Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

Syria: Multiple blasts in regime stronghold kill 80

May 23, 2016
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US News & World Report US News & World Report    

"A series of explosions rocked two normally quiet coastal government strongholds in Syria Monday, killing more than 80 people and wounding 200 others, state media and opposition activists said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks. The deadly blasts in the peaceful pro-government cities of Tartus and Jableh were the first of their kind targeting civilians in those areas during Syria's civil war, now in its sixth year. The targets included bus stations and a hospital, and marked an escalation in the conflict as world powers struggle to restart peace talks in Geneva." (05/23/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2016-05-23/syria-tv-more-than-20-killed-in-explosions-in-coastal-city  

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Activists: New airstrikes in northern Syria kill at least ten

May 10, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Syrian activist groups say two airstrikes on a northwestern Syrian town have killed at least 10 people. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees said Tuesday's attack on the town of Binnish also wounded dozens. The LCC says the warplanes were Syrian while the Observatory says it wasn't clear if they were Syrian or Russian." (05/10/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/05/10/activists-new-airstrikes-in-northern-syria-kill-at-least-10.html  

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Syria: Aleppo fighting rages as US, Russian regimes try to revive truce

May 10, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Syrian government forces and their allies fought insurgents near Aleppo on Monday and jets conducted raids around a nearby town seized by Islamist rebels, a monitoring group said, as Syria's military said a ceasefire in Aleppo would be extended by 48 hours starting on Tuesday. A recent surge in bloodshed in Aleppo, Syria's largest city before the war, wrecked the 10-week-old, partial truce sponsored by Washington and Moscow that had allowed U.N.-brokered peace talks to convene in Geneva. The United States and Russia, which support rival sides in the civil war, said they would work to revive the February 'cessation of hostilities' agreement that reduced fighting in parts of the country for several weeks." (05/09/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-aleppo-idUSKCN0Y00ZH  

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Syria: US declares Aleppo cease-fire, Assad regime says only for 48 hours

May 5, 2016
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Fort Dodge Messenger    

"Sporadic violence persisted in Aleppo on Wednesday as U.S. officials announced an agreement had been reached with Russia to extend Syria's fragile cease-fire to the deeply contested northern city. The Syrian military said the truce would last only 48 hours. Restoration of a partial truce would bring relief to residents on both sides of Syria's largest city after two weeks of relentless violence that has killed nearly 300 people, destroyed hospitals and brought it to the brink of humanitarian disaster." (05/04/16)

http://www.messengernews.net/page/content.detail/id/1157974/US-declares-Aleppo-cease-fire--Syria-says-only-for-48-hours.html?isap=1&nav=5022  

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Syria: At least 14 Doctors Without Borders staff, patients killed in Aleppo airstrikes

April 29, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"A wave of nighttime airstrikes hit a hospital in Syria supported by Doctors Without Borders and nearby buildings in the rebel-held part of the contested city of Aleppo, killing as many as 27 people, including 14 doctors and patients -- among them children and one of the last pediatricians in war-torn Syria, the international medical aid group reported. The strikes, blamed on the embattled government in Damascus, came shortly before midnight Wednesday and hit the well-known al-Quds field hospital in the rebel-held district of Sukkari in Aleppo, according to opposition activists and rescue workers." (04/28/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/28/at-least-27-killed-as-wave-airstrikes-hit-near-hospital-in-contested-syrian-city.html  

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Deal reached to evacuate besieged Syrians

April 20, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Syrian activists and the Lebanese Al-Manar TV say a deal has been reached to evacuate 500 residents from four besieged Syrian communities. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday six people were evacuated on medical grounds from Foua and Kfraya villages while two were evacuated from Zabadani in the deal sponsored by the United Nations and coordinated by the Red Crescent. The U.N. declined comment. The evacuation would be the first major one since a February cease-fire, which has all but collapsed amid renewed violence." (04/20/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-latest-syrian-group-says-ceasefire-effectively-over/2016/04/20/59f35e02-06e6-11e6-bfed-ef65dff5970d_story.html  

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DoD vs. CIA: Syria edition

April 14, 2016
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Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco  

"In 1979, the U.S. government chose to arm a rebel group sympathetic to U.S. interests in an attempt to drive out the Soviets. While the policy did have the desired short-term effects -- the USSR withdrew from the country -- the long-term consequences left much to be desired. Those same rebels, who were once described by President Reagan as 'freedom fighters,' formed the basis of the Taliban. Decades later, these once 'moderate' rebels were on the receiving end of a U.S. invasion. Alas, bureaucrats tend not to learn from their mistakes or those of their predecessors. The U.S. government began sending weapons and aid to Syrian rebel groups. They delivered some 50 tons of ammunition, in a single night alone. The U.S. government did not just arm one group, but attempted to coordinate dozens of rebel groups to achieve a common mission. What could possibly go wrong?" (04/14/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/04/14/dod-vs-cia-syria-edition/  

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Syria: Two pilots killed when Russian helicopter crashes

April 12, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Two pilots were killed in the crash of a Russian helicopter in Homs, Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry announced Tuesday. The Mil Mi-28N strike helicopter 'did not come under fire,' a ministry statement said, adding that the bodies of the two crew members were taken to Russia's Khmeimim air base near the Syrian port city of Latakia, and a team of investigators was sent to the site of the crash. An unidentified military source said the pilots were flying at night and wearing night-vision goggles over unfamiliar terrain and may have struck an obstacle, the German news agency DW.com said, citing Russia's Interfax news agency." (04/12/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/04/12/Russian-helicopter-crashes-in-Syria-two-pilots-killed/8571460467666/  

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Syria: With UN envoy in Damascus, Islamic State takes Syrian town from other rebels

April 11, 2016
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The Olympian    

"The U.N. special envoy on Monday urged Syria's warring sides to preserve the fragile U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire ahead of the next round of peace talks in Geneva this week. The plea by Staffan de Mistura, who spoke after meeting Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem in Damascus, came as Islamic State fighters retook a northern town [al-Rai] along the border with Turkey from Syrian rebels and government forces and rebels clashed across northern and western Syria." (04/11/16)

http://www.theolympian.com/news/nation-world/article71108722.html  

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Syria: Islamic State militants kidnap 300 cement workers near capital

April 7, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"In a brazen assault near the Syrian capital, Islamic State militants on Thursday abducted 300 cement workers and contractors in an area northeast of Damascus, Syrian state TV reported as fighting elsewhere in the country also worsened. ... State TV said Thursday’s mass abduction of workers from the al-Badia Cement Company took place in Dumeir, an area where militants launched a surprise attack against government forces earlier this week. State-run news agency SANA quoted a source in the company as saying that there has been no success in efforts to establish contact with any of the workers." (04/07/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/un-aid-official-urges-syria-govt-to-live-up-to-promises/2016/04/07/9e26b17a-fcb7-11e5-813a-90ab563f0dde_story.html  

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Putin and the art of the deal

March 17, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Unburdened by the conceit that the fate of the world depends on asserting his nation’s role as an international policeman, Putin is free to cannily pursue Russia’s real interests. Those interests were served by shoring up Assad’s regime, which was crumbling under a sustained assault from the US and its Islamist allies in Riyadh and Ankara (with the Israelis cheerleading from the sidelines). In the meantime, the head-chopping jihadists of al-Nusra and its spin-offs -- covertly supported by the Saudis and Turkey -- have been declared terrorist outfits by the United Nations, and negotiations are underway in Geneva while the ceasefire continues to hold (albeit somewhat shakily). It must be time for another false flag 'chemical attack' to be blamed on the Assad forces -- but, hey, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. The prospect that peace might break out in Syria has our warmongers down in the dumps." (03/16/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/03/15/putin-and-the-art-of-the-deal/  

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Will Russian withdrawal lead to federal Syria or more war?

March 16, 2016
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OpEdNews
by Joe Lauria  

"Following the Russian withdrawal, if Obama still continues to defy his neoconservative advisers who want to overthrow Assad even at the cost of a U.S.-led invasion, what about the next occupant of the White House? At a Republican debate last week, three of the four candidates said they would support between 20,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops in Syria and Iraq, supposedly to fight the Islamic State. Once on the ground, they could easily make a detour towards Damascus. Curiously, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the last days offered to divide the task of defeating IS by inviting the U.S. to take Raqqa, an offer the US refused. It is not at all clear why Russia would want the U.S. to control the IS capital unless Moscow is pushing a federal Syria, which it has publicly supported. Assad has apparently also agreed." (03/16/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Will-Russian-Withdrawal-Le-by-Joe-Lauria-Syria_Syria-Rebels_Syrian-Arab-Army_Syrian-Situation-160316-77.html  

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Report: Top Islamic State leader dies from airstrike wounds

March 15, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Top Islamic State commander and feared Chechen jihadi fighter Omar Shishani has died of wounds suffered in a U.S. airstrike in Syria last week, a senior Iraqi intelligence official and the head of a Syrian activist group said Tuesday. Shishani died Monday outside the Islamic State group's main stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, the two told the Associated Press. The red-bearded ethnic Chechen was one of the most prominent Islamic State commanders, serving as the group's military commander for the territory it controls in Syria." (03/15/16)

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-omar-alshishani-islamic-state-leader-dies-20160315-story.html  

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Israeli regime claims Syrian regime used chemical weapons during cease-fire

March 2, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Israel on Tuesday accused Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons against civilians since the start of a cease-fire brokered by the U.S. and Russia aimed at ending the bloody conflict. 'The Syrians used military grade chemical weapons and lately have been using materials, chlorine, against civilians, including in these very days, after the supposed cease-fire, dropping barrels of chlorine on civilians,' Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said in Tel Aviv, without providing further details." (03/02/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/03/02/israel-claims-syria-used-chemical-weapons-during-cease-fire.html  

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Regime change in Ankara? More likely than you think

February 24, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney  

"On Friday, the United States rejected a draft resolution by Russia that was intended to prevent a Turkish invasion of Syria. Moscow had called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to address its growing concern that Turkey is planning to send thousands of ground troops and armored vehicles it has massed on its southern border, into Syria to protect Turkish-backed militants and to block the Kurdish militia, the YPG, from establishing a contiguous state in northern Syria. ... There was nothing controversial about the resolution, no tricks and no hidden meaning. The delegates were simply asked to support Syrian sovereignty and oppose armed aggression. These are the very principles upon which the United Nations was founded. The US and its allies rejected these principles because they failed to jibe with Washington’s geopolitical ambitions in Syria." (02/24/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/24/regime-change-in-ankara-more-likely-than-you-think/  

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Syria: Blasts kill 46 in Homs as Kerry pushes ceasefire

February 22, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"A double bombing killed at least 46 people in Syria's Homs on Sunday, as US Secretary of State John Kerry said a provisional deal had been reached on the terms of a ceasefire. World powers have been pushing for a break in fighting that was meant to go into effect by Friday, but have struggled to agree how to implement it. ... Homs city has regularly been targeted in bomb attacks, including last month when a double bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 22 people in Al-Zahraa neighbourhood. The district's residents are mostly Alawites, the minority sect of Syria's ruling clan, including President Bashar al-Assad." (02/21/16)

http://news.yahoo.com/double-bomb-attack-kills-14-syrias-homs-075829593.html  

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Syria: US airstrikes reportedly kill 38 civilians over 48 hours

February 18, 2016
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"As reported Tuesday, an early morning US airstrike against the city of Shadadi killed 15 civilians outside a bakery. This incident was the start of a flurry of US airstrikes in Syria's northeast which, over the past 48 hours, have left at least 38 civilians dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights." [editor's note: Usual grain of salt warning about the "Observatory" -- I do not necessarily consider its claims reliable - TLK] (02/18/16)

http://news.antiwar.com/2016/02/18/us-airstrikes-kill-38-syrian-civilians-over-48-hours/  

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Syria: Two hospitals hit by airstrikes

February 15, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Two hospitals in Syria were hit by airstrikes Monday causing a number of deaths, according to media reports. Doctors Without Borders said a hospital it funds in the town of Marat Al Numan, in Idlib province in the north of the country, was hit by four rockets in at least two attacks, leaving at least eight staff members missing. It didn't say who carried out the strikes. In a separate incident Monday, at least 14 people died when locations including a children's hospital and a school in the rebel-held town of Azaz in northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border, were struck by missiles, Reuters reported, citing a medic and two residents." (02/15/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/02/15/doctors-without-borders-supported-clinic-hit-airstrikes/80394268/  

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Syria: Turkey shells Kurdish positions for second day

February 15, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Turkey shelled positions held by a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria for a second day on Sunday, drawing condemnation from the Syrian government, whose forces are advancing against insurgents in the same area under the cover of Russian airstrikes. ... Turkish troops have shelled areas under the control of Syria's main Kurdish faction, the People's Protection Units, known as YPG, in the past. The group has been most effective in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria, but Ankara appears increasingly uneasy over the group's recent gains in the country's north." (02/14/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/opposition-activists-say-turkey-shelling-kurds-in-syria/2016/02/14/0e8407f6-d300-11e5-a65b-587e721fb231_story.html  

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NATO will deploy fleet to Aegean to ensure that Syrian refugees can’t escape NATO-created hellhole

February 11, 2016
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Independent [UK]    

"The Nato fleet is being deployed to the Aegean Sea immediately in a bid to end the flow of refugees crossing the sea into Europe from Turkey. Announcing the deployment, which will see refugee boats met by warships rather than coastguards, Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said action would be taken 'without delay.'" (02/11/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/nato-orders-fleet-to-deploy-in-aegean-sea-to-help-end-europes-refugee-crisis-a6867076.html  

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Turkey: Erdogan denounces US support for Syrian Kurds

February 11, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at the US over its support for Syria's main Kurdish group. He accused Washington of creating a 'sea of blood' by failing to recognise as terrorists members of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing. The PYD, which the US is relying on to battle so-called Islamic State inside Syria, is an offshoot of the PKK." [editor's note: I can't blame Erdogan for being worried. In addition to being Kurdish, PYD is a Bookchinite anarchist group which has created an at least nominally stateless enclave, Rojava, close enough to Turkey that it might make Turks think twice about whether they want to let Erdogan, or anyone else, continue ruling them - TLK] (02/10/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35541003  

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Kerry to Russia: Stop bombing our al Qaeda buddies in Syria

February 4, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded Thursday that Russia stop bombing the Syrian opposition, implicitly blaming Moscow for the collapse in peace talks. ... Alongside Britain's Foreign Minister Phillip Hammond, Kerry read out sections of UN Security Council resolution 2254, passed in December, calling for an immediate ceasefire. 'Russia has a responsibility, as do all parties, to live up to it,' he said." [editor's note: Apparently "all parties" doesn't include the US and its partners, who conducted 11 airstrikes in Syria yesterday according to US Central Command - TLK] (02/04/16)

http://news.yahoo.com/kerry-demands-russia-halt-syria-bombing-talks-suspended-101149753.html  

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UN halts Syria talks as government closes in on Aleppo

February 4, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"A United Nations envoy halted his attempts to conduct Syrian peace talks on Wednesday after the army, backed by Russian air strikes, advanced against rebel forces north of Aleppo, choking opposition supply lines from Turkey to the city. Another senior U.N. official said the Russian escalation was the main reason for the suspension of the peace talks, which have made little progress since beginning earlier this week." (02/03/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idUSKCN0VC169  

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Syria: Russian military adviser killed in shelling

February 4, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"A Russian military adviser was killed in Syria on Feb. 1 in a mortar attack, Russian news agencies cited the Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday. 'A Russian military adviser was performing the task of assisting the Syrian army in the development of new weapons supplied under existing interstate military-technical contract,' RIA news agency cited a representative of the ministry as saying." (02/04/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-russia-idINKCN0VC2MS  

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Syria: Islamic State reportedly kills 24 in Homs bombing

January 26, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State in the Syrian government-controlled city of Homs killed at least 24 people on Tuesday, the city's governor said, as government forces took back some IS-held villages east of Aleppo. The governor of Homs said the first of two explosions was caused by a car bomb targeting a security checkpoint. A suicide bomber then set off an explosive belt, state media reported." (01/26/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-syria-homs-idINKCN0V40R7  

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