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  • Syria's Agony Foretold By Prophets of God...

    The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.(Isaiah 17:2)To get an idea of just how apocalyptic our times actually are, consider recent events of heartbreaking and shattering significance , in the Middle East , just since the 2011 Arab Sring , which I wrote about in my book A Sword On The Land: The Muslim World in Bible Prophecy ,Egypt went from being a relatively stable nation...
  • 4:09 / 9:13 UPDATE: Israel attacked Damascus! Weapons of mass destruction were targeted!

    12/07/2016 11:27:46 AM PST · by Lera · 16 replies
    Behold Israel Youtube ^ | 12/7/16 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir gives update on Israel's strike in Syria early Wednesday morning. The strike targeted weapons of mass destruction for Hezbollah
  • US Military Concerned ISIS Fighters Returning to Caribbean Could Reach Border

    03/14/2015 10:37:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Defense One ^ | 03/14/2015 | KEVIN BARON
    A top US commander warns Caribbean and South American countries are unable to track 100 foreign fighters that could return from Syria. Americas The war in Syria has attracted roughly 100 foreign fighters from the Caribbean who could easily make their way to the United States, said the top U.S. military commander for the southern hemisphere. With little ability to track and monitor foreign fighters when they return, it would be relatively easy for those fighters to “walk” north to the U.S. border along the same networks used to traffic drugs and humans, according to Gen. John Kelly, commander of...
  • Syria Rebels Call for Aleppo Cease-Fire

    12/07/2016 8:28:16 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 21 replies
    The Wall Street Urinal ^ | December 7, 2016 | Raja Abdulrahim and Maria Abi-Habib
    Syrian rebels in Aleppo called Wednesday for a five-day cease-fire to evacuate civilians and the severely wounded from the neighborhoods of the city they still control—a tacit admission by the opposition that it has been all but defeated in a critical battlefront of the war. The proposal still requires the approval of the regime in Damascus and its main military ally Russia. Under the plan, if a deal is reached the government and rebels would negotiate the future status of what was once Syria’s largest city and its economic powerhouse. That would likely set the stage for a full rebel...
  • Report: IDF strikes near Damascus

    12/07/2016 4:37:41 AM PST · by Lera · 43 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/7/16 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Arab media outlets have reported that the IDF targets inside Syria near the capital city of Damascus early Wednesday morning. The incident has yet to be confirmed by Israeli sources, and the IDF has refused to comment on the report. According to the claims, large explosions were heard around the El-Mezzeh airbase just outside of Damascus. No casualties were reported in the attack. A Syrian state media service report by SANA claimed the attack was made by land-based missile batteries, with no reference to Israeli air units. "At 3:00 a.m. (0100 GMT), the Israeli enemy fired several surface-to-surface missiles from...
  • Some 3,000 militants lay down arms in Syria

    12/07/2016 2:35:18 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 34 replies
    TASS ^ | 7/11/16
    DAMASCUS, December 7. /TASS/. About 3,000 militants surrendered and were granted safe passage in the town of Khan al-Sheikh [Khan al-Shih in other sources] on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene. The militants and their families boarded 52 buses that will transport them to the Idlib province. "After long and difficult negotiations, a ceasefire agreement with the militants was reached. The talks were very tense and required a lot of moral effort," a spokesman for Russia’s reconciliation center in Syria, Col. Alexei Leshchenko said. The militants handed over more than 500 guns,...
  • Warplanes strike Turkish army, gangs north of al-Bab

    12/06/2016 1:57:09 PM PST · by Bobalu · 14 replies ^ | 06.12.2016 | AL-BAB
    Unidentified warplanes are striking the town Akhtarin, located north of the Shahba region, it was reported on Tuesday. According to local sources, the town Akhtarin under Turkish army and affiliated gang groups’ occupation north of the Shahba region, the countryside north of the al-Bab region, is being struck intensively by unidentified warplanes. According to reports, there are many Turkish soldier and affiliated gang groups’ casualties as a result of the ongoing airstrikes. According to official Turkish military sources, five Turkish soldiers died and many others were injured in previous unknown airstrikes against the same region. Whilst Turkey blamed the Syrian...
  • Anti-Fraud Experts Launch 'Fake News' Detector, Find Obama Probably Wrong About Syria Attack

    12/06/2016 9:18:34 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 7 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | Dec. 6, 2016 | Steven Nelson
    Horrifying footage from Damascus suburbs showed rows of dead children and writhing victims following a 2013 chemical weapons attack. With hundreds killed, President Barack Obama asked the American public to support his proposal to bomb Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, which he said was responsible. The airstrikes never happened amid a groundswell of opposition in Congress, including claims from one back-bench lawmaker who said he reviewed classified evidence and found it was being “manipulated” to justify military intervention. But were U.S. authorities yet again asking Congress to consider unsubstantiated claims ahead of a war vote? The debate is being reopened...
  • Syrian Government Forces Advance on 2 Fronts in Aleppo

    12/06/2016 8:40:19 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 6 replies
    ANC ^ | 12/6/2016 | philip issa and howard amos, associated press
    Syrian government forces and allied militias captured Aleppo's centrally located al-Shaar neighborhood from rebels on Tuesday. Rebels withdrew from al-Shaar under heavy bombardment by pro-government forces to the Marjeh and Maadi neighborhoods, said local media activist Mahmoud Raslan to The Associated Press. "Morale has hit rock bottom," he said from inside the city's rebel-held enclave. The SANA state news agency said the government captured the entire neighborhood as well as the neighborhoods of al-Qatarji and Karm al-Dada. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group also reported the gains. Rebels and pro-government forces fought street-to-street in the city's southern...
  • Inauguration Day Is Still A Long Way Off

    12/05/2016 9:27:34 AM PST · by blam · 70 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12-5-2016 | Jeremiah Johnson - Tyler Durden
    Tyler DurdenDecember 5, 2016Submitted by Jeremiah Johnson (nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the Army Special Forces) Many things have been happening in this “transition period” that point to one grim fact: Trump hasn’t sworn into office as president yet. As a matter of fact, things are happening that may very well derail that inauguration. There’s an old Irish expression: “There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip,” and there’s quite a few slippery deeds in the works in particular that bear mentioning. January 20, 2017 is still a long way off, and Obama isn’t...
  • The media are misleading the public on Syria

    12/05/2016 9:38:40 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 10 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 18, 2016 | Stephen Kinzer
    Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press. Reporting about carnage in the ancient city of Aleppo is the latest reason why. For three years, violent militants have run Aleppo. Their rule began with a wave of repression. They posted notices warning residents: “Don’t send your children to school. If you do, we will get the backpack and you will get the coffin.” Then they destroyed factories, hoping that unemployed workers would have no recourse other than to become fighters. They trucked looted machinery to Turkey...
  • Assad Troops Have Taken 52 Percent of Rebel-Held Aleppo, Russia says

    12/05/2016 3:18:47 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 15 replies
    ABC ^ | 12/4/2016
    Russia's military has said Syrian government troops have seized more than 52 percent of the opposition-held east of Aleppo. An official from the rebel group, Jabha Shamiya, confirmed some of the government's advances to Reuters, saying the troops were now approaching Aleppo's Old City. On Saturday foreign minister Sergei Lavrov called on all rebel fighters "without exception" to lay down their arms and agree to leave the city. Lavrov said Kerry had made proposals on Friday that were more "in line with" what Moscow has been suggesting and said that Russia was ready to send negotiators immediately to Geneva to...
  • Green Berets in Islamic State fight frustrated with top brass micromanagement

    12/04/2016 7:58:29 PM PST · by detective · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 4, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    The secretive teams of Green Berets guiding rebels in northeast Syria have expressed frustration with the amount of micromanagement they receive from a top-heavy headquarters in Iraq and the United States. Special Forces sources tell of support staff watching the free-spirited Green Berets on reconnaissance aircraft and then criticizing their performance as they conduct the mission officially described as “train, advise and assist” the multi-ethnic Syrian Democratic Forces. The Americans and SDF are fighting their way toward Raqqa, the Islamic State terrorist army’s home base in Syria. Some of the “assisting” has drawn the Americans into firefights. One officer chalked...
  • Britain Bans Heroic Bishops: Persecuted Christian Leaders From War Zones Refused Entry

    12/04/2016 4:26:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Daily Express (UK) ^ | 12/4/16 | Caroline Wheeler
    THREE archbishops from war-torn Iraq and Syria have been refused permission to enter the UK despite being invited to London to meet Prince Charles.The Christians, including the Archbishop of Mosul, were told there was “no room at the inn” by the Home Office when they applied for visas to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox Cathedral. Last night the decision was described as “unbelievable” by critics who pointed out that extreme Islamic leaders had been allowed visas. The Prince of Wales addressed the congregation at St Thomas Cathedral in London last week, while both the Queen and...
  • Aleppo’s Clown, Who Made Children Laugh, Killed in Airstrike

    12/04/2016 2:14:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 4 December 2016
    An airstrike on Thursday has ended the life of the 24-year-old Anas al-Basha, who was known as Aleppo’s clown. Basha, who was also a civil rights activist, chose to remain in the divided Aleppo to work with children and mitigate their traumas in the conflict-torn, northwestern Syrian city. The activist’s corpse was found buried under the rubble with the hat and makeup he wore in his role as a clown, in the eastern part of the city, which was held by the rebels. After heavy airstrikes, the Syrian regime has regained on Sunday more than half of Aleppo. His death...
  • Congress authorizes Trump to arm Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles (McCain)

    12/04/2016 12:30:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 158 replies
    Al-Monitor The Pulse of the Middle East ^ | December 2, 2016 | Julian Pecquet
    Congress authorizes Trump to arm Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles The House voted for the first time today to explicitly authorize the incoming Donald Trump administration to arm vetted Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles. Summary Today, the House passed a defense bill that conditionally allows the provision of MANPADs to anti-Syrian regime forces. Author Julian Pecquet Posted December 2, 2016 While the language in the annual defense bill also creates restrictions on the provision of the controversial weapons, it represents a win for Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., a fervent advocate of helping the rebels resist President...
  • Russia has just given up on trying to launch strikes from its rickety aircraft carrier

    12/03/2016 11:44:21 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies ^ | December 2, 2016 | Alex Lockie
    Russia's sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, began its first combat deployment to Syria with plenty of fanfare, but a recent report from IHS Jane's indicates Russia has given up entirely on launching strikes from the carrier. Satellite imagery obtained by Jane's shows Su-33 jets and one MiG-29KR previously aboard the carrier now stationed at the Hmeymim air base in Syria alongside land-based planes from Russia's air force. The Kuznetsov, never an entirely reliable system, had one of its MiG-29KRs crash in November, and another pilot had to eject after the Kuznetsov's landing gear failed and couldn't receive the aircraft,...
  • Prophecy Update: Special Update on Syria (video)

    12/02/2016 8:03:15 AM PST · by Lera · 4 replies
    Behold Israel Youtube ^ | 12/1/16 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir's special update on Syria in light of Bible Prophecy.
  • Operation in Syria only targets terror, Erdogan clarifies

    12/01/2016 8:23:09 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 6 replies
    Turkey’s military operation in Syria is not against any country or person but terror groups in general, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, in contrast to earlier remarks that Turkey’s objective was to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following. “The aim of the Euphrates Shield Operation is no country or person but only terror organizations. No one should doubt this issue that we have uttered over and over, and no one should comment on it in another fashion or try to [misrepresent its meaning],” Erdogan said at a 30th gathering with village chiefs at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on...
  • Syrian rebels in secret talks with Moscow to end Aleppo fighting

    12/01/2016 1:57:59 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 10 replies
    Syrian rebels in secret talks with Moscow to end Aleppo fighting. Turkey-facilitated negotiations without US show how Washington could become sidelined
  • Erdogan: Turkish forces are in Syria to end Assad's rule

    11/30/2016 9:28:26 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 83 replies
    R T ^ | 11-29-16 | Staff
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Turkish Army entered Syria to end the rule of President Bashar Assad, whom he accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands.....
  • Egypt Troops In Syria: Cairo Denies Reports Of Military Presence In War-Torn Country

    11/30/2016 1:45:22 PM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 28 November 2016 | Mary Pascaline
    Egypt denied media reports that alleged the presence of its military units in Syria. The country’s foreign ministry said Sunday Egypt does not intervene in the internal affairs of other countries. “These claims only exist in the imagination of those who promote them,” the ministry reportedly said in a statement, adding that such an intervention would require public legal measures. The statement did not refer to any specific media outlets behind the claims but most reports cited As-Safir, a Lebanese daily which reported last week that Cairo sent a military unit of 18 pilots to an air base in the...
  • Kremlin asks Turkey to explain Erdogan's remark about toppling Assad

    11/30/2016 5:32:40 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/30/2016 | Andrew Osborn
    The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's statement that his forces in Syria were there to topple President Bashar al-Assad had come as a surprise to Moscow and that it expected an explanation from Ankara. In a speech on Tuesday, Erdogan said: "We are there to bring justice. We are there to end the rule of the cruel Assad, who has been spreading state terror," Erdogan said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call: "It is a very serious statement and one which differs from previous ones [...] We hope that our Turkish partners...
  • Reports: Israel attacks targets in Syria

    11/29/2016 9:18:36 PM PST · by Lera · 71 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Elad Benari
    Arab media reports that Israeli aircraft targeted the Syrian army and a Hezbollah convoy near Damascus. Arab media reported on Wednesday morning that Israeli aircraft carried out two airstrikes in the Damascus area overnight Tuesday. One report said that the first airstrike hit a weapons warehouse belonging to the Syrian army near Damascus. The second attack, according to the report, targeted a convoy of cars belonging to the Hezbollah terrorist group. Other Syrian websites reported that the attack on the Hezbollah convoy was meant to thwart a delivery of missiles from Syria to Lebanon. According to these reports, the convoy...
  • Erdogan: Turkish Forces Are In Syria To End Assad's Rule

    11/29/2016 9:59:20 AM PST · by Fennie · 61 replies
    RT News ^ | November 29, 2016
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Turkish Army has entered Syria to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom the accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands of Syrians. "We entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn't enter] for any other reason," the Turkish president said at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul, as quoted by Hurriyet daily. Erdogan said that Turkey has no territorial claims in Syria, but instead wants to hand over power to the Syrian population, adding that Ankara is...
  • The Russian MoD and the Ministry for Emergencies are to send mobile hospitals to Syria

    11/29/2016 6:11:28 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 2 replies
    The Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered the MoD and the Ministry for Emergencies to send mobile hospitals to Syria to provide medical service to the locals. The press learned it from the President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov. According to his words, the term was set as "in shortest possible time". He also said that the MoD was to send a medical team with a multi-functional hospital for 100 beds with a paediatric therapy ward. The hospital’s capacity for treating outpatients is 420 persons per day. The Ministry for Emergencies’ mobile facility has 50 beds and outpatient capacity of 200 persons.
  • The Syrian Army has taken a large part of Aleppo

    11/28/2016 11:30:42 PM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 13 replies
    Vedomosti (In Russian) ^ | Novermber 29, 2016
    On the night of November, 29 the Syrian government troops were advancing on militants in neighbourhoods of Eastern Aleppo, as [Russian] Interfax reports referring to the Russian reconciliation centre in Syria. "14 neighbourhoods of Eastern Aleppo, where about 300,000 residential dwellings are situated, were freed from the terrorists yesterday." More than 8500 civilians, about 4000 of whom are children, have left the militants-controlled neighbourhoods. They receive temporary shelter, hot meals and, if needed, medical service. In the recent 24 hours more than 140 militants have given up resistance and left Aleppo. Earlier "The Washington Post"'s sources in the American administration...
  • How hackers tried to 'poison' Syria's Assad

    11/28/2016 9:25:58 AM PST · by ilanilan
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/28/2016 | YASSER OKBI
    Locked out of the government system for several hours, Syrian officials turned to Facebook to deny any attack against Assad and update viewers on his current condition.
  • Inside Kerry’s race to stop the siege of Aleppo

    11/28/2016 1:05:18 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 27 at 7:33 PM | Josh Rogin
    Our indefatigable outgoing Secretary of State John F. Kerry is engaged in a furious if implausible diplomatic effort to strike a deal with Russia to end the siege of Aleppo. He is motivated not just by the humanitarian crisis in the Syrian city but also by the prospect that the incoming president will strike a different kind of deal with Moscow, one that abandons the Syrian opposition and places the United States squarely on the side of dictator Bashar al-Assad. The State Department is not advertising Kerry’s quiet mission, following the quick collapse of the last U.S.-Russia cease-fire agreement he...
  • IDF attacks ISIS target in Syria

    11/27/2016 9:38:36 PM PST · by Lera · 40 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/28/16 | Uzi Baruch
    Israeli aircraft attack a facility in the Syrian part of the Golan Heights in retaliation for Sunday's attack on IDF soldiers. Israeli aircraft attacked early Monday morning a facility belonging to the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization in the Syrian part of the Golan Heights. The attack was in retaliation to Sunday's attack on IDF forces who were engaged in operations along the Syrian border. The patrol returned fire, first with small arms and then with mortars. The Israel Air Force then located the armored vehicle that had been the source of the fire and destroyed the vehicle, killing all...
  • War with Russia? US politicians close to approving ‘no-fly zone’ in Syria

    11/27/2016 9:19:18 PM PST · by Bobalu · 58 replies ^ | 11/22/16 | RICK STERLING
    Late in the day Tuesday November 15, Congress convened in a special session. With normal rules suspended, they passed House Resolution 5732 – the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act”. The resolution calls for intensifying already harsh sanctions on Syria, assessing implementation of No Fly Zone in Syria and escalating efforts to press criminal charges against Syrian officials.
  • Syria war: Army makes rapid gains in rebel-held east Aleppo

    11/27/2016 4:35:38 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | November 27, 2016 | Staff
    Syrian government forces have been making rapid advances into eastern Aleppo, forcing thousands of civilians to flee. The Syrian army captured Jabal Badro on Sunday, a day after seizing Hanano district, and is making in-roads in other neighbourhoods. Its aim is to divide the rebel-held east of the city in two. Some reports said several thousand civilians were trying to escape, to government and other rebel-held areas.
  • Obama Classified Number of Illegal Alien Muslim Migrants

    11/27/2016 10:27:33 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 27, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama is big on making up his own laws and rules. He rules by executive order and he's gotten into the truly illegal habit of unilaterally signing treaties with foreign governments. This is a very basic problem. And in the context of his deal to take in Muslim migrants rejected by Australia, he is being warned once again that his actions are grossly illegal and unconstitutional. ... We’re not even being told the total numbers who will shortly be making their way to our shores, but the Journal notes that two of the camps located on Naru and Manus Islands...
  • Syrian army advance threatens to cleave eastern Aleppo

    11/27/2016 11:55:21 AM PST · by fella · 10 replies ^ | 27 November 2016
    Syrian army advance threatens to cleave eastern Aleppo Syrian government forces advanced deep into eastern Aleppo on Sunday amid a swift collapse of rebel defenses inside the divided northern city, threatening to cleave the opposition’s enclave between its northern and southern parts.  The advance into the city’s Sakhour neighborhood brings the military within less than .6 miles of commanding a corridor in eastern Aleppo for the first time since rebels swept into the city in 2012 at the start of the Syrian civil war
  • Half of asylum seekers complain UK housing funded by YOU is 'completely inadequate'

    11/26/2016 8:35:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Express ^ | November 26, 2016 | Jon Austin
    EXCLUSIVE: FIFTY percent of asylum seekers surveyed about the quality of housing they have been provided, which is paid for by the taxpayer, have branded it as "completely inadequate", it has emerged. Refugees housed across Birmingham and the West Midlands were quizzed about the standard of accommodation they were provided and a further 17 per cent described it as just "mediocre". The properties were provided by G4S, one of three companies hired by the Home Office to provide asylum seeker accommodation up and down the country. Just 11 percent of people asked said the housing was excellent, eight percent described...
  • Syrian Rebels Brought a Homemade Cannon to the Battlefield

    11/26/2016 6:42:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 26, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    A video released by the Al Rahman Legion, a Syrian rebel group based in eastern Damascus, shows a very unusual weapon — a bespoke, truck-mounted cannon that wouldn’t be out of place on a battlefield centuries ago. Somewhere within the Al Rahman Legion, a weaponsmith has applied old-time design principles and a bit of physics to bolster the group’s firepower. This is also the third homemade cannon depicted on video released by the group, as two others appeared in September 2015 and February 2016.
  • ISIS leader who ordered U.S. Muslims to murder Pamela Geller killed by drone strike in Syria

    11/25/2016 7:14:26 PM PST · by OddLane · 19 replies ^ | November 25, 2016 | Pamela Geller
    “Mr. Hussain wore a number of hats, including that of a hacker. He was linked to the release of personal information on more than 1,300 American military and government employees. In March 2015, his group posted the names and addresses of service members with instructions: ‘Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking they are safe.’ More important were Mr. Hussain’s efforts as an online recruiter. According to court records, Mr. Hussain communicated with at least four men in four states, imploring them to initiate attacks...
  • IS conflict: US soldier killed in Syria blast

    11/25/2016 1:37:31 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 13 replies
    BBC "News" ^ | November 25, 2016 | Staff
    A US serviceman has been killed by an improvised explosive device while fighting against so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, officials say. The soldier, who has not been named, died after the device detonated in Ayn Issa, north of the IS stronghold Raqqa. It is the first such death since US special forces deployed in Syria in October 2015.
  • Two Israeli Druze plead guilty in killing of wounded Syrian [jihadi] fighter

    11/25/2016 12:10:04 PM PST · by SolidWood · 5 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | July 17, 2016 | Cliff Churgin
    Golan Heights residents attacked ambulance bringing injured fighters into Israel for medical care Two residents of the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights pleaded guilty Sunday to manslaughter and aggravated assault for their roles in a deadly attack last year on wounded Syrian fighters being treated in Israel. (snip) Munzir Halil was killed and the wounds of another Syrian fighter were exacerbated, in an incident that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu termed a “lynching” at the time.
  • Bulgaria to send rioting migrants to closed camps, plans extraditions

    11/25/2016 3:55:50 AM PST · by csvset · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 25, 2016 | Dimitar Kyosemarliev
    HARMANLI, Bulgaria Bulgaria will move migrants who clashed with police at a refugee camp to closed camps and hopes to start extraditing some of them to their native Afghanistan next month, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said on Friday. More than 400 asylum seekers, angered at being confined at the camp in the southern town of Harmanli near the border with Turkey over a health scare, were arrested after clashes with riot police late on Thursday. The police used water cannon and rubber bullets to quell the riot, in which the interior ministry said 24 officers were hurt. On Friday morning...
  • First U.S. service member killed in Syria fighting the Islamic State

    11/24/2016 10:56:14 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    WashPost ^ | 11-24-2016 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    A U.S. service member was killed by an improvised explosive device in northern Syria on Thursday, the Pentagon announced in a statement. The service member was killed near Ayn Issa, a town roughly 35 miles northwest of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa. The death marks the first time a U.S. service member has been killed in the country since a contingent of Special Operations forces were deployed there in October 2015 to go after the extremist group.
  • IS conflict: Turkish soldiers killed in Syria attack

    11/24/2016 7:15:27 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    BBC (UK) ^ | 24 November 2016 | none stated
    Three Turkish soldiers have been killed and 10 wounded in an attack in Syria, but reports differ about what happened.
  • Egyptian fighter jets arrive in Syria: report

    11/24/2016 6:47:38 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies AMN ^ | 11-24-2016 | Leith Fadel
    DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:20 P.M.) - Egyptian fighter jets landed for the first time at the Hama Military Airport this week, the Lebanon-based As-Safir newspaper reported on Wednesday morning. As-Safir claims that these Egyptian fighter jets will participate in the ongoing military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), while also providing logistical support to the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAYF). Al-Masdar contacted the Syrian Air Force to corroborate this report by As-Safir; however, no response has been received yet to verify the validity of this claim. Last month, several Egyptian military advisors traveled from Cairo to the...
  • Syrian Army and Kurdish YPG Launch Joint Operation East of Aleppo City

    11/24/2016 4:03:39 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    South Front ^ | 11/24/2016 | none stated
    The Syrian army and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) launched a joint military operation against the ISIS terrorist group east of Aleppo city on November 24. The joint forces reportedly liberated at least 2 villages in the area: Sheikh Kife and Nirbeh. Pro-government sources also argue that they liberated Juba and Halisah, but they had alredy been in the hands of YPG. Clashes between pro-government force and ISIS were also reported near Tal Shair. The joint advance of Syrian government and YPG forces took place following the recent escalations between them and Turkish-led forces across Syria. On November 23,...
  • Turkey Threat to Retaliate after Syrian Air Strike Kills Its Soldiers

    11/24/2016 3:42:00 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 39 replies
    South Front ^ | 11/24/16 | none stated
    Ankara said it will retaliate after three of its soldiers were killed in a suspected air strike by the Syrian Air Force in the province of Aleppo. The attack occurred last night during a Turkey-backed militants operation in northern Syria, the Turkish military said in a statement. 10 other soldiers were wounded in the air strike that it “assessed to have been carried out by Syrian regime forces”. No details about the location of air strike have been provided. “It is clear that some people are not happy with this battle Turkey has been fighting against Daesh (Islamic State). This...
  • Turkish forces in Syria near al Bad were hit with 2 airstrikes today

    11/24/2016 2:45:31 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 24, 2016 | Texas Fossil
    I was told via Direct Message that Turkish forces in al Bad in Syria were hit with 2 air strikes today. So far no one is admitting to doing it. But today is 1 year since Turkish aircraft shot down a Russian Aircraft in disputed territory near the border of Turkey and Syria. Coincidence? Guess we will see. I was told there were many casualties.
  • Russian Naval Aviation Cannot Gain Full-Fledged Combat Experience In Syria for Now

    11/24/2016 5:36:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    TASS Defense ^ | Nov 23, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Russian Naval Aviation’s planes and helicopters on board the Admiral Kuznetsov (NATO reporting name: Kuznetsov-class) aircraft carrier have been unable to learn full-fledged combat employment lessons from the military operation in Syria, expert Sergei Ishchenko writes in an article published by the Svobodnaya Pressa online news agency. A week has passed since Russian carrier-borne aircraft joined the fighting in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Homs. The intermediate results produced by the Admiral Kuznetsov’s carrier air wing have been not what the top brass expected dispatching the huge ship and her impressive strike group to the Mediterranean...
  • US House Seeks Syria-War Escalation

    11/23/2016 9:39:14 AM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Consortium News ^ | 22 November 2016 | Rick Sterling
    Moving to trap President-elect Trump into a war escalation in Syria, the House rushed through a resolution promoting a U.S.-imposed “no fly zone” that could spark World War III ___ Late in the day, on Nov. 15, one week after the U.S. elections, the lame-duck Congress convened in special session with normal rules suspended so the House could pass House Resolution 5732, the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act” calling for intensifying the already harsh sanctions on Syria, assessing the imposition of a “no fly zone” inside Syria (to prevent the Syrian government from flying) and escalating efforts to press criminal...
  • Secret Israel-Jordanian-Syrian border talk begin

    11/22/2016 7:44:43 PM PST · by FreedomUS · 12 replies
    Debka ^ | Nov-21-2016
    Israel, Jordan and Syria have embarked on secret discussions for the stabilization of their borders in southern Syria by restoring the status quo ante that reigned on the Golan prior to the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011
  • Assessing the Admiral Kuznetsov Deployment in the Syrian Conflict

    11/22/2016 4:34:04 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | November 22, 2016 | By Ben Ho Wan Beng
    On 15 November 2016, Russia joined the exclusive aircraft carrier combat club when its sole flat-top, RFNS Admiral Kuznetsov, took part in operations in the Syrian provinces of Homs and Idlib. Much has been made about the smoke-belching vessel during its voyage from Murmansk to the eastern Mediterranean; now that the Admiral Kuznetsov has had its baptism of fire, the key question is how operationally useful would the platform be for Russia’s Syria strategy in the days ahead? Not very, and this is mainly due to the modest – in terms of both capabilities and size – aircraft complement embarked...