syria

  1. Scorpion

    US airstrikes Syria after Chemical attack

    About 59 Tomahawk missiles were launched from US Navy warships in the Mediterranean Sea, a US official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. A target was identified as an airbase in Homs.
  2. sarvar_preus

    Shahbaz: The story of pakistani air force pilots in Golan heights 1974

    The Aerial fight over Golan: On 26 April 1974, PAF fighter pilot Flight Lieutenant Sattar Alvi on deputation to No. 67A Squadron, Syrian Air Force (SAF) was flying a SAF MiG-21F-13 (Serial No. 1863) out of the Dumayr Air Base, Syria in an eight-ship formation with a fellow PAF pilot and the...
  3. S

    Obama, aides expected to weigh Syria military options

    U.S. President Barack Obama and his top foreign policy advisers are expected to meet on Friday to consider their military and other options in Syria as Syrian and Russian aircraft continue to pummel Aleppo and other targets, U.S. officials said. Some top officials argue the United States must...
  4. S

    Putin: Terrorists Groups Carried Out Attack on UN Aid Convoy

    “It was one of the terrorist groups. And we know that, say, the Americans know it too, but prefer to take a different position, to falsely accuse Russia. This is not helping,” Putin said at an economic forum in Moscow. The aid convoy was attacked on the night of September 20. The International...
  5. S

    Clinton says Saudi Arabia, Qatar provide ‘clandestine’ support to ISIS – WikiLeaks

    Contrary to Qatar’s assurances that it does not support Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Hillary Clinton apparently believes that they are in fact providing “clandestine financial and logistic support to IS and other radical Sunni groups in the region,” according to an August 17, 2014...
  6. remnant

    Syria comes to grief

    Even with the eventual defeat of ISIS, it wouldn't be time for Syria to wipe off her tears. The post Assad dispensation (when it materializes) will be characterised by audacious terrorist attacks like the one witnessed before in Iraq around 2006 (they are making a comeback there) but this time...
  7. remnant

    Israel's dilemma

    Israel is facing a major dilemma with regard to the conflict in Syria. On one hand is the old foe in Assad who is hinged to the Iran Hezbollah nexus. The alternative is ISIS which is a sworn enemy, by virtue of its ideological leanings and radical Islamism. The secular opposition is fronted...
  8. remnant

    Countdown to balkanization?

    The Syrian conflict has now acquired a dynamic of its own. Its no longer about the self determination and emancipation of the long suffering populace but the theatre of war has tragically morphed into a proxy war between global and regional powers with Assad and ISIS continuing to beat the drums...
  9. remnant

    Russia in the eye of the storm.

    By committing to support Assad militarily, Russia has just plunged itself into the limelight of attention from jihadi groups. And there are precedents in Beirut where over 200 American marines were killed. I believe that something is in the offing and Russia should tread carefully in Syria...
  10. remnant

    Russian weapons turn the tide of the war in Syria

    Russian president Vladimir Putin says that Russian weapons have turned the tide of the war in Syria. Russian warplanes have flown 10,000 missions since Sept. 30 hitting 200 oil facilities allowing the Syrian military to drive militants from 500 towns and villages. For the first time, Russia...
  11. remnant

    The strategic nature of Aleppo

    The siege on Aleppo seems imminent with govt forces seeking to seal off the city and lay a deadly siege. The ceasefire looks fragile with Russian warplanes in action as ground fighting rages on. Aleppo is a gamechanger in the Syrian conflict and could either lead to a ceasefire along the lines...
  12. remnant

    Is decapitation feasible?

    The war in Syria has been ranging on for 5 years now. It seems that Russia has given the Syrian regime a new lease of life and Assad is about to turn the tables decisively in his favour. I postulate that the quickest way to stop the war is to hit directly at the decision makers and their...
  13. Diane Lane

    ISIS Recruiters Planned to open Jihadi smuggling route from Syria to US via Mexico

    Those of us living near the southern border of the United States have been watchful for a while, thinking something like this was probably going on behind the scenes. I've heard reports for a few years now that the Mexican drug cartels have been collaborating with Hamas, which was very alarming...
  14. mhudson

    Question on Syria

    Watching the multiparty tug-of-war going on in Syria, I'm partially reminded of the race to Berlin. Only this time, it isn't just the U.S. and Russia jockeying for position. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, USA, Russia, and Iran are all attempting to influence the goings-on in the territory, some more...
  15. Corzhens

    Syrian forces relentless vs IS

    It is time to reclaim lost territory for Syria as its forces pressed on their offensive against ISIS. It was another attack after seizing control of the ancient city of Palmyra in a major blow for the jihadists. This time it is the Deir Ezzor province, an IS bastion. That successful reclaiming...
  16. Corzhens

    Syrian forces retake Palmyra

    The famed ancient city of Palmyra is recaptured by Syrian troops backed by Russian forces from the Islamic State group. After defusing mines and bombs planted by ISIS, the army Syrian army marched to claeim the ancient city of Palmyra as a major victory over the jihadists. A military source...
  17. Corzhens

    US envoy John Kerry meets Europe's top diplomats in Paris

    Syria peace talks is to continue in Geneva as US Secretary of State John Kerry met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in Paris. The meeting which included British, German and Italian counterparts was hosted by France. Amid a partial ceasefire in Syria, the Geneva peace talks that is...
  18. Corzhens

    5 years after the spark, Syria war at a critical juncture

    Syria had arrived at a critical juncture after 5 years of war that killed a quarter of a million and rendered homeless a million refugees. Bassam Barabandi, a former Syrian diplomat who is based in Washington said that the indicators from a distance are all good regarding the peace talks that is...
  19. Corzhens

    Mass expulsions under EU-Turkey migrant plan ‘illegal’- UN

    Under the EU-Turkey deal, there will be mass expulsion of migrants to ease the migrants crisis that is gripping the region from the exodus of Syrians. However, the UN warned that it is illegal. The planned move raised serious concerns according to Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN rights chief. “Among...
  20. Corzhens

    Erdogan moots building ‘refugee city’ in northern Syria

    Dateline Istanbul. Building a new city in northern Syria is the plan of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The new city to be located near the Turkish border will house the millions of refugees escaping from the civil war in Syria. President Erdogan said he had already discussed his plan...