Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

NYT trumpets US restraint against ISIS, ignores hundreds of civilian deaths

May 26, 2015
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"The New York Times this morning has an extraordinary front-page article claiming that the U.S. is being hampered in its war against ISIS because of its extreme -- even excessive -- concern for civilians. 'American officials say they are not striking significant -- and obvious -- Islamic State targets out of fear that the attacks will accidentally kill civilians,' reporter Eric Schmitt says. ... But there's one rather glaring omission in this article: the many hundreds of civilian deaths likely caused by the U.S.-led bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria." (05/26/15)

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Syria: Gathering momentum, Islamic State takes control of ancient Palmyra

May 21, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Islamic State seized full control of both ancient and modern Palmyra in central Syria on Thursday, just days after it captured a provincial capital in neighboring Iraq, suggesting momentum is building for the ultra-hardline group." (05/21/25)

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Syria: US forces conduct raid, say they killed senior Islamic State leader

May 18, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Delta Force commandos used UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to punch deep into eastern Syria from Iraq. They engaged in a firefight and hand-to-hand combat with Islamic State fighters, killed a key figure in the group named as Abu Sayyaf and captured his wife, U.S. officials said. The officials described Sayyaf, a Tunisian, as an Islamic State commander who helped manage the group's black-market sales of oil and gas to raise funds." (05/16/15)

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Eight problems with Amnesty’s report on Aleppo Syria

May 14, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Rick Sterling  

"International customary law does not allow for supplying arms to 'vetted' or 'approved' insurgents. Yet one of the Amnesty recommendations to the international community is that 'If considering supplying arms to non-state armed groups in Syria, first carry out a rigorous human rights risk assessment and establish a robust monitoring process ...' ... The implication is that it's permissible to kill soldiers, police, government and security people in Syria if you avoid killing civilians. Would it be similarly permissible for Canada and Mexico to train and arm insurgents to come to the U.S. to kill soldiers, police and anyone else defending the security apparatus?" (05/14/15)

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Investigators say they have war crimes case on Syria’s Assad

May 13, 2015
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The Daily Mail [UK]    

"Investigators and lawyers said Wednesday that they have built war crimes cases against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and key institutions of his regime with documents smuggled out of the country. The Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA) has already built three cases against the regime for crimes against humanity and is continuing to assemble evidence against others in the regime as well as in the opposition." (05/13/15)

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Syria: Two UN troops wounded by mortar fire in Golan Heights

May 5, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"he Israeli military says two U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights have been wounded by mortar fire from neighboring [sic] Syria. The military says the peacekeepers were hit at a U.N. base in the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan. It says they were taken to an Israeli hospital, but gives no details on their condition or nationality." (05/04/15)

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Syria: Suicide bombing hits capital in possible assassination attempt

May 4, 2015
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Fox News    

"An activist group and a state-owned Syrian TV station say a suicide bomber has blown himself up in Damascus. Al-Ikhbariya TV says authorities stopped an armed group in the Rokn al-Deen neighborhood of the capital on Monday. It says that one member of the group blew himself up. It offered no further details. The director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdurrahman, says the bombing appeared to target a general who is responsible for army logistics and supplies." (05/04/15)

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Syria: Regime strikes kill more than 20, rebel sources say

April 30, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Syrian government forces have carried out a series of air raids and shelled several areas in the country's northwest in an apparent attempt to halt a rebel advance, killing at least 20 civilians, activists said Thursday. State-owned news agency SANA said troops were targeting 'terrorists,' a term the government uses to refer to all of its armed opponents. ... The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday at least 23 civilians, including five children, were killed in those airstrikes." [editor's note: As I occasionally remember to mention, the "Observatory" is an anti-regime propaganda center located in London; grain of salt warranted - TLK] (04/30/15)

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Syria: Regime forces bomb disputed town

April 27, 2015
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Independent [Ireland]    

"Syrian military aircraft have bombed the north-western town of Jisr al-Shughour today, a day after insurgents seized control of it as part of a broader offensive that has left government forces in the area reeling. The opposition campaign, spearheaded by the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front and Islamic rebel factions, has captured the two largest urban centres in Idlib province in the space of a month." (04/26/15)

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Israeli forces kill four in Golan strike

April 27, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"Israeli aircraft killed four armed militants who crossed from Syria into the Israeli-held section of the Golan Heights to attack Israeli troops, the military said. The militants were carrying an explosive device, an army spokeswoman said by phone, speaking on condition of anonymity according to military rules. The military didn't say whether the armed men were Syrians or members of the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group backed by Iran." (04/27/15)

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Syria: PLO backs regime’s drive to regain Yarmouk camp from Islamic State

April 10, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"A Palestinian [Arab] official said on Thursday he supported a Syrian army offensive to regain control of the war-battered Yarmouk camp on the outskirts of Damascus that has fallen into the hands of Islamic State. The radical Islamist group, which rules swathes of Syria and Iraq, seized almost all of Yarmouk in recent days, brushing aside local militia opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. ... [Palestinian Authority minister Ahmad Majdalani] said the Syrian army alongside local Palestinian [Arab] groups had had some success in pushing back the Islamic State and had so far secured 35 percent of the camp. The sprawling Yarmouk was home to some 160,000 Palestinian[ Arab]s before the Syrian conflict began in 2011 -- refugees from the 1948 war of Israel's founding, and their descendents." (04/09/15)

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UK: Syrian-born former imam found shot dead in London

April 8, 2015
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The Daily Mail [UK]    

"A Syrian man living in Britain described as a prominent activist opposed to President Bashar al-Assad was found shot dead in his car in northwest London, the BBC reported Wednesday. Police were called by paramedics after a man was found with what were thought to be bullet wounds to the chest, the broadcaster said. 'The BBC understands the victim was Abdul Hadi Arwani, a chef and former imam at a London mosque,' it reported." (04/08/15)

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Syria: Islamist rebels deal blow to Assad with capture of Idlib

March 30, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"The capture of the Syrian city of Idlib by Islamist rebels may undermine President Bashar al-Assad's claim to have the upper hand in the country’s civil war and stir unrest among his supporters, analysts said. Rebels headed by fighters from a local al-Qaeda affiliate seized the northwestern city on Saturday after a four-day offensive, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict. It's the second province to fall to Islamist rebels, more than two years after Islamic State captured Raqqa and turned the northern city into the capital of its self-declared caliphate." (03/29/15)

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Syria: Rebels launch offensive against government-held Idlib

March 25, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Syrian rebels launched an offensive Tuesday against a major government-held city in the country's northwest, shelling the outskirts and warning residents to remain indoors. The operation's target is Idlib, a city of about 165,000 and the capital of the province of the same name. Rebels have controlled countryside and towns across the province since 2012, but President Bashar al-Assad's forces have held Idlib city." (03/24/15)

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Canada: Regime to conduct airstrikes against Islamic State group in Syria

March 25, 2015
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Omaha World    

"Canada is expanding its military mission against the Islamic State group to include airstrikes on targets in Syria, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Tuesday. Harper told Parliament that he will not seek 'the express consent' of the President Bashar Assad government for the airstrikes, but will work closely with allies who have been carrying out such airstrikes against IS over Syria in recent months." (03/24/15)

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Syria: Rebels capture regime troops after helicopter crash

March 23, 2015
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Newser Newser    

"Syrian insurgents captured several government airmen after their helicopter crashed in a rebel-held area of northwestern Syria on Sunday, activists said. The Idlib Media Center and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the helicopter went down near Jabal al-Zawiya, some 6 miles north of the town of Maarat al-Numan in Idlib province. The aircraft experienced a technical malfunction and made an emergency crash-landing, according to the Observatory. Syria's state news agency confirmed that a helicopter had crashed in Idlib after a mechanical problem and said the authorities were looking for the crew." (03/22/15)

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Syria: State media claims shootdown of US drone

March 18, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"Syria's state news agency says the country's air defense forces have shot down a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft. 'Syrian air defenses brought down a hostile U.S. surveillance plane in northern Latakia,' SANA said in a statement, without giving further details. A U.S. defense official confirmed to CBS News that the U.S. lost control of an unarmed MQ-1 Predator drone that was flying over northwest Syria. The official said there was no immediate information to determine whether it was shot down or crashed." (03/17/15)

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Syria: Rebels say army kills six in gas attack; regime denies

March 17, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"A [pro-rebel group in England] monitoring the Syrian civil war said on Tuesday government forces carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people in the northwest, and medics posted videos of children suffering what they said was suffocation. A Syrian military source described the report of an attack in the village of Sarmin in Idlib province as propaganda. 'We confirm that we would not use this type of weapon, and we don't need to use it,' the source said. ... The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which [promotes the rebel viewpoint of] the conflict through a network of sources, said the six dead included a man, his wife and their three children. It cited medical sources as saying they died as a result of gas from barrel bombs dropped late on Monday and that the chemical used was likely chlorine." (03/17/15)

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Syria: German woman killed fighting Islamic State

March 9, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"A young German woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria was killed over the weekend in clashes with Islamic State fighters, Kurdish officials and a Turkey-based communist group said on Monday. The Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. air strikes and local rebel fighters, have been battling Islamic State in northern Syria since the al Qaeda offshoot captured large tracts of land along the border with Turkey. The woman, Ivana Hoffmann, was killed in a village near the town of Tel Tamr in northeastern Syria, Kurdish official Nasir Haj Mansour said. She had joined female Kurdish fighting units, known as the YPJ, two to three months ago, he said." (03/09/15)

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Syria: Regime says it killed military leader of al Qaeda group

March 6, 2015
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Altoona Mirror    

"The military commander of al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate was killed Thursday in an explosion targeting a meeting of senior militants in northern Syria which also killed and wounded a number of other fighters. State-run news agency SANA said Abu Hommam al-Shami was killed in a military operation carried out by the Syrian army that targeted a Nusra Front meeting in the village of Habeet, in the northern Idlib province." (03/05/15)

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A pretext for cyber COINTELPRO?

February 26, 2015
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CounterPunch
by Eric Draitser  

"In its ever expanding war against Syria, now under the broader pretext of 'fighting ISIS,' the US Government has employed a variety of tactics. From arming terrorists whom it dishonestly labels 'moderates,' to encouraging Turkey and Jordan to host jihadi training centers, to the CIA working with the Muslim Brotherhood to funnel weapons and fighters into Syria, the US and its allies have demonstrated the multi-faceted approach they're taking to fighting ISIS, extremism, and the Syrian Government. The war, once believed to be relegated solely to Syria and Iraq, has now been broadened to a regional, and indeed, a global war with no geographical boundaries or time limits. And now, the Obama administration has announced that its war will also be waged in cyberspace. " (02/26/15)

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Syria: Islamic State said to abduct at least 70 Christians

February 25, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The Islamic State has captured at least 70 Assyrian Christians in eastern Syria -- including many women and children -- in one of the militant group's largest abductions targeting religious minorities, watchdog groups said Tuesday. The Islamic State said it was holding 'tens of crusaders' -- a term it often uses to describe Christians -- but other details were not clear." (02/24/15)

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Deadly “dissent”: Hidden hell lurks in new critique of Syria policy

February 20, 2015
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Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd  

"Ford's road to Damascus conversion from militant interventionist to skeptical opponent of American policy in Syria seems at first like a positive development; it's always good to have another voice raised against America's knee-jerk militarism -- and it's even better PR for anti-war forces if that voice comes from the center of the Establishment itself, right? So Ford's new stance is getting some play and praise among the dwindling circles of 'progressives' who oppose the Peace Prize Prez's policies of permanent war. But a closer look at Ford's position reveals that his 'opposition' to the new Obama approach is based on the same argument as his earlier criticism of the president's policy: that it isn't bloodthirsty enough." (02/19/15)

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Syria: Regime forces launch new Aleppo offensive

February 18, 2015
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Syrian government troops began a new offensive around Aleppo on Tuesday, seeking to encircle rebels in the northern city and break the siege on two pro-regime villages. The offensive comes the same day that UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura is to address the Security Council on his efforts, including a plan to 'freeze' fighting in Aleppo that has so far failed to gain traction. A Syrian military source said government troops had seized two villages north of Aleppo and were engaged in fierce fighting for control of a third." (02/17/15)

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Syria: Assad regime rejects foreign ground troops to fight Islamic State

February 9, 2015
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Straits Times [Singapore]    

"Syria will not allow foreign ground troops on its territory to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said on Monday. Speaking at a news conference in Damascus, Muallem also said Jordan had not responded to a Syrian request to coordinate efforts against ISIS after the group killed a captured Jordanian pilot." (02/09/15)

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