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  • this makes me wonder who are they "U.S-backed Syrian fighters"

    04/28/2016 1:10:44 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 2 replies
    reuters ^ | 4/28/16
    Fierce clashes between U.S.-backed Syrian fighters and insurgent groups north of Aleppo killed dozens of combatants, a spokesman and a monitoring group said on Thursday. The Syria Democratic Forces alliance, which includes the powerful Kurdish YPG militia, has been fighting insurgents, some also supported by foreign states via Turkey, in northern Aleppo province for several months. Washington, which is leading an aerial campaign against Islamic State, supports the SDF in the separate fight against the jihadists around areas they control farther east. The YPG has proved the most effective partner on the ground for the U.S.-led campaign. SDF spokesman Talal...
  • CIA-backed rebels fight Pentagon-backed rebels in Syria

    03/27/2016 8:58:31 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 22 replies
    americanthinker. ^ | March 27, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Clashes between militias trained by the CIA and the Pentagon are intensifying as bitter fighting has broken out near Aleppo and the Turkish border. Chicago Tribune: The fighting has intensified over the past two months, as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other as they have maneuvered through contested territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, U.S. officials and rebel leaders have confirmed. In mid-February, a CIA-armed militia called Fursan al Haq, or Knights of Righteousness, was run out of the town of Marea, about 20 miles north of Aleppo, by Pentagon-backed Syrian Democratic Forces moving...
  • Obama Admin Wants To Restart Failed Program Training Syrian Rebels

    03/14/2016 12:44:22 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/14/2016 | Jonah Bennett
    The Pentagon wants to reboot a failed program designed to train Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State, even though this same $500 million dollar program had almost nothing to show for itself. The goal was to train 5,000 fighters, but the first class of 54 melted and scattered after being attacked by the al-Nusra front, the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria. The second class of so-called moderate rebels handed over at least 25 percent of their U.S. military gear to al-Nusra. Pentagon officials now say theyíve identified what elements of the program to tweak to make sure they...
  • Turkey Is Asking The United States To Take Part In A Ground Invasion Of Syria

    02/21/2016 11:45:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    EAD ^ | 02/21/2016 | Michael Snyder
    Reuters is reporting that Turkey is asking the United States and other western allies to participate in a massive ground invasion of Syria. But of course the Turks are not exactly sitting around and waiting for their western allies to get on board. Turkey shelled northern Syria for a fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, even though the Obama administration has been asking them to stop. The targets were Kurdish and Syrian military positions, and the goal appears to be to slow down their advance toward the Turkish border. The Sunni militants that Turkey has been supporting for five years are...
  • President Obama Explains Why He Must Appoint A New Justice (Or Else) - Live Feed

    02/16/2016 1:50:26 PM PST · by amorphous · 167 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 16 Feb 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Due up at 1635ET, President Obama holds his first post-Scalia press conference. We assume the propaganda du jour will be the imminent need to appoint a new SCOTUS justice... and why anyone who blocks that plan is "peddling fiction." While he is up there, we assume some comments regarding the escalations in Syria will be discussed... and why Russia (and Putin most clearly) are to blame.
  • Putin proves Obama wrong with his ugly military solution in Syria

    02/13/2016 9:26:40 PM PST · by Mariner · 35 replies
    The New York Post ^ | February 13th, 2016 | By Post Editorial Board
    <p>President Obama declared last year that ‚ÄúThere is no military solution in Syria.‚ÄĚ Sadly, Russia‚Äôs Vladimir Putin has now proved him wrong by imposing one.</p> <p>Aleppo, Syria‚Äôs largest city and the last rebel stronghold, is about to fall, thanks to withering Russian air bombardment backing government and Iranian troops. That effectively secures Bashar al-Assad‚Äôs hold on power in at least a large rump of Syria.</p>
  • Evacuation of Damascus militants delayed after rebel leader killed

    12/26/2015 11:46:47 AM PST · by amorphous · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 Dec 2015 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    A U.N.-brokered deal to evacuate more than 2,000 Islamic State fighters and other militants from rebel-held suburbs of Damascus on Saturday has been delayed after the killing of an insurgent leader, an organization that monitors the Syrian war said. The United Nations said it aimed to convene peace talks in Geneva on Jan. 25 to try to end nearly five years of civil war and it appealed to the warring parties not to allow events on the ground to derail the process. The evacuation from Damascus had been expected to take place early on Saturday but was delayed as there...
  • Report: As Obama administration knowingly armed Islamic State in Syria, Joint Chiefs passed US

    12/29/2015 4:46:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 12/29/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    It's come to this: The Obama administration - and in particular the CIA - knowingly armed Islamic State terrorists in Syria. Okay, take it with a grain of salt. It came from Seymour Hersh. Barack Obama‚Äôs repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office ‚Äď and that there are ‚Äėmoderate‚Äô rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him ‚Äď has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon‚Äôs Joint Staff. Their criticism has focused on what they see as the administration‚Äôs fixation on Assad‚Äôs primary ally, Vladimir...
  • Obama and Joint Chiefs At Odds Over ISIS

    12/24/2015 1:04:14 PM PST · by American Faith Today · 24 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | December 24, 2015 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    Joint Chiefs of Staff Official ‚Äď US Military Gave Intel to Assad, While CIA Funded & Armed ISIS By Jay Syrmopoulos on December 22, 2015 Joint-Chiefs-of-Staff-Official---US-Military-Provided-Intel-to-Assad,-While-CIA-Funded-and-Armed-ISIS Washington, DC ‚Äď The Pentagon‚Äôs Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) have been indirectly providing intelligence on the Islamic State to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in direct contrast to the Obama administration‚Äôs agenda of regime change, in an effort to stop Syria from becoming another failed state from which terrorists can operate. A recent investigation by renowned journalist Seymour Hersh provides clear evidence of a massive disconnect between President Obama‚Äôs White House...
  • Hagel: The White House Tried to ‚ÄėDestroy‚Äô Me

    12/18/2015 5:29:30 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 145 replies
    Jet-lagged from a long overseas trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had just sat down with his wife for a quiet dinner at an upscale Italian restaurant in northern Virginia when his phone rang. It was the White House on the line. President Barack Obama wanted to speak with him. It was Aug. 30, 2013, and the U.S. military was poised for war. Obama had publicly warned Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad that his regime would face consequences if it crossed a ‚Äúred line‚ÄĚ by employing chemical weapons against its own people. Assad did it anyway, and Hagel had spent the day...
  • FP EXCLUSIVE: Hagel: The White House Tried to ‚ÄėDestroy‚Äô Me

    12/18/2015 7:45:53 AM PST · by GOPAreDemProgressives · 7 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | DECEMBER 18, 2015 | DAN DE LUCE
    In an exclusive interview, Chuck Hagel said the Obama administration micromanaged the Pentagon, stabbed him in the back on the way out -- and still has no strategy for fixing Syria. Jet-lagged from a long overseas trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had just sat down with his wife for a quiet dinner at an upscale Italian restaurant in northern Virginia when his phone rang. It was the White House on the line. President Barack Obama wanted to speak with him. It was Aug. 30, 2013, and the U.S. military was poised for war. Obama had publicly warned Syrian strongman...

    11/29/2015 8:18:40 AM PST · by SJackson · 23 replies
    Asharq al Awsat ^ | 21 Nov, 2015 | Amir Taheri
    The other evening in New York when Secretary of State John Kerry came to talk about President Barack Obama's foreign policy, everyone thought he had come to praise it. An hour and 6000 words later, it was clear that he had come to bury it. The expected encomium became an unintended obituary. Kerry started by building an edifice of excuses for what he knew, and didn't want to admit, was failure on a grand scale. To heighten his profile, Kerry told the audience that he had just had lunch with Henry Kissinger who had admitted that the world was more...
  • US pledges nearly $100 million to support Syrian opposition

    11/01/2015 1:54:24 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 63 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 31, 2015 | AP
    MANAMA, Bahrain ‚Äď The United States is ramping up its support for Syria's opposition with a pledge of nearly $100 million in fresh aid. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the additional assistance Saturday at the Manama Dialogue security conference in the Gulf island nation of Bahrain.
  • Le Figaro Poll: Over 70% Want Syria‚Äôs Assad to Remain in Power

    10/31/2015 10:04:07 AM PDT · by marvel5 · 8 replies
    RT ^ | October 31, 2015 | RT
    A recent poll carried out by France‚Äôs Le Figaro newspaper has indicated that at least 72 percent of respondents want Syrian President Bashar Assad to remain in power. The survey, published on Thursday, asked: ‚ÄúShould world powers demand Bashar Assad to leave?‚ÄĚ At least 28 percent from 21,314 respondents have voted ‚ÄúYes‚ÄĚ so far, while the majority ‚Äď 72 percent ‚Äď have said ‚ÄúNo‚ÄĚ.
  • Ashton Carter: U.S. to Begin 'Direct Action on the Ground' in Iraq, Syria

    10/27/2015 2:11:25 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 35 replies
    NBC ^ | October 27, 2015 | Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. will begin "direct action on the ground" against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria, aiming to intensify pressure on the militants as progress against them remains elusive. "We won't hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground," Carter said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services committee, using an alternative name for the militant group. Carter pointed to last week's rescue operation with Kurdish forces in northern Iraq to free hostages...
  • Here we go: Defense secretary says U.S. troops will engage ISIS in ďdirect action on the groundĒ

    10/27/2015 2:21:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    They already have engaged them, of course, per the otherwise successful raid to liberate an ISIS prison in Iraq last week that ended with one American soldier being killed. That sounds suspiciously like combat, and if there’s one thing Barack Obama stands for, it’s that the era of combat in Iraq is over.How can combat not be combat? Easy. Just call it something else. It wouldn’t be the first Orwellian euphemism this White House has used to reassure progressives that they may be at war but they’re not at war-war. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook had been blunter on...
  • Retired General Replaced by Lawyer as Special Envoy to Iraq, Syria

    10/23/2015 2:19:22 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    Military.com ^ | October 23, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    President Obama announced Friday that he was replacing retired Marine Gen. John Allen with lawyer and diplomat Brett McGurk as his special envoy for Iraq and Syria with a wide-ranging portfolio that includes holding together a coalition against ISIS. Allen, who reportedly had clashed with the military over the now-defunct $500 million effort to create an army of Syrian volunteers, was departing after 13 months as special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, another name for the terrorist group.
  • Obama Withdraws Aircraft Carrier Support From Middle East Just As Russia Unveils Its Syrian Airbase

    10/16/2015 9:50:37 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/16/15 | Tyler Durden
    One glance at the map below, showing the current distribution of U.S. naval assets, reveals something that has almost never happened at any time in the past decade: As the map shows, US aircraft carrier, CVN 71 Theodore Roosevelt is currently on its way out of the Persian Gulf, leaving just the LHD-2 Essex Amphibious Warfare ship group to defend the Persian Gulf and more importantly, leaving the hotly contested middle east without U.S. carrier-based air support for the first time in years. How did this happen? According to USNI News, the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group left U.S. 5th...
  • [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: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/30/al-nusra-front-free-syrian-army-seize-border-cross/ 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...
  • NDAA 2016: Almost $1B to Arm and Train Syrian, Ukrainian Rebels

    10/15/2015 4:34:56 PM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | October 15, 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    The Senate has approved a 2016 Defense Department spending bill that earmarks nearly $1 billion to arm Syrian and Ukrainian rebels, including several batallions adopting neo-Nazi symbols and slogans. By a veto-proof 70-27 vote, the Senate voted on October 7 to approve the $612 billion Pentagon appropriation bill for 2016, known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). While most of the items in the bill would never be approved were our government to be bound by the enumerated powers of the Constitution, a few of the provisions are particularly pernicious.
  • New Syrian rebel alliance formed, says weapons on the way

    10/12/2015 12:08:36 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12 Oct 15 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Tom Perry
    A Kurdish militia in northern Syria has joined forces with Arab rebels, and their new alliance has been promised fresh weapon supplies by the United States for an assault on Islamic State forces in Raqqa, a spokesman said on Monday. The alliance calling itself the Democratic Forces of Syria includes the Kurdish YPG militia and Syrian Arab groups, some of which fought alongside it in a campaign that drove Islamic State from wide areas of northern Syria earlier this year. The Arab groups in the new alliance are operating under the name "The Syrian Arab Coalition" - a grouping which...
  • 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...
  • U.S. Weaponry Is Turning Syria Into Proxy War With Russia

    10/12/2015 7:08:37 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 12, 2015 | ANNE BARNARD and KARAM SHOUMALI
    BEIRUT, Lebanon ó Insurgent commanders say that since Russia began air attacks in support of the Syrian government, they are receiving for the first time bountiful supplies of powerful American-made antitank missiles. With the enhanced insurgent firepower and with Russia steadily raising the number of airstrikes against the governmentís opponents, the Syrian conflict is edging closer to an all-out proxy war between the United States and Russia. The increased levels of support have raised morale on both sides of the conflict, broadening war aims and hardening political positions, making a diplomatic settlement all the more unlikely. The American-made TOW antitank...
  • Putin Slams Obama on Syria: US Has 'Mush for Brains'

    10/13/2015 7:35:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 82 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 13 Oct 2015
    President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday slammed Washington for refusing to share intelligence with Russia on Syria, and accusing it of muddled thinking. "I believe some of our partners simply have mush for brains," Putin said, expressing some of his strongest criticism yet of Washington's handling of the Syrian crisis. Late last month Moscow launched a bombing campaign in Syria, saying it needed to target Islamic State jihadists before they cross into Russia, which has a large Muslim population. But Washington and its allies slammed Russia's intervention in the conflict, saying Moscow was also targeting Western-backed moderate rebels "Now, we often...
  • Vladimir Putin: U.S. Should Have Given $500 Million to Russia, Not Armed Syrian Rebels

    10/13/2015 11:31:04 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Oct 2015 | Mary Chastain
    On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin remarked that, instead of funding Syrian rebels,¬†the U.S. should have just given the money to¬†Russia. The U.S. halted its¬†training program after many rebels defected and U.S. weapons landed in the hands of al-Qaeda. ‚ÄúIt would have been better to give us $500 million,‚ÄĚ quipped Putin. ‚ÄúAt least we would have used it more effectively from the point of view of fighting international terrorism.‚ÄĚAl-Qaeda kidnapped or killed multiple ¬ďNew Syrian Force¬Ē fighters, which left American weapons in their hands. The Pentagon also provided¬†vehicles and ammunition to Nusra Front, a radical Islamic group linked to al-Qaeda,...
  • US refuses to host Russian delegation for Syria talks

    Moscow: The US declined to host a high-ranking Russian delegation on Syria and also refused to send its own mission to Moscow, Russiaís foreign minister said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Washington of refusing to cooperate and share intelligence on Syria and said he was willing to send a high-profile delegation led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the United States. ďLiterally today, we got a reply,Ē Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, speaking in parliament. ďWe have been told that they canít send a delegation to Moscow and they canít host a delegation in Washington...
  • As Russia Bombs ISIS, US Bombs Syrian Civilian Power Stations

    10/14/2015 4:31:30 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 9 replies
    Activist Post ^ | Brandon Turbeville
    In yet another telling episode, the United States has again demonstrated its true position in regards to ISIS and the Russian bombing of the terrorist organization. As Russian forces drop bombs and missiles on top of ISIS fighters all across Syria, lobbing cruise missiles from the Caspian, regular sortie missions, and combat helicopter attacks against ISIS and other ďrelatively moderateĒ cannibals and terrorists, the United States launched a bombing mission of its own against two power plants in Aleppo. The power plants were located in al-Rudwaniya east of Aleppo and resulted in power outages affecting the Syrian people, adding to...
  • Former Administration Official: Obama Acting ĎImpotentí In Face of Putin Syrian Intervention

    10/13/2015 11:41:00 AM PDT · by lbryce · 28 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | October 13, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    A former Obama administration official who worked on foreign policy said that the president is causing the U.S. to act as if it is ďtotally impotentĒ in the face of Vladimir Putinís military intervention in Syria. ďThe optics are that weíre backing off. Itís not like we canít exert pressure on these guys, but we act like weíre totally impotent,Ē the former administration official said, according to Politico. Indeed, multiple current and former players in the Obama administration have expressed opposition to the presidentís reluctance to respond to the Syrian civil war or Moscowís military buildup there that has worked...
  • The Road to Middle East Perdition [Obamaís Middle East Blunders, Putinís Gains]

    10/13/2015 4:32:41 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/13/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    From reset to the Iran deal, Obamaís mistakes are so comprehensive they almost look deliberate. How did Vladimir Putin ó with his country reeling from falling oil prices, possessing only a second-rate military, in demographic free-fall, and suffering from an array of international sanctions ó find himself the new play-maker of the Middle East? Putinís ascendency was not foreordained. It followed a series of major U.S. miscalculations and blunders of such magnitude that it almost seems they must have been deliberate. What exactly was our road to perdition in the Middle East?1. Reset with Putin When Barack Obama came into...
  • Obama's Schizophrenic Foreign Policy-An analysis of a recipe for serial disasters

    10/13/2015 5:33:35 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | October 13, 2015 | Bruce Thornton
    . What are the roots of Barack Obamaís foreign policy? Some focus on the man and his flaws of character, particularly his inability to learn from his mistakes and to adjust his ideas to changing facts on the ground. Others see more sinister motives, an animus against the United States that drives policies diminishing Americaís power and influence. Old bad ideas like one-world internationalism and the power of diplomacy to resolve conflicts have played a major role. And of course, domestic political considerations enter into his foreign policy calculations. Whatever the origins, the end result of Obamaís foreign policy has...
  • Demoralized Obama natsec team grumbles: Heís too weak and passive towards Putin

    10/13/2015 8:43:12 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 13,2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Even this guyís own deputies wonít defend him anymore. Current and former Obama officials say the presidentís reluctance to respond more assertively against Putin is signaling U.S. weakness and indecision. ďWeíre just so reactive,Ē said one senior administration official. ďThereís just this tendency to waitĒ and see what steps other actors takeÖ Sources familiar with administration deliberations said that Obamaís West Wing inner circle serves as a brick wall against dissenting views. The presidentís most senior advisers ó including National Security Adviser Susan Rice and White House chief of staff Denis McDonough ó reflect the presidentís wariness of escalated U.S....
  • U.S. Military Drops Munitions to Syrian Rebels: Officials

    10/13/2015 7:32:45 AM PDT · by gtx960 · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | Oct. 13, 2015 | Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
    <p>The U.S. military airdropped 50 tons of ammunition to Syrian rebels fighting ISIS on Sunday ó the latest maneuver in the United States' attempt to help turn the tide of a chaotic civil war.</p> <p>The airdrop, consisting of AK-47 rounds, hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds, targeted rebels in ISIS-held territory in northern Syria, senior defense and military officials told NBC News.</p>
  • Did U.S. weapons supplied to Syrian rebels draw Russia into the conflict?

    10/12/2015 9:09:00 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11 Oct 15 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT ó American antitank missiles supplied to Syrian rebels are playing an unexpectedly prominent role in shaping the Syrian battlefield, giving the conflict the semblance of a proxy war between the United States and Russia, despite President Obamaís express desire to avoid one. The U.S.-made BGM-71 TOW missiles were delivered under a two-year-old covert program coordinated between the United States and its allies to help vetted Free Syrian Army groups in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad. Now that Russia has entered the war in support of Assad, they are taking on a greater significance than was originally intended. So...
  • Obama: ĎIíve Been Skeptical From the Get-Goí About Training the Syrian Opposition

    10/12/2015 8:29:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 12, 2015 | 8:04 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    President Obama now says he never believed in the $500-million program to train and equip the moderate Syrian opposition. The administration last week halted the failed program, which ended up ďtrainingĒ fewer than 100 Syrians, all but four or five of whom deserted or died after the Americans tried to turn them into anti-ISIS fighters. ďSteve, this is why Iíve been skeptical from the get-go about the notion that we were going to effectively create this proxy army inside Syria,Ē Obama told CBSí Steve Kroft during an interview for ď60 Minutes.Ē Ö
  • U.S. delivers 50 tons of ammunition to Syria rebel groups

    10/12/2015 8:15:06 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 107 replies
    CNN ^ | October 12, 2015 | Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
    CNN)U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration's urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups. Details of the air mission over Syria were confirmed by a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly because the details have not yet been formally announced. C-17s, accompanied by fighter escort aircraft, dropped small arms ammunition and other items like hand grenades in Hasakah province in northern Syria to a coalition of rebels groups vetted by the US,...
  • Largest US Foreign Policy Blunder Since Vietnam: Iran Readies Massive Syrian Ground Invasion

    10/03/2015 8:23:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/03/2015 | Tyler Durden
    On Thursday, in ďMid-East Coup: As Russia Pounds Militant Targets, Iran Readies Ground Invasions While Saudis PanicĒ, we attempted to cut through all of the Western and Russian media propaganda on the way to describing what Moscowís involvement in Syria actually portends for the global balance of power. Here are a few excerpts that summarize whatís taking shape in the Middle East: Putin looks to have viewed this as the ultimate geopolitical win-win. That is, Russia gets to i) expand its influence in the Middle East in defiance of Washington and its allies, a move that also helps to...
  • CIA-backed Syrian rebels were making gains before Russian intervention, officials say

    10/10/2015 7:50:24 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 10, 2015 | Staff
    CIA-trained Syrian rebels, who had started to make serious gains on President Bashar Assadís forces, are now under Russian bombardment with little prospect of rescue by their American patrons, U.S. officials say. Officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, say Russia has directed parts of its airstrikes against U.S.-backed groups and other moderate opposition in an effort to weaken them. The White House has few options to defend those it had secretly armed and trained. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, told the Associated Press the Russians ďknow their targets, and...
  • Obama defends Syria strategy, criticizes Putin's leadership role

    10/11/2015 7:21:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | October 11, 2015
    resident Obama on Sunday acknowledged that his efforts to help resolve the Syria crisis have so far failed but defended his strategy and dismissed assertions that Russian President Vladimir Putin is now the dominant world leader. ďI didn't say it was going to be done in a year,Ē Obama said in a CBS ď60 MinutesĒ interview. ďSyria has been a difficult problem for the entire world community. Ö What we have not been able to do so far -- and Iím the first to acknowledge this -- is to change the dynamic inside of Syria.Ē The president was confronted about...
  • Obama: Give me a few more years in Syria

    10/11/2015 7:24:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 10/11/15 | Rudy Takala
    President Obama insists that the solution to the Syrian conflict is more time. "Let's take the example of Afghanistan. We've been there 13 years now," Obama said in an interview on CBS that aired Sunday night. "It's still hard in Afghanistan. Today, after all the investments we have there, and we still have thousands of troops there. So the notion that after a year in Syria, a country where the existing government hasn't invited us in, but is actively keeping us out, that somehow we would be able to solve this quickly ó" "We didn't say quickly," host Steve Kroft...
  • Obama claims Putin's war in Syria is sign of weakness - as US abandons training rebels..

    10/09/2015 8:25:16 AM PDT · by maggief · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2015 | J. TAYLOR RUSHING
    President tells CBS's Steve Kroft in interview previewed on-air Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin's moves into Syria are out of weakness, not strength US has abandoned $500 million to train and arm rebels fighting to remove Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad from power (snip) 'He's moved troops into Syria, for one. He's got people on the ground,' Kroft said. 'Two, the Russians are conducting military operations in the Middle East for the first time since World War II... Bombing the people we are supporting.' 'He's challenging your leadership, Mr. President. He's challenging your leadership.' Obama replied, 'So that's leading, Steve?'...
  • Brzezinski: Obama should retaliate if Russia doesn't stop attacking U.S. assets

    10/06/2015 4:51:52 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | October 5, 2015 | By Nick Gass
    The United States should threaten to retaliate if Russia does not stop attacking U.S. assets in Syria, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in a Financial Times op-ed published Sunday, urging "strategic boldness," with American credibility in the Middle East and the region itself at stake. Moscow's apparent decision to strike non-Islamic State targets and those of Syrian rebels backed by the Central Intelligence Agency "at best" reflects "Russian military incompetence," and worst, "evidence of a dangerous desire to highlight American political impotence," wrote Brzezinski, the national security adviser for former President Jimmy Carter and a strong supporter of...
  • President ĎMumbo-Jumboí

    10/06/2015 7:46:01 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 5, 2015 | Bret Stephens
    President ĎMumbo-Jumboí Obamaís preferred method for dealing with disagreement is denigration. Bret Stephens David Petraeus testified last month to the Senate Armed Services Committee on U.S. policy in the Middle East. Regarding Syria, the former general and CIA director urged a credible threat to destroy Bashar Assadís air force if it continues to bomb its own people. He also recommended ďthe establishment of enclaves in Syria protected by coalition air power, where a moderate Sunni force could be supported and where additional forces could be trained, internally displaced persons could find refuge, and the Syrian opposition could organize.Ē But Barack...
  • INSIGHT-US, allies short on options as Russia,Iran flex muscle in Syria

    10/04/2015 8:34:02 AM PDT · by EBH · 24 replies
    Thomson Reuters Foundation ^ | 10/3/2015 | Samia Nakhoul
    The question on everyone's mind is: will the United States and its European and regional Sunni allies intervene to stop President Vladimir Putin from reversing the gains made by mainstream Syrian rebels after more than four years of war? Few are holding their breath. Many say, often with vehemence, that the current drama is the consequence of ongoing Western inaction and U.S. retreat at critical moments in an ever more uncontrollable conflict, whose regional dimensions are fast becoming global. Nobody in the Middle East is counting on U.S. President Barack Obama. The gloomy prediction of most is that a war...
  • Russia and US to hold urgent talks to ensure they do not end up in 'conflict' in Syria

    09/30/2015 6:52:20 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 45 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 30 September 2015 | SIMON TOMLINSON and EMMA GLANFIELD
    Russia and the U.S. have agreed to hold urgent military talks to ensure they do not end up 'in conflict' after Vladimir Putin launched airstrikes on Syria. More than 20 Russian fighter jets launched an attack on three provinces in Syria yesterday, after the U.S. was given just one hours' notice to remove its planes and officials from the area. The move increased tensions between the two countries, after concerns were raised that the airstrikes were only targeting anti-government rebels, many of whom are backed by the U.S.-led coalition, instead of ISIS-held areas. Syrian opposition chief Khaled Khoja said 36...
  • U.S., allies demand Russia halt Syria strikes outside IS areas

    10/02/2015 9:17:45 AM PDT · by ETL · 147 replies
    Reuters, via Yahoo News ^ | Oct 2, 2015 | Tom Perry and Lidia Kelly
    BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia bombed Syria for a third day on Friday, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups rather than the Islamic State fighters it said it was targeting and drawing an increasingly angry response from the West. The U.S.-led coalition that is waging its own air war against Islamic State called on the Russians to halt strikes on targets other than Islamic State. "We call on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians and to focus its efforts on fighting ISIL," said the coalition, which includes the United States, major...
  • U.S., allies demand Russia halt Syria strikes outside IS areas

    10/02/2015 9:16:11 AM PDT · by keat · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Oct 2, 2015 11:57am EDT | Tom Perry and Lidia Kelly
    Russia bombed Syria for a third day on Friday, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups rather than the Islamic State fighters it said it was targeting and drawing an increasingly angry response from the West. The U.S.-led coalition that is waging its own air war against Islamic State called on the Russians to halt strikes on targets other than Islamic State. "We call on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians and to focus its efforts on fighting ISIL," said the coalition, which includes the United States, major European powers, Arab...
  • The Largest US Foreign Policy Blunder Since Vietnam

    10/03/2015 8:15:27 AM PDT · by semantic · 82 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/3/2015 | Tyler Durden
    We attempted to cut through all of the Western and Russian media propaganda on the way to describing what Moscowís involvement in Syria actually portends for the global balance of power. Here are a few excerpts that summarize whatís taking shape in the Middle East: Putin looks to have viewed this as the ultimate geopolitical win-win. That is, Russia gets to i) expand its influence in the Middle East in defiance of Washington and its allies, a move that also helps to protect Russian energy interests and preserves the Mediterranean port at Tartus, and ii) support its allies in Tehran...
  • 'The devil made me do it': Obama's foreign policy just reached a new low

    09/19/2015 7:15:25 PM PDT · by the_daug · 25 replies
    Yahoo finance, Business insider ^ | Sat, Sep 19, 2015 | Brett LoGiurato and Michael B Kelley
    The Obama administration's policy toward Syria and its more than four-year civil war is rapidly becoming a black mark on the president's legacy. And a scathing new report by Peter Baker of The New York Times details the mind-boggling decision by the White House to refuse to accept any responsibility. The blame for the failed US effort to train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS "should be pointed not at Mr. Obama but at those who pressed him to attempt training Syrian rebels in the first place," administration officials told Baker. There are only "four or five" US-trained rebels left fighting...
  • Obama's Syrian Nightmare

    09/11/2015 6:20:18 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 26 replies
    NYT ^ | 10 Sep 15 | Roger Cohen
    Roger Cohen Continue reading the main story Share This Page Email Share Tweet Save more Syria will be the biggest blot on the Obama presidency, a debacle of staggering proportions. For more than four years now, the war has festered. A country has been destroyed, four million Syrians are refugees, Islamic State has moved into the vacuum and President Bashar al-Assad still drops barrel bombs whose shrapnel and chlorine rip women and children to shreds. For a long time, those who fled waited in the neighborhood. They wanted to go home. They filled camps in Turkey and Jordan and Lebanon....
  • U.S. Shelves Its $500M Syrian Rebel Army

    08/12/2015 8:27:02 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 11, 2015 | Nancy A. Youssef
    The Obama administration has itself a new proxy force to fight ISISóbut not the rebel army itís committed half a billion dollars to assemble. The Obama administration is still publicly counting on a $500 million rebel army to beat ISIS in Syria. But privately, the Pentagon brass long ago moved past its own proxy force, The Daily Beast has learned. Theyíve found another group to fight the self-proclaimed Islamic State instead. In recent weeks, the handful of fighters in the administration-backed rebel armyóthe so-called ďNew Syrian ForceĒóhave been killed, kidnapped, or fallen off the proverbial radar. But the Pentagon maintained...