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Syria News May 5



Obama Does Not Foresee U.S. Boots On The Ground In Syria - ABC News

VIDEO: Obama: No U.S. Ground Troops in Syria - YouTube

Egypt and Iran seek Syria political exit, a gradual transformation of power which would not force Al-Assad to step down - Ahram Online

Iraqi Shia fighters warm up to fight in Syria - Hassan Hassan


Heavy explosions rock Damascus on Sunday, Blasts targeted a military research centre, Syrian state television blames Israel - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO: Explosions heard on Sunday in Damascus - Al Jazeera Blogs

Israeli Friday strike in Syria targeted missiles from Iran bound for Hezbollah - report - Yahoo! News

Hezbollah official says won’t let U.S., Israel gain control of Syria - THE DAILY STAR

Lebanese security forces: al-Nusra Front and Palestinian camp residents are entering and leaving Syria to fight the regime - al-akhbar

Turkish tourist town's new wave of visitors: Jihadists on their way in or out of Syria - NBC World News

More Weapons Trafficking to Syria Militants? - Syria Report

FSA Leader: We Won't Share U.S. Arms With Extremists (AUDIO) - NPR

FSA investigates residents’ claims of chemical weapons’ use in Qusayr -

Major Syrian salafi faction criticizes Jabhat al-Nosra, the statement it is written in the tone of honest advise for an ally who has committed a damaging mistake - Syria Comment

Syria’s Christians Fear Collapse of the State - Al-Monitor

The Syrian Army Tightens Grip over Jabhat al-Nusra Strongholds in Ghouta - islamicinvitationturkey

VIDEO: Assad makes a public appearance at Damascus university to unveil a statue to the martyrs -

E! Online's Twitter account hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army... sending out fake messages about Justin Bieber and Angelina Jolie - Mail Online


2 YPG Kurdish fighters killed in clashes with FSA in Til Temir, 15 abducted in Efrin - ANF

PYD View On Tel Temir clashes with FSA - Transnational Middle-East Observer

VIDEO: FSA enroute to attack Afrin and liberate it from its Kurdish inhabitants - YouTube


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Syria News May 4



Latino countries urge Qatar to amend UNGA proposed draft on Syria, Sticky points are the National Coalition,  political solution and militarization of the conflict - KUNA

UN diplomat: Brahimi has resigned orally, Ban Ki-moon is not planning to replace him but will instead appoint a senior aide to Syria - KUNA

Russia's Lavrov opposed to UN Security Council delegation to Syrian refugee camps fearing no-fly zone - NOW

Catherine Ashton points out need for national reconciliation in Syria, According to her political dialogue is the only solution for ending the violence - The Voice of Russia

Brzezinski Joins Lugar Warning Against U.S. Role in Syria - Bloomberg

VIDEO: Brzezinski : If we become chief protagonist in Syria, we are going to be stuck - YouTube

VIDEO: FAIR TV: Syria Sarin Skepticism, why do some pundits seem to want to push for a U.S. military response? - FAIR TV

Syrian Air Defenses Pose Formidable Challenge -

US Source: State Department or CIA May Serve as Conduit for Arming Syrian Rebels - The Majalla Magazine

Saudis Try to Quell Syria-Bound Jihad -

Moscow Ready to Talk to Free Syrian Army – Minister - RIA Novosti

Hezbollah Leader Defends Involvement in Syria - Al-Monitor

Syrian Internal Opposition Leader Notes 'Militarizing' of Political Approach - Al-Monitor

Russian Reporter Anastasia Popova Shows Beheadings by Syrian Rebels, Has Testimonies from Chemical Attack in Aleppo. Rebuffed by Pinheiro & Sellstrom? - Inner City Press

VIDEO: The stories of graphic videos in Syria by Anastasia Popova -


World Press Freedom day: journalists being deliberately targeted in Syria - Telegraph

Journalist James Foley likely held by Syrian government, panelists reveal at Boston event - The Daily Northwestern

Evidence of 'executions' as Assad's forces launch offensives in Syria's west - Al Bawaba

Christian Refugees in Syria Forced Back to Iraq by War - Rudaw

Al-Qaeda sets up Sharia courts in Aleppo city - The Times

New Addition to the Syrian Islamic Front - Syria Comment

Clash between Two Terrorist Groups in Duma - SANA

Kurds building bridge to link Iraqi Kurdistan with Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd

Kurdish National Movement for Peaceful Change: Kurds in Syria Will Remain Syrians - SANA

VIDEO: Syrian rebels killed Turkish policeman - Local people reaction -


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Syria News May 3



Assad forces on the offensive from Damascus to Mediterranean - Yahoo!7

Syrian Forces Strike Rebels in Wide-Ranging Assaults -

Syrian forces tighten noose on Homs rebels - Yahoo!7

Fractured Syrian rebels scramble for cash as private sponsors dwindle - The Washington Post

For Some Syrian Rebels, It’s a Battle of the Brands -  WSJ

The Free Syrian Army is being taken over by groups of jihadist thugs - The Spectator

Syrian armed group clashes with Turkish border police killing one and injuring 11, activist says it may have included opposition fighters of the Free Syrian Army - todayzaman

VIDEO: FSA allegedly attacks Turkish border security - YouTube

Kidnappers say will release Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in exchange of 6000 female prisoners - NOW

Charbel: Release of Lebanese Shiite hostages in hands of Turkey, Qatar - THE DAILY STAR

Shia Muslims flee Damascus as death squads kill religious leaders in street - NZ Herald News

Belgium: Jihadists arrested, accused of torturing and beheading non-Muslims in Syria (VIDEO) - BARE NAKED ISLAM

Syrian Endowments' Ministry Condemns Sacrilege of Prophet Companion Hajar Bin Oudi in Damascus Countryside - SANA

VIDEO: Syrian rebels destroy tomb of Prophets companion -

Dispute Flares between Nusra Front and Other Militant Group in Aleppo -

Power struggle growing among Syria militants over control of key infrastructure including oil plants and grain silos - PressTV

VIDEO: Syrian rebel-held Raqqa under attack - Yahoo! News


VIDEO: Hagel: U.S. considering the option of arming Syrian rebels, "You look at and rethink all options. It doesn't mean you do or you will" choose them - CBS News Video

POLL: Americans want U.S. to keep out of Syria conflict,  Only 10% believe the United States should intervene - Chicago Tribune

POLL: In Middle East, public rejects arming Syrian rebels -

Even With U.S. Guns, Syria's Rebels Still Might Lose -

U.S. delivers first non-lethal aid shipment to Free Syrian Army - The Cable

British defense minister urges caution over Syria's chemical weapons, action should be based on "very high quality evidence" - ITV News

Syria chemical weapons evidence 'too degraded' for proof -

Syrian Rebels Face Hurdles Proving Chemical-Attack Claims -

Moscow wants chemical arms probe limited to reported Aleppo incident, opposed to unfettered inspections of all facilities in Syria -The Voice of Russia

Interview with Syrian Information Minister: For Assad chemical weapons also a 'red line', His government "would never use" such munitions "if we had them" -

Erdoğan: Assad forces used chemical weapons, not opposition - TODAYSZAMAN

Where Are Syria’s Chemical Weapons? - The Daily Beast

Al Arabiya Exclusive: Syria's peace envoy Brahimi to resign end of May - English


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Syria News May 2



Obama hasn’t made decision on arming Syrian rebels, W.H. says -

Obama raised the bar for military intervention saying the international community must first agree that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime -

DOD Spokesman: The Pentagon remains "fully cognizant" of the threat posed by Islamic extremist groups inside Syria - TheHill on Facebook

FSA Chief Idriss frustrated by Obama’s caution, says to have enough information to answer questions of how, where and when chemical weapons were deployed - The Washington Post

Text of the Idriss letter to Obama -

Too risky to fund Syrian rebels, Canada says - Money Jihad | Combating terrorist financing

VIDEO: FSA chief Salim Idriss Take A Trip To Syria - Brown Moses Blog

UN diplomats: UN-Arab League envoy to Syria wants to resign because peace efforts have failed - The Washington Post

Russian Navy ships ready to evacuate Russians from Syria - Russia & India Report

Russian plane wasn’t targeted in Syrian airspace – state news agency - RT News


Assad showing renewed confidence makes a public appearance, number of defections has gone significantly down in recent months - Huffington Post

Free Syrian Army has fallen prey to gangsters and fanatics, BBC journalist talks to rebels who deserted FSA in outrage at the atrocities against ordinary people - Spectator

Kidnapped Syrian bishop in need of medicine - Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Syria's other war: Intra-rebel skirmishes - NOW

Syrian guerillas are ‘simple country folk with no clear ideology’ - captive journalist to RT - RT News

Syrian air strike against the Ahrar al-Sham brigade headquaters on Turkish border kills five - activists - The West Australian

As Fighting Rages in Damascus, Kurds Flee Their Neighborhoods - Rudaw

Syria’s Opposition Hopes to Win the War by Selling Oil - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Syrian Rebels Eye EU Oil Trade - YouTube


The growing power of Islamist fighters in southern Syria is causing alarm in neighboring Jordan - Reuters

Syria opposition denounces Hezbollah “threats”, warns against any intervention by the movement or by Iran  - NOW

Lebanese Sheikh Assir Returns from Qusayr, Says Had 'the Honor of Firing on the Criminals' - Naharnet

VIDEO: Lebanese Sheikh al-Assir filmed fighting in Syria -

Director of Syrian Refugees Office in Tripoli Says Escaped Assassination Attempt - Naharnet

Syrian war displaces 235,000 Palestinians says UN Agency, Lebanon is a major destination -

VIDEO: Syrian rebels burn Palestinian flag in Aleppo - YouTube


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Syria News May 1



Obama signals won't rush to act against Syria over chemical arms, "We don't know how they were used, when they were used, who used them" - Reuters

VIDEO: On Syrian chemical weapons, we need "the facts," Obama says - CBS News Video

POLL: American Public Opposes Action in Syria and North Korea -

Syrian UN envoy says chemical weapons can’t be tolerated, demands probe of alleged Aleppo attack - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Syrian UN envoy Bashar Ja'afari on the situation in Syria -  

Iran says use of chemical arms by anyone in Syria is "red line" - Yahoo! News

No agreement yet on chemical weapons probe in Syria: UN - Xinhua |

Syria: The horrific chemical weapons attack that probably wasn’t a chemical weapons attack (VIDEO) -

VIDEO: Aftermath of the Sheikh Maqsoud alleged chemical attack -

New accusation on chemical weapons in Syria underscores Obama’s line that we don’t know much, dueling reports surfaced of a new chemical attack in a town near the Turkish border -

Turkey hospital official: There is no indication that chemical weapons were used in the border town - Al Jazeera Blogs

Gen. Dempsey: US military action, no-fly zone might not solve Syrian conflict - The Hill's DEFCON Hill


Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah Hints at Possible Syria Intervention - ABC News

VIDEO: Lebanon Hezbollah leader Nasrallah hints at possible Syria intervention - YouTube

Lebanon's Hezbollah faithful ready to die in Syria - FRANCE 24

Lebanon condemns deadly bombings in Damascus - PressTV

FSA may soon launch counterattack on Hezbollah, says Jordanian ex-army official - English | Front Page

VIDEO: Interview With Lebanese Fighters of Hezbollah On The Borders | Syria War - YouTube

VIDEO: Formation of Ahmad al-Assir brigade after the Lebanese salafi sheikh recently called for jihad in Syria - YouTube

Israeli reserves called up for Syrian, Lebanese borders. Military drill starts Sunday - DEBKAFILE


Deadly blast rocks central Damascus (VIDEO) - AFP

Russia Bans Commercial Flights Over Syria To Avoid To Be Targeted By Rebels - RIA Novosti

Kidnapped Syrian Bishops in “Good Health”, According to Turkish President Abdullah Gul who allegedly spoke on the phone with one of them - Persecution News

Religious leaders push for kidnapped bishops’ release - The Washington Post

Battle over army helicopter base in northern Syria kills 15 rebels, activists say - Fox News

European outlets report journalists missing in Syria - Committee to Protect Journalists

The Syrian Electronic Army Talk About Hacking the Guardian and Their Obama Bomb Hoax - VICE United States


Syrian Rebels Accused Of Terrorizing Population As Kidnappings, Torture Are Rampant - Huffington Post

VIDEO: Salafi extremists torture Alawi civilian.... He was found beheaded - YouTube

Syrians deserting the FSA: Faust wants his soul back - openDemocracy

Albanian Islamists Join Syrian War - Al-Monitor


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Syria News Apr 30



Obama calls Putin, tells him concerned over Syria chemical arms - AFP

White House Says "Much More" Work Needed to Verify Syria Chemical Use - Bloomberg

Hagel: "Wait to get the facts" before acting on Syria - CBS News

Republicans urge Obama to enforce Syria 'red line,' oppose deploying troops - Fox News

France FM says Syria's use of chemical arms "uncertain" -

Syria chemical weapons: British MPs demand evidence of sarin use by Assad - Telegraph

Israel takes pressure off Obama to act on 'red line' for Syria - The Hill's Global Affairs

Strike on Syria chem weapons `very complex’: Israel envoy - zeenews

Lavrov: Political intrigue hampers honest investigation of WMD use in Syria, The Syrian government denied entry to a UN team of investigators saying that it must include Russian specialists to ensure that it is unbiased - RT 

Defected Syrian general claims he was ordered to use chemical weapons, questions raised as to the veracity of the his claims - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Syria access essential for credible chemical weapons inquiry - U.N - Reuters

Syria poses challenges for chemical weapons inspectors, expert says - AFP

Expert: Doubt cast Syrian chemical attack (VIDEO) - 3 News

Why Would Syria Use Chemical Weapons? Why attempt a very limited attack resulting in no obvious military advantage? - Sky News

VIDEO: Links Between Alleged Chemical Attacks In Saraqeb, Idlib, and Sheikh Maghsoud, Aleppo - Brown Moses Blog


White House Eyes Risks From Assad's Air Defenses, Damascus has a world class air-defense system with Russian technicians providing technical assistance (VIDEO) - WSJ

U.S. Analysis of Syria's Russian-Made Air Defenses - WSJ

Pentagon steps up planning for potential military intervention in Syria - Blogs

Britain 'less eager' to arm Syrian rebels following intel on Al-Qaida links - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Syria's neighbours cautious about U.S.-led intervention - Reuters

Syrian troops recapture villages near strategic city of Qusayr - McClatchy

Assad's Army, Militias Go On the Offensive - Israel National News

Lebanese in Syria border towns defending themselves: Ambassador to Lebanon Ali - THE DAILY STAR

Russia denies urging Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria - THE DAILY STAR

Russia and Japan Stress on Dialogue for Finding Political Solution to Crisis in Syria - SANA, Syria

Examining Qatar's Arab Spring Largesse - VOA

Guardian Twitter accounts hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army - Naked Security

The Syrian Electronic Army: Bashar al-Assad's shadow warriors - The Guardian


Syrian prime minister survives assassination attempt, several killed state media says - Fox News

VIDEO: Blast Misses Syrian PM al-Halqi, Next to a School in Mazzeh Area of Damascus -

Missiles fired at Russian plane with 200 passengers onboard flying over Syria – reports (VIDEO) - RT News

Syrian rebel groups are now fronted mainly by Islamic radicals, Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of - The Boston Globe

Oil Wars in Syria—Nusra's Expanding Reach—Syrian Taliban - Syria Comment

Conversations with the FSA General - Foreign Policy

Sheikh Assir Declares Arrival of His Mujahideen in Syria - Al Akhbar English

Kurds Say Orthodox Syrian Bishops Kidnapped by Islamist Feteh El-Hesun Group, trying to rescue them ~ HellasFrappe

Graphic: Rebels behead a group from Nubbol and AlZahraa, the villages have been under siege for the last 10 months now by the rebels (PHOTO) - SyriaNews


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Syria News Apr 28


Russian envoy warns on chemical arms 'pretext' for intervention in Syria, “We must know the truth and have proof"  - 

Chemical inspection stalled: UN team can’t be trusted ‘politically’ without Russian experts – Syrian information minister - RT News

Syria: Chemical weapons used by rebels came from Turkey - The Times of Israel

Syria: Terrorists used projectiles filled with chemicals in Damascus - SyriaNews

Syrian sarin claims undermined by eyewitness account - The Observer

Netanyahu orders ministers to keep mum on Syria - The Times of Israel


Report: Six Hizbullah Fighters Killed in Qusayr Battles - Naharnet

Syria: National Defense Forces at Forefront of Qusayr Fighting - Al Akhbar English

VIDEO: Rebel leader Captain Basil in Al-Qusayr badly wounded by SAA -

Lebanese family releases eight Alawite Syrians -

Iran 'directly involved' in recruiting Iraqis to fight in Syria: officials - Al-Shorfa

Syria Rebels Say Plane from Iraq Bombed Eastern City -

Iraq PM points to Syria over deadly 'sectarian' unrest - .hurriyetdailynews

VIDEO: Iraqi Abalfazl Al-Abbas Brigade protecting the Shiite Zaynab Shrine in Damascus -

Jordanian journalist: Putin said will not give up on Assad even if the battle reaches the streets of Moscow -

Lavrov says Patriot deployment in Turkey could be directed at Iran -

Qatar 'playing with fire' as it funds Syrian Islamists in quest for global influence - Telegraph

Fire Kills 4 Brothers at Camp for Syria Refugees -

VIDEO: More Details Of Air-To-Air Missiles Used By Rebels As Surface-To-Surface Missiles - Brown Moses Blog


Pan-Muslim body urges release of captive Syria bishops - NOW

European Union Calls For Immediate Release Of Abducted Syrian Bishops -


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Syria News Apr 27


Obama vows to probe Syria chemical arms claims, "These are preliminary assessments, they're based on our intelligence gathering" - NOW

Investigators collecting Syria chemical weapons evidence, UN says - NOW

UN Chief Urges Syrian Access for UN Chemical Team - ABC News

Syrian Officials Deny Use Of Chemical Weapons - NPR

Damascus claims Al-Qaeda used chemical rocket in Aleppo attack - RT News

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons: Evidence of Syria chemical weapons use not up to U.N. standard - Reuters

U.S. Lawmakers Cautious on Syria -

EU: Lack of definitive evidence on chemical weapons in Syria -

Cameron: Evidence of Syria chemical weapons use serious - NOW

Israel urges U.S. action over Syrian chemical weapons - Yahoo! News

VIDEOS: Aftermath of Possible Chemical Attack in Syria -

VIDEO: U.S. Seeks Definite Evidence on Syria, Carney Says - Bloomberg


Troops backed by militia battle rebels around Damascus - FRANCE 24

They may be fighting for Syria, not Assad: The regime’s army is in no mood to surrender, may also be winning - The Independent

Syria: Rebels and Kurds clash in Aleppo - GlobalPost

FSA chief: After Qusayr, Hezbollah fighters reach Idlib and Aleppo - English 

Hezbollah Prepares for Attacks by Jabhat al-Nusra in Lebanon - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Iran Told Hezbollah to Join Syrian War, Says Ex-Leader - Bloomberg

Does the Free Syrian Army have no room for non-Islamists?

German Officials Fear Return of Islamist Fighters in Syria - SPIEGEL ONLINE

U.S. Wary As Qatar Ramps Up Support Of Syrian Rebels : NPR

VIDEO:  Al-Otaybah Damascus Countryside Under Syrian Army Control - LiveLeak.coml

VIDEO: Video Footage Of Air-To-Air Missiles Being Used As Surface-To-Surface Missiles In Syria - Brown Moses Blog

VIDEO: Interview with Tunisian Jihadists in Syria: We Were Lied to by the Mainstream Media -

VIDEO: Syrian Electronic Army Hacks CBS, Associated Press, Arab League and human rights websites -


Who Kidnapped the Two Bishops? Reports stating that a Chechen group named the "Nourdine Zrcelli Brigade" was responsible -

No sign of Orthodox bishops' release, fears of political blackmail grow - Asia News


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Syria News Apr 26


U.S. intelligence believes Syria’s Assad used chemical weapons ‘on a small scale’, White House calls for “comprehensive United Nations investigation" - The Washington Post

White House: We don’t know if Syria red line has been crossed - The Cable

White House Letter on Syria Sent to Congress -

U.N. to investigate claims of the use of chemical weapons in Syria -

Blood samples of dead Syrians to be tested in Jordan for chemical weapons - The National

Strategically, why would Syria have used chemical weapons on a 'small scale'? - FP Passport

Qatari prime minister: Bashar used chemical weapons - FP Passport

AUDIO: Former head of the UK army's chemical weapons unit says US right to be cautious about nerve agent claims -

VIDEO: State Dept. says inspectors pre-deployed near Syria -

At the UN US Worried by Al Nusra, Russia Says They'll Get EU Oil Money - Inner City Press

Syria seen as security risk to Europe -

Terror attacks in Europe rise by a quarter as EU citizens fight in Syria – Europol - RT News


Syria army shifts to "war of highways" - NOW

Syrian government's capture of town a 'big blow to the opposition,' group says - Fox News

Syria rebels launch attack in central Hama, Video shows heavy machinegun and rocket fire amid cries of "God is great" - Reuters

Syria accuses “Chechen terrorists” of bishops' abduction - NOW

Assad still has backers among Syrian refugees - The Washington Post

Syria expects more financial aid from Russia, Iran - AFP

Exiled Muslim Brotherhood plans return to Syria - The Washington Post

Syrian industrialists and merchants leave besieged Aleppo, Damascus, join exodus from country - Fox News

PHOTOS: Funeral of Driver of Kidnapped Bishops -

VIDEO: Major Strategic Town East of Damascus is Cleansed by SAA from Terrorists in Syria -

Syrian suspected of espionage beaten and paraded through Tripoli, Lebanon, His tormentors accused him of having links to the Syrian regime (VIDEO) - The Observers

VIDEO: Leaked Video Shows Scud Launches By The 155th Brigade In Syria - Brown Moses Blog


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Syria News Apr 25


Syrian church: 2 abducted bishops still missing, activists say the gunmen were Nusra linked fighters from the Caucuses - Yahoo! News

The bishops who went to meet with terrorists to secure the release of two priests were kidnapped themselves: activist -

Pope appeals for release of Syrian bishops speaking to an audience of around 100,000 at the Vatican - Yahoo!7

Mortar shell slams Christians and Druze populated suburb of Syrian capital, 7 killed - Xinhua |

Minaret of landmark mosque in Syria destroyed -

Syrian army seizes strategic town near capital - Reuters

Syrian regime shoring up hold on capital, coast - SFGate

Syrian Army Regains Several Areas in Qusayr, Damascus Countryside -

Syria: National Defense Forces at Forefront of Qusayr Fighting - Al Akhbar English

Syrian sharia court in rebel held territory executes a woman after finding her guilty of adultery - TheNational

On Syria, UN Official on Sexual Violence Bangura Slams Islamist Foreign Fighters, HRW Ignores It - Inner City Press

VIDEO: Syria fighting in Aleppo destroys UNESCO site Aleppo mosque - YouTube

VIDEO: Aleppo’s great mosque destroyed, militants engaged in fighting while using the inside of the complex as a base -

VIDEO: FSA founder Riad al-Asaad speaks from hospital bed -

VIDEO: 'Kidnappers cut off my finger' says Syrian victim - YouTube


Hagel skeptical of Syria chemical weapons claims, Israel did not tell him of its intelligence assessment - The Washington Post

Syria crisis: UN to study soil samples for proof of sarin gas -

Syria says it would not use chemical arms, 'even against Israel' - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Free Syrian Army general: ‘Clear proof chemical weapons used’ - Blogs

US, Jordan Form Command Center to Watch Syria -

Jordan’s Salafists Provide Lifeline to Syrian Opposition - Al-Monitor

Syria: Al Nusra to Hezbollah, get out or Beirut will burn -

Hundreds of Europeans fighting in Syria, says EU expert - BBC News

William Hague warns of threat to Britain from Syria fighters - Telegraph

Qatar faces backlash among rebel groups in Syria, saying the oil-rich Gulf state directs its backing to rebels with a more Islamist ideology - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Exclusive: On Syria, Qatar Is Told to Drop Rebels, by Latins, India, South Africa & Malaysia, Letters Put Online Here - Inner City Press

Spain backs Syrian national unity government - English 

Algeria cracks down on Syria recruiting networks - Magharebia

Brahimi suggests U.N. arms embargo on both sides of the Syria conflict - English


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Syria News Apr 24


Israeli officials say Syria used chemical weapons, "probably sarin" (VIDEO) - The Washington Post

U.S. Sees No Hard Evidence of Syrian Chemical Weapons Use - Bloomberg

Lavrov Urges Caution Over Syria Chemical Weapons Reports, to Avoid the Repetition of the “Iraqi Scenario” - RIA Novosti

Kerry: Netanyahu Can't Confirm Syria Chemical Weapons Use — Naharnet

Kerry Tells NATO it must plan for "a Syrian threat, including any potential chemical-weapons threat" - Bloomberg

US, Russia Clash Over Syria at NATO Meeting - VOA

EU actions in Syrian sanctions draws attack from Russia -

VIDEO: White House reacts to reports of chemical weapons used in Syria -

VIDEO: Netanyahu can't confirm Syria chemical weapons use: Kerry - MSN Video


Christian group: Two Orthodox bishops held in Syria freed - NOW

Conflicting Reports Arise over the Release of Two Bishops, Orthodox Patriarchate Announced it did not Receive any Official Information -

Church sources: Syrian bishops kidnapped by "Chechens" jihadists - NOW

Syria opposition blames regime for bishop kidnappings - NOW

VIDEO: The dead driver killed by the kidnappers of the Aleppo Bishops -

Syrian rockets again fall on Lebanese territory, Apparently fired by Syrian rebels who hit Shiite areas several times in the past two weeks - US News and World Report


Syrian Electronic Army Hacks A.P. Twitter Feed, Sends Erroneous Message About Explosions at White House -

BBC Weather Twitter account taken over by Syrian Electronic Army -

How the Syrian Electronic Army hacked the AP—and who are these guys, anyway? – Quartz


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Syria News Apr 23


Syrian Army Surrounds Strategic Town of Qusayr - Al Akhbar English

The Battle for Qusayr Is Key Front in Syria War, and by Extension it is the Battle of Homs  - Al-Monitor

Assad says Qusayr now 'main battle': Lebanon ex-MP - AFP

New Syrian border front line opens up between rebels and Hezbollah - The Times

Syrian rebels step up rocket attacks to Lebanon, after threats by the Free Syrian Army and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front - THE DAILY STAR

Watchdog: Hezbollah leads fight in Syria’s Qusayr - English

Hezbollah Says Rebel Threat Creates a ‘Moral’ Duty to Defend Lebanese in Syria - Bloomberg

Two armed Hizballah brigades fighting for Assad near Homs - DEBKAfile

Hezbollah declares war on Syrian people, SNC chief says - English

FSA offers truce to Hezbollah - NOW

Lebanese Islamist clerics to send Sunni Jihadists to Syria to fight against the regime -

Report: Jordan opens skies for IAF drones flying to Syria, "They are also armed and therefore can hit targets anywhere" - JPost | Israel News

In Jordan, tensions rise between Syrian refugees and host community - The Washington Post

Iraq makes contingency plans for Syria dam collapse - NOW

Arab League rejects UN chief's call to end Syria arms supplies - AFP

VIDEO: Al-Manar Camera in al-Qusayr Shoots Syrian Army Progress - Al- Manar

VIDEO: FSA firing their missiles into Lebanon - YouTube

VIDEO: Lebanese Sheikh Assir urging people to join the fight in Syria against the regime - YouTube


Syria War: Hundreds Feared Dead In Damascus Fighting -

The opposition group Local Co-ordination Committees has published an account of its version of the killings in Damascus - LCC 

The Syrian army gives a very different account of the killings in Damascus -

Syria says two Aleppo bishops kidnapped by rebels - Yahoo!7

In Syria, kidnappings on the rise as lawlessness spreads - The Washington Post

Syria opposition entrusts Sabra as interim leader until elections - Middle East Online

FSA chief Idriss acknowledges that he does not command the forces on the ground and that the body he heads is not a "complete" military organisation - samotali

Syrian rebels seek control over oilfields -

Syrian rebel oil sales at least a month off - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Chechen Terrorists Kidnap Civilians in Aleppo - English Subtitles -

VIDEO: Jabhat al-Nusra now dispersing protestors with machine gun fire - YouTube


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Syria News Apr 22


Kerry announces $123M in more nonlethal aid to Syrian rebels - Fox News

VIDEO: Kerry: Aid Boost for Syria Opposition - YouTube

Kerry: 11 Nations to Direct Syria Aid Through FSA General - VOA

German FM stands by refusal to send arms to Syria even if other European nations let an EU embargo on arms deliveries expire -

Syria: Fabius-Hague letter on lifting arms embargo - Brussels blog

Syrian opposition coalition says rejects ''all forms of terrorism'' - Reuters

Syria opposition chief re-files resignation, coalition member says - ArabNews

Lavrov slams Friends of Syria, lays bare differences with Turkey - todayszaman

Exclusive: In Closed Consultations of the Security Council, Brahimi Criticizes Arab League Decision - Morocco World News


Syria army closes in on Qusayr near Lebanon, provides Hezbollah aerial shield - AFP

Syrian rebels intensify rocket attacks into Lebanon - Yahoo! News

Troops storm flashpoint town near Damascus, NGO says - NOW

Syrian Pro-Government Hackers Take Their Fight to CBS '60 MINUTES" and Twitter -  AllThingsD

Jordan Arrests 8 Syrian Refugees in Troubled Camp - ABC News

Jordan creates obstacle for Syrian refugees trying to return home: official - PressTV

VIDEO: Jordanian security forces attack Zaatari refugee camp -

VIDEO: Syrian Rebel Confesses to Receiving Military Training in Jordan -

VIDEO: Message from the Taliban in Syria: We Shall Fight the Nations of Infidelity - YouTube

VIDEO: Chechenyan in Syria threatening to behead civilians -


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Syria News Apr 21


Syrian rebels told by West to unify and reject extremism in return for a major new package of non-lethal assistance - Telegraph

Deep divisions seen among backers of Syrian rebels on who to aid, and how - The Washington Post

Syria opposition must distance itself from terrorists: Germany - Reuters

EU to discuss Syria arms embargo in coming weeks: UK's Hague -

Syria opposition voices frustration with international backers, "The international community cannot ask us for anything" - Yahoo! News

Demands of the Syrian Coalition to the Friends of Syria: Weapons, drone strikes and no-fly zone - yallasouriya

Free Syrian Army chief: No dialogue with Assad, "This (conflict) will not be settled other than by force” – In Serbia News

Davutoğlu: Turkey will not discuss future of Syria with Israel - todayszaman


Syria battles rage near Lebanon border, seized Radwaniyeh village near rebel-held Qusayr - AFP

Dozens, many of them rebels, killed in battle near Damascus - AFP

Al Nusra battle with tribesmen over oil in Syria's east, respond by blowing up 30 houses after the battle which killed 17 rebels - Yahoo! News

Six Jabhat al-Nusra affiliated Iraqis arrested on Syrian border - Al-Shorfa

Syria Prevents Trucks from Heading to Lebanon via Abboudiyeh Crossing - Naharnet

Lebanon to complain to AL about Syria militants - PressTV 

Lebanese Villagers Discover Al-Qaeda Field Hospital - SyriaNews

Report: Hizbullah Fighter Killed in Clashes in Syria — Naharnet

Tensions High After Riot at Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan -

Jordan in the Eye of the Syrian Storm - Al Akhbar English

Syrian Rebel Confesses to Receiving Military Training in Jordan- SANA, Syria

VIDEO: Wahhabi Rebels Wipe Out Christian Church in Deir Ezzor, Syria - YouTube

VIDEO: Saudi jihadist from Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda) sings about getting Syrian girls -

VIDEO: Lebanese Talk Show Exposes the Selling of Underage Syrian Girls -


Kremlin: Russia, US to step up counter-terrorism cooperation following the Boston Marathon bombings- NBC World News

The birth of Chechen Muslim radicals - CBS News

Saudi Money, Saudi Preachers In Chechnya, And The Boston Echo - New English Review

Chechen commander forms 'Army of Emigrants,' integrates Syrian groups (VIDEO) - The Long War Journal


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Syria News Apr 20



Jordanian source: Jordan asked Washington to deploy "Patriot" on the border with Syria -

U.S. defense official: No Patriot missiles to Jordan-Syria border - Foreign Policy

Jordan Considers Creating Buffer Zone in Daraa - Al-Monitor

More than 100 US Soldiers Deploying To Jordan From Fort Bliss Amid Conflict In Syria -

10 Jordanian police injured in a riot at Syrian refugee camp- The Seattle Times

Northern Storm Brigade: Positive Breakthrough in Lebanese Abductees Case within 10 Days - Naharnet

Hezbollah Wary of Deeper Intervention in Syria - The Majalla Magazine

Encroaching Syrian Conflict Pits Hezbollah Against Jabhat al-Nusra - Al-Monitor

Israel 'set to hit Syria rebels over arms' - Big News Network

Belgium vs. Islamic Jihadists - Gatestone Institute

Russia, Egypt call for quick Syria ceasefire, the launch of negotiations between the regime and rebels - Yahoo! News Maktoob


Boston Marathon suspects Chechen Islamic terrorists, their videos feature Bin Laden, call to kill Americans, Jews, Christians and establish a world-wide caliphate Fox News

VIDEO: Chechen Boston Bomber believed in "Islamic Prophecy" saying an army of Black Flags will "defeat USA and Israel" -

North Caucasus or Chechen jihadists’ money traces back to Saudi Arabia and Osama bin Laden - Money Jihad

Jabhat al-Nusra's rise in Syria: testimonies from inside - Al-Shorfa

A divorce with al-Nusra will not be easy since the battle against al-Assad is now organized and led by the Islamist fighters -

Free Syrian Army denies connection with al-Nusra Front -

Assailants Gun Down Official of Syria’s Relief Agency -

Damascus Maintains Military Advantage, Inner Circle Cohesive: US official -

Report: 4000 Militants Killed in Three Weeks in Syria -

Clashes for control over major military base flare in Raqqa, northern Syria - Xinhua |

Syria shoots down balloon carrying US-made spying devices near Idlib - Siasat

VIDEO (and transcript): Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Full Interview with Ikhbariya News Channel - SyriaNews


Top UN Official Amos: Syrian cities reduced to rubble, Children raped and murdered, House burned with families inside - United Nations

VIDEO: UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict: 'FSA raped, killed young woman in Syria' - YouTube

VIDEO: Syria UN Rep: Syrian Women Raped by Terrorists; Jordanian Cleric's Fatwa for FSA to Enslave Girls - YouTube

Syria: Old Franciscan church destroyed - Independent Catholic News

Syria: Qamishli’s Kurds Fight Two Enemies at Once - Al Akhbar English

Domestic opposition leader Manna: Syrians can be reconciled – through negotiation, not violence - The Guardian

VIDEO: Armenians face few options in Syria - YouTube


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Syria News Apr 19



Syria troops seize strategic Homs village, rebels in the area capture abandoned Dabaa military airport - NOW

VIDEO: The rebels who captured Dabaa military airport near Homs chant anti-Shia slogans -

VIDEO: Three Alawite soldiers being tortured by rebels in Homs province - YouTube

Syrian rebels sometimes bring strife to villages -

Syria's Christian Minority Lives in Fear of Kidnapping and Street Battles - The Atlantic

Islamist Ultimatum to Syrian Christians: Convert, Leave, or Die -

Protests over abducted Shiites in Syria target Turkish offices in Lebanon - NOW

Opposition chief Al Khatib rejects any military attack by Western countries inside Syria in the name of fighting terrorism -

Syrian opposition to establish moderate form of Islamic law - The National

VIDEO: FSA group leader interview -


France, Britain claim Syria used chemical weapons - The Times of India

U.S. Probes Suspicions Syria Used Chemical Weapons -

Israeli threat to intervene in Syria to prevent chemical and other weapons getting into the hands of militant Islamist groups - Telegraph

Iraq blasted daily by suicide bombings and shootings spawned by the civil war in neighboring Syria - UPI

Saudi Arabia and Qatar Vie For Influence in Syria - Al-Monitor

Kuwait makes good on $300 mn pledge for Syria aid - AFP


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Syria News Apr 18



Key Obama Officials Differ on Syria in Testimony, Rift between the State Department and the Pentagon -

Pentagon Chief Hagel Orders Unit to Jordan, Warns About Intervention in Syria - News

VIDEO: Hagel Testifies to Congress on Syria -

U.S. Fears Syria Rebel Victory, for Now -

Netanyahu to urge Britain to 'carefully vet’ Syria rebels’ intentions before supplying them with arms - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Russian foreign minister says all parties in Syria should lay down arms without any pre-condition- Anadolu Agency

VIDEO:  Russian Lavrov talk Syria with Turkish Davutoglu - PressTV

UN chief: Syria still has not allowed entry of chemical weapons investigation team - The Washington Post

Pentagon mum on Syria chemical weapons use -

EU to allow purchases of Syrian oil from opposition | Reuters

Iran, South Africa Stress Need to Stop Violence in Syria, Adopt Dialogue and Political Solutions- SANA, Syria

VIDEO: End War in Syria: Stop the Killing Now, Unprecedented Appeal from UN Heads of Agency - YouTube


Syria's Assad warns West over Qaeda. vows that he will not "surrender" - NOW

VIDEO: Assad warns West against supporting 'al Qaeda rebels' - FRANCE 24

Battle for Damascus: Regime Fights on Four Fronts - Al Akhbar English

Syrian Christians Seek Refuge Beyond Lebanon - Al Akhbar English

Belgian Police Arrest Six on Charges of Recruiting for Syrian Insurgency -

Historical heritage site Dura-Europos Looted and Vandalized by Syrian rebels - SyriaNews

VIDEO: Al Jazeera speaks to FSA deputy commander - YouTube

VIDEO: Syria Kurdish YPG Commander`s Speech - YouTube

VIDEO: Salafist Army arrests Sheik Hassan Seif Addin just before his beheading -

VIDEO: New Anti-Tank Weapons From The Former-Czechoslovakia Appear In Syria


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Syria News Apr 16



Muslim Brotherhood denies accusations group seeks to control opposition - The Washington Post

Muslim Brotherhood chief denies extremist control in Syria, Adding: “As far as I know, there is no extremism in Syria” - 

Syrian Coalition urges al-Nusra to stay within the ranks of nationalistic Syrians, to continue its efforts in fighting the Assad regime - 

Jabhat al-Nusra's planned Islamist state seems closer to becoming a reality than Ghassan Hitto’s interim government

Islamic State Declared in Syria, al-Nusra currently administers villages and cities through Islamist governance embodied in shari’a councils - Syria Comment

Syria's Jabhat al-Nusra seeks direct relationship with al-Qaeda leadership - Al-Shorfa

In Syria, al Qaeda-linked terrorists get credit for American aid - Foreign Policy

Syrian minister says UK and France are 'directly or indirectly' backing al-Qaida - The Guardian

Senator Rand Paul: Clinton said that a week before the murder of the US ambassador the US knew about a ship with lots of weapons sent from Libya to Syria rebels -

VIDEO: Pakistani Taliban training Jabhat -Al Nusrah fighters -

VIDEO: We are All Osama: Jabhat al-Nusra Celebrations for the Establishment of Islamic State in Syria - YouTube

VIDEO: Rebel leaders confess to crimes and being paid from abroad -


Syria Rebels Confirm Shelling Bekaa in Lebanon, Hizbullah Buries More Fighters — Naharnet

Hermel residents in Lebanon threaten to hit back at Syria rebels - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Video Shows Syrian Rebels Attacking Lebanese Territory - Brown Moses Blog

VIDEO: Hezbollah fighting in Syria - YouTube


Assad forces try to consolidate gains in Maaret al-Numan - THE DAILY STAR

To die or leave? The Maronite Archbishop of Damascus talks about the unanswered dilemma of Syrian Christians - Fides News Agency


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Syria News Apr 15



Lebanese fighters backed by Hezbollah fighting inside Syria near border, in several towns inhabited by 15,000 Lebanese who live on the Syrian side - Fox News

Lebanese factions deepen involvement in Syria supporting opposite sides in the civil war - VOA

Iraqi forces arrest 18 al-Qaeda suspects "planning to launch terrorist operations" in the Iraqi-Syrian border areas and "merge with Al Nusra" - Al-Shorfa

Syria: Jordan to spearhead Saudi Arabian arms drive in a move that coincides with the transfer from Riyadh to Amman of more than $1bn - The Guardian

Syria: Britain funds rebels overseeing aid inside occupied areas - Telegraph

Report: 200 Australian Muslims Waging Jihad In Syria, Majority Fighting With Al Nusra Front - The Australian

Russia to vote against 'one-sided' UN Syria resolution - RT News

VIDEO: Rebels waving Al Qaeda flag in Syria after they passed freely the Turkish Border -


Syria troops break siege of key army camps killing at least 21 opposition fighters, a watchdog said on Sunday - NOW

The reluctance of rebel groups to reprimand criminals within their ranks has tarnished their reputation - Syria News

2 Killed, Reporters Wounded in Aleppo Car Bomb — Naharnet

Main rebel groups in Syria's Aleppo - AFP

Kidnappers free Lebanese man held in Syria, Relatives paid a ransom of $150,000 to secure his release - Ahram Online

Four Italian journalists freed by jihadist kidnappers in Syria, No details if Rome paid a ransom - Telegraph

Ahrar al Sham - A Rising Force in the Syrian Civil War - SOFREP

A press released just issued by Syria's National Coalition about Jabhat al-Nusra and Al Qaeda links -Hassan Hassan Facebook

PHOTO: Rebels Shoot Down Helicopter then Behead Crew - Human Rights Activists

PHOTOS: Syrian Died from Torture by FSA group- SyriaNews

VIDEO: FSA group interrogates and beats man-

VIDEO: Rebels invading a small village near the turkish border and start kidnapping men in this village -

VIDEO: Scud-B Missile Remains Filmed Near Raqqa - Brown Moses Blog


Defected Syrian VP:  We are against Kurdish federalism in Syria, Our Country is Burning, No Time to Waste on Kurdish Issue - Rudaw

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Syria News Apr 13



Syrian opposition faces "crucial leadership juncture", Ambasssador Ford: it is incumbent on the Syrian opposition coalition and military council to isolate those extremists - KUNA

Syria’s Jihadists Dismay the Opposition - Al-Monitor

Brotherhood blasts the ‘smear campaign’ against them among other Syrian opposition - THE DAILY STAR

Syria’s major coalition of Islamist rebels rejects Qaeda allegiance vow - English 

Text of responses from Syrian Islamist Rebels about Al Qaeda Merger - Hassan Hassan

Sectarian strife will persist in Syria after Assad’s fall as divisions among opposition groups deepen, top U.S. intelligence official says - The Washington Post

France says U.N. talks begin on Qaeda-linked Syria rebels - Yahoo! News

Lavrov : Attempts of Raising Doubts on Legitimacy of Syrian Government Reduce Chances of Peaceful Solution - Swissinfo

Russian Landing Ship Alexander Shabalin Bound for Tartous- SANA, Syria

Muslim Brotherhood Paves Way for Qatar’s Ascent - Al Akhbar English

Tiny emirate, huge political ambitions: Qatari investment booms (VIDEO) - RT News

Syria: Libya and Iraq biggest arms traffickers to rebels -


Syrian rebel attack on Kurdish-populated town of Qamishli points to end of peace pact, the advance includes the Free Syrian Army and Al Nusra - Reuters

In Latakia rebels inject the conflict with a sectarian violence that has people angry, stories of Alawites captured and savagely killed by Al Nusra - Heritage Florida Jewish News

Kurd tortured to death in Syria's Aleppo: watchdog, "Like dozens of others, he was arbitrarily detained and tortured" - Yahoo!7

From Rebel Torture Chambers in Aleppo (PHOTOS) - SyriaNews

VIDEO: One Minute left before we Kill you....Terrorist in Syria torturing a hostage -

Iranian TV correspondent ambushed, shot at, by terrorists in Damascus - Trend.Az

Factories ablaze as intense clashes erupt in eastern Damascus - Xinhua |

VIDEO: Syrian rebels enter Qamishli - YouTube

VIDEO: The rebels shelling the airport near Qamishli - YouTube


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Syria News Apr 12



G8 ministers fail to agree on Syria -

G8 urges humanitarian assistance for Syria, but makes no commitment to supply rebels with lethal weapons (VIDEO)- Al Jazeera English

Obama Clears $10 Million in Aid for Syrian Opposition, "in non-lethal commodities and services ... to provide food and medical supplies" - Businessweek

U.S. updates military options for Syria - Blogs

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Menendez: Arm Syrian rebels - The Hill's Global Affairs

Lavrov: Moscow, Washington will Urge Syrian Opposition to Form Team for Negotiations - SANA

Russia concerned over Syrian opposition connection with terrorists - NZweek


We need arms, rebels’ new leader Hitto tells West - The Times

Syria LCC activists reject Qaeda call for Islamic state - NOW

Syria calls on UN to list al-Nusra Front as terrorist - Xinhua -

Syria TV confirms video of cleric's killing is real - NOW

Bishop speaks of starvation in Aleppo - Catholic Culture

Power outages put Aleppo back in the dark ages, Syria Minister: sabotage was by armed militants who killed dozens of power sector workers -

A Rivalry Between Two Legal Systems in Aleppo Reveals Syrian Rebels’ Challenges With Governance -

VIDEO: Rebels show off headless body & 3 more victims from car ambush -

VIDEO: Volunteers from Iraq in the Syrian Abalfazl Al-Abbas Brigade defending Zainab Shrine in Damascus -

VIDEO: DIY Weapons In Syria - The Mobile Mortar Battery - Brown Moses Blog


Syria Opposition Says Hizbullah Fighters Massing in Qusayr: We Don't Want Nusra-Hizbullah Confrontation - Naharnet

Six wounded by Syrian airstrike on Lebanon, targeting smuggling routes along the border - THE DAILY STAR

Mansour downplays Syrian violations of Lebanon’s border - THE DAILY STAR


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Syria News Apr 11



The head of Al Nusra pledges loyalty to Al Qaeda, distances his group from claims it has merged with Al-Qaeda in Iraq -

AUDIO: Statement from Al Nusra leader Abu Mohammad al-Golani about the relationship with Al Qaeda in Iraq - YouTube

AUDIO: Announcement of the emir” of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi about the merger with Al Nusra - YouTube

Syria rebel chief Al Khatib urges rejection of Al Qaeda - The National

The Syrian Opposition’s Muslim Brotherhood Problem - Al Akhbar English

Car bomb attack hits Idlib in northwestern Syria - PressTV

Saudi charity workers on trial for funding terror, Defendants have also been charged with arming militants in Iraq - Money Jihad

VIDEO: Syrian TV states that Al-Bouti assassination video is fake -

VIDEO: Evidence points to the Al-Bhouti Assassination video being genuine - Brown Moses Blog

VIDEO: Rebels launching Grad rockets with a potential range of 20 kilometers -

VIDEO: Filmmaker Captures Life for Syrians Whose World Has Been Blown Apart - PBS NewsHour


Lebanon Is Pivotal for Syria’s Jihadists, "Jihadists in Lebanon coordinate with jihadists in Syria, including Al-Nusra"  - Al-Monitor

FSA says Hezbollah has thousands of fighters in Syria - English

Relatives of Lebanese hostages 'hunt down' Syrians - FRANCE 24

Iraqi Shiite militants start to acknowledge role in Syria - THE DAILY STAR

Iraq Inspects 3rd Iranian Plane to Syria This Week, no weapons were found - ABC News

Arab Israeli Man Arrested, Accused of Joining Syrian Rebels -

Turkey building refugee camps for Syrian Christians, Kurds - English


A Third of Syria’s Housing Damaged or Destroyed by Conflict - The Syria Report

A Quarter of Syria’s Workforce Lost its Job – Labour Union - The Syria Report 

Syria’s trade deficit rises with sharp decline in exports: study - NZweek

Syrian Oil Sector Suffers Disastrous Losses, at least nine oil wells have been set on fire -  Al-Monitor

Syria says will support currency after plunge in value - Reuters

Syrian Economy Severely Affected By Crisis: EU Report -

Syrian Economy: Stock Market Paralyzed, Insane Poultry and Meat Prices - Informed Comment

Syria: Current Food Prices in Aleppo - SyriaNews

Syria eyes East to stave off economic woes - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Syrian economy scarred by war -


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Syria News Apr 10



Al Qaeda in Iraq merge with Al Nusrah Front as rebranded single entity - The Long War Journal

Introducing the “Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria”, its mission is an Islamic state that exceeds the bounds of the Syrian nation and a rejection of democracy - jihadica

Free Syrian Army: “We don’t support the ideology of Nusra”, insists that alliances it had struck with Nusra fighters on the ground were only tactical - The Daily Star 

Syria Jihadist Al-Qaeda Link to Aid Assad, Opposition Chief Says - Bloomberg

VIDEO: Qaeda promotional video celebrating the united of Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (Syria) - YouTube

VIDEO: FSA Colonel Defends Jabhat al-Nusra -


Opposition says the regime bear responsibility for Damascus suicide car bombing - AFP

Syrian Rebel Unit Torturing Civilians in Aleppo, Opposition Group Claims - Reuters

Syria's Jihadists face test of government in eastern city Raqqa, religious sharia court has replaced a collapsed judicial system  - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Syrians protest the arrest of two girls for not being properly attired in Raqqa - SyriaNews

VIDEO (English subtitles): Tawfiq AlBouti dispute media claims on the video of his father murder, says that the man who rushes up to Bouti after the blast is his grandson Maher - SyriaNews

Only negotiated settlement will end Syria crisis: Domestic opposition figure - Ahram Online


Saudi Arabia warns its citizens against sending money to Syria outside of government-approved organizations, SPA Says - Businessweek

Libya arms fueling conflicts in Syria, Mali and beyond: U.N. experts | Reuters

Iraqi Prime Minister Defends Assad In Top U.S. Newspaper - ThinkProgress

Iraq inspects second Syria-bound Iran aircraft, but finds only humanitarian materiel - Saudi Gazette

Al-Arabiya: Hezbollah fighters killed in ambush outside Damascus - NOW

Future slams Hezbollah activity in Syria - THE DAILY STAR

Syria’s Assad says Turkish PM cannot be trusted in peace talks with Kurds - ekurd

When the Yarmouk Camp Fled, The plight of Palestinians in Syria - Counterpunch

Iran's 'axis of resistance' loses Hamas to Syrian war -

Fresh gasoil from Russia reaches Syria -


Ban appeals to Syrian Government to allow chemical weapons probe to proceed - UN News

On Syria, Draft UN General Assembly Resolution Nods to Opposition, Chemical Weapons Probe, Text Here - Inner City Press

Russia: No Consensus on UN Chemical Investigation Mission to Syria- SANA


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Syria News Apr 9



Syria: Suicide car bombing kills 15, injures 146 in Damascus - Yahoo! News

List of major deadly bombings since Syrian uprising began, the first one was on Apr 8, 2011 - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: State TV's coverage of today's car bomb in central Damascus - YouTube

VIDEO: More on the Damascus bombing‬‎ - YouTube

PHOTOS: Terrorist Bombing Rocks Crowded Area in Damascus - SANA

Report: Rebels and security forces exchange gunfire after Damascus car bomb - Al Jazeera Blogs

VIDEO: Video Claims To Show The Moment Of Mohammad Al-Bouti's Assassination - Brown Moses Blog

Syrian Army Fully Controls Eastern Gouta, Regains some Areas in Aleppo -

Syrian human rights group says nearly 9,000 regime troops killed during 2-year conflict - Fox News


Syria Blocks UN Chemical Weapons Mission, saying Ban has “suggested a supplementary mission to deploy throughout Syrian territory” - VOA

All Syria chemical arms claims need examining: U.N.'s Ban - Reuters

Arms supplies to all sides of Syrian conflict should be halted - Putin - RT News

Two members of Lebanon's Hezbollah killed in Syria - AFP

Iraqi officials search Iranian plane looking for weapons headed to Syria, but none found - The Washington Post

Relatives of Lebanese hostages bar Syrians from entering workplaces - THE DAILY STAR

Army vet accused in Syria fighting to remain jailed; al-Qaida group wanted him as spokesman - The Washington Post


Despite U.S. concerns little prevents Islamists from joining Syria fight, Turkey not only allows jihadists’ crossing but also helps build up Nusra’s capabilities -

Syrian opposition national coalition loses clout inside Syria - Xinhua |

The Syrian Opposition’s Leadership Problem - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Clashes between Jabhat al-Nusra and local tribal militias in Deir Ezzor underline significant trend (VIDEOS) - Hassan Hassan

PHOTOS: A Sit-in in Raqqa in response to the arrest of two girls by Umana'a rebels for not being veiled - FACEBOOK


Ankara’s Kurdish Peace Talks Reverberate Among Syrian Kurds - Rudaw

PKK leader reiterates Kurdish confederation as 'stateless solution', It will comprise the Kurds of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey -

Mistrust mars Syria rebels, Kurds deal in Aleppo - News24


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Syria News Apr 8



Syrian Regime Launches Counteroffensive on Rebels - ABC News

Syria's Homs besieged for 300 days, some 80 percent of the city is under tight army control - NOW

Syrian troop redeployments raise concerns over Golan security, Thousand soldiers moved in recent weeks to battle fronts closer to Damascus - The Guardian

In Golan IDF exchange fire with rebels as Israelis warn jihadists gaining foothold - The Guardian

As Fighting Rages in Damascus, Kurds Flee Their Neighborhoods - Rudaw

Syrian rebel prime minister Ghassan Hitto has begun talks to form an interim government - AFP

Gulf states said to put new conditions on arms supplies to Syrian rebels, They must pledge allegiance to the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Coalition  - The National

Free Syrian Army Denies Egypt Muslim Brotherhood Supplied Arms - Ikhwanweb

Syria oil industry buckling under rebel gains - USAToday

Steep fall in Syria foreign trade in 2012 - NOW

VIDEO: Demonstration of Tartous citizens supporting Bashar Al Assad - YouTube


Qaeda chief urges Syria rebels to seek "jihadist Islamic state" - RT

Al-Qaeda and Jabhat Al-Nusra Collaborating - Asharq Alawsat English Mobile

Al-Qaeda Seen Expanding Influence in Lebanon - Al-Monitor

VIDEO: Italian journalists detained in Syria by Salafi militants - euronews

VIDEO: The story of a soldier kidnapped and tortured by the rebels, In same cases they cut the legs before beheading -

VIDEO: Well armed, uniformed rebel group created in Ghouta -


Moscow Slams UN ‘Maneuvering’ on Syria Chemical Attack Probe - RIA Novosti

UN-Syria talks on probe of alleged chemical weapons use continue: UN - KUNA

VIDEO: Russian President Putin interview to the ARD: Arms to Syrian Opposition Must Stop, All Parties Must Negotiate -

Transcript of Putin's interview to the ARD: Voice of Russia American Edition

Russia Heavily Boosting Mediterranean Naval Fleet amid Syrian Conflict - IBTimes UK

New Lebanon PM insists on neutrality in Syria conflict - AFP

Lebanese factions train Syrian refugees as militants: Lebanon interior minister - PressTV

Iraqi Shiite group says member killed ‘defending holy sites’ in Syria - The Washington Post

Syria's War Could Inflame Turkey's Hatay Province - Syrian Assistance

Brazil: Dialogue is Only Way out of the Crisis in Syria - SANA


Syria: Christians flee rebel areas as fatwa authorises rape of non-Sunni women - Independent Catholic News

Report: Syrian Rebels Recruiting Children for Military Missions, Sexual Abuse -

Raping Women in the Name of Islam - Gatestone Institute


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Syria News Apr 6



Assad warns the fall of the regime will produce a domino effect that would destabilise the region "for many years, even decades" - AFP

VIDEO: Full Interview of Pres. Assad with Turkish Media: Syria's Breakup Will Cause Mideast to Blow Up - YouTube

Putin: Syria Needs Negotiations to Stop Massacre, "We do not think that Assad should leave today" - RIA Novosti

U.S. Reviews Military Options for Syria, Pentagon's assessments reflect the military's reluctance to get into a shooting war in Syria - WSJ

Obama to host Middle East allies for talks on the Syrian crisis - English

Saudi Arabia backs push to carve out liberated southern Syria - Telegraph

Sectarianism, Saudi-Qatar Jostling Prevail in Syrian Opposition - Al-Monitor

Iranian soldiers fighting alongside Bashar Assad: captured officer - Al-Shorfa

Hezbollah: 3 Lebanese Shiites dead in Syria fighting - NOW

Syrian rebels threaten to hit Hezbollah targets in Lebanon - NOW

Relatives of kidnapped Lebanese pilgrims shut Syrian shops - THE DAILY STAR

Times of London: Military wing of Hamas training Syrian rebels - JPost

Yemeni officials: 'Jihad' in Syria causes problems for Yemen - Al-Shorfa

Turkey not yet ready to allow Syrian opposition to open embassy - todayszaman


Bombs Hit Damascus Like Shooting Stars as Battle Intensifies —

Rebels look to extend gains from Raqqa to south and east Syria - THE DAILY STAR

Ahrar al-Sham: A Profile of Northern Syria’s al-Qaeda Surrogate - The Jamestown Foundation

Rebels say take army post near Syria's southern border - Reuters

Four Italian journalists abducted in northern Syria: report - FRANCE 24

Maronite patriarch: in Syria, Arab spring's obscurantist potential could lead to religious conflicts - Asia News

VIDEO: Syrian town tries to block rebels and arms coming from Lebanon -

VIDEO: Interview with Damascus University rebel Ammar Baloush who opened fire on 5 of his colleagues - YouTube

VIDEO: Rebels argue over sharing looted belongings -

VIDEO: Shocking video Ahmed, 8-year-old FSA soldier from Aleppo - YouTube


Conflict Intensifies between Kurdish militias YPG and Syrian governement forces (VIDEO) - Al-Monitor

Clashes Break Out Between Kurdish Groups In Syria - Al-Monitor

Syrian Kurds flee their neighborhoods in Damascus as fighting rages - ekurd

Plans for the ‘Kurdish Empire’ advance, thanks to Syria - ekurd

VIDEO: Assad Forces Kill Kurdish Fighter -


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Syria News Apr 5



UN: Syria’s refugee tide overwhelms relief efforts: Quarter of population now in flight - Middle East Online

Red Cross: Syria Humanitarian Crisis Worsening - AP

AFP: Lebanon proposes UN refugee camps inside Syria - AFP

In Syria, some 300,000 Christian refugees also fleeing from UN camps - Asia News

Sources: Kerry asked for a tripartite US, French and British meeting attended by the head of the Syrian National Coalition Khatib and the FSA Chief Idris - Al Sharq Al Awsat

VIDEO: Refugee camps in Syria cripple under strain - YouTube


Insight: Syrian government guerrilla fighters being sent to Iran for training - Yahoo! News

No agreement yet on Syria access for U.N. chemical arms inspectors: Official - Yahoo! News

Syrian regime troops appeal for immediate aid in Al-Raqqa - English

The Raqqa Story: Rebel Structure, Planning, and Possible War Crimes - Syria Comment

Residents of Aleppo and Deir Ezzor say Al Nusra imposing its strict Islamic agenda under the cloak of providing aid to residents - Central Asia Online

Another Case Of Weapons Mis-Identification In The Media - "British AS-50s" On Al-Arabiya - Brown Moses Blog

At least 13 Tunisian girls head to Syria to offer themselves to Islamic fighters as part of sexual jihad - Mail Online

VIDEO: Turkey's Alawites support Syria's Assad - YouTube

VIDEO: FSA Child Soldier Interview - YouTube


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Syria News Apr 4



U.S., Jordan stepping up training of Syrian opposition amid concern that moderate rebel forces be overtaken by extremist Islamic fighters in southern Syria - Washington Post

Syrian rebels set their sights on strategic south, a critical gateway to attack Damascus -

Iraqi officials requested U.S. drones strikes near their border after al-Qaeda-linked jihadists ambushed a Syrian convoy in Iraq -

France undecided over EU arms embargo on Syria - Alarabiya

Kerry, Lavrov to visit Turkey for talks - todayszaman

BRICS Summit draws clear red lines on Syria, Iran - nsnbc international


Syria conflict drawing hundreds of jihadists from Europe, says report -

ICSR Insight: European Foreign Fighters in Syria - ICSR

David Ignatius: Sorting out the armed rebel forces in Syria, names and manpower figures for the insurgency - The Washington Post

Aron Lund: Commenting David Ignatius on the nature and composition of the Syrian armed opposition - Syria Comment

Syria's Muslim Brotherhood influential but mistrusted - NOW

Canadian men said to be 'travelling jihadists' -

Tunisia jails jihadist over call to join rebels in Syria -Reuters

World's most powerful rifle AS - 50 raising fears in hands of Syrian rebels - Fox News

VIDEO: World's most powerful rifle AS - 50 in hands of Syrian rebels -

Syria's ancient oasis city of Palmyra threatened in fighting - Reuters

VIDEO: Syria's ancient oasis city of Palmyra threatened in fighting - Youtube


Woman spoke to the Guardian about the arrival of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, resulting in kidnappings and the rise of the al-Nusra front -

Rape and Murder: Eyewitness Accounts from Sheik Maqsoud after AlNusra Front entered the Aleppo neighborhood -

Facebook page: Christian women being raped in Aleppo - PanARMENIAN.Net

New Fatwa permits rape of non-Sunni women in Syria -

VIDEO: Syrian sexual jihad: Tunisian women join rebels - YouTube


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Syria News Apr 2



Iraqi intelligence says Syrian and Iraqi Islamic extremist groups ramping up cooperation (VIDEO) - Fox News

Syria rebels on the ground not ready to give up power after war, say they, not educated opposition outsiders, deserve leadership in a civilian government -

A Black Flag and a Cup of Coffee in Raqqa, Islamist rebels won the battle for the city - The New Yorker

Syrian rebels said close to chemical weapons cache - The Times of Israel

VIDEO: Rebels in Syria become oppressing force themselves - RT

VIDEO: Jabhat al-Nusra in Deir Ezzor Will Accept Nothing but an Islamic State - YouTube

VIDEO: Nusra Front Brainwashing Syrian Children - YouTube


Syria in Danger of Replicating Christian Exodus in Iraq - 

VIDEO: Syrian Christians Getting Attacked by Hardline Wahhabi Terrorists in their Ancient Homeland - CBS

U.K. charities: Palestinians from Syria vulnerable - THE DAILY STAR

Palestinian victims of the civil war in Syria - Alkarmil

Rebels tried to intrude Armenian districts of Aleppo: Several Armenians wounded - ARMENPRESS Armenian News Agency

Syria’s Kurdish Supreme Council (KSC) bans more refugees from fleeing to Iraqi Kurdistan - Rudaw

UNHCR concerned for Syrian refugees in Iraq as number of arrivals arises - UNHCR

UN food agency reports 20 Syria attacks since 2011 - The Jakarta Post


US restraint in Syria could aid Iran nuclear talks - Yahoo! News

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