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April 2015 - Syria Special Weapons News

  • Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 30 Apr 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.
  • US Sends Troops to Train Syrian Rebels in Turkey to Fight ISIL Sputnik 30 Apr 2015 -- Some 40 US members of the Special Forces arrived in Turkey to assist in training the Syrian opposition.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 29 Apr 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.
  • Ban condemns attack on Yarmouk, as UN agency delivers 'critical' relief to displaced in camp UN News 29 Apr 2015 -- The Secretary-General has today strongly condemned the shelling and aerial bombardment of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, which occurred despite assurances from the Syrian Government that the camp would not be targeted while civilians remained inside.
  • Amid ongoing fighting in Syria, UN agency delivers critical relief to Yarmouk's displaced UN News 29 Apr 2015 -- Humanitarian efforts aimed at delivering critical relief to thousands of conflict-affected civilians trapped in Syria are continuing despite the ongoing hostilities in the region, the United Nations agency tasked with supporting Palestine refugees confirmed today.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 28 Apr 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 in Iraq, Syria Hit ISIL Tactical Positions, Equipment AFPS 27 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces 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's Assad Losing Ground; Political Solution Elusive VOA 27 Apr 2015 -- Syrian opposition and rebel leaders meeting in Istanbul ahead of U.N.-convened talks set to start in Geneva next week have reaffirmed their longstanding demand for the departure of President Bashar al-Assad and his ruling coterie, saying there could be no political solution to the civil war while he remains in power.
  • UN agency alarmed by malnutrition among children displaced from Yarmouk camp UN News 26 Apr 2015 -- As the United Nations agency tasked with supporting Palestine refugees continued today to provide essential humanitarian assistance to civilians who have been displaced from Yarmouk and to those hosting them, evidence of acute malnutrition was found in a large number of children.
  • U.S., Coalition Forces Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL AFPS 26 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces 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 areas in northeast Syria Press TV 26 Apr 2015 -- Kurdish fighters have retaken more areas from the ISIL Takfiri militants in northeastern regions of Syria, opposition sources say.
  • Terrorist rocket attacks kill 6 civilians in Aleppo Press TV 26 Apr 2015 -- Rocket attacks carried out by Takfiri terrorists have claimed the lives of six civilians in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
  • Israeli Airstrike Kills 4 Suspected Syrians Militants in Golan Heights VOA 26 Apr 2015 -- Israeli forces on Sunday killed four suspected militants whom it says were caught trying to plant a bomb in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets AFPS 25 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces 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.
  • Military: US, Allies Conduct 15 Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq VOA 25 Apr 2015 -- Coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State in Syria and Iraq on Saturday.
  • Militants make gains in Syria's northwestern Idlib Province Press TV 25 Apr 2015 -- Militant groups have made gains in Syria following a joint offensive on a major government-held town in the northwestern province of Idlib.
  • Security Council must match scale of Syria crisis with 'bold response' - UN relief officials UN News 24 Apr 2015 -- The Syrian crisis is getting worse and civilians are paying the price, senior United Nations humanitarian officials said today as they called for an end to the "numbness to the senseless violence", while the Security Council demanded parties to the conflict facilitate expanded aid operations and immediate delivery of life-saving supplies to hard-to-reach and besieged areas.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 24 Apr 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.
  • Mixed Progress Reported in Fight Against Islamic State VOA 23 Apr 2015 -- A senior official in President Barack Obama's administration says that while the U.S.-led coalition has made some progress in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a "very, very long road" lies ahead.
  • UN relief workers press ahead with effort to reach Yarmouk camp in Syria UN News 23 Apr 2015 -- United Nations relief workers today provided drinking water, bread and recreational kits for children in displaced communities outside Yarmouk camp, the former heart of Palestine refugee community, and sought access to the besieged suburb itself, where the basic humanitarian needs of some 18,000 Palestinian and Syrian civilians are left unmet.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 23 Apr 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.
  • Australia, Turkey Aim to Stop Flow of Militants to Syria VOA 23 Apr 2015 -- Australia and Turkey have announced plans to stop the flow of Australians traveling to Syria to fight for Islamic radical groups. During a visit by Prime Minister Tony Abbot to Ankara, the governments say they are working to stop foreign fighters from using Turkey as a transit point.
  • Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 22 Apr 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.
  • 42 killed in infighting among Syrian militants Press TV 22 Apr 2015 -- A new wave of infighting among terrorists in Syria has left dozens dead as a deadly rivalry continues within the ranks of militants fighting against President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Inside the Coalition to Defeat ISIL AFPS 21 Apr 2015 -- Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve is the U.S.-led coalition's response to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group, often referred to as Daesh.
  • Iran calls for an end to shipment of arms and munitions to Syria IRNA 21 Apr 2015 -- Iran on Tuesday called for an end to shipment of arms and munitions to Syria.
  • Syrian army makes major advances in Qalamoun region Press TV 21 Apr 2015 -- Syrian Army troops continue to gain ground in their fight against foreign-backed armed groups, and have managed to restore security to a number of areas along the border with Lebanon, Press TV reports.
  • Syria's Assad denies alleged use of chlorine gas in Idlib Press TV 21 Apr 2015 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has flatly denied reports that his government was behind an alleged chlorine gas attack in the northwestern Idlib province last month.
  • Assad Denies Using Devastating Barrel Bombs by Gov't Forces in Syria Sputnik 21 Apr 2015 -- Earlier in April, human rights activists claimed that the Syrian regime conducted several barrel bomb attacks on Idlib governorate in March, affecting over 200 people. Human Rights Watch (HRW) cited photo and video evidence saying that up to six attacks involving use of toxic chemicals had been made.
  • Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 20 Apr 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 urges aid access to Syria's Yarmouk Press TV 20 Apr 2015 -- The UN Security Council (UNSC) has called for humanitarian access to Palestinian refugees trapped inside Syria's violence-hit camp of Yarmouk, which has come under severe attacks by Takfiri militants.
  • Syria army cuts off key militant supply route near Jordan Press TV 20 Apr 2015 -- Syrian government forces have cut off a key supply route of foreign-backed militants in southern Syria used to transport arms and ammunition from neighboring Jordan.
  • Security Council 'deeply concerned' about humanitarian situation for refugees in Yarmouk camp UN News 20 Apr 2015 -- The United Nations Security Council has today expressed deep concern about the grave humanitarian situation in Yarmouk refugee camp, located on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
  • Europe Increasingly Accepting Assad in IS Fight VOA 20 Apr 2015 -- European politicians and delegations are appearing increasingly in Damascus, and recently a group of Belgian lawmakers met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq AFPS 19 Apr 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 17 Apr 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.
  • Anti-ISIL Forces Make Progress in Iraq, Syria AFPS 17 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi security forces and coalition partners are making progress in Operation Inherent Resolve's fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a U.S. Central Command official told reporters here today.
  • Syria: UN agency appeals for $30 million to help besieged civilians in Yarmouk camp UN News 17 Apr 2015 -- The United Nations agency tasked with the ensuring the well-being of Palestinian refugees is appealing for $30 million to carry out life-sustaining assistance to 18,000 civilians from besieged Yarmouk refugee camp, including 3,500 children.
  • Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 16 Apr 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: UN agency continues to seek unhindered access to besieged Yarmouk camp UN News 16 Apr 2015 -- While ramping up assistance to Palestinian refugees and Syrian civilians that have fled a besieged camp on the southern edge of Damascus, the United Nations agency tasked with aiding Palestinians throughout the region said today that it is still seeking unhindered access to Yarmouk camp itself where thousands remain trapped by fighting among armed groups.
  • World must do more to help support Syrian refugees in Lebanon, says UN refugee chief UN News 15 Apr 2015 -- The United Nations refugee chief called today on the international community to step-up its efforts to ease the plight of Syrian refugees who continue to live in harsh conditions in informal settlements in southern Lebanon.
  • Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 15 Apr 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.
  • Palestinians make new advances against ISIL in Yarmouk Press TV 15 Apr 2015 -- Palestinians battling the ISIL Takfiri terrorists have made new advances against the militants in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk south of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
  • Islamic Militants Use Children as Soldiers VOA 15 Apr 2015 -- At least 400 Syrian children have been recruited by the jihadist Islamic State since the start of the year in an enlistment drive partly designed to make up for a shortfall in foreign fighters traveling to join the extremist group, say local political activists.
  • UN delivers much needed humanitarian supplies to vulnerable groups Syria UN News 14 Apr 2015 -- Despite huge challenges in getting access, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has managed to deliver much-needed humanitarian supplies to Qamishli in north-east Syria, a spokesperson for the agency said today.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 14 Apr 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.
  • ISIL losing ground in Yarmouk: Palestinian sources Press TV 14 Apr 2015 -- ISIL militants have lost ground at the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, where different Palestinian factions have joined the fight against the Takfiri terrorists operating there.
  • HRW: 'Strong' Evidence of CW Attacks in Syria VOA 14 Apr 2015 -- Human Rights Watch said Tuesday that its investigations into attacks by Syrian government forces last month in Idlib province 'strongly suggest' the military dropped barrel bombs with toxic chemicals.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 13 Apr 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.
  • Yarmouk crisis: international community has 'compelling imperative to act,' says UN official UN News 13 Apr 2015 -- The thousands of Palestinian and Syrian refugees trapped in the Yarmouk refugee camp have suffered "untold indignities" amid intensifying hostilities between armed groups in the area, the United Nations agency concerned with the well-being of Palestinian refugees declared today.
  • Military Airstrikes Continue in Iraq, Syria AFPS 11 Apr 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.
  • Militant rocket fire kills 17 civilians in Syria's Aleppo Press TV 12 Apr 2015 -- At least 17 civilians have been killed in rocket attacks by foreign-backed militant groups in Syria's major northern city of Aleppo.
  • UN official on 'urgent' mission to besieged Yarmouk refugee camp UN News 11 Apr 2015 -- The United Nations agency concerned with the well-being of Palestinian refugees is undertaking an urgent mission to Syria today, prompted by deepening concerns for the safety and protection of thousands Palestinian and Syrian civilians at Yarmouk refugee camp overrun in recent days by militants.
  • Coalition Airstrikes Support Operation Inherent Resolve AFPS 10 Apr 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 Warns of Potential Massacre in Syria's Yarmouk Refugee Camp VOA 10 Apr 2015 -- The United Nations is appealing for action to head off what could be a potential massacre in Yarmouk refugee camp in the Syrian capital, Damascus, where thousands of Palestinians have been trapped since Islamic State militants overran the camp earlier this week.
  • UN agency voices 'deep concern' as violence in Yarmouk refugee camp intensifies UN News 10 Apr 2015 -- The violence in Yarmouk camp is intensifying, plunging the Palestinian refugee camp into the "lower reaches of hell" amid running battles between armed groups, a spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said today.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 09 Apr 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 Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
  • UN Chief: Syria's Yarmouk Beginning to Resemble 'Death Camp' VOA 09 Apr 2015 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Thursday that civilians in Syria and Yemen are being "willfully abandoned to misery." He is urging the international community to press for an end to the violence and better protection of civilians.
  • UN chief urges 'concerted action to save lives, restore measure of humanity' in besieged Yarmouk camp UN News 09 Apr 2015 -- Briefing members of the international press this afternoon at United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the "epic humanitarian catastrophe" facing the 18,000 Palestinian refugees and Syrians being held hostage by extremist militants in Yarmouk camp.
  • Syrian Army, Palestinian Militia Set to Free Refugee Camp Near Damascus Sputnik 09 Apr 2015 -- The Syrian army together with Palestinian groups are readying a joint plan to free the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus that is currently occupied by Islamic State (IS) militants, a source in the Syrian army told RIA Novosti Thursday.
  • Analysts: Insurgents Make Gains in Syria VOA 08 Apr 2015 -- Iran is increasingly focusing its military efforts in the Mideast on Iraq and the loser appears to be Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. For the past few weeks his forces have been losing ground to the country's fractious rebels, who despite being engulfed by infighting, have managed to seize territory in the war-torn country's north and south, say analysts.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 08 Apr 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.
  • Despite Crackdown, IS Says Turkey-Syria Border Still Open RFE/RL 08 Apr 2015 -- On April 6, Ahlul Hakk, a Russian-speaking pro-IS group on the VKontakte social network issued an emergency announcement. It is still possible to cross into Syria from Turkey, the message said, despite rumors that the Turkish authorities have closed the border.
  • Coalition Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 07 Apr 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.
  • Trapped civilians 'more desperate than ever' amid fighting in Yarmouk camp, warns UN agency chief UN News 06 Apr 2015 -- The current escalation is "more desperate than ever" for civilians in Yarmouk displaced persons camp which is currently housing thousands of Palestinians on the outskirts of Damascus, the head of the United Nations agency concerned with the well-being of Palestinian refugees warned today.
  • UN Security Council Condemns Siege of Syria's Yarmouk Camp VOA 06 Apr 2015 -- The U.N. Security Council has strongly condemned the siege of a Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital by self-proclaimed Islamic State militants and fighters from the Nusra Front. In an emergency session Monday, the Council called for the protection and safe evacuation of civilians and access for humanitarian aid workers to the approximately 18,000 people still living in the Yarmouk camp.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 06 Apr 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-Qaeda militants kidnap nearly 300 Kurds in NW Syria: PYD Press TV 06 Apr 2015 -- Kurdish officials say al-Qaeda-linked militants have kidnapped nearly 300 Kurdish civilians at a checkpoint in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.
  • Hamas-linked group in Yarmouk to force out ISIL Press TV 06 Apr 2015 -- Palestinian fighters affiliated with the Gaza-based Hamas Islamic resistance movement have engaged in the battle to force the ISIL Takfiri terrorists from the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, a report says.
  • Moscow Hosts Second Round of Intra-Syrian Talks Sputnik 06 Apr 2015 -- A second round of intra-Syrian talks will again bring together officials from the current government of President Bashar Assad and Syrian opposition figures.
  • Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 05 Apr 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.
  • Refugees in Palestinian Camp in Syria Flee Fighting VOA 05 Apr 2015 -- A monitoring group said fighting between Islamic State and Palestinian militants, as well as shelling by government forces, caused hundreds of residents of a refugee camp near Damascus to flee early Sunday.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 04 Apr 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.
  • U.S., Coalition Forces Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL AFPS 03 Apr 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.
  • Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 02 Apr 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: UN agency warns violence near refugee camp endangering thousands of Palestinians UN News 01 Apr 2015 -- Fierce fighting has erupted between armed groups in the area of Yarmouk, a camp of Syrian and Palestinian refugees, putting thousands of people in danger, warned the spokesperson of the United Nations agency tasked with the ensuring the well-being of Palestinians across the Middle East.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 01 Apr 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 pledging conference: Three key trends IRIN 01 Apr 2015 -- On Tuesday, international donors pledged a record US$3.8 billion towards humanitarian relief for the Syrian crisis, now in its fifth year. Here are three key trends from the conference.



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