Islamic State & President Bashar

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President Bashar al-Assad alleges agreement between Islamic State group and Israel in an interview with Russian…
The lawsuit claims the "govt of President Bashar al-Assad provided support to Islamic State militants who carried out the beheading."
Islamic State jihadists seized control of a key town in the central Syrian province of Homs overnight after he...
"Shifting Realities in Syria". The greater threat is the Islamic State, not President Bashar al-Assad. America wi...
KUALA KETIL, Malaysia — A year ago, Mohd Lotfi Ariffin bid his family goodbye and headed for Syria, where he intended to fulfill what he saw as his religious duty fighting President Bashar al-Assad. He left behind his wife, their six children and his job as a religious school teacher here to fight with his fellow Sunnis more than 4,000 miles away. Mr. Lotfi, 46, was one of a few dozen Malaysians who officials in this moderate Muslim majority country say have traveled to Syria to join militant rebel groups, including the Islamic State, the Nusra Front and Ajnad al-Sham. Security experts estimate that there are more than 18,000 foreign fighters involved in the conflict. “It’s easy and it’s more organized there,” said Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, the chief of Malaysia’s counterterrorism task force. “You can join any group that you want there.” Some Malaysians, like Mr. Lotfi, document their journey on Social Media — posting photographs and videos from Syria, some lighthearted travelogues and ot ...
The reality is that the United States is not acting to eliminate Daesh. They are not even interested in weakening Daesh, they are only interested in managing it," he said. The United States and its allies have carried out hundreds of air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Washington has also sent military support to Baghdad's Shi'ite-led government but its role in Syria - where it has called for President Bashar al-Assad to step down - is more limited.
A string of Syrian regime air strikes on the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed capital Raqa on Tuesday killed at least 63 people, more than half of them civilians, a monitor said.The air strikes were the deadliest by President Bashar al-Assad's air force against Raqa since the Sunni extremist IS seized control of the city last year."Among the 63 killed were - Read more:
By Dasha Afanasieva and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey and the United States played down differences in the fight against Islamic State on Friday, but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made clear Ankara would keep pressing for a no-fly zone in Syria and President Bashar al-Assad's removal. Turkey has been a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) insurgents. ...
Turkey slides into deeper isolation over Syria Turkey’s Syria policy is increasingly at odds with those of its Western allies, who are frustrated with Ankara’s attempt to shift the focus of the mission of the US-led military coalition from the Islamic State (IS) to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Unable to get its allies to target Assad directly, Ankara is not only fighting a losing battle in this regard, but also fueling the anger of its neighbors that continue to support the Syrian regime. Russia and Iran are now openly chastising Turkey for pushing regime change in Damascus and indicating that they will not accept the buffer zone Ankara is seeking on the Syrian side of the border. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says the zone is necessary for the protection of Syrian refugees. Read more:
The fight against the Islamic State group will be difficult and could last decades due to decisions made by US President Barack Obama, former Pentagon chief Leon Panetta has said. “I think we’re looking at kind of a 30-year war” that could extend to threats in Libya, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, Panetta told Usa Today in a story published Monday. Panetta, a respected policymaker who served under Obama, blamed the challenges on decisions the president made over the past three years. Among those decisions, he cited Obama’s failure to push the Iraqi government hard enough to allow a residual US force to stay in the country after troops withdrew in 2011, saying that created a security “vacuum.” The former defense secretary also pointed to Obama’s rejection of advice in 2012 from Panetta and then-Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton to begin arming Syrian rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad. “I do think we would be in a better position to kind of know whether or not there is some mod ...
US President Barack Obama's Syria war carries risks for him at home and abroad: Appearing relaxed enough to crack a joke, United States President Barack Obama took to the world stage on Tuesday after launching airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants but he is still facing huge political risks at home and abroad. The reason for Obama's good humor? His diplomacy paid off this time, with military contributions from five Arab states. One of his first items of business after arriving in New York for meetings at the United Nations was to personally thank representatives from the five. But heading into a US congressional election campaign season where control of the Senate is at stake, Obama's new war could become problematic for him and his Democratic Party if all does not go smoothly. It could temper the enthusiasm of anti-war Democrats to turn out and vote on Election Day in November. Any problems with the mission could further dampen his approval ratings, now hovering around 40 percent, and embol ...
Ghosts of Aleppo (Part 1) September 23, 2014 | 1:04 pm Aleppo is Syria's largest metropolitan area and a millennia-old commercial capital. Today, however, it is a relative ghost town, threatened by regime bombing from the air and a militant offensive on the ground. For two weeks this summer, VICE News embedded with the Islamic Front, a coalition of Islamist rebels fighting the forces of President Bashar al-Assad on one hand and Islamic State militants on the other. From their secret tunnels beneath the ancient city to their threatened frontline outposts in Aleppo's ruined medieval center, we followed the Islamic Front as it battled against overwhelming odds to retain control of the capital of the Syrian revolution.
IS Jihadist fight 'may take years they will not win' Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby tells that; campaign against IS militants could take years The fight against jihadist group Islamic State (IS) will take years, a US military spokesman has told. Rear Admiral John Kirby also said that US-led air strikes against IS in Syria had disrupted the group's capabilities. The remark came as US President Barack Obama thanked Arab states for help and Secretary Of State John Kerry said more than 50 nations had agreed to fight IS. IS has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq, and the US has launched nearly 200 air strikes in Iraq since August. However, Monday's strikes expanded the anti-IS campaign across the border into Syria for the first time. Activists say at least 70 IS militants, 50 other al-Qaeda-linked fighters and eight civilians were killed in the strikes, which hit multiple targets in the north and east of Syria. 'Exodus from Raqqa' Speaking in Washington, Rear Adm John Kirby said the air strikes in Sy ...
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the concerns about Khorasan were behind a decision last summer to ban uncharged laptop computers and cellphones from some United States- bound commercial airliners. The air campaign against Khorasan and the Islamic State got underway even as Mr. Obama flew to New York to meet with world leaders gathering at the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly. Mr. Obama did not seek United Nations permission for the military campaign, but he presented the strikes as the collaboration of a multinational coalition that included five Arab nations: Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. “Because of the almost unprecedented effort of this coalition, I think we now have an opportunity to send a very clear message that the world is united,” Mr. Obama said during a hastily arranged photo opportunity in New York with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq, King Abdullah II of Jordan and representatives of the other Arab allies. Still, t ...
Long Road for F-22's First Combat Mission WASHINGTON — The F-22 Raptor has flown its first combat operation, a major milestone for the small air dominance fleet. An Air Force official confirmed that the Raptor was used over Syria Monday during nighttime operations against the Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups as part of a joint force of US and Arabian Gulf region allies. “A mix of US aircraft and aircraft from within the US Central Command area of operations conducted the strikes,” the Air Force official said in a statement. “We will not specify the exact numbers of US aircraft or the specific munitions they employed. However, the US aircraft participating in the operation included remotely piloted aircraft, F-15E, F-16, F/A-18 and F-22 fighters and B-1 bombers. “Additionally, the 47 [Tomahawk missiles] employed by the US in the strikes were launched from USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea operating in international waters from the Red Sea and North Arabian Gulf,” the official ...
NEW YAHOO SOURCE: WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. decision to strike the Khorasan Group to stop a possible terror attack represents a significant expansion of the largely secret war against core al-Qaida, a group President Barack Obama has proclaimed was "a shadow of its former self." Administration officials said Tuesday they have been watching the Khorasan Group, an al-Qaida cell in Syria, for years. But Obama had resisted taking military action in Syria to avoid inadvertently helping President Bashar Assad, a leader the U.S. would like to see gone. That changed, officials said, because intelligence showed that the Khorasan Group was in the final stages of plotting attacks against the U.S. and Europe, most likely an attempt to blow up an airplane in flight. On the same night that U.S. and Arab allies carried out more than 200 airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the U.S. on its own launched more than 20 Tomahawk cruise missiles and other ordinance against eight Khorasan Group targe ...
Bashar al-Assad failed to wipe out terror havens: US defends Syria airstrikes in letter to UN chief: The United States told the United Nations on Tuesday it led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria because President Bashar al-Assad's government had failed to wipe out safe havens used by the group to launch attacks on Iraq. In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power wrote, "The Syrian regime has shown that it cannot and will not confront these safe havens effectively itself." The strikes were needed to eliminate a threat to Iraq, the United States and its allies, she wrote, citing Article 51 of the UN Charter, which covers an individual or collective right to self-defense against armed attack. "States must be able to defend themselves... when, as is the case here, the government of the state where the threat is located is unwilling or unable to prevent the use of its territory for such attacks," Power wrote in the letter obtained by Re ...
Food for thought. We have been teaching democracy for years overseas. It is not easy and takes at least a generation. Democracy is about the people. They are the main beneficiaries. Therefore it requires all of the people to understand the attitudes and character traits they must exhibit in order to make it work. The substance of democracy is much more important to develop, and a lot harder to develop, than the form of democracy. It took us 150 years from 1620 to 1775 to do that. Our government has not figured that out yet. The Hard Hand of the Middle East August 20, 2014 | 0837 GMT Stratfor By Robert D. Kaplan Reality can be harsh. In order for the United States to weaken and eventually defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it could use help from both the Iranian regime and that of President Bashar al Assad in Syria. In the Middle East, it takes illiberal forces to defeat an even more illiberal force. The mullahs' Iran and al Assad's Syria sadly represent the material at hand, with which th ...
WASHINGTON — Iraq is increasingly turning to other governments like Iran, Russia and Syria to help beat back a rampant insurgency because it cannot wait for additional American military aid, Baghdad’s top envoy to the U.S. said Tuesday.Such alliances underscore that the Obama administration risks seeing some of its main global opponents join forces. That could also solidify a Shiite-led crescent across much of the Mideast at a time when the Sunni-led insurgency in Iraq is trying to create an Islamic State through the region.Ambassador Lukman Faily stopped short of describing enduring military relationships with any of the other nations that are offering to help counter the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. And he said Baghdad would prefer to partner with the U.S. above all other countries. But Faily said delays in U.S. aid have forced Iraq to seek help elsewhere. He also called on the U.S. to launch targeted airstrikes as a “crucial” step against the insurgency. So far, the ...
Tell the Imperial President: No More Wars! By Patrick J. Buchanan Tuesday - July 1, 2014 Barack Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and arm rebels of the Free Syrian Army who seek to overthrow the government. Before Congress takes up his proposal, both houses should demand that Obama explain exactly where he gets the constitutional authority to plunge us into what the president himself calls "somebody else's civil war." Syria has not attacked us. Syria does not threaten us. Why are we joining a jihad to overthrow the Syrian government? President Bashar Assad is fighting against the al Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front and the even more extreme and vicious Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. In training and arming the FSA, we are enlisting in a cause where our foremost fighting allies are Islamists, like those who brought down the twin towers, and a Sunni terrorist army that seeks to bring down the government we left behind in Baghdad. What are we doing? Assad is no angel. But before this uprising, w ...
Ifthekar Jaman, 23, left his home in Portsmouth, Hampshire, earlier this year to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant group battling against Syrian leader President Bashar al-Assad.
Al Qaeda affiliate ISIL makes gains in Deir Zour: The Islamic State of Iraq and The Levant launched 3 suicide bombings against forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad in Deir Zour in the city of Deir Zour east Syria, ISIL said in statement issued yesterday. Al-Qaeda affiliated said that more than 1000 jihadists were involved in battled of libration the oil-rich city of Assad’s strongholds. The statement assured that no rebels of the Free Syrian Army had participated in the battles. The suicide bombers targeted regular army blockades before storming the regime military bases and the security compounds by mortar bombings and Grad missiles. Activists said 2 Officers of the Republican Guard, Ala Muhammad Sulaiman and Ali Haytham Aliman have been killed by Rebels in Deir Zour Infighting among Syrian rebels has weakened their efforts to bring down President Bashar al-Assad in the conflict which began as peaceful protests against his rule in March 2011 and has descended into civil war. ISIL's expansion to north and ea ...
Syrian rebels reject Obama-backed coalition, call for Islamic leadership Can we have our weapons back? "Syria rebels reject opposition coalition, call for Islamic leadership," by Erika Solomon for Reuters, September 25: (Reuters) - Thousands of Syrian rebels have broken with the Western-backed coalition and called for a new Islamist front, undermining international efforts to build up a pro-Western military force to replace President Bashar al-Assad. Ever more divided on a battlefield where Assad's better armed troops have been gaining ground, allies of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were among 13 disparate rebel factions to disown the exile leadership and build an Islamic alliance that includes the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, commanders said on Tuesday. Details of the numbers of fighters involved and of how they would cooperate remained unclear. But, in an online video, a leader of the Islamist Tawheed Brigade said the bloc rejected the authority of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) and the Western- and S ...
Local infighting between Islamist rebel factions – and between the jihadists and the more moderate opposition forces – has begun in Syria. The violence is taking place despite the fact that the civil war between the opposition fighters and loyalists defending President Bashar al-Assad has not yet ended. But the war may in fact wind down with this week’s overthrow of Muslim Brotherhood-backed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi giving strength to Assad’s forces. The Muslim Brotherhood has long provided support to the Syrian radical Islamist cause -- part of the reason for the fragmentation that prevented the opposition from coalescing into a reasonably organized force backed by a unified government-in-exile, one the West was able to support. Rebel forces in Syria, fragmented as they were before Morsi’s fall, are now fighting each other in earnest. A merger formed between the global Al Qaeda-backed Islamic State of Iraq, and al-Sham (ISIS), the Syrian unit, has been working to swallow northern Syrian ...
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