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  • S. Korea: (3rd LD) Police arrest Indonesian suspected of following terrorist group

    11/18/2015 4:55:08 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/11/18
    (3rd LD) Police arrest Indonesian suspected of following terrorist group 2015/11/18 18:11 (ATTN: ADDS details on Syrian refugees; Minor edits) SEOUL, Nov. 18 (Yonhap) -- Police said Wednesday they are questioning an illegal immigrant with Indonesian nationality who is suspected of following a terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaida. The National Police Agency (NPA) said they arrested the 32-year-old at his house in South Chungcheong Province on charges of violating the Immigration Control Law and forging documents. However, the man is also suspected of supporting the al-Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al-Qaida, for months, according to police. Police said the...
  • ICYMI: Sen. Cruz: The Refugee Flow Out of Syria Must Be Treated as a National Security Risk

    11/17/2015 8:33:47 AM PST · by Isara · 7 replies ^ | November 16, 2015
    In September, sent letter to department heads requesting information on policies admitting Syrian refugees to the U.S. WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in September sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey. In his letter, Sen. Cruz shared grave concerns regarding the Administration’s intent to import tens of thousands of individuals from Syria and elsewhere who have not been properly vetted for ties to ISIS, al Qaeda, al Nusra and other radical Islamic terrorist groups. “In the current...
  • Al Qaeda appears moderate compared to Islamic State, veteran jihadist says

    10/26/2015 7:06:13 AM PDT · by Freemeorkillme · 11 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | 10/25/2015 | Thomas Jocelyn
    Jihadists in Syria have released the second edition of Al Risalah, an English-language magazine. The publication, which was distributed via social media earlier today, is a thinly-veiled piece of al Qaeda propaganda. It isnt officially published by the organization, but its al Qaeda messaging is obvious. Al Risalahs newest edition includes an interview with a jihadist known as Usama Hamza Australi, who is originally from Queensland, Australia. Ive been a member of Al Qaeda for approximately fourteen years since mid-2001 until today, Australi says. Im currently in Syria as a member of Al Qaeda Central (AQC), working on their...
  • Top al Qaeda leader Sanafi al-Nasr killed in U.S. airstrike, Pentagon says

    10/18/2015 1:38:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/18/2015 | By Barbara Starr and Tim Hume
    The leader of an al Qaeda-linked group allegedly bent on attacking the West has been killed in an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria, U.S. officials said Sunday. Sanafi al-Nasr, a Saudi citizen whose real name is Abdul Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh, was the highest-ranking member of the Khorasan Group -- a collection of veteran al Qaeda jihadis which had moved into Syria, the Pentagon said in a statement. He was killed in an airstrike in northwest Syria on Thursday, the statement said. Nasr, who was once al Qaeda's chief financial officer and had been designated a Specially...
  • [Vanity] The so-called Free Syrian Army is Al-Nusra, the Syrian Branch of Al Qaeda

    10/17/2015 9:31:25 AM PDT · by pinochet · 9 replies
    The American media has been providing evidence since 2013, that the so-called Free Syrian Army and The Al-Nusra Front, are one and the same organization. Here is a Washington Times article from 2013: Al-Nusra Front, as the Washington Times makes clear, is the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda Have Al Qaeda now become the "moderates"? The so-called Syrian moderates belong to a movement that has killed more Americans than ISIS (Remember 911?) ISIS used to be the Iraqi branch of Al Qaeda, before they re-organized themselves into a new movement - ISIL/ISIS Both the Al-Nusra Front and ISIS want...
  • Senior Al-Qaeda Leader Killed in Syria Airstrike

    10/17/2015 12:40:23 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 25 replies
    RT ^ | October 17, 2015 | RT
    A senior leader from Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaedas branch in Syria, has been reportedly killed alongside two other members of the terrorist group in the province of Aleppo. Sanafi Al-Nasr, who was allegedly killed in an airstrike near the town of Dana, was Al-Qaedas senior strategist and an important power broker, the Iranian Fars news agency reports, citing jihadist sources close to the killed militant leader. Al-Nusra released several photos showing a car hit by an air strike along with several bodies of the dead militants, although their identities were not verified. However, jihadists claimed on social media that Al-Nasr had...
  • Saudis, ISIS, Al-Qaeda Agree: Time for Jihad Against Russia

    10/14/2015 6:07:20 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/13/15 | Mary Chastain
    The leader of al-Qaeda linked group al-Nusra Front is encouraging jihadists in the Caucasus to attack Russia. His call follows similar condemnation of Russia from rival jihadi group the Islamic State (ISIS) and a number of Saudi clerics. If the Russian army kills the people of Syria, then kill their people. And if they kill our soldiers, then kill their soldiers. An eye for an eye, declared Abu Mohamed al-Jolani. Russia began airstrikes on September 30. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the UN Security Council the government received a request from Assad to strike the rebels. Russia has stated...
  • Syrian Kurds, Arab Rebels and Assyrians Form New Alliance

    10/12/2015 12:41:43 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 12 Oct 15 | Jack Moore
    A U.S.-backed Syrian-Kurdish militia, a number of Arab rebel groups and an Assyrian Christian group in Syria have formed a coalition to build a democratic representation for a number of moderate parties within Syria, according to a statement seen by Reuters on Monday. The new alliance, which is calling itself the Democratic Forces of Syria, includes the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) that beat back the Islamic State (ISIS) with the support of U.S. airstrikes in the Syrian-Kurdish border town of Kobani earlier this year. The YPG continues to battle the radical Islamist group in areas of northeastern Syria and...
  • France Backs Russia Targeting "All Terrorists" in Syria

    10/06/2015 7:16:06 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    This article originally appeared in German Economic News. Translated from the German by Werner Schrimpf.The French will support Russias fight against terrorists in Syria. U.S. President Obama will be kept informed about developments.Last Monday, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius took a surprising stance in favor of Russian air strikes in Syria. During an interview with French radio station Europe1 Fabius stated that these aerial attacks must be flown not just against ISIS but against all other groups which can be classified as terroristic. Russias news agency TASS also cited this interview. The interesting aspect of this interview is the correction...
  • US-trained rebels gave their weapons to al-Qaeda immediately on entering Syria

    09/22/2015 5:42:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9/22/15 | Robert Spencer
    The Obama Administration repeatedly assured us that they were working with vetted moderates in Syria. Obviously they have no idea how actually to do such vetting, or were never sincere about attempting to do so in the first place.US-trained Division 30 rebels betrayed US and hand weapons over to al-Qaedas affiliate in Syria,' by Nabih Bulos, Telegraph, September 22, 2015: Pentagon-trained rebels in Syria are reported to have betrayed their American backers and handed their weapons over to al-Qaeda in Syria immediately after re-entering the country.Fighters with Division 30, the moderate rebel division favoured by the United States, surrendered to...
  • How Israel prevented ISIS from going nuclear

    09/04/2015 7:39:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/02/2015 | MICHAEL FREUND
    Instead of constantly smacking Israel with criticism, the Obama administration and its European comrades should be praising the Jewish state The entire free world owes Israel an enormous debt of gratitude. Were it not for a prescient strike against a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, which foreign media sources credit Israel with carrying out, the fanatics of Islamic State would now be in possession of their own nuclear facility. This revelation came to light thanks to a recent article on the NK News website by former US diplomat Dennis P. Halpin, who highlighted an intriguing tidbit of information that was...
  • David Petraeus' bright idea: give terrorists weapons to beat terrorists

    09/02/2015 5:26:53 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sept 2, 2015 | Trevor Trimm
    The latest brilliant plan to curtail Isis in the Middle East? Give more weapons to current members of al-Qaida. The Daily Beast reported that former CIA director David Petraeus, still somehow entrenched in the DC Beltway power circles despite leaking highly classified secrets, is now advocating arming members of the al-Nusra Front in Syria, an offshoot of al-Qaida and a designated terrorist organization. Could there be a more dangerous and crazy idea?
  • Iran, Al Qaeda affiliated group, the Al Nusra Front, attacks US trained rebels in Syria

    08/06/2015 8:37:56 AM PDT · by Frankusa · 5 replies
    On July 31, the New York Times reported that an American-trained, Syrian Rebel group, known as Division 30, came under intense attack from a hard-line, Al Qaeda affiliated group, known as the Al Nusra Front... It is... significant to note that, according to a US Department of Treasury report issued last year, Al Nusra has received significant funding from "Al-Qaidas network in Iran." That's right: Iran. "Al-Qaidas network in Iran.".... The Treasury Department noted in its report that... "Al-Qaidas network in Iran has facilitated the transfer of funds... to al-Qaida core and other affiliated elements, including the al-Nusrah Front in...
  • Al-Qaida in Syria Seizes Large Parts of Northern City

    03/28/2015 4:32:34 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 9 replies
    Syrian opposition activists say al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, has seized large parts of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces. ...
  • Report: Israel treating al-Qaeda fighters wounded in Syria civil war

    03/14/2015 6:48:31 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/13/2015 |
    Nusra Front is the Sunni Muslim al-Qaida offshoot which is currently fighting the Iranian-backed axis of Bashar Assad and Hezbollah in Syria. Israel has opened its borders with Syria in order to provide medical treatment to Nusra Front and al-Qaida fighters wounded in the ongoing civil war, according to The Wall Street Journal. The prominent American newspaper reported that Nusra Front, the Sunni Muslim al-Qaida offshoot which is currently fighting the Iranian-backed axis of Bashar Assad and Hezbollah, "hasn't bothered Israel since seizing the border area last summer" along the Golan Heights.
  • Iran selects new head of body in charge of 'Supreme Leader' position

    03/10/2015 2:45:16 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/10/2015 10:37
    Iran has selected a new figure to head its national Assembly of Experts, a body that governs the tenure of the Supreme leader, state news agency FARS reported on Tuesday. Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, a cleric who had served as the head of Iran's Judiciary branch between 1989 and 1999, was among other candidates considered for the position, both of whom are senior clerics in the Islamic Republic's regime and hold the title of Ayatollah. Yazdi's selection to this new position comes in light of reports that the current Supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, who suffers from stage four prostate cancer, was...
  • Syria's al-Nusra Front commander 'killed in strike'

    03/06/2015 2:51:57 AM PST · by csvset · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 March 2015 | BBC
    The military chief of Syria's al-Nusra Front militant group has been killed in an air strike, the jihadist group has said on social media. Three other leaders were killed along with Abu Homam al-Shami, it says. Syria's state-run news agency said the army had targeted Nusra leaders as they met in northern Idlib province, the Associated Press reported. Al-Nusra is one of the most powerful groups fighting the army and has long been seen as an affiliate of al-Qaeda. It was involved in a major attack on the Air Force Intelligence headquarters in the embattled city of Aleppo on Wednesday.
  • Twitter Escalates ISIS Battle: 2,000 Accounts Suspended

    03/03/2015 6:11:27 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    ABC7 Eyeball News ^ | 03/03/2015 | BRIAN ROSS
    ISIS has been under attack in the last few days from Twitter, which has quietly suspended at least 2,000 accounts linked to the terror group and its supporters, according to people with knowledge of the operation. The sites shut down include some of the most important distributors of ISIS messages in a major escalation against ISIS's propaganda and recruitment efforts, according to J.M. Berger, a terrorism analyst who monitors ISIS online messaging. "Twitter has been doing a whole lot over the past week. They've slammed them pretty hard, including the official media distribution guys," Berger said. He said 13 of...
  • Dozens dead as Qaeda militants in Syria seize rebel base (US Taxpayer Funded Moderate Beheaders )

    02/28/2015 5:33:48 AM PST · by csvset · 11 replies
    France24 ^ | 28 February 2015 | AFP
    <p>Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate on Saturday drove US-backed rebels out of a strategic northern military base in fierce fighting that left dozens dead, a monitor said.</p> <p>At least 29 fighters from the Western-armed Hazm movement were killed along with six Al-Nusra Front jihadists, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.</p>
  • Three gunmen killed in clashes with Lebanese army: source

    01/25/2015 7:43:38 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, January 23, 2015 | Sylvia Westall, ed by Dominic Evans and Alison Williams
    At least three gunmen were killed in clashes with Lebanese soldiers close to the border with Syria on Friday, a Lebanese security source said, in an area that has seen regular incursions from Islamist militants fighting in Syria's war. A group of gunmen launched a large-scale attack on an army outpost close to the village of Ras Baalbek, near Lebanon's eastern frontier with Syria, wounding at least five soldiers, and the army responded with artillery, the source said. It was not immediately clear which group the attackers belonged to but Syria-based jihadist groups such as al Qaeda's Nusra Front and...
  • ISIS Prepares to Attack Israel in North and South Pincer Movement

    12/26/2014 8:17:04 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 86 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 24, 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    With ISIS continuing to hold the upper hand in Syria and Iraq, it appears that the terrorist network is planning what military strategists call a pincer movement to attack the Israeli homeland from the north and south. Three Syrian rebel groups switched loyalties to gain ISIS support for attacks on the Israeli occupied Golan Heights, according to a report by the Fiscal Times. ISIS is now able to coordinate with Egyptian ISIS-aligned terror group Ansar Bait al-Maqdis in Sinai to simultaneously pressure Israel's northern and southern borders... Although the U.S. led Coalition Joint Task Force named "Operation Inherent Resolve" claims to...
  • Al Nusra killing of FSA leader tests fragile truce in southern Syria

    12/20/2014 2:39:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    The National ^ | Updated: December 17, 2014 | Phil Sands and Suha Maayeh
    A fragile truce was holding on Syria's southern front on Tuesday after Jabhat Al Nusra killed a senior commander in a western-backed rebel group, accusing his faction of being sleeper agents for ISIL. Mousab Ali Qarfan, who also went by the name Mousab Zaytouneh, was a leading figure in the powerful Shuhada Al Yarmouk Brigades. He was killed by the Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra in Sahem El Golan, along with three other fighters from his group, on Monday. The Yarmouk Brigades are part of the western-affiliated rebel alliance, still commonly referred to as the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which have been...
  • Syrian Rebels Armed And Trained By US Surrender To al-Qaeda [Obama's Lost War!]

    11/02/2014 12:02:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | November 02, 2014 | Ruth Sherlock
    Syrian Rebels Armed And Trained By US Surrender To al-Qaeda Moderate rebels in Syria that the US have armed and trained to fight jihadists have surrendered to al-Qaeda By Ruth Sherlock, 02 Nov 2014 Two of the main rebel groups receiving weapons from the United States to fight both the regime and jihadist groups in Syria have surrendered to al-Qaeda. The US and its allies were relying on Harakat Hazm and the Syrian Revolutionary Front to become part of a ground force that would attack the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). For the last six months the...
  • Isis Syria News: 70 Assad Officers Beheaded in Audacious Attack on Idlib

    10/28/2014 10:16:22 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 27, 2014 | By Maria Khan
    Isis (Islamic State) and Jabhat al-Nusar militants were close to capturing Syria's second city after hundreds of jihadists took over the newly appointed governor's office in the provincial capital, Idlib. It's believed 70 Syrian senior army officers were beheaded before government troops could recapture the building and save Idlib. ...
  • Whose sarin? (Obama exposed for Syria false-flag)

    12/18/2013 9:23:22 AM PST · by Abiotic · 42 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 19 December 2013 | Seymour Hersh
    Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the countrys civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded without assessing responsibility had been used in the rocket attack. In the...
  • Alliance from hell: Al Nusra fighters in Syria want to merge with ISIS A united army of fanatics

    09/26/2014 8:25:21 AM PDT · by Viennacon · 8 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 9/26/2014 | Simon Tomlinson
    Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria is facing mounting pressure from its members to form an ultra-alliance with the rival Islamic State to confront a common enemy after U.S.-led air strikes hit both groups this week. Al Nusra, long one of the most effective forces fighting Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, was weakened this year by battles with Islamic State, an Al Qaeda splinter group that routinely employs ruthless methods such as beheadings and mass executions. U.S.-led air and missile strikes, which have hit Al Nusra as well as Islamic State bases in Syria, have angered many Al Nusra members who...
  • [Al Nusra] Syrian rebels seize UN weapons in the Golan: ambassador

    09/18/2014 2:13:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    AFP ^ | 9/16/2014
    Syrian rebels linked to Al-Qaeda have seized UN weapons, uniforms and vehicles from peacekeepers in the Golan and set up a "safe zone" to wage attacks, the Syrian ambassador said Tuesday. The United Nations on Monday was forced to pull back hundreds of peacekeepers to the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan after Syrian rebels advanced on their positions. Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari said fighters from Al-Nusra "had succeeded in occupying all of the Syrian side" of the Golan, driving out the troops from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). "The terrorists are now using United Nations cars, which hold the...
  • US Knew Turkey Aided Al Qaeda But Did Nothing to Stop It

    09/15/2014 6:34:46 PM PDT · by xzins · 25 replies ^ | September 15th, 2014 | ARA KHACHATOURIAN
    When Armenian-Americans voiced their anger over Turkeys role in the incursion into Kessab last spring, US authorities merely expressed concern about the well-being of Armenians and Christian minorities. Despite the communitys insistence that Turkey was directly involved in allowing the al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra rebels to freely enter Kessab, the US State Department was reticent in fingering its NATO ally. Fast forward to today when the Obama Administration is leading a fragile coalition against the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria, an off shoot of Al Nusra known as ISIS, and Turkey is, once again, rejecting American access to its...
  • AP Enterprise: al-Qaida's Syrian cell alarms US

    09/13/2014 3:56:31 PM PDT · by MikeJ · 14 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 13, 2014 | KEN DILANIAN and EILEEN SULLIVAN
    While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say. At the center is a cell known as the Khorasan group, a cadre of veteran al-Qaida fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who traveled to Syria to link up with the al-Qaida affiliate there, the Nusra Front.
  • UN confirms 43 UN peacekeepers seized in Syrian Golan (UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF))

    08/28/2014 8:54:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/28/14 | AFP
    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The United Nations said that an armed group captured 43 UN peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Thursday and that it was doing everything to secure their release. An additional 81 peacekeepers were "currently being restricted to their positions in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah," it added. Israel closed off the area around Quneitra on Wednesday after an officer was wounded by stray fire as Syrian rebels, including fighters from the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra front, stormed the crossing. No details were released on the nationalities of the detained...
  • Saudi Arabia Relocating Takfiri Fighters From Syria To Ukraine

    05/05/2014 3:52:40 AM PDT · by Fennie · 95 replies
    FARS News Agency ^ | May 4, 2014
    TEHRAN (FNA) - Saudi Arabia has sent a large number of Takfiri fighters in Syria to Ukraine to fight the pro-Russian protesters in the European country. "A large number of terrorist Takfiri fighters in Syria, who bear Saudi and Chechnian nationalities and receive financial and military backup from the Saudi intelligence agency, have been transferred to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on several planes to help the Ukrainian army in its fight against the pro-Russian population," an Arab security official told FNA on Sunday on the condition of anonymity due to the secrecy of the issue. "The forces have been immediately...
  • CIA was Involved in Benghazi Attack

    04/10/2014 8:07:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | April 9, 2014 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    t has been learned that one week prior to the Benghazi attacks that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, CIA Director David Petraeus met with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan. This finding, reported by Hurrieyt at the time, further bolsters brand new claims by Seymour M. Hersh, the man who broke the Abu Ghraib prison scandal story in 2004. In early 2012, the Obama administration, along with the administration of Turkeys Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reached an agreement that would have Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia provide funding for an operation run by then CIA Director David Petraeus (the Petraeus...
  • Turkeys New Jihad on Christian Armenians

    03/27/2014 4:04:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 3/27/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Far from being repentant of the Armenian Genocide, Turkey, under the leadership of Prime Minister Erdogan, is again targeting Armenians; is again causing their death and dislocation.In the early morning hours of March 21, al-Qaeda linked Islamic jihadis crossed into Syrian territory from the Turkish border and launched a jihad on the Christian/Armenian town of Kessab. Among other thing, Snipers targeted the civilian population and launched mortar attacks on the town and the surrounding villages. Reportedly eighty people were killed.The jihadis later made a video touring the devastated town; no translation is needed, as the main phrase shouted throughout is...

    09/22/2013 7:22:31 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 151 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | Sept. 18,2013 | LiveLeak
    A young Christian girl beheaded in Syria. The sign of extremism and fanatics, the long beards, is present in each and everyone of these subhuman Muslims who killed this small child, in their jihad to Allah inspired by the Quran. This is Obama, Britain, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey funded and supported handiwork. Dont put your support behind any of these people, whether for military action in Syria, asylum, immigration, another hate preaching mosque. This is what is moving into your town, your country, your society, your neighborhood: video... This video is written with false propaganda claiming...
  • Pentagon Proposes Boots On The Ground In Syrian Civil War (CNN video at link

    09/19/2013 7:27:20 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 47 replies
    FireDogLake ^ | 9/19/2013 | DSWright
    Despite it being overwhelmingly clear that the American people want nothing to do with the civil war in Syria, the Pentagon has proposed entering the war. Under the proposal U.S. involvement will escalate from providing weapons to rebels via the CIA to direct support and training of rebel forces by the U.S. military. ...
  • Syria deal shines light on suspected Israeli chemical weapons program

    09/17/2013 9:01:14 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/16/2013 | Staff
    The U.S-Russia plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons is drawing attention to Israel's own suspected chemical stockpile and could raise pressure on the Jewish state to come clean about its capabilities. Israel signed the landmark international treaty banning the production or use of chemical weapons two decades ago, but it is among a handful if nations that have never ratified the deal. ...
  • Half of Syrian rebels are hardline Islamists: British study

    09/15/2013 9:58:45 PM PDT · by DTA · 10 replies
    France24 ^ | 2013-09-16 | AFP
    Half of Syrian rebels are hardline Islamists: British study AFP - Jihadists and members of hardline Islamist groups make up almost half of forces fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to extracts from a British defence study published in Monday's Daily Telegraph. The analysis by defence consultancy IHS Jane's, due to be published in full later this week, puts the number of rebel forces at around 100,000, the Telegraph reported. But these fighters have split into as many as 1,000 bands since violence flared two years ago, the study concluded. Of the rebel forces, IHS Jane's estimates that around...
  • The end of the rebel alliance?

    09/15/2013 1:06:12 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 15 Sep 2013 17:51 | Basma Atassi
    Tension in Syria between rival rebel groups reached new heights as the US threatened to strike President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Radical armed groups - some with alleged links to al-Qaeda - say they fear US missile attacks against Syrian military installations would also target them, and that the West was seeking to use moderate rebel factions to keep them in check - much as the US-funded "Awakening Councils" did in Iraq. The result is increasing animosity in Syria between seld-described "jihadist" groups and Western-backed fighters. The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), an armed group operating in Syria and...
  • Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists, says IHS Jane's report

    09/15/2013 12:34:09 PM PDT · by Dysart · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 9-15-2013
    Nearly half the rebel fighters in Syria are now aligned to jihadist or hardline Islamist groups according to a new analysis of factions in the country's civil war.Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented into as many as 1,000 bands. The new study by IHS Jane's, a defence consultancy, estimates there are around 10,000 jihadists - who would include foreign fighters - fighting for powerful factions linked to al-Qaeda.. Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share much of the outlook of...
  • McCain to attack Putin in Pravda

    09/13/2013 6:47:07 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 63 replies
    By DYLAN BYERS | 9/13/13 3:04 PM EDT The Russian newspaper Pravda has tentatively agreed to publish an Op-Ed by Sen. John McCain in which he will attack Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to an exclusive report from Foreign Policy. The piece would serve as a direct response to the New York Times Op-Ed Putin penned earlier this week, in which he criticized President Obama and asserted that the Syrian government was not responsible for a recent chemical weapons attack.
  • Syrian Rebels Attack Chinese Diplomats, Embassy

    09/12/2013 8:33:15 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 9/13/13 | Staff
    Chinese diplomats in Syria as well as Beijing's embassy are under regular threat from rebel attacks, China's ambassador to Syria has confided to local media outlets. In an interview with the Global Times [ link at site], Zhang Xun, China's ambassador to Syria said that Beijing's embassy has increasingly been caught in the cross-hairs of fighting between rebel and government forces in recent months... Zhang said that in another attack last month, Syrian rebels fired mortar shells at President Bashar al-Assad's motorcade. They missed the Syrian leader but hit a building that was located just 10 meters from the Chinese...

    09/12/2013 6:55:38 PM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 15 replies
    Patriots Billboard ^ | 9-11-13 | F. Michael Maloof
    As part of the Obama administrations repeated insistence though without offering proof that the recent sarin gas attack near Damascus was the work of the Assad regime, the administration has downplayed or denied the possibility that al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels could produce deadly chemical weapons. However, in a classified document just obtained by WND, the U.S. military confirms that sarin was confiscated earlier this year from members of the Jabhat al-Nusra Front, the most influential of the rebel Islamists fighting in Syria. The document says sarin from al-Qaida in Iraq made its way into Turkey and that while some...
  • Syrian war makes sudden appearance at convent in historic Christian town

    09/10/2013 12:08:01 PM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/10/13 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT High in the mountains above Damascus lies a town so remote that Syrias war had passed it by, so untouched by time that its inhabitants still speak the language of Jesus.The violence ravaging the rest of Syria has finally caught up with Maaloula, renowned as the oldest Christian community in the world and the last in which the same version of Aramaic that prevailed 2,000 years ago is the native tongue. On Sunday, Syrian rebels, including some affiliated with al-Qaeda, swept through Maaloula for the second time in four days, after an assault a few days earlier...
  • Syria rebels seize ammo depot

    08/03/2013 11:14:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published August 03, 2013 AFP
    BEIRUT (AFP) Rebels battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime captured an arms and ammunition dump in the Qalamun area near Damascus early on Saturday, a watchdog said.In the north, fighting between Kurds and jihadists raged as the main opposition National Coalition called on armed groups there to "exercise restraint".The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said several groups, including the jihadist Al-Nusra Front, were behind the capture of the depot of anti-tank weapons and rockets."Liwa al-Islam, Al-Nusra Front, Al-Tawhid battalion, the Maghaweer (rebel commando force) and the Qalamun Martyrs' battalion... captured an ammunitions depot near the village of Qaldun in...
  • Syria strikes refugee camp in northern Lebanon, state media says

    08/03/2013 11:10:41 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | August 3, 2013 -- Updated 1710 GMT (0110 HKT | By CNN's Nick Paton Walsh and Tom Watkins
    Beirut (CNN) -- Syria carried out an airstrike on a refugee camp in northern Lebanon Saturday, killing nine Syrians and wounding nine more, a Lebanese state-run news agency reported. The strike centered on a Syrian refugee camp located near the Syrian border between the towns of Baalbeck and Arsal in the Bekaa Valley, the National News Agency said.The Red Cross took the casualties to Universal Hospital in Baalbek.Saturday's strike was not the first by the Syrian government, which has accused rebels of smuggling arms and supplies across the border.
  • Majority of foreign fighters recently killed in Syria linked to front group for Al Qaeda

    06/05/2013 6:33:18 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 05, 2013 | Catherine Herridge
    The majority of foreign fighters killed in Syria between July 2012 and May of this year were found to be fighting on behalf of a terrorist group that's a front for Al Qaeda in Iraq, according to a new independent report by a security consulting firm that specializes in counterterrorism. The report found at least 280 foreign fighters died in that time period. Drawing on social media data, traditional media and internet platforms, the report called "Convoy of Martyrs in the Levant" by Flashpoint Global Partners concludes that the Syrian conflict is now drawing jihadiist fighters from the U.S., Chechnya,...
  • Benghazi, Russia & Syria: Why Obama, Clinton Nor Biden Are Qualified To Lead

    06/03/2013 8:41:20 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 7 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | June 3, 2013 | Larry Kelley
    Perhaps Hillary Clintons now famous outburst, made during her testimony before congress, will do more to end her political career than all her lies and blunders as our Secretary of State combined. One can only hope. Among her serial lies, she asserted that she was unaware that requests for greater security at our Libyan installations were denied by her State Department, while in actuality, the consular security apparatus was reduced. A new congressional report proves that she signed off on the security reductions. Like her husband this probably makes her a perjurer. Although most of her malfeasance will escape the...
  • Assad: Syria transition talks are internal matter

    05/18/2013 4:36:54 PM PDT · by haffast · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 18, 2013 4:36pm | KARIN LAUB and Bassem Mroue
    BEIRUT (AP) Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a newspaper interview Saturday he won't step down before elections and that the United States has no right to interfere in his country's politics, raising new doubts about a U.S-Russian effort to get Assad and his opponents to negotiate an end to the country's civil war. In the capital Damascus, a car bomb killed at least three people and wounded five, according to Syrian state TV. It said bomb experts dismantled other explosives in the area. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group, said eight people were killed,...
  • Analyst: Washington plays into al-Qaida hands

    04/21/2013 10:54:27 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    WND ^ | Arpil 21, 2013 | F. Michael Maloof
    <p>WASHINGTON Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for jihadists in Syria to form an emirate there while militant Islamists associated with the Syrian opposition increasingly are getting money and weapons from the United States, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, according to report from Joseph Farahs G2 Bulletin.</p>
  • US to increase aid to Syrian rebels after key group merges with al-Qaeda

    04/11/2013 8:01:29 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 8 replies
    For some reason, American politicians in both parties want to see the US intervene to some extent in Syrias civil war, even after the disastrous intervention in Libya that almost made Mali an al-Qaeda state. Only a French military intervention prevented that outcome, and that may still only be temporary, but more on that in a minute. The Associated Press reports that the Obama administration will increase non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels in the near future, although the timing is still murky: Er, this isnt military-style equipment. Its actual military equipment, and while it wont kill anyone directly, its use...