Tag: Syria

Airstrikes Hit ISIS-Controlled Oil Refineries

The U.S. and some of its Arab coalition partners have conducted another round of airstrikes in Syria, hitting oil refineries that have fallen into the hands of Islamic State militants, who officials say are funding themselves with the petroleum revenues. The Pentagon says 13 airstrikes hit a dozen “modular” oil refineries in eastern Syria. The…

France considers airstrikes against ISIS in Syria after beheading

France on Thursday opened the door to possibly joining airstrikes in Syria just hours after an Algerian Islamist group beheaded a French tourist in retaliation for Paris’ military action against ISIS militants in Iraq. France has repeatedly ruled out taking part in air action in Syria where ISIS has its power base. It fears that…

[Transcript & Video] Pres. Obama Delivers a Powerful Speech at the U.N.

U.S. will do what is necessary to secure freedom for generations to come, President Obama tells the U.N. Highlights: President Barack Obama sought to rally the world and especially Muslim countries to join the American fight against ISIS militants a “network of death” that “must be destroyed”. “No God condones this terror,” he told the…

Israel: We Shot Down Syrian Aircraft

The Israeli military said it intercepted and shot down a Syrian aircraft over the Golan Height. The plane “infiltrated into Israeli airspace” at around 9:15 a.m., according to a statement from the Israeli military. It was a Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jet with “at least one or two pilots or navigators aboard,” said Israeli military spokesman…

Obama Authorizes First Syria Air Strikes [VIDEO]

Obama Authorizes First Syria Air Strikes [VIDEO]: President Obama outlined a multi-phase plan for combating ISIS, saying the United States would lead a “broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.” He said he was authorizing U.S. air strikes in Syria for the first time, and that the U.S. effort in Iraq would expand. The…

FBI: Identity of masked British executioner to be revealed

Anti-terror police are set to arrest up to 12 British associates of Islamic State executioner Jihadi John, it has been reported. British and American authorities say they know the identity of the hostage killer – and are set to reveal it within days. The executioner is one of four British jihadis known as the ‘Beatles’…

UN: Syria biggest humanitarian emergency of our era

More than three million Syrians have fled the civil war ravaging their country to become refugees – a million of them in the past year alone, the United Nations said. “Syria’s intensifying refugee crisis will today surpass a record three million people,” the UN’s refugee agency said in a statement on Friday, adding that the…

2nd U.S. Islamist fighter killed in Syria

The Obama administration is investigating reports from Syria that a second American was killed over the weekend while fighting alongside Islamist State extremists. The news comes a day after U.S. officials confirmed that 33-year-old Douglas McCain, who had lived in Southern California and Minnesota, died in a battle between the Islamic State and other Syrian…

US citizen killed in Syria fighting for Islamic State

A San Diego native fighting for ISIS in Syria was killed over the weekend, according to the Free Syrian Army. NBC News reported Tuesday that a passport and tattoo positively identified the body as that of Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33. Calling himself “Duale ThaslaveofAllah” on Facebook and Twitter, he declared “It’s Islam over everything.” In…

American Journalist Released From Syria

Peter Theo Curtis, an American journalist kidnapped in Syria almost two years ago, has been freed and handed over to the United Nations. The release of Curtis comes just days after another U.S. journalist, James Foley, was beheaded by ISIS. Back in June, a video of Curtis was released that showed him slightly disheveled but…

Syrian presidential election law excludes most opposition leaders

Syria’s parliament has set residency rules for presidential candidates, state media said on Friday, a move that would bar many of President Bashar al-Assad’s foes who live in exile as the uprising in the major Arab state enters its fourth year. Assad has not yet announced whether he will stand for a third term in…

Warning Graphic VIDEO: Gruesome Syria photos may prove torture by Assad regime

A team of internationally renowned war crimes prosecutors and forensic experts has found “direct evidence” of “systematic torture and killing” by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the lawyers on the team say in a new report. Their report, based on thousands of photographs of dead bodies of alleged detainees killed in Syrian government custody,…

Beirut bomb kills anti-Assad Lebanese former minister

Former Lebanese minister Mohammed Shattah, who opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was killed in an explosion that targeted his convoy in Beirut on Friday along with at least four other people, security sources said. Photo: The blanket-covered body of former Finance minister Mohammad Chattah next to the wreckage of his car in downtown Beirut, Friday.…

80 Killed in Syria Aerial Bombings

An estimated 83 people were killed Monday in aerial bombings in the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to an opposition group. At least 27 children and eight women were among the dead, according to Local Coordination Committee, which opposes Bashar al-Assad’s regime. An addeitional 135 people died in clashes Sunday, the group said. Helicopters dropped…

U.S.-backed Syrian rebel commander flees country

The top Western-backed Syrian rebel commander fled the country after Islamist militant fighters ran him out of his headquarters, U.S. officials said. Free Syrian Army Gen. Salim Idris flew to the Qatari capital of Doha Sunday after fleeing to Turkey, the officials told the Wall Street Journal. “He fled as a result of the Islamic…

Sorry Our Bad! Syrian rebels ask for ‘understanding and forgiveness’ after accidentally decapitating wrong man, putting severed head on display

Militant Islamist rebels in Syria linked to Al-Qaeda have asked for “understanding and forgiveness” for cutting off and putting on display the wrong man’s head. In a public appearance filmed and posted online, members of Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, one brandishing a knife, held up a bearded head before a crowd in Aleppo.…

Syria destroys all chemical weapons production equipment

Syria has destroyed all of its equipment for producing chemical weapons, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says. “The OPCW is satisfied it has verified, and seen destroyed, all declared critical production/mixing/filling equipment from all 23 sites,” a document from the group said. Photo: A photo taken by a Syrian citizen journalist shows…

Syrian civil war: Islamist rebels are accused of killing at least 190 villagers in pro-Government areas and kidnapping hundreds more

Syrian Islamist rebel groups on Friday were accused of killing at least 190 villagers in the country’s pro-government heartland and kidnapping hundreds more, as the emergence of jihadist forces fuels further sectarian strife. Civilian residents, including dozens of women and children, were gunned down or stabbed during a coordinated, planned attack on villages in the…

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution outlining ultimately destroying Syria’s chemical arsenal

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday night to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, a landmark decision aimed at taking poison gas off the battlefield in the escalating 2 1/2-year conflict. The vote after two weeks of intense negotiations marked a major breakthrough in the paralysis that has gripped the council since the…

Rouhani To UN: Iran Is Not A Threat

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that his country poses no threats to the world. He called sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy “violent — pure and simple.” During his first address to the world body, Rouhani said he is prepared to engage in “time-bound” talks to solve dispute…

UN Report Confirms Chemical Weapons Were Used In Damascus

UN inspectors report says there’s clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface rockets containing Sarin were used in Damascus. The report, to be presented later today, will say that chemical weapons have been used between the parties involved in the Syrian civil war. Photo: A UN chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic…

Report: CIA Begins Delivering Weapons To Syrian Rebels

A new report from the Washington Post says the CIA has started delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The report says shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries of vehicles and other gear via the State Department. wapo

BREAKING: SYRIA READY TO DISCLOSE WEAPONS – SYRIA WANTS TO JOIN WEAPONS TREATY – Syria welcomes Russia’s proposal

UPDATE: SYRIA READY TO DISCLOSE WEAPONS – SYRIA WANTS TO JOIN WEAPONS TREATY Syria “welcomes” Russia’s proposal for President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to put its chemical weapons under international control, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem told reporters in Moscow on Monday. BREAKING: Syria welcomes Russia’s proposal for Damascus to put its chemical weapons under international…

Bashar al-Assad: US Will Pay Price For Syria Strike

Bashar al-Assad: US Will Pay Price For Syria Strike

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that the US would “pay the price” for any strike against Syria. He told US broadcaster PBS that strikes would increase instability and lead to the spread of terrorism in the region. He said there was “no evidence” that government forces had used chemical weapons against their own people.…