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  • (ISIS)Anti-Assad rebels said to control 95% of Syrian Golan Heights

    06/27/2014 9:09:31 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 21 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | June 28, 2014 | The Times of Israel Staff
    Almost the entire Syrian side of the Golan Heights is now under the control of rebel forces, including radical Islamist groups, a senior Israeli military commander in the area said Friday. Only the Quneitra border area is still in the hands of forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, Lt.-Col. Anan Abbas, deputy commander of the Golan Brigade, told Israel’s Channel 10. About 95 percent of the Syrian side of the Golan is in the hands of anti-Assad rebels, including radical Islamic groups such as the Al-Nusra Front, affiliated with al-Qaeda, a rival of the burgeoning Islamic State of Iraq and...
  • Obama seeks $500 million from Congress to help “moderate” Syrian rebels

    06/27/2014 2:30:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 6/26/2014 | Robert Spencer
    Doesn’t Obama know that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has bulldozed the part of the Syria/Iraq border that it controls? Doesn’t he know that there are no significant forces in Syria that want a secular state, but only various bands of pro-Sharia Islamic supremacists? Doesn’t it occur to him how incoherent it is to want to arm these people in Syria and fight against them in Iraq? For there is no significant difference between the “rebels” fighting Assad and the “extremists” fighting Maliki.“Obama seeks $500 million from Congress to help moderate Syrian rebels,” Reuters, June 26,...
  • Why the new Benghazi emails aren't a smoking gun (The Rhodes brothers on deep spin cycle)

    05/01/2014 9:37:37 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 42 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 1, 2014 | John Dickerson
    Has the Benghazi "smoking gun" been found? Some White House critics believe that new documents wrestled from the White House by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, prove that the Obama administration concocted a cover-up: Political advisers pushed a false story that the murder of four Americans grew out of a protest against an anti-Islamic video in order to hide a policy failure that might hurt the president in an election year. The documents clearly show that the White House pushed the video story, but there's also proof that the White House believed the story they were pushing. ~snip~ It...
  • Stunner! Benghazi Was a Base for Illegal Arms Shipments to Syria

    04/22/2014 6:31:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 90 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | April 22, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Illegal arms were shipped to Syrian rebels from Libya and this could be the reason Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton lied and claimed the attack on the consulate was the result of a video. Seymour Hirsch published an investigative report stating that there is an addendum to the Senate Intelligence Committee report which explains what the CIA was doing in Benghazi. Our government was shipping arms from Libya through Turkey to Syrian rebels before we realized they were al-Qaida. The reason the government lied was probably to conceal an illegal operation to arm Syrian rebels. Ambassador Stevens was the coordinator....
  • CIA was Involved in Benghazi Attack

    04/10/2014 8:07:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | April 9, 2014 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    t has been learned that one week prior to the Benghazi attacks that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, CIA Director David Petraeus met with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan. This finding, reported by Hurrieyt at the time, further bolsters brand new claims by Seymour M. Hersh, the man who broke the Abu Ghraib prison scandal story in 2004. In early 2012, the Obama administration, along with the administration of Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reached an agreement that would have Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia provide funding for an operation run by then CIA Director David Petraeus (the Petraeus...
  • Dutch Welfare Recipient and Jihadi Poses With Five Severed Heads in Syria

    03/18/2014 8:14:06 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 18,2014 | Jim Hoft
    Dutch jihadi Maar de teksten die K., alias Abudurahman, posed with five severed heads in a recent YouTube video. Tundra Tabloids reported: Abdurahman, apparently a Dutch jihadi from Almere, can be seen on You Tube with a bloody knife behind five cut-off heads. He is originally from Iraq, and has lived more than ten years in The Netherlands. He lived there off of social security as he was found unfit to work and used drugs against claustrophobia and schizophrenia. In 2012 an AFP picture emerged on which Abdurahman could be seen next to a dead body, while he was reading...
  • LA Gang Members Join the Fray in Syria – Fighting Alongside Regime (Video)

    03/02/2014 11:12:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/1/14 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Los Angeles gang members have joined the fray in Syria. The gang-bangers are reportedly fighting alongside the regime forces.</p> <p>MEMRI posted the transcript.</p> <p>A video-clip recently posted on the Internet shows two Armenian Power gang members from Los Angeles fighting in Syria. One of them, Wino Ayee Peeyakan, also posted a picture of himself in Hizbullah garb on his Facebook page.</p>
  • Obama administration let anti-gay Muslim leader into U.S.

    03/02/2014 7:45:08 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 03.02.14 | Kenneth R Timmerman
    Even as the Obama administration denounced what it called anti-gay legislation in Arizona and the president sat out the Sochi Olympics because of Russia’s crackdown on same-sex couples, the State Department allowed an Islamic preacher who called for the death penalty for homosexuals into the country for a tour of hate. Sheikh Mohammad Rateb al-Nabulsi was issued a visa for a 17-city tour of US mosques to raise money and support for the Syrian uprising. He arrived New Year’s Day. The radical Syrian cleric has made no secret of his virulent anti-gay views. Appearing April 28, 2011, on al Aqsa...
  • Syrian Christians sign treaty of submission to Islamists

    03/01/2014 10:50:03 AM PST · by rey · 20 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 27, 2014 | Elhanan Miller
    Christian leaders in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, captured by an organization formerly affiliated with al-Qaeda, have signed a submission document this week banning them from practicing Christianity in public in return for protection by their Islamist rulers. The document, dated Sunday and disseminated through Islamist Twitter accounts, states that the Christian community in the province of Raqqa, captured last March by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), was recently given three options: to convert to Islam; to remain Christian but pledge submission to Islam; or to “face the sword.” They opted for the second of...
  • Syrian extremists amputated a man’s hand and live-tweeted it [Team Obama Supports the "rebels"]

    02/28/2014 11:25:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/28/14 | LIZ SLY AND AHMED RAMADAN
    The extremist Syrian group deemed too radical even for al-Qaeda performed what may have been a Twitter first Friday: live-tweeting the amputation of a hand....
  • Syrian Christians sign treaty of submission to Islamists

    02/28/2014 6:58:35 AM PST · by LSUfan · 16 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 27 Feb 14 | ELHANAN MILLER
    Threatened by al-Qaeda-affiliated extremists, community in northern city of Raqqa chooses ‘dhimmitude’ over conversion or death
  • U.S. training Free Syrian Army in Jordan — a group that violently targets Christians

    02/08/2014 7:23:45 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 21 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Feb 7, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    The U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army — those are the “moderates,” you know. How moderate? This moderate: in July 2013, Free Syrian Army fighters entered the Christian village of Oum Sharshouh and began burning down houses and terrorizing the population, forcing 250 Christian families to flee the area. Worthy News reported that just two days later, Free Syrian Army rebels “targeted the residents of al-Duwayr/Douar, a Christian village close to the city of Homs and near Syria’s border with Lebanon….Around 350 armed militants forcefully entered the homes of Christian families who were all rounded-up in the main square of the village...
  • GOP Senator Apologizes for McCain Tantrum at Syrian Christian Leader Meeting

    02/05/2014 11:58:26 AM PST · by jazusamo · 63 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 5, 2014
    Hell-bent on arming opposition forces in Syria—despite strong evidence that they’re run by Islamic terrorists—John McCain displayed behavior unbecoming of a United States Senator during a recent meeting with Syrian Christian leaders touring Capitol Hill. The delegation of Syrian clergy came to Washington to raise awareness among lawmakers of the growing crisis among the region’s minority Christian community. Christians make up about 10% of the Syrian population and they are being targeted and ruthlessly murdered by radical elements of the rebel forces, according to the visiting church officials. They say the media and human rights groups in the west have...
  • Kerry tells Capitol Hill that Obama’s Syria policies have failed

    02/03/2014 1:09:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Josh Rogin gets this bombshell from two of the Senators in the closed-door meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry, who briefed them and thirteen other members of Congress on progress in Syria. In short, it doesn’t exist. The chemical-weapons inspection regime set up by Russia to protect Bashar al-Assad is nothing short of a joke, and the peace talks are going exactly where everyone else knew they would … nowhere. Kerry told his former colleagues that he has lost faith in Obama’s policies, and now the US must intervene to stop Syria from being taken over by radical Sunni...
  • Is the Assad Regime in League with al-Qaeda? [Team Obama Tries New Line]

    01/31/2014 9:57:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Time ^ | 1/27/14 | Aryn Baker
    For months, anti-regime activist claims that the Syrian government has cultivated a beneficial relationship with al-Qaeda groups in order to undermine the opposition have fallen on deaf ears. After all, the idea that Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has staked his leadership platform on a campaign against “terrorists”—his term for all anti-government fighters and supporters—would engage with the most radical of all rebel groups, reeks of conspiracy theories. Yet an emerging consensus among analysts and Western diplomats reveals that there might be some truth to the accusations after all. The opposition is now hoping that a shift in the current...
  • Congress secretly approves U.S. weapons flow to 'moderate' Syrian rebels

    01/29/2014 11:18:41 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 27, 2014 | Mark Hosenball
    Light arms supplied by the United States are flowing to "moderate" Syrian rebel factions in the south of the country and U.S. funding for months of further deliveries has been approved by Congress, according U.S. and European security officials. The weapons, most of which are moving to non-Islamist Syrian rebels via Jordan, include a variety of small arms, as well as some more powerful weapons, such as anti-tank rockets. The deliveries do not include weapons such as shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles, known as MANPADs, which could shoot down military or civilian aircraft, the officials said. (Snip)
  • US secretly backs rebels to fight al Qaeda in Syria

    01/21/2014 12:44:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:20PM GMT 21 Jan 2014 | Ruth Sherlock
    The United States and Gulf countries have been secretly backing efforts by opposition rebels to destroy al-Qaeda’s most extreme wing in Syria, diplomats and rebels involved in the plan have told The Telegraph. As Western leaders publicly push the Syrian regime and the opposition to the Geneva II peace conference that begins Wednesday Washington has also been quietly supporting moves by Saudi Arabia and Qatar to give weapons and cash to rebel groups to fight al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) in Syria. One source said the US was itself handing out millions of dollars to rebel groups...
  • Syria rebels capture ISIS headquarters in Aleppo

    01/12/2014 6:41:42 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8 January 2014
    Islamist rebels have captured the headquarters of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not clear what had happened to the jihadists who had been at the hospital in the Qadi Askar district. Inside, the rebels found dozens of prisoners and the bodies of several men who appeared to have been executed. Recent days have seen fierce fighting between ISIS and other rebel groups.
  • How al-Qaeda Changed the Syrian War

    12/28/2013 11:03:37 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | December 27, 2013 | By Sarah Birke
    Talk to any Syrian you meet on the Syrian-Turkish border these days, and in less than five minutes the conversation is likely to turn to Da’ash—the Arabic acronym for the rebel organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS. Linked to al-Qaeda, the fearsome group has swept across northern Syria, imposing sharia law, detaining and even beheading Syrians who don’t conform to its purist vision of Islam, and waging war on rival militias. In early December, the group killed a foreign journalist, Iraqi cameraman Yasser Faisal al-Joumali, who was reporting in northern Syria. Even using...
  • U.S. suspends aid to Syrian rebels after Islamists seize warehouses

    12/11/2013 11:56:15 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 11, 2013 | By Liz Sly
    BEIRUT — The U.S. government has suspended deliveries of aid to Syrian rebels after an Islamist group overran the main warehouses where the supplies were stored, the U.S. State Department said Wednesday. The cluster of warehouses in the northern Syrian town of Atmeh served as the chief conduit for supplies into Syria for the Supreme Military Council, the Western-backed body that oversees moderate rebel factions fighting in Syria. At the time of the takeover, the warehouses contained U.S.-supplied food, medical kits, some communications equipment and several pick-up trucks, typical of the items the United States is sending under a $16.9...
  • President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria

    06/14/2013 4:13:01 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 46 replies
    The New American ^ | 6-14-2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. - Opinion/Editorial
    June 14, 2013 President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. ..... As The New American has chronicled since it was first proposed, the National Defense Authorization Act purportedly authorizes the president of the United States to deploy the armed forces to apprehend and indefinitely detain anyone suspected of providing support to terrorists. Section 1021 of the NDAA reads in relevant part:Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C.1541 note) includes the authority...
  • Syrian Muslims infected with Kuru, a disease of cannibals

    11/13/2013 5:48:23 AM PST · by IbJensen · 35 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/13/2013 | Staff
    You’ve heard of Mad Cow Disease, the scientific name of which is bovine spongiform encephalopathy — a type of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). TSE is an incurable fatal disease that affects the brain and nervous system of many animals, including humans. Autopsies of infected brain tissue show a myriad of tiny holes in the cortex, giving it a sponge-like appearance — hence spongiform. (See below) spongy TSE-infected brain tissueThe disorder causes impairment of brain and bodily functions, including memory changes, personality changes, and problems with movement (shaking, trembling) that worsen over time. Like all TSEs, the bovine variant is...
  • U.S. Marines training al-Qaeda-linked Syrian jihadists in Saudi Arabia

    10/20/2013 12:58:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    JW ^ | October 17 ., 2013
    Twelve years after 9/11, the U.S. has changed sides. The Long War Journal reported on June 29 that the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, which is “al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria,” has “cooperated with Free Syrian Army units to establish sharia, or Islamic law, in Aleppo and in eastern Syria.” What is the Free Syrian Army? The "moderates" whom we are training and to whom we are giving weapons: “the US government is backing the Free Syrian Army despite the group’s known ties to the Al Nusrah Front.” "Training of Syrian insurgents steps up in Saudi...
  • Record cruelty: Syrian rebels target fetuses

    10/19/2013 5:58:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 10.19.13, 13:09
    With the end of the conflict nowhere in sight, a British report points to new levels of depravity as part of the battles tearing Syria apart—bored snipers have begun taking practice shots at pregnant women, specifically aiming for their unborn fetuses. The testimony of a British doctor who spoke with ITV claims that snipers have been engaging in a “death game” in which they target specific body parts of innocent civilians as target practice. … According to the Daily Mail, as part of the sniper games, snipers receive a cigarette for every such hit. …
  • ‘Hell Beyond Hell’ in Syria: Pregnant Women & Children as Target Practice?

    10/19/2013 12:46:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    NRO - The Corner ^ | October 18, 2013 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Tim Montgomerie has a horrifying story in the London Times about women and children being targeted in Syria: David Nott, who has just spent five weeks volunteering in a Syrian hospital, said that he and his despairing colleagues started to notice a disturbing pattern among the women and children who were being shot as they ran the daily gauntlet across a divided zone to buy food and supplies in a major city. “One day it would be shots to the groin. The next, it would only be the left chest. The day after, we would see no chest wounds; they...
  • Al Qaeda-Aligned Groups in Syria May Have Access to Biological Pathogens

    10/18/2013 12:23:07 PM PDT · by null and void · 21 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | October 18, 2013 2:15 pm | Adam Kredo
    Experts: Biological pathogens, weaponized agents in al Qaeda’s hands a ‘clear and present danger’ U.S. Soldiers from the 457th Chemical Battalion sponge off their level A protective suits / AP Al Qaeda-aligned militants operating in Syria could already have access to “biological pathogens or weaponized agents,” according to terrorism and biological warfare experts studying the region.The possible acquisition by al Qaeda of these highly dangerous toxins has prompted bio-warfare experts to label the threat a “clear and present danger.”Extremist militants and other fighters tied to the terror group al Qaeda have continued to gain a foothold in key sections of...
  • Bombs planted in confessional box of Syrian church

    10/18/2013 5:55:51 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    telegraph ^ | Colin Freeman
    Bombs have been planted in the confessional box of one of the world's oldest churches in a Syrian town hailed as the country's last remaining centre of religious tolerance, Syria's most senior Christian leader has disclosed. On a visit to London to highlight the persecution of Christians in the civil war, Patriarch Gregorios III said the two devices were found at the Cathedral of Constantine and Helen in the rebel-held town of Yabroud. Not only is the church one of the oldest in the world, but it lies in a town where Christians and Sunni Muslims have so far resisted...
  • Suddenly, the Media is Ignoring the Syrian Civil War

    10/12/2013 4:48:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2013 | Nightwatch
    Pakistan: Musharraf update. Pervez Musharraf was arrested one day after having been granted bail. "We have put General Musharraf under house arrest in a case involving a military operation on an Islamabad mosque," Muhammad Rizwan, a senior official of the Islamabad police told reporters. "We will present him before a court on Friday." Comment: The latest charges stem from a prolonged violent standoff in 2006 and 2007 that was centered on the Red Mosque in Islamabad. Two extreme imams who were brothers, their armed militant supporters and students at the collocated school complex defied the government and called repeatedly for...
  • GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert Goes Off on John McCain: He’s ‘Supported al-Qaeda’

    10/12/2013 6:41:08 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 104 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 11th, 2013 | Josh Feldman
    The Republican party is currently in the middle of a civil war of sorts, between moderate Republicans leery of tactics like defunding Obamacare and tea party conservatives sticking to their guns, crystallized by Louie Gohmert saying at the Values Voters Summit that John McCain “supported al-Qaeda.” Gohmert took a swipe at his Senate colleague, who has been highly critical of Republicans pushing for Obamacare defunding, even suggesting2 they should be held “accountable” for lying to the GOP. That didn’t sit too well with Gohmert.
  • US man who fought with Syrian rebels wanted to join al Qaeda, say authorities

    10/11/2013 11:25:30 PM PDT · by Innovative · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | Oct 11, 2013 | Andrew Blankstein and Pete Williams
    An Orange County man who had fought with Syrian rebels against the Assad regime was arrested Friday morning as he tried to leave the U.S. with a fake passport to fight for al Qaeda against U.S. soldiers overseas, said authorities. Twenty-four-year-old Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen of Garden Grove, also known as Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum, was stopped at a bus station in Santa Ana, Calif. at 7:30 a.m. by members of the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force and arrested on suspicion of providing material support to al Qaeda. At the courthouse, his mother, Hieu Nguyen, told The Associated Press...
  • The ‘Sex Jihad’

    09/28/2013 1:44:10 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies
    Human Events ^ | September 24, 2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    News emerged a few weeks ago in Arabic media that yet another fatwa had called on practicing Muslim women to travel to Syria and offer their sexual services to the jihadis fighting to overthrow the secularist Assad government and install Islamic law. Reports attribute the fatwa to Saudi sheikh Muhammad al-’Arifi, who, along with other Muslim clerics earlier permitted jihadis to rape Syrian women. Muslim women prostituting themselves in this case is being considered a legitimate jihad because such women are making sacrifices—their chastity, their dignity—in order to help apparently sexually-frustrated jihadis better focus on the war to empower Islam...
  • Maaloula Christians Say Town Muslims Took Part in Attack

    09/27/2013 7:21:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Asia News ^ | 9/27/13 | Fady Noun
    "Christians and Muslims had always lived in an atmosphere of mutual trust; the attack on Maaloula has created a lot of distress." Islamists have invaded homes and continue to threaten the village, site of ongoing clashes between rebels and the army. The families who fled to Damascus and Beirut tell their story. The goal is to drive out Christians in order to eliminate Christianity.Beirut (AsiaNews) - According to families who fled Maaloula (Syria), some of their Muslim neighbours were involved in the attack that devastated their village located about fifty kilometres from Damascus, dispersing its residents. Perceived as a betrayal...
  • Video: Maaloula was religious cleansing, not a military target (The Syrian "Rebels")

    09/29/2013 6:54:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/28/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Rebels overran the ancient Christian village of Maaloula in Syria on the fourth of September, and held it for eleven days until the Syrian army could retake it. It always made for a curious target in a broad civil war. Maaloula had no particular strategic value; it’s 56 kilometers north of Damascus in rugged mountain territory, enough of a backwater that it’s one of the few places where Aramaic is still spoken along with Arabic. It’s off the highway between Damascus and Homs, and away from the railroad that links the two Syrian cities. Why bother with Maaloula at all?Lee...
  • A New Islamist Alliance Among Syria's Rebels

    09/28/2013 9:08:24 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Septemner 26, 2013 | By DANIEL NISMAN
    On Tuesday, 13 prominent Syrian rebel factions declared their unification under the banner of an "Islamic Alliance." Their statement, which consisted of four main points, largely expressed their boiling frustration with and official rejection of the Western-backed Syrian National Council, the opposition's political leadership-in-exile. The statement also affirmed that Shariah law should be the "sole source of legislation" in Syria—unsurprising given that most of the signatories already advocate the implementation of Islamic law, albeit according to their own interpretations. While rebel alliances in Syria are often short-lived, the creation of the Islamic Alliance has the potential to make anti-Assad moderates...
  • Syrian child tied up in chains and forced to watch the murder of her parents by Obama backed

    06/23/2013 8:56:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 6/23/13 | Pamela Geller
    According to Syrian Truth’s Facebook page, the above photo is of a toddler living in the Deir ez-Zor Governate in eastern Syria, bordering Iraq. She was tied up by members of the U.S.-supported “Free Syrian Army” — which is dominated by foreign, Sunni jihadis — and made to watch as her mother and father were killed for being Shia. Here is how the Obama administration is using your tax dollars — mockingly in the name of “freedom.”
  • Private donations give edge to Islamists in Syria, officials say

    09/22/2013 2:42:28 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2013 | By Joby Warrick
    GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The stream of U.S. weapons heading to moderate rebel groups in Syria is being offset by a fresh torrent of cash for Islamist extremists, much of it from small networks of Arab donors who see the Syrian conflict as a step toward a broader Islamist uprising across the region, U.S. and Middle Eastern officials say. The private donors, who use Twitter and other social media to collect millions of dollars from sympathetic Muslims, are providing crucial backing for Islamist militias that appear to be gaining ground in northern and eastern Syria, even as fighting stalls elsewhere, the...
  • Obama OKs Chemical Weapons Aid to Syria (waives ITAR)

    09/18/2013 2:55:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/16/2013 | Devin Dwyer
    President Obama has formally authorized American shipments to Syria of non-lethal equipment and supplies specifically aimed at countering the threat of Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons as the world waits for them to be neutralized. In a signed order, Obama today waived prohibitions of such shipments by the Arms Export Control Act, determining that the assistance is “essential to the national security interests of the United States.” The materials — including chemical weapons-related personal protective gear and medical supplies — will be sent to “vetted” members of the Syrian opposition, international aid groups inside Syria, and any other organizations working to...
  • President's brother key to Syria regime survival

    09/13/2013 3:04:47 PM PDT · by EBH · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 9/13/13 | BARBARA SURK
    "He is known to be a merciless butcher," said Mohammed al-Tayeb, an opposition activist speaking by Skype from the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma, among the areas pounded by the 4th Division's assaults. Within President Bashar Assad's circle of trust, Maher Assad has advocated an uncompromising response throughout the uprising. "From the beginning, Maher was convinced that the uprising must be put down before any talks take place," said Fawaz A. Gerges, director of the Middle East Center at the London School of Economics. "The life of the regime depends on Maher's ability to prevent the rebels from infiltrating Damascus...
  • Amanpour Explodes at CNN Syria Panel: Stop Spewing ‘False Moral Equivalence!’ (supports Al Qaeda)

    09/13/2013 3:05:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    Mediaiate ^ | 9/12/2013
    CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour flipped out on the AC360 Later Syria panel Thursday night, calling out the “false moral equivalence” of anti-interventionists. She clashed with blogger Andrew Sullivan over the emotion in the case, shouting down her fellow panelists to get a word in edgewise.After Anderson Cooper and Sullivan brought up the need to separate the emotion from the policy, Amanpour sighed and said, “I can barely contain myself at this point.” She proceeded to go on a rant about the “false moral equivalence” in arguing against going in. “How many more times do we have to say...
  • ...Held Hostage In Syria 'Overheard Captor's Conversation Blaming Rebels For Chemical Attacks'

    09/13/2013 5:50:18 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Sep 2013 | Larry O'Connor
    An Italian journalist and Belgian writer who had been held captive in Syria for the past six months were released this past Sunday. Domenico Quirico says he overheard a conversation held on Skype by his captors. The captors claimed that the recent chemical attack in Syria was orchestrated by the rebels to draw Western countries into the fight against the Assad regime.
  • Witness to a Syrian Execution: “I Saw a Scene of Utter Cruelty”

    09/12/2013 10:13:47 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 38 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | Sep 12 2013 | Patrick Witty
    All wars are vicious, but the civil war in Syria seems every day to set new standards for brutality. As the fighting rages in its third year, increasing numbers of atrocities are committed by soldiers and fighters from forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar Assad, as well as armed rebels and Islamic militants from the numerous, loosely aligned groups opposing Assad. The violence is frequently sectarian in nature, with fighters claiming they act in defense of their faith, be it Sunni, Alawite, Shiite or any of the other sects that contribute to Syria’s religious landscape. The perpetrators of...
  • Assad Sets Conditions on Relinquishing Chemical Arms (US quit supporting Al Qaeda)

    09/12/2013 1:18:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | 9/12/2013
    Syrian President Bashar Assad said his nation would give up its chemical arms only if the United States ends any weapons deliveries to opposition forces and ceases its "threatening" behavior. The Damascus leader made the remarks in a Russian television interview quoted on Thursday by the Washington Post. "When we see the United States really wants stability in our region and stops threatening, striving to attack, and also ceases arms deliveries to terrorists, then we will believe that the necessary processes can be finalized,” Assad reportedly told Rossiya-24 television. He said Damascus would start disclosing details about its chemical assets...
  • SYRIAN REBELS BLAST RUSSIAN OFFER ON CHEMICAL ARMS

    09/12/2013 8:01:51 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 12, 2013 | Bassem Mroue
    BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's top rebel commander called Thursday for regime officials to be put on trial for carrying out an alleged chemical attack near Damascus that killed hundreds last month, blasting a Russian proposal for securing the country's chemical arsenal.
  • With Improvised Weapons, It's Incredible The Syrian Rebels Have Lasted [Excellent PHOTOS]

    09/12/2013 8:17:04 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 17 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Sept 11, 2013 | Paul Szoldra
    We're talking slingshots, catapults, and rockets made in garages. Excellent Photos at Link
  • U.S. Officials: CIA Has Been Supplying Arms To Syrian Rebels For Weeks

    09/12/2013 5:20:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 121 replies
    TPM ^ | September 12, 2013 | KIMBERLY DOZIER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the CIA has been delivering light machine guns and other small arms to Syrian rebels for several weeks, following President Barack Obama’s decision to arm the rebels. The agency has also arranged for the Syrian opposition to receive anti-tank weaponry like rocket-propelled grenades through a third party, presumably one of the Gulf countries that has been arming the rebels, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official and two former intelligence officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the classified program publicly.
  • WaPo: Syrian rebels now getting CIA arms

    09/12/2013 5:30:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9/12/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Don’t worry.  I’m sure these weapons will be going to the really nice rebels that John McCain assures us we can distinguish from all the naughty ones: The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil...
  • GOP SEN. CORKER: 'HUMILIATING' US ISN'T GIVING MORE AID TO AL-QAEDA

    09/12/2013 5:33:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 9/12/2013
    The rebel forces aligned against Syrian strong-man Bashar Assad are dominated by jihadists and fighters aligned with al-Qaeda. In April, the Obama Administration promised to help arm the rebel forces, but, realizing the very real complications on the ground, that promise has been muted. As the Administration strives to ensure that US arms only go to moderates fighting Assad, GOP Senator Bob Corker openly blasted the Administration for its frugality in suppling arms to jihadis. “It was humiliating,” Corker said in an interview with The Washington Post following a recent trip to the Syrian border. “The president had announced that we...
  • Syria's Islamists disenchanted with democracy after Mursi's fall

    07/07/2013 9:06:17 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 07, 2013 | Erika Solomon
    Syria's Islamist rebels say the downfall of Egypt's popularly elected Muslim Brotherhood president has proven that Western nations pushing for democracy will never accept them, and reinforced the view of radicals that a violent power grab is their only resort. Radical Islamist groups, some of them linked to al Qaeda, have lately been in the ascendancy in Syria's two-year conflict as the death toll rises above 100,000. Assad has celebrated President Mohamed Mursi's fall as a symbolic blow to the Islamist-dominated opposition, though on the battlefield, where his troops are already making gains, it is likely to have little impact...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Syrians warn U.S. that Al Qaeda has hijacked revolution

    09/01/2013 2:07:08 PM PDT · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 30, 2013 | Tiffany Madison
    Syrians inside the country say the revolution began with peaceful protests from the poor seeking reforms. The movement now brims with violent terrorist operatives aligned with Al Qaeda and Al-Nasra, including extremist fighters from Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. The mainstream media portrays a false picture of the now-compromised Free Syrian Army. The extremist elements within are not just minority-affiliates. They win the battles, they have the ammunition and the food. They have slowly filled the power vaccuum and they do not fight for a freed Syria, but to establish an ultra-fundamentalist state. American taxpayers have fueled the Syrian Civil War...
  • Who funds Syrian rebel advocate O’Bagy and the Syrian Emergency Task Force? You do

    09/09/2013 5:29:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    The Syrian Emergency Task Force the pro-rebel lobbying outfit that employs widely quoted intervention advocate Elizabeth O’Bagy as its political director, receives funding from the U.S. Department of State and related government contractors. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller earlier last week, O’Bagy explained how she got paid. O’Bagy has been roundly condemned for working for a pro-Syrian lobbying group at the same time she was casting the Syrian rebels in a positive light. She works as an analyst at the neoconservative think tank, the Institute for the Study of War. “Most of the contracts that I’ve been...