Archive for Syria

NEWSLINK: Israeli air strikes target Syria after Golan death

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[“Israeli air strikes target Syria after Golan death” – BBC 6.22.14] BBC covers Israeli claims to have launched new attacks on targets in Syria, this time in response to the death of an Israeli youth in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The [Israeli] military said it had attacked nine targets in response to the killing of a 15-year-old boy in a strike in the occupied Golan

STRATFOR: Jordan Could Be the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’s Next Target

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(Stratfor.com - 6.19.14) Summary The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, buoyed by its recent successes in Iraq, wants to expand its regional reach. Reports that Iraq has withdrawn forces from western towns close to its 180-kilometer (110-mile) border with Jordan have left Amman feeling vulnerable, and the Hashemite kingdom, certainly a target of interest for the jihadist movement, has deployed additional security personnel along the

Treasury Department Announces Counterterrorism Sanctions Over al-Qaeda and ISIL Activities in Syria

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Both al-Qaeda and ISIL, the latter formerly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq, have been trying to capitalize on unrest in Syria to develop a foothold there, with al-Qaeda also looking to use Syria as a base from which to strike external Western targets. The U.S. Treasury Department on May 14, 2014, announced counterterrorism sanctions against two individuals connected with al-Qaeda or the Islamic State of Iraq and

Aid to Syrian Opposition Falls Short of Expectations

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(VOA News – Al Pessin – February 28, 2013 – http://www.voanews.com/content/ aid_to_syrian_opposition_falls_ short_of_expectations/1612955.html) ROME — The additional $60 million in U.S. civilian aid for the Syrian Opposition – announced Thursday by Secretary of State John Kerry, along with an unspecified amount of non-lethal aid to some of its military forces – falls far short of what the Syrian activists wanted. The opposition met with Kerry

Israeli War Planes Reportedly Attack Convoy Inside Syria

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Israel reportedly used air power to attack inside Syria Thursday morning, Jan. 31, 2013, according to sources cited by multiple media. Rather than entering directly into the Syrian civil war, the Israeli strike was on a convoy near the Syrian border with Lebanon.  The convoy reportedly was carrying sophisticated Russian surface-to-air missiles possibly headed into Lebanon to supply Hezbollah. Nevertheless, while Israel did not enter

Syrian Activists Say Dozens of Bodies Found in River

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(VOA – Michael Lipin – January 29, 2013) Syrian opposition activists say the bodies of at least 65 people apparently shot in the head have been found in a river in the northern city of Aleppo. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights posted videos on the Internet on Tuesday, showing dozens of muddied bodies that it says were dragged out of the Queweik river

Syria Talks End With No Breakthrough

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(VOA – Lisa Schlein, Edward Yeranian -January 11, 2013) International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says talks with senior U.S. and Russian officials in Geneva ended Friday without a breakthrough about how to end the civil war in Syria. Brahimi held closed-door talks Friday at United Nations’ European headquarters in Switzerland with Russian Deputy Foreign Ministry Mikhail Bogdanov and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. The discussions

Mideast Winter Storm Deepens Misery of Syrians

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(VOA – Scott Bobb – January 10, 2013) A winter storm in the Middle East has brought heavy snowfall and flooding and caused at least eight deaths. The storm, called the worst in more than 20 years, disrupted life across the region and deepened the misery of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. Weather experts say the storm dumped the precipitation of an entire average