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  • Russian rescue helicopter 'shot down by Syrian rebels' while searching for pilots

    11/24/2015 7:55:01 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 57 replies
    Mirror ^ | 11/24/15 | Anthony Bond
    The Russian leader also warned it would have serious consequences for his country's relations with Turkey A Russian rescue helicopter has been shot down by Syrian rebels while searching for pilots missing after Turkey downed a Russian jet. The helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in a government-held area in Syria's Latakia province. A Syrian insurgent group, which uses U.S. Tow missiles, said its fighters hit the helicopter with an anti-tank missile. Video footage has emerged online appearing to show the helicopter after it crashed in dense woodland. Plumes of smoke can be seen coming from the aircraft....
  • Obama has earmarked $700 million MORE in weapons to arm anti-Assad ‘rebels’...

    11/15/2015 1:56:44 PM PST · by amorphous · 36 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | 15 Nov 2015
    The Obama Regime continues to spend our money to fund what he calls the "Good Guys" of the now practically defunct 'Free Syrian Army.' Most of the $$hundreds of millions in arms Obama has already sent them have fallen into the hands of the Islamic State and/or al-Nusra…followed by the 'rebels' who then quickly join one of these terror groups.
  • Former US Air Force Lieutenant: Obama's Syria Strategy Is An "Illegal Embarrassment"

    11/06/2015 10:45:36 AM PST · by amorphous · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 6 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    If there's anything that should have become abundantly clear over the past several months it's that Washington's "strategy" in the Mid-East is coming apart at the seams. To be sure, there's no reason why intelligence officials in the US should have ever thought the Syria gambit was going to work. Playing on the Sunni-Shiite divide can certainly be effective when it comes to creating chaos but it's a notoriously risky way to go about things and its fraught with uncertainty. The Pentagon should know this all too well. After all, it was the very same jihadists who the US supported...
  • CIA, Saudis To Give "Select" Syrian Militants Weapons Capable Of Downing Commercial Airliners

    11/05/2015 7:45:55 AM PST · by amorphous · 35 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    Wednesday brought a veritable smorgasbord of "new" information about the Russian passenger jet which fell out of the sky above the Sinai Peninsula last weekend. First there was an audio recording from ISIS' Egyptian affiliate reiterating that they did indeed “down” the plane. Next, the ISIS home office in Raqqa (or Langley or Hollywood) released a video of five guys sitting in the front yard congratulating their Egyptian “brothers” on the accomplishment. Then the UK grounded air traffic from Sharm el-Sheikh noting that the plane "may well" have had an "explosive device" on board. Finally, US media lit up with...
  • Syria rebels using caged captives as 'human shields': monitor (+ Video)

    11/01/2015 7:07:46 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 11 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/1/2015 | France 24
    BEIRUT (AFP) - A major Syrian rebel group is using dozens of captives in metal cages as "human shields" in the largest opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, a monitor said Sunday. Jaish al-Islam, regarded as the most powerful rebel group near the capital, has put regime soldiers and Alawite civilians it was holding in metal cages, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP. The group then placed these cages in public squares in the Eastern Ghouta region in an attempt to "prevent regime bombardment", Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said. Video Link
  • U.S. Backed Moderate Rebels Put Alawite Women in Cages to Protect Themselves from Airstrikes

    11/01/2015 11:38:42 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 202 replies
    The Arab Source ^ | 11/01/15 | Leith Fadel
    In order to deter the Syrian and Russian Air Forces inside the East Ghouta (collection of farms) region of rural Damascus, the U.S. backed moderate rebels from “Jaysh Al-Islam” (Army of Islam) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have placed kidnapped Alawite women in cages to protect themselves from airstrikes. The U.S. backed Syrian Opposition’s social media activists posted the photos of the six kidnapped Alawite women on Twitter, adding their extra commentary that included sectarian insults to degrade the helpless women and taunt the Syrian President Dr. Bashar Al-Assad. This is not the first time that the U.S. backed...
  • Syria war: Russia 'is ready to assist FSA rebels'

    10/25/2015 7:28:06 PM PDT · by tlozo · 9 replies
    Russia says it is ready to help US-backed rebels in Syria in their battle against militant organisations like the Islamic State group. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Russian air force could support the Free Syrian Army provided the US shares information about rebel positions. The FSA has so far been among the rebel groups targeted by Russian strikes which have drawn Western criticism. Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It has been bombing targets in Syria since last month and says it is primarily hitting IS positions. But Western powers say most of the air...
  • VANITY - We're Mutants - Stripes

    10/21/2015 10:10:53 AM PDT · by 100American · 7 replies
    www.youtube.com ^ | Published on Oct 4, 2012 | Bill Murray
    Just to add some levity about all of Us here in America.. Yup, my family took off from Europe and other places and came here... never left! So all of these "political" types are mere baggage we need to drop off and get some new ones... That will listen and not go turn coat on us... Sic Semper Tyrranis!
  • Putin is deliberately targeting our forces

    10/15/2015 6:43:39 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/14/15 | Khaleda Rahman
    Russia is deliberately targeting U.S.-backed forces in Syria in an air campaign that has killed up to 150 CIA-trained rebels, according to an official. It comes as the two countries are set to hold talks in a bid to avoid clashes in the skies after it emerged that opposing jets have been conducting raids so close together that pilots have been able to see each other. Since Moscow began carrying out air strikes in Syria, there has been mounting evidence that the target is not solely Islamic State militants. A U.S. official, who believes up to 150 U.S. trained rebels...
  • Russia Kills 150 CIA-Backed Syrian Rebels in Airstrikes

    10/14/2015 1:24:54 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/14/15 | Jim Hoft
    Russia is deliberately targeting US-backed rebel forces in Syria. 150 CIA-backed Syrian rebels have been killed by Russian airstrikes. FOX News reported: Moscow is deliberately targeting U.S.-backed forces in Syria as part of a military campaign that has killed up to 150 U.S.-trained rebels, a U.S. official told Fox News. The claim comes as the U.S. and Russian militaries try to reach an agreement about flight safety in the skies over Syria. Officials from both countries are holding their third videoconference on the issue Wednesday, as U.S.-led coalition and Russian aircraft look to avoid collisions as they launch airstrikes into...
  • 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 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>
  • Obama Administration Ends Pentagon Program to Train Syrian Rebels

    10/09/2015 6:16:21 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/09/2015 | HELENE COOPER and ERIC SCHMITT
    The Obama administration has ended the Pentagons $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration officials said on Friday, in an acknowledgment that the beleaguered program had failed to produce any kind of ground combat forces capable of taking on the Islamic State in Syria. [...] [The Defense Secretary] Mr. Carter added, I think youll be hearing from President Obama very shortly on the program." [...] A senior Defense Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that a much smaller training center would be set up in Turkey instead, where a small group of enablers...
  • Obama Administration Ends Pentagon Program to Train Syrian Rebels

    10/09/2015 6:07:56 AM PDT · by amorphous · 25 replies
    NYSlimes ^ | 9 Oct 2015 | By HELENE COOPER and ERIC SCHMITTOCT
    LONDON The Obama administration has ended the Pentagons $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration officials said on Friday, in an acknowledgment that the beleaguered program had failed to produce any kind of ground combat forces capable of taking on the Islamic State in Syria. Pentagon officials were expected to officially announce the end of the program on Friday, as Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter leaves London after meetings with his British counterpart, Michael Fallon, about the continuing wars in Syria and Iraq. I wasnt happy with the early efforts of the program, Mr. Carter said...
  • Obama Folds: White House Weighs "Syria Retreat" As It Ends Training Of "Moderate Rebels"

    10/09/2015 6:00:24 AM PDT · by amorphous · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9 Oct 2015
    This past weekend we called Obama's latest failed attempt to replace Syria's president (after a comparable attempt in 2013 also ended in failure) for what it is: "Make no mistake, this is shaping up to be the most spectacular US foreign policy debacle since Vietnam - and we don't think that's an exaggeration."
  • Ted Cruz: "We Should Stop Engaging In The Fiction of Trying To Find Moderate Rebels"

    10/08/2015 5:22:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10/8/15 | Fox
    Sen. Ted Cruz appears on FOX News to talk about Russia exerting influence in the Middle East and what should our role be in fighting ISIS. SEN. TED CRUZ: You ask what should we be doing? We should stop engaging in the fiction in trying to find these moderate rebels and support them. We should stop the fiction of trying to bring together the Sunnis and the Shias to put down their arms and embrace like brothers. Instead, we should defend U.S. national security interests and do what works to defeat ISIS.
  • Will Anybody EVER Trust U.S. Again Now that Russians Have Bombed CIA-Backed Rebels to Smithereens?

    10/08/2015 2:03:26 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 08 October 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Why would they? And just think of the irony- Obama abandoned the (NATO member) Poles and Czechs to their own fate when he withdrew W's plans for missile-defense in central/eastern Europe...ostensibly to make nice with the Kremlin. But NATO pledges of support 'withindays' meanlittle when you'vealready been turned to ash. Then they watched in horror as Putin shredded Ukraine and put more missiles in Kaliningrad, right in Europe's face. NOW the Russians -who we supposedlysold-out NATO members to befriend- are showing the entire world what a bunch of feckless, undependable, and downright dangerous 'friends' the United States can be... as...
  • U.S.-backed Syrian rebels appeal for antiaircraft missiles - The Washington Post

    10/03/2015 11:52:40 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    Unian ^ | 3-10-2015 | Unian
    U.S.-backed rebels in Syria appealed to the Obama administration on Friday for anti-aircraft missiles to defend their positions against relentless Russian airstrikes that have so far mostly targeted the moderate opposition to President Bashar al-Assad's rule, according to The Washington Post. We need one of two things. Either a clear policy from the United States to prevent Russia and the regime from bombing Syrians, or otherwise they should send us anti-aircraft missiles so that we can confront the Russian planes," said Hassan Haj Ali, the commander of Suqour al-Jabal, U.S.-backed group targeted by Russian strikes on Thursday, the report says....
  • Russian warplanes strike deep inside Islamic States heartland

    10/02/2015 8:10:39 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/02/2015 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT Russian warplanes have struck targets deep inside the Islamic States heartland province of Raqqa for the first time, Russias Defense Ministry said Friday. The strikes were carried out against an Islamic State training camp and a command post near the city of Raqqa, expanding the scope of a three-day old air campaign that had previously focused on attacking rebel groups opposed to the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
  • U.S. support for Syria rebels illegal, Putin says ahead of Obama meeting

    09/27/2015 8:11:42 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 32 replies
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday branded U.S. support for rebel forces in Syria as illegal and ineffective, saying U.S.-trained rebels were leaving to join Islamic State with weapons supplied by Washington. In an interview with U.S. networks recorded ahead of a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Putin said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad deserved international support as he was fighting terrorist organizations. Obama and Putin are scheduled to talk on Monday after Putin addresses the United Nations, although White House and Kremlin officials have disagreed on what the two leaders will discuss and even who initiated the meeting. "In...
  • Walpole to block Confederate flag over high school field

    08/28/2015 4:29:45 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | August 28, 2015 | Johanna Seltz
    WALPOLE The School Committee took steps Thursday night to distance itself from a Confederate flag overlooking the high school athletic field, voting to permanently block the rebel emblem flying on private property with a public banner emblazoned with a big W and with a second banner printed with a disavowal of the divisive symbol. Walpole is not a racist town and does not want to be perceived that way, School Committee chairwoman Nancy Gallivan said before the unanimous vote.
  • U.S. to Use Air Power to Defend Syria Force

    08/02/2015 3:17:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 56 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 2, 2015 | ADAM ENTOUS
    President Barack Obama has authorized the use of air power to defend a new U.S.-backed fighting force in Syria should it come under attack from Syrian government forces or other groups, officials said, in a move that could increase the risk of the U.S. coming into direct conflict with the Assad regime. The decision ends a months long debate over the role the U.S. military should play in supporting its few allies on the battlefield and comes as the U.S. and Turkey discussed joint operations to clear a zone along the Turkish-Syrian border of Islamic State militants. Turkish officials wanted...
  • Defense Secretary Carter says just 60 Syrian rebels in training

    07/07/2015 10:11:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    AP and FoxNews ^ | July 7, 2015 | Staff
    President Obama's $500 million plan to raise an army of Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State horde is falling far short of its target, attracting only a few dozen recruits to the cause. "As of July 3, we are currently training about 60 fighters," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told lawmakers Tuesday.
  • Reid calls on UNLV to look into changing 'rebel' mascot

    06/23/2015 10:49:49 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    KRNV ^ | 6-23-2015 | KRNV
    Sen. Harry Reid says Nevada higher education officials should look at changing the Confederate-themed mascot at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Reid told reporters in Washington D.C. on Tuesday that Nevada's Board of Regents should take a look at changing UNLV's current mascot and sports team name from the so-called "Running Rebels."
  • Highest Ranking Iranian General Dies in Syria

    06/13/2015 3:38:55 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/6/15 | Ari Yashar
    Yet another senior Iranian general has been killed fighting in Syria to prop up President Bashar al-Assad's regime, Iranian news agencies revealed late on Friday. Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Maj. Gen. Hadi Kajbaf was killed in April around 60 miles south of Damascus, near the rebel-hold town Busr al-Harir, according to the IRGC-affiliated Tasnim as cited by Reuters. His body was shipped back to Iran last Friday. Another three Iranian soldiers were killed alongside the general, including a mid-ranking Shi'ite cleric, reported the state-run Fars News Agency. Kajbaf's rank was the highest in Iran's military, meaning he was among...
  • Iran Threatens Saudis After Aid Planes Blocked

    04/26/2015 10:10:21 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Israel National News ^ | April 25, 2015 | Hillel Fendel
    Amid reports of a renewed Saudi offensive against Iranian-allied rebels in Yemen, Iran's news agency reported on Friday that Saudi Arabia had stopped Iranian aid planes from landing in Yemen. Not unexpectedly, a top Iranian official responded with threats directed at Saudi Arabia. Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian warned on Sunday that the Saudi behavior and its siege of Yemen and preventing the dispatch of humanitarian aids "will not remain unanswered." "Saudi Arabia is not entitled to decide for others in the region," Abdollahian added. Iran's FARS News Agency stated that Saudi fighter jets...
  • Saudi Arabia is bombing Iran-backed rebels in Yemen who just plundered US intelligence files

    03/26/2015 4:18:01 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3-25-2015 | Armin Rosen and Pamela Engel
    Yemen's crisis is getting worse and then some. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have started bombing rebel positions inside Yemen. The Sunni Kingdom added that it would do "anything necessary" to deter the Iran-backed Shiite rebels who are taking over Yemen and trying to oust US-backed President Abd Rabbah Mansur Hadi. A Saudi source told Reuters that ground troops might be needed in Yemen to "restore order." Saudi Arabia is reportedly contributing as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes to the campaign against the Houthis.
  • SUCCESS! Obama supports Syrian rebel group with high-tech weapons

    03/03/2015 8:12:09 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/3/2015 | The Right Scoop
    A moderate rebel group in Syria that the U.S. helped create, called the Hazm Network, has fallen apart after recently being defeated by Jahbat al-Nusra, an al-Qaida linked terrorist group. The Hazm Network gave all their US weapons to al-Nusra and took off to join the Shamiah Front, another Muslim Brotherhood group in Syria that includes hardline Salafis.
  • 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>
  • Marines Surrender Weapons Before Yemen Evacuation

    02/11/2015 6:10:24 PM PST · by blueyon · 112 replies
    Military.com ^ | 2/11/15 | Richard Sisk
    U.S. Embassy Marines in Yemen handed over their M-9 pistols and M-4 carbines before evacuating the chaotic country with diplomatic personnel, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The Marines also left behind several vehicles at the airport in the capital city of Sanaa before departing on a civilian flight, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. Warren said the Marines destroyed their machine guns and other crew-served weapons before leaving the Embassy for the airport. He also said that it was unclear who now had custody of the weapons and vehicles that were surrendered. A Marine spokesman could not immediately say...
  • Shiite Rebels Capture Yemen Military Base

    01/29/2015 9:05:37 AM PST · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | Jan. 29, 2015
    Yemeni officials said that Shiite rebels have captured a key military base south of the capital, where U.S. advisers had previously trained counterterrorism forces. They say that the Republican Guard camp captured on Thursday was used by American experts until 2012 to train local forces battling al Qaedas powerful Yemeni affiliate. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. The Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, have seized a number of key military facilities in recent days, including the headquarters of the paramilitary special forces. They took control of the capital in...
  • New York Times Discovers Yemens Death to America Houthi Rebels are Moderates

    01/26/2015 8:02:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/26/2015 | Patrick Poole
    The New York Times launched some weapons grade stupidity on Sunday with an article by Rod Nordland and Eric Schmitt citing “experts” claiming that the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen that have swept though critical parts of the country, including the capital Sanaa, are not just moderates, but possible U.S. counter-terrorism partners.Because of the ongoing Houthi offensive, Yemen’s Information Minister admitted last week that the government had lost effective control of the country. JUST IN: Yemeni Info Minister @NadiaSakkaf tells me government control in Yemen is "almost non-existent". Intv airs 8pm CET // 2pm ET— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) January...
  • Pro-Russian rebels reject peace deal, launch new offensive against Ukrainian govt troops

    01/23/2015 11:24:25 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    WashPost ^ | Jan 23 | AP
    At the moment, this is AP Breaking News.
  • Syrian rebel Yarmouk Brigades ditch US and Israel allies, defect to ISIS

    12/18/2014 9:43:15 AM PST · by Diogenesis · 55 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | December 17, 2014
    Syrian rebel Yarmouk Brigades ditch US and Israel allies, defect to ISIS The Syrian rebel militia Al Yarmouk Shuhada Brigades, backed and trained for two years by US officers, mostly CIA experts, in Jordan, and supported by the Israeli army, has abruptly dumped these sponsors and joined up with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, debkafiles exclusive military and counter-terrorism sources reveal. The sudden defection of this 2,000-strong anti-Assad force leaves IDF defense formations on the Golan, US and Jordanian deployments in the northern part of the kingdom, and pro-Western rebel conquests in southern Syria in danger of collapse....
  • Some Weapons Bound For Syrian Rebels End Up With ISIS

    10/12/2014 3:56:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | 10/12/2014
    Conflict Armament Research tracks the weapons the self-proclaimed Islamic State uses. As Damien Spleeters tells NPR's Scott Simon, the group traced weapons back to more than 20 countries. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: ISIS has used ammunition and arms from many sources in its campaign in Kobani and across Syria and northern Iraq. The private group that tries to track these weapons is called Conflict Armament Research. This week, they released a new report. They found that the weapons come from over 20 countries and include arms that are both modern and sometimes decades-old. Damien Spleeters is a field investigator from the...
  • Samantha Power: U.S. Aid Will Help Syria Rebels Fight ISIS And Assad

    09/23/2014 7:58:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    "But, may I add, the training also will service these troops in the same struggle that they've been in since the beginning of this conflict against the Assad regime"
  • HEINOUS NEW LOW: Syrian rebels sabotage vaccinations, killing 50 babies

    09/21/2014 5:07:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | September 19, 2014
    As proof of their bravery, rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are suspected of sabotaging a batch of measles vaccinations, leading to the deaths of up to 50 young children. If true, it's a new low in an especially discouraging chapter of modern history.LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Dozens of infants in the rebel-held cities of Jarjanaz and Sinjar in Idlib province fell ill and died after being given the drugs. The causes of death has not yet been established. Officials reportedly suspect the vaccines may have been tampered with while left unguarded in a storage facility in...
  • White House says training Syrian rebels to take months (Susan Rice)

    09/19/2014 7:18:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/18/14 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Training and equipping moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State extremists will take months, the White House warned Friday a day after Congress approved the plan. "We will move out as rapidly as can be done, in partnership with the countries that will host the training facilities," said Susan Rice, national security advisor to President Barack Obama. "This will be a process that takes months," she said, adding it will not "happen overnight." "This is a serious training program, and we are serious about vetting those that we will be training and equipping," Rice emphasized. "It is...
  • The Moderate Syrian Rebels Obama Wants To Arm To Fight ISIS Sign Non-Aggression Pact With ISIS

    09/14/2014 2:42:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    IJReview ^ | September 13, 2014 | Kevin Boyd
    One of the key components of the strategy President Obama outlined in his speech earlier this week to fight ISIS was to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS. Obama and others like Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) assure us that the Syrian rebels are “vetted moderates” who only want to bring freedom to Syria.Well, this component of the Obama strategy appears to be falling apart. ISIS and some of the “moderate” rebel factions have signed a non-aggression pact pledging to concentrate on fighting the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.The Huffington Post has more: According to Agence France-Presse, ISIS and...
  • "Moderate" Syrian Rebels Sign Non-Aggression Pact With ISIS; Iraq Defies US

    09/14/2014 10:14:01 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9/13/14 | Tyler Durden
    First, Germany and UK (and Australia) - the USA' broad coalition of allies to strike ISIS - will not support airstrikes on ISIS in Syria. Second, Turkey - the USA's closest ally in NATO among the Middle East - denies them its airbases for use as launch sites of airstrikes and will not support airstrikes in Syria (after John Kerry visits) Third, Iraq's newly-installed US-friendly PM al-Abadi defies the US and halts airstrikes on ISIS-held civilian areas (leaving it up to the US to be the bad guys against his people once again), and Finally, The USA's proxy boots-on-the-ground -...
  • John McCain: Ive Vetted Syrian Rebels, People Not Trusting Them Making Excuses

    09/14/2014 7:29:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 09/13/2014 | by Josh Feldman
    One concern about President Obamas counterterrorism strategy against ISIS is the plan to arm moderate Syrian rebels to fight the terrorist group. Arming moderate rebels was a contentious debate last year in the national fight over how to deal with President Bashar al-Assad, but now a new enemy is inspiring the calls for action. John McCain, in one of his rare TV appearances, said on Fox News today that anyone saying they mistrust the Free Syrian Army is just making excuses for not taking action against ISIS. McCain touted that hes vetted a number of them because I know them....
  • 75 UN troops flee into Israel to escape Syrian rebels

    08/30/2014 4:22:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Seventy-five UNDOF peacekeepers in the Golan Heights fled Syrian territory for the Israeli-controlled Golan on Saturday after their positions were attacked by rebel forces. An Israeli military spokesman confirmed that a number of UN peacekeepers entered Israel. He spoke on condition of anonymity. Channel 2 said 75 UN troops had crossed the borders, after two UN positions on the Syrian side of the border were targeted by al-Nusra rebel forces. Earlier in the day, the Philippine defense chief said that Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights were attacked by Syrian rebels, who are also holding dozens of Fijian troops hostage....
  • MH17 and its aftermath: 'ordinary Russians are horrified and frightened'

    07/20/2014 11:14:19 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 19, 2014 | Natalia Antonova
    In Moscow, conspiracy theories abound, along with disdain for the separatists and some support for Putin 'So will the Americans attack us now?" At my dentist's surgery in Moscow I am used to being the one nervously asking questions. Yet on the day after flight MH17 was brought down, everyone here including my dentist, the receptionist and the guy fixing the receptionist's computer wants me to tell them what will happen next. "You're a journalist. You probably know something we don't know," says the receptionist. "And I don't trust the television," says the receptionist. In the aftermath of...
  • Ukraine rebels: We did not shoot down plane

    07/17/2014 10:12:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/17/14 | Peter Leonard - ap
    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) Separatist rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have denied that they are responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane.
  • Someone Is Lying: Obama Says Not Arming Syrian Rebels, Syrian Rebels Say He Is

    05/28/2014 2:51:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Zero hedge ^ | 05/28/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Obama is saying he is contemplating arming and training Syrian rebels (just the 'moderates' which will be identified by their smiles). However, as the following PBS Frontline documentary exposes, the Syrian rebels themselves say they are already armed and trained by US in the use of sophisticated weapons and fighting techniques, including, one rebel said, "how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush." The interviews are the latest evidence that after more than three years of warfare, the United States has stepped up the provision of lethal aid to the rebels, as PBS notes "it appears the Obama...
  • Ukraine says hundreds of armed militants have crossed border from Russia

    05/27/2014 7:26:28 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 5-27-2014 | Roy Gutman
    <p>The Ukrainian army said Tuesday that it had evicted armed separatists from the international airport in Donetsk after a 24-hour gun battle, but the government in Kiev warned of a new threat as truckloads of armed Russian volunteers reportedly crossed the border.</p>
  • Pro-Russia Rebels Kill 14 Ukraine Troops as Crucial Poll Nears

    05/22/2014 9:23:35 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 3 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 05-22-2014 | VOA News
    Ukraine's acting president says 13 service members were killed when pro-Russian separatists attacked a military checkpoint in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region. President Oleksandr Turchnyov said Thursday the soldiers who died in the overnight attack near the town of Volnovakha "gave their lives for Ukraine." He said the separatists attacked the checkpoint using mortars, grenade launchers and heavy automatic weapons. Ukraine's Defense Ministry earlier reported that 17 servicemen were wounded in the attack. Another government serviceman was killed overnight in the neighboring Luhansk region.
  • DEVELOPING: Possible Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

    04/11/2014 1:47:40 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 4-11-2014 | James Miller
    There are reports of a possible chemical weapons attack in at least one area of Syria, but possibly more. Below we will be analyzing the information as it comes in. 2034 GMT: A potentially very important video. This claims to have been taken this evening in Kafr Zita, and it is uploaded by a channel that has posted videos nearly exclusively from Kafr Zita. It claims to show a helicopter dropping a barrel bomb filled with the chemical weapons. SNIP- Just today, the Local Coordination Committees reported that five people were killed in Harasta and several more were injured in...
  • U.S. finalizing plan to boost support for Syrian rebels: sources

    04/05/2014 5:15:45 AM PDT · by Vostok-1 · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 4, 2014 7:16pm EDT | By Mark Hosenball and Missy Ryan
    The U.S. government is finalizing a plan to increase training and small-arms shipments for Syrian rebels, two U.S. security sources said on Friday, as Syrian government troops gain momentum following the collapse of U.S.-backed peace talks.
  • Turkey, Qatar excluded from Cairo Islamic meeting

    03/22/2014 3:06:40 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    hurriyet daily news ^ | March/22/2014
    Egypt has not invited Qatar and Turkey for a major Islamic conference due in Cairo later this week, according to a report published on March 22. “We are not having a crisis with the Qatari or Turkish people … The issue lies in the policy of the Turkish and Qatari governments,” Egyptian Minister of Waqfs (religious endowments) Mohammad Jumaa told at a press conference, gulfnews.com has reported. Cairo will host a conference on March 25 on religious extremism, as Egypt continues a crackdown on Islamists in what the military-backed government portrays as a “war on terrorism”. Around 80 scholars from...
  • 33 First-World Anarchists Who Dont Care About Your Rules

    03/18/2014 10:40:56 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Bored Panda ^ | Mar 18th, 2014
    The world relies on rules and regulations to run in an orderly fashion. But theres a few people out there who are rebels. They wont follow your rules theyre their own masters. This post is for the first-world anarchists the revolutionaries who dont care about your rules. OK, so maybe they arent REALLY rebels, but these pictures are still hilarious. Most of them involve finding some sort of public notice that announces a not-all-that-important rule or request and then blatantly violating it. My personal favorites are the ones that interpret a given warning differently than it was intended...