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Questions about the new war on terrorism

The Levant Exclusive – By Dr. Amer Al Sabaileh The US propaganda machine whirred back to life this week with the declaration of the launch of airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. The US marketing campaign is reminiscent of the 1960s rock band reunion tours, as they ‘put the band back …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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