Category: Syria

‘Many weapons that fall into hands of extremist groups in Syria are Western-made’ — Trying not to say supplied or by whom

We know that many weapons that were supplied to so-called moderate groups by the US have been handed to more extreme rebel groups, such as al-Nusrah, says Charles Shoebridge, former army officer, Scotland Yard detective and counter-terrorism intelligence officer.

Source: ‘Many weapons that fall into hands of extremist groups in Syria are Western-made’ — RT Op-Edge

Google this! Hillary Clinton and the Syrian regime-change conspiracy — RT Op-Edge

If you’d have said a year ago that the US State Department, Google, and Al Jazeera had been collaborating in pursuance of regime change in Syria, chances are you’d have been casually dismissed as a ‘crank’ and a ‘conspiracy theorist’.

Source: Google this! Hillary Clinton and the Syrian regime-change conspiracy — RT Op-Edge

Local Residents In Northern Syria Confirm US-Led Airstrikes Have Killed More Than 200 Civilians In Past Two Months AnonHQ

Local residents living in northern Syria have told journalists that airstrikes being carried out by the International Coalition Forces led by the United States against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have killed more than 200 civilians in the past two months. …

Source: Local Residents In Northern Syria Confirm US-Led Airstrikes Have Killed More Than 200 Civilians In Past Two Months AnonHQ

An airstrike in Syria killed entire families instead of Isis fighters | World | News | The Independent

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The airstrikes at dawn on Tuesday pulverised entire families, including young children — families that were fleeing Islamic State militants but were instead mistaken for being those very fighters. Depending on whom you ask, the number of bodies found in the rubble is 56, 85, 160 or 212. Pictures of the mangled bodies, covered in dust, are a testament to the carnage.

Source: An airstrike in Syria killed entire families instead of Isis fighters | World | News | The Independent

Dissident US diplomats criticize Syria policy – Your Middle East| Pro Israel Right Wing Push

 

Fighters from Syria's Manbij military council sit in a truck on the outskirts of the northern town of Manbij during fighting to retake the town from the Islamic State (IS) group

The so-called “dissent channel” cable urges attacks against Bashir al-Assad’s regime for its persistent violations of a shaky ceasefire aimed at bringing an end to

Source: Dissident US diplomats criticize Syria policy – Your Middle East

US ‘leverage in Syria’ thanks to collusion with terrorists — RT Op-Edge

There is a simple explanation why Washington refuses to proscribe the militant groups Jaysh al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham as terrorist. Because Washington relies on them for regime change in Syria.

Source: US ‘leverage in Syria’ thanks to collusion with terrorists — RT Op-Edge

Why Is Washington Supporting Fundamentalist Jihadis in Syria? | The Nation

The peace negotiations between the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad and the insurgents seeking to topple him and his one-party Baath state were headed on the rebel side by Mohammad Alloush, leader of the Saudi-backed Army of Islam (Jaysh al-Islam, or JI).

Source: Why Is Washington Supporting Fundamentalist Jihadis in Syria? | The Nation

Who are the Syrian Refugees, really, and where are they? Hint: Mainly women and children, & not in the West

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By Jeffrey H. Cohen | (The Conversation) | – – Editor’s note: This article is part of our collaboration with …

Source: Who are the Syrian Refugees, really, and where are they? Hint: Mainly women and children, & not in the West

Thousands of refugees flee for Turkish border after surprise Isis attack | World news | The Guardian

Syrian refugees flee after camps are overrun by Isis but find themselves being shot at by Turkish border troops

Source: Thousands of refugees flee for Turkish border after surprise Isis attack | World news | The Guardian

British collusion with sectarian violence: Part one — RT Op-Edge

In the first of a four-part series, Dan Glazebrook and Sukant Chandan look at the recent spate of revelations about the involvement of British security services in facilitating the flow of fighters into Syria.

Source: British collusion with sectarian violence: Part one — RT Op-Edge

‘For ISIS to survive, it needs support from allies: Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the US’ — RT Op-Edge

Reports that Syrian government forces have retaken the city of Palmyra from ISIS forces prove that the terrorist group is incapable of withstanding a conventional assault, Gregory R Copley, strategic analyst and editor of Defense & Foreign Affairs told RT.

Source: ‘For ISIS to survive, it needs support from allies: Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the US’ — RT Op-Edge

Fewer than 30 refugees resettled since November as part of 12,000 agreed in Syria, Iraq deal – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fewer than 30 refugees have been resettled in Australia as part of the Government’s 12,000 intake from Iraq and Syria, Peter Dutton says.

Source: Fewer than 30 refugees resettled since November as part of 12,000 agreed in Syria, Iraq deal – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Why I Bought Four Syrian Children Off a Beirut Street

Beirut. I confess to having recently purchased four children near Ramlet el Baida beach from a stressed-out Syrian woman. I am not sure if she was what she said or if she was a member of one of the…

Source: Why I Bought Four Syrian Children Off a Beirut Street

Saudi Arabia and Iran’s dueling strategies for Syria and beyond – Your Middle East

Saudi Arabia, alarmed by the rapid thaw in Iran’s relationship with the West and gains recently made by Syrian regime forces, seems to have decided t

Source: Saudi Arabia and Iran’s dueling strategies for Syria and beyond – Your Middle East

Syria: 500 Turkey-backed Sunni Arab Fighters Cross to defend Azaz from Kurds | The great Kurdish Double Cross

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – This morning, according to the Syria Observatory and the Arabic press …

Source: Syria: 500 Turkey-backed Sunni Arab Fighters Cross to defend Azaz from Kurds | Informed Comment

All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Nearly five years after Syria’s Arab Spring revolt escalated into a civil war, the conflict has morphed into a wider regional war with no end in sight. Millions of Syrians have fled, and a quarter of a million have died. Now, a devastating new United Nations report reveals that government forces are torturing and “disappearing” tens of thousands of civilians in what amounts to “extermination” and “crimes against humanity.” The U.N.

Source: All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Russia Warns of ‘World War’ as Saudi Plans Syria Intervention | Informed Comment

TeleSur | – – Saudi Arabia’s decision to send troops to Syria is “final” and “irreversible,” Saudi military spokesman Ahmed …

Source: Russia Warns of ‘World War’ as Saudi Plans Syria Intervention | Informed Comment

10 reasons not to bomb Syria – and what the West should do instead – Your Middle East

1. See things from the prime victims’ perspective and you get a very different picture. Germany and Sweden aside, Western countries have offered Syrians only a

Source: 10 reasons not to bomb Syria – and what the West should do instead – Your Middle East

Door of Syrian peace talks still closed to Australia

Australia has again failed to secure an invitation to a meeting of the International Syria Support Group that is trying to find a political solution to the conflict.

Source: Door of Syrian peace talks still closed to Australia

Happy Christmas (War is Over… Almost) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“I was packing my luggage, I had to leave, but now I can stay.” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said late Thursday in an interview with Dutch television station NPO2. It may be a little optimistic to think that after almost five years of fighting, the loss of 250 000 lives, 4 million refugees and millions…

Source: Happy Christmas (War is Over… Almost) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

WikiLeaks: US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia Planned to Overthrow Syrian Govt. in 2006 AnonHQ

(MINTPRESS) Speaking from Ecuador’s embassy in London, Julian Assange revealed that the United States planned to overthrow the Syrian government as far back as 2006, several years before the start of the current crisis. The founder of WikiLeaks took refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador …

Source: WikiLeaks: US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia Planned to Overthrow Syrian Govt. in 2006 AnonHQ

Regime-Change Turnaround: Kerry Says Assad Can Stay…For Now | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry emerged from talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday and announced a new stance on the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: He can stay—at least, for now. “The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change,” Kerry told reporters in Moscow after the meeting. The statement represented a distinct turnaround from the Obama administration’s previous position that Assad should step—or be forced—aside while the international community proceeded with the bombing of his country.

Source: Regime-Change Turnaround: Kerry Says Assad Can Stay…For Now | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Seeking asylum in the US: Syrian refugees in America concerned about anti-Muslim sentiment – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Syrian refugees in the US are concerned about anti-Muslim sentiment, but at least one city is welcoming refugees with open arms.

Source: Seeking asylum in the US: Syrian refugees in America concerned about anti-Muslim sentiment – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australia’s Illegal War in Syria: A Brief Update – New Matilda

A United Nations resolution around the bombing of Syria doesn’t make Australia’s position any less illegal, writes James O’Neill. In my earlier article published by New Matilda on 16 November 2015 I set out the legal basis upon which Australia could have lawfully joined the bombing of (reputedly) ISIS positions in Syria. To briefly recap,More

Source: Australia’s Illegal War in Syria: A Brief Update – New Matilda

There is No Military Solution: Could ISIL Be Strengthened by U.S., French, Russian Bombing? | Democracy Now!

France and Russia have staged a series of new airstrikes on the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Russia announced earlier today it would intensify strikes in Syria after the Russian intelligence service said it had found conclusive proof that a bomb had brought down the Metrojet airliner in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing 224 people on board last month. The United States has also vowed to intensify strikes in Syria and to step up their exchange of intelligence on potential targets with France. We speak with longtime journalist Abdel Bari Atwan about how the bombings could backfire and help grow the Islamic State.

Source: There is No Military Solution: Could ISIL Be Strengthened by U.S., French, Russian Bombing? | Democracy Now!

Government set to focus Syrian refugee program on Christians in wake of Paris attacks: Scott Morrison – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Treasurer Scott Morrison says he expects Christians will be the focus of the government’s Syrian refugee program..

Source: Government set to focus Syrian refugee program on Christians in wake of Paris attacks: Scott Morrison – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Syrian Kurdish-Arab alliance captures nearly 200 villages from IS – Your Middle East

Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Talal Ali Sello said at a press conference that “between October 30 and November 13, an area of 1,362 square kilometres (545 squ

Source: Syrian Kurdish-Arab alliance captures nearly 200 villages from IS – Your Middle East

Malcolm Turnbull slaps down the military option in Syria, calls for compromise

Malcolm Turnbull believes “pragmatism and compromise” is the key to Syria and the terrorism it fuels, as an unstated international consensus emerges which could see a temporary reprieve for the brutal dictator President Basharal-Assad, leaving him in place while a new power-sharing arrangement is constructed

Source: Malcolm Turnbull slaps down the military option in Syria, calls for compromise

Syria’s Assad: Paris attacks result of French policy – Your Middle East

In a meeting with a delegation of French lawmakers in Damascus, Assad said France’s “mistaken policies… had contributed to the spread of terrorism.””The terror

Source: Syria’s Assad: Paris attacks result of French policy – Your Middle East

US announces $100 million in new aid to Syria opposition – Your Middle East

This brings to nearly $500 million the amount the United States has pledged to the Syrian opposition since 2002, the State Department said.The new pledge was mad

Source: US announces $100 million in new aid to Syria opposition – Your Middle East

US to send ‘fewer than 50’ special ops forces to Syria – Your Middle East

President Barack Obama has authorized the first sustained deployment of US special forces to Syria, officials said Friday, easing his long-standing refusal to put

Source: US to send ‘fewer than 50’ special ops forces to Syria – Your Middle East

Drum interview: Russia necessary for solution in Syria – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Russia will need to be a part of a long-term solution in Syria, whether the West wants it to be or not, says international political expert, Professor Damien Kingsbury.

Source: Drum interview: Russia necessary for solution in Syria – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Russia’s Syria ‘success’ could quickly turn to failure –

President Obama’s own substantial failures in the Middle East notwithstanding, he might still be right about Vladimir Putin’s Syrian intervention. Eventually, Russia will have to accept that the brutal rule of Bashar al-Assad is the cause of the Syrian civil war, not the solution it.

Source: Russia’s Syria ‘success’ could quickly turn to failure – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Russia enters Syria war, exposing hypocrisy and contradictions of U.S. policy – Liberation News

Russia’s direct military intervention into Syria has dramatically changed the dynamics of a war that has raged since 2011. #antiwar #imperialism #syria

Source: Russia enters Syria war, exposing hypocrisy and contradictions of U.S. policy – Liberation News

Explainer: Who did Russia target in Syria air strikes? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Russia’s decision to carry out air strikes in Syria has caused concern. What is Moscow trying to achieve?

Source: Explainer: Who did Russia target in Syria air strikes? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA | Reuters

Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s government, Lebanese sources said on Thursday, a sign the civil war is turning still more regional and global in scope.

Source: Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA | Reuters