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  • Trump Got This One Right: Shutting down the CIA's ghost war in Syria.

    08/01/2017 9:09:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 34 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 07 August 2017 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Earlier this year, President Donald Trump was shown a disturbing video of Syrian rebels beheading a child near the city of Aleppo. It had caused a minor stir in the press as the fighters belonged to the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, a group that had been supported by the CIA as part of its rebel aid program. The footage is haunting. Five bearded men smirk as they surround a boy in the back of a pickup truck. One of them holds the boy’s head with a tight grip on his hair while another mockingly slaps his face. Then, one of...
  • The terrorist diaspora: After the fall of the caliphate

    07/19/2017 12:51:49 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 13 July 2017 | Thomas Joscelyn
    [Editor’s Note: Below is Thomas Joscelyn’s testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States. The hearing is titled, “The Terrorist Diaspora: After the Fall of the Caliphate.” A version with footnotes will also be posted.] Chairman Gallagher, Ranking Member Watson Coleman, and other distinguished Committee Members, thank you for inviting me to testify today concerning foreign fighters and the threat some of them pose to the U.S. and Europe. The fall of Mosul and the likely fall of Raqqa won’t be the end of the Islamic State. The group has already...
  • President Trump Cancels Obama/Kerry CIA Program Arming ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria…

    07/20/2017 8:37:57 AM PDT · by Bratch · 45 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | July 19, 2017 | sundance
    Reports surface today that President Trump has cancelled the 2012/2013 covert CIA program giving weapons to ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria.  [Washington Post Link] Various news organizations frame the issue as cancelling the program to “arm the moderate opposition to Bashir Assad”.  However, those news reports are entirely false. We know the Obama administration was arming ISIS as part of the larger Syria strategy because Secretary of State John Kerry went on record admitting the Obama Syrian strategy was actually to arm ISIS and extremist Islamic groups (al-Nusra) against Assad. We also know Secretary Kerry was being truthful in that media-hidden, albeit recorded, admission because CTH specifically...
  • Pentagon warns of risks after Turkey discloses US forces in Syria

    07/19/2017 8:32:25 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 16 replies
    AFP via Yahoo Nuse and Propaganda ^ | July 19, 2017 | AFP Staff
    The United States reacted angrily Wednesday after Turkey's state news agency disclosed the locations of American military posts in northern Syria, a move the Pentagon warned could put lives at risk. The Anadolu Agency (AA) published a report Monday detailing the 10 US military facilities' whereabouts and, in some instances, the number of special operations forces working there. Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway said the release of sensitive military information exposes coalition forces to "unnecessary risk."
  • Trump cancels CIA program to arm, train Syrian rebels: report

    07/19/2017 1:41:47 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 43 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 19, 2017 | Bob Frederiks
    President Trump cancelled the CIA’s secret program to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting the regime of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad — a move critics called a gift to Russia, a new report said Wednesday. “This is a momentous decision. Putin won in Syria,” a US official who supported the program told The Washington Post. The program to arm moderate Syrian rebels began under the Obama administration in 2013 and was continued under Trump until now. Officials told the paper that phasing out the covert program was a way to improve relations with Russia and President Vladimir Putin, who strongly...
  • Report: U.S., Russia broker cease-fire in Syria

    07/07/2017 10:11:08 AM PDT · by HokieMom · 42 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, July 7, 2017 | By S.A. Miller
    The U.S. and Russia struck a deal for a cease-fire in southwest Syria, according to reports, marking a major breakthrough in the six-year civil war as President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held their first face-to-face meeting. Details were sketchy but the cease-fire was scheduled to take effect Sunday at noon Damascus time, The Associated Press reported, citing U.S. officials. The deal reflects a new level of involvement by the U.S. in Syria’s civil war. Mr. Trump had previously stepped up U.S. actions with airstrikes against chemical weapon stashes of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. Jordan and Israel...
  • US, Russia prepared to announce cease-fire in southwest Syria starting Sunday.

    07/07/2017 9:15:57 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 13 replies
    BREAKING: AP learns that US, Russia prepared to announce cease-fire in southwest Syria starting Sunday.
  • WaPo’s Ignatius: Fighters in Syria cheer at mention of Trump name

    07/03/2017 5:34:04 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 45 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On a morning when you would have expected the Morning Joe panel to be all about Trump’s CNN wrestling tweet, a Washington Post editor/columnist painted an amazingly positive portrait of the president’s actions in Syria. WaPo’s David Ignatius has just returned from a week in Syria. He was almost apologetic in prefacing his remarks: “I’m going to say something that in some ways is sympathetic to Trump.” He then proceeded to say that he was told by top US commanders that “the most daring and decisive” attack in the battle of Raqqa would not have happened if it hadn’t been...
  • WHITE HOUSE WARNS SYRIA'S ASSAD AGAINST CHEMICAL ATTACK

    06/26/2017 8:02:53 PM PDT · by Semper911 · 66 replies
    AP ^ | June 26, 2017
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  • Military officials reportedly caught off guard by White House's warning to Syria

    06/27/2017 5:32:45 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 68 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 27, 2017 | David Choi
    Several military officials were reportedly caught off guard by a White House statement Monday night that indicated Syria was engaged in "potential preparations" for a new chemical attack, The New York Times reported.... ...The reported lack of communication between military channels also appeared to be corroborated by a BuzzFeed News report that cited five defense officials who said they did not know of the details regarding a potential chemical attack, and were not aware of the White House's plans to release a statement. Shortly after the White House statement was released, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations,...
  • Syria: "Serious consequences" for an IDF attack

    06/25/2017 2:01:12 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva/Israel National News ^ | 6/25/2017 | Israel National News
    The Syrian army is threatening to respond to Sunday's Israeli mortar attack on the Quenitra area following the explosion of mortar shells on the northern Golan Heights. The army issued a statement.........
  • WILL THE SITUATION ON THE GOLAN SUCK ISRAEL INTO THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR?

    06/25/2017 6:56:10 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 26 June 2017 | Ben Lynfeld
    ... "The [Golan] separation line was created in 1974 with Israeli and Syrian agreement and it was for many years the most quiet border Israel had. Now, if on the other side of the divide you don't have an entity that respects agreement on the separation line because its policy is to not agree with Israel on anything, that Israel doesn't exist, than this is something Israel need not and should not tolerate," Halevy stressed. Israel signaled this in January 2015 when an airstrike against two cars on the Syrian side of the Golan killed six Hezbollah fighters and a...
  • American fighter jet shoots down armed Assad drone that was 'threatening' US troops - as tensions

    06/20/2017 12:28:36 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 34 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 6/20/17 | Reuters
    Full Title.............................American fighter jet shoots down armed Assad drone that was 'threatening' US troops - as tensions escalate days after Russia threatened to shoot back after F-18 shot down Syrian fighter jet................................CNN reports the drone dropped several weapons it was carrying near a position where coalition personnel are training and advising partner ground forces in the fight against ISIS. The armed pro-regime Shaheed-129 UAV was shot down by a U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle at approximately 12:30 a.m. after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces,' according to a statement issued by Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led coalition fighting...
  • Krauthammer: Trump inherited high level chess (endgame for control of post ISIS Syria - video)

    06/20/2017 5:03:31 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    Video LinkKrauthammer does a good job explaining what is going on in Syria now the the end of ISIS is in sight.
  • Israeli sources: Iran missile strike a ‘flop,’ with most missing target

    06/20/2017 3:58:40 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 11 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 19, 2017 | Staff
    'This is what they have to show for 30 years of missile development? Even Hezbollah can do better' Israeli analyst says security sources ‘amazed’ at poor performance: 3 missiles fell in Iraq, and only one hit its target Iran’s much-vaunted missile strike on Islamic State targets in Syria late Sunday was a flop, with six of the seven medium-range missiles it fired failing to hit their target, Israeli sources said Monday. Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary force in charge of the country’s missile program, said it launched six Zolfaghar ballistic missiles from the western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan....
  • Australia Suspends Syria Air Strikes Over Russia, U.S. Tensions

    06/20/2017 5:33:34 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 06/20/17 | Rob Taylor
    Operations are ceased as a ‘precautionary measure’ says American ally’s defense ministry Australia has suspended air operations in Syria amid escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow after Russia threatened to track American and coalition aircraft in the war-torn country as targets. “As a precautionary measure, Australian Defense Force strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased,” a statement from the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. The American ally’s decision to back out of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria comes hours after the U.S. shifted some of its own flight patterns in the country to minimize risks, following Russia’s warning on Monday that...
  • US signals involvement in Syria could escalate

    06/20/2017 6:41:21 AM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 20th, 2017 | By Rebecca Kheel
    The United States is inching closer to involvement in the Syrian civil war after U.S. forces shot down a Syrian fighter jet on Sunday. The incident is the fourth time in as many weeks that the United States has shot at pro-Syrian-government forces, and it carries the potential for further escalation — particularly with Russia threatening to target U.S. aircraft that fly into parts of Syria. A statement from the U.S. military said it shot down the Syrian SU-22 in self-defense and after contacting Russian counterparts through the established deconfliction zone. The Syrian aircraft was bombing U.S.-backed forces fighting the...
  • Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria, targets ISIS

    06/18/2017 4:25:43 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 18 Jun 2017 | Artemis Moshtaghian
    (CNN)Iran's military announced on Sunday that it launched several missiles into Syria, targeting Islamic State fighters in retaliation for the attacks in Tehran on June 7. The missile strikes are the first reported ground-to-ground attack from Iran into Syria since the Arab country descended into a civil war in 2011. "In this operation, several ground-to-ground midrange missiles were fired from IRGC bases in Kermanshah Province and targeted Takfiri forces in the Deir Ezzor region in Eastern Syria," the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on its official news website, Sepah News. The IRGC uses the term Takfiri to describe ISIS.
  • Russia Warns It Will Treat US-Led Coalition Jets In Syria As Targets

    06/19/2017 6:24:00 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    ABC ^ | 06/19/17 | Luis Martinez
    The Russian Defense Ministry blasted the U.S.' shooting down of a Syrian regime fighter jet as a "massive violation of international law" and said it will begin treating U.S.-led coalition jets flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria as targets. The ministry's comments Monday came after a U.S. Navy fighter jet on Sunday shot down a Syrian fighter jet that had dropped bombs on Syrian rebel forces who are fighting ISIS in the country. It was the first time the U.S. has engaged in air-to-air combat in Syria and signaled an escalation of the conflict. The incident is also...
  • Russia to target any 'flying objects' over Syria where its aviation is active: agencies

    06/19/2017 5:10:41 AM PDT · by McGruff · 35 replies
    REUTERS ^ | June 19, 2017
    Russia's Defense Ministry said on Monday it would view as targets any flying objects over Syria in the areas of the country where its air forces operate, Russian news agencies reported. The statement followed after a U.S. warplane shot down a Syrian army jet on Sunday in the southern Raqqa countryside, with Washington saying the jet had dropped bombs near U.S.-backed forces and Damascus saying the plane was downed while flying a mission against Islamic State militants. [nL8N1JF0YG] The Defense Ministry also said that it was suspending its interaction with the United States on preventing air incidents over Syria from...