Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

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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Turkey: One killed by rocket fired from Syria

January 18, 2016
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GlobalPost    

"One person was killed and one more seriously wounded Monday when a rocket fired from a jihadist-controlled area in Syria slammed into a schoolyard in a Turkish border town, officials said. A female school cleaner was killed and a schoolgirl required an operation for her injuries in the strike on the town of Kilis just north of the border with Syria, the local governor's office said. The town was hit by a total of three rockets, two of which fell into an open area while one more hit the yard, it said." (01/18/16)

http://www.globalpost.com/article/6721245/2016/01/18/one-killed-shelling-near-turkish-school-syrian-border  

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Putin: Sheltering Assad would be easier than Snowden asylum

January 12, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"President Vladimir Putin said giving refuge to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad would be much easier than it was for Russia to grant asylum to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, though he dismissed the idea as 'premature' in an interview with German newspaper Bild. If presidential elections in Syria are held democratically under a United Nations-sponsored peace plan, 'then Assad will probably not need to leave the country at all,' Putin told Bild, according to a transcript of the interview provided by the Kremlin. 'And it is not important whether he stays as president or not.' Russia's harboring of Snowden, accused of making public U.S. [government] surveillance secrets, sparked a major confrontation with the U.S. in 2013." (01/11/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-12/putin-says-sheltering-assad-would-be-easier-than-snowden-asylum  

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Syria: First aid shipment in months reaches besieged Madaya

January 11, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The first shipment of foreign aid since October reached the besieged Syrian city of Madaya on Monday, bringing starving residents to tears at the sight, a United Nations source told CNN. Four trucks carrying food and blankets had moved into the city by about 5.30 p.m. Monday local time, the source said. The rest of the 44-truck convoy, carrying medicine and other supplies, was expected to enter the city shortly afterward, the source said. Shocking images of starving residents of the rebel-held city -- under siege by Syrian regime forces and their allies since July -- have drawn international attention." (01/11/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/11/middleeast/syria-madaya-starvation/  

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Syria: Double bomb attack kills 32 in Homs

December 28, 2015
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Newsweek    

"Twin bomb blasts killed at least 32 people and wounded 90 in the Syrian city of Homs on Monday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) monitoring group. A car bomb caused the first blast while a suicide bomber detonated the other blast in the central Zahra district of the city, reported SOHR, a U.K.-based group that tracks the four-year Syrian civil war with an extensive network of sources within the country. The explosions occur[r]ed in the district's main square." (12/28/15)

http://www.newsweek.com/syria-double-bomb-attack-kills-32-homs-409255  

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Neocons object to Syrian democracy

December 20, 2015
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OpEdNews
by Robert Parry  

"The Washington Post's editorial board is livid that President Barack Obama appears to have accepted the Russian position that the Syrian people should decide for themselves who their future leaders should be -- when the Post seems to prefer that the choice be made by neoconservative think tanks in Washington or other outsiders. So, in a furious editorial on Friday, the Post castigated Secretary of State John Kerry for saying -- after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow -- that the Obama administration and Russia see the political solution to Syria 'in fundamentally the same way,' meaning that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could stand for election in the future." (12/19/15)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Neocons-Object-to-Syrian-D-by-Robert-Parry-Assad_Democracy_Elections_Neoconservatives-151219-904.html  

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No “regime change” in Syria: After talks in Moscow, Kerry accepts Russian stance on Assad

December 16, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday accepted Russia's long-standing demand that President Bashar Assad's future be determined by his own people, as Washington and Moscow edged toward putting aside years of disagreement over how to end Syria's civil war. 'The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change,' Kerry told reporters in the Russian capital after meeting President Vladimir Putin. A major international conference on Syria would take place later this week in New York, Kerry announced." (12/15/15)

http://www.startribune.com/kerry-in-moscow-for-talks-on-syria-ukraine/362223591/  

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Cruz vs. the Syria hawks

December 15, 2015
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"The idea that the U.S. has to fight both sides of a civil war is why many Republicans and most Americans continue to recoil from the sort of reflexive interventionism that Cruz is criticizing. Even if the Syria hawks' argument made any sense (it doesn't), most Americans look at a foreign civil war between an awful regime and monstrous jihadist groups and reasonably conclude that this isn't a fight that the U.S. needs to have. Syria hawks look at an intractable conflict where the U.S. has nothing at stake and reach the opposite conclusion. It is not a coincidence that there has never been strong public support for siding with anti-regime forces in Syria. To the extent that the public thinks the U.S. has anything at stake in the conflict, they don't think it has anything to do with toppling the regime." (12/15/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/cruz-vs-the-syria-hawks/  

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Syria opposition groups set framework for proposed talks

December 11, 2015
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Arizona Daily Star    

"A powerful Syrian insurgent faction pulled out of an opposition conference on Thursday in protest over the role given to groups it said are close to the Syrian government, signaling continued divisions among rival factions ahead of proposed peace negotiations with President Bashar Assad's government. Ahrar al-Sham, a Saudi-backed ultraconservative group that operates mainly in northern Syria, said in a statement that it was withdrawing also because the conference failed to 'confirm the Muslim identity of our people.'" (12/10/15)

http://tucson.com/news/world/syria-opposition-groups-set-framework-for-proposed-talks/article_b00f2f4d-a287-535a-838a-a8fdd7d61cfe.html  

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Syria: British bombers launch first airstrikes in support of al Qaeda

December 4, 2015
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Business Insider    

"British bombers made their first strikes on Islamic State in Syria on Thursday, hitting oil fields that Prime Minister David Cameron says are being used to fund attacks on the West. Tornado bombers took off from the Royal Air Force Akrotiri air base in Cyprus just hours afterBritish lawmakers voted 397-223 to support Cameron's plan for air strikes, a Reuters witness said. They returned to base safely several hours later." (12/03/15)

http://www.businessinsider.com/british-bombers-launch-first-airstrikes-in-syria-against-islamic-state-oil-fields-2015-12  

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Germany: Merkel cabinet backs providing support for al Qaeda in Syria

December 1, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet approved plans on Tuesday for Germany to join the military campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria, a big step for the country, which had long resisted a direct role in the conflict. In response to an appeal from France after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris which killed 130 people, Merkel's government agreed to send Tornado reconnaissance jets, refueling aircraft, a frigate to protect a French aircraft carrier, and up to 1,200 soldiers to the region." (12/01/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/12/01/us-mideast-crisis-germany-idUSKBN0TK3ON20151201  

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The “broad coalition” and the war on ISIS

November 30, 2015
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"The administration's desire to cast the war as having the support of dozens of nations is understandable, but after a while it becomes difficult to take seriously. Obama would prefer it if the public didn't realize that the air war is being waged mostly by the U.S. and that contributions to the war from allies and clients are limited or non-existent. As long as the war can be spun as something that the U.S. is doing in concert with lots of other nations, it seems less like an example of being expected to take care of other nations' security problems at our expense. It makes the campaign seem like something that has broad international backing when the real support for it in Iraq and Syria is shallow in the extreme." (11/30/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-broad-coalition-and-the-war-on-isis/  

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Fourteen reasons not to bomb Syria

November 30, 2015
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Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Tim Pendry  

"Fourteen reasons against bombing in Syria ... there are many others ... pick the one you like most ... it may be your kid and friend turned into mush by the arrogance of our rulers so take responsibility ..." (11/30/15)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2015/11/30/fourteen-reasons-not-to-bomb-syria/  

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Syria: Russian air strikes kill at least 30 in stepped up raids

November 30, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian jets killed at least 30 people in the town of Ariha in northwestern Syria on Sunday, rescue workers in the rebel-held area said, part of an escalation of Russian strikes near the Turkish border. In separate air strikes closer to the frontier with Turkey, jets believed to be Russian hit a truck depot that was also struck on Thursday, destroying 10 trailers and killing five people, a rebel in the area said. Officials at the Russian defense ministry could not immediately be reached for comment." (11/29/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/29/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ariha-idUSKBN0TI07K20151129#qGrB1suKeVe1Z0H0.97  

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Putin: “Serious consequences” coming after Turks shoot down Russian jet

November 25, 2015
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Independent [UK]    

"Vladimir Putin has said there will be 'serious consequences' to Turkey's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet. The Russian President repeated his military's claim that the Su-24 plane was inside Syrian borders but Ankara has insisted it violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. 'Today's loss is a stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists,' Mr Putin told a press conference as he hosted King Abdullah of Jordan in Sochi." (11/24/15)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/vladimir-putin-warns-of-serious-consequences-following-turkey-shooting-down-russian-jet-a6746836.html  

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Turkish forces down Russian military aircraft near Syrian border

November 24, 2015
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Washington Post    

"Turkish military aircraft shot down a Russian jet Tuesday after Turkey says it violated its airspace near the border with Syria, a major escalation in the Syrian conflict that could further strain relations between Russia and the West since Turkey is a NATO member. Russian officials confirmed that a Russian Su-24 warplane, one of more than three dozen fixed-wing aircraft flying sorties in Syria as part of Russia's two-month old bombing campaign there, had been shot down but insisted it had not violated Turkish airspace. ... Video footage of the incident showed a warplane on fire before crashing on a hill and two crew members apparently parachuting safely." (11/24/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/turkey-shoots-down-russian-military-aircraft-after-border-breach/2015/11/24/9e8e0c42-9288-11e5-8aa0-5d0946560a97_story.html  

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US regime: Russian regime gave advance notice of Syria airstrikes

November 17, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Russia gave the United States advanced notice before launching a 'significant number' of strikes in Syria on Tuesday targeting the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa but a U.S. official said the former Cold War foes were still not coordinating militarily. France has appealed to Washington and Moscow to join in a grand coalition to fight the Islamist group that controls swathes of Syria and Iraq and has claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks in Paris. But Washington, which fiercely opposes Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been at pains to stress that any communication with Moscow was aimed at ensuring pilot safety. The two countries struck an agreement on air safety protocols in October." (11/17/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/17/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-cruisemis-idUSKCN0T61C420151117  

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US, Russia unveil “transition plan” for Syria

November 15, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"Seventeen nations, spurred on by Friday's deadly attacks in Paris, overcame their differences on how to end Syria’s civil war and adopted a timeline that will let opposition groups help draft a constitution and elect a new government by 2017. As a first step, the United Nations agreed to convene Syria's government with opposition representatives by Jan. 1, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday at a joint press conference in Vienna. A cease-fire between the government in Damascus and recognized opposition groups should be in place within six months, according to their statement." [editor's note: I wonder if anyone bothered consulting the, um, SYRIANS about the plans being made for them? - TLK] (11/14/15)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-14/syrian-transition-plan-achieved-by-u-s-allies-kerry-says  

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Russia calls for new Syrian constitution in 18 months

November 11, 2015
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Associated Press    

"Russia has circulated a document on ending the nearly five-year-old Syrian conflict that calls for drafting a new constitution in up to 18 months that would be put to a popular referendum and be followed by an early presidential election. The document, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, makes no mention of Syrian President Bashar Assad stepping down during the transition -- a key opposition demand. It only mentions that 'the president of Syria will not chair the constitutional commission.'" (11/11/15)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/UN_UNITED_NATIONS_SYRIA  

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Syria: Regime troops break two-year siege at Aleppo airbase

November 10, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Syrian soldiers fought their way into an airbase in northern Syria on Tuesday, state television said, breaking a nearly two-year siege by Islamic State insurgents at the facility and freeing military personnel holed up inside. A military source close to the government said the army was working to secure the Kweires airbase in Aleppo province, where soldiers and officers have been under attack since 2013. ... It is the most high-profile victory for Syria's army since Russia launched an air campaign in support of Assad on Sept. 30. Syrian troops have also been supported by Iranian forces and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters in a push to regain territory, largely in the north, lost to insurgents during almost five years of conflict." (11/10/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/10/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idUSKCN0SZ15E20151110#UxpEI2wQXvryOou7.97  

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Syria will be the next Vietnam-style war if Obama doesn’t learn from history

November 8, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by A Trevor Thrall and Erik Goepner  

"Syria has the potential to become America's new Vietnam -- so, as Barack Obama sends the first 50 special operations troops to Syria to engage the Islamic State, we must be wary of history repeating itself. The original mistake with Syria, as with Vietnam, was for leaders in Washington to believe that civil wars and insurgencies taking place halfway around the world represent a critical national security interest." (11/06/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/syria-will-be-next-vietnam-style-war-obama-doesnt-learn-history  

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France deploys aircraft carrier to support al Qaeda in Syria

November 6, 2015
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Akron Beacon Journal    

"France will deploy an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf to assist the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The Charles de Gaulle, France's only aircraft carrier, will boost the air power of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes in Iraq and Syria." [editor's note: The US airstrikes in Syria seem more aimed at "regime change" than at "fighting the Islamic State." The US and its allies have objectively allied themselves with al Qaeda in the region - TLK] (11/05/15)

http://www.ohio.com/news/world/france-deploying-aircraft-carrier-to-help-fight-against-islamic-state-1.638208  

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