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  • As the West Sleeps, ISIS Spreads Throughout the Middle East

    08/31/2015 2:07:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 31, 2015 | GIORA EILAND
    Disconcerting news about ISIS was recently published. First, it was alleged that ISIS used chemical weapons against the Kurds in Syria. Second, that it had gained control of an important city in eastern Libya. It appears that almost nothing can stop the spread of this criminal organization in Iraq, Syria, northern Sinai and Libya.  How can this be? Why hasn’t the West been successful in stopping an enemy that it has regarded as a threat that provokes a very real fear? The answers can be defined in two parts: Turkey and weakness.   With regards to Turkey: ISIS is...
  • Syrian rebels: Turkey tipped al Qaida group to U.S.-trained fighters

    08/25/2015 7:28:41 AM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Aug 24, 2015 | MITCHELL PROTHERO
    The kidnapping of a group of U.S.-trained moderate Syrians moments after they entered Syria last month to confront the Islamic State was orchestrated by Turkish intelligence, multiple rebel sources have told McClatchy. The rebels say that the tipoff to al Qaida’s Nusra Front enabled Nusra to snatch many of the 54 graduates of the $500 million program on July 29 as soon as they entered Syria, dealing a humiliating blow to the Obama administration’s plans for confronting the Islamic State.
  • U.S. Shelves Its $500M Syrian Rebel Army

    08/12/2015 8:27:02 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 11, 2015 | Nancy A. Youssef
    The Obama administration has itself a new proxy force to fight ISIS—but not the rebel army it’s committed half a billion dollars to assemble. The Obama administration is still publicly counting on a $500 million rebel army to beat ISIS in Syria. But privately, the Pentagon brass long ago moved past its own proxy force, The Daily Beast has learned. They’ve found another group to fight the self-proclaimed Islamic State instead. In recent weeks, the handful of fighters in the administration-backed rebel army—the so-called “New Syrian Force”—have been killed, kidnapped, or fallen off the proverbial radar. But the Pentagon maintained...
  • Former DIA Chief Michael Flynn Says Rise of Islamic State was “a willful decision”...

    08/07/2015 12:37:52 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 32 replies
    levantreport.com ^ | Aug 6 2015 | Brad Hoff
    In Al Jazeera’s latest Head to Head episode, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Michael Flynn confirms to Mehdi Hasan that not only had he studied the DIA memo predicting the West’s backing of an Islamic State in Syria when it came across his desk in 2012, but even asserts that the White House’s sponsoring of radical jihadists (that would emerge as ISIL and Nusra) against the Syrian regime was “a willful decision.” Amazingly, Flynn actually took issue with the way interviewer Mehdi Hasan posed the question—Flynn seemed to want to make it clear that the policies that led...
  • Obama Authorizes "Defensive" Airstrikes Against Assad Regime In Syria

    08/03/2015 7:25:05 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 8-3-2015 | Durden
    On Friday, we checked in on the Pentagon’s ongoing effort to recruit, vet, and train ambitious "freedom fighters" to join the battle against ISIS in Syria. It goes without saying that covert US efforts to aid the multifarious groups vying for control of the country have met with disastrous consequences so far, but if there’s anything Washington is particularly adept at, it’s making bad foreign policy outcomes worse, which is why we weren’t at all surprised to learn that the commander of the Pentagon's new Syrian "force" was captured, along with his deputy, by al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra last week near...
  • Fiasco: U.S.-trained rebels in Syria are unaccounted for, may have been killed or deserted

    08/07/2015 6:12:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 6, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Late-breaking news this afternoon from the tip of the smart-power spear: CNN JUST IN: Remaining U.S. trained rebels in Syria are unaccounted for. May have fled, or been killed; whereabouts unknown.
  • U.S. to Use Air Power to Defend Syria Force

    08/02/2015 3:17:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 56 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 2, 2015 | ADAM ENTOUS
    President Barack Obama has authorized the use of air power to defend a new U.S.-backed fighting force in Syria should it come under attack from Syrian government forces or other groups, officials said, in a move that could increase the risk of the U.S. coming into direct conflict with the Assad regime. The decision ends a months’ long debate over the role the U.S. military should play in supporting its few allies on the battlefield and comes as the U.S. and Turkey discussed joint operations to clear a zone along the Turkish-Syrian border of Islamic State militants. Turkish officials wanted...
  • Turkey bombs Islamic State targets in Syria

    07/24/2015 12:18:16 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    bbc ^ | 7-24-2015
    Turkey's government says it has bombed Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria. A day earlier the two sides exchanged fire near the border, with one soldier killed and two more injured. Turkey is to let the US carry out air strikes against the Islamic State group from a key military base near the Syrian border, US officials have said. Turkish police also launched raids to arrest suspect IS militants on Friday morning in 140 locations in Istanbul. The raids were carried out in 26 districts of the city and involved 5,000 officers. Members of the the youth wing of the...
  • Syria: Obama-backed rebels persecute Christians, force them from their homes

    07/06/2015 6:32:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/6/15 | Robert Spencer
    The “moderates” are behaving a great deal like the “extremists.” No one who doesn’t buy the establishment line should be surprised, as the distinction between the two in Syria was always arbitrary.“Syrian Christians Face New Threat From Rebel Alliance,” by Alison Meuse and Deborah Amos, NPR, July 3, 2015: Syrian Christians face new threats from a rebel coalition that is fighting both the self-declared Islamic State and the regime.RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:Christians living through Syria’s civil war face a new threat as an Islamist rebel alliance surges in the country’s north. Today, in the heaviest fighting for months, the Islamist alliance...
  • Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, But to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS

    06/29/2015 1:35:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    The Turkish military is not enthusiastic and Washington may have its doubts, but President Erdogan appears determined to set up a buffer zone.ISTANBUL—Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning a military intervention into northern Syria to prevent Syrian Kurds from forming their own state there, despite concerns among his own generals and possible criticism from Washington and other NATO allies, according to reports in both pro- and anti-government media. In a speech last Friday, Erdogan vowed that Turkey would not accept a move by Syrian Kurds to set up their own state in Syria following gains by Kurdish fighters against...
  • Turkey Is Now Set On Invading Syria. Soon We Will See Syria Becoming An Islamist State

    06/29/2015 4:03:58 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 9 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    We have been saying for the last two years that Turkey will invade Syria and now the media is all over the issue of a serious possible invasion by the second most powerful army in NATO: Turkey. The spark and excuse for this invasion is simple. As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against ISIS, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of military intervention guised under the claim to push ISIS back from the Turkish border. Erdogan vowed that Turkey would not accept a move by Syrian Kurds to set up their own state in Syria following gains...
  • Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary: the Middle East States Should Pray for Al-Assad

    06/24/2015 6:06:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/24/15
    Ulan-Ude, June 24, Interfax - Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries should understand that, if Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime collapses, the terrorist group Islamic State will come after them, Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Yevgeny Lukyanov said. "The states of this region, like Saudi Arabia, Gulf countries, and perhaps some others, should pray for Bashar al-Assad. This is the last security line for them," Lukyanov told journalists on Wednesday. "If Assad's regime collapses, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries will be the next targets for the IS," he said. "There are some 5,000 of the Saudi king's subjects fighting...
  • Angelina Jolie begs world to do more during visit to Turkish camps filled with Syrians and Iraqis

    06/21/2015 4:44:39 AM PDT · by dennisw · 22 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 20 June 2015 | By Kelly Mclaughlin
    'There is an explosion of human suffering': Angelina Jolie begs the world to do more during visit to Turkish camps filled with Syrians and Iraqis who have fled war Angelina Jolie serves as a United Nations special envoy for refugees She visited a refugee camp in southeastern Turkey on Saturday, which is home to Syrians and Iraqis displaced by war This visit is the latest in a series of trips to Turkey as part of her work to bring attention to the plight of refugees This was Jolie's third visit to Turkey since 2011, when Syria conflict began Turkey hosts...
  • Israel’s Great Opportunity

    06/20/2015 5:19:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    Over the past two decades Israel has managed to destroy its regional reputation. With our own hands, we have twice shown our neighbors they have little reason to tie their fates to ours. We are unreliable. In 1994, Israel betrayed the Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and Gaza who had helped us fight against PLO terrorists for decades. Open season on our Palestinian allies officially began in July 1994 with the entrance of thousands of PLO terrorists – led by Yasser Arafat – into Gaza and Jericho. Arafat’s henchmen did not limit their murderous wrath to the Palestinians who saved countless...
  • Israel Vows to Prevent Massacre of Syrian Druze After Islamist Rebels Surround Village

    06/17/2015 12:23:54 PM PDT · by McGruff · 29 replies
    Vice news ^ | June 17, 2015
    Syrian rebels have surrounded a Druze village close to the Israeli side of the Golan Heights strategic ceasefire line Wednesday, prompting the Israeli government to offer protection to refugees who cross into the territory it occupies and vow to prevent a massacre at the border. The insurgents, among them Islamist fighters, surrounded the village of Hader following heavy fighting with pro-government forces in the region that left at least seven rebels and 10 regime soldiers dead, British-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "Hader is now totally surrounded by rebels, who just took a strategic hilltop north of...
  • 'Elephant Rockets' Dropped By Pro-Assad Forces Kill Dozens Near Damascus, Report Says

    06/17/2015 11:09:44 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 17 2015 | Avaneesh Pandey
    At least 27 people were killed and over 60 injured near the Syrian capital of Damascus in attacks by pro-government forces on Tuesday, Al Jazeera reported. The attacks, which were allegedly carried out using improvised weapons known as “elephant rockets,” reportedly targeted rebel-held areas in the city of Douma, about 6 miles from Damascus. These weapons are made by attaching rocket motors to much larger bombs -- a process that increases their destructive power while greatly reducing accuracy.
  • Moderate rebels take key southern base in Syria, dealing blow to Assad

    06/10/2015 11:56:08 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 9, 2015 | Hugh Naylor (Sam Alrefaie contributed to this report)
    A coalition of moderate rebel factions known as the Southern Front took control of the Brigade 52 base by early afternoon, spokesman Issam al-Reis said. Brigade 52 is the largest military installation in Daraa province, which borders Jordan, and is key to the defense of northern routes leading to the Syrian capital, Damascus... The loss of the base is another blow to Assad's forces, which have recently suffered a string of battlefield defeats. A largely Islamist rebel alliance that includes al-Qaeda's powerful Syria affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, has seized most of northwestern Idlib province. The Islamic State militant group has captured...
  • Either repentance or death: Islamic State imposes regulations on Syrians

    06/10/2015 3:54:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    ARA News ^ | 6/9/15 | Sarbaz Yousef and Zozan Shekho
    Jihadists of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) imposed a so-called “collective repentance” on residents of al-Bukamal city in the province of Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria, local activists reported on Monday. The group demanded civilians to head the mosques of the city Monday afternoon, without notifying them about the reason. “IS militants rallied al-Bukamal streets and called residents to be present altogether in the mosques of the city in the prayer time for an important issue, without specifying the exact reason for this call,” said the civil rights activist Samer al-Furati, member of the campaign of ‘Voice and Image’ that documents...
  • BREAKING: ISIS Moves Assets to Southern Syria – Gaza ISIS Launches MISSILE ATTACK on Israel

    06/05/2015 10:47:41 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 47 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6-5-2015 | Jim Hoft
    ISIS fighters reported today that the ISLAMIC STATE has Attacked Israel.
  • Iran deploys 15,000 troops to support Assad in Syria

    06/04/2015 7:16:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 4 June 2015
    Iran has sent 15,000 fighters to Syria to reverse recent battlefield setbacks for Syrian government troops and wants to achieve results by the end of the month, a Lebanese political source has told The Daily Star. The militia force, made up of Iranians, Iraqis and Afghanis, the source said, have arrived in the Damascus region and in the coastal province of Latakia. The source said the fighters are expected to spearhead an effort to seize areas of Idlib province, where the regime has suffered a string of defeats at the hands of a rebel-jihadi coalition. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the commander...
  • Assad nears the tipping poin

    06/04/2015 7:51:12 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4 June 2015 | David Ignatius
    The regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria is facing what U.S. experts say is the most intense pressure since the early days of the four-year conflict . This new squeeze poses some stark choices for the United States, Russia, Iran and Syria’s neighbors. “Based on current trend lines, it is time to start thinking about a post-Assad Syria,” argues a U.S. intelligence official. Until recently, U.S. analysts had characterized the situation there as more of a stalemate. But over the past month, rebel gains in northern and southern Syria have begun to tip the balance. U.S. officials see mounting...
  • The startlingly simple reason Obama ignores Syria

    06/04/2015 9:35:33 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6/4 | Natasha Bertrand and Michael B Kelley
    "The president feels very strongly that the very significant problems that are faced by people in Syria, for example, are not problems that the United States is going to come in and solve for them," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said recently. It's becoming clear that the Obama administration's determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran most likely informed its decision to refrain from intervening in the Syrian civil war. "The administration's Syria policy has been predicated on the White House's desire for a deal with Iran and its care to accommodate Iranian interests in Syria, which he...
  • Nusra Front leader warns Alawite minority

    06/01/2015 4:46:51 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | May 28, 2015
    BEIRUT: Al-Qaeda’s Syria wing Nusra Front said members of the Alawite minority sect should renounce President Bashar Assad and change their beliefs in order to be safe, the group’s leader said in footage broadcast Wednesday. “If they drop weapons, disavow Assad, do not send their men to fight for him and return to Islam then they are our brothers,” Abu Mohammad al-Golani told Al-Jazeera TV in a rare interview. Golani said Alawites were part of a sect that had “moved outside the religion of God and of Islam. We will continue our focus on Damascus and on toppling this regime,”...
  • While nobody was looking, the Islamic State launched a new, deadly offensive

    06/01/2015 4:42:11 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 1, 2015 | Liz Sly
    GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Syrian rebels appealed for U.S. airstrikes to counter a new offensive by the Islamic State in the northern province of Aleppo that could reshape the battlefield in Syria. The surprise assault, launched over the weekend, opened a new front in the multi-pronged war being waged by the extremist group across Iraq and Syria, and it underscored the Islamic State’s capacity to catch its enemies off guard. The push — which came on the heels of the miltants’ capture of the Syrian city of Palmyra and the western Iraqi city of Ramadi late last month — took them...
  • Russia said abandoning Assad as Syria regime collapses further

    06/01/2015 3:43:10 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 33 replies
    YNet News ^ | 31 May 15 | Roi Kais
    Asharq Al-Awsat says Moscow has pulled military experts from Assad's war room in Damascus, evacuated non-essential personnel and stopped declaring there is no alternative to Assad. Russia is pulling away from its relationship with embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad and withdrawing key personnel from Damascus, the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported Sunday, citing senior Gulf and Western officials. "The Kremlin has begun to turn away from the regime," the newspaper said. The report also quoted Syrian opposition sources as saying that Hezbollah and Iranian military experts have left Assad’s war room in Damascus, along with Russian experts.
  • Syria crisis: 'Barrel bomb strikes kill 72' in Aleppo province

    05/30/2015 6:25:47 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    At least 72 people have been killed in Syria's northern Aleppo province by barrel bombs dropped from government helicopters, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 60 people died in the strike on al-Bab - a town currently held by Islamic State (IS) militants. It says 12 were killed in a rebel-held quarter of the city of Aleppo. Syria's government has repeatedly denied using barrel bombs - large containers filled with explosives. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which gathers information through a network of activists in Syria, called it one of the worst massacres perpetrated...
  • Chemical Warfare in Syria Continues, Unpunished

    05/28/2015 5:48:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 26, 2015 | By Elliot Abrams
    In September 2013, the Obama administration congratulated itself on an agreement, brokered by Russia, that supposedly ended the use of chemical weapons (CW) in Syria. For the killings by using sarin gas, Syria’s president Assad was not punished in any way, but he was supposedly going to turn over all his CW and the possibility of a recurrence was thus ended. President Obama said this: "I welcome the progress made between the United States and Russia through our talks in Geneva, which represents an important, concrete step toward the goal of moving Syria’s chemical weapons under international control so that...
  • U.S. Intel: Obama Coalition Supported Islamic State in Syria

    05/28/2015 10:47:14 AM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | May 26, 2015 | Alex Newman
    A newly released intelligence report from the Pentagon shows that the U.S. government knew that supporting jihadists in the fight against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad would produce a fundamentalist Islamic State in Eastern Syria — and that Obama’s supposed “anti-ISIS” coalition knowingly backed ISIS and other Islamic terrorists for precisely that purpose. The heavily redacted Defense Department report, obtained by watchdog Judicial Watch via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, shows once again that, contrary to the false narrative peddled by the establishment press, the rise of the savage terror group known as ISIS was actually deliberate policy. Now, the...
  • With ISIS in Cross Hairs, U.S. Holds Back to Protect Civilians

    05/26/2015 6:20:06 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | MAY 26, 2015 | ERIC SCHMITT
    American intelligence analysts have identified seven buildings in downtown Raqqa in eastern Syria as the main headquarters of the Islamic State. But the buildings have gone untouched during the 10-month allied air campaign. And just last week, convoys of heavily armed Islamic State fighters paraded triumphantly through the streets of the provincial capital Ramadi in western Iraq after forcing Iraqi troops to flee. They rolled on unscathed by coalition fighter-bombers. American and allied warplanes are equipped with the most precise aerial arsenal ever fielded. But American officials say they are not striking significant — and obvious — Islamic State targets...
  • WHERE DO PEOPLE LIKE ME GO NOW?

    05/24/2015 1:32:23 PM PDT · by unlearner · 22 replies
    WND ^ | 5/24/2015 | Joseph Farah
    Those attempting to conquer Syria and turn it into a jihadist, Shariah-compliant hellhole are all Sunni. So, first I have to ask myself why 93 percent of the “refugees” Democratic politicians in America are recruiting to the U.S. are Sunnis. It would be like recruiting Nazi “refugees” from Germany during World War II instead of Jews. The numbers of these so-called “refugees” from Syria are disproportionately Sunnis, even when considering the heavy percentage of the Sunni population there. What’s behind this madness? If we want to be a land of compassion to real refugees, I’m all for it. But that’s...
  • Top United Nations official says Europe must open its borders to Syrian refugees

    05/24/2015 12:50:56 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 20 replies
    The China Post ^ | May 24, 2015 | By Karin Laub
    SOUTHERN SHUNEH Jordan--Borders must be "open to Syrians everywhere," including in Europe, to help ease the burden of Middle Eastern countries that have absorbed close to 4 million Syrian refugees, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said Saturday. Antonio Guterres also appealed to the international community to boost development aid to refugee host countries such as Jordan and Lebanon. "They are the first line of defense for global collective security and they are pillars, essential pillars, for regional security," Guterres told The Associated Press at a regional World Economic Forum conference. "If they fall, the consequences will be dramatic...
  • Breaking: Historic Palmyra, Syria FALLS to ISIS

    05/20/2015 12:03:49 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 121 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 5-20-2015 | Jim Hoft
    The ancient city of Palmyra, Syria fell to ISIS late Wednesday. Syrian television is airing nationalist songs over nature scenes.
  • Israel prepares for a post-Assad phase in neighboring Syria

    05/12/2015 12:37:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    ARA News ^ | May 11, 2015 | Mohammed Salman
    Spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Alon Ben-David, said Sunday that the military intelligence service are working on the preparation of a list of targets that are likely to be struck inside Syria, after a possible fall of the Assad regime. Israel is concerned about the opposition party that may replace Assad regime in case of the latter's downfall. In remarks published by the Israeli newspaper of Maariv, in its Sunday's edition, Ben-David said that the leadership of the Israeli Air Force, in cooperation with the Military Intelligence Service, is working on setting a list of targets to be...
  • Analysis: Syria's al-Assad regime in trouble

    05/03/2015 7:28:29 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun May 3, 2015 | Nick Paton Walsh
    (CNN)A series of victories by Islamist rebels against the Syrian regime is raising the prospect of a sea change in the momentum of a war in which the endurance of Bashar al-Assad has for years seemed to many as a given. Substantial territorial losses by the regime in the northern city of Jisr-el-Shugur and beyond, after the city of Idlib also fell to rebels, coupled with a relatively successful series of advances around the southwest of Damascus, are the result of new levels of cooperation among rebel groups that have spent the past years fighting each other for supremacy, to...
  • 'We are close' to attacks in Syria: Canuck commander

    04/04/2015 5:48:43 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 4 replies
    April 4, 2015 | JOE WARMINGTON
    If there are vacant seats in the mess tent for Easter supper in the desert of Kuwait, it will be for a very good reason. Easter celebrations for our Canadian military personnel in Kuwait may not last long. They are a little busy right now preparing for the newly expanded mandate of Canada’s Operation Impact mission. Targets in Iraq have been on the receiving end of Canadian bombs for six months. ISIS controlled entities in Syria could soon be next. Very soon in fact. “We are close,” said Brig.-Gen. Dan Constable in an exclusive interview Good Friday. “We are putting...
  • Clarissa Ward On 4 Years Of Civil War In Syria [And Chaos From Obamas JV-Team]

    03/17/2015 5:43:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    CBSNews ^ | March 17, 2015
    CBS NEWSMarch 16, 2015 Clarissa Ward On 4 Years Of Civil War In Syria Sunday marked four years since Syria plunged into chaotic civil war. As the conflict enters its fifth year, President Bashar Assad remains resolute in the face of a rebel movement determined to remove him from power. The consequences of the war are staggering: more than 215,000 people have been killed and nearly 4 million are now refugees. The change was precipitated by the formation of the Free Syrian Army, and with it, the militarization of the conflict, said Ward. "The fiercer the bombardments came from the...
  • 14 Million Refugees Make the Levant Unmanageable

    09/09/2014 11:02:02 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8 Sep 2014 | David P. Goldman
    There are always lunatics lurking in the crevices of Muslim politics prepared to proclaim a new caliphate; there isn’t always a recruiting pool in the form of nearly 14 million displaced people (11 million Syrians, or half the country’s population, and 2.8 million Iraqis, or a tenth of the country’s population). When I wrote about the region’s refugee disaster at Tablet in July (“Between the Settlers and Unsettlers, the One State Solution is On Our Doorstep“) the going estimate was only 10 million. A new UN study, though, claims that half of Syrians are displaced. Many of them will have...
  • Entire Leadership of ISIS Opposition Wiped Out by 'Unexplained' Explosion

    09/12/2014 10:32:21 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 118 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/11/14 | Oliver Lane
    Nearly fifty senior commanders of a major coalition of Islamic 'moderates' opposed to ISIS in Syria have been killed by an explosion at their secret command bunker as they met to discuss strategy against the the Islamic State. The blast in the Northwest region of Idlib, Syria on Tuesday killed senior members of rebel group the Ahrar-al-Sham brigade (AaS), including leader Hassan Abboud and 45 others including senior members from other rebel alliance groups, reports The Times. The Idlib region stands in AaS territory, but it is close to the front-line with ISIS in neighbouring Aleppo.
  • Syrian Government: Go Ahead, Bomb Our Country!

    09/12/2014 8:38:34 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | 9/12/14 | Josh Keating
    Since the United States started getting serious about military action against ISIS, politicians and policymakers have worried that such an initiative would play into the hands of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In his speech last night, President Obama was careful to stress that strikes against the group would not in any way imply that the United States was allied with the Syrian government. “In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its own people—a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost,” the president said. Instead, he said, Washington would step up...
  • U.S. Aids Turkey in Creating an Islamic Caliphate and an Antichrist

    09/01/2014 3:02:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 8/31/2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Obama is sending Defense Secretary Hagel to Turkey to ratchet its efforts to tame ISIS while knowingly is aware that Turkey is a supporter of ISIS! The efforts as they claim is to build what the administration termed Coalition of the Willing.As has been predicted by Shoebat.com, The United States will plead to Turkey to end ISIS.Now Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is being sent by Obama preparing to visit Turkey to intensify the push for an international campaign against ISIS.In his remarks during a briefing on Friday, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said that Hagel will start...
  • ‘Vetted Moderate’ Free Syrian Army Commander Admits Alliance with ISIS

    09/11/2014 9:22:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/11/2014 | Patrick Poole
    As President Obama laid out his “strategy” last night for dealing with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and as bipartisan leadership in Congress push to approve as much as $4 billion to arm the Syrian “rebels,” it should be noted that the keystone to his anti-Assad policy — the “vetted moderate” Free Syrian Army (FSA) — is now admitting that they, too, are working with the Islamic State.This confirms our reporting about the FSA’s alliances with Syrian terrorist groups here at PJ Media last week.On Monday, the Daily Star in Lebanon quoted a FSA brigade commander saying that his...
  • [September 4, 2013] Meet the Syrian Islamist Organization Controlling Senator McCain’s Agenda

    09/10/2014 9:03:06 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 9 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | September 4, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    (September 4, 2013) A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal ran a high profile article from one Elizabeth O’Bagy arguing that the majority of the Syrian rebels were actually moderates. Senator McCain mentioned Elizabeth O’Bagy’s op-ed during the Senate hearings, when he wasn’t playing poker, and tweeted it. That should come as no surprise, considering that O’Bagy is credited with arranging McCain’s infamous photo op with the Syrian rebel leadership. The Wall Street Journal lists O’Bagy’s role as the Institute for the Study of War. It leaves out the fact that she is the political director for the Syrian...
  • Number of Syrian Refugees Tops 3 Million (Obama's World)

    09/07/2014 6:55:53 AM PDT · by mgist · 9 replies
    The Scoop ^ | 9/4/2014 | UN Agency
    The parents and children of this Syrian family sleep on the streets of Istanbul in Turkey. They are among the 3 million refugees from Syria, many of whom live in desperate conditions. Photo: UNHCR/S. Baldwin 29 August 2014 – Three million Syrians will have registered as refugees outside of their country today, the UN refugee agency reported, amid accounts of increasingly horrifying conditions inside their homeland – cities where populations are surrounded, people are going hungry and civilians are being targeted or indiscriminately killed. A news release issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that a further...
  • The grotesque alliance that has been allowed to carve up Syria

    08/26/2014 2:57:08 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 25 Aug 14 | David Blair
    If a retired tyrant chose to write a guidebook entitled “How to be an Arab Dictator”, what would be the most important lesson? It might be summarised thus: “When you are in trouble, fan the flames of Islamist extremism so that your enemies will look even worse than you.” This time-honoured trick can work wonders for the beleaguered autocrat. If he pulls it off, some venerable figures in the West might even argue that he is just the man to quell the very conflagration that he helped to ignite. So it is with Bashar al-Assad, the chief arsonist of Syria,...
  • Was Putin Right About Syria?

    08/24/2014 6:06:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/22/14 | Ishaan Tharoor
    What a difference a year makes. Around this time last year, the West was gearing up for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was accused of carrying out chemical weapons attacks on his own people. That intervention never came to pass, not least because domestic public opinion in countries such as Britain and the United States was opposed to further entanglements in the Middle East. Now, the U.S. is contemplating extending airstrikes on Islamic State militants operating in Iraq in Syria — fighters belonging to a terrorist organization that is leading the war against Assad....
  • Siege of Mecca, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria: US and Gulf Destabilization Policies

    08/23/2014 10:07:26 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 15 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | August 24, 2014 | Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker
    Siege of Mecca, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria: US and Gulf Destabilization PoliciesMurad Makhmudov and Lee Jay WalkerModern Tokyo Times In the 1980s the United States, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and some other nations began to fund Sunni Islamic terrorism in Afghanistan. This meddling came hot on the heels of the Siege of Mecca in Saudi Arabia in 1979. Therefore, funding radical Sunni Islamism in Afghanistan came at a very opportunistic time for the rulers based in Saudi Arabia. Pakistan became the central base in training international jihadists and spreading Islamism in Afghanistan. Irrespective of the motives in...
  • Inaction in Syria leads to Obama’s Iraq quagmire

    08/11/2014 8:52:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    While President Obama is physically surrounded by water, soaking up sun and sand, his foreign policy is under heavy siege as critics pound the administration from all sides. The commander-in-chief’s limited military moves to stifle the Islamist extremists in Iraq, which many Republicans say are mere pinpricks and Democrats worry will escalate U.S involvement, can be credibly linked to the White House’s inaction in the Syrian civil war. And on that point – Syria – former secretary of state and Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton unloaded on her former boss’s “failure to help build up a credible fighting force,” creating...
  • Barack Obama Swept Aside The Entire Free Syrian Army In One Sentence

    08/10/2014 1:14:45 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Updated August 09, 2014 | Michael B Kelley
    “When you get farmers, dentists and folks who have never fought before going up against a ruthless opposition in Assad, the notion that they were in a position to suddenly overturn not only Assad but also ruthless, highly trained jihadists if we just sent a few arms is a fantasy.” - Barack Obama to CBS on June 22 Editor's note: Obama reiterated the statement to Tom Friedman of The New York Times in an interview published on August 9. In one sentence, U.S. President Barack Obama disregarded the thousands of soldiers who defected from the Syrian Army since the uprising...
  • Obama Seeks Approval by Congress for Strike in Syria (Flashback: US as ISIS's Air Force?)

    08/08/2014 9:05:38 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 9 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | August 31, 2013 | By PETER BAKER and JONATHAN WEISMAN
    WASHINGTON — President Obama abruptly changed course on Saturday and postponed a military strike against the Syrian government in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack so he could seek authorization first from a deeply skeptical Congress. (Snip)
  • The Quest to Save Syria's History

    08/06/2014 3:34:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | August 6, 2014 | Katrin Elger
    Cheikhmous Ali pushes a box of ballpoint pens across the table towards his friend Ahmad. The stout Syrian laughs aloud as he tucks one of the pens into his shirt pocket. "You think it'll work?" asks Ahmad. Ali nods. "And how," he says. The archeologist is proud of his plan: he has inserted mini digital cameras into the pens. "The quality isn't great, but it serves our purposes," he says. snip Ahmad is on a potentially deadly mission; he risks being kidnapped on suspicion of spying, tortured and possibly even executed. He's determined to document what is currently happening in...