Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tag: Free Syrian Army

What is Turkey up to in northern Syria?

The Oct. 25 bombing by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces supporting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), which is leading Operation Euphrates Shield, is symptomatic of the struggle currently taking place in northern Syria on the al-Bab/Manbij axis. It also underlines the geopolitical conflict pitting...
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British Government And White Helmets Exposed On The BBC

Dr Marcus Papadopoulos, editor of Politics First, recently talked to the BBC News about the west’s massive disinformation campaign targeting Syria, and misinformation and Britain’s irrational fear-mongering over Russia. This week, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called for “demonstrations outside the Russian embassy”, because of  what Johnson alleges to be ”war crimes”...

Do We Really Want A War With Russia?

Because we're in danger of getting exactly that. I wish I could say things were improving between the US and Russia but they aren't. They're rapidly worsening. There’s so much happening right now, I can only provide a summary of a few of the more interesting and worrying developments. This report builds...

How the US Armed-up Syrian Jihadists

The West blames Russia for the bloody mess in Syria, but U.S. Special Forces saw close up how the chaotic U.S. policy of aiding Syrian jihadists enabled Al Qaeda and ISIS to rip Syria apart, explains ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke. “No one on the ground believes in this mission or this effort”, a...

What’s keeping Syria’s rebel forces from consolidating their power?

BEIRUT — The collapse Sept. 19 of the US-Russian agreement on Syria — which provided for a cessation of hostilities and greater military cooperation between both world powers — followed by a resumption in violence will further fracture an already-divided Syria. Since the 2011 revolution against Syrian President Bashar...

Journey To Aleppo: Exposing The Truth Buried Under NATO Propaganda

ALEPPO, Syria — Aleppo has become synonymous with destruction and “Syrian state-generated” violence among those whose perception of the situation in the war-torn nation is contained within the prism of mainstream media narratives. The NATO-aligned media maintains a tight grip on information coming out of this beleaguered city, ensuring that...

U.S. Commandos Enter, Leave, and Return to Syrian Town, With Some Help From Friendly...

Who says the United States got nothing for the star-crossed, $500 million train-and-equip program for Syrian rebels that fell apart last year? It apparently bought enough goodwill with one rebel group that they escorted U.S. special forces troops back into the northern Syrian town of Rai on Friday, just...

US Special Forces sabotage White House policy gone disastrously wrong with covert ops in...

President Barack Obama is engaged in Felonious conduct, mis-using the US Military to provide training, equipment and logistical support to ISIS, Al-Qaida and other Terrorists in Syria, in violation of Title 18, United States Code 2339A and 2339B. These are “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” under American law and are...

Turkey reaches critical crossroads in Syria

Now that control of the Turkey-Syria border has been wrested from the Islamic State (IS) between al-Rai and Jarablus, what will Ankara's next target be: IS in al-Bab or the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Manbij? On Sept. 4, 12 days into Operation Euphrates Shield, Free Syrian Army (FSA) elements...

No transition process in Syria with al-Assad: Turkish FM

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has dismissed the possibility of a transition process in Syria including Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, adding operations conducted by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) should continue towards the south of the country and that the Manbij area “should be cleared of terrorists.” Speaking at a...

US backing ensures Arab-Kurd alliance in Syria will survive

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), which has expanded its operation in northern Syria by sending tanks to al-Rai, needs a win. Just as important, the Turkish government needs a story about how the balances have shifted since the TSK’s intervention and how the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) led by the...

Losing ground, fighters and morale – is it all over for ISIS?

The self-styled caliphate has been in rapid decline since Turkey joined the war in northern Syria. But if the jihadis refocus their efforts on acts of terrorism in the west, victory may be short lived. It has been a bad few months for Islamic State (Isis). For the first time...

What is Turkish army really doing in Iraq?

A cannon shot roared into the night. The target was in the town of Bashiqa in northern Iraq, seized by the Islamic State (IS) in 2014. Seconds after the explosion, the clatter of a collapsing building echoed in the mountain. For months now, the Turkish army has repeatedly targeted IS...

What comes next for Turkey after Jarablus victory?

Everyone wonders how long Operation Euphrates Shield, launched Aug. 24, will continue. What are the strategic goals of this operation? Can it expand to the al Rai-Azaz line in the west and, even more important, southeast toward al-Bab to interdict the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and prevent them from...

Three US Allies Now Fighting Against Each Other in Northern Syria

With America’s own war in Syria vague in both scope and end-game, they’ve been eager to amass allies that seem potentially useful toward some talking point or other. In having done so, however, they’ve picked up a motley crew of “US-backed” groups that have wildly different goals. That’s been a...

Has Turkey really stepped into Syrian quagmire?

Let's be clear: Turkey's cross-border operation that captured the Syrian town of Jarablus was dramatic and unprecedented. However, it was not really aimed at the Islamic State (IS) but actually at the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG). Turkish officials at...

Turkey Is Finally Bombing Syria, But It’s Not Hitting Who the U.S. Wants

Ankara has sent tanks and commandos across the border, but its primary focus isn't ISIS — it's the Kurds trying to seize territory along its border. Turkey has a name for its newly launched military incursion into neighboring Syria: Operation Euphrates Shield. It sums up Ankara’s overriding priority when it...

US Think Tank Admits US Carving Out Safe Havens in Syria

Since the onset of the war in Syria, corporate-financier funded think tanks engineering American and European foreign policy made it clear that establishing no-fly zones and “safe havens” in Syria would be an incremental step toward achieving regime change and rendering the nation divided and destroyed as US policymakers...

Russia accuses U.S. of backing Syrian rebels who use poison gas on civilians

Russia's foreign ministry sharply criticized U.S. behavior in Syria on Thursday, accusing Washington of backing rebels who use poison gas against civilians and of killing hundreds in air strikes. The ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, referred to rebels supported by Washington as "animals" and said Washington and its allies were recklessly...

The Nusra Front Is Dead and Stronger Than Ever Before

The Islamic State’s main rival has just broken ties with al Qaeda, but don't expect it to moderate its jihadi goals. It's actually laying a trap for the United States. The jihadi group Jabhat al-Nusra announced on July 28 that it had severed all ties to al Qaeda and established...

Revealed: the £1bn of weapons flowing from Europe to Middle East

AK-47s, machine guns, explosives and more travel along new arms pipeline from Balkans to countries known to supply Syria. Eastern European countries have approved the discreet sale of more than €1bn of weapons in the past four years to Middle Eastern countries that are known to ship arms to Syria,...

Making a Killing: The 1.2 Billion Euro Arms Pipeline to Middle East

An unprecedented flow of weapons from Central and Eastern Europe is flooding the battlefields of the Middle East. As Belgrade slept on the night of November 28, 2015, the giant turbofan engines of a Belarusian Ruby Star Ilyushin II-76 cargo plane roared into life, its hull laden with arms destined...

US-Backed Syrian Rebels Face Total Collapse in Aleppo

While al-Qaeda's Nusra Front has done much of the heavy lifting in the fight over the northern city of Aleppo, they haven’t been alone, teaming with a series of rebel allies, including the 16th Division of the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), which holds a pair of districts within...

France Deploys Special Forces in Syria as IS Loses Ground

ROME, ITALY - French special forces in northern Syria are assisting Kurdish-led militias in a drive to retake a pocket of territory west of the Euphrates River from the Islamic State terror group, according to French officials. The French news agency, AFP, reports the commandos are not participating in combat...

How Turkey intends to secure return of Syrian refugees

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — On April 26, the Turkish Yeni Safak newspaper reported that the Turkish army was mobilizing its ground forces to carry out a large-scale military operation to eliminate Islamic State militants from a northern Syrian area 18 kilometers (11 miles) deep and 8 kilometers (5 miles) wide. According to the newspaper, the Turkish army...

Al Qaeda Is About to Establish an Emirate in Northern Syria

After years on the back foot, the Nusra Front is laying the groundwork for al Qaeda's first sovereign state. Al Qaeda has big ambitions in Syria. For the past three years, an unprecedented number of veteran figures belonging to the group have arrived in the country, in what can only...

Salafi armed groups increase attacks in Syria

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said April 22 that the cessation of hostilities that began Feb. 26 “is still in effect. None of the sides have renounced to it. ... But it is in great trouble if we do not act quickly.” Speaking in London the same day, US President Barack...

Thousands of refugees flee for Turkish border after surprise Isis attack

Syrian refugees flee after camps are overrun by Isis but find themselves being shot at by Turkish border troops. A new wave of refugees has fled northern Syria for the Turkish border after Islamic State opened fire on communities that had sheltered them, killing at least three people and uprooting...

Islamic State advance near Turkish border, civilians trapped

Islamic State fighters captured territory from Syrian rebels near the Turkish border on Friday and inched closer to a town on a supply route for foreign-backed insurgents fighting the jihadists, a monitoring group said. The hardline group has been fighting against rebels in the area for several months. The rebels,...

Kurd turns on Kurd as Turkey backs new faction in Syria

'Grandsons of Salahadin' claims to be backed by Ankara and armed by US and ready to fight both IS and fellow Kurds for territory. ERBIL, Iraq - Turkey is backing a new Kurdish faction within the Free Syrian Army to take back territory from the Islamic State (IS) group and...

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