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  • US Troops Lead ‘Daring’ Air Assault ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ On Road To Raqqa

    03/24/2017 2:03:06 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    Task & Purpose ^ | 23 Mar 17 | Adam Linehan
    If there were lingering questions whether U.S. ground troops would play a frontline role in the assault to retake Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, they can be laid to rest now. A fleet of U.S. helicopters carrying about 500 Syrian fighters and their U.S. advisors flew into ISIS-held territory March 22 to begin the first major phase of the Raqqa offensive. The move marks the first time American soldiers have conducted an air assault with local forces in Syria, CNN reports. Backed by Apache helicopters and Marines firing M777 howitzers, the U.S. advisors and their Syrian...
  • ‘Who is the real terrorist, Ocalan or Erdogan?’

    03/22/2017 5:23:29 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    KOM News ^ | 21 March 2017 | none stated
    Georg Restle Prominent German journalist, Georg Restle, on a programme aired on German state TV ARD compared imprisoned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asking, “Who is the real terrorist?”Commenting on a recent Kurdish demonstration in the German city Frankfurt on the Tagesthemen (topic of the day) programme Restle said:“The Turkish president [Erdogan] and his cronies are really angry that tens of thousands of Kurds living in Germany of which some carried posters of Abdullah Ocalan protested peacefully for their rights. The Federal German state is accusing these people of “supporting a terrorist organisation.”“One must ask this question”, Restle...
  • Syria discussing previously rejected constitution with Russia, says president Assad

    03/22/2017 4:33:44 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    KOM News ^ | 22 March 2017 | none stated
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Anything is up for discussion, including a new constitution for Syria, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian journalists on Monday.“We are ready to discuss anything including the constitution, but we need to see who’s going to be in Geneva, are they going to discuss the same paper or not?” the president said. “But for us, as a government, our position is very clear: that we are ready to discuss it in details, but we support the headline, of course.”Both Syria and the opposition groups had previously rejected a Russian proposal for a new...
  • US military helping US-backed forces in fight for Tabqa Dam in Syria

    03/22/2017 12:44:18 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 22 Mar 17 | Barbara Starr and Zachary Cohen,
    Washington (CNN)Fighters in Syria have begun a major ground offensive, backed up by US forces, to retake a vital dam near Raqqa, Syria, from ISIS, a US official told CNN Wednesday. Tabqa Dam is located 25 miles west of Raqqa, ISIS' self-declared capital, and supplies electric power to a wide area of Syria, according to the US. The area has been under ISIS control since 2013. Retaking the dam is considered a vital step in the further isolation of the area around Raqqa and eventually retaking the city.
  • Good News: 'Occupy Boston' Holds Rally for Accused Terrorist

    10/10/2011 1:10:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | October 10, 2011 | Guy Benson
    The 'occupy' mob's organizational incoherence and moral bankruptcy continues apace:   The downtown protest group Occupy Boston threw its proverbial doors open yesterday, and played host to supporters of accused terrorist Terak Mehanna, who are looking to raise awareness of the Sudbury man’s upcoming trial.  The Tarek Mehanna Support Committee came to Occupy Boston’s ever-evolving tent city on the Rose Kennedy Greenway to say Mehanna, a Muslim American pharmacist, is a victim of anti-Muslim sentiment.  Occupy Boston hosted the pro-Mehanna rally, but, officially, the leaderless group doesn’t have a position on the case. Say, who is this innocent "victim of...
  • Sources: ISIS poster boy Boston-trained techie (Ahmad Abousamra)

    09/05/2014 6:29:17 AM PDT · by maggief · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 5, 2014 | Chris Cassidy, Erin Smith, Joe Dwinell and Laurel J. Sweet
    A 32-year-old computer whiz who was raised in Stoughton is suspected of using the high-tech skills he honed at Hub colleges to spread the bloodthirsty message of ISIS terrorists on social media, according to a Herald source and news reports. Ahmad Abousamra — who was educated at Northeastern University and UMass Boston — had already been placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list last year with a $50,000 reward offered for information leading to his capture and return. The FBI said Abousamra “has shown that he wants to kill United States soldiers.” He is now believed to be a...
  • Trump administration hosting first meeting of anti-ISIS coalition

    03/21/2017 10:51:10 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Reuters
    <p>Washington -- Foreign ministers from 68 countries meet in Washington on Wednesday to agree on the next steps to defeat Islamic State, the first such gathering of the U.S-led military coalition since the election of President Donald Trump in November.</p>
  • Syrian UN Envoy: Putin Sent Message to Israel That Its Freedom to Act in Syria Is Over

    03/20/2017 9:17:32 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 26 replies
    haaretz ^ | 3/20/17 | Jack Khoury
    Russia has sent a clear message to Israel that the rules of the game have changed in Syria and its freedom to act in Syrian skies is over, Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations said on Sunday night. “Putin sent a clear message,” said Bashar Jaafari, speaking on Syrian television. “The fact is that the Israeli ambassador [to Russia] was summoned for a conversation only a day after he submitted his credentials [to the Russian Foreign Ministry last Thursday], and was told categorically that this game is over.”
  • We made an agreement with Russia (Syrian Kurds)

    03/20/2017 9:00:40 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    YPG Rojava ^ | March 20, 2017 | Rêdur Xelîl
    The existence of the Russian army units in the Cindy's of the Ephrin Canton was the result of an agreement made between our forces and the Russian army. The agreement was based on the fight against terrorism and on the basis of military training of the Russian army's warriors. We have direct relations with Russia. This step is a positive and good step in the fight against terrorism in Syria. After our forces prove themselves against terrorism, many forces are willing to help us and make a deal with us.
  • Syria War News: Presidential Palace In Damascus Bombarded

    03/19/2017 3:03:43 PM PDT · by Chad_the_Impaler · 22 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 19, 2017 | Marcy Kreiter
    Syrian rebels launched a massive attack on Damascus Sunday amid government bombardments of rebel-held areas as a new round of U.N.-brokered peace talks was scheduled to begin in Geneva this week. The presidential palace was rocked by explosions, Twitter user Eboumhna Remaly reported.
  • After Israeli Attack in Syria: Russia Summons Israel's Envoy for Clarifications

    03/18/2017 2:39:18 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 15 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 3/17/2017 | Barak Ravid
    Israel's ambassador to Russia has been called in by the Russian Foreign Ministry for clarifications Friday after Israel's air force attacked in Syria overnight, a statement by Moscow said. The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed the statement. Ambassador Gary Koren, who filled his letter of credence to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, was called in for a talk with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov on the recent developments in Syria, a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry said. It is relatively rare for Israeli ambassadors to be summoned for such a talk in the wake of air force action...
  • Teacher quits after primary school students threaten to behead her

    03/17/2017 7:40:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 16, 2017 | Staff
    Frightened teachers at a Sydney primary school have revealed students are showing signs of extreme radicalisation at a young age, saying they have been traumatised by threats of beheading and other violent behaviour. Students as young as in Year 5 are making the threats and pressuring peers into reading the Koran at Punchbowl Public School in Sydney's southwest, the Daily Telegraph has reported. Documents given to the newspaper reportedly reveal that at least three staff members have taken stress leave, received counselling and been paid compensation after bullying from Islamic students.
  • Syria fires missiles at Israeli warplanes on bombing run

    03/17/2017 6:52:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 17, 2017 | William Booth
    Syria launched antiaircraft missiles Friday at Israeli jets returning home from a bombing run over central Syria, marking a serious escalation between the two Middle East foes. In a rare communique, in which Israel took responsibility for the usually clandestine airstrikes, the Israeli Air Force confirmed that its warplanes had struck several targets in neighboring Syria.
  • Israel, Assad Regime, Engage in Most Serious Military Incident.....Syrian Civil War

    03/17/2017 1:10:56 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 58 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 3/17/2017 | Amos Harel and Gili Cohen
    Syria deploys air defense system, fires missiles at Israel Air Force jets; Israeli missile defense system intercepts missile north of Jerusalem. Syria and Israel engaged in the most serious incident between the two countries since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War six years ago overnight on Thursday, as Israeli Air Force planes struck several targets in Syria. In response, the Assad regime deployed air defense systems and fired a number of missiles towards Israeli jets. None of the missiles struck the jets, though one of the projectiles was intercepted by Israel's "Arrow" defense system north of Jerusalem.
  • Congress wants answers from Turkey on shutdown of US aid pipeline to Syria

    03/16/2017 11:51:59 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 15, 2017 | Julian Pecquet
    Senate Democrats on March 15 vowed to get answers from Turkey one week after Ankara moved to shut down one of the US government's largest partners for aid to Syria. On the sixth anniversary of the start of the Syrian civil war, Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Turkey's recent decision to revoke its registration to operate in the country has disrupted "lifesaving assistance" to 360,000 Syrians every month and "effectively ends" support for 100,000 refugees as well as Turkish families inside Turkey. Turkey hasn't provided a justification for its decision, which was made public March...
  • TEV-DEM member: Attack on Shengal targets the Rojava revolution

    03/15/2017 7:29:02 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    ANF News (English) ^ | March 15, 2017 | BÊRÎTAN SARYA
    TEV-DEM (Movement for a Democratic Society) Coordination member Hanife Huseyin stated that KDP and AKP are attacking Shengal with a concept that has Rojava in the center and said: “By taking Shengal, they are aiming to throttle the Rojava Revolution and attack Rojava easily from there.” Huseyin spoke to ANF on the new anti-Kurdish concept the Turkish state and the KDP launched with the attack on Shengal. “THEY ARE ATTACKING SHENGAL IN A JOINT CONCEPT” HusĂȘn stated that the attacks on March 3 and March 14 by the KDP gangs against the ÊzidĂź people in Shengal were developed by the joint...
  • Turkey’s Erdogan vows to continue attacking Kurds in northern Syria

    03/15/2017 9:48:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    ARA News ^ | March 13, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday said in a speech in which he criticized the Dutch government, that Turkey will still attack the town of Manbij, which was previously liberated from ISIS by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).“We won’t allow a terror state, controlled by the PKK and YPG, to be established in northern Syria,” he said.“After Jarablus, Dabiq and Al-Bab, now it’s Manbij’s turn,” he added.Moreover, the Turkish president said following his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday, that Turkey wants to work with Russia and the US-led coalition in Manbij, requesting help to...
  • The U.S. is sending 2,500 troops to Kuwait

    03/12/2017 7:15:16 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 48 replies
    Army Times ^ | March 9, 2017 | Charlsy Panzino and Andrew deGrandpre
    The U.S. military is sending an additional 2,500 ground combat troops to a staging base in Kuwait from which they could be called upon to back up coalition forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The deployment will include elements of the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, which is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. About 1,700 soldiers from the same unit are overseas now, spread between Iraq and Kuwait.
  • Columbia University Researchers Confirm Turkey’s Links to ISIS

    03/12/2017 9:26:25 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Armenian National Committee of America ^ | 3-12-17 | HARUT SASSOUNIAN
    A team of Columbia University researchers from the United States, Europe, and Turkey confirmed last week that the Turkish government has provided to ISIS: military cooperation, weapons, logistical support, financial assistance, and medical services. This detailed investigation was headed by David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He had served as Senior Advisor and Foreign Affairs Expert for the U.S. Department of State.Here are brief excerpts from the extensive research documenting the direct links between Turkey and ISIS: Turkey Supplied Military Equipment to ISIS An ISIS...
  • Syrian Pres. Assad: Erdogan is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood

    03/11/2017 9:40:14 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 34 replies
    KOM News ^ | 11 March 2017 | none stated
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told Chinese broadcaster Phoenix that Turkish President Erdogan is still supporting the Islamic State (IS) group and himself is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation, adding, "the whole world knows that Erdogan logistically and financially supported ISIS and al-Nusra in Syria." The Syrian President also said that his government did not consent to US army presence in the northern Syrian town of Manbij as Washington increases military presence in the country. Speaking to China's Phoenix TV channel, the Syrian president also said that Russia was the only force sincerely fighting against the Islamic State...
  • No One Is Paying Attention To The 2nd Islamic State That's Emerging In Syria

    03/09/2017 7:53:07 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    BI ^ | 3-9-2017 | Jonathan Roth, RiskHedge
    A new Islamic State is being constituted in Syria, and no one is paying attention—yet. “There’s a second Islamic State that has emerged,” says Theo Padnos. “…Nobody knows what is happening in the northwestern corner of Syria. I know because I’m in touch with some of these people, and they’re making videos all the time. We just haven’t connected the dots.” Padnos is a freelance journalist who, in 2012, was kidnapped in Syria and held captive by elements of al-Qaeda and al-Nusra Front. He was released two years later, following negotiations led by the head of Qatar State Security. In...
  • Marines have arrived in Syria to fire artillery in the fight for Raqqa

    03/08/2017 12:28:22 PM PST · by CMB_polarization · 66 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 8, 2017 | DAN LAMOTHE AND THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF
    Marines from an amphibious task force have left their ships in the Middle East and deployed to Syria, establishing an outpost from which they can fire artillery guns in support of the fight to take back the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State, defense officials said.
  • 75th Ranger Regiment hits the ground in Syria for Raqqa offensive

    03/06/2017 4:38:04 PM PST · by gandalftb · 161 replies
    Hurricane Group, Inc. ^ | 03.06.2017 | JACK MURPHY
    After months of planning and deliberations, the 75th Ranger Regiment has been deployed to Syria to participate in the war against ISIS as the coalition closes in on the so-called caliphate’s capital city of Raqqa. Yesterday, the first images emerged of Stryker armored vehicles on their way to Manbij. This comes weeks after Rangers deployed to theater with their Strykers and elements of the 75th Ranger Regiment had been passing through Kurdistan. By looking at the call sign tag on the back of the Stryker, it is evident that this is 3rd Ranger Battalion out of Fort Benning, Georgia,
  • LIVE STREAM: President Donald Trump Administration to Reveal Revised TRAVEL BAN New Executive Order

    03/06/2017 8:19:13 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    Youtube ^ | 03/06/17 | Donald J Trump
    Trump's new travel ban executive order The Trump administration plans to roll out its revised travel ban Monday, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway said in an interview  It will go into effect on Mar. 16, 10 days from signing, as opposed to immediately; This travel ban will not apply to Iraq, based on its enhanced screening and reporting measures, Conway said. That would leave six countries from which individuals will be banned for 90 days, if there are no other changes to the countries listed: Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Syrian refugees will be treated the same way...
  • Al-Bab resident: I’m not afraid of the Turkish attacks, won't leave home

    03/06/2017 9:17:12 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF News ^ | March 6, 2017 | S&#304;NAN DEN&#304;Z
    Hesen Heci Musa al-Ali who doesn't leave his village Boxaz despite the Turkish state’s attacks on Manbij and al-Bab said: “I won’t let this place go, even if it costs me my life.” Provocative attacks by the Turkish state and their allied gangs on villages of eastern al-Bab and western Manbij continue. Tank and howitzer fire tears down homes and animals perish. The people seek refuge in safe zones, but there is one man who, along with his wife, 2 children and 5 grandchildren, continues his life in the Boxaz village under control of al-Bab Military Council fighters amid tank...
  • Pentagon plan for Raqqa proposes increasing support for SDF, shuts door on Turkey

    03/05/2017 4:19:35 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    KOM News ^ | 5 March 2017 | none stated
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters in the north of Raqqa, February 2017 The US will provide arms supplies, artillery, attack helicopters and more US special operations forces for the assault on Islamic State (IS) stronghold Raqqa, to be led by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Washington Post has reported.The White House had given the Pentagon 30 days at the beginning of February to rework the previous plan for capturing the IS stronghold in Syria. The plan, now on President Donald Trump’s table for a review, would increase the level of US participation in the Raqqa operation according to official sources and shut...
  • [VIDEO] [UPDATE] Syrian jet crashes in Turkey, pilots not found in cockpit

    03/04/2017 3:31:22 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 19 replies
    Turkish Minute ^ | March 4, 2017 | Staff
    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Saturday that an aircraft belonging to the Syrian regime crashed in Turkey and that a search was being conducted for the pilots, the Diken news website reported. Erdal Ata, the governor of Hatay, said gendarmerie and medical teams have reached the wreckage of the Syrian plane and that no one was in the cockpit. Yıldırım said that “the cause of the crash is not yet clear, but poor air conditions were reported in the region.”
  • Welcome to Raqqa (Syria, incredible photos and narative)

    03/03/2017 6:45:38 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    Joey L. ^ | March 1, 2017 | Joey
    Welcome to Raqqa Link only, enjoy the story
  • Kurdish YPG fighters repel Turkish attack near Syria’s Afrin

    03/03/2017 5:18:13 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    ARA News ^ | March 4, 2017
    Clashes erupted on Friday between the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Turkish military forces in Afrin District, in northwestern Syria. Turkey’s military entered Syrian territory near Afrin in Aleppo Governorate, and shelled a YPG-held village.“The Kurdish village of Bilbil in Afrin District was hit by several Turkish shells. At least five civilians were injured in the attack,” local media activist Rojin Ibrahim told ARA News.“After crossing the border into Syria, the Turkish Army targeted Bibil in preparation to storm the village and take it as a base for further offensives on the Kurdish district of Afrin,” she said.“However, the YPG responded...
  • Chilling message from menacing migrants who demand ‘open borders or die’ at checkpoint

    12/07/2015 12:18:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies UK ^ | December 7, 2015 | Leda Reynolds
    MIGRANTS attempting to march across Europe have been waving placards saying ‘open or die’ after being stopped by closed borders and barbed wire.A group of men waving the menacing home-made banner grew angry as they were stopped in their tracks at the border between Macedonia and Greece. Macedonia is the latest country to erect a border fence. The tiny, landlocked state has begun building a fence along its border with Greece, blocking a key transit route for migrants travelling from Turkey to northern and western Europe. Macedonia insists it will allow those fleeing war-zones to continue to pass through, meaning...
  • U.S. general says no evidence of YPG attacks from Northern Syria on Turkey

    03/01/2017 1:04:16 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Mar 1, 2017 | Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; Editing by James Dalgleish
    The top U.S. commander in the campaign against Islamic State delivered a robust defense of America's Kurdish YPG allies in Syria on Wednesday, saying he had seen no evidence linking them to attacks on Turkey from Northern Syria in the past two years.
  • ‘Turkey will close Incirlik airbase to US if support for YPG continues’ (Erdogan threatens US?)

    03/01/2017 7:19:58 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 37 replies
    KOM News ^ | 1 March 2017 | none stated
    Pro-government Turkish daily Yenisafak, has claimed that Turkey will use the Incirlik Airbase as a bargaining chip to stop the US from backing the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a prominent force in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) leading the Raqqa operation.According to Yenisafak, “Turkey is prepared for possible scenarios with the YPG. Considering the logistical contribution to US air operations, the utilisation permit of Incirlik Airbase is an important leverage to convince the US against working with the YPG.”Incirlik Air base, located in the Incirlik province of the southern city of Adana, has strategic importance to the US. Most of the US’ air operations...
  • ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi acknowledges defeat in Iraq

    03/01/2017 12:27:03 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 16 replies
    Al Arabiya English ^ | Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | Staff writer,
    ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued a statement acknowledging the group's defeat in Iraq, as he urged supporters to either hide or flee, Iraqi television network, Alsumaria, quoted local sources as saying. According to the sources in the Iraqi governorate of Nineveh, Al-Baghdadi's statement was titled 'farewell speech' and was distributed among ISIS' preachers and clerics on Tuesday. Al-Baghdadi ordered the closure of the ISIS office regulating their fighters and ordered non-Arab fighters to either return to their countries or detonate themselves, promising them "72 women in heaven." Many of ISIS' leaders in Iraq has now fled towards the group's...
  • Vetoes Sink Latest UN Security Council Resolution on Syrian Chemical Weapons

    02/28/2017 4:23:01 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/28/17 | Joseph Klein
    Perhaps the Security Council would not have failed yet again to deal effectively with the Syrian crisis if a more narrowly tailored consensus resolution had been proposed. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), which was established in August 2015 under a unanimously approved Security Council resolution, was assigned the responsibility to determine who was responsible for a series of chemical attacks since 2013 that killed Syrian civilians. The independent expert panel concluded that there was sufficient evidence to determine that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons on three separate occasions from 2014 to...
  • Eleven Individuals Including Two Miami-Dade County Residents and One Company Charged with Export...

    02/28/2017 10:57:10 AM PST · by Cementjungle · 8 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | 02/24/2017 | US Attorney Miami
    Specifically, the defendants are charged with: conspiracy to violate to IEEPA and to defraud the U.S. Government, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371; substantive violations of IEEPA and the EAR, specifically Title 15, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 746.9(a), regarding the Syrian Embargo; smuggling goods from the U.S., in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 554(a); submitting false or misleading export information, in violation of Title 13, United States Code, Section 305; conspiracy to commit money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section1956 (h); and false statements, in violation of Title...
  • Why America should support the Syrian Kurds

    02/27/2017 4:35:17 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Sunday, June 19, 2016 | Gary Bauer
    Syria’s Kurds offer a glimmer of hope in a region otherwise defined by death and destruction ANALYSIS/OPINION: With every beheading, crucifixion and execution, Judeo-Christian civilization is under assault. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Middle East, where non-Muslims who encounter the rapid advance of the Islamic State face a cruel choice: confrontation, subjugation, or annihilation. Until recently, ISIS has achieved success spreading its militant Islamic creed. The West’s politically correct response — some of its leaders, including President Obama, refuse even to link the Islamic State to Islam — has only emboldened ISIS and aided its propaganda and...
  • Arab press: Turkey's intention is to be permanent in El Bab

    02/26/2017 5:18:44 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    EHA News ^ | February 26, 2017 | Malik Dragon
    The armed groups of TSK and ÖSO were in the world media as well as in the Arab press, as last week's control in El Bab was in the world media. Rai Al Youm newspaper said, "Erdogan does not intend to withdraw from El Bab if it is not forced and to leave the city to Syrian domination." Turkey's entry into the center of El Bab city under the Euphrates' Operation and control of the city was one of the most important agenda items of the Arab press this week. Four of the negotiations in Geneva to find a political...
  • CBS Report from USSF base in Rojava with Gen. Votel

    02/26/2017 8:03:37 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    CBS Video via Twitter ^ | 2-26-17 | none stated Rojava Revolution‏ @RojavaRev CBS Report from USSF base in Rojava with Gen. #Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), training the #SDF #YPG #YPJ for #RaqqaOp.
  • Turkish army attacks against the West that is becoming more

    02/26/2017 7:35:44 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    YPG Rojava Organization ^ | 26 February 2017 | YPG Press Center
    Turkish army and the gangs operate under the command of the Turkish army attacks and violations against the traditional territory of the West continues. Attacks and violations of the Turkish army and its gangs carried out as follows; In the history of 21.02.2017an night in gangs operate under the command of the Turkish army with artillery, mortar bombardment of the 'bomb. The same day, the same gang attacked the village of Maranatha and Villa area. Our forces are effectively respond to gangs and gang attacked positions. During these clashes, Turkish warplanes habitat in the region 'is flashed. In the history...
  • Palestinian terror leader urges Iran to join ‘all-out war’ on Israel, then Jordan

    02/25/2017 10:03:22 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 6 replies
    TIMES OF ISRAEL ^ | February 25, 2017 | TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
    The head of a Palestinian terrorist group in Lebanon said he would like to see Iranian soldiers take part in an “all-out war” to liberate Palestine, and that the future Palestinian conquest would include an invasion of both Israel and Jordan. Ahmad Jibril, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, told Hezbollah’s Al-Mayadeen TV on February 17 that his group wants “to see the revolutionary fighters from [Iran] in the Galilee.” Jibril spoke of spoke of creating “an axis of resistance” against Israel that would include Syria, Iraq, Iran and Hezbollah — all devoted to “the...
  • McCain Illegally Travels To Syria, Meets With Leaders And Fighting Groups; No Criticism From MSM

    02/25/2017 10:29:04 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 26 replies
    Activist Post ^ | 2/24/2017 | Brandon Turbeville
    Shortly after the mainstream media erupted in hysteria and neo-McCarthyistic attacks against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for having a routine conversation with the Russian Ambassador and for once having dinner with the President of Russia as part of an event, aging warmonger Senator John McCain recently announced that he had traveled illegally into Syria to meet with U.S. troops illegally stationed there as well as to meet with ISIS supporter and President of Turkey, Recep Tayip Erdogan. McCain also met with the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and crown prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu...
  • AKP’s Syria police gathered from FSA, Al Nusra and ISIS (Turkey police in Syria are Terrorists)

    02/23/2017 8:06:12 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANF News ^ | February 22, 2017 | SEY&#304;T EVRAN
    The groups AKP called “Syrian Police” and stationed in Jarablus, Rai and Azaz have been revealed to be members of FSA, Al Nusra and ISIS.AKP’s political and military institutionalization in line with their Turkifying concept to become permanent in the cities they invaded continue. Most recently, they have formed a “police” organization. Volunteers gathered from Ankara, Antep, Kilis and villages of Jarablus, Rai, Azaz and Shehba are paid 200 dollars and taken in for training. The trainees are called “police”, and some 400 of them have been sent to Jarablus, 250 to Rai and 300 to Azaz. There are still...

    02/23/2017 4:17:37 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Front Page ^ | February 23, 2017 | Dawn Perlmutter
    Sweden is the rape capital of the Western world. The general public is unaware of the epidemic of Swedish rapes because there has been an orchestrated effort by mainstream media and the Swedish government to deliberately mischaracterize offenders and downplay the number of incidents. The significant increase in rapes are the direct result of Sweden's open door refugee policy and denial of Muslim culture. Muslim immigrant rapists believe that all non-Muslim and uncovered women can be lawfully taken for sexual use; hence rape and sexual assaults are justified. Appearance, particularly for women, is an important aspect of Sharia Islamic...
  • John McCain Makes Secret Trip to Syria in Midst of U.S. Assessment

    02/22/2017 5:21:20 PM PST · by Candor7 · 78 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated Feb. 22, 2017 4:13 p.m. ET | Dion Nissenbaum
    WASHINGTON—Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) secretly traveled to northern Syria last weekend to speak with American military officials and Kurdish fighters at the forefront of the push to drive Islamic State out of their de facto capital of Raqqa, according to U.S. officials. The unusual visit, which officials said was organized with the help of the U.S. military, came as the Trump administration is debating plans for an accelerated military campaign against Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL. Mr. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, first traveled to rebel-controlled Syria in 2013, when he met...
  • Ex-Saddam deputy urges rejecting talks

    11/27/2006 10:47:55 AM PST · by TexKat · 8 replies · 472+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/27/06 | SALAH NASRAWI
    DAMASCUS, Syria — A former top deputy to Saddam Hussein has urged followers in a letter to turn down proposals for reconciliation talks with the United States or the Iraqi government, according to former Baath party members outside Iraq familiar with the letter. It is unclear if the message from Izzat Ibrahim, Saddam's former vice president and now a fugitive with a $10 million bounty on his head, is being followed. But it appears aimed at blunting a flurry of diplomacy to stabilize Iraq, including efforts by several Arab governments to persuade Iraqi Sunni insurgents to lay down arms and...

    02/22/2017 5:36:52 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 8 replies
    jpost ^ | 2/22/17 | Anna Ahronheim
    Israeli jets allegedly struck targets near the Syrian capital overnight on Wednesday, reportedly a weapons shipment to the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, Lebanese media reported. Syrian media reported witnesses hearing "loud explosion sounds" in the early morning hours. According to Lebanese media, the targets that were hit around 3.00 a.m. were affiliated with the Assad regime and were the regime army's 3rd Division in the al-Katif suburbs of the capital. The report also claimed that the IDF struck from within Lebanon, circling the Beqaa Valley and Baalbek, so as not to be blocked by the Russian defense systems operating in...
  • Starbucks' brand perception has plummeted since it announced plan to hire refugees

    02/22/2017 4:51:08 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 47 replies
    Business Insider via Yahoo News ^ | Feb 22, 2017 | Kate Taylor
    Starbucks' brand has taken a beating since the company announced plans to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide in the next five years in response to Donald Trump's executive order intended to prevent refugees from entering the US. The coffee giant's consumer perception levels have fallen by two-thirds since late January, according to YouGov BrandIndex. The perception tracker measures if respondents have "heard anything about the brand in the last two weeks, through advertising, news or word of mouth, was it positive or negative." In Starbucks' case, perception is still overall positive, but significantly lower than it was prior to CEO Howard...
  • Col. Patrick Lang: IMO there are signs of hope in US/Russian relations

    02/22/2017 1:19:40 PM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 5 replies
    Sic Semper Tyrannis ^ | 2/22/2017 | Col. W. Patrick Lang
    IMO there are signs of hope in US/Russian relationss 1. General Dunford, USMC, the uniformed head of the US armed forces, is meeting the week at Baku in Azarbaijan with General Gerasimov, the head of the Russian General Staff. 2. My sources tell me that US and Russian air forces are increasingly coordinating and de-conflicting their air actions in Syria and Iraq. This can clearly be seen in USAF and US Navy air attacks on "moderate" (in fact jihadi forces) in Idlib Province. these obviously have been coordinated with Russian air defenses. 3. The CIA has stopped providing assistance to...
  • CIA Backed Aide To Obama’s Syrian “moderate” Rebels Comes To A Screeching Halt!

    02/21/2017 2:15:57 PM PST · by davikkm · 29 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    I am so happy to report that Obama’s CIA backed so-called moderate Syrian rebels are not receiving their paydays any longer. Last month the money did not come, and the Obama gang is really up in arms about being cut out of CIA loop. I think it would be more accurate to say, they are down in arms, so they cannot give anymore to ISIS. Now they will all defect to the ISIS camp, as if they had not already, but Obama never gave up on them…(sarcasm). Hillary and Obama must be so upset to learn aide had been frozen...
  • Syrian ‘Refugee’ on Trial For Islamic State Bomb Plot in Germany

    02/20/2017 9:45:33 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Feb 2017
    COLOGNE (GERMANY) (AFP) – A 16-year-old Syrian refugee went on trial in Germany Monday accused of planning a bomb attack on behalf of the Islamic State jihadist group. The youngster was arrested at an asylum shelter in the western city of Cologne in September, with the authorities describing him as a “serious threat”. Police at the time said the suspect’s mobile phone showed he had been in touch with an IS contact abroad and had expressed willingness to carry out an attack.