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Assad says “real cooperation” needed to crush IS

THE LEVANT – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that “international cooperation” was necessary to crush the Islamic State group, which is the target of a US-led campaign. “The region is going through decisive times” and the most important factor in determining the outcome is whether there is “real …

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Syrian hero boy video is a hoax

THE LEVANT – A viral video showing a Syrian boy rescuing a girl under gunfire, watched online by millions of viewers, was faked by a Norwegian film crew, according to its director. Posted on YouTube on Monday, the “Syrian hero boy” video was shot on location in Malta last summer …

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US-led air strikes hit Al Qaeda branch in Syria

THE LEVANT – US-led coalition air strikes hit Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch overnight, expanding the raids to jihadists outside the Islamic State group for only the second time, a monitoring group said on Thursday. The strikes against Al-Nusra Front in northwestern Syria killed several jihadists as well as two children, the …

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Some Kurds would have joined Daash

THE LEVANT – Ethnic Kurds are helping members of the Islamic State group in the battle for the key Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, sharing their knowledge of the local terrain and language with the extremists, according to Iraqi and Kurdish officials. It is not clear how many Kurds are …

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Daash systematically abuses Kurdish children

THE LEVANT – Islamic State militants tortured and abused Kurdish children captured earlier this year near the northern Syrian town of Kobani, beating them with hoses and electric cables, an international rights group said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch based its conclusions on interviews with several children who were among more …

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Al Qaida fighters push forth in north Syria

THE LEVANT – Al-Qaida-linked militants pressed an offensive Monday against Western-backed rebels in northern Syria, closing in on a vital border crossing with Turkey and exposing the weakness of mainstream opposition groups that the U.S. hopes to forge into a fighting force to take on Islamic extremists. The Nusra Front’s …

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Assad’ Syria, truncated, battered but defiant

THE LEVANT – Syrian businessmen start from scratch after their shops and factories were destroyed. Families who lost their homes struggle to rent new dwellings and make ends meet. Along highways stretching through government-controlled areas are the bombed ruins of once-rebellious towns, now dotted with checkpoints. Government-controlled Syria is truncated …

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ISIS kills iconic Kurdiah female fighter – Rehana in Kobane

THE LEVANT – The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) reportedly beheaded a famous female Kurdish freedom fighter known only as “Rehana.” The Women Protection Units (YPG) soldier fought against the terrorist group in Kobane, a strategically important border town in Syria near Turkey. A picture of Rehana making the V-sign became a widely-distributed image …

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Turkey and KSA continuous challenges

THE LEVANT –  By Dr. Amer Al Sabaileh – Across the region, some of the more stable countries continue to face political and military challenges. Of particular note at this point in time is Turkey and Saudi Arabia, for very different reasons. Turkey is currently mired in a dilemma triggered …

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ISIL launches chemical attack in eastern Kobani

THE LEVANT – Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian city of Kobani against the ISIL say the Takfiri militants have used chemical weapons. Kurdish officials and doctors said on Wednesday that the terrorists released a sort of toxic gas in the eastern side of the Kurdish city late on Tuesday. Aysa Abdullah, …

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Priest is freed from Al Nusra Front

THE LEVANT – A priest kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked rebels in northwestern Syria was released on Thursday, the Franciscan Order said, days after his abduction alongside 20 other Christians. “Father Hanna Jallouf has been released this morning… he is under house arrest at the convent of Qunyeh,” the order said in …

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When America’s moderates act radical

THE LEVANT – Yesterday, an Antiochian Orthodox priest was kidnapped by Jabhat Al-Nusra from his monastery outside of the west Idlib city of Jisr Al-Shughour. Sources in the area confirmed the kidnapping of Father Hanna Moussa of Qanaya from the St. Joseph Monastery by members of the Al-Qaeda linked terrorist …

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Turkey And The Kobane Question

The Levant Exclusive – by Samantha North* Istanbul’s protestors are out in force once more. Last night, the streets erupted, with cars blazing, windows smashed, and volleys of the usual tear gas unleashed by Turkish police. But this was not just another anti-government protest. This time, much more is at …

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Assad’s troops seize strategic area outside Damascus

THE LEVANT -Syrian government forces on Monday seized control of a strategic area outside Damascus used by rebels to fire mortar shells at the capital, state media and a monitor said. State television broadcast live images from Dakhaniyeh, southeast of Damascus, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that …

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Twin blasts kill 30 Kurdish fighters in Syria: monitor

THE LEVANT – Twin truck bombings by jihadists killed at least 30 Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters and security officers on Monday in Syria’s northeastern town of Hasakeh, a monitoring group said. “At least 30 members of the YPG and asayesh were killed when two Islamic State suicide bombers …

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“My Syrian brother, you are welcome in Lebanon”: Activists meet discrimination against refugees with solidarity

THE LEVANT – Insults, attacks and curfews have become commonplace experiences for some Syrian war refugees in Lebanon, with rights watchdogs saying the community faces growing discrimination. In many parts of the country, it is no longer unusual to see posters prohibiting “foreigners” – understood to mean Syrians – from …

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Syria troops threaten rebel supply route to Aleppo

THE LEVANT  – Syrian troops have seized a village just north of Aleppo that could allow them to cut off a supply line to rebel-held districts of the country’s second city, a monitoring group said Friday. Soldiers, backed by fighters from Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, took Handarat, four kilometres (2.5 …

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At UN, Syria closes the door on peace talks

THE LEVANT – Syria will not begin talks to end the three-and-a-half-year war while Islamist militants are rampaging through the country, the foreign minister told the United Nations on Monday. “We cannot start any political solution while terrorism is still rampant in Syria,” Foreign Minister Walid Mualem told the UN …

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