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  • Syria's chemical program: Rubio 'gravely concerned' about Iran & Russia complicity

    04/21/2017 1:05:19 AM PDT · by blueplum · 5 replies
    FOX News World ^ | 20 April 2017 | Benjamin Weinthal
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News he’s “gravely concerned” about Iran’s role in helping Syria develop its chemical warfare program that ended up killing dozens of people weeks ago. Rubio, a Republican, said he was troubled by reports that both Iran and Russia were complicit in Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons program. While the Trump administration accused Moscow of covering up the Syrian regime's chemical weapons attack, the U.S government has not mentioned Iran's possible role. {snip} “The thing that makes Iran so dangerous is it not only exports its weapons to proxies in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, but it brags...
  • Syria Moves Entire Fleet of Warplanes to Russian Base

    04/20/2017 11:12:03 AM PDT · by drewh · 21 replies
    Debkflies ^ | April 19, 2017, 11:20 PM | Gioria Shamis and Diane Shalem
    Syria has moved all its fighter aircraft to the Russian Hmeimim air base in Latakia three weeks after 59 US Tomahawk cruise missiles knocked out one-fifth of its air force at the Shayrat base, in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians in Idlib. This was reported Wednesday night, April 19, by the Pentagon. The Russian high command in Syria has its seat at that base. Military sources report that the Syrian air force will operate henceforth under Russian protection and behind the advanced Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense shield without fear of US reprisals. President Vladimir Putin’s response...
  • The Other Poison Gas Killing Syrians: Carbon Dioxide Emissions

    04/20/2017 8:27:21 AM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies ^ | April 18, 2017 | Juan Cole
    If Trump and his cronies really cared about children killed by noxious gases, they wouldn’t be trying to spew ever more CO2 into the atmosphere.The gas attack in Syria on April 4 consumed the world’s attention and galvanized the Trump White House, leading to the launch of 59 cruise missiles on a small airport from which the regime of Bashar al-Assad has been bombing the fundamentalist rebels in Idlib province. The pictures of suffering children, Trump said, had touched him. Yet the president and most of his party are committed to increasing the daily release of hundreds of thousands of...
  • Turkey to ‘hit button’ on military operations into Syria and Iraq: pro-government paper

    04/20/2017 7:41:51 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    KOM News ^ | 20 April 2017 | none stated
    Turkish tanks on their way to Syria as part of the Euphrates Shield Operation launched in August 2016. Turkey is planning three cross-border military operations into Iraq and Syria as a follow-up to the Euphrates Shield Operation, a pro-government newspaper has claimed.The headline of the Yeni Safak daily on Thursday read, “Turkey to hit button” and said the Turkish government was going to initiate an operation into Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases in the Zap-Avashin and Shingal areas of the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq.According to the pro-government paper, another operation will be launched into the Karakozak area in northern Syria, where the Suleyman Shah...
  • Syrian Kurds set up body to govern Raqqa after IS defeat

    04/19/2017 6:34:26 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    KOM News ^ | 18 April 2017 | none stated
    Kurds in Syria’s Raqqa province set up a civilian assembly on Tuesday that will govern the region after the ousting of Islamic State (IS) from its capital city, local media reported.“The city will be liberated soon and our assembly will be consolidated. Then, we will be able to deal with all the problems,” Mehmud Sewax Bersan, the administration’s newly-elected co-chair, said as quoted by the Firat news agency.The creation of the assembly was announced at a meeting in the town of Ayn Issa, north of Raqqa, the main stronghold of IS in Syria. It will consist of 14 committees...
  • St. Mark’s is truly dead as Trump gets pounded (Prepare to be shocked)

    04/19/2017 11:02:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Villager ^ | April 20, 2017 | Carl Rosenstein
    This past weekend seated on my favorite bench in Tompkins Square Park, while finishing up the must-read neighborhood history “St. Marks is Dead,” by Ada Calhoun, I heard strains of a second-line New Orleans jazz funeral, a perfect dirge for the read. The procession wended its way along Avenue A and crossed on the corner at St. Mark’s Place, where fittingly a new Starbucks is soon to open. A woman was pulling a child’s little red wagon with some sort of sculptural object in it. When they crossed over to the park, I could see that it was a thick,...
  • Report: Weakening Syria's government could help IS group

    04/18/2017 3:02:47 PM PDT · by McGruff · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 4/18/2017
    The Islamic State group could inadvertently benefit from a situation in which Syrian government forces are considerably weakened on the ground, a London-based military analysis group said on Tuesday. The report, published by IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, follows the United States bombing of a Syrian army base after a chemical weapons attack on April 4 killed nearly 90 people. The U.S. has accused the Syrian government of being behind the attack — charges that Syria denies. In Syria, the Islamic State group is battling both government forces and forces allied with the U.S.-led coalition.
  • MIT Weapons Expert: Latest Chemical Attack in Syria was Staged

    04/18/2017 12:48:47 PM PDT · by ReformedMedia · 20 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 04-18-2017 | Tim Brown
    Following the chemical attack in Syria, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) warned that the first casualty of war is the truth, and he questioned what we were told about the attack and who was responsible as the Trump administration launched an unconstitutional attack on a Syrian airfield.  Now, an MIT professor and weapons expert is challenging the official narrative and asking for the Trump administration to refute his conclusions. On Tuesday, Congressman Massie posted to Facebook an article in which Theodore Postol of MIT says there is no concrete evidence linking Assad to the attack. "I think it's important to collect all...
  • YPG reports intensified attacks by Turkish-backed gangs on Rojava (N. Syria)

    04/18/2017 10:50:20 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ANF News (English) ^ | Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017, 14:00 | none stated
    YPG reported that the Turkish army and allied gangs continue their activities and attacks on the lands of Rojava, particularly Efrîn Canton. YPG (People's Defense Units) Press Office released a statement providing detailed information about the continued attacks and activities of the Turkish army and affiliated gangs on Rojava soil. Reporting activities by Turkish UAVs over Kobanę border on April 11, YPG said Turkish-backed gangs attacked the villages of Maranez, Malikiye and Elkamiye with howitzer fire the same night. Following the bombardment, Maranez village was targeted with DShK fire. According to the statement, Turkish-backed gangs shelled the village of Beshemre...
  • Syrian defector: Of course Assad kept hundreds of tons of chemical weapons

    04/17/2017 3:00:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Hot ^ | April 17, 2017 | ED Morrissey
    Get ready for more red-lining from Bashar al-Assad. Despite claims from Russia and the Syrian dictator himself that he fully disarmed his chemical-weapons program, a high-ranking defector tells the UK Telegraph that Assad still has hundreds of tons of those munitions stockpiled for use by his military. General Zaher al-Sakat says that includes sarin gas, the munitions used against a village in Idlib province that provoked a military strike from the US in reprisal (via Guy Benson): President Bashar al-Assad continues to retain hundreds of tonnes of his country’s chemical stockpile after deceiving United Nations inspectors sent in to dismantle...
  • Russia warns US against ‘Syria-style’ actions in N. Korea

    04/17/2017 7:44:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    RT ^ | 17 Apr, 2017
    Russia warns US against ‘Syria-style’ actions in N. Korea Mike Pence’s statement on the US running out of “strategic patience” towards Pyongyang does not contribute to resolving the crisis, Sergey Lavrov said, voicing hopes there will be no repeat of the US strike on Syria in North Korea. “I hope that there won’t be any unilateral actions like we recently saw in Syria and that the US will follow the policies Trump repeatedly declared during his election campaign,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, regarding the statement made by US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday during his visit to...
  • A Tale of Two Narratives #1 - The Media Halo (A look at the current situation in Syria)

    04/16/2017 10:44:54 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/15/2017 | Sargon of Akkad (Carl Benjamin)
  • Syria evacuation postponed after blast kills 80 kids

    04/16/2017 8:25:31 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 16, 2017 | AP (associated Presstitutes)
    The evacuation of more than 3,000 Syrians that was scheduled to take place Sunday from four areas as part of a population transfer has been postponed, opposition activists said, a day after a deadly blast that killed more than 120 people, many of them government supporters.Snip ..Rami Abdurrahman said Saturday's blast --which hit an area where thousands of pro-government evacuees had been waiting for hours -- killed 126. He said the dead included 109 people from Foua and Kfarya, among them 80 children and 13 women. SNIP ...Airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition had killed dozens of civilians over the past...
  • Take a Breath

    04/16/2017 10:29:32 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 8 replies
    The schizophrenia is palpable. We get rid of Obozo, send Shrillary to the showers - probably forever - thus ensuring she doesn't drive the country right off a cliff in fifth gear, and somehow, someone straps a 2x4 to Bitch McConjob long enough for him to use the nuclear option, derail ChuckU Schumer, get Judge Gorsuch confirmed to SCOTUS, and pave the way for Trump to carpet the country with conservative judges in every district and circuit, undoing Leftist destructive judicial activism for decades. Pretty good, right? Then Trump drops a few dozen old Tomahawks onto one of the vilest...
  • Trump's pursuit of better results: Change the status quo

    04/16/2017 8:43:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/16/17 | Herman Cain
    Look beyond the first thing you see, and you might understand what's going on. In Syria, his predecessor said the use of chemical weapons represented a “red line,” only to do nothing when Bashar Assad crossed the line. Donald Trump pounded a Syrian target with 59 Tomahawk missiles.
  • Trump Adviser: No Neocon Shift, ‘Not the Bush Administration’

    04/16/2017 7:03:07 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 61 replies
    LifeZette ^ | April 14, 2017 | Edmund Kozak
    Gorka says president made pragmatic call on Syrian strike, suggests little risk of escalation Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, said on Friday morning that President Donald Trump’s populist supporters need not fear that the decision to strike a Syrian government target last week represents an embrace of neoconservatism. “It’s not a modification,” Gorka said Friday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “Donald J. Trump hasn’t changed from November 7 to Good Friday, April 14,” he said. “This isn’t 2003, this isn’t 1991 and the Gulf War, and the president has not changed one bit,” Gorka said. “This is not...
  • Syria: 100 killed as bomb hits buses with evacuees

    04/15/2017 5:45:58 PM PDT · by McGruff · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | April 15, 2017 | Jason Hanna, Salma Abdelaziz and Eyad Kourdi
    About 100 people were killed Saturday in a car bomb explosion targeting pro-regime evacuees leaving besieged Syrian towns, a volunteer rescue agency said. The blast, which struck buses of people who were leaving their towns as part of a rebel-regime swap, also injured 55 others in Rashidin, a suburb of Aleppo in northwestern Syria, according to Syria Civil Defense, also known the White Helmets The convoy of buses, which were parked at the time, was carrying thousands of people from two regime-held but rebel-besieged villages in northwestern Syria, state-run media reported. People were evacuating two rebel-held towns in southwest Syria...
  • RAW: SYRIA: Horrifying video 100 Killed as Bomb Hits Buses Awaiting Evacuation 4/15/17

    04/15/2017 9:16:20 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 58 replies
    AceHitz ^ | 4/15/17 | AceHitz
    Raw Video.
  • Biased Media Tougher on Democrats, Clinton Operative Says [semi-satire]

    04/15/2017 2:47:26 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 Apr 2017 | John Semmens
    This week, former Hillary Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmeri agreed that media bias exists, but maintained that “this makes it tougher on Democrats.” “Look, when CNN or the New York Times portray Republicans as the scum they are the bar is set comfortably low,” She argued. “All any Republican has to do to rise above the bar is: nothing. The mere absence of the usual crime, corruption and depravity puts them in a more positive light than they really deserve.” “The bar is set much higher for Democrats,” Palmeri said. “We are expected to deliver all-star caliber performances on a daily...
  • Syria war: Huge bomb kills dozens of evacuees in Syria

    04/15/2017 9:56:16 AM PDT · by Spiridon · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/15/2017 | BBC
    A huge car bomb has blasted a convoy of coaches carrying evacuees from government-held towns in Syria, killing at least 39 people. It shattered coaches and set cars on fire, leaving a trail of bodies including children, as the convoy waited in rebel territory near Aleppo. Russian troops have reportedly moved to shield rebel evacuees from retaliation. Thousands of evacuees from both sides of Syria's civil war have been stuck in hostile territory since Friday. The "Four Towns" deal brokered by Iran and Qatar was meant to relieve suffering in besieged towns.........