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Families of ISIS fighters to leave south Damascus in UN deal

BEIRUT: Hundreds of families of ISIS militants and some wounded fighters are expected to leave rebel-held areas in southern Damascus under a U.N.-brokered deal, activists said on Thursday. Rami Abdulraham, head of the U.K.-based Observatory for Human Rights, said safe passage would be given from the Palestinian refugee camp of …

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Lebanon: Hostage families warn of escalation

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Families of the nine Lebanese soldiers still being held captive by ISIS have warned of escalatory measures in order to pressure the government into negotiating for their release, a relative of one of the soldiers said Wednesday. “Our aim is to see the return of …

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Somalia no longer a failed state: UN

THE LEVANT NEWS — Somalia is no longer a failed state but a recovering fragile country, the top UN official for war-torn Somalia has said. In the last three years the country has stabilised but there is still a lot of work to do, Nicholas Kay, the outgoing representative for …

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Iraqi troops storm into Ramadi

THE LEVANT NEWS — Iraq’s armed forces stormed the center of Ramadi on Tuesday, a spokesman for the counter-terrorism units said, in a drive to dislodge Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in a city they captured in May. The operation to recapture Ramadi, a Sunni Muslim city on …

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Syrian army makes strategic gains in north

THE LEVANT NEWS — The Syrian army, backed by Russian airstrikes, captured a rebel stronghold in the northern province of Aleppo Sunday, as rescue workers and residents said suspect Russian warplanes killed scores of people in the center of rebel-held city of Idlib. State news agency SANA said that army …

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Syria war: Third of rebels share IS aims, report claims

THE LEVANT NEWS — About a third of rebel groups in Syria – some 100,000 fighters – share the ideology of so-called Islamic State (IS), new research suggests. The Centre on Religion and Geopolitics, linked to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, said defeating IS militarily “would not end global …

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Iran will keep backing Assad government

THE LEVANT NEWS — TEHRAN: Iran will maintain its backing for the Syrian government, a senior Iranian official said, after the U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed a plan to end the war. “We will continue to give our support to Syria,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian. Iran will …

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Lebanese fighting with ISIS killed in Syria

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: A Lebanese national fighting alongside ISIS in Syria was said to be killed in the neighboring country, media reports said Saturday. “Louay Al-Rifai, from the neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh in the northern city of Tripoli, was killed in battles in Syria,” reported Facebook page Bab …

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ISIS ’emir’ for north Lebanon arrested

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Lebanese General Security said Saturday that it has arrested two members of ISIS, one of whom confessed to being the extremist group’s official “emir” for the north Lebanon district of Akkar. The two, identified as B.F. and Aa.M., were arrested on charges of “forming a …

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Hizbullah and Al-Qaeda: Friends or foes?

NOTE: THIS IS ARTICLE HAS BEEN WRITTEN IN AUG 20, 2014 AND PUBLISHED IN THE DAILY STAR BUT THE SYRIAN WAR HAS PROVEN ITS APPROACH. http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Commentary/2004/Aug-20/93887-hizbullah-and-al-qaeda-friends-or-foes.ashx THE LEVANT NEWS — By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – The final report of the Sept. 11 Commission in the US argued that Al-Qaeda had …

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The Water Wars Waged by ISIS

HADITHA DAM, IRAQ

THE LEVANT NEWS — By Ambika Vishwanath for STRATFOR– The Islamic State’s use of natural resources to achieve its strategic goals is nothing new. Oil, one of the group’s biggest sources of funding, plays an especially important role in its calculations — something the countries fighting the Islamic State are …

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The End of a Russian-Turkish “Golden Age”

THE LEVANT NEWS — By Pavel Shlykov for Carnegie Centre–  The downing of a Russian plane by Turkey is jeopardizing the strong business and political relationship built by Ankara and Moscow. The two countries’ clash over Syria suggests that relations will get worse before they get better. The shooting down …

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China finds itself pulled deeper into Syria crisis

THE LEVANT NEWS — As its global business interests grow, China is cautiously revising the noninterventionist policy espoused in 1955 by then-Premier Zhou Enlai. The killing of a Chinese hostage by the Islamic State group and Chinese businessmen in Friday’s attack in Mali could change that. The violence swirling out …

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Turkey violated the Syria flight safety memorandum: Lavrov

THE LEVANT NEWS –Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in Wednesday’s phone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry, pointed to a gross violation of the Russian-US memorandum of ensuring safety of flights of combat aircraft in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported Wednesday. “The situation around an unprovoked attack …

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Turkey Shoots Down Russian Plane Near Syrian Border

The pilots managed to eject but their fate was unknown, Russia’s ministry of defense has said   By Jacob Steinblatt and Vladi Vovcuk for REUTERS — Turkey shot down a Russian military plane near the country’s Syrian border, reports said early Tuesday. Turkey said the jet violated airspace—a claim that Russia denied. Before …

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