Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

Russia sends anti-aircraft missiles to Syria to protect jets during airstrikes

November 5, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Russia has sent anti-aircraft missiles to Syria in order to safeguard its jets involved in airstrikes against militants in the war-battered Arab country, the commander of the Russian Air Force was quoted as saying Thursday. Russia has been carrying out airstrikes on Islamic State fighters in Syria since the end of September at the request of President Bashar Assad, Russia's long-term ally. Russian officials have insisted that their military involvement in Syria will be limited to an air force operation. Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said in an interview with the daily Komsomolskaya Pravda that the anti-aircraft missiles are there to project Russian fighter jets from a possible attack or hijack while on mission." [editor's note: Given continuing US talk about imposing a "no-fly zone" over Syria, clearly aimed at the Russian presence, the real reason for this is fairly obvious; can't say I blame them, but it's yet another escalation of US/Russian military tension - TLK] (11/05/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/11/05/russia-sends-anti-aircraft-missiles-to-syria-to-protect-jets-during-airstrikes/  

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Iran: Regime may quit Syria talks, in worsening spat with Saudi regime

November 2, 2015
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NDTV [India]    

"Iran said today it would quit Syria peace talks if it found them unconstructive, citing the 'negative role' of Saudi Arabia, in the latest twist in a spat between the regional rivals that bodes ill for efforts to ease turmoil across the Middle East. ... World and regional powers including Iran and Saudi Arabia met in Vienna on Friday to discuss a political solution to Syria's civil war but failed, as expected, to reach a consensus on the future of President Bashar al-Assad. Iran backs Assad in the war while Saudi Arabia supports rebels seeking to oust him." (11/02/15)

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/iran-says-may-quit-syria-talks-in-worsening-spat-with-saudi-rival-1239253  

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Obama’s Syria strategy is doomed to fail

November 1, 2015
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Emma Ashford Cato Institute
by Emma Ashford  

"The U.S. will send about 50 U.S. special forces troops to Syria, the White House announced Friday. The Pentagon has billed 'direct action on the ground' as a remedy to the current stalemate between U.S.-backed ground forces and ISIS. Yet this approach is not likely to solve the underlying problems of the Syrian conflict. Instead of this consistent mission creep -- committing ever more U.S. troops and equipment to the conflict -- U.S. leaders should focus less on military solutions. They should accept the de facto containment of ISIS, and instead prioritize non-military approaches, humanitarian support for the refugee crisis and aggressive pursuit of diplomatic options." (10/30/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obamas-syria-strategy-doomed-fail  

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Syria: US sticks to demand Assad leave power at first peace talks to include Iran

October 30, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Washington stuck to its demand on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leave power, ahead of peace talks which will include Assad's main ally Iran for the first time, reflecting his stronger position since Russia joined the war on his side. Throughout four years of war that has killed 250,000 people and driven more than 10 million from their homes, Assad's main ally Tehran was locked out of a succession of international peace conferences, all of which ended in failure." [editor's note: How about a quid pro quo? Syria's regime goes, and in return so does the US regime. Sounds like a win-win deal to me ... - TLK] (10/29/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/29/us-mideast-crisis-syria-talks-idUSKCN0SN1SS20151029  

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The Syrian civil war: What?

October 29, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Kathy Gilsinan  

"Syria's conflict has devolved from peaceful protests against the government in 2011 to a violent insurgency that has drawn in numerous other countries. It's partly a civil war of government against people; partly a religious war pitting Assad's minority Alawite sect, aligned with Shiite fighters from Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon, against Sunni rebel groups; and increasingly a proxy war featuring Russia and Iran against the United States and its allies. Whatever it is, it has so far killed 220,000 people, displaced half of the country's population, and facilitated the rise of ISIS." (10/29/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/10/syrian-civil-war-guide-isis/410746/  

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Why peace activists should stop cheering for Russian bombs in Syria

October 18, 2015
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OpEdNews
by David Swanson  

"There's a view of Syria, common even among peace activists in the United States, that holds that because the United States has been making everything worse in Syria and the entire Middle East for years, Russian bombs will make things better. While the actions of the United States and its allies will lead to victory for ISIS, horror for millions of people, and chronic chaos in Syria along the lines of post-liberation Iraq and Libya, Russian bombs -- this view maintains -- will destroy ISIS, restore order, uphold the rule of law, and establish peace. I've been informed repeatedly that because I'm opposed to Russian bombing I'm opposed to peace, I'm in favor of war, I want ISIS to win, I lack any concern for the suffering Syrian people, and my mind is either overly simplistic or somehow diseased." (10/16/15)

http://bit.ly/1Mx5VSp  

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Turkey: Regime warns US, Russia against backing Kurdish militia in Syria

October 13, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Turkey has warned the United States and Russia it will not tolerate Kurdish territorial gains by Kurdish militia close to its frontiers in north-western Syria, two senior officials said. ... Turkey fears advances by Kurdish YPG militia, backed by its PYD political wing, on the Syrian side of its 900 km (560-mile) border will fuel separatist ambitions among Kurds in its own southeastern territories. But Washington has supported YPG fighters as an effective force in combating Islamic State." (10/13/15)

http://reut.rs/1Pd7rPm  

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Syria: Russian embassy shelled during pro-government rally

October 13, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Insurgents fired two shells at the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital on Tuesday as hundreds of pro-government supporters gathered outside the compound to thank Moscow for its intervention in Syria. An Associated Press reporter was outside the embassy when the first shell slammed into the compound in central Damascus and smoke billowed from inside. As people started running away, another shell hit the area. No one was harmed in the shelling." (10/13/15)

http://fxn.ws/1Ls9Ljb  

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Russia follows US script in Syria

October 12, 2015
posted by

Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Vladimir Putin opened a new game of high stakes geopolitical poker, backing Syria's President Bashir Assad. But Washington has no complaint. America has been meddling in Syria's tragic civil war from the start. At the end of the Cold War Washington was anointed as the 'unipower' and 'indispensable nation,' and acted as such. The U.S. intervened anywhere anytime for any reason. But that world is gone. Russia's dramatic backing for Syria's beleaguered Assad government formally buries any illusion that 'what Washington says goes,' even in the Middle East." (10/12/15)

http://bit.ly/1R7gDSU  

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US caught faking it in Syria

October 12, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Thomas S Harrington  

"The great danger of faking your ability to do something in the public square is that someone with an actual desire to the job you are pretending to do might come along and show you up. This is what has just happened to the US in Syria with the entrance of Russia into the fight against ISIL. And as is generally the case with posers caught with their pants down, the US policy elites are not happy about it." (10/12/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/12/us-caught-faking-it-in-syria/  

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Syria: Regime troops advance with help of intensified Russian air strikes

October 12, 2015
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swissinfo [Switzerland]    

"Russian warplanes pounded Syrian rebels [allegedly] unaffiliated with Islamic State on Sunday, insurgents said, helping Moscow's ally Bashar al-Assad reclaim territory and dealing a fresh setback to the strategy of Washington and its allies. ... The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a [propaganda] group that [flaks for the rebels in] the 4-year-old conflict, said the Syrian military and its Lebanese Hezbollah militia allies had taken control of Tal Skik, a highland area in Idlib province, after fierce Russian bombing. That brings Syrian government forces closer to insurgent-held positions along the main highway that links Syria's principal cities. The area is held by a rebel alliance that [allegedly] excludes Islamic State fighters." [editor's note: Hard to tell the players with a scorecard, but the main Syrian rebel factions SEEM to be split in alignment between the Islamic State and al Qaeda; the "Observatory" is a rebel propaganda outfit headquartered in London - TLK] (10/11/15)

http://bit.ly/1LIbx1C  

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Obama says US knew Russian military planned to intervene in Syria

October 11, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"The United States had 'pretty good intelligence' that Russia intended to intervene militarily in Syria before President Barack Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday. Critics have accused Obama of having ceded American leadership to Putin by having failed to prevent Russia from launching airstrikes there on Sept. 30. Russia says the airstrikes are part of a campaign to wipe out ISIS, but U.S. officials have accused Putin of using them to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom the United States is seeking to oust." (10/11/15)

http://nbcnews.to/1GDCOea  

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Switching sides in the “war on terrorism”

October 9, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"So the enemy is no longer the jhadists -- the ones who took down the World Trade Center and attacked the Pentagon -- it's now the Russians, and the secular Syrian government, along with Iran and Hezbollah. What the story cited above doesn't tell you is that the US-backed rebels of the Free Syrian Army ('Suquor al-Ghab') are allied with the al-Nusra Front -- the 'official' al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. So a 'war on terrorism' that began with an attack by al Qaeda on American territory, one which struck at the very heart of Manhattan, has ended up arming the very people who murdered 3,000 people that fateful autumn morning." (10/09/15)

http://bit.ly/1QbJKV4  

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Syria: Russian ships fire cruise missiles as regime begins ground offensive

October 8, 2015
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Easton Star-Democrat    

"Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week. The missiles flew nearly 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) over Iran and Iraq and struck Raqqa and Aleppo provinces in the north and Idlib province in the northwest, Russian officials said. The Islamic State group has strongholds in Raqqa and Aleppo, while the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front has a strong presence in Idlib." (10/07/15)

http://bit.ly/1jdJwme  

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Iran: Khamenei bans talks with US

October 8, 2015
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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review    

"Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday banned further negotiations between Iran and the United States, putting the brakes on moderates' hopes of ending Iran's isolation after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers in July. Khamenei, the highest authority in the Islamic Republic, said last month there would be no more talks with the United States after the nuclear deal but had not declared a ban. His statements directly contradict those of moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who says his government is ready to hold talks with the United States on how to resolve the conflict in Syria, where the two countries back opposing sides." (10/07/15)

http://bit.ly/1Q94flq  

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Turkey: Regime warns Russia over alleged airspace violations as Syria airstrikes widen

October 5, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Turkey demanded Monday that Russia keep its warplanes from crossing into Turkish airspace, warning that such incursions risk 'undesired' consequences as Moscow widens its airstrikes to back Syria's embattled government. ... On Saturday, two Turkish F-16 fighters intercepted a Russia warplane in Turkish airspace and forced it back over the border, the Foreign Ministry said. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Moscow described the airspace violation as a 'mistake,' but he added that Russia's entry into the conflict has added to the crisis." (10/05/15)

http://wapo.st/1iZz4xM  

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War Party hates Putin — loves al Qaeda

October 2, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"As Russian fighter jets target al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria, the Western media is up in arms -- and in denial. They deny the Russians are taking on ISIS -- and they are indignant that Putin is targeting al-Qaeda, which is almost never referred to by its actual name, but is instead described as 'al-Nusra,' or the more inclusive 'Army of Conquest,' which are alternate names for the heirs of Osama bin Laden. And there are no ideological lines being drawn in this information war: both the left and the right -- e.g. the left-liberal Vox and the Fox News network -- are utilizing a map put out by the neoconservative 'Institute for the Study of War' to 'prove' that Putin isn't really attacking ISIS -- he's actually only concerned with destroying the 'non-ISIS' rebels and propping up the faltering regime of Bashar al-Assad." (10/02/15)

http://bit.ly/1P8ebND  

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Putin’s blitz leaves Washington rankled and confused

October 2, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney  

"On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a blistering critique of US foreign policy to the UN General Assembly. On Tuesday, Barack Obama shoved a knife in Putin's back. ... Hollande is a liar and a puppet. He knows the Security Council will never approve a no-fly zone. Russia and China have already said so. And they've explained why they are opposed to it, too. It's because they don't want another failed state on their hands like Libya, which is what happened last time the US and NATO imposed a no-fly zone." (10/01/15)

http://bit.ly/1j3mFK2  

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The logic of Putin’s Syria campaign

September 30, 2015
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Leon Hadar  

"Many American policymakers have been programmed under the influence of the great ideological struggles of the 20th century, and view the international system as an arena where Good (the United States) fights Evil. So it is difficult for them to accept that the pursuit of U.S. interests sometimes requires partnering with those who do not share our dreams and aspirations. Not so long ago, we allied with Stalin to fight Hitler, and then partnered with Mao and Jihadists in Afghanistan to battle the Soviets. From that perspective, Putin does not look like Satan Incarnate." (09/30/15)

http://bit.ly/1L40OMP  

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Iraq: Regime announces anti-Islamic State cooperation plan with Russia, Syria, Iran

September 28, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"Iraq will begin sharing 'security and intelligence' information with Russia, Syria and Iran to help combat the advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS,) the Iraqi military announced Sunday. A statement issued by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said the countries will 'help and cooperate in collecting information about the terrorist Daesh group,' using the Arabic acronym for ISIS. ... In response to the deal's announcement, a Pentagon spokesperson told CBS News the U.S. remains committed to working with Iraq to defeat ISIS. 'As a sovereign nation, Iraq has relations with many nations and the agreements the Iraqis take that work to our common objective are up to them,' said Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Steve Warren in Baghdad. 'We recognize that Iraq has an interest in sharing information on ISIL with other governments in the region who are also fighting ISIL. We do not support the presence of Syrian government officials who are part of a regime that has brutalized its own citizens.'" (09/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/orblqza  

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Why an Obama-Putin summit would be a good idea

September 22, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Brad Stapleton  

"Following Russia's recent [sic] deployment of military personnel to Syria, the Kremlin has intimated that Vladimir Putin would like to meet with President Obama during his upcoming visit to the United Nations General Assembly. By all accounts, the administration is torn. But it is high time for Obama to sit down and have a serious discussion with his Russian counterpart." [editor's note: The Russian state has had a military presence in Syria since the Cold War; there's nothing "recent" about it - TLK] (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oka9c6o  

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Syria: Russia launches drones

September 22, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Russia has started to fly unmanned aircraft over Syria in what appears to be surveillance operations over the country, two U.S. officials told CNN. The officials were not able to confirm whether the drones were armed, or how many missions have been flown to date. ... The introduction of drones follows a buildup of Russian military equipment and personnel into Syria. To date, Russia has over 25 fighter and attack aircraft, 15 helicopters, nine tanks, three surface-to-air missile systems and at least 500 personnel on the ground in Syria, a U.S. official told CNN." (09/21/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/21/politics/russia-flies-drones-over-syria/  

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“Counterproductive” Russia and the conflict in Syria

September 22, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Gary Leupp  

"The Pentagon and State Department, echoed as usual by the mainstream press, have expressed 'concern' about Russian deliveries of the most modern tanks, fighter aircraft, surface-to-air missiles and other military equipment to Syria. They call them 'counterproductive,' although it's not clear what sort of productive cause they counter." (09/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oqlzw88  

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Putin’s line in the sand: No regime change in Syria

September 17, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney  

"The Obama administration now believes that regime change is within its reach. Yes, they know it will require some back-up from US Special Forces and Turkish combat troops, but it's all doable. This is why Obama has shrugged off Russia's plan for a transitional government or for forming a coalition to defeat ISIS. ... All Obama needs to do is intensify the war effort, put a little more pressure on Assad, and wait for the regime to collapse. This is why we should expect a dramatic escalation as we begin Phase 2 of the conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin knows this, which is why he's sending more weapons, supplies and advisors to Syria. He's signaling to Washington that he knows what they're up to and that he'll respond if they carry things too far." (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q4tjzre  

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Is Russia invading Syria?

September 14, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Having given up waiting for the supposedly 'imminent' Russian assault on Kiev, which we've been told for lo these many months is coming down the pike momentarily, our new cold warriors are now in a frenzy over the sudden discovery of a Russian presence in Syria. ... In short, there is nothing new about the Russo-Syrian alliance: Putin has backed Assad in his war against the Islamist rebels from the get-go. So why is the media now in a frothy-mouthed frenzy over this latest 'discovery' of Russian 'aggression?' Why is John Kerry on the phone with the Kremlin warning them to back off?" (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p66fd2e  

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