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The murder of Serena Shim

THE LEVANT – Mystery of American journalist killed in car crash in Turkey… just days after she claimed intelligence services had threatened her over her coverage of siege of Kobane An American journalist has been killed in a car crash in Turkey just days after claiming she claimed the Turkish intelligence …

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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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ISIS in Kobani – Islamic state or empire?

THE LEVANT – By Patrick Cockburn – Isis is close to capturing the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, just a short distance from the Turkish border, after a three-week siege in which US air strikes turned out to be ineffective in preventing Isis winning an important victory. With Isis fighters …

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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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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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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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