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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Saudi Prince Muhammad On Eve of Accession, Plans War On Iran, with Israeli Attack on Hizballah

    11/21/2017 2:15:45 PM PST · by drewh · 29 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | Nov 19 2017 ast
    The next Saudi King Crown Prince Muhammad and Israel agree that Iran is the biggest threat to the region, but Israel’s top soldier rules out initiating an attack on Hizballah. Two London publications on the same day shed unusual light on the next chapter in Saud royal history, as well as on the hitherto semi-clandestine ties between Riyadh and Jerusalem. Daily Mail, quoting “a source close to the Saudi royal family” reported that King Salman, 91, intends to give up the throne next week and name his son, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, 32 as his successor. The king will...
  • Iran Supreme Commander Gen. Soleimani Sets Up Forward War Room in Syria: Personally Takes Command

    11/21/2017 2:00:34 PM PST · by drewh · 11 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | Nov 21 2017 gmt
    Iranian Rev Guards Gen. Soleimani sets up a forward war-room in Syria after Assad’s army and Hizballah failed to recover strategic Abu Kamal from ISIS. The Revolutionary Guards Al Qods chief Gen Qassem Soleimani, supreme commander of Iranian warfronts in Syria and Iraq, was seen on Sunday morning, Nov. 19, at the scene of the Abu Kamal battle, the key southeastern town near the border with Iraq (in Deir ez-Zour province), after Syrian and Hizballah forces had failed to recapture the town from an Islamic State counteroffensive.Military sources reporting this, disclose that Soleimani’s deputy Khairallah Samadi was killed in battle....
  • Iran-Backed Forces Persecuting Christians Who Survived ISIS, Kurdish Parliamentarian Says

    11/21/2017 8:02:52 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 5 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | Nov 20, 2017 | by Ben Cohen
    Iran-backed Shia paramilitary forces operating in northern Iraq have been accused by a Kurdish parliamentarian of engaging in “flagrant injustice” toward Christians in the region which until earlier this year was in the grip of ISIS terrorists. Wahida Yaqo Hormuz — a Christian representative in the parliament of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) — said she had alerted the Vatican and international human rights groups to what she called the “Shia-ification” of the Nineveh Plains, where the northern Iraqi city of Mosul is located. Conquered by ISIS in 2014, Iraqi government forces retook the city in July. snip On Monday,...
  • Time for Reckoning a Long Hidden Massacre

    11/21/2017 11:03:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | November 21, 2017 | Sara Hassani
    This week, Tehran announced it would continue a missile development program that defense analysts say could allow Iran to launch nuclear weapons. It was a public threat that has understandably stirred strong response from the U.S. and the west: the risk of nuclear proliferation by a fanatical regime is indeed a threat to millions across the region. But there is another, potentially greater threat from within Iran, one made more insidious by the fact that no one outside of Iran seems to care but which nonetheless imperils the values and moral conscience of the civilized world. I am speaking of...
  • Saudi Arabia’s Top Cleric: Fighting Jews Forbidden, Hamas a Terror group

    11/19/2017 5:39:32 PM PST · by smileyface · 56 replies
    United with Israel ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | United with Israel Staff
    The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia issued a ruling forbidding war against the Jews and proclaiming that Hamas is a terror group. The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, issued a surprising religious ruling, saying that fighting against Israel was inappropriate and that Hamas is a “terror organization.” The Muslim cleric issued the ruling while answering a question on a television program regarding the Palestinian riots surrounding the Temple Mount in July, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported. Israel’s Communications Minister Ayoub Kara welcomed the unexpected decision and invited the Mufti to visit Israel.
  • Liberal Mag Editor: Tomahawk Missiles ‘Must Enrage A Lot Of Native Americans’

    04/10/2017 2:37:53 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 53 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 10, 2017
    President Trump’s Thursday airstrike on a Syrian airfield is offensive to Native Americans, Mother Jones editor-in-chief Clara Jeffery tweeted over the weekend. Jeffery wrote the fact “that the missiles are callled [sic] tomahawks must enrage a lot of Native Americans…” … which in hindsight, probably wasn’t the smartest thing to say.
  • Dem Senator [Richard Blumenthal] Wants Huma Abedin Investigated by Special Prosecutor

    05/08/2017 9:27:31 PM PDT · by grundle · 30 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | May 6, 2017 | Martin Lioll
    There have been plenty of calls to investigate Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, for her role in Hillary’s email scandal. None of those calls, for reasons that ought to be obvious, have come from people within the Democrat Party. That just changed, however — and it could have massive implications for both Abedin and her employer. In an interview on MSNBC on Thursday, Connecticut Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal said a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate Abedin’s handling of confidential material. Blumenthal’s comments came one day after FBI Director James Comey revealed during congressional testimony that Abedin may...
  • Swedish woman Raped by Syrian migrant commits Suicide after Prosecutor drops her Case

    11/17/2017 8:00:52 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 28 replies
    Investigative journalist and columnist Joakim Lamotte has reported a new story on his Facebook page, about a young woman, Angelica Wiktor, from Vittaryd in Småland, Sweden. Lamotte writes that he started getting messages from people who knew the woman in June, after she had written on Facebook that she had been raped in the first week of March. The people contacting him, told him that she had committed suicide, after finding out the police had closed the investigation into her rape. Lamotte decides to investigate, and comes across her last message, posted this summer: “Victims of rape! Those who do...
  • After Muslim outrage, Miss Iraq apologizes for selfie with Miss Israel

    11/17/2017 5:59:32 AM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 11/17/17 | Robert Spencer
    This anger is not just political, just as the political conflict between Israel and the “Palestinians” isn’t political, either. The Qur’an depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allah’s power is limited (5:64); they love to listen to lies (5:41); they disobey Allah and never observe his commands (5:13). They are disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion...
  • Raqqa’s dirty secret: Hundreds of ISIS fighters allowed to escape from Syria by US Coalition

    11/14/2017 11:03:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/14/2017 | By Quentin Sommerville and Riam Dalati
    Lorry driver Abu Fawzi thought it was going to be just another job. He drives an 18-wheeler across some of the most dangerous territory in northern Syria. Bombed-out bridges, deep desert sand, even government forces and so-called Islamic State fighters don’t stand in the way of a delivery. But this time, his load was to be human cargo. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters opposed to IS, wanted him to lead a convoy that would take hundreds of families displaced by fighting from the town of Tabqa on the Euphrates river to a camp...
  • Ziyad Sabsabi: Russia insists on Kurds’ participation in meetings of Syrian crisis

    11/13/2017 8:37:27 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANHA Harwar News Agency ^ | (11-13-17) 13.11.2017 14:24 | H H
    QAMISHLO– The deputy of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Russian Senate Ziyad Sabsabi said that Russia will abide by neutrality in the fighting between the regime Force and the Syrian Democratic Forces, indicating that Russia insists permanently on the Kurds participation in conferences and meetings related to the Syrian crisis.The General Command of the People’s Protection Units held a press conference yesterday, in which a number of IS mercenary families were handed over to the Russian Federation during a joint press conference between the People’s Protection Units and Russian military leadership.The families, which were handed over by the...
  • Israel Shoots Down Drone at Border, Issues Stern Warning to Syrian Army

    11/12/2017 1:08:38 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | November 11, 2017 | Yochanan Visser
    ...shot down a Syrian drone about to enter Israeli airspace over the border town Kuneitra on the Syrian Golan Heights. Israeli media reported the unmanned aerial vehicle belonged to the Syrian army, which consists today of mainly Shiite volunteers and mercenaries flown in from Iran. The IDF used a Patriot missile to down the drone, which was on a reconnaissance mission, just as it did in September when a Hezbollah-operated UAV entered Israeli airspace at about the same spot near the Israeli border... Israel has... demanded that any solution to the 6-year-old Syrian war must involve the creation of a...
  • Trump and Putin 'agree to defeat IS in Syria'

    11/11/2017 2:06:54 AM PST · by Nextrush · 100 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/11/2017 | BBC
    US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have agreed to defeat the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, the Kremlin says. It said a statement was prepared by experts after they met briefly on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam on Saturday. In total the two leaders had three encounters within 24 hours at the summit in port city of Da Nang. There has been no official confirmation from the US about the statement so far. A meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin was widely expected at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit, but few...
  • Minnesota terror convict released to family

    11/09/2017 7:21:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 9, 2017 5:23 PM EST
    A Minnesota man serving 20 years of supervised release for conspiring to join the Islamic State has been released from his federal halfway house. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis granted 21-year-old Abdullahi Mohamud Yusuf’s release to his family Thursday. While at the halfway house, Yusuf received counseling, mentoring and an award for being a role model to other residents. […] Yusuf was among nine Minnesota men sentenced last year for conspiring to join the militant group in Syria. …
  • An alternative history of the year since Election Day 2016 (Hillary wins - Democrat fantasy)

    11/09/2017 7:14:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 8, 2017 | Rachel Sklar
    The year since the 2016 election has been dizzying. But would it have been just as dizzying if Hillary Clinton had won? A year into the scariest experiment the American Experiment has ever experimented with, here’s a glimpse at the alternate timeline that we just barely missed out on. Nov. 8, 2016: Madam President! The first female president of the United States, Hillary Clinton, wins the popular vote by 3 million votes and ekes out a narrow electoral college victory by winning Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, just like the polls all said! On Etsy, a million “Madam President” onesies go...
  • ISIS chased out of last stronghold in Syria

    11/09/2017 8:23:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/09/2017
    BEIRUT -- Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants withdrew Thursday from their last stronghold in Syria, a strategic town near the border with Iraq, following a government offensive that has effectively left the extremist group's fighters dispersed in villages and small towns in the desert. The Syrian military declared the town liberated after intense battles that killed a large number of militants, including leaders. The military said they were still chasing other ISIS militants in different directions in the desert. "The liberation of Boukamal is of great importance because it is a declaration of the fall of this...
  • We see Hezbollah's mischief all over the Middle East: Saudi minister

    Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of foreign affairs, says that "the world has to make sure that we designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization."
  • Syrian troops encircle last Islamic State-held town

    11/09/2017 4:55:38 AM PST · by NorseViking · 9 replies
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops and allied fighters encircled the last Islamic State-held town on Wednesday after linking up with Iraqi forces, pro-government media and a Syrian opposition monitoring group said. Al-Manar TV, the media arm of the Lebanese Hezbollah group, said troops have surrounded the eastern town of Boukamal, on the border with Iraq. The Central Military Media Center, an outlet affiliated with the Syrian military, said Syrian troops and allied fighters have begun entering the town. The two outlets said earlier that Syrian troops had linked up with Iraqi forces across the border. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for...
  • Saudi Arabia Charges Iran With ‘Act of War,’ Raising Threat of Military Clash

    11/07/2017 1:45:41 PM PST · by TBP · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Nov. 6, 2017 | David D. Kirkpatrick
    Saudi Arabia charged Monday that a missile fired at its capital from Yemen over the weekend was an “act of war” by Iran, in the sharpest escalation in nearly three decades of mounting hostility between the two regional rivals. “We see this as an act of war,” the Saudi foreign minister, Adel Jubair, said in an interview on CNN. “Iran cannot lob missiles at Saudi cities and towns and expect us not to take steps.” The accusation, which Iran denied, came a day after a wave of arrests in Saudi Arabia that appeared to complete the consolidation of power by...
  • Syria Joins Paris Climate Accord, Leaving Only U.S. Opposed

    11/07/2017 10:04:06 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 7, 2017 | Lisa Friedman
    WASHINGTON — Then there was one. Syria announced during United Nations climate talks on Tuesday that it would sign the Paris agreement on climate change. The move, which comes on the heels of Nicaragua signing the accord last month, will leave the United States as the only country that has rejected the global pact. According to several people who were in a plenary session at the climate talks in Bonn, Germany, a Syrian delegate announced that the country was poised to send its ratification of the Paris agreement to the United Nations. “This is the very last country that actually...