NORTHERN SYRIA—On a secret trip to Syria, the new commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Saturday he felt a moral obligation to enter a war zone to check on his troops and make his own assessment of progress in organizing local Arab and Kurd fighters for what has been a slow campaign to push the Islamic State out of Syria.
“I have responsibility for this mission, and I have responsibility for the people that we put here,” Army Gen. Joseph Votel said in an interview as dusk fell on the remote outpost where he had arrived 11 hours earlier. “So it’s imperative for me to come and see what they’re dealing with—to share the risk they are dealing with.” Continue reading
The facility, near the city of Rmeilan in Hasakah province, is the first U.S.-controlled air base in Syria.
A spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the base was handed over to the U.S. to support Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It had been under the control of the U.S.-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) for over two years. Continue reading
The weaponry seized earlier by ISIS was a result of the gun running scandal in Benghazi, up until the point of the embassy attack. Like al Qaeda, America had created and armed ISIS.
American support for Kurdish fighters in embattled city of Kobane goes awry, as brutal jihadists sarcastically thank US for the ammo.
That aid went horribly wrong on Monday, when the drop of hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers (RPGs) and other goods fell right into the waiting hands of none other than ISIS. The group documented the drop in a video.
In a stunning speech, Erdogan railed against Western “spies” and journalists and seemed to endorse the ISIS plan to redraw the region’s borders.
GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took on the iconic Lawrence of Arabia Monday in a furious anti-Western diatribe. The Turkish president compared the outside meddling in the region now to the role the renowned British army officer played during the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans during World War I. And Western diplomats here say the tirade bears a rather striking resemblance to some of the propaganda that has come out of the so-called Islamic State, widely known by the acronym ISIS or ISIL.
Last week, stung by Western criticism of Turkey’s conspicuous absence from the U.S.-led air combat against the terror organization, and the refusal of the Turkish government to rescue the besieged town of Kobani, just across the Syrian border, Erdoğan insisted he had no sympathy for the jihadists.
ISIS has nearly encircled Kurdish fighters in Kobane, Syria. The Kurdish fighters are battling to remain control of the border crossing with Turkey. If ISIS takes the area the Kurds will be trapped inside Kobane. The US airstrikes have failed. Continue reading