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Syria (News/Activism)

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  • U.S.-led Coalition Targets Islamic State in Raqqa (At least 16 airstrikes were reported in Syria)

    07/05/2015 8:25:02 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    AP ^ | July 5, 2015
    U.S.-led coalition aircraft unleashed a series of airstrikes targeting Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria, killing at least 10 militants and wounding many others, the coalition and the group said Sunday. At least 16 airstrikes were reported late Saturday and early Sunday, triggering successive explosions that shook the city and created panic among residents, activists said. The U.S.-led coalition often targets Islamic State-held towns and cities in Syria, but the overnight strikes on Raqqa were rare in their intensity.
  • Syria army enters last rebel bastion by Lebanon border

    07/05/2015 8:16:29 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 1 replies
    AFP ^ | 7/5/2015 | Sara Hussein
    Syrian government forces backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah entered the town of Zabadani on Sunday in a bid to take the last rebel-held bastion along the Lebanese border.
  • New ISIS Videos Show Child Jihadis Massacring Syrian Soldiers at Palmyra Amphitheater

    07/04/2015 5:56:15 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 4, 2015 | Frances Martel
    A new video released by the jihadi terror group, the Islamic State, depicts children, abducted and trained to kill by ISIS, executing 25 men identified as soldiers for the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. The massacre occurs in the historic amphitheater at Palmyra, an ancient Roman city cited as a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has recently been overrun by ISIS terrorists.The video depicts children pulling the triggers against more than 25 men identified as Assad’s soldiers, egged on by a large crowd of men and boys forced to watched the ceremony. The men are lined up on their knees as...
  • Encroaching civil war drives Syria Druze to take up arms

    07/04/2015 9:11:12 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 04 Jul 2015 | Iyad Khuder
    Unlike most other places in Syria, the southern city of Sweida, a Druze stronghold, has remained intact and safe, until now. Rebel fighters have advanced close by, battling the soldiers of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, who have the support of most of the country's 700,000-strong Druze population. The Druze are an ancient Arab tribe and their faith is mixed with elements of Islam, Christianity and Buddhism. The community in Syria is one of the oldest Druze communities in the world. Nahla Um Fadi lives in Thaala village just behind the Al-Thaala airbase in the Sweida countryside - the scene...
  • Expert: Arab Armies 'Falling Apart,' IDF Will Have to Fight ISIS

    07/04/2015 4:40:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/7/15 | Yaakov Levi
    Israel's former ambassador to Egypt, Zvi Mazel, currently a researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), believes that the Egyptian army is not going to be able to successfully fight ISIS. In the end, he believes, the IDF is going to have to do the job. “The Egyptian army has not collapsed, and it is very large, with 600,000 soldiers,” said Mazel. “But for two years they have been fighting guerrillas in Sinai, unsuccessfully. They are just not experienced enough in guerrilla warfare.” Eventually, it is very possible that ISIS will take over Sinai – placing them along...
  • ISIS Leader Killed in Airstrike in Syria

    07/04/2015 4:31:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/7/15
    A senior Islamic State (ISIS) leader who recruited funds and fighters and procured weapons for the jihadists has been killed in a coalition airstrike in Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday, according to the AFP news agency. The leader was identified as Tariq bin Tahar al-Awni al-Harzi. He was killed in the northern city of Shaddadi on June 16, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement. His brother Ali, an ISIS recruiter and person of interest in the 2012 Benghazi attack, was killed by an airstrike in Iraq a day earlier. The Pentagon said Harzi was "responsible for...
  • 'All 12 of us are in the Islamic State': Luton family confirm they ARE in Syria

    07/04/2015 3:07:11 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4 July 2015 | JAY AKBAR
    A family of 12 from Luton who were feared to have joined ISIS has released a statement to say they are now in Syria - and urged other Muslims to do the same. The Mannan family which includes a one-year-old and two grandparents had not been seen since visiting their home country of Bangladesh on May 17. Muhammed Abdul Mannan, 75, his wife Minera Khatun, 53, their daughter Rajia Khanom, 21, and five sons all went off the radar. Police investigating their disappearance feared they had crossed into Turkey which borders Syria. A shocking 'press release' has now surfaced 'from...
  • Slaughter in the Roman amphitheatre: ISIS child executioners shoot dead 25 Syrian regime soldiers

    07/04/2015 2:52:09 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4 July 2015 | IMOGEN CALDERWOOD
    ISIS has released a significant new execution video from the historic city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert. Child executioners are shown in the video being forced to brutally slaughter a group of more than 25 regime soldiers. The video shows the soldiers lined up on their knees on the stage of the Roman amphitheatre, which had formerly been used for an annual festival in the city. A baying crowd of men and boys gathered in the restored ruin waiting for the slaughter, many wearing military uniforms and headscarves
  • Isil stands for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Does David Cameron not realise this?

    07/04/2015 10:50:07 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 9 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 2 July 2015 18:09Nick Cohen | Nick Cohen
    p It is very easy to make David Cameron and the Scottish National Party look ridiculous. But as every soldier and journalist knows, just because a target is easy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hit it. The attempt by supposedly respectable politicians to use trickery and outright lies to rebrand Islamic State as a state that has nothing to with Islam is too good to miss. David Cameron kicked off this week when he shouted at the BBC for calling Islamic State ‘Islamic State’. Yesterday at Prime Minister’s Questions he was at it again. Islamic State should not be called ‘Islamic...
  • Here's how many planes the Royal Air Force has available to fight Isil

    07/03/2015 8:42:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03 Jul 2015 | Asa Bennett
    Britain could soon be launching air strikes against Isil in Syria within months. But as the defence budget won't be spared from the government's spending cuts drive, how easily could the RAF handle making this extra intervention? Using official figures, compiled by the Royal United Services Institute, we get a sense of how many planes Britain's air force has available to be called in for action at short notice. Some planes may not be immediately available for action though, being tied up in other engagements, or in other cases being repaired and upgraded. Here's how these planes break down in...
  • Between Assad And ISIS, Syrian Christians Have Much To Fear

    07/03/2015 8:40:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    World Crunch ^ | July 2, 2015 | Rana Rizq
    Fighting between the government of Bashar al-Assad and various opposition forces continues to intensify in Daraa province, in southern Syria. For religious minorities, the rising conflict means living in fear of persecution. By either side. “In my village, Namir, there is no difference between Christians and Muslims,” Nour, 28, who studied English literature and fled with her parents during a regime assault, told Syria Deeply. “We all had to leave.” Since the emergence of hard-line armed groups such as the Islamic State and the Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra), several minority groups – among them Christians, Alawites, Shiites, Druze and others...
  • Syria military resists major rebel assault in Aleppo

    07/03/2015 8:06:39 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3 July 2015
    The Syrian military has carried out a series of air strikes after rebel forces launched a major assault to take control of the northern city of Aleppo. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels fired hundreds of rockets and shells into at least seven government-held areas late on Thursday. By Friday morning, they had made small advances, the monitoring group added. But the Syrian state news agency Sana said the assault had been repelled and more than 100 "terrorists" killed.
  • Visit Jordan before Isis does

    07/03/2015 2:52:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 01 July 2015 | George Richards
    On a dusty hill in the suburbs of Amman, the capital of Jordan, I visited the late King Hussein's magnificent automobile collection, opened to the public as a museum. Amid rows of gleaming motorcycles, I passed a brightly-coloured Japanese racer and a low-riding American chopper, and my eyes fell on one dark model that stood behind them. This, a placard told me, was a Brough Superior, British-made and once common in Jordan as a motorcycle used for military purposes. Jordan is an island of peace and stability in a sea of turmoil. There is almost nowhere in the region that...
  • Hamas provided ISIS with weapons to carry out Sinai attacks, Israeli general says

    07/03/2015 12:02:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 02 July 2015 | Gili Cohen
    Hamas helped the ISIS-affiliated group in Sinai to carry out the latest attacks against Egyptian troops and supplied them with weapons and other support, an Israeli general told Al-Jazeera on Thursday. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered condolences over the attacks that claimed the lives of dozens of people. Israel has "clear information that Hamas is supporting the Wilayat Sinai, which belongs to Daesh," Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the coordinator of government activities in the territories, claimed, referring to the Islamic State group in one of its acronyms. He added that Hamas provided the Islamist group weapons and logistical support,...
  • Netanyahu: We see ISIS at the gates in Sinai and Golan

    07/02/2015 5:08:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Photo Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government's failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens of troops were killed, along with nearly 100 attackers. After the attack, which took place just across the border from Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "We send our condolences to the government and people of Egypt, and to the families of the Egyptians that were slain by this vicious terrorism." Later on Wednesday, Netanyahu said, "We see ISIS [Islamic...
  • Egyptian airstrikes kill 23 militants in North Sinai

    07/02/2015 3:54:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Jul. 02, 2015 | 02:12 PM
    ISMAILIA: Egypt launched airstrikes on Islamist militant targets in the Sinai peninsula Thursday, killing 23 fighters a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years, security sources said. The sources said those killed had taken part in Wednesday's fighting in which 100 militants and 17 soldiers, including four officers, were killed, according to the army spokesman. Sinai-based insurgents, affiliates of ISIS, have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled Islamist President Mohammad Morsi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. Sisi, now Egypt's elected president, says the pro-ISIS group Sinai...
  • Greta demands Hillary remove ‘dishonest’ ad featuring her

    07/01/2015 5:56:08 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 20 replies
    NMediaEqualizer ^ | July 1,2015 | By Brian Maloney
    An ad unveiled today by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is being denounced by Greta Van Susteren, who says it selectively edited her interview with Rep Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to make it appear the Benghazi investigation is politically motivated. Via her website, the Fox News Channel host has demanded the Clinton campaign remove her 81-second “Briefing” spot, also providing a transcript of the original program to prove Gowdy was not actually backing the Democratic presidential primary candidate’s claims. Van Susteren sees the key discrepancy as “Chairman Gowdy saying ‘it could be’ when I pointed out that a delay in releasing the...
  • US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State

    07/01/2015 3:31:59 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 42 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1 Juy 2015 | Con Coughlin
    The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt. Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades. They now say they are willing to “go it alone” in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad. High level officials from Gulf...
  • 74 children executed by ISIS for 'crimes' that include refusal to fast, report says

    07/01/2015 11:29:29 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 36 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 1, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    The blood-soaked executioners of ISIS have spared neither women nor children since the jihadist army established its caliphate a year ago, putting an estimated 74 kids and even more women to death for such offenses as practicing “magic” and refusing to fast during Ramadan.
  • Fifty killed in North Sinai attacks claimed by Islamic State

    07/01/2015 7:44:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/1/2015 | Yusri Mohamed and Ahmed Hassan
    Islamic State militants launched a wide-scale coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday in which 50 people were killed, security sources said, the largest attack yet in the insurgency-hit province. Egyptian army F-16 jets and Apache helicopters strafed the region that lies within the Sinai Peninsula, a strategic area located between Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal. It was the second high-profile attack in Egypt this week. On Monday, the prosecutor-general was killed in a car bombing in Cairo. The attacks raise questions about the government's ability to contain a Sinai-based insurgency that...
  • Idaho refugee center targeted by closure campaign over extremism fears

    07/01/2015 8:15:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    al Reuters ^ | July 1, 2015 | Laura Zuckerman
    A long-standing refugee welcoming center in conservative Idaho has found itself at the center of a campaign by adversaries seeking to force it closed, citing fears that the immigrants it hosts could include Islamist extremists. The backlash comes amid an uptick in anti-Islamic protests and advertising campaigns in the United States, including a high profile May rally outside an Arizona mosque that saw more than 200 protesters, some armed, berate Islam and its Prophet Mohammad. The newly formed Idaho group, whose 100 members plan a door-to-door information drive in July to win support for closing the refugee center in Twin...
  • Hundreds of Muslim refugees headed to Idaho

    05/01/2015 12:22:00 PM PDT · by detective · 64 replies
    WND ^ | 04/30/2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Syrian refugees, shown here at a protest rally, will soon be coming to American cities. The multicultural transformation of Idaho will continue with a planned infusion of hundreds of refugees from Muslim countries over the next one to three years.
  • President’s Failed Leadership on Iran "time to bone up on principle of strong American leadership"

    07/01/2015 2:11:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 30, 2015 | Scott Walker
    Mr. President, it’s time for you to bone up on the principle of strong American leadership. Such a course of study would convince you to prioritize our safety over your own legacy. It would compel you to step away from this bad deal, and America would be better for it.Today marks another deadline for President Obama’s nuclear negotiations with Iran. The truth is these talks were doomed from the start by the administration’s pattern of retreat. As the Iranians hang tough, insisting on their core demands, the president has steadily abandoned commitments he made to the American people and our...
  • Syrian Kurds say thwart big Islamic State attack on border town

    07/01/2015 4:29:30 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1 Jul 15 | Unknown
    (Reuters) - A Syrian Kurdish militia said on Wednesday it had recovered full control of the border town of Tel Abyad after Islamic State fighters raided its outskirts the day before in preparation for a larger assault. Backed by U.S.-led air strikes, the Kurdish YPG militia and smaller Syrian rebel groups captured Tel Abyad from Islamic State on June 15, severing an important supply route for the militants between the Turkish border and its de facto capital of Raqqa city to the south. The YPG militia said the militants entered Tel Abyad's eastern
  • Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 IS fighters

    07/01/2015 4:15:42 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | 1 Jul 15 | Unknown
    Beirut (AFP) - A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own productions. The video, which emerged overnight, shows fighters from Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) wearing the orange prison clothes that IS victims often sport. The IS prisoners however are wearing black clothes and chained together wearing ankle and hand shackles with metal balls attached.
  • Israel says Syria's Assad may be left with rump state

    06/30/2015 7:15:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2015
    A senior Israeli defense official said President Bashar al-Assad controlled just a fifth of Syria and may end up in charge of a rump state dominated by his minority Alawite sect. Israel and its neighbor Syria are long-term enemies, but the remarks by Amos Gilad, strategic adviser to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, reflect concerns by states across the region that Syria is undergoing a de facto partition after four years of civil war. "Syria is gone. Syria is dying. The funeral will be declared in due time. This Bashar Assad, he will be remembered in history textbooks as the...
  • Islamic State 'beheads women for sorcery' in Syria

    06/30/2015 3:43:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/30/15
    Islamic State (IS) has beheaded two women in eastern Syria, the first time the jihadist group has decapitated female civilians, activists say. The women were killed along with their husbands in the city of Deir al-Zour and the town of al-Mayadeen, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. All four were accused of sorcery.
  • Israel says Syria's Assad may be left with rump state

    06/30/2015 2:50:17 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 Jun 15 | Unknown
    Defense minister's advisor: War-torn nation is undergoing de facto partition, potentially leading to Assad ruling over a much-reduced 'Alawistan' A senior Israeli defense official said President Bashar Assad controlled just a fifth of Syria and may end up in charge of a rump state dominated by his minority Alawite sect. "Syria is gone. Syria is dying. The funeral will be declared in due time. This Bashar Assad, he will be remembered in history textbooks as the one who lost Syria," Gilad told an intelligence conference organised by the Israel Defense journal on Monday. "Until now he has lost 75 percent...
  • Islamic State beheads female civilians for first time in Syria: monitor

    06/30/2015 7:58:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2015
    The hardline Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria, the first time it has decapitated female civilians, the founder of a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday. The beheadings took place in the eastern Deir al-Zor province this week said Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. One of the women was beheaded along with her husband in Deir al-Zor city. In al-Mayadeen city to the south east, the group beheaded another woman and her husband. All of them were accused of sorcery, the monitor said
  • IS threat grows as 'caliphate' enters second year

    06/30/2015 9:54:29 AM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Space Wars ^ | June 29, 2015 | Rita Daou
    IS threat grows as 'caliphate' enters second year By Rita Daou Beirut June 29, 2015 A year of the Islamic State group's 'caliphate' Beirut (AFP) June 29, 2015 - Main dates in the history of the Islamic State jihadist group's "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, which it declared in late June 2014. IS began as an Al-Qaeda offshoot, before disavowing the authority of that group's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in 2013. June 29, 2014: IS proclaims 'caliphate' Jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), declare an "Islamic caliphate" across territory they have seized in Iraq and Syria....
  • Turkey 'planning to invade Syria'

    06/29/2015 7:44:10 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 88 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Jun 2015 | Richard Spencer
    Turkey has sent shock waves through the Middle East by preparing plans to send troops into Syria for the first time, turning the civil war into an international conflict on Europe’s borders. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has authorised a change in the rules of engagement agreed by the Turkish parliament to allow the army to strike at Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), as well as the Assad regime, according to local newspapers. The aim is to establish a buffer zone for refugees and against Isil, but Mr Erdogan has also suggested that the main target of the...
  • Al Qaeda to ISIS: No Heaven For You

    06/29/2015 4:27:59 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/6/15 | Tova Dvorin
    While Islamic State was once associated with Al Qaeda, the atrocities it has committee have now banned its members from paradise, a prominent Al Qaeda terrorist warned in a publication released Monday. “While no one can deny the considerable strength and prowess of the Islamic State group [ISIS] in military terms, at the same time, the crimes it has committed against Muslims cannot simply be overlooked or forgotten with time, because in Islam there is no statute of limitations,” Adam Gadahn, the American citizen also known as Al Qaeda leader Azzam the American, stated before his death in an Al...
  • What does the 'Facebook spy' reveal about Israel's hand in Syria war?

    06/29/2015 5:04:40 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    Ha-Aretz ^ | Mar. 31, 2015 | By Amos Harel
    An indictment filed last week in the Nazareth District Court against a resident of the town of Majdal Shams on the Golan Heights for espionage and assisting the enemy during wartime portrays Sudki Makat, a Druze supporter of the Assad regime in Syria, as the first Facebook spy caught in Israel..... claims in the indictment relate to things Makat posted on his Facebook page. The Israeli media also broadcast the recordings of interviews he gave from the Golan to Syrian television. The main claim against him in the indictment is that the information he posted — on the Internet and...
  • Jumblatt worried about Druze in Syria, security backlash in Lebanon

    06/29/2015 4:56:17 PM PDT · by BlackVeil
    Daily Star ^ | 9 June 2015 | Misbah al-Ali|
    Hezbollah’s recent steady military advances against Islamist militants on the rugged outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal have put MP Walid Jumblatt on edge for two reasons, sources close to the Progressive Socialist Party leader said. First, Jumblatt is worried that the Nusra Front or ISIS militants might carry out security operations or bombings inside Lebanese territory in response to Hezbollah’s military gains on Arsal’s outskirts. Second, Jumblatt also sees threats facing the fate of his fellow Druze in the Syrian province of Swaida, a stronghold of the Druze minority ....
  • Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, But to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS

    06/29/2015 1:35:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    The Turkish military is not enthusiastic and Washington may have its doubts, but President Erdogan appears determined to set up a buffer zone.ISTANBUL—Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning a military intervention into northern Syria to prevent Syrian Kurds from forming their own state there, despite concerns among his own generals and possible criticism from Washington and other NATO allies, according to reports in both pro- and anti-government media. In a speech last Friday, Erdogan vowed that Turkey would not accept a move by Syrian Kurds to set up their own state in Syria following gains by Kurdish fighters against...
  • Israeli Embassy Complains over French Funds to Flotilla NGO

    06/29/2015 12:40:19 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/6/15 | Ari Soffer
    Israel's embassy in France has formally complained to the French government, following an Arutz Sheva report which revealed Paris is funding at least one of the extremist organizations involved in coordinating the anti-Israel "Freedom Flotilla III" to Gaza. The flotilla is attempting to breach the IDF's blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory, which the 70-odd anti-Israel activists taking part claim is "illegal." In 2011, however, the UN's Palmer Report ruled that the blockade was in fact an entirely legal means for Israel to prevent weapons and rocket-making equipment from being smuggled into Gaza. Last week Arutz Sheva revealed that among the...
  • PM: Israeli Aid to Gaza 500,000 Times More Than Flotilla Aid

    06/28/2015 6:53:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 6/28/2015, 10:32 PM | Yaakov Levi
    After MK Basal Ghattas (Joint Arab List) sent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu several letters protesting the IDF’s intention to prevent the Freedom Flotilla III, the Prime Minister is sending back letters to members of the flotilla. In his letter, Netanyahu says to flotilla members that they apparently “got lost.” “Welcome to Israel, but if it’s freedom you have in mind, maybe you meant to sail to another destination not far from here—Syria. There, the government is murdering and slaughtering its citizens daily, with the support of Iran,” the letter says. The letter lists the large amount of medical and other...
  • 12 medical students feared to have travelled from Sudan to join ISIS through Turkey

    06/29/2015 4:37:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    AFP ^ | 6/29/15
    Twelve students including British, Canadian, Sudanese and U.S. citizens are feared to have travelled from Khartoum to Turkey to try to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) group, their university's dean told AFP Sunday. Another group of British students of Sudanese origin from the same private University of Medical Sciences and Technology travelled to Turkey in March and it is believed they crossed into Syria. "We confirmed reports from multiple parties that 12 medical students at the university left for Turkey on Friday," dean Dr Ahmed Babikir told AFP. Khartoum airport authorities confirmed the group had...
  • Syria’s Alawites: The People Behind Assad

    06/28/2015 10:41:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 26, 2015 | By SAM DAGHER
    To find popular support for the embattled regime of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, look to the mountains, valleys and coastal cities of the country’s western region. It is the Alawite heartland—the traditional home of the religious minority to which Mr. Assad and many of his key associates belong. Alawites make up just 10% to 15% of Syria’s population, and they are usually presented as fervent supporters of Mr. Assad. Most Alawites do indeed fear that, if the Assad regime falls, they will face reprisals from the country’s majority Sunnis, who have led the rebellion against the government since March 2011. Many...
  • #LoveWins? Not in Syria

    06/28/2015 4:54:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    While many in the United States and abroad rejoiced at the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling on Friday, the Islamic State sadistically “celebrated” in Syria by throwing gay men off of buildings. In a new video, which has since been removed from YouTube, ISIS sympathizers are seen hurling four gay men off a rooftop while hundreds gathered below to watch the gruesome executions. ISIS extremists then took to Twitter to share photos from the execution along with the hashtag #LoveWins.
  • French Terror Suspect Took Selfie With Beheaded Victim (Immortalized As Dumbest Criminal Ever)

    06/28/2015 8:52:44 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 28, 2015 | Staff
    The man suspected of beheading a French businessman took a selfie photo with his victim and sent the message through WhatsApp to a Canadian cell phone, officials said Saturday. French investigators are working to determine the identity of the recipient, but were not sure whether it was an unspecified person who is now in Syria. The revelation has done more to revive concerns about terrorism in France than it’s added to whether there is a link between the terror attack to radical groups, the paper reports.
  • The Coming Muslim Conquest of Italy: Will We Have to Ransom the Treasures of the Vatican...

    06/27/2015 9:39:35 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 27, 2015 | Virgil
    FULL TITLE - The Coming Muslim Conquest of Italy: Will We Have to Ransom the Treasures of the Vatican from ISIS-Type Vandals? The news about illegal immigration into Italy and Southern Europe is stunning. Here are some illustrative headlines from recent news accounts: “Welcome to Italy: this is what a real immigration crisis looks like,” declares the British Spectator magazine, which adds that Italy is being “invaded.” And here’s another scary story: “How the migration crisis is shaking Europe at its core.” After all, it’s only 100 miles or so from Tunisia, in Africa, to the Italian island of Sicily—an easy...
  • Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama 'dumped him for dinner'

    03/25/2010 1:32:44 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 770 replies · 19,725+ views
    Timesonline.co.uk ^ | Thursday March 25, 2010 | Giles Whittell,
    For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip seen in Jerusalem tonight as a disastrous humiliation. After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on Jewish settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at...
  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Sacks Gen. Qassem Soleimani From Command Of The Syrian War (Iran's broke)

    06/26/2015 10:25:50 PM PDT · by drewh · 15 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | June 26, 2015 AST
    Uproar in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has relieved Gen. Qassem Soleimani,the Al Qods Brigades chief and supreme commander of Iranian Middle East forces, of his Syria command after a series of war debacles. He was left in charge of Iran’s military and intelligence operations in Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. This is revealed by exclusive Iranian intelligence sources. Since Soleimani last visited Damascus on June 2, in the aftershock of the historic town of Palmyra’s fall to the Islamic State, the situation of President Bashar Assad and his army has gone from bad to worse. The Iranian general’s...
  • Muslims Issue A Bulletin Throughout The City Of Jerusalem Calling On Muslims To...

    06/27/2015 5:33:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 6/27/15 | Walid Shoebat
    In Jerusalem flyers were spread throughout the old city claiming to be ISIS.The bulletin which had the ISIS logo demanded that all Christian Arabs must leave eastern Jerusalem by the end of Ramadan accused of being “Israeli collaborators”. ISIS also demanded that in the case the Christians refuse to leave that Muslims in eastern Jerusalem are mandated to kill all the Christians living there.Photo Credit: Islamic State / JerusalemAl-Quds (Jerusalem Newspaper), the main Arab newspaper there had posted a reply from Theodosios (Hanna) of Sebastia, the Archbishop from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. In his reply the Archbishop condemned the...
  • Putin promises 40 new nuclear missiles in 2015

    06/17/2015 2:04:08 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 30 replies
    UPI.Com ^ | Updated June 16, 2015 at 11:03 AM | By Ed Adamczyk
    MOSCOW, June 16 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday Russia's nuclear arsenal would be would increase by 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2015. Speaking at Army-2015 Expo, an international military trade show near Moscow, Putin said the new missiles could "overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems," adding a new long-range early-warning radar "to monitor in the western direction" was also being prepared. It was a reference to plans by NATO to permanently place troops and heavy armaments in Poland, a Russian neighbor and former Warsaw Pact country. In reference to apparent plans to reinforce NATO's...
  • Turkey accused of allowing Islamic State fighters to cross its border in Kobane attack

    06/25/2015 1:54:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/25/15 | Richard Spencer
    Turkey has been accused of allowing Islamic State jihadists to cross its border to attack the Kurdish town of Kobane. Twin car bombs exploded close to the crossing point with the Turkish town of Mursitpinar, and Kurdish activists and residents claimed they had come across the border, despite its being heavily policed on the Turkish side. Convoys of cars carrying up to 40 Isil fighters - reportedly using the uniform of Kurdish YPG militia as a guise - then attacked Kobane from three sides in the early hours of Thursday morning. Kobane became an important symbol in the battle against...
  • An example of how easy it is for an ISIS fighter to reach Syria through Turkey

    06/24/2015 9:13:49 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    Business Insider ^ | JUN. 23, 2015 | NATASHA BERTRAND
    An ISIS fighter captured by Syrian Kurds last month described how easy it was for him to cross Turkey's notoriously porous border into Syria to join the Islamic State, according to a new video obtained by Al-Monitor. Turkish citizen Huseyin Mustafa Peri, who says he was wounded near the Turkish border, told his captors that getting into Syria “was an easy affair." Al-Monitor says it was unable to independently confirm details because Kurdish fighters would not allow him to be interviewed, noting that his statements aligns with the outlet's reporting. "[IS recruiter] Ibrahim Osama had given me a number ......
  • How Iranian Oil Tankers Keep Syria’s War Machine Alive

    06/24/2015 9:09:59 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    Bloomberg | June 24, 2015 | Matthew Philips and Julian Lee
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  • ISIS reinforces its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa as Kurds get closer

    06/24/2015 9:02:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed June 24, 2015 | Salma Abdelaziz
    ISIS is reportedly digging trenches and calling on reinforcements to prepare for a possible assault by Kurdish forces on their stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria, activists and a Kurdish official told CNN on Wednesday. ISIS moved a convoy of nearly 100 military vehicles packed with arms, ammunition and fighters from the eastern countryside of Raqqa to one of the terror group's bases within the city, Rami Abdurahman, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told CNN on Wednesday. The observatory is a London-based monitoring group. Fortification of the group's de-facto capital in Syria comes just a day...