SYRIAN - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/SYRIAN News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Kurdish fighters head to Syria to face militants http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58436865-68/kurdish-syria-turkey-fighters.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58436865-68/kurdish-syria-turkey-fighters.html.csp">Kurdish fighters head to Syria to face militants</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DIAA HADID </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and SUZAN FRASER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-20T22:03:30.619-06:00">Updated Sep 20, 2014 10:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Beirut • Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants. As the fighting raged, more than 60,000 mostly Kurdish refugees streamed across the dusty and barren border into Turkey, some hobbling on crutches as others lugged bulging sacks of belongings on their backs. The large-scale displacement of so many and the movement of the Kurdish fighters into Syria reflected the ferocity of the fig...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584368652014-09-20T22:03:30.619-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-20T22:03:30.619-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58436865@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:03:30 MDT Robinson: Obama may have to send troops http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58429471-82/obama-islamic-president-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58429471-82/obama-islamic-president-state.html.csp">Robinson: Obama may have to send troops</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Eugene Robinson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-19T12:52:19.189-06:00">Updated Sep 19, 2014 12:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that “mission creep” — even if the president resists it — is baked in from the start. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was jarringly candid Tuesday when he told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the administration’s plan of marshaling an international coalition, with U....</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58429471@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:52:19 MDT Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58430346-68/kurdish-syria-group-islamic.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58430346-68/kurdish-syria-group-islamic.html.csp">Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BASSEM MROUE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-18T20:28:22.613-06:00">Updated Sep 18, 2014 08:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Beirut • Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that might destroy them. The gains highlighted the plight of Syria’s Kurds, who have been some of the most successful against the Islamic extremists. But unlike U.S.-backed Iraqi Kurds, they seem largely on their own in a devastated country where the enemy’s enemy is not necessarily a friend. The main Kurdi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584303462014-09-18T20:28:22.613-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-18T20:28:22.613-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58430346@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:28:22 MDT Kurdish fighters seize villages from Islamic State fighters http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58417748-68/group-state-islamic-kurdish.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58417748-68/group-state-islamic-kurdish.html.csp">Kurdish fighters seize villages from Islamic State fighters</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BASSEM MROUE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T21:44:31.974-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 09:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Beirut • Kurdish fighters captured more than a dozen villages from militants of the Islamic State group in heavy fighting across northeastern Syria, an activist group and a Kurdish official said Monday. The fighting in the mainly-Kurdish Hassakeh province came as diplomats at a Paris conference tried to agree on a global strategy to fight the extremist group, which has captured large tracts of territory in Iraq and Syria. Kurdish fighters have been repelling the advances of the Islamic State mi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584177482014-09-15T21:44:31.974-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-15T21:44:31.974-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58417748@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:44:31 MDT Robinson: What ISIS loses, Assad will reclaim http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58403207-82/assad-obama-state-islamic.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58403207-82/assad-obama-state-islamic.html.csp">Robinson: What ISIS loses, Assad will reclaim</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Eugene Robinson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-12T01:01:06.598-06:00">Updated Sep 12, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • President Obama has committed the United States to another open-ended Middle East war in which the potential for doing harm rivals the possibility of doing good. That’s the bottom line from Obama’s sober address to the nation. The president made his decision cautiously, reluctantly, even painfully. But make no mistake: The pledge to “destroy” the Islamic State is a long-term commitment, and success will depend on a host of partners that may be unreliable. The biggest winne...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58403207@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 01:01:06 MDT Letter: Glad Obama doesn’t jump to judgment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58361436-82/obama-president-criticizing-glad.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58361436-82/obama-president-criticizing-glad.html.csp">Letter: Glad Obama doesn’t jump to judgment</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-03T16:41:25.919-06:00">Updated Sep 3, 2014 04:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A couple of months ago, many people were criticizing President Obama for not helping the Syrian freedom fighters right away when they claimed Syrian President Assad had gassed them. It was said he could at least send them some arms. Now this same group is called ISIS, and people are criticizing the president for not being quick enough to bomb them. I’m glad our leader isn’t so quick to jump to judgment. These people don’t care if they die because they think they will go to paradise and have 70 v...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58361436@www.sltrib.com Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:41:25 MDT Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58361199-68/troops-group-syria-syrian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58361199-68/troops-group-syria-syrian.html.csp">Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RYAN LUCAS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-01T11:37:06.252-06:00">Updated Sep 1, 2014 11:37AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Beirut • Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said. The fighting was focused around the town of Hamidiyeh in Quneitra province near the disputed frontier with Israel, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Observatory said there were casualties on both sides but did not have exact figures. Syria’s state news agency said the military killed “man...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58361199@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:37:06 MDT Surrounded by Syrian rebels, U.N. peacekeepers escape http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58355924-68/filipino-military-peacekeepers-philippine.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58355924-68/filipino-military-peacekeepers-philippine.html.csp">Surrounded by Syrian rebels, U.N. peacekeepers escape</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jim Gomez</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-30T21:22:19.498-06:00">Updated Aug 30, 2014 09:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Manila, Philippines • Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers who were surrounded and came under fire by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights made a daring escape, said the Philippine military chief Sunday, while 44 Fijian soldiers remained in the hands of the insurgents. After coming under rebel attack Saturday, the first group of 35 Filipino peacekeepers was successfully escorted out of U.N. encampment in Breiqa by Irish and Filipino forces on board armored vehicles, said Gen. Gregori...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583559242014-08-30T21:22:19.498-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-30T21:22:19.498-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58355924@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:22:19 MDT Rebels capture only Syrian border crossing to Israel http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58345343-68/israel-crossing-syria-israeli.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58345343-68/israel-crossing-syria-israeli.html.csp">Rebels capture only Syrian border crossing to Israel</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Liz Sly and Ruth Eglash</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-27T22:27:53.497-06:00">Updated Aug 27, 2014 10:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Beirut • Syrian rebels Wednesday claimed control of the only border crossing between Syria and Israel, extending a series of gains in the strategically sensitive Golan Heights in recent days. The capture of the crossing point is of greater symbolic than strategic significance for the rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, given the decades-old state of war that has prevailed between Israel and Syria. It does, however, consolidate rebel control over Syria’s border with Israe...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58345343@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:27:53 MDT Mother begs for life of U.S. reporter held in Syria http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58345345-68/islamic-state-group-sotloff.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58345345-68/islamic-state-group-sotloff.html.csp">Mother begs for life of U.S. reporter held in Syria</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DIAA HADID </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and JOHN HEILPRIN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-27T22:40:24.154-06:00">Updated Aug 27, 2014 10:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">BEIRUT • The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria. Shirley Sotloff’s plea came as a U.N. commission accused the group, which dominates a broad swath of territory spanning the Syria-Iraq border, of committing crimes against humanity and President Barack Obama weighs option...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583453452014-08-27T22:40:24.154-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-27T22:40:24.154-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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Tabqa airfield — home to several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery, and ammunition bunkers — is the third military base in the area to fall to the extremists since last month. Those victories are part of the Islamic State group’s aggressive push to co...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583326472014-08-24T21:03:01.776-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-24T21:03:01.776-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58332647@www.sltrib.com Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:03:01 MDT Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58323234-68/assad-attack-chemical-syria.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58323234-68/assad-attack-chemical-syria.html.csp">Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ZEINA KARAM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-21T17:47:19.062-06:00">Updated Aug 21, 2014 05:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Beirut • The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad. His deadly stockpile has been destroyed, but he has stayed in power, bought time and gotten world powers to engage him. Along the way, global disapproval has shifted away from Assad and toward the Islamic extremists who are fighting him and spreading destruction across Syria and Iraq. In Syria, frustrated opposition leaders plan modest rallies Friday to commemo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583232342014-08-21T17:47:19.062-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-21T17:47:19.062-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58323234@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:47:19 MDT Women stoned to death in Syria for adultery http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58279389-68/stoning-islamic-group-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58279389-68/stoning-islamic-group-state.html.csp">Women stoned to death in Syria for adultery</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BASSEM MROUE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-09T19:08:54.465-06:00">Updated Aug 9, 2014 07:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Beirut • A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and put her in a small hole in the ground. When residents gathered, the fighters told them to carry out the sentence: Stoning to death for the alleged adulteress. None in the crowd stepped forward, said a witness to the event in a northern Syrian city. So the jihadi fighters, mostly foreign extremists, did it ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582793892014-08-09T19:08:54.465-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-09T19:08:54.465-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58279389@www.sltrib.com Sat, 09 Aug 2014 19:08:54 MDT Syrian rebels kill 10 soldiers, capture others in Lebanon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58257216-68/syrian-lebanese-arsal-rebels.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58257216-68/syrian-lebanese-arsal-rebels.html.csp">Syrian rebels kill 10 soldiers, capture others in Lebanon</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DIAA HADID</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-03T20:54:02.55-06:00">Updated Aug 3, 2014 08:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Beirut • Syrian rebels killed 10 Lebanese troops and likely captured over a dozen more in a raid on a Lebanese border town, the country’s military chief said, the most serious spillover of violence yet into the tiny country from its neighbor’s civil war. The capture of Lebanese soldiers and police raised fears that the country could become further entangled in the Syrian civil war and could worsen already-brewing sectarian tensions. “What happened today is more serious than what some people ima...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582572162014-08-03T20:54:02.55-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-03T20:54:02.55-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58257216@www.sltrib.com Sun, 03 Aug 2014 20:54:02 MDT Syria rebels raid Lebanese town, kill, capture troops http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58254545-68/arsal-gunmen-army-lebanon.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58254545-68/arsal-gunmen-army-lebanon.html.csp">Syria rebels raid Lebanese town, kill, capture troops</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BASSEM MROUE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-02T19:59:02.062-06:00">Updated Aug 2, 2014 07:59PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Beirut • Rebels fighting in Syria’s civil war crossed into Lebanon and raided a border town Saturday, killing and capturing security force members in the most serious incursion into the tiny country during its neighbor’s 3-year-old conflict. The rebels, who included foreign fighters, demanded to trade soldiers and police officers it captured in Arsal for some of the “most dangerous detainees,” the Lebanese army said in a statement. Masked gunmen roamed the streets as Lebanese helicopter gunship...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582545452014-08-02T19:59:02.062-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-02T19:59:02.062-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58254545@www.sltrib.com Sat, 02 Aug 2014 19:59:02 MDT