Tag Archives: Syria

Russia: Defense Ministry likens US bombing of Raqqa to Word War Two Dresden

Source: Daily Mail [UK]

"Russia on Sunday accused the US-led coalition in Syria of having flattened Raqa with a Dresden-like bombing campaign and masking the destruction with a rush of humanitarian aid. In a statement, the defence ministry said that Raqa — the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed caliphate — 'inherited the fate of Dresden in 1945, razed to the ground by Anglo-American bombings.' US-backed Kurdish-led forces last week recaptured Raqa, the capital of IS's self-proclaimed caliphate and its last major stronghold in Syria. US officials hailed the event, led by President Donald Trump who, using another acronym for IS, said 'the end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight.'" (10/22/17)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5005481/Russia-likens-US-coalition-bombing-Raqa-WWII-Dresden.html

Syria: US-backed fighters say Raqqa liberated from Islamic State

Source: The Hill

"The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday declared that Raqqa had been liberated and fighting has ended. The group, a U.S.-backed mix of Kurdish and Arab fighters, has been slowly taking back the city from ISIS over the past four months. [US Army Colonel Ryan] Dillon, who spoke to reporters at the Pentagon from Baghdad via video feed, said ISIS was on the 'verge of a devastating defeat' and more than 90 percent of the city has been cleared, but U.S.-led forces are continuing to oust the fighters." (10/17/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/355906-us-backed-fighters-say-raqqa-liberated-from-isis

Syria: Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

"Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery after coming under fire during a reconnaissance mission in Lebanese airspace, the Israeli military said Monday. No Israeli aircraft were hit by the anti-aircraft fire. Israel said the fire hailed from Syrian government-controlled SA-5 battery located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Damascus. Two hours after, a separate aircraft 'incapacitated' the Syrian anti-aircraft position, Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said." (10/16/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/israeli-warplanes-strike-syrian-anti-aircraft-battery-after-coming-under-fire/a-40967599

Russian military says US "pretending" to fight Islamic State in Iraq, letting jihadis flow into Syria

Source: Newsweek

"Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of 'pretending' to fight the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and of deliberately reducing its air strikes in Iraq to allow the group's militants to stream into Syria to slow the Russian-backed advance of the Syrian army. In the latest sign of rising tensions between Moscow and Washington, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the U.S.-led coalition had sharply reduced its air strikes in Iraq in September when Syrian forces, backed by Russian air power, had started to retake Deir Ezzor Province." (10/10/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-military-says-us-pretending-fight-isis-iraq-letting-jihadis-flow-syria-681331

Syria: Rebels enter Idlib as Turks gear up for "risky" mission

Source: Yahoo! News

"Syrian rebels backed by Turkey are engaged in a 'serious operation' in the country’s Idlib province, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, part of a joint mission with Russia and Iran to monitor a ceasefire agreement and pacify a rebel stronghold in northwest Syria. … On Saturday, Free Syrian Army rebels, riding on the back of trucks with automatic weapons, crossed into Idlib via Turkey as troops received orders about where they will be deployed in Syria, Hurriyet newspaper reported. Erdogan said Turkish troops haven’t yet crossed the border and the operation was carried out by the FSA rebels." (10/08/17)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/syrian-rebels-enter-idlib-turkey-060006649.html

What did Washington achieve in its six-year war on Syria?

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

"After six years of war the Syrian government has nearly defeated ISIS and al-Qaeda and the US-backed 'moderates' turned out to be either Islamist extremists or Kurdish soldiers for hire. According to a recent report, the US has shipped two billion dollars worth of weapons to fighters in Syria via eastern Europe. Much of these weapons ended up in the hands of ISIS directly, or indirectly through 'moderates' taking their weapons with them while joining ISIS or al-Qaeda." (10/02/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/washington-achieve-six-year-war-syria

Syria: Russian Ministry of Defense claims US special ops forces and hardware spotted at Islamic State positions

Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

"The Russian Ministry of Defense has released aerial images which they say show US Army special forces equipment north of the town of Deir er-Zor, where ISIS militants are deployed. US Army special units provide free passage for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) through the battle formations of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists, the ministry said in a statement. … The images released by the Russian Defense Ministry encourage speculation that the US and SDF forces have some sort of 'understanding' with IS terrorists operating in the region, according to Ammar Waqqaf, the director of the Gnosos think tank." [editor's note: Yes, it's Russian state media. No, it doesn't seem noticeably less reliable than the US stenography outfits pretending to be a free press – TLK] (09/25/17)

https://www.rt.com/news/404365-us-special-forces-isis/

Russia: Regime threatens retaliatory strikes against US troops and their allies in Syria

Source: Washington Post

"Russia on Thursday raised the threat of a direct confrontation with U.S. forces in Syria, saying that the Russian military would target areas occupied by American units and U.S.-backed militia if Moscow’s troops come under fire. The warning came amid rising tensions in the Syrian desert between the United States and its Kurdish and Arab allies on the one hand, and Russia, the Syrian regime and Iranian-backed militias on the other as both converge on Islamic State-held territory in eastern Syria. Russian military spokesman Maj. General Igor Konashenkov said the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, had twice in recent days shelled Syrian government positions outside Deir el-Zour, a strategic city in the region." (09/21/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/russia-warns-of-retaliation-if-facing-fire-from-us-led-coalitionin-syria/2017/09/21/00e3b81c-9eba-11e7-8ed4-a750b67c552b_story.html

Israel: IDF says it downed Hezbollah drone headed toward Golan

Source: Washington Post

"The Israeli military said it shot down an Iranian-made spy drone operated by the Hezbollah militant group as it approached the Golan Heights on Tuesday, and vowed to take further tough action against any attempts by its archenemies to violate the country’s sovereignty. The aerial showdown took place as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was preparing to address the U.N. General Assembly, where his speech is expected to focus on concerns of Iran’s rising influence across the region, particularly in neighboring Syria. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said the drone took off from a Damascus military airport and was on a surveillance mission near Israel’s border. He said Israel decided to shoot it down after it entered the demilitarized zone between Syria and the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan." (09/19/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-intercepts-drone-headed-toward-golan-heights/2017/09/19/d4557e92-9d2a-11e7-b2a7-bc70b6f98089_story.html

Syria: Russian submarines fire cruise missiles at Islamic State targets

Source: Reuters

"The Russian Navy on Thursday fired seven cruise missiles at Islamic state targets in the suburbs of Syria’s Deir al-Zor, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. It said the missiles were fired from two submarines in the eastern Mediterranean from a distance of 500-670 kilometers (727 miles)." (09/14/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sweden-defence/fearing-russia-sweden-holds-biggest-war-games-in-20-years-idUSKCN1BO2HR