Syria (News/Activism)

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  • Why The U.S. Ranks At The Bottom In A Foreign Aid Index (According to this freelance writer)

    09/18/2018 1:55:22 PM PDT · by gattaca · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | September 18, 2018 | Joanne Lu
    The United States' commitment to global development does not look good compared with that of other wealthy countries — and it's likely to get worse. According to an annual index released Tuesday by the Center for Global Development that ranks 27 of the world's wealthiest countries, the U.S. scored dead last on foreign aid contributions and quality — despite being the largest donor in dollar amount. That's because in 2017, it allocated a mere 0.18 percent of its gross national income for development assistance. That is well short of the 0.7 percent that wealthy countries have committed to strive for...
  • Russian military aircraft downed by Syrian forces, killing 15; Moscow blames Israeli aggression

    09/18/2018 3:42:16 AM PDT · by familyop · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 18SEP18 | Amy Lieu
    "The Israeli pilots were using the Russian aircraft as a shield and pushed it into the line of fire of the Syrian defense," Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement...Russia said it would make an "appropriate response" to Israel...Russia said Israel did not warn it of its operation over Latakia province until one minute before the strikes, which did not give the Russian plane enough time to escape...Israeli and French fighters were attacking targets at the time, Moscow said, according to Reuters.
  • Russians blame shoot-down of reconnaissance plane on Israelis: Did the IDF miscalculate?

    09/18/2018 8:21:48 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 10 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/18/18 | USA Features
    In the Russian MoD statement, the government is accusing the Israelis of not giving Russia enough time to get its forces out of the area, and given the information available at the moment, that seems likely. Did the Israeli Defense Force miscalculate on this one? The Israelis, as noted in the above report, have routinely attacked targets in Syria deemed to be a threat to the Jewish state’s security. Most of the time those attacks have been aimed at Iranian installations but Syrian government bases have also been targeted in the past.
  • Syrian regime accidentally shoots down Russian military plane

    09/17/2018 10:48:04 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 8:07 PM ET, Mon September 17, 2018 | Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne
    (CNN)A Russian maritime patrol aircraft with multiple personnel on board was inadvertently shot down by Syrian regime anti-aircraft artillery on Monday after the Syrians came under attack by Israeli missiles, according to a US official with knowledge of the incident The US official said the regime was actually trying to stop a barrage of Israeli missiles. A second official confirmed that Israel was responsible for the missile strikes on the Syrian regime. The Russian state news agency TASS reported that a Russian IL-20 military aircraft with 14 personnel on board disappeared over the Mediterranean on Monday. According to TASS, the...
  • Explosions rock Latakia hours after Russia-Turkey agree on Idlib buffer

    09/17/2018 4:37:00 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 10 replies
    Reuters via Jerusalem Post ^ | September 17, 2018 | By Seth J. Frantzman, REUTERS, Hadas Labrisch
    A Syrian military official told the Syrian Arab News Agency that missiles were fired from the Mediterranean sea towards the port city, but were intercepted and downed by air defense. Syrian media reported several explosions were heard over the city of Latakia on Monday night, Israeli media reported. A Syrian military official told the Syrian Arab News Agency that missiles were fired from the Mediterranean sea towards the port city, but were intercepted and downed by air defense.
  • Last stand: Syria's rebel Idlib prepares for a losing battle

    09/17/2018 9:12:59 AM PDT · by Mariner · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | September 17th, 2018 | SARAH EL DEEB
    BEIRUT (AP) — They dug trenches around towns, reinforced caves for cover and put up sand bags around their positions. They issued calls to arms, urging young men to join in the defense of Idlib, the Syrian province where opposition fighters expect to make their last stand against Russian- and Iranian-backed government troops they have fought for years. This time, it's "surrender or die." As the decisive stand for their last stronghold looms, this motley crew of tens of thousands of opposition fighters, including some of the world's most radical groups, is looking for ways to salvage whatever is possible...
  • Adult Syrian Refugee Accused of Murdering 13-Year-Old Canadian Girl in Court

    09/16/2018 3:56:07 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/15/18 | Chris Tomlinson
    28-year-old Syrian national Ibrahim Ali, who came to Canada as a refugee, has been accused of murdering a 13-year-old girl in Burnaby, British Colombia, whose body was found last year. The Syrian refugee, who came to Canada through a private sponsorship programme, was arrested last week by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) after a large-scale investigation into the death of the 13-year-old, who was found in Burnaby’s Central Park in July 2017. In court, the 28-year-old was charged with first-degree murder. He required an Arabic interpreter, with proceedings delayed as the court waited for the interpreter to arrive.
  • PETER HITCHENS: We're on the brink of war....and nobody has noticed

    09/16/2018 5:49:52 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 56 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 9/15/2018 | Peter Hitchens
    Are we on the brink of a new war?... They will go to war without waiting for the facts to be checked, and without recalling Parliament..... he was asked about plans-now being openly discussed at high levels in Washington-for a devastating attack on Damascus. This will be in response to a supposed atrocity that has yet to take place but about which the Americans openly say they already have evidence-probably an alleged poison gas attack, in which we will see heartbreaking but unverified film of dead or dying children, from propaganda sources, and claims of multiple deaths from untraceable 'eyewitnesses'........
  • To Thwart Iran, Save Idlib

    09/14/2018 5:18:56 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 13, 2018 | Bret Stephens
    The Trump administration has made clear that its top priority in the Middle East is to thwart Iran’s nuclear and regional ambitions. So why is it so reluctant to lift a finger against Tehran’s most audacious gambit in Syria? That gambit is the reconquest, by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian and Russian allies, of Idlib Province, the last major rebel holdout in western Syria and home to about three million people. A humanitarian catastrophe is expected to follow, entailing mass casualties and another tidal wave of refugees.
  • Trump wanted to publicly acknowledge U.S. forces killed Russian mercenaries but NSC staff disagreed

    09/14/2018 10:02:45 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 11 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/14/18 | USA Features
    President Trump reportedly wanted to immediately and publicly acknowledge that U.S.-led forces engaged Russian mercenaries in Syria earlier this year, killing hundreds of them, but senior National Security Council staff, led then by H.R. McMaster, intervened, saying it would be unnecessarily antagonizing to Moscow. The president is said to have wanted White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to immediately acknowledged and “take credit” for fending off the Russian mercenaries.
  • 'It's time to act' in Syria, Rep. Adam Kinzinger says in blistering assault on U.S. strategy

    09/14/2018 9:24:33 AM PDT · by McGruff · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 14, 2018 | Ben Wolfgang
    In a blistering takedown of U.S. policy toward Syria, Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Thursday said “it’s time to act” in the war-torn nation as dictator Bashar Assad’s forces prepare to launch an assault on Idlib that many fear could one of the bloodiest campaigns in the ongoing war. Mr. Kinzinger, Illinois Republican and an outspoken voice on national security issues, argued in an op-ed for Defense One that the U.S. approach in Syria — both during the Obama administration and now under President Trump — has been an abject failure. While he stressed that an all-out ground invasion isn’t the...
  • Alleged Italian IS member held in Syria, say Kurds

    09/14/2018 5:04:14 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Yahoo News (via AFP) ^ | September 13, 2018 | AFP
    Qamishli (Syria) (AFP) - Kurdish fighters in northern Syria detained an alleged Italian member of the Islamic State group as he was trying to flee across the border to Turkey, they said Thursday. The People's Protection Units (YPG) have captured several foreign IS fighters since the jihadists' so-called caliphate collapsed nearly a year ago. "On August 27, a mercenary called Semir Bogana was captured as a result of a special operation conducted by our Anti-Terror Units, when he was trying to flee to Turkey," said the YPG. It said Bogana -- an Italian citizen known also as Abu Hureyre al-Muhajir...
  • Brethren Church opened in Kobani (Syria)

    09/13/2018 5:48:24 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    ANHA Hawar News ^ | 09/14/2018 (Syria) | D.H
    Launching from the concept of the democratic nation and the co-existence among the sects and religions in North Syria under the Democratic Autonomous Administration, the Christians Committee in Kobanî canton in the Euphrates region opened a church called Church of the Brethren. 13 Sep 2018, Thu - 23:33 KOBANÎThe Committee of Christians and the Christians living in Kobanî canton in the Euphrates region opened on Thursday a church called Church of the Brethren in Kobanî based on the concept of the democratic nation and the co-existence of sects and religions. The co-chair of the Democratic Society Movement’ Council Ahmed Sheikho,...
  • Terrorists Prepare Fake Chemical Attack In Syria's Idlib

    09/13/2018 5:39:43 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    One America News Network ^ | 9/12/2018 | OAN Newsroom
    Terrorist forces in Syria are preparing to release footage of a staged chemical weapons attack in Idlib...
  • Now U.S. Threatens To Punish Syria For Any Attack In Idlib

    09/13/2018 5:30:45 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 15 replies
    Southfront.org ^ | 9/13/2018 | Southfront
    On September 12th, in an interview with Fox News, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley claimed that US and its allies, most members of the UN Security Council, would "address" an attack on civilians in Syria's Idlib province, not just a chemical attack. She said that any attack that hits civilians in Idlib would be "dealt with" by the US and allies, as Washington seeks to stop Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces, backed by Russia, from retaking Idlib, which is the last remaining militant stronghold in the country....
  • Turkish-Russian 'strategic ties' fail stress test on Syria's Idlib

    09/12/2018 7:28:34 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | September 12, 2018 | Semih Idiz
    Much of the world focused its attention on the Tehran summit last week between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in the hope that the three “Astana partners” could prevent a bloodbath in Idlib, in northwestern Syria.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu issued promising statements before the Sept. 7 summit, expressing his belief that a crisis would be averted in the last opposition stronghold. The summit not only failed to achieve this, but also highlighted Turkish and Russian differences over Syria. This comes at a time when Ankara and Moscow are keen to highlight their burgeoning...
  • Pentagon sends reinforcements to remote Syria base after Russia threatens attack

    09/11/2018 2:12:08 PM PDT · by Krosan · 33 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 11, 2018 | DAVID S. CLOUD AND TRACY WILKINSON
    <p>WASHINGTON — More than 100 U.S. Marines were sent as reinforcements to a remote coalition outpost in southern Syria on Friday after Russia threatened to attack militants in the area, the Pentagon said.</p> <p>The troops were flown by helicopter to the base at At Tanf — a small town near the borders of Syria, Iraq and Jordan. The base is used by U.S. special forces to train Syrian fighters who are confronting Islamic State militants.</p>
  • Russian media blitz claims Syrian rebels preparing ‘staged chemical attack’

    09/11/2018 7:29:54 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 38 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/11/18 | USA Features
    Several Russian media outlets, nearly simultaneously, began broadcasting “breaking news” warnings claiming that rebels occupying the last anti-government stronghold in Idlib Province, Syria, are preparing to stage chemical weapons attacks in order to blame them on the Syrian government. The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that the anti-Assad rebels were preparing “fake footage of chemical attacks,” while the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation announced that the “fake footage of chemical attacks” was expected to be delivered to various TV channels and Western journalists before the end of the day Tuesday.
  • Trump Adviser Threatens Syria With 'Much Stronger' Military Assault If It Uses Chemical Weapons

    09/10/2018 7:05:49 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 18 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 10 Sept 2018 | By W.J. Hennigan
    President Donald Trump’s national security adviser warned the Syrian government against using chemical weapons in the impending battle for Idlib Province, the last remaining rebel stronghold populated by more than 2 million people. If chemical weapons are used, National Security Adviser John Bolton promised the U.S. would deliver a counterattack ...
  • Trump closing Palestinian mission in pro-Israel move

    09/10/2018 2:59:19 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    Ass Press ^ | September 10, 2018 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission in Washington, the latest U.S. blow against the Palestinians and an international court during the stalled Mideast peace process. Some things to know: THE GIST The administration’s move to close the PLO office in Washington is not directly connected to the Trump White House’s opposition to the International Criminal Court, although the administration is trying to link them. But the Trump administration is trotting out discussions about the two on the same day — Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year — in a move certain to inflame...