Filed under Syria

The use and abuse of Syrian Christians

Ana Maria Luca On 12 February, after a Jabhat al-Nusra suicide attack on a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims in Damascus that killed six and wounded 19, the Syrian Army raised checkpoints throughout the area, and together with Hezbollah cordoned off Shiite shrines in the city.   But when the Islamic State (ISIS) kidnapped 220 Assyrian … Continue reading

al-Nusra declares war on US-backed rebels

The western Aleppo town of Atareb is bracing for an Al-Nusra Front attack. BEIRUT – Simmering tensions between the Al-Nusra Front and Hazzm Movement in northern Syria have boiled over, with the Al-Qaeda affiliate declaring the US-backed rebel group a “direct target” amid the fierce clashes between insurgents and regime forces around Aleppo. “The Al-Nusra … Continue reading

Obama and his back door for jihadists

Leo Hohmann A senior FBI official has admitted the United States is finding it virtually impossible to screen out terrorists that could be hiding among the thousands of Syrian “refugees” heading soon to American cities. The U.S. simply does not have the resources to stop Islamic radicals in Syria from slipping into the country through … Continue reading

The Rise of the Iranian Empire

With the fall of Yemen to Iranian-backed rebels, the subordination of the Iraqi army to Iran-backed militias, and the continuing dominance of Iranian proxies in Syria and Lebanon, it seems that a new empire has emerged–right under the nose of the United States. by David Daoud Despite their ongoing failure to reach an agreement with … Continue reading

The Mahdi is not coming to Hezbollah’s state

When Iran’s economy was thriving, Iran had only Hezbollah to nurture and spoil. Shiites in Lebanon were enjoying the benefits of the services and aid the Iranian money provided. In addition, the “Resistance” was a worthy cause for them and always yielded victories and political pride. But things have changed since the inception of the … Continue reading

Journalist Austin Tice still held in Syria

John Bacon, Although the White House confirmed the death of aid worker Kayla Jean Mueller, referred to in media reports as “the last American hostage” in Syria, no one has determined the fate of another American missing for more than two years: freelance writer Austin Tice. A former U.S. Marine captain from Houston who saw … Continue reading

Iraq preparing massive ground assault on ISIS

BEIRUT – A top US official announced that Iraq would “very shortly” launch a ground offensive against ISIS.   “There will be a major offensive [in the coming weeks] against ISIS on the ground led by Iraq forces,” US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS John Allen told Jordan’s Petra News … Continue reading

Syria rebels launch attack on central Damascus

  The rocket and mortar attacks on central Damascus were in retaliation for air raids carried about by the Syrian regime. (Photo: AFP File/SANAA) Four civilians were killed and dozens wounded when rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds Sunday at central Damascus, a monitoring group said. The rebel attack came two days … Continue reading

Intelligence points to Syria secret nuke program

A satellite image purportedly showing the suspected nuclear weapons site near the Syrian town of Qusayr. (Photo courtesy of Der Spiegel) AFP, Berlin Saturday, 10 January 2015 Intelligence suggests that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is building a secret underground plant with the aim of developing nuclear weapons, Germany’s Spiegel news magazine said Friday. Citing information … Continue reading

New images show ISIS torching alcohol, cigarettes

A pile of cigarettes, banned in ISIS-held areas, burn as the militants watch over. (Photo courtesy: YouTube) Al Arabiya News Photos released by supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) showed militants burning piles of confiscated cigarettes and alcohol allegedly in areas in Iraq and Syria. In applying their strict interpretation of … Continue reading

ISIS in fresh bid to seize regime airbase

ISIS launched a fierce offensive to seize the last government controlled airbase in eastern Syria, entering a strategic village near the facility. BEIRUT – The Islamic State (ISIS) group earlier in the week launched a fierce offensive to seize the last government controlled airbase in eastern Syria, entering a strategic village near the facility.   … Continue reading

Al-Nusra attack Aleppo Shiite towns

BEIRUT – Islamist fighters launched an offensive to seize two Shiite towns north of Aleppo on the weekend in a bid to secure rebel supply lines into the embattled city.   On Sunday, fighters from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front as well as other opposition forces attacked Zahraa and Nubl, both of which have been besieged by … Continue reading