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    'Hundreds' of Western volunteers who fought the Islamic State in Syria are now on the front lines in Ukraine, DailyMail.com can reveal. Americans, Brits and Canadians are among a host of fighters who have again decided to risk their lives for a foreign people on the front lines of a brutal war. Some have become official members of the Ukrainian military, others are volunteer combat medics – and many say they felt compelled to help in the face of what they claim was inaction from the West. In exclusive interviews, a British and an American medic said they have set up a new 'Nightingale Squadron', shipping medical supplies and teaching frontline first-aiders how to use them. A 35-year-old British former banker who goes by the pseudonym Macer Gifford volunteered in Syria from 2014 alongside the Kurdish force or YPG, later named the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). He said he set up a unit there that ferried about 700 casualties to hospital, including from the bitter fighting around the siege of ISIS's last stronghold in Raqqa, and trained around 600 people...
    The Biden administration says it welcomes tough questions after the White House and State Department clashed with reporters asking for evidence supporting their claims about the U.S. special forces strike that killed an ISIS leader in Syria and Russian plans to stage a false flag operation as a pretext to invade Ukraine. "We welcome tough questions and good faith scrutiny," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday. HOW LOW CAN BIDEN'S POLLING GO? PRESIDENT TRIES TO FIGHT OFF CARTER COMPARISONS The Pentagon was still conducting an after-action assessment since "we are less than 48 hours from the end of the mission," according to Psaki. She repeated that President Joe Biden "directed his Department of Defense to take every precaution to minimize civilian casualties." "We released all of the information we could, and we absolutely remained committed to that," she said. "We respect and value the role of the press otherwise, again, I wouldn't be out here with all of you every day." A day earlier, Psaki dismissed NPR White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe after she asked whether...
    U.S. special forces blew up a military helicopter after a raid in Syria that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, claiming it had 'mechanical issues' and was no longer operational. American officials deny it crashed or was shot down.  Footage shows the helicopter - believed to be an MH60 Black Hawk - as a shell of itself with only the framework of the chopper visible.  Some reports say the chopper, which carried U.S. special forces to the operation site, was destroyed by a combination of demolition charges and munitions launched from an F-16 fighter jet. American officials declined to offer details about the helicopter when pressed about it but did say the crew was safe.   The situation brough comparisions to the May 2, 2011 raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.  Navy Seals took two modified Black Hawk helicopters into Pakistan from Afghanistan. As the choppers approached the compound where bin Laden was living one of them experienced a hazardous airflow condition known as a vortex ring state.  That caused the...
    AN RAF Typhoon jet blasted a suspected Iran-backed militia drone out of the sky near a coalition air base in Syria on Tuesday. It is the first time the RAF have had an air-to-air combat engagement since the Falklands War almost 40 years ago. 2An RAF Typhoon jet sensationally shot down a suspected Iran-backed militia drone in SyriaCredit: PA Defence officials have declined to say who was flying the drone near the At Tanf base. But Iran and its proxies are known to use drones in the region - including a suicide drone attack against the commercial vessel MV Mercer Street, which killed British Army veteran Adrian Underwood in August. The Typhoon jets based at RAF Akoritiri in Cyprus were part of Operation Shader, the UK's contribution to the Global Coalition Against Daesh. A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: "On Tuesday 14 December, hostile drone activity was detected around the At Tanf coalition base in Syria. "A pair of Typhoon FGR4s from Royal Air Force Akrotiri were conducting one of their regular patrols over Syria and Iraq as part of...
    ISIS bride Shamima Begum has claimed the only crime she has committed was going to Syria and said she was willing to go on trial in the UK. The Bethnal Green schoolgirl was 15 years old when she fled the UK in 2015 to join the Islamist terror group and is now living in the al-Roj camp in Syria after she was stripped of her British citizenship. 3Shamima Begum claimed the only crime she had committed was going to SyriaCredit: Sky News 3Begum said she expected to go to prison if she was allowed back in the UKCredit: Sky News She also claimed she had been groomed by friends and older men she met online before she went to Syria. Begum appeared in the interview with Sky News wearing western-style clothing – yoga leggings, a pink sweatshirt and a black baseball cap and not the strict Islamic State outfit. Addressing the accusations, she had carried out atrocities as part of ISIS she claimed it was “all completely false” saying the only crime she was guilty of was “coming here” to...
    THE Canadian man who narrated two propaganda videos by ISIS and helped to publicize the horrific footage of the beheading of American journalist James Foley has been flown to the US to face terrorism charges. Mohammed Khalifa, 38, was handed over to the FBI this week after he was flown into the country, and is expected to appear in court next week. He faces charges of "conspiring to provide material support to ISIS", according to a criminal complaint. Khalifa was captured in 2019 in Syria by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia. He is the voice heard in “Flames of War," an ISIS video released in 2014, as well as publicizing the infamously brutal footage of journalist James Foley's beheading, and other footage of hostages taken by the terrorist group. Prosecutors told the New York Times that he "played an important role in the production and dissemination of ISIS propaganda across multiple media platforms targeting Western audiences." Khalifa joined ISIS in 2013 after traveling to Syria. Most read in The US SunDEATH MYSTERY Gabby's cause of death 'withheld'...
    A US fighter jet shot down an Iranian drone in Syria because it allegedly posed a threat to 900 troops stationed nearby. Officials said that the drone was deemed a threat and measures taken using an F-15 fighter jet were in self-defense. 2The drone was shot down using a fighter jetCredit: Getty 2Officials considered the drone a threat, according to reportsCredit: VIA REUTERS "Coalition aircraft successfully engaged and defeated a UAS through air to air engagement in the vicinity of Mission Support Site Green Village," US Army Colonel Wayne Marotto told Reuters. This comes after the Pentagon said last month that it was concerned about attacks on US troops in Syria and Iraq. Two service members were wounded in July after 14 rockets hit an Iraqi base holding US forces. CHAOS IN AFGHANISTAN CONTINUES The decision to take down the drone comes as chaos continues to unfold as the US pulls troops out of Afghanistan amid a Taliban takeover. Joe Biden's administration has been heavily criticized as they plan to continue leaving the country, even as the Taliban has...
    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Ambassador William Roebuck, the former Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, former U.S. ambassador to Bahrain, and current executive vice president of the Arab Gulf States Institute. Roebuck provides an intricate history of the conflict in Syria and U.S.-led efforts to battle the ISIS caliphate. He details his work with U.S. special forces and partners on the ground and discusses the involvement and sacrifices of Kurdish forces in the region. Roebuck also offers thoughts on the Biden administration's possible approach to resolving the ongoing conflict in Syria.   HIGHLIGHTS:  On defeating the ISIS caliphate: "With the military piece of the global coalition over the last few years, we have dealt a catastrophic military set of setbacks to ISIS, to their leadership, to their organization and to their ability to plan terror attacks. They're still around in remote areas of Iraq and Syria. It still requires attention and pretty constant work – but it's under control now."  Partnering with the Kurds to combat ISIS: "They...
    AN ISIS bride who urged fanatics to “spill American blood” has told how the terror group's brutal morality police punished her for wearing Nike trainers. Hoda Muthana, 25, has been caged inside the squalid al-Hawl camp in Syria with her young son since the death cult's demise and insists one day she could be a "model" US citizen. 5Hoda Muthana, 25, has been living in the squalid al-Hawl camp in SyriaCredit: Alba Sotorra/The Return: life after ISIS Her story features in a 90-minute documentary called 'The Return: Life After ISIS' which premiered at the South by SouthWest film festival in Austin, Texas, earlier this week. Muthana fled her home in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2014 and headed to battle-scarred Syria where she used social media to push for violence against the US. However she claims she soon discovered  ISIS was nothing more than a bloody "cult that wanted to use Islam to gain more power and more people and more money." The young mum said she had hoped that the Caliphate would be a "happy place with Muslims helping" each other out...
    President Joe Biden said Iran should view its decision to authorize US bombings in Syria as a warning that it can expect consequences for its support for militant groups that threaten US interests or personnel. “They cannot act with impunity. Be careful, ”Biden commented after a reporter asked him what message he intended to send with the airstrikes, which, according to the Pentagon, destroyed several buildings in eastern Syria, but did not intend to eradicate the militia groups that used them. to facilitate attacks inside Iraq. US government officials defended the airstrikes, saying they were legal and appropriate, adding that they removed facilities that housed valuable “competencies” used by Iranian-backed militia groups to attack US and allied forces in the United States. Iraq. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s chief spokesman, said Congress was notified before the attacks were carried out, after two Air Force F-15E jets launched seven missiles, destroying nine facilities and severely damaging another two. , leaving them “functionally ruined”. He commented that the facilities, located at “entry checkpoints” on the border, had been used...
    (CNN)Dreaming of a four-day work week? This is what happened when one company gave it a go. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. Coronavirus President Biden marked 50 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the US since he took office last month, a halfway point in his promise to get 100 million vaccine doses into arms in his first 100 days. The US has now given a total of 66.5 million vaccine doses, and a third vaccine, from Johnson & Johnson, could be in play as soon as next week if the FDA authorizes its emergency use. A new survey found 55% of adults have either gotten a shot or want to as soon as possible, up from 47% in mid-January and 34% in early December. However, as always, experts are still cautious. That sharp decline in cases has now flattened to a plateau, and a fourth deadly surge is still possible...
    A United States airstrike in eastern Syria late Thursday should have targeted "something that threatened the United States of America," former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told "The Ingraham Angle". "You've got to protect your force, you've got to establish deterrence," Pompeo told host Laura Ingraham. "We did this a couple of times, it was effective. "I don't know what they struck or what targets they went after," Pompeo added. "I hope it just wasn't bombs in the desert. I hope it really went after something that threatened the United States of America. If not, it's useless." The airstrikes targeted facilities near the Syria-Iraq border used by Iran-backed militia groups. The strike came more than a week after a rocket attack in northern Iraq that killed a civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition personnel.  US LAUNCHES AIRSTRIKES AGAINST IRAN-BACKED FORCES IN SYRIA On Monday, a rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone appeared to target the U.S. Embassy, but caused no casualties.  "You don't need to get bogged down there to take an air strike," Pompeo added. "I'm confident...
    The United States reportedly carried out an airstrike in Syria on Thursday against a structure belonging to what's believed were Iran-backed militia. A defense official confirmed to NBC News the strikes targeted those facilities, and it is reported to have been approved by President Biden. Reuters has also confirmed the strike. The strike marks one of the first military responses from the Biden administration, following a series of rocket attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq. The United States has carried out an airstrike against structure belonging to Iranian-backed militia in Syria, U.S. officials tell Reuters. W/@phildstewart— Idrees Ali (@idreesali114) February 25, 2021 The State Department and White House did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment. This is a breaking story and will be updated. News Syria Iran Joe Biden
    Israeli warplanes carried out intense airstrikes on eastern Syria early Wednesday, apparently targeting positions and arms depots of Iran-backed fighters. Dozens of fighters were killed or wounded, according to an opposition war monitor. Syria’s state news agency SANA said the strikes hit areas in and near the towns of Deir el-Zour, Mayadeen, and Boukamal along the border with Iraq. It gave no further details. An opposition war monitor reported at least 18 strikes in Deir el-Zour as well as along the border with Iraq, saying several arms depots were hit. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 23 people were killed, including seven Syrians, and the rest were Iran-backed fighters. It said 28 were wounded. ISRAEL ANNOUNCES NEW SETTLEMENT HOMES IN THE WEST BANK Syria’s state news agency SANA said the strikes hit areas in and near the towns of Deir el-Zour, Mayadeen, and Boukamal along the border with Iraq (Google Maps) A senior U.S. intelligence official with knowledge of the attack told The Associated Press that the airstrikes were carried out with intelligence provided by the United...
    Jim Jeffrey, the United States’ retiring Special Representative to Syria and the special envoy in the fight against the Islamic State, confirmed Thursday that he and other senior administration officials routinely misled President Donald Trump on troop levels in the Middle East. Jeffrey, speaking to Defense One, explained how despite Trump’s stated promise to withdraw America from endless Middle Eastern engagements, he was able to convince the president to commit to keeping between 200 to 400 troops in the region in 2019 to “secure” oil fields held by U.S. allies and other strategic positions. (RELATED: Trump Performs ‘Near Total Decapitation’ Of Pentagon Leadership As Speculation Swirls Around Afghanistan) WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Major Thomas P. Payne, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry in the East Room of the White House on September 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) “We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there,” he stated. “When the situation in northeast...
    Lindsey Graham says he hasn't spoken to Donald Trump since the president decided to remove U.S. troops from Syria, a decision the senator says will put both the nation and Trump's presidency at risk. The long time Trump ally also said if he heard the president say one more time it was a campaign promise to pull American forces from the country, he would throw up.   'I think he's putting the nation at risk, and I think he's putting his presidency at risk,' Graham told Axios of Trump's decision to secede the area to Turkey.  'And I hope he will adjust his policies like he did before. That would actually be a sign of real leadership.' 'If I hear the president say one more time, 'I made a campaign promise to get out of Syria,' I'm going to throw up,' the Republican senator from South Carolina added.  Senator Lindsey Graham said he hasn't spoken to President Trump since he decided to remove U.S. troops from Syria President Trump has defended his decision: 'USA should never have been in Middle East' ...
    We’re acting to protect our troops. The US has deployed an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf and is sending armored vehicles to Syria in response to tensions between Russian and American forces and a growing fear of an ISIS resurgence, The Daily Mail reported. On Friday, six Bradley Fighting Vehicles — courtesy of the Army — rolled into northeast Syria and the Navy’s USS Nimitz aircraft carrier with two guided-missile cruisers steamed into the region. The Air Force will up its game, too, with fighter jets and drones conducting more combat air patrols. The buildup comes after about 100 ISIS attacks in Iraq last month, up 25% from July, according to the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium. In October, President Trump declared victory over ISIS in a tweet. “After defeating 100% of the ISIS Caliphate, I largely moved our troops out of Syria. Let Syria and Assad protect the Kurds and fight Turkey for their own land,” he wrote. “I said to my Generals, why should we be fighting for Syria.” On Friday, Trump told reporters that American troops...
    We’re acting to protect our troops. The US has deployed an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf and is sending armored vehicles to Syria in response to tensions between Russian and American forces and a growing fear of an ISIS resurgence, The Daily Mail reported. On Friday, six Bradley Fighting Vehicles — courtesy of the Army — rolled into northeast Syria and the Navy’s USS Nimitz aircraft carrier with two guided-missile cruisers steamed into the region. The Air Force will up its game, too, with fighter jets and drones conducting more combat air patrols. The buildup comes after about 100 ISIS attacks in Iraq last month, up 25% from July, according to the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium. In October, President Trump declared victory over ISIS in a tweet. “After defeating 100% of the ISIS Caliphate, I largely moved our troops out of Syria. Let Syria and Assad protect the Kurds and fight Turkey for their own land,” he wrote. “I said to my Generals, why should we be fighting for Syria.” On Friday, Trump told reporters that American troops...
    President Donald Trump appeared to confirm on Tuesday — contradicting his own previous remarks — that he had wanted to assassinate Syrian strongman Bashar Assad in 2017, but that his then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis opposed the operation. "I would have rather taken him out. I had him all set," Mr. Trump told the morning show Fox & Friends. "Mattis didn't want to do it. Mattis was a highly overrated general, and I let him go." Mattis, Esper speak out against Trump 15:32 The revelations support reporting that came out in 2018 when Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward published his book "Fear: Trump in the White House," and which the president denied at the time. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Addressing the claims in the book — which he dismissed as "total fiction" — during an Oval Office event on September 5, 2018, the president said: "I heard somewhere where they said the assassination of President Assad by the United States. Never even discussed. No, that was never even contemplated, nor would it be contemplated." Mr....
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