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  • Computer hack reveals identity of Syrians in contact with Israel

    07/12/2015 10:16:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/12/15 | Elhanan Miller
    Computer hackers likely working for the Syrian regime and Hezbollah have managed to penetrate the computers of Israeli and American activists working with the Syrian opposition, exposing sensitive contacts between the sides. Al-Akhbar, a newspaper serving as Hezbollah’s mouthpiece in Lebanon, published a series of articles over the weekend purporting to divulge correspondence between Mendi Safadi, a Druze Israeli and former political adviser to Deputy Regional Cooperation Minister Ayoub Kara, with members of the Syrian opposition around the world, taken from taken from Safadi’s computer. The article also contains screenshots of word documents and text message exchanges saved on Safadi’s...
  • 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...
  • Senate Dems call on Obama to resettle 65,000 Syrian refugees

    05/24/2015 5:33:19 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/21/2015
    A group of Senate Democrats is urging the Obama administration to allow at least 65,000 Syrian refugees to settle inside the United States. “While the United States is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, we must also dramatically increase the number of Syrian refugees that we accept for resettlement,” the group of 14 lawmakers — led by Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) — said Thursday. The group letter noted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) wants to resettle 130,000 Syrian refugees over the next two years and has thus...
  • CSI Refugee Center Expects Influx of Syrians

    04/29/2015 6:37:29 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    MV ^ | 4/29/2015 | Julie Wooten
    TWIN FALLS • The College of Southern Idaho’s Refugee Center is expecting an influx of Syrian refugees starting in October. Projections show the center will likely receive 300 refugees from around the world during the upcoming federal fiscal year. That’s the same number as this year. Refugee Center director Zeze Rwasama anticipates the biggest populations of newcomers will be from Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “That can change at any time depending on what’s out there,” he said. The U.S. Department of State approves the number of refugees coming to Twin Falls. There aren’t any Syrians in...
  • First of thousands of Syrians Resettled in ….. North Texas

    04/11/2015 8:08:49 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 103 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 4/11/2015 | Pamela Geller
    The FBI admits that they cannot properly screen the Syrians, while the US State Department is telling the media that 10,000 Syrians will be here soon. Syria, home of the Islamic State. Al hijrah, jihad by immigration. And while the genocide of Christians is ongoing in Syria, over 90% of the Syrians who are being brought to America are Muslims. It’s a catastrophe. The top five states targeted for Syrian Muslim resettlement are California, Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas. Meanwhile, dozens of American jihadis who fought in the war in Iraq and Syria have returned to the United States,...
  • Secret planting of up to 75,000 Syrian Muslims begins in U.S. [Amerabia]

    01/28/2015 7:25:17 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 88 replies
    WND ^ | 1/28/2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    Up to 10,000 Syrian refugees, most of them Muslims, will be resettled in cities throughout the U.S. in 2015, with that figure expected to surge to near 75,000 over the next five years. While some of the planned destinations for these refugees are starting to leak out, the big question is: where will they be going? The U.S. State Department does not announce where it plans to send foreign refugees for resettlement within the United States, although the locations do eventually show up in a government database some weeks after they arrive in their host cities. Word of their anticipated...
  • FBI increases surveillance of Syrians in US, report says

    08/31/2013 11:39:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    now ^ | September 1, 2013 | AFP
    The FBI has beefed up its surveillance of Syrians living in the United States ahead of a possible US military attack on Syria, The New York Times reported Sunday. The domestic intelligence agency and the Department of Homeland Security have also alerted federal agencies and private firms that any US strike could trigger cyberattacks, according to the report. Hackers who claim to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and collectively known as the Syrian Electronic Army, have made several disruptions in recent months on American companies, including the Times. The newspaper said FBI agents are set to interview hundreds of Syrians...
  • Syrians paid to kill Egypt protesters- Each participant was handed a shotgun and

    07/28/2013 12:00:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    gulf news ^ | 7/28/13
    Cairo: The General Prosecution revealed on Saturday that Muslim Brotherhood members had recruited Syrians and Palestinians to open fire at protesters opposed to the rule of ousted President Mohammad Mursi. The Brotherhood members asked a Syrian to join them in their protests in return for 500 Egyptian pounds for each protest he would take part in. Investigations revealed that a Syrian called Mohammad Hassan Al Berdkany, was arrested at Maspero after firing birdshot at protesters from Qasr Al Nile Bridge on Friday. Berdkany said he had fled the fighting in his country and had come with his family to Cairo,...
  • White House: U.S. To Give Syria Rebels Military Aid After Chemical Attacks

    06/13/2013 3:37:49 PM PDT · by edpc · 217 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 13 June 2013 | Olivier Knox and Rachel Rose Hartman
    In a sharp escalation of the U.S. role in Syria's bloody civil war, the White House announced late Thursday that it will provide military aid to rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad after confirming that his government used chemical weapons on the opposition. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes told reporters on a conference call that President Barack Obama had heard pleas from Syria's rebel Supreme Military Council (SMC) for more help. "Our aim is to be responsive," Rhodes said, underlining that the new assistance would have "direct military purposes."
  • This is not a parody: World Health Organization condemns Israeli medical care for Syrians and

    05/25/2013 11:52:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | Sunday, May 26, 2013 | Carl in Jerusalem
    You can't make this stuff up. Israel has set up a field hospital for wounded Syrians on the Golan Heights, it provides regular, critical medical care to the 'Palestinians' regardless of their ability to pay, and it provides medical care that is otherwise unavailable to them to persons throughout the Arab world. And the response? The World Health Organization has condemned Israel for the medical care it provides to Syrians and 'Palestinians As thousands of people in large swathes of the planet, including war-torn Syria, are dying daily for lack of adequate medical care, the one geographic area whose “health...
  • Democrats Tap Radical Islamists for Cash

    11/02/2012 10:11:54 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    Right Side News ^ | Nov. 2, 2012 | Steven Emerson and John Rossomando
    The Investigative Project on Terrorism has learned that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Democratic Party fundraiser with leaders of Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood front groups in May of this year. The invitation-only fundraiser was sponsored by Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.; Andre Carson, D-Ind.; and Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and took place on the evening of May 16, 2012, at the W Hotel in Washington D.C. In attendance were about 20 members of a Syrian dissident group and 10 officials representing Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas front groups. Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)...
  • Spain links Syrian cabal to Sept. 11 plot--Prosecutors follow the money trail

    10/19/2003 4:03:02 PM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies · 228+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 19, 2003 | John Crewdson, Drew Crosby
    By John Crewdson, Tribune senior correspondent. Reporting and research assistance was provided by Drew Crosby in Madrid MADRID -- The most sweeping criminal indictment to arise thus far from the Sept. 11 attacks reflects a quiet but dramatic change in understanding by investigators here and across Europe of the terrorist organization known as Al Qaeda, and the international Islamic radical-terrorist network of which, they now agree, it is merely a part. As laid out in the indictment, the defendants' alleged activities--from arranging travel and providing introductions to procuring false documents and, especially, moving money--provide the first detailed look at one...
  • Obama's Policy Working: Syrians Attacking Israel for Him

    06/09/2011 8:36:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/9/2011 | Ron Reale
    In what may lead to Israel finally ridding itself of the human debris constantly threatening to push her into the sea, waves of terrorists, taking Obama’s recent remarks as permission to act on their hatred for Jews, tried to overrun the Israeli border, and thankfully were pushed back. The only bad news is they stopped before Israel was able to kill more than 20 or so of the terrorists. Where is the great Muslim suicide mentality when you really need it? Israel was offering all takers 72 virgins, yet the Muslim cowards turned tail to continue to survive to breath...
  • Scores of Syrians Flee Violence to Lebanon

    05/14/2011 6:25:29 AM PDT · by Son House · 6 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | May 14, 2011 | Associated Press
    The officials said cracks of gunfire coming from the western Syrian town of Talkalakh could be heard on the Lebanese side of the border since morning hours. More than 5,000 Syrians have fled the area in the past weeks, with more than 500 people crossing the border on Saturday The shooting in Talkalakh comes a day after Syrian security forces opened fire on thousands of protesters at different rallies across the country, killing at least six people. Human rights groups say more than 775 people have been killed since the start of the protest movement in Syria in mid-March. The...
  • Syrian Boy, 5, Engaged to Girlfriend, 3

    10/25/2010 8:11:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | October 25, 2010 | George Baghdadi
    Two Syrian children may be the youngest couple ever to get engaged. Khalid, 5, popped the question to Hala, who's just 3, "of his own free will," following a whirlwind holiday romance.
  • Syria Goes Deep

    11/10/2009 2:11:47 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 603+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/10/2009 | The Strategy Page
    For the last five years, satellite photos have shown continuing constructing of an underground bunker complex north of Damascus, Syria, This is believed to be the control center for the national air defense system. Progress has been slow because Syria is broke and unable to pay for the new missile systems that that the people in this underground complex would control. Earlier this year, Russia suspended its program to upgrade Syria's MiG-31 fighters. In 2007, Russia and Syria signed an agreement by which Russia would provide the country with seven MiG-31 aircraft, as well as equipment and services to upgrade...
  • Iraqi SWAT arrests 2006 sniper suspect

    10/12/2009 6:54:55 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 816+ views ^ | October 11, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RELEASE No. 20091011-05 October 11, 2009 Iraqi SWAT arrests 2006 sniper suspect Multi-National Corps-Iraq PAO RAMADI, Iraq - Elements of the Ramadi and Habbaniyah Iraq Special Weapons and Tactics teams, with U.S. Special Operations advisors, arrested an individual who is a suspect involved in multiple sniper shootings throughout Anbar Province Oct. 9 near Ramadi. The Magistrate Court of Ar Ramadi issued a warrant for Abd al-Qadir Afan Qafe’s arrest after his alleged involvement in the fatal shooting of an Iraqi Army Soldier in 2006 and the shooting of a...
  • Wave of arrests follow plot to blow up Dubai tower

    09/15/2009 3:11:33 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies · 1,488+ views
    Month and a half after plan to blow up tallest skyscraper in world exposed, 45 more suspects arrested in addition to eight arrested when plot unraveled. Palestinians, Syrians, Lebanese among those detained. Iran suspected to be mastermind behind plot Roee Nahmias 09.15.09 / Israel News The defense apparatus in the United Arab Emirates arrested 45 suspects, most of them Palestinian and Lebanese, after the plot to blow up Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower) was uncovered. Dubai Tower, currently under construction, is the tallest building in the world. The current wave of arrests adds to the eight other suspects detained immediately after...
  • Middle East Scapegoat

    05/14/2009 1:22:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies · 1,246+ views
    FRONTPAGE ^ | May 12, 2009 | By P. David Hornik
    Note: Read the whole article and check out the hypertext-links in the article. # | Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Where does the Obama administration stand on Israel? Although that vexed question is still open, the worrying signs are accumulating. On Sunday it was National Security Adviser James Jones telling ABC that “We understand Israel’s preoccupation with Iran as an existential threat. We agree with that”—and adding: “…by the same token, there are a lot of things that you can do to diminish that existential threat by working hard towards achieving a two-state solution.” With Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slated...
  • Hezbollah's Attempted Cairo Coup

    04/15/2009 2:26:24 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 869+ views ^ | Wednesday, April 15, 2009 | By P. David Hornik
    SNIPPET: "In recent days Egypt has been disclosing details about uncovering a major Hezbollah espionage ring on its soil. AP cites a cabinet minister saying 25 of its 49 members have been arrested so far. The arrests began back in November, but the disclosures have started only now. The leader of the espionage ring—who is among those detained—was a Hezbollah agent named Sami Shehab, and the group he recruited included Lebanese, Syrians, Sudanese, and Palestinians along with 12 Egyptian Shiites. Not surprisingly, they planned attacks on Israeli vacationers in the Sinai, apparently as revenge for the February 2008 killing of...
  • Gambler loses $341 million at the roulette table, sues casinos for illegally allowing him credit

    09/15/2008 9:33:41 AM PDT · by NYCFearsome · 16 replies · 280+ views
    The Observer ^ | 9/14/08 | Rajeev Sayal
    Fat Man' sues top casinos for millions Fouad al-Zayat, a 20-stone billionaire who lost £191m at roulette, is taking six top British clubs to court, claiming they illegally allowed him credit He was one of the world's most prolific and secretive gamblers. The arrival at casinos in London of Fouad al-Zayat, the high roller know as the Fat Man, created panic and excitement and not a little rubbing of hands by management in their dinner jackets and black ties.
  • Man Butchers 15-Month-Old Nephew in Jeddah Supermarket

    03/03/2008 3:03:34 AM PST · by kingattax · 92 replies · 1,172+ views
    Arab News ^ | 3 March 2008 | Samir Al-Saadi
    Early morning shoppers at a supermarket in Jeddah were left reeling yesterday, with some falling unconscious, after a well-built Syrian man clinched a knife and decapitated his 15-month-old nephew in front of his mother in the store’s fruit and vegetable section. In a brutal murder that has shocked the city, the 25-year-old man beheaded the boy, who was out shopping with his mother — in full glare of shoppers and staff at Al-Marhaba supermarket on Sari Street around 9.30 a.m. The man, who is the boy’s maternal uncle, apparently killed the boy following a dispute with his sister and brother-in-law....
  • The Syrian Sopranos

    06/18/2007 4:28:44 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 3 replies · 251+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 18 June 2007 | Staff
    Middle East: A supporter of the U.N. tribunal to try suspects in the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister is himself murdered. Those who would talk to Syria have a few bodies to step over. We recently applauded the U.N.-ordered establishment of an international tribunal to try those responsible for the assassination of Rafik Hariri. He and 19 others were killed Feb. 14, 2005, when a massive bomb blast tore apart the car carrying the popular prime minister.
  • Syrians march to support president

    05/24/2007 12:37:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 250+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/24/07 | Albert Aji- ap
    DAMASCUS, Syria - Hundreds of thousands of Syrians thronged the capital Thursday to support a second seven-year term for President Bashar Assad. The rally came ahead of a referendum Sunday when voters are expected to approve a second mandate for Assad, who succeeded his father, Hafez Assad, in 2000 at the helm of Syria's autocratic regime. There are no other candidates. The demonstration was headed by a number of Syrian officials and ministers. It was one of several rallies held across the country since parliament, dominated by the ruling Baath Party, unanimously nominated 41-year-old Assad for a second term. Celebrations...
  • Syrians Demand Military Action To Reclaim Golan Heights

    08/17/2006 6:41:45 PM PDT · by blam · 48 replies · 1,498+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-18-2006 | Patrick Bishop
    Syrians demand military action to reclaim Golan Heights By Patrick Bishop in Beirut (Filed: 18/08/2006) Bashar al-Assad praised Hizbollah's 'victory' Pressure is mounting on Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, to follow Hizbollah's example and consider force to eject Israel from Syrian land that it has occupied for nearly 40 years. The public appetite for action is just one of the uncomfortable consequences regional rulers are facing, as Arabs compare their leaders' performances over Israel with the Lebanese "resistance". Mr Assad, who supports Hizbollah, was quick to praise the militia's "victory" in a post-conflict speech and to bathe in its reflected...
  • Questioning begins in Vienna of four Syrians regarding Hariri murder

    01/16/2006 7:15:51 AM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 126+ views
    al Bawaba ^ | January 16 2006
    Questioning of four Syrians will begin on Monday in Vienna as part of the ongoing UN investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri. The four include Lieutenant General Rustom Ghazali, Syria's former intelligence chief in Lebanon, and Hosam Hosam, who had previously implicated Syrian officials in the case before retracted his testimony and fleeing to Syria, according to Reuters. Ghazali, who had previously been identified as a suspect, had undergone an earlier round of questioning. Syria has denied any involvement in the February 14 explosion in Beirut which took the lives of Hariri and 22 others. It...
  • Overthrow President, Syrians Urged

    01/15/2006 6:25:16 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 442+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-16-2006 | Patrick Bishop
    Overthrow president, Syrians urged By Patrick Bishop in Moukhtara (Filed: 16/01/2006) Walid Jumblatt seemed admirably composed for a man whose name had just appeared on a hit list of Lebanese public figures. "The whole of Lebanon is on the death list, not only me," said the Druze leader and anti-Syrian figurehead. "The Syrian regime will not accept easily its defeat last year when the Lebanese people obliged them to get out. The regular forces left but [its] agents are still here." Mr Jumblatt, 56, has taken precautions. For the moment he is not leaving his rocky domain in the Chouf...
  • Hariri death probe: Five senior Syrians to be investigated in Vienna

    11/26/2005 3:44:32 AM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 197+ views
    Syria has agreed to allow U.N. investigators to question five senior Syrian officials regarding Rafic al Hariri's assassination at the United Nations building in Vienna, Deputy Foreign Ministr Walid al-Moualem said Friday. "The Syrian leadership has agreed to a suggestion by chief of the U.N. investigators committee, Detlev Mehlis, as a compromise, about interviewing five Syrians at the U.N. headquarters in Vienna," al-Moualem told a press conference. On Thursday, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk Sharaa' claimed that Mehlis was refusing to cooperate with Syria to facilitate the interrogation of six officers. The Syrian minister accused Mehlis of rejecting Damascus' offer to...
  • U.S. alleges tie between Muslim charity, bin Laden; man accused of trying to obtain uranium

    01/30/2003 7:30:37 AM PST · by freeperfromnj · 9 replies · 521+ views ^ | 1/30/03 - 9:41 am | The Associated Press
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) -- Federal prosecutors accused a Syrian-born American of once leading a Muslim charity that the Treasury Department calls a terrorist group, and said he tried to help Osama bin Laden get a nuclear weapon.</p> <p>The government said Mohamed Loay Bayazid was president of the suburban Chicago-based Benevolence International Foundation in 1994, about the same time he is accused of trying to get uranium for al-Qaida.</p>
  • Husband beats wife to death for defying 'orders' [Abu Dhabi]

    07/28/2005 10:31:06 AM PDT · by bwteim · 108 replies · 2,060+ views
    Gulf News ^ | July 27, 2005 | Samir Salama, Bureau Chief
    Husband beats wife to death for defying 'orders' By Samir Salama, Bureau Chief Abu Dhabi: A man beat his wife to death because he says she "disobeyed his orders and looked out of the balcony", a police source said. The incident occurred at midnight on Friday. The Syrian man has been arrested and charged with the 20-year-old woman's murder. The man, a hairdresser, was returning home from his shop at around 10.30pm, when he saw his second wife, also Syrian, looking out of the balcony of his flat on the first floor. He got angry, rushed to his flat and...
  • Need help finding certain pictures of the Beirut demonstrations and Arafat's funeral (vanity)

    03/16/2005 1:34:04 PM PST · by proud American in Canada · 48 replies · 433+ views
    March 16, 2005 | self
    This morning I was a caller on Lowell Green's radio show (CFRA, Ottawa, Canada). He is a right-wing host and a strong supporter of the United States. The question on the table this morning was "Are Canadians more apathetic about their government than Americans. If so, why?" So, as always when the issue of the differences between the two countries and our relationship comes up, I had to call. :) I said, "Canadians have never had to fight for anything. They didn't have to fight for their independence from England; they don't have to work for their national defense because...
  • WALID PHARES: Sign of Strength (Hezbollah demonstration)or Something Else?

    03/10/2005 4:17:19 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies · 603+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 10, 2005 | Brit Hume interview
    ...There were 500 buses carrying Syrian workers actually from the Bekka Valley into... ... Arab TV stations were interviewing members of these demonstrations. And they proudly said that they were Syrians coming in solidarity with the Hezbollah. But more over, they were Palestinians from the Palestinian camps. They put all their strength — it is true, that Hezbollah has 40,000 members. Forty thousand times four, each one brought four. This is the maximum that Hezbollah and the Syrians could muster. The problem is that they cannot do it every single...
  • Kerry Big Hit with Syrians

    01/08/2005 4:49:14 PM PST · by Seadog Bytes · 168 replies · 2,925+ views
    Strange Cosmos ^ | January 8, 2005 | Seadog Bytes
  • Terrorist 'Probing Attacks' Said to be Happening Nationwide

    08/09/2004 4:02:34 AM PDT · by kattracks · 29 replies · 2,245+ views ^ | 8/09/04 | Scott Wheeler and Heather Wier
    ( - The terrifying account of a Northwest Airlines passenger, detailing how the suspicious activities of a group of Middle Eastern men aboard the plane had convinced her that it was being hijacked, is one of hundreds, if not thousands of similarly scary events reported to U.S. authorities since the 9/11 attacks. Counter terrorism experts interviewed by say these incidents, many of which were "probing attacks" by terrorists methodically casing locations for an actual assault in the future, indicate the extent to which the United States currently finds itself threatened. "What we have seen all across the country --...
  • More signs of Syria turn up in Iraq

    12/24/2004 8:59:38 PM PST · by Stoat · 25 replies · 1,760+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 23, 2004 | Nicholas Blanford
    More signs of Syria turn up in Iraq The Iraqi ambassador to Syria tells the Monitor that photos of high-ranking Syrian officials were found in Fallujah. By Nicholas Blanford | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor DAMASCUS, SYRIA - When US troops stormed the rebel-held city of Fallujah last month, they uncovered photos of senior Syrian officials that have further strained the already tense relations between Syria and Iraq, according to the Iraqi ambassador to Syria.Several captured insurgents were found in possession of the photographs, confirmation, according to Iraqi officials, that some elements in the Syrian regime - perhaps...
  • Many Syrians Say It's Time to Quit Lebanon

    11/22/2004 6:04:44 AM PST · by crushelits · 3 replies · 492+ views ^ | Sun Nov 21 | Mariam Karouny
    DAMASCUS, Syria (Reuters) - Twenty years ago Ahmed Shukmarra went to Lebanon as one of tens of thousands of Syrian soldiers, believing his presence would help halt a civil war in Syria's small neighbor. Today he sees no reason why roughly 14,000 soldiers, part of a force first deployed in 1976, should stay in Lebanon, particularly given increasing pressure from Washington and the United Nations (news - web sites) for them to withdraw. "We went there to stop Lebanese from fighting but why we are still there ... This I can't understand," said 43-year-old Shukmarra, who left the army and...
  • Safehouse Proves Unsafe for "Foreign Fighters"

    05/19/2004 4:21:08 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 76 replies · 3,815+ views
    CENTCOM | 05/19/04 | vanity
    At 3:00 AM on May 18th,Coalition forces raided a suspected "foreign fighter" safehouse,located in the open desert,85km southwest of Husaybah,and 25km from the Syrian border. During the operation,Coalition forces came under hostile fire,and close air support was provided. Troops recovered numerous weapons,2 million Iraqi and Syrian dinars,foreign passports,and a SATCOM radio.
  • Lebanon's free fall

    04/17/2004 4:11:04 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies · 389+ views
    Straits Times ^ | By Pranay Gupte
    Political bickering, poor governance and economic woes - with foreign debt of $53.7b - weigh down the country THERE'S much about Beirut that recalls Singapore: the greenery, the lively, urban lifestyle, good schools and eating places, a colourful port, low crime. But look again. One in four passers-by is not Lebanese, but Syrian - about a million of them in a nation of barely four million native Lebanese. Some 30,000 Syrian troops man roadblocks. Other Syrians work as labourers in the booming construction business. Some beg. And some - installed in Lebanon's intelligence service - help monitor the movements of...
  • Terrorism: the Spanish connection

    09/10/2003 9:51:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 549+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 10 2003 | Edward Owen
    AS the net closed in on alleged Bali mastermind Hambali - Asia's most wanted man, who was arrested in Thailand a month ago - it transpired that he was carrying a forged Spanish passport. It was yet another piece in the jigsaw puzzle linking global terrorism to Spain. The al-Qa'ida cell in Spain made videos of potential targets in the US including the twin towers in New York. It also had videos of terrorist training camps in Indonesia and Afghanistan with footage on the preparation of car bombs. The pilots of the suicide flights met in Spain. Part of al-Qa'ida's...
  • Iraq Guerrillas [Syrians] Target 'Traitors' Working for U.S.

    08/21/2003 1:45:41 PM PDT · by TastyManatees · 6 replies · 195+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/21/03 | Andrew Cawthorne
    Iraq Guerrillas Target 'Traitors' Working for U.S. Thu August 21, 2003 05:01 AM ET By Andrew Cawthorne TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Guerrillas followed an Iraqi translator home and put a bullet through his head because he worked for U.S. occupiers, the American army said on Thursday. The killers left a note by the corpse threatening to attack more Iraqi "collaborators" after Tuesday's killing near the town of Samarra, north of the capital Baghdad. "This was cold-blooded execution. They view all these Iraqis working with us as traitors," said Major Bryan Luke of the U.S. army's 4th Infantry Division. Iraqi guerrillas...
  • US Troops Wound Syrians In Border Clash

    06/23/2003 5:16:07 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 307+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-24-2003 | David Rennie
    US troops wound Syrians in border clash By David Rennie in Washington (Filed: 24/06/2003) United States special forces wounded at least five Syrian border guards as they pursued a convoy thought to be carrying senior members of Saddam Hussein's regime, it emerged yesterday. The commandos launched an air and ground assault on convoy of six or seven vehicles speeding towards the Syrian border last week. The attack initially raised speculation that Saddam Hussein or his sons might have been killed. Five Syrian border guards are reported to remain in US military hands in Iraq, where they are receiving medical treatment....
  • Syria’s Pivotal Role in Iraqi Resistance Is Glossed over in Washington

    06/14/2003 4:57:14 PM PDT · by dennisw · 10 replies · 340+ views
    debka ^ | June 15, 2003 | debka
    DEBKAfile Special Military Report June 15, 2003, 1:10 AM (GMT+02:00) US army hits back at Saddam loyalists who lean on clandestine support from Damascus The cat was out of the bag - almost - as a result of Operation Peninsula Strike, the massive US crackdown against a lethal brew of anti-American resistance forces which have been bedeviling US troops north of Baghdad. A substantial quotient of foreign combatants from Arab countries - Saudis, Yemenis, Egyptians, Jordanians, Syrians and Palestinians from Syria or Lebanon - was discovered to be mixed in with the Fedayeen Saddam, Baathists and former Republican Guards officers...
  • Iraqis Cheer Arriving U.S. Troops Baghdad [Complete Report]

    04/09/2003 3:38:02 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 17 replies · 216+ views
    Associated Press | Wednesday, April 9, 2003 | By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and HAMZA HENDAWI
    Iraqis Cheer Arriving U.S. Troops Baghdad By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and HAMZA HENDAWI .c The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Joyous Iraqis cheered arriving U.S. troops and went on looting rampages in Baghdad on Wednesday as vestiges of President Saddam Hussein's authority collapsed. As U.S. troops moved through one neighborhood after another, crowds of Baghdad residents bitterly denounced Saddam and seized the chance to plunder military installations and government buildings, making off with computers, bookshelves, tables, even Iraqi jeeps. Among the buildings plundered were Iraq's Olympic headquarters, the state-owned Oil Marketing Co. and traffic police headquarters. Some looters arrived with...
  • Fedayeen: Palestinians and Syrians

    04/03/2003 10:15:59 PM PST · by tomahawk · 27 replies · 526+ views
    MSNBC | 4/4/03 | Bob Arnot
    Bob Arnot, reporting live on MSNBC, reports that many Iraqi EPW's captured in Al Kut state that the Fedayeen forcing Iraqis to fight us are Palestinians and Syrians. We are in a war with Palestinian and Syrian scum in Iraq.
  • Feature: Syrian refuses service, is hero

    04/26/2002 12:18:14 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 16 replies · 258+ views
    United Press International ^ | 4/26/2002 | Thanaa Imam
    DAMASCUS, Syria, April 26 (UPI) Majd Niazi Tabbah has become a national hero overnight. Two weeks ago, Tabbah refused to serve the U.S. embassy's consul in her Damascus restaurant to protest what Syrians see as Washington's blind support of Israel in its war against the Palestinians. "I am receiving dozens of calls every day from various Arab countries and Syrian immigrants thanking me for what I did and saying that I expressed the points of view of all honest Arabs," she told United Press International at her restaurant Oxygen, located in one of the old neighborhoods in downtown Damascus. She...