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  • Popularity of 'Putin the Shiite' sky high in Iraq

    10/08/2015 11:58:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    AFP Via Yahoo News ^ | 10/08/2015 | By Jean-Marc Mojon with Raji Nasser in Najaf
    Baghdad (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin's bullish entry into the Syrian conflict has worked wonders for his popularity in neighbouring Iraq, where some await "Hajji Putin" like a saviour. Sitting at his easel in his central Baghdad workshop, painter Mohammed Karim Nihaya touches up a portrait of Putin he copied from the Internet. "I have been waiting for Russia to get involved in the fight against Daesh," he says, referring to the Islamic State (ISIS) group that last year declared a "caliphate" straddling Iraq and Syria. "They get results. The United States and its allies on the other hand...
  • "The Army of Muhammad" Confesses: We Received Aid in Money and Arms from Syria and Iran

    01/18/2005 8:42:39 AM PST · by TexKat · 10 replies · 949+ views
    MemriTV ^ | 1/14/05
    The following are excerpts from the televised confessions of Muayed Al-Nasseri, who commanded Saddam Hussein's "the Army of Muhammad" throughout 2004. The confessions were aired by the Iraqi TV channel that operated from the UAE, Al-Fayhaa TV, on January 14, 2005. Interrogator: What is your name? Muayed Al-Nasseri: Colonel Muayed Yassin 'Aziz 'Abd Al-Razaq Al-Nasseri, commander of the Army of Muhammad, one of the resistance factions in Iraq. The Army of Muhammad was founded by Saddam Hussein after the fall of the regime, on April 9, 2003. At first, Yasser Al-Shab'awi was put in charge, until his captured in July...
  • DoD Report: 50 Trucks Carried Iraqi WMD To Syria

    07/28/2006 1:42:19 PM PDT · by Sam Hill · 110 replies · 9,131+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | July 28, 2006 | N/A
    The following is a translation of a newly posted Iraqi document done by an unofficial translator. The document, posted in Arabic, is from a Department Of Defense program. It is dated July 13 -- probably 2003.In it an Iraqi opposition source (a Kurd) working in Syria reports on the movement of Iraqi trucks to Syria before the start of the US invasion of Iraq. It is his understanding that the trucks contained proscribed weapons of mass destruction.EnlargeEnlargeHere is one page from the pdf file showing the original document in Arabic:Enlarge
  • Wannabe jihadists are taking cruises to avoid security checks while traveling to Syria and Iraq

    11/06/2014 12:21:22 PM PST · by wtd · 8 replies
    News.com.au ^ | 11/6/2014 | AP
    Wannabe jihadists are taking cruises to avoid security checks while traveling to Syria and IraqWANNABE jihadi fighters are increasingly booking tickets on cruise ships to join extremists in battle zones in Syria and Iraq, hoping to bypass stepped-up efforts to thwart them in neighboring Turkey, Interpol officials have told The Associated Press. This is one of the reasons why the international police body is preparing to expand a pilot program known as I-Checkit, which airlines use to check passenger information against Interpol’s databases - in hopes that one day the system could expand to include cruise operators, banks, hotels and...
  • Profile: Russia's S-300 missile system (ISIS might have now)

    08/18/2014 11:29:13 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 16 replies
    bbc ^ | 09/04/13 | STAFF
    In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin said shipments had been suspended, but that if the US and its allies intervened militarily in Syria, Moscow would "think how we should act in the future". The S-300 is a series of highly capable, long-range surface-to-air missile complexes first deployed in the USSR in 1979 and later modified by the Russian armed forces. As well as targeting aircraft, the fully mobile units have the capacity to engage ballistic missiles.
  • Saddam's Nephew Finds Sanctuary In Syria

    05/17/2003 5:28:46 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 430+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-18-2003 | Con Coughlin
    Saddam's nephew finds sanctuary in Syria By Con Coughlin in Baghdad (Filed: 18/05/2003) A leading member of Saddam Hussein's family has been discovered living in Damascus under the protection of the Syrian government after fleeing Iraq last week, The Telegraph can reveal. Fatiq al-Majid, one of Saddam's nephews, entered Syria last Monday after leaving Iraq at the al-Rabie'a checkpoint, which is under the control of American troops. Majid was given a Syrian visa and made his way to Damascus, where he is now living in exile. Majid confirmed his presence in Damascus when contacted by telephone by The Telegraph last...
  • Reports say Syria has Iraq arms...

    09/16/2003 9:08:55 PM PDT · by woofie · 73 replies · 301+ views
    Drudge ^ | 9/16/03 | Bill Gertz Drudge
    Gertz: U.S. probe focuses on Syria weapons; Reports say nation has Iraq arms... The U.S. government is investigating intelligence reports that Iraq sent weapons to Syria to hide them from U.N. inspectors and coalition troops in Iraq, a senior State Department official said yesterday. John Bolton, the undersecretary of state for arms control, also told a House International Relations subcommittee that Syria is developing medium-range missiles with help from North Korea and Iran that could be fired in nerve gas attacks hundreds of miles from Syria's borders. MORE///
  • U.S. concentrating forces near Syrian border

    04/17/2003 7:08:19 AM PDT · by kerouacbal · 8 replies · 204+ views
    worldtribune ^ | 04/17/2003 | worldtribune
    The United States has bolstered its military presence near the Iraqi- Syrian border. U.S. officials said Central Command has ordered a buildup of assets in western Iraq. They said the buildup is centered at Al Rutba and includes M1A1 main battle tanks, AH-64A attack helicopters and A-10 ground-support fighter-jets. The U.S. move aims to prevent the escape of Iraqi leaders and nonconventional military assets to Syria. They said U.S. forces will also ensure that Arab foreign volunteers based in Syria will be captured as soon as they enter Iraq. Officials have assured Syria that the military buildup is not meant...