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  • Saudi-led Yemen airstrike kills 22 children fleeing earlier bombing, rebels say

    08/26/2018 6:28:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/25/2018 | By Hakim Almasmari, Hamdi Alkhshali, Nima Elbagir, Waffa Munayyer and Tamara Qiblawi
    Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed 30 people, including 22 children, in a rebel-held area in northwestern Yemen on Thursday, according to the Houthi-controlled Health Ministry. Four families were evacuating their homes in a vehicle when the airstrikes hit, according to Houthi-owned media. Earlier coalition airstrikes on Wednesday killed four people and injured two, according to two surviving family members who preferred to remain anonymous for security reasons. "Four people were killed in the strike before, that's why they fled. They wanted to save their lives, their children's lives. Is nowhere safe for us?" one survivor said. Both sources did not want...
  • Talks fail; air strikes resume in Syria

    07/05/2018 1:21:35 PM PDT · by BBell · 6 replies
    The Syrian government and its closest military ally - Russia - have intensified their bombing campaign Thursday in the southern province of Deraa, after ceasefire deal between rebels and Russians broke down. Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr, reporting from Beirut, said that had airstrikes intensified on Thursday as government troops advanced steadily to recapture lost territory. “The relative lull in the fighting has now been shattered following the collapse of peace talks. Syrian government and Russian planes have been targeting a number of rebel-held towns in the province,” Khodr said. “Dozens of airstrikes were reported by activists, mainly targeting the towns...
  • Report: Putin gives OK to Israeli strikes on Syria

    06/01/2018 7:11:22 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/6/18 | Guy Cohen
    According to a report in a leading Arabic website, Moscow has given its consent to Israeli military strikes deep in Syrian territory. Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported Friday that Moscow and Jerusalem held talks Thursday concerning Syria and agreed to “limit” the Iranian presence in the south of the country. Israeli counterpart Avigdor Liberman met met in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, while Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Vladimir Putin spoke about Syria over the phone. The two sides agreed to “limit” Iran, keep its forces away from the south, and to allow the IDF to target "menacing...
  • Report: Iran Expected To Attack Israel Following Lebanon's May 6 Election

    05/01/2018 4:14:15 AM PDT · by Strategy · 86 replies
    Jerusalem Online ^ | April 30, 2018 | Becca Noy
    Following the alleged Israeli airstrikes in Syria last night, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his country is more committed than ever to eradicating terrorists from his country. Meanwhile, an official in an alliance that includes Syria and its regional allies told the New York Times that Iran will likely attack Israel after the Lebanese parliamentary election in May.
  • IRANIANS KILLED IN ALLEGED ISRAELI STRIKE ON MILITARY SITE IN SYRIA

    04/30/2018 9:50:00 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 50 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | APRIL 30, 2018 | ANNA AHRONHEIM
    The target was reportedly an underground missile production facility and depot for surface-to-surface missiles. The explosions following the strike registered as a 2.6 magnitude earthquake, but the weapons used did not cause the quake. Over 18 people were killed and another 60 were wounded. The targets were Syrian army bases being used by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and Shi'ite militias with troops from Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Missiles also struck targets in the Al-Malikiyah area, north of the Aleppo’s airport. The underground missile production facility and depot for surface-to-surface missile is funded by Iran and built with the help...
  • 'Iranians killed in suspected Israeli strike' in Syria

    04/30/2018 7:46:53 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 41 replies
    The Telegraph via Yahoo Noose ^ | April 30, 2018 | Raf Sanchez
    The shadow war between Israel and Iran in Syria escalated sharply on Monday after suspected Israeli strikes killed 26 Iranian and Assad regime fighters, according to monitors. One strike tore through a military base dug into a mountain near the central city of Hama on Sunday night, causing an explosion so large it registered as a 2.6 magnitude earthquake. A second strike targeted an airbase near the northern city of Aleppo. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack but suspicion immediately fell on Israel, which has carried out a number of strikes as it tries to prevent Iran...
  • Sen. Mike Lee pushes back against Trump administration’s claim it had authority for airstrikes

    04/16/2018 12:31:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 85 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 16, 2018 | Sally Persons
    Sen. Mike Lee issued a statement Monday criticizing the Trump administration for not seeking congressional authority before launching airstrikes in Syria. “No President of the United States, no matter party or political ideology, has the authority to unilaterally start a war. While the president has the authority under the War Powers Act to respond when the U.S. is under attack or in imminent danger, such circumstances did not exist with regard to Syria,” Mr. Lee, Utah Republican, tweeted.
  • The US Navy appears to have fooled Russia and Syria with a warship ruse before the strike

    04/16/2018 11:29:10 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 52 replies
    BI (Business Inciter) ^ | April 16, 2018 | Alex Lockie
    When President Donald Trump threatened to send missiles at Syria — despite Russia's promises to counter-attack— all eyes turned towards the US Navy's sole destroyer in the region. But that may have been a trick. Pundits openly scoffed at Trump's announcement of the strike days in advance, especially considering his criticism of Barack Obama for similar talk, but the actual strike appeared to go down well. In April 2017, two US Navy destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean steamed into the region, let off 59 cruise missiles in response to suspected gas attacks by the Syrian government, and left unpunished and...
  • Turkey's Erdogan welcomes Western attack on Syria, says operation a message to Assad

    04/15/2018 2:13:23 AM PDT · by McGruff · 27 replies
    REUTERS ^ | April 14, 2018
    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan welcomed U.S., British and French forces’ airstrikes on Syria, saying that the operation sent a message to Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad. “With the joint operation by U.S., U.K. and France on Saturday, the Syrian regime received the message that its massacres wouldn’t be left unanswered,” Erdogan told his ruling AK Party supporters in an Istanbul meeting. “The innocent Syrian people should have been defended long ago,” Erdogan added.
  • Pence calls Syria mission 'completely accomplished,' tells Russia to get the message

    04/14/2018 5:01:33 PM PDT · by familyop · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 14APR18 | Joseph Weber
    Pence also said. “It’s time for Russia to get the message President Trump delivered last night. You're known by the company you keep.” He also said the United State will mount a “sustained effort” against the regime if the attacks continue, echoing what U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said in an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Saturday. Pence also said leaders at the summit, which is focused on the collapse of democracy in Venezuela, saoid they support the missile strikes in Syria.
  • (Battle Damage Assessment) Syrian sites targetedby U.S.-led airstrikes

    04/14/2018 1:10:06 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 51 replies
    AP/WA Post ^ | April 14, 2018 | Paul Sonne
    The coalition hit the Barzah Research and Development Center outside Damascus with 76 missiles, destroying the facility... The second and third targets were part of what the U.S. military described as the Him Shinshar chemical weapons complex outside the city of Homs. The military said the strikes “completely destroyed” the complex’s chemical weapons storage facility and “successfully hit and sustained damage” to the installation’s chemical weapons bunker.
  • Trump to speak soon re: Syria strike

    04/13/2018 5:54:51 PM PDT · by iceskater · 656 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/13/18 | Fox News
    US will strike Syria
  • Russia To US: Let’s Coordinate Your Punitive Airstrikes On Assad

    04/12/2018 9:15:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 124 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/12/2018 | Ed Morrissey
    Is Russia negotiating missile strikes as a method of appeasing Donald Trump? The Washington Post reports that Russia has shifted gears from confrontation to mitigation with the US after assisting Bashar al-Assad’s capture of the rebel stronghold Douma. At first, Moscow threatened a military conflict if Trump followed through on his threat to punish Assad for yet another use of chemical weapons that Russia had guaranteed were destroyed: Russian officials on Thursday sought to tamp down public fears of a looming conflict with the United States, even as Syrian government forces took control of the town where they are...
  • Trump will reportedly warn Russia in advance where in Syria the US will strike

    04/12/2018 8:20:24 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 12 2018 | Alex Lockie
    A Russian newspaper reports that President Donald Trump is planning to tip off Russia's military before launching any attacks. The US tries hard to avoid killing Russians in Syria, despite the president's recent hostile rhetoric toward Moscow. Russia is Syria's ally but does not approve of all of its behavior. Moscow seems willing to let the US hit some Syrian targets as punishment for suspected chemical weapons use.
  • Russia launches retaliatory airstrikes after militants attack Syrian Christian town

    04/01/2018 2:20:19 AM PDT · by BBell · 7 replies
    BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Russian Aerospace Forces conducted several airstrikes over the northern countryside of Hama, yesterday, following an attack by the jihadist rebels on a Syrian Christian town. Russian jets flying out of the Hmaymim Military Airport reportedly launched over 15 airstrikes over the northern Hama towns of Kafr Zia, Zakat, Lataminah, and Latmin, a military source told Al-Masdar News. Prior to the retaliatory strikes, the jihadist rebels launched several artillery shells towards the Syrian Christian town of Mhardeh, which agitated the Russians because they currently have forces there. Below is a video from a pro-opposition channel...
  • BRITAIN MAY JOIN U.S. STRIKES AGAINST SYRIA IF CHEMICAL WEAPON USE PROVEN

    02/27/2018 4:08:37 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 19 replies
    jp ^ | 2/27/18 | Reuters
    Britain would consider joining US military strikes against the Syrian government if there is evidence chemical weapons are being used against civilians, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Tuesday. Johnson said he hoped Britain and other Western nations would not stand by in the event of a chemical attack, voicing support for limited strikes if there is "incontrovertible evidence" of the Syrian's government involvement. "If we know that it has happened, and we can demonstrate it, and if there is a proposal for action where the UK could be useful then I think we should seriously consider it," Johnson told...
  • Putin orders Netanyahu to halt military strikes on Iranian targets

    02/13/2018 8:27:06 PM PST · by Candor7 · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:29 EST, 12 February 2018 | Chris Pleasance
    F-16 jet was shot down on Saturday over northern Israel, prompting retaliation Israeli forces launched a series of bombardments against bases in Syria But Benjamin Netanyahu backed down after a call from Putin, it is reported Putin warned him against escalating the conflict in the region after Russia has spent years propping up the Assad regime Vladimir Putin warned Benjamin Netanyahu to back off from military strikes in Syria after an Israeli warplane was shot down in the region on Saturday. The Russian President told Netanyahu in a phone call on Saturday evening to avoid a course of action that...
  • Afghanistan First

    01/21/2018 7:22:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2018 | Paul Jacob
    In the last half of last year, U.S. armed forces under President Donald Trump’s direction launched 2,000 air strikes against Taliban targets in Afghanistan. That constitutes more raids than in all of 2015 and 2016 combined, the last two years under President Barack Obama’s command. “The huge spike in airstrikes is the product of new rules of engagement, adopted as part of a strategy that President Trump announced in August,” reports the Washington Post. “U.S. forces can now strike Taliban targets at will, whereas under the Obama administration they were restricted to defending Afghan forces under imminent attack.” Like the...
  • Airstrikes pound Syria's Afrin as Turkey launches 'Operation Olive Branch'

    01/20/2018 7:15:50 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 40 replies
    Rooters Ottoman Empire Nuze ^ | January 20, 2018 | Mert Ozkan and Ellen Francis
    Turkey opened a new front in Syria's nearly seven-year-old war on Saturday, launching airstrikes against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin province that raise the prospect of a further strain on relations between Ankara and Washington.The operation, dubbed "Operation Olive Branch" by Ankara, pits Turkey against Kurdish fighters allied to the United States at a time when ties between Turkey and Washington - NATO allies and members of the coalition against Islamic State - appear dangerously close to a breaking point.The strikes on the Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia hit some 108 targets, the Turkish military said. On land, the Turkey-backed Free...
  • Mattis defends U.S. efforts to prevent civilian casualties in Yemen

    01/01/2018 11:24:00 AM PST · by Ennis85 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 29th 2017 | Dan Lamothe
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave a full-throated defense Friday of U.S. efforts to prevent civilian casualties in the conflict in Yemen, making the case that without American involvement, there would be more. Mattis, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, said that “it’s a tragedy every time” a civilian dies, but that the United States is held to a high standard when it comes to preventing civilian fatalities. “We are being held to a standard – ‘we’ being us and anyone associated with us – that has never been achieved before in warfare,” he said. The comments came after two separate...