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  • Islamic State Launches Assault on Prison in Northeast Syria

    On Thursday night (20 Jan 2022), prisoners began revolting in Gweiran Prison (in Hasakah, Syria), where thousands of suspected IS members have been held following the defeat of the terror group in 2019. On the same evening, fighters attacked the prison and a car bomb was exploded nearby, according to reports. Shami later said that some 89 prisoners had been recaptured, but fighting continued near the prison into Saturday. In a statement, the SDF said that 17 of its members and those affiliated with allied groups had been killed since the assault in Hasakah began. The SDF also reported that...
  • Part donkey, part wild ass, the kunga is the oldest known hybrid bred by humans: The mysterious equines were bred in Syria 4,500 years ago, likely for use in warfare

    01/23/2022 9:57:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Science News ^ | January 14, 2022 | Glenn Schwartz / Johns Hopkins University
    Meet the kunga, the earliest known hybrid animal bred by people. The ancient equine from Syro-Mesopotamia existed around 4,500 years ago and was a cross between a donkey and a hemippe, a type of Asiatic wild ass, researchers report January 14 in Science Advances. Horses didn’t appear in this region of Asia until 4,000 years ago, centuries after their domestication in Russia (SN: 10/20/21). But dozens of equine skeletons were excavated in the early 2000s from a royal burial complex dating back to 2600 B.C. at Umm el-Marra in northern Syria. The animals, whose physical features didn’t match any known...
  • Winter storms have devastated refugee and displacement camps across Syria, humanitarian organizations reported on Wednesday, according to al-Araby al-Jadeed.

    01/21/2022 8:27:13 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    Syrian Observer ^ | 01 21 2022 | Staff
    Winter storms have devastated refugee and displacement camps across Syria, humanitarian organizations reported on Wednesday. Freezing temperatures have also gripped neighboring Iraq in recent days, where at least three displaced people have died from exposure in the space of 72 hours, according to an Iraqi human rights monitor. Two children died at the Ashti camp in Sulaymaniah province, as did a 71-year-old woman living in an abandoned house in Diyala province, the Afada observatory said Wednesday. In Syria, videos and photos posted online by local photographers and residents of the camps showed tents blanketed in white while people feared the...
  • Israeli environment minister says UAE oil deal is blocked

    12/31/2021 6:12:56 PM PST · by blueplum · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 30 December 2021 | TIA GOLDENBERG
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s Environment Minister said Thursday a clandestine oil deal that would have turned a scuba divers’ paradise into a waypoint for Emirati oil headed for Western markets has effectively been blocked.... ...The secret deal would have significantly increased the number of oil tankers docking and unloading in the Israeli resort city of Eilat. It was struck last year between the Europe-Asia Pipeline Company, the Israeli government-owned corporation, and MED-RED Land Bridge, a joint Israeli-Emirati venture, following the historic agreement establishing formal diplomatic ties... ...Senior officials in former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government — including his...
  • Syria joins BRI to rebuild amid wars, Western sanctions, pandemic via cooperation with China (china propaganda site)

    01/15/2022 5:50:36 AM PST · by dynachrome · 9 replies
    Global Times ^ | 1-13-22 | Staff
    Syria on Wednesday joined China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which experts said is a great achievement of the BRI as it now has connected with the whole Middle East, demonstrating its influence and appeal. The achievement comes after Chinese President Xi Jinping's phone conversation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in November, 2021 and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to Syria in July, last year. It also comes amid intensive visits of six other Middle East countries' foreign ministers to China. The move also demonstrates that China is playing an increasingly important role in coordinating the...
  • INVESTIGATION: Hunter Biden Had Tentacles In Dark Corners Of the World Far Beyond China, Ukraine

    12/01/2021 11:43:36 PM PST · by Liz · 30 replies
    DailyWire.com ^ | May 18, 2021 | Luke Rosiak
    PART 2 OF 3. The Hunter Biden Files Hunter Biden and his business partners were involved in discussions about possible deals in dozens of foreign countries, often corrupt backwaters, at times invoking official channels like ambassadors, emails reviewed by The Daily Wire show. While most attention has focused on Ukraine, where a gas company paid the now-president’s son tens of thousands of dollars a month while he was in deep crack addiction, and China, Hunter and his partners at a consultancy called Rosemont Seneca were eager to do business in a vast array of other places. The map below highlights...
  • Biden: We'll Follow IS to the Gates of Hell

    09/04/2014 3:21:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 50 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/9/14 | Ben Ariel
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday issued a sharp warning to the Islamic State group, saying after the United States is done grieving the death of two American journalists, their killers will have to answer for their actions. "They should know we will follow them to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice," he forcefully told an audience at an event on the New Hampshire-Maine border, according to CNN. "Because hell is where they will reside. Hell is where they will reside." Biden opened his remarks in memory of Steven Sotloff, the journalist who was beheaded...
  • Captured on camera: An Arab lighting a Jewish residential building in Lod

    01/02/2022 9:57:09 AM PST · by Conservat1 · 10 replies
    Buzznet il ^ | Jan 2, 2022
    An Arab citizen living in Lod was arrested over the weekend after a building lighter of Jewish residents in the Jewish neighborhood of Ahisamakh in the city of Lod was documented. Lod Mayor Yair Revivo responded, "Thanks to the building's cameras, and the municipal cameras that were installed only this month in the neighborhood, the suspect was caught within a few hours and is under police investigation. This is a Lod resident of Arab descent who lives downtown." The mayor added, "According to city cameras, he arrived by car directly at your building without walking around the neighborhood and it...
  • Liverpool Bomber May Have Faked Conversion [to Christianity] to Stay in UK - Terror Blast Inquest Begins

    01/01/2022 6:14:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Daily Express (UK) ^ | 12/30/21 | Paul Withers
    THE Liverpool bomber who blew himself up in a failed terrorist attack at the city's women's hospital may have faked his conversion from Islam to Christianity in order to remain in the UK, the inquest has been told. Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, died shortly before 11am on Remembrance Sunday last month when a bomb he was carrying partially blew up in the back of a taxi outside Liverpool Women's Hospital. The Iraqi-born terrorist had constructed the homemade bomb with “murderous intent”, a coroner at Liverpool and Wirral coroner’s court said today. Al Swealmeen had also failed in an asylum application...
  • Iran: All Options on the Table

    12/31/2021 5:37:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2021 | Jonathan Feldstein
    It’s a new year, but the news about Iran is not new. The timing of recent rhetoric throughout the Middle East is directly related to renewed nuclear negotiations with Iran. Nobody thinks the Iranians are honest players or can be trusted. But there are world leaders who think that continuing to negotiate, even if the same outcome is likely, is a goal in and of itself. Included in the rhetoric recently was a blunt statement from Israel’s otherwise diplomatic president that Israel reserves the right to do whatever is needed to keep the Iranians from getting nuclear weapons, and that...
  • The Latakia doctrine puts Russia in a bind - analysis

    12/29/2021 10:48:00 PM PST · by blueplum · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 29 December 2021 | SETH J. FRANTZMAN
    Two airstrikes on the key port of Latakia, Syria, in the same month have raised eyebrows. A report in The Wall Street Journal noted not only that Syria has accused Israel of the strike on the port this week, but also that a US official indicated that the Iranian presence at the facility “put a big target on civilian infrastructure that would not be targeted otherwise.” The fires at the port burned throughout the day on December 28, showing that whatever was destroyed at the port was flammable and likely composed of munitions or other dangerous cargo transported from Iran...
  • Assad Regime trumpets sell that the Iranian weapons (which IDF blew up) were "milk." Last time it was "coffee"

    12/28/2021 11:48:40 PM PST · by Conservat1 · 8 replies
    Assad Regime trumpets sell that the Iranian weapons (which IDF blew up) were "milk." Last time it was "coffee" Roi Kais Tweeted Dec 28, 2021: The trumpets of the Assad regime are already echoing on social media that the containers contained "milk powder," small tanks of engine oil, reels of glue, "materials for service purposes" and car tires. Last time it was "coffee."
  • Russian Military Helps Rebuild Ancient Church in Syria

    12/27/2021 7:44:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The ancient church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Syrian province of Daraa, almost totally destroyed by terrorists, will be rebuilt with support from the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense. “Some parts of the church are 1500 years old, and some of its most ancient stones date back to 1700 years ago,” said Mashur el Emkhann, the rector of the church. “We also know that before our Lord Jesus Christ was born, this was already a place of worship. People came here to pray. That means that this has been a sacred place for several millennia. The Divine services...
  • Fires erupt in Syria's Latakia Port following Israeli attack- Syrian state media

    12/27/2021 7:28:10 PM PST · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    MSN ^ | 12-27-21 | reuters via msn
    Fires erupted in Syria's Latakia Port's container storage area following an Israeli missile attack, Syrian state media reported on Tuesday. The attack, the second in December, damaged facades of a hospital, some residential buildings and shops "The Israeli "aggression" caused big materialistic damages and assessing its results is still a work in progress", the Syrian defence ministry said in a statement. Israel has mounted frequent attacks against what it has described as Iranian targets in Syria, where Tehran-backed forces including Lebanon's Hezbollah have deployed over the last decade to support President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's war. Live footage aired by...
  • Israel set to double settlements in Golan Heights

    12/27/2021 1:02:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.26.2021 | mm/fb (AP, dpa)
    Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Sunday that his country plans to double the number of settlers living in the Golan Heights. The plan was approved by the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday, Bennett’s office said. The move comes nearly three years after the United States, under former President Donald Trump, recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria more than five decades ago. Trump’s declaration was condemned by the rest of the international community as the annexation is not widely recognized. […] Israel conquered the Golan Heights in 1967 and 14 years later, in 1981, annexed the...
  • U.S. Navy Seizes 1,400 Assault Rifles

    12/24/2021 7:59:29 AM PST · by texas booster · 80 replies
    Military Spot ^ | DECEMBER 23, 2021 | NAVCENT Public Affairs
    U.S. 5th Fleet ships seized approximately 1,400 AK-47 assault rifles and 226,600 rounds of ammunition from a stateless fishing vessel during a flag verification boarding in accordance with customary international law in the North Arabian Sea, Dec. 20. U.S. Navy patrol coastal ships USS Tempest (PC 2) and USS Typhoon (PC 5) found the weapons during a search conducted by embarked U.S. Coast Guard personnel. The illicit weapons and ammunition were later transported to guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77) where they await final disposition. The stateless vessel was assessed to have originated in Iran and transited international waters along...
  • Saudi Arabia 'is building ballistic missiles' with China's help at top secret base that threatens balance of power in Middle East cold war with Iran

    12/23/2021 11:31:23 AM PST · by elpadre · 27 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | December 23, 2021 | Lauren Lewis
    Saudi Arabia has started building its own ballistic missiles with China's help at a top secret base, US intelligence and satellite images have revealed. It is the first time the Gulf state has managed to manufacture its own weapons of the class, though it has purchased ballistic missiles from China in the past. The development is likely to threaten the balance of power in the Middle East cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran and could derail negotiations to revive Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with the US. New satellite images dated between October 26 and November 6, 2021 show a...
  • Turkey: US diplomat arrested, allegedly sold fake passport

    12/23/2021 12:08:05 AM PST · by blueplum · 4 replies
    ABC ^ | 22 December 2021 | AP uncredited
    ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish authorities have arrested an American diplomat working for the U.S. Consulate in Lebanon for allegedly providing a fake passport to a Syrian man, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Wednesday. The Anadolu Agency said the suspect, identified by his initials D.J.K., was detained at Istanbul Airport on Nov. 11... ...Police later determined through an examination of security camera footage, that D.J.K. gave him the passport at the airport and the two also exchanged clothes...
  • Biden hasn't answered Bennett's phone calls - for three weeks

    12/21/2021 2:51:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 58 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/12/21
    For three weeks already, US President Joe Biden has not answered Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's request for a phone conversation on the issue of Iran's nuclear program, Channel 13 News reported. The disagreements are believed to stem from a recent conversation between Bennett and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken touched on the issue of construction in Judea and Samaria. During that conversation, Bennett made definite statements regarding Israel's right to expand Jewish towns in the area. On Tuesday evening, a delegation of senior American officials, headed by the US National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, landed in Israel. The...
  • Israel threatens Hamas with targeted killings

    12/21/2021 1:30:45 PM PST · by JerusalemOne · 12 replies
    NEWSRAEL ^ | NEWSRAEL
    Israel threatens Hamas with targeted killings World Israel News 21:00 3 hours ago NEWSRAEL: Hamas, like all other terror leaders are great giving speeches of "We love death!" and "We will fight until our last drop of blood!", but for some strange reason, they always send someone else to do their dirty work. The only real threat that bothers them is having to pay the price for their terror themselves. The warnings were reportedly sent to the Gaza-based terror group by Egyptian security officials who are now visiting the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Israel has threatened Hamas with targeted killings...