Trump: US, allies attacking Syria to stop chemical weapons

The United States, France and Britain together launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again, President Donald Trump announced Friday. Explosions lit up the skies over Damascus, the Syrian capital, as Trump announced the airstrikes from the White House.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 14th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Donald Trump, Syria | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Trump: US, allies attacking Syria to stop chemical weapons

Christian refugees escaping ISIS get visit from Congressman Chris Smith

21739992-standard-1WASHINGTON — Thousands of Christians fleeing Islamic State-held territory in Iraq got a visit this week from Rep. Chris Smith. At the invitation of the Syriac Orthodox archbishop of Mosul, Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, himself a refugee, Smith (R-4th Dist.) toured a 6,000-person refugee camp among other stops in the Kurdish region of Iraq. In all, about… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, ISIS, Monmouth County News, Syria | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Syrian family first to arrive in N.J. since Christie’s ban on state help

A family of seven on Monday became the first to arrive for resettlement in New Jersey since Gov. Chris Christie directed state agencies to stop helping Syrian refugees settle here. The international aid group Church World Service confirmed that a Syrian family it is helping arrived late Monday afternoon. So far, the group has received no… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Chris Christie, New Jersey, Syria | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Syrian family first to arrive in N.J. since Christie’s ban on state help

White House to Christie: We’ll tell you when Syrian refugees settle in N.J.

assetContentWASHINGTON — The White House said Monday it will tell Gov. Chris Christie and other governors how many Syrian refugees are settling in their states. In a letter sent to Christie and obtained by NJ Advance Media, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said the information would be made available to any governor who requests… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Chris Christie, Monmouth County, Syria | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

How easy is it to buy a Syrian passport on Facebook?

assetContentWhen a man who blew himself up as part of the attacks in Paris last week, was found to be in possession of a fake Syrian passport it highlighted just how easy it was to come by such a thing. To get a fake Syrian passport appears not very difficult at all in the Turkish capital… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Syria, War on terror | Tags: , , | Comments Off on How easy is it to buy a Syrian passport on Facebook?

Christie to Obama: N.J. won’t accept Syrian refugees

assetContentTRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday sent a letter to President Obama saying New Jersey will not accept any Syrian refugees from the war-torn country. In the letter, Christie argued the Obama administration failed to notify the state or coordinate with New Jersey agencies on resettling refugees in the Garden State. Christie, who is running… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Chris Christie, New Jersey, Syria, War on terror | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Christie to Obama: N.J. won’t accept Syrian refugees

French jets pound Raqqa as G20 pledges new ISIS fight

assetContent (18)French warplanes have hit the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, as world leaders pledged to renew their fight against the armed group, which claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks which killed at least 129 people. In its first air strikes against ISIL since the Paris attacks, 12 warplanes,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Syria, Terrorism, War on terror | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on French jets pound Raqqa as G20 pledges new ISIS fight

Former al-Qaida hostage recounts nightmare of dealing with FBI after his return


Matt SchrierWASHINGTON — The only thing as bad as being tortured for months as a captive of jihadists in Syria was dealing with the U.S. government afterward, according to one former American hostage. Matt Schrier, 36, a freelance photographer held by extremists for seven months in 2013 until he escaped, has told McClatchy that the bureaucracy he… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Obama Administration, Syria, War on terror | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Former al-Qaida hostage recounts nightmare of dealing with FBI after his return

Obama defends ISIS strategy

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met with the military leaders of 21 countries Tuesday to discuss the ongoing strategy to combat the Islamic State terrorist group as he faces mounting pressure at home and abroad to take more aggressive action in Iraq and Syria. Obama did not announce any new or expanded initiatives following the meeting… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Iraq, News, Syria | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

U.S. expands attacks on Islamic State as Iraqi forces move to reclaim villages near Haditha

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Posted: September 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Iraq, News, Syria, War on terror | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on U.S. expands attacks on Islamic State as Iraqi forces move to reclaim villages near Haditha