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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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Russian and Syrian Air Strikes against ISIS Now

The Levant News Exclusive -Damascus- Russian aviation continues its campaign today.  Syrian and Russian airstrikes target ISIS militants and their positions, said military sources now. They destructed militants mechanisms, their centers in Palmyra, Aleppo country side, and bombing an ammunition dump in Hama countryside, with no civilian casualties. Editing by Diana Kasem

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Putin Wins Parliamentary Backing for Air Strikes Against ISIS

The Levant News — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday secured parliament’s unanimous backing to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, paving the way for imminent Russian military intervention in its closest Middle East ally. Russia has already sent military experts to a recently established center in Baghdad …

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Obama, Putin discuss Syria

The Levant News — Russia and the United States agreed on Monday to look for a diplomatic end to the Syrian civil war but clashed over the central question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should retain power. During a 90-minute meeting, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin …

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French Parliamentary Delegation Visiting Syria

The Levant News — Members of the French parliamentary delegation currently visiting Syria toured a number of archaeological and historical sites in Homs city and witnessed the destruction and devastation inflicted upon these sites by terrorist organizations. During their tour of the Old City, Khaled bin al-Waleed Mosque, al-Nouri Great Mosque, …

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