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  • US has had change of attitude on Syrian crisis solution – foreign minister

    05/08/2017 10:51:00 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    KOM News ^ | 8 May 2017 14:38 CEST | none stated
    Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem on Monday said there had been an apparent change of attitude towards Syria by the US administration following the Russian plan for “de-escalation” zones. “It seems the United States, where (President Donald) Trump has said the Syrian crisis has dragged on too long, might have come to the conclusion that there must be an understanding with Russia on a solution.” Asked about US backing for Kurdish groups fighting Islamic State in northeast Syria, Moualem said that what Syrian Kurds were doing against the jihadist group was “legitimate” at this stage and fell within the framework...
  • Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi calls on jihadists to ‘head towards Raqqa’: monitor

    05/08/2017 10:35:00 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 36 replies
    KOM News ^ | 8 May 2017 12:38 CEST | none stated
    ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Spotted in Iraq’s Mosul So-called Islamic State (IS) leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has called on his followers to “head towards” the group’s stronghold in Syria, Raqqa, as the city comes under continued pressure from US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a war monitor has said.The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Monday that jihadists have confiscated boats used by civilians between the north and south banks of the Euphrates River and prevented tens of families from crossing into areas controlled by the SDF.According to SOHR, militants have also fortified positions in the north...
  • Russia’s Gazprom begins construction of Turkey pipeline

    05/08/2017 10:22:14 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    KOM News ^ | 8 May 2017 | none stated
    Map of the planned Turkish Stream (Wikipedia). Russia’s Gazprom has begun constructing the first stage of the Turkish Stream pipeline that will run gas from southern Russia across the Black Sea to Turkey, Reuters reported on Sunday.Switzerland’s Allseas Group S.A has begun laying pipes on the Russian shore of Black Sea. The pipeline will when completed by the end of 2019 allow the state-owned Gazprom company to send gas direct to southern Europe through the Turkish Stream while bypassing Ukraine.The Turkish Stream intergovernmental agreement was signed in October 2016 after having been halted for almost a year following the shootdown...
  • US reviews Syria de-escalation zones but warns ‘devil’s in the details’

    05/08/2017 9:45:37 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    KOM News ^ | 8 May 2017 | quotes: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis
    <p>US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday the United States would closely examine proposed de-escalation zones aimed at easing Syria’s civil war but warned “the devil’s in the details” and that much needed to be worked out.</p> <p>The deal to create “de-escalation” zones in the major areas of conflict in western Syria took effect on Saturday.</p>
  • Memorandum on the creation of de-escalation areas in Syria (agreement: Syria, Russia, Turkey)

    05/06/2017 7:21:56 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    ANF News ^ | May 7, 2017 | News Desk
    Full text of the agreement reached between Iran, Russia and Turkey in Astana on May 4 on the creation of de-escalation areas in Syria has been released. The memorandum released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated that the aim was “to put a prompt end to violence, improve the humanitarian situation and create favorable conditions to advance political settlement of the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic”. Full text of the agreement made between Iran, Russia and Turkey in Astane on May 4 is as follows: “The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation...
  • Putin & Trump Discuss Iranians on Israel’s Border (proposed de-escalation zones in Syria)

    05/04/2017 12:44:21 PM PDT · by drewh · 7 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | May 3, 2017, 7:54 PM (IDT)
    Israel was seriously dismayed when first reports reached Jerusalem about the telephone conversation between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin Tuesday, during which Trump agreed to consider Putin’s plan for “de-escalation zones” in Syria, in place of the American security zones proposal. The Russian president’s plan includes the posting of Iranian military officers as co-monitors for those zones, one of which is to be located on the Syrian-Israeli border. President Trump described the conversation as “Very good.” The four “de-escalation zones” proposed would be situated at: 1. The northwestern province of Idlib up to the Turkish border; 2. The central...
  • Chinese jihadis’ rise in Syria raises concerns at home

    04/29/2017 6:32:13 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 22 April 2017 | Bassem Mroue and Gerry Shih&#8201;
    BEIRUT — Many don’t speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organized, battled-hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad’s forces in the country’s northern regions. Thousands of Chinese jihadis have come to Syria since the country’s civil war began in March 2011 to fight against government forces and their allies. Some have joined the al-Qaida’s branch in the country previously known as Nusra Front. Others paid allegiance to the Islamic State group and a smaller number...
  • Russia Blinks Lavrov Says: Russia Ready To Cooperate with U.S. on Syria

    04/29/2017 4:22:23 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 44 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 29, 2017 | Sundance
    Oh noes, how is the U.S. media going to find a way to spin this? It was only a matter of time. President Trump and Secretary Tillerson played out the global strategy perfectly. By assembling international allies in a coalition of influence, specifically by pulling China into a close relationship with President Trump, Russia has been cast into a brutally diminished role. Secretary Tillerson’s exceptionally well received visit to the U.N. Security Council yesterday appears to have been the final straw. The international diplomacy of President Trump, Vice-President Pence, Secretary T-Rex and even Ambassador Nikki Haley has been incredibly well...
  • Trump May Send Up To 50,000 Troops To Syria

    04/13/2017 3:41:05 PM PDT · by blam · 128 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4-13-2017 | Tyler Durden
    It appears that Mike Cernovich, who earlier this week wrote that Trump's national security advisor, Gen. H.R.McMaster, was planning on sending as many as 150,000 troops to Syria, may have been right again. According to Bloomberg commentator Eli Lake, who has now made a habit of confirming Cernovich "conspiracy theories" (he did so previously with the Susan Rice scoop), Trump may be on the verge of escalating the proxy war in Syria by sending anywhere between 10,000 and 50,000 troops on the ground, and - if Cernovich is indeed correct - as much as three times more. Per Lake, after...
  • Why Vladimir Putin may be in too deep in Syria to ditch Assad

    04/12/2017 3:53:43 AM PDT · by blueplum · 21 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 10 April 2017 | Martin Chulov
    Five years of political capital, over a million tonnes of weapons, tens of billions of dollars, Russia’s role as both dominant regional presence and rising global force – these are all at stake if Vladimir Putin abandons Syria’s leader. This is the reckoning faced by the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, as he travels to Moscow to try to prise the Russian president away from his support of Bashar al-Assad in the aftermath of last week’s nerve agent attack on Khan Sheikhun. [snip] There is little reason to think the Wednesday summit will lead to an escalation in tensions....
  • Why Israel must not intervene in Syria just yet

    04/11/2017 6:39:57 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 6 April 2017 | Yossi Yehoshua
    Before we send the IDF’s 36th Armor Division to occupy Damascus, we should stop and examine the Israeli interest regarding the situation in Syria in light of recent events. Since the devastating images from the battles in the town of Idlib were published Monday, Israel is once again facing a moral dilemma regarding the required action in such a situation. With all the grief over the loss of lives, especially of innocent children, Israel should weigh its options carefully and responsibly and ask itself whether its strategic and tactical situation changed on Tuesday, and whether it requires a ground invasion...
  • Top Journalist Says Hillary Approved Sending Sarin to Rebels Used to Frame Assad, Start Syrian War

    04/09/2017 3:50:13 PM PDT · by Pollard · 56 replies
    This is from last year but pertains to the recent Syria situation. Gives a little credence to what some people have said about the sarin gas thing being either a false flag or rebels being the source of the sarin. Either way, Trump's being duped.In April of 2013, Britain and France informed the United Nations that there was credible evidence that Syria used chemical weapons against rebel forces. Only two months later, in June of 2013, the United States concluded that the Syrian government did, in fact, use chemical weapons in its fight against opposition forces. President Obama immediately used...
  • Cernovich strikes again - BREAKING

    04/08/2017 9:56:01 PM PDT · by Hildy · 216 replies
    H. R. McMaster Manipulating Intelligence Reports to Trump, Wants 150,000 Ground Soldiers in Syria Current National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond “H. R.” McMaster is manipulating intelligence reports given to President Donald Trump, Cernovich Media can now report. McMaster is plotting how to sell a massive ground war in Syria to President Trump with the help of disgraced former CIA director and convicted criminal David Petraeus, who mishandled classified information by sharing documents with his mistress. As NSA, McMaster’s job is to synthesize intellience reports from all other agencies. President Trump is being given an inaccurate picture of the situation in...
  • Syria and the Arab Spring

    04/08/2017 8:05:30 PM PDT · by Hostage · 20 replies
    The Asan Institute for Policy Studies ^ | January 17, 2013 | Asan Institute
    The so-called Arab Spring was started by people who were inspired by universal ideals to put an end to authoritarian rule and corruption and to demand liberty, dignity and social justice. Although these demands have transcended the borders of various Arab countries, their trajectories and outcome have differed because Arab regimes are diverse among themselves in terms of their ruling mechanisms, domestic power structures, international relations, and the societies they have ruled. The ‘Syrian Spring’ began gradually in March 2011 but escalated into a violent conflict that drew in regional and international actors and various competing opposition and regime forces....
  • AP INTERVIEW: KREMLIN SUPPORT FOR ASSAD NOT UNCONDITIONAL

    04/06/2017 1:00:21 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 26 replies
    ap ^ | 4/6/2017 | IAN PHILLIPS AND KATE DE PURY
    MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Thursday that Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar Assad is not unconditional, but that the country demands a full investigation of the suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held province in Syria before the United Nations takes any action.
  • Nikki Haley Stares Down Russian Ambassador and Asks a Question That Makes UN Go Silent (WOW!))

    04/05/2017 11:47:13 AM PDT · by God luvs America · 84 replies
    IJR ^ | 04/05/2017 | Jason Howerton
    U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday confronted Russia directly in an impassioned address to the United Nations following a reported chemical attack in Syria on Tuesday. Haley gave a horrific and vivid account of the reported chemical attack, holding up photos of child victims for the U.N. Security Council to see. “Men, women, the elderly, and children gasping for their very last breath,” she said. “And as first responders, doctors, and nurses rushed to help the victims, a second round of bombs rained down. They died in the same slow, horrendous manner as the civilians they were trying to save.”...
  • Trump administration hosting first meeting of anti-ISIS coalition

    03/21/2017 10:51:10 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | Reuters
    <p>Washington -- Foreign ministers from 68 countries meet in Washington on Wednesday to agree on the next steps to defeat Islamic State, the first such gathering of the U.S-led military coalition since the election of President Donald Trump in November.</p>
  • Israel threatens to 'destroy' Syrian air defence systems

    03/19/2017 12:32:53 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | 19 Mar 17 | Unknown
    Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday threatened to destroy Syrian air defence systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes. "The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation," Lieberman said on Israeli public radio. Israeli warplanes hit several targets in Syria on Friday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the strikes targeted weapons bound for Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement.
  • Turkey’s Erdogan vows to continue attacking Kurds in northern Syria

    03/15/2017 9:48:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    ARA News ^ | March 13, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday said in a speech in which he criticized the Dutch government, that Turkey will still attack the town of Manbij, which was previously liberated from ISIS by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).“We won’t allow a terror state, controlled by the PKK and YPG, to be established in northern Syria,” he said.“After Jarablus, Dabiq and Al-Bab, now it’s Manbij’s turn,” he added.Moreover, the Turkish president said following his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday, that Turkey wants to work with Russia and the US-led coalition in Manbij, requesting help to...
  • Columbia University Researchers Confirm Turkey’s Links to ISIS

    03/12/2017 9:26:25 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Armenian National Committee of America ^ | 3-12-17 | HARUT SASSOUNIAN
    A team of Columbia University researchers from the United States, Europe, and Turkey confirmed last week that the Turkish government has provided to ISIS: military cooperation, weapons, logistical support, financial assistance, and medical services. This detailed investigation was headed by David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia UniversityÂ’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He had served as Senior Advisor and Foreign Affairs Expert for the U.S. Department of State.Here are brief excerpts from the extensive research documenting the direct links between Turkey and ISIS: Turkey Supplied Military Equipment to ISIS An ISIS...