Tag Archive for Syria

NEWSLINK: ISIL crucifies eight rival fighters, says monitoring group

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[“ISIL crucifies eight rival fighters, says monitoring group” – Reuters 7.1.14] Reuters reports on the so-called “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) crucifying eight of their own militants for being too moderate, and publicly displaying their bodies: Eight rebel fighters have been crucified in Syria by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) because they were considered too moderate, a monitoring

STRATFOR: The United States Has Unfinished Business in Ukraine and Iraq

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(stratfor.com – George Friedman – 6.26.14) In recent weeks, some of the international system’s unfinished business has revealed itself. We have seen that Ukraine’s fate is not yet settled, and with that, neither is Russia’s relationship with the European Peninsula. In Iraq we learned that the withdrawal of U.S. forces and the creation of a new Iraqi political system did not answer the question of

NEWSLINK: Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels

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[“Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels” – BBC – 6.26.14] BBC covers reported plans by the Obama administration to request a half-billion dollars from Congress to provide military training and equipment to Syrian rebels, specifically a subset apparently to be deemed moderate. However, one focus would be not simply assisting rebels opposing Syrian strongman Bashas al-Assad, but also countering Islamic group “ISIL,”

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

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