Thought for the day

"The supreme trick of mass insanity is that it persuades you that the only abnormal person is the one who refuses to join in the madness of others, the one who tries vainly to resist. We will never understand totalitarianism if we do not understand that people rarely have the strength to be uncommon." -- Eugene Ionesco

White House Says Turkey Has Right to Defend Themselves From Kurds MikeRivero Wed, 11/23/2022 - 10:32

The White House said Tuesday that Turkey has the “right to defend themselves” from Kurdish militant groups in northern Syria and Iraq following massive Turkish airstrikes in the region.

“Turkey does continue to suffer a legitimate terrorist threat, particularly to their south. They certainly have every right to defend themselves and their citizens,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

Syrian Kurdish Militants Fire Rockets Into Turkey, Killing Three MikeRivero Tue, 11/22/2022 - 08:29

Turkey’s interior minister on Monday said that three people were killed after rockets hit the Turkish district of Karkamis, near the Syrian border, in an attack likely carried out by Kurdish militants.

Turkey Launches Airstrikes Against Kurds in Syria, Iraq Over Istanbul Bombing MikeRivero Mon, 11/21/2022 - 08:24

Turkey carried out dozens of airstrikes in northern Syria and Iraq on Sunday against Kurdish groups it blamed for a recent deadly bombing in Istanbul.

Ankara blamed the Kurdish militant group PKK for the Istanbul bombing, which killed six people and wounded at least 81. For their part, the PKK and its affiliates have denied any role in the attack.

Israeli drones bombed Iranian fuel trucks heading to Lebanon last week: Iraqi officials MikeRivero Thu, 11/17/2022 - 08:59

The airstrikes that hit a convoy of tanker trucks carrying Iranian fuel from the Iraqi Qaim border crossing into Syria last week were conducted by Israeli drones, Iraqi officials told 

Israel airstrike hits Syrian airbase used by Russian military. One day S-400 will blow up an F-16. MikeRivero Mon, 11/14/2022 - 11:29
UN Rapporteur Calls for Lifting of US Sanctions Harming Syrian Civilians MikeRivero Fri, 11/11/2022 - 08:46

A UN special rapporteur on Thursday called for the removal of US and other Western sanctions on Syria as they are having a devastating impact on the civilian population and preventing the country from rebuilding after 11 years of war.

Poor Access to Safe Water Fuels Cholera Outbreak in Syria MikeRivero Fri, 11/11/2022 - 07:35

Poor access to safe water has exacerbated a cholera outbreak rampaging across Syria's war-battered provinces, where local authorities are struggling to contain the spread with chlorine tablets and vaccines.

More than 35,000 suspected cases of cholera have been reported across the country, according to the United Nations’ children's agency. UNICEF said only approximately 2,500 have been tested, of which nearly half were confirmed positive.

Israel Attacks Convoy on Syria-Iraq Border; At Least 10 Killed MikeRivero Thu, 11/10/2022 - 10:34

Truck convoys heading into Syria from Iraq are not uncommon: Iran sends fuel convoys to Lebanon and Syria a couple of times per month. On Tuesday night, one such convoy was hammered by Israeli airstrikes.

Turkey lays ground for possible diplomatic rapprochement with Syria MikeRivero Thu, 11/10/2022 - 10:22

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu revealed that political communication with the Syrian government needs an “appropriate environment.” He also spoke about his country’s four goals in Syria.

US Sets Up New Military Base in NE Syria MikeRivero Tue, 11/08/2022 - 07:36

A number of US troops and logistics forces have been arriving in the Syrian city of Raqqa recently, and are in the process of establishing a new military base in the area, in Hasakeh Province.

The location makes some sense, though no official announcement has been made yet. The US has an estimated 1,000 troops left in Syria, and 28 declared military sites. They are mostly in Hasakeh, so it makes sense that the new base would be there too.