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.
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’.
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. …
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.
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
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.
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).
By Jeffrey H. Cohen | (The Conversation) | – – Editor’s note: This article is part of our collaboration with …
Syrian refugees flee after camps are overrun by Isis but find themselves being shot at by Turkish border troops
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.
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.
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.
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…
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
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – This morning, according to the Syria Observatory and the Arabic press …
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.
TeleSur | – – Saudi Arabia’s decision to send troops to Syria is “final” and “irreversible,” Saudi military spokesman Ahmed …
Oncupinar border remained closed despite an estimated 70,000 people expected to head there in coming days
Although every war makes ample use of lies and deception, the dirty war on Syria has relied on a level of mass disinformation not seen in living memory.
At least 23 people in blockaded town of Madaya have died, says aid group; residents say their plight being ignored
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
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.
“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…
(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 …
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.
The story of Aya the hopeful Syrian and her storyteller, Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York will melt your heart.
Syrian refugees in the US are concerned about anti-Muslim sentiment, but at least one city is welcoming refugees with open arms.
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
French journalist Nicolas Hénin, who was held by Mohammed Emwazi, begs international community not to bomb Islamic State
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.
Treasurer Scott Morrison says he expects Christians will be the focus of the government’s Syrian refugee program..
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
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
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
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
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
They’re only 5 years late.
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.
A White House-coordinated campaign on Kickstarter has raised $800k on premise that governments alone can’t do enough
The current crisis can be traced back to events following the arbitrary partition of the Ottoman Empire.
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.
Russia’s direct military intervention into Syria has dramatically changed the dynamics of a war that has raged since 2011. #antiwar #imperialism #syria
The refugee crisis now confronting Europe, with hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants pouring across multiple borders, has opened up deep fissures in the European Union.
Russia’s decision to carry out air strikes in Syria has caused concern. What is Moscow trying to achieve?
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.