Tag Archives: Syria

Tillerson vows Trump regime will continue lawless Syria invasion/occupation

Source: Yahoo! News

“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged patience in waiting out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying there’s no place for him in the war-torn country’s future while vowing that the U.S. military will remain to counter Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Iran. In remarks prepared for a policy speech Wednesday on the Syrian war, Tillerson called for closer cooperation with Russia to avoid conflict in ‘de-escalation zones.’ He also offered financial aid and diplomatic assistance to help rebuild areas shattered by almost seven years of civil war and said Assad’s eventual departure is inevitable.” (01/18/18)


Russian, Turkish regimes condemn US regime’s plans for escalation of Syria invasion

Source: Washington Post

“Russia, Turkey and the Syrian government on Monday denounced the U.S.-led coalition plans to form a Kurdish-led border force to secure the areas along Syria’s international border to the north with Turkey and to the east, with Iraq. The coalition told The Associated Press Monday that 230 new cadets have already been recruited to the force, which is anticipated to reach 30,000 troops in the next several years. According to the coalition, the core of the force is to be made up of fighters from the existing Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, the coalition’s main ally in the fight against Islamic State militants. The SDF currently controls nearly 25 percent of Syrian territory in the north and east.” (01/15/18)


Syria: Regime accuses Israelis of targeting Damascus military outposts with missiles

Source: Belfast Telegraph [Ireland]

“Syria’s military has accused Israel of launching missiles at its outposts near Damascus in a wave of three pre-dawn attacks, and claimed the Syrian air force hit one of the Israeli jets and shot down several missiles. The army said the Syrian air defence confronted the attacks on military outposts in the area of Qutayfeh in the Damascus countryside. Several missiles were launched from Lebanese air space at 2.40am, followed by two ground-to-ground missiles at 3.04am launched from the occupied Golan Heights, and four missiles at 4.14am, launched from the Tiberias area, or the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel, the Syrian statement said. The Syrian army said the attacks caused material damage. The Israeli military declined to comment on the matter.” (01/09/18)


Syria: Explosion and air strikes in rebel-held Idlib “kill 40”

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“At least 40 people have reportedly been killed in an explosion and a series of air strikes across the rebel-held north Syrian province of Idlib. The blast, on Sunday night outside the headquarters of the Islamist rebel faction Ajnad al-Qawqaz in the city of Idlib, left 25 people dead. The cause was not clear but many believed a car bomb was responsible. Activists say another 15 people were killed in Syrian government and Russian air strikes elsewhere on Sunday.” (01/08/18)


Syria: US invaders threaten regime’s Russian guests, fire “warning flares”

Source: The Hill

“U.S. fighter jets intercepted two Russian fighter jets on Thursday over Syria, according to multiple reports, signaling an escalation between Washington and Moscow over the war-torn nation. Two U.S. F-22 jets reportedly fired warning flares after two Russian fighter jets flew east of the Euphrates River, which has been designated as a deconfliction line. The move is the latest in a series of incidents in which U.S. fighters have flown close to Russian warplanes over Syria. Russian and U.S. military officials agreed last month to fly on opposite sides of a 45-mile portion of the Euphrates River in an effort to prevent collisions in the busy airspace.” [editor’s note: Since US forces have no business in Syria and are there in violation of US law, Syrian law, and international law, they should get the f–k out. Easy peasy, self-made problem solved – TLK] (12/14/17)


The pundits were wrong about Assad and the Islamic State. As usual, they’re not willing to admit it

Source: Cato Institute
by Max Abrahms & John Glaser

“The Islamic State is a shadow of its former self. In 2014, the extremist group seemed to make substantial inroads in achieving its stated goal of a caliphate. It boasted tens of thousands of fighters and territorial control over an area roughly the size of South Korea. By almost every metric, Islamic State has collapsed in its Syria stronghold, as well as in Iraq. As a former foreign fighter recently admitted, ‘It’s over: there is no more Daesh left,’ using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State. The rollback of Islamic State must come as a shock to the chorus of journalists and analysts who spent years insisting that such progress would never happen without toppling the regime of Bashar Assad — which is, of course, still standing.” (12/10/17)


Syria: Putin visits air base, orders start of Russian pullout

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, during an unannounced visit there on Monday. Mr Putin was met by Syrian President Bashar Assad as he arrived at the Russian Hmeimim air base, Interfax news agency reports. He had already declared in March 2016 that he was planning to pull out the majority of Russian troops. The Russian leader was also due for talks in Egypt and Turkey.” (12/11/17)


Pentagon: Four times as many US troops in Syria than previously acknowledged

Source: The Hill

“The Defense Department on Wednesday acknowledged that the U.S. has roughly 2,000 troops on the ground in Syria, four times more than what officials had claimed just a month ago. The number does not represent an increase in troop levels in the country, a Pentagon spokesman said, but instead reflects a more accurate count. The U.S. military had as recently as November said the official troop count in Syria was 503.” (12/06/17)


Russia: Putin meets with Assad

Source: ABC News

“Syrian President Bashar Assad met with his Russian President Vladimir Putin in the southern Russian city of Sochi on Monday evening as a part of a ‘working visit,’ the Kremlin said in a statement. Assad reportedly thanked Putin for ‘the efforts that Russia made to save our country,’ according to an English translation of the statement. … Putin said he planned to follow up the meeting with telephone calls to President Donald Trump, and to Middle Eastern leaders including the Emir of Qatar. The two leaders last met on Oct. 20, 2015 in Moscow after Russia launched a military operation against Syrian insurgents and ISIS.” (11/21/17)


Russia, Turkish, Iranian officials meet to discuss Syria

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to host his Iranian and Turkish counterparts at his official residence in the coastal city of Sochi to discuss the Syrian conflict. The event on Wednesday will be preceded by a meeting on Sunday in Turkey’s resort city of Antalya between the three countries’ foreign ministers. It comes days after Russia vetoed a US-initiated draft United Nations Security Council resolution on extending the mandate of the UN’s mission for investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and the Japan-initiated draft on a provisional extension of the mission’s mandate. US Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Moscow of dealing a ‘deep blow’ to international efforts to deter chemical attacks, saying it bodes ill for Russia’s future role in Syrian peace efforts.” (11/19/17)