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  • Russia, Iran open their arms as Turkey loses patience with U.S.

    01/18/2018 8:32:22 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    N(o)B(rains)C(ollectively) News ^ | Thursday, January 18, 2018 | F. Brinley Bruton
    U.S. military support for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are led by the Kurdish YPG militia, have left Turkey furious. Officials have even warned that Turkish troops are ready to cross into neighboring Syria... Erdogan has also warned of an imminent incursion into Kurdish-controlled Afrin in northwest Syria... With around one-fifth of Turkey’s population identifying as Kurdish, Turkey views the PKK and moves toward Kurdish independence regionally as an existential threat... "The U.S. is directly providing arms to a group ... whose ultimate ambition is not defeating ISIS," said Ziya Meral, a Turkey analyst at the Centre for Historical Analysis...
  • Executioner in ISIS video is N.J. high school grad, magazine says

    01/18/2018 7:11:04 PM PST · by usafa92 · 18 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 1/18/2018 | Paul Milo
    A man in his mid-20s who graduated from Atlantic City High School is believed to be the first American member of the Islamic State terror group to be filmed beheading a prisoner, according to a report in The Atlantic magazine published Saturday. Zulfi Hoxha, whose family immigrated to the United States from Albania and formerly owned a pizzeria in Margate, is believed to have connected with another man, David Wright, through online video games possibly as early as 2010, the magazine reported. Wright put Hoxha in touch with others who then helped Hoxha travel to a part of Syria controlled...
  • US military to maintain open-ended presence in Syria, Tillerson says

    01/18/2018 9:11:23 AM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 52 replies
    fox news ^ | January 17, 2018 | MATTHEW PENNINGTON
    Speaking at Stanford University after being introduced by former top diplomat Condoleezza Rice, Tillerson said the Trump administration was determined not to repeat President Barack Obama's "mistake" when he withdrew U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011. Republicans for years have argued the withdrawal created the opening for IS' rapid expansion.... Securing a successful U.N. peace process, getting Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power, ridding Syria of Iran's influence and eradicating all weapons of mass destruction in the country.
  • US Policy Toward the Levant, Kurds and Turkey

    01/17/2018 2:50:35 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Joshua Landis ^ | January 15, 2018 | Joshua Landis
    The State Department has turned the page on Turkey for it no longer views Ankara as a reliable US partner. Many argue that Washington will abandon Syria’s Kurds in order to assuage Turkish anger. I doubt this. Washington expects more anti-US actions from Erdogan. Many in DC believe that Turkey’s rising Islamism, hardening dictatorship, and worsening anti-Israel rhetoric will only increase in the future. They do not hold out hope that Washington can reverse this trend.The US is increasingly falling back on support for Israel and Saudi Arabia. Trump has clearly set his course and reversed Obama’s effort to...
  • Trump’s targeting of Iran comes as Islamic leaders torture and kill 8,000 protesters

    01/17/2018 8:59:17 AM PST · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 16, 2018 | Rowan Scarborough
    Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blames "Americans and Zionists" for the recent protests. The Shiite Muslim hard-liner says money supporting the citizens came from "one of the filthy-rich governments of the Persian Gulf." (Associated Press/File) Iran’s rulers have inflicted death by torture and gunfire on citizen protesters in a crackdown since the Dec. 28 street uprising erupted, the main opposition group said Tuesday. The Europe-based National Council of Resistance of Iran says the Islamic republic’s ubiquitous security apparatus has arrested more than 8,000 citizens and killed at least 50, all while the West has remained mostly silent. The...
  • Syrian Kurds appeal to UN as Turkey prepares to attack

    01/17/2018 9:59:35 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    AP News ^ | 1-17-18 | SARAH EL DEEB and SUZAN FRASER
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's dominant Kurdish party on Wednesday called on the U.N. Security Council to act quickly to ensure the safety of Kurdish-controlled territories in the country's north, including an enclave that Turkey has threatened to attack. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will launch a military offensive in the coming days against territories controlled by the dominant Syrian Kurdish militia in northwestern and eastern Syria, and in particular the enclave of Afrin, where an estimated 1 million people live.
  • The Syrian Refugee Imam Who Wants Jews Dead (Should he receive political asylum in America?)

    01/17/2018 7:50:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 01/17/2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    Last winter, the local media was touting Imam Abdullah Khadra as a victim of President Trump’s travel ban. Khadra, a Syrian, was here on a religious worker visa and was applying for political asylum. The refugee Imam living in North Carolina called Trump's move, "absolutely inhumane and ridiculous." Jewish leftists agreed. Lucy Dinner, the clergywoman from Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, denounced "singling out an entire group of people based on their faith." Lucy Dinner had previously signed a letter in support of anti-Israel activism by Eric and Jennifer Solomon. Eric Solomon was affiliated with the anti-Israel hate group, T’ruah,...
  • Turkish attack on US-backed Kurds in Syria believed imminent

    01/16/2018 7:37:40 PM PST · by Lera · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1/16/18
    Turkish troops and tanks near the Syrian border are making final plans to attack the US military’s Kurdish partners inside northern Syria as tensions between Ankara and Washington near unprecedented levels. Ahead of a widely expected incursion, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened to “destroy all terror nests”, a reference to Kurdish forces that the US has used as proxies in the fight against Islamic State (Isis) and Turkey views as a subversive threat.
  • Erdogan says Turkey will crush 'terror army' in northern Syria

    01/15/2018 5:47:12 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 15, 2018 / 11:42 AM / Updated an hour ago | Reuters Staff
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday the United States was trying to create a “terror army” on Turkey’s southern frontier by training a Syrian border force that includes a Kurdish militia, and pledged to crush it before it came into being. snip Erdogan also said that Turkey’s armed forces had completed preparations for an operation against the Kurdish-controlled region of Afrin in northwest Syria and the town of Manbij.
  • IDF says it destroyed a Hamas attack tunnel in southern Gaza

    01/14/2018 5:13:46 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 14/1/18 | Judah Ari Gross
    The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday said it had destroyed a border-crossing Hamas attack tunnel, the third in recent months, that penetrated hundreds of meters into both Israeli and Egyptian territory from the Gaza Strip, in an airstrike on Saturday night. “We completed the destruction of a third terror tunnel,” spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told reporters early Sunday morning, denying claims made by Hamas that it was a smuggling tunnel. The tunnel, which was constructed differently from most tunnels in Gaza, began in the city of Rafah and crossed into Israel under the Kerem Shalom Crossing, through which hundreds...
  • Turkey vows imminent assault on Kurdish enclave in Syria

    01/14/2018 8:15:05 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/14/2018
    Erdogan said the operation against the Afrin enclave aims to “purge terror” from his country’s southern border. Afrin is controlled by a Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG. Turkey considers the YPG to be a terrorist group linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that has waged a bloody insurgency within its borders. A YPG spokesman in Afrin said clashes erupted after midnight between his unit and Turkish troops near the border with Turkey. Rojhat Roj said the shelling of areas in Afrin district, in Aleppo province, killed one YPG fighter and injured a couple of civilians on...
  • US reveals new policy on Syria

    01/13/2018 6:17:56 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies
    Kurdistan 24 ^ | 1-12-18 | Laurie Mylroie
    WASHINGTON DC, United States (Kurdistan 24) – Testifying at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, Acting Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs, David Satterfield, revealed a new US policy on Syria that took even the senators by surprise. The long-standing US policy—going back to the Obama administration—has been to support the UN-mediated Geneva talks to secure a political settlement that ends Syria’s protracted civil war, as well as Bashar al-Assad’s rule. However, as successive senators expressed their skepticism about prospects for the success of the Geneva talks, Satterfield revealed that the Trump administration, in fact, shared...
  • Trump’s cut to funding for Palestinian refugees could lead to disaster

    01/12/2018 2:15:43 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 46 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | Mick Dumper
    Having survived the recent cabinet reshuffle the international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, is confronted with the biggest headache of her short ministerial career: the fallout of the US intention to cut funding to UNRWA, which constitutes one of the most serious challenges to UK policies in the Middle East. Donald Trump’s threat to cut financial assistance to the UN agency specifically responsible for Palestinian refugees will be a disaster not only for the refugees but also for Israel and neighbouring countries. It does not advance US interests either. Provoked by the Palestinian rejection of Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as...
  • Surrender or be shot in the face, senior US soldier tells ISIS

    01/10/2018 6:15:08 PM PST · by markomalley · 98 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 1/10/18 | Staff
    US troops and their allies will shoot Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in the face, beat them to death with shovels or drop bombs on them if they don't surrender, the US military's most senior enlisted member has said.In an eyebrow-raising set of postings on social media on Tuesday, Command Sergeant Major John Troxell warned that ISIS members who refuse to quit will be dispatched with "extreme prejudice," including via a small shovel known as an entrenching tool."If they surrender, we will safeguard them to their detainee facility cell, provide them chow, a cot and due process,"...
  • Stalin popularity among Russians reaches a 16-year high, poll shows

    01/10/2018 5:46:52 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 19 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | 2017 | Adam Taylor
    While Stalin is a widely reviled figure in the West, he has a more complicated legacy in Russia, where many remember him as being a strong figure in the country, especially during World War II. In recent years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has pushed for a revised view of Stalin’s legacy that downplays his role in mass purges as simply mistakes made by a great leader. A total of 46 percent of Russians expressed some kind of positive view of Stalin in Levada’s poll, the highest percentage of positive answers since Levada began asking the question in 2001. Thirty-two percent...
  • Who is attacking Russia’s bases in Syria? A new mystery emerges in the war.

    01/10/2018 11:55:07 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 22 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 10, 2018 | Liz Sly
    A series of mysterious attacks against the main Russian military base in Syria, including one conducted by a swarm of armed miniature drones, has exposed Russia’s continued vulnerability in the country despite recent claims of victory by President Vladimir Putin. The attacks have also spurred a flurry of questions over who may be responsible for what amounts to the biggest military challenge yet to Russia’s role in Syria, just when Moscow is seeking to wind its presence down. In the most recent and unusual of the attacks, more than a dozen armed drones descended from an unknown location onto Russia’s...
  • Turkey urges Russia, Iran to stop Syria offensive on Idlib

    01/10/2018 9:25:12 AM PST · by NorseViking · 7 replies
    Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey on Wednesday called on Russia and Iran, the two chief allies of President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, to halt an air offensive on the rebel-held Idlib province near the Turkish border. Ankara has been working closely with Russia and Iran to end the Syrian conflict over the last months but has stepped up pressure on Moscow and Tehran as the bombardments on Idlib intensified. "Iran and Russia should fulfil their responsibility. If you are guarantors -- and you are -- they should stop the regime," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the official Anadolu news agency.
  • Russia-backed Syrian Army encircling Turkish troops in Idlib

    01/08/2018 10:51:02 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 48 replies
    United Press International (Left MSM Bias) ^ | December 8, 2017 | Sami Moubayed, The Arab Weekly (Carnigie)
    With Russian air cover, the Syrian Army is rapidly advancing on the Idlib coun­tryside, encircling thousands of Turkish troops and Turkey-backed rebels in the city. Turkish troops were dispatched to the war-torn city last October. It is unclear whether Syrian forces will stop at Idlib's gates or storm the city, as pro-government media said. If retaken, it would spell the final ejection of the armed opposition from all cities across Syria. On Jan. 2, government troops captured al-Hawa in the southern vicinity of Idlib, shortly after taking the towns of Ard az-Zour, Anshan and Khuwayn.
  • Russia foils massive attack on its Syrian bases by electronically “controlling” 6 drones

    01/08/2018 3:31:43 PM PST · by Diogenesis · 21 replies
    Debka ^ | Jan 8, 2018
    Russia foils massive attack on its Syrian bases by electronically “controlling” 6 drones, downing seven The Defense Ministry in Moscow revealed on Monday, Jan. 8: A massive terrorist drone attack on Russian military and naval bases in Syria was thwarted by electronic measures and anti-air weapon fire. The statement said that overnight on Jan. 6, Syrian “militants” (terrorists) sent a large swarm of unmanned aerial vehicles to attack Russia’s Tartus Naval base and Khmeimim air base. Russian defenses took control of six drones and its Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and gun system shot down another seven. .... they used electronic measures...
  • Washington-led international coalition is moving toward recognition of federal regions in NorthSyria

    01/08/2018 7:17:26 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    ANHA Hawar News Agency ^ | (1-7-17) 07.01.2018 14:46 | ANHA NEWS DESK
    NEWS DESK- The United States-led international coalition in the coming period to take military and diplomatic steps towards federal areas in northern Syria and include diplomatic and political recognition.Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said that the international coalition is expected to carry out ten military, political and diplomatic steps towards the areas east of the Euphrates river,whicch has been liberated by Syria’s democratic forces SDF including diplomatic and political recognition of the area of 28,000 square kilometers, or three times the size of Lebanon.The newspaper quoted a Western official that the U.S Administration is in the process of adopting a new strategy for...