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    11/03/2019 9:34:57 AM PST · by gandalftb · 9 replies
    SETA Foundation ^ | October, 2019 | ÖMER ÖZKIZILCIK
    After eight years of war, the Syrian opposition announced that all armed groups united under the command of the Syrian Interim Government’s Defense Ministry and joined forces under the banner of the National Army. For the first time, the Syrian Interim Government formed by the Syrian National Coalition has managed take the armed opposition under its command. With this step, the political opposition for the first time may be able to proclaim itself the representative of the entire Syrian opposition.
  • Al-Baghdadi and Trump’s Syrian chess board

    11/03/2019 6:17:52 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 11-1-19 | Caroline Glick
    US President Donald Trump’s many critics insist he has no idea what he is doing in Syria. The assassination of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend by US special forces showed this criticism is misplaced. Trump has a very good idea of what he is doing in Syria, not only regarding ISIS, but regarding the diverse competing actors on the ground. Regarding ISIS, the obvious lesson of the al-Baghdadi raid is that Trump’s critics’ claim that his withdrawal of US forces from Syria’s border with Turkey meant that he was going to allow ISIS to regenerate was...
  • Fatah calls Israel a 'terrorist racist entity'

    11/02/2019 2:59:53 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/11/19 | Dalit Halevy
    The Fatah movement headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas emphasizes its continued adherence to the "national struggle" as a means to counter all the "colonialist" plans which they believe seek to undermine the existence of the "Palestinian people" and their cause. Such "colonialist" plans range from the Balfour Declaration to US President Donald Trump's peace plan. On the occasion of the approaching 102nd anniversary of the statement by former British Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour in support of the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people, the Fatah movement called the Balfour Declaration a "historic crime" against humanity...
  • At least 13 dead in car bomb in Turkish-held Syrian border town

    11/02/2019 9:36:59 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Nov 3, 2019 | AFP
    <p>TAL ABYAD, Syria — A car bomb killed at least 13 people in a Turkish-held border town in northeast Syria Saturday, as thousands of Kurds in the wider region protested against “Turkish occupation.”</p> <p>The bombing ripped through Tal Abyad, one of several once Kurdish-controlled towns seized by Turkey last month in a deadly cross-border offensive.</p>
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Saturday Night...Trump And Farage... What Did Obama Say?...Judge Stops....

    11/02/2019 10:00:06 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/2/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    The songs are a part of this Saturday night experience.. But first raging radicalism is not how conventional Establishment politics work and at the Obama Foundation summit this week none other than Barack Hussein Obama.... And how is the race to beat Donald Trump in 2020 going. The latest Iowa Democrat poll from the "New York Times" shows.... The Boris Johnson Con Job Election: Will Britain Be Fooled? There's "trouble" in the UK yes indeed and like the con man in "The Music Man" Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party machine are riling you up about the evil Jeremy Corbyn........
  • Russia nixed arms sales to Israel’s enemies at its request, PM’s adviser says

    11/02/2019 12:19:36 PM PDT · by rintintin · 9 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | Nov 2 2019 | TOI
    Russia acquiesced to Israeli requests and canceled certain arms sales to regimes that are antagonistic toward Israel, an adviser to the prime minister said this week, according to the Ynet news site. In return, he said, Israel canceled arms sales that irked the Russians, including to Ukraine.
  • Engel: Trump’s Syria Actions Show There’s Not Leadership in Oval Office...

    11/02/2019 10:18:33 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 34 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11/02/2019 | Ian Hatchett
    During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel (D-NY) stated that President Trump’s actions in Syria have shown that “there’s no longer real leadership coming from the Oval Office. Now, it’s on Congress to step in.” Transcript as Follows:
  • Let Russia and Iran have Syria — it’s a disaster anyway....

    11/02/2019 8:46:33 AM PDT · by caww · 22 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 11/1/2019 | Daniel DePetris
    Syria is not exactly a great prize to call the country a bloody mess would be a massive understatement. Entire cities have been destroyed. Syrian economy lost $300 billion in gdp,a decrease so steep it could take over a generation to recover to prewar levels. The cost of reconstruction could be as high as $400 billion, requiring Russia and Iran to spend considerable capital if they have the slightest chance of digging the country out. Russians and Iranians are not gaining newfound control. They’ve had control for some time. Moscow's influence stretches back before Bashar Assad was even born. Syrian...
  • The False Narrative About Trump’s Knee-jerk Syria Pullout

    11/02/2019 6:46:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | November 2, 2019 | Willis Krumholz
    Following Turkey and America’s agreement on a “permanent ceasefire” in Syria, President Trump lifted the sanctions placed on Turkish officials. The sanctions were put in place when Turkish forces were plunging into Syrian territory held by the Kurds, who were U.S. partners in the fight against ISIS. The new ceasefire agreement would set up a buffer zone on the Syria-Turkey border that Kurdish forces couldn’t occupy.The ceasefire marks a stark turn of events from where things stood earlier this month, when the entire Washington political and media establishment was lambasting Trump for daring to pull troops out of northern Syria.Yet at...
  • U.S. Freezes Military Aid to Lebanon

    11/01/2019 10:13:59 PM PDT · by topher · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 1, 2019 10:14 pm ET | By Jessica Donati
    WASHINGTON—The Trump administration has suspended security assistance to Lebanon, congressional officials said Friday, including more than $100 million for the Lebanese Armed Forces. Congressional aides were told by State Department officials in a conference call Thursday that the aid to Lebanon was being held up by the White House Office of Management and Budget at the direction of the National Security Council, a department within the White House.
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 11/1/2019 Newsdump Friday

    11/01/2019 9:46:37 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/1/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    Tens of thousands protesting in Baghdad's Tahrir Square Friday with police firing rubber bullets and tear gas.... In Santiago, Chile Friday police using tear gas and water cannon when they came under attack from rock throwing protesters..... The protests continue in Algeria on Fridays.... President Trump now considers himself a resident of Florida...... Chad Wolf is to be the new Acting Secretary of Homeland Security..... The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson disagreeing with the view of President Trump regarding Johnson's "Great New Deal" on Brexit.... In his exclusive interview with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage Thursday, President Trump expressed his...
  • "George Sabra" responds to statements by "Putin" on Christians in the Middle East

    11/01/2019 9:01:07 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 4 replies
    Syria Call ^ | 31 Oct, 2019 | None attributed
    The Syrian politician opposed to the Assad regime, George Sabra, responded to statements by Russian President, Vladimir Putin about the Christians in the Middle East and the persecution and murder they are subjected to. "Christians in the Middle East are in a disastrous situation, this has been stated by Putin," Sabra wrote in a series of tweets via his official Twitter account. "We say to him: leave the Middle East to be all right, all the people both Muslims and Christians, so there is no need to hear such a broken record and false sympathy. " He pointed out that...
  • Syria's Assad says Kurdish controlled northeast Syria must return to state authority

    11/01/2019 8:01:39 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/31/19 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that his government’s ultimate goal was to restore state authority over Kurdish controlled areas in northeast Syria after an abrupt U.S. troop withdrawal but he expected it to happen gradually. In a state television interview Assad also said that a deal between Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin to drive out the Kurdish-led YPG militia from a 30 km (19 mile) “safe zone” along the border was a “positive” step that would help Damascus achieve its goal. “It might not achieve everything ... it paves the road...
  • Is a New Arab Spring Unfolding in the Middle East?

    10/31/2019 10:36:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | October 29, 2019 | Jeremy Bowen
    In Iraq, demonstrators are being shot dead in the streets. In Lebanon, protesters have paralysed the country and seem set to bring down the government of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri. In recent weeks the Egyptian security forces crushed attempts to protest against the police state of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi... A rough approximation is that 60% of the region's population is under the age of 30. A young population can be a great asset to a country. But only if the economy, the educational system and the institutions of the state are functioning well enough to accommodate their needs, and...
  • Ilhan Omar faces blowback after voting 'present' on Armenian genocide resolution

    10/31/2019 2:35:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/30/19 | Daniel Arkin
    Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., faced criticism Wednesday after voting "present" on a House resolution to formally recognize the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as a genocide. The measure, H.Res.296, passed the chamber by an overwhelming 405-to-11 margin, representing a forceful rebuke to Turkey following the NATO ally's recent incursion against the Kurds along the Turkish-Syrian border. Two other House members also voted "present" with Omar: fellow Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, and one Republican, Paul Gosar of Arizona. But it was Omar's vote that drew the dismay of Armenian advocacy groups and political organizations. Omar's "votes and...
  • US retreat from Syria likely prevented war with Iran

    10/30/2019 2:04:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 35 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/10/19 | Mark Langfan
    ..... ...1630’s Dutch Tulip Mania is a good place to start a serious discussion about what one could call "The 2019 North Syria/Save the Kurds/Trump is a Monster" mania, or put more simply, President Trump’s northern Syria retreat in the face of Turkish belligerence. It seems that Trump has learned some of the lessons of the past. Before World War I, the Chief of the German High Command, Field Marshall Alfred von Schlieffen, saw the looming French/English/Russian Military Alliance as the setting for a disastrous two-front war with 1) France/Great Britain to the West and 2) Tsarist Russia to the...
  • Charity chief indicted in terror case

    10/09/2002 11:36:29 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 21 replies · 244+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 10/9/02
    CHICAGO, Oct. 9 — The leader of a Chicago-area Islamic charity was indicted on racketeering charges Wednesday, and the government accused him of fraudulently obtaining donations to support Osama bin Laden’s network and other terrorist groups. Attorney General John Ashcroft said that, if found guilty, Enaam Arnaout faces up to 90 years in prison with no possibility of parole.
  • U.S. Links Charity to Chechen Rebels (and bin Laden)

    05/18/2002 3:06:01 AM PDT · by Andy from Beaverton · 2 replies · 311+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | May. 17, 2002 | Nabi Abdullaev
    U.S. Links Charity to Chechen RebelsBy Nabi Abdullaev Staff Writer The head of a U.S.-based Islamic charity who is suspected of having ties to Osama bin Laden is in jail facing a grand jury investigation after the FBI showed he had lied about his support for Chechen rebels. Federal officials accused Enaam Arnaout, a Syrian-born U.S. citizen, and his Benevolence International Foundation of perjury last month for claiming they did not provide support to "people or organizations known to engage in violence, terrorist activities or military operations of any nature." Arnaout, 39, was arrested April 30. He had been under...
  • New York Times Confirms: It’s Trump Versus the Deep State

    10/29/2019 8:42:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | October 28, 2019 | ROBERT W. MERRY
    Even the Gray Lady admits the president is up against a powerful bureaucracy that wants him sunk.. The New York Times on Thursday published a remarkable piece that essentially acknowledged the existence of an American “deep state” and its implacable hostility to Donald Trump. ... American foreign policy has become the almost exclusive domain of unelected bureaucrats impervious to the views of elected officials—even presidents—who may harbor outlooks different from their own. This is a big deal because, even in today’s highly charged political environment, with a sitting president under constant guerrilla attack, few have been willing to acknowledge any...
  • Trump says..US ‘terminated’ potential successor to ISIS leader ....

    10/29/2019 8:18:37 AM PDT · by caww · 74 replies
    nypost ^ | 10/29/2019 | nypost
    “Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops. Most likely would have taken the top spot – Now he is also Dead!,” Trump said he president didn’t identify who was killed, but reports have said two ISIS members were in line to replace Baghdadi. Abdullah Qardash, known as “The Destroyer,” was believed to be the new No. 1 terrorist. He had been running day-to-day operations of the terror group and took over Saturday following Baghdadi’s death.