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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Pakistani doctor/former Mayo Clinic researcher indicted in terrorism case

    05/16/2020 12:58:12 PM PDT · by kevcol · 9 replies
    Twin City Pioneer Press ^ | May 15, 2020 | Amy Forliti
    A Pakistani doctor and former Mayo Clinic researcher has been indicted on one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization after authorities say he told paid FBI informants that he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and wanted to carry out lone wolf attacks in the U.S. The indictment against Muhammad Masood, 28, was announced Friday by U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald.. . . Roughly three dozen Minnesotans — mostly men from the state’s large Somali community — have left since 2007 to join al-Shabab in Somalia or militant groups in Syria, including the Islamic...
  • The Pogrom That Started the Palestinian Arab-Israeli Conflict

    05/11/2020 6:54:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 11, 2020 | Joseph Puder
    The opening shot - exactly one hundred years ago in 1920. Exactly one hundred years ago, in April, 1920, marked the opening shot of the Arab Israeli conflict. It was a pogrom against Jews in Jerusalem and its surrounding areas. The pogrom, also called by some the Nebi Musa riots, took place between Sunday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 7, 1920. It cost the lives of five Jews, and 200 others were injured. The violence was instigated by the British occupation administration and led by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el-Husseini, who later became Hitler’s ally. The Jaffa riots a...
  • Is Iran really leaving Syria?

    05/08/2020 2:00:25 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 26 replies
    Jerusalem Post (Israel) ^ | MAY 7, 2020 | ANNA AHRONHEIM
    Earlier this week senior defense officials in Israel announced that after years of Israel’s war-between-war campaign to drive Iran out of Syria, the Islamic Republic was finally withdrawing from the war-torn country. The news came just hours after an airstrike blamed on Israel targeted a research facility in Aleppo in Syria’s north. But the announcement also came as Iran is still regrouping from the targeted killing of Quds force commander Qasem Soleimani in January and as it continues to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and a disastrous economic crisis hitting the country... Almost on a weekly occurrence foreign publications...
  • Germany raids sites linked to Hezbollah, extends ban

    05/01/2020 10:09:08 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies ^ | April 30th 2020 | Associated Press
    BERLIN (AP) — German police raided five sites linked to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, as authorities announced Thursday that they were banning activities by its political wing in Germany. The raids, intended to prevent evidence about possible front organizations being destroyed, took place at mosques and community centers in Berlin, Bremen, Muenster, Recklinghausen and Dortmund.
  • Germany bans Hezbollah, raids mosques

    04/30/2020 2:10:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    France24 ^ | April 30, 2020
    Berlin (AFP) - Germany on Thursday completely banned Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah movement from carrying out activities on its soil, as police raided mosques and venues linked to the group. Like the European Union, Germany had until now only outlawed Hezbollah's military wing while tolerating its political wing. But in a shift immediately welcomed by the United States and Israel, the German interior ministry said it now considered the entire movement a "Shiite terrorist organisation". "Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation deemed responsible for numerous attacks and kidnappings worldwide," Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Germany's Bild daily. The interior minister "has banned...
  • Hamas Top Dog Tells Israel to Deliver Ventilators, Or 'We’ll Stop the Breathing of Six Million Israelis'

    04/09/2020 6:50:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Apr 9, 2020 | Robert Spencer
    Where have we heard that number before? Yahya Sinwar, the leader of the jihad terror group Hamas, on Thursday boasted that if Israel didn’t come across with more ventilators for “Palestinian” coronavirus victims in Gaza, the jihadis “take them by force.” As if that weren’t enough, Sinwar added: “If ventilators are not brought into [Gaza], we’ll take them by force from Israel and stop the breathing of 6 million Israelis.” Of course, Sinwar wasn’t articulating any new imperative for the jihad group: a new genocide of the Jews has always been a cherished Hamas aspiration. As The Palestinian Delusion explains,...
  • Gaza Preacher Praises Allah for Infecting Israelis, Americans -- Day Before First Cases Reported in Gaza

    03/25/2020 2:07:45 PM PDT · by kevcol · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 25, 2020 | Patrick Goodenough
    “Look how empty their streets are and look how crowded this mosque is,” he said, in comments translated by the East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). “Who is it that has given us security and terrified them? Who is it that has protected us and harmed them? It is Allah!” Less than 48 hours after al-Mutawa’s sermon, Gaza’s deputy health minister announced the first two confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Hamas-ruled territory.
  • u.s. willing to supply turkey with military aid in its fight against syria, white house says

    03/03/2020 5:58:23 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 53 replies
    newsweek ^ | 3/3/20 AT 3:55 PM EST | BY TOM O'CONNOR ON
    he White House is willing to offer some military assistance to Turkey to assist an insurgency against neighboring Syria, which has received support from Russia and Iran, a senior U.S. diplomat said Tuesday. James Jeffrey, who serves as both the State Department's special representative for Syria and the presidential envoy to the fight against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) told reporters in Turkey's southern border province of Hatay that the Turkish forces "mainly use our equipment, we want to make sure the equipment is ready when they need to use it," according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency. "We're willing...
  • Ingredients of COVID-19 mega-disaster brewing in Syria as Turkey's Leader Erdogan threatens to push Syrian refugees into Europe

    03/14/2020 4:18:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/14/2020 | Thomas Lifson
    You could not concoct a worse scenario for a pandemic catastrophe than what is unfolding Syria.  Start with a regime that depends on troops sent from Iran, where satellites detect trenches being bulldozed for bodies felled by the plague of COVID-19.  Add the bombing of hospitals by that same regime and secretiveness to the point of punishing doctors who speak out about the coronavirus.  Then consider millions of refugees living in close quarters in camps and others fleeing their chaotic and impoverished homeland into Turkey, whose leader wants to send them into Europe. Snowy Syrian refugee camp near Turkey border last December.(YouTube...
  • US Attacks Iran-Backed Militia Hours After General Refers to US Fatalities as 'Red Line'

    03/13/2020 6:40:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies ^ | | March 13, 2020 | 4:39am EDT | By Patrick Goodenough
    ( – U.S. forces carried out retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed Iraqi militias overnight Thursday following a rocket attack on an Iraqi base that killed two U.S. troops and one British soldier. The Pentagon said the airstrikes targeted facilities of Kata’ib Hezbollah (K.H.). The Qods Force-backed Shi’ite militia has a long history of attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq. “These strikes targeted five weapon storage facilities to significantly degrade their ability to conduct future attacks against Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces,” it said in a statement, referring to the U.S.-led coalition helping the Iraqis to defeat ISIS. “These weapons storage...
  • Turkey's Erdogan accuses Greece of Nazi tactics against migrants at border

    03/11/2020 7:00:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 11, 2020 | by Daren Butler, George Georgiopoulos
    ISTANBUL/ATHENS - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Greek security forces on Wednesday of behaving like Nazis for using force against migrants trying to cross the border from Turkey into the European Union. Tens of thousands of migrants have been attempting to get into EU member Greece since Turkey said on Feb. 28 it would no longer keep them on its territory as part of a 2016 deal with Brussels in return for European aid for the refugees. Greek security forces have used tear gas and water cannon to stop the migrants. Athens has suspended asylum applications for a month and...
  • Is This How Europe Ends?

    03/10/2020 4:59:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | March 10, 2020 | Pat Buchanan
    "Fortress Europe is an illusion." So declares the Financial Times in the closing line of its Saturday editorial: "Europe Cannot Ignore Syrian Migrant Crisis." The FT undertakes to instruct the Old Continent on what its duty is and what its future holds: "The EU will face flows of migrants and asylum seekers across the Mediterranean for decades to come." Can Europe not repel this unwanted home invasion from the Global South? It is "delusional" to think so, says the FT. Europe must be realistic and set about "providing legal routes for migrants and asylum seekers." What occasioned the editorial was...
  • Argentinian President Claims Former Obama Official Asked The Country To Provide Iran With Nuclear Fuel

    03/06/2020 1:49:30 PM PST · by Baynative · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | Oct 6, 2015 | Doug Schoen
    During a 45-minute speech, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner claimed that in 2010 a former Obama administration official asked Argentina to “provide the Islamic Republic of Iran with nuclear fuel” under the control of the International Atomic Energy Agency. According to Kirchner, Gary Samone, who was the White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction at the time, visited Argentina in the hopes of convincing them to provide reactor fuel. When the Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs asked for the request in writing, they never heard from Samone again.
  • Brawl erupts in Turkish parliament over Syria military action

    03/05/2020 7:47:01 AM PST · by McGruff · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 05 Mar 2020
    Fighting broke out in Turkey's parliament after an MP criticised President Erdogan over the country's military intervention in Syria. Engin Ozkoc, an opposition lawmaker, accused the president of disrespecting soldiers. He also said it was irresponsible to send troops into war without air support. President Erdogan has been equally scathing of the opposition, accusing them of "treachery". Turkey is providing military support to rebels in Syria. But more than 50 Turkish troops have been killed in the last month, fueling political tensions.
  • Senior aid to Ayatollah Khamenei dies from coronavirus, and Mullah spits ‘blessings’ into water bottles

    03/03/2020 7:58:32 AM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 03/03/2020 | Chris Ford
    As Iran scrambles to contain the coronavirus, it has added another high official to the death toll. A top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has died from the coronavirus pandemic. Iran confirmed the death of Mohammad Mirmohammadi, a senior adviser to the ayatollah on March 2. The Iranian Health Ministry recorded 523 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours—bringing the total number of people infected in Iran to 1,501, Fox News reported. Other high ranking officials that have become infected include Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi, and one of Iran’s seven vice presidents,...
  • Turkish fighter jet downs Syrian regime warplane over Idlib as Assad's troops force civilians to flee towards Turkey and its newly-opened Greek border

    03/03/2020 6:09:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 3, 2020 | Chris Pleasance
    A Turkish fighter jet has shot down a Syrian government warplane over western Syria, the country's defence ministry has said. An F-16 jet from the Turkish air force shot down an L-39 plane belonging to Assad's forces over Idlib province on Tuesday. Turkey is attempting to stop a Syrian government attack on Idlib amid fears it will spark a fresh refugee crisis on its eastern border.
  • Russia to Turkey: We cannot guarantee safety of your planes over Syria - TASS

    03/02/2020 3:33:56 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/1/2020 | Andrew Osborn
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday that Moscow could not guarantee the safety of Turkish planes flying in Syria after Damascus said it was closing the air space over the Idlib region, the TASS news agency reported. The ministry issued the warning after Turkey shot down two Syrian warplanes over Idlib on Sunday and struck a military airport well beyond its frontlines in a sharp increase of its military operations following the death of dozens of Turkish soldiers last week. “In these conditions the leadership of Russia’s military contingent (in Syria) cannot guarantee the safety of...
  • Turkey Announces its Intention to Go to War with Russia

    03/02/2020 3:27:07 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 126 replies
    BIN ^ | 3/1/2020 | David Sidman
    Mesut Hakki Casin, a prominent member of Turkey’s Security and Foreign Policy Board, who advises Erdogan, said: “We have fought Russia 16 times in the past, and we will fight it again.“ Casin made his statements following the death of 33 Turkish soldiers who were killed in an airstrike by Russian-backed Syrian forces in Idlib. The official hinted that they will use Muslims inside Russia to assist them with their efforts saying that Moscow will be “will be shattered from inside” should a war break out between the two countries. Following a request from Ankara, NATO convened an urgent meeting...
  • Erdogan says the European continent must share the migrant 'burden' after opening Turkey's borders

    03/02/2020 5:48:30 AM PST · by 4Runner · 22 replies ^ | March 2, 2020
    More than 13,000 migrants have gathered on the Turkish side of a river which separates them from Greece Police were firing tear gas at crowds who were trying to reach the EU, while one child drowned in a dinghy Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan threw open the border in order to pressure Europe over Syria conflict.
  • Greece Vetoes NATO Statement On Support For Turkey - Reports

    02/28/2020 10:09:31 PM PST · by NorseViking · 10 replies
    UrduPoint ^ | February 29, 2020 | Sumaira FH
    ATHENS (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 29th February, 2020) Greece on Friday evening vetoed a NATO statement in support of Ankara after an attack on Turkish troops in Syria's Idlib, which killed more than 30 soldiers, To Vima newspaper reported. The situation in Idlib escalated after on February 27 Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (banned in Russia) terrorists launched a large-scale attack on the positions of the Syrian government forces. The Syrian army opened return fire. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Turkish soldiers, who should not have been there, came under fire too.