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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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Breaking News – Heavy clashes in Golan Heights – video

THE LEVANT – Syrian activists say government warplanes are targeting rebels near the country’s frontier with Israel in the Golan Heights, a day after opposition fighters captured a crossing point there. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian airstrikes struck several areas near the border in Quneitra province, …

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The Islamic State in Syria

THE LEVANT –  By Zeina Karam – As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day. There, in its power base, the Islamic State group controls thousands of square …

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We will do what we want in Syria

THE LEVANT – The U.S. State Department’s Spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, affirmed that the United States will under no circumstances seek approval from the Syrian Government to conduct airstrikes in Syria.’ “We’re not going to ask for permission from the Syrian regime.”  – Jen Psaki Psaki’s comments come one day after the …

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Syria’s Christians stand in the line of fire

THE LEVANT – Jabhat Al-Nusra has began their siege of the Christian village of Mhardeh, two days after their capture of Halfaya in the Hama Governate. Mhardeh is an imperative city that is the gateway to the provincial capital of Hama from the north. The summer offensive for Jabhat Al-Nusra began …

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War Crimes – The Islamic State commits atrocities in Syria

THE LEVANT – Islamic State (IS) militants have committed “mass atrocities” in Syria, including the recruitment of children as fighters, the United Nations says. In a report, investigators say public executions are a “common spectacle” in areas run by IS, which recently joined fighting against Syria’s government. The report also accuses …

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UN worries over Syria

THE LEVANT – The Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians while the Islamic State group has committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two provinces in the country, an independent U.N. commission said Wednesday. The report from the commission, which has been tasked to investigate …

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Syria retaliates against Israel?

THE LEVANT – “At least five rockets fired from Syria hit different locations across the Golan Heights,” the Israeli army said in a statement on Sunday. An army spokeswoman told AFP that it was not known who launched the rockets and the Israeli military did not return fire. She said there …

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IS expansion: Continuous Risks

The Levant Exclusive – By Dr. Amer Al Sabaileh*     Regional developments have created the pressure towards a solution to the ongoing security crisis created by the Islamic State in Iraq. While there are various aspects and pressure points, the challenges facing those countries bordering Iraq are still increasing. …

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Fighting rages on at Syrian airbase – video

THE LEVANT – Fighters from the Islamic State group have taken over an air base in northeast Syria, capturing it from government forces after fighting that cost more than 500 lives, a monitoring group and state media have said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a London-based monitoring group, said at least 346 Islamic State …

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West poised to join Syria against Islamists

THE LEVANT –  By Patrick Cockburn – Islamist forces are fighting their way into western Syria from bases further east, bringing forward the prospect of US military intervention to stop their advance. If Isis, which styles itself Islamic State, threatens to take all or part of Aleppo, establishing complete dominance over …

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Syrian airbase falls to Islamic State

THE LEVANT – Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province dominated by the extremist group, activists and state media said. The jihadis launched their long-anticipated offensive last week to seize the sprawling Tabqa air field, located …

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Al Qaeda Yemen gets behind ISIL

THE LEVANT – The most terrifying and brutal branch of Al Qaeda, the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), vows its solidarity with the ISIS against the American and Iranian conspiracy and their agents of the apostate Gulf rulers. The solidarity was announced after U.S. launched air strikes in Iraq against the …

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What’s a US President to do?

THE LEVANT – At the heart of President Barack Obama’s quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria. The president may continue helping Iraqi forces try to reverse the group’s land grabs in northern Iraq by providing more arms and American military advisers and by using U.S. …

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Syria’s civil war death toll rises

THE LEVANT-  The death toll from Syria’s civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people killed between March 2011 and April 2014, the United Nations reported Friday. The figure is the first issued by the U.N.’s human rights office since July 2013, when it documented more than 100,000 killed. …

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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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The hunt for Foley’s killer

THE LEVANT- The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible. But police and intelligence services in Britain and the United States have a plethora of clues …

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Syria – Confession of a rebel militant

[embedplusvideo height=”450″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1qpon48″ standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/KT8KXA-XF4w?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=KT8KXA-XF4w&width=450&height=450&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep3458″ /] THE LEVANT – Sharif as-Safouri, abducted by Al-Nusra Front in July, confesses to receiving antitank weapons in return for protecting the border Free Syrian Army commander, arrested last month by the Islamist militia Al-Nusra Front, told his captors he collaborated with Israel …

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Hezbollah takes out Jihadist heavy weight in Syria

THE LEVANT – Fighters from Lebanon’s Hezbollah have killed a top jihadist from the Islamic State group in Syria who allegedly planned bloody attacks in Lebanon, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Hezbollah fighters had killed Abu Abdullah al-Iraqi in the Qalamun region …

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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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Japanese national remains in the hands of ISIL

THE LEVANT  – Japan’s government said Monday it was investigating a video posted online that appears to show a kidnapped Japanese man being roughly interrogated by Syrian militants. The video, which surfaced over the weekend, shows a man who identified himself as Haruna Yukawa lying on the ground with blood …

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Trauma Kits and Body Bags Now Fill Aleppo School

THE LEVANT – By Shelly Kittleson – Volunteer civil defense units operating here in Syria’s largest city careen through crater-pocked routes of precariously hanging, pancaked concrete where barrel bombs have struck. Greyish dust blankets the dead, the alive and the twisted steel jutting out.  The panicked confusion immortalised in innumerable …

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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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UNSC goes to vote on Islamic terrorism

THE LEVANT – The UN Security Council is set to vote on Friday on a resolution aimed at weakening Islamists in Iraq and Syria by choking off funding and the flow of foreign fighters. The measure proposed by Britain would be the council’s toughest response yet to the jihadists who …

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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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Wounded Syrian baby saved from mother’s womb

THE LEVANT – Syrian government air raids killed 12 people on Sunday and wounded 23, including a mother and a baby boy removed from her womb, according to a monitoring group and amateur video. The video, broadcast by militants in the city of Raqa in northeastern Syria and whose authenticity could …

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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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Violence in Arsal escalates

THE LEVANT – Fierce clashes between the army and armed groups in the eastern border region of Arsal continued into a second day on Sunday as troops sought to regain control of areas seized by the gunmen. “Violent gunbattles broke out between the army and armed men near the municipal building …

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