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Terrorist crimes have nothing to do with Islam: Khamenei

THE LEVANT NEWS– Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the atrocities committed by Takfiri terrorists have nothing to do with Islam. The Leader made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday. Ayatollah Khamenei said the terrorist groups’ savage crimes, …

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ISIS and Palestine: a connection?

THE LEVANT NEWS — By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz: West Palm Beach– Currently, the liberation of Palestine is not being exploited as a recruiting tool for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS. The Palestinian struggle is antithetical to the ideology of ISIS. This fifty-year struggle is national, secular and …

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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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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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“Hüngür Hüngür Ağlıyorum”

The Levant News — by Graham E. Fuller –That’s a refrain from a old Turkish folksong—“Bitterly I weep.” It commemorates a bloody turning point at Sakarya against Greek invaders back in 1921. But the words couldn’t more readily apply now to the unprecented and outrageous bombing attacks in Ankara last …

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The Mystery of ISIS’ Toyota Army Solved

The Levant News —  The US Treasury has recently opened an inquiry about the so-called “Islamic State’s” (ISIS/ISIL) use of large numbers of brand-new Toyota trucks. The issue has arisen in the wake of Russia’s air operations over Syria and growing global suspicion that the US itself has played a …

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Islamic State fighters advance in Aleppo outskirts: monitor

The Levant News — Islamic State fighters have captured several Syrian villages from rival insurgents near Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Friday. Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Syria Observatory for Human Rights, said Islamic State forces had taken over villages including Tel Suseen and Tel Qarah from other rebels groups …

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A silver lining of the war on ISIS

The Levant News – New York By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz– In the international war on ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a hidden silver lining is emerging: serious self-criticism within Muslim society and growing convergence of opinion of world leaders on ISIS. Regrettably, these two recent developments are not serious enough …

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Thousands Enter Syria to Join ISIS

The Levant News — Nearly 30,000 foreign recruits have now poured into Syria, many to join the Islamic State, a doubling of volunteers in just the past 12 months and stark evidence that an international effort to tighten borders, share intelligence and enforce anti-terrorism laws is not diminishing the ranks of …

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Daesh Militants Kill 10 Comrades In Western Iraq

The Levant News — Daesh terrorists killed 10 fellow extremists on the grounds that they wanted to desert the group and had tried to escape clashes between the militants and Iraqi forces in the town of al-Karma, located 48 kilometers (30 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad, Arabic-language al-Baghdadia satellite television …

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Syrian Abandoned Villages

The Levant News – –  “We barely managed to escape with our lives when IS attacked in the middle of the night.  Shells fell like rain. We rushed to put on our clothes and we fled the town amid clashes.” Said Abu Sami who was sitting  in front of his tent in the periphery …

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Russia’s participation in fighting Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS: Moallem

The Levant News –In an interview with the Russian RT channel that was aired on Saturday about Russia’s participation in fighting Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS terrorist organizations,  Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid Moallem, said: “There is something new beyond (Russia) providing Syria with weapons, which is Russia engaging in …

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ISIS Wrath On India

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE — By Munib Shabir — ISIS is the most predominant jihadist group on the face of planet earth currently on the go in Iraq and Syria. This Jihadist group, like none other, has emerged to take over the whole world with bigger plans. The whole ISIS …

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The Russians are Coming!

THE LEVANT NEWS — By Graham E. Fuller — Washington has been wrapped in confusion and indecision for years now in trying to sort out just what its real objectives are in Syria. Its obsessive, and ultimately failed goal of denying Iran influence in the Middle East has notably receded …

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On 9/11 anniversary, al-Qaeda declares war on ISIS

The Levant News — Osama Bin Laden’s successor blasted ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an online message, according to Daily Star newspaper. In his online message, al-Zawahiri said: “We preferred to respond with as little as possible, out of our concern to extinguish the fire of sedition, but Abu …

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Refugees and Responsibilities

The Levant News – by Graham E. Fuller  — The picture last week of the little Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi dead on the beach in Turkey is one of those iconic pictures whose intense human face forces deeper reflection, especially upon publics for whom distant tragedies tend to be statistics rather …

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Quantum Geopolitics

Quantum Geopolitics THE LEVANT NEWS — By Reva Bhalla for Stratfor —  Forecasting the shape the world will take in several years or decades is an audacious undertaking. There are no images to observe or precise data points to anchor us. We can only create a picture, and a fuzzy one …

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Just what is Turkey up to?

THE LEVANT NEWS – by Graham E. Fuller — Turkish policies towards the Middle East have been in wild oscillation over the past many weeks, even months. Ankara has now finally and begrudgingly initiated military action against ISIS in cooperation with the US. But it has also initiated air attacks …

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The Turkish Enigma

THE LEVANT NEWS — By George Friedman for Stratfor — In my “Net Assessment of the World,” I argued that four major segments of the European and Asian landmass were in crisis: Europe, Russia, the Middle East (from the Levant to Iran) and China. Each crisis was different; each was …

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Defeating ISIS by Talking to It?

THE LEVANT NEWS – by Graham E. Fuller — I can’t believe that I’ve been outflanked on the Progressive Left by Fareed Zakaria! Hints of negotiation with ISIS! http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-talking-to-terrorists-is-the-only-way-to-defeat-them/2015/07/09/c94a83c8-266f-11e5-aae2-6c4f59b050aa_story.html I’ve got a lot of respect for Zakaria—he generally works within the outer limits of the establishment envelope—just enough to nudge along …

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ISIS arrests 54 people for espionage

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Translated by Imen Khemiri–The Islamic State (ISIS) arrested 54 people, including women, in Mosul, in Nineveh Province in northern Iraq on charges of spying, according to a security source. Ahmed Jabouri, a police officer in Nineveh, said that ISIS group arrested 54 inhabitants of Mosul and …

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