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  • BREAKING: Turkish military launches operation to Jarablus (Syria, With US Air Support)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    06/22/2016 11:14:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6/22/16 | tyler durden
    Weíre going to war ó either hybrid in nature to break the Russian state back to its 1990s subordination, or a hot war (which will destroy our country). Our citizens should know this, but they donít because our media is dumbed down in its ďPravdaĒ-like support for our ďrespectable,Ē highly aggressive government. We are being led, as C. Wright Mills said in the 1950s, by a government full of ďcrackpot realists: in the name of realism theyíve constructed a paranoid reality all their own.Ē Our media has credited Hillary Clinton with wonderful foreign policy experience, unlike Trump, without really noting...
  • U.S. and Russian Jets Clash Over Syria

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

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

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

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

    06/11/2016 9:01:41 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 5 replies
    The San Mateo Daily journal ^ | June 10, 2016 | Bassem Mroue, Associated Presstitutes
    Kurdish-led fighters completed their encirclement Friday of a key town held by the Islamic State group in northern Syria, part of a Western-backed offensive that could see a major strategic victory over the militants. The advance on Manbij, near the Turkish border, coincided with a Syrian army offensive supported by Russian airstrikes that brought troops closer to the city of Raqqa, the IS extremistsí de facto capital. Two years after their blitz across the Euphrates River valley, the IS militants are coming under increasing pressure on territory they control in Syria and Iraq, as well as on a stronghold in...
  • U.S. Warns ISIS Capital: Get Out Now

    05/20/2016 12:34:19 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 59 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05.20.16 | Nancy Youssef
    The American military is warning residents of ISISís Syrian capital to leave the cityósuggesting that an offensive on Raqqa was imminent, two Pentagon officials told the Daily Beast. In the past day, residents of Raqqa have posted photos of the warnings on Twitter, saying they were airdropped on leaflets by the U.S.-led coalition. The defense officials were the first to confirm that the coalition had indeed issued the warnings.
  • US rejects Russian proposal for joint air strikes on Syria

    05/20/2016 7:37:16 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 20, 2016 | Gabrielle Tťtrault-Farber
    Moscow on Friday proposed that Russia and United States, which have been flying separate bombing campaigns in Syria, launch joint air strikes against jihadists from next week, a proposal the Pentagon swiftly rejected. "We are proposing to the US, as the head of the International Syria Support Group, to take part as of May 25 in joint operations between the Russian air force and the air force of the coalition," Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu said in televised comments. Shoigu said that the proposal included strikes against Jabhat al-Nusra and other illegal armed groups that do not support a frail...
  • Russia in first raids on Syria's Aleppo since truce: monitor

    05/22/2016 10:32:05 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    Yahoo News (AFP) ^ | May 22, 2016 | Staff
    Russian warplanes hit a key rebel supply route to Aleppo on Sunday in Moscow's first strikes on Syria's battleground second city since a February ceasefire, a monitoring group said. "The Russian and Syrian warplanes together carried out at least 40 air strikes on the Castello road," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. "They are the heaviest air strikes there since February, and they are also the first confirmed Russian strikes since the truce began," Abdel Rahman said.(Snip)The Castello road is a key supply route for rebels leading north out of Aleppo.
  • Kurdish militants reportedly shoot down Turkish security forces helicopter

    05/16/2016 4:15:18 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2016 | Erin Cunningham
    ISTANBUL ó They were used to stalk Russian helicopters in Afghanistan, and the United States has worked hard to keep them out of chaotic Syria. But now Kurdish guerrillas battling Turkey's security forces may now have shoulder-fired missiles ó an acquisition analysts say will seriously challenge Turkish air power and potentially intensify fighting in the region. About four minutes into the video, the fighter, clad in camouflage fatigues, crouches on a verdant hillside with the weapons system on his shoulder. When the launcher locks on its target ó a helicopter whirring noisily on the horizon ó the fighter stands to...
  • CIA-backed rebels fight Pentagon-backed rebels in Syria

    03/27/2016 8:58:31 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 22 replies
    americanthinker. ^ | March 27, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Clashes between militias trained by the CIA and the Pentagon are intensifying as bitter fighting has broken out near Aleppo and the Turkish border. Chicago Tribune: The fighting has intensified over the past two months, as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other as they have maneuvered through contested territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, U.S. officials and rebel leaders have confirmed. In mid-February, a CIA-armed militia called Fursan al Haq, or Knights of Righteousness, was run out of the town of Marea, about 20 miles north of Aleppo, by Pentagon-backed Syrian Democratic Forces moving...
  • What Quagmire? Even in Withdrawal (from Syria), Russia Stays a Step Ahead (Screw you Obama)

    03/15/2016 8:48:28 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 35 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | MARCH 15, 2016 | MARK LANDLER
    What Quagmire? Even in Withdrawal, Russia Stays a Step Ahead By MARK LANDLERMARCH 15, 2016 WASHINGTON ó For five years, President Obama has steadfastly rejected the argument that the United States could intervene in Syria, alter the equation on the battlefield and avoid being sucked into a quagmire. Now, it appears that President Vladimir V. Putin has done exactly that.
  • The Rationale Behind Russiaís Withdrawal From Syria

    03/17/2016 9:35:48 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 17-03-2016 | Berk`
    As reported around the world, Russiaís decision to greatly reduce its military presence in Syria, coming as it did with little warning, has left the world struggling for explanations. After having rescued the Syrian Governmentís position in Syria from certain defeat and securing a partial truce along with the onset of an imminent peace conference, the partial withdrawal is seen by many as a message to the Assad government to not take Russiaís military aid for granted, and to be more flexible in the upcoming peace negotiations. If we assume that all wars are essentially trade wars grown large, and...
  • Obama Admin Wants To Restart Failed Program Training Syrian Rebels

    03/14/2016 12:44:22 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/14/2016 | Jonah Bennett
    The Pentagon wants to reboot a failed program designed to train Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State, even though this same $500 million dollar program had almost nothing to show for itself. The goal was to train 5,000 fighters, but the first class of 54 melted and scattered after being attacked by the al-Nusra front, the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria. The second class of so-called moderate rebels handed over at least 25 percent of their U.S. military gear to al-Nusra. Pentagon officials now say theyíve identified what elements of the program to tweak to make sure they...
  • Vladimir Putin orders Russian forces to begin withdrawal from Syria

    03/14/2016 11:03:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 123 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 14, 2016 | Patrick Wintour
    The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has declared that he is withdrawing the majority of Russian troops from Syria, saying the intervention had largely achieved its objective. The news, relayed to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, personally, followed a meeting in the Kremlin with Putinís defence and foreign ministers. He said the pullout, reducing an intervention that began at the end of September, is due to start from Tuesday.
  • Syria Food Drop Fails

    02/25/2016 8:42:09 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 3 replies
    Skynews ^ | 2/26/2-16
    A planned cessation of hostilities in Syria from Saturday night should rescue the civilian population from 'the abyss', Jan Egeland, chairman of a humanitarian task force, says. Major and regional powers must use their influence on warring parties to win clearance for UN aid convoys to reach all 480,000 living in besieged towns, he said after the group held their third meeting in Geneva this month. 'We need to cover the final areas in the besieged areas list, most of them are in the areas called eastern Ghouta. And we will be doing convoys in the coming days to this...
  • Turkish Spokesman: U.S.-Backed Kurds Are In Cahoots With Russia And Syria

    02/29/2016 8:20:48 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 15 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | Feb. 26, 2016, at 2:20 p.m. | Borzou Daragahi
    Turkish Spokesman: U.S.-Backed Kurds Are In Cahoots With Russia And Syria Ibrahim Kalin, a top adviser to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, didnít provide evidence for his claim during a discussion with Western journalists. posted on Feb. 26, 2016, at 2:20 p.m. Borzou Daragahi BuzzFeed News Middle East Correspondent
  • 'Disturbing evidence' that Kurds are coordinating with Syrian regime and Russia

    02/24/2016 7:32:14 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 43 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 7:52PM GMT 23 Feb 2016 | Louisa Loveluck
    Hammond: 'Disturbing evidence' that Kurds are coordinating with Syrian regime and Russia Foreign Secretary says UK "uneasy" about Kurdish role in Syria, as YPG forces take advantage of northern offensive to take territory from US-backed rebels By Louisa Loveluck 7:52PM GMT 23 Feb 2016 Britain has seen "disturbing evidence" that Kurdish forces are coordinating with the Syrian regime and the Russian air force, the Foreign Secretary has said. The Kurdish YPG, which has become the West’s main ground force against Isil, has taken advantage of a massive regime offensive in north Syria to seize territory of its own from US-backed...
  • John Kerry says partition of Syria could be part of ‚Äėplan B‚Äô if peace talks fail

    02/24/2016 10:12:42 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 17 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Tuesday 23 February 2016 13.39 EST | Patrick Wintour
    John Kerry says partition of Syria could be part of ‚Äėplan B‚Äô if peace talks fail US secretary of state tells committee it ‚Äėmay be too late‚Äô to keep Syria whole and suggests Washington would support partition if ceasefire is unsuccessful Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor Tuesday 23 February 2016 13.39 EST John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has said he will move towards a plan B that could involve a partition of Syria if a planned ceasefire due to start in the next few days does not materialise, or if a genuine shift to a transitional government does not...
  • Did Russia Just Threaten Turkey With Nuclear Weapons

    02/22/2016 8:09:10 AM PST · by Strategy · 59 replies
    Jewish Business News ^ | February 22, 2016
    The US investigative journalist Robert Parry has made an astonishing claim - and one has gone completely unnoticed. He is reporting that the Russian government has warned Erdogan that Russia is prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons to defend its Syrian strike force from Turkish attack. Parry's exact words are as follows: "A source close to Russian President Vladimir Putin told me that the Russians have warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Moscow is prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons if necessary to save their troops in the face of a Turkish-Saudi onslaught. Since Turkey is a member of...
  • Turkey‚Äôs increasingly desperate predicament poses real dangers

    02/21/2016 11:13:33 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 20, 2016 | Liz Sly
    Turkey is confronting what amounts to a strategic nightmare as bombs explode in its cities, its enemies encroach on its borders and its allies seemingly snub its demands. As recently as four years ago, Turkey appeared poised to become one of the biggest winners of the Arab Spring, an ascendant power hailed by the West as a model and embraced by a region seeking new patrons and new forms of governance. All that has evaporated since the failure of the Arab revolts, shifts in the geopolitical landscape and the trajectory of the Syrian war. Russia, Turkey’s oldest and nearest rival,...
  • Syria: Dozens killed as bombers strike in Homs and Damascus

    02/21/2016 11:20:35 AM PST · by Vostok-1 · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 1717 GMT (0117 HKT) February 21, 2016 | Yousuf Basil and Tim Hume
    Dozens of people were killed in separate car bomb and suicide attacks in Homs and southern Damascus on Sunday, Syrian state media reported, citing local officials and security sources. ISIS claimed responsibility for the Sayyidah Zaynab and Homs attacks via the Telegram messaging app.
  • Turkey Is Asking The United States To Take Part In A Ground Invasion Of Syria

    02/21/2016 11:45:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    EAD ^ | 02/21/2016 | Michael Snyder
    Reuters is reporting that Turkey is asking the United States and other western allies to participate in a massive ground invasion of Syria. But of course the Turks are not exactly sitting around and waiting for their western allies to get on board. Turkey shelled northern Syria for a fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, even though the Obama administration has been asking them to stop. The targets were Kurdish and Syrian military positions, and the goal appears to be to slow down their advance toward the Turkish border. The Sunni militants that Turkey has been supporting for five years are...
  • U.S. says meeting for Syria cease-fire delayed, not canceled, as Russia claims

    02/19/2016 9:18:26 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | February 19 at 11:07 AM | Hugh Naylor and Michael Birnbaum
    U.S. says meeting for Syria cease-fire delayed, not canceled, as Russia claims By Hugh Naylor and Michael Birnbaum February 19 at 11:07 AM BEIRUT ‚ÄĒ Russia and the United States appeared at odds Friday about whether a meeting of the international coordinating group charged with implementing a cease-fire in Syria had been canceled, with Russia's Foreign Ministry claiming it was, and the U.S. and U.N. officials saying it was merely delayed. The back-and-forth Friday adds to delays in reducing hostilities and raises even more questions about the workability of the truce. The coordinating group was due to convene in Geneva...
  • Russia Warns Assad on Vow to Retake All of Syria

    02/19/2016 9:39:29 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 19 February 2016
    Russia's envoy to the U.N. on Friday warned long-term ally President Bashar al-Assad over his vow to retake all of Syria, saying he faced dire consequences if he did not comply with Moscow over the peace process. 'Russia has invested very seriously in this crisis, politically, diplomatically and now also militarily,' Vitaly Churkin told Kommersant newspaper, referring to an international agreement to cease hostilities sealed in Munich last week. 'Therefore we would like Assad also to respond to this,' he said, adding that the Syrian leader's stance 'is not in accord with the diplomatic efforts that Russia is making.'
  • America‚Äôs greatest alliance is about to end with a whimper (NATO Vs Turkey Vs Russia)

    02/19/2016 1:07:15 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 28 replies
    nypost.com ^ | February 18, 2016 | 8:19pm | Benny Avni
    <p>Turkey says the Kurds are allied with the butcher of Damascus, Bashar al-Assad ‚ÄĒ the man whose power Russia fights to preserve.</p> <p>The Turks are angry with us for supporting the Kurds, but it‚Äôs Russia‚Äôs air bombardments that keep them awake at night. Putin, meanwhile, won‚Äôt easily forget that Turkey shot down a Russian plane earlier this winter, and now tells pilots not to await orders when they encounter suspicious aircraft near the Syrian-Turkish border.</p>
  • Turkey says Obama shares Syria concerns with Erdogan, affirms support

    02/19/2016 8:58:48 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/20/16
    Turkey's presidency said U.S. President Barack Obama had shared his concerns over the Syrian conflict and promised his support on Friday, hours after a tense exchange between the two NATO allies over the role of Kurdish militants. In a phone conversation that lasted one hour and 20 minutes, Ankara said Obama had told his counterpart President Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey had a right to self-defense, and expressed worries over advances by Syrian Kurdish militias near Turkey's border. Obama stressed to Erdogan that Syrian Kurdish YPG forces should not seek to exploit recent gains by the Syrian government to seize additional...
  • NATO Refuses to Support Turkey in the Event of a Conflict With Russia

    02/19/2016 8:42:35 PM PST · by marvel5 · 32 replies
    Fort Russ ^ | February 19, 2016 | Izvestia
    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, said today that NATO allies will not support Turkey in case of a conflict with Russia, according to Der Spiegel. According to Asselborn, the country of the North Atlantic Alliance does not intend to participate in an escalation in the conflict between Russia and Turkey. The Foreign Minister of Luxembourg underlined that the authorities of all state-members of NATO have a common stance on this issue. "The Alliance should not be drawn into the escalating conflict between Turkey and Russia. The NATO Charter that guarantees mutual defense applies only in the...
  • US-backed militia groups now fighting each other in Syria

    02/20/2016 9:22:16 AM PST · by McGruff · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 20, 2016 | Richard Spencer
    If anywhere can show the consequences of American foreign policy under President Barack Obama, it may be the small town of Marea, north of Aleppo. In the course of the last five years, it has seen Assad regime tanks roll through from the south, firing shells through its houses. It has been repeatedly attacked from the east by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). On occasion it has been bombed from the air by the regime and shelled from the ground by Isil on the same day. Now its rebel defenders are fighting Isil, the regime, Russian bombers,...
  • 22 Turkish Air Force pilots killed

    02/18/2016 8:26:05 PM PST · by amorphous · 74 replies
    South Front: Analysis Intelliegence ^ | 19 Feb 2016 | Translation by J.Hawk
    According to Turkish Ulke TV station, the victims of the February 17 terrorist attack in Ankara include 22 Turkish Air Force pilots, out of 28 total fatalities. Turkish government has not issued an official confirmation but, according to Turkish media, Erdogan is deliberately trying to conceal that fact. The explosion took place next to the Turkish Armed Forces headquarters building, as well as the parliament and government buildings. The fatalities included 26 military and 2 civilians. Another 60 people were wounded. No terrorist organization accepted responsibility.
  • Report: Israel strikes Syrian army outposts south of Damascus, monitor says

    02/18/2016 4:36:28 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 3 replies
    jpost ^ | 2/17/2016 | Reuters
    The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict, said three Israeli rockets had hit Syrian army outposts south of Damascus. Foreign reports attributing strikes against the Syrian regime to the IDF may only rarely elicit a military response, such as a barrage of rockets; however, they certainly result in a direct threat to Israel’s security systems.
  • Saudi Arabia Embarks On Massive Military Drill With 2,500 Warplanes And 20,000 Tanks

    02/15/2016 5:16:09 AM PST · by Strategy · 147 replies
    IBT ^ | February 15, 2016 | By Vasudevan Sridharan
    Saudi Arabia has commenced a massive military drill in which 20 nations are participating. The move comes amid ongoing deadly conflicts in the Middle East. More than 2,500 warplanes, 20,000 tanks and 450 helicopters will be part of the exercise. Riyadh has billed the manoeuvre as "the largest and most important" drill ever staged in the region. Up to 350,000 troops from various Gulf nations, and other allies such as Pakistan, Jordan, Chad and Sudan will take part in the drill, the Saudi Press Agency said. The exercises would involve ground, naval and air forces personnel.
  • Isis take over civilian homes in Raqqa, shave beards to avoid Russian bombings.

    02/14/2016 9:53:01 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 11 replies
    Islamic State (ISIS) fighters are feeling the heat from intensified coalition airstrikes to such an extent that they have resorted to shaving their beards and seizing civilian homes in their Syrian stronghold of Raqqa for fear of being targeted by armed drones and other coalition aircraft. The information came from residents who managed to flee Raqqa and fled to the Turkish city of Urfa, NBC News reported. "If your family is in a house, they take your house and they put their family in there," said Abu Baraa, 19, who fled last month from Raqqa to Turkey. "They've started taking...
  • Putin proves Obama wrong with his ugly military solution in Syria

    02/13/2016 9:26:40 PM PST · by Mariner · 35 replies
    The New York Post ^ | February 13th, 2016 | By Post Editorial Board
    <p>President Obama declared last year that ‚ÄúThere is no military solution in Syria.‚ÄĚ Sadly, Russia‚Äôs Vladimir Putin has now proved him wrong by imposing one.</p> <p>Aleppo, Syria‚Äôs largest city and the last rebel stronghold, is about to fall, thanks to withering Russian air bombardment backing government and Iranian troops. That effectively secures Bashar al-Assad‚Äôs hold on power in at least a large rump of Syria.</p>
  • Turkey 'seizes suicide vests and explosives' from Syrian border refugees fleeing Russia strikes

    02/10/2016 1:49:45 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 17 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 9:21AM GMT 10 Feb 2016 | Louisa Loveluck
    Turkey 'seizes suicide vests and explosives' from Syrian border Army says they found the haul while searching a group trying to cross into Turkey Louisa Loveluck in Gaziantep 9:21AM GMT 10 Feb 2016 Turkey has claimed that its soldiers had seized explosives and suicide vests from the closed border with Syria. The army said in a statement that the hardware had been found in the baggage of a group of 34 people stopped near the Syrian border. "Between 12 and 15 kilos of explosives and four belts that could be used for suicide attacks were found in two bags," it...
  • Russia warns of 'new world war' starting in Syria

    02/11/2016 7:24:36 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 Feb 2016 | Richard Spencer
    Foreign and defence ministers of the leading international states are meeting in Munich and Brussels following the collapse of the latest round of peace talks Russia warned of “a new world war" starting in Syria on Thursday after a dramatic day in which Gulf states threatened to send in ground forces. Foreign and defence ministers of the leading international states backing different factions in the war-torn country met in separate meetings in Munich and Brussels following the collapse of the latest round of peace talks. Both Russia and the United States demanded ceasefires in the long-running civil war so that...
  • Exclusive: U.S. Allies Now Fighting CIA-Backed Rebels

    02/12/2016 8:15:23 AM PST · by detective · 9 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 02.12.16 | Nancy Youseff
    Not long ago, U.S. jets and Shia militias worked together to battle ISIS. Today, those militias are trying to take down American proxies in Syria. Iraqi militias who once fought ISIS with U.S. help are now working with Russian and Iranian forces to crush American-backed rebels in the strategic Syrian city of Aleppo, two defense officials have told The Daily Beast.
  • Report on Syria conflict finds 11.5% of population killed or injured

    02/10/2016 4:51:52 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 10 February 2016 | Ian Black
    Syria‚Äôs national wealth, infrastructure and institutions have been ‚Äúalmost obliterated‚ÄĚ by the ‚Äúcatastrophic impact‚ÄĚ of nearly five years of conflict, a new report has found. Fatalities caused by war, directly and indirectly, amount to 470,000, according to the Syrian Centre for Policy Research (SCPR) ‚Äď a far higher total than the figure of 250,000 used by the United Nations until it stopped collecting statistics 18 months ago. In all, 11.5% of the country‚Äôs population have been killed or injured since the crisis erupted in March 2011, the report estimates. The number of wounded is put at 1.9 million. Life expectancy...
  • Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks

    02/10/2016 12:17:50 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 15 replies
    middleeasteye.net ^ | Tuesday 9 February 2016 17:20 UTC | MEE staff
    Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks MEE staff Tuesday 9 February 2016 15:40 UTC Last update: Tuesday 9 February 2016 17:20 UTC King Hamad expresses hope for 'imminent victory' after presenting Russian president with sword made of Damascus steel Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with a "sword of victory‚ÄĚ made from Damascus steel during a visit to Russia that included talks with his host about the crisis in Syria. King Hamad and Putin exchanged gifts during a meeting at the Russian leader's residence in Sochi on the Black Sea...