“As for the latest developments [concerning the actions of the US-led coalition against the terrorist group Islamic State], we posed a question to [US Secretary of State John] Kerry,” he said. “We think it counterproductive to publicly announce that aviation will deliver air strikes to protect groups of the so-called moderate opposition. Such plans raise many questions. [These actions] will hamper anti-terrorist efforts.
#AceWorldNews – LIBYA:Dec.14 – Libya’s eastern oil export terminal has been shut this Sunday due to fighting between forces representing the country’s two governments, according to an oil official, Reuters reports.
Air strikes on Saturday, launched by forces loyal to Libya’s recognized government, hit targets at the port in an attempt to stop an advance by troops of the rival administration in Tripoli, who want to take control of the oil facilities.
Libya’s recognized prime minister has been forced into the East of the country since the Libya Dawn militia seized Tripoli in August.
#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – Nov.25 – Syrian government war-planes carried out a series of air strikes Tuesday on the de-facto capital of the extremist Islamic State group, killing at least 60 people, shattering shop fronts and setting dozens of cars ablaze, activists said and AP reported.
Some of the air raids struck a popular market near a museum and an industrial neighbourhood in the city of Raqqa along the Euphrates River in north eastern Syria, causing many civilian casualties, they said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at more than 60, among them 36 civilians whose names it was able to document.
The Local Coordination Committees said the strikes killed at least 70 people.
Another Raqqa-based collective called Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered said it documented over 80 deaths.
Such discrepancies are normal in the chaotic aftermath of attacks in Syria.
#AceNewsServices – Nov.12- Air-strikes by US-led forces in Syria have killed 865 people, including 50 civilians, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday.
The majority of the deaths, 746, were Islamic State fighters, the group said, adding that the actual figure could be much higher.
Eight of the civilians were children and five were women, Reuters said, citing the report.
The air-strikes, which started on September 23, also killed 68 members of Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front, according to the Observatory.
#AceWorldNews – GERMANY (Berlin) – October 05 – The German government says it is planning to expand its military involvement in the fight against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) by helping train Kurdish and Iraqi troops, the country’s Defence Ministry said on Saturday.
The ministry announced plans to create a training military base in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous region of Kurdistan, a ministry spokeswoman told EPD news agency.
It also signalled that it is interested in taking part in training the Iraqi army, and is considering sending more military officers.
However, the plans contained no mention of Germany’s role in US-led air-strikes against the Islamic State.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier agreed to the expansion on Wednesday, DW news agency reported, citing sources.
#AceWorldNews – AUSTRALIA – October 01 – Australian aircraft will join the US-led coalition in air-strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq in an initial support role, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday it was reported.
The aircraft are being sent ahead of a final decision to undertake bombing missions, Reuters reported.
Abbott sent 10 aircraft and some 600 personnel last month to the United Arab Emirates in preparation for joining the coalition.
“Australian air-strikes await final clearances from the Iraqi government and a further decision by our own,” Abbott told parliament.
#AceBreakingNews – SYRIA – September 25 – U.S.-led air-strikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the militant Islamic State group overnight and early Thursday, killing nearly 20 people as the militants released dozens of detainees in their de facto capital, fearing further raids, activists said.
The latest strikes came on the third day of a U.S.-led air campaign aimed at rolling back the Islamic State group in Syria, and appeared to be aimed at one of the militants’ main revenue streams.
The U.S. has been conducting air raids against the group in neighbouring Iraq for more than a month.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – September 11 –“This will complicate international operations and will pose problems for Russia as well as for many other countries respecting international law, including <a class="zem_slink" title="China" "Vitaly Churkin" in reply to air-strikes on Syria ………. as cited.
Moscow‘s reply to Air strikes by the U.S. Air Force at ISIS positions in Syria without consent from Damascus would add more new complications to the international community’s efforts to counteract terrorism, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin said Wednesday as he spoke live on the Rossiya’24 news channel. “Regular cooperation between Russia and the U.S. in the UN format continues and it embraces fighting with terrorism,” he said. “I have a headache of a different sort on,” Churkin went on. “Newspapers are writing of President Obama’s willingness to deliver air strikes at the positions of ISIS on the territory of Syria and it looks like he would do so without the Syrian government’s consent.” “I’m worried by a different thing,” he said. “Newspapers say President Obama has ostensibly taken a decision to deliver air strikes at the positions of the ISIS terrorist organization on the Syrian territory and judging by everything he will do it without the Syrian government’s consent.” “This will complicate international operations and will pose problems for Russia as well as for many other countries respecting international law, including China,” Churkin said. “Respect for international law is necessary so that the international community could be able to take consolidated actions on a problem as complicated as this one and if it /the U.S./ opts for such actions, its choice will be highly regrettable and will create obstacles for further cooperation – something we already spoke about,” he said. “As for an encouraging instance of cooperation, the American who are now presiding at the Security Council are going to appoint a special meeting there on September 25 and to adopt a resolution on the problem of international terrorist fighters,” Churkin said. “The latter are a new phenomenon – these paramilitaries drift from one country to another and many such people are fighting in Iraq and Syria at the moment,” he said. “The resolution aims to enable the international community to fight with the phenomenon even better. #ANS2014
#AceWorldNews – September 11 – The foreign ministers of Germany and Britain said Thursday their states would not be taking part in air-strikes in Syria against the Islamic State militant group. Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Berlin: “To quite clear, we have not been asked to do so and neither will we do so.” Philip Hammond, in his turn, said Britain“supports entirely the US approach of developing an international coalition” against the Islamic State.
However, he said the UK will not be taking part in any airstrikes in Syria. “We have already had that discussion in our parliament last year and we won’t be revisiting that position,” Reuters quoted him as saying.
#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 – President Obama on Wednesday ordered a sharp escalation of the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State, authorizing U.S. air-strikes in Syria along with expanded air-strikes in Iraq as he vowed to wipe out the group’s terrorists “wherever they exist.”
“Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” Obama said during a prime-time address to the nation.
The president’s address, just 15 minutes long, effectively completed a dramatic turnaround from the administration’s approach to the Islamic State just a few months ago, when the president downplayed the group’s advances through northern Iraq. Now, he is outlining a “comprehensive” strategy for targeting the organization in Iraq and Syria, including by potentially aiding moderate factions of the Syrian opposition.
Republicans who have urged a tougher approach voiced some relief that Obama appeared to be backing off “earlier dismissals” of the group’s fighting prowess. “He has finally begun to make the case the nation has needed him to make for quite some time: that destroying this terrorist threat requires decisive action and must be the highest priority for the United States and other nations of the free world,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement.
Boehner, though, cautioned that a “speech” is not a “strategy” and raised concerns that Obama is still treating this as an “isolated counterterrorism campaign.”
The president nevertheless made clear he is expanding the military campaign, and said the U.S. will lead a “broad coalition” against ISIS.
Until now, U.S. airstrikes have been limited to specific missions in northern Iraq. But Obama said Wednesday he is expanding those efforts “beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense.”
In a nod to his plans to go into Syria, Obama said: “I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq.”
Senior administration officials, on a conference call before the speech, said the president has authorized those airstrikes, and the military “will take action on the Syrian side” of the border.
The administration is not giving a timeframe for when the expanded air-strikes will begin. But senior administration officials said the militants operate freely across both sides of the Iraq-Syria border, and the U.S. cannot be restrained by that border in going after the organization.
Obama also announced Wednesday that another 475 service members will deploy to Iraq.
The president, who campaigned on ending the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, stressed Wednesday that this military effort will be different from those protracted conflicts and will not involve U.S. combat troops on the ground.
But, after weeks of mixed signals from the administration over how deeply it would commit to combating the Islamic State, or ISIS, the president set a goal Wednesday of eradicating the group.
“This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground,” Obama said. In making the case, he cited the threat of Americans and other foreign fighters in the region returning to their home countries to “carry out deadly attacks.”
The president’s approach also involves a renewed call to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels. The president asked Congress to authorize this sort of program earlier this year, but the plan has not garnered support on Capitol Hill. He called in his address again for Congress to authorize and fund a mission to “train and equip these fighters.”
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#AceBreakingNews – IRAQ (Haditha Dam) – September 07 – The U.S. military said Sunday it launched air-strikes around Haditha Dam in western Iraq, targeting Islamic State insurgents there for the first time in a move to prevent the group from capturing the vital dam.
The strikes represented a broadening of the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State militants, moving the military operations closer to the border of Syria, where the group also had operated.