Tag Archives: 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

Syria: Israeli jets strike military facility in Hama

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"Israeli fighter jets have struck a military facility in western Syria, killing two people, according to a Syrian commander quoted by the state-run news agency SANA. The army statement said the air strike caused material damage near the town of Masyaf and warned against the 'dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region.' The air raid was carried out from Lebanese airspace and two people were killed at the site, SANA said, adding that it would embolden 'terrorists' in Syria fighting the government." (09/07/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/israeli-jets-strike-syrian-military-facility-hama-170907062805950.html

UN commission finds Syria regime at fault for April chemical attack

Source: Christian Science Monitor

"United Nations-mandated investigators said Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad's air force conducted a sarin-gas attack in the spring that killed at least 83 civilians and sparked a retaliatory US strike. The investigators also appealed to the US-led coalition to better protect civilians as it strikes at Islamic State militants in the east. … Syrian government officials have denied responsibility, and said last month that they would allow in UN teams to investigate." (09/06/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2017/0906/UN-commission-finds-Syria-at-fault-for-April-gas-attack

Iran, again

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Philip Giraldi

"Israel has two strong motives to begin a war with Iran, one political and the other ostensibly linked to national security. Ironically, however, it also knows, and has even admitted, that Iran does not actually pose any threat against a nuclear armed Israel that has complete air superiority over any or even all of its neighbors. The often-cited land bridge threat is also a bit of a chimera, as whether it could potentially exist or not depends on effective interaction with Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, all of which have their own political dynamics and are somewhat wary of Iranian involvement. If there is any actual threat against Israel it comes from Hezbollah in Lebanon, which is an independent player even though it has strong ties to Tehran, but even in that case the threat is not as serious as fear-mongering government leaders have claimed." (08/30/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/08/phil-giraldi/next-ginned-war-aggression/

Syria: US-led invaders say they may ignore surrender agreement, murder evacuees

Source: Washington Post

"The U.S.-led coalition said Wednesday it may strike a convoy of IS militants that evacuated the Lebanon border headed toward eastern Syria under a controversial agreement brokered by Hezbollah. Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon told The Associated Press the coalition has already struck a small bridge and punched a crater in a road to keep them from moving further east toward the border with Iraq. 'We are monitoring their location in real time,' he said, adding that the coalition 'will not rule out strikes against IS fighters being moved.' … The IS militants were allowed to evacuate the area in buses following a Hezbollah-negotiated deal that allows them to go to IS-held territory near the Iraqi border. Dillon said 'we are not party to any agreements that were made by the Lebanese Hezbollah and ISIS or the (Syrian) regime.'" (08/30/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/us-blasts-deal-that-removed-is-from-lebanon-syria-border/2017/08/30/e1ce882e-8d68-11e7-9c53-6a169beb0953_story.html

Syria: US, allied strikes allegedly kill 170 civilians in a week

Source: CBS News

"Syrian state media, opposition activists and an outside monitoring group say U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on the northern city of Raqqa have killed dozens of civilians. U.S.-backed Syrian opposition fighters have been trying to capture the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) since June 6, and have been marching under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) now hold more than half of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS." (08/22/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/raqqa-airstrikes-isis-us-coalition-allegedly-kill-dozens-civilians/

North Korea shipments to Syria chemical arms agency intercepted, says UN

Source: Aol

"Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations. The report by a panel of independent U.N. experts, which was submitted to the U.N. Security Council earlier this month and seen by Reuters on Monday, gave no details on when or where the interdictions occurred or what the shipments contained." (08/22/17)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/08/22/north-korea-shipments-to-syria-chemical-arms-agency-intercepted-says-un/23156910/