#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

#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

#Syrian Rebels Unite against #Russian Occupation

In an unprecedented show of unity, more than 40 Syrian rebel factions issued a joint statement condemning Russia’s intervention in the ongoing civil war and vowing to fight Russian “occupiers. “Russia claims it launched its massive air campaign last week to target the jihadists ISIS terror group, as well as Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise, Al Nusra Front. However, while Russian jets have struck ISIS positions in their northern stronghold of Al-Bab – which the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says resulted in “a large number” of casualties – the vast majority of strikes have been directed against other rebel groups seeking to topple … Continue reading #Syrian Rebels Unite against #Russian Occupation

#ISIS in #Syria using human shields and mosques as shelters

Islamic State militants are hiding in mosques and using locals as human shields because they know that Russian jets would never target civilian areas, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed at two briefings on Tuesday. Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) forces are sheltering in mosques and trying to hide their vehicles around them, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters Tuesday, citing video evidence.“Knowing our careful, respectful attitude to mosques they understand that we would never – under any circumstances – carry out airstrikes against civilian facilities,” he said, following a meeting with Defense press attachés from several countries, with a US representative … Continue reading #ISIS in #Syria using human shields and mosques as shelters

#Russia says it hit 12 #ISIS group targets in latest #Syria strikes

Russian jets carried out air strikes on 12 Islamic State (IS) group sites in Syria on Tuesday, the defence ministry in Moscow said. The Russian warplanes hit the region around the eastern city of Deir Ezzor and in the provinces … Continue reading #Russia says it hit 12 #ISIS group targets in latest #Syria strikes

#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 

Couple Murdered By #Islam #Terrorists in Terror Road Shooting #Israel

  A shooting attack took place just after 9 p.m. on Thursday night, with initial reports indicating two people in their 30s were killed in the gunfire. MDA volunteers said that the victims were a man and a woman and that they were dead when the volunteers arrived on the scene. They had suffered wounds in the upper body. Four children were in the vehicle. The children are aged four months, four years, 7 and 9. They were unhurt and did not require evacuation to hospital. Source: Couple Murdered in Terror Road Shooting – Defense/Security – News – Arutz Sheva Continue reading Couple Murdered By #Islam #Terrorists in Terror Road Shooting #Israel

#Iraq PM open Door to #Russian airstrikes on #IslamicState militants

Lavrov said that Russia would not go if they were not invited, looks like the invitations are in the mail…   Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told FRANCE24 in an exclusive interview on Thursday that he is open to allowing … Continue reading #Iraq PM open Door to #Russian airstrikes on #IslamicState militants

#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

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

Russian Orthodox Church Backs ‘Holy War’ in #Syria –  

Russia’s powerful Orthodox Church on Wednesday voiced support for Moscow’s decision to carry out air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State group (ISIS), calling it a “holy battle.” “The fight with terrorism is a holy battle and today our country is perhaps the most active force in the world fighting it,” said the head of the Church’s public affairs department, Vsevolod Chaplin, quoted by Interfax news agency.Chaplin explicitly said the Church backs Russia’s decision to deploy its airforce in Syria to attack ISIS. “This decision corresponds with international law, the mentality of our people and the special role that … Continue reading Russian Orthodox Church Backs ‘Holy War’ in #Syria –  

#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

#Russians tell #US to remove warplanes from #Syria 

EXCLUSIVE (FOX News): Russian officials have demanded that American warplanes exit Syrian airspace immediately, a senior U.S. official told Fox News early Wednesday. The official told Fox News that Russian diplomats sent an official demarche ordering U.S. planes out of Syria, … Continue reading #Russians tell #US to remove warplanes from #Syria 

German troops may stay in #Afghanistan longer after #Taliban advances

  The seizure of the Afghan city of Kunduz by the Taliban has prompted Germany’s defense minister to mull the possibility of delaying troop withdrawal from the country.“It is important that we carefully examine the current situation and that we … Continue reading German troops may stay in #Afghanistan longer after #Taliban advances

#Ukraine’s Poroshenko bashes #Russia(#Putin) at UN General Assembly

  Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has used his speech at the UN General Assembly to once again accuse Moscow of aggression against his country and urge other UN members to limit Russia’s veto power at the Security Council.Ukraine has become … Continue reading #Ukraine’s Poroshenko bashes #Russia(#Putin) at UN General Assembly

#Ukraine trial of captured #Russian soldiers begins

(CNN)The trial of two alleged Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine opened Tuesday in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. The two men, Yevhen Yarofeev and Oleksandr Aleksandrov, are accused of “military aggression against Ukraine” and terrorist activity. Ukraine’s chief military prosecutor, Anatoliy Matios, has said he will demand the “maximum sanction” — life sentences. Source: Ukraine trial of captured Russian soldiers begins – CNN.com Continue reading #Ukraine trial of captured #Russian soldiers begins

#Iraq to share intelligence on #ISIS with #Russia, #Iran and #Syria

BAGHDAD — Iraq will begin sharing security and intelligence” information with Russia, Syria and Iran to help combat the advances of the Islamic State group, the Iraqi military announced Sunday. Source: Iraq to share intelligence on Islamic State with Russia, … Continue reading #Iraq to share intelligence on #ISIS with #Russia, #Iran and #Syria