Tag Archives: Syria

Syria: Dozens dead in "US-led" airstrike as coalition meets

Source: Yahoo! News

"A US-led coalition strike is reported to have killed 33 civilians in northern Syria ahead of a Wednesday meeting of top officials in Washington focused on defeating the Islamic State group. Rebels and jihadists pressed offensives inside the capital Damascus and the central province of Hama, just a day before new UN-brokered peace talks open in Geneva." (03/22/17)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/33-dead-us-led-north-syria-air-strike-083513622.html

Syria: Twin blasts kill 40 near Damascus religious sites

Source: Bloomberg

"Twin blasts Saturday near holy shrines frequented by Shiites in the Syrian capital Damascus killed at least 40 people and wounded over a hundred, most of them Iraqis, according to Syrian and Iraqi officials. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. Islamic State militants have carried out similar attacks before against Shiite shrines in the Syrian capital and elsewhere. Extremist Sunni groups, such as IS, view Shiites as apostates and consider shrines a form of idolatry." (03/11/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-11/syria-s-assad-says-priority-is-capturing-is-capital-raqqa

Syria: US Marines arrive with artillery for Raqqa fight

Military.com

Source: Military.com

"Marines attached to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit quietly moved into Syria weeks ago to establish an artillery base, defense officials confirmed to Military.com on Wednesday. The move comes as American-backed forces intensify their assault on Raqqa, the Islamic State's capital city. … A defense official would not speak to the size of the detachment deployed to Syria, but said it included elements of multiple artillery batteries, as well as support personnel, including infantry Marines." (03/08/17)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/03/08/us-marines-move-syria-howitzers.html

Turkey: Pilot of crashed Syrian jet rescued

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"The pilot of a Syrian military aircraft that crashed near the border between Syria and Turkey has been found alive and taken to a hospital, officials say. The Syrian pilot ejected before the crash, in southern Turkey. He has some spinal fractures but is not in a critical condition, reports say.
It is unclear what caused the crash. An Islamist group which is fighting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said the plane had been shot down, but the Syrian government has not confirmed it." (03/05/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39172115

Syria: Regime forces retake Palmyra

Source: USA Today

"Syria's military announced Thursday that its troops, aided by Russian air power, recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic militants for the second time in a year. The statement from the Syrian army said its forces were bolstered by 'allied and friendly troops,' a reference to Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, the Associated Press reported. In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin was informed of the Syrian victory by his defense minister, Russia's TASS news agency reported. Syrian troops had seized Palmyra in March 2016 but lost it to the militants in December. The city, which is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, is located 150 miles northeast of Damascus." (03/02/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/02/syrian-forces-re-enter-historic-town-palmyra/98625168/

UN: Both sides committed war crimes in Aleppo

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"Both sides in last year's battle for Syria's Aleppo city committed war crimes, including a 'deliberate' bombing of a humanitarian convoy by the Syrian government, according to a new United Nations investigation. The UN Commission of Inquiry's report released on Wednesday said Syrian government and allied Russian forces 'pervasively used' unguided munitions to bomb densely populated areas in rebel-held eastern Aleppo between July and its fall on December 22, amounting to the war crime of indiscriminate attacks. … According to the report, opposition groups shelled government-controlled western Aleppo, indiscriminately firing with no clear military target. As the opposition resistance was crumbling and civilians tried to escape, some rebel armed groups prevented civilians from fleeing eastern Aleppo, using them as 'human shields,' and attacked the residential Kurdish district of Sheikh Maqsoud — both war crimes." (03/01/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/sides-committed-war-crimes-syria-aleppo-170301131256205.html

Syria: Turkish-backed rebels claim they've captured al-Bab

Source: Yahoo! News

"Turkish-backed Syrian rebels said Thursday they had fully captured the town of Al-Bab from the Islamic State group, marking a key defeat for the jihadists after weeks of heavy fighting. As Ankara said its allies now had 'near complete control,' the rebel announcement came on the opening day of peace talks between the Syrian opposition and regime in Geneva. Al-Bab, just 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of the Turkish border, was the last IS stronghold in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo." (02/23/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/syria-rebels-announce-capture-al-bab-113052632.html

Pentagon may recommend deployment of US regulars in Syria

Source: Aol News

"The U.S. Defense Department may recommend that the United States deploy regular combat troops to Syria for the first time to fight Islamic State militants, CNN reported on Wednesday. The idea is one of several ideas the Pentagon is considering after President Donald Trump gave defense officials until the end of the month to come up with proposals to speed up the war against Islamic State." (02/15/17)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/02/15/pentagon-may-recommend-u-s-deploy-combat-troops-in-syria/21714949/

How the travel ban helps terrorists

Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

"If you're afraid that terrorists from a particular country will come to kill your citizens, it makes sense to ban anyone from that place. So brace yourselves, Americans. Any day now, the Syrian government may impose a complete and total shutdown on travelers from the United States. Donald Trump thinks there is a pipeline of violent extremists from Syria and other predominantly Muslim countries. He's right, but he's wrong about the direction of the flow. Islamic State recruits aren't coming from Syria to the United States. They are going from the United States to Syria." (02/13/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/02/13/how-the-travel-ban-helps-terrorists

Syria: Russian airstrike kills Turkish troops

Source: Guardian [UK]

"Three Turkish soldiers have been killed and 11 injured after a Russian fighter jet accidentally bombed their location outside an Islamic State-held town in northern Syria. … The Turkish military said in a statement that a Russian warplane struck a building where Turkish personnel were present at 8.40am on Thursday as it was targeting Isis. It said the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, called his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to express his condolences." (02/09/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/09/russian-airstrikes-accidentally-kill-three-turkish-soldiers