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Syrian army slays Jihadists

THE LEVANT – Syrian troops killed dozens of jihadi fighters, including a prominent media activist, in heavy clashes on Thursday around a sprawling northern air base that the Islamic State group is trying to seize, activists and state media said. Islamic State fighters began a long-anticipated offensive on Wednesday to seize …

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Syrian army hits ISIL hard in Raqqa

THE LEVANT – Syrian government forces struck ISIL positions in and around the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, residents said on Monday, part of a growing campaign against militants who control a third of the country. Raqqa is a major stronghold of  ISIL, which took one of the Syrian army’s last …

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ISIL the butcher of Syria

THE LEVANT – Those executed are all members of Al-Sheitaat tribe, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director says. ‘Some were arrested, judged and killed.’ 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 …

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Nasrallah: Battles would have reached Beirut if Hezbollah had not intervened in Syria

THE LEVANT – Al-Akhbar conducted an exclusive six-hour-long interview with Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. In a multi-part series published over the last two days, journalists Ibrahim al-Amin, Wafic Qanso, Hassan Ileik and Maha Zureikat sat down with the party’s leader, where he discussed in detail issues ranging from Syria, ISIS, the …

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Women stoned to death in Syria for adultery

THE LEVANT – A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and put her in a small hole in the ground. When residents gathered, the fighters …

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Syria: 7 siblings killed in a terrorist massacre in Salamiyeh

The Syrian official agency SANA quoted a source in the Syrian Police Command that an armed terrorist groups committed a massacre against a family in al-Mzairaa town in Salamiyeh countryside, Hama countryside, killing 7 siblings, among them children and women and injuring 4 others. The source added that an armed terrorist groups infiltrated into …

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Bassil: ISIL and Israel control region

Source: Gulf News –   Concerned but optimistic, Lebanon’s Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, pleaded with the international community to aid the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) to confront terrorism. Bassil, who holds a civil engineering degree from the American University of Beirut and who previously served as Minister of Communications and …

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Jihadist in Syria pose new threat

THE LEVANT -Islamic State jihadists, building on vast land grabs in Iraq, have seized an army position in the Syrian city of Hasakeh, a monitoring group said Sunday. On another front in Syria’s complex civil war, rebels seeking President Bashar Assad’s ouster captured a weapons depot in Hama province, said …

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The ISIS Caliphate’s Coming Blitz of Baghdad

THE LEVANT – By Jamie Dettmer – Analysts say the Islamic State is about to launch a major offensive—but one built around commando raids and suicide bombings rather than a frontal attack. When the minions of the self-anointed caliph in the self-declared Islamic State that now straddles Iraq and Syria blow …

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Fierce clashes break out East of Damascus

THE LEVANT – Eastern Damascus was hit Tuesday by its fiercest fighting in months, a monitor said, as rebels stepped up a bid to break a siege and pro-regime forces tried to stop them. The air force pounded the rebel-held eastern neighbourhood of Jobar, as opposition fighters launched mortars into …

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Syrians reject Takfiri ISIL militants

People in Syria have flatly rejected Takfiri ISIL militants, saying the militants do not represent their interests, a new survey shows. On Wednesday, Opinion Research Business (ORB), a British polling group, released the findings of the survey, indicating that only 4 percent of the Syrian people believe the ISIL cult …

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