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The area of southeastern of Turkey and north of Syria, roughly speaking the area of Paddan-Aram, is being considered as the cradle of the Aramean nation (see more on this.....)

 

Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are the only countries where the Arameans and non-Arameans can practice their religion in freedom. Iraq has already been destroyed by the Western colonial powers, Syria is in the process of destructions, what remains is Lebanon.

 

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It is estimated that there are around 2.0 million Aramean and non-Aramean Christians in Syria. Below we will provide our beloved reader with some background information on the various Aramean denominations present in Syria.

 

At the early beginning of Christianity, the Aramean nation was geographically termed as West- Arameans and East-Arameans. Roughly speaking, river the Euphrates was de border. The Arameans living Eastern of Euphrates, the Persian Empire, were called “East- Arameans” or “East- Syrians”; thus "Nestorians" who later became known as “Chaldeans” (1553) and again later as “Assyrians” (19th century).

 

The Arameans living Western of Euphrates, the Roman Empire, were called “West- Arameans” or “West- Syrians” or in short just “Syrians”. And sometimes both the East- as well as the West- Arameans are called “Syrians”; if not specifically indicated! In Syria the following Aramean denominations are present:

 

West- Arameans: Syrian Orthodox, Syrian Catholics, Syrian Maronites, Syrian Melkite Greek (Rum) Orthodox, Syrian Melkite Greek (Rum) Catholics

East- Arameans: Chaldeans, Nestorians ("Assyrians")

 

In the 16th century, the colonial powers started to interfere with the Middle-East and in particular to create divisions within the Aramean nation and incite them against one another.

 

Imaginable and unimaginable methods were employed to incite the Arameans against one another on the national as well as on the religious level. To explain this, below we present to you some events as observed by the American Presbyterian Rev. Justin Perkins who visited the East- Aramean Nestorians of Urmia in 1833.

 

In the report of Perkins, who lived for 8 years in Persia among the East- Aramean Nestorians, we read about the activities of Vatican among the Aramnean Nestorians: "No measure will be left untried by them, for leading away the Nestorians from the religion of their fathers and subjecting them to Papal control. A few years ago, a Jesuit offered to the Nestorian Patriarch $10.000, on condition that he would acknowledge allegiance to the Pope; to whom the patriarch replied, in the emphatic language of Peter to Simon Magus, "Thy money perish with thee."(Acts 8:20) (Justin Perkings, A Residence Of Eight Years In Persia Among The Nestorian Christians, 1843, page. 23).

 

On page 278 he mentions more examples, saying: "The Nestorians often relate the particulars of their past conflicts with Papists,-particularly the career of the last one who has visited them on this side of the Koordish mountains. His first attempt - daring one- was to bribe the Nestorian Patriarch. He went directly to his residence, in the Koordish mountains, and as a fully empowered legate, promised him, as I have elsewhere stated, four thousand tomans, ( $ 10,000,) on condition that he would declare himself and his people subjects of the Pope.

Finding mercenary motives ineffectual to accomplish his object, the Jesuit next appealed to the ambition of the Patriarch, telling him that should he become allied to Rome, he would be exalted to be the Pope's lieutenant in all the East. "Tell your master," said the Patriarch, "that I shall never become a Catholic; and should you even induce my whole people, to the last man, to do so, I would sooner become a Dervish, or a Koordish Moollah, than degrade myself by alliance with the Pope.

 

Finding the Patriarch inflexible, the Romish emissary next tried his artifices on the people of this province. A prince, a brother of Abbas Meerza, was then governor of Oroomiah, and had in his employ an old French lady in the capacity of an instructress of European languages. This old lady had acquired a measure of influence with her royal pupil, and the Jesuit found it very convenient to make her his coadjutor. When therefore the Nestorians spurned the rites of Rome as urged upon them by the Papal legate, the old lady, at his instigation, was accustomed to petition the prince to coerce them to submit to the 'Jesuit's dictation. This system was pursued, until the Nestorians were on the point of rising in determined resistance, and the prince was thus deterred from his oppression.

 

In some instances, the Papal emissary entered Nestorian churches, declared them the property of the Pope, and hung their walls with images and pictures, which the Nestorians as often indignantly tore down and destroyed. In one case, the Jesuit paid a yet dearer price for his temerity than the loss of his" gods." Entering a church in Geog-tapa, he commenced adorning it witb Romish tapestry, when Mar Elias, the venerable Nestorian bishop resident in that village, came into his church and ordered the intruder to desist. The Jesuit told the bishop that the church was not his, but the Pope's, and in the name of "his holiness," commanded Mar Elias to go out. The worthy Nestorian prelate, though aware that a bishop must be" no striker," yet regarding the emergency such as to justify an exception, took the Jesuit in hand, and gave him such a corporeal castigation, that he was glad to to escape with broken images and torn pictures; and this was the last attempt to establish the reign of Popery at Oroomiah before our arrival. Since that period, similar efforts have been renewed, but hitherto with as little success, as we shall have occasion to notice, in subsequent chapters. "

 

The events mentioned above are written down by a Protestant. And most probably Mr. Perkins was very well pleased to be informed about  and to be witness of such events  in order to discredit the other party. The Protestants however have availed themselves of such nasty methods as well and continue to do so until today.

 

It does not mean however that this kind of unholy and extremely harmful technology unfortunately was employed to not only brainwash, blackmail, bribe, and persecute the East- Aramean Nestorians, but also other Aramean churches like the West- Aramean Syrian orthodox and West- Aramean Melkite Greek Orthodox church. As a result of this kind of unholy and nasty "evangelizing", the following Aramean Catholic groups were created:

  • West- Aramean Syrian Catholic Church (1662)

  • West- Aramean Melkite Greek Catholic Church (1724)

  • West- Aramean Syrian Maronite Catholic Church (1182)

  • East- Aramean "Nestorian" Chaldean Church of Babylon (1553)

In addition to that, the majority of Catholics in the Western world are deliberately being kept blind and this important information withheld from them on the unholy and nasty methods that have been employed on their behalf to divide, incite against one another and finally exterminate other nations. For this reason, this faithful Western Christian Catholics have all the rights to be informed about what has been done to other nations in their behalf and with their money.

 

The majority of Catholic schools, Seminars and Universities withhold deliberately students of this unsavory events taken place in the past. On the contrary, in these institutions, the "good works" of missionaries are emphasized on the fact that these "lost sheep" have come back to the "only holy Catholic Church" and that these "Unites" should be offered aid and assistance. They rather would prefer to bring back "the rest of the lost sheep" to the "only truthfully holy Catholic Church".

 

And the madness of all this is that this kind of blackmail, bribe, persecutions, brainwash and sorcery is placed under the umbrella of "Christianity", while in reality, it totally has nothing to do with Christian faith as explained in the Bible. And this kind of evilness is continued until our days and is the cause of the misery our people is facing in the Middle-East and has resulted in their Diaspora. See more on this horrific spiritual genocide of jesus of the west: http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Aramean_Spiritual_Genocide.htm

 

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West-Arameans

West- Aramean Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch.

Patriarch: Ignatius Afrem II Karim. Residence in Damascus, Syria.

 

This Church was the first Church established outside Israel and is the mother of all the Syrian Churches. Unfortunately this church has also immensely been terrorized by the Western Christianity, in particular the Catholic Church. In the Western literature you will frequently come across the heretical terms "Jacobite Church" and " Monofysite Church" with which the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch is being demonized.

 

See more on this: http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Aramean_Spiritual_Genocide.htm

 

On the terms Jacobite and Monofysite: http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/MonofysiteJacobite%20.htm

 

West- Aramean Syrian Catholic Church.

Patriarch: Joseph Younan. Residence in Beirut, Lebanon

The Syrian Catholic Church was split off from the Syrian Orthodox Church in the 17th century. On this separation, Sebastien de Courtois writes: " The first [Syrian] Catholic Patriarch had been consecrated in Aleppo in 1662 with French help through the mediation of Ambassador Francois Picquet (page 33)…. .. which was encouraged by French diplomats present in Aleppo at that time. The diplomats favored the separation in the hope of one day uniting the Eastern Churches with that of Rome (XiX).. The Catholic mission activities were strongly supported by French Ministry of Foreign Affairs policy, which had been reinforced in the region by creation in 1856 of a vice-consulate in Diyarbekir at the request of the Vatican (page. 36) .

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Forgotten_genocide.htm

West- Aramean Melkite Greek Orthodox Church.

Patriarch: John Yazigi. Residence in Damascus, Syria.

The West- Aramean Melkite Greek (Rum) Orthodox Church was established after the Council of Chalcedon held from 12 October - 1 November 451 AD. The Council was organized by the Pope and the Byzantine / Roman Emperor.

 

The Syrian Orthodox Church, the Armenian Orthodox Church and the Coptic Orthodox Church rejected Chalcedon. That is why these Churches are being called " Anti - Chalcedonian Churches".

 

The Arameans who did accept the decisions made in Chalcedon became allies of Byzantine /Roman Emperor and implemented in later times (from 11th century on) the Byzantine liturgical rite. Hence the name "Greek Orthodox Church".

 

These Arameans became known as " Melkites"; this term is derived from the Aramaic word "Malko", that means " King/ Emperor"; thus those who went along with the king/emperor, his followers. This Church is sometimes also called " Antiochian Orthodox Church".

 

The term "Greek" is only ecclesial term, not ethical one.

 

In the Middle-East, sometimes also the term " Rum" is being used in reference to these Churches, that is abbreviation of " Rumoyee" a reference to Byzantine Orthodox rite.

The on 18th of July 2012 killed Syrian minister of defense, general Dawoud Raja, was a West- Aramean Melkite Greek Orthodox.

West- Aramean Melkite Greek Catholic Church.

Patriarch: Gregorios III Laham. Residence in Damascus, Syria.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Vatican, as explained above, to divide, to weaken and finally finish off, the West- Aramean Melkite Greek Orthodox Church was split off in 1724 and consequently the Melkite Greek Catholic Church was established.

 

There is no one Catholic Syrian church established without blackmail, bribe and brainwashing (Needless to says of course, however, this has nothing to do with Christianity).

 

 

West- Aramean Syrian Maronite Catholic Church

Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi . Residence in Bkerke, Libanon

This Church was named after the Aramean ascetic St. Maron and was established in 410 AD. The Aramean Maronites are subjected to the pope since 1182 AD. The Aramean Maronites are in terms of numbers, the biggest Aramean denomination.

 

 

 

 

East- Arameans

East- Aramean "Nestorian" Apostolic Assyrian Catholic Church of the East.

Patriarch: Dinkha. Residence in Chicago, United States.

The East- Aramean Church is the famous Church of Seleucia - Ctesiphon (32 km northeastern of Baghdad).

 

Until 424 A.D. the East- Arameans were connected with the ecclesiastical seat of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch. However for reasons of persecutions, geography and politics, during the synod of 424 the East- Arameans decided to take independent position towards Antioch and from then on they themselves took care for ecclesiastical matters.

 

The East- Aramean Church of Seleucia- Ctesiphon became strong and dedicated missionary church that enlightened many nations with the message of Jesus Christ. The  church produced spiritual giants who passionately spread the torch of Christianity. One of them is Patriarch Timothy I from eight century. Professor Sebastian Brock writes on page 194, Volume II, of Hidden Pearl this about Timothy I: "The key figure of the Eight- Century Persian Church was their extraordinary Patriarch Timothy I, who was not only a fine scholar of gentle temperament whose defense of the Christian faith earned him the respect of the Abbasid caliph with whom he debated, but who was also passionate supporter of Christian evangelism. In 781 Timothy could write to a Maronite correspondent that:

the king of the Turks, with nearly all (the inhabitants of) his country, has left his ancient idolatry and has become Christian, and he has requested us in his letters to create Metropolitan for his country, and this we have done."

 

Satan of course was not happy with the activities of this church and tried in many ways to destroy the church by means of persecutions, massacres, implementation of fake teachings, fake identities etc.. etc..

 

The deathblow that effectuated the downfall of this, once majestic church, was interference of colonial powers and in particular the United Kingdom and diffusion and implementation of colonial fake name "Assyrians" on religious, national, academic, social and cultural level through which the rich glorious history of this church was destroyed. And with that Satan achieved his goal and finalized the downfall of the East- Aramean church of Seleucia- Ctesiphon.

 

Being Western- Aramean or Eastern- Aramean, one gets tears in the eyes and our heart is burning of what satan has done to this magnificent Church and degraded the church to the present hopeless state where even the colonial name "Assyrian" has been added to the name of the Church. There is a Aramaic saying from Tur Abdin that sounds like this: "The foundation laid by Lions has been turned into chaos by foxes"

(No, beloved reader no! The East- Aramean Church of Seleucia - Ctesiphon had originally nothing to do with Nestorios and his teaching, it was latter implemented and accepted. The same is true for the colonial fake name "Assyrians")

 

In the course of time the East- Aramean church of Seleucia- Ctesiphon became known under various name, namely:

 

"The Nestorian Church"

"The Church of Persia"

"The East- Syrian Church".

" The Church of the East" and more recently (since 1976) as:

" The Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East"

 

The term "Catholic" has no relation with Rome. It means something like " General/ Universal".

 

From this Church split off:

 

The Chaldean Catholic Church of Babylon in 1553 AD.

The Ancient Church of the East since 1968.

 

East- Aramean "Nestorian"Ancient Church of the East.

Patriarch: Addai II. Residence in Bagdad, Iraq.

The Ancient Church of the East was established in 1968 by the East- Aramean "Nestorian" bishop Toma Darmo. The reason had to do with the tradition of patriarchal succession within the East- Syrian Church of Seleucia- Ctesiphon and with decisions taken during a synod.

 

Within the East-Aramean nation a tradition was crept in whereby succession of Patriarch took place within the same family. And this caused church problems, amongst others the split off in 1968.

 

The Ancient Church of the East is sometimes also referred to as " Assyrian orthodoxe Church". "Orthodox", because the church rejects the teaching of Nestorios. The Ancient Church of the East is independent Church.

 

East- Aramean "Nestorian" Chaldean Church of Babylon.

Patriarch: Louis Raphaël I Sako. Residence in Bagdad, Iraq.

The Chaldean " Nestorian" Church of Babylon was established in 1553 following the activities of the Catholic missionaries among the East- Aramean "Nestorians". The Chaldeans are subjected to the Pope of Rome.

 

The East- Aramean " Chaldeans", the west-Aramean Syrian Maronites, the West-Aramean Syrian Catholics and the West- Aramean Syrian Melkite Catholics are called "Unites" in the Catholic literature, that means something like " Those who came back to the True Catholic Mother Church". Of course they will never say a word about the way these churches were established.

 

Indirectly of course this implies that the rest which has not joined the "true Catholic Church" is heretic. Beloved reader, please do not be fooled by words like " Christian cooperation", " Christian unity", "ecumenism" and other terms that should give the reader the feeling as if talking or discussing about these words they are very serious about the Christian cause, while in reality it is not.

 

The antichrist will also use these "nice" terms to unify "Christianity" to accept him. Without acceptance of antichrist by the majority of "Christianity", he will not be able to start his work on this world. Those among Christians who refuse and revolt against him will be labeled as "antichristians" and killed by the antichrist.

 

The abhorrent demonic hatred injected in the hearts of Aramean Catholics prevents any kind of cooperation. To the Aramean Catholics the Vatican is above everything whereby Jesus Christ totally is not of interest. These are the fruits of  the way these churches came into being.

 

A message to the Aramean Orthodox and East- Arameans, that is to say:

 

The Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch, The Syrian Melkite Greek orthodox Church, The Ancient Church of the East and The Assyrian Apostolic Catholic Church of the East, is this one:

 

From the very beginning of Christianity until today you constantly are flying at each other, whereby you have put aside Jesus Christ. You think that it is okay and nobody cares about what you are doing? And that the Lord God can't see your quarrel whereby you all have created your own private kingdoms and don't care about the real King, namely Jesus Christ? The God YAHWEH, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob says, " Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord" (Jeremiah 23:24)

 

All this is okay, nothing to worry about? How can you complain that you are being persecuted, killed, your churches blown up, burned, your sons killed, your daughters and wives dishonored and assumed by strangers while you have completely put aside Christ Jesus, the Holy and Almighty God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob?

 

The Almighty God YAHWEH, Gloria to His Holy Name, the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob says:

 

1. Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear (Isaiah 59:1-2)

 

2. Shameless nation, come to your senses   2 before you are driven away like chaff blown by the wind, before the burning anger of the LORD comes upon you, before the day when he shows his fury” (Zephaniah 2:1-2)

 

3. "However, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, search for me, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear their prayer from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their country." (2 Chronicle 7:14)

 

It was because of our iniquities that the horrible jesus of the West was able to fragmentize us, to diffuse fake names within our nation, to destroy our heritage and faith and to cause our nation into Diaspora. No, don't blame others for this and other misfortunes. We are only and exclusively the guilty ones, and no one else. We are responsible for what is happening to us! The Lord God had blessed the Arameans of Aram-Nahrin to be the first nation to accept Christ Jesus and together with the apostles of the Lord Jesus and the converted Jews they established the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch. What is left of the original glorious church of Antioch? Nothing, completely destroyed because of internal quarrel and centuries old hatred and imputations.

 

A message to the Aramean Catholics, that is to say:

 

The Syrian Catholic Church, The Syrian Melkite Greek Catholic Church, The Syrian Chaldean Catholic Church, The Syrian Maronite Catholic Church , is this one:

 

You may call yourself whatever you want to, but please do not lose your senses. There are thousands Western Catholics who refuse to be manipulated by the Vatican. They are Catholics, but they take independent position, they read and study the Bible on daily basis and try to dedicate themselves to Jesus Christ. These are the true Christian Catholics.

 

You as Aramean Catholics will definitely not go to the hell if you set yourself a bit free from Vatican and take more independent position. And please stop immediately to be used as remote control. The salvation of your soul does not come from Vatican, but from Jesus Christ. The Bible says: " .........for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you] [as] a chaste virgin to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:2). Therefore, please put Jesus Christ on the first place and read the Bible in which He reveals Himself.

 

For those among the Aramean Catholics who want to know more about the covenant they have made, we refer to a top specialist on this field, Mr. William (Bill) Schnoebelen who has produced a DVD on this matter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuTwsQNzmQs

 

Appeal to all the Aramean denominations

 

Please have a detailed look at the decadent behavior of your children, men and women in Diaspora. No sense of shame! One would think that when a person has escaped war, bloodbaths and massacres, he would behave modest and respectable. Unfortunately, the real life is quite different than one would imagine and wish. They simply go with the decadence, immorality and enjoy thoroughly the “luxurious” life in the West.

 

On the broadcasting channels Ishtar, SuryoyoSat and SuroyoTv, sometimes wedding parties, new year, Christmas, eastern and other parties are broadcasted where you see some people dressed so perversely, that they look like prostitutes. They give the eyes the impression as if they have something to sell! The obnoxious behavior is that some of them wear a cross between their half-naked breasts. And the most ungodly is that these kind of people are being associated with Christianity. And that is absolutely no good advertisement, for other nations are watching us and judge us according our behavior!

 

The worst thing is that from child to adult they do not want to know anything about the errors and treason they committed towards the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and act as if nothing is wrong. Many of them are even boasting on their good deeds, Christian faith and self-satisfaction. What is worse is that many of them have removed Christ Jesus from their lives, without being aware of it, and call themselves "Christians" for the show.

 

Even now they are refugee at other man’s doors, they do not have slightest reason to ask themselves: Why did we become refugee at other man’s doors and make our hands open for them? Why did not our God protect us against evil forces that have invaded and assumed our indigenous homelands? What is the cause of our Diaspora and why we lost everything?  On the contrary, they enjoy the “luxurious” life in the West, act like drunkards, and do not want to be bothered with these difficult questions they simply don’t want to hear anything about!

 

The various Aramean Diaspora communities (including “Chaldeans”, “Assyrians”) in the West should not fool themselves and make any illusions for they have been entrapped by the “luxurious” decadent life in the West. For their survival it is necessary to wake up and reflect on what is coming. Thirty years ago nobody in Iraq would have imagined in their wildest dreams what is now happening to them, for they were entrapped in the carefree and “luxurious” life. Ten years ago nobody had imagined what is now happening with Syria. Therefore we appeal to all of the Aramean denominations as follows: "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise" (Ephesians 5:14-15)

 

For those among you who want to learn more about centuries old persecutions, the lose of our ancestral homelands, and the reasons behind Diaspora, we refer to the following articles:

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Turks_Kurds_Aramean_monastery_St_Gabriel_28_2_2009.htm#6

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Glorification_PKK_GHB_ADO_Terrorist_19_6_2010.htm

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Turkey_Lahore_MorGabriel_Ethnic_Cleansing_31_3_2011.htm#4

 


 

Articles concerning Aramean nation of Syria:

 

 

 

30-5-2014: Turkey, Syria and Iraq: Arameans, the downfall of an indigenous nation: Part 1

21-2-2014: Arameans of Iraq and Syria: when the blind is leading the blind and is serving as extermination tool in the hands of illuminati

7-1-2014: The two Aramean bishops: used as blackmail and bargaining instrument by odious powers……

29-11-2013: Aramean bishop: What happened in Sadad is the most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two years and a half…….The such-and-such massacre of Arameans of Syria: Who is responsible?

7-10-2013: “Free Syria” according to the colonial model: Ritual slaughtering, ethnic cleansing, eating human lungs and feeding unclean and uncircumcised ones to dogs! 'Why don't you become a Muslim? Then you can be free'

27-6-2013: Aramean Catholic Priest Killed in Syria

16-5-2013: The mysterious kidnapping of the two Aramean bishops, the contradictory reports in some media, the possible responsible ones …. and the possible dénouement……

23-4-2013: Two Aramean bishops kidnapped in Syria

15-4-2013: The use of chemical weapons by the colonial powers supported death squads and terrorists in Syria (fake name: “liberators.”)

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Arameans_Syria_Chemical_Weapons_Attack_15_4_2013.htm

21-1-2013: Iraq: Aramean teacher and student killed in Mosul: Repetition of Iraq in Syria

http://www.iraqichristians.info/English/Arameans_Iraq_Repetition_Syria_21_1_2013.htm

19-12-2012: Syria: Has the time arrived to carry out a false flag attack with chemical weapons to be used by the colonial powers as pretext to invade Syria? http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Arameans_Syria_ChemicalWeapons_ColonialPowers_19_12_2012.htm

27-10-2012: Iraqi Aramean leader mourns on languishing away of Aramean presence… unseen hand… our concerns … the New World Order (NWO)… Paradigm Shift… Petrus Romanus…..

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Arameans_Iraq_Middle_East_OurConcerns_UnseenHand_NWO_27_10_2012.htm

2-8-2012: Balkanization of Syria: Who will be the winners and who will be the losers?  What will happen with the indigenous Arameans present in this area since thousands of years?

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Arameans_Syria_Balkanization_Downfall_2_8_2012.htm

23-7-2012: Syria: The good ones and the bad ones, which side do you support? The story of the Aramean sister Agnes Miriam

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Arameans_Syria_Good_Bad_Ones_23_7_2012.htm

28-6-2102: ……………reported back that Western press was spreading disinformation about the real nature of the uprising in Syria and thereby prolonging and deepening the conflict………

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Arameans_Syria_Genocide_Media_28_6_2012.htm

18-5-2012: Is the colonial demonic plan being activated to ethnically cleanse Syria of its indigenous Aramean and other Christians?

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Arameans_Syria_Start_Ethnic_Cleansing_18_5_2012.htm

13-12-2011: Climax of Madness: The unholy colonial product “Assyrians” wants together with Muslim brotherhood to topple the regime of Bashar Assad. How the odious demonic colonial powers maneuver their spiritual children and creation into the abyss to exterminate the Aramean nation of Syria

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Arameans_Middle_East_Marriage_MuslimBrotherhood_ADO_13_12_2011.htm

3-12-2011: “The use of mercenaries, death squads and snipers by Western intelligence agencies is well documented,, Will the ethnic cleansing of the Arameans of Iraq serve as a example to the future ethnic cleansing of Arameans of Syria?

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Arameans_Middle_East_Mercenaries_Death_Squads_3_12_2011.htm

1-12-2011: Disposing the Middle-East of Aramean, Coptic and other Christians: a demonic plan concocted in the antichristian malignant laboratories of colonial powers

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Arameans_Middle-East_Extermination_1_12-2011.htm

26-10-2011: “Liberation” Iraq: Extermination Aramean Christians “Liberation” Egypt: burning churches and slaughtering of Coptic Christians

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Copts_Demonstration_Cairo_Massacre_26_10_2011.htm

24-9-2011: “Liberation” of Iraq: Extermination of Arameans of Iraq. “Liberation” of Syria…..?????......

http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Arameans_Iraq_Syria_Liberation_Extermination_24_9_2011.htm

24-4-2010: Shutting down of Aramaic institute: It would be a travesty for Syria

6-7-2009: Arameans of Aram-Nahrin Organisation sent a letter to the President of Syria, Dr. Bashar al- Assad on the situation of the Aramean indigenous people.

 


 

***************International media concerning Syria****************

 

 

 

"Liberation" of Syria by the boys of colonial illuminati powers.

 Syria Crucifixion Video

 

Death and desecration in Syria: Jihadist group 'crucifies' bodies to send message (http://edition.cnn.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31-12-2014: Isis in Syria: Barbarity of 'Islamic State' prison described by survivor held with James Foley (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

An activist who survived imprisonment by Isis in Syria alongside James Foley has spoken of physical and psychological torture at the hands of the group……………….

 

“Most of the prisoners were not treated with beatings, but were mostly subjected to psychological methods: putting a knife close to your neck saying that you will be slaughtered,”……………….

 

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31-12-2014: Syria's Assad visits embattled Damascus district – presidency (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)

 

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited a district on the outskirts of Damascus and thanked soldiers fighting "in the face of terrorism",………………………

 

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31-12-2014: Syria Kurds control 70 percent of besieged Kobani: monitor (http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

 

Kurdish forces have regained control of around 70 percent of the Syrian town of Kobani near the Turkish border after pushing back ISIS fighters that have spent months besieging it, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday……………………..

 

"There are air strikes every day, they have destroyed many ISIS bases in Kobani. If there had been no air strikes then I think Kobani would have been controlled by [ISIS] by now,"………

 

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29-12-2014: ISIS has killed almost 2,000 people in Syria alone in just SIX MONTHS, human rights group says - including 120 foreign fighters who tried to flee (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)

 

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has executed nearly 2,000 people in Syria alone since claiming territory in the war-torn country, a British-based monitoring group have said…………………

 

Of those killed, 1,175 were civilians who included four children and eight women………………….

 

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29-12-2014: Isis 'executes up to 200 fighters' for trying to flee jihad and return home (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

Isis has executed at least 120 of its own militants in the past three months, the majority of whom were foreign fighters trying to return home, according to a Syrian monitoring group……………….

 

Of the 120 militants confirmed executed for “exceeding the limits in religion”, 116 are believed to be foreign fighters who wanted to return home…………………..

 

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29-12-2014: Syria tribes join army in fighting ISIL (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Villagers and members of al-Shaitaat tribes in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr have reportedly joined the army in its fight against the ISIL Takfiri militants…………………….

 

The move comes in the wake of the ISIL atrocities against local people, especially tribesmen in Dayr al-Zawr……………………..

 

......................they changed their positions after the ISIL killed over 900 of their members…….

 

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28-12-2014: War with Isis: The resilient people of Kobani are proof that the militants can be defeated (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

Practically and psychologically, [Isis] are now broken…………….

 

By mid-December, according to Kobani's Minister of Defence, Ismat Sheikh Hasan, Kurdish forces had retaken control of about 70 per cent of the town – although the frontlines are fluid and are shifting all the time………………………..

 

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27-12-2014: ISIS loses ground to Kurds in Syria's Kobani (http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

 

ISIS has lost ground in the Syrian border town of Kobani, where Kurdish fighters now control more than 60 percent of territory, an activist group said Saturday……………..

 

"ISIS has even left areas that the Kurds did not enter for fear of mines,"

 

ISIS has withdrawn from the seized Kurdish militia headquarters in the north of the city, as well as from southern and central districts, according to activists………………………

 

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27-12-2014: ISIL threatens Syria's cultural heritage (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Syria's invaluable cultural heritable is in serious danger as the country’s artifacts are either smuggled across borders or destroyed at the hands of ISIL Takfiri militants,……………….

 

The United Nations has announced that Takfiri terrorists have already destroyed or damaged over 300 Syrian historical sites…………………

 

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27-12-2014: Military Aid to Terrorists: US Supplied Al Qaeda Rebels in Syria with TOW Anti-Tank Missiles (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

US supplied TOW anti-tank missiles have ended up in the hands of Jabhat Al Nusra, Syria’s branch of Al Qaeda. The US provided the missiles to CIA vetted Syrian rebel faction Harakat Hazm in May. A video posted by Al Nusra shows the weapons being used to take over Syrian military bases, Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh in Idlib province……………………………..

 

…….it is known that the US armed and trained Harakat Hazm group had signed a ceasefire agreement with Jabhat AL Nusra in November in the same region of Idlib Province. At that time Al Nusra had claimed TOW and Grad missiles were now in their hands………

 

“Anyhow we are buying weapons from the FSA. We bought 200 anti-aircraft missiles and Koncourse anti tank weapons. We have good relations with our brothers in the FSA

 

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27-12-2014: Kurdish fighters control 60% of Kobani: Report (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

27-11-2014: Using terrorists for regime change is unacceptable – Lavrov (http://rt.com/)

 

"Russia condemns the use of extremist groups in efforts to change the regime [in Syria]," Lavrov said,…………………….

 

Russia will keep advising Syria and other countries under terrorist threat on their military efficiency, Lavrov added, saying the fight against growing extremist forces in the Middle East is the international community's top priority……………………………………..

 

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26-12-2014: Islam's Dysfunctional State: In Isis-controlled Syria and Iraq everyday life is falling apart (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

25-12-2014: The Islamic State is failing at being a state (http://www.washingtonpost.com)

 

The Islamic State’s vaunted exercise in state-building appears to be crumbling as living conditions deteriorate across the territories under its control, exposing the shortcomings of a group that devotes most of its energies to fighting battles and enforcing strict rules……………………

 

Slick Islamic State videos depicting functioning government offices and the distribution of aid do not match the reality of growing deprivation and disorganized, erratic leadership, the residents say……..

 

“ISIS doesn’t know how to do this stuff,” said the U.S. official, using an acronym for the group. “When stuff breaks down, they get desperate. It doesn’t have a whole lot of engineers and staff to run the cities, so things are breaking down.”……………..

 

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25-12-2014: Foreign jihadis change face of Syrian civil war (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

“There are so many foreigners now – I have met guys from Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Libya. It makes me feel like it is not my country any more. Once, I was walking around my home town when a man drove up to ask me for my papers. He was Tunisian. What’s his business ordering me around in my own country, in my town?”………………………

 

He accuses foreign powers of supporting without question anyone fighting against Assad. “So many foreign players have their hands in Syria; they are responsible for this. I pray every day that there will be a time when the same troubles will befall them.”………………………

 

A UN security council report obtained by the Guardian says at least 15,000 people from more than 80 countries have travelled to Iraq and Syria in recent years to become jihadi fighters………….

 

The foreigners fighting in Syria had little trouble entering the country through the 550-mile border with Turkey via what Turkish pundits called the “jihadi highway”……………..

 

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24-12-2014: Syrians celebrate Christmas in Homs after city liberation (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

24-12-2014: Israel Empowers Islamic State (ISIS) Terrorists in Syria (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

The Israeli top priority is to dictate its terms to Syria to sign a peace treaty with Israel before withdrawing its forces from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, Palestinian territories and Lebanese southern lands……………

 

Therefore, “it should not come as a surprise that the (Benjamin) Netanyahu government has not yet taken any immediate steps against IS,” according to Amos Harel, writing in Foreign Policy on September 15……………….

 

Israel “certainly does not see the group as an external threat” and the “Islamic State also does not yet pose an internal threat to Israel,” according to Israeli journalist and Associate Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations,  Dimi Reider, writing in a Reuters blog on last October 21

 

While Israel is willing and getting ready to “interfere” in Jordan , it is already deeply interfering in Syria , where the real battle has been raging for less than four years now against terrorists led by the IS

 

A political public agreement between Israel and the Gulf Arabs has developed on a mutual understanding that the dismantling of the Syria – Iran alliance as a prelude to a “regime change” in both countries is the regional priority,……………….

 

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24-12-2014: Isil has 'power of nuclear bomb or tsunami' warns author (http://www.independent.ie/)

 

A 74-year-old German author who gained unprecedented access to Isil militants in Iraq has described the terrorist group as having "the power of a nuclear bomb or a tsunami"…………….

 

Bookshops are filled with tomes describing how to treat slaves, while public dress is strictly monitored so as not to "resemble those worn by infidel women or men",…………………..

 

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23-12-2014: Army troops kill dozens of ISIL militants across Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Syrian army soldiers have killed over 30 militants in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, as the military continues its operations against the ISIL Takfiri group…………………

 

Over the past months, Syrian soldiers have made numerous gains in the battle against the foreign-sponsored militants, inflicting heavy losses on them in several areas………………….

 

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23-12-2014: Satellite images show 290 heritage sites in Syria damaged by war: U.N. (http://www.reuters.com)

 

Satellite imagery indicate that 290 cultural heritage sites in Syria, whose history stretches back to the dawn of civilization, have been damaged by its ongoing civil war, the United Nations' training and research arm (UNITAR) said on Tuesday……………………..

 

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23-12-2014: ISIL terrorists execute 10 people in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

The terrorists murdered, decapitated and crucified four civilians in the city of al-Bukamal, situated near the border with Iraq and 650 kilometers (403 miles) northeast of the capital Damascus, earlier this month, ……………

 

Meanwhile, ISIL terrorists have killed and crucified six civilians at a roundabout in al-Subekhan town of Syria’s eastern province of Deir ez-Zor……………

 

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23-12-2014: German author warns of Isil ambition after rare visit (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

A 74-year-old German author who gained unprecedented access to Islamic State militants in Iraq has described the terror group as having "the power of a nuclear bomb or a tsunami"……………….

 

The German author said he was most disturbed by his conversations with Isil militants, who insisted that "all religions who agree with democracy have to die", and that Isil intends to "conquer the world"…………………………….

 

"This is the largest religious cleansing strategy that has ever been planned in human history", he told RTL……………………

 

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23-12-2014: ISIL militants, Kurdish fighters clash in Syria's Kobani (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

"Both advancements by the Kurdish rebels were very key and I can tell you our fighters are gradually gaining important grounds from the [so-called] Islamic State," Idriss Nassan, a spokesman for the Kurdish fighters in Kobani, said……………

 

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22-12-2014: ‘Syria counterattack kills 20 ISIL terrorists in Deir Ezzor’ (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

Syrian army forces have reportedly killed at least 20 ISIL Takfiri militants during a counterattack operation near an airbase in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor………………

 

Syrian government troops have thwarted several offensives by ISIL Takfiri militants on the airbase. The extremist group controls some parts of Syria and Iraq………………..

 

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21-12-2014: Remaining Christians in Syria fight to save their land (http://www.usatoday.com)

 

Tens of thousands of Christians have fled the Kurdish-dominated Hasaka province over the past three years because of an ongoing civil war, economic pressures and the rise of the Islamic State…………..

 

Residents here estimate up to two-thirds have departed, leaving streets largely abandoned and dozens of shop fronts boarded up………………………

 

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21-12-2014: Syria grapples with spreading diseases: WHO (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

According to the WHO’s Syria representative, Elizabeth Hoff, the vaccination rates in the Arab country plummeted to 52 percent in 2014 from 90 percent before the crisis while contaminated water has led to the advance of typhoid and hepatitis…………………..

 

The situation has worsened since regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients in the crisis-hit country………………

 

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21-12-2014: Inside Isis: The first Western journalist ever to be given access to the 'Islamic State' has just returned – and this is what he discovered (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

The first Western journalist in the world to be allowed extensive access to Isis territories in Syria and Iraq has returned from the region with a warning: the group is “much stronger and much more dangerous” than anyone in the West realises…………………

 

Once within Isis territory, Todenhöfer said his strongest impression was “that Isis is much stronger than we think here”. He said it now has “dimensions larger than the UK”, and is supported by “an almost ecstatic enthusiasm that I have never encountered in any other warzone”……………..

 

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21-12-2014: ISIL trafficking body parts to fund terror: Report (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

20-12-2014: Christmas in Syria: Praying for peace in a war-torn land (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

Four years ago, Aleppo was a thriving, cosmopolitan place, but everybody has suffered in Syria’s terrible war. The rich have left, the middle classes have become poor, and the poor have become miserable. Four out of five people here don’t have a job. When I walk the streets, I feel attacked by the poverty – by the sight of sick, tired, desperate people with no hope for the future……………….

 

It is desperately cold this winter, with no heating or electricity across the city. Every evening it gets dark early. Here in my bishopric, we light a stove, using chairs for firewood, chopping up and burning one per night. When I go to bed, it is often so cold that I struggle to sleep…………

 

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19-12-2014: A million wounded in Syria's war, says WHO (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

"In Syria, they have a million people injured as a direct result of the war,” the WHO representative,…………….

 

“You can see it in the country when you travel around. You see a lot of amputees. This is the biggest problem."………………

 

Monitoring groups outside the country say the number of people known to have been killed by the war has now passed 200,000, with some saying the total figure is likely to be much higher……

 

…………..there had been 6,500 cases of typhoid in 2014, and 4,200 cases of measles

 

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18-12-2014: 1,000 feared killed in ISIL-held Syria village (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

As many as 1,000 people are feared to have been killed in an ISIL-held village in Syria, where the corpses of over 200 people have already been discovered in a mass grave………………

 

“There are still 1,000 people missing from the Shoueitat tribe. We believe they were all executed by Islamic State (ISIL) fighters when they advanced into the village of al-Kashkiya last summer,”……

 

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18-12-2014: The Islamic State’s (ISIS) Bloody Footprints Lead From NATO Territory (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, has played a pivotal role in the destabilization and destruction of neighboring Syria. Since 2011, Turkey has allowed its territory to be used as a transit and staging point for sectarian terrorists flowing from around the world and into Syria in what could be described as a defacto NATO invasion by proxy………………………

 

In addition to literal terrorists being harbored in NATO territory, security agencies of NATO members including the US and UK, have been active along the Turkish-Syrian border arming, funding. and equipping what they call “moderate rebels.” These moderate rebels have recently been revealed as affiliates of or organized directly organized beneath both Al Qaeda and ISIS…………

 

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17-12-2014: Syria conflict: 230 bodies 'found in mass grave' in eastern Deir al-Zour province (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

17-12-2014: Isis’s British connections: the jihadists who want to bring the fight to the west (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

17-12-2014: Over 230 bodies uncovered in Syrian mass grave (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

Over two hundred bodies of people massacred by ISIL Takfiri militants have been found in a mass grave in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr Province………………….

 

The latest discovery brings the total of Sheitaat tribe members killed by Takfiri terrorists during their summer assault on Dayr al-Zawr to 900…………………

 

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17-12-2014: Kurdish peshmerga forces launch offensive to retake Isis held areas (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Iraqi Kurdish forces launched a broad offensive on Wednesday aimed at recapturing areas near the Syrian border that have been held by Islamic State (Isis) for months,………….

 

Among the goals is the Sinjar area, which was home to many members of the Yazidi minority before Isis attacked in early August and forced most of them to flee…………………….

 

Isis fighters killed hundreds of residents, abducted and enslaved hundreds of Yazidi women and girls and forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge on Mount Sinjar……………….

 

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16-12-2014: Some 200 killed as Syrian troops, militants fight in Idlib: Group (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

……………….that at least 100 Syrian soldiers and over 80 militants were killed in clashes, bombardments and by mines over the past 24 hours………………..

 

…………….at least 120 Syrian troopers have been taken prisoner by the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front and other militant groups……………..

 

16-12-2014: European Union Supports Terrorism, Deeply Involved in “Plot Targeting Syria” (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

The source highlighted that those groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra, are receiving “unlimited support” by some regional countries and international major powers………

 

While the EU “is shedding crocodile tears” on the humanitarian suffering of the Syrians, the source said, it overlooks that it is the EU’s policy of backing terrorism in Syria, the economic sanctions imposed on it and the repeated attempts to abort the efforts seeking a way out are the causes behind having Syria’s crisis still dragging on…………………………..

 

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15-12-2014: Syrian jihadis seize Idlib army base (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Jihadis have captured a Syrian army base in the north-western province of Idlib after two days of intense fighting that killed dozens of gunmen, activists have said………………

 

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15-12-2014: Syria parties are killing not protecting civilians (http://wwlp.com)

 

The U.N. humanitarian chief accused the warring parties in Syria on Monday of ignoring Security Council demands to protect civilians, citing a doubling of the number of people killed from 100,000 in February to close to 200,000 today and around 1 million injured……………..

 

The number of children in need of immediate assistance has jumped from about 4 million in February to over 5.6 million today, and “children have been murdered, tortured and subjected to sexual violence by all parties to the conflict,” she said…………………

 

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15-12-2014: Why the U.S. Should Extricate Itself from Syria (http://www.theamericanconservative.com)

 

There are many reasons not to back these rebel groups, not least of which is the likelihood that U.S.-provided arms will end up in the wrong hands. That has already happened and will very likely keep happening in the future. There are no good reasons to provide this support, and this may just now be starting to dawn on a few more members of Congress. It is reasonable to withhold support for a proxy that has no chance of winning…………………….

 

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15-12-2014: French police dismantle network sending jihadist fighters to Syria (http://news.yahoo.com)

 

French police on Monday dismantled a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria in a series of dawn raids that saw them nab 10 suspects across the country, said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve……

 

Almost 1,000 French nationals from a wide range of backgrounds are estimated to have left to join jihadists in Iraq and Syria, including some 400 thought to be currently fighting on the ground and almost 50 who were killed……………….

 

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13-12-2014: ISIS beheads four men for blasphemy in Syria (http://english.alarabiya.net/)

 

A self-declared police force loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria decapitated four men in western Syria after accusing them of blasphemy, a rights group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Saturday…………………………….

 

Residents and activists say ISIS has beheaded and stoned to death many people in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq for actions they see as violating their reading of Islamic law, such as adultery, homosexuality, stealing and blasphemy………………..

 

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13-12-2014: Isis in Syria: Photos show extremists stoning a couple to death for adultery and beheading four men (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk)

 

The stoning happened in the small Syrian town of Manbij, in the province of Aleppo. It is believed to be the ninth time that Islamic State has documented a stoning and posted the photographs online…….

 

The photos show a crowd of men and young boys watching the event at an open paved square. An Islamic State fighter announces the crimes of the victims before the executions are carried out……

 

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12-12-2014: Spending Bill Grants Half-Billion to ISIS-Linked Syrian Rebels (http://www.infowars.com)

 

The $1.1 trillion federal spending bill rammed through Congress provides a half-billion dollars to arm and train ISIS-linked Syrian rebels who could potentially launch terrorist attacks against the U.S……………………………

 

“We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in… Qalamoun,” Bassel Idriss, the commander of a “moderate” rebel brigade, told the Lebanese Daily Star………………….

 

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11-12-2014: Australia a significant source of foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq, Senate told (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Australia is a significant source country for foreign fighters and has a rate higher than other comparable countries, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (Asio) has warned…….

 

Asio has identified around 70 Australians currently fighting in Iraq or Syria, out of an estimated 3,000 western fighters. It says a further 20 Australians have already died in the conflict, and another 100 in Australia are suspected of providing material support for extremists, such as making donations and recruiting fighters

 

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10-12-2014: Isis releases 'abhorrent' sex slaves pamphlet with 27 tips for militants on taking, punishing and raping female captives (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

"It is permissible to have sexual intercourse with the female captive. Allah the almighty said: '[Successful are the believers] who guard their chastity, except from their wives or (the captives and slaves) that their right hands possess, for then they are free from blame [Koran 23:5-6]'..."

 

"It is permissible to buy, sell, or give as a gift female captives and slaves, for they are merely property, which can be disposed of [as long as that doesn't cause [the Muslim ummah] any harm or damage."

 

"It is permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn't reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse; however if she is not fit for intercourse, then it is enough to enjoy her without intercourse."

 

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9-12-2014: Militant leader hints at deal with Assad against ISIL (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

Zahran Alloush, who heads the so-called Jaysh al-Islam group, suggested reaching a political solution with President Bashar al-Assad’s government

 

He also called for armed battle against ISIL Takfiri militants. The remarks by Alloush have drawn criticism from other militant groups in Syria

 

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9-12-2014: Islamic State in Syria beheads man for blasphemy (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

 

The militant Islamic State group beheaded a man in northern Syria after accusing him of blasphemy…..

 

The man was killed in a public square in the town of Sulouk on Monday in front of a crowd that included children, the British-based Observatory for Human Rights said

 

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9-12-2014: What will Turkey's price be for its support against Isil? (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

Turkey’s second concern is related to Syria’s Kurds – who have, over the course of the civil war, carved out an autonomous territory across northern Syria called Rojava. Although Turkey’s relationship with the Kurds of Iraq is surprisingly friendly – Ankara is actually training their militia, the peshmerga – it views the leading Syrian Kurdish group as a branch of the separatist PKK, and worries that getting rid of Isil could inadvertently enable a hostile Kurdish bloc to crystallise on its doorstep………………………………..

 

The coalition has been ignoring Assad’s air defence network so far, but establishing a no-fly zone could involve destroying a good chunk of it through sustained cruise missile strikes and bombing raids. The presence of Russian “advisers” at the likely targets is a further complicating factor. Finally, artillery within the range of the buffer zone might also have to be targeted, which would mean a huge jump in the number of sorties…………………..

 

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8-12-2014: British 'Vicar of Baghdad' claims Isis beheaded four children for refusing to convert to Islam (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

Isis have beheaded four Christian children in Iraq for refusing to convert to Islam, a British vicar based in the country has claimed

 

Canon Andrew White, who is known as the ‘vicar of Baghdad’, told Orthodox Christian Network that the killings happened in a Christian enclave close to Baghdad which has been taken over by Isis (formerly known as Islamic State)

 

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8-12-2014: Chilling images show new ISIS terrorist school in Syria where children soldiers known as 'Caliphate Cubs' are trained to kill (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

 

Chilling new images have emerged from inside Islamic State-run terrorist training schools in Syria, showing child soldiers being trained to kill using assault rifles.

 

Dubbed 'Caliphate Cubs', the children appear little more than 10 years old and are dressed in full combat gear as they struggle to hold weapons while standing in front of ISIS' infamous black flag

 

In the VICE footage, ISIS' PR man Abu Moussa - who has since been killed - describes how every male child is forced to attend Sharia camps to be taught the militants' radical interpretation of Islam……..

 

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8-12-2014: Syrian refugees struggle to survive harsh winter (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Syrian refugees are struggling to survive as winter approaches, amid calls on rich countries to resettle them within their borders…………………….

 

Some 100-thousand Syrians, accommodated in the northern Zaatari Refugee Camp, are living in tough conditions, without proper heating……………….

 

Refugees in Lebanon also face starvation after the United Nations World Food Program suspended an initiative for giving people free food vouchers……………….

 

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7-12-2014: UN report reveals Israeli links with Syria Takfiris (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which has monitored the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights since 1974, said in the report that Israeli officers and the foreign-backed terrorists have “direct cooperation” on the Syrian border over the past 18 months, Haaretz reported on Sunday…………………

 

“UNDOF observed at least 10 wounded persons being transferred by armed members of the opposition from the Bravo side across the ceasefire line,”………………

 

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7-12-2014: Mossad training ISIL terrorists: Putin aide (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Alexander Prokhanov told Press TV that Mossad is also likely to have transferred some of its spying experiences to the ISIL leadership, adding that Israel’s military advisors could be assisting the Takfiri terrorists……………………..

 

"ISIL is a tool at the hands of the United States. They tell the Europeans that if we (the Americans) do not intervene, ISIL will cause you harm," he said, adding that Iran and Russia are the prime targets of the ISIL

 

Prokhanov said the United States and Israel are one and the same when it comes to supporting a terror organization like the ISIL…..

 

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6-12-2014: Syrian Troops Repel IS Attack on Eastern Air Base (http://abcnews.go.com)

 

Syrian government forces repelled an attack by the Islamic State group on a major air base in the country's east on Saturday, in fighting that killed dozens on both sides, activists and state media said……………

 

The base, outside the city of Deir el-Zour, has been used by the government in the past months to launch air raids on areas held by the Islamic State group bordering Iraq……….

 

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6-12-2014: ‘Terrorism exported to Middle East from Europe’ – Assad (http://rt.com)

 

Terrorism is being exported to the Middle East from Europe, especially from France, said Syria’s President Bashar Assad in an interview to French media. He also criticized Western states for politically supporting terrorists in the region……………………………….

 

“Let’s be honest: had Qatar not paid money to those terrorists at that time, and had Turkey not supported them logistically, and had not the West supported them politically, things would have been different. If we in Syria had problems and mistakes before the crisis, which is normal, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the events had internal causes,”………………………….

 

“The truth is that ISIS was created in Iraq in 2006. It was the United States which occupied Iraq, not Syria. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi [IS leader] was in American prisons, not in Syrian prisons. So, who created ISIS, Syria or the United States?”………………………..

 

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5-12-2014: World has failed to protect Syrian refugees: Amnesty (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

4-12-2014: Chinese paper accuses west of stoking extremism in Middle East (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Western countries are stoking extremism in the Middle East with their support for anti-government opposition movements, China’s top newspaper has said, repeating a call for non-interference in the region’s turmoil………………………..

 

But it has also condemned efforts by western countries to arm certain groups fighting against the Syrian government, and has shown no sign of wanting to join US efforts to use military force against Isis

 

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4-12-2014: Syria's Assad sees long war as Islamic State attacks base (http://www.reuters.com)

 

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview published on Thursday he expected his country's conflict to be long and difficult but vowed to defeat the insurgents battling to oust him and said he would not be driven from power…………………….

 

"The Syrian army cannot be everywhere at once. Where it is not present, terrorists take the opportunity to cross borders and infiltrate in one area or another,"……………….

 

He also rejected a suggestion that Syria had allowed Islamic State to flourish earlier in the war to wipe out other insurgents and accused the United States of creating conditions for the emergence of the group through its occupation of Iraq

 

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4-12-2014: Iran and America unite to fight, but won't kiss and make up (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

Yet they allowed Iran to go ahead and strike Isil unmolested. In the process, America demonstrated the eternal relevance of the old dictum that “my enemy’s enemy is my friend”……

 

Many of America’s most powerful Arab allies would answer with an emphatic “yes”. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states nurse a visceral suspicion of Iran. America duly kept them in the dark last year when US diplomats held secret meetings with their Iranian counterparts. Those talks eventually produced an interim agreement to constrain Iran’s nuclear programme…………………

 

Privately, diplomats from the Gulf fear that the rapprochement between America and Iran has gone much further in secret than either side has acknowledged in public. The fact that Washington is, at the very least, prepared to tolerate Iranian air strikes in Iraq will be taken as further evidence of this theory……………………..

 

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3-12-2014: Anti-ISIL strikes changed nothing: Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

“Had these strikes been serious and effective, I would say they would be helpful for sure, but it’s we who are battling against ISIS (ISIL) on the ground,” Assad complained

 

The Syrian head of state noted “and we haven’t sensed any change, especially since Turkey is still providing direct support to ISIS in those areas.”………………….

 

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3-12-2014: War with Isis: Iran joins ‘Great Satan’s’ fight against militants with bombing raids over Iraq (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

2-12-2014: Syria opposition calls for direct talks with Assad government (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

"It is in the Syrian people's interest for us to sit down together once and for all, and to find a way to save the people from this pain and suffering," AFP quoted the former leader of the so-called Syrian National Coalition opposition, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, as saying on Tuesday

 

"We want to solve the problem, because the problem now affects each and every Syrian... The regime is suffering, the opposition is suffering and the people are suffering," he added………………

 

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2-12-2014: Syrian refugees face bleak winter after 'disastrous' food aid cuts (http://america.aljazeera.com)

 

With the bitter winter months approaching — bringing with them a set of acute hardships — food shortages will be “disastrous” for the hundreds of thousands of Syrian families in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq who are entirely dependent on international aid to survive, the WFP said in a statement…………………….

 

The timing of the most devastating aid cutback to date couldn’t be worse. As temperatures drop, living expenses — warm clothing, gas for heating units — rise. At the same time, the informal labor market that is available to refugees, such as seasonal agricultural or construction work, tends to dry up……………………….

 

What's worse, the U.N. shortfalls have been compounded by mirroring cuts from host governments, who have begun to buckle under the weight of the Syrian refugee crisis. Last week, Jordan quietly repealed its offer of free healthcare services for registered refugees, leaving most with no avenue for medical treatment but to pay out of their pockets………………..

 

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2-12-2014: Turkey bombards Kobani, wounds civilians and Kurdish fighters (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

“Under the pretense of stopping an ISIS attack on Turkey, the Turkish army bombarded the center of Kobani with tanks and artillery,” Kurdish newspaper Rudaw quoted Anwar Muslim, the co-chairman of Kobani, as saying on Saturday

 

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1-12-2014: U.S. considers opening new front against Islamic State to create a safe zone in Syria (http://www.washingtonpost.com)

 

The Obama administration is weighing the opening of a new front in the air war against the Islamic State in Syria,………………..

 

Turkish special forces would move into the area to assist the targeting and help Syrian opposition fighters consolidate their hold on the territory………………………..

 

The proposal would at least partly address Turkey’s long-standing desire for a protected buffer zone inside Syria along the entire 511-mile border, while providing the faltering rebel fighters with a much-needed boost…………………….

 

If implemented, the plan would require significantly more U.S. resources than are now devoted to the fight against the Islamic State in Syria, including more planes and more money…………….

 

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1-12-2014: ISIL elements suffer heavy losses in Syria's Kobani (http://al-shorfa.com)

 

At least 50 ISIL elements were killed in the embattled border town in suicide bombings, clashes with Kobani's Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish defenders, and in airstrikes, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which gets its information from a network of activists and professionals on the ground………………

 

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1-12-2014: Isil is driving out Christians, warns Pope Francis (http://www.independent.ie)

 

Pope Francis has condemned the persecution of Christian communities in the Middle East, blaming the fanaticism of terrorist groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil)………….

 

On the final day of his visit to Turkey, the Pope warned that Christians were in danger of being wiped out in the region. Turkey has been accused of failing to stop Islamist extremists from crossing its borders into Syria………………….

 

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1-12-2014: U.S. led coalition attacks target IS capital Raqqa in Syria (http://www.business-standard.com)

 

The United States led coalition fighting against Islamic State (IS) in Syria has increased its attacks in the IS capital Raqqa with 30 airstrikes overnight, said the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights……………………………….

 

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30-11-2014: ISIL suffers heavy losses in Syria's Kobane (http://www.aljazeera.com)

 

At least 50 fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) have been killed in the past 24 hours in Syria's Kobane, the biggest loss endured by the group since it launched its assault on the strategic border city on September 16……………………….

 

A spokesperson of the Kurdish YPG said fighters of the Syrian Kurdish armed group had the Kobane border crossing with Turkey completely under its control…………..

 

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30-11-2014: Isis suicide bombers used Turkish territory to launch attack on Kobani, human rights group says (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

Mustafa Bali, a Kobani-based activist, told the Associated Press news agency that Isis fighters were positioned in grain silos on the Turkish side of the border and were launching attacks toward the border crossing point. "It is now clear that Turkey is openly cooperating with [Isis]," Bali said……..

 

Turkey has been previously accused of taking a soft line against Isis in order to damage Kurdish forces. The regional power has fought a decades-long battle against Kurdish separatist militants in is eastern territory and worries that events in Iraq and Syria could increase the power of the Kurds in the region……………………….

 

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30-11-2014: Pope says Islamist violence in Syria, Iraq is a ‘grave sin against God’ (http://english.alarabiya.net)

 

Pope Francis said Islamist militants were carrying out a “profoundly grave sin against God” in Syria and Iraq, calling on Sunday for inter-religious dialogue and action against poverty to help end conflicts there………………………………………………………….

 

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29-11-2014: Islamic State group attacks Kobani, Syria, from Turkey, Kurds say (http://www.washingtontimes.com)

 

The Islamic State group launched an attack Saturday on the Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey, a Kurdish official and activists said, although Turkey denied that the fighters had used its territory for the raid……………..

 

Mustafa Bali, a Kobani-based activist, said by telephone that Islamic State group fighters have taken positions in the grain silos on the Turkish side of the border and from there are launching attacks toward the border crossing point. He added that the U.S.-led coalition launched an airstrike Saturday morning on the eastern side of the town

 

“It is now clear that Turkey is openly cooperating with Daesh,” Bali said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State

 

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29-11-2014: “Islamic State” (ISIS) Supply Lines, Influx of Fighters and Weapons Protected by Turkey in Liaison with NATO (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

28-11-2014: Syria dismisses US accusations as ‘fabricated’ (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

"The US State Department should rather have shown respect for the souls of American victims at the hands of terrorists from the Daesh (ISIL) organization and not directed fabricated accusations towards the Syrian state which has been facing terrorism for years," added the Syrian official in reference to three US nationals who were beheaded by ISIL Takfiri terrorists……………….

 

Zoubi’s remarks came in reaction to the accusations made by Jen Psaki, the spokeswoman of the US State Department, that Syria’s airstrikes on the city of Raqqa “killed dozens of civilians and demolished residential areas.”………………….

 

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28-11-2014: Syria hit by flesh-eating maggot disease (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)

 

Three cases of myiasis have been reported near Damascus, marking the first appearance of the flesh-eating maggot disease in Syria, UN health experts said Friday…………………….

 

Myiasis, an affliction caused when flies lay their eggs in wounds, is not lethal for humans, but its appearance says a lot about worsening living conditions in war-ravaged Syria, the World Health Organization said……………….

 

It has already issued an alert about the reappearance of polio in the north of the country, where tuberculosis, typhoid and scabies have again become endemic………….

 

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28-11-2014: Pope Urges Solidarity to Stop Militants in Syria and Iraq (http://www.newsweek.com)

 

Speaking at the start of a three-day trip to Turkey, Francis said "terrorist violence" showed no sign of abating in Turkey's southern neighbors, where Islamist insurgents had declared a caliphate and persecuted Shi'ite Muslims, Christians and others who do not share their ultra-radical brand of Sunni Islam………………………..

 

Turkey has been a reluctant member of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, refusing a frontline military role but backing the Syrian opposition and calling for President Bashar al-Assad to be toppled……………………………..

 

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27-11-2014: Is Washington training an Insurgent Army to “Occupy” Syria? (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

The bombing of the ISIL or ISIS in Syria is part of a brinkmanship campaign leading up to a potential non-conventional invasion, parallel to the re-introduction of the US military to Iraq…….

 

A few days after the US began the bombing of Syria, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey made it clear that the Pentagon also planned on creating a viable anti-government army in Syria consisting of 12,000 to 15,000 insurgents…………………….

 

The US goal of training rebels in Saudi Arabia and Turkey is an indication of this too. On September 10, about two weeks before it started bombing Syria, Washington declared that Saudi Arabia had given it the green light to train a rebel army in the Arabian Peninsula………………

 

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27-11-2014: Syria troops kill 50 terrorists near Damascus (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Syrian government forces have killed at least 50 Takfiri terrorists in an ambush in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus, as they continue to make fresh gains against the foreign-backed militants……..

 

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27-11-2014: Two British Brothers Jailed for Training in Syria (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)

 

Mohommod Nawaz and Hamza Nawaz from London become the first Britons to be jailed for terrorism training in Syria……………….

 

Mohommod Nawaz, 30, and Hamza Nawaz, 24, both from Stratford, east London, were sentenced to four-and-a-half years and three years respectively……………

 

Thousands of European Muslims have reportedly flocked to join the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria, at least several hundred from the UK - although some estimates put that figure at 1,000, and officials have admitted the precise figure is not yet known……………………….

 

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26-11-2014: Qatar runs covert desert training camp for Syrian rebels (http://uk.reuters.com)

 

At a desert base, Gulf state Qatar is covertly training moderate Syrian rebels with U.S. help to fight both President Bashar al-Assad and Islamic State and may include more overtly Islamist insurgent groups, sources close to the matter say……………….

 

The camp, south of the capital between Saudi Arabia's border and Al Udeid, the largest U.S. air base in the Middle East, is being used to train the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other moderate rebels, the sources said……………………

 

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26-11-2014: 'IS' supply channels through Turkey (http://www.dw.de)

 

Every day, trucks laden with food, clothing, and other supplies cross the border from Turkey to Syria. It is unclear who is picking up the goods. The haulers believe most of the cargo is going to the "Islamic State" militia. Oil, weapons, and soldiers are also being smuggled over the border, and Kurdish volunteers are now patrolling the area in a bid to stem the supplies…………………

 

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26-11-2014: Syria's civil war still rages in the heart of the old Christian world (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

Despite being in the heart of the Syrian capital, the Old City - a Unesco World Heritage site and stronghold of the country's Christians - is one of the last parts of government-held Damascus still afflicted by the civil war………………………

 

The Old City has been inhabited for more than 4,000 years, and today residents still try to go about their daily business. But they do so knowing that their lives are in constant danger……………..

 

Many Christians see it as part of an offensive against their sect by jihadist groups. While Christians tried to remain neutral in the war, many have been kidnapped and churches have been desecrated by extremist members of the opposition…………………………

 

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26-11-2014: Syria militants trained on Qatari soil: Report (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

According to a new report, militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria are being covertly trained on the Qatari soil with the help of the United States……..

 

The sources noted that militants from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) were among those receiving training as part of a program which has been running for almost a year………………..

 

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26-11-2014: Jihadists funded by welfare benefits, senior police officer warns (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

Britain's benefits system is being abused to fund terrorism, a senior police officer has warned…….

 

Terri Nicholson, from the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism command unit, said that taxpayers’ money was being claimed fraudulently and used by terrorists in countries such as Iraq and Syria…………..

 

She also said women were being used to smuggle money out of Britain to fund terrorists abroad, as it is believed they will arouse less suspicion…………

 

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26-11-2014: Christians stand fast against ISIL terror in Syria's Aleppo (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

“A lot of members of our community have left because they lost their jobs and because of terror of Daesh (ISIL)," said Georges Bakhache, public relations officer for Aleppo's Christians, adding that "Despite it all, we will not leave our land. Impossible."…………………

 

"We will celebrate Christmas … We will celebrate with a mass for peace," he said……………

 

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25-11-2014: Jihadist training camps expand across Syria and Iraq (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

Jihadist organisations in Iraq and in Syria are operating at least 46 military training camps, designed to indoctrinate and train recruits, an investigation has found…………..

 

The Islamic State has operated 25 camps: 14 in Syria and 11 in Iraq. Al Qaeda's Al Nusrah Front has nine camps in Syria. Various allied jihadist groups, including Ansar al Islam, Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar, and Junud al Sham, have operated 12 camps (11 in Syria and one in Iraq).

 

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24-11-2014: As Syrian army closes in, Douma residents turn against rebels (http://www.al-monitor.com)

 

For the first time in two years, protests broke out Nov.15 in the rebel-held stronghold of Douma, 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) northeast of Damascus. Yet, this time the demonstrations weren’t held against the Syrian regime, but against Jaish al-Islam and the traders collaborating with it. The protests have been dubbed “The Hunger Demonstrations.”………………

 

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24-11-2014: US-led air strikes in Syria encouraging anti-Assad forces to join hands with ISIS (http://www.business-standard.com)

 

According to a series of interviews conducted by The Guardian, fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other Islamic military groups have either shifted their loyalty to the IS or have formed tactical alliances and struck truce deals with it……………………

 

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23-11-2014: Group: Death toll of U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria tops 900 (http://edition.cnn.com)

 

In the two months since the United States and coalition allies first launched airstrikes against ISIS targets inside of Syria, the missions have killed more than 900 people, nearly all militants, a monitoring group said Saturday……………….

 

Of the 910 deaths the observatory has linked to the airstrikes, some 785 were ISIS fighters. That number is likely even higher because of incidents in which the group had difficulty documenting……….

 

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23-11-2014: The Islamic State (ISIS), The Boogeymen of Our Times: Justifying US Hegemony and “Humanitarian Warfare” (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

23-11-2014: Muslim MP: 2,000 Britons fighting for Islamic State (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

As many as 2,000 Britons are fighting alongside Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq, a senior Muslim MP has claimed…………..

 

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22-11-2014: Syrian Christians: 'Help us to stay - stop arming terrorists' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

During the past four years of Syria's war, its Christian population has largely stayed put, despite the war destroying much of the surrounding province of Deraa……………………..

 

Some of the rebels were vetted by the CIA as "moderate Muslims" and subsequently trained and armed in Jordan, as part of a US-led program to bolster a non-sectarian opposition to President Bashar-Assad.

 

"If the West wants Syria to remain a country for Christian people, then help us to stay here; stop arming terrorists.”………………………..

 

Exactly how many Christians have left Syria is difficult to say, but according to the Christian charity Open Doors, some 700,000 have left the country, which equates to some 40 per cent of Syria's pre-war Christian population………………..

 

Looking around his 1,500 year old church, Mr Hanout warned: "In this land the Word started. And if you delete the Word here, then Christianity across the world will have no future.”

 

Residents from other sects have been able to return to their homes, even when they are in rebel control, but Christians fear that if they leave and their town is then captured by the opposition - even one led by western trained groups - they will never be able to return………………..

 

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22-11-2014: Inside Syria's 1,500-year-old Christian community (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

Exactly how many Christians have left Syria is difficult to say, but according to the Christian charity Open Doors, some 700,000 have left the country, which equates to some 40 per cent of Syria's pre-war Christian population………………..

 

Looking around Izraa's 1,500 year old church, Father Elias Hanout warned: "In this land the Word started. And if you delete the Word here, then Christianity across the world will have no future."……

 

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21-11-2014: British jihadi reportedly killed in Syria fighting for Isis (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

21-11-2014: ISIS suffers setback in drive for Syria-Turkey border city Kobani (http://www.cbc.ca)

 

Kobani-based activists say Kurdish fighters have made small but steady advances in the past two weeks following the arrival of the peshmerga forces………………..

 

"The front lines are more defined now. We have a more organized and coherent defence strategy, and Daesh advances have been halted — but the danger remains,"…………………..

 

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20-11-2014: War with Isis: A Catholic convert and a pizza delivery man reveal the disturbing face of French jihadists (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

Two members of a column of killers seen cutting the throats of 12 captured Syrian pilots in the Isis video released this week were French. Both have been identified. Both are 22. Both are European……..

 

One is Maxime Hauchard, a former cinema lover and pizza delivery man from suburban Normandy. The other is Mickael dos Santos, a French-born, once devoutly Catholic son of a Portuguese immigrant family settled near Paris…………………..

 

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20-11-2014: Syria refugees 'shot and killed by Turkey border guards' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

Turkish border guards have abused – and even killed – refugees trying to escape the fighting in Syria, according to an Amnesty International report…..

 

"Turkey is clearly struggling to meet even the most basic needs of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. The result is that many of those who have made it across the border have been abandoned to a life of destitution,"……………………

 

More than 1 million Syrian refugees who have flocked to Turkey are struggling to survive on their own as overfilled government-run refugee camps operate at full capacity, the report finds………..

 

The remaining 1.38 million – more than 85 per cent – are living outside the camps, mostly in communities along the Turkey-Syrian border. An estimated 330,000 live in Istanbul, the Turkish commercial capital………………………….

 

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20-11-2014: Amnesty report reveals desperate plight of Syrian refugees in Turkey (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

More than 1 million Syrian refugees who have flocked to Turkey to escape fighting at home are struggling to survive on their own,………………….

 

In many cities and towns bordering Syria, tension is rising due to an ever-increasing Syrian population. Turkey does not grant Syrians official refugee status, labelling them as “guests” who enjoy temporary protection, but in many Turkish cities with a large Syrian population, local people increasingly feel that refugees have outstayed their welcome,……………………………….

 

The report points out that the estimated 1.38 million Syrians who live outside the government-run refugee camps struggle to secure a minimum of social and economic rights, such as education, housing and healthcare………………

 

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19-11-2014: Twenty-six Things About the Islamic State (ISIL) that Obama Does Not Want You to Know About (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

The counter-terrorism mandate is a fiction. America is the Number One “State Sponsor of Terrorism”

 

The Islamic State is protected by the US and its allies. If they had wanted to eliminate the Islamic State brigades, they could have “carpet” bombed their convoys of Toyota pickup trucks when they crossed the desert from Syria into Iraq in June

 

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19-11-2014: FBI tracking 150 people who may have travelled to Syria 'to fight' (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

The US is tracking as many as 150 people who traveled from the United States to Syria in recent months, “a significant number of them to fight”, FBI director James Comey told reporters at a briefing in Boston on Tuesday……………………..

 

In October, the UN security council said 15,000 fighters from 80 countries have flooded into Syria and Iraq to fight alongside Isis and other militant groups……………….

 

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18-11-2014: Kurdish fighters advance in heart of Kobani: Group (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

A rights group says the Kurdish forces battling the Takfiri ISIL militants in the northern Syrian city of Kobani have advanced in the heart of the flashpoint city and expelled the terrorists from several buildings………………….

 

The Kurds “captured a large amount of weapons and ammunition, including RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) rounds, light weapons, sniper guns and thousands of heavy machine gun rounds,” the Britain-based group said……………….

 

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18-11-2014: Kurds seize ISIS arms near Kobani, Syria: activists (http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

 

Kurdish fighters captured six buildings used by ISIS militants besieging the Syrian town of Kobani Tuesday, and seized a large amount of the jihadist group's weapons and ammunition, an activist group monitoring the war said…………………………….

 

The buildings were in a strategic location close to Kobani's Security Square where the main municipal buildings are based………………………………….

 

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17-11-2014: ISIL militants massacred 1,500 Syrians over 5 months: Group (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists have executed nearly 1,500 people in Syria in five months, as they continue committing crimes against humanity on a large scale in the country, says a UK-based group……………………….

 

He added that four ISIL militants, 43 members of the rival militant groups, including the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, and 483 Syrian army soldiers were also among those massacred……..

 

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16-11-2014: ISIS Has An Army Of 200,000 Militants, Six Times Larger Than What The West Believes It To Be, Senior Leader Reveals (http://www.hngn.com)

 

At least 200,000 Islamic State militants are reportedly fighting in Iraq and Syria against the international coalition, far larger than what has previously been estimated by the CIA, a senior Kurdish leader revealed………………

 

"I am talking about hundreds of thousands of fighters because they are able to mobilize Arab young men in the territory they have taken,"………………….

 

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16-11-2014: ISIL militant beheads US aid worker: Video (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

The ISIL terrorist group has released a video apparently showing the beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig by a Takfiri militant

 

The ISIL militants first showed Kassig in the video of the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning in early October. The terror group has posted numerous videos of its atrocities as a terror tactic

 

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16-11-2014: Iraq Intel Report: US Planes Supplying ISIL with Weapons, Foodstuff (http://english.farsnews.com)

 

The Iraqi forces have found out that the US aircraft usually airdrop arms and food cargoes for ISIL militants who collect them on the ground, Asia news agency quoted Iraqi army's intelligence officers as saying……………………………..

 

On Saturday, Iraqi security sources disclosed that the ISIL terrorist group is using the state-of-the-art weapons which are only manufactured by the US and each of their bullets are worth thousands of dollars……………..

 

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15-11-2014: Turkey, US plan to train 2,000 militants fighting Syria govt (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Turkey and the US have agreed to train some 2,000 militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a report says……………..

 

Washington will supply weapons for the militants and is also expected to pay for the training,……

 

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14-11-2014: U.S. weighs expanded CIA training, arming of Syrian allies struggling against Assad (http://www.washingtonpost.com/)

 

The Obama administration has been weighing plans to escalate the CIA’s role in arming and training fighters in Syria, a move aimed at accelerating covert U.S. support to moderate rebel factions while the Pentagon is preparing to establish its own training bases, U.S. officials said……

 

The agency now vets and trains about 400 fighters each month — as many as are expected to be trained by the Pentagon when its program reaches full strength late next year…..

 

A decision to expand the CIA program would deepen U.S. involvement in Syria, where the United Nations says 200,000 people have been killed during more than three years of civil war……

 

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14-11-2014: ISIL committing war crimes in Syria: United Nations (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

14-11-2014: U.S. says it has targeted Khorasan Group again in Syria with airstrike (http://www.latimes.com/)

 

A single airstrike targeted the Khorasan group, Centcom said in a statement, referring to a network of senior Al Qaeda operatives that U.S. officials have said is plotting terrorist attacks against targets in the West………………

 

Syrian opposition activists said, however, that the true target of the strikes against Khorasan is Al Nusra Front, which has considerable support in Syrian opposition zones……………

 

Many opposition activists in Syria and elsewhere doubt the existence of  Khorasan, contending that the targets being attacked are actually Al Nusra Front strongholds…..

 

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13-11-2014: War with Isis: The forgotten, plucky Kurds under siege in their enclave on Syria’s border with Turkey (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

13-11-2014: Interview with Henry Kissinger: 'Do We Achieve World Order Through Chaos or Insight?' (http://www.spiegel.de)

 

First of all, I don't agree that the Syrian crisis can be interpreted as a ruthless dictator against a helpless population and that the population will become democratic if you remove the dictator………………

 

We could never fight with Assad. That would be a denial of years of what we have done and asserted. But frankly, I think we should have had a dialogue with Russia and asked what outcome we want in Syria, and formulate a strategy together. It was wrong to say from the beginning that Assad must go -- although it is a desirable ultimate goal. Now that we are locked into that conflict with Russia, a deal regarding the Iranian nuclear program becomes more difficult……………

 

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13-11-2014: Kurd fighters cut off ISIL key supply road to Kobani (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Kurdish fighters with the assistance of Iraqi Peshmerga fighters, who crossed into Kobani on October 31, managed to retake the strategic hill of Mistanour and the road that runs along the side of the hill on Wednesday……………….

 

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that at least 1,013 people had been killed in the fighting in Kobani, known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic, since the beginning of the offensive two months ago……………………….

 

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13-11-2014: Informal Patrols on Turkey's Border With Syria (http://abcnews.go.com/)

 

They are some of the hundreds of volunteers, predominantly Turkish Kurds, who have traveled from villages, towns and cities across southeastern Turkey and even from Istanbul, to keep watch on the border. They are on the lookout for potential fighters of the extremist Islamic State group attempting to cross into Kobani, besieged since mid-September by IS and defended by Kurdish Syrian fighters known as the People's Protection Units………………………

 

"To be honest, we don't trust (the Turkish border guards), because we have seen many occasions that the Turkish government has loosened its borders for ISIS fighters, weapons and logistical support to cross," said Ibrahim Binici,…………………

 

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12-11-2014: ISIS Boot Camp Syria: Children as Young as 10 Forced to Behead Syrian Soldiers (http://www.ibtimes.co.in)

 

Reports from the city of Raqqa have said that children as young as 10 were made to behead captured Syrian soldiers, as a compulsory test to graduate from the ISIS boot camp………………

 

The Islamic State militants, who have been running several boot camps referred to as 'Cubs of Islamic State' or 'Cubs of al-Baghdadi', brought in a fresh batch of graduating students and told them to perform the beheadings……………..

 

Over 100 captured Syrian soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad were executed by the 'Cubs of Islamic State.'…………………

 

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12-11-2014: Isis in Syria: In the shadow of death, a few thousand Christians remain to defy militants (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

 

The city, isolated in the far north-east of Syria, has a cordon of army regiments and local militias to defend it, and the land to the east is held by armed Syrian Kurds. But the Turkish border is closed, and the rest of the land around the city is held by Isis and its fellow Islamists……………….

 

This exodus of Christians from the Middle East – as they themselves attest – only began after the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq, whose architects, as we all know, are born-again Christians….

 

They all condemned Isis and several claimed – as many Syrian government supporters often suggest – that the “Islamic State” is an American “product”, intended to break up the countries of the Middle East………………

 

“This loss of Christians is a very negative thing. The countries which encourage them to leave do not have their best interests at heart. They want to dissolve them in their societies. The Orient is a mosaic of different peoples and the West does not like this. If the West really wants to help us, they should help us to stay here and live in dignity. But as long as there is a crisis, our people want to leave.”…………………..

 

In central Syria, these clergymen estimate that as many as 80 Christian Syriacs have been murdered, and a far larger number were killed serving in the Syrian government army……………………

 

“The West is not receiving us because they are Christian countries. They are secular countries. They want to destroy the Christian community here because they know that the Syriacs have deep roots here. In a couple of generations, the Syriacs in the European communities will have disappeared

 

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12-11-2014: ISIL suffers reverses in Iraq and Syria (http://www.euronews.com)

 

12-11-2014: Kurds gain ground but not control in struggle for Syrian border town (http://www.reuters.com)

 

Syrian Kurds backed by fighters from northern Iraq have gained ground towards breaking the siege of the Syrian border town of Kobani but are drawing heavy fire from Islamic State insurgents and have yet to win back control…………

 

Idris Nassan, a local official in Kobani, estimated that Islamic State now controlled less than 20 percent of the town and that heavy artillery salvoes by peshmerga had helped the Kurds to advance to the south and east………………

 

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12-11-2014: More Than 20 US-Led Air Strikes Hit Near Kobani, N. Iraq (http://www.voanews.com/)

 

Syrian activists say seven weeks of U.S.-led airstrikes have killed at least 860 people in Syria, most of them Islamic State militants…………………………

 

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11-11-2014: Syria Kurds 'recapture' areas of Kobani from ISIS (http://www.dailystar.com.lb/)

 

Kurds battling ISIS in Kobani were making advances in the flashpoint Syrian town on the border with Turkey, local officials and an activist group said………………

 

Kobani has been under siege from ISIS since mid-September and more than 1,000 people have been killed in the fighting, most of them jihadists…………….

 

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11-11-2014: Has America decided it must work with Assad to defeat Isil? (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)

 

11-11-2014: Syria, Iraq conflicts displaced 13.6 million: UNHCR (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

The United Nations refugee agency says the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have roughly displaced 13.6 million people, bemoaning poor humanitarian assistance on the part of some countries…..

 

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11-11-2014: War against Isis: PKK commander tasked with the defence of Syrian Kurds claims 'we will save Kobani' (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

Mr Bayik accuses Turkey of having covert links with Jabhat al-Nusra and encouraging the jihadis to threaten Afrin……………..

 

He believes that Turkey has sufficient influence over Jabhat al-Nusra to prevent it attacking Afrin. “Kurds will not accept Kobani and Afrin being under threat of genocide and massacre.”……….

 

The battle for Kobani and the PKK’s role in helping the Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar resist Isis has increased the movement’s popularity and prestige among Kurds in Turkey and elsewhere. The determination of their fighters to resist Isis successfully is in contrast to the failure of the Iraqi army, Syrian army, Syrian rebels and Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga, all of whom had been routed over the last five months by the jihadis…………………………

 

Mr Bayik sees much of what happens in the region through the prism of Turkish-Kurd relations and is convinced Turkey has a strong influence over Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra and has been able to manipulate them against the Kurds…………………….

 

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10-11-2014: Bodyguard of Syrian rebel who defected to Isil reveals secrets of the jihadist leadership (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

Before joining Isil, Jamal had been a drug dealer, then a commander in the western-backed Free Syrian Army, claiming contacts in the CIA……………….

 

But much of the fighting is led by warriors from a variety of backgrounds, including Saddam Hussein’s dismantled army. Some have an even shadier past………….

 

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10-11-2014: Syrian rebel leader: US-led attacks on Isis are undermining anti-Assad forces (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Hadi al-Bahra, president of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), warned in an interview on Monday that air strikes against Isis by the international coalition assembled by Barack Obama were weakening support inside Syria for already embattled non-extremist anti-Assad forces……

 

“The FSA is being ignored completely and this is weakening the international coalition operation because it is not able to achieve results on the ground,” he said. “

 

Its position has worsened recently because the Isis security threat has led some western governments to consider reopening channels to Assad and dealing with him as the “lesser evil” to the jihadis…………………

 

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10-11-2014: Jabhat al-Nusra blows up Armenian church in Deir el-Zour: A savage blow that echoes through Armenian history (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

In the most savage act of vandalism against Syria’s Christians, Islamists have blown up the great Armenian church in Deir el-Zour, which is dedicated to the one and a half million Armenians slaughtered by the Turks during the 1915 genocide………………..

 

Jabhat al-Nusra rebels appear to have been the culprits this time, but since many Syrians believe that the group has received arms from Turkey, the destruction will be regarded by many Armenians as a further stage in their historical annihilation by the descendants of those who perpetrated the genocide 99 years ago………………..

 

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9-11-2014: Over 1,000 killed since ISIL launched Kobani attack: Report (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

“At least 1,013 people have been killed in fighting in Ain al-Arab from the beginning of the offensive till last night,”………………………..

 

More than 360 people who lost their lives in the battle over Kobani were said to be members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). The so-called monitoring group added that 16 volunteers who joined the Kurdish fighters and 24 civilians are also among the dead………..

 

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8-11-2014: ISIL shuts down all schools in eastern Syria (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists have shut all schools in areas they control in eastern Syria, pending a revision of the curriculum, residents say…………..

 

“ISIS informed them that teachers shall undergo a religious instructional course for one month, and that ISIS officials were currently developing a new curriculum instead of the current infidel education,”………………………..

 

The militants have already annulled history, literature and Christianity courses in the Iraqi city of Mosul, situated some 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad…………….

 

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6-11-2014: Islamic State: US-led air strikes target Al Nusra Front in Syria, human rights group says (http://www.abc.net.au/)

 

5-11-2014: Al-Qaida Affiliate Gains Ground Against U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels (http://www.syriadeeply.org)

 

This past weekend, Jabhat al-Nusra made sweeping gains in Idlib province, taking key towns and villages controlled by two U.S.-backed rebel groups:……………

 

Jabhat al-Nusra's leader, Abu Mohammad al-Golani, said that his fighters intend to eliminate the Syria Revolutionaries' Front (SRF) and released a video message saying the ‘'so-called moderate (Syrian) factions are better called (Western) collaborators."……………………

 

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4-11-2014: 'We don't feel anger, only sadness': The forgotten victims of the Syrian conflict with Isis (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

4-11-2014: ISIL abuses, tortures detained Kurdish children: Report (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

The ISIL Takfiri militants have tortured and abused children whom they detained near the northern Syrian city of Kobani earlier this year, an international rights group says……………………

 

According to the US-based group, the ISIL kept 153 boys at a school in Manbij, a town 55 kilometers southwest of Kobani……………………

 

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3-11-2014: Tragic Setbacks for U.S. Allies in Iraq and Syria (http://www.theatlantic.com)

 

Western Iraq saw more brutal bloodshed this weekend after the Islamic State massacred 322 people of the Albu Nimr tribe, a Sunni group, including women and children………………..

 

In Syria, the United States faced another setback in its battle against terrorist groups, when weapons distributed to anti-government rebels ended up in the hands of an al-Qaeda splinter group, Jabhat al-Nusra…………….

 

It is unclear if the moderate rebels who had been trained by the United States surrendered or defected to the terrorist group……………………

 

…………………..northern Syria is in danger of becoming fully ISIS-controlled.

 

3-11-2014: Islamic State: Is the US-led war really helping Syria's Assad? Maybe. (+video) (http://www.csmonitor.com)

 

Now, the rise of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq has dragged the US and its allies into what appears to be an open-ended conflict……………………

 

Many Syrian activists and rebels complain that the tempo of the Syrian Air Force’s strikes in opposition areas has increased since the start of US-led air strikes. In the past fortnight, the Assad regime undertook nearly 800 aerial bombardments, dropping no fewer than 401 barrel bombs across the country…………………………..

 

The airstrikes, limited in scope and largely centered in Kobane, have had little impact on the Islamic State’s command and control structure, or its ability to operate in Syria and Iraq……………….

 

In the northwestern province of Idlib, US-backed moderate rebels have lost men and ground to Al Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra. In a major blow to Jamal Maarouf, commander of the Syria Revolutionaries Front, dozens of his men allegedly defected to join al Nusra, triggering fighting that culminated in the loss of his hometown. Al-Nusra also seized military bases in Idlib from major US arms recipient, Haraket Hazm…………………

 

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3-11-2014: In Assad's Syria, death notices litter the walls - and life goes on (http://www.independent.co.uk/)

 

2-11-2014: Syrian rebels armed and trained by US surrender to al-Qaeda (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

Two of the main rebel groups receiving weapons from the United States to fight both the regime and jihadist groups in Syria have surrendered to al-Qaeda…………..

 

But on Saturday night Harakat Hazm surrendered military bases and weapons supplies to Jabhat al-Nusra, when the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria stormed villages they controlled in northern Idlib province………………

 

2-11-2014: How did Islamists receive American weapons? See the evidence from guided missile that exploded near Syrian front line (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

Syria’s special forces troops are strung out across a pinnacle of hills here just north east of Lattakia on one of the country’s most dangerous front lines, under daily missile attack from reinforced rebel forces now supported by Isis……………

 

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2-11-2014: Syrian rebels use US supplied anti-tank missiles (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)

 

There are concerns that weapons supplied by the US to Syrian rebels may have fallen into al-Qaeda's hands following reports that two of the main rebel groups receiving arms in Syria have surrendered to the terror group……………………..

 

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1-11-2014: Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani; U.S. planes pound Islamic State targets (http://www.reuters.com/)

 

Syrian Kurds welcomed the arrival in Kobani of Iraqi Kurdish fighters with their heavy weapons, hoping they might tip the balance in the battle to defend the town against Islamic State, as U.S.-led air strikes continued to bomb the ultra-hardline group in Iraq and Syria……………..

 

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1-11-2014: ‘SAND PIRATES’: Are ISIS America’s 21st Century Terror Privateers? (http://21stcenturywire.com/)

 

On closer inspection, these marauding paramilitary ISIS gangs are nothing new. They’re being paid for, and directed at the highest levels by powers outside of Iraq and Syria. So it’s no surprise that the US, UK, Saudi, Qatar and Turkey all share the exact same objective as ISIS – the destabilization of secular nation states in the Middle East and the removal of Bashar al Assad in Syria. With the same objectives and agenda, the Western Coalition and ISIS work together like a well-oiled machine…………………………

 

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1-11-2014: US Destroying Syria’s Oil Infrastructure Under Guise of Fighting ISIS (http://journal-neo.org)

 

The trouble with this justification for destroying Syria’s oil pipelines, is that ISIS does not have the capability to use the pipelines to transfer oil. ISIS transports the stolen oil on the back of trucks, and sells it on the black market in Turkey……………..

 

If the US truly intended to stop ISIS oil profits, they would bomb these oil convoys, which are easily spotted via conventional surveillance flights already allegedly taking place as part of ongoing Western operations………………

 

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1-11-2014: Kobani fighting leaves 100 militants dead in 3 days (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

At least 100 militants from the ISIL terror group have been killed in three days of clashes over Syria's border city of Kobani, also known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic

 

Fifteen YPG fighters, meanwhile, lost their lives in skirmishes in Kobani on Friday, while another 11 Takfiris were killed in air raids by a US-led coalition in both Kobani and Raqa province…..

 

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31-10-2014: Iraqi Peshmerga forces leave Turkey, enter Kobani (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

Iraq’s Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have reportedly entered the northern Syrian border town of Kobani to join the fight against the ISIL Takfiri militants……………

 

The Syrian Kurdish fighters in Kobani said a group of 10 Peshmerga fighters had entered the besieged town on Thursday through the border crossing with Turkey to study the geography of the area…………………..

 

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31-10-2014: Jihadists from around the world flock to fight with Isil: UN (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

Foreign fighters are continuing to pour into Syria and Iraq at the rate of 1,000 a month in a global movement of jihadists that exceeds even that into Afghanistan in the 1980s, new assessments from the United Nations and US intelligence have shown…………………..

 

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30-10-2014: U.S. airstrikes probably didn't take out terror targets in Syria, officials say (http://edition.cnn.com)

 

The U.S. intelligence community now believes two key terrorist operatives targeted by the United States in the opening night of attacks in Syria are still alive and could be actively plotting, ……… … …………………

 

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30-10-2014: Syrian regime denounces Turkey for allowing foreign fighters to enter Kobane (http://www.washingtonpost.com)

 

Ten Iraqi Kurdish fighters crossed into the embattled Syrian border town of Kobane from Turkey on Thursday, drawing an angry response from the Damascus government, which accused Ankara of violating national sovereignty by allowing foreign troops to enter Syria………………….

 

“The peshmerga won’t change the military balance,” said Kurdish activist Barzan Iso, speaking from the Turkish border. “But it shows that Kurds are not alone, and that we are united in the fight against terrorism and the Islamic State.”………………………

 

…………..this is the first time foreign troops will be deployed publicly to Syria since the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011……………

 

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30-10-2014: Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on 'unprecedented scale' – UN (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

A report by the UN security council, obtained by the Guardian, finds that 15,000 people have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the Islamic State (Isis) and similar extremist groups. They come from more than 80 countries, the report states, “including a tail of countries that have not previously faced challenges relating to al-Qaida.”

 

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29-10-2014: 12 killed, dozens injured in Syria’s Homs car bombing (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

29-10-2014: Australian ISIS Leader Killed in the Middle East (http://www.theatlantic.com)

 

…………….as the infamous Australian terrorist Mohammad Ali Baryalei has reportedly been killed in Syria. His last known location was Raqqa, which has become the home base of ISIS

 

A former bouncer and actor, Baryalei reportedly became a devoted Muslim after suffering from depression…………………….

 

In September, Baryalei was implicated as the mastermind of a terrorist plot to be carried out back in Australia…………………….

 

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29-10-2014: Whose side is Qatar really on in the war against Islamic State (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

Qatar’s tilt towards radical Islamist groups started in 2009 when, in protest at Israel’s military incursion against Hamas extremists in Gaza, Doha broke its trade ties with Israel, having earlier enjoyed the distinction of being the first Gulf sheikhdom to have official relations with the Jewish state………………..

 

But by far the most damaging allegations of Qatari support for radical Islamic groups have been made in Washington, where Treasury officials have publicly “outed” a number of prominent Qataris whom they accuse of channelling funds to Isil militants – the very militants that the Qatari regime is supposed to be fighting

 

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28-10-2014: ISIS: America’s Terrorist Mercenaries (http://journal-neo.org)

 

Clearly, the rise of the so-called “Islamic State” or ISIS, did not happen overnight, nor by accident. It was not only the logical result of the United States continuing its strategy of proxy warfare it had carried out against Libya, now unfolding in Syria, it was also the premeditated, documented result of what veteran journalist Seymour Hersh had warned about in 2007………………

 

The US has found itself revising history, attempting to explain the existence of ISIS lurking in the footprints of its massive support of so-called “moderates” in Syria’s ongoing conflict. The US has attempted to claim ISIS has built itself on “donations,” selling oil to the black market, and by taking hostages for ransom. If only building a multinational terrorist mercenary force was that easy, we could imagine Syria, Iraq, and Iran would likewise have vast mercenary armies to outmatch ISIS in an afternoon……………….

 

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28-10-2014: Striking out on their own (http://www.economist.com)

 

But now that Syria’s Kurds are leading the fight in northern Syria against the jihadists calling themselves Islamic State (IS), they are gaining support. The American air force has repeatedly bombed IS forces besieging the Kurdish border town of Kobane (Ain al-Arab in Arabic, pictured above) and is providing weapons to Syria’s Kurds to help the fight……………….

 

All this could boost Syrian Kurds' campaign to establish greater self-rule over the three Kurdish-majority enclaves in northern Syria………………….

 

Schools are open and although lessons are still taught in Arabic, the administration plans to introduce a new curriculum—possibly to be taught in Kurdish, Arabic and Syriac………

 

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28-10-2014: A month ago, ISIS’s advance looked unstoppable. Now it’s been stopped (http://www.vox.com)

 

The truth is that ISIS's momentum is stalled: in both Iraq and Syria, the group is being beaten back at key points. There are initial signs — uncertain, sketchy, but hopeful — that the group is hurting more than you may think, and has stalled out in the war it was for so long winning. ISIS isn't close to being destroyed……………..

 

In late October, ISIS suffered a defeat in an even more crucial area. Iraqi government forces took Jurf al-Sakhar, a town (in the area labeled Northern Babil………………………..

 

The loss of prestige and of personnel compound one another. The more people ISIS loses, the more it needs new fighters. But the defeats make people less likely to volunteer…………..

 

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27-10-2014: Kobani Kurdish forces repel ISIL attack (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

According to Kurdish officials and the London-based so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the ISIL terrorists attempted to seize Kobani’s border post with neighboring Turkey late Saturday…………..

 

The militants were, however, pushed back by the Kurdish fighters in the south and west, guarding the only official gateway from Kobani to Turkey…………………..

 

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27-10-2014: Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani (http://www.reuters.com)

 

A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday rejected a report from Turkey's president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help them push back besieging Islamic State insurgents………………..

 

"We have already established a connection with FSA but no such agreement has been reached yet as Mr. Erdogan has mentioned," Moslem told Reuters by telephone from Brussels

 

Turkey's unwillingness to send its powerful army across the Syrian border to break the siege of Kobani has angered Kurds, and seems rooted in a concern not to strengthen Kurds who seek autonomy in adjoining regions of Turkey, Iraq and Syria……………………..

 

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26-10-2014: Saudi clerics financing terrorists in Syria: Nusra ex-commander (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

A former commander of a Takfiri group in Syria has shed light on the financial resources of the militants fighting against the Syrian government

 

Abu Leith al-Tabouki, who used to be a leader of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, has said that some Saudi clerics play a great role in providing the financial resources of the militants

 

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26-10-2014: Big Oil, Qataris, Saudis Lick Lips As US 'Fights ISIS' By Bombing Syrian Pipelines (http://www.activistpost.com/)

 

26-10-2014: Jordanian Special Forces are secretly fighting ISIS in Iraq, Syria, sources say (http://thearabdailynews.com)

 

Sources in Jordan have told the Arab Daily News in Amman that Jordan has dispatched 4000 of its special forces to fight the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL………………

 

…………………….the Jordanian Special Forces were battling ISIS while wearing military fatigues with Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga insignias around Baghdad, and in the Kurdish region in the north………………………

 

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26-10-2014: Death toll from Kobani ground battles ‘over 800’ (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

25-10-2014: Kurdish fighters regain ground in Kobane (http://www.aljazeera.com/)

 

Kurdish fighters have retaken a hill near Kobane from ISIL fighters that could prove essential if further supply airdrops are made by the US and its allies………………

 

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24-10-2014: Kurds fear Isis use of chemical weapon in Kobani (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Kurds battling Islamic State militants for control of Kobani fear the extremist group may have used an unidentified chemical weapon, according to officials and one of the few doctors still working in the besieged Syrian town…………………….

 

“Some had red patches and blisters on their skins, others had difficulties breathing and others were vomiting, with painful throats, and others with burning eyes and noses. There was one patient, all his body was covered in red patches and blisters.”……………………………

 

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24-10-2014: Journalists under attack, hypocritical Western media remains silent (http://rt.com)

 

The suspicious death of US-born journalist Serena Shim, and the deafening silence on the story in the US, is merely the latest example of the blatant double standard employed by the Western media

 

While Turkish authorities quickly contended that her death was an accident, many around the world, including executives and senior staff members of Press TV – the Iranian news agency for which Shim was working – have expressed doubts about the circumstances of her death, describing it as “suspicious.”

 

This revealing interview highlights the fact that Shim, unlike many Western journalists reporting on the Syrian conflict, was actually involved in a serious investigation, including documenting the collusion between Turkish intelligence and militant extremists to smuggle fighters and weapons into Syria………………

 

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24-10-2014: The Secret Stupid Saudi-US Deal on Syria (http://www.boilingfrogspost.com)

 

The details are emerging of a new secret and quite stupid Saudi-US deal on Syria and the so-called IS. It involves oil and gas control of the entire region and the weakening of Russia and Iran by Saudi Arabian flooding the world market with cheap oil. Details were concluded in the September meeting by US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Saudi King. ………………

 

What has happened is that the long-time US ally inside OPEC, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has been flooding the market with deep discounted oil, triggering a price war within OPEC, with Iran following suit and panic selling short in oil futures markets………………..

 

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23-10-2014: Fighting resumes between Kurdish fighters and ISIL terrorists in Kobani (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

23-10-2014: .US.-led air strikes killed 521 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria: monitor (http://www.reuters.com)

 

Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday………..

 

The attacks also killed 57 members of the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, the Observatory said. Six of the civilians were children and five were women, it added

 

Close to 200,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year civil war, according to the United Nations

 

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23-10-2014: How the US Supports the Islamic State (ISIS): One “Accidental Airdrop” vs Billions in Covert Military Aid (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

23-10-2014: Turkey says help coming for Kurds battling ISIS (http://www.cbsnews.com)

 

21-10-2014: ISIS: We have our hands on weapons, ammo air-dropped by U.S. (http://www.cbsnews.com)

 

……………….the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claims it has captured weapons and ammunition dropped by the U.S. military that was intended for Kurdish forces defending an embattled Syrian city near the Turkish border………………….

 

Idris Nassan, a senior Kurdish official from Kobani who is now in the Turkish town of Mursitpinar, confirmed the Kurdish fighters received the airdrop and asked for more weapons……

 

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21-10-2014: New report further exposes Turkey links to ISIL militants (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

A reporter working for Britain’s Sky News has obtained documents showing that the Turkish government has stamped passports of foreign militants seeking to cross the Turkey border into Syria to join the ISIL terrorists

 

Passports from different countries were recovered in a village near Syria’s strategic town of Kobani across the Turkish border

 

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21-10-2014: 700 'beheaded, crucified and shot' after revolt against militants (http://www.msn.com/)

 

The cost of turning against the Islamic State was made brutally apparent in the streets of a dusty backwater town in eastern Syria in early August. Over a three-day period, vengeful fighters shelled, beheaded, crucified and shot hundreds of members of the Shaitat tribe after they dared to rise up against the extremists……………..

 

“We saw what the Americans did to help the Yazidis and the Kurds. But they have done nothing to help the Sunnis against the Islamic State,” he said………….

 

A photo essay on an Islamic State blog boasted of the different ways tribesmen were killed, including beheadings, mass shootings and a crucifixion….

 

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21-10-2014: Video: 15-year-old ISIS fighter describes atrocities

 

21-10-2014: Middle East Updates / Syria air force strikes 200 times in 36 hours, monitor says (http://www.haaretz.com/)

 

20-10-2014: US makes arms and aids drops to Kurdish fighters (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

The US military said it has air-dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the Kurdish fighters battling Isis to retain the key Syrian town of Kobani………….

 

Central Command said Isis’s advance to Kobani had been slowed by 135 US airstrikes in the area in recent days, which it claimed had killed hundreds of the terror group’s fighters…………….

 

The aid drops are likely to anger US ally Turkey, which has strongly opposed arming the Syrian Kurds and reportedly bombed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) positions last week…..

 

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19-10-2014: U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS (http://www.thedailybeast.com)

 

While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their terror-inspiring “caliphate.”

 

And there are fears the aid itself isn’t carefully monitored enough, with some sold off on the black market or used by ISIS to win hearts and minds by feeding its fighters and its subjects. At a minimum, the aid means ISIS doesn’t have to divert cash from its war budget to help feed the local population or the displaced persons, allowing it to focus its resources exclusively on fighters and war-making, say critics of the aid………………

 

“I am alarmed that we are providing support for ISIS governance,” says Jonathan Schanzer, a Mideast expert with the Washington D.C.-based think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “By doing so we are indemnifying the militants by satisfying the core demands of local people, who could turn on ISIS if they got frustrated.”

 

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18-10-2014: Kurds gain ground against ISIL in Kobani (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

A Kurdish military commander says Kurdish fighters are gaining more ground against the ISIL Takfiri militants in and around the Syrian city of Kobani

 

Reports say Kurdish fighters are currently engaged in heavy fighting with the Takfiri militants in the eastern side of the strategic city

 

Turkey continues to block any delivery of military, medical or humanitarian assistance into Kobani where the ISIL terrorists are feared to be aiming at massive bloodletting……………..

 

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17-10-2014: Kurds are repelling Isis attack on Kobani with help of US air strikes (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

After weeks of what seemed to be an unstoppable Isis onslaught, Kobani’s fighters are steadily pushing back to save their town

 

In part due to US-led coalition air strikes, the Kurdish forces, who are outgunned and outmanned, have made progress and are now holding their positions, despite Isis using suicide bombers to infiltrate the city. All three of the city’s hospitals have been destroyed, according to sources inside Kobani. They wounded now rely on a mobile clinic, which has run out of medicine………………

 

While Isis retains approximately 30 to 40 per cent of the eastern part of the town, Kurdish forces have pushed the militants back to the western side and now control a hill to the west called Tel Shair and battles continue in the surrounding villages

 

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17-10-2014: ISIS in Jets for First Time, US Reportedly Trains Rebel Pilots (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)

 

……………..that the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terror group has begun training pilots on three captured fighter jets, relying on the knowledge of Iraqi pilots who have joined the group……..

 

The report in Al Mayadeen on Friday cited "reliable sources" saying America is training pilots "from countries in the Middle East" to conduct airstrikes in Syria……………………………

 

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17-10-2014: ISIL jihadists training to fly Syria warplanes: monitor (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com)

 

Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadists are being trained by Saddam Hussein's former pilots to fly three fighter jets captured from the Syrian military, a monitoring group said Oct. 16……

 

Witnesses have reported seeing planes flying at a low altitude to avoid detection by radar after taking off from Jarrah…………..

 

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16-10-2014: Islamic State 'retreating' in key Syria town of Kobane (http://www.bbc.com)

 

Islamic State militants are retreating in parts of the northern Syrian town of Kobane in the face of US-led air strikes, a Kurdish official has said…………………..

 

Activists say more than 600 people have been killed since the jihadist group launched its assault a month ago…………………..

 

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16-10-2014: U.S.- led air strikes intensify as Syria conflict destabilises Turkey (http://uk.reuters.com)

 

The plight of the Syrian Kurds in Kobani provoked riots among Turkey's 15 million Kurds last week in which at least 35 people were killed………………………

 

Turkish warplanes were reported to have attacked Kurdish rebel targets in southeast Turkey after the army said it had been attacked by the banned PKK Kurdish militant group, risking reigniting a three-decade conflict that killed 40,000 people before a cease-fire was declared two years ago………….

 

In particular, U.S. officials have expressed frustration at Turkey's refusal to help them fight against Islamic State. Washington has said Turkey has agreed to let it strike from Turkish air base. Ankara has said that is still under discussion……………………

 

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16-10-2014: With friends like Turkey, who needs enemies? (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

And yet, rather than helping its Western allies, the Turks seem to be doing everything in their power to frustrate the international effort to eradicate the Isil threat – a campaign that politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have warned could last for many years to come……………..

 

The same obstructive attitude can be seen in Ankara’s less-than-enthusiastic response to Washington’s repeated requests for permission to mount air strikes against Isil positions from Turkish bases. As a result, US fighters are inconveniently operating from aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean, which severely impedes their ability to respond quickly to the constantly changing battle landscape

 

Claims that the Turks are actively supporting Isil fighters with arms and training indicates that there now exists a sharp divergence between Turkey’s priorities in the conflict and those of the Western powers

 

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16-10-2014: Old rivalries keeping Turkey on sidelines of Syria fight, analysts say (http://www.foxnews.com)

 

Old geopolitical rivalries are throwing a wrench into U.S. efforts to bring Turkey on board with the mission to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State in a Syrian border town………………………

 

To do so, Turkey would have to attack the group fighting its biggest enemy in the region -- the Syrian president. And it would have to help a group -- the Kurdish fighters -- tied to the PKK, which in turn allegedly is backed by Assad……………….

 

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15-10-2014: Up to 30 British jihadists now dead in Syria but toll will rise with Isil lure (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)

 

Up to 30 British jihadists are now believed to have died fighting alongside Isil and other terror groups in Syria, latest estimates suggest……………………

 

More than 500 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria to fight, half of which may have already returned……………….

 

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14-10-2014: Kurdish fighters recapture strategic hill from ISIL (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Kurdish fighters have taken back a strategically significant hill west of the Syrian border town of Kobani from Takfiri ISIL militants

 

The Tall Shair hill, captured by the ISIL terrorists over 10 days ago, was retaken by Kurdish forces on Tuesday, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) said

 

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14-10-2014: Now ISIS is under attack from guerrillas itself: Ultra-secret White Shroud group strike fear into terrorists by picking off fighters one by one (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

 

Terrorist organisation Islamic State is now under attack from guerrillas itself, it was revealed today. Small groups of Syrians are hunting down ISIS fighters in one of their main strongholds in eastern Syria in a new guerrilla campaign that has emerged as a response to the Islamists' growing brutality.

 

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14-10-2014: ISIS threatens to conquer the Vatican, 'break the crosses of the infidels' (http://www.jpost.com)

 

Islamic State is eying Rome as the latest installment to its self-declared caliphate, which now covers large chunks of territory in northern Iraq and Syria……………….

 

The Islamist organization claims it will one day conquer Rome, threatening to "break [the] crosses" of infidels and sell and trade their women……………….

 

Islamic State has killed and driven out large numbers of Christians and other religious groups in area they've seized – including Shi'ite Muslims – who do not abide by their strict version of Sunni Islam……………..

 

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14-10-2014: CIA already present inside Syria: Analyst (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Former CIA contractor Steven Kelley said at a Press TV debate that the US mercenaries have been working closely with the terrorist groups fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government……………………..

 

“We do have boots on the ground but they are wearing black masks and black uniforms, so they look just like ISIL fighters,” Kelley said

 

Kelley also noted that the US has shipped billions of dollars worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia in recent years with the knowledge that the ammunition would end up in the hands of ISIL……………

 

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13-9-2014: ISIL used chemical weapons against Kobani Kurdish fighters: Report (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

Recent photos of Kurdish fighters killed in battles with ISIL Takfiri militants in the Syrian town of Kobani suggest that the terrorists have used chemical weapons against the Kurds……………

 

The photographs, published by the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) on Sunday, show that the bodies of three Kurdish fighters were not damaged by bullets, but instead were marked by burns and white spots without any visible wounds or external bleeding……….

 

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13-10-2014: Isis brings back slavery: Yazidi girls sold to Isis fighters as concubines for $1,000 (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

Isis has boasted that it had enslaved women from an Iraqi minority group to use as concubines, as a human rights organisation reported teenagers being bought and sold by fighters for $1,000 (£622)……

 

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13-10-2014: Islamic State: Training of moderate Syrian rebels 'allowed in Turkey' (http://www.bbc.com)

 

We knew last week that Turkey would get involved in training moderate Syrian opposition groups - but at the time it seemed that would take place in Saudi Arabia………………..

 

The training is a long-term goal. The coalition's immediate concern is the fate of Kobane and, on that, Turkey is still unwilling to intervene militarily……………………

 

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13-10-2014: US air raids against ISIL deliberately ineffective: Analyst (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

Scott Rickard, a former American intelligence linguist, from Orlando told Press TV that the airstrikes by the US-led coalition against the ISIL have not been “effective,” as “the bombing campaign” does not target the militants’ positions……

 

Rickard added that there has been an understanding between Washington and Ankara not to lend any kind of support to the Kurdish fighters battling the ISIL militants in the northern part of Syria……..

 

“Turkey alongside NATO and [Persian] Gulf partners is responsible of building this mercenary force that has been operating with impunity along the Turkish border for well over three years,”…..

 

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13-10-2014: Gruesome photos may show ISIS using chemical weapons on Kurds, report says (http://www.foxnews.com)

 

Disturbing new photos of ethnic Kurds killed by Islamic State fighters are stoking fears the terrorist army may be using chemical weapons seized from Saddam Hussein’s old arsenals, according to a Middle East watchdog………………………

 

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12-10-2014: We enslaved Iraq’s Izadi Kurd women, kids: ISIL (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

12-10-2014: 'There are hundreds of bodies with their heads cut off... they put their heads on display to scare us': Survivors of Kobane massacre reveal the brutality of ISIS rampage in Syrian border town (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

 

Thirteen-year-old Dillyar cannot get the image of his cousin being beheaded out of his mind. The pair were fleeing Kobane and running down a street when Islamic State fighters blocked their exit

 

Dillyar managed to slip through their grasp but his cousin Mohammed, 20, was seized, and gave a blood-curdling scream as one of the black-clad maniacs drew out a knife

 

'They pushed him to the ground and sawed his head off, shouting 'Allahu Akbar',' the schoolboy told me yesterday. 'I see it in my dreams every night and every morning I wake up and remember everything

 

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12-10-2014: German deputy speaker: NATO must stop Turkey support for ISIS (http://rudaw.net/)

 

Erdogan’s “dealings with the ISIS are unacceptable. I could not believe that Turkey harbors an ISIS militant camp in Istanbul,” Roth said. “Turkey has also allowed weapons to be transported into Syria through its borders. Also that the ISIS has been able to sell its oil via Turkey is extraordinary,” she added……………………….

 

Turkey categorically denies any dealings with ISIS. But there are many reported accounts of foreign jihadi fighters crossing from Turkey to Syria, wounded militants treated in Turkish hospitals and Ankara turning a blind eye to ISIS selling smuggled oil………………….

 

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12-10-2014: Turkey, Saudi Arabia giving terrorists WMDs, Syria claims (http://rt.com/)

 

Syria’s UN envoy has accused Turkey and Saudi Arabia of giving weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) to terrorist groups fighting in the country. The charge precedes reports Kurdish fighters battling ISIS militants have been attacked with chemical weapons…………..

 

He further accused the countries of helping finance groups attempting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad. He singled out Turkey in particular for allegedly supporting over 100 militant organizations currently active in Syria…………………

 

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12-10-2014: ISIL-Kurds urban warfare rages on in Kobani (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

The urban warfare between Kurdish fighters and the ISIL Takfiri militants rages on in Syria’s border town of Ain al-Arab, also known as Kobani…………………..

 

According to reports on Sunday, fierce battles continued in Syria's Kobani, as Kurdish resistance fighters pushed back the ISIL militants from some areas in the besieged town

 

The militants are facing fierce resistance from the Kurdish fighters. The fighters defending the town have inflicted heavy losses on the Takfiri militants, killing at least 36 of them on Saturday

 

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11-10-2014: Turkey, Saudis give chemical weapons to militants: Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Speaking before the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security at the UN General Assembly on Friday, al-Jaafari further censured the two regional countries for supplying weapons and funds to the foreign-backed militants in his country, alleging that Turkey alone has been backing 106 militant groups operating within Syria……………..

 

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11-10-2014: Kobane: Islamic State battles to encircle Syrian Kurds (http://www.bbc.com)

 

10-10-2014: ISIL gains more ground in Kobani despite US-led airstrikes (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

The ISIL terrorists have advanced deeper into the flashpoint city of Kobani, capturing the “security quarter” which includes several headquarters and administrative buildings belonging to the local Kurdish government, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Friday……

 

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9-10-2014: ‘ISIL seizes one third of Syria’s Kobani’ (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

The ISIL terrorists have taken control of more than a third of the Syrian border city of Kobani, a monitoring group says

 

According to a UK-based Syrian opposition group, over 400 people have been killed in the three weeks of battle in the border city. The fatalities reportedly include 220 ISIL terrorists, 170 Kurdish fighters and over 20 civilians

 

According to reports, the intense fighting for the strategic town has also forced nearly 200,000 people to take refuge in Turkey…………………..

 

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8-10-2014: How the ISIL fire in Syria burned 22 Turkish cities: In four questions (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/)

 

At least 26 people were killed and scores of protesters, as well as policemen, were injured in clashes throughout Turkey on Oct. 7. The highest toll was in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır with eight deaths. Other eastern provinces including Van, Batman, Siirt, Muş, Mardin, Şanlurfa, Bitlis, Adıyaman, Hakkari, Tunceli and Şırnak also witnessed protests that led to casualties and arrests

 

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7-10-2014: Kobane: Islamic State widens attack on border town (http://www.bbc.com)

 

At least 400 people have died in three weeks of fighting for Kobane, monitors say, and 160,000 Syrians have fled

 

The town is now besieged on three sides. A humanitarian mission to evacuate the few thousand civilians left in Kobane continued on Tuesday

 

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7-10-2014: Most recent ISIS munitions US-made during Iraq occupation – study (http://rt.com)

 

An analysis of cartridges used by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria shows that their newest ammunition is of American origin. China and the Soviet Union were identified as the biggest sources of munitions, but with bullets made 25 years ago………………..

 

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7-10-2014: Massacre looms over Syrian refuge (http://www.jpost.com/)

 

Carnage may soon befall the people of Kobani, a Syrian enclave hosting Christian, Kurdish and Turkmen refugees of the Syrian civil war, as Islamic State fighters pincered the city limits on Tuesday with the stated intention of killing its inhabitants….

 

Up to 45,000 civilians are reportedly besieged there without an escape route, raising fears in Western capitals of a massacre should Islamic State take the city in the coming hours………….

 

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7-10-2014: Bishop Khazen confirms: a priest and twenty Christians of the village of Knayeh have been kidnapped (http://www.fides.org)

 

"Unfortunately I have to confirm the news of the kidnapping of Father Hanna Jallouf OFM, Syrian parish priest in the village of Knayeh, who was kidnapped along with about twenty Christians".

 

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6-10-2014: Islamic State militants using some U.S.-made ammunition, report says (http://news.yahoo.com)

 

Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria have been using bullets manufactured in the United States and 20 other countries, a new report from a weapons tracking research group says………

 

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5-10-2014: 'US-trained ISIS militants used to reorganize Middle East' (http://rt.com)

 

ISIS militants trained by US Special Forces have been used as a lever to create disorder and organize a Sharia state along the lines of an Islamic caliphate to the advantage of the US military……….

 

Look at what General Petraeus did in Iraq to create this holy war between Shia and Sunni there – with his strategic Hamlet-kind of insurgency, trainings, secret police, and what not. And now we are reaping the result. ISIS has been trained by US Special Forces in Georgia. They’ve recruited Chechens as soldiers, they trained them in secret NATO bases inside Turkey and Jordan. For the last year and a half, they have been developing what we now call ISIS (IS, ISIL or DASH) or whatever moniker you want to give it. It’s all made in Langley, Virginia (the CIA’s seat) and [by] the affiliates of Langley inside the Pentagon……………………………..

 

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4-10-2014: ISIS beheads British hostage Alan Henning in video; says US vet is next (http://www.foxnews.com)

 

4-10-2014: Battle for Kobane: Turkey fires tear gas at activists trying to enter Syria (VIDEO) (http://rt.com)

 

Turkey’s security forces have fired tear gas at dozens of Turkish and Kurdish activists trying to cross into Syria. On the other side of the border, a major city in Syrian Kurdistan is under increased assault from Islamic State militants…………………..

 

The activists were reportedly trying to cross the border into Syria to help defend the city of Kobane against IS militants. The border city, located in Syria's north, is a strategic point for the jihadists; if the city falls to the militants, it would provide a direct link to their captured territories in Aleppo and Raqqa………………..

 

The Kurdistan Workers' Party announced general mobilization to defend Kobane on Friday, as the city was under heavy shelling from IS, the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV channel reported. It also said that IS fighters claimed the southern and eastern approaches to the city……………

 

Turkey has been widely criticized for turning a blind eye to foreign radicals passing through the country en route to Syria………………..

 

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3-10-2014: Biden blames US allies in Middle East for rise of ISIS (http://rt.com)

 

US Vice-President Joe Biden has accused America’s key allies in the Middle East of allowing the rise of the Islamic State (IS), saying they supported extremists with money and weapons in their eagerness to oust the Assad regime in Syria……………

 

“Our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria he said, explaining that Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE were “so determined to take down Assad,” that in a sense they started a “proxy Sunni-Shia war” by pouring “hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons” towards anyone who would fight against Assad…………………….

 

And we could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them,” said Biden, thus disassociating the US from unleashing the civil war in Syria……………..

 

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3-10-2014: Ex-US Army soldier joins 'private army' to fight against ISIS: One of three Americans fighting with Kurds in Syria identified (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

 

Wisconsin high school graduate is reportedly in the Middle East with two other Americans, fighting ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).

 

Jordan Matson of Wisconsin, a former American solder, has joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), who are mainly battling advances by Islamic State militants close to Syria's borders with Turkey and Iraq, a spokesman for the Kurdish group said on Thursday

 

U.S. officials say about 100 Americans have gone to Syria to join groups fighting there against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Those groups include the extremist Islamic State as well as a U.S.-backed rebel force and the al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front……………….

 

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3-10-2014: Turkey approves military action against ISIS, NATO eyes involvement (http://rt.com/)

 

The Turkish army received the go-ahead from the country’s parliament to engage in military action against Islamic State insurgents in Syria and Iraq………………

 

Part of the mandate dealing with foreign troops in Turkey directly references US pressure on Ankara to permit the use of Incirlik air base in the Adana region, located in the south of the country…..

 

Syria has warned Turkey that it will regard deploying troops inside its borders as an “aggression” – “against a founding member of the United Nations.”……………..

 

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1-10-2014: ISIS Militants Reportedly Behead Kurds In Northern Syria (http://www.npr.org)

 

A human rights group reports that Islamic State militants in a Kurdish area of northern Syria have beheaded seven men and three women as part of an apparent campaign to quell resistance to the group……………………….

 

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30-9-2014: ISIS closes in on Kurdish town in Syria; Turkey debates sending troops (http://edition.cnn.com/)

 

Turkish soldiers and tanks took up position along the border with Syria on Tuesday as its government debated whether to deploy troops to battle the Islamic State terror group, a move that comes as tens of thousands pour into the country to escape ISIS fighters………

 

…….as ISIS fighters armed with tanks and heavy weapons advance on the predominantly Kurdish town of Kobani, known in Arabic as Ayn al Arab, destroying villages in their path…….

 

ISIS fighters were just three kilometers (nearly two miles) east of the northern Syria town late Monday, a civilian in Kobani told CNN on condition of anonymity………………

 

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30-9-2014: 'Khorasan Group' is new name coined by Obama for old foe, critics claim (http://www.foxnews.com)

 

The Obama administration is being accused of coining a new name for an old nemesis by dubbing an Al Qaeda offshoot “The Khorasan Group.”

 

"You haven't heard of the Khorasan Group because there isn't one," he wrote. "It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorasan — the Iranian-Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it."

 

“The bombing of the so-called Khorasan-group in Syria is a mystery to the world,” said Moussa, according to an English translation. “The only thing we know is the location and that at least two main Al Qaeda operatives, top sniper Abu Yousef Al Turki and Abu Hajar Al Masri, were killed.”

 

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29-9-2014: Islamic State was born in NATO camps (http://rt.com)

 

Yet, the US and the UK make no secret that this is not just a campaign to debilitate ISIS positions. The US is openly declaring alliance with the “moderate opposition forces” inside Syria, which essentially means those forces that are fighting to overthrow the government of President Assad…..

 

Now when the ISIS went “out of control,” and began gaining territory in both Iraq and Syria, their brutality and military success are used as justification for direct intervention in Syria……

 

Several pro-Western Arab regimes that are co-responsible for the situation in Syria and Iraq - Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - have joined the “campaign,” by offering their jets. This way, there is some illusion of legitimacy - their handlers in Washington can trumpet to the world that “they are not in it alone

 

ISIS did not fall from the sky. They were armed, financed and trained in the refugee camps built for “Syrian refugees,” in Turkey and Jordan. Both countries are staunch allies of the West; Turkey is on top of it a member of NATO

 

“Of course you do realize that those people are not really ‘Syrian opposition.’ They are modern-day legionnaires collected from various Arab countries, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia, paid by Western imperialist powers. Some are members of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Most are militant Sunni Muslims. One could describe them as rogue elements hired to fight the Assad government.”

 

All this is not unlike how al-Qaida was born. It mutated from Western-trained and financed Mujahedeen that were first involved in the fighting against the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan (DRA) and later the Soviet Union…………………….

 

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29-9-2014: US plans massive military escalation in Syria and Iraq (http://www.wsws.org/)

 

At a Pentagon press conference, both Major General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and defense secretary Chuck Hagel said that a no-fly zone over Syria was under consideration, along with a buffer zone on the Turkish-Syrian border near the town of Kobani, the scene of mass flight by Syrian Kurds under attack by ISIS forces……………..

 

There is a glaring contradiction between Obama’s claims to be fighting ISIS, and discussion of a no-fly zone, since this would be directed against the Assad regime, which controls the Syrian Air Force. ISIS has no planes, no helicopters and no aerial assets of any kind. A no-fly zone would mean scrapping the pretense of a war with ISIS and openly acknowledging the real purpose of the US intervention all along: the destruction of the Assad government and the establishment of a US puppet regime in Damascus………………….

 

“We should make no bones about it,” he said. “It first entails killing a lot of people and destroying the Syrian air defenses and those people who are manning those systems. And then it entails destroying the Syrian air force, preferably on the ground, in the air if necessary. This is a violent combat action that results in lots of casualties……….”

 

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29-9-2014: Turn the Tables: Stopping Western Aggression in Syria (http://journal-neo.org)

 

Now the US claims it must raise another army of “moderate” ground troops to augment its aerial bombardment of “ISIS.” But in reality, attacks on phantom enemies in the desert serve the singular purpose of creating a no-fly zone and no-drive zone for Syria’s military, preventing the final annihilation of the West’s terrorist mercenaries in Syrian territory and in fact giving them a second chance to finally march on the gates of Damascus with US airpower in tow

 

For all intents and purposes, the US through its airstrikes has carved out a defacto buffer zone protected by US airpower……………..

 

While in all actuality ISIS and other extremist factions already constitute the ground component of the West’s campaign against Damascus, now enjoying sanctuary under the cover of US airpower, the general public neither knows this, nor would ever accept this should they find out…….

 

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29-9-2014: US Airstrikes Hitting Syrian Civilians Hard (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)

 

In addition to harming civilians by raising the price of gas, New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday accused America of killing seven civilians in Syria's northern Idlib province last Tuesday…………………..

 

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29-9-2014: US double standards recipe for terrorism: Syria FM (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

"This is a real recipe for the increase of violence and terrorism, shedding of Syrian blood, [and] prolonging of the Syrian crisis," Muallem said, adding, "This behavior creates a fertile ground for the growth of these terrorist groups that commit the most heinous crimes on Syrian territory.

 

Muallem added that some of the key supporters of "armed terrorist groups” are among the countries which have joined the so-called coalition led by the US against ISIL, adding that the foreign-backed militants have been "unleashed like a monster" against Syria, Iraq and Lebanon

 

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29-9-2014: US-led strikes hit Syria infrastructure, kill civilians (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

US-led airstrikes continue to target Syrian infrastructure under the control of ISIL terrorists in northern and eastern Syria, reportedly leading to more civilian deaths……

 

US-led forces attacked ISIL-controlled facilities overnight in Aleppo, Raqqa, Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor provinces, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday…………

 

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29-9-2014: ISIS threat: Syrian town fears massacre as Obama admits underestimating rise (http://edition.cnn.com)

 

Dozens of bombings from U.S.-led warplanes haven't stopped ISIS from advancing toward Turkey, leading one town in the path of its bloody march to fear a massacre………………

 

Despite airstrikes in the area, witnesses said the attacks are too few and too far back from the front lines to slow the ISIS momentum………………

 

"We've been ready for this for some time," Abu Talha said. "We know that our bases are known because they're tracking us with radars and satellites, so we had backup locations”…..

 

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28-9-2014: US-led coalition against ISIL: Front for regime change (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

This is a massive public relations scam to burnish the image of America and Britain – the two countries that, rightly, are most associated with illegal war making over the past decade, from Afghanistan (2001), Iraq (2003) and Libya (2011) to ongoing deadly drone warfare in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia. Between them, Washington and London are responsible for the deaths of more than 1.5 million people over the past 13 years……………………

 

Yes, you heard right, the country that helped to destroy Afghanistan and Iraq based on wholesale lies, is telling you that it will do its part for “the cause of freedom, democracy and justice – as ever.”

 

…………the extremists in the “network of death” are the creation of American and British intelligence, evolving out of the covert war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan during the 1980s when al-Qaeda was formed………………

 

……………the “evil” that Washington and London have so pontificated about in self-serving moralistic terms can best be illustrated by the destruction of Syria over the past three years. IS and related Western-sponsored proxy armies have terrorized the entire Syrian population by waging a war that would not have happened without the overarching direction of Washington and London…..

 

The Arab component of the anti-ISIS coalition is the material and ideological wellspring for IS and related extremist groups; so while America’s despotic Arab friends may be bombing their surrogates on the ground – for now – such action does not bestow any integrity or lawfulness. ……………..

 

The campaign against IS is a front for the criminal agenda of regime change in Syria and the region. This real, criminal agenda should be exposed and condemned at every opportunity. To consort with this mob is to corrupt international law and morality……………..

 

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27-9-2014: Syria Kurds continue fleeing homes for Turkey (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Syrian Kurdish refugees continue to struggle for survival in Turkey after being forced from their homes by the Takfiri ISIL militants in Syria……..

 

They took our villages. They took our houses. They took everything that belongs to us. We barely manage to save our children and bring them here,” said a refugee…………………

 

According to the UN refugee agency, more than 144,000 Syrian refugees, mostly Kurds, have sought refuge in southern Turkey since September 19……………..

 

The ISIL has captured some 60 Kurdish villages around the city of Kobani in the Aleppo countryside……………..

 

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27-9-2014: Arab nations join Syria strikes as Nusra front threatens retaliation (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

27-9-2014: Obama’s “Secret Backdoor Deal With Saudi Arabia” which Preceeded the US Airstrikes against Syria (http://www.globalresearch.ca/)

 

27-9-2014: US-led coalition attacks Isis positions in Homs and Raqqa (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

US-led air strikes have targeted Isis fighters and other Islamist groups in Syria's Homs province, activists said on Saturday morning……………………..

 

The US and Arab coalition, which began its aerial campaign against Islamic State fighters in Syria early Tuesday, aims to roll back and ultimately crush the extremist group, which has created a proto-state spanning the Syria-Iraq border…………………….

 

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26-9-2014: The west has no plan for winning the war against Isis – only avoiding defeat (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

26-9-2014: ISIS and the USA: Expansion and Resistance by Decapitation (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

The Western mass media are silent in the face of the Saudi Kingdom’s common practice of public decapitation.  Not one among the major news corporations, the BBC, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC, CBS and NPR, have questioned the moral authority of a US President who engages in selective condemnation of ISIS while ignoring the official Saudi state beheadings and the amputations………………..

 

Obama’s hysterical and very selective presentation of ISIS crimes forms the pretext for launching another war against a predominantly Muslim country, Syria, while shielding his close ally, the royal Saudi decapitator from US public outrage.  ISIS crimes have become another excuse to launch a campaign of ‘mass decapitation by drones and bombers’.  The mass propaganda campaign over one crime against humanity becomes the basis for perpetrating even worse crimes against humanity……………

 

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26-9-2014: ‘US funded and trained jihadists in Syria – and now it wants to fight them’ (http://rt.com)

 

The US is creating in Syria a perpetual state of war, funding jihadists on one side and then attacking them on the other, while the civilian casualties are just a part of the game, ……………..

 

In the long term, it is going to have a very strong effect. I heard someone said yesterday that the administration should just come out and say what they are trying to do, which is go ahead and launch the strikes against Assad as well because that is what they are really there for……..

 

The US, and there is plenty on the record to demonstrate on the record that the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have all been financing these rebel forces that have then been turning and defecting to ISIS. And they have been doing this in Syria for about three years, over the last year we have seen a large number of defections to ISIS…………………

 

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26-9-2014: ”Their fight is our fight’: Kurds rush from across Turkey to defend Kobani (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

“We have come here to protect Kobani and to watch over this border,” Nasrettin, 47, says. “We don’t trust Turkey to do this right. They would be happy if Isis wiped Kurdistan from the map

 

Like the majority of Kurds here he firmly believes that Ankara is actively supporting Isis with heavy weaponry, medical care and money – a charge that the Turkish government vehemently denies………………..

 

The PKK said 400 of its fighters from Qandil in northern Iraq have joined the armed resistance in Kobani, and hundreds of young men and women from Turkey are thought to have crossed the border to fight………………

 

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25-9-2014: “The Terrorists R Us.” The Islamic State “Big Lie” (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

What is not mentioned in the media reports is that the heads of State and heads of government  who have endorsed America’s campaign against the Islamic State, advised by their respective secret services,  are fully aware that US intelligence is the unspoken architect of the Islamic State, which is part of a vast network of  US supported “jihadist” terrorist entities.  Countries are either coerced into supporting the US sponsored resolution or they are complicit in the US terror agenda……..

 

Lest we forget, Saudi Arabia, Qatar,  have been financing and training the ISIL terrorists on behalf of the United States.  Israel is harboring the Islamic State (ISIL) in the Golan Heights, NATO in liaison with the Turkish high command has since March 2011 been involved in coordinating the recruitment of  the jihadist fighters dispatched to Syria. Moreover, the ISIL brigades in both Syria and Iraq are integrated by Western special forces and military advisers

 

“Forbidden Truth” is that the Islamic State is an instrument of Washington, a US ” intelligence asset”. ISIL is not an independent entity, nor is it an “outside enemy” which threatens global security, as conveyed by the Western media……………………………

 

The ISIL are the foot soldiers  of the Western military alliance. Their unspoken mandate is to wreck havoc and destruction in Syria and Iraq, acting on behalf of their US sponsors. The endgame is to transform countries into territories…………………..

 

Turkey and Jordan have borders with Syria. Saudi Arabia and Turkey have borders with Iraq.  The direct military involvement of these countries points to a scenario of escalation and sectarian warfare extending from the Mediterranean to Central Asia……………

 

What is at stake is a so-called “no fly zone” in disguise, a justification  to bomb Iraq and Syria under a counter-terrorism mandate, largely targeting economic infrastructure as well as the civilian population. The political architects of the Islamic State including president Obama, prime minister Cameron and their counterparts in France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, et al, are now waging a  military campaign against the Islamic State, which they themselves created. Boots on the ground are also contemplated. According to Iraqi government sources, the US will sending some 13000 troops to Iraq……………………………

 

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25-9-2014: The Lies and Deceit of President Barack Obama (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

25-9-2014: Syrian army retakes area northeast of Damascus (http://www.jpost.com)

 

The Syrian army has taken full control of a formerly insurgent-held area northeast of Damascus….

 

The area - Adra al-Omalia - is around 30 km (19 miles) from central Damascus but far from parts of Syria where the United States has launched air strikes against Islamic State militants………

 

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25-9-2014: There are no moderate terrorists: Syria UN envoy (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

Addressing a UN General Assembly during a meeting on Wednesday, Bashar Ja'afari spoke against “dividing terrorists into good terrorists and bad terrorists and distinguishing moderate terrorism from extremist terrorism,” saying, “Terrorism is terrorism.” …………..

 

Ja'afari further blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the flow of foreign terrorists to Iraq and Syria……..

 

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25-9-2014: Turkey Preparing for Syria Occupation? (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

25-9-2014: Selling the Syrian Airstrikes (http://dissidentvoice.org)

 

The flagrant deception of claiming and camouflaging the fact that the militant jihadist groups are a tool of U.S. foreign policy and claiming that NATO and five Arab Nations, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates must stop ISIS after the CIA armed the group utilizing Saudi and Qatari military cargo aircraft and, along with Al Nusrah, used the se militants for several years to attack Bashar Al Assad and cut the heads off of supporters of his government, shows the deadly hypocrisy of the American exceptionalist foreign policy to which Barack Obama so rigidly adheres. U.S. Special Forces trained ISIS fighters in Jordan. Some would call this the doctrine of hypocrisy and others would say it is just plain criminal. U.S war criminals and Arab petro-monarchy capitalist elite terrorist financer nations now conduct airstrikes in Syria to brutalize civilians including half a dozen victims that include three children who are now dead and certainly many more will die in the days and weeks to follow. Aren’t these deaths of innocents just as bad as the purported beheadings we have seen of western journalists over and over in the corporate mainstream media to engineer support for yet another deadly futile war

 

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25-9-2014: Iraq and Syria crisis: Iran's President Rouhani accuses West of turning Middle East into 'haven for terrorists' (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

“Certain intelligence agencies have put blades in the hand of madmen, who now spare no one,” Mr. Rouhani told the United Nations General Assembly. “Currently our peoples are paying the price. Today’s anti-Westernism is the offspring of yesterday's colonialism. Today's anti-Westemism is a reaction to yesterday’s racism.”…………………….

 

“The strategic blunders of the West in the Middle-East, Central Asia, and the Caucuses have turned these parts of the world into a haven for terrorists and extremists,’ President Rouhani declared. “Military aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq and improper interference in the developments in Syria are clear examples of this erroneous strategic approach in the Middle East.”……

 

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25-9-2014: FBI Director: We have identified man in ISIS beheading videos (http://rt.com)

 

The FBI believes it has identified the masked Islamic State militant responsible for beheading Westerners in ISIS videos, but law enforcement will not reveal the identity of the man known only as “Jihadi John,” agency director James Comey told reporters……………

 

A former hostage told the Guardian in August that the English-speaking militant was the ringleader of three British jihadists thought to be the main guards of foreign nationals in Raqqa, a stronghold of Islamic State rebels…………………………….

 

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25-9-2014: Mother of British teenage jihadi killed in Syria: 'I pray for him' – video (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

25-9-2014: Children in Raqqa forced to train as Isis fighters and executioners (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

In a special camp in Syria’s Raqqa province, between 200 and 300 children are understood to be receiving training by Isis militants to become fighters and executioners for the terrorist group……

 

The Al Sharea’l camp is reserved for children under the age of 16 who are taught to support Isis’ (also known as Islamic State) militant ideology, and are reportedly trained to handle Kalashnikov rifles and RPGs as part of their initial training…….

 

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24-9-2014: US Aggression against Syria and Iraq Drags the World into an Age of Global Anarchy (http://www.globalresearch.ca/)

 

24-9-2014: 'US seeks to target Syrian govt.' (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

The extremists that Washington is supposedly hunting now down are the progeny of American covert war in Syria that the Syrian government has been battling against for the past three years. The Saudi and Qatari allies now joining US warplanes to pound Syria are the financiers and weapons suppliers of the very terrorist networks that they are claiming to attack…………………..

 

The Persian Gulf monarchies have funneled over $10 billion into arming the mercenary networks that have descended on Syria since March 2011, according to a Financial Times report……………

 

The overt US-led war on Syria has begun despite its flagrant criminality and fraudulence. Thanks to the Western and Arab-sponsored terror networks in Syria and latterly Iraq, and the mendacity of Western media not highlighting this connection but rather saturating the airwaves with barbaric scare stories, the criminal US-led war on Syria is being conducted with a grotesque image of “humanitarianism and lawfulness

 

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24-9-2014: US Bombed ‘Empty Buildings’ in Airstrikes on ISIL in Syria (http://21stcenturywire.com)

 

This surprising admission by CNN would mean that the US military may have only destroyed empty buildings in Raqqa, and that Washington’s inflated claims of dead ISIL fighters are probably exaggerated. In other words, it was all a big show, and ISIL’s capabilities were not degraded at all by Obama’s celebrated US blitzkrieg in Syria…………..

 

So how much can the public trust US reports of its own bombing campaigns? As far as gathering and verifying intelligence goes, how can we know if  US operatives knew who was where? Usually Washington can say anything and the mainstream press will not question it………………….

 

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24-9-2014: UNSC approves resolution to end support for terrorists (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution calling for an end to the arming and funding of terrorist groups worldwide……………………..

 

According to US intelligence estimates, some 15,000 foreign militants from 80 countries have poured into Syria to join the terrorist groups……………..

 

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24-9-2014: First sponsoring, now fighting? Lavrov on West's anti-ISIS op (http://rt.com)

 

The Western powers that fostered Islamic extremists to incite them against Middle Eastern regimes should stop dividing terrorists into good and bad, Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said in a TV interview

 

“Now that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has been appointed United States’ archenemy, I’d like to recall that [ISIS militants] are the very same people that evolved and got powerful sponsorship and material support from abroad at the time of the regime change efforts in Libya and later on when the same process was attempted in Syria

 

“When we called their attention to the fact that there were a large number of terrorists and extremists fighting the regimes, [the Americans and Europeans] essentially told us that all such things would pass once they overthrew the regimes, and that they would deal with this later on,” Lavrov said. “But all this turned out to be wrong

 

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24-9-2014: Air strikes will not beat Isis, but on the ground it’s hard to tell friend from foe (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

The US plan to weaken and ultimately destroy Isis has several political and military weaknesses undermining its long-term success. Air campaigns not supported by ground forces can damage the other side but they do not win wars on their own………………………….

 

Turkey now says that it is joining the anti-Isis coalition, but it does not want to strengthen the Syrian Kurds and the YPG or help to keep the Assad government in power…………….

 

Isis is strong because of its military expertise and religious fanaticism but there are more general reasons why it will be difficult to defeat. Many Sunnis in the areas controlled by Isis do not like it, but they are terrified of the return of the Syrian or Iraqi armies and accompanying sectarian militias……………

 

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24-9-2014: The Real Reason We Are Bombing Syria (http://ronpaulinstitute.org)

 

Nothing better illustrates the bankruptcy of the Obama administration's foreign policy than funding groups that turn on the US again and again, a neo-con fueled cycle of profits for war makers and destruction of ever-shifting "enemies."…………….

 

This Frankenstein-like experiment of arming the alleged freedom-seeking Syrian opposition created the monster that roams the region. ISIS and the US have a curious relationship -- mortal enemies that, at the same time, benefit from some of the same events………………..

 

Phase two of the war against Syria is the introduction of 5,000 "moderate" mercenaries (as opposed to immoderate ones), who were trained in Saudi Arabia, the hotbed of Wahhabism, at an initial installment cost of $15 billion. These new "moderates" will replace the old "moderates," who became ISIS, just in time for Halloween…………………..

 

Qatar and Saudi Arabia can now overtly join with the US in striking Syria, after they have been covertly attempting for years to take down the last secular state in the region………………….

 

This attack on Syria, under the guise of striking ISIS, is by definition, a war of aggression. It is a violation of international law. It could lead to crimes against humanity and the deaths of untold numbers of innocent civilians. No amount of public relations or smooth talking can change that.

 

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24-9-2014: US attacks are failing to slow Isis advance, say desperate Kurds in Kobane (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

They described the desperate battle to stop the Isis advance on Kobane which shelters a population of at least 200,000………………….

 

But the US-led air strikes which began on Monday have been ineffective, according to the chief of defence for Kobane, Ismat Sheikh Hassan, speaking to The Independent by phone from his base inside Kobane. “They struck empty buildings. Isis fighters used to be there but they left, so they haven’t helped us. If anything, they are now fighting harder to push forward before there are more strikes,” he said………………………………..

 

“We only heard they had happened on the public radio - behind Isis lines the villages are empty,” said Mr Hassan. “The people who stayed have been killed and everybody else has left”

 

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24-9-2014: Is Obama misleading the world to war? Depends how you define 'misleading' (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

So when you hear the words “imminent attack”, “civilians”, militants” or “ground troops” from now on, be careful: if the government says they’re not misleading you, it might only be because they’ve secretly changed the definition of “misleading”……

 

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24-9-2014: 'Peace' President? How Obama came to bomb seven countries in six years (http://www.independent.co.uk/)

 

Barack Obama, the man many hoped would be the 'peace President' when he was elected, has bombed seven countries during his six years in office………………

 

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23-9-2014: U.S. military leaders: Strikes in Syria are just the start of a prolonged campaign (http://www.washingtonpost.com)

 

U.S. military leaders said Tuesday their aerial bombardment of Syria was only the beginning of a prolonged campaign that will continue intermittently for months and will become more difficult as targeted militants seek refuge in populated areas…………………..

 

At the same time, as the U.S. military and its Arab partners prepare more airstrikes in Syria in the coming days, they will have to contend with another adversary: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad…………………

 

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23-9-2014: Turkey ready to aid US air strikes against Isis jihadis in Syria (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Nato ally Turkey, which is alarmed by Isis but also worried about Kurdish fighters and opposed to any action that might help the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, had so far refused a military role in the coalition……………………..

 

“At minimum, we certainly want their full cooperation and effort to crack down on the flow of foreign fighters in and out of Syria and Iraq

 

He said Turkey had been a transit point for foreign fighters “so we’ve had discussions with them on that issue”.

 

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23-9-2014: U.S. Air Strikes Hit ISIS Training Camps and Supplies in Syria (http://www.newsweek.com)

 

The United States and Arab allies hit Islamic State targets including training camps, headquarters and weapon supplies in northern and eastern Syria in dozens of air and missile strikes on Tuesday, the U.S. military and a monitoring group said………………..

 

Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had "also participated in or supported the air strikes against (Islamic State) targets," it said. "All aircraft safely exited the strike areas.”

 

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23-9-2014: US Strikes ISIS Targets in Syria With Tomahawk Missiles and Stealth F-22 Raptor (http://abcnews.go.com)

 

The United States and its allies carried out 14 airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria, according to a Centcom statement released early this morning. The operation marks the first time the United States has launched strikes in Syria, a new front in the battle against the terror group………………….

 

Several Arab nations are involved in the ongoing U.S.-led operation. Centcom, or U.S. Central Command, identified the nations as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates…………………

 

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22-9-2014: Isis urges more attacks on Western ‘disbelievers’ (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

Abu Mohammed al Adnani urged the group’s supporters: “If you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way, however it may be,” he said………………………

 

“Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him.”…………………………..

 

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22-9-2014: Obama Administration Is Paying Monthly Salaries to “Thousands” of ISIS and Al Nusrah Syrian Rebels (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

22-9-2014: Kurds say they have halted Islamic State advance on Syrian town (http://www.reuters.com)

 

Syrian Kurdish fighters have halted an advance by Islamic State fighters to the east of a predominantly Kurdish town near the border with Turkey, a spokesman for the main armed Kurdish group said……………………

 

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22-9-2014: Thousands Are Fleeing From Syria to Turkey to Escape the Latest ISIS Onslaught (http://time.com/)

 

At least 100,000 Syrian refugees flooded across the border into Turkey over the weekend as Sunni extremist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) launched an offensive against Kurdish communities in northern Syria………………….

 

“[ISIS] are continuing to advance,” Welat Avar, a doctor, told Reuters from Kobani. “Every place they pass through they kill, wound and kidnap people. Many people are missing and we believe they were kidnapped.”

 

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22-9-2014: New ISIS Recording Urges Muslims to Kill Civilians in US-Led Coalition Countries (http://abcnews.go.com)

 

"If you can kill a disbelieving American or European, especially the spiteful and filthy French, or an Australian, or a Canadian or any other disbeliever, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be,"………………….

 

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21-9-2014: Turkey accused of colluding with Isis to oppose Syrian Kurds and Assad following surprise release of 49 hostages (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

The freeing of the hostages comes at the same moment as 70,000 Syrian Kurds have fled across the border into Turkey to escape an Isis offensive against the enclave of Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, which has seen the capture of many villages………………………

 

Many Kurds are expressing bitterness towards the Turkish government, claiming that it is colluding with Isis to destroy the independent enclaves of the Syrian Kurds, who number 2.5 million, along the Turkish border………………………..

 

Nevertheless, the strange circumstances of both the capture of the 49 Turks and their release shows that Ankara has a different and more intimate relationship with Isis than other countries……

 

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21-9-2014: Sanction-Drunk West Forgets to Target ISIS Sponsors (http://journal-neo.org)

 

21-9-2014: Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That CIA and the Islamic State Are United (http://www.ndtv.com/)

 

Sadr publicly blamed the CIA for creating the Islamic State in a speech last week,…..

 

The prevalence of the theory in the streets underscored the deep suspicions of the U.S. military's return to Iraq more than a decade after its invasion, in 2003……………………

 

"The Islamic State is a clear creation of the United States, and the United States is trying to intervene again using the excuse of the Islamic State,"……………………

 

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21-9-2014: Kurds flee into Turkey in their thousands to escape Isis offensive (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

More than 70,000 Kurds fled from northern Syria into Turkey at the weekend and tens of thousands more are trying to cross the border as the terror group Islamic State (Isis) intensified its assault on a crucial Kurdish safe haven near the border……………….

 

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20-9-2014: IS Attacks Send Thousands of Syrian Kurds Fleeing to Turkey (http://www.voanews.com)

 

Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours, fleeing an advance by Islamic State fighters who have seized dozens of villages close to the border and are advancing on a Syrian town………………………..

 

The Islamic State group's advances in northern Syria have prompted calls for help by the region's Kurds who fear a massacre in Kobani…………….

 

Kurdish lawyer Farhad Bakr said up to 60,000 refugees may have already fled their villages through the Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab and into Turkey……………………..

 

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20-9-2014: Over 300 Kurd fighters enter Syria from Turkey to fight ISIL (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

Over 300 Kurdish fighters have crossed into Syria from Turkey to battle the Takfiri ISIL militants operating inside the Arab country…………

 

The ISIL Takfiris have been seeking to capture the strategic border town since Tuesday and have seized 60 Kurdish villages in the region……………..

 

It added that ISIL militants have executed at least 11 Kurds, among them two teenagers, in an area around the town………………………

 

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19-9-2014: Islamic State Conquering Syria's Turkish Border (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)

 

The brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group has been conquering massive swathes of Syria and Iraq, and recently extended a foothold in Lebanon - now the push of the group's over 30,000 jihadsts has brought them to the very gates of Turkey in Syria's north………………

 

The ISIS fighters also beseiged the Kurdish city Ayn al-Arab (Kobani in Kurdish) located a mere 12 miles from the Turkish border, reports Al Jazeera as cited by Walla!.

 

In conquering the villages IS reportedly attacked with heavy weaponry including tanks, according the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

 

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19-9-2014: CIA is training and at once combating ISIL: Former CIA contractor (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

The US Central Intelligence Agency is frustrated for being asked to train the ISIL terrorist group and at the very same time to combat it, a former CIA contractor says………………….

 

The ISIL terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, control large parts of Syria's northern territory. ISIL sent its fighters into Iraq in June, quickly seizing large swaths of land straddling the border between the two countries………

 

“They [the CIA] are very openly still supporting the very same group that they are trying to combat, and this is why they’re showing such exasperation for being asked to combat the group and at the very same time feeding it with the other hand,”……………………………….

 

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19-9-2014: France supports US with first air strikes on Isis depot in Iraq (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

France has becoame the second Western country after the US to attack Isis militants in Iraq

 

Two Rafale fighter-bombers, accompanied by two support aircraft, attacked an Isis ammunition depot near Mosul in north-eastern Iraq

 

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19-9-2014: ISIL steps up offensive in Syria’s Kobane (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

The Takfiri militants managed to seize 40 villages within hours during Friday by launching a lightning advance in the Kurdish region……………..

 

More than 191,000 people have been killed in over three years of fighting in the war-ravaged country, says the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), calling the figure a probable “underestimate of the real total number of people killed…………………

 

19-9-2014: U.S. Goal Is to Make Syrian Rebels Viable (http://www.nytimes.com/)

 

In a secret office near the Syrian border here, intelligence agents from the United States and its allies are laying the groundwork for what they hope will become an effective force of Syrian rebels to serve as ground troops in the international battle against the extremist Islamic State

 

“Just as the priority of the international community is to fight ISIS, our priority is to fight Assad,” said Hamza al-Shimali, the head of the Hazm Movement, which has received arms and salaries from the Military Operations Command……………

 

So far, the program has focused on a small number of vetted rebel groups from the hundreds that are fighting across Syria, providing them with military and financial help, according to rebel commanders who have received support

 

The process is run by intelligence officials from a number of countries. The United States provides overall guidance, while Turkey manages the border, and Persian Gulf states like Saudi Arabia provide much of the funding………………………

 

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18-9-2014: U.S. ready to strike ISIS in Syria, military officials say (http://edition.cnn.com/)

 

The U.S. military has everything it needs to strike ISIS inside Syria and is awaiting President Barack Obama's authorization to do so, U.S. military officials tell CNN………………………

 

“CENTCOM's plan includes targeted actions against ISIL safe havens in Syria -- including its command and control, logistics capabilities, and infrastructure," Hagel said. "Our actions will not be restrained by a border that exists in name only."

 

The United States has been flying drones over Syria, looking at areas where ISIS operates. The drones are looking for personnel, equipment depots, training camps, and the locations of the group's leaders. U.S. officials tell………………………………

 

Intelligence is also collected by intercepting cell phone calls and monitoring social media sites that ISIS frequents…………………

 

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18-9-2014: US’s 'Coalition of the Guilty' part of Iraq, Syria problem (http://rt.com)

 

The US is creating an alliance to end the pandemonium in Iraq and Syria. What America has assembled is a “coalition of the guilty”, the same players that created the forces menacing Iraq and Syria, and hides America’s role creating the disorder

 

This whole coalition-building process is a disingenuous deception. Two of the major regional players, which are at the forefront of fighting the cross-border insurgencies in Syria and Iraq, did not even attend the gathering. …………..

 

Were the head choppers, cannibals, rapists, and criminals that are trying to fragment Iraq and Syria—whatever you want to call them: Al-Qaeda/Al-Nusra/ISIL/ISIS/DAISH/IS/DI—not trained by the US and its allies in places like Jordan and Turkey?...............

 

These fighters are the same foreign-supported forces that the US, Britain, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Israel have been propping up against the Syrians since 2011 as part of their bid for regime change in Damascus……………………

 

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18-9-2014: US Senate passes bill to authorise arms and training for Syrian rebels (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Senators gave tacit blessing to president Barack Obama’s strategy for fighting the Islamic State on Thursday, overwhelmingly passing a budget bill that also granted him authority to arm and train rival Syrian rebel groups…………………

 

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18-9-2014: Syrian Child Soldier 'Feels Nothing' Killing Soldiers (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)

 

18-9-2014: Islamic State militants seize Kurdish villages in northern Syria (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Islamic State (Isis) fighters have captured villages and besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria near the border with Turkey in a major assault that prompted a commander to appeal for military aid from other Kurds in the region……………….

 

In an advance near the border with Turkey, Isis fighters using heavy weaponry including tanks seized a group of Kurdish villages near the city of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani. The Observatory said 21 villages had fallen to Isis fighters advancing on the city

 

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18-9-2014: Women and girls ‘failed’ by international response in Syria (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

The report published by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) details chronic abuse and harassment experienced by women and girls over the past three years. One in three of those interviewed said they felt too scared or overwhelmed to leave their homes

 

“Women told us they fear for the safety of their daughters and often make choices meant to protect them in the short-term, knowing these decisions could harm them in the long-term. The reality is these women do not have clear or easy choices to make for themselves or for their children. Safety eludes women and girls, as violence and the ever-present threat of violence follow them from the conflict into their place of refuge - the home

 

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17-9-2014: House Passes Bill To Arm Syrian Rebels Despite Evidence of ISIS Ties (http://eyesopenreport.com)

 

17-9-2014: Six arrested in France over female jihadi recruitment (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

French police have arrested six people – including two minors – suspected of recruiting female jihadis to fight in Syria……………..

 

There are fears they may carry out terrorist attacks in their home countries or in Europe when they return. Frenchman Mehdi Nemmouche, who has been charged with killing four people in an attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May, is believed to have fought with Isis in Syria

 

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17-9-2014: Dozens of Children Dead After UN Gives Tainted Vaccine in “Rebel” Held Syria (http://www.infowars.com)

 

A United Nations sponsored measles vaccine program in northern Syria resulted in 36 children suffering “excruciating deaths,” according to doctors in the area held by U.S. and Saudi mercenaries who are administering the program………….

 

“It’s very bad. The figures of dead we are getting go into the 30s. Children are dying very quickly,” said the coordinator of the medical charity, Uossm. “We think it will get worse.”

 

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17-9-2014: Nurse says she's tired of treating ISIL terrorists (http://www.todayszaman.com)

 

A nurse who works at a private hospital in Mersin, a city and province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, has told Turkish authorities and Parliament that she is sick and tired of treating members of the terrorist organization the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now calls itself the "Islamic State.”

 

“We treat them, and they go on to decapitate people. I am sick of treating wounded ISIL militants.” E.G. has also written a letter to Parliament and the National Police Department, saying she and her colleagues are extremely disturbed by the fact that they have to treat people “who chop off heads.”

 

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16-9-2014: Islamic State goes underground in Syrian stronghold (http://www.ynetnews.com)

 

Islamic State has gone underground in its Syrian stronghold since President Barack Obama authorized US air strikes on the group in Syria, disappearing from the streets, redeploying weapons and fighters, and cutting down its media exposure………….

 

Facing US air strikes in Iraq, Islamic State fighters abandoned heavy weaponry that made them easy targets and tried to blend into civilian areas. In anticipation of similar raids in Syria, the group may already be doing the same…………….

 

In Raqqa, the group has evacuated buildings it was using as offices, redeployed its heavy weaponry, and moved fighters' families out of the city…………

 

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16-9-2014: Top U.S. Military Official: Our Arab “Allies” Support ISIS (http://www.washingtonsblog.com)

 

 

16-9-2014: Islamic State: Pope is 'being targeted by Isis', Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See warns (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

The Islamic State (Isis) is intent on killing the Pope, the Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See has warned the Vatican

 

Mr Al-Sadr confirmed he did not have any specific intelligence on an impending attack but said that their "genocide" of Yazidi Christians and destruction of holy Islamic sites was an indication of their intent

 

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16-9-2014: Russia wary about American intentions in Syria (http://english.alarabiya.net)

 

The decision announced by the U.S. president cannot be taken out context of America’s intense tensions with Russia…………

 

The criticism is based on one key point: without the Syrian government’s agreement and a UNSC mandate, the U.S. strikes in Syria would be a gross violation of international law and should be considered an act of aggression………….

 

But now there are deep concerns that the U.S. will bomb not only ISIS positions in Syria, but also the Syrian government forces………….

 

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15-9-2014: Kurdish fighters advance against ISIL in Syriahttp://www.presstv.ir/ ()

 

Kurdish forces have made fresh advances as they are fighting a fierce battle against the ISIL militants in northeastern Syria………………….

 

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15-9-2014: Isis: leaders gather in Paris as UK edges towards military action (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Leaders and diplomats from more than 20 countries have gathered for a crisis meeting in Paris as the prospect of Britain joining military action against the Islamic State (Isis) jihadi group moves closer…

 

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15-9-2014: Establishment Media: Attacking ISIS Will Turn Syria Into a Failed State (http://www.infowars.com)

 

In fact, the United States, Britain and Israel have colluded for years to turn the Middle East into a collection of failed states unable to rise above ethnic and tribal conflict………………

 

“Great Britain and France transformed what had been relatively quiet provinces of the Ottoman Empire into some of the least stable and internationally explosive states in the world,”……

 

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15-9-2014: Commander: Fighting ISIL No Excuse for Violating Sovereignty of Syria, Iraq (http://english.farsnews.com)

 

"The US attempts to create an anti-terrorism coalition in collaboration with certain states which are themselves the main sponsors and suppliers of the terrorists are suspicious and lack transparency," Shamkhani said, addressing a gathering of Iranian clerics in the Central city of Qom

 

"The US seeks to continue its unilateralism and violate the countries' sovereignty under the pretext of fighting terrorism,"……………………..

 

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15-9-2014: ISIL executions ordered from US, UK? (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

Some analysts have cast doubt on the veracity of these videos, claiming that they are fakes. But the foreboding demeanour of the victims and their final words spoken to the camera lend authenticity to the recordings…………

 

But ISIL is a creation of American, British and Saudi covert intelligence, stemming from the early years of US-led occupation in Iraq from 2003 when the network stoked sectarian strife to the advantage of the occupying armies…………………

 

But that does not lessen the grim conclusion that Washington and London are complicit in murdering their own citizens in order to facilitate geopolitical objectives…………

 

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15-9-2014: Video: Middle Eastern Church Leaders Highlight Christians’ Plight

 

15-9-2014: Russia will help in the fight against ISIS: Lavrov (http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

 

"We have got a contribution to make to the joint efforts in the specific area of ensuring security in Iraq through consolidating society and mobilizing it in a fight with terrorism and extremism,"…….

 

"We are also providing military and other assistance to Syria and other countries in the region which face -maybe to a lesser extent - a serious terrorist threat," Lavrov added…………..

 

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14-9-2014: Isis videos 'excite' group's supporters (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Graphic videos showing British and American hostages being murdered by Islamic State (Isis) fighters are stirring support among foreign jihadis who are excited by a new confrontation with the west, monitoring of Islamists' social media activity suggests……

 

"Your evil alliance with America, which continues to strike the Muslims of Iraq and most recently bombed the Haditha dam, will only accelerate your destruction," the masked man said

 

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13-9-2014: Arrested ISIL militant says Turkey territory still used by terrorists (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

A member of the ISIL terrorist group arrested by the Iraqi troops has confessed that the Turkish territory is still used by militants as the main route into Syria………………

 

The 18-year-old Hamad al-Tamimi says he was recruited online by ISIL when he was a religious studies student in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia………………………….

 

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13-9-2014: ISIS and moderate Syrian rebels strike truce… with Al Qaeda’s help – reports (http://rt.com/)

 

The militants of Islamic State have reportedly struck a deal with moderate Syrian rebels not to fight each other and focus on toppling the government. Some reports say the deal was brokered by the Al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda branch in Syria………………

 

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12-9-2014: ISIS neighbors have cold feet over US bombing plans (http://rt.com/)

 

Ankara is a notable absentee among the nations that signed a joint communiqué at a Thursday meeting in Saudi Arabia, where US Secretary of State John Kerry was drumming up support for the US anti-Islamist effort. Turkey refused to join 10 Arab nations, who vowed to contribute “as appropriate” to the fight against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants, who have taken over swathes of Syria and Iraq in a bid to create a fundamentalist Islamist caliphate

 

There is also a more strategic consideration for Ankara to weigh up amid the anti-IS campaign. The US and some European countries have started arming Iraqi Kurd militias, who found themselves one of the few armed forces on the ground that can fight back the Islamists………………….

 

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12-9-2014: Isis air strikes: Obama's plan condemned by Syria, Russia and Iran (http://www.theguardian.com/)

 

The Syrian government and its close allies in Moscow and Tehran warned Barack Obama that an offensive against Islamic State (Isis) within Syria would violate international law yesterday, hours after the US president announced that he was authorising an open-ended campaign of air strikes against militants on both sides of the border with Iraq

 

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12-9-2014: US Will Use ‘ISIS Airstrikes’ in Syria as Aircover for Rebels, Hit Syrian Military Targets (http://21stcenturywire.com/)

 

Yes, US and NATO guns and equipment have moved from FSA hands to ISIS hands, and US special forces have knowingly or unknowingly (only they know) trained and armed future ISIS terrorists in Jordan. That’s not a theory, that’s a fact. Still, no comment from Washington…..

 

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12-9-2014: Syria airstrikes need boots on the ground, AF officer says (http://www.usatoday.com)

 

U.S. special operations forces will be needed on the ground in Syria to make the expanded air war President Obama has ordered there more effective, a senior Air Force commander told USA TODAY…………….

 

Meanwhile, U.S. commandos have been in Syria as recently as July. They took part in a failed attempt to rescue American hostages held by ISIL terrorists. It's not clear if the White House defines them as "combat troops”…………………………

 

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12-9-2014: Christian leaders meet Obama, discuss concerns for Mideast minorities (http://ncronline.org)

 

Eight Eastern Christian leaders spent 40 minutes talking to President Barack Obama about the situation of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East

 

The Christian leaders who met with Obama and rice were Cardinal Rai; Catholicos Aram of Cilicia, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church; Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan; Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham; Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II; Bishop Angaelos, general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria; retired Chaldean Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim of St. Thomas the Apostle of Detroit; and Antiochian Orthodox Metropolitan Joseph of New York and All North America

 

12-9-2014: Obama: Assad Protected Christians In Syria (http://www.mintpressnews.com)

 

Obama met with the delegation in the White House for 35 minutes, during which the patriarchs presented a paper in which they exposed the situation of Christians in the Middle East and the threats and challenges they are facing, due in part to the expansion of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group………………….

 

US President Barack Obama surprised his visitors, the delegation of Eastern Christians patriarchs, on Thursday when he told them that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “protected the Christians in Syria.”………………….

 

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12-9-2014: Christian leaders meet Obama, discuss concerns for Mideast minorities (http://www.catholicnews.com)

 

12-9-2014: Eastern Christians meet with Obama, call for solidarity in the face of persecution (http://www.catholicworldreport.com)

 

11-9-2014: Middle Eastern Church Leaders Highlight Christians’ Plight (http://www.voanews.com/)

 

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11-9-2014: The impossible war: Isis 'cannot be beaten' as long as there is civil war in Syria (http://www.independent.co.uk/)

 

11-9-2014: CIA: As Many as 31,000 Islamic State Fighters in Iraq, Syria (http://www.voanews.com)

 

U.S. intelligence says the Islamic State militant group has between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters on the ground in Iraq and Syria……………….

 

Earlier Thursday, ministers from 10 Gulf and Arab nations said Thursday they are committed to joining the United States in a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters who have seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria…………

 

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11-9-2014: Neocons Revive Syria ‘Regime Change’ Plan (http://consortiumnews.com)

 

Official Washington’s ever-influential neoconservatives and their “liberal interventionist” allies see President Barack Obama’s decision to extend U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State terrorists into Syria as a new chance to achieve the long-treasured neocon goal of “regime change” in Damascus…….

 

That would get the neocons back on their original track of forcing “regime change” in countries seen as hostile to Israel. The first target was Iraq with Syria and Iran to follow………………….

 

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11-9-2014: Syria, Russia oppose unilateral US strikes against ISIL (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

Damascus and Moscow have denounced possible unilateral US air raids against ISIL terrorists in Syria, saying the attacks without a UN mandate would constitute an act of aggression………..

 

“In the absence of an appropriate decision of the UN Security Council, such a step would become an act of aggression, a crude violation of the norms of international law,” Lukashevich said while referring to an announcement by US President Barack Obama on the possibility of strikes in Syria

 

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10-9-2014: Bombing kills head, leaders of Syrian rebel group (http://gulfnews.com)

 

An ultraconservative Syrian rebel group named a new leader and military chief on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after an explosion killed nearly a dozen of its senior figures in a potentially fatal blow to one of the most powerful factions in the country’s armed opposition…..

 

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10-9-2014: The American fear-mongering machine is about to scare us back into war again (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Did you know that the US government’s counterterrorism chief Matthew Olson said last week that “there’s no credible information” that the Islamic State (Isis) is planning an attack on America and that there’s “no indication at this point of a cell of foreign fighters operating in the United States”? Or that, as the Associated Press reported, “The FBI and Homeland Security Department say there are no specific or credible terror threats to the US homeland from the Islamic State militant group”?

 

Facts or consequences have never gotten in the way of Congress’ lust for war before – this political body was,………………

 

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9-9-2014: Lavrov: West may use ISIS as pretext to bomb Syrian govt forces (http://rt.com/)

 

There are reasons to suspect that air strikes on Syrian territory may target not only areas controlled by Islamic State militants, but the government troops may also be attacked on the quiet to weaken the positions of Bashar Assad’s army,” Lavrov said Tuesday

 

Up until the Syrian conflict, Russia and the West were unanimous that terrorism cannot be justified “no matter what motive was behind them,” Lavrov said. But in case with Syria the West had a “different, two-faced stance.” It was only when the terrorism threat which originated in Libya crept to Lebanon and then Iraq that Western countries realized it was time to deal with that, Lavrov said……

 

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9-9-2014: A Time for Unity: Widespread Support for Washington Summit On Plight of Middle Eastern Christians (http://news.yahoo.com)

 

9-9-2014: American imperialism and the rise of Islamic extremism in Syria and Iraq (http://www.wsws.org)

 

ISIS is not, as the American government and mainstream media insist, an inexplicable “evil” force or a “cancer.” The success of ISIS and other Islamic extremist groups in Syria and Iraq is very much a product of American foreign policy in the Middle East

 

The relationship of the American government to ISIS follows a traditional pattern, including its relationship to Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden………………

 

The US, the major European powers, and their regional allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have all lent substantial military, political and financial support to anti-Assad groups in Syria, much to the benefit of ISIS and other extremist outfits

 

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9-9-2014: UN Security Council's plan to stop foreign fighters joining extremist groups (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

The UN Security Council plans to demand countries "prevent and suppress" the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters to join extremist militant groups like Islamic State by ensuring it is considered a serious criminal offence under domestic laws……………………..

 

It would compel countries to make it illegal for citizens to travel abroad, collect funds or facilitate the travel of other individuals abroad "for the purpose of the perpetration, planning, or preparation of, or participation in, terrorist acts, or the providing or receiving of terrorist training.”

 

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8-9-2014: Syria's refugees: fears of abuse grow as Turkish men snap up wives (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

…….All they think about is how to feed their family, how to make ends meet. These arrangements might seem like the only way out, and men exploit this," says one activist from Gaziantep, who wished to remain anonymous. "At the same time, local women feel helpless and anxious about their own families breaking apart. Women on both sides of the border become victims this way."

 

"Human trafficking and all problems associated with it – abuse, rape and exploitation – have increased since 2012," says the women's rights activist from Gaziantep. "We hear of more and more cases of 'temporary marriages', basically sex work, but women are afraid to talk about this openly. It is worrying that the idea of temporary marriages is now being normalised in Turkey. It puts the veneer of respectability and religious approval on sexual abuse and exploitation."

 

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7-9-2014: Syria rebels, once hopeful of U.S. weapons, lament lack of firepower (http://www.latimes.com)

 

"You can't defeat ISIS with airstrikes only in Iraq; ISIS has a stronger base in Syria and controls large parts of the country,"

 

Fighters who have been trained covertly in Qatar by the CIA spend days if not weeks scoping out a target for the TOWs….

 

But the attack merely delayed the government advance. In July, government forces seized control of the strategic Industrial City neighborhood and are now only a few miles from surrounding rebel neighborhoods……………………..

 

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7-9-2014: Islamic State: Turkish Kurds help their Iraqi brothers to resist Isis advance (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

The troops were defending a UN-run refugee camp in Makhmour, which has been home to more than 12,000 Turkish Kurds for the last 15 years. The refugees had to flee their own country because of their allegiance to the PKK, which Turkey – like the US, EU and Nato –considers a terrorist organisation………………

 

"Now there are no borders between the different parts of Kurdistan. Kurds from Iran, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq are here. We've all crossed the borders to fight the Isis. The Kurds are united to bring our land back under our control."………………………

 

Kurdish forces successfully retook Makhmour a few days later and the PKK have now deployed to Sinjar and Jalawla, Kurdish areas in the west and east of the country where extensive fighting continues. But divisions between the different factions are starting to re-emerge, with the Kurdish authorities apparently distancing themselves from the PKK……………………

 

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6-9-2014: The British women married to jihad (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

As alarm mounts about British men who have joined the militants, including the man thought to have murdered the journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, experts say much less attention is being paid to an explicit recruitment drive by Islamic State members at the behest of their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to lure women and girls to the cause. And that too little is being done to challenge online accounts such as the one above on the frontline of this propaganda war……………..

 

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6-9-2014: Aljazeera Questions Legitimacy of Foley and Sotloff Beheading Videos (http://www.infowars.com)

 

5-9-2014: The Atlantic Alliance’s “Holy War” against the Islamic State (ISIS): NATO’s Role in the Recruitment of Islamic Terrorists (http://www.globalresearch.ca/)

 

What they are proposing is an all encompassing NATO mandate to “Go after Terrorist Entities” which they themselves created as part of an insidious intelligence operation to destabilize and destroy both Syria and Iraq…………………..

 

What we are dealing with is a criminal agenda under NATO auspices. The evidence amply confirms that the US and Britain in liaison with the Atlantic Alliance have relentlessly supported both the creation as well as development of an Islamic Terror Network which now extends from the Middle East and North Africa into sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia

 

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6-9-2014: Al-Qaeda closes in on Syrian Christian stronghold (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria is attacking one of the country's remaining Christian strongholds, as it presses its offensive against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad……………..

 

However, in addition to Mhardeh, Christian residents Suqalbiyeh and other Christian settlements in the province are also being threatened, Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Assistant Bishop Luca al- Khouri told The Telegraph………………….

 

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6-9-2014: ISIL attacks protesters in Syria town (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

ISIL Takfiri militants have opened fire on hundreds of people protesting against occupation of the Syrian town of Ashara in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor……………………

 

The observatory says ISIL publicly executed and crucified Khalaf, accusing him of “heresy and apostasy.”

“Though he had nothing to do with yesterday’s protests, they executed him publicly in Ashara in order to terrorize people into not taking any kind of action against the ISIL,”

 

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5-9-2014: British jihadists becoming disillusioned with fighting rival rebels and want to come home (http://www.independent.co.uk/)

 

British jihadists fighting in Syria are increasingly disillusioned and want to come home, it has been reported

 

The jihadists have become frustrated that instead of fighting President Assad’s forces they are finding themselves in fire fights with rival rebel groups

 

“We came to fight the regime and instead we are involved in gang warfare. It’s not what we came for but if we go back [to Britain] we will go to jail,”

 

More than 500 British citizens are believed to have travelled to Syria as jihadists and 20 have been killed there, at least six of them in fighting between rebel factions. About 260 have returned, with 40 awaiting trial………………………….

 

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4-9-2014: In northeast Syria, Islamic State builds a government (http://www.reuters.com)

 

In the cities and towns across the desert plains of northeast Syria, the ultra-hardline al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State has insinuated itself into nearly every aspect of daily life…………………..

 

While its merciless battlefield tactics and its imposition of its austere vision of Islamic law have won the group headlines, residents say much of its power lies in its efficient and often deeply pragmatic ability to govern……………………….

 

Activists critical of the group were killed, disappeared, or escaped to Turkey. Alcohol was banned. Shops closed by afternoon and streets were empty by nightfall. Communication with the outside world - including nearby cities and towns - was allowed only through the Islamic State media center…………………..

 

Residents say Baghdadi also approves beheadings and other executions and punishments for criminals convicted by the group's Islamic courts………………………

 

According to sources in Raqqa, the group maintains three weapons factories mainly designed to develop missiles. Foreign scientists - including Muslims from China, fighters claim - are kept in a private location with bodyguards…………………..

 

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4-9-2014: US warns ISIS could get ahold of Syria's chemical weapons (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

 

The United States is concerned that the Islamic State group and other terrorists could get a hold of chemical weapons if Syria is hiding any stockpiles, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday

 

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3-9-2014: Steven Sotloff: Isis video claims to show beheading of US journalist (http://www.theguardian.com/)

 

The video, released by the Islamic State (Isis) on Tuesday, features a voiceover delivered by a British jihadi with a ­distinctive London accent, apparently the same man who was filmed beheading Foley two weeks ago. It ends with the killer threatening another hostage, identified as a Briton……………..

 

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3-9-2014: ISIS Beheading Video Prompts Criticism Of Obama's Foreign Policy In Syria (http://www.ibtimes.com/)

 

After ISIS released the second video Tuesday, Obama authorized an additional 350 military personnel to be sent to Iraq, but has yet to make a decision about ISIS strongholds in Syria. Both beheading videos appear to have been shot in Syria and multiple U.S. military authorities have said attacking ISIS in Syria is the only way to defeat the militant group……………….

 

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3-9-2014: ISIS Beheadings of Journalists: CIA Admitted to Staging Fake Jihadist Videos in 2010 (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

2-9-2014: Syrian refugees trigger child labour boom in Turkey (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

"I really want to go to school, I like school," he says, now balancing a basket full of firewood. "But my mother won't enrol me. She says we need the money to eat."

 

His two child colleagues, brothers from Hama, are 12 and 13. Both have been working in the bakery ever since they came to Turkey more than six months ago. "I would rather go to school," said 12-year-old Nasir

 

"There is a massive increase in child labour here. It didn't used to be that way. The authorities try to fight against it, but in many cases families have little choice," said a Turkish human rights activist who wished to remain anonymous…………………

 

Almost 900,000 children are estimated to be working in Turkey, around 300,000 of them between the ages of six and 14, according to official figures. The legal working age is 15. Hakan Acar, a children's rights expert from Kocaeli University, underlined that the real numbers were probably much higher: "Children working on the streets are not included in these statistics, for example – children selling water, tissues or those who are begging."

 

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31-9-2014: France to blame for ISIL bloodshed: Syria (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

The French president's insistence on pursuing his campaign of lies since the beginning of the crisis in Syria ... has made his country ... responsible for the bloodshed in Syria," the ministry said in a statement on Sunday

 

The latest developments come after the French President Francois Hollande rejected cooperation with Damascus in the fight against the ISIL. Hollande also called Syrian President Bashar Assad an ally of the terrorists.

 

Latest figures show at least 3,000 militants of European origin had been active in several militancy-riddled regions across Syria.

 

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30-9-2014: 12,000 militants from 81 nationalities fighting in Syria: Report (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

A recent US Intelligence report says 12,000 militants from 81 nationalities, including Americans and Europeans, have joined terrorist groups fighting against the Syrian government

 

The Soufan Group, a New York-based intelligence firm, estimated in June that at least 3,000 militants of European origin had been active in several militancy-riddled regions across the Arab country, Washington Post reported

 

US media reports say more than 100 US citizens have also traveled to Syria to fight President Bashar al-Assad’s government

 

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30-8-2014: Video: ISIS selling women in Syria (http://www.cnn.com/)

 

30-8-2014: Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights (http://news.yahoo.com/)

 

The clashes came after Syrian rebel groups, including the Nusra Front, overran the Quneitra crossing — located on the frontier between Syrian and Israeli controlled parts of the Golan Heights — on Wednesday, seizing at least 44 Fijian peacekeepers

 

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29-8-2014: Three million refugees have fled Syria, says UN (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

“Syria's intensifying refugee crisis will today [Friday] surpass a record three million people," the UN's refugee agency said in a statement,……………..

 

The increasingly fragmented conflict raging in Syria has claimed more than 191,000 lives since erupting in March 2011

 

Most of the Syrian refugees have found their way to neighbouring countries, with Lebanon hosting 1.14 million, Jordan 608,000 and Turkey 815,000……………..

 

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29-8-2014: Number of Syrian refugees passes three millions: UN (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Syria is now “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era” with almost half of all Syrians forced to flee their homes, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said

 

“One in every eight Syrians has fled across the border, fully a million people more than a year ago. A further 6.5 million are displaced within Syria. Over half of those uprooted are children,” it said

 

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28-8-2014: Marched to their deaths: Sickening ISIS slaughter continues as 250 soldiers captured at Syrian airbase are stripped then led to the desert for mass execution (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

 

Sickening footage appears to show Islamic State militants parading around 250 captured soldiers through the desert in their underwear before they are killed and their bodies piled on the bare earth……..

 

An Islamic State fighter claimed the men were from the Syrian government's Tabqa air base which extremists seized on Sunday, potentially handing them warplanes, tanks, artillery and ammunition……

 

As the horrific footage progresses it pans slowly across a vast line of men who appear to be dead, and whose bodies have been laid out one by one….

 

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28-8-2014: Why Obama Backed Off More ISIS Strikes: His Own Team Couldn’t Agree on a Syria Strategy (http://www.thedailybeast.com)

 

The President said that although he had ordered up options for striking ISIS in Syria, the administration’s priority was shoring up the integrity of Iraq, instead. Syria would have to wait. He also said he would send Secretary of State John Kerry to the region because “We don’t have a strategy yet,” to confront ISIS on a regional level…………….

 

There were deep divisions inside the administration's deliberations over Syria….

 

Inside the intelligence community, there is a dispute about whether the Free Syrian Army, which has been fighting ISIS in Syria all year with little international support, can be a reliable partner for any military mission inside Syria………………..

 

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28-8-2014: Sources say second American killed fighting with ISIS in Syria identified as Abdirahmaan Muhumed (http://www.foxnews.com)

 

A second American reportedly killed fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria has been identified as Abdirahmaan Muhumed, of Minneapolis………………………….

 

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27-8-2014: Syria crisis: Rebels seize border crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qa’ida-linked group, have seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights after heavy clashes with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, activists and rebels said……………………….

 

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27-8-2014: 'Executions, amputations and lashings': ISIS commits war crimes in Syria, UN says (http://rt.com)

 

In areas of Syria under ISIS control, particularly in the north and northeast of the country, Fridays are regularly marked by executions, amputations and lashings in public squares," the four-member commission said in a statement. “Bodies of those killed are placed on display for several days, terrorizing the local population. Women have been lashed for not abiding by ISIS’s dress code. In Ar-Raqqah, children as young as 10 are being recruited and trained at ISIS camps. ISIS has forcibly displaced Kurdish communities in northern Syria. Journalists and other media workers are systematically targeted

 

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26-8-2014: ISIS by the numbers: How big, strong and rich the militant organization may be (http://www.cbc.ca)

 

…………the ISIS fighting force at around 10,000, a far cry from some estimates that have placed that number as high as 80,000…………………………

 

But there are also those who are part of the fighting because they see ISIS as "the  winning team," which he said could put the force at around 15,000, although he says 20,000 is also possible……..

 

How much it has and how much it takes in is again difficult to discern. Some estimates believe ISIS takes in around $1 million a day, while others estimate around $25 million to $30 million a year….

 

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26-8-2014: US prepares military options in Syria against Islamic State (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

The United States is preparing military options, including surveillance flights, to pressure Islamic State in Syria, US officials said last night, but they cautioned no decision had been made to expand US action beyond the limited airstrikes under way in Iraq………………….

 

"With Central Command, (Gen. Dempsey) is preparing options to address ISIS both in Iraq and Syria with a variety of military tools including airstrikes,"

 

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26-8-2014: US forces move into Syria: Obama paves way for airstrikes on ISIS after sending in spy planes - despite Assad warning that any attack will be seen as 'aggression' (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

 

Barack Obama has paved the way for airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria after spy planes started operating in the country on his command, according to U.S officials……………..

 

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25-8-2014: Islamic State might have taken advanced MANPADS from Syrian airfield (http://www.washingtonpost.com)

 

“What we do know from previous airfield seizures is that these places are a source of MANPADS and similar weapons,”………….

 

The SA-18 is one of eight MANPADS variants in militant hands that have been documented by Small Arms Survey. While most are Soviet-era models, the Russian Federation SA-24 and Chinese FN-6 have been sighted in the almost four-year-old conflict……………..

 

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25-8-2014: Syria Declares Its Readiness in Backing Efforts to Fight Jihadists (http://www.nytimes.com)

 

The United States has been conducting airstrikes on ISIS positions in Iraq — an effort that officials have suggested could extend into Syria………………….

 

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25-8-2014: Over 500 killed in Syria air base fighting (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

Some 350 ISIL militants and more than 170 Syrian army soldiers have been killed after Takfiri militants seized an air base in northeast Syria following days of fierce clashes……………

 

According to witnesses, the militants displayed the severed heads of government forces in the nearby city of Raqqa, also held by the Takfiri group…………………….

 

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25-8-2014: Foley murder video 'may have been staged' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

The video of James Foley’s execution may have been staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera, it has emerged

 

“After enhancements, the knife can be seen to be drawn across the upper neck at least six times, with no blood evidence to the point the picture fades to black,”

 

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24-8-2014: Isil fighters capture key Syrian air base in sign of growing strength (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

Jihadist fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, removing the last government-held post in a province the extremists claim as part of their new "Islamic State"

 

The storming of Tabqa air field, a major government military facility containing several squadrons of planes, helicopters, tanks and artillery, is a significant victory for the Islamic State of the Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

 

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23-8-2014: Isis surges towards the borders of Turkey as west mulls options (http://www.theguardian.com/)

 

Large numbers of jihadists from Islamic State (formerly Isis) are moving this weekend towards the Turkish border area, about 60 miles north of Aleppo, in columns of armoured trucks that they looted from abandoned Iraqi military bases. The area is now one of the most active front lines in the group's attempt to redraw the borders of the Levant, a campaign that will have huge ramifications for Turkey…………………

 

"The Turkish border is the only way to smuggle oil, weapons and foreign fighters into [Iraq and Syria],"………………………. "If it's closed, it will cut three things: funding, an entrance for the foreign fighters and links to Europe which they are trying to open. If those plans are destroyed, they will aim for another gate to Lebanon."

 

"This time Turkey will do something and block the borders because they don't trust Isis any more after they attacked Kurdistan. They understand now that Isis could turn on them."……………..

 

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23-8-2014: White House hints airstrikes in Syria possible (http://bostonherald.com/)

 

22-8-2014: Britain urged to reforge alliance with Syria (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

22-8-2014: The British jihadis (http://www.theguardian.com/)

 

“We’re not going to be restricted by borders,” said Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser, speaking on Martha’s Vineyard, where the president is vacationing

 

But faced with the Islamic terrorists, commonly known as ISIS or ISIL, making gains across the region and the beheading of Boston-based journalist James Foley this week, the administration appears to be looking to extend their assaults…………………..

 

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22-8-2014: Syrian civil war death toll rises to more than 191,300, according to UN (http://www.theguardian.com/)

 

The death toll from Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,300 people, the United Nations has said…………………

 

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22-8-2014: West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

The US has already covertly assisted the Assad government by passing on intelligence about the exact location of jihadi leaders through the BND, the German intelligence service,……..

 

Determined to get rid of President Assad, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has kept Turkey’s 550-mile border with Syria open, giving the jihadists, including Isis, a safe haven over the last three years. The Turks are now saying Isis is no longer welcome, but Ankara has not moved seriously to close the border by deploying troops in large numbers

 

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22-8-2014: US Begins Selling “Syria Intervention” Using ISIS Pretext (http://www.infowars.com)

 

In reality, US special forces and other Western operatives have been inside and operating in Syria for years. The only missing ingredient the US seeks to justify is direct, open military intervention including airstrikes on Syrian territory……………………………

 

It was the United States itself that intentionally created ISIS, beginning as early as 2007 for the expressed purpose of overthrowing the government of Syria and confronting pro-Iranian forces across the Middle East from Lebanon to Iran’s very doorstep………………………..

 

The United States has intentionally created regional genocide and now proposes direct military intervention across multiple national borders as the solution – an arsonist left to fight fires of their own creation……………………..

 

That the public never asks just how ISIS could achieve such regional prominence despite hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, weapons, and military backing allegedly being funneled to “moderate opposition” in Syria indicates a vast chasm between reality and where public opinion stands…….

 

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21-8-2014: Growing Mayhem - US Operating on Both Sides of Syrian-Iraqi Border (http://landdestroyer.blogspot.nl/)

 

......................the "sudden" appearance of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) in northern Iraq weeks ago, has created the rhetorical framework within which the United States and its regional partners will attempt to militarily intervene in both Iraq and Syria.

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It should be remembered that ISIS itself is a creation of the United States, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar, and has been harbored and provided material assistance by NATO-member Turkey for years……………….

 

21-8-2014: Chuck Hagel Goes Full Fearmonger: "ISIS Poses Greater Threat Than 9/11, Prepare For Everything" (http://www.zerohedge.com)

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talks about the "imminent threat" ISIS poses to the US and the World.. .and pulls no punches in his total fearmongery..."ISIL poses a threat greater than 9/11. ISIL is as sophisticated and well funded as any group we have seen. They're beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology with a sophisticated strategic and tactical military prowess and they're tremendously well-funded. This is way beyond anything we have seen. We must prepare for everything. Get Ready!" Time for some QE-funded deficit-busting war spending

 

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21-8-2014: Hagel and Dempsey: We Must Attack Syria! Get Ready! (http://ronpaulinstitute.org)

 

The US war machine is accelerating at a lightening pace. As in the 2003 attack on Iraq, there are few voices of caution, and those who do speak out are drowned out by the many screaming that we must crush ISIS now! ISIS is the greatest threat to the United States, and so on, they say. Precisely the things they said about Saddam Hussein just 12 years ago

 

Then, suddenly there emerged a single unifying event that horrified even many skeptics into calling for a US war on ISIS: a dramatic video purporting to be of a British ISIS member beheading American journalist James Foley. It was a strange and suspicious video, however. We are told on the one hand that ISIS is the most ruthless and bloodthirsty organization the world has seen. We are told they were kicked out of al-Qaeda for being too brutal. But somehow the actual decapitation of the journalist is edited from the film which was purportedly shot by ISIS itself. That sequence begins with the knife applied to the throat and then skips to a still shot of what appears to be a dead body with a head resting on its chest.

 

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21-8-2014: Hollande says France recently armed Syria Takfiris (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

The French leader said on Thursday that Paris delivered weapons to the Takfiri terrorists in Syria “a few months ago,” stressing, “We should not stop” supporting the anti-Damascus militants…………..

 

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21-8-2014: Top General Says ISIS Cannot Be Defeated Without Striking Syria (http://www.slate.com)

 

“This is an organization that has an apocalyptic end-of-days strategic vision that will eventually have to be defeated,” the chairman, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said in his most expansive public remarks on the crisis since American airstrikes began in Iraq. “Can they be defeated without addressing that part of the organization that resides in Syria? The answer is no.”……………..

 

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21-8-2014: James Foley’s brutal death shows that the west can’t solve the Iraq crisis (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Last week I spoke with an Islamic State official, a man inflicting his corrupted religious beliefs on hundreds of kidnapped Yazidi women and children. He calmly explained his organisation’s aims: to drive non-Muslims out of its self-declared caliphate and fight the US because it was using Arab rulers to attack them. He was polite, refusing only to discuss the foreign fighters thought to make up one-third of their forces, but chilling as he discussed the sale of women as slaves and the theft of children for conversion……………………

 

Yes, it makes sense to use western special forces on the ground, not least to shore up the beleaguered Kurds whose accidental state is the one beneficial thing to have emerged from recent incursions. But we must banish for ever the idea that we can impose simplistic solutions……………………..

 

21-8-2014: Iraq Crisis: Some Islamic State Commanders Retreat Back to Syria (http://online.wsj.com)

 

Iraqi officials say U.S. airstrikes have driven some ground commanders of the Sunni radical group Islamic State from northern Iraq across the border into Syria……………….

 

Some Iraqi military and security officials say they believe he recently did go to Syria. U.S. officials believe his movements are fluid………………….

 

Gen. Barzani referenced intelligence reports from Mosul that he said pointed to a split in the group on how to proceed now that American airstrikes were in the mix. Most of the Islamic State fighters retreating from the dam took refuge in Mosul……………….

 

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20-8-2014: Staged Provocations Ahead Possible US-Syrian War (http://journal-neo.org)

 

One is to create plausible deniability for the West which created the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS), the other is to create a further pretext to justify a resurgence of direct US military intervention across the region…………….

 

While the West feigns an adversarial position regarding ISIS, it was the West itself that created it, specifically to confront the Iranian arc of influence stretching from Tehran, through Baghdad, Damascus and along the Mediterranean in Lebanon.

 

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20-8-2014: Islamic State: British fighters make up a quarter of foreign jihadists (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

20-8-2014: ISIL claims to have beheaded US journalist, holds another (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

The terrorist group posted a gruesome video on social media on Tuesday titled “A Message to America,” allegedly showing the decapitation of James Foley, 40, who was abducted by unknown gunmen on November 22, 2012. He had reported in the Middle East for five years…………….

 

“This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen, of your country. As a government, you have been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State,” the masked man said with a British accent, using the name that the ISIL terror group took on after announcing a so-called caliphate in the swathes they have overrun in Iraq and Syria

 

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20-8-2014: British extremists among 'most vicious' in Isis, expert says (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

20-8-2014: Accent of James Foley’s executioner prompts a reckoning in Britain (http://www.washingtonpost.com/)

 

The beheading of an American journalist by an extremist with a London accent prompted deep reckoning among Britons on Wednesday over the particularly vicious role their countrymen are playing in the destabilization of the Middle East………………………….

 

“Foreign fighters are often used for the most brutal acts because they are the most ideologically motivated,” said Peter Neumann, director of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization. “The locals may say, ‘That’s not the kind of thing we do here.’ But the outsiders don’t know that.”

 

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20-8-2014: Islamic State militants seize four more foreign hostages in Syria (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

19-8-2014: Over 50,000 ISIL terrorists fight in Syria: UK-based NGO (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

19-8-2014: James Foley, missing U.S. journalist, believed dead in ISIS beheading (http://www.cbc.ca/)

 

James Foley, an American journalist who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago, is presumed dead after Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants posted a video online Tuesday that it said was of his execution………………

 

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19-8-2014: Over 700 militants in Syria surrender to authorities (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

More than 700 foreign-sponsored militants fighting the Syrian government have turned themselves in to authorities

 

As many as 525 militants, who were from Daraa, Sweida, Damascus, Homs, Qunaitera, Hama, Lattakia, Deir Ezzor, Idlib and Raqqa, submitted their weapons to the Syrian army on Monday,

 

According to the report, 180 other militants from al-Zabadani area in the countryside of the Syrian capital Damascus also handed their guns to Syrian authorities

 

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17-8-2014: Kurdish militants train hundreds of Yazidis to fight Islamic State (http://in.reuters.com)

 

Kurdish militants have trained hundreds of Yazidi volunteers at several camps inside Syria to fight Islamic State forces in Iraq, a member of the armed Kurdish YPG and a Reuters photographer who visited a training camp said on Sunday

 

In Syria, the Yazidi volunteers train in weapon use and fighting tactics for several days before being sent back to Mount Sinjar to fight, a member from the media office of the Kurdish YPG told Reuters…………………..

 

"On the top of the Singar mountains, in cooperation with locals and the YPG, the Yazidis have established what they call the Singar Resistance Units,"…………………..

 

The YPG are one of the few militant groups that have been able to stem the advance of the Islamic State, the most powerful rebel group in Syria and Iraq…………………..

 

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16-8-2014: Rebels ask for Iraq-style strikes in Syria (http://www.aljazeera.com)

 

16-8-2014: Islamic State executed 700 people from Syrian tribe: monitoring group (http://www.reuters.com)

 

The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians…………………

 

An activist in Deir al-Zor who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters that 300 men were executed in one day in the town of Ghraneij, one of the three main towns of the al-Sheitaat tribal heartland, when Islamic State stormed the town earlier this week……………………

 

“We appeal to the other tribes to stand by us because it will be their turn next ... If (Islamic State) are done with us the other tribes will be targeted after al-Sheitaat. They are the next target,”……..

 

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15-8-2014: Security Council Adopts Resolution 2170 (2014) Condemning Gross, Widespread Abuse Of Human Rights by Extremist Groups in Iraq, Syria (http://www.un.org)

 

Calling on all United Nations Member States to act to suppress the flow of foreign fighters, financing and other support to Islamist extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, the Security Council this afternoon put six persons affiliated to those groups on its terrorist sanctions list

 

Through the resolution, the Council demanded that ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other entities associated with Al-Qaida cease all violence and terrorist acts, and immediately disarm and disband.  Recalling that their attacks against civilians on the basis of ethnic or religious identity might constitute crimes against humanity, it stressed the need to bring those perpetrators, including foreign fighters, to justice

 

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14-8-2014: Syria crisis: Assad forces retake key Damascus district (http://www.bbc.com/)

 

Security forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad moved in on Mleiha, which is 10km (6 miles) from the centre of the capital, on Thursday morning………………………

 

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14-8-2014: Syria troops retake key town outside Damascus (http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

 

Syrian government forces retook a key town on the outskirts of the capital Damascus Thursday after a months-long battle against rebels, a military source and state television said

 

"The army, with the cooperation of the National Defense Forces (militia), has accomplished its mission of restoring stability and security to Mliha," the army command said in a statement

 

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13-8-2014: To fight ISIS, make peace with Syria's Assad: Column (http://www.usatoday.com)

 

To disrupt al-Baghdadi's advance, the United States and its allies should start by addressing the source of the problem — the conflict in Syria. They can begin by negotiating a truce with President Bashar Assad to stop the fighting in Syria. At the same time, an international stabilization force should be mobilized to create humanitarian safe zones in Syria so humanitarian aid can be delivered. This force, made up of NATO and Arab forces, could also be instrumental in taking back territory lost to the Islamic State, and in countering the spread of jihadist influence by the Jabhat al-Nusra front and its al-Qaeda affiliates. This will show the people of the region that al-Baghdadi's new Islamic State is not invincible and that it does not speak for the majority of other Muslims in the region or beyond. Assad might accept such an arrangement because it would allow him to retain power over at least a portion of Syria

 

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13-8-2014: 'I'm getting good with these bombs': British Jihadi shows off on Twitter with before and after pictures of an Syrian army base he blew up with his homemade explosives (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

 

A young British jihadist who appeared in a chilling ISIS recruitment video has posted photographs of the destruction caused to a Syrian army base by one of his homemade bombs…………………

 

Nasser Muthana - the 20-year-old former Cardiff schoolboy who featured prominently in ISIS' first professionally produced English language propaganda video - uploaded before and after images of a military building being destroyed in an ISIS-controlled area in the north of the country……………..

 

'Kuffar [non-believers] are afraid we will slaughter Yazidis, our deen [religious path] is clear we will kill their men, take their women and children as slaves insha Allah,' he posted on Twitter……

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12-8-2014: In Turkey, a late crackdown on Islamist fighters (http://www.washingtonpost.com)

 

Wounded jihadists from the Islamic State and the al-Nusra Front — an al-Qaeda offshoot also fighting the Syrian government — were treated at Turkish hospitals. Most important, the Turks winked as Reyhanli and other Turkish towns became way stations for moving foreign fighters and arms across the border……………………………………..

 

“Turkey welcomed anyone against Assad, and now they are killing, spreading their disease, and we are all paying the price,”…………………..

 

Alarmed by the growing might of the Islamic State, Turkey has started cracking down. Working with the United States and European governments, Turkish officials have enacted new safeguards to detain foreign fighters trying to get into Syria and launched a military offensive aimed at curtailing the smuggling of weapons and supplies across the border………………

 

But in a region engulfed by a broadening conflict, Turkey is also reaping what it sowed. It is engaging in border shootouts with rebels it once tactically aided………………..

 

Of massive concern are thousands of increasingly radicalized foreign fighters, including many carrying U.S. and European passports, who have gone to fight in Syria……………….

 

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12-8-2014: Kerry condemns Syria decapitation photo (http://www.aljazeera.com)

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry has described a photograph of a Sydney-born seven-year-old boy clutching the severed head of a Syrian soldier as "disturbing" and "grotesque," and called for international co-operation against the threat posed by foreign fighters returning home from Iraq and Syria

 

Australian police announced last month that they had arrest warrants for Sharrouf and his companion Mohamed Elomar, another former Sydney resident, for "terrorism-related activity".

 

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11-8-2014: Islamic State 'crucifies and beheads' opponents in eastern Syria (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

Islamist fighters execute 25 people as they crush resistance and tighten grip in Syria, where they now control around a third of country's territory in addition to much of neighbouring Iraq……

 

……………Islamic State beheaded two men from the al-Sheitaat clan on Sunday, the Observatory said, and gave residents a 12-hour deadline on Monday to hand over members of the tribe……

 

In other parts of Deir al-Zor province, the militants crucified two men for the crime of "dealing with apostates" in the city of Mayadin, and two others for blasphemy in the nearby town of al-Bulel, ………………

 

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11-8-2014: 'I'm sure you've seen much worse than that': Uncle of Australian SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy who was photographed brandishing the head of a Syrian soldier - taken by his jihadist father - says the image should be dismissed (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

 

The uncle of a young boy who was photographed gripping the severed head of a slain Syrian soldier  says Australia should 'forget' the image which has caused outrage among authoritie.

 

'He's gone, forget about it. He's forgotten about youse. I'm sure you've seen much worse than that,' Mostafa Sharrouf told the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday.

 

Khaled Sharrouf's son, believed to be aged seven, used both hands to hoist the decapitated head up as he posed for a chilling photo.

 

His proud father, one of Australia's most-wanted terrorists and a suspected war criminal, posted the photo to Twitter on August 8 with the caption: 'Thats my boy!'.

 

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10-8-2014: British jihadi who went to fight for ISIS after he was sacked from Primark is killed in Syria (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

 

Muhammad Hamidur Rahman one of around 500 Britons who went to Syria He joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham which in now the Islamic State Rahman, from Portsmouth, was shot dead in a gun fight a fortnight ago His father said family received text message from a friend of Rahman in Syria Rahman is the second British jihadist from Portsmouth to die in Syria The first was his friend Iftekhar Jaman, 23, who died in December

 

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9-8-2014: Women stoned to death for 'adultery' in Syria as jihadi rebels impose strict shariah law on areas under their control (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

 

A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and half buried her in the ground

 

Then they told residents who had gathered around the scene to carry out the sentence: Stoning to death for the alleged adulteress

 

The July 18 stoning was the second in a span of 24 hours. A day earlier, 26-year-old Shamseh Abdullah was killed in a similar way in the nearby town of Tabqa by IS fighters…………….

 

The jihadis recently tied a 14-year-old boy to a cross-like structure and left him for several hours in the scorching summer sun before bringing him down - punishment for not fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan……………..

 

'People were shocked and couldn't understand what was going on. Many were disturbed by the idea that Saudis and Tunisians were issuing (such) orders,' ……………….

 

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8-8-2014: BARBARIC! Photos Surface of ISIS Crucifying Youths (http://www.thegatewaypundit.com)

 

8-8-2014: ISIS storms one of last Syria army bases in Raqqa (http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

 

Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants stormed one of the Syrian government’s last outposts in the northern province of Raqqa in an overnight attack and battled troops holed up in the area Thursday, killing dozens of soldiers, activists said…………………….

 

Raqqa is a major stronghold of ISIS, which took control of the provincial capital and expelled rival Syrian rebel groups at the start of the year……………..

 

ISIS fighters killed at least 50 soldiers when they took over a base outside Raqqa city about two weeks ago. They also killed around 270 soldiers, guards and staff when they overran a gas field in central Syria about a week before that, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights………………………..

 

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6-8-2014: 100 Syrians killed in five days in N Lebanon: Report (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

6-8-2014: Takfiri militants kills16, injure dozens in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

5-8-2014: Violent clashes between rebels and regime in Syria (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

The jihadist Islamic State group executed seven members of a single family from the Ismaili minority in the central Syrian province of Hama overnight, state media and a monitor said Monday…….

 

Fighting between the tribe and IS broke out last week after the jihadist group detained three tribal members "violating an agreement"…………..

 

The tribe has taken back control of three villages from IS, but fighting was ongoing,….

 

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4-8-2014: How ISIS Could Turn Assad Into A Western Ally (http://www.worldcrunch.com)

 

What is happening today is precisely that scenario. ISIS started targeting the Syrian regime after it no longer needed Assad. So, what's next? Above all, support for Assad will increase in Syria. With a growing fear of ISIS, people may settle to live under his rule. The Syrian opposition might also compromise as jihadists gain more and more power…………………….

 

Iran, Turkey and the U.S. may soon find themselves with Assad on their side………………

 

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3-8-2014: Militants’ mortar attacks kill 12 in Damascus (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

3-8-2014: Assessing the State of the Syrian Army as ISIS Advances (http://abcnews.go.com)

 

The regime's strategy was to ignore ISIS and allow it to take over the east in the hopes it would horrify and spook the West into supporting Assad. But now that ISIS has gotten its feet on the ground and consolidated its hold, it's become a real danger in a way the other militias never were

 

The Syrian army will eventually defeat ISIS, because they're a real army, and because most of the world is spooked by ISIS. ISIS has taken the logic of the Syrian army, which is a sectarian logic, and a take-no-prisoners logic that you have to destroy your enemy, which the Syrian army embraced early on………………………

 

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3-8-2014: 1000s of ISIL terrorists flee from Syria (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Thousands of al-Qaeda-linked militants are said to have infiltrated into Lebanon after suffering defeats in Syria’s Qalamoun region, which is near the Lebanese border…………..

 

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2-8-2014: Syria tribesmen push out terrorists in east (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Tribal fighters in eastern Syria have reportedly managed to drive out ISIL Takfiris from several villages in Deir al-Zour Province

 

Reports say the tribesmen also set fire to an ISIL headquarters in a fourth village and that the terrorists had fled from a fifth village in the area

 

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1-8-2014: Leaked document proves Syria-bound Turkish trucks were carrying arms (http://www.todayszaman.com/)

 

The trucks that were intercepted by security services on Jan. 19 in Ceyhan district of Adana have been hotly debated in Turkey, only months before key local elections, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described the incident as "treason." Turkish prime minister and President Abdullah Gül said what the trucks were carrying is a "state secret," but said it was only humanitarian aid to Turkmens in Syria…………………..

 

The truck incident in Adana resulted in a separate investigation and Erdoğan publicly lashed out at a court, which released detained members of police officers who participated in the raid of the trucks. Prosecutors who ordered the interception of trucks were later removed from their posts and appointed several times to less influential positions, a widely used tactic by Ankara to force bureaucrats to resign……………………

 

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1-8-2014: Muslims Cut Countless Heads, And Hang The Heads On Electric Wires Throughout The City (http://shoebat.com/)

 

Muslims, in Raqqa, Syria, all members of ISIS, have cut countless heads and have hung the heads on electric wires all throughout the city in celebration of the Islamic holiday of ‘Eid. ……………

 

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31-7-2014: Isis winning its war on two fronts: Militants conquered Sunni regions of Iraq and are now consolidating hold on north-east Syria (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

31-7-2014: Turkey Fears ISIL Radicalism Could Spill Over From Syria, Iraq (http://www.voanews.com)

 

“Some of these militants groups have been able to establish their networks over the years, at the time the Turkish government turned (a) blind eye to many of these opposition groups. It just shows you Turkey is not going to be safe from all the instability from Syria."

 

Turkey's ruling Islamist-rooted AK Party is one of the main supporters of the rebel groups fighting the Syrian regime. The arson attack on the Istanbul mosque has not been the only such incident. Shi'ites in Istanbul claim they have been the target of increasing sectarian violence

 

Still, ISIL flags and bandanas are increasingly visible at protests organized by Islamic groups, indicating that at least some Sunnis in Turkey have sympathy for the group. Analysts warn that ISIL's increasing presence is likely to test the cohesiveness of Turkish society

 

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31-7-2014: Syrian city of Homs shows signs of life amid moonscape of devastation (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Every room in his second-floor apartment in the old city of Homs bears the scars of war……

 

On the street outside, a poster warns returning residents to beware if they come across any of the many kinds of munitions and weapons – mortar bombs, rockets, grenades…………………..

 

Still, milestones of recovery are being marked. This month the first wedding since what Assad loyalists call the liberation was celebrated in the quarter’s first-century Syriac Orthodox church, Umm al-Zennar………………………….

 

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31-7-2014: Jihadists order total cover-up for Syrian women (http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

 

The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has imposed a strict dress code for women in eastern Syria, forbidding them from showing any part of their bodies,…………..

 

"Women... are completely forbidden from showing their eyes,"…………………….

 

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29-8-2014: Children of Syria review – 'I hate the future so much' (http://www.theguardian.com/)

 

28-7-2014: ISIL launches centers for recruiting sex slaves (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

According to reports on Monday, the Takfiri terrorists have opened what they call “a marriage bureau” to arrange so-called marriages between women and ISIL militants fighting in Iraq and Syria…..

 

The UK-based group said that the ISIL militants have urged single women and widows to provide their names and addresses

 

In June, ISIL militants in Iraq called on the residents of the country’s major northern city of Mosul to offer their women to the Takfiri militants for sex

 

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28-7-2014: Islamic State jihadists open 'marriage bureau' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

27-7-2014: Syrian jihadi video shows first American suicide bomber (http://www.independent.co.uk/)

 

27-7-2014: Syria Retakes Homs Gas Field from Hardline Group (http://www.voanews.com/)

 

Syrian army said on Sunday it recaptured a gas field east of the central city of Homs that was seized by hardline Islamic State fighters earlier this month……………………

 

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27-7-2014: New U.S. help arrives for Syrian rebels as government, extremists gain (http://www.washingtonpost.com)

 

The latest effort to supply the rebels is part of a covert support program, authorized by President Obama last year, under which the United States participates alongside Persian Gulf Arab and European allies in sending deliveries of arms, ammunition and money across the Turkish and Jordanian borders. A separate, openly acknowledged program to provide nonlethal aid such as vehicles, food and medicine has also gathered pace in recent months, U.S. officials say

 

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27-7-2014: 7 killed, 23 injured in terrorist bombing and rocket attacks in Homs (http://www.sana.sy)

 

26-7-2014: UN commission proposes blacklisting ISIL leaders (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

“We are gathering as much information as we can about ISIS (ISIL) and about the violations they commit in the same way that we do about everyone else, by interviewing people who have been their victims. And we do have information on all of these things. It’s a bit newer, so we have a bit less information than about earlier groups, but I am assuming that it will accumulate quickly,”

 

According to the UN commission, there are between 10,000 and 15,000 foreigners working with militant groups fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

 

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26-7-2014: Video shows first American suicide bomber in Syria (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven

 

"I want to rest in the afterlife, in heaven. There is nothing here and the heart is not resting," ….. "Heaven is better. When people die they either go to heaven or hell. There is happiness beyond explanation."

 

The conflict has killed at least 170,000 people, nearly a third of them civilians, according to activists. Nearly 3 million Syrians have fled the country

 

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27-7-2014: Heads on sticks: Sick ISIS video emerges showing 50 beheaded Syrian soldiers being impaled on poles and held aloft in Raqqa city (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

 

26-7-2014: ISIL terrorists execute 50 government forces in Syria (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

26-7-2014: ISIS ‘beheads scores of Syrian soldiers’ after daring assault on army base (GRAPHIC) (http://rt.com)

 

25-7-2014: Syria conflict: Isis 'overruns' Raqqa military base (http://www.bbc.com)

 

The Islamist fighters have released images of captured soldiers being beheaded after the battle for the base

 

The Raqqa base, manned by Division 17 of the Syrian army, is said to have been captured overnight after coming under siege from Isis fighters

 

Scores of Isis fighters and government soldiers were killed or hurt in the attack, the group said. The base is the largest of its kind in north-eastern Syria, and is said to be well-stocked with weapons and ammunition

 

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24-7-2014: Syrian Islamist group planning terror attack on Norway in days, warns country's intelligence service (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

 

Norway's intelligence service today said it has received information about an imminent 'concrete threat' against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria………………

 

According to PST's assessment last month, about 50 people have travelled to Syria from Norway as foreign fighters, half of whom have now returned to Norway……………………

 

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23-7-2014: The end of Christianity in the Middle East could mean the demise of Arab secularism (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

The past decade has been catastrophic for the Arab world's beleaguered 12 million strong Christian minority………………

 

In Syria most of the violence is along the Sunni-Alawite fault line, but stories of rape and murder directed at the Christian minority, …………………

 

Even before this latest exodus, at least two-thirds of Iraqi Christians had fled since the fall of Saddam. Christians were concentrated in Mosul, Basra and, especially, Baghdad – which before the US invasion had the largest Christian population in the Middle East. Although Iraq's 750,000 Christians made up only 7% of the pre-war population, they were a prosperous minority under the Ba'athists, as symbolised by the high profile of Tariq Aziz, Saddam's foreign minister,………

 

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23-7-2014: Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives? (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

22-7-2014: Europe must give Syrian refugees a home (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

19-7-2014: ISIL reportedly kills 270 in Syrian gas field massacre (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

19-7-2014: Jihadists stone Syria woman to death for 'adultery' (http://www.standardmedia.co.ke)

 

"The Islamic State carried out its first sentence of death by stoning against a woman in Tabaqa, accusing her of adultery," said the Britain-based Observatory, referring to a town in Raqa province, most of which is under IS control

 

"The situation is unbearable. Stoning is the worst punishment history has known. A quick death is more merciful," Salameh told AFP via the Internet, using a pseudonym for security reasons

 

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18-7-2014: While Iraq burns, Isis takes advantage in Syria (http://www.bbc.com)

 

While international attention has been fixated on the disintegration of Iraq and the expansion of the so-called caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Sunni insurgents have moved their offensive back into Syria with a newly acquired haul of US-made weapons and cash……………

 

"The attacks from Isis have reached an acute level following their recent acquisition of heavy artillery," warned the presidency of the three Syrian Kurdish cantons

 

"We know that some 300-400 Turkish Kurds are fighting with us in Syria against Isis," said Mr Muslim. "It is very difficult. We are short on weapons and our rocket-propelled grenades are not effective against [Isis'] tanks

 

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17-7-2014: Syria Kurds impose military service amid civil war (http://www.whdh.com)

 

Syria's Kurds imposed compulsory military service for their men to ward off a push by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Syria,………………………

 

The fighting between the Syrian Kurds and the jihadis, which broke out on July 2, left dozens dead on both sides, according to activists. Hundreds of Kurds have flocked from neighboring Turkey to help their brethren, the activists said……………

 

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17-7-2014: Child marriage doubles among Syrian girls in Jordan: NGO (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

"Early and forced marriage among Syrian refugee girls in Jordan has doubled since the onset of war," said the report, adding that 48 percent of them were forced to marry men at least 10 years older than them

 

"Child marriage is devastating for those girls concerned," said Saba al-Mobaslat, the NGO’s country director in Jordan, noting, "Girls who marry before 18 are more likely to experience domestic violence than their peers who marry later, and they have much more limited access to sexual and reproductive health, putting their young bodies at extreme risk if and when they become pregnant."

 

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16-7-2014: Child marriage soars among Syrian refugees in Jordan (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

16-7-2014: Western countries sending millions of pounds in aid to Isis-controlled regions (http://www.independent.co.uk/)

 

Western governments are sending millions of pounds of aid to areas held by the radical Islamic group Isis in northern Syria………..

 

The aid, which is paid for by the UK, European and US governments, consists of food, medicine and hygiene kits. It is brought into the country through the war-torn north from the two last remaining border posts open with Turkey in Reyhanli and Kilis………………….

 

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16-7-2014: EU dreading terrorism spillover from ME: Spanish MP (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

A Spanish lawmaker says threats emanating from terrorism and extremism in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria, are a source of concern for the European Union (EU).

 

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15-7-2014: Assad inauguration to take place Wednesday (http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

 

14-7-2014: UK policy of supporting Syrian rebels against Bashar al-Assad 'stupid' (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Britain's policy towards Syria has been "stupid" and it should apologise for supporting rebels who are fighting to overthrow president Bashar al-Assad, and work with him to combat terrorism, the country's deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, has said. Mekdad told the Guardian that it was up to David Cameron to stop Britons coming to fight in Syria – an increasing preoccupation for UK authorities in recent months. "We regret that British people are coming here to be killed and to kill Syrians," he said. "But we believe it is the responsibility of the British government to stop such an onslaught."……………..

 

"The British government is extremist in its views on Syria and they are still thinking and dreaming that their agents, the Muslim Brotherhood and the other takfiris (violent jihadis) can make the change they want…………………

 

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13-7-2014: Battle over Syria's Aleppo nears (http://www.usatoday.com)

 

………..government troops are advancing to retake Aleppo, the country's largest city, and possibly deliver a crushing blow to the rebellion against the regime of President Bashar Assad.

 

………..If the rebels are ousted, that could end the uprising that began in March 2011 against Assad's rule and quickly turned into a civil war that has killed more than 100,000 civilians

 

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11-7-2014: Over 170,000 people killed in Syria crisis: Report (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

More than 170,000 people, one-third of them civilians, have been killed in the ongoing foreign-sponsored crisis in Syria, a report says.

 

In a new report released on Thursday, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the total deaths of 171,509 people have been documented as a result of the unrelenting conflict in Syria

 

The report said that 46,301 militants, including those from the Takfiri ISIL terrorists, were among the dead.

 

A total of 65,803 Syrian troops and pro-Damascus forces have also been killed in the conflict, it added

 

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10-7-2014: How should we understand the teenage jihadists' mind? (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

What could have induced two teenage boys from Cardiff and two 16-year-old Manchester girls to go to Syria? Young people have long felt the romance of distant wars – Spain in the 1930s or the French Foreign Legion – but surely not a Salafist dispute with the Alawite faction of Shiaism over the control of the caliphate……………………….

 

When I used to visit Muslim countries such as Turkey, Egypt, Syria and Iraq, I was impressed at how far their secular regimes, however dictatorial, guarded religious tolerance. The Ba'athists and others might be politically brutal, but they were foes of religious extremism: from Ataturk and Nasser to Assad and Saddam, they held the fundamentalists at bay………………..

 

The Islamic scholar Malise Ruthven has warned that while most religions tend to mature out of textual literalism, the idea of the Qur'an as a handbook of pluralism and democracy is fanciful. It is permeated with the language of struggle (jihad) and victory over unbelievers. It insists on the oneness of the political and the religious realm, of this world and "the next"…………

 

Another writer in the same vein, Hans Küng, points out that jihad was never just a defensive concept but "a struggle to advance God's cause among the unbelievers"…………

 

The imperial revivalism of George Bush, Tony Blair and the neocons was catastrophic. After a trillion dollars of intervention, America and Britain have left the Muslim world as far from liberal democracy as ever. It is easy to say the agonies now being experienced from the shores of Lebanon to the borders of Pakistan and India are self-inflicted and "Muslim on Muslim", but all have been fuelled by western meddling………………….

 

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9-7-2014: Singapore says citizens participate in Syria conflict (http://www.reuters.com)

 

A handful of Singaporean citizens have gone to Syria to participate in the conflict there, raising concern about a terrorist threat in the city-state, a senior government official was quoted by a state-owned TV network as saying……………………..

 

A female Singaporean is also believed to have gone to Syria with her husband and two teenage children. Several others, including Abdul Basheer Abdul Kader, Zakaria Rosdan and Khairul Sofri Osman, were stopped before they could leave, Teo added……………………………

 

9-7-2014: Counter-terrorism squad to track down missing Manchester girls (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Counter-terrorism officers are investigating the disappearance of two 16-year-old girls who they believe have travelled to war-torn Syria

 

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9-7-2014: Missing teenage sisters are 'now in Syria', police say (http://www.independent.co.uk/)

 

Two 16 year-old twin girls who have travelled to Syria to join the jihad have told their families they have no intention of returning home

 

The girls, said to be deeply religious, have ignored the largely Somalian family’s pleas for them to return home and are believed to have joined an older brother who joined the extremist militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis).

 

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9-7-014: Foreign-backed Syrian opposition picks new head (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

Syria’s foreign-backed opposition group the so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC) has elected a new head following a three-day meeting in the Turkish city of Istanbul

 

On Wednesday, the SNC declared Hadi al-Bahra as the group’s new head.

 

SNC members started the meeting in the Turkish city on Sunday. Bahra and Muwaffaq Nairabiyeh were the candidates for the post.

 

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8-7-2014: Syria militants receive 2nd batch of US arms (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

8-7-2014: Why it’s OK to arm ‘Moderate’ jihadists in Syria (http://ronpaulinstitute.org)

Here’s the truth people: the term "moderate" when applied to the violence in Syria is a piece of meaningless fiction…………..

 

No party in the Syrian conflict has a squeaky-clean record in that regard. Is it meant to signify that these people make a principled distinction between civilians and combatants? Not a chance!.......

 

The moderates are just as extreme in their violence as those we condemn and oppose, and I’m pretty sure that they are just as religious or irreligious as killers. The term "moderate" then translates simply as "someone we support," in contrast to the people of Syria who made it abundantly clear in their recent election that they don’t support the rebels at all – moderate or otherwise!

 

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8-7-2014: Floodgates open as ISIS bridges victories between Syria and Iraq (http://www.cnn.com/)

 

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has gained notoriety in recent weeks as the group captured city after city in Iraq. Its goal: To create a caliphate, or Islamic state, spanning Iraq and Syria

 

All the cities between Deir Ezzor city and the Iraq border -- a stretch of 90 miles (150 kilometers) -- have fallen to ISIS, said Omar Abu Leila, a spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army

 

The captures include the al-Omar oil field, Syria's largest oil facility that can produce 75,000 barrels of oil a day. ISIS has also seized a military airport and a local army base.

The land grabs by ISIS now stretch from Syria's Deir Ezzor province to the group's recently gained territories in Iraq's Sunni heartland, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said

 

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8-7-2014: Syria's female refugees facing poverty, harassment and isolation (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

8-7-2014: Two British men admit to linking up with extremist group in Syria (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Two Birmingham men admitted on Tuesday to linking up with an extremist group fighting jihad in Syria, after a family member reported them to the police.

 

School friends Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed, both 22, pleaded guilty to terrorism offences before their trial could start at Woolwich crown court

 

The pair admitted preparing to carry out terrorist acts and the maximum sentence they face is life imprisonment…………………………..

 

Both travelled to Syria via Turkey. Sarwar, a computer science student at Birmingham City University, even faked a leaflet for his family saying the trip was part of his studies. Ahmed, a former postal worker, was unemployed. They had spent months planning the trip, buying one-way tickets and paying off debts

 

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Foreign-backed militants fighting against the Syrian government say they have received the second batch of US-made anti-tank missiles.

 

The Takfiri militants have reportedly received TOW anti-tank rockets in the strategic Qalamoun region

 

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7-7-2014: British Isis fighter in Syria says he is willing to die: 'I left with the intention not to go back' (http://www.independent.co.uk/)

 

A British jihadist who is fighting for Isis in Syria has said he is willing to die for his cause -  and that there is no turning back

 

Abdul Raqib Amin, who was born in Bangladesh but grew up in Aberdeen, was among five men who appeared in a recruitment video by the Islamic militant group last month

 

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7-7-2014: France targets Syria recruits with new law (http://www.aljazeera.com)

 

France plans to ban citizens suspected of links to armed groups from leaving the country in a new bill aimed at strengthening "anti-terrorist" legislation.

 

The draft bill unveiled on Wednesday would allow authorities to stop French nationals from travelling if they were suspected of having links to banned groups

 

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7-7-2014: On the frontline in Syria: the Danish gangster who turned jihadi (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Two Danes lie in the back of a pickup truck on the Turkish-Syrian border waiting for a call. They're with a young British jihadi and a group of ultra-conservative Syrian Salafi Islamists. Soon they'll be smuggled into Syria to join the fight against the Assad regime……………..

 

Back in the Danish capital, Benarabe collects about £50,000 through donations and, it is rumoured, through "taxing" local drug dealers. He buys three mini-vans and fills them mostly with medical equipment, but he also says he's transporting some hi-tech military paraphernalia, including night-vision goggles and heat sensors……………

 

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5-7-2014: Over 6mn Syrian kids need aid: UNICEF (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

More than six million Syrian children are in need of humanitarian aid due to violence in the crisis-hit country, says the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).`

 

On Friday, UNICEF spokesman Simon Ingram said at a press conference in Geneva that 6.6 million are in need of help

 

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4-7-2014: UK trained terrorists to topple Syrian president: Report (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

The United Kingdom drew up plans to train and equip thousands of militants at bases across Turkey and Jordan to fight against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, reports say…….

 

The scheme was reportedly similar to the one that toppled former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. However, it was put aside after being considered too risky.

 

Sources have also revealed that US military instructors trained Takfiri militants of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at a secret base in Jordan in 2012.  At least one of the ISIL training camps is in the vicinity of Turkish air base, Incirlik, which houses American personnel and equipment

 

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4-7-2014: British jihadist warns of 'black flag of Islam' over Downing Street (http://www.theguardian.com/)

 

A Briton who claims he has been fighting alongside jihadist militants in Syria has told the BBC he would not return to the UK until he could raise "the black flag of Islam" over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.

 

The comments were broadcast as religious leaders called on British Muslims not to travel to Syria and Iraq, amid fears of jihadists fleeing the country to take part in terrorism

 

Concerns have also been raised about homegrown involvement in terrorism after Britons appeared in a propaganda video for insurgent group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis).

 

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3-7-2014: Syria conflict: Britain 'planned to train 100,000-strong rebel army to take on Assad' (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

A secret plan to train a 100,000-strong rebel army to wage war on Syria's President Bashar Assad was drawn up by a leading British general, according to a report…………..

 

Extreme Islamist militants have gained strength within the rebel force, partly because they are well equipped using funds sent from like-minded people and groups in the Middle East. Isis recently moved into Iraq, taking significant territory……………..

 

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3-7-2014: Colorado woman accused of trying to help ISIS (http://edition.cnn.com)

 

A Colorado woman was arrested at the Denver airport in April and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, according to court documents that were unsealed Wednesday

 

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2-7-2014: Suspected Syria jihadist fundraiser arrested (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

 

2-7-2014: Syrian rebels threaten to quit fight against ISIS (http://english.alarabiya.net)

 

“We, the leaders of the brigades and battalions... give the National Coalition, the (opposition) interim government, the (rebel) Supreme Military Council and all the leading bodies of the Syrian revolution a week to send reinforcements and complete aid,” the statement said

 

Should our call not be heard, we will lay down our weapons and pull out our fighters

 

The factions that signed the statement are local rebel groups based in Raqa, Deir Ezzor and parts of Aleppo province where fighting against ISIS has been most intense, and which are now under ISIS control

 

ISIS has kidnapped thousands of Syrians, many of them political activists and rebels, and carries out summary executions in areas under its control

 

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 2-7-2014: British jihadist: UK should be afraid of terror skills I've learnt (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

2-7-2014: Libyans’ war without end: Battle-hardened soldiers who ousted Gaddafi recruited to help jihadis in Syria and Iraq (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

1-7-2014: Faces of war: The reality facing children in Iraq and Syria (http://www.news.com.au)

 

The UN Refugee agency estimates that there are 1 million internally displaced people and 110,000 stateless people in Iraq alone, and the Red Crescent Society pegs over 80 per cent of them as women and young children

 

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30-6-2014: Syrian foreign fighters’ vow: Endless war (http://www.washingtonpost.com)

 

30-6-2014: US to call for worldwide tightening of airport security measures over fears of ‘new generation’ of Syrian terror attacks ((http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

30-6-2014: Isis announces Islamic caliphate in area straddling Iraq and Syria (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Islamist militants have declared an Islamic "caliphate" in an area straddling Iraq and Syria, trumpeting the declaration in several videos……………………….

 

He is filmed showing abandoned Iraqi army badges and vehicles left by fleeing soldiers. "There is no army in the world that can withstand the soldiers of Islam,"…………………

 

Adnani said the group's chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is the leader of the new caliphate and called on Muslims everywhere, not just those in areas under the organisation's control, to swear loyalty to him………………………

 

……………………Islamic State fighters crucified eight men said to be rival rebel fighters in the town square of Deir Hafer in Syria's Aleppo province on Saturday as a warning to others…….

 

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30-6-2014: Islamic bogeyman in Syria strikes fear in Washington (http://rt.com/)

 

In the same week that US President Barack Obama asked Congress to fork over $500 million to support the Syrian opposition in its three-year battle to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad, the American leader also warned on the possibility of European passport holders in Syria slipping into America to wreak unholy havoc………………..

 

“We have seen Europeans who are sympathetic to their cause traveling into Syria and now may travel into Iraq, getting battle-hardened,” Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. “Then they come back. They've got European passports. They don't need a visa to get into the United States

 

Why Syrian rebels would attempt an attack on US interests at the same time Washington is supporting their anti-government efforts was not touched upon in the interview. In fact, much of Obama’s anxiety over some imminent attack on the US homeland appears to stem less from solid evidence out of Syria and more from Republican doom-mongering………………………..

 

Right now, sources tell us, at this moment in Syria, Al-Qaeda bomb makers are trying to design a new generation of explosives, including nonmetallic bombs. And the US government is wrestling with how to respond,” Pierre Thomas, ABC senior justice correspondent, warned out of the gates.

 

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30-6-2014: ISIS fanatics publicly crucify nine men in Syria as rival militias in Iraq prove just as brutal (http://www.news.com.au/)

 

The fiends of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIL) publicly hung nine men on crosses at the weekend in Syria………..

 

The crucifxions came amid fierce clashes on the outskirts of Damascus between ISIS and other anti-Assad rebels, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said………

 

“ISIL executed eight men in Deir Hafer in the east of Aleppo province” on Saturday because they belonged to rebel groups that had fought against the jihadists as well as Assad’s forces, it said. The group then “crucified them in the main square of the village, where their bodies will remain for three days.”

 

They have become so important to the official fightback effort that some say the government is afraid to stand up to them, leaving the shady militiamen free to wreak their own brand of sectarian havoc

 

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29-6-2014: Syria militant infighting leaves 7000 dead (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

More than 7,000 people have been killed since January in infighting among foreign-backed Takfiri militants who are wreaking havoc on Syria, a report says

 

the deaths include 650 civilians who lost their lives in the fighting between militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front in the north of the crisis-hit country.

 

The Britain-based group further reported that the names of 5,641 militants have been confirmed while the names of another 1,200 dead militants have not been verified

 

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28-6-2014: ISIS Crucifies One of Its Own in Syria (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/)

 

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) on Friday executed and crucified one of its own men for corruption in Syria, a watchdog and jihadist sites said………………….

 

ISIS, the most radical jihadist group fighting in Syria, has been accused of countless atrocities since joining the civil war. These include torturing and murdering prisoners, among them children and teenagers, and forcing Druze men to convert to Islam or die………………………….

 

Earlier this month, ISIS killed a 102-year-old man along with his whole family. In one case, members of the group beheaded a person they said was a member of an Iraqi Shiite militia fighting for Assad, only to discover they had accidentally beheaded a fighter belonging to an allied rebel group.

 

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27-6-2014: We Shouldn’t Throw Good Money After Bad in Syria (http://www.slate.com/)

 

27-6-2014: ISIS fanatics hurl public execution victims into deep ravine in Syria (http://www.news.com.au/)

 

The shocking video — of which we have published just a few still frames, below — reveals the fate of three such men….

 

Captured army troops were shown being bundled into the back of trucks before being lined up in front of pits cut from the desert’s sands. While the ensuing massacre of 1700 troops has not yet been verified, ISIS’s own boasts and high-definition video recordings of the event appear damning

 

“They will kill every Shiite man, and they will burn every Shiite house. Nobody has stayed in Quba. Every single Shiite has left,’………………

 

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26-6-2014: Why America favors ‘religious’ extremists(http://www.presstv.ir)

 

The most vicious and unnerving US support of religious extremists goes to the “Sunni” militants in the Middle East who the Americans have been funding in order to destabilize otherwise functional governments. During the Iraq war, the Bush administration began paying Sunni militants to work with the US in a program called “Sons of Iraq.”………………………..

 

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26-6-2014: Iraq latest: Syria airstrikes on Isis 'threat to region' as Christians flee northern Iraq (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)

 

Meanwhile, a new insurgent artillery offensive against Christian villages in the north of Iraq sent thousands of Christians fleeing from their homes, seeking sanctuary in Kurdish-controlled territory,……………….

 

The involvement of Syria and Iran in Iraq suggests a growing cooperation among the three Shiite-led governments in response to the raging Sunni insurgency. And in an unusual twist, the US, Iran and Syria now find themselves with an overlapping interest in stabilising Iraq’s government

 

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26-6-2014: Up to 186 Kurdish students kidnapped by Isis in northern Syria (http://www.theguardian.com/)

 

“They asked us whether we wanted to join jihadis or not, to join Isis," Mustafa recalls. "No one did. If the students were loud or chaotic, they were beaten with an electrical cable.

 

"Ten boys were beaten every day. But most of us were well behaved, to not get beaten. Some of the boys were crying, some turned yellow with fear. They showed us a documentary film from Iraq: of people being slaughtered."

 

The kidnapping of 186 teenage boys in Syria on 30 May has gone largely unreported in the wider world, a curious omission given the outcry over the teenage girls in Nigeria. The abduction was no less sinister……………..

 

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26-6-2014: Obama administration seeking $500m to train 'moderate' Syrian rebels (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

26-6-2014: Two children killed, 9 others injured in terrorist mortar attacks in Damascus (http://www.sana.sy)

 

26-6-2014: Endowments Ministry: ISIL acts in Iraq aimed at distorting Islam and destroying country (http://www.sana.sy)

 

Ministry of Endowments stressed on Thursday that the so-called “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” and all takfiri terrorist organizations are trying to mislead many youngsters with their extremist thought under the title of religion and other sectarian titles and they are seeking to establish their “Islamic state” while in fact it is an attempt to distort religion and destroy countries….

 

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24-6-2014: Syrian Fighter: We Are the Western Front Against ISIL (http://mashable.com)

 

“Executions became normal; daily life became a scary film said Abdullah, an officer with the Tawhid Brigade of the Islamic Front, who preferred to go by his first name only for security reasons. “They created rules with no purpose. They just wanted to see how much we would obey to feed their power.”

 

“We beat [ISIL] — and we can do it again, if we have the right weapons,” Abdullah said, scratching his head with the barrel of his rusty Kalashnikov…………………

 

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24-6-2014: Iraq crisis: British jihadi fighting for Isis in Syria was ‘radicalised by imam at Coventry mosque’, father says (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

A British teenager who went to fight for Sunni militants in Syria was radicalised by an imam at his local mosque in Coventry, the boy’s father has claimed………….

 

“He [the imam] encourage them and sent them down this road,” Mr Kalantar said. The imam reportedly told the BBC he “completely denied” the allegations………………..

 

Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood warned that at least 1,500 British nationals were likely to have been recruited by extremists to fight in Iraq and Syria……………….

 

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24-6-2014: What makes young British Muslims want to go to Syria? (http://www.theguardian.com/)

The Isis recruitment video that emerged on the internet last week featuring two men from Cardiff and another from Aberdeen has caught the media's attention across the UK. However, the issue of young British Muslims travelling to Syria has been a real concern to those working on the counter-terrorism agenda for many months now…………………..

 

………………………….Well, it is not something that happens overnight. It is a process of influence and persuasion that eventually leads to a change in world view and beliefs. It is an extremely complex phenomenon, and many factors are likely likely to play a role in it

 

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24-6-2014: Terrorists Team Up in Syria to Build Next Generation of Bombs (http://abcnews.go.com)

An alliance has been building inside war-ravaged Syria, with al Qaeda-linked terrorists there now working alongside hardened operatives from the prolific al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen to develop a new generation of bombs that could be smuggled aboard commercial planes, ABC News has learned……………

 

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23-6-2014: Father of Cardiff jihadists says his sons were radicalised in 'pop-up' schools (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

23-6-2014: 'Not possible' to monitor all UK Syria fighters (http://www.bbc.com)

 

The security services will not be able to monitor all of the Britons who return to the country after fighting in Syria, a former MI6 director has said.

 

With reports that up to 500 Britons may be fighting in Syria, Richard Barrett said the number who would return to pose a terror threat was unpredictable

 

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23-6-2014: Jihadists in UK deterred by Syria and Iraq war images, says Cressida Dick (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

The horrors of Syria and Iraq are helping shake Britain's Muslims and other communities out of the "complacency and passivity" that has allowed young Britons to be radicalised and has led to hundreds of jihadists travelling to the conflict, Britain's top counter-terrorism police officer has said…….

 

Downing Street said that as many as 15,000 items of "jihadist propaganda" had been taken down from the internet as a result of government pressure since December 2013…………

 

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23-6-2014: Report: Syria rebels send children into war (http://www.aljazeera.com)

 

According to the 31-page report, various factions in the country’s compex civil war have recruited minors, including the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, the Islamic Front, the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant………………

 

"Syrian armed groups should not prey on vulnerable children who have seen their relatives killed, schools shelled, and communities destroyed by enlisting them in their forces," said Priyanka Motaparthy, the author of the report.

 

"The horrors of Syria's armed conflict are only made worse by throwing children into the front lines."

 

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22-6-2014: Father of Isis volunteer: 'My son has betrayed Britain' (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

The father of one of the British men who appeared in a video urging westerners to join him and his colleagues to fight in Syria has spoken of his devastation after seeing the film and said that his son had betrayed Britain……………

 

According to Muthana, Nasser left the family's yellow-brick maisonette in Butetown – a multicultural area between the city centre and Cardiff Bay – in November. He told his family he was going to an Islamic seminar in Shrewsbury. "That was normal," explained Muthana. "He said, 'Goodbye, goodbye', and off he went. He's done that several times before. It was a public open meeting to hear a visiting cleric from Saudi or the Emirates, there was nothing radical about it. If there had been, I would not have let him go."…………….

 

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22-6-2014: Syria civil war: Hundreds of radicalised fighters are already back in the UK, warns former MI6 chief (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

Hundreds of veteran fighters from Syria and Iraq are already back in Britain, among them radicalised jihadists intent on mounting terror attacks………………….

 

Further evidence of the British links with jihadists in Iraq emerged yesterday with confirmation that gap-year student Nasser Muthana, 20, from Cardiff, was one of a number of Britons who feature in a film posted online to recruit fighters………………….

 

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22-6-2014: UK will count cost of Islamic extremism for 'many years', says Cressida Dick (http://www.theguardian.com/)

Britain will feel the repercussions of Syria and the rise of Islamic extremism within its own borders for "many years" to come, a leading police officer has said……………..

 

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21-6-2014: Millions of Syrian refugees in dire need of aid: UN (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says nearly 11 million Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian aid

 

According to the report, 4.7 million Syrians are in areas that are difficult or impossible to reach and about 6.4 million of those requiring aid are internally-displaced……………….

 

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21-6-2014: From Cardiff bedroom to Syrian battlefield: trail of jihad brothers (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

21-6-2014: Jihadi recruitment video for Islamist terror group Isis features three Britons (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

21-6-2014: Takfiri ISIL militants threaten to attack Kurds (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

In a statement, ISIL Takfiri terrorists warned that they would soon launch an attack on Kurds in al-Baraka region, especially the town of Qameshli in northeast Syria, to punish them.

 

This came after the Kurdish National Council in Syria convened a meeting in the city of Amouda in north of al-Hasakah Province in Syria to elect a ruler in a bid to secure their rule in Kurdish-inhabited areas. Kurdish groups had in July announced plans to create an autonomous government

 

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21-6-2014: Are the British jihadists going to turn their guns on us? (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

 

21-6-2014: US vs Syria: How to Lose a War in 3 Years (http://journal-neo.org)

 

The narrative, repeated across the Western media, illustrates how the US finishes up a lost war. First, it makes excuses as to why deviations from the West’s original narrative have manifested themselves in demonstrable and undeniable events, like Syria’s elections and the overwhelming support Damascus visibly commands across the country. Next it revises history to account for how and why events unfolded differently than expected. In Syria, the protracted warfare that eventually revealed Syria’s “freedom fighters” to be armies of foreign-funded terrorists flowing over the nation’s borders is explained as extremists “hijacking” or “derailing” the “revolution………….

 

The third and final step the US must take upon losing a war is to leave chaos where victory was denied, and attach responsibility for the conflict to a disposable elected politician – in this case US President Barack Obama………………………..

 

The insidious, premeditated nature of Syria’s destabilization and destruction is a hard lesson learned for the Syrian people, and a lesson other nations around the world must learn from in order to prevent a similar scenario from unfolding within their borders. While the US may have lost its proxy war with Syria, the Syrian people’s victory has come at a great cost.

 

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21-6-2014: Iraq and Syria in the Crosshairs of US-NATO Sponsored Terrorism (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

20-6-2014: ISIS seizes key towns in eastern Syria (http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

 

Fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) captured Friday key towns in eastern Syria adjoining territory the Al-Qaeda splinter group has seized in Iraq, a monitoring organization said.

 

The Islamists, whose stated aim is to create a strict Islamic state straddling national borders, took over the towns of Muhasan, Alboulil and Alboumar, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said

 

A car bomb in Syria's western Hama province Friday killed 34 and wounded more than 50, ………

 

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20-6-2014: Syria’s Press Conference the United Nations Doesn’t Want You To See (http://www.globalresearch.ca)

 

20-6-2014: Car bomb blast kills 34 Syrians in Hama (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

19-6-2014: British jihadist in Syria calls on his ISIS comrades to kill in Britain (http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk)

 

A hate-filled British jihadist fighting with Isis in Syria has called on his crazed comrades to wreak havoc when they return to the UK………….

 

He has claimed that he and other Brits fighting in Syria intend to cause mayhem in the UK under orders from Isis warlord Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi……………….

 

Kurdish intelligence chief Lahoor Talabani, director of counter-terrorism for the Kurdistan Regional Government, said as many as 450 British extremists have joined Isis, which is waging a bloody assault across Iraq as well as battling in Syria……………….

 

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19-6-2014: Texas man arrested on terrorism charges 'wanted to fight in Syria' (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Two men in central Texas have been arrested on charges of trying "to provide material support to terrorists", with one of the pair seeking to aid extremist groups fighting in Syria, US prosecutors said this week………………….

 

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19-6-2014: Syrian refugees in Turkey exceed 1 million mark (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

The number of Syrians in neighbouring Turkey has surpassed 1 million, the Turkish deputy prime minister has said.

 

There are more than 20 refugee camps in Turkey near the roughly 500-mile border with Syria housing more than 220,000 people. But the bulk of people who have crossed the border are living in Turkish cities, mostly in the provinces of Hatay, Gaziantep and Sanliurfa. They have taken advantage of the "open border" policy maintained by Turkey, a staunch opponent of the regime in Damascus, towards Syrian refugees……………………

 

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18-6-2014: ISIS breach of Iraq-Syria border merges two wars into one 'nightmarish reality' (http://www.theguardian.com/)

 

………………………also ensuring that the wars for Syria and Iraq have merged into one, each feeding on, affecting and sustaining the other…………………..

 

Control of territory in north-eastern Syria helped Isis capture Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city. Money and arms flow easily. Croatian-made anti-tank weapons sent by Saudi Arabia via Jordan to mainstream rebel forces in southern Syria found their way to Isis fighters in Anbar province in Iraq…………………

 

Iraq Shia militiamen deployed to Damascus to guard the revered Sayyida Zeinab shrine — along with Iranian revolutionary guards - are soon likely to be protecting the Shia holy places of Najaf and Karbala from Isis and other Sunni groups seeking to ignite a sectarian civil war………….

 

In another twist in the fast-moving situation, last weekend the Syrian air force staged its first raids on Isis bases in Raqqa, Hassakeh and Deir al-Zor. That was noteworthy because Assad's enemies have often accused him of tolerating Isis or tacitly cooperating with it in order to split rebel ranks and present himself as a secular bulwark against al-Qaida and jihadi fanaticism

 

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18-6-2014: Iraq, Syria and the rise of the Islamic militants (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Syrian regime has funded Isis by buying oil from its fields in northern Syria; and the Syrian military have refrained from attacking Isis, allowing it to consolidate control of the regional capital of Raqqa and turn it into a "safe haven" from which to launch recent operations…………….

 

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17-6-2014: Blowback! U.S. trained ISIS at secret Jordan base (http://www.wnd.com)

 

Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials……..

 

Britain’s Guardian newspaper also reported last March that U.S. trainers were aiding Syrian rebels in Jordan along with British and French instructors………………….

 

WND reported last week that, according to Jordanian and Syrian regime sources, Saudi Arabia has been arming the ISIS and that the Saudis are a driving force in supporting the al-Qaida-linked group…………

 

………………the Obama administration has been aware for two months that the al-Qaida-inspired group that has taken over two Iraqi cities and now is threatening Baghdad also was training fighters in Turkey………….

 

………… at least one of the training camps of the group Iraq of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria, the ISIS, is in the vicinity of Incirlik Air Base near Adana, Turkey, where American personnel and equipment are located………………………….

 

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17-6-2014: ‘Up to 400 Britons fighting in Syria’ (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague has revealed that as many as 400 British citizens may be fighting for terrorist groups in Syria………………..

 

Hague made the announcement while speaking in the Commons on Monday, adding that a number of the 400 British nationals may be going back and forth from Syria to Iraq, where the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is also carrying out acts of terror………………..

 

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17-6-2014: ISIL Moving Seized U.S. Tanks, Humvees to Syria (http://freebeacon.com)

 

Syrian and Iraqi terrorist forces obtained significant numbers of tanks, trucks, and U.S.-origin Humvees in recent military operations in Iraq and those arms are being shipped to al Qaeda rebels in Syria, according to U.S. officials…………………..

 

The insurgents raided all the arms depots and vehicles belonging to Iraq’s Second Division, based in Mosul, which included a motorized brigade and several infantry brigades…………

 

Iraqi military forces, many of them trained by the U.S. military prior to the pullout of forces in December 2011, suffered widespread desertions during the ISIL invasion. Iraqi special operations forces, however, are said to be engaged in fighting the terrorist group……………..

 

The initial group that took over Mosul included between 3,000 and 4,000 militants led by former senior officers of the Iraqi military………………

 

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16-6-2014: Syrian war planes strike inside Iraq, sources say (http://www.foxnews.com/)

 

Syria war planes struck two separate Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) convoys near the town of Al Qaim just inside Iraq over the weekend………………….

 

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16-6-2014: ISIS jihadis not to be underestimated, Syrian commanders warn Iraq (http://www.cbc.ca/)

 

"These people use different names, so if one is defeated the other can claim victory," says Col. Mohamed Saleh of the Syrian army as he surveys the wreckage of a factory in which 27 of his soldiers were killed.

 

"They call themselves ISIL, al-Nusrah Front, Deach, but they are all the same."

 

Their aim: to establish an Islamic state across both Iraq and Syria, hence the name ISIS (though some call them ISIL for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, one of the initial translations)….

 

"We're fighting an organized army, an elite army, with advanced weapons."

 

In some of the areas it lost to the Syrian army, the local population had revolted against ISIS and the al-Nusra Front. Even though Syrian civilians had suffered under Assad's rule, they appeared to prefer the ruthless Syrian government over the establishment of an Islamic caliphate……..

 

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16-6-2014: Up to 400 British citizens may be fighting in Syria, says William Hague (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

The foreign secretary, William Hague, has said that as many as 400 British citizens may be fighting in Syria, including some fighting with Isis, the terrorist force sweeping into Iraq…..

 

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15-6-2014: Senator Says ISIS Held Territory in Iraq Will Be Next 9/11 “Staging Area”

 

“Iraq and Syria combined are going to be the staging area for the next 9/11 if we don’t do anything about it,” Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN Sunday.

 

The Obama administration may use the turmoil in Iraq as a pretext to launch attacks in Syria. Pentagon officials told The Guardian on Friday the administration is looking at air strikes on targets in both Iraq and Syria………………

 

15-6-2014: 2 killed, several injured in Damascus mortar attacks (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

14-6-2014: Israel, West against solidarity in Mideast: Analyst (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

Israel and the West have been propping up terrorism in the Middle East to create hurdles in the path of solidarity among regional nations, a political analyst tells Press TV.

 

In a Saturday interview, Randy Short criticized the global powers for sponsoring terrorism in the Middle East, adding, “Israel, the UK, the United States and those parties do not want a unified Middle East. And of course that would include stability for Syria.”

 

He pointed to the long lasting problems in the Middle Eastern countries and noted, “The imperialism and injustice of external forces make any existing problem worse.”

 

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13-6-2014: Obama 'urgently' considering air assault on targets in Syria and Iraq (http://www.theguardian.com/)

 

The Obama administration is urgently considering an air assault on Islamic extremists that officials told the Guardian could be directed at targets in Syria as well as Iraq……………………

 

Options under discussion include an air campaign, using either or both air force or navy warplanes, the potential duration of which has yet to be determined. Drone strikes remain under consideration,…..

 

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13-6-2014: FBI probes Somali-Americans fighting in Syria (http://www.aljazeera.com)

 

The FBI is investigating men of Somali background who have travelled from the United States to Syria to fight with rebel groups against President Bashar al-Assad

 

Another US official said most Americans and many other foreigners who had gone to Syria to fight had joined one of the two rival self-declared jihadist groups, the official al-Qaeda affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a former al-Qaeda affiliate which lately had been denounced by al-Qaeda leaders for excessive violence

 

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12-6-2014: 7 killed, scores injured in Homs car bombing (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

12-6-2014: Syrian refugee children in Lebanon forced to seek work – in pictures (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

Although illegal in Lebanon, child labour is becoming increasingly common. Many of the large numbers of refugees who have fled the conflict in Syria are very poor, and forced to rely on sending their children out to work……………………..

 

‘Farmers prefer to hire kids because they can do anything they want to them. They can hit them if they want, they can make them work long hours………………..

 

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11-6-2014: Assad says West changing position on Syria war (http://www.arabnews.com)

 

11-6-2014: US inciting terrorism in Syria: Analyst (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

The US government is encouraging terrorism in Syria by supplying arms to foreign-backed militants operating in the conflict-stricken country, an analyst tells Press TV.

 

“The US and its NATO allies are actually instigating terrorism in Syria. The policy is extremely aggressive and extremely criminal,” Scott Rickard told Press TV in an interview

 

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10-6-2014: Assad announces wide prisoner amnesty (http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

 

10-6-2014: Over 600 dead in ISIS offensive in east Syria (http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

 

Fighting is raging in eastern Syria as a jihadist group rooted in neighbouring Iraq pushes a fresh bid to create an "Islamic state" along the border, an activist group said Tuesday.

 

Since the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) launched a new offensive in Deir Al-Zor province 40 days ago, 634 people, mainly fighters, have been killed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said……………………..

 

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10-6-2014: US arms could turn Syria into next Somalia: FSA (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

The head of the so-called Free Syrian Army has warned that the US arms supplies to militants in Syria could turn the Arab country into the next Somalia……………..

 

"The Americans are leading the distribution of weapons on the northern front and in the southern front. We demand that we be responsible," Bashir said……………

 

"Providing support to individual battalions could turn the commanders of these battalions into warlords and they will be difficult to control in future,"……………..

 

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9-6-2014: 45 dead in clashes between jihadists in Syria (http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

 

Fresh fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), a coalition of rebels and an Al-Qaeda affiliate in eastern Syria has left at least 45 fighters dead, an activist group said Monday………….

 

8-6-2014: US admits sending ‘lethal aid’ to Syrian rebels (http://rt.com)

 

7-6-2014: Syrian Kurds Increasingly Pressured by Jihadists (http://www.voanews.com)

 

…………….the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant known as ISIS, which was disowned earlier this year by the al-Qaida leadership, has launched an offensive against Syrian Kurds, both in the far northeast adjacent to the borders with Iraq and Turkey, and in Kurdish areas in Aleppo province…..

 

But just days ago, ISIS fighters abducted 193 Kurds, mainly teenagers and students, from the village of Al Qbasin northeast of Aleppo……………

 

Much of the fighting between the jihadists and Kurds is centered on strategic towns along the border with Turkey and Iraq………………….

 

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7-6-2014: Susan Rice Hints U.S. Providing Weapons to Syrian Rebels (http://www.israelnationalnews.com)

 

President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, hinted on Friday that the United States was sending weapons to the Syrian rebels, when she said Washington was taking important steps in Syria by offering both "lethal and non-lethal" aid to the moderate opposition…………….

 

The comments appear to confirm recent speculations that Washington was ready to arm the Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Al-Assad………………………….

 

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6-6-2014: Why Syria’s people want Assad (http://rt.com/)

 

The sweeping election victory of Bashar Assad not only shows the depth and breadth of popular support for his government, but also it demands an objective interpretation of events inside Syria……..

 

There are many reasons to explain why Assad – though internationally condemned and characterized as a dictator – is able to conjure up mass support at the ballot box. After three years of brutal fighting that has left many areas of the country devastated, Assad is seen as the only figure that can stabilize the country and ensure a stable, secular rule that respects all minority communities………………….

 

Countries that have supported the rebellion against Assad, including the United States, along with several European and Gulf countries, entirely reject the elections and argue that the results are illegitimate………………

 

Despite the clear majority support that Assad enjoys, the Obama administration is ramping up efforts to aid Syrian rebel groups with a $27 million aid package, and by granting formal diplomatic mission status to the Syrian Opposition Council’s offices inside the US……….

 

While Western countries shed crocodile tears over the dead in Syria, their policies further prolongs the conflict and endangers more civilian lives. The armed opposition isn’t winning on the battlefield, and they do not have popular support………………

 

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6-6-2014: Syria's election shows depth of support for Assad: US news agency (http://en.alalam.ir)

 

Syria's presidential election has underscored the considerable support that President Bashar Assad still enjoys from the population, including many in the majority Sunni Muslim community

 

Without Sunni support, however, Assad's rule would have collapsed long ago amid a civil war that activists say has killed more than 160,000, displaced at least a third of Syria's prewar population of 23 million, and destroyed wide swaths of the country

 

"But because the majority (Sunnis) are standing behind him, they have kept Syria standing," she said at a voting booth set up in Damascus' ornate, century-old Hijaz train station.

 

Assad's supporters offered insights into why they still back him. These include fatigue over the conflict, mistrust among many toward a disorganized opposition, and the growing power of terrorist groups in the rebel ranks

 

Many credit the 48-year-old British-trained eye doctor with opening up the economy. Under free-market reforms, Damascus and other cities saw a flourishing of malls, restaurants and consumer goods, increasing tourism………………

 

Before the uprising, "we would have been embarrassed to ask somebody what their religion was. We aren't raised that way in Syria," Saleh said. "We are like a mosaic (of faiths) in Syria."

 

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6-6-2014: President al-Assad re-election celebrated with unbridled outpourings of joy (http://sana.sy)

 

Victory celebrations erupted all over the country as Bashar al-Assad was re-elected for a third seven-year term, with joy welling up in the Syrians who took to the streets and thronged into squares exalting the success of Syria's first multi-candidate presidential elections……………….

 

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5-6-2014: Assad wins Syrian presidential election (http://www.presstv.ir/)

 

On Wednesday, Syrian People's Assembly speaker Jihad al-Laham announced that Assad won 88.7 percent of the vote, or 10,319,723 of 11,634,412 votes cast in Tuesday’s election, the official SANA news agency reported.

 

The country’s Supreme Constitutional Court also announced that 73.42% of the 15.8 million eligible voters had taken part in the election

 

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5-6-2014: Assad re-elected in wartime election (http://www.aljazeera.com)

 

5-6-2014: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wins third term (http://www.bbc.com)

 

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won a third term in office after securing 88.7% of votes in Tuesday's presidential election, the parliamentary speaker has announced………

 

It was the first time in decades that someone other than a member of the Assad family had been allowed to stand for president in Syria…

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4-6-2014: Bashar al-Assad wins re-election in Syria as uprising against him rages on (http://www.theguardian.com)

 

4-6-2014: Syrian President al-Assad re-elected easily, state media reports (http://edition.cnn.com)

 

3-6-2014: Syria elections 2014: Voters turn out for ballot denounced as a 'sham' by West (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

3-6-2014: Syrian election sends powerful signal of Assad’s control (http://www.washingtonpost.com)

 

Syrians voted on in a tightly controlled election Tuesday that reinforced President Bashar al-Assad’s tenacious hold on power, underscoring the failure of U.S. policies aimed at inducing him to step down……………………….

 

Obama announced an unspecified increase in aid to moderate rebels in his foreign policy address last week. But Ford said he saw no evidence the extra support would make a difference to the rebels’ ability to confront the better-armed government forces…………………….

 

But the live footage of enthusiastic voters proclaiming their love for Assad in various locations nonetheless served as a reminder that he still controls much of the country, along with the loyalties of at least some of its citizens……………………….

 

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3-6-2014: Syrians vote in wartime election set to extend Assad’s rule (http://www.reuters.com/)

 

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5-6-2014: Ex-US envoy criticizes Obama policy on Syria (http://en.alalam.ir/)

 

“I was no longer in a position where I felt I could defend the American policy,” he said. “We have been unable to address either the root causes of the conflict in terms of the fighting on the ground and the balance on the ground, and we have a growing extremism threat.”

 

“The United States and our friends, we have tools that could put greater pressure on Bashar al-Assad,” Ford claimed. “Especially as the extremist threat to the United States and to our friends emanating out of Syria grows, I think we really must consider carefully whether or not we are doing all we can to help our friends in Syria.”

 

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5-6-2014: Over 30 French nationals killed in Syria: Hollande (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

French President Francois Hollande has announced that over 30 French nationals fighting alongside militants in Syria have been killed………….

 

The warning followed the recent arrest of a French national suspected of murdering three people at a museum in Brussels after spending a year fighting in Syria……………………………

 

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5-6-2014: Turkey finally lists al-Nusra Front as terrorist Group (http://en.alalam.ir/)

 

Turkey listed the al-Nusra Front, a branch of al-Qaeda operating in Syria and Lebanon, as a terrorist organization in a sign that it is growing more concerned about the rise of radical militants across its border.

 

Turkey has long championed robust support for Syria's fragmented militant groups, but the growing influence of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in the war-torn country has left it open to accusations that it is backing terrorist groups.

 

Lale Kemal, a security expert from Ankara, said that Turkey has provided at least tacit support to terrorist groups like al-Nusra by treating their wounded and providing logistic support, as well as by allowing their forces to use Turkish territory to regroup.

 

But these groups have now started posing threats to Turkey itself and Turkey has already suffered from their activities, she added.

 

"Jabhat al-Nusra was a terrorist group, no doubt. They were killing people. And [it is a] radical group. What is the explanation? In my understanding, Turkish government is under very big pressure from international community because of authoritarian debate, its foreign policy. So the government is trying to change its image by giving this kind of symbol," said Bacik.

 

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4-6-2014: ‘Above 800 French jihadists in Syria’ (http://www.thehindu.com)

 

France on Tuesday increased its estimate of the number of its nationals embroiled in Syria’s civil war to more than 800 and warned that they pose an unprecedented security threat………….

 

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4-6-2014: Syria conflict: The silence in Homs emphasises the city’s fate. There’s barely a breath of wind (http://www.independent.co.uk)

 

 

3-6-2014: After Guantanamo, Freed Detainees Returned to Violence in Syria Battlefields (http://online.wsj.com)

 

3-6-2014: US, KSA funding Takfiri extremists in Syria: Analyst (http://www.presstv.ir)

 

The US has helped Qatar and Saudi Arabia to fund Takfiri extremist groups in Syria which are currently considered a “huge problem and an enormous monster” causing deep concern for Washington, a political analyst tells Press TV.

 

“Obviously, the United States supported Osama bin Laden and his people during the Soviet occupation and it wasn’t just his organization, it was many such organizations.… The United States did nothing to stop the Saudis from doing this,” Tehran University Professor Dr. Mohammad Marandi said in an interview with Press TV.

 

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3-6-2014: US confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing (http://www.dailytimes.com.pk)

 

An American citizen fighting for a hardline Islamist group carried out a deadly suicide bombing in Syria, US officials confirmed Friday, in the first such case in the war. The State Department did not identify the man, said to have been behind a truck bombing on Sunday in the northern province of Idlib, but acknowledged concerns about the flow of foreign fighters into Syria.

 

“I can confirm that this individual was a US citizen involved in a suicide bombing in Syria. We don’t have further information beyond that to share at this time,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said

 

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2-6-2014: American suicide bomber in Syria raises fears for U.S. (http://www.washingtonpost.com)

 

As Moner Mohammad Abusalha packed explosives into a truck last month to embark on a suicide attack, his family in Florida was apparently unaware that he had even wandered into Syria’s civil war……………………..

 

U.S. officials said that dozens of fighters from the United States, and much larger numbers from Europe and the Middle East, all but disappear from view once they are inside Syria’s borders………

 

Amid estimates that as many as 12,000 foreigners have flocked to Syria, the opaque nature of the conflict has complicated efforts to determine how many might have become dangerously radicalized or to account for them if and when they return home……………………….

 

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