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Saudi Arabia/Turkey/Syria News - Dec 31


Saudi Arabia promises record $3 billion in military aid to Lebanon to purchase French weapons systems and equipment -

Saudi’s $3bn pledge to Lebanon seen as counterbalance to Hizbollah, Iran - The National

Feeling U.S. snub, Saudis find new ties with France - AP

Kingdom, France sign nine bilateral cooperation pacts - Saudi Gazette

PHOTO: Hollande sword dance with the Saudis - Google Search


Report: Lebanon to Receive Additional Grant from UAE to Boost Army's Capabilities - Naharnet


Lebanese army fired on Syrian planes, officials say - CBS News


Syria's Assad urges fight against Saudi religious ideology - AFP


Cancel your New Year’s Eve festivities, Saudi religious police warn - RT News


Going to Hell for Using Twitter? Saudi Arabia Condemns Social Networks -


Saudi Arabia warns against illegal fundraising for Syria refugees - THE DAILY STAR




Prosecutors launch criminal complaint into defamation efforts - Today's Zaman

Prosecutor Akkaş: Refusal to comply with court decision violated probe's confidentiality - Today's Zaman

PM Erdoğan to prosecutor of second graft investigation: ‘We’re not done yet' -

Woman detained for holding up shoebox to protest PM for graft probe - Today's Zaman


Turkey lashes out at EU 'interference' in corruption scandal - Telegraph


Turkey Biggest Loser in World Stocks as Crisis Persists - Bloomberg


Damascus asks UNSC to make Turkey answerable for aiding terrorists in Syria - The Voice of Russia




Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says threatened by Islamist extremists - AFP

Sweida: relatives of abductees by Al Qaeda, take three people from Daraa as hostages - ZAMAN ALWSL 

ISIS Storms Shahba Press Office - The Syrian Observer

ISIS – major threat to media freedom in both Iraq and Syria - Reporters Without Borders

ISIS releases kidnapped FSA officer in Aleppo - THE DAILY STAR


Is “Al-Nusra Front” really a Syrian group? The battle of al-Kindi hospital revealed a large presence of the Iraqi elements - Islam Times


VIDEO: Chechen Amir Seyfullakh Shishani & Jaish Khilafatul Islamia Join Jabhat al-Nusra - EA WorldView




No direct negotiations with regime at Geneva II, Brahimi will deliver messages between the two delegations: Opposition Sources - The Syrian Observer

Syrian opposition interim government hopes to open offices in Syria - Al-Monitor

Syrian Coalition: President Hollande Confirms Assad’s Support of Extremists to Distort the Image of the Moderate Opposition - Syrian National Coaltion 

Syrian Coalition: Next head of the Syrian Coalition to Respond to the Russian invitation to visit Moscow - Syrian National Coaltion


11 FSA Commanders Surrender to Syrian Army in Damascus Countryside - Syria 360°


Can Iran Go to Geneva II Without Endorsing Geneva I? - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


U.N. seeks access to Palestinians in Syria after 15 die of hunger - Reuters




YPG says liberated 17 villages in Syria Kurdish regions - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Syrian Kurds agree to disagree - Al-Monitor

Syrian Kurds face dilemma following Transitional Administration announcement - BAS NEWS


Iraqi Kurdish Islamic youth blows up PYD office in Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


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Syria News - Dec 30


In message to Pope, Syrian President says he's ready for peace talks -

More about the Assad letter to the Pope -

Syrian Coalition: Assad’s Terrorism Must Top Discussions at Geneva II - Syrian National Coaltion

Sabra: Assad Remaining will Cripple Geneva II - Syrian National Coaltion

Syria's Muslim Brotherhood won't attend Geneva II unless conditions met - Today's Zaman

Bahra: Russia is helping kill Syrians slowly in a Piecemeal Fashion - Syrian National Coaltion

Syrian Coalition: “Oil For Blood” Deal With Russia Is Null And Void - Syrian National Coaltion


For First Time, Syria Opposition To Hold Confidential Meeting Outside Turkey - masrawy


VIDEO: Syrian National Coaltion Press Briefing 27 Dec, 2013 - YouTube


Training of Syrian insurgents steps up in Saudi Arabia - IHS Jane's 360


Sunni monarchs back YouTube hate preachers: Anti-Shia propaganda threatens a sectarian civil war which will engulf the entire Muslim world - The Independent


Hollande to Meet Hariri, Syria Opposition Chief in Saudi - Naharnet


Secret HQ in Amman helps and directs FSA rebels in south - The National


IDF estimates: 300 Hezbollah operatives killed in Syria - Ynetnews


E.U Under Terror Threat: Thousands of ‘European’ Jihadists 'Training' in Syria -


Iraqi MP Reveals Collaboration between Terrorist ISIS, MKO -




19 Syria rebels killed in fight for air base: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights - AFP

Activists: Syrian airstrike kills 21 in Aleppo - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

ISIS takes on Kafranbel targeting a radio station and a media center - THE DAILY STAR

Syria Evacuates 5,000 From Adra Near Damascus - ABC News

Syrian government sends food shipment to al-Muadamia town of Damascus after holding a reconciliation agreement -

VIDEO: Syrian government sends food shipment al-Muadamia town of Damascus after holding a reconciliation agreement -


Takfiris belonging to ISIS have destroyed a mosque because it contains the tomb of Sheikh Hilal (PHOTO) - Syrian Truth - English


Al-Nusra urges rebels to help free leader from ISIS captivity - Syria Newsdesk


Activists: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights distorts facts, Army ambush killed civilians not Islamist fighters in Qalamoun -  ZAMAN ALWSL 


PHOTO: Opposition fighters in Syria playing soccer with the chopped off heads of Alawites and "Rafida" - Twitter / joshua_landis


VIDEO: German nun’s testimony of Muslim killing of Christians in Syria: ‘They say God orders them to kill’ - YouTube




Syria Kurds to announce autonomy ahead of Geneva II - Kurdpress News Aganecy

The Kurdish Center for Studies and Legal Consultancy (YASA) presents draft 'Constitution of Western Kurdistan' in Erbil -

Analysis: With Inspiration from Iraq, Syrian Kurds Publish a Draft Constitution - Iraq and Gulf Analysis

FULL TEXT (Arabic): Draft of project of the Constitution of Kurdistan Rojava - ekurd

YPG: We have killed Almost 3,000 Al-Nusra militants and 376 Syrian soldiers, 379 members of the YPG were killed - Transnational Middle-East Observer

Kurdish Police in Syria: We Captured '1533 terrorists' -


Islamists versus YPG Kurds in Hasakah province - Transnational Middle-East Observer


15 injured due to car explosion in Syria's Kurdish Afrin -


Failed Assassination Attempt Against Kurdish Politician in Qamishli - Transnational Middle-East Observer


Kurdish police defuses bomb found in mosque - Transnational Middle-East Observer


Kurdish Youth May Have Been Recruited at Mosques for Syrian ‘Jihad' - rudaw




NYT Backs Off Its Syria-Sarin Analysis - Consortiumnews

New Study Refines View of Sarin Attack in Syria -


Syria's gas attack: 'The children's faces have not left me. I'm not the same man' -


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Turkey/Syria News - Dec 28


Top administrative court overturns a government amendment requiring police officers to inform their superiors about all investigations - Today's Zaman

I would judge the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors if I had authority: Turkish PM -

Justice minister slams judges board over statement on judicial police regulation -

Justice Minister stopped police from carrying out prosecutor’s order - Today's Zaman

CHP head slams judicial regulation as ‘imperative to inform thiefs about probes' -

Rift in AK Party over graft probe widens as 3 more deputies resign - Today's Zaman

PM Erdoğan slams resigning AKP deputies in support rally at Istanbul airport -


Gov't preparing comprehensive reshuffle of governors, police chiefs - Today's Zaman


Turkish army says it will not get involved in political corruption scandal -


GYV head dismisses parallel state allegations against Hizmet lead by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen - Today's Zaman


Erdogan’s woes snarl Turkey’s Syria policy - THE DAILY STAR


Turkey-US ties in 2013: Tension simmering over Mideast boils over amid graft probe - Today's Zaman


Police in Istanbul and Ankara stage crackdown on protesters denouncing Turkish gov't over graft scandal -


VIDEO: Weary Istanbulis fed up with Erdogan - The Globe and Mail


VIDEO: Anti-government protesters rock Turkey's Taksim Square -


VIDEO: Pepper gassing - police cannons clearing anti-government protesters -




Syrian troops ambush and kill dozens of Nusra Front rebels - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Footage of the ambush carried out by the Syrian army killing dozens of Nusra Front rebels - YouTube

ISIS armed group kidnaps 7 media activists in Aleppo Wednesday - ZAMAN ALWSL

Radical 'Iraq and The Levant' kidnaps prominent journalist in Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL 

Terrorists assassinate Imam of al-Bisher Mosque in Damascus countryside - SANA, Syria

4 martyred, 19 others injured in terrorist attacks by mortar shells in Homs, Damascus and Idleb - SANA, Syria

Nilesat suspends Deir Zour channel over claims of Supporting Al Qaeda - ZAMAN ALWSL


How al-Qaeda Changed the Syrian War by Sarah Birke - The New York Review of Books


The Islamic State: Leaving al-Qaeda Behind - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


VIDEO: Huge gathering in Maarat Al Nouman demanding the release of FSA Lt. Col. Ahmed Soud, detained by ISIS - YouTube


PHOTO: After that huge gathering to call for the release of FSA Lt Col Ahmed Soud today, ISIS released him -


VIDEO: Al Qaeda terrorists in syria playing with the head of a Syrian soldier after they beheaded him -




Syrian Coalition: We will not Go to Geneva if Shelling by Barrel Bombs Continues - Syrian National Coaltion

Syrian opposition interim government head rejects Iran's participation in Geneva II - Al-Monitor

The opposition government defense minister calls on Arab countries to support the armed opposition - Al-Monitor

Syrian opposition rejects regime oil deal with Russia - GlobalPost

Al-Moallem: Geneva Conference should focus on combating terrorism - SANA, Syria


Moscow favors practice of local truce in Syria - The Voice of Russia


Car bombing kills pro-Western Lebanese politician critical of Syria and its ally Hezbollah -


VIDEO: Lebanon bomb kills ex-minister Chatah, Hezbollah and Syria deny role - euronews


Hizballah Cavalcade: Deck the Halls with a Minority Alliance: Shia Militia Social Media Messages to Christians - JIHADOLOGY


U.S. Sends dozens of Hellfire missiles and low-tech surveillance drones to aid Iraq fight with extremists -


Iraq: Government continues offensive against ISIS - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


France tries to supplant US as Saudi Arabia's arms supplier - Al-Monitor




Kurdish militia has 35,000 fighters: spokesman - THE DAILY STAR

Reports that the YPG has taken over 5 villages by al-Qamishli city after violent clashes with the ISIS - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

MAP: YPG recent advances against ISIS in North-Eastern - Twitter / p_vanostaeyen

Syrian Kurds Agree to Side with Opposition in Geneva Talks: Source -


Kurdish Female 'Police' Center Set Up in Qamishli - Transnational Middle-East Observer


Another wall of shame built on Efrin border by Turkey - ANF


VIDEO: Rojava Kurdistan: Syria's Unknown War (VICE News) - YouTube


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Turkey/Syria News - Dec 26


Three ministers resign as one urges PM to step down amid corruption probe - Today's Zaman

VIDEO: Embattled Erdogan defends AK Party as trio of ministers resign - YouTube

VIDEO: Protests in Ankara chanting "AKP resign" - Vine

VIDEO: Istanbul clashes as Turkey PM Erdogan condemns 'plot' - YouTube

VIDEO: Protestors call for government's "urgent" resignation" -

Turkish PM replaces 10 ministers amid graft inquiry - Reuters


PM threatens business, media and civic groups amid corruption woes - Today's Zaman


PM praises chief suspect Zarrab for contribution to Turkish economy - Today's Zaman


VIDEO: Istanbul's police chief axed as anti-graft raid backlash intensifies - YouTube


400 more police officers in İstanbul removed from duty - Today's Zaman


Journalists' unions slam directive denying access to police departments - Today's Zaman


İstanbul prosecutor orders detention of 30 people, police resist - Today's Zaman


US refutes media reports of embassy staff lobbying against Turkish government -


Growing Mistrust Between U.S. and Turkey Is Played Out in Public -




Damascus says rebels attacked chemical weapons sites - AFP

Syria gov: Secret location of Syria chemical sites ‘leaked’ to al-Nusra -

Truce agreed between government and rebels in besieged town Moadamiyaat Ash-Sham near Damascus - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Besieged Moadamiyaat Ash-Sham Raises Regime Flag to Get Food - YouTube

AP Exclusive: Al-Qaida leader targeting UN workers - Yahoo News

Terrorist mortar attack claims lives of 4 citizens in Damascus- SANA, Syria


25 Islamist groups unite under Al Qaeda command in Al Qalamoun battles - ZAMAN ALWSL 


FSA is in talks with Islamic Front to unite efforts: Chiefs spokesman - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Moroccan ex-Guantánamo Detainee Mohammed Mizouz Identified In Syria - Syria Comment


Exclusive: The story of a kidnapped Syrian forced by al-Qaeda to bomb in Idlib -


Al-Qaeda in Syria Recruiting Foreign Fighters Online - Assyrian International News Agency


The Syrian Electronic Army Is at It Again -


New report exposes digital front of Syria's civil war - Al Jazeera America


UN Investigator Undercuts New York Times on Syria Chemical Attack - Alternative


VIDEO: Compilation of Videos Shows Children Fighting Among Syrian Rebels Including the Free Syrian Army - Israel National News




Exclusive - Assad s secret oil lifeline: Iraqi crude from Egypt - Yahoo!7

Syria signs offshore oil and gas exploration deal with Russia - RT Business

Syria issues second food tender using Iranian credit - THE DAILY STAR

Iraq closes border with ally Syria - Al Arabiya News


UN chief: Iran should be part of international conference on Syria - Trend.Az


VIDEO: UN chief wants Iran to attend Syria peace talks - YouTube


Follow the Money: How Syrian Salafis Are Funded From the Gulf - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Hizballah Cavalcade: Khamenei’s Cannon: .50 Caliber Anti-Material Rifles & Shia Fighters in Syria - JIHADOLOGY


Hizballah Cavalcade: Liwa’a al-Hamad: Harakat al-Nujaba’s Latest Shia Militia in Syria - JIHADOLOGY




Kurdish Groups Agree to Attend Geneva 2 Under United Banner - Rudaw

The Fractious Politics of Syria's Kurds,  PYD is deeply problematic but shares some common interests with US - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

The Rojava Revolution in 2013: The Success of the YPG - The Rojava Report

Syria’s Kurdish Army: An Interview With Redur Khalil - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Rojava (Syria Kurdistan): Syria's Unknown War - VICE United States


Al Nusrah Kurds: how do they operate and why do they fight fellow Kurds in Syria? - The Kurdistan Tribune


Iraqi Kurdistan's security forces arrest Islamic leader for encouraging youths to go to Syria - ekurd


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Syria News - Dec 24


Syria opposition 'won't attend talks' unless Aleppo bombing ends - Yahoo News

Syrian opposition to decide on its participation in Geneva II on Jan 7 – chief - The Voice of Russia

Syrian Coalition: Brahimi's statements Appease Iran - Syrian National Coaltion

Syrian Coalition: Russia has to demonstrate impartiality ahead of Geneva II - Syrian National Coaltion

Syrian Coalition: Real Terrorists in Syria are Bashar al-Assad and the militias of Hezbollah - Syrian National Coaltion

Syrian Coalition Condemns Abductions And Forced Disappearances Practiced By The Assad Regime - Syrian National Coaltion


UN chief backs Iran going to Geneva II, says preparations for upcoming Syria peace conference ‘on track’ - United Nations News Centre


Jimmy Carter calls for Syria elections, peacekeepers - The Washington Post


Hezbollah ambush kills 32 Islamist fighters in e. Lebanon - THE DAILY STAR


Jabhat al-Nusra: Now in Lebanon? - NOW


Army officers among 17 dead as Syria fuels Iraq violence - AP


Iraq To Tighten Security On Syria Border - Eurasia Review


Al-Maliki: countries which lack freedoms stand behind crisis in Syria - SANA, Syria




Assad says Syria facing major extremist offensive - THE DAILY STAR

North Caucasian al-Shishani On Capture Of Kindi Hospital, "This is the will of Allah, in short. In short, a lot of infidels were killed here" - EA WorldView

Islamic Front joins al Qaeda suicide assault to take Kindi hospital - The Long War Journal

Islamist rebels invaded Adra town in Syria conducting Sharia trials and executions of residents - Tavern Keepers

Islamist rebels said to forcibly convert Syrian Druze, Residents of 14 villages ordered by al-Qaeda group to publicly embrace Islam - The Times of Israel

Al Qaeda affiliates gain loyalty and power east Syria: FSA commanders - ZAMAN ALWSL


The Rebel Offensives in East Ghouta: “The Battle of God is the Greatest and Most Honorable” (November 22nd-December 21st) - Brown Moses Blog


Idriss: We Are Working To Unite The Ranks Of Fighters Fighting Assad - Syrian National Coaltion


VIDEO (English): Latest speech from Brigadier General Salim Idriss - -




Muslim: We won't allow Geneva-II to become another Lausanne which divided "Kurdistan" into four parts -

Talks between Syrian Kurdish parties continuing - ekurd

Syrian Coalition: Kurdish delegation to Geneva II Will be Part of the Syrian Coalition - Syrian National Coaltion


PKK Agrees with KDP on Four Principal Points - ekurd


Jabhat Al-Nusra and Kurdish People’s Protection Units fight for control of Alouk - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Turkish police attack Kurdish protesters on Syrian border (VIDEO) - PressTV 




Qatar Islamic charity officials gave millions to al-Qaeda, U.S. says - The Washington Post

Terrorists for human rights, working closely with the United Nations and human rights groups, most notably Human Rights Watch - The Daily Beast

Amnesty admits links to activist accused of funding Al Qaeda, Human Rights Watch declined to comment - The National


Qatar rights advocate hit by U.S. sanctions denies al Qaeda ties - Reuters


US State Department calls on regional leaders to stop funding ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra- SANA, Syria


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Syria News - Dec 23


Suicide bombing near Shiite school in Syria’s Homs kills 7, incl 5 children - RT News

8 killed in rebel attacks against church in southern Syria - Xinhua -

5 killed by rebel mortar attack in in Aleppo province - Xinhua -

Syrian government airstrikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo kill at least 32, activists say - AP

Mujahideen of Islamic Front and Al-Nusra Front capture strategic Al-Kendi hospital in Aleppo -

VIDEO: Suicide bombers destroy Al-Kendi cancer hospital in Aleppo - YouTube

VIDEO: Rebel statement outside the Al-Kendi hospital - YALLA SOURIYA

Syria Minister: damages of the terrorist attack on al-Kindi hospital estimated at 1.5 billion SYP - SANA, Syria

Syria State media: Terrorists attacked a number of families who last Wed were fleeing Eastern Ghouta to Beit Sahm and turning themselves in to the authorities, Three civilians killed and others injured -


Activists: Pro Assad Shiite militant group opened fire on civilians who were fleeing Eastern Ghouta to Beit Sahm killing at least 30 people - The Syrian Observer


VIDEO: Families fleeing Eastern Ghouta to Beit Sahm under attack - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Terrorist confesses to carrying out the crime of assassinating cleric and erudite scholar Muhammad Sa'eed Ramadhaan Al-Bouti - Syrian Perspective


Photographer turned down by Al-Qaeda linked group dies shooting for Reuters in Syria - duckrabbit blog


ISIS Recruiting Ex-Iraqi Intelligence Officers - islamicinvitationturkey


VIDEO: Execution of alleged "Shabiha" by members of ISIS - YouTube


VIDEO: Al Nusra /ISIS terrorists in Syria burning cartons of cigarettes - YouTube


VIDEO (English subtitles): Confession of a Jordanian Terrorist in Syria -


Syria's Barrel Bomb Technology Relative To Aleppo Syria Attacks - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (VIDEO) - Brown Moses Blog




Leader of Ahrar al-Sham and Islamic Front political chief Hassan Aboud rejects Geneva peace talks - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO (Full Interview, English Subtitles): Leader of Ahrar al-Sham and Islamic Front political chief Hassan Aboud speaks to Al Jazeera - Al Jazeera‎

Interim PM Tomah: Syrian Coalition Desires to Build Bridges with the Islamic Front - Syrian National Coaltion

Syrian Coalition official dismisses chances of Geneva II going ahead - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Former Assad official Makdissi backs ‘third way’ for Syria’s silent majority- The National


Interview with the Syrian Prime Minister on Geneva II - Al Akhbar English


“Dubious Sources”: Tracing the Rumors About EU Intelligence Reconnecting With Assad - Syria in Crisis - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Hizbullah Clashes with Syrian Rebels Overnight in Bekaa's Nahle — Naharnet


Hizballah Cavalcade: Liwa’a al-Hamad: Harakat al-Nujaba’s Latest Shia Militia in Syria - JIHADOLOGY




Two Syria Kurdish cities are besieged by ISIS: PYD spokesman - Kurdpress News Aganecy

ISIS kidnap no less than 50 Syrian Kurdish civilians - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Kurdish leaders announce two delegations for Geneva – one in conjunction with the Syrian opposition, the other with President Assad’s regime - ekurd

Pro-PYD media: Syrian opposition trying to prevent Kurdish unity - Transnational Middle-East Observer


Syrian Opposition Head Jarba: Barzani is Great Supporter of Syrian People, Revolution - Rudaw


Draft of project of the Constitution of Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


Kurdish Strategy Towards Ethnically-Mixed Areas in the Syrian Conflict - The Jamestown Foundation


New Kurdish media find their voices in Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd




Russia: Battle near Syrian chemical facility endangers disarmament process — RT News

Who Attacked Ghouta With Chemical Weapons?: Review of UN Press Conference (VIDEO) -


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Syria News - Dec 21


Brahimi: US Blocks Iran From Syria Peace Talks, Saudi Invited -

VIDEO: Brahimi: US Blocks Iran From Syria Peace Talks - BBC News 

Difficult to have Iran at Syria peace talks: U.S. official -

Syria crisis can’t be solved without Iran: Russian official - PressTV

No preconditions for joining Syria conference: Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif - PressTV

Ban-ki Moon Stresses Necessity for Iran’s Participation in Geneva II Conference on Syria -

VIDEO (Dec 3) : Ban Ki moon Iran must be invited to Syria talks - YouTube


Reports of Secret Negotiations Between Syria Regime, Opposition in Oman - The Syrian Observer


West Understands That Assad Is Lesser Evil Than Terrorists – Lavrov - RIA Novosti


Russia Signals to Syria's Assad to Stay Silent on Re-election -


Damascus defiant on Assad re-election - THE DAILY STAR


U.S. caution over Assad future prompts opposition doubts - Reuters


"Bashar al-Assad Is Not As Bad As These People!" - A Libyan On Joining Jabhat al-Nusra - Brown Moses Blog


Russia blocks U.N. statement condemning Syrian attacks: diplomats - Reuters


Russia did not ‘block’ Syria draft statement at UN – diplomatic source - RT News


The Gulf Goes Global: the evolving role of Gulf countries in the Middle East and North Africa and beyond - FRIDE 


The Political Science of Syria's War -


NYT Replays Its Iraq Fiasco on Syria Chemical Attack - Consortiumnews




Amnesty International accuses ISIS of kidnapping, torture and executions -

FULL REPORT: Rule of Fear: abuses committed in detention facilities run by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) -  Amnesty International

VIDEO: Amnesty Int'l: Al-Qaeda in Syria kidnaps, tortures, executes prisoners in secret jails - RT News

Adra massacre: Militants show photos of those they beheaded (PHOTO) -

Exclusive: Survivors of Adra carnage speak about 'black Wednesday' (VIDEO) -

Islamic Extremists Assault Syria's Alawite Villages: ‘Scenes of Beauty As Well As Unspeakable Horrors’ - WSJ

Syria Islamic Militants Go After Opposition Activists - ABC News

Rebel Leader: Nuns Were Led To Safety, Not Seized, In Syria - Public Radio Tulsa


Brahimi Urges Rebels to Release Syrian Human Rights Activist Razan Zeitouneh — Naharnet


Syria: Insurgents capture Kindi hospital converted into regime military barracks in Aleppo (VIDEO) - EA WorldView


Syria’s Eastern Ghouta: A Chaotic Conflict of Brigades - Al Akhbar English


The Factions of Abu Kamal - Brown Moses Blog


Video raises worries of Britons fighting with Syria militants - Reuters


VIDEO: Brigade of exclusively British jihadists fighting in Syria - Sky News


Foreign Jihadists in Syria: Tracking Recruitment Networks - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Transnational Islamist Networks: Western Fighters in Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria - The International Spectator - Volume 48, Issue 4


The German Jihadists’ Colony in Syria - Foundation for Defense of Democracies


U.S. Court Revives 9/11 Victims' Case Against Saudi Arabia -


VIDEO (English): Interview with Al-Nusra leader in Syria - Al Jazeera


VIDEO (Arabic): Full 50-minute interview with the head of al-Nusra - Al Jazeera Arabic




Abbas Khan's death in Syria: why his family don't believe the official story - The Guardian

The BBC's Contradicting Reports On Abbas Khan, the doctor's family feared that the he was likely to commit suicide five days before his death - M of A




Syrian Kurds fail to agree on Geneva II - ekurd

PYD demands Kurdish delegation at Geneva talks separate from both the government and opposition - Reuters

Jarba says Syria Kurds 'to send two delegations to peace talks', one with the opposition coalition and the other with the government - THE DAILY STAR


Kurdish Geneva Particpants Announced by KNC - The Syrian Observer


Night Raids on Kurdistan Mosques to Catch Islamist Recruits for Syria - Rudaw


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Syria News - Dec 19


Syria's Islamic Front spurns talks with U.S.: diplomat - Yahoo News

Syria: Islamic Front denies meeting US ambassador - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

The Islamic Front says it 'will not fight the al Qaeda organization' - Threat Matrix

The Islamic Front: New Power On The Ground In Syria -

Islamic Front Military Leader Zahran Alloush: His Ideology and Beliefs - Syria Comment

VIDEO (Arabic) - Ahrar al-Sham ldr & Islamic Front political chief Hassan Aboud sounding dismissive of Geneva II - YouTube

Islamic Front leading figure was bin Laden's courier, now Zawahiri's representative - The Long War Journal

A Confused Situation in Northern Syria: FSA and the Islamic Front - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Salim Idris has failed as leader of Syrian rebels, coalition says - Telegraph


FSA, Islamic Front pledge to reconcile - THE DAILY STAR


Islamic Front ends up disputes with leading rebel group in Idlib - ZAMAN ALWSL


Opposition Coalition spokesman resigns - ZAMAN ALWSL 


The Belated Birth of the  Muslim Brotherhood’s Waad Party in Syria in Crisis - Carnegie Middle East Center


Lavrov: "All Syrian Patriots Must Unite to Fight Against Islamic Front, Jihadists, and Al Qaeda" (VIDEO) - EA WorldView


Syrian Foreign Ministry wonders at US intention to hold talks with Islamic Front terrorist group- SANA, Syria


Syria peace conference to open Jan. 22 in Montreux - Boston Herald


U.N. heads, EU call for humanitarian ceasefire in Syria - Reuters


Exclusive: West signals to Syrian opposition Assad may stay - Reuters


Interview with Syrian Minister ‘We Are Not Going to Geneva to Hand Over Power' - Rudaw


Syrian Coalition: Iran’s Participation in Geneva II Can Be Reconsidered - Syrian National Coaltion


Fragmented Syria: The Balance of Forces as of Late 2013 -




‘Slaughtered like sheep’: Eyewitnesses recount rebel massacre in Adra, Syria (VIDEO) — RT News

A survivor of Adraa tells his nights of terror with al-Nusra Front -

Rebels denounce claims of killing civilians in Adra: statement - ZAMAN ALWSL 

Russia condemns Adra massacre, calls on world community to react — RT News

Lavrov: Foreign support to armed groups in Syria caused terrorist massacre in Adra- SANA, Syria

VIDEO: Sectarian Based Massacres and Burning Committed in Adra, Syria by Saudi Backed Wahhabi Militants - YouTube

Al Qaeda-Linked Jihadists Are Hunting and Killing Moderate Syrian Rebels - The Daily Beast


ISIS Arrests FSA Leader - The Syrian Observer


Al Qaeda freed leader of Hama FSA Military Council - ZAMAN ALWSL


Kanayé, another Christian village invaded by jihadists that impose the Islamic law - Fides News Agency


Turkish journalist kidnapped by al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria -


ISIS and al-Nusra Front sell Maalula’s artifacts via internet -


Al-Nusra Front leader in Syria speaks to Al Jazeera - Middle East - Al Jazeera English


An alleged biography of Al-Nusra Front leader Abu Muhammad al-Julani – pietervanostaeyen


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – a Short Biography of the ISIS Sheikh - pietervanostaeyen


Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham -


Documents show Turkey sent guns to Syrian rebels, over 47 tons of weaponry since June -


Turkey admits export of rifles to Syria only ‘for sports': hunting rifles and blank firing guns -


Saudi prince bashes US over foreign policy in Iran and Syria, says his country ready to act 'with or without' West - Al Jazeera America


Syria’s Saudi Jihadist Problem - The Daily Beast


ICSR Insight: Up to 11,000 foreign fighters in Syria; steep rise among Western Europeans - ICSR


Militants from 70 countries fight in Syria: Report -


Sweden raises estimate of fighters in Syria to 75 - ZAMAN ALWSL


The Chechen Jihadists fighting in Syria - BBC News


Syria: Chechen Fighter Abu Umar al-Shishani rise to power, "Likes To Spend Time In Jacuzzi In His Aleppo Villa" - EA WorldView


As many as 100 Canadians could be fighting in Syria against Assad regime, think tank says - National Post


Extremist Syrian faction touts training camp for boys - The Washington Post




Dr Abbas Khan's mother accuses Syrian regime of killing son to spite Britain - Telegraph

Tragic last letter of British doctor Abbas Khan murdered in a Syrian prison cell - Mail Online


Syria says British doctor's family can probe death - AFP


Syria Foreign Ministry submits medical report on death of British citizen who entered Syria illegally - SANA




Syrian Kurds welcome agreement to unite for the Geneva II conference - Al-Monitor

Syrian Kurds jockey for seat at Geneva talks - Al-Monitor

Barzani sneaks to Geneva II to put Kurdish dream on table - ZAMAN ALWSL

Syrian and Iraqi Kurds more divided over Syria - Al-Monitor


Syrian Kurdish PYD committee on visit to Russia, Salih Muslim to give address in the Duma - ekurd


Iran pleased with PYD transitional administration - BAS NEWS


ʿAyn al-ʿArab/ʿAfrin: Islamic State imposes economic blockade - 


"Why Syria’s Kurds are beating Al Qaeda" - Syria Comment




Russia and western nations clash over who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria at a UN Security Council meeting  - AFP


Who Attacked Ghouta?: Location of Liwa Al Islam Videos -


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Syria News - Dec 16


VIDEO: Interview with General Salim Idriss, the chief of staff the Free Syrian Army - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO: Al Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and the Collapsing Free Syrian Army -

Free Syrian Army Spokesman Fahad al-Masri criticizes Chief of General Staff Salim Idriss calling his superior ‘‘unsuccessful and wretched’’ - Aydinlik

The Syrian Coalition calls on the Free Syrian Army and the Islamic Front to "unite their ranks under a single national project" - Syrian Coalition

Syria's moderate opposition in 'serious difficulty': France - THE DAILY STAR

FSA commander al-Wawi freed after days of abduction - ZAMAN ALWSL 


FSA commander defects to Qaeda-linked group - Yahoo News UK


Insurgents in Syria Fight Each Other, Inflict Casualties -


Two Rebel groups reach reconciliation accord - ZAMAN ALWSL 


VIDEO: Heavy clashes erupt among various insurgents groups in Syria - YouTube


Syria rebel commander freezes to death - AFP


Syrian Army: Syrian rebels execute 80 civilians in Adra outside Damascus, ‘Whole families murdered’ - RT News


Al Qaeda affiliate ISIS makes gains in Deir Zour - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Plundered Syrian Torah scrolls said held by Al-Qaeda-linked rebels - The Times of Israel


Talks 'ongoing' to free seized nuns in Syria -


Protesters call for nuns’ release outside Turkey embassy - AFP


Sharia law imposed in Christian village in Syria by Nusra Front - Agenzia Giornalistica Italia | AGI


New Shari'a council takes over oil fields in Deir Ezzour - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


VIDEO: Demonstration against Jabhat Al-Nasra in at the engineering faculty in Raqqa - YouTube




Syrian Islamic Front rebels to meet U.S. officials: opposition sources - Reuters

US explores ties with Syrian Islamist rebels, possibly Assad too - for a lineup to fight al Qaeda - DEBKAfile

US, Turkey to rethink Syria policies - Al-Monitor

Qatar resets its Syria policy - Al-Monitor

VIDEO: Former CIA chief Michael Hayden believes militant win is not possible in Syria - YouTube


U.S., Britain have not helped Syrian rebels enough, Saudi prince says - Reuters


VIDEO: King of the Sands: Controversial Syrian Film on Saudi Arabia's Founder Shown in Syria + Trailer - YouTube


Report: Bandar asked Putin to delay Geneva II conference - THE DAILY STAR


Syrian coalition: opposition delegation to Geneva II will comprise all factions - World Bulletin


Prominent Shiite cleric backs fighting in Syria - The Washington Post




Salih Muslim is said to be in Erbil to settle differences between PYD and Barzani - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Syria war brings al-Qaeda threat to Iraqi Kurdistan - Al-Monitor

First UN aid flight takes off from Iraqi Kurdistan for Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


Syria Kurds will establish their government: Kurdish KNC official - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Fears that rise of PYD in northern Syria jeopardizes Turkmen presence in region - Today's Zaman


Foreign Policy Analysis: Syrian Turkmen in Grip of Assad Regime, ISIS and PYD - ORSAM




After the Release of the UN Report Fresh Doubts about Syria’s Sarin Guilt - Consortiumnews

Responses To The Final UN Report Into The Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria - Part 2 - Brown Moses Blog


Responses To The Final UN Report Into The Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria - Part 3 - Brown Moses Blog


Who Attacked Ghouta?: Hexamine is not the Smoking Gun Implying Government Culpability -


Observations on the UN final report into chemical weapons use in Syria - Human rights investigations


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Activists: Islamists kill 15 Alawite and Druze civilians in Adra, Witnesses accuse the Islamic Front and Nusra Front of carrying out the attacks - NBC News

VIDEO: Syria rebels attack Adra homes, make piles of bodies -

PHOTO: Child Bashar Hassan was murdered with his parents and two siblings by the rebels in Adra - Syrian Perspective

Islam Army denies kidnap accusations of prominent activist near Damascus - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Shuhada'a Douma Brigade to retaliate against kidnappers of VDC activists - Syria Newsdesk


VIDEO (English): Human rights lawyer Razan Zeitouneh describe siege & life in Syria, recorded just before abduction - YouTube


Negotiations intensify for release of Syrian nuns - Al-Monitor


Al-Qaeda affiliate's execution of disabled man in Syria sparks outrage - Al-Shorfa


Syria's Rebel Press Is Fighting Back Against Jihadists - VICE




Qaeda rebels seize 120 Syrian Kurds near Turkish border: watchdog - Yahoo News

PYD leader Salih Muslim: No solution for Syria without the Kurds, we won’t accept any decision made at Geneva if we are not involved in it - ekurd

US former Ambassador Robert Ford says Kurdish issue should not be discussed in Geneva - Kurdpress News Aganecy

PKK Supports Initiative to Reconcile Syrian Kurds Ahead of Geneva Conference - Rudaw

Syrian Kurdish PYD leader Salih Muslim says talks in Erbil positive for the revival of the Kurdish Supreme Council - ekurd


Barzani, Baydemir and Zana are to unite Syrian Kurdish parties: official - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Turkey's top Kurdish politicians in Iraqi Kurdistan for mediation between KDP and PYD - ekurd


ʿAyn al‑ʿArab: PYD closes private schools -


Education "politicalized" in Syria's Kurdish region: Students protest -


State of the Battle between Kurds and Islamist Rebels - Syria Deeply


How do Kurds join Al Nusrah in Syria - and who are they? - The Kurdistan Tribune




Syrian National Coalition: Islamic Front Militants Nabbed Our Weapons - ABC News

FSA - Islamic Front showdown at Bab al-Hawa - Carnegie Middle East Center

VIDEO (Arabic): FSA Officer at warehouse in Bab al-Hawa explains how the Islamic Front surrounded camp, robbed it, even taking underwear - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): An insurgent from the Islamic Front describes the seizing of FSA warehouses - YouTube

Ankara mediates between FSA and Islamic Front, However the two sides were ultimately unable to reach a solution  - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

FSA top commander denies fleeing Syria to Qatar -ZAMAN ALWSL

FSA commander, Ammar al-Wawi, missed near Turkish border -ZAMAN ALWSL 


Opposition memo proposes to establish FSA-Islamic Front “Joint Distribution Center Command" -


Syrian coalition say Islamic Front fighters are 'welcome' to participate in Geneva peace talks - Fox News


The FSA creates a new military alliance: Syria Revolutionaries’ Front - Carnegie Middle East Center


US switches military aid from rebels in the north to new pro-US security zone against Al Qaeda - DEBKAfile


White House willing to support a Syrian rebel coalition that would include Islamist groups provided they back upcoming peace talks in Geneva and return seized military material  - The Washington Post


Hagel: U.S. vows support for Syrian opposition despite troubles - Reuters


CIA focuses on al-Qaeda's use of Turkish smuggling routes - Al-Monitor


Does the Islamic Front 'battle al Qaeda'? - Threat Matrix


Free Syrian Army and al-Nusra Front battling it out for leadership over the “the refugee republic” in Ersal - Al Akhbar English


Muhajireen Battalions in Syria - JIHADOLOGY




Iran, Saudi among 30 countries invited to Syria talks - THE DAILY STAR

Brahimi sets deadline for naming Syrian delegations to peace talks - The Star Online

Interview with the prime minister of the Syrian opposition’s interim government on the Geneva II peace conference - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Obama Advisor: 'Extremism' Could Be Key to Ending Syrian Civil War -

Why Is Saudi Arabia Buying 15,000 U.S. Anti-Tank Missiles? The deal may be related to Riyadh's support for the Syrian rebels - 


Saudi religious leader condemns suicide attacks - Yahoo News Maktoob


Film taking aim at Saudi monarchy opens in Syria -


Syrian girls advertised for selling in Saudi Arabia -


Russia: Is Damascus' Claim Of "1,700 Chechens" Fighting in Syria Correct? - EA WorldView


Syria: Abu Umar al-Shishani - "Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar Joined ISIS After Al-Baghdadi Oath" - EA WorldView


Jihadists from Spain in Syria: facts and figures - Elcano


Syrian War Profiteers Gun for Frozen Funds - Al Akhbar English


Syria tender for food calls for payment from Iran - Yahoo News


Syria frees 366 prisoners from Aleppo jail: SANA - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Interview With The Syrian Electronic Army - YouTube




U.N. confirms chemical arms were used repeatedly in Syria - Reuters

UN final report on chemical weapons attacks in Syria (full text) - unoda

Syria: Summary of Conclusions of the UN Mission on the Use of Chemical Weapons - EA WorldView


Responses To The Final UN Report Into The Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria - Part 1 - Brown Moses Blog


Fast Proof of Nerve Gas in Syria -


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U.S., Britain suspend aid to north Syria after Islamic Front seizes FSA weapons store, General Salim Idriss flees into Turkey -Reuters

VIDEO: U.S. suspends non-lethal assistance to northern Syria - YouTube

Turkey closes Syria border gate as US suspends non-lethal aid -

Islamic Front “complete coup” against the FSA’s Chiefs of Staff seizing ten warehouses with an arsenal of weaponry - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


FSA Statement on the Islamic Front - Syrian National Coaltion


Syrian FSA struggles in shadow of Saudi-backed opposition front - Al-Monitor


Nusra Front executes members of FSA for raping, killing activists - THE DAILY STAR


Islamic Front brigade launches joint raid with al Qaeda's Syrian branches against Hezbollah and pro-Assad militias - The Long War Journal




Major news outlets urge Syria rebels to halt abductions - The Washington Post

Jihadist site urges Syria militants to free journalists - THE DAILY STAR

Aleppo: protest against Al Qaeda affiliate demanding detainees freedom - ZAMAN ALWSL

VIDEO: Spanish journalist’s wife pleads with rebels in Syria to free her husband -

Opposition coalition member Rima Flaihan: Islam Army leader kidnapped Razan Zaitouneh - ZAMAN ALWSL

ISIS militants attack university students in Al-Raqqa - Syria Newsdesk


Syrian Coalition: ISIS and Sister Groups are Desperate Gamble by a Dying Regime - Syrian National Coaltion


Syrian Salafi Militants: More United, than Divided on Future - Al Akhbar English


Al Qaeda affiliate expels Ahrar Al Sham from Maskenh near Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL


Syrian Electronic Army: All Vandyke's Leaked Facebook Messages Revealed - Syrian Electronic Army


The Three Versions of Al Qaeda: A Primer - Foreign Policy Research Institute


VIDEO: al Kindi Hospital still resits, Rebel shelling has turned much of the hospital into a burning, shattered ruin - - Syria - 


VIDEO: ISIS captures area of systems for power generation -


VIDEO: Jabhat al-Nusra PR Video About Capture of Al-Omar Oil Field, Largest in Syria - YouTube


VIDEO: Shari'a at work! 100 lashes for an adulterer! After his punishment he hugs his ISIL- torturer! -


VIDEO: Finnish National Fighting With Al-Qaeda In Syria: I Have Come To Establish The Caliphate In The Levant - Atlas Shrugs




ISIS forcibly displace Syrian Kurdish civilians from their homes in the town of Tal Abyad - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Kurdish leader Salih Muslim‘s speech at the EU conference - Mesopotamische Gesellschaft


The Kurdish PUK’s Syria Policy - Carnegie Middle East Center


VIDEO: Interview YPG woman fighter Zozan Cudi, Syria Kurdistan -




The Gulf Cooperation Council wraps up a two-day annual summit in Kuwait City condeming Assad, Syria slams Gulf "inflammatory rhetoric" - Al Akhbar

Syria: Saudi Loses Battle for Damascus - Al Akhbar English

VIDEO: Syrian UN Perm Rep Dr. Jaafari confirms arrest of 300 Saudis and death of thousands (Full Speech) - YouTube

VIDEO: Newly-emerged letter revealed that Saudi Arabia has send many criminals for fighting in Syria -


Interview with military analyst Omar Lamrani of Stratfor to weigh in on the current state of the battle in Syria - Syria Deeply


IPT Exclusive: Jihad-Supporting Syrian Imam Raised Millions on U.S. Fundraising Tour - The Investigative Project on Terrorism


Halutz: Israel Prefers Assad to Islamist Rebels - Israel National News


Archbishop Hindo: inciting Christians to take up arms is "insane" - Fides News Agency


Jarba: Moscow Visit Delayed - Syrian National Coaltion


VIDEO: Interview: Women Should Be Allowed At Syria Peace Negotiations -


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Syria human rights lawyer Zaitouneh and three opposition members kidnapped, activists say they believe Islamist rebels were responsible - DAILY STAR

The four civil rights activists kidnapped in Douma received threats from unidentified militants back on the 25th of September - Syria Newsdesk

Zaitouneh recently took aim at the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: “More than 90 percent of the cases of abduction are carried out by ISIS" - McClatchy DC

Zaitouneh's groundbreaking work documenting the Aug 21 sarin attack – one of 1st on the scene (Full Text, VIDEO) - YALLA SOURIYA

VIDEO: A recent message of  Razan Zaitouneh - Foreign Plocy

Spanish journalist, photographer kidnapped by ISIS in Syria - Reuters

Snatched Spanish Reporters Believed Alive: Employer -

Syria Islamists seize Turkey border crossing: monitor - THE DAILY STAR

Al Qaeda fighters in Syria kill two top FSA leaders - TheHill

Syria’s moderate rebel groups launch ‘soft power’ plan to beat Islamists - The Independent


In Qatar talks, U.S. underscores support for Syrian moderates - Reuters


Syria regime closes in on Yabrud, last rebel-held town in Qalamoun where it is believed a group of nuns have been transferred - Naharnet


Syria: 'Dozen killed in clashes between jihadists in north' - Adnkronos Security


ISIS members forcibly seize two ambulances in Al-Raqqa - Syria Newsdesk


VIDEO: Militants target Aleppo's main hospital -


VIDEO: Poor Syrian girl CRIES when Al Qaeda goon forces her to sing!! -


VIDEO: Former French fighter in Syria: 'We are all al-Qaeda' - BBC News


VIDEO (English Subtitled): Al-Qaeda Interview with German jihadist Abu Talha al-Almani (DenisCuspert) -




Who runs Syria's Kurdish areas? -

Interview with YPG commander: "Terrorist Groups Are Displacing Kurdish People” - Inter Press Service

The Qamishli Front (VIDEO) - Brown Moses Blog


Kurdistan in Last Effort to Reconcile Kurdish Groups in Syria -




Al-Jarba: "Yes to Geneva II" based on principles determined by coalition - KUNA

Jarba Takes Part in GCC Summit, Accuses Regime of Arming Qaida-Linked ISIS - Naharnet

Syrian opposition head urges Gulf states to launch aid fund - Reuters

With US ties frayed, Saudi calls for Gulf union - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Hezbollah escalates rhetoric against Riyadh - Al-Monitor


Is Iran set to lash out at Saudi Arabia? - Blogs


At UN Human Rights Day, Syria Banned from Speaking as Chair of Asia Group by Japan, Cyprus, Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Ja'afari Tells Inner City Press - Inner City Press




VIDEO: Did Syrian rebel group have sarin? Seymour Hersh Says Obama Cherry Picked Intel On Syrian Sarin Gas Attack - CNN

VIDEO: Seymour Hersh: Obama "Cherry Picked" Intel on Syrian Chemical Attack to Justify U.S. Strike (1 of 2) - Democracy Now

VIDEO: Seymour Hersh: Obama "Cherry Picked" Intel on Syrian Chemical Attack to Justify U.S. Strike (2 of 2) - Democracy Now


Sy Hersh's Chemical Misfire, What the legendary reporter gets wrong about Syria's sarin attacks - Foreign Policy


Why Seymour Hersh has it wrong this time - NOW


Chemical Weapons Conspiracy That Wasn't --- Hersh's "Exclusive" Dissected - EA WorldView


Mother Agnes Mariam on the sarin report: “I praise, I thank Mr. Hersh to be courageous, to be audacious, to be full of honesty -


Matt Van Dyke Online Accounts Leaked by the Syrian Electronic Armys Today, Admits that He Has Information the Rebels Had Chemical Weapons -


Full Text of Matt Van Dyke Online Accounts Leaked by the Syrian Electronic Armys -


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Syrian army retakes road needed to ship out chemical arms - Reuters

Syria regime forces advance in Qalamoun - AFP

US in quiet talks with Hizballah as Syrian rebels lose Qalamoun strongholds in crushing defeat -

Hezbollah Commander Killed in Syria fighting - Israel National News

Syrian Islamists seize Western-backed rebel bases - monitoring group - Reuters

Joint Chiefs denies al Qaeda attack on FSA depots - ZAMAN ALWSL

Jihadists execute mentally ill Syrian man for 'blasphemy', The heating oil vendor said: "What am I, the God of fuel" THE DAILY STAR

PHOTO: Jihadists execute Syrian man for 'blasphemy' - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Syria's Rebel Press Is Fighting Back Against Jihadists - VICE United States


Reflections of a Revolutionary, Imprisoned by Al-Qaida - Syria Deeply


To Syria’s Revolutionaries, Assad Isn’t Looking So Bad After All - Yahoo News


Bishop: Christians should take up arms in Syria -


Lebanon to seek Qatar’s help over nuns seized in Syria - THE DAILY STAR


English translation  of the interview with the 13 nuns - NOW


VIDEO: Bodies of Syrian army dead displayed by Rebel fighters after conquest of Maaloula - YouTube


Al-Qaeda’s Governance Strategy in Raqqa - Syria Comment


Abu Umar al-Shishani Reports Advance For ISIS In South-West Aleppo - EA WorldView


Interview with ISIS Chechen Leader Abu Umar al-Shishani - EA WorldView




Iraq Forces Clash With Gunmen in Syria Border Area -

Insurgents control 400 kms of Iraq/Syria border: Analyst - PressTV 

Iraqi FM says proliferation of extremists may create a jihadi 'emirate' in Syria - Fox News

Next door to Syria, an al-Qaeda-linked group is also gaining ground in Iraq - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Iraq discovers smuggling tunnels at Syria border -

Syria urges UN to stop "Saudi support for extremists" - AFP

Saudi jihadists flow into Syria - Al-Monitor

Saudi Clerics Endorse Jihadists in Syria - Foundation for Defense of Democracies


Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis - The Independent


Qatar Changing Policy on Syria, to Improve Relations between Doha and Damascus, -


Arms smuggling along Syria-Jordan border triples - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Jordan's Daraa problem, In recent weeks, anti-Syrian regime rebels have tightened their grip over most of its territory - Al-Monitor


Syria’s Jihadists Linked to Organized Crime -


Syria's Foreign Fighters -


Syria conflict: Foreign jihadists 'use Turkey safe houses' - BBC News


Sydney man admits making Syrian war videos but denies inciting violence -


Syria opposition leader says to visit Russia - THE DAILY STAR


Al-Jarba praises Kuwait, GCC for vital support to Syrian people - KUNA


Uncertain Future for the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood’s Political Party- Carnegie Middle East Center




PYD Leader: US and Turkey are Hindering Kurdish Rights - Rudaw

Syrian Kurds discuss differences over Geneva II - Al-Monitor

Syria: Kurdish party denies ties to government - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


ISIS continues attacks on Syrian Kurds Aleppo - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Salih Muslim: I have performed Hajj twice and Umrah 50 times - BAS NEWS


VIDEO: Among the Kurds of Rojava (Syria Kurdistan) -




Seymour Hersh: US administration cherry-picked intelligence on chemical weapons attack to make the case for a military strike against Syria -  LRB

VIDEO: Seymour Hersh: Obama "Cherry-Picked" Intelligence on Syrian Chemical Attack to Justify U.S. Strike - Democracy Now!

Obama aides deny Syria intelligence story - AP

New Yorker, Washington Post Passed On Seymour Hersh Syria Report -


Who Attacked Ghouta?: Review of Seymour Hersh's LRB Piece -


PHOTO: 3D Models Of Volcanoes And Their Launchers - Brown Moses Blog


Delays possible in Syria chemicals weapons mission - The Washington Post



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Syria News - Dec 7


Ahrar Qalamoun and Nusra Front demand hostage swap for kidnapped nuns, release of 1000 female detainees by Syrian government - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Abducted Syrian nuns appear in video, deny being kidnapped and thank captors for "protection" - Al Akhbar English

VIDEO: Maloula nuns appear on al-Jazeera without their crosses - YouTube

PHOTO: Kidnappers have taken the cross off the nun - Syrian Truth | English

Suicide car bomber kills 5 in Kurdish town Qamishli - THE DAILY STAR

Islamic State sentences Raqqa artist to death by decapitation in absentia - Syria Newsdesk


‘Shocking’ number of journalists being abducted by Al Qaida militias in Syria - World Tribune


A Split In Loyalties & Ideology For Syria's Chechen Fighters - EA WorldView


VIDEO: Jihadis execute other rebel -


PHOTO: The tomb of a monk was ransacked by terrorists in Qara - Syrian Perspective




Islamist rebels tighten hold in south Syria fueling tensions with FSA, ISIS seizes three trucks carrying more than 30 tons of arms destined for FSA - Qatar Tribune

Syrian Coalition Release a Report on FSA Gains (full text in Arabic) - Syrian National Coaltion

Syria's FSA Not To Attend Geneva Talks - Eurasia Review

VIDEO: FSA spokesman: Group will not attend Geneva II conference -

Disillusioned Fighters Abandon Frontlines as Syria’s Revolution Is Hijacked by Armies of Jihadists - Rudaw

FSA founder refutes rumors of kidnap and pledge allegiance to Al Qaeda - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Shi’ite checkpoints become remarkably widespread in Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Why Private Gulf Financing for Syria’s Extremist Rebels Risks Igniting Sectarian Conflict at Home - Brookings Institution


Syria’s Gulf Brigades - The Middle East Channel


Damascus demands compensation from Saudi Arabia and Qatar for fuelling terrorism in Syria - Russian Radio


E.U. security officials note increased flow of fighters to Syria's civil war - The Washington Post


House Intel Chair Slams U.S. Outreach to Syria's Islamist Rebels -


PYD Leader: We Will Not Play The Game At Geneva II - The Rojava Report


INTERVIEW: Brzezinski says Russia and U.S. poised for cooperation on Syria, Iran (AUDIO) - Voice of Russia




Activists: Assad used poison gas again - Al Arabiya News

Syria denies claims of new chemical weapons attack - CBS News

VIDEO: Syrian media reject opposition's accusation of government using chemicals in Damascus countryside -


Syria's Chemical Weapons Munitions Destroyed, Watchdog Says -


Chemical Weapons Convoy Faces Enemy Territory And Threat of Roadside Bombs, Securebio expert discusses the details of the mission - Syria Deeply – Syria News


Chemical weapons: How Pentagon plans to destroy Syria's stockpile at sea -


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Syria News - Dec 6


Damascus paper says rebels using nuns as “human shields" - AFP

Nuns captured in Syria in contact 'every day' with nearby convent - World News

Conflicting statements on the issue of the Sisters of Maalula - Fides News Agency

Syrian Coalition: We are working on ensuring the safety of the nuns in Maloula - Syrian National Coalition

Bishops, mufti condemn ‘kidnapping’ of nuns, orphans from Syrian town - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Solidarity of Muslim Clerics with Christian Clergymen in Damascus Denouncing Saudi Wahhabi Terror - YouTube


VIDEO: 'Monstrous' Terror: Islamist rebels hold nuns hostage in Syria - RT


Rebel rockets kill 18 in pro-regime area of Syria's Aleppo - AFP


VIDEO: Insurgents Kill 18 in Mortar Attacks in Aleppo - YouTube


Activists: Rebels kill Iraqi journalist in Syria - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: Terrorists in Syria Attack Aleppo Kindi Hospital -




NGO: Syria jihadists kidnap 50 Kurds - Al Arabiya News

ISIS Besiege PYD in Afrin, Ain al-Arab - The Syrian Observer

ISIS threatens to besiege Syrian Kurdish city Kobani - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Aleppo province: ISIS confiscates shops and a bakery owned by Kurds in the Minbej city - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Tall Tamr: Numerous YPG‑fighters killed by ISIS -

Kurds want to complete their autonomy project prior to Genera II conference - Kurdpress News Aganecy -


Syrian Kurds celebrate war-torn country's first civil marriage - Al Jazeera America


Syrian Opposition Says Kurdish Autonomy Demand Would Have The Effect Of Disrupting Geneva Talks -


Syrian Coalition PM: PYD is a part of the Syrian regime - Rihab News


Syria’s Kurds divided over path to autonomy - Al-Monitor


Syrian KDP: Kurds should attend Geneva II as a single delegation - ekurd


PYD and Iraq reach consensus on opening border - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Iraqi Kurdish PM accuses PYD of deceiving Kurds - Kurdpress News Aganecy




U.S., Allies Reach Out to Syria's Islamist Rebels, The goal is to persuade some Islamists to support a Syria peace conference in Geneva -

Two competing analyses of the Islamic Front, a newly formed consortium of seven powerful Syrian rebel groups - NOW

Leading Syrian rebels defect FSA, dealing blow to fight against al-Qaeda - Telegraph

4 battalions from Qatar-backed Islamist brigade defect to wage 'armed jihadist struggle' - The Long War Journal

Leader of ISIS vows to target FSA rebels in Syria's Raqqa -


A misreading of comments by Syrian Gen. Salim Idriss: “The army must fight ISIS" -


Weekly ISIS newspaper hits stands - THE DAILY STAR


Beheadings and spies help al Qaeda gain ground in Syria - Reuters


Syria's 'bride of the revolution' mourns freedom in al Qaeda's grip - Reuters


Desperate Syrian rebels turn homes into weapons factories - NBC World News




Kuwait charities, tribes and citizens raise money -- possibly hundreds of millions of dollars -- for armed groups fighting the Syrian regime - Foreign Policy

Turkey on Alert Against 47 Al-Qaeda Groups in Syria -

Who Are the Foreign Fighters in Syria? - Carnegie Middle East Center

Afghan Militants Join Syria's Civil War, As If It Wasn't Awful Enough - FP Passport

Saudi female suicide bomber arrives in Syria - i24news


Moroccan family of 5 members fighting in Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL


Russia & Syria Spotlight: Jihad For Export, Part II - EA WorldView


VIDEO: Chechen Fighters in Syria - BBC


Sunni group claims assassination of Hezbollah commander - AFP


Hizballah Leader Nasrallah Declares War on Saudi Arabia -


The road from Iraq to Damascus: Iraqis fight to the death to defend Shia shrines - they show less zeal for Assad's regime - The Independent


Geneva 2 must aim for free polls in Syria: Iran - THE DAILY STAR


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Syria News - Dec 4


Head of convent says Syrian rebels abduct 12 nuns, Syrian patriarch calls for their release - Star Tribune

Syria rebels: snipers block nuns’ evacuation - Al Arabiya News

VIDEO: Syrian rebels destroying & torching old Christian town Maaloula -

VIDEO: Syrian Rebels Invade Ancient Maaloula Again and Abduct Nuns and Orphans from St. Thecla Convent - YouTube

Suicide bomb at Damascus office kills four-state media - Reuters

Syria: Al-Qaeda jihadists seize church, transform it into their headquarters - Jihad Watch

Terrorists target Imam of the Great Mosque in Jeroud, Damascus Countryside - SANA, Syria

Al-Qaeda in Syria target Turkmen minority - Al-Monitor

Details emerge of life under al Qaida in Syria -


Lawyers denounce Shariah Authority decision to ban civil law in Syrian courts - ZAMAN ALWSL 


How al Qaida’s rise drove a Syrian revolutionary to choose exile - McClatchy 


Daily energy supplies curtailed in Syria after attacks on gas network -


Syria Document: Founding Declaration of the Islamic Front - EA WorldView


FSA intelligence report: Threat posed by the al-Qaeda affiliate known as the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” or ISIS - The Washington Post


Atassi resigns as vice president for Syria National Coalition - THE DAILY STAR


Senior Member Of The SMC Defects To ISIS And Details Foreign Involvement In the Oppostion (VIDEO) - Brown Moses Blog


INTERACTIVE MAP: A detailed look at Syria’s Islamist, jihadist groups - FRANCE 24


VIDEO: ISIS/AQ takes no prisoners -


VIDEO: Terrorists humiliating prisoner, asking him to bark and bite his fingers - English subtitles -




Turkey deports 1,100 European fighters who came to Turkey to join al-Qaeda-linked groups fighting in Syria - Today's Zaman

Davutoglu Denies Turkey Has Security Forces In Syria -

Turkey, Qatar re-examining policies towards Syria -

Kilicdaroglu speaks on Kurdish issue, Iraq, Syria, Egypt - World Bulletin

Iran must be invited to attend Geneva II confab on Syria: UN chief - PressTV

Iran Dismisses Preconditions for Attending Geneva Conference on Syria -

State Dept mulling whether to invite Iran to upcoming Syria talks - Washington Times

Syria on the agenda at Iraq PM’s Iran visit -


Al-Jaafari: Saudis which fight in Syria came with knowledge of Saudi intelligence - SANA, Syria


VIDEO: Syria UN Rep: Saudi Arabia Gets Rid of its Imprisoned Terrorists by Sending them to Kill Syrians - YouTube


Hillary Clinton leaked memo: Riyadh biggest funder of world extremist -


Hezbollah chief: Saudis behind embassy bombings - Yahoo News


Hezbollah negotiates with armed opposition to release 11 militants - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Hezbollah chief says he met Qatari envoy in recent days - Reuters


Fleeing Syrian rebels accused of aggravating violence in Lebanon - McClatchy DC


The Future of Syria | Refugee Children in Crisis -


Number of European fighters in Syria rises sharply, drawn by tales of easy life and glory -


Authorities fear Australians returning from Syria will put combat skills to use at home -




Kurds seek autonomy in a federal Syria: top official -

Syrian Kurds Want Iraqi Border Crossing Opened - VOA

‘Islamic State’ to impose blockade on Kurdish areas under PYD control - ZAMAN ALWSL

Rojava – Kurdish forces expell Islamist rebels - pietervanostaeyen


The Second Phase in Rojava - The Rojava Report


“The War in Rojava has Carried Over to Geneva” - The Rojava Report


KNC to occupy positions in the Syrian National Coalition


Bombs Target Peshmarga Officials, as Erbil Blames Insecurity on Syria - Rudaw


Explaining Iraqi Kurdistan’s Policy Towards Syria, Interview With Wladimir van Wilgenburg - musingsoniraq




Security situation in Syria poses difficulties in removing chemical weapons - JPost

A Chemical Weapons Specialist On Syria's Chemical Weapon Transport Issues - Brown Moses Blog


Who Attacked Ghouta?: Response to New Brown Moses Theory -


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A Syria solution must have Assad's blessing, minister says - AFP

Assad: Our Battle With Saudi Is Open-Ended - Al Akhbar English

Syrian National Coalition will go to Geneva II if the conditions of the revolution are accepted: Jarba -

A Brotherhood Vision for Syria: Interview with the former leader of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood - Tam Hussein

How The Free Syrian Army Became A Largely Criminal Enterprise, Militias involved in profit making schemes, kidnapping & theft - Telegraph

Official statement: At least 25 employees of the Syrian National Coalition aid branch go on strike claiming “corruption and disruption of effective workflow” - Twitter / Racanarchy


Profiteers become another obstacle to peace in Syria -


Syria-fueled violence kills four in Lebanon's Tripoli - Reuters


Rebels say Russian mercenaries helping Assad - ZAMAN ALWSL 


’Israel’ Intervenes in Ghouta Battles -


‘Iran ready to arbitrate between Turkey, Syria' - PressTV


European envoys move to resume Syria contacts (VIDEO) - PressTV


VIDEO: Group Of Unarmed Men Executed By Assad Militias -


VIDEO: Syria's women refugees fear sham marriages and rape -




Children escape as mortar hits French school in Damascus - The Times of India

VIDEO: Mortar hits de Gaulle school in Damascus - YouTube

Terrorists in Syria Targeting Christian Children: Syrian Christian MP - syrianfreepress

Syrian rebels enter Christian village near capital - Washington Times

ISIS terrorists exhume Sufi shrines in Aleppo countryside- SANA, Syria

VIDEO: Rebels attacking shiite forces at the Deir Cherubim monastery -

VIDEO: Yemenis Behead, Threaten Alawites in Aleppo, Syria -

Terrorists confess to taking part in stealing human organs and smuggling chemicals from Turkey- SANA, Syria


Terrorists fire mortars at Tishreen power station, causing drop in power feed in southern region- SANA, Syria


5.5 million m3 gas daily loss due to terrorists' attacks - SANA, Syria


The seven sisters of Syria’s newest rebel alliance Islamic Front - THE DAILY STAR


5 Islamic groups form new Islamic bloc in Damascus suburbs - ZAMAN ALWSL #syria


VIDEO (Arabic): FSA ex-commander, after joining ISIS, speaks in detail about meetings with regional & western intelligence services - YouTube


US: American Fighters Battling Assad in Syria a Security Risk - ABC News


128 Jordanians ‘slain’ in Syria while fighting alongside rebel groups: report - The Jordan Times


The Al Qaeda fanatic from Britain who funded jihad trip to Syria by mugging Londoners with a Taser - Mail Online




Geneva II decisive for Kurds: Salih Muslim - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Muslim: Some forces want to prevent Kurds' participation in Geneva II - ANF

KNC and PYD meet in Qamishli, it seems they want to have an unified position for Geneva and reactivate the Supreme Kurdish Council - Transnational Middle-East Observer

Kurdish self-rule in Syria: Disputes and fears -


Declaration of Kurdish self-rule in Syria: PYD to monopolize power, says Kurdish leader -


Women Take the Initiative for Rojava - The Rojava Report


PYD has not negotiated with Barzani, “Syrian Kurds are unhappy with Barzani after he denied the occurrence of any Kurdish revolution in northern Syria" - Kurdpress News Aganecy


KDP, PYD and PKK hold meetings at high level in preparation for the Pan-Kurdish national conference - ekurd




US to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons - ABC News

Chemical Weapons Watchdog Rejects a Request by Syria to Convert Arms Sites -

Key new evidence reveals fundamental error in Human Rights Watch, media & government statements over Syria chemical attacks (VIDEO) - Human rights investigations


UPDATE - Who Attacked Ghouta?: Geolocating New UMLACA Video -


New Key Evidence In Understanding The August 21st Sarin Attack (VIDEO) - Brown Moses Blog


VIDEO: Distraught Father Finds His Two Dead Daughters from Syria Gas Attack -


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Syria army presses advance near Damascus - THE DAILY STAR

Disillusionment Grows Among Syrian Opposition as Fighting Drags On -

Mortar Round at Historic Syrian Mosque Kills 4 - ABC News

VIDEO: Syria: One of the world's oldest mosques hit with mortar shells, 4 dead -

One killed, nine injured in shelling of Russian embassy in Damascus - Yahoo News

Fear in Syrian capital as mortar shells rain down - World Wires -

Syria fighting kills 19 Hezbollah fighters in 10 days - THE DAILY STAR

Hezbollah minister’s nephew killed in Syria, returned home: sources - THE DAILY STAR


Hizbullah Field Commander Nicknamed 'Sayyed Nasrallah' Killed in Syria - Naharnet


200 Iran drones monitoring Lebanon-Syria border for Hezbollah -


Qatar Opens Up to Hezbollah and Damascus After Hostage Deal - Al Akhbar English


Irish troops forced to return fire in Syria after a convoy came under attack by Syrian rebels -


VIDEO: Truck load of corpses from Iraqi shiite Abu al Fadl al Abbas brigade -killed in eastern Ghouta - YouTube


VIDEO: Multiple injuries in Scud missile attack on Ar-Raqqah, Syria -


VIDEO: A second 'SCUD missile attack' on Raqqa, Syria -


What the comeback of the Syrian pound says about the state of the civil war – Quartz




Video shows execution of Syrian rebels by Al Qaeda-linked group - Reuters

VIDEO: Syrian rebels executed by ISIS -

VIDEO: ISIS not just execute Syrian rebel chief Hassan Jazra, they hung him and then beheaded him - YouTube 

Idlib becomes hotspot of heavy clashes between ISIS and other rebels after the ISIS executed 9 Syrian rebels -

VIDEO: Al-Qaeda in Syrian School: 'Infidels Must Be Slaughtered!' [English Subs] - YouTube

ISIS poses threat to Turkish security - THE DAILY STAR

A parish priest: "The exodus of civil Christians from Qara, invaded by foreign jihadists" - Fides News Agency


Syria Rebels: "They fire randomly to force Christians to leave" - Free North Carolina


Dispute over Gasfield among Islamic rebel groups east Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL


VIDEO: Alleged al-Qaeda allies run Syria oil field - Al Jazeera English


Rebel-Held Raqqa Sees Electricity Cut, in a Patchwork of Public Services - Syria Deeply


Sabotage Affects Power Supply in Aleppo - Prensa Latina News Agency


Terrorists murder 3 employees of Homs Electricity Company- SANA, Syria


New rebel merger Islamic Front off to modest start - AFP


Islamic Front endorses jihad, says 'the Muhajireen are our brothers' - The Long War Journal


The Brotherhood Plan for Syria - The Majalla Magazine


Syrian Opposition Defense Minister in the Interim Government Rejects Geneva II - Syrian National Coaltion Of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces


Opposition Activists in Damascus Give Views on Peaceful Solution - Adopt a Revolution




PYD Meet UN Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi - Welat Opinion

Syrian Kurds Take Steps Toward Self-Rule - VOA

Hasaka province: YPG fighters took hold of 3 villages - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

YPG Brings Til Temir Operation To Successful Completion - The Rojava Report


Kurds and Islamists struggle for power in Syria's Tel Abyad -


Al-Nusra Front holds talks with PYD - BAS NEWS


VIDEO: Turkish police fire tear gas as Kurds protest against Syria wall -




Final Sellström Report to be delivered to UN on December 13th - Human rights investigations

Syria reports destruction of all unfilled chemical weapons - OPCW - The Voice of Russia


More evidence Ghouta chemical weapons rockets could only have been fired from rebel areas (VIDEO) - Human rights investigations


Who Attacked Ghouta with Chemical Weapons?: Geolocating New UMLACA Video -




CNN cuts ‘most crucial points’ from interview with Russia's UN envoy on Syria - RT News

VIDEO: Syria: Russia's Ambassador to the U N , Vitaly Churkin CNN interview November 27, 2013 - YouTube

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Ambassador Vitaly Churkin – Amanpour - Blogs

VIDEO: Mother agnes-Mariam: Americans Misled by False Mainstream Media Reports on Syria -


Syrian Electronic Army hacks TIME magazine over Assad - RT News


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Syria tells Western foes to stop dreaming Assad will go, reiterates that it has no plans to surrender power at the Geneva peace talks - Reuters

Syrian President Assad to Skip Geneva Conference, “The conference will open at a foreign minister level" - RIA Novosti

Syrian delegates to attend Geneva under Assad orders - Foreign Ministry - The Voice of Russia

Opposition: Assad ‘must build trust’ before SNC will attend Syria peace talks - The National

Brahimi demands opposition for wide participation in Geneva II, not only Coalition - ZAMAN ALWSL

Free Syrian Army shuns Geneva peace talks, says no ceasefire - Reuters

VIDEO: ‘Free Syrian Army not to join Geneva II conference' -

FSA rebel commander complains lack of arms in Syria’s eastern battlefields - ZAMAN ALWSL


VIDEO: Underfunded and outgunned Free Syrian Army faces additional enemies - PBS NewsHour


The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood’s Inflated Revival - Al Akhbar English


Syrian Waad Party denies being Muslim Brotherhood arm - Al-Monitor


Obama Signals a Shift From Military Might to Diplomacy -


Iran Deal Ripples Felt From Syria Battlefields to Saudi Palaces - Bloomberg


Turkey, Iran call for Syria ceasefire before peace talks - Yahoo News


Iran Dips Into Nukes Bank to Back Syria - Bloomberg


Friction between Iranian, Syrian soldiers surfaces - THE DAILY STAR


Hezbollah And The Fight For Control in Qalamoun - Institute for the Study of War


Nun emerges as power broker in Syria -


Human rights watchdog: Syrian women refugees harassed, exploited in Lebanon - Fox News


Syria foreign trade all but collapses - AFP




Terrorist attacks claim lives of 12 medical staff members, 18 civilians - SANA

Suicide bomber kills 15 including two children west of Damascus - AFP

Three killed in mortar attacks in Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL

Syria jihadists execute soldiers, 'collaborators' near Damascus - Yahoo News

VIDEO: ISIS terrorists execute SAA militias -

Al-Qaeda cuts off head of rebel battalion in Syria accusing him of "apostasy" -

Al-Qaeda's brutal tactics in Syria forces out moderates - BBC News

Insight: After Assad, Syria democrats learn to fear Qaeda - Reuters

Number of journalist kidnappings in Syria unprecedented - Committee to Protect Journalists


PHOTO: As starvation mounts rebels slaughter lion instead of cats - ZAMAN ALWSL


New rebel alliance wants Syria as 'Islamic state', The covenant of the Islamic Front -


Number of foreign fighters from Europe in Syria is historically unprecedented. Who should be worried? -


Gateway to terror: British Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary 'sent hundreds to join al-Qa’ida in Syria' - The Independent


Dutch Foreign Fighters – Some Testimonials from the Syrian Front (Part III) - JIHADOLOGY


Turkish Interior Ministry: 500 citizens fighting with al-Nusra in Syria - Today's Zaman


VIDEO: Jordanian Jihadist Surprised as he Finds out he was Treated for 6 Months at Syrian Govt Hospital - YouTube




Kurdish Militias Drive Out Jihadists, Bring Stability Back to Parts of Syria -

In Syria, Kurds are fighting their own war against Islamists, and winning - Public Radio International

Inside Syria: Al-Qaeda Was Here, A tour through the new territory won by Kurdish fighters gives a rare look at life under the extremists -

Al-Qamishli: Three ISIS car bombs attacks against the PYD and the regime -

Relations between Arabs and Kurds, and the current situation in Syrian Kurdistan: Interview with PYD leader Salih Muslim - ekurd

Women Take on Fighting Role in Syria's Kurdish North - VOA

Women in Syria's Kurdistan Region Work to Stop Sexual Violence - VOA

PYD autonomy incites more division, says Syrian opposition figure - Today's Zaman


Syrian oil minister meets with PYD, promises the Kurdish party a fixed percentage of oil revenues -


The Syrian Government is Giving Missiles to Kurdish Separatists - Medium


KRG accuses PYD of “gone beyond limit” - SHOAH


Afrin: PYD organizes demonstration against Barzani -


Amudah: PYD demonstrates against Barzani -


Syrian Kurdish party calls on Turkey, KRG to end embargo - Al-Monitor


Kurdish Congress Stalled Over Issues in Syrian Kurdistan -


Baghdad Approves $15m in Aid to Syrian Regions, “The assistance includes fuel, food and medicines for Kurds and Arabs”  - Rudaw


Turkey border wall highlights Kurdish divisions - THE DAILY STAR


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Syria: More than 160 killed as rebels try to break government siege near Damascus - CTV News

Syrian National Coalition: FSA and Islamic Front Advance on Regime Forces in Eastern Ghouta - Syrian National Coalition

VIDEO: New Syrian Islamic Liberation Front Enters Eastern Ghouta -

Syria: At least 5 Hezbollah fighters killed in last 2 days in Damascus - Ynetnews

Hezbollah announces killing of its commander near Damascus - ZAMAN ALWSL

Assad activists accuse Hezbollah of treason, it disobeyed Syrian Army orders costing large number of causalities in Damascus - ZAMAN ALWSL

VIDEO: Documents and items recovered from alleged Hezbollah fighters in Eastern Ghouta  - YouTube

PHOTOS: 14 executed and beheaded soldiers by terrorists in the area of East Ghouta, Damascus, they accuse them of being Hezbollah fighters - Liveleak

Sixth British jihadist reportedly killed in Syria - The Independent


Military commander of ‘Green Battalion’, al-Qaeda affiliate killed in Qalamoun - ZAMAN ALWSL


11 dead in mortar fire on Aleppo city: Syria state media - THE DAILY STAR


ISIS and other groups capture 13 villages in Aleppo countryside - ZAMAN ALWSL


Aleppo braces for major regime offensive - Al-Monitor


Syrian Army’s Aleppo and Qalamoun operations - Today's Zaman


The village of Deir Atieh invaded by Islamists: Christians identified and detained - Fides News Agency


VIDEO: Rebels Attack Ancient Convent in Saidnaya Housing Syria's Tallest Jesus Statue -


PHOTO: More of beheaded heads but this time of an Alawiite Shabih from al-Qaimarya Alawiite village - Twitter / trouble jee




Islamist rebels capture Syria's largest oilfield in Eastern Syria: activists - Reuters

VIDEO: Omar oil field captured by rebels - YouTube

Al-Qaeda Seizes US Aid Warehouse From Syrian Rebels, U.S. to tighten mechanisms for FSA aid delivery - THE DAILY STAR

Al Qaeda advancing in Syria, one town at a time -

Syrian rebels that Turkey allowed to proliferate near its border include many who say they have no problem fighting alongside Qaeda against Assad - Bloomberg


Al Qaeda arrests prominent rebel commander in Atimah, north Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Free Syrian Army former chief missing in Turkey: report -


Swedish journalists reported abducted in Syria - Business Standard


7 Foreign Jihadists kidnapped in Raqqa -ZAMAN ALWSL


Denmark: 80 Danes have joined Syria fight -


The History of Jihadism in Finland and An Early Assessment of Finnish Foreign Fighters in Syria « JIHADOLOGY


An official from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) urges the decapitation of Assad as well National Coalition supporters - The Daily Star


PHOTO: ISIS leaflet from northwestern Syria telling girls and women they must wear only the Sharia approved burqa - Twitter / BklynMiddleton


VIDEO: Non-Syrian ISIS Court Judge Speaks About the Supremacy of Islamic Courts in Syria - syrianfreepress




Kurdish militia aims to connect Kurdish enclaves in Syria - Al-Monitor

Syria's Kurds Find Strategy Against Jihadist Bombings Elusive - VOA

Explosions hit Syria's Qamishli -

PYD Leader Warns of War with Arab Settlers in Kurdish Areas - Rudaw

Syrian Kurdish leader: 'We don't need permission for autonomy' - World Bulletin


Assad Arms Kurdish PYD With Missiles - Pakistani Defence Forum


Iraq Requires Syrian Flag From the PYD On Broder Crossing - Aydinlik


Iraqi Kurdistan government to investigate Kurdish youths going to Syria for Jihad - ekurd


VIDEO: Istanbul Protests in Support of Syrian Kurds - Rudaw


VIDEO: Kurdish police academy in western Kurdistan (north Syria) -




Syrian children shelled, tortured, targeted by snipers, report says - CBC News

Full Report: Stolen Futures: The Hidden Toll of Child Casualties in Syria - Oxford Research Group

VIDEO: Syrian snipers 'target children' says report - YouTube

Syria peace talks set for January 22 in Geneva - Reuters

Participant list for Syria talks still undecided: Brahimi - Yahoo News


Russia says no agreement on invite for Iran to Syria talks - Ifax - The Star Online


What Does Nuclear Deal Mean for Iran's Role in Syria (VIDEO)? VOA


Syria 'Welcomes' Nuclear Deal With Iran - The Weekly Standard


Putin, Pope back negotiated solution to Syria conflict - Yahoo News


Syria’s Reconciliation Minister evades assassination attempt - RT News


Jordanian, Egyptian and Saudi tourists scout Syrian refugee camps to buy teen wives -


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Major Syrian rebel groups join forces to form the Islamic Front, to "build an Islamic state where almighty God alone will be our ruler" - Al Jazeera

VIDEO: Official announcement of the formation of the Islamic Front - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): Interview with leader Abu Issa al-Sheikh after the Islamic Front's formation - YouTube

Rebels Inc., To overcome their declining fortunes rebel groups coalesce consolidating their territory and establishing financing networks - Foreign Policy

Al Qaeda affiliate ISIS captures Syrian border town ousting another Islamist rebel unit, Turkey has not stopped supplies from crossing the border - Today's Zaman

ISIS and Nusra take key Qalamoun town from army, watchdog says - AFP

24 Syrian Rebels Killed in Attack on Syrian Army Base Near Raqqa - AP

Assad says rebel army being prepared in Jordan, trying to "retaliate to the [regime’s] Qalamoun offensive and its progress in Aleppo" - AFP


The coming 'battle for Qalamoun' - Al-Monitor


8 Kurdish YPG forces killed in northern Syria clashes with the extremist jihadist groups - Kurdpress News Aganecy


The Serekeniye Martyr's Offensive: Kurds Consolidate Control in Hasaka - Institute for the Study of War Syria Updates


Two rebel brigades officially announced their resignation from the FSA Military Council - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Insurgent Split --- The Dispute Between Abu Umar al-Shishani & His Deputy, Seyfullakh the Chechen Over Joining ISIS - EA WorldView


ISIS cuts down 150-year-old oak in Syria, After jihadists took over the local shrine and prevented people from going to pray there, prayers were held by the tree instead - Yahoo News


PHOTO: ISIS cuts off 150-year-old tree in Idleb, claiming that people were worshiping the tree rather than Allah -  Syrian Truth | English


Jabhat al-Nusra has raised its new flag over a Shi'ite shrine -


VIDEO: Moment of the fall of mortars on Baghdad Street, in the center of Damascus -




Putin: Western states must bring Syrian opposition to peace talks - Reuters

Bogdanov to Al-Manar: US Discussions with Syria Opposition Postpone Geneva II -

Lavrov: A united opposition delegation is not a condition in Geneva II, Moscow urges different spectrums of the opposition to participate - Syrian Observer

Syrian Coalition: We will not accept the presence of any other political body other than the Coalition itself during the Geneva negotiations - Syrian Coalition

Free Army supports Coalition, as we only decide who will go to Geneva II: spokesman Jamous says - ZAMAN ALWSL

Exclusive: The United States, Iran, Russia and Saudi Arabia Hold Secret Talks to Improve the U.N.'s relief effort in Syria -  The Cable

On Syria and Iran, U.S. and Russia Can Work Together - By Madeleine Albright and Igor Ivanov - Foreign Policy


A New Pattern of International Cooperation Creates Hope for Iran, Syria - Carnegie Europe


Syria seeks India's role to resolve the crisis - Hindustan Times


India’s Position on Syria - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


U.S. Intel Eyes New Threat: al Qaeda in Lebanon - The Cable


Lebanese Salafis Amidst Syria's War - The Middle East Channel


Who Are the Abdullah Azzam Battalions? - Carnegie Middle East Center


VIDEO: Iran's Secret Army in Syria - BBC


'Iran supports Syria despite hardships of sanctions' - Iran's deputy FM - RT


Chechen Hajj Pilgrims Claim They Were Drafted In Saudi Arabia To Fight In Syria - EA WorldView


Al-Qaeda leaves Yemen for Syria and Egypt – authorities - The Voice of Russia


New Egyptian militia joins Syrian war supporting Assad - ZAMAN ALWSL


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Chechens drawn south to fight against Syria's Assad - BBC News

Russian Muslims fight and die against Assad’s forces - The National

Russian militants fight in Syria, raise fears back home - Reuters

Meet the ISIS Chechen Commander Assad, Russia and the U.S. All Fear -

The "True" Story of ISIS Chechen Leader Abu Umar al-Shishani --- & What It Means (VIDEO) - EA WorldView

U.S. Says Dozens of Americans Have Sought to Join Rebels in Syria -


Britain investigates reports of citizens’ deaths while fighting on the side of Islamic militants in Syria -


Young Palestinian Refugees Join Jihadists Fighting in Syria -


Gunfire from Syria kills Jordanian jihadist: Official - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: American jihadist killed in Syria: "We've come to spread the Sharia of Allah...and we've come to kill anyone who comes in our way" - Jihad Watch


VIDEO: "This is the duty on me" - exclusive interview with 23-year-old British jihadi in Syria - BBC




Syrian army makes advances as ISIS calls for jihadists to unite under its banner - Al Akhbar English

Suicide bombs hit Syrian troops, hospital north of Damascus, rebels belonged to Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant - Washington Post

Terrorist mortar attack kills one civilian in Damascus - Syrian Truth | English

Six civilians got wounded by mortar shells fired by terrorists in several neighborhoods in Damascus. - Syrian Truth | English

VIDEO: CCTV Camera recorded mortar terrorist attack in Aleppo - YouTube

VIDEO: The crew ANNA-News was attacked by a rebel sniper -


Raqqah province: ISIS publicly executes 2 Syrian Kurds, by cutting their throats in the market place - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Roadside bomb in south Syria wounds 2 Jordanian writers who met with government officials - The Washington Post


Russian activists go to Syria to rescue traveler from militants' captivity - The Voice of Russia


Al-Qaeda's battle to “apply Shariah, the rule of Allah” in northern Syria - Telegraph


Expert: Syria’s revolution is devouring its children, and ISIS is the devourer -


'Islamist posturing' is a strategy to raise funds says Syrian rebel, Qatar supports the Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia the Salafists - The FRANCE 24 Observers


VIDEO (Arabic): Army of Islam leader Zahran Alloush: we have minimal differences with Jabhat al-Nusra, their Sharia official can be ours & vice versa - YouTube


VIDEO (Arabic): Full interview of Army of Islam leader Zahran Alloush - YouTube


VIDEO (English): Former FSA commander Abdul Jabbar AL Aqidi defending the biggest Qaeda group (ISIS) in Syria during his recent TV interview -




Lavrov says the Coalition monopolizes the representation of Syrian people and it does not represent all parts of the Syrian opposition - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Syrian Coalition: Russians Must Convince Assad of Geneva I’s Six Principles - Syrian National Coalition

Syria's NCB to independently partake in Geneva talks after the Coalition refused to participate in a unified delegation - Xinhua |

Assad says won’t relinquish power to opposition, accuses Saudi Arabia of seeking to disrupt the Geneva talks - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Syria UN Rep Jaafari Attacks Saudi Arabia for its Conduct & its Support of Wahhabi Terror in Syria -


Report: The Gulf countries and Sectarianism -


Sabra: Confidence in Our Aims Before Geneva II - The Syrian Observer


Syrian Baath militia commander goes rags-to-riches - Al-Monitor


Shiite militias: the other 'foreign fighters' in Syria - McClatchy DC


Hezbollah actions in Syria endanger Lebanon: president - FRANCE 24


Pope Francis Speaks Up Against Christian Persecution in the Middle East - IBTimes UK


Kurds divided over Syrian autonomy - Al-Monitor


Thousands protested against Massoud Barzani in Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


Hackers Broke Into Syria's Secret Police Computers And Found... Porn - Forbes


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Suicide bombings kill 23 near Iran embassy in Beirut, Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claims responsibility, calls Iran to withdraw from Syria - Reuters

VIDEO: First footage: Aftermath as powerful blasts rock Iranian embassy in Beirut - YouTube

Profile: Abdullah Azzam Brigades claims credit for attack on Iranian embassy - The Long War Journal

Background: While Hezbollah fights in Syria, al-Qaeda ally emerges in Lebanon -

VIDEO: Qaeda-affiliated Group Abdullah Azzam Brigades threatens Lebanon's Shiites: Revenge ... Soon! - The Arab Digest


VIDEO: We Are Ready To Stand Against The World: Abdullah Azzam - YouTube


Lebanon turning into a decisive battlefront in the Syrian civil war - Haaretz


Nightmare on Syria Street: In Lebanon's northern capital, the Syrian civil war is being fought block by block - Foreign Policy


Syrian troops capture key town Qaraa near Lebanon border - Houston Chronicle


Army of Islam Withdrew from Qaraa and ISIS+Other Jihadist are pissed -


Hezbollah's strategy in Qalamoun - AFP


Two Lebanese killed en route to battle Syria regime - GlobalPost




Syria: Opposition Abuses During Ground Offensive in Christian town Sadad - Human Rights Watch

Syria’s Christians Flee Kidnappings, Rape, Executions at the hands of jihadists and FSA rebels - Daily Beast

UN votes to condemn Syria government rights abuses - AFP

Mother Agnes has pulled out of the Stop the War conference. And yet she would have fitted in so well - Spectator Blogs


Syria Jihadists Hold Press Conference to Apologize for 'Fumbling' Beheading Rollout - Newslo


Rebel mortar fire kills two citizens in central Damascus - AFP


Shariah Authority urges people to report abuses by rebels: Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL


Armed group kidnaps Journalist Ahmed Brimo in Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL




FSA, al Qaeda factions reach peace deal, launch "joint counteroffensives" against Hezbollah and Iranian military positions in and around Aleppo - TheHill

Syria rebel chief Abdelqader Saleh killed in regime strike in Aleppo - AFP

The death of Abdelqader Saleh - Syria Comment

Death of Syrian rebel Abdulkader al-Saleh threatens hold on Aleppo -

Statement: Commander of al-Tawhid Brigades Abdul Qadir al-Saleh Becomes a Fallen Hero - Syrian National Coalition


VIDEO: Liwa al-Tawhid/Unity Brigade General Command Official Statement about top commander Abdelqader Saleh death -


PHOTO: ISIS Leader Eliminated By The SAA in Raqqa -


Report: German footballer-turned-jihadist dies in Syria - Al Arabiya News


Report: Qaeda's leadership is set to declare Jabhat Al-Nusra "Al-Qaeda in Syria" -


Syria rebels in Latakia: al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra in, ISIS out -


Officials deny funds from Kuwait flow to Syria jihadists - THE DAILY STAR


Qaeda Fundraiser Saudi Preacher Relocates to Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL




ISIS threatens Iraqi Kurdistan - elkurd

18 al-Qaeda elements arrested after trying to enter Iraq via Syria - shafaaq.coa

Jabhat Al-Nusra intercepts Iraqi convoy heading towards Homs - Syria Newsdesk

How have Iraqi Kurdish authorities responded to the Syrian civil war? - Council on Foreign Relations


Barzani's threat to attack Jihadists was to position himself as leader of Syria's Kurds: US Expert - Council on Foreign Relations


Erdogan and Barzani cooperating against the revolution in Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


Iran pleased with PYD transitional administration in Syrian Kurdistan - BAS NEWS


Turkey backing off support for jihadists on Syria border - Al-Monitor


47 radical groups attacked Syria Kurds: PYD - Kurdpress News Aganecy




Syria peace talks should focus on fighting 'terrorists': Russia - THE DAILY STAR

Determination of stages, content of transition process in Syria is internal affair of Syria - Lavrov - The Voice of Russia

Ahmad Jarba: Here's why the Syrian National Coalition is willing to join peace talks in Geneva next month -

Al Bahra: We Reject the Intervention of Any International Party in Choosing Geneva II Participants - Syrian National Coaltion


Syrian opposition under American pressure to accept an invitation by Russia to go to Moscow to discuss the peace conference - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Russia Blames Syrian Militants for Aid Supply Problems - RIA Novosti


Syrian Coalition: Red Cross and Red Crescent Work in Regime-Held Areas Only - Syrian National Coalition


Sex tapes scandals of the Syrian opposition (VIDEO) - R22 | News


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Assad's forces advance in northern Syria towards Aleppo - Reuters

Syrian Army Retakes important towns in Aleppo, Homs and Damascus. Both Salah and Salameh, leaders of largest Aleppo militia, wounded - Syria Comment

Syrian air raid kills rebel commander in Aleppo: activists - Reuters

The Battle of Qalamoun: Syrian troops launch offensive near Lebanon, forcing hundreds to flee across the border - The Washington Post

In Qalamoun Syrian army fights for road needed to remove chemical weapons - Reuters

Syria: Hezbollah concentrate massive forces to join Battle of Qalamoun - Ynetnews

Hezbollah commander killed in Syria - Al Arabiya News

Blast in Damascus kills 31 troops, including four generals - AFP

VIDEO: Blast in Damascus kills 31 troops -

Mortar rounds kill 7, injure several in Damascus - PressTV


Mortar attacks in Damascus cause material damage to 3 churches and school - Syrian Truth | English


Islamic Extremists Sabotage Power Supply in Aleppo - Prensa Latina News Agency


VIDEO: A tour of the aleppo power station recently liberated by freedom fighters -


Syrian army recaptures 3 towns in Homs: statement - Xinhua |


Israeli border village backs Syria's Bashar al-Assad - CBC News


Jarba declines invitation to Russia, cites schedule clash - THE DAILY STAR


Coalition Response to Lavrov: Geneva II must Not be an Attempt to Divert Responsibility - Syrian National Coaltion


Tomah: Interim Government Will Not Hamper Geneva II - Syrian National Coalition




Islamic State in Iraq and Levant Executes Six FSA Militants in Syria, Free Syrian Army demands ISIS leave Latakia - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

VIDEO: Conflict between ISIS and FSA ended lethal, 6 captured FSA fighters executed by ISIS -

A group of religious scholars in Aleppo issues a statement condemning the Islamist State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) - THE DAILY STAR

Kidnapping for ransom has become common between Syrian rebel groups competing for money and weapons -

Syria war leads to rise of kidnappings in Lebanon -

ISIS attacks those who denounce its crimes: activists - Al-Shorfa

Notes on the Growing Struggle between ISIS, Nusra/Ahrar, and other factions of the FSA - Syria Comment

Rift grows between Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS - Al-Monitor

Chechen Leader In Aleppo Talks About Islamic State of Iraq's Expulsion of "Warlord" Hayani - EA WorldView


Zaman Alwasl Reporter in Aleppo is wanted, He is under threat of death by Islamic extremists - ZAMAN ALWSL


There’s an epidemic of journalist kidnappings in Syria – Quartz


al-Raqqa province: Clashes broke out between ISIS and armed men from the al-Sakhani tribe - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Captured Jabhat Al-Nusra Administrative Documents Show Details Of Arms, Foreign Fighters - Brown Moses Blog


Investigating Claims Of Syrian Opposition Members Executing Prisoners - Brown Moses Blog


Social networking sites promote 'jihad duty' for foreigners in Syria -


PHOTOS: Ahrar al-sham members executed after being tortured by ISIS -


VIDEO: The Islamic State Of Iraq And Levant attacked the headquaters of a local Free Syrian Army Brigade in Aleppo -


VIDEO: Aleppo Governorate - ISIL members destruction of historic/religious sites continues -


VIDEO: Syria brutal beheading execution -


VIDEO: Jabhat al-Nusra executing soldier in cold blood (English subtitles) -


VIDEO: More battalions joining up with Army of Islam (Jaysh al Islam) -




Turkey confronts policy missteps on Syria with rise of al-Qaeda across the border - The Washington Post

Turkey resumes exports to Syria - Al-Monitor

Syria to top agenda at Erdogan-Barzani meeting - Al-Monitor

President Barzani Slams PYD in Syria, Rejects Autonomy Declaration - Rudaw

PYD's sphere of influence expanding in Syria - Today's Zaman

Syria: Islamists Seize Kurdish Village - Israel National News


Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s Gatsby, Master Spy - Daily Beast


Expert: About 600 Saudi fighters in Syria - Al Arabiya News


Al-Qaeda in Syria Draws Fighters From U.S. and Europe -


Exclusive: U.S. and Iran Poised to Meet to Tackle Syria Aid Together - The Cable


Brotherhood: U.S. Sends $12 Million to the Syrian Opposition - Conservative Angle


Russian mercenaries fighting in Syria - BLOUIN BEAT


St. Petersburg Sends Contractors to Syria - The Interpreter


The Last Battle of the “Slavonic Corps”: The story of the Russian mercenaries who went to war against Syrian rebels - The Interpreter


Syria Special: The Tragi-Comedy of the Failed Mission of Russia's Military Contractors For Assad - EA WorldView


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Iran Adds Military Aid to Syria as Russia Gives Money - Bloomberg

Top Iraqi militia commander killed in Syria - Al Arabiya News

Hezbollah leader vows to keep fighters in Syria, proclaims that victory over the Qaida-linked groups is imperative -

VIDEO: Nasrallah: Hezbollah in Syria for long haul - YouTube

Nasrallah: We fight in Syria to protect Lebanon and Palestine - National News Agency

Sayyed Nasrallah: We Won’t Bargain Existence of Syria for Some Ministerial Posts -

VIDEO (Arabic): Press Conference - Hassan Nasrallah - YouTube


Assad's Army plans to recapture Tamico as Damascus districts fall one by one - ZAMAN ALWSL


Damascus bombs, rebel mortar fire kill three near the outskirts of the historic mosque and bustling market - AFP


Syrian National Coalition Statement: Russia Falsely Accuses Rebels of Shelling Damascus - Syrian National Coalition


Damascus says opposition delusional in demanding Assad quit - Yahoo News


Syrian opposition leaders to discuss Geneva II with armed factions - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Destruction of Syrian chemical weapons proceeding actively - Lavrov - The Voice of Russia


Quitting Over Syria, Many US analysts felt that the evidence for a Syrian government role in the Ghouta chemical attack was subject to interpretation and possibly even fabricated - The American Conservative




Al-Qaeda-linked rebels apologise after cutting off head of wrong person - Telegraph

Extrajudicial “Justice” and the ISIS Decapitation of Ahrar al-Sham fighter Mohammad Marroush: Background and details - THE GUN

Ahrar al-Sham Circulates Wanted Poster for Two Men Involved in Decapitation of Mohhamad Marroush - THE GUN

VIDEO: ISIS holding the head of of Ahrar al-Sham fighter Mohammad Marroush - You Tube

VIDEO: Old video in which Mohammad Marroush energetically praised ISIS - YouTube

Christians 'face extinction' amid sectarian terror, minister warns - Telegraph

Christians in Syria face mounting horrors - Baptist Press

Attacks on Christians as horrific as Kristallnacht against Jews, says MP - Christian Today

Controversial nun speaks out on war in Syria - National Catholic Reporter


Putin calls Assad on Geneva-2, chemical weapons, persecution of Christians - RT News


VIDEO: People in rebel held east Aleppo stage protest against abduction of activists by rebels - YouTube


VIDEO: Video by Syrian journalist Ziad al-Homsi about Douma. He was arrested by ISIS over two weeks ago - YouTube


Al-Qaeda recruiting children, orphans in Syria - Al-Shorfa


Leader of Tawhid Brigade wounded by Assad’s Airstrike - ZAMAN ALWSL


Exclusive: Syria's Salafists to launch political party soon in Istanbul -ZAMAN ALWSL




Kurdish Declaration of Autonomy in Syria Rejected by Turkey, Larger Opposition - Rudaw

Turkey's Davutoğlu: PYD should make clear who it sides with, the Syrian regime or the opposition - Today's Zaman

Turkey interfering with PYD, Muslim claims -

Massoud Barzani pessimistic about Syria's autonomous Kurdish government - ekurd

PYD has authority only on regions ‘given by the al-Assad regime’: Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani -

President Barzani statement about future of Kurds in Syria -

Barzani's visit and Turkey's Kurds - Today's Zaman


Erdoğan seeks Barzani help in Kurdish bid and elections -


Coalition slams PYD as a separatist organization - Syrian National Coalition


Syrian Coalition: Kurdish National Council is a needed addition to the structure of the Coalition - Syrian National Coalition


Disunity could scupper Syria Kurdish region - AFP


U.S. Should Embrace Syrian Kurdistan - Commentary Magazine


al-Hasaka province: Kurdish militia YPG took hold of 18 villages during the past 48 hours - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


The Fight for Syria’s Border Crossings - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


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Syria News - Nov 14


Syrian army captures much of contested suburb of Damascus - Fox News

VIDEO: Hezbollah aids Assad troops recapture Damascus suburb - RT In motion

VIDEO: Update on Syrian Army's Cleansing Operations in Northern Damascus from Barzeh - YouTube

Syria rebels, ISIS and Nusra among them, urge Aleppo mobilisation to halt assault - BBC News

ISIS in Aleppo releases a statement confirming that it has lost many casualties - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

VIDEO: Rebel Forces In Aleppo Uniting Against Assad? - YouTube

VIDEO: Ahrar al sham sends in reinforcements to Aleppo -

Shell kills two in Damascus Christian neighborhood - AFP


9 people killed by mortar attack in Syria's Homs -


The Druze Militias of Southern Syria - Syria Comment


Lebanon: Assassination of pro-Hezbollah sheikh pushes Tripoli to the brink - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Opposition will have to talk to Assad: Hezbollah - THE DAILY STAR


Russia: Syria’s Banker and Arms Supplier - The Interpreter




Syrian Kurds make fresh military gains after declaring self-rule - Reuters

Syrian Kurdish leader claims military gains against Islamists - Reuters

Hasakah province: 5 rebels were killed by clashes with the Kurdish militia YPG by the city of Qamishli - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Syria opposition says armed Kurds 'hostile' - Al Jazeera English

Statement: Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) is an Anti-Syrian Revolution Organization - Syrian National Coalition

Syrian Coalition welcomes the Kurdish National Coalition into its ranks - Syrian National Coalition


US concerned about Kurdish interim administration in Syria: State Department -


Barzani’s Diyarbakır Visit Could be Game Changer for the Kurds - Rudaw


Turkey-Syria border under scrutiny, exposing the ammunition and weapons sent to Syria via Turkey - Al-Monitor


Turkey asks NATO to extend Patriot deployment near Syria border - Yahoo News




Syrian activists flee abuse in al-Qaeda-run Raqqa - BBC News

Al-Qaeda turns Raqqa into a big prison which locals call ‘Tora Bora’ of Syria -

VIDEO: Militants turns church into the headquarters to torture citizens in Raqqa - CNN

The schoolteacher versus al-Qaeda in Raqqa - NOW

Terrorists kill two women they had abducted in Khneifes village - Syrian_truth

ISIS cuts head of Syrian man after saying "shiite slogans" in hospital, Turned out victim is Ahrar Al-Sham rebel (VIDEO) - Twitter / jenanmoussa

Rebel Massacre Signals Turning Point in Syrian War -

Who attacked Ghouta with chemical weapons? – the opposition forces - Human rights investigations


Al Qaeda Affiliated in Syria releases weekly newspaper - ZAMAN ALWSL


Superior Funding, Resources Helping ISIS Pose Threat To 'Moderates' Near Turkey Border - EA WorldView


Private Donors’ Funds Add Wild Card to War in Syria -


UNHCR Refugee Camp in Jordan: Safe Haven for Jihadist Rebels and Arms Shipments into Syria -


Poisonous rivalries between commanders end in defeat for Free Syrian Army - The National


"Ad interim" government of the Syrian opposition: Christians, excluded, protest - Fides News Agency


Muslim Brotherhood in Syria rejects Iranian offer over regime change -


Syrian civil society pushes for role at Geneva II - Al-Monitor


Socioeconomic Monitoring Report of Syria -


Syria conflict draws rising numbers of German jihadists - THE DAILY STAR


Two Danes allegedly die fighting in Syria - The Copenhagen Post


VIDEO: Members of the "Brigade of the Two Holy Mosques" captured a military base at the Golan Heights & Massacred Soldiers Part 1- LiveLeak.coms


VIDEO: Members of the "Brigade of the Two Holy Mosques" captured a military base at the Golan Heights & Massacred Soldiers Part 2 - LiveLeak.coms


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Syria News - Nov 13


Families grieve in Damascus after attack on Christian school, rebel mortar fire has hit shops, churches and homes killing dozens of civilians - Washington Post

VIDEO: Children killed in Damascus mortar attack - RT

A woman killed, 20 other citizens injured by terrorists' mortar shells in Damascus - SANA, Syria

Mortar shells on the center of Damascus: children, civilians and churches affected - Fides News Agency

Syrian troops on offensive in Damascus and Aleppo - Middle East - Al Jazeera English


Boosted by foreign Shi'ite militia, Assad's forces advance on Aleppo - Reuters


FSA brigades, Al-Nusra and the Islamic Ahrar Al-Sham Movement declare "general readiness" in Aleppo - Syria Newsdesk


Jabhat al-Nusra makes bid for public support - Al-Monitor


Syrian Electronic Army's Alleged Attacks Expose Soft Spot -




Western-backed Syrian opposition names cabinet, to operate from Turkey -

Saudi Arabia allocates $300mln to finance Syrian opposition government - The Voice of Russia

Syria rebel 'premier' says order, security top priorities - AFP

List of the Ministers of The Syrian Opposition Interim Government - National Coalition Of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces

29 provisions to regulate Opposition Interim government with Coalition - ZAMAN ALWSL

Free Syrian Army sets terms for Geneva peace talks - AFP


Syria: Army of Islam rejects Geneva II conference - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


VIDEO: Syria Opposition Leader Jarba Talks to the BBC -


How Jihadists Are Blackmailing, Torturing, and Killing Gay Syrians - VICE United States


16 Christian and Shia women found live in tunnel, used as sex slaves by rebels - Syrian Perspective


Western-raised jihadists pouring into Syria could threaten US in future: key lawmaker - Fox News


The sons feared lost to al-Qaida in Syria -


As son heads to Syrian front, family in Germany plots kidnapping to bring him back - The Washington Post


Saudi who fought in Iraq now in Syria - Saudi Gazette


VIDEO: New video message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām: “A Window Upon the Land of Epic Battles #24″ - JIHADOLOGY




Syria's Kurds move towards autonomy with announcement of transitional government - The Independent

Hasakah province: ISIS kills 6 civilians who worked as bus drivers: 3 were Christians and 3 Kurdish - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Unconfirmed report: ISIS suffers defections and withdraws randomly from Raqqa city -

Syrian-Kurdish Women Reconcile Family, Work and Fighting Duties - Rudaw

VIDEO: All-Female Kurdish Combat Unit Joins Fight in Syria - Huffington Post


VIDEO: Kurdish Women in Military Training - RT


Syrian Kurds Say Ties With Turkey Linked To Settlement Process - Today's Zaman


In-Depth analysis: Syria’s Kurds and Turkey -


Erdoğan to meet with Barzani, at a time when disagreements between the KRG and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) are growing deeper - Today's Zaman


Iraqi Kurdistan govt: We overlook abuses from Salih Muslim - ekurd


Kurds Discuss Peace, Democracy and Solution Models in Ankara - Rudaw


Ankara Kurdish Regional Conference: Summary - ekurd


VIDEO: The Kurdish Crescent: New Trends in Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy




Pro-Syrian regime cleric killed in north Lebanon - English | Front Page

In Lebanon, dramatic rise in kidnapping for cash in unlikely knock-on effect of Syria war - The Washington Post

Organ Trade Thrives Among Desperate Syrian Refugees in Lebanon - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Clashes erupt between Hezbollah, Shiite militants in Syria - AFP


PLO in Damascus Talks on Ending Refugee Camp Siege - Naharnet


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Syria News - Nov 12


Leading Syrian Opposition Group, Yielding to Pressure, Votes to Join Peace Talks -

A Statement by the Syrian Coalition’s General Assembly - Syrian National Coalition

Coalition leader slaps rebels' representative in Istanbul over Geneva II - ZAMAN ALWSL

Damascus mortar fire 'kills nine children' in Christian district - Yahoo News

Syria: Militants Capitulate in Damascus Countryside - Al Akhbar English

Syrian army seizes full control of several areas in Aleppo countryside -

Syria army seeks to reopen Aleppo airport: military - Yahoo News


Islamic Militia Expels Criminal Gangs from Aleppo - Al-Monitor


Al Qaeda’s Most Dangerous Stronghold - The Daily Beast


Some of the rules imposed by ISIS rebels on Syrian citizens living in those areas that are now under its control in Raqqa and Idlib -  BARE NAKED ISLAM


Internal disagreements could lead to al-Qaeda split - Al-Monitor


Militants from over 80 countries fighting in Syria -


Polio virus strain in Syria confirmed as being from Pakistan - WHO - Yahoo News


New video emerges of man in Syria claiming to be Australia s first suicide bomber (VIDEO) - Yahoo!7


VIDEO: The Matthew Schrier story, American photographer who was held hostage by terrorists in Syria - 60 Minutes Overtime - CBS News


Exclusive: West scorns Assad 'shopping list' for chemical convoys - Reuters


Recapitalising the Syrian Banking System: Costs and Challenges - Syria Comment




Aleppo province: 11 civilians have been killed by the suicide truck bomb near the Kurdish Red Crescent in Kobani - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

VIDEO: Ronahi news report from Kobani after attack against Kurdish Red Crescent - YouTube

Syrian Kurds' military gains stir unease - Reuters

Iraq keeps eye on Kurd-jihadist battle in Syria - Yahoo News


Why Isn’t Washington Talking Directly With Syrian Kurds? - Rudaw


Kurdish conference in Turkey without PYD - Today's Zaman


Long-awaited pan-Kurdish National conference postponed indefinitely - ekurd


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Syria News - Nov 11


Syrian opposition wants rebel backing for Geneva talks - Reuters

Syrian opposition renews rejection for any future role for Assad - English | Front Page

Syrian Coalition: All of the anti-regime forces are represented in the ranks of the Coalition - Syrian National Coalition

Head of Syrian opposition: West must keep promises before we attend peace talks - Telegraph

Opposition PM selects 10 ministers of the interim government amid disputes - ZAMAN ALWSL


Syrian opposition accuses Russia of blocking humanitarian aid - Telegraph


Iraqi FM: Syrian opposition and regime negotiating would be "victory" - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Iraqi official: Qatar must mind its size and respect others, Doha’s support to the war in Syria has turned to a threat for Iraq as well -




Syrian Army, Hizbullah battle ISIS and FSA in key city of Aleppo - World Tribune

Syrian army retakes northern military Base 80 in third day of clashes - Reuters

VIDEO: Syrian State TV report from inside Base 80 -

VIDEO: Liwa al-Tawhid fighters firing on aircraft backing offensive on Brig. 80 yesterday - YouTube

VIDEO: ISIS militants/reinforcements arriving at the start of the counter-attack yesterday at Brigade 80 - YouTube

Syria activists: Truce between Government officials and rebels reached in blockaded town near Damascus - AP

U.N. to immunize 20 million children against polio in Middle East -


Did Pakistani Jihadists Bring Polio To Syria? - Confessions of a Closet Republican


Vice hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army in anger over article -


VIDEO: Very brutal torture of rebels by Syrian army soldiers -




NGO: Kidnapped Syrian MP executed by jihadists - English | Front Page

VIDEO: Video from January after Syrian MP was kidnapped -

Young lady activist and volunteer nurse kidnapped and killed by Islamist rebels (PHOTO) - ZAMAN ALWSL

Most known satirist in Syria’s revolution is kidnapped by Islamist rebels (PHOTO) - ZAMAN ALWSL

Abductions of journalists covering Syria’s civil war largely unreported, held and threatened with death by extremists or by gangs seeking ransom - AP

A look at some journalists missing in Syria - AP

VIDEO: B.C. journalist missing in Syria since Fri - Washington Examiner Video

Al Qaeda group is operating on kidnap for ransom money from the West - via Money Jihad


Al-Qaeda in Syria raids wedding party, ban music and singing - English | Front Page


From north to east, ISIS losses outweigh ‘victories’ - THE DAILY STAR


Syria: A Cold War Between Nusra and ISIS, According to Islamist sources mediators have been able to broker a temporary truce - Al Akhbar English


The evolution of al-Qaeda; From Iraq to Syria -


Army of Islam opens “Foreigners Office" to recruit fighters -


VIDEO: British Nationals Fight with al Qaeda in Syria - Vice


Kerry: Obama Has Prosecuted al Qaeda With Unprecedented Intensity - Washington Free Beacon


Syrian nun Mother Agnes-Miriam exposes horrific situation in Syria, proposes new way forward - End the Lie – Independent News


VIDEO: ISIS teaches on Twitter how to ‘kindly’ cut off human head -


VIDEO: Terrorists Torture and Killing a Prisoner in Homs -




Turkey suspends construction of Syrian borderwall after Kurds protest -

VIDEO: Kurds Protest Over Construction of Wall Along Turkey Border with Syria - YouTube

VIDEO: Turkey: Protests against Turkish plans to build a wall along the Syrian border turn into violent clashes with police -


Extremist groups should leave Syria Kurdistan, FSA has gone weak: YPG spokesman - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Syrian Kurds and Other Minorities Fear Radicalized Opposition -


At Turkey’s doorstep, rift between PYD and Barzani deepens - Today's Zaman


Turkey and Iraq push trade and counter-terror ties - GlobalPost




Syria’s Use of Incendiary Weapons - Human Rights Watch

FULL REPORT: Syria’s Use of Incendiary Weapons - Human Rights Watch

VIDEO: School children: Incendiary bomb victims 'like the walking dead' - BBC News

Is The Syrian Military Using Another Type Of Chemical Weapon? - Brown Moses Blog


Who Attacked Ghouta With Chemical Weapons?: Response to Dan Kaszeta's Chemical Analysis -


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