Russian military leaders said today that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was ready to launch a phased offensive to retake Idlib, which both the Russians and Syrians called "a pocket of terrorism" because of the foreign fighters that are based there. The Trump Administration is sending signals that it is preparing for a possible U.S. military operation inside Syria. The dangers of a wider war are presented just at the moment that the Syrian government seems to be on the verge of winning a final victory against armed forces aligned with Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Tuesday's weekly series is False Profits-A Weekly Look at Wall Street and Corporate Capitalism with Daniel Sankey. The hosts discuss coal prices going up in Europe as China uses more electricity, and the burning of natural gas, a shale drilling byproduct, in Texas in amounts that could fuel whole US states. Financial … [Read more...] about Is the US Preparing a Massive Military Attack Against Syria?
(CNN)What's the worst car in American history? Don't worry, it's definitely not whatever you're driving these days. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. 1. Thai cave rescue The world is watching with bated breath as divers and rescue crews work to free 12 boys and their coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, where they've been trapped for more than two weeks. So far, five boys have been rescued. Yesterday, four boys were carried to safety. Rescue operations resumed this morning, and as of 6 a.m. ET, a fifth boy has been successfully brought out through the complex tunnels of the cave system. While the rescue process is long and treacherous, Thai authorities seem optimistic. The local governor praised yesterday's "very smooth operation," and local officials said the condition of first four rescued boys is "not that bad." In addition to Thai forces, the team of rescuers includes experts and volunteer divers from Europe, Asia and Australia, … [Read more...] about 5 Things for July 9: Cave rescue, nerve agent poisoning, Afghanistan military attack
Russia blamed Israel for a missile attack on a Syria air base on Monday morning, which came after President Bashar al-Assad triggered international outrage by carrying out a suspected chemical attack in a besieged suburb of Damascus. The US and France both denied attacking the T-4 airfield near Homs, which is close to the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Russia said Israel launched eight missiles, five of which were shot down, from outside of Syrian airspace. At least 14 fighters, including Iranians, were killed in the early morning strike, according to the monitoring organisation the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Syria also accused Israel of carrying out the strike. A military spokeswoman for Israel, which has struck Syrian military positions several times in recent years, declined to comment on the strike. A Syrian military source was quoted in local media as saying air defences shot down eight missiles fired at the base, where defence analysts say there are large … [Read more...] about Russia blames Israel for attack on Syrian air base as pressure mounts over gas atrocity
A Syrian air base came under missile fire on Monday morning after President Bashar al-Assad triggered international outrage by carrying out a suspected chemical attack in a besieged suburb of Damascus. The US and France both denied attacking the base after Syrian state broadcasters said explosions were heard at the T-4 airfield near Homs, which is close to the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. At least 14 people are thought to have been killed in the strike in the early hours of this morning, which some analysts have suggested came from Israel. Israel has so far declined to comment. A Syrian military source was quoted in local media as saying air defences shot down eight missiles fired at the base, where defence analysts say there are large deployments of Russian forces, and where jets fly regular sorties to strike rebel-held areas. It came after Donald Trump on Sunday warned Russia’s Vladimir Putin that there would be a … [Read more...] about Missile attack launched on Syrian air base as pressure mounts over gas atrocity
"We strongly condemn the attack and we have the strong suspicion it was carried out by the regime, whose record on the use of chemical weapons is known by the international community," the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday. The ministry added that the alleged attack proves that UNSC resolutions on chemical weapons were "once again" ignored and called for a comprehensive investigation into the matter. At the same time, US President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to put the blame for the attack on Syria, accusing Russia and Iran of supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad, claiming Damascus would pay a "big price." © AFP 2018/ Ford Williams/U.S. NavyMoscow Warns Against Foreign Attack Under Fake Pretext in Syria's Areas Where Russian Troops are DeployedIn its turn, Moscow has denounced the news reports about the attack as hoaxes and warned against military attacks … [Read more...] about Ankara Has ‘Strong Suspicion’ Damascus Behind Alleged Syrian Chemical Attack