Two rockets hit #Russian embassy compound in #Damascus

  Two rockets struck the Russian embassy compound in Damascus on Tuesday sparking panic as several hundred people gathered to express their support for Moscow’s air war in Syria, AFP journalists said. Some 300 people had begun to gather for … Continue reading Two rockets hit #Russian embassy compound in #Damascus

#Breaking! #Israeli jets strike #Gaza 

Witnesses are reporting multiple explosions after an apparent Israeli Air Force raid in Gaza. Palestinian media report that the strikes targeted al-Qassam Brigades sites. The bombing came after a rocket was intercepted by Israel’s air defense system. Source: Israeli jets strike Gaza after rocket intercepted by Iron Dome – reports — RT News Continue reading #Breaking! #Israeli jets strike #Gaza 

#Russia targeting #NorthCaucasus jihadis linked to #ISIS

WASHINGTON – While the United States insists that Russian airstrikes in Syria are targeting “moderate” opposition forces and not ISIS fighters, a Middle East expert claims the targets are jihadists from Russia itself, many of whom have joined various Sunni jihadi groups, including ISIS, according to a new report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. Middle East expert Mairbek Vatchagaev told G2 Bulletin the concern for the Russian government is North Caucasus fighters in Syria returning home to continue waging jihad. “It is unclear why Russia sat back for so long and allowed the militants in Syria to consolidate,” said Vatchagaev, … Continue reading #Russia targeting #NorthCaucasus jihadis linked to #ISIS

#Breaking #Russian Missiles Fall Short, They Hit #Iran

Four Russian cruise missiles aimed at targets in Syria instead crashed in Iran, a US official said Thursday, declining to comment on whether there were any casualties.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the missiles landed in Iran on Wednesday, but did not provide details about where they might have landed. The official was confirming a story first reported by CNN. Russia conducted its first airstrikes in Syria last week, and on Wednesday Moscow ramped up its war by unleashing cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea. Source: Russian Missiles Fall Short of Syria, Hit Iran – Global Agenda – News – Arutz Sheva Continue reading #Breaking #Russian Missiles Fall Short, They Hit #Iran

#Syrian official says ‘wide-scale offensive’ launched

(CNN) The Syrian regime, which had appeared earlier this year to be on the ropes, has “launched a wide-scale offensive,” a senior military official said Thursday. The aim is “eliminating the terrorist groups and liberating the areas and towns that have suffered from terrorism and its crime,” Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayyoub, the Syrian army chief of staff, said on state media, Source: Syrian official says ‘wide-scale offensive’ launched – CNN.com Continue reading #Syrian official says ‘wide-scale offensive’ launched

33 #MSF staff, patients still missing after US #Kunduz air strike

KABUL (AFP) Thirty-three people are still missing five days after a catastrophic US air strike on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz that has prompted international outrage, medical charity Doctors Without Borders said Thursday. Of the missing, nine are patients and 24 are staff, according to Guilhem Molinie, country representative for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Afghanistan.   Source: Flash – 33 MSF staff, patients still missing after US Kunduz air strike – France 24 Continue reading 33 #MSF staff, patients still missing after US #Kunduz air strike

#Russian jets ‘intercept’ US predator drones over #Syria

Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia’s air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters a U.S. aircraft flying over Syria had to be rerouted to avoid a Russian fighter jet at least once. “We have taken action to maintain safe separation,” Davis said. He did not disclose which type of U.S. aircraft was involved. U.S. officials tell Fox News the drone encounters took place over ISIS-controlled Syria, including its … Continue reading #Russian jets ‘intercept’ US predator drones over #Syria

#Russia carries out new airstrikes in #Syria 

  (CNN)Russia’s airstrikes in Syria “do not go beyond ISIL (ISIS), al Nusra or other terrorist groups recognized by the United Nations Security Council or Russian law,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday. Pushed to define “other terrorist groups,” … Continue reading #Russia carries out new airstrikes in #Syria 

#Assad allies, including #Iranians, prepare ground attack in #Syria

  Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria in the last 10 days and will soon join government forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies in a major ground offensive backed by Russian air strikes, two Lebanese sources told Reuters. … Continue reading #Assad allies, including #Iranians, prepare ground attack in #Syria

Breaking! #Russian Airstrikes Hit US-Trained Rebels

  Russian jets have hit a training camp operated by a rebel group trained by American CIA agents, it has been claimed. The strikes were among 30 conducted by Russian planes in Syria, since Vladimir Putin entered the military fray … Continue reading Breaking! #Russian Airstrikes Hit US-Trained Rebels

#Breaking! #Russia begins airstrikes, demands US stay out! #ISIS

  Russian warplanes have begun bombarding Syrian opposition targets in the war-torn nation’s north, working on behalf of dictator Bashar al-Assad, according to a senior military official. The official said airstrikes targeted fighters in the vicinity of Homs, located roughly … Continue reading #Breaking! #Russia begins airstrikes, demands US stay out! #ISIS

Breaking! #VladimirPutin gets OK for #Russian airstrikes in #Syria 

Washington (CNN) The upper house of the Russian parliament has given President Vladimir Putin approval to use the Russian air force in Syria, according to state media .”The Federation Council unanimously supported the President’s request — 162 votes in favor … Continue reading Breaking! #VladimirPutin gets OK for #Russian airstrikes in #Syria 

#UN Speakers call for end to #Syria #barrelbombs

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Deadly barrel bombs dropped by Syrian army helicopters on opposition-held neighborhoods of Syria are the main driver behind the refugee crisis that has overwhelmed neighboring countries and now Europe, speakers at a panel held at the United Nations said Monday. Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, urged the international community to put an end to President Bashar Assad’s indiscriminate use of the bombs, saying the tactic also undermines the war against the Islamic State group. Source: News from The Associated Press Continue reading #UN Speakers call for end to #Syria #barrelbombs

 #Yazidis Urge #ICC to open probe into #ISIS atrocities 

THE HAGUE (AFP) – Iraq’s Yazidi minority — the target of brutal attacks from the  — urged the International Criminal Court Thursday to launch probes into the militants for genocide and sexual slavery.Two Yazidi groups handed over documents to the court which show “that ISIS has systematically committed atrocities amounting to genocide and that these crimes fall within the jurisdiction of the ICC,” said Murad Ismael from the Yazda group.Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda earlier this year said IS has committed crimes of “unspeakable cruelty” including mass executions, rape and torture.But she said she could not investigate as neither Iraq nor Syria are … Continue reading  #Yazidis Urge #ICC to open probe into #ISIS atrocities 

US Military Denies Defection of #Syria rebels to #AlNusra ; #Tax Dollars Well Spent?

  US military officials on Wednesday denied reports that the latest batch of American-trained Syrian rebels had defected to an Al-Qaeda affiliate.The Pentagon is under intense scrutiny over its “train-and-equip” program in which moderate Syrian rebels are given instruction and … Continue reading US Military Denies Defection of #Syria rebels to #AlNusra ; #Tax Dollars Well Spent?