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  • U.S. Warns ISIS Capital: Get Out Now

    05/20/2016 12:34:19 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 59 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05.20.16 | Nancy Youssef
    The American military is warning residents of ISISs Syrian capital to leave the citysuggesting that an offensive on Raqqa was imminent, two Pentagon officials told the Daily Beast. In the past day, residents of Raqqa have posted photos of the warnings on Twitter, saying they were airdropped on leaflets by the U.S.-led coalition. The defense officials were the first to confirm that the coalition had indeed issued the warnings.
  • US rejects Russian proposal for joint air strikes on Syria

    05/20/2016 7:37:16 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 20, 2016 | Gabrielle Ttrault-Farber
    Moscow on Friday proposed that Russia and United States, which have been flying separate bombing campaigns in Syria, launch joint air strikes against jihadists from next week, a proposal the Pentagon swiftly rejected. "We are proposing to the US, as the head of the International Syria Support Group, to take part as of May 25 in joint operations between the Russian air force and the air force of the coalition," Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu said in televised comments. Shoigu said that the proposal included strikes against Jabhat al-Nusra and other illegal armed groups that do not support a frail...
  • Russia in first raids on Syria's Aleppo since truce: monitor

    05/22/2016 10:32:05 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    Yahoo News (AFP) ^ | May 22, 2016 | Staff
    Russian warplanes hit a key rebel supply route to Aleppo on Sunday in Moscow's first strikes on Syria's battleground second city since a February ceasefire, a monitoring group said. "The Russian and Syrian warplanes together carried out at least 40 air strikes on the Castello road," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. "They are the heaviest air strikes there since February, and they are also the first confirmed Russian strikes since the truce began," Abdel Rahman said.(Snip)The Castello road is a key supply route for rebels leading north out of Aleppo.
  • Kurdish militants reportedly shoot down Turkish security forces helicopter

    05/16/2016 4:15:18 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2016 | Erin Cunningham
    ISTANBUL They were used to stalk Russian helicopters in Afghanistan, and the United States has worked hard to keep them out of chaotic Syria. But now Kurdish guerrillas battling Turkey's security forces may now have shoulder-fired missiles an acquisition analysts say will seriously challenge Turkish air power and potentially intensify fighting in the region. About four minutes into the video, the fighter, clad in camouflage fatigues, crouches on a verdant hillside with the weapons system on his shoulder. When the launcher locks on its target a helicopter whirring noisily on the horizon the fighter stands to...
  • CIA-backed rebels fight Pentagon-backed rebels in Syria

    03/27/2016 8:58:31 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 22 replies
    americanthinker. ^ | March 27, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Clashes between militias trained by the CIA and the Pentagon are intensifying as bitter fighting has broken out near Aleppo and the Turkish border. Chicago Tribune: The fighting has intensified over the past two months, as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other as they have maneuvered through contested territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, U.S. officials and rebel leaders have confirmed. In mid-February, a CIA-armed militia called Fursan al Haq, or Knights of Righteousness, was run out of the town of Marea, about 20 miles north of Aleppo, by Pentagon-backed Syrian Democratic Forces moving...
  • What Quagmire? Even in Withdrawal (from Syria), Russia Stays a Step Ahead (Screw you Obama)

    03/15/2016 8:48:28 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 35 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | MARCH 15, 2016 | MARK LANDLER
    What Quagmire? Even in Withdrawal, Russia Stays a Step Ahead By MARK LANDLERMARCH 15, 2016 WASHINGTON For five years, President Obama has steadfastly rejected the argument that the United States could intervene in Syria, alter the equation on the battlefield and avoid being sucked into a quagmire. Now, it appears that President Vladimir V. Putin has done exactly that.
  • The Rationale Behind Russias Withdrawal From Syria

    03/17/2016 9:35:48 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 17-03-2016 | Berk`
    As reported around the world, Russias decision to greatly reduce its military presence in Syria, coming as it did with little warning, has left the world struggling for explanations. After having rescued the Syrian Governments position in Syria from certain defeat and securing a partial truce along with the onset of an imminent peace conference, the partial withdrawal is seen by many as a message to the Assad government to not take Russias military aid for granted, and to be more flexible in the upcoming peace negotiations. If we assume that all wars are essentially trade wars grown large, and...
  • Obama Admin Wants To Restart Failed Program Training Syrian Rebels

    03/14/2016 12:44:22 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/14/2016 | Jonah Bennett
    The Pentagon wants to reboot a failed program designed to train Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State, even though this same $500 million dollar program had almost nothing to show for itself. The goal was to train 5,000 fighters, but the first class of 54 melted and scattered after being attacked by the al-Nusra front, the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria. The second class of so-called moderate rebels handed over at least 25 percent of their U.S. military gear to al-Nusra. Pentagon officials now say theyve identified what elements of the program to tweak to make sure they...
  • Vladimir Putin orders Russian forces to begin withdrawal from Syria

    03/14/2016 11:03:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 123 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 14, 2016 | Patrick Wintour
    The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has declared that he is withdrawing the majority of Russian troops from Syria, saying the intervention had largely achieved its objective. The news, relayed to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, personally, followed a meeting in the Kremlin with Putins defence and foreign ministers. He said the pullout, reducing an intervention that began at the end of September, is due to start from Tuesday.
  • Syria Food Drop Fails

    02/25/2016 8:42:09 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 3 replies
    Skynews ^ | 2/26/2-16
    A planned cessation of hostilities in Syria from Saturday night should rescue the civilian population from 'the abyss', Jan Egeland, chairman of a humanitarian task force, says. Major and regional powers must use their influence on warring parties to win clearance for UN aid convoys to reach all 480,000 living in besieged towns, he said after the group held their third meeting in Geneva this month. 'We need to cover the final areas in the besieged areas list, most of them are in the areas called eastern Ghouta. And we will be doing convoys in the coming days to this...
  • Turkish Spokesman: U.S.-Backed Kurds Are In Cahoots With Russia And Syria

    02/29/2016 8:20:48 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 15 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | Feb. 26, 2016, at 2:20 p.m. | Borzou Daragahi
    Turkish Spokesman: U.S.-Backed Kurds Are In Cahoots With Russia And Syria Ibrahim Kalin, a top adviser to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, didnt provide evidence for his claim during a discussion with Western journalists. posted on Feb. 26, 2016, at 2:20 p.m. Borzou Daragahi BuzzFeed News Middle East Correspondent
  • 'Disturbing evidence' that Kurds are coordinating with Syrian regime and Russia

    02/24/2016 7:32:14 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 43 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 7:52PM GMT 23 Feb 2016 | Louisa Loveluck
    Hammond: 'Disturbing evidence' that Kurds are coordinating with Syrian regime and Russia Foreign Secretary says UK "uneasy" about Kurdish role in Syria, as YPG forces take advantage of northern offensive to take territory from US-backed rebels By Louisa Loveluck 7:52PM GMT 23 Feb 2016 Britain has seen "disturbing evidence" that Kurdish forces are coordinating with the Syrian regime and the Russian air force, the Foreign Secretary has said. The Kurdish YPG, which has become the West’s main ground force against Isil, has taken advantage of a massive regime offensive in north Syria to seize territory of its own from US-backed...
  • John Kerry says partition of Syria could be part of ‘plan B’ if peace talks fail

    02/24/2016 10:12:42 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 17 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Tuesday 23 February 2016 13.39 EST | Patrick Wintour
    John Kerry says partition of Syria could be part of ‘plan B’ if peace talks fail US secretary of state tells committee it ‘may be too late’ to keep Syria whole and suggests Washington would support partition if ceasefire is unsuccessful Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor Tuesday 23 February 2016 13.39 EST John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has said he will move towards a plan B that could involve a partition of Syria if a planned ceasefire due to start in the next few days does not materialise, or if a genuine shift to a transitional government does not...
  • Did Russia Just Threaten Turkey With Nuclear Weapons

    02/22/2016 8:09:10 AM PST · by Strategy · 59 replies
    Jewish Business News ^ | February 22, 2016
    The US investigative journalist Robert Parry has made an astonishing claim - and one has gone completely unnoticed. He is reporting that the Russian government has warned Erdogan that Russia is prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons to defend its Syrian strike force from Turkish attack. Parry's exact words are as follows: "A source close to Russian President Vladimir Putin told me that the Russians have warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Moscow is prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons if necessary to save their troops in the face of a Turkish-Saudi onslaught. Since Turkey is a member of...
  • Turkey’s increasingly desperate predicament poses real dangers

    02/21/2016 11:13:33 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 20, 2016 | Liz Sly
    Turkey is confronting what amounts to a strategic nightmare as bombs explode in its cities, its enemies encroach on its borders and its allies seemingly snub its demands. As recently as four years ago, Turkey appeared poised to become one of the biggest winners of the Arab Spring, an ascendant power hailed by the West as a model and embraced by a region seeking new patrons and new forms of governance. All that has evaporated since the failure of the Arab revolts, shifts in the geopolitical landscape and the trajectory of the Syrian war. Russia, Turkey’s oldest and nearest rival,...
  • Syria: Dozens killed as bombers strike in Homs and Damascus

    02/21/2016 11:20:35 AM PST · by Vostok-1 · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 1717 GMT (0117 HKT) February 21, 2016 | Yousuf Basil and Tim Hume
    Dozens of people were killed in separate car bomb and suicide attacks in Homs and southern Damascus on Sunday, Syrian state media reported, citing local officials and security sources. ISIS claimed responsibility for the Sayyidah Zaynab and Homs attacks via the Telegram messaging app.
  • Turkey Is Asking The United States To Take Part In A Ground Invasion Of Syria

    02/21/2016 11:45:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    EAD ^ | 02/21/2016 | Michael Snyder
    Reuters is reporting that Turkey is asking the United States and other western allies to participate in a massive ground invasion of Syria. But of course the Turks are not exactly sitting around and waiting for their western allies to get on board. Turkey shelled northern Syria for a fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, even though the Obama administration has been asking them to stop. The targets were Kurdish and Syrian military positions, and the goal appears to be to slow down their advance toward the Turkish border. The Sunni militants that Turkey has been supporting for five years are...
  • U.S. says meeting for Syria cease-fire delayed, not canceled, as Russia claims

    02/19/2016 9:18:26 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | February 19 at 11:07 AM | Hugh Naylor and Michael Birnbaum
    U.S. says meeting for Syria cease-fire delayed, not canceled, as Russia claims By Hugh Naylor and Michael Birnbaum February 19 at 11:07 AM BEIRUT — Russia and the United States appeared at odds Friday about whether a meeting of the international coordinating group charged with implementing a cease-fire in Syria had been canceled, with Russia's Foreign Ministry claiming it was, and the U.S. and U.N. officials saying it was merely delayed. The back-and-forth Friday adds to delays in reducing hostilities and raises even more questions about the workability of the truce. The coordinating group was due to convene in Geneva...
  • Russia Warns Assad on Vow to Retake All of Syria

    02/19/2016 9:39:29 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 19 February 2016
    Russia's envoy to the U.N. on Friday warned long-term ally President Bashar al-Assad over his vow to retake all of Syria, saying he faced dire consequences if he did not comply with Moscow over the peace process. 'Russia has invested very seriously in this crisis, politically, diplomatically and now also militarily,' Vitaly Churkin told Kommersant newspaper, referring to an international agreement to cease hostilities sealed in Munich last week. 'Therefore we would like Assad also to respond to this,' he said, adding that the Syrian leader's stance 'is not in accord with the diplomatic efforts that Russia is making.'
  • America’s greatest alliance is about to end with a whimper (NATO Vs Turkey Vs Russia)

    02/19/2016 1:07:15 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 28 replies
    nypost.com ^ | February 18, 2016 | 8:19pm | Benny Avni
    <p>Turkey says the Kurds are allied with the butcher of Damascus, Bashar al-Assad — the man whose power Russia fights to preserve.</p> <p>The Turks are angry with us for supporting the Kurds, but it’s Russia’s air bombardments that keep them awake at night. Putin, meanwhile, won’t easily forget that Turkey shot down a Russian plane earlier this winter, and now tells pilots not to await orders when they encounter suspicious aircraft near the Syrian-Turkish border.</p>
  • Turkey says Obama shares Syria concerns with Erdogan, affirms support

    02/19/2016 8:58:48 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/20/16
    Turkey's presidency said U.S. President Barack Obama had shared his concerns over the Syrian conflict and promised his support on Friday, hours after a tense exchange between the two NATO allies over the role of Kurdish militants. In a phone conversation that lasted one hour and 20 minutes, Ankara said Obama had told his counterpart President Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey had a right to self-defense, and expressed worries over advances by Syrian Kurdish militias near Turkey's border. Obama stressed to Erdogan that Syrian Kurdish YPG forces should not seek to exploit recent gains by the Syrian government to seize additional...
  • NATO Refuses to Support Turkey in the Event of a Conflict With Russia

    02/19/2016 8:42:35 PM PST · by marvel5 · 32 replies
    Fort Russ ^ | February 19, 2016 | Izvestia
    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, said today that NATO allies will not support Turkey in case of a conflict with Russia, according to Der Spiegel. According to Asselborn, the country of the North Atlantic Alliance does not intend to participate in an escalation in the conflict between Russia and Turkey. The Foreign Minister of Luxembourg underlined that the authorities of all state-members of NATO have a common stance on this issue. "The Alliance should not be drawn into the escalating conflict between Turkey and Russia. The NATO Charter that guarantees mutual defense applies only in the...
  • US-backed militia groups now fighting each other in Syria

    02/20/2016 9:22:16 AM PST · by McGruff · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 20, 2016 | Richard Spencer
    If anywhere can show the consequences of American foreign policy under President Barack Obama, it may be the small town of Marea, north of Aleppo. In the course of the last five years, it has seen Assad regime tanks roll through from the south, firing shells through its houses. It has been repeatedly attacked from the east by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). On occasion it has been bombed from the air by the regime and shelled from the ground by Isil on the same day. Now its rebel defenders are fighting Isil, the regime, Russian bombers,...
  • 22 Turkish Air Force pilots killed

    02/18/2016 8:26:05 PM PST · by amorphous · 74 replies
    South Front: Analysis Intelliegence ^ | 19 Feb 2016 | Translation by J.Hawk
    According to Turkish Ulke TV station, the victims of the February 17 terrorist attack in Ankara include 22 Turkish Air Force pilots, out of 28 total fatalities. Turkish government has not issued an official confirmation but, according to Turkish media, Erdogan is deliberately trying to conceal that fact. The explosion took place next to the Turkish Armed Forces headquarters building, as well as the parliament and government buildings. The fatalities included 26 military and 2 civilians. Another 60 people were wounded. No terrorist organization accepted responsibility.
  • Report: Israel strikes Syrian army outposts south of Damascus, monitor says

    02/18/2016 4:36:28 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 3 replies
    jpost ^ | 2/17/2016 | Reuters
    The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict, said three Israeli rockets had hit Syrian army outposts south of Damascus. Foreign reports attributing strikes against the Syrian regime to the IDF may only rarely elicit a military response, such as a barrage of rockets; however, they certainly result in a direct threat to Israel’s security systems.
  • Saudi Arabia Embarks On Massive Military Drill With 2,500 Warplanes And 20,000 Tanks

    02/15/2016 5:16:09 AM PST · by Strategy · 147 replies
    IBT ^ | February 15, 2016 | By Vasudevan Sridharan
    Saudi Arabia has commenced a massive military drill in which 20 nations are participating. The move comes amid ongoing deadly conflicts in the Middle East. More than 2,500 warplanes, 20,000 tanks and 450 helicopters will be part of the exercise. Riyadh has billed the manoeuvre as "the largest and most important" drill ever staged in the region. Up to 350,000 troops from various Gulf nations, and other allies such as Pakistan, Jordan, Chad and Sudan will take part in the drill, the Saudi Press Agency said. The exercises would involve ground, naval and air forces personnel.
  • Isis take over civilian homes in Raqqa, shave beards to avoid Russian bombings.

    02/14/2016 9:53:01 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 11 replies
    Islamic State (ISIS) fighters are feeling the heat from intensified coalition airstrikes to such an extent that they have resorted to shaving their beards and seizing civilian homes in their Syrian stronghold of Raqqa for fear of being targeted by armed drones and other coalition aircraft. The information came from residents who managed to flee Raqqa and fled to the Turkish city of Urfa, NBC News reported. "If your family is in a house, they take your house and they put their family in there," said Abu Baraa, 19, who fled last month from Raqqa to Turkey. "They've started taking...
  • Putin proves Obama wrong with his ugly military solution in Syria

    02/13/2016 9:26:40 PM PST · by Mariner · 35 replies
    The New York Post ^ | February 13th, 2016 | By Post Editorial Board
    <p>President Obama declared last year that “There is no military solution in Syria.” Sadly, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has now proved him wrong by imposing one.</p> <p>Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and the last rebel stronghold, is about to fall, thanks to withering Russian air bombardment backing government and Iranian troops. That effectively secures Bashar al-Assad’s hold on power in at least a large rump of Syria.</p>
  • Turkey 'seizes suicide vests and explosives' from Syrian border refugees fleeing Russia strikes

    02/10/2016 1:49:45 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 17 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 9:21AM GMT 10 Feb 2016 | Louisa Loveluck
    Turkey 'seizes suicide vests and explosives' from Syrian border Army says they found the haul while searching a group trying to cross into Turkey Louisa Loveluck in Gaziantep 9:21AM GMT 10 Feb 2016 Turkey has claimed that its soldiers had seized explosives and suicide vests from the closed border with Syria. The army said in a statement that the hardware had been found in the baggage of a group of 34 people stopped near the Syrian border. "Between 12 and 15 kilos of explosives and four belts that could be used for suicide attacks were found in two bags," it...
  • Russia warns of 'new world war' starting in Syria

    02/11/2016 7:24:36 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 Feb 2016 | Richard Spencer
    Foreign and defence ministers of the leading international states are meeting in Munich and Brussels following the collapse of the latest round of peace talks Russia warned of “a new world war" starting in Syria on Thursday after a dramatic day in which Gulf states threatened to send in ground forces. Foreign and defence ministers of the leading international states backing different factions in the war-torn country met in separate meetings in Munich and Brussels following the collapse of the latest round of peace talks. Both Russia and the United States demanded ceasefires in the long-running civil war so that...
  • Exclusive: U.S. Allies Now Fighting CIA-Backed Rebels

    02/12/2016 8:15:23 AM PST · by detective · 9 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 02.12.16 | Nancy Youseff
    Not long ago, U.S. jets and Shia militias worked together to battle ISIS. Today, those militias are trying to take down American proxies in Syria. Iraqi militias who once fought ISIS with U.S. help are now working with Russian and Iranian forces to crush American-backed rebels in the strategic Syrian city of Aleppo, two defense officials have told The Daily Beast.
  • Report on Syria conflict finds 11.5% of population killed or injured

    02/10/2016 4:51:52 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 10 February 2016 | Ian Black
    Syria’s national wealth, infrastructure and institutions have been “almost obliterated” by the “catastrophic impact” of nearly five years of conflict, a new report has found. Fatalities caused by war, directly and indirectly, amount to 470,000, according to the Syrian Centre for Policy Research (SCPR) – a far higher total than the figure of 250,000 used by the United Nations until it stopped collecting statistics 18 months ago. In all, 11.5% of the country’s population have been killed or injured since the crisis erupted in March 2011, the report estimates. The number of wounded is put at 1.9 million. Life expectancy...
  • Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks

    02/10/2016 12:17:50 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 15 replies
    middleeasteye.net ^ | Tuesday 9 February 2016 17:20 UTC | MEE staff
    Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks MEE staff Tuesday 9 February 2016 15:40 UTC Last update: Tuesday 9 February 2016 17:20 UTC King Hamad expresses hope for 'imminent victory' after presenting Russian president with sword made of Damascus steel Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with a "sword of victory” made from Damascus steel during a visit to Russia that included talks with his host about the crisis in Syria. King Hamad and Putin exchanged gifts during a meeting at the Russian leader's residence in Sochi on the Black Sea...
  • World War III inches closer as Turkey says it may enter Syrian conflict

    02/07/2016 6:32:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 82 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,”...
  • 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...
  • [tens of] Thousands of Syrians amass on Turkish border

    02/05/2016 3:45:02 PM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 05 February 2016
    Tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence in the war-torn country have amassed on the Turkish border, with more compatriots also expected to head toward the frontier. The increased refugee flow from northern Syria amid the conflict in Syria’s Azaz and Aleppo regions – two strongholds of the Syrian opposition – reached the Turkey border on Feb. 5 as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said they expected around 70,000 refugees, including Turkmens, to flock to the Turkey-Syria border. Around 10,000 refugees have already been placed in tent cities on the Syrian side of the border, having reached the region after...
  • 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...
  • Shortly before Syria peace talks begin, Turkey infiltrates Syria joins up with ISIS

    01/20/2016 9:20:52 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 01/20/2016 17:26 | MAAYAN GROISMAN
    Shortly before Syria peace talks begin, Turkey infiltrates Syria By MAAYAN GROISMAN \ 01/20/2016 17:26 Eyewitnesses to the incursion reported that the Turkish forces have not encountered any resistance from ISIS fighters, which raises the question of possible collaboration between ISIS and Turkey. In what appears to be a well-planned strategic move committed in light of the upcoming Syria peace talks, a large number of Turkish forces crossed the border and entered the Syrian town of Jarablus on Tuesday, according to Turkish media reports. Eyewitnesses to the incursion reported that the Turkish forces have not encountered any resistance from ISIS...
  • Erdoğan says Turkey will not allow Russia to settle north of Syria

    01/22/2016 7:45:42 AM PST · by McGruff · 25 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | January 22, 2016
    President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday that Turkey will not allow Russia to build a base in northern Syria. President Erdoğan was asked by reporters after the Friday prayer of what he thinks about claims that Russia will build a base in Northern Syria. Erdoğan said that Turkey is aware that there are around 100 Russian soldiers deployed in northern Syria. Erdoğan said that the PYD terror organization, which is known to be supported by Russia, is no different than the Daesh terror organization. "There is no difference between them. We will also talk with Mr. Biden about this...
  • ISIS massacres 300 and kidnaps at least 400 including women and children during attack

    01/17/2016 12:11:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/17/16 | Tom Wyke
    ISIS massacres 300 and kidnaps at least 400 including women and children during attack on government-held city ISIS have abducted at least 400 civilians including women and children after capturing new territory in an assault on Syria's eastern city of Deir Ezzor. Activists from the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they believed ISIS rounded up the civilians following an attack on the north of the city. 'After their attack on Deir Ezzor yesterday, IS abducted at least 400 civilians from the residents of the Al-Baghaliyeh suburb it captured and adjacent areas in the northwest of the city,' the...
  • Report: Islamic State, Syrian Rebels Have Killed off 1/3 of Hezbollah

    01/05/2016 2:11:44 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Dec 2015 | EDWIN MORA
    The Iran-backed Shia terrorist group Hezbollah has lost an estimated 1,300 to 1,500 soldiers, more than one-third of its force, while fighting against rebels and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Syria on behalf of dictator Bashar al-Assad, according to Israeli experts. Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, another 5,000 Hezbollah jihadists have been wounded, analysts reportedly said.
  • Syria's Main Missile Facility Blown up in Mysterious Explosion [DEBKA]

    04/06/2002 7:36:07 AM PST · by maquiladora · 12 replies · 153+ views
    Debka ^ | 6th April 2002
    Senior US Security Sources: Syria's Main Missile and Chemical Weapons Facility at Homs Blown up in Mysterious Explosions on March 24. North Koreans Among Tens of Engineers and Technicians Killed in Underground Plant. Factory Manufactured Scud-C and Scud-D, Liquid and Solid Fuels, Chemical Warheads, Oxidizers. Syrians Suspect Israeli Undercover Saboteurs Struck in Reprisal for Syrian Military Intelligence Aid in Terrorist Hit against Galilee Highway on March 12 - Or US Reprisal for Free al Qaeda Transit through Syria. Israeli Air Force Chief Halutz: Odds on Second Front Opening up in North Higher than Contemplated Few Months Back. Continuing Shelling and...
  • Syria rebels begin leaving Homs under truce deal (Russia broke them)

    12/09/2015 9:51:36 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 19 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 12/09/2015 | Maher Al Mounes
    Syria rebels begin leaving Homs under truce deal AFP By Maher Al Mounes 2 hours ago Homs (Syria) (AFP) - Syrian rebels began evacuating the last opposition-held district in Homs on Wednesday, paving the way for President Bashar al-Assad's regime to take full control of the country's third-largest city. Hundreds of Syrian rebels and civilians were leaving the Waer district under a rare local ceasefire agreed with the regime at the start of December. Some 2,000 rebels and their families will abandon Waer in Homs -- once dubbed the "capital" of Syria's revolution -- to travel to other opposition-held areas,...
  • Iran point man wounded in Syria marks change of tide

    12/01/2015 8:46:11 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/01/15 | Shahriar Kia
    Revolutionary Guards Quds Force's notorious chief Qassem Suleimani severely injured in clashes south of Aleppo For nearly 5 years the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force’s notorious chief Qassem Suleimani has been spearheading Iran’s full-pledged support for the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. This shadowy figure has been the symbol of Tehran’s infamous plots in Syria, and reports have also indicated Suleimani was running the show and issuing orders to senior Syrian generals and political officials, and at times, even Assad himself. Enjoying the full support of and reporting only to Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei, Suleimani had unimaginable authority in Syria. That...
  • Syrian Civil War Brilliantly Explained By This Five-Minute Vox Video

    11/28/2015 10:28:08 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    This video brilliantly explains Syria's four-year civil war became so complicated, as we teeter on the edge of becoming militarily involved in it for the first time. Taking us from the first protests against Assad's regime in early 2011, the Vox video explains how different factions emerged over time and the war evolved into a confrontation between regional powers as well as the US and Russia. Next time someone argues for or against whether we should bomb Islamic State in Syria as if it's straight forward, suggest they watch this.
  • Erdoğan admits supplying ISIS jihadists with weapons

    11/29/2015 4:58:41 PM PST · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Speisa ^ | 11/29/15
    In Turkish media it emerges that Turkey's support for ISIS jihadists in Syria comes from the highest level of power in the country - the President and the government. Today's Zaman, which is controlled by the Gülen movement, writes that President Recep Erdoğan has admitted that the Turkish intelligence service, MIT, has smuggled weapons to ISIS in Syria. In a speech on November 24, to an assembly of teachers, the president said, according to the newspaper: "You know of the treason regarding the MIT trucks, don't you? So what if there were weapons in them? I believe that our people...
  • Moscow reports deaths of 160 Russian Islamic State fighters in Syria

    11/19/2015 9:01:35 PM PST · by Mariner · 53 replies
    DPA International ^ | November 19th, 2015 | By dpa correspondents
    Moscow/Beirut (dpa) - One hundred and sixty Russian citizens fighting for the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria have been killed, a Russian deputy foreign minister said on Thursday, amid stepped-up international military action in the war-torn country. "At the present time, there are more than 25,000 foreign terrorist militants fighting under the banner of Islamic State, including from Arab countries, Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States [a bloc of post-Soviet republics]," Oleg Syromolotov said, quoted by state news agency TASS. He added that 2,719 Russian citizens had gone to fight for the Islamist militia in Syria. "One...
  • Turkey Ready To Dispatch 10,700 Soldiers To Syria

    11/11/2015 1:08:58 PM PST · by Fennie · 39 replies
    AGI ^ | November 11, 2015
    (AGI) Ankara, Nov 11 - The Turkish government is preparing to send 10,700 soldiers to Syria in mid-December to fight ISIS and create safe areas for displaced people in the north of the country, reported pro-government daily Yeni Safak. The newspaper said that Ankara will present a document analysing the situation in Syria and will include a request for funds to the great powers at the G20 summit in Antalya over the weekend. Ankara's aim would be to reverse the course of the military campaign against the jihadists and the migrant crisis. The plan provides for the entry of troops...
  • Syria: The rise of the Assads

    11/04/2015 6:38:36 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 4, 2015 | By Neil Quilliam
    The conflict in Syria has drawn in major global powers, some supporting and some opposing President Bashar al-Assad. The Assad family has ruled Syria for more than four decades, but how did they rise to power? Hafez al-Assad was the architect of modern Syria. Following decades of coups and counter-coups in Syria, Hafez used the network he had built in the posts of Commander of the Syrian air force and Minister of Defence to seize power in 1970. To maintain his position, Hafez created a system of divide and rule and personalised his power to such an extent that it...
  • US pledges nearly $100 million to support Syrian opposition

    11/01/2015 1:54:24 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 63 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 31, 2015 | AP
    MANAMA, Bahrain – The United States is ramping up its support for Syria's opposition with a pledge of nearly $100 million in fresh aid. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the additional assistance Saturday at the Manama Dialogue security conference in the Gulf island nation of Bahrain.