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  • What are the differences between Russian and US Military In Syria

    02/08/2016 7:27:16 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 23 replies
    SOTT ^ | 2/8/16
    A recent US intelligence report said that Daesh (also known as ISIL/Islamic State) is degrading. Two coalitions - one led by the US and the other by Russia - have been involved in fighting the terrorists. It is high time to figure out some differences between the two approaches. The Common Goal Russia, the United States, and Syria have one common enemy - the terrorist group Daesh. In September 2014, US President Barack Obama pledged to destroy Daesh with massive airstrikes. "Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy. We...
  • Angela Merkel Is A Disgrace

    02/08/2016 7:56:11 PM PST · by PingPongChampion · 20 replies
    Poletical.com ^ | February 1st, 2016 | D. Stone
    The hot tub Kallweit wrote about in the German press was at an historic bath house called the Wilhelmine Zwichau Johannis baths. The events were corroborated by local bathers and city officials. It was also reported that one of the migrants took selfies of himself with a smartphone. The famous bath house has since banned migrants from entering. In the midst of Angela Merkel's disdainful complacency and willingness to appease progressives, the German people have become louder with every passing day. Something has begun to brew in Germany that might derail Angela Merkel's leadership and open the door – wide...
  • Syria Forces Squeeze Rebels Around Aleppo

    02/08/2016 6:28:59 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 8, 2016 | NOUR MALAS And RAJA ABDULRAHIM
    Shiite fighters, largely from outside Syria, are advancing toward the country’s largest city backed by Russian airstrikes, giving the Assad regime the most significant momentum it has had in years just days ahead of new cease-fire talks. Syrian and Russian airstrikes routed rebels from long-held territories in northern Syria, while pro-government forces led by Iranian, Lebanese Hezbollah, and other Shiite fighters are advancing on Aleppo, according to rebels on the ground and officials tracking the conflict. They seized the village of Kifeen north of Aleppo on Sunday night, rebels said, putting the regime forces about 15 miles from the Turkish...
  • Trump: I'd tell Syrian kids to their faces 'you can't come here'

    02/08/2016 11:51:41 AM PST · by detective · 77 replies
    MSN News ^ | Feb 8, 2016 | Ben Kamisar
    Donald Trump said he'd be able to look into the eyes of Syrian refugee children to tell them they cannot come to schools in America in light of concerns about safely vetting refugees. "We don't know where their parents come from, they have no documentation whatsoever," Trump said Monday during a town hall in New Hampshire.
  • Syrians Desperate to Escape What U.N. Calls ‘Extermination’ by Government

    02/08/2016 1:57:41 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | FEB. 8, 2016 | ANNE BARNARD
    Syrians Desperate to Escape What U.N. Calls ‘Extermination’ by Government By ANNE BARNARDFEB. 8, 2016 KILIS, Turkey — Tens of thousands of Syrians who were running for their lives piled up near the border crossing with Turkey here on Monday. They were fleeing a crushing wave of Russian airstrikes and government ground forces advancing toward the frontier in a developing rout of insurgent forces north of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. The intense and, critics say, indiscriminate Russian air attacks have shattered the latest round of peace talks, forced the regional and global players to reassess their strategies and calculations and...
  • Syria Rebels Face Collapse as Thousands Flee North Aleppo. Russia slaughters al-Qaeda stronghold

    02/08/2016 1:43:33 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 28 replies
    truthdig.com ^ | Feb 8, 2016 | Juan Cole
    Syria Rebels Face Collapse as Thousands Flee North Aleppo (Video) Posted on Feb 8, 2016 By Juan Cole On Friday, the Syrian Arab Army and its Hizbullah and Iranian/ Afghan allies made further progress in taking the area just north of Aleppo. They were apparently mainly fighting al-Qaeda, which had a stronghold in the city of Ratyan. The Russians subjected it to intensive bombing and the SAA and allies ultimately took it. Al-Qaeda (the Nusrah Front) said it had killed 25 of its attackers. In New York, as the Syrian peace talks collapsed, the Russian envoy asked out loud why...
  • The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad Are Winning

    02/08/2016 10:25:53 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    huffingtonpost.com ^ | 02/08/2016 12:13 pm ET | Alastair Crooke
    The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad Are Winning 02/08/2016 12:13 pm ET | Updated 15 minutes ago Alastair Crooke: Fmr. MI-6 agent; Author, 'Resistance: The Essence of Islamic Revolution' BEIRUT -- Late in the night on Feb. 2, the news hit: "all communication and supply line[s]" between Turkey and Aleppo had been severed, according to a Elijah Magnier, a renowned Arab war correspondent with Alrai Media Group. It seems to be so: the Syrian army and allied militias, backed by Hezbollah and Russian air power, took control of a tendril of territory that...
  • Iran: We still fund Hamas as fighting Israel is our policy

    02/08/2016 8:42:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 8, 2016, 6:33 pm | (Staff)
    An Iranian official on Monday rejected reports that Tehran has ceased funding the Palestinian terror group Hamas, claiming that supporting the fight against Israel remains a "principled policy," the semi-official Tasnim news agency said. Speaking at his weekly press conference in Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari rejected media reports that funding for the Gaza-based group ceased in 2009. Ansari said that supporting "Palestinian resistance movements" is part of Iran's foreign policy, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency. He called the Palestinian issue "pivotal and basic" for Muslims, according to the agency. ...
  • Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge toward Turkey border

    02/08/2016 5:30:22 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Feb 8, 2016 8:11am EST | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    The Syrian army advanced toward the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad. "Our whole existence is now threatened, not just losing more ground," said Abdul Rahim al-Najdawi from Liwa al-Tawheed, an insurgent group. "They are advancing and we are pulling back because in the face of such heavy aerial bombing we must minimize our losses." The Syrian military and its allies were almost five km (3 miles) from the rebel-held town of Tal Rafaat, which has brought...
  • World War III inches closer as Turkey says it may enter Syrian conflict

    02/07/2016 6:32:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 77 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/7/16 | Todd Wood
    The reason Russia is possibly building a new airbase on the Turkish border inside Syria became clearer today as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted Turkey could enter the war on the side of the anti-Assad forces who Russia has been primarily targeting. The Syrian government made major gains against the Sunni opposition in recent weeks as the Syrian city of Aleppo looked to fall from the opposition’s control. Turkey has repeatedly urged the American-led coalition against ISIS to do more to help the anti-Assad forces. “We don’t want to fall into the same mistake in Syria as in Iraq,”...
  • ISIS fighters in Libya surge as group suffers setbacks in Syria, Iraq

    02/07/2016 3:13:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/07/2016 | By Jim Sciutto, Barbara Starr and Kevin Liptak,
    The U.S. assesses that ISIS is ramping up the numbers of militants in Libya and that it has become harder for the group's fighters to enter Syria. The U.S. estimate of ISIS militants in Libya has doubled as it has become harder for them to enter Syria, according to U.S. intelligence assessments. There may now be up to 6,500 ISIS fighters in Libya, twice the number previously thought, according to several U.S. intelligence officials. They attributed the increase to the U.S. analysis that ISIS is diverting more fighters to Libya from Syria -- and from Turkey when they cannot get...
  • Obama’s Disastrous Betrayal of the Syrian Rebels

    02/07/2016 1:05:51 PM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | February 5, 2016 | Emily Hokayem
    What a difference a year makes in Syria. And the introduction of massive Russian airpower. Last February, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its Shiite auxiliaries mounted a large-scale attempt to encircle Aleppo, the northern city divided between regime and rebels since 2012 and battered by the dictator’s barrel bombs. Islamist and non-Islamist mainstream rebels — to the surprise of those who have derided their performance, let alone their existence — repelled the offensive at the time. What followed was a string of rebel advances across the country, which weakened Assad so much that they triggered Moscow’s direct intervention in September,...
  • Palestinian Scholar: The Jews Have a Criminal, Satanic Nature and Are the Enemies of Mankind

    02/07/2016 9:59:27 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 76 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 1/22/16 | Al-Majd TV (Saudi Arabia)
    In a January 22 Al-Majd TV interview, Palestinian scholar Samir Said talked about what he called the "criminal and Satanic nature" of the Jews and said that they were "the enemies of Mankind," who had "killed 70 prophets in a single day." Said is a member of the Jerusalem Committee of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS). Following are excerpts: Interviewer: Let's talk about the well-known history of Jewish crimes, since the days of the Israelites, and their crimes against the most noble people of those times – the prophets and messengers, against whom they committed grave crimes, including...
  • Sources: 150,000 Saudi Mercenaries Ready To Enter Syria

    02/07/2016 5:50:58 AM PST · by Strategy · 28 replies
    FNA ^ | February 6, 2016
    TEHRAN (FNA) - Informed sources revealed that Riyadh is holding training courses for 150,000 Saudi, Sudanese, Egyptian and Jordanian forces to prepare them for war in Syria. The Saudi sources told the CNN channel that the 150,000-strong army is now stationed in Saudi Arabia and will soon be dispatched to Syria. They also said that Morocco, Turkey, Bahrain, the UAE and Qatar will also deploy their forces to Syria through the Turkish borders, and Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei will dispatch mercenaries to Saudi Arabia too. On Thursday, the Saudi Defense Ministry said it stood ready to deploy ground troops to...
  • EU demands Israel stop demolishing illegal Arab settlements

    02/06/2016 3:08:22 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 35 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/2/16
    The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to halt the demolition of illegal Palestinian buildings, some of which are EU-funded, and reiterated its opposition to building Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria. "In the past weeks there have been a number of developments in Area C of the West Bank, which risk undermining the viability of a future Palestinian state and driving the parties yet further apart," the EU diplomatic service said in a statement. It referred to Israel's decision on January 25 to declare 154 hectares (380 acres) of land near Jericho in Judea as state land, with...
  • Palestinians stepping up statehood bid, Israel’s UN envoy warns

    02/05/2016 8:52:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 4, 2016, 5:47 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Jerusalem is bracing for a series of Palestinian statehood initiatives in various international forums, including resolutions at the United Nations Security Council, Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said Thursday. "The Palestinians are increasing their involvement and activity in the international arena in a bid to internationalize the conflict," he told The Times of Israel. There are several initiatives calling for the creation of a Palestinian state circulating among UN diplomats, and while they recently received less exposure due to the world's focus on fighting the Islamic State terror group, these resolutions are anything but forgotten, he indicated. ...
  • Iranian commander mocks Saudi offer to intervene in Syria

    02/06/2016 11:59:57 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    cnn ^ | 02/06/2016 | jason hanna
    Saudi Arabia's fresh public willingness to send ground troops into Syria is drawing ridicule from the kingdom's chief regional rival. The commander of Iran's revolutionary guard on Saturday mocked Saudi Arabia's declaration that it is prepared to commit ground troops to fight ISIS in war-torn Syria. "They claim they will send troops (to Syria), but I don't think they will dare do so," Maj. Gen. Ali Jafari told reporters in Tehran, according to Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency. "They have a classic army and history tells us such armies stand no chance in fighting irregular resistance forces." "This will be...
  • Knowing what he knows now, would Marco Rubio still help Islamic terrorists topple Libya?

    02/06/2016 10:17:35 AM PST · by AuntB · 43 replies
    MoFoPolitics ^ | May. 18, 2015 | M.P.
    By 2005, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi had dismantled his WMD program and was lauded by the international community as a model for nuclear disarmament. Leaked cables showed improving relations between the Libya and the United States. But in 2011, hoping to brandish his foreign policy credentials for an eventual presidential run, Marco Rubio became one of the most vocal supporters of Hillary Clinton's War on Libya... If we believe that the rise of this new attitude among young people and others seeking a new life and a new way in the Middle East is a positive thing, and I believe...
  • Is This Game Over For Assad’s Enemies?

    02/06/2016 9:35:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 6, 2016 | Nancy A. Youssef
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could make his biggest gains in the country’s long civil war—and potentially tip its outcome in his favor in a matter of weeks—by wresting control of the city of Aleppo from opposition forces, two U.S. military officials told The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity. If government forces are able to successfully encircle the city and hold it, and control the province around it, “the war is essentially over,” said one of the senior defense officials.
  • Syrian/European Refugee Resettlement Plan by MG Paul E. Vallely

    02/06/2016 9:32:00 AM PST · by Randall_S · 8 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | February 6, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Proposed by Paul E. Vallely, Maj. Gen., U.S. Army (Ret) Chairman, Stand Up America, Legacy National Security Group & Syrian Liaison Group As presented to the Russian Ambassador in Paris by General Vallely in October, 2015. 1. Assad and senior government officials must step down from office and be replaced by an interim government; new interim Parliament and President must represent all Syrians and religious groups. New leadership and council will plan for a new revised constitution and future elections (can be based on the El-Sisi/Egyptian model). 2. All Syrians and Christians will be returned to the homeland through Mediterranean...
  • No More Games in Syria: Russian Airstrikes Pulverize 'Moderate' Rebels for 36 Straight Hours

    02/06/2016 12:02:04 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 57 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | 2-5-2015 | Rudy Panko
    It's a bad time to be a "moderate" in Syria: Even the Washington Post is now reporting that Al-Nusra and other freedom-loving moderate groups are losing the war. As the SAA closes in on Aleppo, Russia is paving the way for a new offensive in northern Homs. And by "paving the way", we really mean "36 hours of continuous airstrikes" For 36 straight hours, the Russian Air Force has pulverized the Islamist rebel defenses in northern Homs, as the Syrian Arab Army’s 47th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division and the National Defense Forces (NDF) prepare to strike the imperative...
  • The Battle of Aleppo Is the Center of the Syrian Chessboard

    02/05/2016 7:34:38 PM PST · by OddLane · 12 replies
    The Washington Institute For Near East Policy ^ | February 5, 2016 | Fabrice Balanche
    On February 2, the Syrian army and its allies succeeded in cutting the northern road between Aleppo city and Turkey, known as the Azaz corridor. Although the battle was a local affair involving a relatively small number of fighters, it may prove to be a turning point in the war. In addition to threatening the rebel presence in Aleppo province, the development could put the entire Turkey-Syria border under the control of pro-Assad forces within a matter of months, or spur Kurdish forces there to choose coexistence with Assad. The offensive against the corridor was launched from Bashkuy (on the...
  • Saudi Arabia willing to send ground troops to Syria

    02/05/2016 2:02:21 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 05 Feb 2016
    Saudi Arabia is prepared to deploy ground troops to Syria to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) if US-led coalition leaders agree to the offer. Saudi's air force has targeted ISIL with air strikes since the campaign began in Syria in September 2014, but the Gulf kingdom is now ready to provide ground forces to defeat the armed group, a military spokesman said on Thursday.
  • Russian 'SPETSNAZ' commandos on the ground in Syria to crush ISIS as 70,000 refugees flee

    02/05/2016 12:45:43 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 42 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | 18:01, Fri, Feb 5, 2016 | Tom Batchelor
    Russian 'SPETSNAZ' commandos on the ground in Syria to crush ISIS as 70,000 refugees flee RUSSIAN 'Spetsnaz' special forces troops have surrounded the Syrian city of Aleppo amid fierce fighting in the besieged city, according to reports. By Tom Batchelor PUBLISHED: 00:00, Fri, Feb 5, 2016 | UPDATED: 18:01, Fri, Feb 5, 2016 Commandos sent by the Kremlin are apparently working covertly to support Syrian government forces who say they are close to retaking parts of the city from Islamic State control. Russian airstrikes have intensified in recent days in a bid to crush ISIS and rival rebel groups that...
  • Assad Forces Poised to Take Back Aleppo

    02/05/2016 11:32:45 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 9 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 02/04/2016 | Faysal Itani
    In a serious blow to the rebellion, the Syrian regime has severed the main insurgent supply line from Turkey to long-contested Aleppo, Syria’s second city. This is the culmination of several tactical regime victories against the opposition in recent weeks, largely due to Russian air support. Although some Western policy-makers (and many opposition supporters) continue to insist that Russia and its allies are sinking into a quagmire in Syria, the facts on the ground indicate that it is the insurgency and its backers who are stuck in a morass. Since the beginning of February, the regime took several towns north...
  • Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo

    02/05/2016 7:38:20 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 28 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Fri Feb 5, 2016 10:16am EST | John Davison
    Fri Feb 5, 2016 10:16am EST Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo BEIRUT | By John Davison Tens of thousands of Syrians fled an intensifying Russian assault around Aleppo on Friday, and aid workers said they feared the city which once held two million people could soon fall under a full government siege. Video footage showed thousands of people, mostly women, children and the elderly, massing at the Bab al-Salam border crossing. Men carried luggage on top of their heads, and the elderly and those unable to walk were brought in wheelchairs. Some women sat on the...
  • Syrian rebels are losing Aleppo and perhaps also the war

    02/04/2016 6:52:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 4, 2016 | Liz Sly and Zakaria Zakaria
    GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Syrian rebels battled for their survival in and around Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on Thursday after a blitz of Russian airstrikes helped government loyalists sever a vital supply route and sent a new surge of refugees fleeing toward the border with Turkey. The Russian-backed onslaught against rebel positions in Aleppo coincided with the failure of peace talks in Geneva, and helped reinforce opposition suspicions that Russia and its Syrian government allies are more interested in securing a military victory over the rebels than negotiating a settlement. After two days of what rebel fighters described as the...
  • MPs call for immediate halt of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia

    02/04/2016 11:45:27 AM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 03 February 2016 | Patrick Wintour
    Kingdom’s military campaign in Yemen also prompts all-party group to urge government to back international inquiry ___ An all-party group of MPs has called for an immediate suspension of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia and an international independent inquiry into the kingdom’s military campaign in Yemen. The call from the international development select committee follows evidence from aid agencies to MPs warning that Saudi Arabia was involved in indiscriminate bombing of its neighbour
  • Drone footage reveals devastation of Homs in Syria as Europe's stance towards refugees toughens

    02/04/2016 11:42:23 AM PST · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Source material cannot be posted to FR | 04 February 2016 | Charlie Atkin
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  • Putin ignores Kerry plea, instead deploys Top Gun fighter jet to join Syria battle

    02/04/2016 12:03:57 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 4,2016 | By Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    Russia seemingly has ignored Secretary of State John Kerry’s appeals to stop bombing civilians and allow critical humanitarian aid to starving Syrians – and is instead escalating its military involvement, deploying four of its most capable fighter jets to Syria, two defense officials confirmed to Fox News. The decision to send the Su-35S jets poses yet another hurdle for Kerry’s efforts to proceed with peace talks. The Su-35S is Russia’s most advanced warplane, capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, one official familiar with the jet said. Already, continued Russian airstrikes against Syrian opposition fighters, some backed by the CIA, were...
  • Border policewoman killed in Jerusalem attack carried out by three Arab terrorists

    02/04/2016 7:01:08 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 2/4/2016 | Unknown
    A 19-year-old border policewoman was killed and another female officer critically wounded in an attack Wednesday at Damascus Gate by three Arab terrorists wielding machine guns, pipe bombs and knives. All three assailants were shot dead at the scene. Their explosives did not detonate and were later neutralized by a police bomb disposal team.
  • Syrian regime encircles Aleppo under Russian air power: Turkey's supply lines cut

    02/04/2016 10:19:06 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 4:32PM GMT 03 Feb 2016 | Louisa Loveluck, and Roland Oliphant
    Syrian regime encircles Aleppo under Russian air power The army has taken control of the last supply route linking opposition forces to Turkey By Louisa Loveluck, and Roland Oliphant in Moscow 4:32PM GMT 03 Feb 2016 Syrian government forces cut rebel supply lines to Aleppo under cover of Russian air power on Wednesday, in what could be a pivotal moment in the five-year war. After three days of intense fighting and aerial bombardment, regime forces, believed to include Iran-backed Shia militias, broke through to the formerly besieged regime enclaves of Nobul and Zahra. In so doing, they cut rebel-held eastern...
  • Closing In: Russia, Iran, Assad "Encircle" Syria's Largest City As Peace Talks Collapse In Geneva

    02/04/2016 10:06:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/4/16 | tyler durden
    Back in October, we previewed the “promised” battle for Aleppo, Syria’s largest city prior to the war. By the time Russia began constructing an air base at Latakia, the city - which is immensely important both from a strategic and psychological perspective - was controlled by a hodgepodge of rebels and militants including al-Qaeda, the Free Syrian Army, and ISIS. As we noted four months ago, if Russia and Hezbollah manage to recapture the city, it would effectively restore the Assad government in Syria even if the east of the country is still controlled by Islamic State. In many ways,...
  • <b> Same old, same old with Iran"hostages"</b>

    02/04/2016 12:40:29 AM PST · by Keyvan Salami · 1 replies
    keyvan Salami
    The so-called "Implementation Day" in the nuclear agreement sealed between the international community and Iran had a number of side-effects, with the release of four Iranian-Americans signaling the most important. These four innocent people were swapped for 7 Iranian regime elements held in detention in America. While this made a lot of noise in the United States and raised major criticism against the Obama administration, it is actually nothing new to those familiar with Iran's "hostage industry". The names of these four prisoners released on Saturday are Christian convert Pastor Saeed Abedini, former U.S. marine interpreter Amir Hekmati, Washington...
  • Turkey's nationalist 'Gray Wolves' enter Syrian fray

    02/04/2016 7:33:19 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | February 3, 2016 | Fehim Taştekin
    Turkey's nationalist 'Gray Wolves' enter Syrian fray Author Fehim Taştekin Summary: Turkish ultranationalists have joined the fight in Syria as what some observers view as their government's secret weapon, one that could backfire as the group mingles with Islamists along with the Turkmens they're defending. Posted February 3, 2016 Turkish involvement in the Syrian war has been heavily dominated by Islamist fighters, but the conflict has also drawn in an unlikely quarter -- Turkish nationalists. The far-right Nationalist Action Party (MHP) and its youth branch, the Idealist Hearths, have recently come into the spotlight with high-profile losses on the Syrian...
  • Kerry to announce 'significant' new aid to Syrian refugees

    02/03/2016 7:36:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 2/3/2016, 2:12 AM | Ben Ariel
    Secretary of State John Kerry will announce "significant new contributions to support relief efforts" for Syrian refugees later this week, the White House said on Tuesday, according to the Reuters news agency. According to the statement, Kerry's announce will come on Thursday at an international donor conference in London. In addition to the aid, the United States is planning to resettle Syrian refugees in the country, a plan which caused controversy following the Paris attacks in November, in which one of the terrorists snuck into Europe with a group of Syrian refugees. ...
  • Syrian army and allies breaks rebel siege of Shi'ite towns: army

    02/03/2016 10:36:20 PM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 3, 2016 7:16pm EST | Laila Bassam
    The Syrian army and its allies have broken a three-year rebel siege of two Shi’ite towns [Nubul and Zahraa] in northwest Syria, government and rebel groups said on Wednesday, cutting off a main insurgent route to nearby Turkey. The two towns [...] are connected to the border by areas under the control of Kurdish militias. "Less than 3 km separate the regime from cutting all routes to opposition-held Aleppo," said Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said. "It did in three days what it failed to do in 3-1/2 years." Breaking the siege opens a direct...
  • Russia and Assad may have just delivered a decisive blow to Turkey in Syria "Supplies lines cut"

    02/03/2016 9:57:46 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 2/03/2016 | Natasha Bertrand
    'Weakest position in years': Russia and Assad may have just delivered a decisive blow to Turkey in Syria Natasha Bertrand 3m 1 Pro-government forces in Syria have reportedly broken a rebel siege of two villages northwest of Aleppo, effectively cutting off Turkey's supply line to opposition groups operating in and around Syria's largest city.
  • Lavrov: Russia won't stop Syria strikes until 'terrorists' defeated

    02/03/2016 9:54:09 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Wed Feb 3, 2016 4:18am EST | Fatima Al Arimi; Writing by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Louise Ireland
    Wed Feb 3, 2016 4:18am EST Lavrov: Russia won't stop Syria strikes until 'terrorists' defeated Russia will not stop its air strikes on Syria until armed groups, such as al Qaeda's wing there, are defeated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Russia should stop bombing opposition forces in Syria now that U.N.-led peace talks have started. "Russian strikes will not cease until we really defeat terrorist organisations like Jabhat al-Nusra. And I don't see why these air strikes should be stopped," he said at a news conference in...
  • After four months, Russia’s campaign in Syria is proving successful for Moscow

    02/03/2016 9:27:21 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 4 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | February 3 at 6:00 AM | Andrew Roth
    After four months, Russia’s campaign in Syria is proving successful for Moscow By Andrew Roth February 3 at 6:00 AM MOSCOW — Four months after launching airstrikes in Syria, the Kremlin is confidentthat Moscow’s largest overseas campaign since the Soviet Union is paying off. Under the banner of fighting international terrorism, President Vladimir Putin has reversed the fortunes of forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which were rapidly losing ground last year to moderate and Islamist rebel forces in the country’s five-year-old crisis. Government forces are now on the offensive, and on Tuesday, they scored their most significant victory...
  • Russia’s Su-35S fighters in Syria to be used against ground targets — expert

    02/03/2016 5:01:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | February 02, 2016
    MOSCOW, February 2. /TASS/. Russia’s newest Sukhoi Su-35S fighters, redeployed to Syria, will be flight-tested in real combat conditions and make a contribution to destroying terrorist targets on the ground, the former chief of the Lipetsk air pilots training center, Major-General Alexander Kharchevsky, has said. He believes that the Sukhoi Su-35S planes, just as the Sukhoi Su-30SM, dispatched to Syria earlier, "are equally effective in attacking air and surface targets." "In particular, Sukhoi-35 will be able to use its high maneuverability (in fact, unparalleled at the moment) in dog fight and effectively attack targets on the surface," Kharchevsky told TASS....
  • Map: The Battle for Aleppo – the “Mother of all battles”

    02/02/2016 4:42:33 PM PST · by BeauBo · 39 replies
    SouthFront (Russian) ^ | 02.02.2016 | Peto Lucem
    On February 1, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched their long awaited offensive in the northern Aleppo countryside... (The Syrian Arab Army) SAA would also be able to cut the last supply routes running from the Turkish Border south towards Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and the country’s former commercial hub. The battle’s scale and importance led observers to name the struggle for Aleppo, The mother of all Battles. Both war parties know the side which captures Aleppo wins more than just a city. This side will win Syria’s north and therefore – most probably – the war.
  • Nearly One in Five Muslims Think There Are ‘Too Many Jews’ in France

    02/02/2016 11:29:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/2/16 | Nick Hallett
    Nearly 20 per cent of Muslims living in France think there are too many Jews in the country, a survey by the French Judaism Foundation has discovered. In an 18-month long Ipsos survey on “living together”, published in Le Journal de Dimanche, researchers interviewed French people from a variety of backgrounds on their views on race and religion. In results that will likely cause further concern to France’s embattled Jewish community, investigators found that nearly one in five Muslims believe there are “too many Jews” living in the country, while the wider population also seems to be suspicious. The Jewish...
  • US general says carpet bombing against 'our values'

    02/01/2016 11:31:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 117 replies
    inn ^ | 2/1/16 | Gil Ronen
    Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, the US commander in charge of the coalition fighting Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, said Monday that carpet bombing the terrorists would be "inconsistent with our values." The remark is seen as being aimed at Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). In December, Cruz pledged to "utterly destroy ISIS," and vowed: "We will carpet-bomb them into oblivion." He even hinted at the use of nuclear weapons, saying: "I don't know if sand can glow in the dark, but we're going to find out." After being asked to explain why carpet bombing would...
  • Russian air strikes are targeting CIVILIAN oil tankers and allowing ISIS (truncated)

    02/02/2016 7:47:35 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 17 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | 2 February 2016 | By Gianluca Mezzofiore For Mailonline
    Russian warplanes in Syria are targeting civilian oil refineries and trucks while deliberately ignoring ISIS facilities to allow the extremist group to continue its oil trade with the Assad regime, local activists claim. Citizen journalists from the Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently group claimed Russia's airstrikes are aimed at destroying local oil facilities which are mostly owned by the local population 'and have no direct links with ISIS'. Oil trucks that move between the ISIS-held cities of Deir Ezzor and Raqqa, owned by civilians, are also targeted by Russian jets.
  • Poll: 63% of Israelis Rank President Obama ‘Worst for Israel in The Last 30 Years’

    02/01/2016 12:29:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 1, 2016 | 1:00 PM EST | Michael W. Chapman
    A survey shows that Jewish Israelis rank Barack Obama as the "worst" U.S. president in relation to Israel in the last 30 years -- 63% of Israelis put Obama in the "worst" category while 16% rated Jimmy Carter as the second "worst" president. The survey was conducted by Panels Politics in Tel Aviv, and the results were published in the Jewish Journal. [...] In a survey just before the 2012 presidential election, Panels Politics found that 47% of Jewish Israelis viewed Barack Obama as "pro-Palestinian"; 24% said "neutral"; and 21% said "pro-Israel." ...
  • Turkmens escape to Turkey from Russian, al-Assad fire in Syria

    02/01/2016 6:37:47 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 4 replies
    hurriyetdailynews.com ^ | January/31/2016 | hurriyetdailynews.com
    Turkmens escape to Turkey from Russian, al-Assad fire in Syria ANKARA Some 1,635 migrants, mainly women, children and elderly people, crossed into Turkey on Jan. 29 and 30 from Syria, after leaving their camp across the border due to rising security risks, as the Russian and Bashar al-Assad forces’ bombardment of Turkmen villages continued. The group had taken refuge in the Turkish-built Yamadi camp after shelling by the regime and allied Russian forces’ intensified in the Bayırbucak region of northwestern Syria, according to a statement by the Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). However, they were forced...
  • Kerry: Syria conflict the worst since World War II

    01/31/2016 11:06:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 30, 2016
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the nearly five-year Syria conflict that has killed 250,000, wounded more than a million and displaced millions as an "unfolding humanitarian catastrophe unmatched since World War II."
  • Kent State Professor Praises al Qaeda, Says he will "Bury" Washington, DC

    01/31/2016 9:04:06 AM PST · by rightistight · 34 replies
    iOTW Report ^ | 1/31/16 | Aurelius
    History Professor Julio Pino of Kent State has publicly praised al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, and has said that he will "bury" Washington, DC. Julio Cesar Pino is Associate Professor of History at Kent State University, Ohio and, despite being investigated by the FBI for possible ties to ISIS, he is still teaching there. More than the investigation, Pino has also publicly praised terrorist organizations on Facebook. Here, he praises "Sheikh" Osama bin Laden and the "brave warriors" of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: Pino also mourned the death of bin Laden: He posted pictures of jihadists on his...
  • Hottest New Arab Hit on YouTube: ‘Lovers of Stabbing’

    01/30/2016 8:12:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Arab Press ^ | January 30th, 2016 | Hana Levi Julian
    Arab teen terrorists from the Palestinian Authority moving to the beat of specially-crafted music. 'Lovers of Knives' is one of the hottest hits on the Arab street in the Palestinian Authority; with its hypnotic, rhythmic beat, the words are easily memorized by teens, tweens and adults alike, and the names of those being glorified for murdering Israelis are certain to ingrained in the memories of all. Photo Credit: YouTube / www.alaqsatv.ps Arab teen terrorists coming out of the Palestinian Authority are being moved by the beat of a specially-crafted form of music video. It is the music of the...