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  • Syrian suicide bomber had pledged allegiance to ISIS before blowing himself up, injuring 12

    07/25/2016 8:12:04 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 4 replies
    thesun.co.uk/ ^ | 7-25-16 | By JACK BACKWELL, NEIL SYSON in Munich, CHLOE KERR and NEAL BAKER
    Asylum-seeker, 27, 'tried to enter a nearby music festival to carry out deadly attack' before heading to packed bar nearby. bomb horror Syrian suicide bomber had recorded video on his phone pledging allegiance to ISIS before blowing himself up, injuring 12 Asylum-seeker, 27, 'tried to enter a nearby music festival to carry out deadly attack' before heading to packed bar nearby A SYRIAN migrant who killed himself and injured 12 others after setting off a bomb in front of a wine bar in Germany recorded a video on his phone pledging allegiance to ISIS.
  • Russia Bombed Base in Syria Used by U.S

    07/25/2016 1:36:02 PM PDT · by keat · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 21, 2016 | Adam Entous
    An outpost near the Jordanian border that is used by U.S. and British special forces was hit by the airstrikes last month. When Russian aircraft bombed a remote garrison in southeastern Syria last month, alarm bells sounded at the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defense in London. The Russians weren’t bombarding a run-of-the-mill rebel outpost, according to U.S. officials. Their target was a secret base of operations for elite American and British forces. In fact, a contingent of about 20 British special forces had pulled out of the garrison 24 hours earlier. British officials declined to comment. U.S. military and...
  • 6,726 Syrian Refugees Admitted to U.S. So Far in FY16--But Only 23 Are Christians

    07/25/2016 8:21:00 AM PDT · by Lera · 17 replies
    cnsnews ^ | July 25, 2016 | Patrick Goodenough
    With ten weeks to go until the end of the fiscal year, the Obama administration continues to admit Syrian refugees at an accelerated pace, and has now exceeded two-thirds of President Obama's target of 10,000 by September 30. The proportion of Christians among those resettled continues to languish below half of one percent, while other non-Sunnis account for just over one percent. As of Monday, 1,515 Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war in their homeland had been admitted since the beginning of July, and a total of 6,726 since FY 2016 began on October 1, according to State Department Refugee...
  • BBC Still Puzzled By Motive Of Syrian With Suicide Bomb Rucksack At German Festival

    07/25/2016 7:03:27 AM PDT · by detective · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Jul 2016 | James Delingpole
    A Syrian failed asylum seeker has blown himself up with a rucksack bomb, injuring several bystanders, in the town of Ansbach, Germany, apparently after being thwarted in an attempt to attack an open-air music festival. But you’ll never guess how the BBC chose to report the incident when news first broke. No, actually, you probably will.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Machete-wielding Syrian refugee kills woman and injures two..(Germany)

    07/24/2016 9:41:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 156 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 24, 2016 | JENNIFER NEWTON
    A Syrian refugee wielding a machete has killed a woman and injured two other people in Germany before being arrested by police. The attack happened in the south western city of Reutlingen near a doner kebab stand at Listplatz Square. German media have been reporting that the motive for the attack in the city south of Stuttgart was unclear. Pictures from the scene appear to show the knifeman lying on the ground with blood on his face. Armed police officers can be seen pinning him down to the ground before binding his hands behind his back. . One eyewitness told...
  • GERMANY BOMB HORROR: 12 injured as Syrian asylum seeker blows himself up outside hotspot

    07/24/2016 8:52:34 PM PDT · by Enchante · 89 replies
    Daily Express (UK) ^ | July 25, 2016 | Patrick Christys
    AT LEAST one person has been killed and 12 more are injured after a Syrian asylum seeker blew himself outside a wine bar in Germany. The attack took place in Ansbach, near Nuremburg, after the 27-year-old was denied access to the nearby Ansbach Open music festival, according to Germany's interior minister Joachim Herrmann. Hermann said the suspect, who was known to police, had lived in Germany for two years but was denied asylum in the country a year ago. He said it is unclear if the suspect intended to kill others or just himself but said he had “tried to...
  • Former Saudi General Makes Rare Israel Visit; MK: "Saudis Want to Get Closer to Israel"

    07/24/2016 5:48:56 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 18 replies
    Israel News ^ | 24 July 2016 | By Ariella Mendlowitz
    ormer Saudi General Dr. Anwar Eshki visited Israel last week, alongside a delegation of academics and businessmen, all of whom came with the intended goal to encourage further discussion of the Saudi-led 2002 Arab Peace Initiative. The Israeli news source Haaretz reported that the delegation met with Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold, the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories Major-General Yoav Mordechai, and several Knesset members from the opposition. ...
  • Obama-backed Syrian “Rebels” Behead 12-Year-Old Boy

    07/23/2016 6:22:08 AM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 21 July 2016 | Alex Newman
    As if Americans needed another reason to rein in the out-of-control government in Washington, D.C., jihadist Syrian “rebels” backed and “vetted” by the Obama administration and neocons in Congress beheaded a 12-year-old boy. The barbaric beheading of the impoverished child was perpetrated on video that surfaced this week, with smiling jihadists funded and armed by the U.S. government shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they sever the child's head. According to the Obama-backed terror group behind the horror, the boy was suspected of being a “spy” for the government. The group, which received heavy military equipment and funding from Obama, claimed it...
  • Syria: Patriarch Blasts Western Efforts to Remove Assad

    07/22/2016 7:26:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The head of the Syriac Catholic Church—an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See—offered strong criticism of “American, French, English, [and] European Union politicians” whose efforts to remove President Bashar al-Assad have led to a nightmare for the region’s Christians. Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan told the National Catholic Register that Syria was a place “where they were fighting against illiteracy, where you had medical care for all, a peaceful country, where you could go wherever you wanted to go, 24 hours a day without any problem — they [the Western powers] find it has a dictatorship...
  • Russian warplanes reportedly bombed US base in Syria [last month]

    07/22/2016 7:37:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    fo.com ^ | 07/22/2016
    Russian warplanes reportedly bombed a secret military base in Syria used by elite American and British forces last month. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Russian strike on the CIA-linked site was part of a campaign by Russia to pressure the White House to agree to closer cooperation in the Syrian skies, U.S. military and intelligence officials said. Despite the fact that some forces could have been killed and the bombing dampened relations between Russia and the Pentagon and CIA, the White House and State Department still persued a compromise. The U.S. and Russia agreed to a pact...
  • U.S.-backed Syrian force gives Islamic State 48 hours to leave Manbij

    07/21/2016 2:38:56 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 21, 2016 | Dominic Evans
    ...the Manbij Military Council said the Islamic State militants would be allowed to leave the city with light weapons, without a fight. It said their departure must take place within 48 hours and "this initiative is the only and the final one for the besieged Daesh elements to leave the city,"
  • US-backed Syrian “rebels” screaming “Allahu akbar” behead small boy as “spy”

    07/21/2016 10:48:10 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 34 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 07/20/2016 | Robert Spencer
    "Fighters from a US-backed Syrian militant group have been filmed brutally beheading a child as young as 11. One of the fighters shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ meaning ‘God is great’ after taking a small knife to the boy’s throat and cutting off his head in the Palesinian refugee Handarat Camp in Northern Aleppo. The child, who is clearly under the age of 12, was arrested by the Islamist militants for allegedly being Palestinian Liwaa Al Quds, al-Quds Brigade fighter, according to Russia News Now. Sickening footage shot immediately before the boy is slaughtered shows him in ragged clothes surrounded by bearded...
  • Syria: At least 85 civilians feared dead after US air strike 'mistake'

    07/20/2016 9:36:23 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 36 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | July 20, 2016 | Paul Wright
    US military confirms it is investigating what could be one of the worst incidents of civilian deaths by coalition forces At least 85 civilians, including almost a dozen children, have been killed after US air strikes targeted an area in northern Syria held by Islamic State (Isis/Daesh) fighters, a monitoring group has said. Some eight families were reportedly wiped out in the IS-controlled village of Tokhar near Manbij on Tuesday (19 July), in what could be one of the deadliest bombings of civilians by coalition forces since the start of operations in the country.
  • Terrifying moment a Syrian rebel sneaks up to an army tank and throws a grenade down its barrel [tr]

    07/20/2016 10:20:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 20, 2016 | Gareth Davies
    A Syrian rebel was caught on camera blowing up an army tank by sneaking up to it and throwing a hand grenade down its barrel. The military tank bursts into flames as the lone Free Syrian Army fighter runs towards the camera after the grenade can be heard clinking down the shaft. Throughout the video, those supporting the rebel can be heard shouting 'Allahu Akbar', meaning 'God is great'.
  • Sickening video shows US-backed Syrian rebels taunting and then brutally beheading a young boy (tr)

    07/19/2016 10:28:08 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 59 replies
    Fighters from a US-backed Syrian militant group have been filmed brutally beheading a child as young as 11. The video captures Nour al-Din al-Zenki fighters in the back of a truck with a child they claim is an al-Quds soldier supporting Assad's Syrian forces. One of the fighters shouts 'Allahu Akbar' meaning 'God is great' after taking a small knife to the boy's throat and cutting off his head in the Palesinian refugee Handarat Camp in Northern Aleppo.
  • With Friends Like Turkey, the U.S. Needs Russia in Syria

    07/18/2016 9:46:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    World Politics Review ^ | July 18, 2016 | Richard Gowan
    With Friends Like Turkey, the U.S. Needs Russia in Syria Richard Gowan |Monday, July 18, 2016 Winston Churchill once quipped that the only thing worse than fighting a war with allies is fighting one without them. Looking at the Middle East, U.S. President Barack Obama might wish he could get rid of his regional allies anyway. His efforts to stabilize the region have been persistently weakened or derailed by America’s supposed friends. Israel tried hard to block last year’s Iranian nuclear deal. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states have deliberately stirred up the Syrian war, even as Washington has been...
  • Rebels fear Assad victory in Syria as noose tightens around Aleppo {Good news}

    07/18/2016 12:44:21 AM PDT · by Cronos · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 17 July 2016 | Martin Chulov
    Just over a month into Syria’s uprising in 2011, the leader of Lebanon’s Druze sect, Walid Jumblatt, travelled to Damascus to visit Syria’s then security tsar, Mohammed Nasif. “He said to me at the time, it’s either us, meaning the Alawites, or them, meaning the Sunnis,” Jumblatt recalled. “I knew which way this was going then. He added, ‘even if it cost us a million dead’.”.. the ancient city of Aleppo, which after years of being viewed as the key to Syria’s fate last week slipped from the grasp of the opposition and into the hands of the Syrian regime’s...
  • To seek peace in Syria, US has to deal with Russia

    07/16/2016 7:11:44 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 10 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, July 16, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The Obama administration is getting desperate and is making what might be its final offer to Moscow to end the hostilities in Syria. Obama is calling for enhanced intelligence and military cooperation with Russia against the Islamic State and other extremist groups in the nation. Obama is also calling for President Bashar al-Assad and the Russians to honor a UN brokered ceasefire with U.S.-supported rebel groups which includes Assad’s removal from power. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russia's top diplomat to discuss Syria's civil war and Assad's future. Apparently desperate for a Nobel Peace Prize, Kerry is trying...
  • Unable to stop Syria's war, US offers Russia new partnership

    07/15/2016 9:30:31 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 14, 2016 | Associated Presstitutes
    The United States on Thursday offered Russia a broad new military partnership in Syria, hoping the attraction of a unified campaign against the Islamic State group and Al Qaeda — and a Russian commitment to ground Syria's bombers — could end five years of civil war. The deal, if finalized, could dramatically alter America's role in the conflict. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was to present the new ideas to Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Thursday. The eight-page proposal, a copy of which The Washington Post published, shows the U.S. offering intelligence and targeting sharing, and...
  • John Kerry Meets Vladimir Putin to Discuss New Syria Plan

    07/15/2016 1:40:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | 07/14/16 | GARDINER HARRIS and ANNE BARNARD
    MOSCOW — Secretary of State John Kerry met with President Vladimir V. Putin in Moscow late Thursday night to discuss a proposed extensive military cooperation agreement that for the first time would coordinate American and Russian air attacks on the Islamic State and the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria. Both men said they were hopeful of reaching an accord. “I hope after today’s consultations you’ll be able to advise him of the progress made and possible headway for us to make,” Mr. Putin said, referring to conversations between Mr. Kerry and President Obama. Mr. Kerry responded: “Hopefully,...
  • Hungarian Officers Beat Migrants Severely, Rights Group Says

    07/13/2016 7:31:08 PM PDT · by Mariner · 32 replies
    Associated Press via ABC ^ | July 13th, 2016 | By pablo gorondi, associated press
    Hungarian police and soldiers have severely beaten some migrants before sending them back across the border to Serbia, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday — a report that was disputed by the Hungarian government. Since July 5, migrants caught within 8 kilometers (5 miles) of the Hungarian border are being returned to the Serbian side of the razor-wire fence built by Hungary last year to stem the migrant flow. Police said 621 people were sent back to Serbia since the new rules took effect. One of the claims of abuse noted in the HRW report said men in a group of...
  • State Department Adds Former Gitmo Detainee to U.S. Terrorist List

    07/13/2016 3:09:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/13/16 | Natalie Johnson
    The State Department announced Wednesday that it has added two people to the federal list of designated terrorists, one of whom was once detained at Guantanamo Bay military prison. Ayrat Nasimovich Vakhitov, one of the newly added jihadists, was a former detainee at Guantanamo for less than two years from June 2002 until February 2004 before being turned over to Russian officials in his home country. Turkish authorities recently arrested Vahkitov in connection with the June 29 suicide bombings at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport that killed 42 people. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, U.S. and Turkish authorities...
  • US will welcome target of 10,000 Syria refugees, says Kerry

    07/13/2016 7:34:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 110 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/13/16 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - The United States will welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year as promised by President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Tuesday. Washington has been criticized by some activists for moving too slowly to settle those fleeing the conflict, while Obama's opponents warn their number may include terrorists. But Kerry said the United States is now on course to admit 10,000 vulnerable refugees, chosen from UN camps and vetted by US security and intelligence agencies. "It's also representing six-fold increase over what we did the year before," Kerry said, referring to the US fiscal year,...
  • FBI warns of Islamic State threat to Mississippi River bridge

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned local authorities of a threat that Islamic State militants would blow up the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge spanning the Mississippi River, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday. The bridge is a major route connecting Tennessee and Arkansas. The Federal Bureau of Investigation passed the threat on to local police in a bulletin out of an "abundance of caution," spokesman Chris Allen said. "This is an unsubstantiated, anonymous threat," he said, adding that there was no useful intelligence arising from it. Allen had no details on when the threat was received or how. The...
  • Long-range Bombers Flying from Russia Destroy ‘Major’ ISIS Camp in central Syria

    07/12/2016 3:46:46 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 45 replies
    RT ^ | June 12, 2016 | RT
    Six Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers have delivered massive airstrikes against a major Islamic State camp and ammunition depots in Syria, Russia’s Defense Ministry says. The aircraft flew from Russia and returned home after the operation. The bombers, based at one of Russian’s southern air bases, took off on Tuesday morning, passed through Iranian and Iraqi airspace and delivered concentrated high-explosive ammunition airstrikes on terrorist targets east of the towns of Palmyra and As Sukhnah, and the village of Arak. All aircraft have successfully returned to home base, the ministry said in a statement.
  • Clinton backers nix Israel 'occupation' add to Democratic platform

    07/10/2016 1:26:50 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 9 replies
    Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday rejected a proposal to include a statement in the party's platform calling for Israel's "end to occupations and illegal settlements," CNN reported. ... While the committee voted against the addition 95-73, CNN reported that the move garnered the loudest negative response of the day from the audience. ... One crowd member was escorted out of the meeting after he stood up and yelled that the party had "sold out" to AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee).
  • Two Russian pilots killed as IS downs helicopter near Syria's Palmyra

    07/09/2016 2:29:26 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 42 replies
    middleeasteye.net ^ | July 9, 2016 | MEE and agencies
    Helicopter was brought down with aid of American TOW antitank missile system, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported
  • Paris calls public school map showing Israel as ‘Palestine’ a ‘production error’

    10/01/2015 8:24:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | September 29, 2015 8:42am
    Responding to parents who complained about the distribution at public schools of a map which labeled Israel as “Palestine,” the City of Paris said it was the result of “a simple production error.” The city’s media department gave the explanation in a statement it published Friday about the distribution earlier this year to elementary school pupils of a calendar that contains a map of Europe and parts of the Middle East. The map, which ends north of central Israel and the West Bank, designates the territory of Israel included in it as “Palestine,” alongside Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. In...
  • Iranian commander: Ground is ready to destroy 'Zionist regime'

    07/06/2016 10:55:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/7/16 | Elad Benari
    A senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) recently threatened Israel, saying the ground is ready for the annihilation of “the Zionist regime”. The comments by IRGC Deputy Commander Hossein Salami were made at a sermon in Tehran this past Friday prior to prayers marking Al-Quds Day. He also declared that Iran has over 100,000 missiles waiting in Lebanon alone and that tens of thousands of other missiles were placed throughout the Muslim world in order to wipe "the accursed black dot" – that is Israel – from the map of the world. Salami also threatened Kurdish leaders...
  • #spetsnaz #syria (new pictures)

    07/06/2016 7:44:37 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 29 replies
    #spetsnaz #syria pic.twitter.com/bontiElUA0— Ali (@AbubasselSY) July 5, 2016
  • Iranian military official: We have 100,000 missiles in Lebanon ready to hit Israel

    07/04/2016 2:36:20 PM PDT · by Roberts · 31 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/3/16 | Ariel Ben Solomon
    President Hassan Rouhani said the last year’s nuclear deal “was the cheapest way to achieve Iran’s goals and interests.” Speaking in Tehran on Saturday at an iftar meal breaking the Ramadan fast, Rouhani said the pre-Iran nuclear-deal era is past and Iran now needs to take advantage of the new atmosphere to pursue its “national interests more than before,” Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency reported. The country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for student associations to establish a “unified anti-US and anti-Zionist front” among the Muslim world’s students, Tasnim News Agency reported. “By using advanced means of...
  • In anger, Obama questioned necessity of Israel's qualitative military edge

    06/20/2016 4:41:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/20/16 | Michael Wilner
    WASHINGTON -- Frustrated over a stall in an arms sale to Saudi Arabia, Obama once questioned the necessity of maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge in the region, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday. Panetta was confirming a report from Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg, who attributed the claim to him in an article on Obama's foreign policy doctrine published last March. The former Pentagon chief said the White House, at the time, was deeply concerned that Israel was preparing to unilaterally strike Iran. Simultaneously, the administration was also hoping to complete with Riyadh a significant sale of fighter jets....
  • ISIS introduces ‘Golden Dinar’ currency, Hopes it will collapse U.S. dollar

    07/06/2016 5:12:05 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 45 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 07/06/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    ISIS is now issuing its own currency referred to as the ‘Golden Dinar,’ with engravings bearing the words “Islamic State.” The coins, currently being released in limited quantity, are to primarily be used by traders in the oil industry in areas under Islamic State control, according to reports on jihadi online forums. Activists in Deir ez-Zor, Syria reported oil traders have been ordered to use the new Dinar when purchasing from ISIS-held oil fields. Reports from the Iraqi city of Mosul have indicated the Golden Dinar is being introduced to the currency market as part of a serious attempt to...
  • ISIS twins allegedly killed their Saudi mother over terror opposition

    07/06/2016 9:55:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 6, 2016 | Douglas Ernst
    ‘It came from a pair of religious children acting in the name of Islam’Saudi police have arrested and charged twin brothers with killing their mother over an apparent Islamic State recruitment dispute. Khaled and Saleh al-Oraini, 20, allegedly stabbed their 67-year-old mother Haila, an older brother and their 73-year-old father on June 22. The mother died of her wounds as the men attempted to flee for Yemen. Saudi interior ministry spokesman General Mansour al-Turki gave Reuters scant details of the arrest. “The only [established] thing is that they follow Takfiri ideology,” Mr. Turki said Tuesday. “The case is still under...
  • The continuing reign of terror in Iran

    07/04/2016 3:34:37 AM PDT · by Keyvan Salami · 9 replies
    Keyvan Salami
    Three years into the tenure of Hassan Rouhani who himself and many in the West promised to be a “moderate” and “reformist” poised to bring about change in Iran, we have only witnessed an unprecedented spike in human rights violations, including horrendous public floggings and especially executions. Overt 2,400 executions in the past three years is the report card Iran and Rouhani carry, with Amnesty International and many other international human rights organizations registering Iran sent nearly 1,000 people to the gallows in 2015 alone. Various religious minorities, including Arabs, Baha’is, Christians, Jews and others have also been targeted...
  • Newest VH1 Talk Show Host Supports Boycott of Israel, Defends Hamas

    07/05/2016 11:47:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/5/16 | Ronn Torossian
    Reports indicate that a supporter of the anti-Israel BDS movement and a self-proclaimed radical who has supported numerous anti-American initiatives has been named the host of a new late night talk show on VH1. Marc Lamont Hill, a CNN commentator, will launch VH1 Live which will begin airing weekly on the Viacom-owned cable network on Sunday, July 17 at 10 PM. Would a supporter of segregation be rewarded with a talk show? How about someone who is fiercely anti-LGBT? It seems that bigotry is only OK if it is directed at Israel. Hill is a staunch opponent of Israel, a...
  • Russian Strategy: Stop Locals Returning From Syria

    07/05/2016 9:19:03 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 1, 2016 | ALAN CULLISON
    MAKHACHKALA, Russia—For decades, the rugged province of Dagestan on the Caspian Sea cradled an Islamist rebellion so vicious that police once feared putting on their uniforms. But that insurrection has sputtered, thanks in part to the departure of young men to join the jihad in Syria and in part to a police crackdown that human-rights campaigners have called murderous. Public parades and concerts, once avoided by locals because of terror attacks, are drawing crowds as the weather warms. Officials have developed a strategy to keep the peace: Prevent men who left for Syria from returning and round up those who...
  • Unearthed: the humble origins of world diplomacy (A Preserved Library from 1340BC discovered!)

    01/19/2003 11:04:10 AM PST · by vannrox · 9 replies · 375+ views
    UK Independent ^ | 19 January 2003 | By David Keys, Archaeology Correspondent
    Unearthed: the humble origins of world diplomacy By David Keys, Archaeology Correspondent 19 January 2003 Archaeologists have discovered evidence of an invasion of the Middle East by one of the world's first superpowers, which destroyed much of the region 33 centuries ago. Under the ruins of a 3,800-year-old royal palace in western Syria they have found part of an ancient diplomatic and administrative library, the most important archaeological discovery of its kind for more than 20 years. Accounts on clay tablets describe the region's conquest by one of the Bronze Age's superpowers, the Hittite Empire, in 1340BC. This helped to...
  • Vladimir Putin to send Russia’s largest warship to Syria to destroy ISIS once and for all

    07/03/2016 1:37:08 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 45 replies
    The U.K. Sun ^ | July 3 2016 | The Sun
    President authorises navy ship to transport 30 fighter jets & attack choppers to the Med in bid to rid the world of death cult
  • Obama retreats from Putin in Syria — again

    07/02/2016 8:41:31 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 2, 2016
    Obama retreats from Putin in Syria — again By Editorial Board July 2 at 4:46 PM FOR SEVERAL years, the Obama administration’s Syria policy has been stuck in a cycle of failure. Secretary of State John F. Kerry negotiates deals with Russia to end the fighting or create a new government in Damascus, while warning that if they are not respected by Russian President Vladi­mir Putin or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the United States will consider other options, such as stepping up support for Syrian rebels. In every case, the Russian and Syrian regimes have betrayed their commitments, continuing to...
  • The Persecution of Christians: the Blood of Abel

    07/02/2016 5:55:17 PM PDT · by Coleus · 15 replies
    The Beacon ^ | 09.03.16 | Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli
    The city of Damascus in Syria claims the title of being the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city. The Hyksos, the Aramaeans, the Assyrians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Muslims, the Mamelukes, the Ottomans and the French have all left their imprint on this ancient city. Today, in the midst of a protracted civil war in Syria, its citizens cling to their normal routine in the shadow of Roman ruins and along the alleyways of the souks.  For Christians, the very name “Damascus” conjures up the memory of the conversion of St. Paul. On his way to this city to persecute...
  • Aircraft of Admiral Kuznetsov to be used in Syria Oct-Jan — source

    07/02/2016 9:59:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    TASS ^ | July 02, 2016
    MOSCOW, July 2. /TASS/. The deck aircraft of the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier will participate in delivering strikes against militants in Syria from an eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea in October 2016 - January 2017, a military-diplomatic source in Moscow told TASS on Saturday. "The General Staff has prepared a plan for involvement of the deck aircraft in delivering strikes on terrorist groups in the Syrian Arab Republic, where the crews will practice taking off the carrier to deliver strikes on ground targets." Thus, the source said, in autumn-winter, the strikes will be delivered both by the crews located at...
  • Obama proposes new military partnership with Russia in Syria (Like it was Obama's idea!)

    07/01/2016 9:21:11 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | June 30 | Josh Rogin
    The Obama administration has proposed a new agreement on Syria to the Russian government that would deepen military cooperation between the two countries against some terrorists in exchange for Russia getting the Assad regime to stop bombing U.S.-supported rebels. The United States transmitted the text of the proposed agreement to the Russian government on Monday after weeks of negotiations and internal Obama administration deliberations, an administration official told me. The crux of the deal is a U.S. promise to join forces with the Russian air force to share targeting and coordinate an expanded bombing campaign against Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s branch...
  • Sources: Obama to reveal civilian deaths from drones

    07/01/2016 9:14:31 AM PDT · by McGruff · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 01, 2016
    President Barack Obama is expected to disclose as early as Friday the number of civilians killed in U.S. military and CIA drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since he took office and will issue an executive order that makes protecting civilians a more integral part of planning U.S. military operations, according to activists and other individuals familiar with the report. The White House is to disclose the casualties with a range of numbers indicating that an estimated 100 civilians have been inadvertently killed by 500 drone strikes since 2009. The estimate is said to cover drone strikes in Pakistan,...
  • U.S. accepts record number of Syrian refugees in June despite terrorist screening worries

    06/30/2016 7:40:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 30, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    The U.S. accepted more than 2,300 Syrian refugees in June alone, sending the fiscal year total soaring past the 5,000 mark and putting the government on track to surpass resident Obama’s goal of 10,000 by the end of September, but raising questions about screening out potential terrorists. ... more than 99 percent are Sunni Muslims. Just eight identified themselves as Christian, eight identified as a non-Sunni form of Islam, and one reported having no religious affiliation. Those numbers have drawn criticism because the percentage of Sunni Muslims is far greater than that of the Syrian population as a whole, which...
  • Trump gets it right on Jerusalem

    06/29/2016 7:11:44 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Jason Greenblatt
    It seems to be a regular feature of the U.S presidential election cycle: Candidates from both parties solemnly pledge to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, only to sidestep the issue upon taking office. Shouldn't the selection of a capital city rest solely with the people of the country who reside there? Donald Trump believes it should. As president, he would recognize the right of the Israeli people to choose their capital city (a choice, incidentally, that has remained unchanged throughout 3,500 years of uninterrupted Jewish presence in Israel). That choice is Jerusalem. Ever since King David established Jerusalem as the...
  • Report: Adult Refugees Enrolled In Canadian High School, Harassing Young Girls

    06/29/2016 4:28:33 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    Daily caller ^ | June 28, 2016 | Peter Hasson
    Emails between school officials at one Canadian high school reveal the school has been struggling to integrate into the school adult Syrian refugees, who reportedly are bullying and threatening students and teachers, as well as making advances on young teenage girls. One email from the head of the school’s international students department expressed concern that the Brussels attack would have a “trickle down” effect on the refugee students. After receiving a tip about Fredericton High School in New Brunswick, Canada — a region that has been aggressively resettling thousands of Syrian refugees — Canadian news organization TheRebel submitted a freedom...
  • The Hind Gunship Is One of Syria’s Worst Terror Weapons

    06/29/2016 1:16:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 28, 2016 | TOM COOPER
    A pair of recently-overhauled Mi-25s of the SyAAF — serial numbers 2820, left, and 2830 — during a military exercise in late 2011. Syrian Ministry of Defense photo For three weeks starting in early June 2016, the Damascus suburb of Darayya was exposed to merciless aerial bombardment carried out primarily by Mil Mi-25 — NATO code name “Hind” — gunship helicopters belonging to the Syrian Arab Air Force. The Hinds dropped no fewer than 564 bombs over this period, underscoring the Mi-25’s reputation as one of Syria’s worst terror weapons. The Mi-25 is often described as a “downgraded” variant of the classic Mi-24 gunship. It’s a big, heavy,...
  • Istanbul airport attacks: 28 killed, 60 wounded in suicide attacks at Ataturk airport in Turkey

    06/28/2016 2:19:42 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 45 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | 28 JUNE 2016 | David Lawler
    Istanbul governor: 28 killed and 60 wounded We have just received an update on the casualties from the attack from Istanbul's governor. At least 28 people have died, with approximately 60 more wounded.
  • Reporter Interviews 160+ in France’s Largest Refugee Camp; You Won’t Believe What She Found

    06/27/2016 6:43:25 AM PDT · by ManHunter · 24 replies
    allenbwest.com ^ | June 26, 2016 | Matt Palumbo
    Who thought trying to find a Syrian refugee in a refugee camp would be like finding a needle in a haystack? Rebel Media reporter Lauren Southern visited the Calais Jungle, a large refugee camp generally inhabited by those trying to eventually immigrate illegally to the UK. When the debate over Syrian refugees began in America, our main concern was that terrorists would slip through the cracks. For Europe, they’re finding non-Syrian “refugees” are slipping through. And contrary to the narrative Barack Obama created, that those opposed to refugee resettlement were afraid of “women and children,” there really weren’t many women...