#Obama was ‘skeptical’ of #Syria rebel #boondoggle

The failed $500 million program to set up a proxy army in Syria was a test, US President Barack Obama told ’60 Minutes’, adding that he had doubts about the project from the start. He also ruled out sending US troops to Syria. “I’ve been skeptical from the get-go about the notion that we were going to effectively create this proxy army inside of Syria,” Obama said in the interview. “My goal has been to try to test the proposition, can we be able to train and equip a moderate opposition that’s willing to fight ISIL?” Broadcast Sunday night, Obama’s interview … Continue reading #Obama was ‘skeptical’ of #Syria rebel #boondoggle

#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 

8 #ISIS targets hit during 20 combat flights in #Syria – #Russianmilitary

Russia has struck eight Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) targets in Syria, the country’s Defense Ministry said, adding that civilian infrastructure was avoided during the operations.“Today, Russian aerospace force jets delivered pinpoint strikes on eight ISIS terror group targets in Syria. In total, 20 flights were made,” spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, said. “As a result, arms and fuel depots and military equipment were hit. ISIS coordination centers in the mountains were totally Source: 8 ISIS targets hit during 20 combat flights in Syria – Russian military — RT News Continue reading 8 #ISIS targets hit during 20 combat flights in #Syria – #Russianmilitary

#ISIS cracks down on school playgrounds to enforce gender separation of parents  

The terrorist group Islamic State has shut down playgrounds in a Syrian city, because unrelated men and women bringing their children to play there could mingle, a monitoring group has reported. The Islamic State morality police Hesbah targeted playgrounds in the city of Mayadin in the eastern Deir ez-Zor province, local sources told the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Several men and women were arrested by ISIS gunmen “for not abiding by Islamic rules on dress.”A similar crackdown on playgrounds was reported in the ISIS Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, where three women were arrested for not being accompanied by … Continue reading #ISIS cracks down on school playgrounds to enforce gender separation of parents  

#Breaking! Obama adds More than 30,000 new #UN #peacekeepers  by 50 countries 

More than 30,000 new troops from over 50 nations will be added to the UN’s peacekeeping mission, US President Barack Obama announced on Monday.Obama stressed that for the UN to keep its peacekeeping mission from bending under “unprecedented strains,” more nations will need to commit troops.“Our collective security depends on it,” he said.Obama said the US itself will expand its support for peacekeeping missions, promising additional resources, more military officers, logistical support and construction projects. Source: More than 30,000 new UN peacekeepers to be added by 50 countries – Obama — RT USA Continue reading #Breaking! Obama adds More than 30,000 new #UN #peacekeepers  by 50 countries 

‘#British’ female #jihadists urge opening new #ISIS front in Libya — RT

Three female jihadists believed to be from the UK are urging Western Muslims to join them in helping to open a new front for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in North Africa. The women are believed to have been living in Libya since the summer. Source: ‘British’ female jihadists urge opening new ISIS front in Libya — RT UK Continue reading ‘#British’ female #jihadists urge opening new #ISIS front in Libya — RT

#Russia, #Iran, Iraq & #Syria setting up ‘joint information center’ to coordinate anti-#ISIS operations

  Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria have agreed to establish a joint information center in Baghdad to coordinate their operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) militants, according to sources. “The main goal of the center will be gathering, processing … Continue reading #Russia, #Iran, Iraq & #Syria setting up ‘joint information center’ to coordinate anti-#ISIS operations