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August 20, 2014
breakingnews:

Officials: US launched unsuccessful mission to rescue hostages this summer
Washington Post: U.S. special forces launched an operation this summer to rescue Americans held captive in Syria by the Islamic State, but were unsuccessful, officials said Wednesday.
One serviceman was reportedly injured in the operation but no hostages were found.
Follow updates on BreakingNews.com.
Photo: This September 2012 photo posted on the Web site FreeJamesFoley.org shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria. (Manu Brabo/AP)

This story feels even more painful knowing they were so close to finding something. 

breakingnews:

Officials: US launched unsuccessful mission to rescue hostages this summer

Washington Post: U.S. special forces launched an operation this summer to rescue Americans held captive in Syria by the Islamic State, but were unsuccessful, officials said Wednesday.

One serviceman was reportedly injured in the operation but no hostages were found.

Follow updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: This September 2012 photo posted on the Web site FreeJamesFoley.org shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria. (Manu Brabo/AP)

This story feels even more painful knowing they were so close to finding something. 

20:01 // 8 hours ago
August 19, 2014
If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden • Discussing the video purportedly showing photojournalist James Foley being killed at the hands of ISIS, reported as retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on Iraq. Though it’s not confirmed, Foley has been missing for nearly two years, reportedly kidnapped while on the ground in Syria. Our policy on the video follows perzadook's: We ain't linking to it.
20:59 // 1 day ago
April 1, 2014

Death toll in Syria hits new mark

  • 150,000 dead in newly updated Syria death toll, by the Syria Observatory of Human Rights. Fighting still continues across the Syria nation under a three year civil war. Recent clashes have been taking place in the Latakia province off the Mediterranean coast and in the Armenian town Kessab off the Turkish border. source
10:42 // 4 months ago
March 30, 2014
thepoliticalnotebook:

Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa and photojournalist Ricardo Garcia Vilanova returned home today after six months held captive by an Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria. Above, Espinosa greets his son Yerai on the Torrejon military airport in Madrid.
Photo: AFP/Getty

This is so great. 

thepoliticalnotebook:

Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa and photojournalist Ricardo Garcia Vilanova returned home today after six months held captive by an Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria. Above, Espinosa greets his son Yerai on the Torrejon military airport in Madrid.

Photo: AFP/Getty

This is so great. 

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15:14 // 4 months ago
March 25, 2014
It is unlikely at the current time that dialogue will resume between the Syrian regime and the opposition in Geneva
United Nations envoy Brahimi stated Monday. On the ground, Syrian forces battled with rebels who captured a village and a crossing on the Turkey border. UN’s Ban ki-Moon also blamed both sides of the conflict for blocking humanitarian aid.
11:00 // 4 months ago
March 5, 2014
15:44 // 5 months ago
February 7, 2014

These refugees survived a year and a half in one of the most conflict-laden cities in the world. They were rescued today.

  • 83 the number of civilians living in Homs, Syria that were evacuated from the war-torn region Friday, a year and a half after fighting broke out in the city. “They were living on leaves and grass and olives and whatever they could find,” World Food Programme spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said of the refugees, many of whom appeared malnourished. source
20:18 // 6 months ago
February 6, 2014
15:08 // 6 months ago
February 5, 2014
17:40 // 6 months ago
February 4, 2014

Thousands of non-Syrians are believed to be fighting in the country’s ongoing civil war

  • 7.5K foreign fighters are believed to be in Syria at this very moment, from more than fifty countries, fighting for the various factions taking part in the civil war that continues to ravage most of Syria. 
  • 1.8K of those fighters are believed to be of European origin, according to a recent report from Israel’s Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center.
  • 50+ fighters from the United States are also believed to be in Syria and, given the fact that al Qaeda is believed to be training fighters inside the country’s borders, many nations fear the influx of foreign fighters could lead to new acts of terrorism when the fighters return home. source
18:23 // 6 months ago