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Iran Reaffirms a Role for Assad

THE LEVANT NEWS — An Iranian official said that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria should remain in power and be included in elections as part of any diplomatic negotiation aimed at ending the civil war. The statement, by Hossein Amir Abdollahian, a deputy foreign minister, was not a new position …

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ISIS- The Hour Has Struck

THE LEVANT NEWS — by Graham E. Fuller– ISIS, with its horrific attack on purely civilian targets in Paris, has established new realities about its nature, capabilities and intentions. The need for its elimination can now no longer be in doubt. It is not that Parisian lives are more important …

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Beirut attack increases will to fight ISIS: Nasrallah

THE LEVANT NEWS–BEIRUT: The double suicide attack that targeted a southern Beirut suburb earlier this week only increases Hezbollah’s determination to fight ISIS in Syria, party chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Saturday. “If they (ISIS) assume that killing our men and women and children and burning our markets could weaken …

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ISIS video threatens attacks in Russia ‘very soon’

THE LEVANT NEWS — Islamic State(ISIS) has released a video threatening attacks in Russia “very soon”, the SITE monitoring group said on Thursday. Al-Hayat Media Center, Islamic State’s foreign language media division, released a Russian language video with chants of “Soon, very soon, the blood will spill like an ocean”, …

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U.N. warns against cuts in development aid due to refugee crisis

The Levant News– U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday warned against proposed reductions in development aid by wealthy countries struggling to cope with Europe’s refugee and migration crisis, saying such cuts would be counter-productive. “With the world facing the largest crisis of forced displacement since the Second World War, (Ban) …

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Israel warplanes strike near Syria airport: Report

The Levant News– Israeli warplanes have struck targets near the international airport in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Syrian media says. The reports said the attack happened Wednesday morning. There were no immediate comments from the Syrian government on the issue. In October, the Israeli military launched a number of artillery attacks against …

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Turkey and the Kurds

The Levant News — By Graham Fuller — Turkey and the Kurds —The Question Mark at the Heart of the Region Predictions among Turkey-watchers about the outcome of Turkey’s 1 November elections were mostly wrong—including my own— as Erdoğan managed to regain majority control of Parliament. Anxiety over potential political …

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The Uyghurs’ Role With ISIS

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE — by Dr. Geoffrey Cook*– The Uyghurs are a non-Han (Sinic) Islamic people who reside in the northwest of China (in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region) next to the (also restive) Tibetans.   Within Xinjiang, they are forty-five percent of the population, but they are spread over a …

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Syrian Army recaptures key Aleppo supply route

The Aleppo region has seen battles between the Syrian army, rebel forces and ISIS – Image AFP   The Syrian army has retaken control of a road that was the only route into the government-held side of the second city of Aleppo, state media report. Soldiers had driven back Islamic …

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ISIS executes British son of preacher Omar Bakri

The Levant News — The son of the Lebanese infamous preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed(Fostoq) who fled Britain to join ISIS has been executed by his fellow terrorists, it was claimed this morning. Mohammed Omar Bakri Mohammed, whose father was infamously known as the Tottenham Ayatollah , is said to have …

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Syria opposition not invited to Vienna talks

The Levant News — BEIRUT: Neither Syria’s main political opposition body nor representatives of the armed opposition have been invited to international talks on the country’s war, an opposition politician and a rebel leader said. The Syrian government in Damascus has meanwhile yet to issue any official comment on the …

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SANA wins AMAN award for best news item

The Levant News — The Alliance for Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) officially announced the winners of its competition for best news item and best photograph, with the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) winning first place for best news item. Director-General of SANA Ahmad Dawa received the award certificates for the editors …

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3,000 terrorists leave Syria following Russian airstrikes

The Levant News — An estimated 3,000 Islamic State fighters as well as militants from other extremist groups have fled Syria for Jordan fearing a renewed offensive by the Syrian army in addition to Russian airstrikes, a military official has told RIA news agency. “At least 3,000 militants from Islamic State …

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Putin: Friend or Foe in Syria?

The Levant News — By Patrick J. Buchanan — What Vladimir Putin is up to in Syria makes far more sense than what Barack Obama and John Kerry appear to be up to in Syria. The Russians are flying transports bringing tanks and troops to an air base near the …

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