Syrian conflict

The Syrian Civil War is an ongoing multi-sided armed conflict in Syria fought primarily between the Ba'athist Syrian Arab Republic led by President Bashar al-Assad, along with its allies, and various forces opposing both the government and each other in varying combinations. The unrest in Syria, part of a wider wave of 2011 Arab Spring protests, grew out of discontent with the Assad government and escalated to an armed conflict after protests calling for his removal were violently suppressed.
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  • General reveals that US aircraft are being 'disabled' in Syria — the 'most aggressive' electronic warfare environment on Earth
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    General reveals that US aircraft are being 'disabled' in Syria — the 'most aggressive' electronic warfare environment on Earth

    The commander of US Special Operations Command said that Syria has become "the most aggressive electronic warfare environment on the planet from our adversaries." General Raymond Thomas stated that US communications are brought down and that aircraft, specifically the EC-130, have been disabled. The revelations come after a report from NBC News showed that Russian military jamming is affecting smaller US drones operating in Syria. General Raymond Thomas, the commander of US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), revealed that Syria has become the frontline of electronic warfare and US planes are being disabled. "Right now in Syria we are operating in the most aggressive EW environment on the planet

  • Macron: Meeting Dalai Lama would spark 'crisis' with China
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    Macron: Meeting Dalai Lama would spark 'crisis' with China

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday rejected the prospect of meeting with the Dalai Lama, saying doing so without consulting Beijing first would trigger a "crisis" with China's government. Macron, speaking at a town hall with George Washington University students in the US capital at the tail end of his state visit, said he met in Paris with the "very inspiring" exiled Tibetan spiritual leader when Macron was a candidate. If I meet him it will create indeed a crisis with China," Macron said.

  • France hosts high-level Syria talks in Paris
    Houston Chronicle

    France hosts high-level Syria talks in Paris

    Caption Close BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria developments (all times local): 6:35 p.m. High-level officials from France, the United States, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Germany are to meet in Paris to hold talks on Syria. France's foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will meet later on Thursday some of his counterparts and other top officials to try reactivate a new round of diplomatic efforts. The meeting comes on the same day that an international conference gathering more than 70 countries in Paris focuses on combating terror financing. French President Emmanuel Macron has said France wants to take a new initiative to help finding a sustainable political solution in Syria, following

  • Mattis: a new certainty in South Asia; Macron rebukes Trump's foreign policy; Someone's jamming AC-130s over Syria; How to think about man-machine teams; and just a bit more...
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    Mattis: a new certainty in South Asia; Macron rebukes Trump's foreign policy; Someone's jamming AC-130s over Syria; How to think about man-machine teams; and just a bit more...

    Mattis to lawmakers: “The paradox of war is that an adversary will move against any perceived weakness, so we cannot adopt a single, preclusive form of warfare. Rather, we must be able to fight across the entire spectrum of combat.” The goal is nothing less than restoring America's “competitive edge in an era of reemerging long-term strategic competition.” That's a bit of what the Defense Secretary is telling the Senate Armed Services committee this morning as he testifies on President Trump's nearly $700 billion military budget request for FY19. Mattis is joined on Capitol Hill by his Joint Chiefs Chairman, Gen. Joseph Dunford and DOD Comptroller David Norquist.   Mentioned in Mattis's opening

  • Israel defence minister vows to strike any Iran 'military foothold' in Syria
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    Israel defence minister vows to strike any Iran 'military foothold' in Syria

    Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed in an interview Thursday to strike at any attempt by Iran to establish a "military foothold" in Syria, following an attack this month attributed to his country. Speaking with a news website run by a Saudi businessman that regularly interviews Israeli officials, Lieberman also threatened firm retaliation if Israel was attacked by Iran. "If they attack Tel Aviv, we'll strike Tehran," he told the Elaph website.

  • Associated Press

    Police nab Gambian migrant accused of Islamic State sympathy

    ROME (AP) — Police say they have arrested a Gambian asylum seeker who arrived on a migrant boat last year from Libya and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

  • Watch: ISIS 'Blooper Reel' Shows Fighters Falling Over and Failing at Martial Arts
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    Watch: ISIS 'Blooper Reel' Shows Fighters Falling Over and Failing at Martial Arts

    Most propaganda videos from the militant group Islamic State (ISIS) are gruesome productions, depicting the savagery at play in vicious conflicts and failed states the world over. But a new film seized by U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan shows a less ferocious side of the jihadists, with militants struggling to leapfrog their comrades and displaying hand-to-hand combat skills worthy of a high school dustup, but not so much a global jihad.

  • Israel will hit Tehran if Iran attacks Tel Aviv: minister
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    Israel will hit Tehran if Iran attacks Tel Aviv: minister

    Israel would retaliate against any Iranian attack on Tel Aviv by striking Tehran, Israel's defense minister said in remarks published on Thursday, as the arch-foes faced off over Syria. The comments by Avigdor Lieberman were an unusually explicit Israeli threat to take military action within Iranian territory, and followed a surge of unprecedented confrontations between the countries' forces in civil war-torn Syria.

  • WJTV

    EU urge Russia, Iran, Turkey to deliver on Syria promises

    International donors on Wednesday pledged an estimated $4.4 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighbors sheltering its refugees in 2018, falling significantly short of the more than $7 billion the United Nations is seeking. An estimated 450,000 people have been killed in fighting in Syria since President Bashar Assad's government cracked down on demonstrations calling for his ouster in 2011. Last year, the World Bank estimated the damage to the country at close to a quarter-trillion dollars, and large swathes of Syrian's largest three cities, Aleppo, Damascus, and Homs, lay in ruins. Eight years into the conflict, more than 13 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance and around a quarter of the population is displaced in neighboring countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, according to the U.N.

  • Russia to deliver new air defense systems to Syria: RIA
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    Russia to deliver new air defense systems to Syria: RIA

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia plans to deliver new air defense systems to Syria in the near future, RIA news agency cited Russia's Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday. The ministry added it plans to study a U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile captured by Syrian forces in a recent attack, in order to improve Russia's own missiles, RIA reported. Reporting by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Catherine Evans

  • ISIS midwife, forced to deliver babies, shares moments tender and cruel
    Washington Post

    ISIS midwife, forced to deliver babies, shares moments tender and cruel

    “They had no respect for the profession,” she said of the militants and their wives. “I was like a prop, not a caregiver. I would attend the birth and they would toss me out.” The children of the “caliphate” were themselves treated as props. They were central characters in Islamic State propaganda videos, which often showed children of diverse European, Asian and African backgrounds studying Islamic State teachings, or playing and training with weapons. Other videos purported to show adolescent boys executing people deemed apostates or enemies. In their private interactions, Nasr also found the Islamic State parents often to be cruel, but sometimes tender.  The young women were mostly elated

  • Russia says missile defenses it's sending to Syria can stop the US — here's who would win
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Russia says missile defenses it's sending to Syria can stop the US — here's who would win

    Russia said Wednesday it would send the S-300 advanced missile defense systems to Syria in an effort to bolster defenses after repeated US missile strikes. Russia says the S-300 can stop US missile attacks, but its own military deployments seem to indicate it's not true. In reality, nothing would stop the US from striking Syria if it needed to, and an expert tells Business Insider the missile defenses won't change much at all. Russia said on Wednesday that it would give the S-300 advanced missile defense systems to Syria in an effort to bolster defenses as the US continues to pressure the country to stop using chemical weapons. Russia has previously said its S-300 system can shoot down US cruise