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  • Russia And The West's Insane Syrian War

    09/26/2016 3:45:15 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 26, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Russia and the West are fighting to decide whether Syria will be run by Sunni Islamists backed by Saudi Arabia or Shiite Islamists backed by Iran. This insane civil war has burned up countless lives, not to mention plenty of dollars, rubles, euros and pounds. The only certain winners of this war, once the dust has settled, will chant “Allahu Akbar” and call for the death of the infidels. Sadly this is nothing new. Russia got the PLO started before Bill Clinton decided to become its sugar daddy. Smuggling weapons to the Mujahedeen to fight the Russians got us into...
  • Aleppo has become a 'ghost city'

    09/26/2016 8:00:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | September 26, 2016 | James Masters and Mohammad Eyad Kourdi
    Everyone is waiting for a way out of Aleppo, says 28-year-old Monther Etaky, a graphic designer who lives there. "The city is now a ghost city," the father of a two-month-old boy tells CNN. "There are only ambulances and fire trucks around and over the past three days the shelling has been horrible. "Usually I get used to the barrel bombs and I could sleep normally -- but now I can't -- the new missiles are so loud and horrifying."
  • Russia Issues New “R.O.E.” in Syria: Any Aircraft Threatening the Syrian Army WILL BE SHOT DOWN

    09/23/2016 2:25:54 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 103 replies
    MyDailyInformer.com ^ | 21SEP2016 | Staff Writer
    After the United States and "Coalition" aircraft attacked Syrian Army positions "by mistake" – which killed 62 and injured over 100 Syrian Soldiers – Russia says the next mistake will be the pilot's last, as new Rules of Engagement are now in effect. Two days ago, on 17 September, US-led coalition jets bombed Syrian government forces’ positions near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, killing 62 troops and "paving the way" for Islamic State militants, the Syrian Army General Command told the state television. The bombing took place on al-Tharda Mountain in the region of Deir ez-Zor and caused casualties...
  • US Special Forces sabotage White House policy gone disastrously wrong with covert ops in Syria

    09/21/2016 10:20:56 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 36 replies
    SOFREP ^ | 09/14/2016 | Jack Murphy
    <p>“Nobody believes in it. You’re like, ‘Fuck this,’” a former Green Beret says of America’s covert and clandestine programs to train and arm Syrian militias. “Everyone on the ground knows they are jihadis. No one on the ground believes in this mission or this effort, and they know they are just training the next generation of jihadis, so they are sabotaging it by saying, ‘Fuck it, who cares?’”</p>
  • US Special Forces sabotage White House policy gone disastrously wrong with covert ops in Syria

    09/21/2016 5:39:13 AM PDT · by AC Beach Patrol · 38 replies
    SOFREP ^ | 09/14/2016 | Jack Murphy
    <p>“Nobody believes in it. You’re like, ‘Fuck this,’” a former Green Beret says of America’s covert and clandestine programs to train and arm Syrian militias. “Everyone on the ground knows they are jihadis. No one on the ground believes in this mission or this effort, and they know they are just training the next generation of jihadis, so they are sabotaging it by saying, ‘Fuck it, who cares?’”</p>
  • U.S. military commanders are 'p!ssed off' about the mission creep in Syria

    09/20/2016 6:59:05 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
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  • Syrian Army declares ceasefire over, unclear if it will be renewed

    09/19/2016 8:24:59 AM PDT · by Dr.Deth · 26 replies
    RT ^ | 9/19/2016 | RT
    The initial seven days of the nationwide ceasefire in Syria have run their course, the Syrian Army has declared. It did not add whether the truce will be reinstated in the near future. The Syrian Army's statement blames “terrorist groups” for jeopardizing the cessation of hostilities, Reuters reports. "It was assumed that the ceasefire will present a real chance to end the bloodshed, but terrorist groups did not adhere to any of the points of the agreement on a ceasefire, the number of violations on their part has exceeded 300," reads the statement published by SANA news. DETAILS TO FOLLOW
  • U.S.-led forces strike Syrian troops, Russia calls emergency U.N. meeting

    09/17/2016 3:09:51 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 88 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 17, 2016 | Angus McDowall and Andrew Osborn
    U.S.-led coalition air strikes killed dozens of Syrian soldiers on Saturday, Russia and a monitoring group said, putting a U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire in jeopardy and prompting Moscow to seek an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting. The United States military said the coalition stopped the air strike against what it had believed to be Islamic State positions in northeast Syria after Russia informed it that Syrian military personnel and vehicles may have been hit. A U.S. military official said he was "pretty sure" targets mistakenly hit in the coalition strikes were Syrian forces. Russia called for an emergency meeting of the...
  • Syrian army says U.S.-led coalition jets bombed it in support of Islamic State

    09/17/2016 11:57:31 AM PDT · by Pollard · 28 replies
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army general command said warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition bombed a Syrian army position at Jebel Tharda near Deir al-Zor airport on Saturday, paving the way for Islamic State fighters to overun it. The air strike killed Syrian soldiers and was "conclusive evidence" that the U.S. and its allies support the jihadist group, the Syrian army said in a statement, noting that the strike was "dangerous and blatant aggression". The U.S.-led coalition has been conducting air strikes against Islamic State since September 2014. In December Damascus accused the coalition of striking an army camp near Deir...
  • Reports: Russia gives Syria green light to shoot down Israeli planes

    09/18/2016 7:58:21 PM PDT · by Lera · 35 replies
    World Israel News ^ | September 15, 2016
    After Israel attacked the Assad regime's military positions in response to projectiles fired from Syria that exploded inside Israel, Russia called on Israel to show restraint and has allegedly given Syria permission to shoot down Israeli planes that cross into its territory. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on Israel to "show restraint" and to "avoid any provocations" in the Syrian Golan Heights. "There is the need to show restraint and not to allow any provocations in the Golan Heights," Lavrov said commenting on an airstrike carried out by the Israeli jets in Syria's Golan Heights on Tuesday, according...
  • Syria ceasefire: Russia, US accuse each other of violations

    09/15/2016 7:05:02 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 2 replies
    CNN Communist News Network ^ | September 15, 2016 | Angela Dewan, Joshua Berlinger and Tim Hume
    Russia's Defense Ministry said Thursday the United States was not fulfilling its obligations under the Syrian ceasefire agreement, as Moscow and Washington pointed fingers at each other for violating what had appeared to be a peaceful lull in fighting. In a statement, the Russian ministry said that US-led "moderate opposition forces" had increased the "number of attacks on residential neighborhoods," claiming that at the end of the third day of the current cessation "only the Syrian army observes silence mode."The current ceasefire was called so that desperately needed humanitarian aid could be delivered.
  • Three Americans Backing Kurdish Forces Killed in Syria

    09/01/2016 7:43:19 AM PDT · by onona · 14 replies
    Tasnim News Agency ^ | 31 Aug 2016 | Unknown
    The bodies of the three soldiers killed last week were transferred to the US Consulate in the Iraqi city of Erbil to be flown to the US at a later time, the source said late on Tuesday. The source named the slain servicemen as Levi Johnson, Jordan Andrew and Will Savage adding that they had been assisting Kurdish forces for around a year in northern Syria.
  • In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA

    08/30/2016 7:47:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 27 August 2016
    Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the bitter five-year-old civil war. The fighting has intensified over the last two months, as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other while maneuvering 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...
  • US Urges Halt to Turkish, Kurdish Clashes in Northern Syria

    08/30/2016 3:48:16 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | August 29, 2016 | Associated Presstitiues
    The U.S. on Monday urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. But Turkey's president vowed to press ahead with the military operation until the IS and Kurdish Syrian fighters no longer pose a security threat to Ankara. It was the first U.S. criticism of its NATO ally since it launched a U.S.-backed incursion into northern Syria to help Syrian rebels seize the town of Jarablus from the Islamic State group. They have been clashing with Kurdish Syrian forces around the town to try to...
  • BREAKING: Turkish military launches operation to Jarablus (Syria, With US Air Support)

    08/23/2016 10:24:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    DHA ^ | 8-24-2016 | DHA
    The Turkish military and the U.S.-led coalition forces launched an operation in the Jarablus region of Syria to clear its borders from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group early on Wednesday. The operation began at around 4 a.m. with the Turkish artillery launching intense fire on the region followed by Turkish warplanes bombing IS targets. The military operation aimed at clearing the Turkish border from "terrorist elements," halting the new wave of refugee flows and delivering humanitarian aid to civilians in the region, the last significant town held by the jihadist group on the border with Turkey.
  • Turkey sends tanks into northern Syria

    08/24/2016 8:16:33 AM PDT · by Lera · 89 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/24/16
    urkish tanks and other vehicles have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State (IS). Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels who are following the advance say they have entered the town of Jarablus itself. The operation is aimed against both IS and Kurdish fighters. Turkey shelled Syrian Kurdish forces in the region this week, determined not to let them fill the vacuum if IS leaves. US Vice-President Joe Biden warned...
  • Syrian regime jets hit Kurdish positions, even after US warning

    08/19/2016 9:42:09 PM PDT · by amorphous · 112 replies
    DailyMail UK ^ | 19 August 2016 | AFP
    Syrian regime jets pounded US-backed Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria for a second day, even after the US-led coalition scrambled jets to protect its military advisers working on the ground. In another escalation of Syria's bloody conflict, warplanes from President Bashar al-Assad's regime were bombarding the city of Hasakeh -- targeting Kurdish forces that for months have worked closely with coalition military advisers helping local fighters combat the Islamic State group. On Thursday, the United States sent fighter jets to head off air strikes conducted by regime planes and to protect coalition advisers, but the Syrian planes had left by...
  • As Aleppo is destroyed, Mr. Obama stands by

    08/17/2016 9:42:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 16, 2016 | Staff
    “DEVASTATING AND overwhelming.” Those are the conditions in the ancient and once-great metropolis of Aleppo, according to the head of delegation for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Marianne Gasser, who was in the Syrian city recently. “We hear that dozens of civilians are being killed every day and scores more injured from shells, mortars and rockets,” Ms. Gasser said. “The bombing is constant. The violence is threatening hundreds of thousands of people’s lives, homes and livelihoods.”
  • Rebels break the siege of Aleppo, but at a cost

    08/09/2016 10:46:00 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 7 replies
    The Economist ^ | August 9, 2016 | Staff
    EVER since Russia entered the Syrian civil war on the side of the Syrian regime led by Bashar al-Assad, rebel groups in Aleppo have been progressively isolated and besieged. In February they lost their main access route to Turkey; and two weeks ago the fighters in the east of the city, with a population of perhaps 250,000, were cut off entirely. It threatened to become the biggest and nastiest siege in the five-year-long war. Despair, it seems, forced a show of unity by the disparate rebel groups, with striking effect. On the weekend of August 6th-7th, mainstream and jihadist groups...
  • Hillary Clinton will reset Syria policy against 'murderous' Assad regime

    07/29/2016 1:46:59 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 44 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 29 July, 2016 | Ruth Sherlock
    Hillary Clinton will order a "full review" of the United States' strategy on Syria as a "first key task" of her presidency, resetting the policy to emphasise the "murderous" nature of the Assad regime, foreign policy adviser with her campaign has said. <-SNIP-> Speaking on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention, Mr Bash, who is advising the party's presidential nominee, said a Clinton administration would seek to bring "moral clarity" to the US strategy on the Syrian crises. <-SNIP-> Mr Bash describes a foreign policy more hawkish than that of the current administration. He said there were a "lot...
  • Syria: At least 85 civilians feared dead after US air strike 'mistake'

    07/20/2016 9:36:23 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 36 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | July 20, 2016 | Paul Wright
    US military confirms it is investigating what could be one of the worst incidents of civilian deaths by coalition forces At least 85 civilians, including almost a dozen children, have been killed after US air strikes targeted an area in northern Syria held by Islamic State (Isis/Daesh) fighters, a monitoring group has said. Some eight families were reportedly wiped out in the IS-controlled village of Tokhar near Manbij on Tuesday (19 July), in what could be one of the deadliest bombings of civilians by coalition forces since the start of operations in the country.
  • C.I.A. Arms for Syrian Rebels Supplied Black Market, Officials Say

    06/27/2016 12:33:15 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 26, 2016 | MARK MAZZETTI and ALI YOUNES
    Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials. Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman, F.B.I. officials believe after months of investigating the attack. The Jordanian officers who were part of the scheme reaped a windfall from the weapons sales. The training program, which in 2013 began directly arming the...
  • Russia planes pound Aleppo as Syria army closes in

    06/26/2016 4:07:31 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 14 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | June 25, 2016 | AFP
    Aleppo (Syria) (AFP) - Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded rebel-held areas of divided second city Aleppo on Saturday as government forces closed in on the rebels' sole remaining supply line, a monitoring group said. An AFP correspondent in the rebel-held east of the city said the air strikes lasted throughout the night into the morning. Aleppo, which was Syria's commercial and manufacturing hub before civil war broke out in 2011, has been a key battleground ever since rebels seized eastern neighbourhoods of the city the following year. A two-day truce brokered by Moscow and Washington earlier this month in a...
  • Read This Before The Government Uses the Orlando Shooting to Start Another War

    06/21/2016 12:51:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Anti Media ^ | 17 June 2016 | Claire Bernish
    Late Thursday evening, the Wall Street Journal reported, 51 State Department officials signed a statement condemning U.S. policy in Syria in which they repeatedly call for “targeted military strikes against the Damascus government and urging regime change as the only way to defeat Islamic State.” “In other words,” as Zero Hedge summarized, “over 50 top ‘diplomats’ are urging to eliminate [Syrian Pres. Bashar al] Assad in order to ‘defeat ISIS’, the same ISIS which top US ‘diplomats’ had unleashed previously in order to … eliminate Assad.” This gordian knot created by United States foreign policy — and intensified by that...
  • Syrian Christian leader tells West: 'Stop arming terror groups who are massacring our people'

    06/23/2016 12:46:49 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 9 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 1 July 2015 | Ruth Gledhill
    The world leader of Syria's besieged Christians has issued a heartfelt plea to the West to "stop arming and supporting terrorist groups that are destroying our countries and massacring our people." The Patriarch of Antioch, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, said he was not asking the West for military intervention to defend Christians. If the West wants to do something about the present crisis, the most effective thing would be to support local governments, which need sufficient armies and forces to maintain security ...
  • Is The Syrian War About To Experience A Major Escalation?

    06/22/2016 11:14:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6/22/16 | tyler durden
    We’re going to war — either hybrid in nature to break the Russian state back to its 1990s subordination, or a hot war (which will destroy our country). Our citizens should know this, but they don’t because our media is dumbed down in its “Pravda”-like support for our “respectable,” highly aggressive government. We are being led, as C. Wright Mills said in the 1950s, by a government full of “crackpot realists: in the name of realism they’ve constructed a paranoid reality all their own.” Our media has credited Hillary Clinton with wonderful foreign policy experience, unlike Trump, without really noting...
  • U.S. and Russian Jets Clash Over Syria

    06/19/2016 7:33:05 PM PDT · by traumer · 189 replies
    American and Russian fighter jets had a tense showdown in the skies above Syria as the Russians dropped bombs on U.S.-backed rebels. U.S. and Russian fighter jets bloodlessly tangled in the air over Syria on June 16 as the American pilots tried and failed to stop the Russians from bombing U.S.-backed rebels in southern Syria near the border with Jordan. The aerial close encounter underscores just how chaotic Syria’s skies have become as Russia and the U.S.-led coalition work at cross-purposes, each dropping bombs in support of separate factions in the five-year-old civil war. The near-clash also highlights the escalating...
  • Biden Admits that there were no moderate fighters in Syria

    06/18/2016 4:17:54 PM PDT · by Homer1 · 10 replies
    www.youtube.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | Joe biden
    his statement starts at about 1:20, but at about 1:50 he flat out states that "there was no moderate middle" save for some non-fighters like shopkeepers. He blames our allies for sending weapons and aid to terrorists. His comments certainly imply that the Free Syrian Army was not composed of moderates.
  • Russian warplanes bomb elite British-backed Syrian rebels

    06/17/2016 3:59:17 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 30 replies
    Russian warplanes bombed an elite force of US-trained Syrian rebels on Thursday in an attack apparently aimed at weakening the group’s ability to fight Isil. The New Syrian Army (NSA), which receives training and direction from British, American and Jordanian special forces, said their base had been struck with cluster bombs. The strike left two people dead and another 18 injured, appearing to incapacitate at least half of the force and drawing a furious reaction from Washington. "Russia's latest actions raise serious concern about Russian intentions," a US official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. "We will seek an...
  • Hillary Clinton Received Secret Memo Stating Obama Admin ‘Support’ for ISIS

    06/14/2016 8:25:49 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 126 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/14/2016 | Patrick Howley
    WASHINGTON, DC — Hillary Clinton received a classified intelligence report stating that the Obama administration was actively supporting Al Qaeda in Iraq, the terrorist group that became the Islamic State. The memo made clear that Al Qaeda in Iraq was speaking through Muhammad Al Adnani, who is now the senior spokesman for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Western and Gulf states were supporting the terrorist group to try to overthrow Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad, who was being propped up by the Russians, Iranians, and Chinese. In August 2012, a “SECRET” classified memo was sent to various top...
  • Western-backed forces encircle key town in Syria

    06/11/2016 9:01:41 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 5 replies
    The San Mateo Daily journal ^ | June 10, 2016 | Bassem Mroue, Associated Presstitutes
    Kurdish-led fighters completed their encirclement Friday of a key town held by the Islamic State group in northern Syria, part of a Western-backed offensive that could see a major strategic victory over the militants. The advance on Manbij, near the Turkish border, coincided with a Syrian army offensive supported by Russian airstrikes that brought troops closer to the city of Raqqa, the IS extremists’ de facto capital. Two years after their blitz across the Euphrates River valley, the IS militants are coming under increasing pressure on territory they control in Syria and Iraq, as well as on a stronghold in...
  • 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 ISIS’s Syrian capital to leave the city—suggesting 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 Tétrault-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 Russia’s 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, Russia’s 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 Government’s 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 Russia’s 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 they’ve 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 Putin’s 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, didn’t 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.'