Posts Tagged ‘ Syria ’

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)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/26/a-pretext-for-cyber-cointelpro/  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/mqxxxzk  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/qalg6hm  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/oq9rcvl  

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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)

http://tinyurl.com/njly4a8  

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Syria: Regime says rebel shelling of capital kills at least three

February 5, 2015
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Miami Herald    

"Syrian rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar shells that struck several neighborhoods in the capital Damascus on Thursday, killing at least three people and wounding around 30 others, Syria's state-run news agency said. Gray smoke billowed from several parts of the city, and the thud of shells and wailing ambulance sirens pierced the morning calm. The shelling followed threats by a rebel commander to shower the capital with mortar shells to avenge deadly government airstrikes on nearby rebel-held suburbs over the past week." (02/05/15)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article9328634.html  

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Syria: Bomb on bus in central Damascus kills seven

February 2, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"A bomb exploded on a bus near Damascus' medieval city center on Sunday, killing at least seven people, including Lebanese Shiite pilgrims, according to Syrian activists and Lebanese media. Another 20 people were wounded in the blast, which occurred near the Damascus citadel and the centuries-old Hamidiyeh bazaar, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria. Rocket fire from nearby rebel-held towns routinely strikes Damascus, but bombings are rare in the heavily policed city center." (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m447827  

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Israel launches airstrikes on Syrian army as tensions rise

January 28, 2015
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Independent [Ireland]    

"Israeli aircraft struck Syrian army artillery positions early on Wednesday, the military said, in retaliation for rockets launched at the Israel-occupied Golan Heights a day earlier. The strike came amid rising frontier tension 10 days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general and several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas. The air strike on targets in areas under the control of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sent a clear message, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said in a statement." [editor's note: Do I detect a hint of "Mom! He hit me back first!" there? - TLK] (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mxwwsum  

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Syria: Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobani after four-month battle

January 27, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday after driving out Islamic State fighters, a monitoring group and Syrian state media said, although Washington said the four-month battle was not yet over. Some Islamic State supporters took to Twitter to say the fight for Kobani, a focal point of the international struggle against the ultra-hardline Islamist group, was still raging. Islamist militants launched an assault on the predominantly Kurdish town last year, using heavy weapons seized in Iraq and forcing tens of thousands of locals into exile." (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qj99kpq  

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US-led forces conduct airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

January 6, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"U.S.-led forces conducted 10 air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, mostly targeting the contested city of Kobani, and two strikes in Iraq since Monday, the U.S. military said." (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m5jbnz4  

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Syria: ISIS downs Jordanian warplane, captures pilot

December 25, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"The US-led coalition has lost its first warplane of the ISIS war in Syria today, as ISIS shot down a Jordanian F-16 with a heat-seeking missile, capturing the pilot. ISIS issued images of the captured pilot being paraded around their capital city of Raqqa." (12/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k3n9wsj  

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Syria: Islamist fighters capture two regime bases

December 16, 2014
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Miami Herald    

"Al-Qaida-linked and other Islamic fighters captured two key Syrian army bases on Monday in the northwestern province of Idlib after two days of intense battles with government troops that killed dozens on both sides, activists said. The fall of the two bases -- Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh, both located near the town of Maaret al-Numan -- is a significant blow to the Syrian army, which had managed to hold on to them for more than two years, repelling repeated attacks by an array of opposition groups." (12/15/14)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article4490023.html  

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Syria: Regime accuses Israel of Damascus, Dimas strikes

December 8, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"Syrian state television said on Sunday that Israeli jets had bombed areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the conflict through a network of sources on both sides, said that 10 explosions were heard near Dimas. It said that one missile hit a warehouse for imports and exports at the Damascus international airport. An Israeli army spokesman said he would not comment on the 'foreign reports.'" (12/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m628fxh  

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UN suspends food aid to 1.7 million Syrian refugees

December 2, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Program (WFP) said Monday. ... Suspension of the assistance program comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011." (12/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n3aup47  

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Syria: Regime airstrikes reportedly kill dozens in Raqqa

November 26, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Syrian government warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday on the de-facto capital of the extremist group ISIS, killing at least 60 people, shattering shop fronts and setting dozens of cars ablaze, activists said. Some of the air raids struck a market near a museum and an industrial neighborhood in the city of Raqqa, causing many civilian casualties, they said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-regime monitoring group, put the death toll at more than 60, among them 36 civilians whose names it was able to document." [editor's note: As always, recall that the "Observatory" is a propaganda mill based far from Syria and its claims should be treated skeptically - TLK] (11/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lbyhwos  

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Islamic State claims to have beheaded US hostage Kassig

November 17, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"Islamic State militants said in a video on Sunday they had beheaded U.S. hostage Peter Kassig and warned the United States they would kill other U.S. citizens 'on your streets.' The announcement of Kassig's death, in what would be the fifth such killing of a Western captive by the group, formed part of a 15-minute video posted online in which Islamic State showed the beheadings of at least 14 men it said were pilots and officers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In Washington, President Barack Obama's National Security Council (NSC) said the U.S. government was working to confirm the authenticity of the claim." (11/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o2jndva  

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Syria: US airstrikes target rebel compound

November 6, 2014
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CBC [Canadian state media]    

"U.S. airstrikes hit the compound of a powerful hard-line rebel group that is not affiliated to the Islamic State extremist organization early Thursday, activists said, in an apparent widening of targets that could further strain relations between Washington and the Western-backed opposition. The Syrian rebels have complained that the aerial campaign against the extremist group is indirectly aiding President Bashar Assad's forces, and have been infuriated by the U.S. willingness to attack other Islamic militant groups that the rebels view as allies while refraining from targeting the government." (11/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pqbq24s  

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Syria: Mortar strikes Damascus school, killing at least 13

November 5, 2014
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CTV [Canada]    

"Mortar rounds slammed into a school Wednesday in a rebel-held suburb east of Damascus, killing at least 13 children whose limp, bloodied bodies were later laid out on the floor of a crowded field hospital awaiting burial, activists said. Syrian children often have been the victims of the country's civil war, now in its fourth year, but they rarely are specifically targeted. Still, Wednesday's attack in the town of Qaboun marked the most serious violence against Syrian minors since a twin suicide bombing killed at least 25 children in a government-controlled neighbourhood in the central city of Homs in October." (11/05/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qhurxxm  

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Syria: Rebel agitprop outfit says US airstrikes killed 521 fighters, only murdered 32 civilians in September

October 23, 2014
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Reuters    

"Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the vast majority of the deaths, 464, were militants from Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot which has grabbed large areas of Syria and neighboring Iraq. The attacks also killed 57 members of the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, the Observatory said. Six of the civilians were children and five were women, it added." (10/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/phscvgp  

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Syria: Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels

October 22, 2014
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Baton Rouge Advocate    

"Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas considered more crucial to the survival of his government. As U.S. and allied jets swoop freely over towns and cities under control of extremists in northern Syria, the Syrian army has scaled back its air activity over areas of IS control, doing as little as possible there to avoid confrontation." (10/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m97xspv  

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Syria: US drops arms to Kobani Kurds

October 20, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"The U.S. military says it has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants. The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani, near the Turkish border. The U.S. said earlier in the day that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the Kobani area." (10/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k4spldb  

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Syria: ISIS thugs crucify, murder teen

October 20, 2014
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Islamic State militants have publicly crucified and murdered a teenager they accused of taking photographs of the terror group's headquarters in Syria. Sickening images purportedly taken in the central square of the extremists' de facto capital Raqqa show the battered and bloodstained body of an unnamed 17-year-old boy strapped to a cross. A handwritten placard hangs around the teenager's neck, accusing him of 'apostasy' -- the abandonment of his religion -- and says he had been crucified for three days after being caught receiving 500 Turkish lira for every photograph he took of an Islamic State military base." (10/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qhr2jzd  

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ISIS shells Syria-Turkey border crossing

October 10, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"ISIS shelled a Syrian border crossing with Turkey Friday to try and capture it and cut off the embattled town of Kobani, a local Kurdish official and Syrian activists said. ... By mid-morning Friday, occasional gunfire and explosions that appeared to be rocket-propelled grenades and mortar shells could be heard from across the border in Turkey, and plumes of smoke were seen rising in the distance." (10/10/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kpl3fjj  

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Syria: IS intensifies attacks on Kobane

October 6, 2014
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The News International [Pakistan]    

"Smoke billowed over the key Syrian border town of Kobane on Sunday as Kurdish fighters supported by US-led air strikes battled to hold back intensified attacks by Islamic State Jihadists. IS fighters seized part of a strategic hill overlooking the town late on Saturday, a monitor said, but their progress was slowed by new strikes from the coalition of Washington and Arab allies. The dusty town on the Turkish border has become a crucial battleground in the international fight against IS, which sparked further outrage this weekend with the release of a video showing the beheading of Briton Alan Henning." (10/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mjupgwa  

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US launches war on Syrian regime (oh, and ISIS)

September 24, 2014
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The Skeptical Libertarian The Skeptical Libertarian
by Edward Coke  

"America is once again at war in the Middle East, dropping bombs and inserting 'advisers' on the ground in two countries. Americans seem supportive of the stated mission -- destroying one division of the cross border insurgency known as ISIS -- but they will increasingly grow tired of the actual mission: regime change in Syria. Here are five indications that Obama's 'counter-terrorism operation' is actually a nation-building war." (09/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l9ops3c  

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