Tag Archives: Syria

Iran: Regime troops fire missiles at Islamic State positions in eastern Syria

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it has fired several missiles at ISIL positions in Syria's Deir Az Zor province in retaliation for two deadly attacks in Tehran earlier this month that were claimed by the armed group. 'Medium-range missiles were fired from the (western) provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdestan, and a large number of terrorists were killed and weapons destroyed,' the Guard said in a statement published on its Sepahnews website on Sunday. … The firing of the missiles, the first in 30 years outside Iran's own territory, came hours after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a statement on his website, vowed Iran would 'slap its enemies' in honour of the victims' families, including those killed in Syria and Iraq." (06/18/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/iran-fires-missiles-isil-positions-eastern-syria-170618193251349.html

Syria: US aircraft shoots down regime fighter jet

Source: NBC News

"U.S.-backed coalition forces shot down a pro-Syrian regime fighter jet on Sunday after it bombed the Syrian Democratic Forces-held town of Ja-Din, the coalition said. An initial attack by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad occurred at 4:30 p.m. local time (9:30 a.m. ET), causing an unknown number of casualties and driving out SDF fighters, the coalition said in a statement. About two hours later, a Syrian jet dropped bombs and was 'immediately' shot down by a U.S. war plane, the coalition said." (06/18/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/coalition-forces-shoot-down-pro-regime-fighter-jet-syria-n773876

Why are we attacking the Syrians who are fighting ISIS?

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

"Just when you thought our Syria policy could not get any worse, last week it did. The US military twice attacked Syrian government forces from a military base it illegally occupies inside Syria. According to the Pentagon, the attacks on Syrian government-backed forces were 'defensive' because the Syrian fighters were approaching a US self-declared 'de-confliction' zone inside Syria. The Syrian forces were pursuing ISIS in the area, but the US attacked anyway. The US is training yet another rebel group fighting from that base, located near the border of Iraq at al-Tanf, and it claims that Syrian government forces pose a threat to the US military presence there. But the Pentagon has forgotten one thing: it has no authority to be in Syria in the first place! Neither the US Congress nor the UN Security Council has authorized a US military presence inside Syria." (06/12/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/attacking-syrians-fighting-isis

Syria: State media claims Islamic State leader killed in airstrike

Source: Yahoo! News

"The leader of ISIS has been killed in an air strike, according to reports from Syrian state TV. The world’s most wanted terrorist, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is said to have been killed on Saturday, though the reports are yet to be verified. This isn’t the first time that the extremist leader has been reported dead, so the news has been met with scepticism. The terrorist organisation’s media arm Amaq has not yet confirmed the reports." (06/11/17)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/leader-isis-abu-bkr-al-baghdadi-killed-claims-syrian-state-tv-084448968.html

"Mom, he hit me back first!" — US DoD claims drone fired at puppet forces in Syria

Source: Washington Post

"A drone likely connected to Iranian-supported militias fired on U.S.-backed troops near a military camp in southern Syria on Thursday, near where the U.S.-led coalition is training Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group, an American military spokesman said. The weapon fired by the drone did not detonate and no one was hurt, but Army Col. Ryan Dillon told reporters at the Pentagon that it was considered a direct threat and that a manned U.S. aircraft shot it down. The attack came just hours after the U.S. bombed Syrian government and allied troops inside a protected zone in that area, and marked a sharp escalation in the skirmishes between the coalition and those pro-Syrian government forces there." (06/08/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-drone-fired-on-us-backed-forces-near-syrian-rebel-camp/2017/06/08/ff23bdca-4c6a-11e7-987c-42ab5745db2e_story.html

Syria: Regime warplanes strike Islamic State near Raqqa

Source: NDTV [India]

"Syrian government warplanes struck ISIS positions west of Raqqa city on the southern bank of the Euphrates river on Thursday, state media said. 'The air force destroyed positions and armored vehicles' in the western Raqqa countryside, about 70 km (44 miles) from the city, state-run news agency SANA said. US-backed militias have separately been pushing into the edges of Raqqa city in the first days of their attack to seize ISIS's base of operations in Syria." (06/08/17)

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/syrian-government-warplanes-strike-isis-near-raqqa-city-state-media-1709542

Syria: US-backed forces attack Islamic State capital of Raqqa

Source: Fox News

"A U.S.-backed Syrian force said Tuesday it has begun an offensive to capture the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, after months of clearing operations. Raqqa was among the first cities captured by IS, in January 2014, and has been the home of some of the group's most prominent leaders, including those who planned the November 2015 Paris attacks and other international assaults. The battle for the city is expected to be long and bloody, and could mark a major turning point in the war against the extremists." (06/06/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/06/06/us-backed-syrian-force-attacks-is-held-capital-raqqa.html

Syria: Russian warships fire cruise missiles at Islamic State positions

Source: Fox News

"Russian warships in the Mediterranean Sea fired four cruise missiles at Islamic State militants in Syria, officials said Wednesday. The Admiral Essen frigate and the Krasnodar submarine launched missiles at ISIS targets in the area of the ancient city of Palmyra, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement." (05/31/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/05/31/russian-warships-fire-cruise-missiles-at-islamic-state-positions-in-syria.html

Syria: Trump regime begins arming Kurdish fighters for Raqqa assault

Source: Stars and Stripes [US state media]

"The United States began providing weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters for the first time Tuesday, a Pentagon official said, equipping the group to participate in the impending assault on the Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa despite objections from American ally [sic] Turkey. The United States started distributing rifles, ammunition and vehicles to the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit, known as the YPG, about three weeks after President Donald Trump approved arming the group, said Eric Pahon, a spokesman for the Defense Department. The YPG make up about half of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the U.S.-backed militia force charged with destroying ISIS in Syria." (05/30/17)

https://www.stripes.com/us-begins-arming-syrian-kurdish-fighters-for-raqqa-assault-1.471208

Can Trump salvage his presidency in Syria's war?

Source: Antiwar.com
by Shamus Cooke

"The political noose is tightening around Trump’s neck, and he’s got only one way out: war. The U.S. involvement in the Syrian war is accelerating as Trump’s talons dig deeper into the conflict. If he successfully clutches his prey he stands a chance of clinging to the presidency. The Democrats, now circling a wounded Trump, will happily feast instead on a rotting Syria: the only thing that can keep the Democrats from destroying Trump is if Trump destroys Syria." (05/25/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/shamus-cooke-2/2017/05/24/can-trump-salvage-his-presidency-in-syrias-war/