Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

Syria: Turkey invades, with US air support but to fight US-backed Kurds

August 25, 2016
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Military.com    

"Turkish tanks and troops backed by U.S. air support flying out of Incirlik Air Base crossed into Syria on Wednesday with the intent of taking the border town of Jarablus -- partly to stop it from falling to U.S.-backed Kurdish militias. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the cross-border action, called Operation Euphrates Shield, was in response to recent terror attacks claimed by ISIS in Turkey but was also aimed at the Syrian Kurdish PYD, or Democratic Union Party. The military wing of the PYD is the YPG, or People's Protection Units, which has been the most effective U.S.-backed opposition force in northeastern Syria." (08/24/16)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/08/24/turkish-tanks-roll-into-syria-with-us-air-support.html  

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Syria: Turkish forces shell Islamic State, Kurdish positions

August 23, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Turkey has bombarded so-called Islamic State (IS) targets across the border in northern Syria ahead of an expected ground attack on an IS-held town. Some 1,500 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have also gathered in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, poised for an offensive to drive IS out of Jarablus. Turkey has also shelled Syrian Kurdish forces nearby, apparently to deter them from taking Jarablus themselves. ... Turkish forces have been exchanging shellfire with IS positions in the Jarablus area since Monday. However, Turkey is also wary of moves that might bolster Syrian Kurdish forces, known as the YPG, which it views as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a Turkish-Kurdish rebel group fighting for autonomy since the 1980s." (08/23/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37161538  

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Iran: Russians stop using air base for strikes in Syria

August 23, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Russia will stop using a base in Iran for airstrikes targeting militants in Syria for the time being, Iran's foreign ministry said Monday. The move came after Iran's defense minister criticized Russia earlier in the day and said its announcement last week that it used the Hamadan air base for strikes on the Islamic State group was 'kind of show-off and ungentlemanly.'" (08/22/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/08/22/iran-says-russia-stop-using-its-air-base-strikes-syria/89091630/  

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Russian forces use Iran as base to bomb Syrian militants for first time

August 17, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Russia used Iran as a base from which to launch air strikes against Syrian militants for the first time on Tuesday, widening its air campaign in Syria and deepening its involvement in the Middle East. In a move underscoring Moscow's increasingly close ties with Tehran, long-range Russian Tupolev-22M3 bombers and Sukhoi-34 fighter bombers used Iran's Hamadan air base to strike a range of targets in Syria. It was the first time Russia has used the territory of another nation, apart from Syria itself, to launch such strikes since the Kremlin launched a bombing campaign to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in September last year." (08/16/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-russia-iran-idUSKCN10R0PA?il=0  

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Syria: Warplanes pound Syria’s Idlib as battles rage in Aleppo

August 14, 2016
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New York Times    

"Syria's rebel-held, northwestern Idlib province came under heavy bombardment Sunday, activists reported, as rebels and pro-government forces battled for control of the nearby city of Aleppo. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 26 airstrikes across the province, one of the last remaining bastions of rebel control. ... The Local Coordination Committees, an activist network, said Russian jets struck the towns of Jisr al-Shaghour and Binnish, while the Observatory reported strikes on the provincial capital, Idlib. It was unclear how the activists identified the planes. Moscow has been waging an air campaign in support of government forces for nearly a year." (08/14/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/08/14/world/middleeast/ap-ml-syria.html  

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What is Obama’s worst foreign policy mistake? It’s not Syria

August 11, 2016
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"I am often struck by how absurd it is that Obama is so often faulted on Syria for what he hasn't done rather than what he has. We are repeatedly told that he erred because he didn't illegally bomb Syria in 2013, or because he didn't throw weapons at the problem earlier on. He receives much less criticism for arming opposition forces that are in league with jihadists (and then having those weapons seized by jihadists) or expanding the anti-ISIS bombing campaign into Syria on his own authority. That's not because these other policies have been particularly effective or successful, but because they mean that the U.S. is 'doing something' in Syria, and that is all that seems to matter for interventionist critics. 'At least we're not standing idly by,' they say. That's right. Instead, we're needlessly contributing to the mayhem." (08/11/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/what-is-obamas-worst-foreign-policy-mistake-its-not-syria/  

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Syria: Islamist rebels break siege of Aleppo in setback to Assad regime

August 8, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"After months of being pummeled from the air and by Syrian artillery, an Islamist-led rebel coalition has made a dramatic breakthrough in relieving the siege of Aleppo, Syria's largest city. Their assault -- the first test for a new group born out of al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate -- appears to have taken the exhausted Syrian army by surprise. ... The rebel offensive has been led by Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly the al Nusra Front. Two weeks ago, al Nusra very publicly declared it was breaking its long-standing ties with al Qaeda to build closer alliances with other jihadist and rebel groups in Syria." (08/07/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/07/middleeast/syria-aleppo-changing-landscape/  

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Syria: Five dead as Russian helicopter shot down

August 2, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A Russian helicopter was shot down Monday after delivering aid to the Syrian city of Aleppo, killing all five crew members on board, Russian state media reported. The Russian Defense Ministry said the Mi-8 helicopter was shot down by ground fire in Idlib province as it returned to base, state TV reported." (08/01/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/01/middleeast/syria-aleppo/  

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Syria: Regime, Russians to open aid, exit corridors in besieged Aleppo

July 28, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Syrian and Russian forces are to open humanitarian corridors for people to flee the besieged city of Aleppo, both countries' state media reported Thursday, the day after Syria's army announced it had encircled the city and cut off rebel supply routes. Three relief corridors would be set up to distribute food and medical aid to civilians in a 'large-scale humanitarian operation,' Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said, while a fourth would be established in northern Aleppo for rebels who wished to lay down arms and surrender, according to Russian state media."

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/middleeast/syria-aleppo-humanitarian-corridors/  

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Syria: Suicide bombing kills dozens

July 27, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A suicide bombing killed 48 people, among them women and children, Wednesday in northern Syria, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. A truck bomb exploded near buildings belonging to a Kurdish security agency and other governmental departments in the city of Qamishli near the border with Turkey, CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reported." (07/27/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/27/middleeast/syria-isis-suicide-bombing/  

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Assad: US is “not serious” about defeating Islamic State

July 14, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A defiant Bashar al-Assad expressed confidence that Syria's bloody war could be won within months, saying Russia's intervention has helped tip the scales toward victory. Assad spoke exclusively to NBC News on Wednesday at his office in Damascus in a wide-ranging interview about the Syrian war, ISIS, the U.S. and his legacy. He was unruffled by the State Department branding his vow to retake every inch of Syria as 'delusional,' saying it was only a matter of time until he regained full control of his country. ... according to Assad, the 'very frank' relationship he has with [Vladimir] Putin is rooted in their shared values and common interest: defeating terrorists. The Syrian president claimed that's far from true of the U.S., which he accused of not truly wanting to see ISIS'[s] defeat. 'They're not serious,' Assad said." (07/14/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/bashar-al-assad-says-u-s-not-serious-about-defeating-n609036  

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Syria: Regime declares 72-hour Eid al-Fitr truce

July 7, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The Syrian military has unilaterally declared a 72-hour truce covering the whole country, state media report. The 'regime of calm' began at 01:00 on Wednesday (22:00 GMT on Tuesday) and will last until midnight on Friday. A number of rebel groups have said they will respect the truce, which covers the Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr." (07/06/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36722942  

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The Syria “dissent” memo and US bureaucratic pressure strategy

June 29, 2016
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Gareth Porter Antiwar.com
by Gareth Porter  

"The memorandum by 51 State Department officials calling for US military intervention in Syria last week has been treated in news media coverage as a case of dissent from existing Syria policy by individual officials involved in Syria policy. But the memo has all the earmarks of an initiative that had the blessing of the most senior officials in the department -- including Secretary of State John Kerry himself -- rather than having been put together by individual officials entirely on their own. And it may mark the beginning of an effort to take advantage of the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton." (06/29/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/porter/2016/06/28/syria-dissent-memo-us-bureaucratic-pressure-strategy/  

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Lebanon: Army detains 100 Syrians after Qaa bombings

June 28, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Lebanon's army has detained more than 100 Syrians for entering the country illegally following a series of suicide bombings in a border village. The raids took place at informal refugee camps in the Baalbek region. On Monday, at least eight bombers blew themselves up in the predominantly Christian village of Qaa, killing five people and injuring almost 30 others. No group has said it was behind the attacks, but suspicion has fallen on jihadist militants from Islamic State. IS has carried out previous suicide bombings that have killed scores of people in Lebanon." (06/28/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36649779  

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Israeli intel chief: We don’t want Islamic State defeated in Syria

June 22, 2016
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"In a speech at the Herzliya Conference, Israel's military intelligence chief, Major General Herzi Halevy, took Israel's long-standing position that it 'prefers ISIS' over the Syrian government to a whole 'nother level, declaring openly that Israel does not want to see ISIS defeated in the war. ... Israeli officials have regularly expressed comfort with the idea of ISIS conquering the whole of Syria, saying they find it preferable to the Iran-allied government surviving the war. At the same time, they were never so overtly supportive of ISIS and its survival." (06/21/16)

http://news.antiwar.com/2016/06/21/israeli-intel-chief-we-dont-want-isis-defeated-in-syria/  

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Syria: Islamic State forces launch counter-attacks on regime troops, US-backed rebels

June 21, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"The Islamic State group launched a counter-attack against fighters trying to capture the Syrian city of Manbij on Monday, inflicting heavy casualties on the U.S.-backed forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the militants said. The monitor said the militants won back three villages south of the besieged city in a surprise assault against fighters from the U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces. At least 28 SDF fighters were killed. ... Islamic State militants were also able to roll back the Syrian army, which had reached as close as 10 km (6.2 miles) south of the strategic town of Tabqa, an Islamic State-held city on the Euphrates River, in Raqqa province." (06/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-militants-idUSKCN0Z623G  

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Syria: Change the (Dissent) Channel

June 20, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The US State Department's 'Dissent Channel' is a mechanism through which department personnel may disagree with administration policy without fear of job retribution. On June 17, Mark Landler of the New York Times revealed the existence of a recent 'Dissent Channel' memo bearing the signatures of 51 diplomats and other department officials and calling for 'a more militarily assertive US role in Syria [versus the Assad regime], based on the judicious use of stand-off and air weapons.' Let me open my dissent to the dissent by invoking the late Pete Seeger: 'Oh when will they ever learn?'" (06/18/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6336  

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Syria: Russian soldier dies of wounds

June 19, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Russia's Defense Ministry says a Russian soldier has died of wounds he suffered in a militant suicide attack in Syria, the military's 11th casualty since the start of its campaign there. The ministry said Sunday that Sgt. Andrei Timoshenkov died at a hospital at the Russian base in Syria." (06/19/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russian-soldier-dies-of-wounds-in-syria/2016/06/19/014bc9b2-362d-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff_story.html  

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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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