Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

Syria: Islamist fighters capture two regime bases

December 16, 2014
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Miami Herald    

"Al-Qaida-linked and other Islamic fighters captured two key Syrian army bases on Monday in the northwestern province of Idlib after two days of intense battles with government troops that killed dozens on both sides, activists said. The fall of the two bases -- Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh, both located near the town of Maaret al-Numan -- is a significant blow to the Syrian army, which had managed to hold on to them for more than two years, repelling repeated attacks by an array of opposition groups." (12/15/14)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article4490023.html  

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Syria: Regime accuses Israel of Damascus, Dimas strikes

December 8, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"Syrian state television said on Sunday that Israeli jets had bombed areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the conflict through a network of sources on both sides, said that 10 explosions were heard near Dimas. It said that one missile hit a warehouse for imports and exports at the Damascus international airport. An Israeli army spokesman said he would not comment on the 'foreign reports.'" (12/08/14)

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UN suspends food aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees

December 2, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Program (WFP) said Monday. ... Suspension of the assistance program comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011." (12/01/14)

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Syria: Regime airstrikes reportedly kill dozens in Raqqa

November 26, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Syrian government warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday on the de-facto capital of the extremist group ISIS, killing at least 60 people, shattering shop fronts and setting dozens of cars ablaze, activists said. Some of the air raids struck a market near a museum and an industrial neighborhood in the city of Raqqa, causing many civilian casualties, they said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-regime monitoring group, put the death toll at more than 60, among them 36 civilians whose names it was able to document." [editor's note: As always, recall that the "Observatory" is a propaganda mill based far from Syria and its claims should be treated skeptically - TLK] (11/26/14)

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Islamic State claims to have beheaded US hostage Kassig

November 17, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"Islamic State militants said in a video on Sunday they had beheaded U.S. hostage Peter Kassig and warned the United States they would kill other U.S. citizens 'on your streets.' The announcement of Kassig's death, in what would be the fifth such killing of a Western captive by the group, formed part of a 15-minute video posted online in which Islamic State showed the beheadings of at least 14 men it said were pilots and officers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In Washington, President Barack Obama's National Security Council (NSC) said the U.S. government was working to confirm the authenticity of the claim." (11/16/14)

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Syria: US airstrikes target rebel compound

November 6, 2014
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CBC [Canadian state media]    

"U.S. airstrikes hit the compound of a powerful hard-line rebel group that is not affiliated to the Islamic State extremist organization early Thursday, activists said, in an apparent widening of targets that could further strain relations between Washington and the Western-backed opposition. The Syrian rebels have complained that the aerial campaign against the extremist group is indirectly aiding President Bashar Assad's forces, and have been infuriated by the U.S. willingness to attack other Islamic militant groups that the rebels view as allies while refraining from targeting the government." (11/06/14)

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Syria: Mortar strikes Damascus school, killing at least 13

November 5, 2014
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CTV [Canada]    

"Mortar rounds slammed into a school Wednesday in a rebel-held suburb east of Damascus, killing at least 13 children whose limp, bloodied bodies were later laid out on the floor of a crowded field hospital awaiting burial, activists said. Syrian children often have been the victims of the country's civil war, now in its fourth year, but they rarely are specifically targeted. Still, Wednesday's attack in the town of Qaboun marked the most serious violence against Syrian minors since a twin suicide bombing killed at least 25 children in a government-controlled neighbourhood in the central city of Homs in October." (11/05/14)

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Syria: Rebel agitprop outfit says US airstrikes killed 521 fighters, only murdered 32 civilians in September

October 23, 2014
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Reuters    

"Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the vast majority of the deaths, 464, were militants from Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot which has grabbed large areas of Syria and neighboring Iraq. The attacks also killed 57 members of the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, the Observatory said. Six of the civilians were children and five were women, it added." (10/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/phscvgp  

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Syria: Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels

October 22, 2014
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Baton Rouge Advocate    

"Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas considered more crucial to the survival of his government. As U.S. and allied jets swoop freely over towns and cities under control of extremists in northern Syria, the Syrian army has scaled back its air activity over areas of IS control, doing as little as possible there to avoid confrontation." (10/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m97xspv  

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Syria: US drops arms to Kobani Kurds

October 20, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"The U.S. military says it has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants. The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani, near the Turkish border. The U.S. said earlier in the day that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the Kobani area." (10/20/14)

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Syria: ISIS thugs crucify, murder teen

October 20, 2014
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Islamic State militants have publicly crucified and murdered a teenager they accused of taking photographs of the terror group's headquarters in Syria. Sickening images purportedly taken in the central square of the extremists' de facto capital Raqqa show the battered and bloodstained body of an unnamed 17-year-old boy strapped to a cross. A handwritten placard hangs around the teenager's neck, accusing him of 'apostasy' -- the abandonment of his religion -- and says he had been crucified for three days after being caught receiving 500 Turkish lira for every photograph he took of an Islamic State military base." (10/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qhr2jzd  

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ISIS shells Syria-Turkey border crossing

October 10, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"ISIS shelled a Syrian border crossing with Turkey Friday to try and capture it and cut off the embattled town of Kobani, a local Kurdish official and Syrian activists said. ... By mid-morning Friday, occasional gunfire and explosions that appeared to be rocket-propelled grenades and mortar shells could be heard from across the border in Turkey, and plumes of smoke were seen rising in the distance." (10/10/14)

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Syria: IS intensifies attacks on Kobane

October 6, 2014
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The News International [Pakistan]    

"Smoke billowed over the key Syrian border town of Kobane on Sunday as Kurdish fighters supported by US-led air strikes battled to hold back intensified attacks by Islamic State Jihadists. IS fighters seized part of a strategic hill overlooking the town late on Saturday, a monitor said, but their progress was slowed by new strikes from the coalition of Washington and Arab allies. The dusty town on the Turkish border has become a crucial battleground in the international fight against IS, which sparked further outrage this weekend with the release of a video showing the beheading of Briton Alan Henning." (10/06/14)

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US launches war on Syrian regime (oh, and ISIS)

September 24, 2014
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The Skeptical Libertarian The Skeptical Libertarian
by Edward Coke  

"America is once again at war in the Middle East, dropping bombs and inserting 'advisers' on the ground in two countries. Americans seem supportive of the stated mission -- destroying one division of the cross border insurgency known as ISIS -- but they will increasingly grow tired of the actual mission: regime change in Syria. Here are five indications that Obama's 'counter-terrorism operation' is actually a nation-building war." (09/23/14)

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Syria: ISIS shoots down regime war plane

September 17, 2014
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Today's Zaman [Turkey]    

"So-called Islamic State (ISI[S]) militants shot down a Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns on Tuesday, the first time the group has downed a military jet since declaring its cross-border caliphate in June, a group monitoring the civil war said. The plane came down outside ISI[S]'s stronghold of Raqqa city, 400 km (250 miles) northeast of Damascus, during air strikes on territory controlled by the group, a resident said." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nave7lg  

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UK: Cameron overrules foreign minister on bombing Syria

September 12, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Hours after Britain’s foreign minister said the country wouldn’t participate in any airstrikes on Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron’s office overruled the comment Thursday and stressed that the government hadn’t discarded the use of air power. ... British lawmakers are asking Cameron to clarify the government’s position and why there appeared to be a disparity between the politicians." (09/11/14)

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Syria: Leader of IS rival organization killed in suicide attack

September 10, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Hassan Abboud, the leader of the Syrian Islamist insurgents Ahrar al-Sham has been killed with other top commanders in a bomb blast at a meeting. Activists say a suicide bomber detonated a vest in the attack in the north-western town of Ram Hamdan. Ahrar al-Sham is part of the Islamic Front, a coalition of seven Islamist rebel groups. In February, Ahrar al-Sham blamed the rival Islamic State group for an attack which killed several of its members." (09/09/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29135922  

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US completes destruction of Syria’s sarin stockpile

August 13, 2014
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Global Post    

"The United States completed the destruction of all 581 metric tons of a precursor chemical for sarin gas from Syria, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced Wednesday. The chemicals were trans-loaded onto the U.S. maritime vessel Cape Ray in early July and destroyed with neutralization technology aboard the ship while sailing in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea." (08/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/molkkhe  

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Syria: Gas field taken from hard-line Islamists

July 28, 2014
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Columbus Dispatch    

"The Syrian army said yesterday that it has recaptured a gas field east of the central city of Homs that was seized by hard-line Islamic State fighters this month. Syrian television showed footage of soldiers running and deploying in a vast desert area that it said was the Shaar gas field. The army said in a statement that it retook the field after a 'precise operation in which dozens of terrorists were killed.' However, a source from the Islamic State said the fighters pulled out after destroying the field’s equipment and capturing at least 15 tanks and dozens of rockets that were used to guard the field." (07/28/14)

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Syria: Islamic State presses offensive

July 25, 2014
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Miami Herald    

"A week after seizing a major oilfield in an offensive that left 270 Syrian government soldiers dead, the extremist Islamic State on Thursday targeted two more key government garrisons, posting photos on the Internet of headless bodies the group claims had been soldiers killed in the attacks. Among the dead, anti-government activists told McClatchy, were Gen. Samir Aslan, the head of military intelligence in Raqqa province, and Gen. Miziad Salameh, the commander of Regiment 121, a major military installation in Hasaka province. The Islamist forces also launched attacks on government garrisons in Hasaka city and in Deir el Zour, further south." (07/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nu2kgql  

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Jordan: “Aerial target” shot down near Syrian border

July 25, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"Jordan's air force shot down an 'aerial target' near the Syrian border on Friday, a Jordanian military official said, while eyewitnesses said the object was a drone. It was not immediately clear where the object came from, but there have been reports of intense fighting in the southern Syrian province of Daraa that borders Jordan. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said the incident occurred around dawn." (07/25/14)

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Lebanon: Hezbollah, Syrian army push to oust rebels on border

July 18, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Hezbollah fighters, under cover of Syrian aerial and ground bombardment, fought doggedly all night to cut off rebels’ supply lines along the border with Lebanon. Security sources told The Daily Star that heavy fighting raged through the night between Hezbollah fighters and Nusra Front gunmen along the northeastern border." (07/18/14)

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Syria: Defiant Assad sworn in for third term

July 16, 2014
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CBS News    

"With the death toll from the 40-month war in excess of 170,000 and the fighting still raging across the country, Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a third seven-year term in power. Assad was swept back into office in a June 3 election derided as a 'farce' by the opposition and dismissed by much of the international community as illegitimate. He took the oath in a well-organized ceremony at the Presidential palace that seemed to defy international calls for his ouster ever since the outbreak of a revolt in March 2011." (07/16/14)

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Syria: Rebels storm Sunni village, kill 14

July 10, 2014
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Thibodaux Daily Comet    

"Syrian rebels rampaged through a Sunni village in the central province of Hama Wednesday, firing indiscriminately at civilians and killing 14 people, including seven women, state media and opposition activists said. State news agency SANA said an 'armed terrorist group' was behind the dawn attack on the village of Khatab, located 10 kilometers (6 miles) northwest of the provincial capital. SANA and Syrian state TV said 14 people were killed." (07/09/14)

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US starts destruction of Syrian chemical weapons

July 8, 2014
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Seattle Times    

"The Pentagon says the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray began Monday. Army Col. Steve Warren says it will take about 60 days, depending on the weather and sea conditions, to destroy the approximately 600 metric tons of material loaded onto the ship. The Cape Ray left the Italian port of Gioia Tauro last Wednesday and is in international waters. The chemicals, including mustard gas and the raw materials for sarin nerve gas, are being put through special Field Deployable Hydrolysis Systems in the cargo hold to neutralize them." (07/07/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oexb5k8  

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