Category Archives: Syria

Kurdish forces put down riot by ISIS prisoners in Syria

Kurdish forces have put down a riot at a prison believed to be holding British Islamic State (Isil) suspects in northern Syria, according to the US-led coalition.

Jihadist detainees at the Dayrik prison near the Iraqi border attacked their guards and attempted to break out of the compound.

Troops from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Kurdish-led fighting force, subdued the rioters with no casualties reported, a coalition spokesman said.


Hizbollah commander captured by UK special forces resurfaces in southern Syria, Israeli military says

A senior Hizbollah commander captured by British special forces in Iraq has resurfaced in southern Syria where he is setting up a network to launch attacks against Israel, according to the Israeli military.

Ali Musa Daqduq, a Lebanese Hizbollah operative, conducted a number of bloody operations against Western forces in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, including an attack which killed five US soldiers.

He was captured by the SAS in Basra in March 2007 and spent five years in prison. Iraq’s government released him in 2012 despite strong protests from the Obama White House.


Assad accused of crimes against humanity in ‘breakthrough’ case at The Hague

Human rights lawyers have today filed the first ever case against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his government at The Hague, after making a “breakthrough” in attempts to hold the regime to account.

The lawsuit, which was submitted to the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday, is on behalf of 28 Syrian refugees in Jordan who were forcibly displaced.

Each of the 28 has testified about being bombed, shot at, detained, tortured, and having witnessed mass killings since the war began in 2011, which forced them to flee.

Syria is not a signatory to the ICC Statute


British ISIS fighters surrender to US-backed forces amid Baghuz offensive

British fighters are among hundreds of Islamic State jihadists who surrendered to Western-backed forces in eastern Syria, a senior commander has said.

Some 400-500 people, including Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighters left the village of Baghuz on Monday, in the latest sign that fanatical resistance inside the terror group’s last village is crumbling.

“There are different nationalities: Iraqi, French, Russian, English. I don’t have the exact number at this moment, but they are all fighters,” Adnam Afrin, the commander of Syrian Democratic Forces in the area, told the Telegraph.


Syrian “asylum seekers” held in Germany for suspected crimes against humanity

Germany says it has arrested two former Syrian intelligence officers alleged to have been involved in torturing critics of President Bashar al-Assad.

Both men seem to have sought asylum in Germany after leaving Syria a few years before the migrant influx in 2015.

One them, Anwar R, is suspected of committing crimes against humanity.

He was allegedly in charge of a General Intelligence Directorate (GID) prison where 2,000 people were tortured between April 2011 and September 2012.

The other man, Eyad A, is suspected of aiding and abetting a crime against humanity at the same prison.

A third man – also believed to have been a GID employee – was arrested in France on Tuesday as part of a joint investigation, according to Germany.


“Halifax man”

Halifax man with business dealings in Syria now under EU sanctions

A Halifax man who was the first person charged with violating Canada’s economic sanctions against Syria is now accused of violating the European Union’s sanctions as well.

Nader Kalai — a Syrian national with permanent residency in Canada — is known to be a close associate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his loyalists.

On Monday the European Union added Kalai to a list of individuals who are subject to travel bans and an asset freeze for their involvement with the Assad regime. EU citizens and businesses are also banned from making funds available to Kalai and others on the list.

This is what’s so great about diversity, we have Pro and Anti-Assad factions operating in Canada!


Anti-Assad activist axe murdered in Germany

The death of a Syrian activist in a brutal killing in Hamburg has raised questions over whether he was targeted for his opposition to the regime of president Bashar al-Assad.

Mohamed Joune was found on a busy Hamburg street on Wednesday evening covered in blood. One of his fingers had been cut off and he had multiple injuries to his face and body. According to local reports he appeared to have been attacked with an axe. He was rushed to hospital but later died of his injuries.

The 48-year-old was found in the street outside the offices of the Union of Syrians Abroad, a non-profit organisation he ran to provide humanitarian support to victims of the civil war in Syria, and to offer support to Syrian refugees living outside the country.


Four US soldiers dead, three injured in ISIS-claimed suicide bombing in Manbij

Four US soldiers were killed and three injured in a suicide bombing targeting US-led coalition forces in the northern Syrian city of Manbij on Wednesday.

Britain-based war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said 16 people, civilians and US servicemen, were killed in the attack.

A US official confirmed the death of four and injury of three American soldiers in the blast.

“The president has been fully briefed and we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation in Syria,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement, referring questions to the US Department of Defense.


US to expel every last Iranian boot from Syria – Pompeo

The US will use diplomacy and work with its partners to “expel every last Iranian boot” from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has vowed.

Mr Pompeo warned there would be no US reconstruction aid for areas controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad until Iran and its proxies had left.

He was speaking in Cairo three weeks after President Donald Trump announced US troops were pulling out of Syria.

The decision shocked US allies and sparked strong criticism in Washington.


John Bolton: US troops will not leave Syria until safety of Kurds is assured

John Bolton, the US National Security adviser, said on Sunday that American soldiers would not leave Syria until there was an assurance from Turkey that Kurds in the north of the country would be safe.

In what appeared to indicate a slowdown of the withdrawal, announced hastily by Donald Trump last month, Mr Bolton said the US leader is seeking a commitment from Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, that the American allies would be protected.

Speaking to journalists travelling with him in Israel prior to a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he said that this was one of several conditions that must first be met before troops were brought home.

Prepare for a long stay.


Trump Gives No Timetable For Syria Withdrawal, Vows To Protect Kurdish Fighters

U.S. President Donald Trump has said U.S. forces will withdraw from Syria “over a period of time,” insisting he wants to protect U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.

Trump did not provide a timetable for the planned withdrawal of roughly 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, which he announced last month against the advice of many top security advisers and reportedly without consulting lawmakers or U.S. allies involved in operations against IS militants.

During a Cabinet meeting at the White House in front of reporters on January 2, Trump said he had never discussed a reported four-month timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.


Syrian White Helmets try to rebuild lives in Canadian exile

Under cover of darkness, Maysoon al-Masri and her husband began their march towards the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Masri was the head of the women’s division in southern Syria of the White Helmets, the rescue organization that has saved thousands of people from under the rubble of homes after Russian and Syrian government airstrikes.

Now she is now in Canada, along with dozens of other rescue volunteers who fled Syria earlier this year, as the noose of Bashar al-Assad’s forces tightened around them.

This is great, now they can fight with the Pro-Assad Syrians resident in Canada. That’s vibrant multiculturalism.

Pro- Assad Demonstration Queen’s Park Toronto, 2011


The Mission in Syria Was Mission Creep

The pullout from Syria is an occasion for just as much confusion as our entrance was. We are told that America’s presence is necessary to protect the Kurds from our NATO ally Turkey. Americans who are suspicious of the Syrian mission are told that we are still fighting ISIS there and that any chance of regime change in Damascus sailed away long ago. The Assad regime’s sponsors are Iran and Russia, and they are not interested in fighting ISIS, it is said. Okay then, so the United States is fighting ISIS only and has stopped dreaming of regime change in Damascus, but then when Donald Trump pulls out he’s accused of “handing a victory to Iran.” Or giving a gift to Vladimir Putin.

In other words, if you were skeptical of the mission, you are told that American intervention was now strictly limited to fighting one enemy, ISIS, and assisting one friend in certain zones. If you were enthusiastic for America in Syria, you are told that Trump’s withdrawal amounts to a total retreat in the face of every geopolitical rival on earth. This tiny force of 4,000 Americans is pursuing a modest objective in a few specified regions of Northern Syria. Also, since you’re asking, the whole mother-flipping liberal world order depends on it.