Tag Archives: Syrian President Bashar Assad

Russia upset over being blocked from Syria chemical weapons investigation

Russia has protested the U.S.’ refusal to allow its inspectors to participate in a formal investigation into a chemical weapons attack that struck the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhan in northern Idlib, Syria, earlier this month. Continue reading →

Ex-Obama officials show true colors on Syria after strikes

President Trump’s missile strikes on the Assad regime have re-opened the divide among former Obama administration officials over their much-critiqued Syria policy. While some Barack Obama allies criticized Trump and defended the former administration’s diplomatic approach, others could hardly contain their relief that the U.S. had taken military action in response to chemical weapons use. Continue reading →

Mass graves, booby traps found as Russians and Syrians sweep Aleppo

Monday Russia’s Defense Ministry said that its troops had found mass graves in Syria’s Aleppo with bodies showing signs of torture and mutilation. Dozens of bodies have been uncovered, according to Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov. He said some bore gunshot wounds.

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Obama says he’s proud of pulling back from Syria airstrikes

Obama said he’s proud of the moment he pulled the U.S. from the brink of launching airstrikes against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, calling it the right decision to make. He also called out U.S. allies who call for tougher U.S. action in Mideast conflicts but fail to take risks themselves, describing them as “free-riders.” He cast the sectarian conflicts roiling the region as a competition between Iran and close U.S. partner Saudi Arabia, and he urged both to find “an effective way to share the neighborhood.”

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US anti-ISIS envoy says only 30 percent of Russian airstrikes hit terror group

The US special envoy to the coalition fighting the ISIS terror group in Iraq and Syria said that just 30 percent of Russian airstrikes in Syria were targeting the terror group. Brett McGurk told reporters in Baghdad that the rest of Moscow’s airstrikes hit “other armed groups”, according to Reuters.

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Gates says Putin might be ‘doing us a favor,’ urges more defense spending

Wednesday former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that Vladimir Putin remains a powerful, geopolitical force but also suggested the Russian president’s recent military forays might be “doing us a favor.” He said Putin’s recent airstrikes in Syria and perhaps more importantly his intervention in eastern Ukraine should alert America’s European allies to increase military spending “because the world has not gone on to broad sunny uplands where there’s peace and tranquility all the time.”

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Obama: Assad inviting Russian military into Syria

Obama, you are the biggest ass to ever be the head of a country.  Now I’ve heard everything, blame Assad, for a mess you and your fellow crony, world leaders created in the first place, when you removed those heads of state in the middle east.

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Top White House security adviser says US has strong support inside Syria for ISIS strikes

On Sunday, a top White House security advisor said that the United States has strong support from Syrian residents in its effort to destroy Islamic State positions in their country, downplaying protests and arguing that Syrian President Bashar Assad is a common enemy.

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Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels

Why don’t we just ship him to Syria instead of allowing him to arm our enemies? Obama is asking Congress for $500 million to train and arm vetted members of the Syrian opposition, as the U.S. grapples for a way to stem a civil war that has also fueled the al-Qaida inspired insurgency in neighboring Iraq.