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February 2015 - Syria Special Weapons News

  • Syrian army troops take back southern villages from militants Iran Press TV 28 Feb 2015 -- Syrian government forces continue to gain ground in their fight against foreign-backed armed groups, and have taken full control of several villages south of the conflict-stricken Arab country.
  • Syrian Kurdish forces retake Syrian town from ISIL Iran Press TV 28 Feb 2015 -- Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) forces, backed by Assyrian Christians, have managed to retake a strategic town in Syria's northeastern province of Hasaka from Takfiri ISIL militants, as they continue to push the terrorists back from the area.
  • Coalition Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 27 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Kurds mount offensive against ISIL, gain ground in northeast Syria Iran Press TV 27 Feb 2015 -- Kurdish fighters have advanced on a key town in northeastern Syria which is a stronghold of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
  • Kurdish Fighters Seize Key Islamic State Stronghold VOA 27 Feb 2015 -- Kurdish fighters say they have 'liberated' a northeastern Syrian town that has been a key stronghold of Islamic State militants.
  • Syria's war continues 'unabated and with total impunity,' Security Council told UN News Centre 26 Feb 2015 -- In a briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria, two senior United Nations relief officials warned today that as the conflict enters its fifth year, the violence and brutality continue unabated and with total impunity.
  • UN envoy for Lebanon visits refugee camps, pledges support to deal with influx of Syrians UN News Centre 26 Feb 2015 -- The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag today expressed support to Middle East country as it faces the impact of the conflict in Syria.
  • Security Council condemns abduction of Syrian Christians by ISIL UN News Centre 26 Feb 2015 -- The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the abduction of more than 100 Assyrians, as well as the destruction and desecration of Christian and other sites in northeast Syria this week by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
  • Remarks at a Security Council Session on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 26 Feb 2015
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 26 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Syrian army attacks ISIL terrorists in several provinces Iran Press TV 26 Feb 2015 -- Syria's army forces have pushed ahead with their battle against ISIL Takfiri terrorists in several provinces of the conflict-stricken country.
  • Activists: IS Militants Kidnap 220 Assyrians VOA 26 Feb 2015 -- At least 220 Assyrian Christians have been abducted in northeastern Syria in recent days, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Thursday.
  • Assyrian Forces Seek International Support After IS Offensive VOA 26 Feb 2015 -- Local forces battling Islamic State militants in northeast Syria ask the international community for weapons 'capable of changing the balance of power on the ground,' as hundreds of the area's Assyrian residents remain missing after an Islamic State offensive.
  • Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 25 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Assyrian rights group: 1,000 Christian families displaced in northeast Syria Iran Press TV 25 Feb 2015 -- Nearly 1,000 Assyrian families in northeastern Syria have run for their lives in the wake of the abduction of at least 150 members of the community by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
  • Syria launches offensive to break ISIL's siege of Aleppo Iran Press TV 25 Feb 2015 -- Syrian army troops have launched a fresh offensive in the countryside of the war-ravaged northern city of Aleppo in a bid to break the siege of several suburban towns that remained under the ISIL Takfiri terrorists' control.e
  • Dempsey: Coalition Gains Put ISIL in 'Difficult Position' AFPS 24 Feb 2015 -- Strategic and tactical gains by coalition partners have made a difference in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
  • Activists: IS Kidnaps 90 Assyrian Christians VOA 24 Feb 2015 -- Islamic State militants kidnapped at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages during raids in northeastern Syria, activists said Tuesday.
  • Carter: ISIL Must be Dealt 'Lasting Defeat' AFPS 23 Feb 2015 -- There is no doubt the international coalition battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant "will deliver a lasting defeat," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told U.S. troops during his visit to Kuwait today.
  • Defeating ISIL Takes Diplomatic, Military Effort, Carter Says AFPS 23 Feb 2015 -- Dealing a lasting defeat to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant will require "a combined diplomatic and military effort," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters today at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, after he concluded a conference there with ambassadors and senior U.S. and regional military leaders.
  • Remarks by Secretary Carter at a Troop Event at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait DoD 23 Feb 2015 -- Presenters: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Lieutenant General James L. Terry, commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve
  • Media Availability with Secretary Carter at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait DoD 23 Feb 2015 -- Presenters: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 23 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Iran: Training, arming terrorists in Syria violate int'l rules ISNA 23 Feb 2015 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said training armed groups known as the so-called moderate Syrian opposition is blatant violation of international rules.
  • Iran supports efforts to end Syria conflict: Larijani ISNA 23 Feb 2015 -- Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani reaffirmed the Islamic Republic's support for every effort to help find a political solution to the prolonged conflict in Syria.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 22 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Syria condemns Turkey tomb operation as 'flagrant aggression' Iran Press TV 22 Feb 2015 -- The Syrian government has denounced the Turkish army's recent operation in the Syrian territory as an act of "flagrant aggression."
  • Turkey's Evacuation of Tomb Guards In Syria Draws Rebuke VOA 22 Feb 2015 -- Damascus is calling a Turkish military operation in northern Syria to evacuate dozens of troops and relocate a historically significant tomb an act of 'flagrant aggression.'
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 21 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, using bomber aircraft to conduct an airstrike, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • UN Chief Calls on All Parties to Stop Shelling of Aleppo Sputnik 21 Feb 2015 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took note of his envoy Staffan de Mistura's statement that Syria's government is willing to stop all aerial attacks and artillery shelling over Aleppo for six weeks and urged all armed opposition groups to suspend their shelling of the city.
  • UN chief appeals for 'immediate de-escalation' as step towards political solution for Syria UN News Centre 20 Feb 2015 -- The United Nations Secretary-General has appealed today to all warring parties in Syria to de-escalate the conflict in order to provide a reprieve for the country's long-suffering civilians.
  • Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 20 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • UN rights experts describe 'unconscionable' suffering of Syrians in four-year conflict UN News Centre 20 Feb 2015 -- Four United Nations human rights experts briefed the Security Council today on a new report into human rights and humanitarian law violations in Syria since the uprising in the country began, saying unthinkable crimes continue occurring daily, with victims' voices in danger of being lost amid the horrors of the conflict.
  • UN rights chief calls on Syria to release detainees, describes ‘grim’ conditions, torture UN News Centre 19 Feb 2015 -- Syrian authorities should release all those held by Government forces and its militias, without due process, in some cases for years on end, the United Nations rights chief urged today, noting which said that activists, lawyers and human rights defenders had been particularly targeted.
  • Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 19 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Syria army kills 24 ISIL terrorists in Homs Iran Press TV 19 Feb 2015 -- Syrian army forces have killed around 24 operatives of the Takfiri terrorist group ISIL in the western province of Homs.
  • UN envoy sees 'glimmer of hope' as Syria indicates willingness to 'freeze' Aleppo fighting UN News Centre 18 Feb 2015 -- The Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, sees a "glimmer of hope" for his proposed 'freeze' of localized hostilities in the city of Aleppo amid continuing fighting throughout the Middle Eastern country between Government forces and entrenched rebels.
  • Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 18 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Syria army, Hezbollah fighters reach Aleppo's besieged villages Iran Press TV 18 Feb 2015 -- Syrian army, backed by fighters of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, has closed in on two Shia-inhabited towns of al-Zahra and Nubl on the outskirts of the country's largest city, Aleppo.
  • UN: Syria Agrees to 6-Week Bombing Halt in Aleppo VOA 17 Feb 2015 -- The U.N.'s special envoy on Syria says the government of President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to stop aerial bombing of the city of Aleppo for six weeks, as the envoy works with international partners to seek a political solution to the nearly four-year -old conflict.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 17 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Al-Nusra clashes with FSA in Syrian province of Idlib Iran Press TV 17 Feb 2015 -- The militants of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front have clashed with the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) in a village in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.
  • Syrian army recaptures several villages north of Aleppo Iran Press TV 17 Feb 2015 -- The Syrian army, backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement, has successfully wrested control of several villages north of Aleppo from foreign-backed militants.
  • Turkey, US to Sign Agreement on Training, Equipping Syrian Opposition Sputnik 17 Feb 2015 -- Turkey and the US will sign an agreement on a 'training and equipment program' for Syrian opposition forces in the coming days, a Turkish official said Tuesday.
  • Aid Not Reaching Millions in Syria VOA 17 Feb 2015 -- Delegates attending a U.N.-sponsored meeting on the crisis in Syria are appealing to all warring factions to allow humanitarian agencies to deliver desperately needed aid to millions of people who currently are out of reach.
  • U.S., Coalition Allies Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL AFPS 16 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • 35 killed as ISIL suffers huge blow in Syria Iran Press TV 15 Feb 2015 -- Battles between ISIL terrorists and Kurdish forces near the Syrian town of Kobani have left at least 35 militants killed.
  • Dozens killed in Syria clashes in one week: Monitoring group Iran Press TV 15 Feb 2015 -- Ongoing clashes between the Hezbollah-backed Syrian army and terrorist groups in southern Syria have left dozens dead on both sides over the past week, a monitoring group says.
  • U.S., Coalition Allies Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL AFPS 13 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Kurds recapture more villages in Kobani from ISIL Iran Press TV 13 Feb 2015 -- Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have succeeded in wresting control of dozens more villages around Syria's border town of Kobani from the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, says a UK-based group.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets in Syria, Iraq AFPS 12 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 11 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Army forces, Hezbollah fighters gain ground against militants in south Syria Iran Press TV 11 Feb 2015 -- The Syrian army, backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement, has made outstanding gains in operations against foreign-backed militants in a region close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
  • UN envoy and Syrian President discuss political solution to conflict, Aleppo fighting 'freeze' UN News Centre 11 Feb 2015 -- After two days of intensive discussions in Damascus with Syrian authorities, including a long meeting with President Bashar Al-Assad today, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the country, Staffan de Mistura, stressed the importance of reducing the violence of the conflict to protect the Syrian people and to increase unimpeded access of humanitarian assistance to all those in need.
  • Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL AFPS 10 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Briefing: Syria's 'freeze zones' and prospects for peace IRIN 10 Feb 2015 -- After two of his predecessors quit in frustration, the UN's third envoy to Syria has been working for several months on a new approach to ending a war that is about to enter its fifth year. This complex and fluid conflict has cost more than 200,000 lives and forced more than 10 million people to flee their homes.
  • Kurdish Push in Iraq, Syria Prompts Sunni Fears VOA 09 Feb 2015 -- The Iraqi Kurds' offensive against Islamic militants in mainly Arab areas outside their autonomous region in northern Iraq is being applauded by Western powers relieved at jihadist setbacks. But analysts worry that the advances hold serious risks of undermining U.S. strategy to coax Sunni Arab tribes to join the battle against the Islamic State.
  • Experts Worry About Lurking Shiite Militia Threat VOA 09 Feb 2015 -- Some regional experts and U.S. officials are warning that a collaborator in the fight against the so-called Islamic State militants could prove less friendly in the future.
  • Kerry: US-led Coalition 'on the Road' to Destroying IS VOA 09 Feb 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S.-led coalition is 'on the road' to degrading and destroying the Islamic State (IS) group. President Obama's special envoy for the coalition, retired Marine General John Allen, said he expects a major Iraqi-led counter-offensive against the IS group in coming weeks.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 09 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Airstrikes, Kurdish Forces Push ISIL from Bridgeheads Near Mosul AFPS 09 Feb 2015 -- Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve airstrikes in support of the Iraqi government's fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant aided in security forces from the Kurdish region seizing three bridgeheads on the west bank of the Tigris River north of Mosul in formerly ISIL-held areas, task force officials said today.
  • Syria rejects foreign boots on ground to fight ISIL Iran Press TV 09 Feb 2015 -- The Syrian foreign minister says his country will reject the deployment of foreign troops on its soil for battling the ISIL Takfiri militants.
  • Coalition Military Leaders Discuss Operation Inherent Resolve AFPS 08 Feb 2015 -- Military leaders representing member states of a combined joint task force to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant gathered Feb. 2-3 to discuss the way ahead in Operation Inherent Resolve, task force officials announced today.
  • U.S., Coalition Allies Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL AFPS 07 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Coalition Airstrikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 06 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Kurdish fighters recapture 101 villages near Kobani Iran Press TV 06 Feb 2015 -- Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have recaptured over a hundred villages from the ISIL Takfiri terrorists around Syria's flashpoint border town of Kobani.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 05 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct three airstrikes, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Jordan Launches New Airstrikes on Islamic State VOA 05 Feb 2015 -- Jordanian warplanes launched airstrikes against Islamic State targets Thursday, a day after the country's king vowed relentless targeting of the militant group following its gruesome killing of a Jordanian fighter pilot whose plane went down in Syria.
  • Jordan warplanes bomb ISIL positions after pilot murder Iran Press TV 05 Feb 2015 -- Jordan's fighter jets have carried out a series of new retaliatory air strikes against ISIL positions after the ruthless killing of a Jordanian pilot at the hands of the Takfiri terrorist group.
  • U.A.E. Stops Flying Combat Missions Against IS RFE/RL 05 Feb 2015 -- U.S. security officials have confirmed that the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) stopped flying combat missions over Syria late last year after a Jordanian pilot was captured.
  • Syria army strikes ISIL hideouts in northeast Iran Press TV 05 Feb 2015 -- Syrian government forces have targeted hideouts of the ISIL terrorists in the northeastern city of Hasaka, inflicting heavy losses on the Takfiri militants, the Syrian Arab News Agency reports.
  • Jordan's King Vows 'Relentless' War Against IS VOA 04 Feb 2015 -- Jordan's King Abdullah has vowed to take tough action against Islamic State militants following the group's gruesome killing of a Jordanian pilot captured after his plane went down during a mission targeting the militants in Syria.
  • Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 04 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 03 Feb 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, using fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • Syrian Kurds push back ISIL terrorists around Kobani Iran Press TV 03 Feb 2015 -- Kurdish fighters have made major progress in their push to drive the ISIL Takfiri terrorists out of rural areas around the Syrian city of Kobani.
  • OPCW Confirms Syria Destroyed Chemical Weapon Production Facility Sputnik 03 Feb 2015 -- The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed on Tuesday that Syria destroyed the first of 12 chemical weapon production facilities in the country.
  • Fresh blockade at Palestinian camp in Syria IRIN 02 Feb 2015 -- Conditions for Palestinian refugees in a camp near Damascus have worsened significantly in recent weeks, with fresh restrictions on relief supplies compounding shortages of food, clean water and decent healthcare, according to residents.
  • Has Syria really beaten polio? IRIN 02 Feb 2015 -- The World Health Organization has announced that Syria has seen no new cases of polio in the past year, but some health experts question the quality of the surveillance that led to this conclusion.
  • Syrian army makes fresh gains against militants Iran Press TV 02 Feb 2015 -- Syrian army forces have continued their military operations against foreign-backed militants to flush them out of parts of al-Meraiyie in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
  • Lead-in training increases Afghan capabilities AFNS 02 Feb 2015 -- Train, Advise, Assist Command – Air maintainers are providing lead-in training to Afghan air force airmen at the Kabul Air Wing in an effort to ensure they excel at the C-130 Hercules maintenance courses they will attend in the U.S.
  • Partial Afghan Cabinet Starts Work VOA 02 Feb 2015 -- Eight ministers along with the head of Afghanistan's intelligence agency started work Monday, four months after Afghanistan completed its divisive electoral process and President Ashraf Ghani formed a unity government with Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
  • Damascus Explosion Kills 7 Lebanese Shi'ite Pilgrims VOA 01 Feb 2015 -- At least seven Lebanese Shi'ite pilgrims were killed Sunday in Damascus when a bomb exploded on the bus carrying them to holy sites in the Syrian capital.



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