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  • The Tiny Pill Fueling Syria's War and Turning Fighters Into Superhuman Soldiers

    11/19/2015 3:38:04 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/19/2015 | Peter Holley
    As The Post's Liz Sly recently noted, the war in Syria has become a tangled web of conflict dominated by "al Qaeda veterans, hardened Iraqi insurgents, Arab jihadist ideologues and Western volunteers." On the surface, those competing actors are fueled by an overlapping mixture of ideologies and political agendas. Just below it, experts suspect, they're powered by something else: Captagon. A tiny, highly addictive pill produced in Syria and widely available across the Middle East, its illegal sale funnels hundreds of millions of dollars back into the war torn country's black market economy each year, likely giving militias access to...
  • Russia rolls out the ‘Night Hunter’ chopper to slay ISIS

    08/17/2017 8:49:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | August 16, 2017 | NIKOLAI LITOVKIN
    A new version of the Mi-28UB “Night Hunter” - a modern attack helicopter - will be transported to Russia’s air base in Syria in the coming weeks. The war machine’s manufacturers are keen to test its modified armor and missiles on the front line. A military industrial source told RBTH this: “Russian Helicopters [corporation] strengthened the helicopter’s front armor and enhanced its ‘brains.’ ” So in the very near future, an advanced version of the “battle bird” will be carrying out search and destroy missions against ISIS in the Middle East. One of the chopper’s new features gives full control...
  • Conflict Within and Without

    08/17/2017 7:44:17 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 5 replies
    World Magazine ^ | July 22, 2017 | Mindy Belz
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  • How Google's Jigsaw is fighting the darkest parts of the internet

    08/10/2017 11:11:02 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Mashable ^ | JUL 20, 2017 | KERRY FLYNN
    How Google's Jigsaw is fighting the darkest parts of the internet BY KERRY FLYNN JUL 20, 2017 Fake news, terrorist propaganda, hateful comments — the internet is not the nicest place in the world. Jigsaw is trying to change that. Formerly under Google, Jigsaw now is a subsidiary within Alphabet. The company, under the direction of Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas founder Jared Cohen who serves as founder and CEO of Jigsaw, focuses on researching some of the darkest corners of the internet and implementing ways to address them. Yasmin Green, director of research and development at Jigsaw,...
  • Blackwater involved in Bhutto and Hariri hits: former Pakistani army chief

    09/16/2009 4:23:06 AM PDT · by milestogo · 9 replies · 436+ views
    Blackwater involved in Bhutto and Hariri hits: former Pakistani army chief Tehran Times Political Desk TEHRAN - Pakistan’s former chief of army staff, General Mirza Aslam Beg (ret.), has said the U.S. private security company Blackwater was directly involved in the assassinations of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto and former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. Blackwater later changed its name and is now known as Xe. General Beg recently told the Saudi Arabian daily Al Watan that former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf had given Blackwater the green light to carry out terrorist operations in the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi,...
  • Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel (WP = BS)

    04/03/2017 3:04:10 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 45 replies
    Wash Post via MSN.com ^ | 4/3/2017 | Adam Entous, Greg Miller, Kevin Sieff, Karen DeYoung
    he United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials. The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with...
  • In New York State, a surprising flow of illegal emigrants

    08/09/2017 10:16:13 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 9,2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, migrants who came to the U.S. from across the globe — Syria, Congo, Haiti, elsewhere — arrive here where Roxham Road dead-ends so they can walk into Canada, hoping its policies will give them the security they believe the political climate in the United States does not. “In Trump’s country, they want to put us back to our country,” said Lena Gunja, a 10-year-old from Congo, who until this week had been living in Portland, Maine. She was traveling with her mother, father and younger sister. “So we don’t want that to...
  • EXCLUSIVE: ‘Everything The President Wants To Do, McMaster Opposes,’ Former NSC Officials Say

    08/03/2017 8:41:18 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03 July 2017 | Jonah Bennett
    National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is thwarting President Donald Trump’s foreign policy prescriptions, two former senior NSC officials told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Everything the president wants to do, McMaster opposes,” a former senior official said in a wide-ranging interview. “Trump wants to get us out of Afghanistan — McMaster wants to go in. Trump wants to get us out of Syria — McMaster wants to go in. Trump wants to deal with the China issue — McMaster doesn’t. Trump wants to deal with the Islam issue — McMaster doesn’t. You know, across the board, we want to get...
  • Are We Nearing the Endgame with ISIS? (Brett McGurk)

    07/30/2017 12:51:32 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    The New Yorker ^ | July 27, 2017 | Robin Wright
    In a sign of how fast the Islamic State is shrinking, McGurk last month visited northern Syria. I called on him Wednesday, at his small whitewashed office on the ground floor of the State Department, to assess the future of ISIS and the world’s most unconventional nation. McGurk is an optimist, long-term, despite the chorus of skeptics in Washington about extremism, Iraq and Syria, and U.S. foreign policy in the volatile Middle East. The interview has been edited and condensed. McGurk’s most chilling answer was when he talked about how many ISIS fighters are still alive.
  • Boris Johnson: Trump is harder on Russia than Obama

    07/27/2017 8:56:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    HTC ^ | July 28, 2017 | The Guardian
    Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, has defended Donald Trump’s handling of relations with Russia, saying the US president has taken a more uncompromising approach towards the Kremlin than Barack Obama. Johnson, speaking in Australia on Thursday, voiced strong support for the way Trump had handled what he termed “the Russia problem”. He rejected allegations that Trump was too close with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and said the US had been resolute in maintaining sanctions over Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Johnson offered high praise for Trump’s “kinetic” response to the Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack in Syria in April. “When...
  • Syrian Rebels Alarmed By Reports Covert CIA Aid Will End

    07/23/2017 10:07:09 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | 07/20/17 | Erika Solomon
    For nearly four years, Syrian rebels have clung to a programme of CIA assistance as a symbol of US support in their battle against Bashar al-Assad’s regime. So reports that Donald Trump’s administration will stop the limited scheme to arm and train Syria’s opposition forces have sparked anger and confusion. Rebels say they have not been informed of any changes to the policy introduced by Barack Obama as US president in 2013 as part of efforts to put pressure on Syria’s president and bring about a political settlement. Mr Assad’s main backer, Russia, has long pushed for the US to...
  • Winning - Women burn burqas and men shave ..celebrate escape from ISIS stronghold in Syria

    07/23/2017 10:49:48 AM PDT · by TianaHighrider · 26 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 23 JUL 2017 | by Kara O'Neill
    Women are burning their burqas and men shaving off their beards in a show of defiance against ISIS after escaping from the terrorist group's stronghold in Syria. Civilians in Raqqa tore off their traditional dress and set it alight after being liberated from the city on Thursday. And some of the men immediately began shaving off their facial hair in a move to 'spite' Islamic State. Strict dress codes were implemented by ISIS, requiring women to wear long, black robes over their dresses and cover their faces almost entirely with black burqas. One woman, who had exposed her face, refusing...
  • Ex-CIA Director Hayden: Russia election meddling was 'most successful covert operation in history'

    07/22/2017 2:34:00 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 160 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Friday, July 21, 2017 | Julia Munslow
    Michael Hayden, a former director of the NSA and the CIA, on Friday called Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election the "most successful covert influence operation in history." "Frankly, [the Russian meddling] is the most successful covert operation in history," Hayden told a national security panel in response to a question from moderator Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff. Hayden said the original cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee was not that surprising -- and even from an intelligence perspective, impressive. "I just have to admit as a former director of NSA, [Russia's hack and theft of email]...
  • Trump accuses New York Times of foiling plot to kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    07/22/2017 1:36:52 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 45 replies
    CBS News ^ | Saturday, July 22, 2017 | Stefan Becket
    President Trump weighed in on a number of hot-button topics in a string of tweets Saturday morning, the day after naming a new White House communications director and accepting the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer. The president took aim at some familiar targets: the "Amazon Washington Post," leaks, Hillary Clinton, "Special Council" Robert Mueller and others.  But one missive in particular left observers scratching their heads. In a cryptic tweet, Mr. Trump accused "the Failing New York Times" of foiling an attempt to kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The...
  • Al-Raqqa’s liberation under way, children overwhelmed by joy (Syria)

    07/21/2017 7:44:09 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 21 replies
    ANHA Hawar News Agency ^ | 07.20.2017 13:13 | J. O
    AL-RAQQA- Cheerful smiles on their faces despite the hideous scenes they witnessed amid IS rule of the city, by these smiles, they express how much they long to embrace freedom, some of al-Raqqa children missed their school, and some were obsessed with reaching SDF’s points, while some told the tragic story of their family burned.A week ago, thousands of al-Raqqa civilians were liberated from the IS oppression, many of them were used as human shields including children and women, they began flooding to SDF-held areas, every one of them has a tragic story to tell.Ritaj, a girl at 8,...
  • Lynn Barber: I Took an Asylum Seeker Into my Home. It Didn’t End Well

    07/21/2017 1:00:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    The Times of London ^ | May 28 2017
    This is a story in two parts, without a happy ending, or indeed an ending of any sort. I thought it only fair to warn you. If you remember, the summer of 2015 brought almost daily horror stories of refugees being drowned at sea or suffocating in lorries while seeking asylum in Europe. The climax was the picture of a dead Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach, though for some reason I was more haunted by a photograph of a Syrian mother trying to hold her baby above the waves. She was my personal tipping point,...
  • Down but not out: McCain sends out blistering statement accusing the Trump administration [more]

    07/20/2017 2:20:07 PM PDT · by McGruff · 182 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20 July 2017 | Geoff Earle
    Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Russia hawk and occasional Donald Trump critic, blasted a report on the administration's new Syria posture just hours after revealing he had a cancerous brain tumor. McCain's statement faulted the administration for reportedly ending a covert program begun during the Obama administration to provide arms to Syrian rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad. 'If these reports are true, the administration is playing right into the hands of Vladimir Putin,' the Armed Services Committee chairman said in a statement.
  • President Trump Cancels Obama/Kerry CIA Program Arming ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria…

    07/20/2017 8:37:57 AM PDT · by Bratch · 45 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | July 19, 2017 | sundance
    Reports surface today that President Trump has cancelled the 2012/2013 covert CIA program giving weapons to ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria.  [Washington Post Link] Various news organizations frame the issue as cancelling the program to “arm the moderate opposition to Bashir Assad”.  However, those news reports are entirely false. We know the Obama administration was arming ISIS as part of the larger Syria strategy because Secretary of State John Kerry went on record admitting the Obama Syrian strategy was actually to arm ISIS and extremist Islamic groups (al-Nusra) against Assad. We also know Secretary Kerry was being truthful in that media-hidden, albeit recorded, admission because CTH specifically...
  • Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow

    07/19/2017 11:58:36 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 39 replies
    washingtonpost.com/ ^ | July 19 at 5:41 PM | Greg Jaffe and Adam Entous
    President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad
  • On hot mic, Israeli PM raps 'crazy' EU, admits Syria strikes

    07/19/2017 5:54:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 19, 2017 4:40 PM EDT | Pablo Gorondi and Ilan Ben Zion
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was caught Wednesday by a live microphone railing against the European Union’s “crazy” insistence on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for closer ties. Netanyahu was meeting with leaders of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia at a regional summit. Netanyahu was discussing Iran, Syria, the Islamic State group, and EU-Israel relations when some of his comments — and those of other leaders at the meeting closed to the media — were accidentally broadcast to journalists in another room. Netanyahu also made a rare public admission that Israel has struck Iranian arms convoys...