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  • Syrian Kurds say Turkish charity dwarfed by stolen produce

    06/23/2020 7:04:20 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | Jun 22, 2020 | Amberin Zaman
    As Turkey touts its humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria's Idlib, critics weigh the six truckloads of supplies against its thousands of tons of allegedly looted Syrian grain. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported that on Monday, two Turkish charities had sent six trucks carrying humanitarian aid to the rebel-held province of Idlib in northwest Syria. “Truckloads of supplies including flour, clothing and dry food [donated] by the Adana Dosteller and Eskisehir Gunisigi charities entered Idlib through the Yayladagi border crossing in Turkey’s southern Hatay province. The aid will be distributed among families living in tents in Idlib,” Anadolu reported. Turkey’s...
  • Rare US drone strike kills 2 foreign jihadist commanders in Idlib [and others]

    06/15/2020 6:28:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | 2020-06-14 | Staff
    BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – Two commanders from the Hurras Al-Deen group were killed on Sunday, when a drone struck their positions in the Idlib Governorate. According to the preliminary reports, the two leaders, Bilal Al-Sanani (Yemeni national) and Qassam Al-Urdoni (Jordanian national), were killed by a U.S. Coalition drone in the Idlib city. The drone strike targeted the vehicle carrying both men and their associate, Mohammad Al-Ahmad, who was seriously wounded as a result of the U.S. Coalition attack. The attack appears to have been carried out by a U.S. ninja drone, as the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was...
  • Al Qaeda leader taken out by 'secret' US missile filled with knives dubbed the 'ninja bomb'

    06/17/2020 11:09:19 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 17 2020 | Hollie McKay
    The journey of two senior Al Qaeda-aligned commanders in northwestern Syria on Sunday was suddenly cut short by a targeted U.S.-led strike — only it doesn't appear that they were killed by explosives, but a missile packed with knives. Video of the aftermath circulating on social media shows that the vehicle of the terrorist leaders – Jordanian Qassam ul-Urdini and Yemeni Bilal al-Sanaani – was mostly untouched, with just one side severed and the roof smashed in, prompting defense analysts to point to the use of a "secret" missile jointly developed by both the Department of Defense and the Central...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 3/29/2020

    03/29/2020 9:21:21 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 3/29/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    A projection of how many will die from Covid-19 infection in the United States and the President signaling a longer duration for the coronavirus situation but first A riot broke out at a prison in northeastern Syria housing Islamic State detainees and operated by Kurdish elements of the "Syrian Democratic Forces". Some prisoners escaped and others took over a floor of the prison.... The shape of a new "unity" government in Israel is emerging that will raise the profile of the political faction headed by the former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz that calls itself the Israel...
  • Turkish-Backed Rebels Say They Regain Pivotal Syrian Town

    02/27/2020 5:36:51 AM PST · by BeauBo · 2 replies
    Hamodia (Newspaper of Torah Jewery) ^ | February 27, 2020 | (Reuters)
    Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military said on Thursday they had recaptured the strategic town of Saraqeb in what would be the first major reverse for the Syrian army in a Russian-backed offensive that had made swift gains. Three weeks ago, the armed opposition lost the northwestern town at the junction of two main highways, following advances by the Syrian army in its push to retake the last large, rebel-held region in Syria after nine years of war. Turkey has sent thousands of troops and heavy military hardware into Syria‘s Idlib region in an unprecedented incursion to back the...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Weekend Version Stopping Bernie: The Nevada Caucus

    02/22/2020 9:02:55 PM PST · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/22/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Newsdump Update: US Simulates Nuclear Attack On Russia US Defense Secretary Mark Esper participated in an exercise at the US Strategic Command in Nebraska earlier this week. An anonymous US defense official told the media about the 'mini-exercise' that involved both sides engaging in the use of nuclear weapons.... Whoa welcome aboard with music that I heard on country music radio back in the 1970's as sung by Shel Silverstein. Shel Silverstein did a lot of creative work in his lifetime writing the song before "A Boy Named Sue" as sung by the "Man In Black" Johnny Cash. Other country...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Weekend Edition

    02/15/2020 9:17:18 PM PST · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/15/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    "Hello Goodbye" by the Beatles, a number one song from early 1968 here in the USA. That's around the time my father left the factory to higher paying and longer lasting government employment as inflation kicked in here in the USA. Lyndon Johnson was ramping up government with Medicare and Medicaid and the cost of medical care was beginning to skyrocket, debt was beginning to accumulate and wow here we are 23 trillion dollars plus later. The 2021 federal budget proposed by President Trump adds another 966 billion to that. Well the currency is devalued and its easy to tell...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 2/7/2020 Newsdump Friday

    02/07/2020 9:24:55 PM PST · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/7/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    A debate between some of the Democrats running for President tonight who met qualifying criteria. Bernie Sanders, who won the popular vote in the Iowa caucuses, came under intense criticism.... The Russian Defense Ministry says that the Israeli military endangered an airline with 172 passengers on board by launching an early Thursday morning air attack on Damascus using the airliner as a shield.... Turkey says it will respond to any attack on its military forces in northwestern Syria's Idlib.... Official word of the death of an Al-Qaeda leader in a US military operation...... The French teenager who blasted Islam online...
  • U.S. condemns Idlib assaults, stands by Turkey: Secretary of State Pompeo

    02/04/2020 9:11:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/04/2020
    “The United States once again condemns the continued, unjustifiable, and ruthless assaults on the people of Idlib,” Pompeo said in a statement. “We stand by our NATO ally Turkey in the aftermath of the attack, which resulted in the death of multiple Turkish personnel serving at an observation post used for coordination and de-escalation, and fully support Turkey’s justified self-defense actions in response.”
  • Turkey suffers first deaths in direct combat with Syria since start of war

    02/03/2020 1:01:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/03/2020 | By Gul Tuysuz,
    Five Turkish soldiers and one civilian personnel were killed in Syria on Sunday, Turkey's first fatalities as a result of direct confrontation between the countries since the start of Syria's civil war in 2011. Nine other troops were also wounded in northwest Syria's Idlib province after they came under heavy artillery fire from the Syrian government Sunday, according to a Turkey defense department statement which added that the troops were reinforcements. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said up to 35 Syrian government soldiers had been killed Monday in response, and pledged further retaliation. Erdogan said up to 40 Syrian targets...
  • Turkish military convoy crosses into rebel-held NW Syria

    02/02/2020 10:05:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Washingtn Post ^ | Feb. 2, 2020
    A large Turkish military convoy rumbled into rebel-held areas of northwest Syria on Sunday, witnesses on the ground and activists said. Separately, airstrikes on a rebel-held village in Syria’s northwest killed at least seven people, opposition activists said. Elsewhere, rebel shelling killed a woman and wounded at least three journalists, Syrian state TV reported. The violence and troop movements came amid a Syrian government offensive into the country’s last rebel stronghold, located in Idlib province and parts of the nearby Aleppo region. Turkish troops are deployed in some of those rebel-held areas to monitor a cease-fire that has since collapsed....
  • Freezing Syrians seek shelter in olive groves as Assad bombings intensify in last rebel bastion

    12/28/2019 8:21:03 AM PST · by BeauBo · 27 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | December 28th, 2019 | Josie Ensor, Hussein Akoush
    235,000 people who have fled air strikes and shelling elsewhere in Idlib province in recent weeks. The exodus was triggered by ramped-up Syrian and Russian attacks on some of the most densely populated areas of the country’s last-remaining rebel bastion... Earlier this month, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, told the EU to prepare for a “new wave” of Syrian refugees, saying his country “will not carry the migration burden alone.” Civilians in Idlib say they feel abandoned by Turkey, which has been the opposition’s main backer during the uprising against the government. Turkey has been strengthening its alliance with Russia,...
  • Syria violence uproots displaced families again

    12/26/2019 8:27:42 AM PST · by mac_truck · 2 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 12/22/2019 | Omar Haj Kadour
    Maaret al-Numan (Syria) (AFP) - Thin mattresses, children's toys, a gas heater: Abu Ismail packed a pick-up truck with scant belongings before fleeing a northwest Syria town nearly emptied of residents by recent regime attacks. "I don't know where I am going, if I will find a house for my family, or what will happen to us," the 42-year-old father of seven told AFP, plumes of smoke rising around him. Tens of thousands of people like Abu Ismail have fled the Maaret al-Numan region, located in jihadist-held Idlib province, since December 16, following a rise in air strikes, according to...
  • US forces kill two jihadis in Syria using terrifying mincer missile that deploys SIX deadly [tr]

    12/04/2019 6:51:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 4, 2019 | Luke Kenton
    US forces reportedly conducted an airstrike on a minivan in a north-western Syrian city on Tuesday, killing two targets just 10 miles away from where former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid in October. The targeted strike was said to have involved the use of a secret ‘Ninja’ missile, known as the AGM-114R9X, which substitutes the explosive warhead found on standard missiles for a set of six folding sword-like blades, designed to smash through buildings and vehicles with minimal civilian casualties. According to The Warzone, the hit was carried out in Atmeh, located in Syria’s Idlib...
  • US Took Two Prisoners During Raid of ISIS Leader’s Compound

    10/28/2019 8:13:35 PM PDT · by bitt · 77 replies
    epoch times ^ | 10/28/2019 | ZACHARY STIEBER
    The United States took two prisoners during the raid on the compound of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, officials said on Oct. 28. The Oct. 26 raid left al-Baghdadi and several top ISIS members dead, as well as several children who were killed when al-Baghdadi detonated a blast in a dead-end tunnel, President Donald Trump said over the weekend. In an update during a briefing at the Pentagon on Oct. 28, military leaders said two men were taken prisoner. “There were two adult males taken off the objective, alive,” Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said...
  • US strikes jihadists in (NW) Syria, monitor says 40 killed

    08/31/2019 9:43:58 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 14 replies
    AFP ^ | August 31, 2019 | AFP
    US forces attacked jihadist leaders in northwestern (Idlib Province) Syria on Saturday, the Pentagon said, in what a battlefield monitor called a missile strike that left at least 40 dead... The US Central Command said in a statement that the attack targeted leaders of Al-Qaeda in Syria (AQ-S) "responsible for attacks threatening US citizens, our partners and innocent civilians"... The Idlib region is supposed to be protected from a massive government offensive by a Turkish-Russian deal struck in September 2018 that was never fully implemented as jihadists refused to withdraw from a planned demilitarised cordon. Turkey backs rebels in northwestern...
  • Turkey's Erdogan to visit Moscow after convoy targeted in Syria

    08/25/2019 4:38:08 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 3 replies
    AlJazeera ^ | August 23, 2019
    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Moscow on Tuesday for a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Turkish presidency has said, days after a Turkish convoy was nearly hit by air raids in the Syrian province of Idlib. Friday's announcement came as Syrian forces, backed by Russia, continue to make advances into the last rebel stronghold in Syria's northwest region that borders Turkey. Since late April, Syria and Russia have escalated their bombardment of Idlib, with more than 500 civilians being killed in the hostilities, according to the United Nations.
  • Syrian offensive puts Turkish troops and border plans in peril

    08/22/2019 10:29:40 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 18 replies
    WTVB Michigan (Reuters) ^ | August 22, 2019 | Dominic Evans
    Syrian army advances in northwest Syria are putting Turkish troops in the firing line and threaten Ankara's hopes of preventing a new wave of refugees on its southern border. The offensive around Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in Syria, has already forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee towards Turkey. It has also cut off a Turkish military post deep inside Syria as the deal to limit fighting in the region, which the Turkish troops were supposed to be monitoring, collapses. The breakdown of that deal would be a significant blow to President Tayyip Erdogan, who has steered...
  • Syrian troops take village deep within last rebel stronghold

    06/03/2019 7:44:30 AM PDT · by McGruff · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/3/2019
    Syrian government forces have captured a village deep within the last rebel stronghold in the northwest province of Idlib, after intense clashes with militants. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, said on Monday that the troops had reached the village of Qassaibyeh. The pro-government Syrian Central Military Media also confirmed that Syrian troops have captured the village. Human rights and war monitor groups say the government campaign to retake Idlib over the past month, supported by airstrikes, has killed dozens of civilians. The area is overcrowded with refugees and displaced persons from the war.
  • Impact of Idlib offensive on Turkey-Russia relations (Syria)

    05/28/2019 8:12:17 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 21 replies
    Ahval News (Events) ^ | May 28 2019 | Suleyman Ozeren
    Idlib province, the Syrian opposition’s last stronghold, is a major source of dispute between seemingly staunch allies within the conflict, Turkey and Russia.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on May 15 that by conducting air strikes and ground operations in Idlib, Syrian President Bashar Assad “sought to sabotage Turkish-Russian cooperation” and violate the ceasefire agreement. Not being able to blame Russian President Vladimir Putin directly, Erdoğan instead chose to criticise Assad. But it seems that Putin got the message and responded to Erdoğan with another wave of air strikes on Idlib on May 17 that was followed by a unilateral...