Tag Archives: Syria

Afghanistan: Russian bounties on GIs

Members of the elite Naval Special Warfare Development Group, known to the public as SEAL Team Six, raided a Taliban outpost and recovered roughly $500,000 in U.S. currency. The funds bolstered the suspicions of the American intelligence community that Russians … Continue reading

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Notoriously shy Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and R9X Hellfire missile

The R9X is a version of the Hellfire missile that has its warhead removed and replaced with six swords. The weapons that were recovered have letters and numbers on them and say AGM R9X. This isn’t exactly clandestine then, since … Continue reading

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Syria: U.S. sanctions bite on Asma al-Assad, French sentence Rifaat Assad

Bashar al-Assad’s wife, Asma al-Assad, who was born in Britain to a cardiologist father and diplomat mother, is a former investment banker. But Pompeo in his statement charged that she, with the support of her husband and her own family, … Continue reading

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Syria: Russia fed up with mess

Makhlouf’s Facebook videos might help bolster the narrative of a Syrian system open to dissenting voices and create the image of a Syrian president opposed to corruption. The reality is more nuanced. Assad’s aim is not to eradicate any corrupt … Continue reading

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Anti-ISIS mission in the southern Makhmur Mountains of Iraq

“The forces trekked through mountainous terrain and eliminated four hostile ISIS fighters who were barricaded in the caves. The recovery took approximately six hours,” said Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the OIR coalition. The following Marines died … Continue reading

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Idlib Syria: Putin and Erdogan deal in Moscow over hamlets

Putin and Erdogan agreed to “cease all military actions along the line of contact” starting at 12:01 a.m. March 6; establish a security corridor 6 kilometers (nearly 4 miles) deep to the north and 6 kilometers deep to the south … Continue reading

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Syria: Syrian Army in Hasaka

Syrian Army units have entered the predominantly Assyrian Christian town of Tal Tamr, about 12 miles from the Turkish border, in Hasaka “to face Turkish aggression.” The area had been under Kurdish control for 7 years. [February 5 2019 U.S. … Continue reading

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Syria: detained IS fighters at Al-Hol about 60km from Turkey

Roj and Ain Issa, which are home to 1,700 and 12,900 people respectively in May 2019, would both be located inside Turkey’s proposed “safe zone”. Al-Hol, which is by far the biggest such camp with more than 68,000 residents, is … Continue reading

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ISIS resurgence in Iraq

Officials with CJTF-OIR, the command overseeing the fight against ISIS, said that “despite improving capabilities of the Iraqi Security Forces, ISIS is rebuilding in remote areas that are hard for these forces to secure.” CJTF-OIR’s estimate “that some 45,000 ISIS … Continue reading

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Pompeo: expel every last Iranian boot” from Syria

  Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt January 10, 2019 declared that the U.S. would “use diplomacy and work with our partner to expel every last Iranian boot” from Syria. And he promised … Continue reading

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