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  • Should next US president consider an Iran nuke deal 2.0?

    06/25/2016 9:56:46 PM PDT · by Rabin · 22 replies
    al-monitor ^ | June 24, 2016 | Barbara Slavin
    Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Iran nuclear kabuki last year, told the Council on Foreign Relations June 23 that the Joint Plan of Action, JCPOA had been successfully implemented so far... Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton is for the agreement, but Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been skeptical. Asked about Trump’s threats to renegotiate the agreement, Coons called that possibility “a fool’s errand.” Coons said that personal relationships between Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and between Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz and Ali Salehi, Iranian Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] — have been apparently been effective....
  • Germany’s Leopard tanks prove vulnerable in Islamic State fight

    01/18/2017 5:02:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    STARS AND STRIPES ^ | January 17, 2017 | SLOBODAN LEKIC
    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The reputation of Germany’s vaunted Leopard 2 tank, which forms the mainstay of NATO’s armored forces, has taken a pounding in battles with Islamic State militants in Syria. At least 10 of the 60-ton main battle tanks have been destroyed during a Turkish attempt to recapture the strategically important northern town of al-Bab, located just 15 miles south of the Turkish border, media reports have said. The Turks have deployed several thousand soldiers in the operation, which began in September. But despite airstrikes by Russian warplanes in support of the advancing troops, they have been unable to...
  • Syrians express 'deep anger' at Turkey for war

    01/18/2017 3:55:28 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | January 15, 2017
    Syrians express 'deep anger' at Turkey for war "Why did Turkey do this to us?" Fehim Tastekin reports that many Syrians blame Turkey, once a close ally of Damascus, for the war, which has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 people, according to United Nations and independent estimates. Tastekin, a columnist for Al-Monitor’s Turkey Pulse, reports from Damascus that “being a Turk in Syria is a bit difficult nowadays. No one will harass, insult or attack you, for sure, but everyone has a few words to say about Ankara’s transition from friend to foe.” Tastekin writes, “In a cafe...
  • Saudi says Trump stance on Iran and IS cause for optimism

    01/17/2017 10:11:15 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 16, 2017 | By John Irish
    PARIS--Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday he was positive about the way the incoming U.S. administration wanted to restore American influence in the world, contain Iran and fight Islamic State. "We are optimistic about the incoming administration and look forward to working with it in all areas that are a concern for both of us," Jubeir told reporters in Paris. "We will look at the Trump administration's view as articulated. Wanting to restore America's role in the world, we welcome this. Wanting to defeat ISIS (Islamic State), absolutely. Wanting to contain Iran ... absolutely." Jubeir said the interests...
  • Embattled Syria troops clash with IS in Deir Ezzor

    01/17/2017 4:25:56 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 21 replies
    Gulf Times ^ | 1-18-2017 | AFP/Beirut
    Syrian government forces clashed with Islamic State group fighters for a fourth day on Tuesday in an eastern city where a jihadist assault has left more than 100 dead, a monitor said. IS began a fierce attack Saturday on the remaining parts of Deir Ezzor under government control, and has managed to divide the city's eastern half from the west. It has also cut the supply route running from the city's key military airport, limiting the government's ability to bring in supplies and military reinforcements. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said on Tuesday that Syria's military and...
  • Staring Into Syria’s Diplomatic Fog

    01/15/2017 7:18:19 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    The Century Foundation ^ | January 06, 2017 | Aron Lund
    Syria enters 2017 in a state of diplomatic confusion. On December 30, a truce agreement brokered by Russia, Turkey, and Iran came into effect. It was endorsed by the UN Security Council on the following day and has been blessed by the United States, but war still rages in many areas of the country. Meanwhile, the gaze of the international community has turned to an unlikely location: Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, where Russia is trying to organize Syrian political negotiations backed by Turkey and Iran. The Astana meeting has been scheduled for January 23, before the resumption of the...
  • Immigration Official Okays Syrian Immigrants With Fake Passports

    01/14/2017 6:31:30 AM PST · by OddLane · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2017 | Alex Pfeiffer
    An undercover video exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller Tuesday claims to show an immigration official in New York giving advice on how illegal Syrian immigrants can receive asylum with fake passports. Laura Loomer, an undercover activist for Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), visited a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office Jan. 6 in Port Chester, N.Y. Loomer told an employee who AFDI identified as “Sergio” that she knows a family from Syria who is afraid to come into the office because they are in the country illegally. She said that she wants to make sure the...
  • Bashar al-Assad: If You Want the Truth, Look to the Alternative Media

    01/14/2017 6:19:07 AM PST · by wtd · 25 replies
    Gates of Vienna blog ^ | January 13, 2017 | Baron Bodissey
    Bashar al-Assad: If You Want the Truth, Look to the Alternative Media The following interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was conducted by a group of French reporters. Mr. Assad was asked questions in English, and answered in English. However, the French channel that released the interview included only an on-screen French translation of the questions. In this video, the questions have been translated back into English and superimposed over the French versions. Regardless of one’s opinion of the Assad regime, Mr. Assad’s answers are lucid, clear, intelligent, and informative. Instead of reading what the mainstream media have to say...
  • Return to Aleppo: A squandered legacy

    01/14/2017 2:08:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | January 12, 2017 | Fehim Taştekin
    Return to Aleppo: A squandered legacy Fehim Taştekin January 12, 2017 This is the second in a series of stories from Al-Monitor correspondent Fehim Tastekin, who is traveling in Syria. ALEPPO, Syria — When I finally arrived in Aleppo from Damascus, accompanied by Damascus-based Turkish journalist Hediye Levent, I discovered the Meridien Hotel we'd wanted to stay at was totally booked because of a government meeting. The hotel general manager found us places at Hotel Riga, once one of the best in the city. We had thought it was not operating because of the war. When we reached the hotel,...
  • Tucker Carlson Tulsi Gabbard MUST SEE FULL Interview: Arming Our Enemies? 1/12/17

    01/13/2017 9:38:07 AM PST · by amorphous · 34 replies
    Foxnews via youtube ^ | 12 Jan 2017 | Youtube Foxnews Interview
    Tucker Carlson Tulsi Gabbard MUST SEE FULL Interview 1/12/17. On "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Tulsi Gabbard joined Tucker Carlson to discuss her meeting with Donald Trump after his victory and more. It gets very interesting towards the end when discussing who exactly the U.S. is arming in conflicts.
  • BREAKING Military Airport Near Damascus Bombed (Israel)

    01/12/2017 5:17:18 PM PST · by PeteePie · 189 replies ^ | 1/12/2017 | Various Contributors
    Military airport near Damascus bombed. Suspected holding ammunition depots for Hezbollah. Developing, see the feed. Syrian media attributing to Israel. In before Drudge.
  • I Fought ISIS with the Kurds In Syria. This Is What It Was Like

    01/10/2017 7:49:16 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    The Tower ^ | January 2017 | Robert Amos
    I dropped out of school to join the fight against tyranny. I learned much more than I had expected. “The Jews and the Kurds, we are alone in the Middle East,” a fighter named Zagros told me as I was leaving Syrian Kurdistan. “Go back to Israel and tell the Kurdish Jews in Israel that they are welcome back here in Kurdistan.” I had been there for almost six months fighting ISIS alongside Kurdish soldiers. A year before, I had been a graduate student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem studying politics and sociology. But after I saw the horrible...

    01/09/2017 8:55:37 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 9 replies
    Divergent Opinions ^ | 09JAN2016 | Murad A. Al-Asqalani
    Suggestion that Egypt would enter Syria and support a Syrian National Army to stabilize war-torn Syria. SNA would be a replacement for the now-defunct and disgraced Syrian Arab Army with the SNA being a melting pot to assimilate all ethnicities and all emergent armed groups in Syria after a process of national reconciliation. The article is written from the point of view of the As'Sissi administration of Government of Egypt towards the war in Syria.
  • Russia Says It Is Starting To Draw Down Its Forces In Syria

    01/06/2017 12:30:47 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 01/06/2017
    ussia says it is beginning to draw down its forces fighting in Syria's war. It decisively entered the war in September 2015, and has been a major factor keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power. This isn't the first time Russia has made this kind of announcement. "Last March, Putin also announced a withdrawal from Syria," NPR's Lucian Kim reports from Moscow. "Instead, Russia ended up intensifying its war effort." This latest announcement comes on the heels of a major military victory for the Syrian regime — retaking control of rebel-held portions of the northern city of Aleppo. A cease-fire...
  • John Kerry links Britain to derailing of Obama's plan for intervention in Syria

    01/06/2017 9:44:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | January 5, 2016 | David Smith
    Barack Obama’s plan for military intervention in Syria was abruptly derailed by David Cameron and British members of parliament, US secretary of state John Kerry claimed on Thursday. The American president said he would bomb the Syrian regime if it used chemical weapons but he did not follow through on his promise. The failure to enforce his stated “red line” after President Bashar al-Assad used sarin gas in a Damascus suburb in August 2013 is seen by some as the worst stain on Obama’s legacy.
  • ISG (Iraq Study Group - remember them?) moves from consensus to conflict

    04/23/2008 7:36:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 200+ views ^ | 4/22/08 | DANIEL LIBIT
    ISG moves from consensus to conflictBy DANIEL LIBIT 4/22/08 4:32 AM EST In December 2006, in an effort to build a national consensus on a “new way forward in Iraq,” the Iraq Study Group painted itself as a portrait of bipartisan chumminess, with all political hackery checked at the door. Sixteen months later, seven of the 10 ISG members are backing presidential candidates with radically different views about how to proceed in Iraq. Republicans James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger and Ed Meese are supporting Sen. John McCain, who argues that the United States should be sending more troops to Iraq. Democrats...
  • John Kerry blames Britain for derailing Obama's plan for intervention in Syria

    01/05/2017 9:38:40 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 5, 2017 | By David Smith
    Barack Obama’s plan for military intervention in Syria was abruptly derailed by David Cameron and British members of parliament, US secretary of state John Kerry claimed on Thursday. The American president said he would bomb the Syrian regime if it used chemical weapons but he did not follow through on his promise. The failure to enforce his stated “red line” after President Bashar al-Assad used sarin gas in a Damascus suburb in August 2013 is seen by some as the worst stain on Obama’s legacy. The British parliament’s vote against air strikes has long been cited by Obama and others...
  • Seymour Hersh's Latest Bombshell: U.S. Military Undermined Obama on Syria with Tacit Help to Assad

    01/05/2017 1:46:58 PM PST · by greeneyes · 44 replies
    Democrocy Now ^ | 12/22/2015 | greeneyes
    A new report by the Pulitzer-winning veteran journalist Seymour Hersh says the Joint Chiefs of Staff has indirectly supported Bashar al-Assad in an effort to help him defeat jihadist groups. Hersh reports the Joint Chiefs sent intelligence via Russia, Germany and Israel on the understanding it would be transmitted to help Assad push back Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State
  • Step by step: How Hillary, Obama incubated ISIS

    01/05/2017 11:47:52 AM PST · by ForYourChildren · 21 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 1/4/16 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Arming of Syrian jihadists mirrored disastrous Libya policy By piecing together recently revealed WikiLeaks emails with evidence that has emerged over the past several years, it’s become increasingly clear that President Obama and his secretary of state at the time, Hillary Clinton in 2011, armed the Free Syrian Army rebels in an effort to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad, mirroring a strategy already under way in Libya to help al-Qaida-affiliated militia overthrow Moammar Gadhafi. A consequence of the strategy was the emergence of ISIS out of the loosely coordinated Free Syrian Army coalition as well as the disastrous Benghazi...
  • Trump Restaurant for Falafel: a Syrian Kurd names restaurant in Kobane after US President-elect

    01/04/2017 9:27:16 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    ARA News ^ | January 4, 2017 | Enwer Omar
    ARA NewsKobane – A Syrian Kurd opened a falafel restaurant in the city of Kobane, and decided to name it after the US President-elect Donald Trump.Walid Shekhi, 40, opened his “Trump Restaurant” last week in central Kobane, a city under reconstruction since the expulsion of ISIS militants nearly two years ago. Shekhi, a father of six, told ARA News that he named his restaurant after Tump for the US-led coalition’s key role in liberating his hometown from ISIS.“And I believe that the United States under Donald Trump will provide more support to the Kurds to fight and eventually eliminate Daesh terrorists,” he said, using...
  • Russia’s ‘Live-Fire Training’ in Syria Is Nothing New

    01/04/2017 6:20:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 4, 2016 | Paul Iddon
    t. Gen. Ben Hodges, the U.S. Army’s top commander in Europe, recently slammed the Russian military campaign in Syria, branding it a “live-fire training opportunity” for Moscow that shows clear “disregard for civilian casualties.” Hodges statement coincided with the Russia’s confirmation that its troops had indeed fired more than 150 weapons from its arsenal in combat.
  • U.S. Intel: Obama Coalition Supported Islamic State in Syria

    01/03/2017 11:30:16 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 May 2015 | Alex Newman
    A newly released intelligence report from the Pentagon shows that the U.S. government knew that supporting jihadists in the fight against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad would produce a fundamentalist Islamic State in Eastern Syria — and that Obama’s supposed “anti-ISIS” coalition knowingly backed ISIS and other Islamic terrorists for precisely that purpose. The heavily redacted Defense Department report, obtained by watchdog Judicial Watch via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, shows once again that, contrary to the false narrative peddled by the establishment press, the rise of the savage terror group known as ISIS was actually deliberate policy. Now, the...
  • Jihadi parents bid young daughters goodbye... one walks into police station and is blown up (tr)

    01/02/2017 9:28:41 PM PST · by Ray76 · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec 21, 2016 | Julian Robinson
    Footage shows a male fanatic lecturing the two children, seven and nine, about how to carry out suicide bomb attacks before they are embraced by a woman in a burka. A short time later, the seven-year-old is thought to have walked into a police station in Syria's capital, Damascus, before being killed in an explosion. Both girls then say 'Allahu Akbar' before separate footage shows them dressed in coats and woolly hats as they embrace their mother and leave the room. A short time later, on December 16, a seven-year-old girl calmly walked into a Damascus police station before being...
  • Audio Reveals What John Kerry Told Syrians Behind Closed Doors

    01/02/2017 5:04:02 PM PST · by grundle · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 30, 2016 | ANNE BARNARD
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Secretary of State John Kerry was clearly exasperated, not least at his own government. Over and over again, he complained to a small group of Syrian civilians that his diplomacy had not been backed by a serious threat of military force, according to an audio recording of the meeting obtained by The New York Times. The 40-minute discussion, on the sidelines of last week’s United Nations General Assembly in New York, provides a glimpse of Mr. Kerry’s frustration with his inability to end the Syrian crisis. He veered between voicing sympathy for the Syrians’ frustration with United...
  • New Restaurant now open in Kobani (from Kurdish friend in Syria)

    01/02/2017 4:45:05 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 53 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1-2-17 | AzadiRojava
    Rojava ‏@AzadiRojava 27m27 minutes ago Friends I say goodnight with this pic. Especially for my friend @TX_1. There's a restaurant now in Kobanî with the
  • Reality Check: Proof That Those "Moderate Rebels" in Syria are Really Jihadists (VIDEO)

    01/02/2017 12:34:16 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 8 replies
    Click link for video
  • Leaked Audio of Secretary Kerry Reveals President Obama Intentionally Allowed Rise of ISIS…

    01/01/2017 8:17:30 PM PST · by DaveinOK54 · 210 replies
    Conservative Tree House ^ | January 1, 2017 | sundance
    There are moments within investigative research when your jaw can stand agape as you recognize the scope of what you are reading or hearing. A brutally down-played audio of Secretary John Kerry is just such an occasion.(snip) This evidence within this single story would/should forever remove any credibility toward the U.S. foreign policy under President Obama. It also destroys the credibility of a large number of well known republicans. What the recording reveals is substantive: ♦ First, only regime change, the removal of Bashir Assad, in Syria was the goal for President Obama. This is admitted and outlined by Secretary...
  • Migrants Angry with Sweden Expected ‘Own House’, Girlfriend

    01/01/2017 8:12:21 AM PST · by kevcol · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 31, 2016 | Virginia Hale
    His fellow Syrian, Mahmoud, made a similar appeal for compassion in an interview broadcast Tuesday. “I want a house”, he told Swedish Radio, bemoaning having to live in an apartment, which he said hampered his chances of finding a girlfriend. . . . “I had very high hopes of getting my own private house. And then they give me this apartment. It’s like a refugee camp. What is the difference?” the former Damascus resident complained. “I’m 25 years old and have not had a girlfriend before. I’m still a virgin. I’m looking for a girlfriend, I’m looking for a wife....
  • Obama Takes In 606% More Syrian Refugees Than Last Year, 98.8% Muslim

    12/30/2016 7:58:08 PM PST · by blam · 26 replies ^ | Joseph Jankowski published by alt-news sites: PrisonPlanet, GlobalResearch, ActivistPost, ZeroHedge
    Submitted by Joseph Jankowski of December 30, 2016 The Obama administration’s refugee resettlement program took off in 2016 with 15,479 Syrian refugees having been admitted to the U.S, a 606% increase from the resettlement numbers of last year. In his last month of the presidency alone, Obama admitted 1,307 more Syrian refugees to the states. Overall, 98.8% of the refugees the president has welcomed into the country are Muslim. CNS News Breaks it down: ◦15,302 (98.8 percent) are Muslims – 15,134 Sunnis, 29 Shi’a, and 139 other Muslims ◦125 (0.8 percent) are Christians – 32 Catholics, 32 Orthodox, five...
  • 'Stances have shifted': Russia, Turkey, Iran are discussing chopping Syria into zones of influence

    12/29/2016 9:52:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 28, 2016 | Staff
    Syria would be divided into informal zones of regional power influence and Bashar al-Assad would remain president for at least a few years under an outline deal between Russia, Turkey and Iran, sources say. Such a deal, which would allow regional autonomy within a federal structure controlled by Assad's Alawite sect, is in its infancy, subject to change and would need the buy-in of Assad and the rebels and, eventually, the Gulf states and the United States, sources familiar with Russia's thinking say.
  • John Kerry, tireless in his diplomatic efforts, often came up empty-handed

    12/29/2016 6:29:29 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 52 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/27/2016 | Tracy Wilkinson
    John F. Kerry was late to his own party. Staffers, journalists and other officials were gathered in the ornate Benjamin Franklin salon at the State Department on Dec. 14 for early Christmas festivities. But the secretary of State was nowhere to be seen. Kerry was on the telephone to various world leaders, trying to find out about a major diplomatic meeting — from which the United States had been excluded. The gathering, which sought to broker a resolution to the devastating Syrian conflict, took place six days later in Moscow and involved the foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey.
  • Erdogan Says He Has Evidence US-Led Coalition Has Given Support To ISIS

    12/28/2016 12:59:59 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
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  • Stunning Drone Footage Captures Damaged St Elias Cathedral in Aleppo

    12/27/2016 5:39:02 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    RT ^ | 12/24/16
    Drone footage focuses on the Saint Elias Cathedral in the Al-Jadideh quarter of Aleppo. The church will hold its first Christmas ceremony in four years this coming Sunday. The church is considered to be one of the oldest in the Middle East. It was built in 1873. Throughout the Syrian crisis, the church has been the target of three missile attacks by militants.
  • Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims US-led coalition forces have 'supported ISIS'

    12/27/2016 2:55:42 PM PST · by House Atreides · 58 replies
    The Sun ( ^ | December 27, 2016 | Ellie Flynn & Guys Birchall
    TURKEY’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed he has “confirmed evidence” US-led forces have supported ISIS. Erdogan said “it’s very clear” the US is supporting terror groups in a damning press conference in Ankara. He said: “They were accusing us of supporting Daesh (Islamic State). “Now they give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It’s very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos.” Casualties have mounted as the military tries to take the town of Al-Bab from ISIS jihadists and Ankara has become incresingly impatient over the lack of support from the US against the...
  • Russia calls U.S. move to better arm Syrian rebels a 'hostile act'

    12/27/2016 9:33:48 AM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies ^ | 12/27/16 | Andrew Osborn
    Russia said on Tuesday that a U.S. decision to ease restrictions on arming Syrian rebels had opened the way for deliveries of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, a move it said would directly threaten Russian forces in Syria. Moscow last year launched a campaign of air strikes in Syria to help President Bashar al-Assad and his forces retake territory lost to rebels, some of whom are supported by the United States. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the policy change easing restrictions on weapons supplies had been set out in a new U.S. defence spending bill and that Moscow regarded the step...
  • Aleppo: A tale of three cities

    12/27/2016 11:29:26 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Kurdish Question ^ | 12/27/2016 - 09:13 | Hawzhin Azeez
    Aleppo and the humanitarian crises has dominated international media in the past weeks. News articles with exceedingly dire headlines have increasingly dominated and many heart wrenching images have emerged of Regime brutality. Things, however, came to a head in a recent viral video of a woman called Eva Bartlett, a Canadian Journalist and ‘human rights activist’ speaking about the current situation in Aleppo. Bartlett states that she has been to Syria, including the war torn areas of Aleppo four times (how she managed to do this is soon to be answered) and that in her ‘experience’ the people of Aleppo and...

    12/27/2016 9:38:32 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 27 replies
    EuroNews ^ | 12/26/2016 | Euronews
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his family visited a convent north of Damascus on Christmas day. It is his first public appearance since his regime forces won back the northern city Aleppo from rebels. These pictures from Syrian state television show Assad meeting nuns and orphans dressed in Santa costumes. The Syrian Army took the last rebel-held enclaves last week, as rebels and civilians were evacuated. This ceremony is the first peaceful Christmas mass in Aleppo’s St Eilas Church since rebels took control of East Aleppo four years ago.
  • Turkish Soldiers Are Dying in Operation Euphrates Shield: Offensive stalls at the edge of [tr]

    12/26/2016 6:06:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 26, 2016 | Paul Iddon
    Dec. 21 was the costliest single day for the Turkish army’s Euphrates Shield incursion into Syria. At least 16 Turkish soldiers, supporting an assault force of 1,500–3,000 Free Syrian Army militia fighters, died in clashes with the Islamic State in its stronghold of Al-Bab.
  • The Latest: Russia says mass graves found in eastern Aleppo

    12/26/2016 4:47:20 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/26/2016
    The Russian Defense Ministry says its troops have found mass graves in Aleppo with bodies showing signs of torture and mutilation. In Aleppo, Christians celebrated Christmas for the first time in four years with the country's largest city now under full control of government forces. Christians, one of the largest religious minorities at about 10 percent of Syria's pre-war 23 million-strong population, have tried to stay on the sidelines of the conflict. However, the opposition's increasingly outspoken Islamism has kept many leaning toward Assad's government.
  • Death knell sounds for Obama doctrine as Aleppo falls to Assad loyalists

    12/25/2016 10:03:46 PM PST · by Mariner · 80 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 25th, 2016 | By Carlo Muńoz
    The fall of the rebel-held Syrian city of Aleppo to Russian- and Iranian-backed forces loyal to President Bashar Assad sounds the death knell for the outgoing Obama administration’s hands-off counterterrorism doctrine, analysts say. The final batches of anti-Assad fighters vacated formerly rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo on Friday, officially bringing the city — which was Syria’s economic and cultural hub before the war — under the regime’s control. The fall of Aleppo was the biggest victory for government forces and their Russian and Iranian supporters since moderate rebel groups, emboldened by regional uprisings tied to the 2011 Arab Spring, attempted...
  • Top U.S. General: Two More Years to Beat ISIS

    12/25/2016 9:13:04 PM PST · by Future Snake Eater · 31 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 25DEC16 | Kimberly Dozier
    The general commanding coalition forces in Iraq predicts it will take two years of hard fighting to clear the so-called Islamic State from its twin capitals of Mosul and Raqqa, and then to burn out the remnants that will likely flee to the vast empty desert between Syria and Iraq. In a Christmas Day sit-down with The Daily Beast at his headquarters, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend would not put specific timelines on the battle. But he mapped out a grinding campaign that he thinks is going slowly but as well as can be expected, considering how much time ISIS had...
  • The Latest: Russian official rules out terrorism in crash

    12/25/2016 1:10:20 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 25, 2016
    MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a Russian aircraft with 92 people on board en route to Russia's air base in Syria: A Russian official says the crash of a Russian military passenger plane into the Black Sea could have been caused by a technical malfunction or a crew error, but he believes it could not have been terrorism because the plane was operated by the military. Viktor Ozerov, head of the defense affairs committee at the upper house of Russian parliament, says in remarks carried by the state news agency RIA Novosti that he "totally excludes"...
  • Russian plane 'disappears from radar' near Sochi

    12/24/2016 9:17:32 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 78 replies
    BBC ^ | December 25 | Staff
    A Russian plane has disappeared from radar just minutes after take-off from the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russian media say. They are quoting a source at the emergency ministry as saying the missing aircraft is a Tu-154. Between 70 and 100 people are reported to be on board the plane. Unconfirmed reports say the aircraft belongs to the defence ministry, flying to Syria's Latakia province. Russian officials have so far made no comment.
  • The woman walking to Aleppo to 'end the Syrian war'

    12/23/2016 9:42:46 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 67 replies
    A woman in Germany says she has been so angered at the reports of civilian deaths in Syria that she is organising a march from Berlin to Aleppo to try to bring an end to the war. Anna Alboth said she could no longer sit and watch news reports without taking action herself. So she is organising the Civil March for Aleppo, a 3,400km (2,100-mile) walk that will retrace the footsteps of refugees who managed to escape the war in Syria and make to the safety of Germany. The journalist, who has already welcomed a Syrian refugee into her own...
  • The nightmare of Aleppo is President Obama's doing

    12/23/2016 5:44:54 AM PST · by luke1825 · 31 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 12-23 | peter lucas
    It was moving to watch Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, passionately excoriate Russia, Syria and Iran over the atrocities in Aleppo. But it will take more than words to turn the situation around in Syria. It is too late. Thanks to President Barack Obama, that ship sailed long ago.
  • Turning Point in Syria as Assad Regains All of Aleppo {hurrah!}

    12/23/2016 12:15:07 AM PST · by Cronos · 78 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 22 December 2016 | Ben Hubbard
    The evacuation of civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held part of Aleppo concluded on Thursday after long delays because of frigid weather, putting all of Syria’s industrial capital back in the hands of President Bashar al-Assad’s forces for the first time since 2012. ...Tens of thousands of people have been removed from eastern Aleppo since Dec. 15. Before the last buses left on Thursday, the Red Cross said that 34,000 people had left the city, including 4,000 fighters who had left in their own vehicles the previous night. ...The seizure of all of Aleppo by Mr. Assad and his...
  • Kerry Was So Bad At Negotiating In Syria, He Wasn’t Invited To The Latest Talks

    12/21/2016 9:57:29 AM PST · by ColdOne · 29 replies ^ | 12/21/16 | Russ Read
    Ambassadors from Russia, Iran and Turkey met in Moscow Tuesday to engage in negotiations regarding the ongoing crisis in Syria, intentionally excluding Secretary of State John Kerry. No U.S. representative attended the talks, nor was the United Nations invited to attend. The lack of any Western representation is yet another sign that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, his Russian and Iranian allies will have their way in Syria, solidifying another failed attempt on Kerry’s part to seek a diplomatic solution to the problem. The U.S. Department of State maintained a positive view of the negotiations, despite being left out of them.
  • ISIS inflicts heavy losses on Turkish military in al-Bab, 14 killed, 33 wounded

    12/21/2016 4:35:59 PM PST · by odds · 33 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | December 21, 2016 | Rudaw English
    ANKARA, Turkey--Fourteen Turkish soldiers were killed, and 33 others were wounded as the Turkish army and the so-called Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) continue to push deeper into the ISIS-held Syrian city of al-Bab, northwestern Syria, the Turkish military said in a statement Wednesday night. It also claimed that138 ISIS militants were killed in the clashes. The military said earlier in the day that it took control of the road between the two northwestern cities of Aleppo and al-Bab, according to the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News. The Turkish President said on Wednesday that he received the news from the military...
  • SDF have ‘reached the Euphrates’ 10 days into campaign for Raqqa

    12/21/2016 9:50:15 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 21, 2016 | By Andrew V. Pestano
    RAQQA, Syria, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia said it has reached the Euphrates River and seized a large area of territory in the offensive to liberate Raqqa from the Islamic State. The SDF's "Wrath of Euphrates" offensive is supported by a U.S.-led international coalition, which shares intelligence with allies and conducts airstrikes against the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, ISIL and ISIS. The offensive's second stage is approaching its second week of operations.
  • Syria: Jubilant Syrians gather for Christmas celebration in west Aleppo

    12/21/2016 7:58:08 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/20/2016 | YouTube
    Hundreds of residents gathered at Al Azizieh Square in western Aleppo on Tuesday, to watch the Christmas tree lights being turned on, in an attempt to establish some sense of normality in a city that has been a focal point of the Syrian conflict.