Syrian rebels are claiming that Turkey tipped off members of the al Qaeda affiliate that kidnapped at least five U.S-backed Syrian opposition fighters late last month when they entered Syria after completing a Pentagon training program.
A Syrian rebel trained by the Pentagon to fight the Islamic State plans to fight forces aligned with Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
I know it’s not terribly interesting given Trumpmania and Cecil the Lion and that sorority in Alabama where the girls had the temerity to be attractive on video, but Syria has devolved into a chaotic hellhole where “unthinkable atrocities” are taking place on a near-daily basis and hundreds of thousands of people have died.
Fortunately, the United Nations is escalating its response to the crisis.
Senior U.S. officials confirmed reports that the Islamic State may have used chemical weapons in an attack on Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq late Wednesday that left 60 with breathing difficulties.
Pentagon officials are uncertain as to whether they have the authority to direct U.S. troops to protect the Syrian insurgents who will help create and eventually protect the so-called Islamic State “safe zone” on the Syrian-Turkish border.
The United States and Turkey have crafted a plan to rid a 60-mile-long zone along the Syrian-Turkish border of Islamic State terrorists, an ambitious plan that would result in heavy reliance on Syrian opposition fighters who are generally more concerned with crippling Bashar al-Assad’s regime than with toppling IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) terrorists.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Texas) on Wednesday called for the White House to set up a multinational coalition to oust Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from power in an attempt to strip the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) of its safe-haven.
U.S. intelligence agencies are concerned that the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad might still harbor some chemical weapons and could use them in an attempt to prevent his ouster, the Wall Street Journal reports.