Militant jihadist group kills dozens of Syrian troops and workers in its largest attack yet on the regime
Reuters, July 19
Jihadists have killed 270 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees since seizing a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group said Friday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described Thursday’s takeover [...]
General Sir David Richards’ bid for 100,000-strong force had support from US heavyweights but was shelved as too risky
The Guardian, By Ewen MacAskill, July 4
The British military drew up a secret plan two years ago to train a 100,000-strong Syrian rebel force aimed at toppling president Bashar al-Assad.
The plan was the brainchild [...]
Program to Train and Equip Moderate Opposition Would Expand U.S. Role in Civil War.
The Wall Street Journal, By Julian E. Barnes, Adam Entous & Carol E. Lee, June 26
Washington — The White House on Thursday proposed a major program to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, in a significant expansion of the U.S. [...]
AP, By Edith M. Lederer, June 21
United Nations – The humanitarian situation in Syria is worsening and the number of people needing urgent help has reached 10.8 million – almost half of Syria’s population of 22 million, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday.
Ban’s monthly report to the U.N. Security Council said the current [...]
We note that the latest news from Iraq is that radical Muslims, the ISIS, ISIL, or whomever, in natty Black uniforms, and Nissan pickup trucks mounted with 50 caliber machines guns, are the latest terrorists in Iraq and fighting Assad in Syria.
This rag-tag bunch of well-uniformed men have defeated the Iraqi army, (which was [...]
Fighters believed to be from ISIL have taken over most of Iraq’s second-largest city and freed 1,400 prisoners
Al Jazeera, June 11
Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on parliament to declare a state of emergency after armed fighters believed to be part of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized [...]
NYT – UNITED NATIONS — The Syrian government is “failing in its responsibility to look after its own people,” the secretary general of the United Nations said in a confidential report to the Security Council, in which he urged it to authorize the delivery of food and medicine to Syria without the government’s consent.
RFI, April 19
Four French journalists are safe and in good health, after being held hostage in Syria since June 2013. The hostages were found overnight Friday by Turkish soldiers on the border between Turkey and Syria, where they had been tied-up and blindfolded.
French President François Hollande declared his huge relief on Saturday, in [...]
NPR, By Michelle Keleman, February 28
Masses of refugees wait in line to receive food aid distributed in the Yarmouk camp on Jan. 31 in Damascus, Syria. (United Nation Relief and Works Agency/Getty Images)
A photo from Syria is grabbing the world’s attention: a sea of people lining up for food amid the rubble of [...]
Al Jazeera, February 25
The head of Al-Qaeda’s wing in Syria has given rival Islamist militants five days to accept mediation to end their infighting or face a war that “will terminate them,” according to an audio recording posted on Tuesday.
Abu Mohammed al-Golani, leader of Al-Nusra Front, called on the Islamic State in Iraq [...]
McClatchy, By Roy Gutman & Hannah Allam, February 17
Reyhanli, Turkey — Caught off guard by the abrupt dismissal of the U.S. point man for moderate Syrian rebels, the Obama administration is now searching for new clients to aid in an insurgency that’s dominated by Islamist factions, including groups with connections to al Qaida.
Syrian Arab Army troops celebrate recent victory (liveleak.com)
The Syrian Arab Army may be on the verge of another set of victories that go far beyond those gained in the summer of 2013 when the Syrian army and Hezbollah took the rebel held city of Qusayr. The hotly contested battles rage in [...]
Cairo – Six people have been killed and some 100 others wounded in a series of explosions in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
Ukraine – A Ukrainian Journalist Explains 10 Things The West Needs To Know About The Situation In Kiev
Poland – The hidden history of the CIA’s prison in Poland
The U.P. [...]
(Hurriyet Daily News, Istanbul) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned during a meeting in Damascus on Wednesday with Iran’s foreign minister that Saudi Arabia’s political and religious ideology is “a threat to the world,” state television reported.
He was referring to Wahhabism, an ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim tradition which is predominant in Saudi Arabia, a key backer [...]
James Joyce began Finnegans Wake with this passage:
“riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s from swerve of shore to bend of bay bring us back by a commodious vicus of recirculation back to Howrth Castle and Environs.”
Those sturdy enough to navigate the hallucinogenic, recursive, rhythmic prose to the very last page [...]