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  • Amir on latest developments in Israel, Oct. 22

    10/22/2017 3:51:55 PM PDT · by firebrand · 4 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Oct. 22, 2017 | Amir Tsarfati
    The Israeli military has determined that the rockets recently fired from Syria were not a spillover but an intentional attack on Israel. Amir discusses the implications of this, predicting a soon occurrence of Isaiah 17 and an eventual war, the first of Israel against a major power. The future is not all bleak, however, and will of course include great things for Israel. Look up, keep the faith, and do not live for the things of this world, is his message. Be ready, as always.
  • Syrian Kurds Cut Secret Gas Deal With Russian Forces

    10/22/2017 8:39:15 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 19 replies
    Yahoo Noose & Propaganda ^ | October 21, 2017 | Oil Speculation Desk
    In a move that surprised many observers of the ongoing war for Deir Ezzor province, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) handed over one of Syria's largest gas fields to Russian forces on Thursday, possibly as the result of unprecedented direct talks between high ranking Russian officials and Kurdish leaders in Qamishli in northeastern Syria. Conoco gas plant (also locally called Al-Tabiya, which is the plant's main feeder field) lies on the eastern side of the Euphrates outside of Deir Ezzor city - which was recently liberated from ISIS as the Syrian Army and Russian forces approached from the west...
  • Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

    10/20/2017 5:42:30 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 6 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | October 19, 2017 | Carla E. Humud, Christopher M. Blanchard, Mary Beth D. Nikitin
    Since late 2015, Syrian president Asad and his government have leveraged military, financial, and diplomatic support from Russia and Iran to improve and consolidate the Syrian government’s position relative to the range of antigovernment insurgents arrayed against them. These insurgents include members of the Islamic State, Islamist and secular fighters, and Al Qaeda-linked networks in Syria. While Islamic State forces have lost territory to the Syrian government, to Turkey-backed Syrian opposition groups and to U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters since early 2016, they remain capable and dangerous. The IS “capital” at the Syrian provincial capital of Raqqah has been...
  • Did Trump Beat ISIS? The shift occurred on his watch and after he changed the rules of engagement

    10/19/2017 9:10:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/19/2017 | By Jonathan S. Tobin
    When President Donald Trump boasts, the nation rolls its collective eyes. From his first moments in office, Americans on both sides of the political aisle understood that his claims of triumph usually had little to do with the facts. That was true of the talk about record attendance at his inauguration and continues to also be true about his claims of passing more legislation or getting more done than all of his predecessors. The controversies engendered by Trump’s bragging or false statements (such as those he recently made about other presidents consoling the survivors of American combat troops killed in...
  • The F-35 Rumor Mill Is Spinning After Israeli Counter Strike On Syrian SAM Site

    10/18/2017 5:44:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 17, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    A day after Israel's counter attack on a Syrian SA-5 surface-to-air missile site we are learning more about the incident, and unfortunately, some questionable outlets and commentators are spreading rumors that imply one of Israel's F-35Is was the aircraft targeted by Syrian missiliers, and that the aircraft was damaged in the attack. It appears that the first sortie put "more than one" aircraft “within the effective range” of the Syrian SA-5 missile that fired at the flight according to an Israeli Defense Forces spokesman. The engagement supposedly occurred at around 9AM local time. It remains unclear the exact mix of...
  • US Backed Forces Celebrate Defeat of ISIS In Raqqa

    10/17/2017 11:21:58 AM PDT · by drewh · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 17, 2017 | Holly Williams
    U.S.-backed forces in Syria are celebrating the defeat of ISIS in its former stronghold of Raqqa. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces danced and chanted in the streets. Losing Raqqa is a major blow for ISIS as the terror group once called the city its capital.
  • Syrian army says they uncovered Israeli-made weapons in ISIS weapons depot

    10/17/2017 9:07:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Pan Armenian Net ^ | 10/17/2017
    The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a large weapons depot belonging to the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate, Syrian state TV reported on Monday, October 16, according to Al-Masdar News. Based on the footage released by Syrian state TV, the captured Islamic State depot in east Homs contained some Israeli manufactured weapons. The Syrian Arab Army seized this weapons depot in eastern Homs while carrying out operations around Homs-Hama axis in central Syria. Since capturing this depot, the Syrian Arab Army has cleared the last Islamic State pocket in eastern Hama, ending the...
  • Israeli Military Strikes anti-Aircraft Battery in Syria

    10/16/2017 4:43:32 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/16/17
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said on Monday that it struck and destroyed an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon — the first such incident of Syrian forces targeting Israeli planes since the civil war began in 2011. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said Israeli planes were on a routine reconnaissance mission near the Lebanese-Syrian border when they came under fire. They were not hit and returned to base safely. In response, Israel hit a Syrian anti-aircraft battery about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Damascus and “incapacitated”...
  • Once promised paradise, IS fighters end up in mass graves

    10/15/2017 9:47:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 100 replies
    The Jakarta Post ^ | October 15, 2017 | Ammar Karim and Maher al-Mounes Agence France-Presse
    <p>The Islamic State group once drew recruits from near and far with promises of paradise but now bodies of jihadists lie in mass graves or at the mercy of wild dogs as its "caliphate" collapses.</p> <p>Flies buzz around human remains poking through the dusty earth in the Iraqi town of Dhuluiyah, 90 kilometres (55 miles) north of Baghdad, at a hastily-dug pit containing the bodies of dozens of IS fighters killed in 2015.</p>
  • Syrian Islamic State fighters evacuate Raqqa city: SDF

    10/15/2017 1:47:03 AM PDT · by Enchante · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 15, 2017 | Staff
    AIN ISSA, SYRIA (Reuters) - A group of Islamic State fighters evacuated the Syrian city of Raqqa overnight, taking civilians with them as human shields, a militia spokesman told Reuters on Sunday. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, continued to battle Islamic State jihadists who remain in the city, SDF spokesman Mostafa Bali said.
  • Dozens of ISIS fighters reportedly surrender in Raqqa

    10/14/2017 11:17:58 AM PDT · by Enchante · 39 replies
    AP via NY Post ^ | October 14, 2017 | Staff
    Earlier this week, the coalition estimated that 300 to 400 militants remained in the city. On Friday, a local official said an estimated 100 militants surrendered.
  • Raqqah Civil Council and Tribal Elders Arrange Civilian Evacuation to Reduce Civilian Casualties

    10/14/2017 7:43:21 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies
    SOUTHWEST ASIA – A convoy of vehicles is staged to depart Raqqah Oct. 14 under an arrangement brokered by the Raqqah Civil Council and local Arab tribal elders Oct. 12. The arrangement is designed to minimize civilian casualties and purportedly excludes foreign Daesh terrorists as people trapped in the city continue to flee the impending fall of Daesh’s so-called capital. People departing Raqqah under the arrangement are subject to search and screening by Syrian Democratic Forces. The Coalition was not involved in the discussions that led to the arrangement, but believes it will save innocent lives and allow Syrian Democratic...
  • Turkey shifts policy on Syria

    10/12/2017 9:44:10 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 13 replies
    Jordan Times ^ | Oct 11,2017 | Michael Jansen
    Turkey’s latest intervention in the Syria conflict appears to reflect a 180-degree shift in its policy of backing Al Qaeda-linked takfiris and a range of largely fundamentalist insurgents, as well as the Saudi-sponsored Syrian opposition with the aim of bringing down President Bashar Assad. Last weekend, Turkish tanks, armoured vehicles and troops gathered in the western sector of the border between Turkey and Syria and exchanged fire with Al Qaeda’s Hay’at Tahrir Al Sham, a coalition headed by Jabhat Fatah Al Sham (formerly Jabhat Al Nusra). Ankara is deploying Syrian insurgents belonging to the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA), allegedly,...
  • (Aug 30, 2016) Clinton Foundation Donor Denied Entry Into U.S. Due To Ties To Hezbollah

    12/28/2016 1:16:23 AM PST · by Ray76 · 5 replies
    Sharia Finance Watch ^ | Aug 30, 2016 | Christopher W. Holton
    Gilbert Chagoury donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation. He also donated to a Lebanese organization with financial ties to Hezbollah, designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department. Let that sink in. Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. A huge donor to her family foundation had ties to an organization that the State Department had designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. How extensive were Chagoury’s ties to an organization that funded Hezbollah? So extensive that he was denied entry into the U.S.
  • The story of an ISIS emir

    10/09/2017 7:55:39 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 9 Oct 2017, 00:00 | ANF QAMISHLI
    ISIS emir (*) Salih Xelef El-Eli was taken captive by SDF fighters during the Operation Cizire Storm. Salih told how he joined ISIS and became an ISIS emir even though he was a simple and uneducated man. ISIS emir Salih Xelef El-Eli is from the town of Kesra west of Deir ez-Zor city. He was born in 1992. Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured El-Eli in El-Kuber town, west of Deir ez-Zor city. Rojava based Hawar News Agency (ANHA) interviewed captive ISIS emir Salih El-Eli who told the story of his life, how he joined ISIS and became...
  • Russia accuses US of "deadly provocations" in Syria

    10/05/2017 1:52:28 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 10 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | 10/4/2017 | DEBKAfile
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday accused the United States and its allies of orchestrating "deadly provocations" against Russian troops in Syria. "There are a lot of questions to US-led forces in Syria," Lavrov told pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Aswat Wednesday. "Either they accidentally bomb Syrian troops, after which Islamic State militants launch an offensive, or they get other terrorists to attack strategically important objects...or they stage deadly provocations against our military servicemen." Moscow has complained about what it says are suspiciously friendly ties between US-backed militias, US special forces, and the Islamic State.... Lavrov's deputy, Sergei Ryabkov, said last...
  • The fall of Raqqa: hunting the last jihadists in Isis's capital of cruelty

    10/06/2017 11:23:18 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6 October 2017 07.46 EDT | Martin Chulov
    The terror group used the Syrian city to showcase its savagery. Now a sense of vengeance is galvanising the final fightback. snip I don’t even hate them,” he said. “They are ignorant people. They have been brainwashed. If we treat them like they treat us, we become like them.”
  • France's 'Mama Jihad' jailed for 10 years for encouraging jihadist son

    10/06/2017 11:27:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies ^ | 6 October 2017 17:09 CEST+02:00
    A Frenchwoman nicknamed “Mama Jihad”, who traveled to Syria three times to support her jihadist son was handed a 10-year jail sentence on Friday in the latest case against parents of ISIS fighters. Christine Rivière, 51, was convicted of being part of a terrorist organization. She was given the maximum sentence for her “unfailing commitment” to jihad and for helping a number of young women travel to Syria as part of her attempts to find a bride for her son Tyler Vilus, with whom she was described as having an “inseparable relationship”. Vilus traveled to Syria to fight alongside the...
  • Battle for Raqqa photos: Isis confined to hospital and stadium, with hostages and snipers in both

    10/06/2017 7:59:53 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 3, 2017 11:16 BST | David Sim
    The (ISIS) jihadists' last remaining strongholds are the central hospital and a nearby stadium – but they are holding civilian hostages in both of them, and both buildings are surrounded by snipers, booby traps and tunnels that emerge behind SDF lines. Raqqa's hospital, a big complex pocked with bullets holes, lies just 200 yards/metres from the SDF's frontline base. Beyond it is a roundabout where the jihadists once displayed the heads of their enemies, crucified people and held military parades at the height of their expansion. Commanders say seizing these and the stadium from the few hundred remaining militants is...
  • Putin Declares War In Syria Won and Only Mop-Up Operation Remains

    10/02/2017 2:22:14 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Vesti News via Youtube ^ | 09/30/17 | Vesti News
    Russia and Turkey confirm the decision to politically resolve the conflict with Syria. The conditions for stopping the fratricidal war have already been set up in the country. Vladimir Putin said that after meeting with Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting took place in Ankara for 3 hours, behind closed doors. Afterwards, the leaders made short statements.