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  • 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.
  • Ban Ki-Moon Condemns The American Stand On Syria, Endorses Putin's

    11/01/2015 6:15:35 PM PST · by amorphous · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1 Nov 2015 | Eric Zuesse
    In an interview with Spanish newspapers that was published October 31st, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned U.S. President Barack Obama’s demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be removed from office, and Moon said: “The future of Assad must be determined by the Syrian people.” The U.N. Secretary General is here implicitly blaming all of this - lots of blood and misery - on U.S. President Obama, and on the “many Western countries” who ally with him and have joined with him in demanding regime-change in Syria. The position of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has been, and is, to the...
  • IDF on Mount Hermon preparing for Iran-backed terrorism

    11/01/2015 4:36:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies ^ | 11/1/15 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    IDF units on Mount Hermon, which borders Syria, are preparing to encounter Iranian-backed terror attacks, a senior military source told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. According to the source, units operating under the command of the Mount Hermon territorial Brigade have been training to respond to a "combined terror attack" that could involve border bombs, rockets, an attempted kidnapping of soldiers, and possible anti-tank missile fire. "There is someone who gets up every morning and asks, how can I carry out an attack on Israel? Most of the time, they run into great difficulties," the source said. He stressed that...
  • U.S. Backed Moderate Rebels Put Alawite Women in Cages to Protect Themselves from Airstrikes

    11/01/2015 11:38:42 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 202 replies
    The Arab Source ^ | 11/01/15 | Leith Fadel
    In order to deter the Syrian and Russian Air Forces inside the East Ghouta (collection of farms) region of rural Damascus, the U.S. backed moderate rebels from “Jaysh Al-Islam” (Army of Islam) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have placed kidnapped Alawite women in cages to protect themselves from airstrikes. The U.S. backed Syrian Opposition’s social media activists posted the photos of the six kidnapped Alawite women on Twitter, adding their extra commentary that included sectarian insults to degrade the helpless women and taunt the Syrian President Dr. Bashar Al-Assad. This is not the first time that the U.S. backed...
  • US Special Forces deployed as ‘human shields’ to salvage terror assets in Syria

    10/31/2015 11:55:49 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 63 replies
    RT ^ | Nov 1 2015 | Finian Cunningham
    Obama’s decision to send Special Forces into Syria is being widely viewed as a US military escalation in the country. The troop dispatch also signals that the US trying to forestall Russian successes in wiping out Washington’s regime-change assets in Syria. In short, the US Special Forces are being used as “human shields” to curb Russian air strikes against anti-government mercenaries, many of whom are instrumental in Washington’s regime-change objective in Syria. First of all, we need to view a host of developments, including the hastily convened “peace talks” in Vienna, as a response by the US and its allies...
  • These (barrel) bombs are at the root of Syria’s massive refugee crisis

    10/31/2015 10:22:39 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 29, 2015 | Adam Banicki
    Bashar al-Assad denies dropping barrel bombs in Syria, but evidence overwhelmingly says otherwise. The use of barrel bombs has fueled the mass exodus of refugees from the country. Videos continue to be posted to YouTube showing helicopters in Syria dropping what appear to be the unpredictable weapon. Human rights group Amnesty International found that more than 3,000 civilian deaths between January 2014 and March 2015 occurred in Aleppo from barrel bombs. The makeshift weapon is an oil drum filled with explosives, fuel, and metal fragments. They are dropped haphazardly from helicopters with little control for targeting. The United Nations previously...
  • Russia says no country can use military force in Syria without government approval

    10/30/2015 6:31:19 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/30/15 | moscoq
    Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday that no country could use military force in Syria without first securing the agreement of the Syrian government, the TASS news agency reported. TASS said Ryabkov was responding to a question about the prospect of the United States launching a ground operation in Syria. "The question of using military force in any form without the agreement of Damascus is for us unacceptable," it quoted him as saying.
  • Syrian rebels eagerly unpack their brand new surface-to-air missiles from China

    10/27/2015 1:58:55 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 27, 2015 | John Hall
    Syrian rebel fighters have been pictured eagerly unpacking Chinese-made surface-to-air missile launchers understood to have been smuggled into the country by African arms dealers. Taken in a remote area north of the city of Aleppo, the photographs show fighters from the Free Syrian Army assembling FN-6 anti-aircraft missile launchers for use against soldiers loyal to the Assad regime. The Chinese-made weapons are thought to have been provided to the Free Syrian Army by sympathisers in Qatar, who are likely to have purchased them from dealers with links to corrupt officials in the Sudanese government, before having them smuggled into Syria...
  • Russia and Iran helping Assad gain upper hand in Syria, head of Joint Chiefs says

    10/28/2015 6:32:40 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 7 replies ^ | 10/27/2015 | W.J. Hennigan, Brian Bennett and Patrick J. McDonnell
    Russian bombing and Iranian-backed forces have helped give Syrian President Bashar Assad's embattled forces an advantage in the country's bitter civil war, the top U.S. military officer said Tuesday, suggesting a sharp setback for the Obama administration. Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared to contradict upbeat assessments by the White House last month that indicated Assad's government had suffered a series of military losses and was losing control. ...snip.... In recent weeks, Russian airstrikes have supported Assad's forces and Iranian-backed fighters in an offensive against rebel groups in Aleppo province. The government recaptured...
  • Turkey confirms shelling Kurdish fighters in Syria

    10/27/2015 3:32:11 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | October 27, 2015 | N/A
    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has confirmed that the Turkish military has attacked Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) said Turkey shot at its forces in the town of Tal Abyad on Sunday. The YPG has been a key ally of the US in fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. Turkey fears advances by the YPG near its Syrian border could fuel separatist sentiments amongst Kurds in Turkey. The attacks come amid increasing tensions in Turkey ahead of elections "We said the [YPG-aligned Democratic Union Party] PYD will not go west of...
  • Al-Qaeda leader in Syria is killed in Aleppo in a 'devastating blow' to terror group

    10/24/2015 7:32:16 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 24, 2015 | Euan McLelland
    Al-Qaeda's leader in Syria has been killed, according to local reports. The al-Nusra Front, the Sunni Islamic jihadist militia fighting against Syrian Government forces in the civil war, confirmed Sheikh Abu Sulaiman Al Masri's death this morning. Images of his body, containing a bloody head wound, have been shared online.
  • Turkey ready to accept transition period for Assad

    10/20/2015 9:48:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Al Aribya ^ | 10-20-2015 | Reuters, Ankara
    Turkey is ready to accept a political transition in Syria in which President Bashar al-Assad stays in symbolic power for six months before leaving office, and is discussing the plan with Western allies, two senior government officials said on Tuesday. NATO member Turkey has long been one of Assads fiercest critics, insisting that no lasting peace can be achieved in Syria without his removal from power. Work on a plan for Assads departure is under way ... (Assad) can stay for six months and we accept that because there will be a guarantee of his departure, one of the officials...
  • Syrian rebels say receive more weapons for Aleppo battle

    10/19/2015 8:18:49 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-19-2015 | Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    Rebels battling the Syrian army and its allies near Aleppo said on Monday they had received new supplies of U.S.-made anti-tank missiles from states opposed to President Bashar al-Assad since the start of a major government offensive last week. The rebels from three Free Syrian Army-affiliated groups contacted by Reuters said new supplies had arrived in response to the attack by the army, which is backed up by Russian air strikes and on the ground by Iranian fighters and Lebanon's Hezbollah. The "Free Syrian Army" refers to a loose affiliation of groups fighting Assad that do not operate with a...
  • Cuba Is Intervening in Syria to Help Russia. Its Not the First Time Havanas Assisted Moscow.

    10/17/2015 12:38:47 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 15 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 16 Oct 15 | James Bloodworth
    Reports that Cuban forces are now fighting in Syria follow a long history of the Castro brothers working closely with their patrons in Moscow. Not for the first time Cuban forces are doing Russias dirty work, this time in Syria. On Wednesday it was reported that a U.S. official had confirmed to Fox News that Cuban paramilitary and Special Forces units were on the ground in Syria. Reportedly transported to the region in Russian planes, the Cubans are rumoured to be experts at operating Russian tanks. For President Obama, who has staked his legacy on rapprochement with Americas adversaries, the...
  • Syria Meltdown: Turkey Threatens Attacks on U.S.-Backed Kurds

    10/17/2015 8:46:22 AM PDT · by McGruff · 21 replies
    BREITBART ^ | October 16, 2015 | John Hayward
    Turkey has grown increasingly vocal, and even belligerent, in criticizing the Kurds and U.S. military support for their cause in Syria and Iraq. The situation took a disturbing turn when Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu threatened to attack Kurdish fighters in Syria if they are found to be passing American weapons back to Kurdish insurgents in Syria. As if Syria was not in enough of a military and diplomatic meltdown already, a NATO member is considering bombing the vital U.S. ally on the ground against ISIS while American planes and drones are flying missions out of a Turkish airbase.
  • [Vanity] The so-called Free Syrian Army is Al-Nusra, the Syrian Branch of Al Qaeda

    10/17/2015 9:31:25 AM PDT · by pinochet · 9 replies
    The American media has been providing evidence since 2013, that the so-called Free Syrian Army and The Al-Nusra Front, are one and the same organization. Here is a Washington Times article from 2013: Al-Nusra Front, as the Washington Times makes clear, is the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda Have Al Qaeda now become the "moderates"? The so-called Syrian moderates belong to a movement that has killed more Americans than ISIS (Remember 911?) ISIS used to be the Iraqi branch of Al Qaeda, before they re-organized themselves into a new movement - ISIL/ISIS Both the Al-Nusra Front and ISIS want...
  • More than 250,000 people killed in Syria war

    10/16/2015 8:05:40 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 48 replies
    AFP ^ | 16 October 2015
    More than a quarter of a million people have been killed in Syria's brutal conflict since it began with anti-government protests over four years ago, a monitoring group said Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has documented the deaths of 250,124 people, including at least 74,426 civilians. The civilian toll includes 12,517 children and 8,062 women.
  • Syria Kurds 'razing villages seized from IS' - Amnesty

    10/13/2015 11:43:01 AM PDT · by keat · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | October 13, 2015
    Kurdish forces have carried out a wave of forced displacement and mass house demolitions - amounting to war crimes - in northern Syria, a rights group says. A report by Amnesty International accuses the Popular Protection Units (YPG) of razing entire villages after capturing them from Islamic State (IS). This appeared to be in retaliation for residents' perceived sympathies with or links to the jihadist group, it says. The YPG has consistently denied accusations of forced displacements. However, the YPG - a key ally of the US-led international coalition against IS - and its political parent the PYD have admitted...
  • As Russia Bombs ISIS, US Bombs Syrian Civilian Power Stations

    10/14/2015 4:31:30 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 9 replies
    Activist Post ^ | Brandon Turbeville
    In yet another telling episode, the United States has again demonstrated its true position in regards to ISIS and the Russian bombing of the terrorist organization. As Russian forces drop bombs and missiles on top of ISIS fighters all across Syria, lobbing cruise missiles from the Caspian, regular sortie missions, and combat helicopter attacks against ISIS and other relatively moderate cannibals and terrorists, the United States launched a bombing mission of its own against two power plants in Aleppo. The power plants were located in al-Rudwaniya east of Aleppo and resulted in power outages affecting the Syrian people, adding to...
  • Irans Losing Major Operatives in Syria

    10/14/2015 8:57:08 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 20 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 14 Oct 15 | Phillip Smyth
    From Revolutionary Guards generals to Hezbollah commanders, Tehrans agents are being offed at a rapid rate in a foreign war zone. With the aid of Russian airstrikes, Iranian-backed foreign fighters, and a combination of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assads regular and militia forces are on the march. Yet Iran and its proxies have taken some significant high-ranking casualties since the start of their recruitment and deployment drives to Syria. These losses all serve to map out the current offensive being launched in the northwest of the country, including Idlib, Hama, and Aleppo. While other significant losses had been suffered in past...
  • Iran just lost 2 more top officers in Syria

    10/14/2015 8:53:24 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 15 replies
    BI ^ | 14 Oct 15 | Unknown
    BEIRUT The former head of an elite unit in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as well as another top general have been killed in Syria, days after one of the countrys leading officers was killed in the war-torn country. General Farshad Hasounizad, defender of the Sayyeda Zeinab Shrine and former commander of the Saberin Brigade, was killed in Syria, a reporter in the state-controlled Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) wrote in a post on his Instagram account Tuesday afternoon. The Saberin Brigade is a special forces unit of the IRGC formed in 1998 to serve as a...
  • Exclusive: Syrian army, allies preparing attack in Aleppo area - sources

    10/14/2015 8:50:03 AM PDT · by mojito · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/13/2015 | Laila Bassam
    The Syrian army and allied Iranian and Hezbollah forces are preparing for a ground offensive against insurgents in the Aleppo area backed by Russian air strikes, two senior regional officials familiar with the plans said on Tuesday. The offensive would expand on a ground attack launched by the same alliance last week that is targeting rebels in Hama province further west. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said thousands of Iranian troops had arrived to take part in the ground offensives in support of President Bashar al-Assad. A big government offensive in the area near the Turkish border is...
  • Did U.S. weapons supplied to Syrian rebels draw Russia into the conflict?

    10/12/2015 9:09:00 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11 Oct 15 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT American antitank missiles supplied to Syrian rebels are playing an unexpectedly prominent role in shaping the Syrian battlefield, giving the conflict the semblance of a proxy war between the United States and Russia, despite President Obamas express desire to avoid one. The U.S.-made BGM-71 TOW missiles were delivered under a two-year-old covert program coordinated between the United States and its allies to help vetted Free Syrian Army groups in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad. Now that Russia has entered the war in support of Assad, they are taking on a greater significance than was originally intended. So...
  • Obama: Ive Been Skeptical From the Get-Go About Training the Syrian Opposition

    10/12/2015 8:29:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 12, 2015 | 8:04 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    President Obama now says he never believed in the $500-million program to train and equip the moderate Syrian opposition. The administration last week halted the failed program, which ended up training fewer than 100 Syrians, all but four or five of whom deserted or died after the Americans tried to turn them into anti-ISIS fighters. Steve, this is why Ive been skeptical from the get-go about the notion that we were going to effectively create this proxy army inside Syria, Obama told CBS Steve Kroft during an interview for 60 Minutes.
  • U.S. delivers 50 tons of ammunition to Syria rebel groups

    10/12/2015 8:15:06 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 107 replies
    CNN ^ | October 12, 2015 | Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
    CNN)U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration's urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups. Details of the air mission over Syria were confirmed by a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly because the details have not yet been formally announced. C-17s, accompanied by fighter escort aircraft, dropped small arms ammunition and other items like hand grenades in Hasakah province in northern Syria to a coalition of rebels groups vetted by the US,...
  • Syria's war: Everything you need to know about how we got here

    10/11/2015 4:54:42 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun October 11, 2015 | Nick Thompson
    It began with the arrests of a handful of children in 2011. Since then it's exploded into the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. Syria's civil war has left more than 300,000 people dead and forced 10.6 million -- nearly half the population -- out of their homes. How did it come to this? Explore the events that have shaped the crisis since 2011.
  • Iran says ISIS just killed its top general in Syria

    10/09/2015 7:52:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    AP via Business Insider ^ | 10/09/2015 | Zeina Karam
    BEIRUT Islamic State militants seized several villages from rival insurgents north of Aleppo, Syria, on Friday, in a surprise attack that came despite intensive Russian airstrikes that Moscow insists are targeting the extremist group, activists said. Iranian state media reported that a senior commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard was killed by the Islamic State group on the outskirts of Aleppo city, but it was not immediately clear whether Gen. Hossein Hamedani's death was related to the new ISIS offensive. An Iranian state television report said he was killed while "carrying out an advisory mission." It didn't provide any...
  • As Russia Bombs Syria, U.S. Pulls Aircraft Carrier Out of Persian Gulf

    10/09/2015 6:22:11 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 26 replies ^ | Oct 9 2015, 2:03 am ET | Courtney Kube and Erik Ortiz
    As Russian warships rain down cruise missiles as part of its military strike in Syria, there's now a glaring absence in the region: For the first time since 2007, the U.S. Navy has no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Military officials said Thursday that they've pulled the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is home to about 5,000 service members and 65 combat planes, so that it can undergo maintenance. The ship officially exited the gulf around 11 p.m. ET. The temporary measure is also the result of mandatory budget cuts.
  • 'Tacit' deal between US, Russia to end Syria war: Assad adviser (Did Putin just Checkmate Obama?)

    09/24/2015 1:21:24 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 135 replies ^ | 9/24/15 | AFP
    'Tacit' deal between US, Russia to end Syria war: Assad adviser AFP 6 hours ago Damascus (AFP) - Russia and the United States have reached a "tacit agreement" on ending Syria's bloody crisis, a senior adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said.
  • Putin calls US support for rebel forces in Syria 'illegal' and says it just arms ISIS

    09/27/2015 7:12:32 AM PDT · by opentalk · 30 replies
    Express UK ^ | September 27, 2015 | Rob Virtue
    ...In an interview with American media ahead of Putin's meeting with US president Obama tomorrow, the Russian leader said: "In my opinion, provision of military support to illegal structures runs counter to the principles of modern international law and the United Nations Charter." US-Russian relations have slumped to a post-Cold War low over the Ukraine crisis, though the two sides share concerns about the threat posed by Islamic State, while disagreeing on the approach. Putin says Damascus should be included in international efforts to fight ISIS - a demand the America rejects, and he heavily criticised US plans to train...
  • Turkish PM: Assads atrocities and war crimes created ISIS

    09/29/2015 9:04:22 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies ^ | 9-29-2015 | Majeed Gly
    NEW YORKAnkara is ready to work with the international community to combat the Islamic State (ISIS), Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Rudaw on Sunday, insisting that the government of President Bashar al-Assad is the real cause of Syrias turmoil. We are ready to work with any country to combat ISIS because ISIS is a threat to all of us, said Davutoglu in New York. But we should not forget that three years ago there was no ISIS. Who created ISIS? Assads crimes and tyranny created ISIS. He said that by bombing moderate Syrian opposition forces, the Assad regime had...
  • Now We Know What Putin Is Up To In Syria

    09/23/2015 6:52:40 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 58 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 9/23 | Martin Matishak
    U.S. officials have begun to reveal the kinds of military equipment Russia has been moving into Syria, leaving little doubt that they are establishing an air base in the war-ravaged country. Moscows movements have been closely watched by the international community over the last few weeks, as observers debate whether the rapid buildup of weapons, troops and supplies near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia is presumably meant to aid diplomacy that will end the years-long civil war or to prop up the regime of embattled President Bahar al-Assad. Asked if the White House has gleaned Russias intent with the...
  • RUSSIA to send 95,000 troops, 170 bombers and 700 tanks to Syria (Iran TV Reports)

    09/23/2015 7:42:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 99 replies
    Twitter ^ | 09/23/15
    RUSSIA to send 95,000 troops, 170 bombers and 700 tanks to Syria to crush anti-Assad opposition - Official Iran TV reports.
  • Russias Syria build-up takes Iran by surprise

    09/23/2015 9:53:03 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 66 replies ^ | September 23, 2015 3:45 pm | Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran
    September 23, 2015 3:45 pm Russias Syria build-up takes Iran by surprise Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email to buy additional rights. The US is not the only country puzzled by Moscows recent military build- up in Syria. The leaders of Iran, supporters of Damascus alongside Russia, are also scratching their heads about President Vladimir Putins intentions. ...snip.... High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this...
  • 'The devil made me do it': Obama's foreign policy just reached a new low

    09/19/2015 7:15:25 PM PDT · by the_daug · 25 replies
    Yahoo finance, Business insider ^ | Sat, Sep 19, 2015 | Brett LoGiurato and Michael B Kelley
    The Obama administration's policy toward Syria and its more than four-year civil war is rapidly becoming a black mark on the president's legacy. And a scathing new report by Peter Baker of The New York Times details the mind-boggling decision by the White House to refuse to accept any responsibility. The blame for the failed US effort to train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS "should be pointed not at Mr. Obama but at those who pressed him to attempt training Syrian rebels in the first place," administration officials told Baker. There are only "four or five" US-trained rebels left fighting...
  • ISIS battered by Assad's airstrikes: Air and ground weapons supplied by its ally Russia

    09/19/2015 5:54:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 09/19/2015 | Harry Farley
    ISIS have received heavy bombardment in Palmyra for the second day in a row, a group monitoring the war has said. The Islamic State-held city of Palmyra was bombed on Friday as Syrian army jets carried out at least 25 air strikes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was one of the most sustained government bombardments of Palmyra. The air strikes killed at least 26 people, including 12 Islamic State fighters, the British-based Observatory said. On Thursday, Syrian jets had carried out at least 12 air strikes on Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto capital in the north. Elsewhere...
  • Obama's Syrian Nightmare

    09/11/2015 6:20:18 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 26 replies
    NYT ^ | 10 Sep 15 | Roger Cohen
    Roger Cohen Continue reading the main story Share This Page Email Share Tweet Save more Syria will be the biggest blot on the Obama presidency, a debacle of staggering proportions. For more than four years now, the war has festered. A country has been destroyed, four million Syrians are refugees, Islamic State has moved into the vacuum and President Bashar al-Assad still drops barrel bombs whose shrapnel and chlorine rip women and children to shreds. For a long time, those who fled waited in the neighborhood. They wanted to go home. They filled camps in Turkey and Jordan and Lebanon....
  • Syria's Civil War in Perspective

    09/13/2015 4:30:35 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 13 September 2015 | THOMAS BURROWS and SAM TONKIN
    The Syrian Civil War has been going on for four years now. It is being waged quite barbarously However, before the world reacts, we should put everything in perspective. While terrible, Syria's war is rather mild by the standards of historical civil wars. Right, now a high estimate of 330,000 deaths related to Syrian struggle is floated around. However, the American Civil War killed more than twice as many people in a similar four-year time span. J. David Hacker, a demographic historian from Binghamton University in New York, has recalculated the death toll and increased it by more than 20...
  • Syria conflict: No sign of Assad regime crumbling

    09/14/2015 9:00:46 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/14/2015 | Jeremy Bowen
    Predictions of the imminent, or even medium-term fall of Damascus are wrong. It does not feel like the capital of a regime that is about to crumble. The government-held areas that I have visited seem calm and functional. The ministry of defence, behind heavy layers of security, moves at a stately pace. The regime has deployed some of its strongest units in Damascus because keeping the capital is so important to it. The troops I met seemed to have good morale, in cohesive units. Their kit and weapons were well looked after; so were their positions.
  • Islamic State takes Syrian state's last oilfield: monitor

    09/07/2015 10:03:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters have seized the last major oilfield under Syrian government control during battles over a vast central desert zone, a group monitoring the conflict said on Monday. The Jazal field was now shut down and clashes were ongoing east of Homs, with casualties reported on both sides, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, without giving dates or more details. Syria's army said it had repulsed an attack in the same area but did not mention Jazal or comment on how much of the country's battered energy infrastructure remained under its sway. It said...
  • Russia said to get Iran's clearance for Syria-bound flights

    09/09/2015 1:54:52 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 09/09/2015 | By LYNN BERRY and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW (AP) Iran has granted permission for Russian planes to fly over its territory en route to Syria, Russian news agencies said Wednesday, a bypass needed after Bulgaria refused overflights amid signs of a Russian military buildup in Syria that has concerned the U.S. and NATO. The news agencies quoted Maxim Suslov, spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Tehran, as saying it has received Iranian permission for Syria-bound flights. After Bulgaria rejected Moscow's overflight request for Sept. 1-24, a path via Iran and Iraq appeared to be the only one left, as Russia apparently sought to avoid flying over...
  • Putin Sends His Dirty War Forces to Syria

    09/10/2015 4:34:17 AM PDT · by bd476 · 70 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 10, 2015 | WRITTEN BY Michael Weiss and Ben Nimmo; Shane Harris
    The Kremlin isnt sending just any troops to prop up the Assad regime. Its dispatching units that spearheaded Russias slow-rolling invasion of Ukraine.Reuters confirmed Wednesday what The Daily Beast first reported last weeknot only have Russian troops been deployed to Syria but they are indeed taking part in active combat operations, although against which of the manifold enemies of the Assad regime remains unclear.U.S. government sources told the news agency that two tank landing ships, aircraft and naval infantry forces have arrived in Syria in the past 24 hours, with the largest buildup occurring in Latakia, the northwest coastal province...
  • US warns Russia against more aid to Assad amid new violence

    09/05/2015 3:53:46 PM PDT · by Mariner · 31 replies
    AP ^ | Sep 5, 5:48 PM (ET) | By SARAH EL DEEB
    BEIRUT (AP) Anti-government violence erupted Saturday in a southern Syrian province that had largely stayed on the sidelines of the country's civil war. Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports suggesting that Russia was planning to expand its military support for Syrian President Bashar Assad prompted a warning from the U.S. that such actions could lead to a confrontation with coalition forces. The violence in Sweida province, a stronghold of the Druze minority sect, followed the killing of a prominent cleric in rare explosions Friday that claimed the lives of at least 25 others, activists and pro-government media said. Rioters holding the government...
  • Kerry tells Lavrov of U.S. concern over Russian moves in Syria

    09/05/2015 12:29:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | Sat Sep 5, 2015 3:07pm EDT
    "The secretary made clear that if such reports were accurate, these actions could further escalate the conflict, lead to greater loss of innocent life, increase refugee flows and risk confrontation with the anti-ISIL coalition operating in Syria," the department said, using an acronym for Islamic State. It said Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed that discussions on the Syrian conflict would continue this month in New York, where the U.N. General Assembly meets. Media reports on Friday quoted U.S. officials as describing an increase in Russian military activity in Syria, expanding Moscow's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad...
  • Greenfield: The Syrian Refugee Crisis is Not Our Problem

    09/05/2015 2:17:38 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 22 replies
    FRONTPAGE MAG ^ | September 4, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Syrian Refugee Crisis is Not Our Problem We didnt cause it. We dont have to solve it. September 4, 2015 Daniel Greenfield Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. The Syrian refugee crisis that the media bleats about is not a crisis. And the Syrian refugees it champions are often neither Syrians nor refugees. Fake Syrian passports are cheaper than an EU politicians virtue and easier to come by. Just about anyone who speaks enough Arabic to pass the scrutiny of a European bureaucrat...
  • Exposing Russias Secret Army in Syria

    09/06/2015 7:31:39 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 05 September 2015 | Michael Weiss
    Russian military officers are now in Damascus and meeting regularly with Iranian and Syrian counterparts, according to a source with close contacts in the Bashar al-Assad regime. Theyre out in restaurants and cafes with other high officials in the Syrian Army, the source told The Daily Beast, mainly concentrated in Yaafour and Sabboura, areas that are close to each other, and in west Mezze, referring to a district in the capital where Assads praetorian Fourth Armored Division keeps an important airbase. The Russians arent in uniform, but theyre constantly hanging out with officers from the Syrian Armys central command. Other...
  • IS captures key oil field in Syria

    09/07/2015 7:31:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | September 7, 2015 Last Updated at 18:46 IST
    The fall of the al-Jazal oil field in the Homs province came after intense fighting with government troops, Xinhua quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying. ... The government had already lost the oil and gas fields in Deir al-Zour. Kurdish militants in northern Syria also control the country's largest Rmailan oil field. Clashes are still raging near the field, the Observatory said. The oil industry had been a pillar of the Syrian economy until the crisis broke out more than three years ago, with a daily output of about 380,000 barrels. ...