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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Top intel official confirms ISIS made, used chemical weapons

    02/09/2016 9:48:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 9, 2016 | Catherine Herridge and AP
    Video at link. The nation's top intelligence official confirmed Tuesday that the Islamic State has succeeded in making and deploying chemical agents in Iraq and Syria -- calling it the first such attack by an extremist group in more than two decades. The confirmation of mustard gas use came during Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he spoke to the Islamic State's growing sophistication online and in the battlefield. He did not elaborate on where and when the chemical attacks occurred, though there has been mounting evidence the terror group was experimenting...
  • Russian air strikes in Syria 'good thing': UN War Crimes Investigator Del Ponte

    02/09/2016 9:09:53 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 02/08/2016 | AFP
    Russian air strikes in Syria 'good thing': Del Ponte AFP 21 hours ago Geneva (AFP) - Former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who is currently probing rights abuses in Syria, on Monday backed Russia's air strikes on "terrorist groups" in the war-torn country. "Overall, I think the Russian intervention is a good thing, because finally someone is attacking these terrorist groups," Del Ponte told Swiss public broadcaster RTS, listing the Islamic State group and Al-Nusra among the groups targeted. But Del Ponte, a member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, quickly added that the Russians apparently "are...
  • Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces

    02/09/2016 6:38:59 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 22 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | Associated Press
    Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces By Associated Press February 7 ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s president lashed out at the United States a week after President Barack Obama’s envoy visited a northern Syrian town that is under the control of Syrian Kurdish forces, which Ankara considers terrorists. In comments published Sunday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Washington should choose between Turkey and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, as its partner. That came after envoy Brett McGurk’s visit to Kobani, where the PYD’s military wing, aided by U.S.-led airstrikes, drove back Islamic State militants a year...
  • What are the differences between Russian and US Military In Syria

    02/08/2016 7:27:16 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 23 replies
    SOTT ^ | 2/8/16
    A recent US intelligence report said that Daesh (also known as ISIL/Islamic State) is degrading. Two coalitions - one led by the US and the other by Russia - have been involved in fighting the terrorists. It is high time to figure out some differences between the two approaches. The Common Goal Russia, the United States, and Syria have one common enemy - the terrorist group Daesh. In September 2014, US President Barack Obama pledged to destroy Daesh with massive airstrikes. "Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy. We...
  • Syrians Desperate to Escape What U.N. Calls ‘Extermination’ by Government

    02/08/2016 1:57:41 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | FEB. 8, 2016 | ANNE BARNARD
    Syrians Desperate to Escape What U.N. Calls ‘Extermination’ by Government By ANNE BARNARDFEB. 8, 2016 KILIS, Turkey — Tens of thousands of Syrians who were running for their lives piled up near the border crossing with Turkey here on Monday. They were fleeing a crushing wave of Russian airstrikes and government ground forces advancing toward the frontier in a developing rout of insurgent forces north of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. The intense and, critics say, indiscriminate Russian air attacks have shattered the latest round of peace talks, forced the regional and global players to reassess their strategies and calculations and...
  • Syria Rebels Face Collapse as Thousands Flee North Aleppo. Russia slaughters al-Qaeda stronghold

    02/08/2016 1:43:33 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 29 replies
    truthdig.com ^ | Feb 8, 2016 | Juan Cole
    Syria Rebels Face Collapse as Thousands Flee North Aleppo (Video) Posted on Feb 8, 2016 By Juan Cole On Friday, the Syrian Arab Army and its Hizbullah and Iranian/ Afghan allies made further progress in taking the area just north of Aleppo. They were apparently mainly fighting al-Qaeda, which had a stronghold in the city of Ratyan. The Russians subjected it to intensive bombing and the SAA and allies ultimately took it. Al-Qaeda (the Nusrah Front) said it had killed 25 of its attackers. In New York, as the Syrian peace talks collapsed, the Russian envoy asked out loud why...
  • Turkey's Erdogan threatened to flood Europe with migrants - Greek website

    02/08/2016 12:34:25 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Tue Feb 9, 2016 12:27am IST | Michele Kambas in Athens, Orhan Coskun in Ankara and Gabriela Baczynska in Brussels
    Tue Feb 9, 2016 12:27am IST Turkey's Erdogan threatened to flood Europe with migrants - Greek website BRUSSELS Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threatened in November to flood Europe with migrants if European Union leaders did not offer him a better deal to help manage the Middle East refugee crisis, a Greek news website said on Monday. Publishing what it said were minutes of a tense meeting last November, the euro2day.gr financial news website revealed deep mutual irritation and distrust in talks between Erdogan and the EU's two top officials, Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk. The EU officials were trying to...
  • Trump: I'd tell Syrian kids to their faces 'you can't come here'

    02/08/2016 11:51:41 AM PST · by detective · 78 replies
    MSN News ^ | Feb 8, 2016 | Ben Kamisar
    Donald Trump said he'd be able to look into the eyes of Syrian refugee children to tell them they cannot come to schools in America in light of concerns about safely vetting refugees. "We don't know where their parents come from, they have no documentation whatsoever," Trump said Monday during a town hall in New Hampshire.
  • EU 'will still accept Syrians after Turkey deal', says Merkel

    02/08/2016 10:28:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 08 Feb 2016 15:30 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Syrian refugees will still be able to travel to the European Union from Turkey following a deal for Ankara to shut its borders in exchange for EU cash, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday. The difference after the deal would be that arrivals in Europe would be "controlled, legal and organized by us," Merkel told a press conference after meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. The EU has agreed to pay Turkey 3 billion in exchange for tightening up security at its sea and land borders with Europe, where refugees cross into Greece or Bulgaria. Merkel added that any...
  • The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad Are Winning

    02/08/2016 10:25:53 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 12 replies
    huffingtonpost.com ^ | 02/08/2016 12:13 pm ET | Alastair Crooke
    The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad Are Winning 02/08/2016 12:13 pm ET | Updated 15 minutes ago Alastair Crooke: Fmr. MI-6 agent; Author, 'Resistance: The Essence of Islamic Revolution' BEIRUT -- Late in the night on Feb. 2, the news hit: "all communication and supply line[s]" between Turkey and Aleppo had been severed, according to a Elijah Magnier, a renowned Arab war correspondent with Alrai Media Group. It seems to be so: the Syrian army and allied militias, backed by Hezbollah and Russian air power, took control of a tendril of territory that...
  • Iran: We still fund Hamas as fighting Israel is our policy

    02/08/2016 8:42:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 8, 2016, 6:33 pm | (Staff)
    An Iranian official on Monday rejected reports that Tehran has ceased funding the Palestinian terror group Hamas, claiming that supporting the fight against Israel remains a "principled policy," the semi-official Tasnim news agency said. Speaking at his weekly press conference in Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari rejected media reports that funding for the Gaza-based group ceased in 2009. Ansari said that supporting "Palestinian resistance movements" is part of Iran's foreign policy, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency. He called the Palestinian issue "pivotal and basic" for Muslims, according to the agency. ...
  • Aleppo siege marks dramatic upheaval on Syrian battlefield

    02/08/2016 6:26:19 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 11:33 PM ET, Sun February 7, 2016 | Tim Lister, CNN
    Since Russia began its air campaign, most of its strikes have been on cities and towns held by the rebels in western Syria. These are not areas where ISIS has much of a presence; al Nusra, Ahrar al Sham and elements of the Free Syrian Army are the main groups. In the process, senior rebel commanders have been killed in Homs, Idlib and Aleppo provinces. "Their ultimate objective is to force the world to make an unconscionable choice between Assad and ISIS," says Hokayem. For now, ISIS is waiting out the battle for Aleppo and watching its rivals get pummeled....
  • Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge toward Turkey border

    02/08/2016 5:30:22 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Feb 8, 2016 8:11am EST | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    The Syrian army advanced toward the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad. "Our whole existence is now threatened, not just losing more ground," said Abdul Rahim al-Najdawi from Liwa al-Tawheed, an insurgent group. "They are advancing and we are pulling back because in the face of such heavy aerial bombing we must minimize our losses." The Syrian military and its allies were almost five km (3 miles) from the rebel-held town of Tal Rafaat, which has brought...
  • Swine flu to KILL OFF ISIS: Panicked Daesh issues urgent health warning after dozens die

    02/08/2016 3:35:32 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 68 replies
    Express ^ | Feb 7, 2016 | Oli Smith
    Swine flu to KILL OFF ISIS: Panicked Daesh issues urgent health warning after dozens die ISLAMIC State (ISIS) jihadis have issued an urgent health warning as the killer swine flu epidemic threatens to wipe out fighters across Syria and Iraq. By Oli Smith PUBLISHED: 04:58, Sun, Feb 7, 2016 | UPDATED: 13:37, Sun, Feb 7, 2016 Panicking ISIS could be crippled by the deadly virus after residents living under the ISIS reign - also known as Daesh - reported a "mysterious epidemic" sweeping through the region. A human rights monitor group based in ISIS-ruled territories revealed the outbreak had infected...
  • ISIS fighters in Libya surge as group suffers setbacks in Syria, Iraq

    02/07/2016 3:13:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/07/2016 | By Jim Sciutto, Barbara Starr and Kevin Liptak,
    The U.S. assesses that ISIS is ramping up the numbers of militants in Libya and that it has become harder for the group's fighters to enter Syria. The U.S. estimate of ISIS militants in Libya has doubled as it has become harder for them to enter Syria, according to U.S. intelligence assessments. There may now be up to 6,500 ISIS fighters in Libya, twice the number previously thought, according to several U.S. intelligence officials. They attributed the increase to the U.S. analysis that ISIS is diverting more fighters to Libya from Syria -- and from Turkey when they cannot get...
  • Obama’s Disastrous Betrayal of the Syrian Rebels

    02/07/2016 1:05:51 PM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | February 5, 2016 | Emily Hokayem
    What a difference a year makes in Syria. And the introduction of massive Russian airpower. Last February, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its Shiite auxiliaries mounted a large-scale attempt to encircle Aleppo, the northern city divided between regime and rebels since 2012 and battered by the dictator’s barrel bombs. Islamist and non-Islamist mainstream rebels — to the surprise of those who have derided their performance, let alone their existence — repelled the offensive at the time. What followed was a string of rebel advances across the country, which weakened Assad so much that they triggered Moscow’s direct intervention in September,...
  • Palestinian Scholar: The Jews Have a Criminal, Satanic Nature and Are the Enemies of Mankind

    02/07/2016 9:59:27 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 76 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 1/22/16 | Al-Majd TV (Saudi Arabia)
    In a January 22 Al-Majd TV interview, Palestinian scholar Samir Said talked about what he called the "criminal and Satanic nature" of the Jews and said that they were "the enemies of Mankind," who had "killed 70 prophets in a single day." Said is a member of the Jerusalem Committee of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS). Following are excerpts: Interviewer: Let's talk about the well-known history of Jewish crimes, since the days of the Israelites, and their crimes against the most noble people of those times – the prophets and messengers, against whom they committed grave crimes, including...
  • Gaza: Hamas-ISIS ties tighten

    02/07/2016 11:41:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 2/7/2016, 4:36 PM | Hillel Fendel
    Israel's intelligence community has found that the Hamas terrorist organization and Islamic State (ISIS) intensified their mutual cooperation in the year 2015 - so reports Middle East Newsline (MENL). According to the Israeli intelligence sources, the two terrorist movements share intelligence, weapons shipments, logistics and medical services. For instance, ISIS frequently works with Bedouin smugglers to facilitate shipments of missiles and weapons to the Hamas-ruled Gaza via Egypt's Sinai Desert. ISIS then takes 10-20% of the weapons ordered by Hamas. However, when the Egyptian offensive against the smuggling tunnel network hampers their joint efforts, ISIS sends raw materials, enabling Hamas...
  • Exclusive: Iran wants euro payment for new and outstanding oil sales - source

    02/07/2016 9:36:26 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    rueters ^ | 02/05/2016 | Nidhi Verma
    Iran wants to recover tens of billions of dollars it is owed by India and other buyers of its oil in euros and is billing new crude sales in euros, too, looking to reduce its dependence on the U.S. dollar following last month's sanctions relief. A source at state-owned National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) told Reuters that Iran will charge in euros for its recently signed oil contracts with firms including French oil and gas major Total, Spanish refiner Cepsa and Litasco, the trading arm of Russia's Lukoil. "In our invoices we mention a clause that buyers of our oil...
  • Rebels deploy child soldiers to fight in northern Aleppo

    02/07/2016 8:57:57 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    Al-Masdar Al-'Arabi (The Arab Source) ^ | Feb 6, 2016 | Leith Fadel
    The Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki have begun to use child soldiers in their fight against the Syrian government forces inside the Aleppo Governorate after the latter launched a large-scale offensive to capture much of the province’s northern countryside. According to local sources, soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have reported a number of firefights in which children were being deployed by the Islamist rebels to help drive back the government forces. Some of the children were described as “pre-teen” and unable to properly...
  • Merkel Says EU Must Take in Refugees Directly From Turkey

    02/06/2016 4:06:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Bloomberg | February 6, 2016 — 5:28 AM EST | Patrick Donahue
    Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-06/merkel-says-eu-must-take-in-refugees-directly-from-turkey
  • Palestinians stepping up statehood bid, Israel’s UN envoy warns

    02/05/2016 8:52:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 4, 2016, 5:47 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Jerusalem is bracing for a series of Palestinian statehood initiatives in various international forums, including resolutions at the United Nations Security Council, Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said Thursday. "The Palestinians are increasing their involvement and activity in the international arena in a bid to internationalize the conflict," he told The Times of Israel. There are several initiatives calling for the creation of a Palestinian state circulating among UN diplomats, and while they recently received less exposure due to the world's focus on fighting the Islamic State terror group, these resolutions are anything but forgotten, he indicated. ...
  • Iranian commander mocks Saudi offer to intervene in Syria

    02/06/2016 11:59:57 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    cnn ^ | 02/06/2016 | jason hanna
    Saudi Arabia's fresh public willingness to send ground troops into Syria is drawing ridicule from the kingdom's chief regional rival. The commander of Iran's revolutionary guard on Saturday mocked Saudi Arabia's declaration that it is prepared to commit ground troops to fight ISIS in war-torn Syria. "They claim they will send troops (to Syria), but I don't think they will dare do so," Maj. Gen. Ali Jafari told reporters in Tehran, according to Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency. "They have a classic army and history tells us such armies stand no chance in fighting irregular resistance forces." "This will be...
  • Is This Game Over For Assad’s Enemies?

    02/06/2016 9:35:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 6, 2016 | Nancy A. Youssef
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could make his biggest gains in the country’s long civil war—and potentially tip its outcome in his favor in a matter of weeks—by wresting control of the city of Aleppo from opposition forces, two U.S. military officials told The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity. If government forces are able to successfully encircle the city and hold it, and control the province around it, “the war is essentially over,” said one of the senior defense officials.
  • 40,000 fleeing Aleppo as battle for Syrian city intensifies, U.N. group says

    02/06/2016 6:18:57 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 6, 2016 | Nick Paton Walsh and Don Melvin
    The battle for Aleppo -- once Syria's commercial heart -- is intensifying, and video has surfaced appearing to show thousands of civilians streaming out of the devastated city. CNN could not independently verify the authenticity of the video, but the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said via Twitter Friday that 40,000 people have been displaced by the ongoing fighting around Aleppo. Reports said forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, crucially aided by Russian air power, have cut the city off from supplies and are advancing. Increasingly intensive Russian airstrikes are pushing thousands of Syrians...
  • Bahrain joins Saudi Arabia in pledging to send troops into warzone (Syria) as part of a coalition

    02/06/2016 6:15:50 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 6 February 2016 | TOM WYKE
    The Syrian Foreign Minister has warned that any foreign ground troops who enter the warzone without official approval would be sent home to their countries 'in coffins.' Syria will see any incursion on its territory as an act of aggression, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said today just days after Saudi Arabia announced it was ready to send in ground troops. 'Any ground intervention on Syrian land without the agreement of the Syrian government is an act of aggression ... we regret that those (who invade) will return to their countries in coffins,' al-Moualem told journalists.
  • Saudi Arabia offers to send ground troops to fight ISIS in Syria

    02/06/2016 1:27:21 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | February 5, 2016 | Kellan Howell
    Saudi Arabia for the first time as offered to send ground troops to Syria to help fight the Islamic State terror group, its defense ministry said Thursday. “The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against the Islamic State) may agree to carry out in Syria,” said military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri during an interview with al-Arabiya TV news. Thousands of special forces troops could be deployed, most likely in coordination with Turkey, Saudi officials told The Guardian. Both countries seek the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.
  • How Lucky Is Syria’s President?

    02/05/2016 8:45:17 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | September 12, 2013 | Ali Hashem
    Bashar al-Assad may be the luckiest man in the Middle East, and maybe in the world. The defiant Syrian president has been under fierce popular, military, regional and global pressure to step down, his country is almost destroyed, more than one hundred thousand of his people have been killed and thousands of his soldiers splintered.
  • Syrians Rush to Turkey as Assad Forces, Russia Pound Rebels

    02/05/2016 8:08:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 5, 2016 | AYLA ALBAYRAK, NOUR MALAS and DANA BALLOUT
    Regime forces tightened their grip on Syria’s biggest city Friday by cutting off a major supply route, as thousands of civilians uprooted by days of Russian airstrikes gathered at a border crossing in the hope of gaining refuge in neighboring Turkey. Rebel fighters in Aleppo struggled to hold their ground as President Bashar al-Assad’s military gained the upper hand in important battlegrounds, in an expanding conflict that could mark a turning point in the five-year war. As fighting, coupled with Russian airstrikes, intensified, thousands of Syrians converged on a border crossing with Turkey. The Ankara government and aid groups rushed...
  • THE WEST LOOKS ON AS PUTIN STEALS A MILITARY VICTORY IN SYRIA

    02/05/2016 2:28:39 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Feb 5, 2016 | FREDERIC C. HOF
    For over four years, an article of faith for senior Western politicians has been that there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria. Properly translated this mantric assertion, still being chanted in 2016, would read as follows: “We in the West will not lift a finger militarily to stop, complicate, or mitigate mass murder in Syria so long as the perpetrators are Bashar al-Assad and his external enablers: Iran and Russia. Therefore someone ought to resolve this odious crisis diplomatically.”
  • Saudi Arabia willing to send ground troops to Syria

    02/05/2016 2:02:21 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 05 Feb 2016
    Saudi Arabia is prepared to deploy ground troops to Syria to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) if US-led coalition leaders agree to the offer. Saudi's air force has targeted ISIL with air strikes since the campaign began in Syria in September 2014, but the Gulf kingdom is now ready to provide ground forces to defeat the armed group, a military spokesman said on Thursday.
  • Church of England minister found out from online video that her Muslim convert son had died [tr]

    02/05/2016 1:47:18 PM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2016 | Jay Akbar
    A Church of England minister has told of how she learned of her jihadi son's death through a video posted online. Reverend Sue Boyce said she was 'horrified' to discover her son Jake Petty, who went by the alias Abu Yaqoob Britani, had fled the UK to join ISIS in Syria in July 2014. He continued to stay in touch with his distraught family over WhatsApp but 'went quiet' in mid August.
  • Russian 'SPETSNAZ' commandos on the ground in Syria to crush ISIS as 70,000 refugees flee

    02/05/2016 12:45:43 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 42 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | 18:01, Fri, Feb 5, 2016 | Tom Batchelor
    Russian 'SPETSNAZ' commandos on the ground in Syria to crush ISIS as 70,000 refugees flee RUSSIAN 'Spetsnaz' special forces troops have surrounded the Syrian city of Aleppo amid fierce fighting in the besieged city, according to reports. By Tom Batchelor PUBLISHED: 00:00, Fri, Feb 5, 2016 | UPDATED: 18:01, Fri, Feb 5, 2016 Commandos sent by the Kremlin are apparently working covertly to support Syrian government forces who say they are close to retaking parts of the city from Islamic State control. Russian airstrikes have intensified in recent days in a bid to crush ISIS and rival rebel groups that...
  • Video Shows Tens Of Thousands Massing At Turkey Border As Russia, Iran Bear Down On Key Syrian City

    02/05/2016 12:39:49 PM PST · by amorphous · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5 Feb 2016 | Tyler Durden
    On Thursday we brought you the latest from Syria, where Hezbollah and the IRGC have encircled Aleppo and cut off rebel supply lines to Turkey. It was months in the making, but it now appears that the city - Syria's second largest - will soon be retaken by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad. As we've explained in the past, that would effectively restore the President's grip on power as he would effectively control most of the country’s urban centers - even if that "control" is tenuous. Eastern Syria is of course a different story entirely, as ISIS is dug in...
  • Assad Forces Poised to Take Back Aleppo

    02/05/2016 11:32:45 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 9 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 02/04/2016 | Faysal Itani
    In a serious blow to the rebellion, the Syrian regime has severed the main insurgent supply line from Turkey to long-contested Aleppo, Syria’s second city. This is the culmination of several tactical regime victories against the opposition in recent weeks, largely due to Russian air support. Although some Western policy-makers (and many opposition supporters) continue to insist that Russia and its allies are sinking into a quagmire in Syria, the facts on the ground indicate that it is the insurgency and its backers who are stuck in a morass. Since the beginning of February, the regime took several towns north...
  • Journalist 'groped' in front of live camera in Cologne

    02/05/2016 10:10:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Feb 2016 16:23 GMT+01:00
    A Belgian journalist has said she was groped while on live television at the Cologne Karneval. "At first they were just making faces behind me. Then a hand landed on my breast. I was shocked," said RTBF journalist Esmeralda Labye, describing the incident that took place in the Alter Markt district of town. The chances of the two men being caught are high - the whole incident was caught on camera. Police are now investigating the case. A section of the video seen by The Local shows a man of European appearance making lewd gestures behind the reporter. The full...
  • Russia says it supports Kurdistan

    02/05/2016 8:03:39 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 6 replies
    rudaw.net ^ | 02/05/2016 | Rudaw
    By Rudaw 7 hours ago Rudaw: The Kurdish President has decided to hold a referendum for independence of the Kurdistan Region. What is Russia's point of view on that, and if Kurdistan implements this plan, how would Russia respond to it? Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova: "About referendum, as you know this is something that belongs to countries themselves and the decisions of their nations, and considering a Kurdish state, we do support Kurdish permanent and legitimate rights in this regard and in the context of those nations who are ready to make their destiny. This is the Russian...
  • Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo

    02/05/2016 7:38:20 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 28 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Fri Feb 5, 2016 10:16am EST | John Davison
    Fri Feb 5, 2016 10:16am EST Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo BEIRUT | By John Davison Tens of thousands of Syrians fled an intensifying Russian assault around Aleppo on Friday, and aid workers said they feared the city which once held two million people could soon fall under a full government siege. Video footage showed thousands of people, mostly women, children and the elderly, massing at the Bab al-Salam border crossing. Men carried luggage on top of their heads, and the elderly and those unable to walk were brought in wheelchairs. Some women sat on the...
  • White Flight: German Families Abandoning ‘Diverse’ Schools

    02/05/2016 6:36:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 5, 2016 | Chris Tomlinson
    Families in Germany are switching their children’s schools fearing that large amounts of migrants will ruin their child’s chance at a good education. According to a detailed report in Sueddeutsche, more and more German families are switching their child’s schooling because of the presence of more and more migrant children who often disrupt class and bully native Germans.
  • Putin Ignores Kerry Cease Fire Plea and Sends Top Gun Fighter Jet into Syria

    02/04/2016 7:58:19 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 94 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 2/4/16
    GO PUTIN!! Top Gun fighter jet to join Syria battle By Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin Published February 04, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook1626 Twitter0 livefyre Email Print NOW PLAYING Syrian peace talks derailed after Russia continues bombings Never autoplay videos Russia seemingly has ignored Secretary of State John Kerry’s appeals to stop bombing civilians and allow critical humanitarian aid to starving Syrians – and is instead escalating its military involvement, deploying four of its most capable fighter jets to Syria, two defense officials confirmed to Fox News. The decision to send the Su-35S jets poses yet another hurdle for Kerry’s efforts to...
  • Syrian rebels are losing Aleppo and perhaps also the war

    02/04/2016 6:52:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 4, 2016 | Liz Sly and Zakaria Zakaria
    GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Syrian rebels battled for their survival in and around Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on Thursday after a blitz of Russian airstrikes helped government loyalists sever a vital supply route and sent a new surge of refugees fleeing toward the border with Turkey. The Russian-backed onslaught against rebel positions in Aleppo coincided with the failure of peace talks in Geneva, and helped reinforce opposition suspicions that Russia and its Syrian government allies are more interested in securing a military victory over the rebels than negotiating a settlement. After two days of what rebel fighters described as the...
  • Spetsnaz in Syria tweets

    02/04/2016 1:44:51 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    twitter.com ^ | 02/04/2016 | Twitter
    #Russian #spetsnaz troops on top of a brand new BTR-82A armored personnel carrier in #Syria#RuAF pic.twitter.com/c1FqEjAWLO— khaled g.alkhateb (@KhaledgAlkhateb) January 29, 2016 #Russia special forces soldier in #Syria IDd as belonging to 45 #Spetsnaz Brigade recon unit https://t.co/ZNYJst2Wsc pic.twitter.com/3VlGDL7L2N— big el little ease (@elemcee69) January 30, 2016 Covert operations. Politeness wins. #russia #usa #airsoft #russianlivesmatter #evike #Spetsnaz pic.twitter.com/EesVHbYhTk— East Bloc-Восток Б (@East_Bloc) January 31, 2016Spetsnaz GRU forces with Arab prisoner
  • MPs call for immediate halt of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia

    02/04/2016 11:45:27 AM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 03 February 2016 | Patrick Wintour
    Kingdom’s military campaign in Yemen also prompts all-party group to urge government to back international inquiry ___ An all-party group of MPs has called for an immediate suspension of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia and an international independent inquiry into the kingdom’s military campaign in Yemen. The call from the international development select committee follows evidence from aid agencies to MPs warning that Saudi Arabia was involved in indiscriminate bombing of its neighbour
  • Drone footage reveals devastation of Homs in Syria as Europe's stance towards refugees toughens

    02/04/2016 11:42:23 AM PST · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Source material cannot be posted to FR | 04 February 2016 | Charlie Atkin
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  • After U.S. Withdrawal, Gulf Will Be 'Under the Siege of the Islamic Revolution, Syrian Meddling'

    10/31/2007 4:34:10 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies · 12+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 10-31-07
    Al-Sharq Al-Awsat Editor: After U.S. Withdrawal, Gulf Will Be 'Under the Siege of the Islamic Revolution and Under the Pressure of Syrian Meddling' In an editorial titled "[The] American Withdrawal and the Second Stage," published October 9, 2007 in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, editor Tariq Alhomayed warned of what might happen after the U.S. withdraws its forces from Iraq. He argued that Iraq would be taken over by Iran and Syria, which are seeking to dominate the Middle East, and that the result would be the spread of extremism and violence throughout the region. The following are excerpts from the article, as...
  • 1 year after the pull out: Syria, Iran still control Lebanon

    04/27/2006 4:59:47 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 7 replies · 279+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | 27 april 2006 | Dr. Walid Phares
    WASHINGTON On April 26, 2005, pictures of the "last" Syrian soldiers were seen around the world. Today, on the first annual withdrawal of the Syrian regular forces from Lebanon, there are reasons for celebration and other reasons for great concern. While Syrian road blocks have vanished from Beirut and the various regions of Lebanon, many questions are still troubling the minds of most Lebanese and their friends around the world. The truth the whole truth is not yet fully out in the open. What caused the abrupt Syrian withdrawal, and is the latter complete? What is causing...
  • PLO official accuses Syria of crimes against humanity

    08/16/2011 5:12:41 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/16/2011
    PLO official accuses Syria of crimes against humanity Syrian government forces attack port city for 4th day; Palestinian refugees flee camps in area; villages near Homs reportedly under attack. An assault by Syrian security forces on a Palestinian refugee camp in the coastal city of Latakia amounts to a crime against humanity, a senior official in the Palestine Liberation Organization said. "The shelling is taking place using gunships and tanks on houses built from tin, on people who have no place to run to or even a shelter to hide in," Yasser Abed Rabbo, the PLO secretary general, told Reuters....
  • Putin ignores Kerry plea, instead deploys Top Gun fighter jet to join Syria battle

    02/04/2016 12:03:57 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 4,2016 | By Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    Russia seemingly has ignored Secretary of State John Kerry’s appeals to stop bombing civilians and allow critical humanitarian aid to starving Syrians – and is instead escalating its military involvement, deploying four of its most capable fighter jets to Syria, two defense officials confirmed to Fox News. The decision to send the Su-35S jets poses yet another hurdle for Kerry’s efforts to proceed with peace talks. The Su-35S is Russia’s most advanced warplane, capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, one official familiar with the jet said. Already, continued Russian airstrikes against Syrian opposition fighters, some backed by the CIA, were...
  • Closing In: Russia, Iran, Assad "Encircle" Syria's Largest City As Peace Talks Collapse In Geneva

    02/04/2016 10:06:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/4/16 | tyler durden
    Back in October, we previewed the “promised” battle for Aleppo, Syria’s largest city prior to the war. By the time Russia began constructing an air base at Latakia, the city - which is immensely important both from a strategic and psychological perspective - was controlled by a hodgepodge of rebels and militants including al-Qaeda, the Free Syrian Army, and ISIS. As we noted four months ago, if Russia and Hezbollah manage to recapture the city, it would effectively restore the Assad government in Syria even if the east of the country is still controlled by Islamic State. In many ways,...
  • Russia Accuses Turkey of Preparing to Invade Syria as jihadi rebels collapse

    02/04/2016 11:03:46 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 21 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Feb 4, 2016, 12:58 PM ET | The Associated Press
    Russia Accuses Turkey of Preparing to Invade Syria By The Associated Press MOSCOW — Feb 4, 2016, 12:58 PM ET The Russian military said Thursday that it has "reasonable grounds" to suspect that Turkey is making intensive preparations for a military invasion of neighboring Syria. Images of a checkpoint on the border between the Turkish town of Reyhanli and the town of Sarmada in Syrian taken in late October and late January show a buildup of transportation infrastructure that could be used for moving in troops, ammunition and weapons, spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in an English-language written statement....