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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Call to UN Secretary-General: Suspend Human Rights Commissioner

    03/20/2018 4:52:47 AM PDT · by judeasamaria · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | March 20, 2018 | Mordechai Sones
    Citizens from more than 30 countries around the world appealed to the UN Secretary-General to suspend UN Human Rights Commissioner Zaid Ra'ad al-Hussein after calling Judea and Samaria communities a "war crime", following the latest report he issued regarding the pace of construction for Jews in Judea and Samaria. "While tens of thousands of people are being slaughtered in Syria, and while women's rights are being disregarded in Iran, the Human Rights Commissioner is issuing a report on the settlement movement in Israel, which details construction information, calling it a war crime", mentioned the letter. "The Commissioner' s obsession with...
  • U.S. Actually Agrees With Iran and Syria, Says Turkey Is Helping ISIS By Attacking Afrin

    03/20/2018 8:03:32 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 7 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 20, 2018 | Tim O'Connor
    The U.S. found itself on Monday roughly aligned with Syria and Iran—two nations it regularly condemns—over their mutual opposition to a Turkish offensive that has rocked the alliances of a seven-year civil war. Washington hails Turkey as both a fellow NATO Western military alliance member and a partner in the fight against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), but Ankara's ongoing offensive against a mostly Kurdish city in northwestern Syria has caused Pentagon-backed Kurdish fighters to redirect their efforts away from battling jihadis, frustrating the U.S.-led coalition. As Turkey and the mostly Arab Sunni Muslim insurgents of the Free Syrian...
  • Turkish army bans entry to Afrin

    03/20/2018 7:11:04 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    ANF News ^ | Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018, 12:08 | ANF
    The Turkish army has banned entry to the Afrin center after they invaded. Civilians trying to return to their homes are being arrested. With the invaders entering, looting and pillaging has taken hold in Afrin, while the same forces have banned entry to the city. Turkish soldiers and their collaborator gangs hold the entrances and exits of the city and are barring civilians from entering. Reports say young people who coulndn’t leave Afrin or who wish to come back are forced to choose between two inhumane options, prison and joining the FSA. Many young men are being held on these...
  • The Latest: 8 Security Council members demand Syria action

    03/19/2018 8:42:29 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 20, 2018 | Stuff
    Eight Security Council nations say it's "imperative" that the U.N. body "immediately pursue decisive action" to achieve a cease-fire in Syria if U.N. member states, especially Russia and its ally Syria, don't implement a resolution demanding a cessation of hostilities. A letter sent to all 15 council members on Monday expresses "profound concern" about the lack of implementation of the Feb. 24 resolution demanding a cease-fire throughout Syria without delay to deliver humanitarian aid and evacuate the critically ill and wounded. It singles out Russia and Syria as key to implementation. The letter was signed by France, Kuwait, Peru, Poland,...
  • Assad films himself driving to Ghouta to demonstrate victory

    03/19/2018 7:39:19 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 27 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | March, 19 2018 | Stuff
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad flaunted government advances in Syria's seven-year war by filming himself driving to meet frontline soldiers near Damascus, making a video of the journey from the city center into areas recently recaptured. "The road is open... everything is running now in the city and in Syria," he said in the video, describing a road that had previously been cut by sniper fire and saying it was now easier to travel around the country. The video, released overnight after a trip on Sunday, showed Assad in sunglasses at the wheel of his Honda car, speaking about...
  • YPG says war in Afrin has reached new stage, vows to expel Turkey through guerrilla warfare

    03/18/2018 8:10:42 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    The Region ^ | (3-18-18) 18/03/2018 13:44 | The Region
    In a joint statement from the YPG and the Autonomous Administration in Afrin, it was promised that ‘the resistance in Afrin will continue until every inch of Afrin is liberated, and the people of Afrin will return their villages’. The Kurdish led administration also claimed that they have asked civilians to leave in order to avoid atrocities now that the conflict has reached a new stage. “We would like to declare that our war against the Turkish occupation and the Takfiri forces calling themselves the Free Army has entered a new stage, the transition from direct confrontation war to hit-and-run...
  • PETER HITCHENS: The 'patriotic' thought police came for Corbyn. You are next

    03/18/2018 5:38:31 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 31 replies ^ | 3/17/2018 | Peter Hitchens
    Is THIS a warning? In the past few days I have begun to sense a dangerous and dark new intolerance in the air, which I have never experiences before. An unbidden instinct tells me to be careful what I say or write, in case it ends badly for me. How badly? That is the trouble. I am genuinely unsure. I have been to too many countries where free speech is dangerous. But I have always assumed that there was no real risk here. Now, several nasty trends have come together. The treatment of Jeremy Corbyn, both by politicians and many...
  • Amid massacres perpetrated by Turkish occupation, Afrin people are forced to flee their homes

    03/17/2018 10:18:27 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    ANHA Hawar News ^ | (3-17-18) 17.03.2018 13:35 | none stated
    AFRIN – Afrin ‘s people have been forced to leave their homes due to shelling of the Turkish occupation army by warplanes and heavy artillery thousends of the people are still in Afin city . Amid continuing shelling .The aircraft and artillery of the Turkish occupation army  has been continuing  to target civilians and public facilities, especially  Afrin ‘s hospitals on the 57th day of Resistance to the Age , so the people who are subjected to massacres and genocide to flee their homes.Today, thousands of  Afrin ‘s residents headed to al-Shabba canton in order to preserve their lives...
  • Kurds say Afrin’s only hospital hit by Turkish air strike, dozens killed

    03/17/2018 9:42:51 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    The Region ^ | (3-16-18) 16/03/2018 23:03 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Senior Kurdish officials on Friday evening say that Afrin’s hospital was hit by Turkish air strikes and that dozens of civilians were killed in heavy air strikes amidst reports that the Turkish army is closing in on Afrin, a Kurdish majority town. “Afrin hospital was the only medical facility under service. It has been hit by 3 missiles. 15 bodies has been identified, many more are scattered all over the place. We are waiting for more details," Aldar Xelil, a senior Kurdish official told the Region. “The Turkish army has bombarded the only hospital in Afrin, there are reports of...
  • Caroline Glick: Firing Rex Tillerson Removed an Obstacle to Middle East Peace

    03/16/2018 12:20:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Mar 2018 | Caroline Glick
    the White House held a Middle East summit that demonstrated Tillerson’s basic assumptions have the problems of the Middle East precisely backwards.Under the leadership of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, along with Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s senior negotiator, Israeli officials sat in the White House for the first time with Arab officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar. Representatives from Egypt and Jordan, with which Israel enjoys open diplomatic relations, were also in attendance. Canadian and European officials participated as well. Although they were invited, the Palestinians chose to boycott the conference. Their boycott was...
  • U.S. troops who repelled Russian mercenaries prepare for more attacks

    03/16/2018 8:12:39 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 86 replies
    NBC News ^ | Mar 15 2018, 8:20 pm ET | Richard Engel and Kennett Werner
    DEIR EZ-ZOR, Syria — Standing on a windswept mound, Brig. Gen. Jonathan Braga pointed to the spot just a mile away from where Russian mercenaries and fighters loyal to the Syrian government fired at his soldiers. "Those artillery rounds could have landed and killed Americans, and that's why we continue to prepare our defenses," said Braga, the director of operations for the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition. U.S. troops who came under fire from Russian mercenaries prepare for more attacks Only steps away sits a sprawling oil and gas refinery that American forces captured from ISIS last year and that is...
  • Russia says U.S. plans to strike Damascus, pledges military response

    03/15/2018 5:43:06 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/13/18 | Reuters Staff
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it had information that the United States planned to bomb the government quarter in Damascus on an invented pretext, and said it would respond militarily if it felt Russian lives were threatened by such an attack. Valery Gerasimov, head of Russia’s General Staff, said Moscow had information that rebels in the enclave of eastern Ghouta were planning to fake a chemical weapons attack against civilians and blame it on the Syrian army. He said the United States intended to use the fake attack as a pretext to bomb the government quarter in nearby...
  • Trump Sent Clear Message to Europe on Iran When Firing Tillerson

    03/15/2018 6:44:39 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Sarah Carter ^ | March 14, 2018 | Sarah Carter
    President Donald Trump sent a clear message to European allies and senior administration officials Tuesday when he fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson:  the President remains steadfast on implementing his strategy to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, even if it means dismantling the 2015 Iran nuclear deal established by President Obama, sources told this reporter.Trump, who ‘begrudgingly’ recertified the Iran deal January, will not re-certify in May if Germany, France or Great Britain back down from the conditions the administration set in place at the beginning of the year to hold Tehran accountable for its nuclear program, a White House official...
  • Thousands of Gazans to march towards Israel

    03/15/2018 1:01:45 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 53 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/3/18 | Dalit Halevi
    Thousands of Gazans are planning to march towards Israel in what has been dubbed the “March of the Return” to begin on March 30. Ahmad al-Mudallal, a senior member of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, described the demonstrations as a popular "referendum" that will demonstrate the adherence of the "Palestinian people" to the “right of return” and the resistance to the "plots" against the Palestinians. In an interview with the Hamas newspaper Felesteen, Mudallal said that the “Palestinian people” will go out to the borders and from there send a message to the world about the need to lift the...
  • Nikki Haley Blames Russia for Nerve Agent Attack on Ex-Spy

    03/14/2018 4:12:43 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 65 replies
    CSPAN ^ | March 14, 2018
    U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley tells a Security Council meeting that "the U.S. believes Russia is responsible for the attack on two people in the United Kingdom using a military grade nerve agent." She also urges Russia to account for its actions. Video at link above
  • COMMENTARY — Turkey’s Erdoğan mobilizing China’s Muslims for jihadist campaign

    03/14/2018 12:26:37 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    Stockholm Center for Freedom ^ | 11 Mar 2018 | Abdullah Bozkurt
    TurkeyÂ’s ill-advised war in SyriaÂ’s Afrin enclave has further exposed how the Islamist regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his nationalist partners are mobilizing ChinaÂ’s Muslims, especially the Uyghurs, for their proxy battles to advance political and religious goals. The clandestine web of networks that was set up by TurkeyÂ’s National Intelligence Organization (MÄ°T) among Uyghurs and other Muslim groups from Central Asian countries involves not only transporting and facilitating jihadist fighters from ChinaÂ’s Xinxiang region, some of the fiercest and most battle-hardened militants who can only be compared to RussianÂ’s Chechens on the field, but also mobilization of...
  • The Latest: Turkey says it'll jointly patrol Manbij with US

    03/13/2018 3:53:59 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 7 replies
    ABC ^ | March 13, 2018 | Associated Press
    The Turkish foreign minister says Turkey and the United States have reached an agreement on a plan to jointly station Turkish and U.S. forces in the Syrian Kurdish-held town of Manbij. Washington has not confirmed any such plan — and a small contingent of U.S. forces is already in Manbij. Turkey is riled by U.S. support to the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG, and accuses the U.S. of allegedly not fulfilling a promise to move the Syrian Kurdish fighters in Manbij east of the Euphrates River. Ankara has threatened to expand its current offensive in northern Syria to...
  • Afrin: Turkish forces 'encircle' Syrian Kurdish city

    03/13/2018 2:53:35 AM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/13/2018
    The Turkish military says it has surrounded the Kurdish-held city of Afrin in northern Syria, the focus of an offensive against a Kurdish militia. A statement said troops and allied Syrian rebels had also captured "critically important areas". Kurdish sources said all roads into Afrin were being targeted by shellfire, but denied that it was encircled.
  • Leaked audio of Russian mercs describe beat down by US artillery

    03/05/2018 7:06:02 AM PST · by Freeport · 31 replies
    We Are The Mighty ^ | Feb. 27,2018 | Alex Lockie
    Leaked audio recordings said to be of Russian mercenaries in Syria capture expressions of lament and humiliation over a battle in early February 2018 involving US forces and Russian nationals. Published by — a fact-checking website produced by Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, news organizations that receive funding from the US government — the audio recordings paint a picture of Russian mercenaries essentially sent to die in an ill-conceived advance on a US-held position in Syria. Polygraph says the audio recordings are from a source close to the Kremlin. ... First clip: “The reports that are...
  • 57 Muslim nations urged to besiege Israel

    03/12/2018 1:58:55 PM PDT · by Lera · 83 replies
    WND ^ | 3/11/18
    A Turkish newspaper close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party is urging 57 Islamic nations to build a joint army specifically to attack Israel, notes a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. The Middle East Media Research Institute reports the article appeared on the paper’s website under the title “What If an Army of Islam Was Formed against Israel?” It was published shortly ahead of a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which has 57 members, MEMRI reported. The article notes, MEMRI said, “that such a joint army will greatly exceed the Israeli army in...