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Syria/Egypt News July 11


Syria activists protest rebel siege of Aleppo areas that has created food shortages, one demonstrator shot dead - Fox News

VIDEO: Aleppo protesters chant “the people want an end to the blockade”, rebel armed with a handgun pushes them back and sound of gunfire heard - YouTube

VIDEO: FSA Food Embargo in Aleppo - YouTube

VIDEO: Aleppo Civilians run with food and other supplies fleeing from FSA gunfire - YouTube

VIDEO: Syrian rebels enforcing the ban and shooting at civilians - YouTube

Press Conference on World Food Programme’s Operations in Syria -


Syrian rebel sheikh calls for war on Alawite heartland, he is a member of Islamic Syrian Liberation Front and Syrian National Coalition - THE DAILY STAR


In north-eastern Syria, al-Nusra is in command of silos of wheat, factories, oil and gas fields, fleets of looted government cars and a huge weapons arsenal - guardian


'313 Brigade' claims car bombing that targeted Hezbollah in Beirut - The Long War Journal


Islamic group arrests media activist in Ar Raqqa - ZAMAN ALWSL


Al Nusra torture room found in Rif Dimashq - alalam


Syria's Foreign Legions -


American al Qaeda member Gadahn calls for Syrian jihad in video - Washington Times


VIDEO: Meeting al-Qaeda in Syria - Al Jazeera Blogs


Syrian Christians flee to Lebanon, become kidnapping targets - GlobalPost


Source: Syrian Regime Held Talks With Kurdish Groups in Qamishli - Rudaw


The Tribal Factor in Syria’s Rebellion: A Survey of Armed Tribal Groups in Syria - The Jamestown Foundation


U.S. arms showing up in hands of pro-Assad militias - usatoday




Inquiry on Aleppo chemical attack met int'l standards, unlike West’s - Lavrov - RT News

US studying Russia report of Syria rebel gas use - AFP

Syrian opposition rebuts Russian claims about sarin - usatoday


Al-Qa'ida could gain access to Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons, Risk of catastrophe if Syria's Assad goes: UK lawmakers - Reuters


VIDEO: Syrian rebels behind Aleppo sarin attack, not Assad forces - Russian inquiry to UN - YouTube




Arrest warrants issued for Mohammed Badie, other Brotherhood leaders in Egypt - The Washington Post

Pro-Morsi alliance calls for million-man Cairo march on Friday - Ahram Online

Egypt's Salvation Front withdraws rejection of constitutional declaration, maintains reservations over some articles - Ahram Online

Analysis: Why was Tamarod successful? - Egypt Independent

Egypt Tamarod movement spreads across the Middle East - FRANCE 24


Coptic leader hopeful after Muslim Brotherhood removed in Egypt -


Gunmen open fire on military commander's car in Sinai: Army - Ahram Online




US sends 4 more F-16s to Egypt, despite Cairo tumult - Fox News

Kuwait promises Egypt $4 billion in aid-state news agency - Yahoo! News


Gulf Billions Buy Egypt Economy Breathing Space - VOA


Qatar losing Mideast ground to Saudi diplomacy, experts say - English | Front Page


Ankara clarifies stance on Egypt following UN intervention statements - Ahram Online


Egypt's coup shakes Brotherhood's Islamic partners in Turkey -



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Syria/Egypt News July 10


Liberal economist Hazem El-Beblawi appointed new Egyptian PM - Ahram Online

Mohamed ElBaradei appointed Egypt's new VP - Ahram Online

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood rejects timetable for elections -

Egypt's interim constitutional declaration draws criticisms - Ahram Online


Egyptian army takes upper hand in media war over killings - Reuters


For Now At Least, Egypt's Police Are Seen As The Good Guys - NPR




Carney: US 'cautiously encouraged’ over Egypt election timetable - The Hill

US Encourages Muslim Brotherhood to Join Egyptian Political Transition - VOA

White House: Egypt aid is in US interest (VIDEO)- The Hill's Video

Egypt takes delivery of U.S. fighter jets - Reuters


Egypt showered with Gulf billions in show of support for army - Reuters


Turkish ambassador summoned over Ankara's calls for UN intervention in Egypt - Ahram Online


Mideast journalists allege bias in al-Jazeera’s reports on Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood - The Washington Post


Al Jazeera staff resign after ‘biased' Egypt coverage -


VIDEO: Egyptian Al-‎Jazeera reporter Hagag Salama resigns live on air - YouTube




Syrian rebel blockade in Aleppo leaves thousands hungry, Many activists condemn the tactic arguing that it punishes more than 2 million - Reuters

Famine Feared in Aleppo as Food Embargo Persists, Network publishes names of Free Syrian Army battalions responsible for barring supplies - Al-Ayyam

U.N. chief Ban appeals for Ramadan truce across Syria - Reuters

Syrian opposition backs U.N. call for truce during Ramadan - THE DAILY STAR


Iran welcomes Syrian opposition’s truce offer during Ramadan - PressTV


Exclusive: Congress delaying U.S. aid to Syrian rebels because of fears that such deliveries will not be decisive and might end up in the hands of Islamist militants - Reuters


Syrians say they have given up on U.S. weapons promises - Yahoo! News


Saudi arms will arrive soon: Syria rebel chief - hurriyetdailynews


Russian inquiry to UN: Rebels, not Army, behind Syria Aleppo sarin attack - RT News


Lebanon: Car bombing in Hezbollah Beirut stronghold seen as spillover of Syria conflict (VIDEO) - GlobalPost


Syrian Rebels Claim Responsibility for Beirut Bomb - Israel National News


Syrian rebels retract: Not responsible for Beirut blast - Ynetnews


Questions Remain Over “Massacre” Of Christians by Syrian Rebels - Christian News Agency


Tension between Arab and Kurd fighters, The clashes took place after rebels attacked 2 villages - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Syria's oilfields create surreal battle lines amid chaos and tribal loyalties -


VIDEO: Presence of al-Qaeda raises tension in Syria - Middle East - Al Jazeera English



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Syria/Egypt News July 9


Death toll rises to 51 in Monday clashes between Egypt army and pro-Morsi protesters - Ahram Online

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood calls for national uprising -

Armed groups attacked Rep. Guard at dawn: Military spokesman - Ahram Online

Pro-Morsi protesters recount bloody scenes at Republican Guard clashes - Ahram Online

Islamists' opponents question accounts of shooting, voice skepticism that Egyptian soldiers fired on peaceful demonstrators -

VIDEO: Compilation of Footage of Pro-Morsi Demonstrators Firing at the Egyptian Army - YouTube

VIDEO: Egypt's military release new footage of violence - YouTube

VIDEO (it starts after 2 minutes of talk): Morsi Supporters Attack The Egyptian Republican Guard - YouTube

VIDEO: Egyptian Army Sniper Firing At Crowd - YouTube

Egypt presidency forms judicial committee to investigate Rep. Guard killings - Ahram Online


Egypt closes Freedom and Justice Party HQ over weapons find - Middle East Online


Egypt's National Salvation Front condemns Rep. Guard HQ violence, including assaults on military barracks and army officers - Ahram Online


Nour Party, Salafist Call say army reaction disproportionate - Ahram Online


Egypt interim president fast-tracks timetable for amending constitution, holding new elections by early 2014 - Fox News


Egypt’s constitutional declaration issued, defines transitional period - Ahram Online


Army arrests 11 in Sinai attacks - Daily News Egypt


VIDEO: Trouble in Egypt's Sinai: Islamist militants gun down Coptic priest in semi-lawless Sinai region - YouTube


Turkey Clears Gezi Park Protest With Water Cannons After Reopening -




U.S. condemns ‘explicit’ calls to violence by Egypt's Brotherhood, asks the military to exercise 'maximum restraint' -

White House wants US aid to Egypt to keep flowing -- for now - Fox News

Boehner: Egypt army 'did what they had to do' in ousting Morsi - The Hill's Global Affairs


Carl Levin wants to suspend aid to Egypt -


EU's Ashton urges all sides in Egypt to avoid 'provocation' - Ahram Online


Iran says overthrow of Egypt president improper - usatoday


Egypt's Media War Is Almost as Nasty as the One in the Streets - FP Passport


CNN Becomes Target Of Egypt Protesters -


Al-Jazeera journalists kicked out of Egyptian military press-conference - RT News




Bashar Assad’s forces chip away at Syria rebels’ control of Homs-

Twin car bombs hit Homs - AFP

Syrian rebels offer Assad truce in Homs during Ramadan - The Independent

Syria Spurns Ramadan Cease-Fire Idea - ABC News

Report: Assad's Brother Commanding Homs Assault -


Syria rebels in weak position, says SNC chief (VIDEO) - Al Jazeera English


Syrian opposition PM Ghassan Hitto resigns - FRANCE 24


Congress delaying military aid to Syrian rebels - Israel News


Russia Doubts New Syrian Rebel Leader Is Ready for Peace Talks - RIA Novosti


Syria Baath party leadership replaced, VP Sharaa will remain in office despite his removal from the party leadership - AFP


Syrian government invites UN for chemical weapons inspection -


Syrian Gov’t Claims Massive Seizure of Toxic Chemicals - RIA Novosti


Refugees from Syria in Gaza Divided Over Assad -


Al Qaeda makes millions from Mosul shakedowns to fund martyrdom operations in Iraq and Syria - Money Jihad


VIDEO: Rally Against “Islamic State of Iraq" in Syria - Youtube



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Syria/Egypt News July 8




Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians throng streets to show support to army-backed revolt while Muslim Brotherhood calls for rival protests (VIDEO) -

Sea of flags as anti-Morsi crowd packs Tahrir - FRANCE 24

Interview: The Egyptian rebel leader who "owns" Tahrir Square - Ahram Online

Tens of thousands of Morsi supporters flock to Republican Guard HQ - Egypt Independent


Egypt security forces arrest man accused of throwing anti Morsi protesters off a building - Al Bawaba


Islamist Zomor, Abdel Maged to be interrogated for roles in Cairo University violence - Egypt Independent


Updated: Bahaa El-Din offered Egypt's PM job, ElBaradei set to be appointed VP - Ahram Online


Cairo Institute: Morsi Systematically Abused the Rule of Law - The Jewish Press


154 martyrs During the Reign of the former president Mohamed Morsi - Arabic Network For Human Rights Information


Syria embassy re-opens in Cairo - alalam


Obama: U.S. not backing any Egyptian party or group - AP


Diplomats resist calling Morsi ouster a coup - usatoday


U.S. lawmakers urge calm, cautious approach to Egypt - Reuters


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Syria rebels pound besieged Shiite towns - Businessweek

Desperate moves by rebels as Homs campaign intensifies - THE DAILY STAR

New Syrian opposition head expects advanced weapons to reach rebels - Reuters


Tension Between Rebel Groups Intensifies in Syria -


VIDEO: Testimony by rebel leader in al-Dana about the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham murders - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


AUDIO: Qatar gives Libyan arms to Syrian rebels - NPR, Money Jihad



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Syria News July 7


Cairo residents: ‘Heavily armed Islamists attacked us’, Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood killed at least seven people and left dozens injured - Alarabiya

Egypt: Coptic Christian priest shot dead by Islamists - Telegraph

12 die in clashes in Egypt's Alexandria as supporters and opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi fought pitched street battles - Astro Awani

VIDEO (and article): Anti-Mursi protesters thrown off building in Alexandria by Islamists - Alarabiya

VIDEO: Wahhabis Vow to Suicide Bomb as a Retaliation for Morsi Ouster - YouTube


Egypt hits first snag over PM, Islamists call more protests - Reuters


Brotherhood's party boycotts meeting with Egypt's interim president - Ahram Online


Muslim Brotherhood can contest Egypt elections: president spokesman - Yahoo! News


Morsi Spurned Deals, Seeing Military as Tamed -


Morsi ouster in Egypt dents Turkey role model claims - Fox News


Police Disperse Taksim Square Protesters With Tear Gas After Governor Warns Demonstrations Are Illegal - huffingtonpost


PHOTOS: Turkish police fire teargas, water cannon to disperse Gezi park protesters - RT News


Egypt Crisis: Fall Of Morsi Challenges Qatar’s New Emir - Allgalgaduud News


Did the new Qatari Emir Dump Muslim Brotherhood cleric and Hamas chief? - israelmatzav


Morsi ouster in Egypt crushes Hamas dreams: analysts - Fox News


McCain calls for suspension of US military aid to Egypt - AFP




Former Syrian political prisoner with Saudi ties becomes head of main opposition group, He is close to secular Michel Kilo’s Democratic Bloc - Washington Post

VIDEO: Press briefing by the spokesman of the National Coalition Of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces - YouTube

Qatar Charity Wiring $5bln to Syria Rebels - islamicinvitationturkey

Syria troops advance in Homs, bombard outskirts of Damascus - Alarabiya


Western countries in UN SC ignore Russia’s proposals for response to situation in Homs - mission - ITAR-TASS


Rebels clash with Qaeda-linked opposition group in Syria - Yahoo! News


Syrian City of Raqqa Suffers Under Rebel Rule - Al-Monitor


Chemical Weapons Seized From Terrorists (PHOTOS) - Friends of Syria


Lebanon’s Palestinian camps on the edge, ignited by the crisis in neighboring Syria  - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Insurgents From The Badr Martyrs Brigade In Ashrafiyeh, Aleppo, Use Artillery Cannon - You Tube



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Syria News July 6


Morsi backers clash with opponents, security forces as Egypt violence escalates - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Egypt: Running battles break out between opposing protesters in Cairo - Telegraph

Egypt's Islamist National Alliance to Support Legitimacy demands Morsi reinstatement - Ahram Online

National Salvation Front calls for 'urgent' anti-Islamist rallies - Egypt Independent


Muslim Brotherhood's leader Mohamed Badie speaks at Morsi rally, Excerpts of his speech - Ahram Online


Egypt's interim president appoints new legal and political advisors - Ahram Online


Former Egypt central bank governor offered interim premiership, ElBaradei turned down the post - Ahram Online


Muslim Brotherhood site says Egypt’s new president is secretly Jewish -  The Washington Post


Morsi supporters storm police station in Giza: Report - PressTV


Islamist gunmen stage multiple attacks in Sinai - Reuters


Egyptian, Israeli military alerts prompted by Islamist mutiny threat from Sinai and first attacks - Debkafile


White House Urges Egypt’s Military to Contain Violence - WSJ


African Union suspends Egypt over president ouster - Fox News


Feminists stages topless protest against Turkey PM - Fox News




Syrian army assaults rebel held areas of Homs - Chicago Sun-Times

UN Fails to Agree on Appeal for Access to Homs - ABC News

Egypt's shadow hangs over Syrian opposition - Reuters

Gulf drive against Hezbollah may hit ordinary Shi'ites - Reuters


Moscow condemns supplies of weaponry from Libya to Syria - Russia & India Report


Britain ready to train rebel special forces, says Syria commander - The Times


A Revolt within the al Qaeda Movement - ISN


VIDEO: Face-to-face with Abu Sakkar, Syria's 'heart-eating cannibal' - BBC News -


VIDEO: Friday demonstrations in Aleppo show locals flying the Jabhat al Nusra flag but not the Syrian opposition flag - YouTube


VIDEO: Heavy Islamist presence at Friday protest in Azaz, north of Aleppo - YouTube



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Syria News July 5


Egypt orders arrests of Muslim Brotherhood leaders as interim president takes office - The Washington Post

ElBaradei tops list to head Egypt government-sources - Reuters

In interview ElBaradei Seeks to Justify Ouster of Egypt’s President -

Profiles: Adly Mansour and Mohamed ElBaradei - Egypt’s incoming leaders - The Independent

VIDEO: Adly Mansour, Egypt's new president, first interview - YouTube


Egypt's new president says Brotherhood 'part of nation': report - Reuters


Largest Salafi group calls on Morsy supporters to disperse - Egypt Independent


Egypt Al-Qaeda's Declares Jihad on Anti-Morsi Protesters - Gatestone Institute


POLL: Morsi Meter -


HRW reports high numbers of sexual attacks on women in Tahrir Square - Alaska Dispatch


VIDEO: Brutal sex attacks on women in Tahrir Square during protests reported - GlobalPost




Obama orders US to review aid to Egypt after Morsi ousted but stops short of calling it a coup d'etat - Fox News

Statement by President Barack Obama on Egypt - The White House

Marines poised for mission in Egypt -


Egypt foreign minister to Kerry: no military coup - Reuters


Analysis: Morsi's Fall a Blow to Islamists - ABC News


Islamist rule in Egypt fails: Syria's Assad - Fox News


Full text of Assad interview: Syria still home for all..what is taking place in Egypt the fall of so-called Political Islam- SANA


Turkey says Egyptian leader's ouster by military is 'unacceptable' - Fox News


In blow to Erdogan, court cancels Taksim Square building project - The Globe and Mail


Abbas Rejoices, Hamas Goes Quiet After Egyptian President's Fall - VOAl




15 Al Nusra rebels committed rape and atrocities on a young Christian woman in Qusair, she became mentally unstable and was killed - Fides News Agency

Was Catholic Priest in Syria Shot 8 Times Instead of Beheaded? Different accounts of what happened -

Syria:Terrorists target with mortar Kyrillos Church in Damascus -


Syria's Assad brags opponents failed to oust him - Fox News


Syria opposition meets in Turkey to choose new leader - Middle East Online


Palestinian refugees not involved in Syrian conflict, says Abbas- FRANCE 24



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Syria News July 3


Egypt's Army Says Morsi Role at Syria Rally Seen as Turning Point, He attended a rally packed with hardline fellow Islamists calling for jihad in Syria - VOA

Morsi set to present solution plan, rejects any ultimatums made by the armed forces as 7 killed in Tuesday clashes - RT News

Rebels reject Morsi referendum calls, insist on his removal and demand early presidential elections - Ahram Online

Opposition nominates ElBaradei to represent it in negotiations with government - Daily News Egypt


Egyptian ministers resign in wave as Army deadline nears - RT News


Egypt: Morsi's 2 spokesmen quit - Yahoo! News


Exclusive: Egypt army plan would scrap constitution, parliament - sources - Reuters


POLLS: Egypt opinion polls reveal dissatisfaction with Morsi - Ahram Online


Obama to Morsi: Democracy is more than elections, it is also about ensuring that the voices of all Egyptians are heard and represented by their government, including the protesters -


International community reactions to Egypt protests - Ahram Online


Turkey deputy PM: Jewish Diaspora behind unrest against Erdogan regime - Haaretz Daily Newspaper




Hasakah: Rebels detain residents of a village, destroy civilian property with heavy weaponry and hand grenades - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Aleppo: Rebels besieging two Shiite towns release a statement saying that they intend to liberate them - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

U.N.'s Ban fears for 2,500 civilians trapped in Syria's Homs - Reuters


Syria is jihad central: 6,000 terrorists flood new al Qaeda training ground - Washington Times


RADIO: FSA Commander Idris: 'We Need A Lot Of Things' - NPR


Kerry: Syria peace talks unlikely until at least September - The Washington Post



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Syria News July 2


Taking Outsize Role in Syria, Qatar Funnels Arms Including Heavy Weapons to Rebels -

Lord Ashdown says 3,500 tons of weapons already sent to rebels, calls for pressure to be put on Qatar and Saudi Arabia to cut off funding for arms - Telegraph


Saudi Arabia, Qatar urge European Union to arm Syria rebels -


Gulf Arabs call for UN Security Council meeting to prevent Homs massacre - Ahram Online


UN chief says the participation of Iran and Saudi Arabia in the proposed Syria peace talks in Geneva remains a stumbling block - Yahoo! News




Two kidnapped orthodox priests reportedly killed in Syria, their death yet to be confirmed - The Voice of Russia


Female Media Activist Executed by Syria Militants, She had been an administrator of the Yabroud News Facebook page -


Syrian rebels threaten to target Shi'ite villages in Aleppo - Reuters


Islamists in Syria’s Aleppo ban ‘provocative dress’ for women - Reuters FaithWorld


VIDEO:Demonstration in Azaz, Aleppo Province, Against The Islamic State Of Iraq & As Sham - YouTube


Homs Battles Overwhelm Aleppo ‘Storm of North’, Clashes in East, South Damascus -


Homs Governor refutes allegations on targeting a mosque- SANA


Jordanian air force captain joins al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels, relatives say - Fox News


China State Media Blames Syria Rebels for Xinjiang Violence - VOA


Syria neighbors block thousands from fleeing: rights group - Reuters


‘Five-star’ refugee camp illustrates Gulf’s growing role in Syria -


Foreign media portrayals of the conflict in Syria are dangerously inaccurate - The Independent




Egypt military gives President Morsi 48 hours to reach agreement with opposition, or face political transition - CBS News

Millions flood Egypt's streets to demand Mursi quit - Reuters

Egypt: Protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood HQ - Yahoo! News

Syria slams Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt, Turkey - People's Daily Online


17 wounded in Turkey during protests backing Gezi Park demonstrations - Xinhua


Police stop Mersin group marching in support of Gezi Park protests -


Gay pride march in Taksim joined by Gezi protesters - Panorama | Armenian news


Tunis Hints of Backpedaling on Syria -


Iraqi forces destroy al-Qaeda base on Iraq-Syria border - Al-Shorfa




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Syria News June 29


Vatican confirms Al Nusra jihadists beheaded Catholic priest (GRAPHIC VIDEO) - Catholic Online

Al Nusra captures major army post in southern city of Daraa after days of fighting - The Washington Post

Syria Report: Deadly Clashes Between Kurdish Militia and FSA in Amuda -

Activists say armed Kurds clash with protesters in Amuda killing three - Al Jazeera English

Kurdish militia say rebel armed group attacked them in Amuda, Three of its members were killed - ANF

Kurdistan Presidency Holds Emergency Meeting With Syrian Kurdish Parties - Rudaw

The Catholic Church in Syria calls for an end to the proposed increase in weapons - Catholic World

New report on the Syrian civil war: Christians are among the "most vulnerable" - Fides News Agency

VIDEO: Henry Kissinger: If A Sectarian Group Is Put In Charge Of Syria, 'There Will Be A Bloodbath' -

VIDEO: Ben Swann: What the Media Isn't Telling You About War in Syria - YouTube


Qatar’s new PM signals lower key world role, no affiliation with hardline Salafists, no direct reference to Syria in his speech - Reuters

Qatar New PM Emir Tamim: Against Sectarianism - Al Akhbar English

A new Syria policy?: Qatar’s change of guard- DAWN.COM

Qatar’s Foreign Policy Under the New Emir - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Maliki Blames Morsi, Brotherhood for Continuing Syria Bloodshed - Rudaw

Iraq Shiites fighting in Syria alongside troops of Assad: ZebarI - AFP

Israel Deploys Iron Dome Battery near 'Bleeding' Syria - IBTimes UK

Europe likely to stay on sidelines when U.S. ships arms to Syria rebels - Wichita Eagle

POLL: Most Britons oppose sending arms to Syrian rebels - Middle East - World - The IndependentRussia flexes its muscles in the Mediterranean - DW.DE

Russia criticizes groups setting conditions for Syria talks - Reuters

Iran, Russia, China prop up Syria economy, Syria's deputy prime minister for economic affairs says -

The Effect of the Conflict on Syrian Banking and Economy - Syria Comment


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Syria News June 28


CIA Begins Shipping Arms for Syrian Rebels for Deployment by August; Saudi Antiaircraft Missiles Expected-

DOD wants assurances terrorists won't get US weapons - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

Dempsey: No-fly zone in Syria would be 'act of war' - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

Lawmakers want details before funding Syria - Longview News-Journal: Nation


Congressional bipartisan group opposes arming Syrian rebels - Yahoo! News


Robert Gates: No-Fly-Zone in Syria Will Change Nothing - Bahrain News Agency


American media not telling truth about Syria: Kissinger - Press TV


Syria: Would the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Ban U.S. Aid to the Rebels? - Blog from The Heritage Foundation


Angela Merkel warns against arms in Syria: 'Incalculable' risks - Washington Times


Iraqi official: Baghdad would welcome US military help as Pentagon considers sending trainers -


Russia says Saudi arming Syria terrorists -


Russia subs military with civilians at Syrian base Tartus- Yahoo! News


POLL: Hezbollah Losing Support Among Palestinians - Al-Monitor




Suicide blast in Christian neighborhood in Syria kills 4 - Fox News

Syria troops storm rebel town, NGO says - AFP

Syria's Rebels In Rift With Aleppo's Civil Opposition - Al-Monitor


VIDEO: A rebel faction's statement warning residents that all cars on the Damascus Airport highway will be targeted - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Muhajireen Army, closely tied to the Al Nusrah Front, fires on Syrian helicopter with surface-to-air missile (VIDEO) - Threat Matrix


Muhajireen Army uses BMP to launch suicide assault on Aleppo airport (VIDEO) - The Long War Journal


VIDEO: Syrian rebels shell gas station near Idlib - Telegraph




Turkey Investigates Social Media Postings That Allegedly Insult Officials - AP

Turkey takes steps to monitor Twitter content, users - Al Akhbar English

Turkish actor defends Gezi tweet misunderstood - World Bulletin


Annulment case for Taksim renovation plan underway -


Turkey's Political Conflict Takes a Toll on Economy - VOA



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Syria News June 27

Christian leader testifies in a congressional hearing : Syrian religious minorities face threat of "eradication" by armed insurgents -



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Syria News June 23



Friends of Syria pledge to arm rebels -  Al Jazeera English

Qatar: Friends of Syria agree on ‘secret’ measures to arm rebels -

Syrian rebels say they received heavy weapons that could ‘change the course of the battle’, CIA secretly providing training - Washington Post

FSA leader urges extremist fighters to unify in return for weapons - The National

In Turnabout, Syria Rebels Get Libyan Weapons -

First European & NATO heavy arms for Syrian rebels. Russian reprisal expected - DEBKAfile

900 U.S. Troops In Jordan To Boost Security In Wake Of Syria Conflict - Reuters

US troop buildup in Jordan after Turkey shuts US-NATO arms corridor to Syrian rebels - DEBKAfile

VIDEO: Friends of Syria approve 'urgent' support for rebels - YouTube


UN expert says still no proof who used Syria chemical arms - AFP

In Syrian chemical weapons claim criticism about lack of transparency, experts say there is no reliable way to assess its authenticity - The Washington Post

Putin: Chemical weapons produced for Syrian rebels in Iraq - Fars News Agency

Al-Akhbar: Two Qatari officers transferred chemical materials used by terrorists in Khan al-Assal - Friends of Syria

Syrian Troops Launch Offensive On Rebel Strongholds Outside Damascus - AP

Damascus raises army, civil service pay - AFP

Damascus rebels reject SNC in favour of Islamic committees - The National

Suspected Syrian rebels fire over 12 rockets at Lebanon - Al Akhbar English

New wave of foreigners in Syrian fight - The Washington Post

Spain: Arrest of 8 suspected jihadists busts terror recruitment network that attacked in Syria - The Washington Post

Military Source: Most Salafis Fighting in Syria Come from Afghanistan -

Iraqi military: Security efforts thwarted plans to set up direct contact between Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria and al-Qaeda in Iraq - Central Asia Online

Iraq Minister warns thousands of Shiites ready to join fight in Syria - Middle East Online

'Rebels murdered my 14-year-old for a joke': Anguish of Syrian mother who saw her son being shot dead - Mail Online


Turkey protests put strain on Syria planning - The Washington Post

Police clash anew with Istanbul protesters - AFP

31 protesters arrested over Gezi Park protests in Ankara and Istanbul - hurriyetdailynews


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Syria News June 21



Russia says it will fulfil S-300 missile system contract with Syria as a deterrent to no fly zone, will block all demands for the Assad resignation - Yahoo! News

Russian Yak-130 Jets For Syria Awaiting 'Political Decision' - Source - RIA Novosti

Russia: West 'not sure' it can bring Syria rebels to peace meet - AFP

Syria no-fly zone would cost billions, say analysts -

France's Fabius wants more talks with Syria rebels before arming - Reuters

Syria: President Assad’s grip on Damascus suggests David Cameron’s ‘coup’ is little more than fantasy - The Independent

Germany will not supply weapons to the Syrian opposition - Merkel - The Voice of Russia

Four U.S. senators seek to bar military aid to Syrian rebels - Reuters

POLL: Obama agenda: Pew shows Obama's approval holding steady - First Read

Lebanese president urges Hezbollah to pull out of Syria - Reuters

Tunisia FM urges peaceful solution to Syria crisis-THE DAILY STAR

World Refugee Day: UN calls Syria 'worst humanitarian disaster' since two decades -

UNESCO lists 6 Syrian heritage sites as "endangered" - AFP


Syria rebels seek arms, no-fly zone from Friends of Syria to avert disaster - The Times of India

Rivalries complicate arms pipeline to Syria rebels, A fighter says the new shipment by Gulf countries went to an extreme Islamist group, Ahrar al-Sham -

FSA general grapples with disarray in his ranks - Reuters

Syrian Rebels: We've Received Heavy Weapons from Saudis, Missiles Making Impact in Aleppo - Telegraph

Rebels hang on near Damascus, hope for deal on arms from Jordan - Reuters

Special Report: How Syria's Islamists govern with guile and guns, the national coalition has little influence on the ground - Reuters

Syrian ‘National Coalition’ Rejects G8 Call to Fight Qaeda -

Aleppo prison: More than 100 prisoners killed by the rebel bombardment, malnourishment, lack of medicine and execution by the regime forces - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Syria’s internal opposition: An alternative proposed from within? - The Economist

Arab Islamist rebels, Kurds clash in northern Syria - Reuters

Syriac Christians, Kurds Boost Cooperation in Syria - Al-Monitor

Alawites and Christians in Syria–United in Uncertainty - The American Conservative

Syria Complains to UN Over Edicts Urging Jihad, SANA Reports - Bloomberg

VIDEO: FSA receive the first batch of sophiscated weapons - LiveLeak.coms

VIDEO: Missile Konkurs targeting Syrian tank - YouTube


Istanbul to vote for Gezi Park if court gives green light -

Istanbul: memorials and vigils honour anti-government protesters (VIDEO) - euronews

Bikini-clad woman joins standing protesters in Istanbul's Taksim Square -


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Syria News June 20



Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fight rebels in Damascus suburb housing major Shiite shrine - The Washington Post

Syrian rebels get first heavy weapons supplied Saudi Arabia on the front line of Aleppo - Telegraph

Regime Erodes Hopes for Rebel Enclave in Syria's North -

Special Report: Syria's Islamists seize control as moderates dither - Reuters

Analyst: Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria now best-equipped of the opposition groups - CNN

VIDEO: 60% of Free Syria Army fighting for Islamic State: Channel 4 News - Informed Comment

Al-Nusra kills several Free Syrian Army officers -

Syrian rebels claim attack on Shias in Lebanon, say they were members of Hizbullah - Irish Times

VIDEO: Syrian rebels claim responsibility for killings in Lebanon - euronews

VIDEO: Kuwaiti Sheikh beheaded Hezbollah fighters and captured village in Syria - YouTube

Hezbollah says spared lives of wounded Syrian rebels - THE DAILY STAR

Syrians turn to dollar as local currency tumbles - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Group of opposition fighters in Syria beheading a man and shooting two women near Aleppo - YouTube

VIDEO [ENG SUB]: Jabhat al Nusra terrorize thier supporters in Aleppo - 

VIDEO: A bomber prepares for the fight in an Aleppo suburb - The Globe and Mail

VIDEO: FSA accuses Syrian army, Hezbollah of chemical weapons use - English


Obama refuses to specify US aid to Syrian rebels - AFP

Senators' letter to Obama: Arming Syrian rebels not enough , U.S. should consider no fly zone-

U.S. slow to deliver promised aid to Syrian rebels -

Core Group on Syria to probe FSA "wish list" on Saturday - KUNA

Qatar PM: Al Assad exit a must for Syria peace -

Syrian Brotherhood says Geneva conference aims to legitimise regime - middleeastmonitor

Syria opposition says any solution must bring down Assad - AFP

Russia urges presence of Iran, Saudi Arabia in Geneva talks on Syria - The Shia Post

Abdulbaset Sieda asks Syria Kurds to join SNC - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Hamas says its Iran ties worsen over Syrian civil war - Reuters


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Syria News June 19



G8 calls for urgent peace talks and a transitional government in Syria, no mention of Assad's fate in statement - AFP

Obama on Charlie Rose of PBS: Syria is not Iraq, "It is very easy to slip slide your way into deeper and deeper commitments" - usatoday

Obama: Striking Syria carries risk of hitting chemical weapons sites, Skeptical About Syria No-Fly Zone - 

VIDEO: Obama on Syria in interview on Charlie Rose of PBS - CBS News

Putin: Russia won't rule out new arms supplies to Syria's Assad - AFP

VIDEO: Putin on Syria at G8: Do You Want to Supply Arms to People who Eat their Enemies' Organs? - YouTube

Pentagon Shoots Down Kerry’s Syria Airstrike Plan - Bloomberg

Consideration of Syria no-fly zone relies on Iraq experience - Navy Times 

France's Hollande open to Iranian presence at Syria talks -

UK's Cameron wants Syria peace plan, with or without Russia - Yahoo! News

Lavrov Says Syria Talks Must Not imply 'Capitulation' of Regime - Naharnet

Syria rebels assail G-8 leaders on Syria - usatoday


Saudi Arabia, France sending Syria rebels anti-aircraft guns: Der Spiegel - Al Akhbar English

Iran reportedly preparing to send 4,000 troops into Syria - Fox News

Iran Denies Plans to Send Troops to Help Syria’s Assad - RIA Novosti

Syria Counts on $1 Billion Iran Fund to Support Pound - Bloomberg

Analysis: Saudi role in Syria driven by fear of Shi'ite 'full moon' - Reuters

Hezbollah leader's brother killed in Syria clashes - The Times of Israel

Lebanon Clashes: Security Officials Clash With Gunmen Loyal To Hezbollah Critic In Port City Of Sidon - AP

4 Lebanese Shiites Killed In Ambush Near Syria

Hamas to Hizbullah: Leave Syria, Fight Israel - Israel National News

Iraq Moves Troops To Syrian Border - Al-Monitor

Egypt seen to give nod toward jihadis on Syria - Yahoo! News

The adventures of a Libyan weapons dealer in Syria - Reuters

Private money pours into Syrian conflict as donors pick sides - The Japan Times

Qatar Red Crescent Funds Syrian Rebel Arms - Al Akhbar English

Qatar shares edge down; Syria fears weigh on most markets - Gulf Times

U.A.E. Shares Retreat as Syria Civil War Concern Grips Region - Bloomberg


Full transcript of Assad interview to the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper- SANA

Assad denounces chemical arms claim as ‘lies’ – FAZ : The Voice of Russia

Defected Syrian general will be conduit for U.S. military aid to rebels - The Washington Post

Qaeda-linked militants blow up Shiite hall in Syria - AFP

VIDEO: The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham have exploded a Muslim Shi'i place of worship - YouTube

VIDEO: More on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham exploding a Muslim Shi'i place of worship - YouTube

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Hundreds of thousands of civilians besieged by rebels in Afrin -YALLA SOURIYA

Is Anyone Counting the Guns in Syria? -

Syrian fighters funded in part by jizya - Money Jihad

In civil war, Syria's Kurds search for place but increasingly clash with Arab rebels - Fox News

VIDEO: FSA Fighters Insulting Kurdish Flag - YouTube


Turkey's Defiant PM Says Police to Get More Power - ABC News

Dozens held in Turkey, silent protester goes viral - Reuters

POLL: Poll shows Erdogan's popularity has taken a hit. Could he lose his mandate? -

POLL: Most Turks Do Not Support Erdogan's Syria Policy - Al-Monitor

Turkish unions march in support of Istanbul protesters -

Anti-Government Protests In Turkey Reach Syrian Border (RADIO) - KGOU

Syrians protest in Damascus backing Turkey demos - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Istanbul: silent standing protest shut down by police -

VIDEO: Mayhem in Istanbul hotel as police target protesters seeking rufuge - CBS News


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Syria News June 16



Russia questions Syrian chemical weapons evidence as it doesn't meet criteria for reliability, says Assad has no need to use them - Yahoo! News

Chemical weapons experts still skeptical about U.S. claim that Syria used sarin - McClatchy

U.S. missiles, jets to stay in Jordan as Syria crisis rages - Yahoo! News

The Syrian War: Israel and U.S. Coordinating How to Target Assad’s Arsenal -

Kerry: Syria's use of chemical weapons jeopardizes political solution - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

G8 Summit: David Cameron pushes for no-fly zone over Syria - The Independent

Mursi cuts Egypt's Syria ties, backs no-fly zone - Yahoo! News

Russia says illegal to impose Syria no-fly zone from Jordan - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Zbigniew Brzezinski on Syria: US is engaging in "mass propaganda", "Who's fighting for democracy?" - YouTube


Syrian rebel commander urges West to provide heavy weapons and a no-fly zone, says he could defeat Assad's army within six months -

Getting U.S. weapons to Syria rebels will take weeks -

Syrian troops capture Damascus suburb near airport, days after attack on the facility - Fox News

Al-Qaeda in Iraq rejects Zawahiri ruling on Nusra - AFP

Nusra Militants Kill Young Man Accused of Theft by Amputating Hand, Foot in Syria's Aleppo -

Moscow blasts UNHRC's 'Hezbollah-focused' resolution on Syria - RT Russian politics

Russia says 50 groups in U.S. raise funds for North Caucasus extremists, Some of them are in Syria - Money Jihad

Russian Laurov stresses Syria Kurds should attend in Geneva 2 - Kurdpress News Aganecy

VIDEO: Kurdish YPG forces in Afrin against the FSA -


Saudi Arabia funding fuels jihadist terror,  Oil earnings spent on spreading a violent and intolerant variety of Islam - Vancouver Sun thru Money Jihad

Qatar: State Sponsor of International Terrorism - Oriental Review thru Money Jihad

Saudi Arabian Shares Drop Most in Two Years on Syria Escalation - Bloomberg

Saudi king flies home early as Syria war intensifies - zeenews

Moderate cleric Rowhani declared new Iran president, says "This is a victory of intelligence, of moderation, of progress... over extremism" - AFP

Turkish riot police storm Istanbul park to end protests after Erdogan ultimatum - Reuters

Mother of Turkish protester killed in Ankara: 'Erdogan must resign' - Telegraph


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Syria News June 15



U.S. says it has proof that Assad's government used chemical weapons, starts arming Syria rebels but still moving warily - Chicago Tribune

Obama move to arm Syrian rebels comes as Assad gains upper hand (VIDEO) - The Washington Post

Russia: U.S. claims of Syrian chemical arms use unconvincing, military support for Assad's opponents undermines the peace talks - Yahoo! News

Syria: US chemical weapons charges 'full of lies', cheap tactics to justify decision to arm the Syrian opposition -

VIDEO: Syria Denies Using Chemical Weapons - YouTube

U.N. leader Ban Ki opposes U.S. plan to arm Syrian rebels, says there is no certainty of chemical weapons use without on-the-ground investigation - AP

Text of White House Statement on Chemical Weapons in Syria -

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice: Syria regime used sarin twice in Aleppo - San Jose Mercury News

UK: Al-Qaeda groups in Syria tried to obtain chemical weapons - The Times of Israel

Report: CIA will run US arming of Syrian rebels - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

U.S. aid to Syria rebels likely to include mortars, RPGs: sources - Reuters

Syrian rebel commander urges West to provide heavy weapons -

As the US wants to arm 'nice Syrian rebels' hardware will end up in the hands of al-Qa’ida, says Robert Fisk - The Independent

U.S. studying Syria no-fly zone near Jordan border: diplomats - Yahoo! News

White House: No plans for no-fly zone over Syria for now - Army Times

US sees "downsides" to Syria no-fly zone, Rice says - AFP

US to leave air defense weapons in Jordan along Syrian border — RT USA

Russia Keeps Freeze on S-300 Contract with Syria – Kremlin - RIA Novosti


Syrian troops, rebels clash in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city -

Unspecified US weapons for Syrian rebels, but no intervention in Aleppo - Debkafile

Lebanon’s Hezbollah says to keep fighting in Syria “wherever needed" - Chicago Sun-Times

Syria says UN should condemn massacre in Hatla village - PressTV

Hatla Massacre: Sectarian Beasts Prey on Children, Women, Elderly - Friends of Syria

English Transcripts Of Witnesses Describing The Execution Of A 14-Year-Old For Blasphemy In Aleppo - Brown Moses Blog

VIDEO (Arabic): The father of Muhammad Qatta gives first hand testimony of the murder of his child - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): Testimonies of the younger brother of Muhammad Qatta and a passerby by Muhammad's coffe stand - YouTube

7 of 9 key Syrian rebel fighter groups are Islamist -

Egypt Brotherhood backs Syria jihad, denounces Shi'ites - JPost

Thousands of Egypt Islamists rally for Syria jihad - FRANCE 24

Gezi Park protesters win a concession, but Erdogan insists they must still leave - The Independent

Regime Change in Qatar - Foreign Policy

On Syria, OHCHR Didn't See Any Reason to Ask Who Paid for Study Ascribed To It & UN by Reuters - Inner City Press


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Syria News June 13



Rebels fighters in Syria attack a village killing dozens of Shiites - CBS News

Syria Islamists celebrate Shiite deaths, videos show - AFP

VIDEO (English subtitles): Syria Islamists celebrate Shiite deaths - Liveleaks

More details of an alleged massacre of Christians by rebels in Homs last month - Syria Report

Al Manar TV: Over 6000 foreign militants killed in Syria, A detailed list by foreign country-

Syria: The Insurgency's New Weapons - M of A

Syria Kurds need unity against FSA: KNC official tells Kurdpress - Kurdpress News Aganecy

New Agreement Arab Tribes & Kurds in Tall Tamr, Syria - Mesopotamische Gesellschaft

United for reconciliation with Muslims, Christians return to al-Qusair - Asia News

Analysis: Zawahiri’s Letter to al Qaeda Branches in Syria, Iraq - Foundation for Defense of Democracies


Officials: Top Obama aides split on arming rebels as they gather at White House to talk Syria - The Washington Post

U.S. approves waivers to aid opposition-controlled areas of Syria - KUNA

Sanctions Eased for Syrian Opposition - US State Department

Putin talks NSA, Syria, Iran, drones in RT interview (FULL VIDEO) — RT News

Syrian forces'' advance must be stopped before Aleppo -- French FM Fabius - KUNA

France, Saudi Arabia Increase Syria Coordination Post-Qusair - Al-Monitor

Signs Labour could break ranks on Hague's Syria mission -

Syrian helicopter fires on Lebanese town, two wounded - Reuters

General Command of Syrian Army and Armed Forces: Syrian Helicopter Targeted Terrorist Groups Fleeing into Lebanese Territories - SANA

Austria begins pullout from tense Golan Heights - DW.DE 

Iran gets 'verbal invitation' to Syria conference: report - Yahoo! News

Turkey's ruling party considering referendum on park redevelopment plans that sparked protests - Fox News


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Syria News June 12



Killing of Syrian youth for 'blasphemy' fuels tension in Aleppo, Protesters call for justice and blame armed opposition groups -

Foreign volunteers with the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria responsible for the boy's execution: source- Times Online

For Aleppo bishop, boy's brutal killing shows jihadist danger - Asia News

Suicide bombers target central Damascus, killing at least 14 -

VIDEO: Damascus double suicide attack leaves 14 dead, dozens injured - 

Syria army launches attack on Aleppo airbase -

VIDEO: Aleppo Meng airbase clashes between the army and FSA - YouTube


FOX NEWS POLL: Voters say US should not intervene in Syria - Fox News

NBC/WSJ POLL: Americans oppose intervention in Syria - NBC First Read

Putin Warns Against Syria Intervention - RIA Novosti

VIDEO: Russian foreign minister Lavrov denies U.S. charges on Syria - CBS News Video

France says Syrian war at 'turning point', mulls arming rebels - Reuters

Saudi Arabia, France agree Qusayr scenario can’t be repeated in Aleppo - 

Iraq Increasingly Drawn Into Syrian Battlefield - ABC News

Army: Nine rockets hit Lebanon near Syria border - 

Roadside bomb hits Lebanon road near Syria border - 

Qatar preparing for leadership transition - Telegraph


Turkish police battle protesters after Erdogan warning -

VIDEO: Turkish police storm Taksim Square - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO: Taksim Square protesters set fire to water cannon –

Police disperse protesters with teargas in Ankara: Report - The Times of India


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Syria News June 11



Aleppo: Rebels execute teenager for blasphemy in front of his parents, For saying “even if Muhammad comes down, I will not sell coffee for free” - The Independent

VIDEO - GRAPHIC: 15 year old boy executed for blasphemy by rebel fighters in Aleppo, Syria - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): Testimonies of the family of the child Muhammad al-Qatta executed yesterday by rebels in Aleppo - YouTube

Syria opposition condemns child execution - AFP

Syrian Rebels Clash With Kurdish Militias - Al-Monitor

Syria rebels fire on Iraq border posts, one killed -  Ahram Online

Syrian rebels open fire on convoy carrying Russian journalists (VIDEO) — RT News

Syria And Iraq Al Qaeda Merger Annulment Announced By Ayman Al Zawahri -

Syria civil war: President Bashar al-Assad's forces plan assault on rebels in Aleppo - The Independent

Syria army clashes with militants in Aleppo suburbs - PressTV


Obama to decide whether to approve lethal aid for the beleaguered Syrian rebels and to enforce a no-fly zone - Fox News

US and Jordan hold joint military exercises close to the Syrian border - euronews, world news

Iraqi Shiite fighters' role in Syria grows more prominent, raising sectarian tensions at home - Fox News

Takfiri militants in Syria endanger regional peace: Iraqi PM - PressTV

Lebanese protest against Hezbollah turns violent; one dead -


Turkish leader Erdogan to meet Istanbul protesters - Reuters

Turkish opposition leader criticizes Erdogan - Yahoo! News

Barricades bolster Turkey's Taksim Square protests -  FRANCE 24

Istanbul soccer fans united by anti-govt protests -

Turkey police crush protests, govt refuses to resign (PHOTOS, VIDEO) — RT News

Ankara Police Shoot Turkish Protester Ethem Sarısülük in Shock Video [VIDEO] - IBTimes UK


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Syria News June 9



Syrian forces capture final rebel stronghold in Qusair region - Yahoo! News

Syrian troops capture central villages from rebels - Yahoo! News

Syrian army hunts down rebels north of Qusayr: NGO - FRANCE 24

Suicide Car Bomb Kills At Least 7, including three women and a teenager, in Homs neighborhood which largely houses Alawites -

UN urges Syria to immediately allow aid groups into newly captured Qusair to help civilians - The Washington Post

Russia allows U.N. statement on Syria's Qusair after town falls - Reuters

Lavrov Says Denying al-Qusayr Achievemnt Big Hypocrisy -

Russia Enlists Syrian Kurds For Geneva II - Al-Monitor

Syrian Kurdish NGOs prevent recruitment of child soldiers - ekurd


Report: Hizbullah to Suspend Syria Operations after Taking Zabadani - Naharnet

Hezbollah applies new training practices in Syria-THE DAILY STAR

Hezbollah justifies its involvement in the war in Syria - NBC World News

Hezbollah fighter tells of Syria battle -


Syria Opposition Won’t Attend Talks Unless Rebels Get Arms, FSA Commander Says -

Syrian opposition: The Syrian regime is currently recruiting more "sectarian" militia fighters from Iraq and Iran - 

Iraqi FM says Baghdad not sending fighters to Syria - 

Qaeda chief rules against merger between Syrian and Iraqi-based groups battling Assad's regime - Al Jazeera English

Belgian Channel Broadcasts Video of Belgian Terrorists Beheading Man in Syria - Friends of Syria

VIDEO: Belgian Terrorist in Syria Behead Hostage - Friends of Syria

Leader of ''Al-Tawhid Brigade'' killed in Aleppo - Syria 24 English

VIDEO: al-Nusra take down revolution flag and raise their own in Aleppo - YouTube

Aleppo shari'a court executes rebel militia leader and assistant, video shows (VIDEO) - AFP

VIDEO: FSA releases father of Syrian deputy FM in prisoner-exchange deal - e

Balkan Militants Join Syria’s Rebel Cause -


Turkey rules out early polls, thousands defy call to end protest - Reuters

U.S. Embassy In Ankara Deletes Tweets Disputing Erdogan's Comment -


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Syria News June 7



Syrian army recaptures Golan crossing from rebels (VIDEO) - FRANCE 24

Lebanese FM defends Hezbollah involvement in Syria -

US condemns Hezbollah-backed assault on Syrian town - AFP 

Arab League condemns Hezbollah involvement in Syria -

Gunmen walk the streets in Tripoli, tensions rise - THE DAILY STAR

For second time, Palestinians from Syria torch Hezbollah aid - THE DAILY STAR

Report: Hamas Infighting Deepens Over Syria War -


France, US at odds over Syria’s chemical weapons, says diplomat -

Major powers "obliged" to act over Syria - Hollande - Yahoo!

Cameron faces serious Cabinet split over over arming Syrian rebels - The Independent

Russia says Syria sarin evidence is 'speculation', should not be used as a pretext for a foreign invasion - The Seattle Times

Russia Wants More Info From Turkey on Sarin Reports - RIA Novosti

Russia refutes US reports on Syria power handover agreement - RT Russian politics

Putin Endorses Permanent Russian Navy Presence in Mediterranean - Bloomberg

Pentagon official: Russian warships may be carrying weapons to Syria - Blogs


Al Qaeda leader Zawahri urges Syrians to unite against Assad, U.S. - Yahoo! News

Most Foreign Sunni Fighters Recently Killed in Syria Fought For Al Qaeda linked Nusra Front -

Some 200 Russian Islamists with Qaeda in Syria, says official -

Father of Syria deputy FM freed - AFP

AUDIO: Al Qaeda leader Zawahri urges Syrians to unite against Assad, US - YouTube


Amid protests, Erdogan vows to go ahead with Istanbul park development - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Istanbul protesters hunker down with yoga and books - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Inside Istanbul’s Taksim Square Protesters Remain Despite Police Attacks - Democracy Now!

VIDEO: Police fire teargas and water cannons at Ankara protesters -


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Syria News June 6



Syrian rebels lose strategic town in boost for Assad, 500 rebels dead with 1,000 wounded, leaving just 400 outgunned men - Reuters

Syria rebels say they have lost battle for Al-Qusayr -AFP

VIDEO: Video Shows Opposition Forces And Wounded Retreating From Qusayr - Brown Moses Blog

Syrian army finds mass grave of "rebel fighters" in al-Qussair: report - Xinhua |

Hezbollah: Qusair shows rebel aim of toppling Assad 'delusional' - Yahoo! News

Qusayr-headed militants ambushed - PressTV

Idriss: Syria rebels ready to move battles into Lebanon - THE DAILY STAR

Rockets launched from Syria hit Lebanon's Baalbek - Channel NewsAsia

4,000 Hezbollah fighters reach rebel-held Aleppo: FSA - THE DAILY STAR

Hamas-Hezbollah Ties Deteriorate Over Syria - Al-Monitor

Syrian media: Rebels pushed out of Damascus suburb - Yahoo! News

Battle for Damascus is over. Is Israel intelligence slow on Syrian war? - DEBKAfile

Bashar al-Assad is not the one really in control of Syria, the secret service, the military and the ruling Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party are truly responsible, claims cousin - Daily Express

Syrian war widens Sunni-Shia schism as foreign jihadis join fight for shrines -

U.N.: Nusra Front in Syria gains recruits after announcing tie to al Qaida -

Majority of foreign fighters recently killed in Syria linked to front group for Al Qaeda - Fox News

WPOLL: WSJ/NBC Poll Finds Little Support for Arming Syrian Rebels - WSJ

EU official wants criminal penalties for joining Syrian fighting - Reuters

Syrian Electronic Army steps up attacks on opposition Facebook pages - FP Passport


France: 'No doubt' Assad regime used sarin gas, adding that "all options," including armed intervention, are on the table - AFP

Syria: Britain says it is 'very likely' regime has used chemical weapons - Telegraph

White House says not ready to say Syria used chemical weapons - Reuters

VIDEO: Hagel: 'I have not seen evidence' Syria used chemical weapons -

US officials: Russia rejects chemical arms evidence - WKBN First News

UN fails to determine perpetrator of Syria chemical attacks, urges on-site inquiry - RT News

VIDEO: U.N. Unclear Which Side's Using Chemical Weapons in Syria - YouTube

Now UN Says Video of Syria Rebels' Chemical Weapons Use Went to Sellstrom, Chides ICP for Filming in UN Briefing Room - Inner City Press

The Potential Rise of Sarin Manufacturing Among Non-State Actors -


US to deploy Patriots, F-16s to Jordan - AP

Large US Marine force lands in Aqaba to deploy on Jordanian-Syrian border - DEBKAfile

Russia Slams US Patriot Plans for Jordan - RIA Novosti

Russia has not yet sent S-300 missiles to Syria: Putin - Reuters

Russia not yet training Syrians on S-300 missiles: report - Yahoo! News

Russia: Syria rights report biased, silent on 'terrorist acts' - Yahoo! News

Russia: Still no agreement on Syria conference participants - AFP

Russia wants Tehran at Syria conference - Turtle Bay

Diplomats fail to set date for Syria peace conference - AFP


Turkey angry at US comments on protests -  Al Jazeera English

Biden urges Turkey's government to respect dissent as protests rage on - NBC World News

Turkish protesters demand police sackings, unions join - Reuters

Woman in red becomes leitmotif for Istanbul's female protesters - Reuters


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Syria News June 4



Erdogan maintains hard stance on protests - Yahoo! News

Drunks, extremists, opposition party, Twitter - Turkey's Erdogan blames all - usatoday

Contraddicting Erdogan Turkish president Gul defends people's right to protest, "Democracy does not mean elections alone" -

President Gul and opposition leader meet over Taksim Gezi Park protests - Anadolu Agency

U.S. calls for restraint by Turkish police confronting protests, 'vast majority of the protesters have been peaceful' - Reuters

Anti-government protesters in Turkey hold onto square - usatoday

Turkey Protests: Unions Strike In Support - Sky News

Turkey and Syria’s Jihadis: More than Free Passage? Erdogan's government appears to support radical Islamist groups -

POLL: Turkish Opinion Poll Finds Majorities Slam Erdogan policies on Alcohol, Syria - Informed Comment

VIDEO: Erdogan brands protesters 'extremists' and 'looters' - Telegraph

VIDEO: Turkey President Gul Says Protesters Message Received - YouTube

VIDEO: Turk protesters set fire to offices of Erdogan's AKP - JPost

VIDEO: Protesters clash with police in Ankara -

VIDEO: People's bulldozer chases police Toma vehicles in Besiktas - YouTube


NATO data: Assad winning the war for Syrians’ hearts and minds - World Tribune

Key bloc quits Syria opposition, slams leaders - AFP

Russia says U.S. not putting enough pressure on Syria opposition - Yahoo! News

Russia: Proposed U.N. statement on Syria's Qusair was one-sided - Reuters

No Russian S-300s to Syria before 2014: Israel - FRANCE 24

Syrian Observatory: Assad backers reportedly make up 43 percent of dead, rebels 17 percent and the rest are non combatants civilians - The Sun Herald

Al-Qaeda sets up ‘complaints department’ in Syrian city of Raqqa - 

Six dead in Lebanon's Tripoli, shots fired at Sidon cleric - Reuters

Iraq says arming Syrian opposition threatens stability -

Opposition: North Korea Officers Help Assad in Syria - The Weekly Standard

Qatar’s reputation-tainted media arm Al Jazeera seeks to reconquer viewers - Middle East Online


Syrian Kurdish Discord Threatens to Derail Historical Juncture - KurdishGlobe

Iraqi Kurdish rivalries play out over the border: Taking the fight to Syria - ekurd

Over 700 Kurds Kidnapped in Syria - KurdishGlobe


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Syria News June 3



Source: Hezbollah slays dozen Syrian rebels in Lebanon ambush, says the area has been used by rebels as a site for launching rocket attacks - THE DAILY STAR

NGO: 28 Syrian rebels killed in assault on village in Homs province - AFP

Syria: Red Cross can enter Al-Qusayr after fighting ends - AFP

Foreign Fighters Key To Decisive Battle of Qusair, al-Qaeda-affiliated fighters on one side, and Lebanese Hezbollah on the other - Al-Monitor

In Syria, Hezbollah boosts Assad’s forces in Aleppo - The Washington Post

31 Syrian inmates allegedly killed by rebels' bombardment on Aleppo's central prison - APA 

Diplomat: Russia blocks UN Security Council declaration criticizing Syrian siege of Qusair - Fox News

Russian, Iranian technology is boosting Assad’s assault on Syrian rebels - The Washington Post

Gulf states will consider punishing Hezbollah for role in Syria - English 

Deadly Damascus car bomb blast – reports — RT News

Leading Sunni Muslim cleric calls for jihad in Syria - Reuters

Tartus, A City Of Assad Supporters In War-Ravaged Syria : Parallels : NPR

The Counter-Insurgency Role of Syria’s “Popular Committees” - The Jamestown Foundation

VIDEO: FSA head warns of defeat if not given weapons - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

VIDEOS: Reinforcements And A Senior Free Syrian Army Member Arrive In Qusayr


Anti-government protests spread across Turkey, speaking against rising authoritarianism and calling for Erdogan to resign -

Turkey police tear gas protesters in Istanbul and Ankara, more than 1,700 people had been arrested - AFP

VIDEO: Protesters in Turkey speak out against Erdogan - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO: Turkey protesters clash with police - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO: Turkey protesters celebrate after police leave Istanbul square - Telegraph

Turkey's building boom unrest conceals fear of corruption - The Observer

Syria accuses Erdogan of "terrorizing" Turks - AFP

PYD leader meets Turkish officials -

PYD leader Salih Muslim asks Russia’s Lavrov to invite him to invite to Geneva meeting - Kurdpress News Aganecy


U.S. withholds millions pledged to help Syrian opposition, because the Obama administration is frustrated with the group's disarray - McClatchy

Friction between McCain, Paul underscores divide within Republican Party, banging heads this time over whether to arm Syrian rebels  - Fox News

POLL: Just a quarter of Britons back Hague on arming rebels in Syria - The Observer

Israeli Arrow II ready for Syrian missiles. US Patriots for Jordan. Moscow backs Hizballah - DEBKAfile

Russia Deploys Admiral Kuznetsov Carrier in the Mediterranean - Business Insider

Iraq says captures al Qaeda chemical gas team - Reuters

VIDEO: Iraq says al Qaeda chemical gas plot uncovered - DW.DE 

Syrian Military Source: Two Cylinders of Sarin Gas Seized after Raiding a Rebel Den in Hama - SANA


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Syria News June 1



Russia to sell at least 10 MiG fighters to Syria - Yahoo! News

Moscow threatens to speed missiles to Syria but also offers to delay - Reuters

Russia unlikely to send S-300 missiles to Syria before autumn: Interfax - reuters

Syria's new anti-aircraft missiles will be game-changing, say defense analysts - The Guardian

U.S. and Germany warn Russia against sending missiles to Syria  - NY Daily News

The Washington Post publish a request from a Syrian army general to a Russian arms supplier with a detail list of weapons - Washington Post

US officials: Iran may be on invite list for Syria conference - Washington Times

NATO Secretary General rejects western military role in Syria - CBS News

POLL: Americans Oppose U.S. Military Involvement in Syria - Gallup

VIDEO: The Gallup President  on the Syria poll- YouTube

EU to relax banking sanctions to help Syrian rebels - Reuters

Conflict with Syrian Could Win Ankara a Saudi Order for Altay Main Battle Tanks - Defense Update


Syria opposition says reinforcements reach Qusair, a Qatari-backed armed group close to the Muslim Brotherhood, entered the besieged town - AFP

Hezbollah's involvement in Syria draws retaliation by Syrian rebels against Lebanese - Fox News

Hezbollah urges Hamas members and officials to ‘leave Lebanon immediately’, decision comes as response to Hamas’ role against Assad - Middle East Online

Iran cuts Hamas funding over Syria - Telegraph

Syria: Hezbollah versus Hamas - SyriaNews

Hamas chief Mashaal: Assad Refused Political Solution - Israel National News

Balance of power in Syria war shifting in Assad’s favor as troops move steadily against rebels - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Syrian rebel fighter says his side is losing out to Assad and Hezbollah in the battle for the critical city of Qusayr - Blogs

Insight: Saudi edges Qatar to control Syrian rebel support - Reuters

Kuwaiti Charities Funding Militant Groups (VIDEO) -

Captive journalist: Syrian guerillas are ‘simple country folk with no clear ideology’ - Interviews - Panorama | Armenian news

Jihadists in Syria wage a propaganda war – against each other - The Observers

Syria has become the theatre for international jihad - Telegraph


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Syria News May 31



Syria's Assad 'confident in victory' in civil war, says Russia has fulfilled some of its weapons contracts but he is vague on S-300 air defense systems - AP

VIDEO (English): Bashar Al-Assad full interview with the Lebanese al-Manar TV channel - Friends of Syria

Transcript of the full interview given by President al-Assad to Lebanese Al-Manar TV- SANA

Doubts Cast Over Reported S-300 Deliveries to Syria - Voice of Russia 

No Russian air defense missiles in Syrian hands, say US officials - Fox News

Israel says wants to avoid escalation with Syria - AFP

Israel could defeat advanced missiles in Syria, but with risks - Reuters

Assad begins to gain upper hand in Syrian civil war -

VIDEO: Qusayr battle swings in Assad's favour - YouTube

Report: Syrian forces kill American, British citizen fighting with the rebels -

‘Alawite State’ in Syria Not in the Cards - Al-Monitor


Syrian opposition to boycott Geneva talks, says it will not take part in planned summit until siege of Qusayr ends - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO: SNC's George Sabra announces boycott of Geneva talks - YouTube

Syrian opposition admits liberals to anti-Assad coalition under pressure to broaden its Islamist-dominated leadership - Yahoo! News

Russian, U.S. and U.N. officials to meet on June 5, to discuss ways to bring the warring sides in Syria together for a peace conference - Yahoo! News

Ban: No accord on Syria talks participants, timing - AFP

Russia Angry Over US Talk About Syria No-Fly Zone - ABC News


Report: Turkish Police foil al-Nusra bomb attack planned for Adana, two kilograms of sarin gas allegedly found in the homes of suspects detained - todayszaman

VIDEO: Report: Al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra Caught Allegedly with Sarin Gas inside Turkey - YouTube

UN adds al-Nusra to UN sanctions blacklist -

McCain responds to accusations claiming that the Syrian rebels he was photographed with were involved in kidnapping Lebanese Shiite pilgrims -

VIDEO: FSA Merges with Jabhat al-Nusra in Aleppo -

VIDEO: FSA Head General Idriss Defends Nusra Front Terrorists in Syria - YouTube

Al Qaeda training facility opens in Syria - Washington Free Beacon

VIDEO: Al Qaeda Trains Children in Syria - YouTube


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