Tag Archives: Syria

Turkish forces attack Kurds in Iraq, Syria

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Turkish warplanes have carried out airstrikes on Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) militants near Iraq’s Sinjar mountains and in northeastern Syria, a statement from the military said on Tuesday. The statement said the strikes were aimed at preventing the outlawed group from sending weapons, explosives and fighters for attacks inside Turkey. … In Iraq, Kurdish sources said that six Iraqi-Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed by accident during a Turkish strike on a nearby PKK position. In a statement, Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region said the Turkish airstrikes on the peshmerga were ‘unacceptable,’ but that the apparent accident should be blamed on the PKK, whose affiliates were the target of the strikes.” (04/25/17)


CEO resigns after firm admits paying armed groups in Syria

Source: CNN Money

“The chief executive of the world’s largest cement maker will resign after the firm admitted to making payments to armed groups in Syria. Eric Olsen will step down as CEO of LafargeHolcim in July after an internal investigation found that managers at the company’s plant in Syria made indirect payments to armed groups in 2013 and 2014 in order to keep the facility open. … The Swiss-French firm opened its plant in Syria in May 2010, before political unrest and civil war consumed the country. LafargeHolcim suffered resource shortages and its staff were harassed by armed groups as the conflict intensified. It said the payments — made via middlemen — were initiated by plant managers who believed they were acting in the firm’s best interests.” [editor’s note: Nearly every company around the world does exactly the same thing, of course. It’s called “paying taxes” – TLK] (04/24/17)


UK: Corbyn says Labour government would suspend Syria airstrikes

Source: Independent [UK]

“A Labour government would move to suspend British air strikes against targets in Syria, Jeremy Corbyn has said. The Labour leader said his foreign policy priority in the country if he became the Prime Minister would be to urge US President Donald Trump to resume international peace talks in Geneva. RAF warplanes are currently hitting Isis targets in Iraq and Syria, though they are not engaging with Assad regime targets. The US has made strikes against the Assad regime under Mr Trump, however.” (04/23/17)


Rubio “gravely worried” that we’ll forget he exists if he doesn’t occasionally break into hawkish screeching

Source: Fox News

“Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News he’s ‘gravely concerned’ about the Iran’s [sic] role in helping Syria develop its chemical welfare program that ended up killing dozens of people weeks ago. Rubio, a Republican, said he was troubled by reports that both Iran and Russia were complicit in Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons program. While the Trump administration accused Moscow of covering up the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons attack, the U.S government has not mentioned Iran’s possible role. ‘Congress and the White House should work together to hold the Assad regime accountable for its war crimes and impose harsh sanctions against its enablers,’ Rubio told Fox News. [Mostly unsubstantiated claims and jingoistic propaganda follow]” (04/20/17)


The Syrian people have been betrayed by all sides

Source: The Intercept
by Mehdi Hasan

“Dead Syrians have became political props, cynically used to bolster this or that stance on the conflict. Myths and lies abound. Defenders of Assad on the far left and far right claim he is a secular bulwark against ISIS while omitting to mention that this supposedly secular dictator was helping funnel ‘jihadists’ into Iraq, to attack U.S. forces and Iraqi civilians, less than a decade ago. They also ignore the fact that the vast majority of civilian casualties in Syria have been caused by the Assad regime, not by ISIS or by the rebels. Both liberal and conservative opponents of Assad, meanwhile, tend to minimize the well-documented war crimes and other grotesque atrocities committed by U.S.-backed rebel groups, not to mention the dominance of Al Qaeda and its affiliates within the Syrian opposition.” (04/20/17)


Syria: 126 killed as bomb hits buses with evacuees, group says

Source: CNN

“The death toll from a bomb attack targeting evacuees leaving besieged Syrian towns has risen to 126, a monitoring group said Sunday. The blast hit a convoy of buses Saturday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reported the higher death toll. The blast struck buses of people leaving their towns as part of a rebel-regime swap.” (04/16/17)


In Syria, the wrong kind of humanitarian intervention

Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Americans are a generous and selfless people, ever eager to improve the lives of foreigners cursed to live in less fortunate places. In fact, we are the nicest folks who would ever invade your country and leave it in ruins. President Donald Trump’s heart was long thought to be two sizes too small. But he was suddenly so moved by the sight of Syrian children caught in a nerve gas attack that his nobler impulses overcame him. These were victims he didn’t care enough about to admit to the United States as refugees. But he cared enough to blow up some stuff at a Syrian air base on their behalf.” (04/13/17)


Syria: US coalition mistakenly kills 18 allied rebels

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“At least 18 members of the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed in a US-led coalition air strike that mistakenly targeted them in Syria’s Raqqa province. In a statement released on Thursday, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said 18 SDF fighters died in the air raid south of the city of Tabqa on April 11. The attack was believed to be hitting members of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).” (04/13/17)


At a “low point,” US and Russia back opposing visions on Syria’s Assad

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“US State Secretary Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said US-Russia relations are at a ‘low point’ after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Tensions between Moscow and Washington have been exacerbated by US President Donald Trump’s order to launch cruise missiles against a Syrian military facility believed to be the launch pad for a chemical weapons attack that killed 87 civilians, including 31 children. … Meanwhile in New York, Russia voted against a US-backed resolution to investigate a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Syrian province of Idlib. Vladimir Safronkov, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN, said the resolution did ‘not serve a useful purpose,’ minutes after Lavrov had called for an ‘independent’ probe into the attack.” (04/12/17)


Trump regime accuses Russians of trying to “cover up” Syria chemical attack; Putin recalls past US WMD lies

Source: NBC News

“The White House is accusing Russia of trying to ‘cover up’ Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s [alleged] role in a[n alleged] chemical weapons attack that left dozens, including children, dead and [was used as an excuse for] U.S. military strikes. Senior administration officials briefed reporters Tuesday on declassified [alleged] intelligence that [allegedly] knocks down the Russian-pushed narrative that last week’s deadly chemical weapons attack could have been carried out by non-state or terrorist actors. … As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to Moscow for a meeting with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign ministry spoke of ‘a long list of irritants created by Washington.’ Vladimir Putin went further, comparing America’s accusations of a chemical attack in Syria to its justification of the Iraq invasion. ‘We saw this before,’ Russia’s president told reporters. ‘It reminds me the events of 2003.'”