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    06/26/2017 8:02:53 PM PDT · by Semper911 · 65 replies
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  • Military officials reportedly caught off guard by White House's warning to Syria

    06/27/2017 5:32:45 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 27, 2017 | David Choi
    Several military officials were reportedly caught off guard by a White House statement Monday night that indicated Syria was engaged in "potential preparations" for a new chemical attack, The New York Times reported.... ...The reported lack of communication between military channels also appeared to be corroborated by a BuzzFeed News report that cited five defense officials who said they did not know of the details regarding a potential chemical attack, and were not aware of the White House's plans to release a statement. Shortly after the White House statement was released, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations,...
  • Syria: "Serious consequences" for an IDF attack

    06/25/2017 2:01:12 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva/Israel National News ^ | 6/25/2017 | Israel National News
    The Syrian army is threatening to respond to Sunday's Israeli mortar attack on the Quenitra area following the explosion of mortar shells on the northern Golan Heights. The army issued a statement.........

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    06/19/2017 6:08:27 AM PDT · by ThinkingAllowed · 39 replies
    Facebook ^ | 6/19/2017 | Russian Defense Ministry
    Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation Statement of the Russian Defence Ministry concerning downing of the Syrian Su-22 near the town of Resafa On June 18, 2017 the American fighter F-18A belonging to the international coalition shot down the Su-22 aircraft of the Syrian Air Force, which was performing a combat mission supporting the government troops, which were conducting the offensive against the ISIS terrorists near the town of Resafa (40 km to the south-west of the city of Raqqa). As a result of the attack, the Syrian aircraft was destroyed. The pilot baled out over an ISIS-controlled area,...
  • U.S. warplane downs Syrian army jet in southern Raqqa province

    06/18/2017 4:08:42 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 18 Jun 2017
    A U.S. warplane shot down a Syrian army jet on Sunday in the southern Raqqa countryside with Washington saying the jet had dropped bombs near U.S. backed forces and Damascus saying the plane was downed while flying a mission against Islamic State militants. A Syrian army statement released on Syrian state television said the plane crashed and the pilot was missing. It said the incident took place on Sunday afternoon near a village called Rasafah. The "flagrant attack was an attempt to undermine the efforts of the army as the only effective force capable with its allies ... in fighting...
  • At least 111 Kurdish YPG fighters killed in recent attacks by Turkey, Islamists

    06/05/2017 10:48:57 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    ARA News ^ | June 5, 2017 | Hozan Mamo
    Kurdish citizens in Serekaniye town, northeast Syria, bidding farewell to several YPG fighters who were killed in clashes with ISIS. Photo: ARA News Kurdish leadership of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced on Sunday the death of 111 of its fighters during offensives by the Turkish Army and Turkey-backed Islamist groups in northern Syria.According to the YPG media office, the Turkish Army and allied Islamist rebels launched more than 80 attacks on Kurdish areas held by the YPG in May. “Turkey’s military used heavy artillery and mortar shells in its offensives against the YPG-held areas in Rojava-Northern Syria,” YPG officer...
  • Iranian-backed forces amassing near U.S. base in Syria

    05/31/2017 1:01:39 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 21 replies ^ | May 30, 2017 | By Carlo Muñoz
    “We continue to see massing [of forces] and we are concerned about that,” Capt. Davis told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday. “These patrols are unacceptable and threaten coalition forces” operating within the deconfliction zones, he said, adding that American forces would defend themselves, should regime troops attempt to breach the zone. American and coalition aircraft have dropped leaflets onto regime positions near At Tanf, in an effort to encourage those forces to cease their patrols and move away from the zone, Capt. Davis said. His comments came amid reports that U.S. weapons and vehicles have been shipped to Syrian Kurds,...
  • Yet Another Video Shows U.S.-Funded White Helmets Assisting Public Executions in Rebel-Held Syria

    05/25/2017 7:20:57 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Naked Capitalism ^ | Yves Smith
    Syria Civil Defense, popularly known as the White Helmets, can be seen in a new video assisting in a public execution in a rebel-held town in Syria. It is at least the second such execution video featuring members of the Nobel Prize-nominated group. The White Helmets have received at least $23 million in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), a wing of the State Department. The British Foreign Office and other European governments have pitched in as well. Frequently cited as an invaluable source of information by major Western media outlets, the group was the subject of...
  • 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...