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Turkish MPs back military action as jihadists advance

THE LEVANT – Turkey’s parliament Thursday authorised military action against the Islamic State jihadist group, whose fighters have battled their way to the doorstep of a key town across the border in Syria. The move allows the deployment of armed forces in Syria and Iraq, as well as the transit …

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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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Khorasan: Al-Qaeda offshoot planning “major attacks”

THE LEVANT – A little-known Al-Qaeda offshoot, Khorasan found itself in the crosshairs of the United States on Tuesday as the extremist outfit finalized imminent attacks on Western targets from bases inside Syria. With Islamic State jihadists terrorizing the region and seizing large chunks of Iraq and Syria, it came …

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Syrian Rebel Leader Evades Assassination in Idlib

THE LEVANT – The leader of the Syrian Revolutionary Front, Jamal Ma’arouf, suffered minor injuries today, after the Syrian Air Force bombardment of Deir Sanbal in the Idlib Governate. An SRF officer and Jamal Ma’arouf’s lead deputy, Mohammad Faisal Ma’arouf (AKA Abu Ja’afar Al-Malek) were killed during the attack. According to Syrian Opposition activists, Jamal Ma’arouf’s daughter was among the casualties, following …

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Iraq parliament rejects PM’s security nominees

THE LEVANT – The Iraqi parliament voted down Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s nominees for defence and interior minister Tuesday, leaving the key positions unfilled as the country battles to regain ground from militants. Parliament approved Abadi’s partial cabinet on August 8, ushering in his term as premier, but he asked …

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Brothers against Brothers

THE LEVANT  -Syrian refugee Ibrahim Abbas Ali and his family awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of gunfire outside their tent in Lebanon, and for a second time they raced off into the fields, fleeing a war that now seems to have followed them across the …

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Russia blasts Obama over intervention in Syria

THE LEVANT – Russia became the third nation to criticize the Obama administration on Thursday, following President Barack Obama’s announcement that he plans to expand a campaign of bombing against the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) to include targets inside Syria. Iranian and Syrian officials slammed the …

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Obama says ready to strike ISIL in Syria

THE LEVANT – US President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered a “relentless” war against the Islamic State, including air strikes in Syria and expanded operations in Iraq to “destroy” the marauding jihadist army. Obama — who hoped to go down in history for ending wars, not starting an open-ended escalation …

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How Do Jihadists Get their Finances?

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem for Islamist Gate – It was not surprising what the New York Times revealed on August 20, 2014 that ISIS had pressed the United States to provide 100 million Euros (about $132 million) as ransom for the release of the American journalist James Foley before killing …

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Magician’s Diversion: Bleeding Syria to Death

THE LEVANT –  By Jeremy Salt – According to various definitions, politicide can be used to describe the destruction of a government or a specific socio-political group, such as the Palestinians, when it overlaps with genocide. It can be extended to a state, a system and a country. Saddam Hussein …

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Historic buildings blown up in Syria’s Aleppo

THE LEVANT – Several historic buildings, including a colonial-era structure, have been blown up in Syria’s second city of Aleppo, where fighting has wrought massive destruction, reports said Wednesday, September 3. Rebel fighters destroyed “several old buildings on Tuesday night by placing explosives in a tunnel leading under the Old …

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72 Hour Ceasefire Announced in Darayya

THE LEVANT – The Syrian Arab Army and representatives of the Islamic Front have agreed to a 72 hour ceasefire in the Darayya District, after heavy clashes  the last two days. The ceasefire was called in order for the two parties to negotiate a reconciliation agreement that would permanently end the violence and restore …

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Rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

THE LEVANT – Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict. Other U.N. peacekeepers were able to flee from a different encampment that …

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Syrian refugee crisis reaches all-time high

THE LEVANT – The number of refugees from the conflict in Syria now tops three million, the United Nations said Friday, as US President Barack Obama admitted he still has no strategy to tackle advancing jihadists. UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres said Syria had become the “biggest humanitarian emergency …

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Lebanon issues warrants for two Syrians on terror charges in Arsal attack

THE LEVANT –  A Lebanese judge Thursday issued arrest warrants for two Syrian nationals, including the alleged ISIS commander whose apprehension by the Lebanese Army ignited gun-battles in the Bekaa Valley border town of Arsal earlier in August. Military Investigative Judge Imad Zein issued arrest warrants for Imad Ahmad Jomaa, accused of being ISIS commander in Syria’s Qalamoun region, and Ahmad …

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Breaking News – Lebanon goes to war

THE LEVANT –  Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said Thursday Lebanon was in a state of war with thousands of militants who have infiltrated the country’s border with Syria. “The situation in Arsal is the most dangerous case and the gunmen, estimated in their thousands, have crossed the border into [Lebanon]. They are well trained and well-armed,” …

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