Tag: Syria

Pentagon: We Found Only 60 ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels to Train / Sputnik International

Speaking at the Pentagon on Monday, President Obama reiterated that a successful defeat of IS militants needed local cooperation with ground forces in Syria and Iraq. “The strong consensus is in order for us to succeed…we have to develop local security forces that can sustain progress.”   And so, as part of a broader effort to degrade and ultimately destroy the extremists, the Obama administration has been […]

16 airstrikes destroy key sites in ISIS Syrian stronghold of Raqqa

U.S.-led coalition forces conducted 16 airstrikes Saturday and early Sunday against key ISIS buildings and transit routes in the terror group’s stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, a U.S. Army official said.   At least 16 airstrikes were reported late Saturday and early Sunday, triggering successive explosions that shook the city and created panic among residents, activists […]

ISIS facing most serious threat in over a year

ISIS is currently facing one of its greatest military challenges since the group proclaimed a caliphate following the seizure of Mosul and much of western Iraq and eastern Syria last summer.   According to an intelligence brief from The Soufan Group, ISIS is experiencing losses around its “capital” of Raqqa, representing both an operational and […]

Syria: Rebels Launch Attack on Daraa City

A rebel alliance, including Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate Al-Nusra Front, attacked government-held parts of the southern city of Daraa on Thursday, a monitoring group said.   The alliance, also involving powerful Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham, bombarded loyalist positions with mortar and artillery fire, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.   Syria’s official SANA news agency […]

The IDF cannot intervene in Syria’s war

One of the senior Druse figures in Israel, Brig.-Gen. (res) Imad Fares, who served in a number of roles during his IDF career, said Tuesday that the defense establishment will not, and should not, intervene in the fighting in Syria to help the country’s embattled Druse community   Speaking in an exclusive interview with The […]

Report: Syrian Islamists led by Nusra Front unite near Israel’s border

Eight Islamist groups active near Israel’s border in southern Syria have united into one bloc as the country’s Druse come under increasing pressure.   According to a report on the website Alsouria.net over the weekend, eight Islamist factions announced the formation of Jaish al-Fatah, or the Army of Conquest, in southern Syria in order to […]

‘Talk of Israel aiding Nusra Front in Syria is insane,’ Avigdor Liberman says

Former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday ridiculed suggestions that Israel is aiding the jihadist outfit Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al-Qaida and one of the organizations engaged in efforts to topple the Assad regime.   “There is no cooperation between Israel and Nusra Front,” Liberman told Army Radio. “There is no intention of […]

Sisi expects Assad regime in Syria to fall ‘at any moment’

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expects Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria to fall “at any moment,” according to a report that appeared over the weekend in the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal.   The newspaper said that Sisi made the remarks during a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam that took place earlier this week in […]

Thousands of Syrian Refugees Flee to Turkey

Thousands of Syrian refugees poured into Turkey on Sunday to escape the battle between Kurds and Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists for the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, as the Turkish authorities reopened the border after days of closure.   The Syrians, many carrying sacks of possessions and small children, flooded through the Akcakale border gate […]

Secret CIA effort in Syria faces large funding cut

Key lawmakers have moved to slash funding of a secret CIA operation to train and arm rebels in Syria, a move that U.S. officials said reflects rising skepticism of the effectiveness of the agency program and the Obama administration’s strategy in the Middle East.   The House Intelligence Committee recently voted unanimously to cut as […]