Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

After Aleppo: We need a new Syria policy

December 20, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"We cannot be sure what exactly is happening in Aleppo, but we do know a few things about what happened in Syria over the past five years. This was no popular uprising to overthrow a dictator and bring in democracy. From the moment President Obama declared 'Assad must go' and approved sending in weapons, it was obvious this was a foreign-sponsored regime change operation that used foreign fighters against Syrian government forces. ... Recently we heard that the CIA and Hillary Clinton believe that the Russians are behind leaked Democratic National Committee documents, and that the leaks were meant to influence the US presidential election in Donald Trump's favor. These are the same people who for the past five years have been behind the violent overthrow of the Syrian government, which has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands. Isn't supporting violent overthrow to influence who runs a country even worse than leaking documents? Is it OK when we do it? Why?" (10/19/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/aleppo-need-new-syria-policy  

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Russian, French regimes agree on UN plan to monitor Aleppo evacuation

December 19, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Russia and France agreed Sunday on a plan to provide U.N. monitoring of evacuations from eastern Aleppo and distribute needed humanitarian aid to the war-torn Syrian city. The United Nations Security Council scheduled a Monday vote on the plan. On Sunday, the effort to shuttle thousands of rebels and civilians out of eastern Aleppo neighborhoods was dealt another setback when several rescue buses were set ablaze." (12/18/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/12/18/critical-evacuations-hit-snag-starving-aleppo/95583924/  

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Aleppo: Virtue signalling goes global

December 15, 2016
posted by

Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"Imagine looking at Aleppo and thinking primarily of yourself. Imagine reading about the violence and deprivation in this city and wondering what it all reveals about you. Imagine treating Aleppo, less as a wartorn city brought to ruin by a lethal combination of Western and regional meddling followed by a brutal air campaign by Russia and Assad, and more as a litmus test of your own decency; a theatre in which to act out your own moral psychodramas and re-enact your own petty political battles. Incredibly, this is happening. The Western political and media elites' response to the tragedy of Aleppo has not been to work out how this horror came to pass, far less what role they might have played in it; it has been to turn Aleppo into a stage upon which they might say something about themselves, prove themselves, absolve themselves. Virtue-signalling has gone global." (12/15/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/aleppo-virtue-signalling-goes-global/  

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Syria: Assad regime has full control of eastern Aleppo, says Russian UN ambassador

December 14, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Eastern Aleppo has fallen, and military activities there have stopped, according to Russia's United Nations ambassador. 'The Syrian government has re-established control over eastern Aleppo,' Vitaly Churkin told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday. Residents of eastern Aleppo told ABC News that it is quiet there, with no sounds of battle, but ABC News could not immediately confirm whether fighting has ended. ... The Russian announcement came after months of siege and years of fighting between rebels and Syrian government forces. In recent months, the Syrian government, with help from its Russian and Iranian allies, intensified its airstrikes on eastern Aleppo and tightened the siege in an attempt to gain full control of the area, rebel held until recently." (12/13/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/syrian-government-reportedly-kills-dozens-civilians-aleppo-spot/story?id=44160179  

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Syria: Islamic State forces recapture Palmyra

December 12, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants re-occupied Palmyra on Sunday, taking the ancient central city from government troops in a major advance after a year of setbacks in Syria and neighboring Iraq, a Syrian government official and the group said. In retaking Palmyra, the extremist group appeared to be taking advantage of the Syrian and Russian preoccupation with Aleppo, timing its attack to coincide with a massive government offensive to capture the last remaining opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city. Palmyra, with its towering 2,000-year-old ruins, holds mostly symbolic meaning in the wider Syrian civil war, although its location in central Syria gives it some strategic significance as well." (12/11/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-recaptures-palmyra-syria-despite-russian-bombs-activists-say/  

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Rolling back the empire: Washington’s proxy army faces decisive defeat in Aleppo

December 8, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney  

"The situation is looking increasingly hopeless for the ragtag group of insurgents that have lost more than half the territory they held in just the last week. Every attempt they've made to break through Syrian Army lines has been repelled leaving them to defend a few shrinking districts where they will either surrender or die. ... US Secretary of State John Kerry has made every effort to stop the fighting to protect US-backed jihadists that are trying to topple Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Unfortunately, a proposal that was accepted by both Kerry and Lavrov concerning the withdrawal of fighters in Aleppo, was rejected by higher-ups in the Obama Administration ending the prospects for a negotiated settlement." (12/08/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/08/rolling-back-the-empire-washingtons-proxy-army-faces-decisive-defeat-in-aleppo/  

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Turkey: Officials allege Syrian rebels exposed to “chemical gas”

November 27, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"In a statement released Sunday, Turkish officials alleged Syrian rebels were exposed to 'chemical gas' during a missile attack launched by the Islamic State. According to Turkey's state news agency Anadolu, at least 22 soldiers displayed signs of exposure to toxic gas. The attack happened in the Khalidiyah region of northern Syria. The attacked soldiers are Syrian members of Operation Euphrates Shield, a group that includes Turkish military forces and allied rebel groups." (11/27/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/11/27/Turkey-officials-allege-Syrian-rebels-exposed-to-chemical-gas/2431480269716/  

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Syria: Sailor becomes first acknowledged US casualty

November 26, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"The American sailor killed on Thanksgiving in Syria died from wounds he suffered when a remote-controlled bomb exploded as he was trying to defuse it, military officials said Friday. Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Va., is the first American service member to die in the conflict. Davis was a member of the Navy’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, based in Virginia Beach, Va." (11/26/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/soldier-killed-syria-article-1.2887350  

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Syria: Aleppo pounded by “heaviest bombardment’ since war began

November 21, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Syrian regime forces pounded eastern Aleppo Sunday with airstrikes for a sixth day straight, bringing the death toll to around 300 in the most intense bombing since the war began five years ago, rescuers say. The Syrian regime resumed heavy bombardment over eastern Aleppo on Tuesday after a three-week lull, killing at least 289 people by Saturday, according to the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets, who said the past six days marked the most forceful bombardment they had seen. ... on Sunday, the bloodshed continued -- four children and their parents were killed in a suspected chemical attack as a barrage of barrel bombs struck their neighborhood, al-Sakhour, according to the UK-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Aleppo Media Center activist group." (11/20/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/20/middleeast/syria-aleppo-airstrikes/  

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Syria: Russians launch new offensive, airstrikes hit Aleppo

November 16, 2016
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Military Times    

"Russia launched new strikes in Syria on Tuesday involving carrier-borne jets and long-range missiles as opposition activists on the ground reported that the first airstrikes in nearly a month struck the besieged, rebel-held parts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. According to activists, between four and 10 people were killed in the strikes on Aleppo, raising concerns of a return to daily deadly bombardment in Syria's largest city. The Russian blitz began hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump discussed Syria over the phone and agreed on the need to combine efforts in the fight against what the Kremlin called their No. 1 enemy -- '"international terrorism and extremism.'" (11/15/16)

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/russia-launches-new-offensive-airstrikes-hit-syrias-aleppo  

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Spain: Regime under pressure from “allies” to refuse refuel of Russian warships

October 26, 2016
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Daily Star Lebanon    

"Spain was under pressure Wednesday from its allies to refuse permission for Russian warships headed for the Syrian coast to refuel at one of its ports. Russia's request to allow its ships to stop on Spanish territory 'are under review' while Spain weighs input from its allies and Russian authorities, the foreign ministry said in an e-mail. The ministry said Russian ships have for years made stops in Spanish ports and that permission is granted on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the safety of local residents and the environment. ... NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed concern that the flotilla could take part in Syria air strikes." [editor's note: Has anyone called it to Stoltenberg's attention that HIS ships are taking part in Syria air strikes? - TLK] (10/26/16)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Oct-26/378257-spain-under-pressure-to-refuse-refuel-of-russian-warships.ashx  

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Syria: In renewed Aleppo attacks, regime troops capture high ground

October 24, 2016
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Woodland Park Record    

"Syrian government forces and their allies on Monday captured strategic high ground in embattled Aleppo as Russia -- a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad -- said it was not planning more 'humanitarian pauses' in the fighting in the city's eastern, rebel-held districts. Fighting resumed in Aleppo over the weekend, following a days-long lull announced by Moscow that was meant to allow rebels and civilians to leave the eastern districts. The rebels rejected the Russian offer and none of the civilians left. Government troops launched a fresh offensive and on Monday took the hilltop of Bazo on the southern edge of Aleppo, near military bases, and shelled the rebel neighborhoods, according to opposition activists." (10/24/16)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/in-renewed-aleppo-attacks-syrian-troops-capture-high-ground-1.1681976  

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UN: Ban pushes for rare General Assembly session on Syria

October 21, 2016
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Indian Express [India]    

"United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pushed on Thursday for the 193-member General Assembly to hold a rare emergency special session on Syria since a deadlocked Security Council has failed to take action to end the nearly six-year war. Under a 1950 resolution, an emergency special session can be called for the General Assembly to consider a matter 'with a view to making appropriate recommendations to members for collective measures' if the Security Council fails to act." (10/21/16)

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/un-chief-ban-ki-moon-pushes-for-rare-general-assembly-session-on-syria-3094283/  

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Syria: Turkish air raids kill up to 200 Kurdish fighters

October 20, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A Turkish air raid killed as many as 200 Kurdish militia members north of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday, according to the Turkish military. Turkish military officials say they hit 18 targets with 26 airstrikes in the areas under the control of Kurdish militia, destroying their headquarters, ammunition dumps and shelters. ... In recent months, much of Turkey's firepower has been directed at the Kurdish separatist PKK in southeastern Turkey and across the border in northern Iraq. It has also occasionally shelled ISIS positions in northern Syria, but its last-known airstrikes against ISIS were in November last year." (10/20/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/20/middleeast/turkey-syria-air-raid/  

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Syria: ISIS suffers major symbolic defeat with loss of Dabiq

October 16, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"The Islamic State has been dealt a major symbolic blow in the battle for its existence. Turkish-backed rebels, reportedly supported by United States special forces, seized the Syrian town of Dabiq Sunday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. According to Islamic prophecies central to the Islamic State's radical message, Dabiq is the site of an end-of-days battle that ushers in the apocalypse. Now, having lost control of the town, the Islamic State must scramble to change a narrative that has been a core part of its appeal." (10/16/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2016/1016/ISIS-suffers-major-symbolic-defeat-with-loss-of-Dabiq  

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France: Regime seeks war crimes probe of Russian, but not French actions, in Syria

October 11, 2016
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Seattle Times    

"France's foreign minister is calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate Russia for possible war crimes in Syria. Jean-Marc Ayrault told France-Inter radio Monday that 'France intends to get in touch with the prosecutor to find out how the probe can be launched.' Ayrault says France disagrees with Russia's 'bombarding' of Aleppo and 'is committed as never before to saving the population.'" (10/10/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/france-seeks-war-crimes-probe-of-russian-actions-in-syria/  

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Syria: Islamic State bomb kills rebels at Turkey border crossing

October 6, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"At least 29 people, most of them rebel fighters, have been killed in a bombing near Syria's border with Turkey, activists say. The attack reportedly occurred during a change of guard at the rebel-controlled Atmeh crossing, in Idlib province. It was not immediately clear whether the blast was caused by a suicide bomber or a remote-controlled device. A news agency linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) said a suicide car bombing had targeted a rebel convoy." (10/06/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37572169  

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Syria: Nusra Front says senior leader killed in drone attack

October 4, 2016
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New York Times    

"A leading figure in Al Qaeda who became a prominent member of its Syrian offshoot, the Nusra Front, was killed in a drone attack on Monday, according to the group. Abu Faraj al-Masri, who spent years in prison in his native Egypt on charges of plotting with fundamentalist Islamist groups and later left for Afghanistan, reportedly died when the vehicle in which he was traveling was hit in rebel-held Idlib in Syria's northwest. The United States Defense Department said in a statement that Mr. Masri had been the target of an American airstrike near Idlib on Monday." (10/04/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/04/world/middleeast/syria-nusra-front-masri.html  

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Ryabkov: “[D]e facto support of terrorists from the US and the current administration”

September 29, 2016
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Newsweek    

"Russia's rift with the U.S. over Syria is growing after Moscow accused Washington of 'de facto support for terrorists.' Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov reacted angrily to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's threat Wednesday to end discussions between the two countries if Russia did not end its current operations in Aleppo and uphold the ceasefire. Kerry also said that the Russian indiscriminate attacks in Syria, in support of the Assad regime, would merely allow radical groups to increase their influence and plot attacks 'against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities.' But Ryabkov accused the U.S. of effectively siding with the radicals." (09/29/16)

http://europe.newsweek.com/russia-accuses-us-de-facto-support-terrorists-504154  

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Syria: Air strikes pound rebel-held Aleppo districts

September 26, 2016
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Reuters    

"Dozens of air strikes hit rebel-held areas of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo overnight, a monitor and defense worker said, continuing a fierce air campaign by Syrian government and allied forces since a ceasefire broke down almost a week ago. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of air strikes hit the rebel-held half of the divided city, the target of a fresh offensive announced by the Syrian army on Thursday. Aleppo has become the main battle ground of a conflict now in its sixth year. Capturing rebel districts of Syria's largest city, where more than 250,000 civilians are trapped, would mark the biggest victory of the civil war for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces." (09/26/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-aleppo-idUSKCN11W0QZ  

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Syria: Four killed in airstrike on aid group

September 21, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Four aid workers were killed and one was critically injured Wednesday after an airstrike hit a medical clinic in northern Syria. The aid workers were part of International Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, a Paris-based humanitarian group that operates in territory held by rebels near the besieged city of Aleppo. There were no reports of who carried out the strike. The latest incident came as Washington blamed Moscow for an attack on an aid convoy near Aleppo on Monday that killed at least 20 people. Russia said it was not involved." (09/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/09/21/us-points-finger-russia-aid-convoy-attack/90771448/  

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Syria: UN suspends aid convoys after bombing

September 21, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The United Nations announced Tuesday that it was suspending all aid convoys to Syria after one of its aid shipments was bombed outside the besieged city of Aleppo. The announcement, echoed by fellow aid provider the International Committee of the Red Cross, comes as a seven-day cease-fire brokered by the U.S. and Russia ended and further attempts to contain the fighting in Syria are falling apart." (09/20/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/end-of-syria-cease-fire-marked-by-new-offensive-and-bombing-of-aid-convoy/2016/09/20/92aead0c-7eb7-11e6-ad0e-ab0d12c779b1_story.html  

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Syria: Air strikes hit rebel-held areas of Aleppo, monitors say

September 19, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Four air strikes have hit rebel-held parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, activists say, the first raids there since a ceasefire began last Monday. Several people were injured, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, but it did not say who carried out the strikes. Russia has said the future of the truce is in doubt after the US-led coalition struck the Syrian army in Deir al-Zour." (09/18/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37401586  

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Syria, Russia: US-led invaders’ airstrike kills regime forces

September 18, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Hours after US-led coalition airstrikes reportedly killed dozens of Syrian troops, the US and Russian ambassadors to the United Nations chastised each other outside an emergency Security Council meeting. The strike occurred Saturday in an eastern part of Syria that is not a part of a delicate and nearly week-old ceasefire. The US military said it was targeting ISIS militants and if it hit Syrian troops, it was an accident. Russia and Syria said the strikes prove Washington and its allies are sympathetic to ISIS." (09/18/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/18/middleeast/syria-claims-coalition-airstrike-hit-regime-forces/  

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Syria: A war for nothing

September 13, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"Details of the latest Syria peace plan are sketchy, largely because the five concession-laden, back-scratching documents in which the plan has been outlined are to be kept secret. But we do know that, as of yesterday evening, there is to be a 10-day 'cessation of hostilities,' after which the US and Russia will coordinate a bombing campaign against particular elements in the Syrian conflict, including ISIS and the increasingly dominant Islamist force in the conflict, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra). Questions are rightly being asked of a plan rich in doublespeaking irony. After all, it's a cessation of hostilities in which the ostensible enemies, ISIS and Fateh al-Sham, will not only continue to fight, but will continue to be fought: a cessation of hostilities in which hostilities do not actually cease." (09/13/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/syria-a-war-for-nothing-truce-russia-usa/  

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