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US Signs Deal with Turkey to Train & Arm Syrian ‘Moderates’

Friday, February 20th, 2015

The United States on Thursday signed an agreement with Turkey at the U.S. Embassy in that country to train and equip five thousand moderate Syrian opposition forces.

Qatar, Jordan and Saudi Arabia also are expected to participate in the deal, which is set to begin in March, according to a defense official quoted by NPR.

At least 1,200 troops “have already been identified,” according to Fox News. Congress has allocated $500 million for the training, which is to be hosted at one of three anticipated sites in Turkey.

Hundreds of “moderate” Syrian opposition forces have already been screened and 1,200 identified, with the program to be launched in mid-March.

Major-General Michael K. Nagata has been tapped to lead the training, according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby.

Egypt Bombs ISIS in Libya following Execution of Christian Copts

Monday, February 16th, 2015

The Egyptian air force bombed Islamic State (ISIS) training sites and weapon depots in Libya Monday morning, the regime’s military said in a swift retaliation of ISIS’ execution of 21 Egyptian Christian Copts near Tripoli on Sunday.

“Your armed forces on Monday carried out focused air strikes in Libya against Daesh [ISIS] camps, places of gathering and training, and weapons depots,” the military said in a statement.

A Libyan official said the aerials strikes were coordinated with the Libyan army and added, “Egypt and Libya are fighting one war.”

ISIS posted a video on Sunday of the beheading of 21 Copts from Egypt who had been taken hostage.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told citizens on television that the world he world is facing “ferocious threats” from radicals “devoid of any humane sense.”

The fierce and immediate Egyptian response to the beheadings will help the al-Sisi regime mend fences with the Copts, who comprise approximately 10 percent of Egypt’s population and who were severely oppressed under the one-year reign of the Muslim Brotherhood even more than under the Mubarak regime.

“The Orthodox church … is confident its homeland would not rest until the evil perpetrators get their fair retribution for their wicked crime,” the Coptic church wrote on Facebook page after the beheadings.

The strong presence of ISIS is another indication, if anyone needs one, that the terrorist army means business when it says it wants to turn the world into an Islamic Caliphate state.

Syria and Iraq are only the starting points, and it has boasted that it has agents throughout the world, especially in the United States and Europe.

The claim cannot be dismissed considering the increasing number of terrorist attacks in Europe by Muslims who have radicalized by ISIS social media propaganda.

More than 150 Americans have joined the ISIS, and the Congressional House Homeland Security Committee last week heard testimony that it has enough supporters in the United States to carry out several shocking terrorist attacks.

 

 

 

 

Heavy Fighting in Syria, Not Far from Golan

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

At least 93 people have died in heavy fighting in southern Syria, the British-Based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports. Syrian troops loyal to Bashar Assad fought alongside the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah against Syrian rebels, with roughly equal casualties on each side.

The fighting took place south of Damascus and in the Deraa and Quneitra regions. Quneitra is close to the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan.

In recent months the Golan has been hit by mortars and gunfire from Syria on several occasions. Two weeks ago an attack from Syria killed two IDF soldiers and destroyed a civilian home.

The latest round of violence is part of a large-scale assault launched by Assad’s troops and Hezbollah in southern Syria. The assault is expected to heat up in the upcoming hours and days as the weather clears, allowing for the use of airstrikes.

The south is the rebels’ last stronghold. Hezbollah has control of much of western Syria, while northern and eastern Syria have fallen to the Islamic State (Da’esh) and the Al-Nusra Front.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Saturday that Syrian rebels have turned to Israel for help. They are asking for Israeli air support in the fight against Hezbollah and Iran.

Israel has not confirmed or denied involvement in several airstrikes against Hezbollah positions and weapons in Syria.

 

ISIS Parades 17 Kurds in Cages [video]

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

The Islamic State (ISIS) has posted a new video shows 17 captured Kurdish fighters being paraded through the streets in cages while shackled and wearing orange jumpsuits, the clothes worn by previous victims of beheadings.

ISIS terrorists carried black Islamic State flags and brandished AK-47 rifles as they escorted the cages on white pick-up trucks in the oil-rich northwest area of Iraq, north of Baghdad.

It is not known if the ISIS has executed the Kurds, but it probably is only a matter of time until the terrorist army finds another manner to kill the prisoners in a way to shock the world.

The more they shock, the more they seem to able to recruit new members.

“They want to attract foreign fighters. They want to keep their reputation of being this ever-expanding caliphate — and for that, they need military victories,” Peter Neumann, director of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization in London, told CNN.

Kurdish forces, based by the U.S.-led aerial task force, have regained more than 150 villages in fighting in Syria, Al Arabiya reported Sunday.

Greenpeace Protests Against Drilling for Oil

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

“Greenpeace” members protested the exploration drilling for oil on the Golan Heights on February 02, 2015.

The Afek oil and gas company is set to do some exploratory drilling this week.

At least it wasn’t the Syrians protesting.

Syrian Rebels Ask Israel to Bomb Hezbollah

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Unnamed Israeli officials have confirmed that Syrian rebels have asked the Netanyahu government to bomb Hezbollah and Iranian positions, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Israel seems to be doing a job of doing so all by itself, but the rebels want the IDF to take a more active role. Israel never has admitted or denied several pre-emptive aerial bombings of weapons and Hezbollah positions.

The Observatory said that Assad, Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards have launched an offense to counter rebel attacks near Damascus.

“Regime troops and their Hezbollah-led allies are advancing in the area linking Deraa, Quneitra and Damascus provinces,” the Syrian Observatory said.

Rebels have lost most of northern and eastern Syria to the Islamic State and the Al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front. Hezbollah has taken over most of western Syria, bordering Lebanon.

That leaves the south as the rebels’ last stronghold.

“The rebels in the south comprise a diverse array of fighters,” analyst Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi of the Middle East Forum told Voice of America.

ISIS Suicide Bombers Killed in Iraqi Base Hosting 400 US Soldiers

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Two dozen Islamic State (ISIS) fighters, including several with suicide bombing vests, were killed or blew themselves up Friday in a daring attack on an Iraqi air force base where 400 American soldiers are stationed.

At least two Iraqi soldiers were killed in the clash, approximately one mile from the area where U.S. soldiers were based. The Americans dispatched drones and Apache helicopters to help Iraqi forces, who overwhelmed the ISIS attackers without aerial assistance,.

All of the ISIS fighters, besides several suicide bombers, were killed in what was considered a well-planned and coordinate attack.

Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said, “They were signaling that our advisers were vulnerable, thus — they hope — driving Obama to pull them out.”

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a Fox News contributor, said that ISIS is trying to show the “jihadi-world that they’re standing up to the Americans and replying to Obama’s claim that Islamic State has been stopped and turned back.”

The ISIS controls a city near the air base, which separates its forces from Baghdad.

Approximately 2,600 U.S. soldiers and advisers are stationed in Iraq.

Following the ISIS attack on the air base, the U.S.-led strike force carried out more than a dozen aerial bombings of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, hitting a rocket system, fighters and tanks.

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