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The report you cite makes reference to an operation called "The Hornet's Nest". However I was not able to find any reference to an operation by that name. No mention of a “hornet’s nest” plot can be found in Snowden’s leaked trove of U.S. intelligence documents, and even though Snowden has not publicly refuted the claim, it is safe to assume that the ...


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No-one connected to the attacks has yet turned out to be from Syria - they were almost all (around 12 so far) EU citizens from France and/or Belgium. There appears to have been at least one Algerian and possibly one or more Moroccans involved indirectly, but no evidence of any Syrians. Many of them grew up in urban Brussels. Many had travelled to Syria for ...


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Are these Canadian children? Yes. Was it part of welcoming Syrian refugees? Sort of. According to Buzzfeed the performance took place at the École secondaire publique De La Salle in Ottawa as part of a holiday show earlier this month. Canada is accepting 25,000 Syrian refugees, about 2,000 of whom will be settled in the Ottawa region. This year’s ...


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Wikileaks, which is closely associated with Snowden, states that the story is false: Ground zero for false "Snowden docs show ISIS leader trained by Mossad" story goes back to last month in Algeria http://www.algerie1.com/actualite/snowden-le-chef-de-leiil-al-baghdadi-a-ete-forme-par-le-mossad/ … It has also tweeted the following, which would ...


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The question is still badly worded. If the question is whether "the Syrian conflict was caused by climate change as the media seem to claim?" then the answer is clearly no, and the media article linked in the question does not actually even make that claim. To quote the author of the study from the Independent article: “Added to all the other stressors, ...


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The Washington Post fact checked this claim and scored in 2 (of 4) Pinocchios. While it's true that the number of Syrian Christian refugees admitted to the US is disproportionately lower, it's not clear why. The WP article lists the number of Syrian refugee for 2016 by religion as: Muslim Sunni: 15,134 Muslim Shiite: 29 Christian: 89* and notes ...


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We give plenty of aid to countries, but have we ever tied it to a holiday? I don't see why not; for example the first thing I searched for on Google was "Berlin air-drop Christmas" and I found that, indeed, that was an example: The Berlin Airlift: December 20: "Operation Santa Claus" brings Christmas gifts to 10,000 Berlin children. Associating the ...


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In short: The press was relatively cautious in reporting on this story. Finally (by June, 2013), limited ("small scale") use of sarin by the Assad regime against the rebels was confirmed by the US intelligence community. A lot is riding on the answer to this question at the moment (Western support for Syrian rebels for example), and I suspect it will be ...


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The Syrian and Russian air force dropped the following leaflet shown below which according to BBC reporter James Longman states: Read & repeat. If you don't leave, you'll be bombed. Save yourselves. You've been left to your own fate. Before that, the following type of leaflets were dropped showing two options; A green bus or a dead body. FT.com ...


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The sources quoted in the question suggest that there are 100,000 civilians total in East Aleppo. By this is apparently meant the entire area that was held by rebels between 2013 and 2016. By 13 December, 98% of the city had been retaken by the Assad regime. On that day the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, which is on the ground in Aleppo, said ...


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It's fake. Electronicintifada.net reports: The claim about the “fatwa” was made on Lebanon’s Al-Jadeed channel (New TV) at least as early as December 29. Al-Jadeed does not provide any evidence of the “fatwa” or say when, where or by what means it was supposedly issued. As of now, no one has produced any evidence that the “fatwa” exists, which ...


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First, "Yasir al-Ajlawni" certainly did not say that. There is someone else called Yasin al-Ajlawni who isn't resident in Damascus who said something sort of similar and he claims his words are being misrepresented. The Human Events report lists “Salafi Sheikh Yasir al-‘Ajlawni” as the source of the rape fatwa. This is also the name given in the Arabic ...


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It's directionally accurate. CNS news found that 2184 Syrians had been resettled here since 2011. 2098 were Muslim and just 53 (2.4%) were Christian, although Christians are 10% of the population at large and more likely to be refugees because of persecution by ISIS. See here, here, and here. In 2016 over 10,000 Syrian refugees were settled in the US, but ...


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This answer was written before the question underwent some drastic changes, and the title changed to essentially ask whether Russians were among those terrorists who were eliminated in the Battle of Khasham. Originally, the OP was confused about 2019 vs. 2018, and this was the problem this answer addressed. The battle in question has occurred on 7 February ...


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It's referring to the Douma attack on April 7. Most likely chemical weapons were involved. According to the WHO: According to reports from Health Cluster partners, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. In particular, ...


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Krishnan Guru-Murthy's report on Channel 4 News (UK) on 3 November 2016 seems fairly convincing. He shows footage of the leaflets being dropped (4:12): Before the bombs came war-time confetti, in elegant circles. Messages to East Aleppo. And those are the leaflets that are just being dropped by the air-force that they hope will land on East Aleppo ...


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The Bloomberg article was 15 October 2015. Yes, the US armed Kurds in the air drop mentioned in the article, but it was false that "the White House announced the U.S. had dropped 50 tons of ammunition to Syrian Arabs". Instead, before the drop, as explained in the 9 October 2015 article Pentagon plans major shift in effort to counter the Islamic State in ...


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According to The Gospel Coalition - a Christian Organization that does report on the massive persecution of Christians worldwide, and which presumably would have the incentive to find this picture true, nonetheless they state this particular claim is FALSE. The picture is clearly of a Yemeni child, not an Iraqi one. Local reporters do not have this story. ...


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It looks like Russia is in fact supplying more material and men to Syria at this point. the BBC is running an article that supports the article run on the Daily Beast(here). The information is apperently reliable enough that John Kerry, US Secretary of State, has commented on it and the New York Times has one or more unnamed officials talking to them about ...


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We don't know. Could be as presented by the US- the Syrian regime dropped Sarin on civilians. Could be as presented by the Russians- warehoused Sarin. Could be a 'false flag' operation by unknowns. There is evidence that Syria has used Sarin against civilians before. In 2013 there was an attack on Ghouta, Syria that killed somewhere between 300 and 1700 ...


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After many edits for clarification, the title in the question can be answered succinctly: Did global warming exacerbate the Syrian conflict? Almost certainly Syrian demographics took a sharp turn in 2005-2007 as drought pushed a lot of the rural communities into cities. Now, we have overflowing cities and less food in them. This was known at the time, I ...


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Maybe. There is a suspicion that Turkey was behind it, in an effort to trick the US into destroying Assad's forces. Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh of the New Yorker magazine reported on it. This is the same reporter who investigated My Lai and Abu Ghraib. It was ostensibly corroborated by testimony in Turkey. This stands against official conclusions to ...


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According to official estimates by International Committee of the Red Cross, 88773 people were evacuated from East Aleppo of which 35000 went to rebel held areas and the rest to Government controlled areas. The same figure was quoted (and accepted) by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Evacuations escorted by the Syrian Arab Red ...


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