Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Iraq: Maliki’s Assad moment

July 1, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Michael Patrick Brill  

"In the sense that the transformation of Syria’s revolution to a civil war in 2011 and 2012 partially resembled a fast-forward replay of the sectarian conflict that erupted in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, events in Iraq this June and over the last several months have in turn resembled an even faster-paced version of the conflict devastating Syria over the past three years. In Syria, it took more than a year of regime repression before the conflict moved in force to the two largest cities of Aleppo and Damascus. In Iraq, Maliki’s decision to crush the Anbar protest movement by force in December 2013 led almost immediately to the fall of Fallujah to ISIS, Sunni militants, and Anbar antigovernment tribal militias, along with opposition advances that took much of Ramadi in January 2014." (06/30/14)

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Iraq: Regime battles for Tikrit as ISIS declares caliphate

June 30, 2014
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Anniston Star    

"Iraqi troops battled to dislodge an al Qaeda splinter group from the city of Tikrit on Monday after its leader was declared caliph of a new Islamic state in lands seized this month across a swathe of Iraq and Syria. Alarming regional and world powers, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed universal authority when it dropped the local element in its name and said its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as leader of the Islamic State, was now caliph of the Muslim world -- a mediaeval title last widely recognized in the Ottoman sultan deposed 90 years ago after World War One." (06/29/14)

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Obama requests $500 million to aid Syrian jihadists

June 27, 2014
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USA Today    

"President Obama asked Congress Thursday for $500 million to train and arm members of opposition forces in Syria, part of an effort to stem insurgent violence that has spilled over into neighboring Iraq. The proposed assistance can 'help defend the Syrian people, stabilize areas under opposition control and facilitate the provision of essential services, counter terrorist threats, and promote conditions for a negotiated settlement,' the administration said in its budget request to Congress. Potential recipients of the money -- opponents of the Syrian government headed by Bashar al-Assad -- will be vetted, officials said." [editor's note: Three words, beginning with W, T and F ... you'd think at some point these idiots would figure out that arming belligerents in that region backfires EVERY TIME - TLK] (06/26/14)

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Last batch of Assad chemical weapons leave Syria for destruction

June 23, 2014
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Irish Times [Ireland]    

"The last batch of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s declared chemical weapons have been sent out of Syria for destruction. The news came as opponents claimed the regime had adapted by using chlorine gas against its opponents. The remaining 7.2 per cent of Dr Assad’s declared 1,300-tons of chemical weapons material was shipped from Syria’s Latakia port today to be neutralised aboard the US vessel Cape Ray and then destroyed at commercial facilities in Europe and the US, the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a joint statement." (06/23/14)

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Israeli military carries out airstrikes in Syria

June 23, 2014
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Bismarck Tribune    

"Israeli warplanes bombed a series of targets inside Syria early Monday, the Israeli military said, in response to a cross-border attack that killed an Israeli teenager the previous day. In all, Israel said it struck nine military targets inside Syria, and 'direct hits were confirmed.' The targets were located near the site of Sunday's violence in the Golan Heights and included a regional military command center and unspecified 'launching positions.' There was no immediate response from Syria." (06/22/14)

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The Middle East harvests bitter imperialist fruit

June 23, 2014
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Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"The wall-to-wall coverage of the disintegration of Iraq ought to carry this credit: This bloodshed was made possible by the generosity of British and French imperialists. The stomach-wrenching violence in Iraq -- not to mention the horrendous civil war in Syria, the chronic unrest in Palestine/Israel, and problems elsewhere in the Middle East -- are direct consequences of the imperialist acts of the British and French governments at the end of World War I, the history-altering catastrophe that began 100 years ago this August 4." (06/20/14)

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Syria: Regime claims Hama province car bomb kills 34

June 20, 2014
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Reuters    

"A car bomb in Syria's western Hama province killed 34 and wounded more than 50, Syria's state news agency SANA said on Friday, blaming the attack on rebels fighting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. It was not immediately clear if the attack was in any way related to the militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which is very active in Syria and has seized vast tracts of territory across the border in Iraq." (06/20/14)

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America can’t force Iran’s surrender

June 18, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett  

"For years, we've been calling on the United States to sit down and discuss its mutual interests with Iran like adults, instead of shouting across the Atlantic. ... Now there's an opportunity to work together to face down a common threat, and even Republican leaders like Lindsey Graham, the unfailingly hawkish South Carolina senator, are starting to see things our way. The United States should engage Iran not just as an unavoidably influential player, however, but as an actor with its own concerns about terrorism -- including by jihadis involved in the U.S.-supported campaign against Bashar Assad's government in Syria. If the United States tries -- as in past episodes of cooperation with Tehran -- to elicit Iranian help in Iraq without recognizing Iran’s wider interests -- dialogue will fail." (06/18/14)

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Syria: Regime bombing kills 20, locals and opposition allege

June 18, 2014
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Yahoo! News    

"Syrian army helicopters bombed a refugee camp along the Jordanian border on Wednesday, killing at least 20 people, mostly children and women, residents and opposition activists said. They said the army dropped several barrel bombs -- highly destructive improvised explosives, use of which has been condemned by Western powers as a war crime -- on the camp in the village of Shajra, 2 km (1 mile) from the Jordanian border." (06/18/14)

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