarablus, Rai, Azaz and Shehba are paid 200 dollars and taken in for training. The trainees are called “police”, and some 400 of them have been sent to Jarablus, 250 to Rai and 300 to Azaz. There are still...
  • John McCain Makes Secret Trip to Syria in Midst of U.S. Assessment

    02/23/2017 7:34:17 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 38 replies
    WSJ ^ | Feb. 22,2017 | Dion Nissenbaum
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  • Aleppan Armenians visit home liberated by YPG/YPJ (Armenians support Kurds)

    02/23/2017 6:31:36 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    ANF News ^ | February 23, 2017 | MAHİR YILMAZKAYA
    Years later, Armenians who left their homes after their neighborhood fell under gang groups’ invasion have returned for a visit to the neighborhood they grew up in after YPG/YPJ forces liberated the eastern neighborhoods of the city. Most of the Armenians in Syria lived in Aleppo, but they had to leave the lands they were born in after the war broke out in 2011 and gang groups like Al Nusra, Ahrar Al Sham, Jaysh Al Islam and Sultan Murat Brigade started their attacks and massacres. The primary place Armenians sought refuge in was the zones under YPG/YPJ control in Aleppo...
  • US-led coalition devastates Raqqa with heavy airstrikes

    02/22/2017 11:03:59 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 33 replies
    AMN ^ | 22/02/2017 | Chris Tomson
    According to a statement released by the Combined Joint Task Force, the anti-ISIS coalition conducted a total of 32 airstrikes on ISIS insurgents yesterday.23 of the sorties were conducted in Syria while air raids were especially intense over Raqqa. The statement continued to read that 10 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units, destroying three fighting positions, three technicals and destroying two bridges.US-led airstrikes were also conducted on Islamic State militants near Deir Ezzor and Palmyra, two cities that have Syrian government forces stationed nearby.No American airstrikes were conducted on ISIS militants at Al-Bab, suggesting some tension between the US and...
  • Turkey failed to deliver a Syrian force to take Raqqa: analysis

    02/22/2017 10:49:53 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 22, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Washington-based analyst NicholasA.Heras, Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), told ARA News that the U.S. military remains highly skeptical of Turkeys anti-ISIS plans to take Raqqa, and that Turkey has failed to deliver a Sunni Arab force to take Raqqa.The U.S. military is referring to Turkeys mythical anti-ISIS force as the Unicorn Force, mocking it as something imaginary, a legend told by the Turks to get the Americans to agree to walk away from the SDF [Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces], said Heras, who works forthe CNASs Middle East Security Program.Turkey should have a much stronger...
  • Former Gitmo detainee blows himself up in Iraq, ISIS claims responsibility

    02/21/2017 6:22:54 PM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies
    The Islamic State group on Monday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack near Mosul it said was carried out by a British suicide bomber, the SITE Intelligence Group reported. The martyrdom-seeking brother Abu Zakariya al-Britani may Allah accept him detonated his explosives-laden vehicle on a headquarters of the Rafidhi army and its militias in Tal Kisum village, southwest of Mosul, the claim quoted by SITE said. The ISIS statement did not say when the bombing occurred. Abu Zakariya al-Britani was identified by BBC as Ronald Fiddler, a Brit who was seized by US forces in Afghanistan and taken...
  • Arab and Kurdish fighters close in on 'IS' Syria stronghold Raqqa

    02/22/2017 12:43:01 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 6 replies
    Deutche Welle ^ | 21 Feb 17
    An alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters has seized a dozen villages in eastern Syria. The move is part of a drive to encircle the so-called 'Islamic State' (IS) group's stronghold of Raqqa ahead of new peace talks. Backed by air strikes from the US-led coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - an alliance dominated by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), but also several units of Arab fighters - made what they called a major incursion into the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor on Tuesday. The move was part of a push to take or cut off the northern...
  • Manbij Military Council: We will fight Turkish army if they attack Manbij

    02/21/2017 8:02:48 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    KOM News ^ | 21 February 2017 | none stated
    The Manbij military council, a multi-ethnic assembly for the various groups that successfully liberated Manbij from the Islamic State (IS) group last year, has responded toTurkish plans tocapture Manbij, Raqqaand even Afrin after their assault on al-Bab as part of the Turkish armys Euphrates Shield operation.Speaking to Firat News Agency (ANF), the Manbij Military Council announcedthatthey will not accept any kind of military intervention by the Turkish army and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups it is backing, addingthat Manbij will be defended if any such attack comes.The Manbij Military Council members also said that the Turkish army has been...
  • Turkey Will Be Alone If It Attacks Syrias Kurds in This City Dont mess with Manbij

    02/21/2017 7:50:03 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 2-19-17 | Paul Iddon
    For months now the Turkish government has been threatening to seize the northwestern Syrian city of Manbij from the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of U.S.-backed Arab and Kurdish fighters. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said multiple times that once the Turkish military and its Free Syrian Army allies seize the nearby city of Al Bab from the Islamic State, they will march on Manbij. The Turkish army is presently bogged down in Al Bab, where the operation is at a critical juncture. Premature reports in the pro-government Turkish press and statements by Turkish officials that declare the city...
  • What's really happening in Syria's al-Bab?

    02/21/2017 7:08:57 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | February 21, 2017 | Cengiz andar
    Following Turkeys path in the war against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria is extremely confusing. One cannot even rely on high-level officials statements regarding developments on the ground. For instance, Gen. Hulusi Akar, chief of general staff, is the highest Turkish official in uniform. As he was traveling Feb. 15 with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Qatar, Akar announced that the operation in al-Bab was over. He said Turkish forces and their Free Syrian Army (FSA) allies had retaken the town. There was every reason to believe the statement, since it was a military matter and the statement came...
  • Kurdish forces reach Euphrates River east of Raqqa amid massive ISIS collapse

    02/21/2017 6:35:05 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    Al-Masdar News ^ | 21/02/2017 | Chris Tomson
    Following the capture of 8 villages earlier in the day, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) swept through another five ISIS-held villages in a huge offensive that now has Kurdish forward units stationed at the northern bank of the Euphrates River in a region some 40 kilometers east of the provincial capital of Raqqa. Syrian Democratic Forces have officially reached the northern bank of the Euphrates River EAST of Raqqa New batch of villages liberated Chris Tomson (@TheDaneChris) February 21, 2017 Effectively, the SDF were able to impose full control over the villages of Al Kajla, Judayat Khabur, Hamad...
  • Exclusive: CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack - sources

    02/21/2017 4:42:02 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 21, 2017 | 3:26pm EST | Tom Perry, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and John Walcott
    CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar al-Assad. Rebel officials said that no official explanation had been given for the move this month following the jihadist assault, though several said they believed the main objective was to prevent arms and cash falling into Islamist militant hands. But they said they expected the aid freeze to be temporary.
  • Russia to rely increasingly on non-nuclear deterrent

    02/21/2017 6:49:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2017 9:26 AM EST | Vladimir Isachenkov
    Russia will continue to see the development of its nuclear forces as a top priority, but the military will rely increasingly on conventional weapons to deter any aggression, the Russian Defense Minister said Tuesday. Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday that weapons such as the long-range Kalibr cruise missiles carried by navy ships, long-range cruise missiles carried by Russian strategic bombers and the land-based short-range Iskander missiles will play an increasingly important role as a non-nuclear deterrent. Those missiles can carry nuclear or conventional warheads. Shoigu pointed to the new missiles debut in the Syrian conflict, saying they have proven themselves well....
  • Ferhat Enc: They will not take our will hostage (Turkish HDP Party Official)

    02/19/2017 4:20:20 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF News ^ | February 19, 2017 | KOCAELİ
    HDP Şırnak parliamentarian Ferhat Encü, who had been arrested during the political genocide operations and held hostage for 104 days before his release on Wednesday, was re-arrested after the prosecutor's objection in Şırnak and sent to Kocaeli Kandıra Closed Prison. Ferhat Encü met with his lawyers and sent the following message: "Certain judges continue to break the law and issue unlawful decision against the lawful decision given by judges few in number. Şırnak 1st Heavy Penal Court sacrificed law and justice to political pressures and ruled against the decision of Şırnak ins Heavy Penal Court. This scandalous decision has shaken...
  • Syrian Democratic Forces expel ISIS from four villages east Raqqa, rescue dozens of civilians

    02/19/2017 3:57:50 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 20, 2017 | Ahmed Shiwesh
    Raqqa The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday seized more ground in eastern Raqqa, pushing Islamic States (ISIS) militants out of four more villages. The Kurdish-led SDF troops capturedthe villages of Fatatish, Bir, Shamari and Shwehan in the eastern countryside of Raqqa Governorate in northeastern Syria, after clashes with ISIS militants. At least 20 ISIS terrorists were killed in the clashes on Sunday, before the group was forced to withdraw from these villages, SDF officer Habun Osman told ARA News.The progress comes as part of theSDF-ledThird Phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation for Raqqa.The SDF has also rescued dozens...
  • Turkey: The Last Armenian Woman in a Once-Christian Town

    02/19/2017 2:16:18 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 14, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Prior to the Armenian genocide of 1915, the Turkish southeastern town of Derik used to be an important center for Armenian and Assyrian/Syriac Christians. Today, only one Armenian woman remains: Yursalin Demirci. ... The Armenians of Derik were first subject to massacres and deportations in 1915. The remnant Armenians emigrated from Derik in later years due to various pressures. Because of these reasons, there is no longer an Armenian community in the town. The doors of the Surp (Saint) Kevrok Armenian Church were not opened at Christmas this year. And the church bell no longer rings. I miss the old...
  • Trump: Gulf States Will Pay For Safe Zones In Syria

    02/19/2017 5:32:34 AM PST · by kevcol · 24 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | February 18, 2017 | Saagar Enjeti
    President Donald Trump vowed to make Arab gulf states help pay for safe zones in Syria to curb the flow of Syrian refugees at a campaign rally in Florida Saturday. Trumps comments echo language from his January executive order suspending immigration from seven terror-rife countries, along with past comments to the reporters. Trump couched safe zone implementation in Syria as a way to protect the U.S. from prospective infiltration by terrorists posing as refugees. Ill absolutely do safe zones in Syria for the people, he declared in an ABC News interview from his first week in office. Trump suggested at...
  • US refutes Turkish claims it will drop Kurdish force in Syria

    02/17/2017 11:41:07 AM PST · by Texas Fossil
    KOM News ^ | February 2017 | none stated
    The US State Department has dismissed claims by Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik that the Trump administration is not adamant on carrying out the Raqqa operation with Kurdish forces.The new US administration has a different approach to the issue. They are not insisting anymore that the operation should definitely be carried out with the YPG. They havent yet made up their minds, Isik told reporters in Brussels on Thursday.Speaking to the Middle East Eye, a US State Department spokesperson referred to a press briefing given on Wednesday by Major General Rupert Jones, a deputy commander in the coalition fighting against...
  • Washington quietly rebuffs Turkish delegations anti-YPG efforts

    02/17/2017 11:29:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil
    Al Monitor ^ | 16 February 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    As Turkish leaders continue to make hawkish noises about Raqqa, a high-level delegation seeking to persuade the United States to exclude the Syrian Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) from a planned offensive to liberate the city from the Islamic Stateleft Washington empty-handed, Al-Monitor has learned. The team headed by Turkish Foreign Ministry UndersecretaryUmit Yalcin and comprising the heads of the ministrys US, Iraq and Syria departments along with senior members of the Turkish Armed Forces and the national spy agency MIT, pushed their case against the YPG in separate meetings on Feb.13-14with US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom...
  • Pentagon might propose sending ground troops to Syria

    02/17/2017 11:17:32 AM PST · by Lorianne · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | 15 February 2017 | Barbara Starr
    The Defense Department might propose that the US send conventional ground combat forces into northern Syria for the first time to speed up the fight against ISIS, CNN has learned. "It's possible that you may see conventional forces hit the ground in Syria for some period of time," one defense official told CNN. But the official emphasized that any decision is ultimately up to President Donald Trump, who has ordered his defense secretary to come up with a proposal to combat ISIS before the end of the month. The move would significantly alter US military operations in Syria if approved...
  • [Dhimmi] Swedish court approves of child marriage

    02/17/2017 9:39:48 AM PST · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Speisa ^ | 2/17/17
    A 14-year-old child bride from Syria came to Sweden and became pregnant with her husband, who is also her cousin. Now a Swedish court has approved of her marriage, because she appears "mature," and for religious and cultural reasons. The girl was married off to a cousin when she was only twelve years old. In Sweden, she has been placed with his aunt and her family. The social service authorities in Sweden thought her marriage is completely outrageous and took it to the justice system. But the judge does not think there is anything wrong with it, since she was...
  • New step in the Operation Wrath of Euphrates to liberate Raqqa

    02/17/2017 7:21:30 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    ANF News ^ | Feb 17, 2017 | RAQQA - ANF
    Wrath of Euphrates Operation Room announced the initiation of the second step in the operation's third phase, the main goal of which is the liberation of villages in eastern Raqqa. Wrath of Euphrates Operation Room Spokesperson Cihan Şêx Ehmed made the announcement, in which Deir ez-Zor Military Council also participated, in the Mekmen village. Ehmed stated that: "As the Wrath of Euphrates Operation Room, we announce the initiation of the second step in the third phase of the Operation Wrath of Euphrates after the accomplishment of the first step. In this second step, we will liberate eastern Raqqa and cut its...
  • Syrian Kurdish politician: US proposed safe zones to be in YPG controlled areas

    02/17/2017 6:55:45 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    KOM News ^ | 16 February 2017 | Ilham Ehmed
    Ilham Ehmed, Co-chair of Syrian Democratic Council The Co-chair of the Syrian National Council, Ilham Ehmed, has said that the safe zones proposed by the new US administration will be formed in areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG).Speaking to Firat News Agency (ANF), Ehmed said, the most important decision taken by the new administration in Washington is planning for refugees to be placed in safe zones in the region.According to the ANF, Ehmed was invited to the US for meetings with representatives in congress and federal commissions. We met with...
  • Saudi Arabia Dismantles Four ISIS Cells, Arrests 18 Individuals

    02/16/2017 11:21:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Thursday, 16 February 2017
    Saudi Arabia has dismantled at least four Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) cells made up of 18 individuals inside the kingdom, officials from the interior ministry confirmed. Fifteen of those arrested were Saudi nationals while the remaining three were from Yemen and Sudan, the ministry said in statements made on Thursday. The ministry also said that ISIS cells in Saudi Arabia have spread to Mecca, Medina, Riyadh and Qassim regions of the country. In addition, nearly two million riyals were confiscated from the cells upon arrest. Some of those arrested were involved with supplying materials to the ISIS...
  • Turkey steps up attacks on SDF-held areas north Syria (SDF contains Kurds & Arabs)

    02/16/2017 4:18:32 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 16, 2017 | Qehreman Miste & Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Turkeys military forcers and allied rebels in Syria continued their offensive againstthe town of Tel Rifaat in northern Aleppo, targeting positions of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), local sources reported on Wednesday.The Turkish Army and Turkey-backed rebels of the Euphrates Shield have been bombing Tel Rifaat since Tuesday. SDF headquarters and residential buildings in Tel Rifaatwere hit with dozens of mortar shells. The Turkish troops and allied rebels also used heavy artillery and machine guns in the offensiveaimed at driving the SDF out ofthe town.The number of casualtiesis stillunknown.In the meantime, two Turkish cobra helicopters hit the village of...
  • Coalition general says SDF forces to take Raqqa from ISIS, not Turkey

    02/16/2017 3:59:16 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 16, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Major General Rupert Jones, UK deputy commander of the Coalition forces against ISIS, saidthat most likely the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will take Raqqa, and not the Turkey-led groups that are currentlyfighting in al-Bab.The force that looks most likely capable to conduct the liberation of Raqqa remains the SDF. Are we confident in the SDF? Absolutely we are. Weve seen their fighting spirit, weve seen what theyre capable of doing. They re-took Manbij, a very tough fight, and they prevailed in the face of a tough opposition, Jones said.Weve also always said that we would discuss with our partners...
  • Syrian asylum seeker is jailed for life in Sweden after horrifying footage emerged [tr]

    02/16/2017 6:59:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 16, 2017 | Kelly Mclaughlin
    A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a Syrian man to life imprisonment for participation in the 2012 mass execution of seven government troops in Syria. The Stockholm District Court ruled that 46-year-old refugee Haisam Omar Sakhanh joined the armed group Suleiman Company in early May 2012, and shot a person dead with an assault rifle.
  • American troops have killed 60,000 ISIS militants in the past two years

    02/16/2017 6:49:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 16, 2017 | Ashley Collmann
    The commander of the U.S. military's special operations division has given a new - higher - death count for the war against the Islamic State. Speaking at a conference in Maryland on Tuesday, Army Gen. Raymond Thomas said that troops had killed approximately 60,000 ISIS militants in the past two years. That's 10,000 more than what officials estimated just this past December. 'Im not into morbid body count, but that matters,' Thomas said at the National Defense Industrial Associations Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict conference, according to 'So when folks ask, do you need more aggressive [measures], do you need...
  • Khameneis threats to Donald Trump

    02/14/2017 8:40:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | February 14, 2016.
    I do not fear Trump. We must thank the new American president because he showed the real face of America and because he exposed what we have been saying for decades about the political, moral and economic corruption in it. This is the recent statement made by Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei against the newly-elected US administration. Yes, were passing through a new phase. There has been a major transformation following the reactive years of isolationism which show the depth of the roots that America has returned to in terms of engaging with world crises and contributing to managing...
  • Advocates: Kurds Keeping Christians and Yazidis From Going Home

    02/14/2017 12:16:50 PM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 2-14-17 | John Rossomando
    Iraq's Assyrian Christians and Yazidis face an uncertain future, and advocates claim that the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) intends to prevent the minority groups from returning to the lands they fled in 2014 when ISIS took over. They also don't forget that the KRG and its Peshmerga militia fighters refused to defend them from the ISIS onslaught in 2014. The Kurdish Peshmerga disarmed Christians and Yazidis prior to ISIS's June 2014 rampage across Iraq. Survivors of the ISIS onslaught told the Daily Beast in August 2014 that Kurdish authorities and the Peshmerga misled them and abandoned them when they came...
  • Turkeys Euphrates Shield reaches critical juncture

    02/13/2017 9:35:10 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | February 13, 2017 | Author Metin Gurcan | TranslatorTimur Gksel
    Turkeys Euphrates Shield operation, which entered its 170th day Feb. 11 having seen the loss of 65 Turkish soldiers,is at its most critical juncture. In an operation launched the night of Feb. 7from Aqil Hill, a dominating feature west of al-Bab, about 1,300 Turkish troops (700 commandos, 400 tank personneland about 200 special forces) and nearly 2,000 Free Syrian Army fighterstook part. Thirteen Turkish soldiers were killed in theoperation. Security sources told Al-Monitorthat about 800 Islamic State (IS) militants and 10,000 civilians arestill in the town center of al-Bab. IS uses these civilians as "live shields," and the Turkish army...
  • Kurdish female fighters clash with Turkeys military in Syrian town (YPJ fighters)

    02/13/2017 7:10:51 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 14, 2017 | Qehreman Miste
    Hasakah Kurdish female fighters of the Womens Protection Units (YPJ) on Monday clashed with Turkish Army forces near the town of Amude, in Syrias northeastern Hasakah Governorate.The clashes followed an attempt by the Turkish military troops to enter the Kurdish territory in northeastern Syria, where Turkey continues to build a concrete wall alongside the borderline.The Turkish Army on Monday entered the border village of Kharza, located about 10 kilometre west of Amude town. However, a YPJ unit opened fire on the Turkish convoy to prevent its progress, a YPJ officer told ARA News.Clashes broke out in the vicinity of Kharza...
  • YPJ General Commander: The Syrian revolution has found its path (YPJ is Women's Kurd Army)

    02/13/2017 1:03:08 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | February 13, 2017 | QAMISHLO - ANF - SEYİT EVRAN
    YPJ General Commander Nesrin Abdullah made important analyses about how the Raqqa liberation operation differs from others, YPJs role in it, Turkeys goals and aims in the region. Nesrin Abdullahs comments to the ANF are as follows: THE OPERATION IS A MULTI-PHASE PROCESS The operation to liberate Raqqa is a process. The phases are launched, carried out and finalized taking into consideration the climate and the regional and geographical conditions. Considerations like our forces rest, training and technical supplies also play a role. WHATS DIFFERENT IN THIS OPERATION There are some differences in this operation to the previous ones in...
  • Erdogan intent on forming Syria safe zone for Arabs and Turkmens

    02/13/2017 11:49:42 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    KOM News ^ | 13 February 2017 | none stated
    Speaking during his visit to Bahrein in a joint press meeting with the countrysPrime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Turkish President Erdogan commented on his armys Euphrates Shield operation in the north of Syria.Erdogan said, The step we took [in al-Bab] is locked onto a target. After this if we can take joint steps with coalition forces we will go towards Manbij and Raqqa. There we will form a safe zone in which we will allow for mainly our Arab and Turkmen brothers and sisters to settle into.Turkey has been a long-timesupporter of forming safe zones in Syria. Until...
  • YPG: Turkey breaching Rojava border, preparing for attacks

    02/13/2017 11:38:24 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    KOM News ^ | 13 February 2017 | none stated
    The Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) has issued a statement on the Turkish armys activities and what it calls violations against the territory of Rojava.The YPGs statement says that on 11 February the Turkish military began constructing roads for military purposes near the town of Kobane and announced that on 12 February YPG forces clashed with Turkish soldiers trying to cross the Turkey-Syria border into areas controlled by the Rojava autonomous administration. The YPG said that an intensification of military activity by Turkey signalled to preparations for a future attack against Rojava.Attacks with tanks and heavy weapons were reportedly also...
  • U.S. Marine Veteran Killed While Fighting ISIS In Syria

    02/12/2017 9:44:14 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 32 replies
    Army Military News ^ | January 30, 2017 | Joshua Raymond-Castro
    Albert Harrington was 49 years old when he was killed in combat Harrington served as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in August 1991.According to social media, Harrington had made multiple trips between the U.S. and Syria in the past and was considered a veteran fighter to the Kurdish people, who referred to him as CekdarRojava.Harringtons death makes him the second U.S. volunteer to be killed fighting alongside the Kurdish militia (YPG) in less than a month, with Paolo Todd, 33, of California, succumbing to wounds receivedfighting ISIS near Raqqa on January 15th.A fellow...
  • Whistle Blower At State Department Exposes Refugee Program As A Complete Fraud

    02/08/2017 4:54:57 PM PST · by davikkm · 41 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Ryan Saavedra
    State Department Confirms The Suspicions The Most Americans Have Had About The Refugee Program WND is reporting that a recently retired U.S. State Department official has published a whistle blower letter in the Chicago Tribune that outlines the massive amount of corruption that has taken place in the refugee program under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The retired official, Mary Doetsch, said that even though there were problems with the program before Obama arrived in Washington that once he arrived in the White House problems exploded. Doetsch says that she strongly supports President Trumps travel ban, I...
  • North African Migrants Allegedly Rape Milan Schoolgirl in Broad Daylight on Commuter Train

    02/11/2017 12:16:12 PM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 11 Feb 2017 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    A 15-year-old schoolgirl was allegedly groped and raped by two North African migrants on the commuter train from Milan to Mortara Thursday afternoon. On Saturday morning, the girl was hospitalized with multiple bruises, a concussion and a broken rib, and police have launched a search for the assailants accused of aggravated assault and sexual assault. According to police reports, after schoolaround 4:00pmthe girl went to the Milan station of Porta Genova to catch the local commuter train home, sitting with a friend in the last carriage. When the friend got off the train at an earlier stop, the girl was...
  • Storm of reaction to news Syrian refugee charged with sex assaults

    02/10/2017 3:00:38 PM PST · by markomalley · 23 replies
    CBC ^ | 2/10/17 | Rick McConnell et al
    Reports that a man accused of sexual assaults on six Edmonton teenage girls was a Syrian refugee have ignited a firestorm of reaction, from anti-immigration diatribes to criticism about how the media dealt with the story. Groups that work with refugees in the city have been inundated with calls and texts over the past 24 hours, some from people calling for an end to the refugee program and others from refugees themselves apologizing on behalf of their community. Erick Ambtman, executive director of the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, said his organization received a message on Twitter from a white...
  • Turkish-backed Syrian Rebels Push Into IS-held City

    02/11/2017 11:19:06 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    VOA ^ | 11 Feb 17
    Backed by Turkish troops, Syrian rebels pushed into the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab, just north of Aleppo, a monitor said. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the opposition forces took control of a hospital as they made their way into the city. "Turkish forces and allied rebels in the Euphrates Shield campaign entered the western edge of the town and took control of a number of areas," the monitor said. One Turkish soldier was killed and another wounded during the fighting Saturday, the Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency quoted military sources as saying. More than 60 Turkish...
  • How close are we to a solution in Syria?

    02/10/2017 10:08:30 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | February 10, 2017 | Amed Dicle
    The SDF commanders in the region who spoke to Al-Monitor say liberating Raqqa will be easier than militarily seizing Manbij. The operation has been going on for four months and is expected to continue until the summer. SDF officials have been talking to Kurdish and Arab politicians and opinion leaders to discuss the future of Raqqa. The diplomatic side of this operation is the most crucial. Before touching upon these issues, one should understand the importance of Raqqa. Geographically, Raqqa is in the middle of Syria and is of strategic importance. It has been under Islamic State (IS) occupation over...
  • Assad says US troops welcome in Syria to fight 'terrorism'

    02/10/2017 8:36:45 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 80 replies
    MRT ^ | Updated 12:41 pm, Friday, February 10, 2017 | Bassem Mroue (AP)
    BEIRUT (AP) Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview released on Friday that the United States is welcome to join the battle against "terrorists" in Syria as long as it is in cooperation with his government and respects the country's sovereignty. Speaking with Yahoo News, Assad said he has not had any communication direct or indirect with President Donald Trump or any official form the new U.S. administration. But the Syrian leader appeared to make a gesture to the new U.S. president in the interview, saying he welcomes Trump's declaration that he will make it...
  • Three Syrian American Women Shame Congresswoman Who Shook Assad's Hand

    02/10/2017 7:33:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 10 February 2017
    Three Syrian American women protested against Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard at a fundraising dinner in Los Angeles on Wednesday for her recent trip to meet with Syrias president Bashar Assad. Hanadi Alwan and Loubana Abdin are both members of the Syrian American Council (SAC), a grassroots organization that carries out awareness-raising and advocacy in support for Syrians seeking to build a free and democratic Syria. The third person chose not to disclose her identity in order not to endanger her family in Syria. Gabbard came under fire recently after media revealed that she had traveled to meet with Assad, whose regime...
  • ISIS' enemies line up to take Raqqa, but when -- and how?

    02/10/2017 9:40:27 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 10 Feb 17 | Tim Lister
    (CNN) The "caliphate" declared by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) will lose its last two cities of any consequence -- Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria -- within months, according to the senior U.S. general in the region. Speaking on a tour north of Baghdad this week, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force, said the next phase of the Iraqi military operation to take Mosul will get underway imminently. The city of some 300,000 inhabitants is ISIS' administrative headquarters, and its hub for planning overseas terror attacks. Not so long...
  • Assad splits with Trump over refugee safe zones in Syria

    BEIRUT President Bashar al-Assad rejected the creation of safe zones for refugees and displaced people in Syria, an idea supported by U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a transcript from an interview with Yahoo News released on Friday. He signaled he would welcome cooperation with Washington in the fight against Islamic State, however, as long as the United States took a clear political position on Syrias sovereignty and unity. Assad has cautiously welcomed the new U.S. administrations focus on fighting the jihadists, in which Trump has held out the possibility of cooperation with Damascus ally Russia.
  • Russia To Give Syrian Army High-Precision Weapons To Fight ISIS (maga?)

    02/08/2017 2:07:29 PM PST · by drewh · 1 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2017, 6:53 PM IDT | gioria shamis and diane shalem
    Moscow signaled that it has started - or is about to start - supplying precision weapons to the Syrian military in order to boost its capabilities against the Islamic State organization. It came in an announcement by Ilyas Umakhanov, deputy chairman of the Russian Federation Council, who said, "Russia will continue an asymmetrical response (to terrorism) in Syria, which may include the regrouping of forces and meansand of course the supply of high-precision weapons to the Syrian government." He added that It is impossible to defeat terrorism only by efforts of one country. Terrorism has assumed a global character and,...