Fundamentalist Sunni Islamic group Jund al Aqsa and North Caucasus (Chechnya / Dagestan) fundamentalist Sunni Islamic group Ajnad al Kavkaz are taking part in the current Hama offensive, mainly to the North, with Western deemed moderate groups Jaysh/Jaish al Nasr (Army of Victory) and Jaysh/Jaish al Izzah (Army of Glory). Ajnad al Kavkaz prefers to…Read more Fundamentalist Sunni Islamic groups Jund al Aqsa & Ajnad al Kavkaz working with Western deemed moderate groups in Hama offensive, Syria
Following on from a number of previous posts by The WIDER View regarding attacks by Kurdish groups in Turkey and the attempted military coup in July 2016 with subsequent large scale purge, the Turkish government appears to be ramping up it's rhetoric. Pro Turkish government Anadolu Agency reported today that Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, speaking…Read more Turkey will allegedly wipe out all terror groups according to Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu
US Colonel Chris Garver at a DoD press briefing today the 17 August 2016: https://youtu.be/24JA88zb8Xs Transcript of the DoD Press briefing (17 Aug 2016) - Department of Defense Press Briefing by Colonel Garver via Teleconference from Baghdad, Iraq: Despite Jabhat al Nusrah (al Qaeda in Syria), now known as Jabhat Fateh al Sham having firm…Read more Known and questioned many times, now confirmed by US Colonel Chris Garver. US military is not targeting Jabhat al Nusrah (now Jabhat Fateh al Sham)
The answer is probably not much at all. UK special forces personnel (SAS or possibly the Special Boat Service) are operating with limited numbers in Syria, assisting the alleged moderate opposition group New Syrian Army to fight and defend against IS. IS have attacked New Syrian Army locations previously and the presence of British Special…Read more BBC News shows footage of UK special forces operating in Syria, what difference will it make?
Following Turkeys attempted coup d'etat in mid July of this year, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to be rejecting continued US co-operation and a new alliance could be slowly emerging to challenge US influence. The new potential alliance consists of Turkey, Russia and Iran. Despite Turkey's stance in Syria which supports fundamentalist Islamic groups and…Read more As Turkey and US relations sour, new alliances could be formed in the coming months and years with real and possibly dangerous ramifications
Russian and Syrian jets attacked parts of Idlib, Syria yesterday night (07 Aug 2016) with what appears to be incendiary munitions, possibly white phosphorus. Protocol III of the 1980 Convention on Conventional Weapons prohibits use of the substance as an incendiary weapon against civilian populations and in air attacks against military forces in civilian areas.…Read more Russian & Syrian Air Force use what appears to be incendiary weapons in Idlib, Syria