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Russia News - Dec 12, 2014


US Senate Passes 'Ukraine Freedom Support Act’, Calls For More Sanctions Against Russia and Arms To Ukrainian Military - Interpreter_Mag

Summary and full text of Senate bill: Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 -

Obama urges Congress not to pursue new sanctions on Russia, saying the move would risk putting the U.S. out of step with Europe - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Obama rejects more sanctions against Russia - YouTube

Accusations fly around Russia’s 'unprecedented' Baltic military deployments as tensions escalate - The Guardian


Russian jets intercepted by Dutch F-16s over Baltic Sea refused to identify themselves - Washington Times


VIDEO: Dutch F-16s Intercept Russian Su-34 Jets Over Baltic Sea - atlanticcouncil


Finnish Air Force Jets Captured Photos Of Russian Bombers Skirting Their Airspace (PHOTOS) - Business Insider


US Government Alert to Possible Nuclear Weapons in Crimea: Undersecretary - Sputnik International


Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev calls for a US-Russia summit to be convened to prevent a deep freeze in Moscow's relations with the West over the Ukraine crisis - ANTARA News


Ukraine Calls on Putin to Release Pilot Savchenko From Psychiatric Clinic in Moscow - The Moscow Times


Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko deaf on one ear after staying in the cold during transfers between Russian prisons - Leonid Ragozin on Twitter



Pentagon to Press Russia on Arms-Control Treaty Violation -

VIDEO: McKeon: Russia Violating Arms Agreement - DoDNEWS

Russian Arms Control Violation Prompts Joint Staff Assessment -

Pentagon Considering Deployment of Nuclear Missiles in Europe - Washington Free Beacon

Congress Demands Obama Report on Russian Nuclear Cheating -

R-500 / Iskander-K GLCM: Russia testing and about to deploy the cruise missile with a range that violates the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Force (INF) treaty -

Russia downplays nuclear war, the new draft of the country's military doctrine would not include a stipulation for preemptive nuclear war - International Business Times


NATO Land Command Fully Operational, Says Commander -


NATO Military Activity Near Russia Is Response to Moscow's Actions: Spokesperson - Sputnik International


Lithuania's Military Is On Alert Over Russian Moves - Business Insider


NATO Sells Tiny Baltic Countries $600 Mil worth of Arms - blacklistednews


U.S. Navy: New laser weapon works, ready for action -


VIDEO: U.S. Navy successfully tests laser weapon in the Persian Gulf, targeting and destroying boats and drones at sea - Yahoo Yahoo UK



Russia's central bank hikes rate as ruble plummets - Yahoo News

Price of Bread to Jump Due to Russia's Weakening Ruble - The Moscow Times

Russia's Gazprom Wants to Raise Domestic Gas Prices as Ruble Plunge Hits Margins - The Moscow Times

Russian Firms Lost Billions on Ruble Derivatives, Interfax Says - Bloomberg

Medvedev To Russians: Don't 'Panic' Over Ruble's Fall -

Money Troubles: Russia's Weak Ruble Pulls Down Neighbors' Currencies -

Ukrainian PM warns of default risk, calls for more Western help - Yahoo News


Ukraine lost 20% economic potential over Donbass events: Yatsenyuk - TASS


EU Hopes for ‘Normal’ Russian Gas Supplies via Ukraine Beyond March 2015 - Sputnik International


Comrade Capitalism: How a 29-year-old Ukrainian tycoon made a killing on Russian gas - Reuters


First stretch of Russia’s new gas pipeline to Turkey may be built in 2-3 years: minister - TASS


Modi to Putin: Russia to stay India's top defense partner, The two sides signed billions of dollars of deals in nuclear power, oil and defense - Reuters


Russia's Rosneft Secures Oil, Gas Deals With India - Reuters


List of agreements signed between Russia and India - IBNLive


Exclusive - Crimean leader in New Delhi during Putin visit - Reuters


U.S. 'troubled' that Crimean leader in India with Putin - Reuters


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Ukraine News - Dec 10, 2014


Ukraine Forces, Rebels Largely Suspend Hostilities - ABC News

Ceasefire holding: Ukraine President Poroshenko - AFP

Six Ukrainian soldiers killed, seven injured as result of armed clashes in east Ukraine before the ceasefire: NSDC -

Lavrov: Ceasefire Creates Hope for Heavy Arms Pullout in Ukraine - Sputnik International

Cash-strapped Russia won't support independence of Donetsk and Luhansk, favors autonomous regions within Ukraine - ibtimes

Lavrov: Donetsk and Luhansk are ready to restore common economic and political space with the rest of Ukraine - Sputnik International

Exclusive: Putin Cut Ukraine Criticism From Speech Ahead of Peace Talks -

Driving Ukrainians into Putin’s arms: roughly 454,000 people who had fled Ukraine by the end of October, more than 387,000 went to Russia -


Refugees from east Ukraine have difficulties finding housing in other regions of country - TASS


Russia notifies Ukraine of intention to dispatch ninth relief convoy to Donbas - TASS


Ukraine says Russia has resumed gas flow - GlobalPost


Agreement signed on deliveries of electricity from Russia to Ukraine -


Ukraine’s coal production in November 2014 nearly halves on November 2013 -  TASS


VIDEO: Energy crisis in Ukraine grows bigger: protesters furious w/ blackouts block roads in Illichivsk - Maxim Eristavi on Twitter


Ukraine's banking system in extremely difficult condition: Yatseniuk -


IMF loan to Ukraine might fall short: NBU official - Reuters


Crippling of Industry in Eastern Ukraine Reverberates Across Economy - WSJ


VIDEO: Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, on human rights violations in Ukraine - YouTube



Lavrov’s Full Interview: Russia-NATO Relations, Arms Race and Ukraine - Sputnik International

Russia's Lavrov says Moscow concerned by German leaders, warns that Europe would suffer if Berlin stops playing a constructive role - VOA

Merkel Says Russian Role in Ukraine Must Be Named, Shamed - Bloomberg

German chancellor does not rule out new sanctions against Russia - TASS

German public figures appeal against war over Ukraine, "We cannot push Russia out of Europe. That would be dangerous for peace" - DW.DE

Berlin again divided by Russia: German politicians argue over anti-Moscow measures - RT Op-Edge

Council of Europe urges open dialogue with Russia: Belgian FM - TASS

European Protests Call For Rejection of Militant Islam and Peace With Russia -

Nato intercepts a "significant" force of six Russian nuclear-capable bombers - News24


Russian military flights puzzle West -


Russia Spy Plane to Fly Over US Skies As Putin Claims US 'Holding Back' Russian Strength - International Business Times


Analysis: Despite a Looming Recession Russia's Military Will Get Bigger and Better in 2015 - The Moscow Times


Russia Displays Air Defense Systems Amid Ukraine Tensions - VOA


Russia Develops US-Like Ballistic GMD, THAAD Missile Defense Systems; Fears US’ Cruise Missile Rearmament Program - International Business Times


Russia: New Tactical Submarines Shooting Under Arctic Ice; Mimics Pentagon’s Control Site - International Business Times


US Power Projection Strategy 'Consistent With' Russian Military Growth: former Department of Defense official - Sputnik International


French Company Suspends Sale of Spy Satellites to Russian Military - Washington Free Beacon


World Bank Sees Russia’s Economy Contracting in New 2015 Outlook - Bloomberg


Russia's central bank intervenes in currency market as rouble slide continues


Cracks Are Showing in Russia's Customs Union - The Moscow Times


Lavrov: Customs Union May Need to Respond Jointly to Anti-Russian Sanctions - Sputnik International


VIDEO: 'Pity that well-educated Europeans believe sanctions solution to Ukraine’: Lavrov - YouTube


Putin Plan B to Ship Gas Through Turkey Seen as Unrealistic - Bloomberg


Russia to stay away from EU meeting on South Stream on December 9: energy minister - TASS


India, Russia to set out energy vision, Siberian deals eyed - Reuters


Russia, India may launch joint weapons development and production projects - TASS


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Ukraine News - Dec 8, 2014


Hollande notes progress in talks on Ukraine, said the meeting with Vladimir Putin “will bring results in the coming days” - TASS

Putin hopes for fully implemented Ukraine ceasefire, says "supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine” - DW.DE

VIDEO: French and Russian Presidents meet to discuss Ukrainian question - YouTube

VIDEO (Russian): 'Ceasefire in Ukraine has to start soon, Donbass embargo must stop' says Putin - YouTube

POLL: Putin Remains Popular in Russia, 85 percent still approve of his leadership - VOA

POLL: Indexes of the Russian people's approval ratings, majority says the country is heading in the right direction - Levada-Center

POLL: Majority of Russians Have Negative Feelings Toward U.S - The Moscow Times

Ron Paul: ‘US Congress provoking war with Russia, could result in total destruction’ - RT USA


VIDEO: Ron Paul on the anti-Russia bill passed by Congress - YouTube


Merkel says Russia punishing countries for leaning towards EU - Reuters


VIDEO: Russia holds military drills near Ukraine border -


Factory new Russian BMP-2 fighting in Ukraine (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war


Putin awards medal to Russian soldier killed in the Donbas - EUROMAIDAN PRESS


Russia Planning Aid Convoy of Christmas Trees for Eastern Ukraine - The Moscow Times


Kiev buys Russian gas as reserves dwindle, cold weather sets in - The Globe and Mail


Ukraine expects Russian gas supplies to resume Monday: minister - Yahoo Finance


50,000 tons of Russian coal enter Ukraine, to be sent to the thermal power units - RT Business


Coal crunch in Ukraine, Lugansk and Donetsk produced about 40 percent of the country's electricity prior to the war. - GlobalPost


Ukraine to lose its role as gas transit country: Gazprom CEO - Xinhua


EU will have to transport Russian gas from Turkey on its own: Gazprom chief - RT Business



Kiev Confirmes December 9 as Date for Contact Group Meeting on Ukraine - Sputnik International

Poroshenko: Kiev ready to begin decentralization of power in Ukraine - TASS

Poroshenko Claims Donbas November 2 Elections Results Must Be Cancelled - Sputnik International

Ukraine's Poroshenko tells army not to give up Donetsk airport - Reuters

Ukraine Accuses Rebels of More Attacks as Talks Seen - Bloomberg

Ukraine authorities warned to close its airspace days before Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down killing all 298 onboard -

Five civilians killed in fresh east Ukraine violence - AFP

VIDEO: Massive explosions taking place at Donetsk Airport tonight - on Twitter


Ukrainian Intelligence Intercepts Russian-Backed Fighters Call Admitting Shooting on Civilian Areas by MIstake (AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT) - Interpreter_Mag


Donetsk People’s Republic to pay compensation to all bereaved families in Donetsk -


Donetsk People’s Republic announces payment of pensions -


Russia's Igor Strelkov: I Am Responsible for War in Eastern Ukraine - The Moscow Times


TRANSCRIPT (English): Igor Strelkov Interview to PolitNavigator -


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Igor Strelkov: I will not return to Novorossiya - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine War - Previously unpublished footage of Feb 20 Maidan execution - YouTube


Vinnitsa Residents Protest Against The "Corrupted” Local Administration, Storm Regional Building; 7 Police Injured, 1 Demonstrator; Multiple Injuries, Arrests - Interpreter_Mag


Ukraine''s Foreign-Currency And Gold Reserves Dip Below $10 Billion - WSJ


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Ukraine News - Dec 5, 2014


Putin says West seeks to undermine Russia, Crimea 'sacred’ - AFP

Russia will not be dismantled like Yugoslavia, says Putin in state-of-the-nation address - The Straits Times

VIDEO: Putin: West Tried To Dismember Russia following a "Yugoslav scenario" -

Putin: US Creating Strategic Missile Shield Threatens Russia, EU, US Itself - Sputnik International

HIGHLIGHTS: Putin delivers keynote speech on economy, Ukraine - Reuters

VIDEO (English): Putin’s 2014 Federal Assembly address in full - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT (English): Putin’s Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly - President of Russia

Comments of the Kremlin spokesman on Putin speech - RT


ARCHIVE: If You Want To Understand Putin, You Have To Know These 15 Facts -


Obama: Putin ‘scares heck out of neighbors’ with ‘nationalist, backward-looking’ policy - RT USA


US House passes resolution condemning Putin - TheHill


US House of Representatives Calls for Visa Bans, Sanctions on Russia - Sputnik International


Text of the House resolution strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation under President Vladimir Putin - Library of Congress


Ukraine says Russia deploys advanced missile systems to Crimea - EUROMAIDAN PRESS


Islamic Militants Wage Fierce Attack on Grozny, Chechnya’s Capital -


Russia Inflation Surges to Fastest in Three Years as Ruble Sinks - Businessweek


CHARTS: 6 Charts That Illustrate Vladimir Putin's World of Pain - Bloomberg


Russian Spy Chief Blames U.S., EU for Ruble, Oil Price Collapse - Bloomberg


Putin Russia Emergency Funds Bank Bailout Dollar - Business Insider


Putin Promises Amnesty for Capital Returning to Russia - The Moscow Times



Kerry, Lavrov Trade Barbs on Ukraine at an OSCE ministerial meeting in Switzerland - VOA

Statements of Secretary of State John Kerry At OSCE Ministerial Plenary Session - Embassy of the United States Kyiv, Ukraine

VIDEO: Kerry tells Russia the US is not seeking confrontation over Ukraine - euronews

Opening Statement by Burkhalter at the OSCE Ministerial Dinner:The way forward in addressing the crisis in Ukraine -

Number of OSCE Monitors in Ukraine to Reach 500 by January: OSCE Chief - Sputnik International

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels announce December 9 truce - Yahoo News

Donetsk, Luhansk Interested in Resuming Minsk Talks: Joint Statement - Sputnik International


70 rebel attacks in east Ukraine: military - Channel NewsAsia


Ukrainian military says it has intercepted communications from the Russian military which indicate that 299 Russian soldiers have been killed in the battle for Donetsk airport - Interpreter_Mag


VIDEO: The Battle For Pisky – The Village That’s Key To Controlling Donetsk Airport -


Ukraine Rebel: We Used Residential Areas as Cover but Now the Practice Has Been Halted - ABC News


HRW Bashes Kiev Over ‘Cursory’ Probe Into Cluster Bombs Use - Sputnik International


VIDEO: Human Rights Watch head defends report claiming that Ukraine used illegal cluster munitions in civilian-populated areas -


Ukraine currency, sovereign woes to push more and more firms into default - Daily Mail Online


Donetsk companies to stop paying taxes to budget after Kiev imposes economic blockade - TASS


Psychiatric patients struggle to get through Ukraine conflict - Reuters


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Ukraine News - Dec 3, 2014


NATO foreign ministers meeting condemns Russia over Ukraine - The Globe and Mail

Official text: Joint statement of the NATO-Ukraine Commission - NATO

NATO to Create Interim Rapid Response Force to Counter Russia -

NATO Chief Warns Ukraine Risks Spinning ‘Out of Control’ - Bloomberg

VIDEO: NATO Chief Says Russia Violating Ukraine Cease-Fire -

TRANSCRIPT: Press conference by NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg following the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission - NATO

VIDEO: NATO Secretary General - Doorstep Statement, Foreign Ministers Meeting - YouTube


NATO scrambles jets 400 times this year amid increased Russian air activity - TASS


Russian Military Aircraft Endanger Civilian Planes, Turn Off Transponders, US Ambassador To NATO Says -


Norway Releases Video Showing Close Aviation Encounter Of Norwegian F-16 With Russian Fighter Jet (VIDEO) - International Business Times


Russia Should Conduct Reconnaissance Flights in More Responsible Way: NATO - Sputnik International


Germany wants NATO-Russia channel to avoid accidental escalation - Reuters


The US Army Plans to Send Abrams Tanks and Bradleys to Eastern Europe - Business Insider


Ukraine urges greater military aid from Europe, U.S.: minister - APA



Russia Accuses NATO of 'Destabilizing' Northern Europe - The Moscow Times

Russia Criticizes NATO for Military Drills in Baltics, Says Will Conduct 4,000 Exercises Itself in 2015 -

Russia launches ‘wartime government’ HQ in major military upgrade - RT News

Russia's new military command center in the Arctic became operational Monday - Business Insider

Russia's Black Sea Fleet to Develop Bases in Crimea in 2015 - Sputnik International

Russian Air Force Sends 14 Advanced Su-27 And Su-30 Warplanes To Belbek Air Base In Crimea -

NATO ‘very concerned' by Russian military build-up in Crimea, it would have an effect on "almost the entire Black Sea” - Defense News

After Ukraine, Black Sea Becomes Contested Zone for Russia, NATO - worldpoliticsreview


Crimea's New Russian Overlords Are Seizing Thousands Of Businesses - Business Insider


VIDEO: Ukrainian Businesses Seized by Crimea Government - YouTube


Russia preparing new batch of humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine - TASS


NATO's top military officer questions Russian convoys to eastern Ukraine - Channel NewsAsia


Russian Foreign Ministry Sees 'No Need' For OSCE To Monitor Entire Border With Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag


Ukrainian Rebel Leader's Claim Of FSB Ties Omitted By Russian Media -


25 Detained in Moscow for Attending Lecture on Ukraine's Maidan Movement - Democratic Underground


VIDEO: Video of Russian police arresting peaceful attendees at a Moscow lecture about Maidan - Ukraine Reporter on Twitter: 


Gorbachev warns of new cold war, calls to stop building fences around Russia - TASS


TRANSCRIPT: Interview with Gorbachev - Komsomolskaya Pravda


Russia abandons South Stream gas pipeline but not goal of bypassing Ukraine - Reuters


Russia Warns Of Recession In 2015 Amid Sanctions And Low Oil Prices - huffingtonpost


Ruble Sinks to Record as Auction Axed After Recession Warning - Bloomberg


Russia is experiencing another major brain drain - Business Insider



Kiev and Eastern Ukraine Rebels Agree to Truce Again, Amid Continued Violence - VICE News

Reporters See No Truce In Northern Donetsk - Interpreter_Mag

Ukraine crisis: Donetsk shelling dashes ceasefire hopes - BBC News

VIDEO: "There is no ceasefire in Donetsk. It's an illusion" - BBC Nees

Ukraine says Russian special forces involved in attacks on airport in east - Reuters

Civilians Film Grad Rocket Launch Across The Street From Their Apartments (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

Another Video Shows Russian-Backed Militants Firing Grad Rockets In Residential Neighborhood of Donetsk (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag


Report Analyzes Evidence Of Cross-Border Shelling Visible On Google Maps - Interpreter_Mag


How Ukraine’s arsenal matches up against the Russian-backed separatists’ - Reuters


Ukraine hands foreigners top government posts - Yahoo News UK


Saakashvili Says Rejects a deputy prime minister’s post in Ukraine -


New 'Information Ministry' Another In a Series of Stumbles For New Government In Kiev - Interpreter_Mag


Ukrainian Journalist Declaration against establishing "The Ministry of Information Policy" -


Deputy Director of the Anti-Corruption Committee of Maidan found dead in his flat in Kyiv - Life in Ukraine


Award winning journalist says truth is under fire in Ukraine, he narrowly escaped death after his muckraking reports revealed corruption and embezzlement in government circles - Toronto Star


One Year After Defying Putin, Ukraine Is Choking on Its Own Red Tape, Corruption - Businessweek


Why the Ukrainian economy is in deep trouble - The Economist


Yatsenyuk: Ukraine to Continue Budget Cuts on Welfare Spending, Army Funding to Increase - Sputnik International


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Syria News - Dec 1, 2014


ISIS Launches Attack On Syria's Kobani From Turkey: Activists - AP

VIDEO: An Islamic State sniper is seen shooting from a grain depot on the Turkish side of the border with Syria - Daily Mail Online

Witnesses: ISIS vehicle and members came from Turkish side - ANF

Kurdish forces call for Turkish investigation into ISIS Kobani attack - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

YPG statement on attack staged from Turkey by ISIS, and cross-border defensive actions taken -

Geolocation of IS Attack on Kobane from Turkey: Open Source Analysis - Turkey Wonk

VIDEO (Arabic): FSA fighters fighting in Kobane border blame Turkey -

Rally in Turkish town of Suruc denounces ISIL attack on Kobani from Turkey (VIDEO) - PressTV

“Under the pretense of stopping an ISIS attack on Turkey the Turkish army bombarded the center of Kobane with tanks and artillery”: co-chair of the Kobane canton - Rudaw


Female Canadian-Israeli fighter said abducted by Islamic State near Kobane - The Times of Israel


VIDEO: Female Canadian-Israeli Fighter Allegedly Captured in Syria by ISIS -


VIDEO: Footage of clashes in Mürşitpınar area of Kobane - ANF


Belgian fighter admits that Islamic State is lacking manpower - emmejihad


Peshmerga Commander: ‘ISIS severely debilitated in Kobane’ - Kurdish Question


Iraqi Kurds to send Peshmerga replacement troops to Kobani - Worldbulletin News


Turkey's Erdogan calls for ground operation against Islamic State - Vestnik Kavkaza


Pope Francis fails to find common ground with Erdogan (VIDEO) -


Pope Francis in Istanbul condemns ‘barbaric violence’ of Islamic State, says fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, are key to stopping it - Reuters


Pope calls on Muslim leaders worldwide to condemn terrorism - Yahoo News UK


30 coalition airstrikes pound IS stronghold Raqqa in Syria - The Seattle Times


Inside Raqqa, the Islamic State’s capital: Red Bull-drinking jihadists, hungry civilians, crucifixions and air strikes - The Guardian


US flies roughly 85 percent of airstrikes against Islamic State, in complex mix of tactics, politics - Fox News


Islamic State has a 'dirty bomb' says British jihadi - Daily Mail Online


Islamists come out on top in new effort to unify Syrian rebel groups - McClatchy DC


Al Qaeda group Jabhat Al Nusra losing influence in southern Syria - The National


Al- Nusra Front kills 13 fighters from al- Ansar brigades in Idlib - Syrian Observatory For Human Rights


VIDEO: Jabhat al-Nusra Move Into Southern Idlib Village After Reported Clash with Free Syrian Army Unit - YouTube


Flesh-eating maggot disease surfaces in Syria - Al Arabiya News


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Iraq/Syria News - Nov 27, 2014


Iraqi forces battle IS jihadists in Ramadi, Kirkuk - AP

Local Officials Say Iraqi Forces In Ramadi Repel 'Fiercest, Most Violent Attack Yet' From IS -

Iraq says airstrikes are critical in the shifting battle for Ramadi  - CNN

ISIS “emir” of the western Anbar province killed in Iraq’s Hit - Al Arabiya News

ISIS Militants Kills 25 Members Iraqi Tribesmen Near Ramadi - Daily Times

U.S. plans to arm Iraq’s Anbar tribesmen - Al Arabiya News

Iraq: Head of Anbar tribe calls on government to fulfil promises of providing weapons in fight against ISIS - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Controversy Over Supporting Iraq’s Tribes In Anbar - MUSINGS ON IRAQ


Islamic State releases images from recent fighting in Ramadi (PHOTOS) - Threat Matrix


VIDEO: Iraqi MOD Releases Video of Counter Offensive Against Islamic State in Anbar - Yahoo


Iraqi officials say 2 bombings kill 10 people in Baghdad - Fox News


Islamic State attacks Iraqi border crossing with Jordan - Threat Matrix


TSG IntelBrief: War Against All: The Islamic State in Anbar - The Soufan Group


ISIS in the Southwest Baghdad Belts - Institute for the Study of War


The Islamic State’s Stalled Offensive in Anbar Province -



ISIS attack fails to take Iraq’s oil-rich Kirkuk, "they want to control the oil sites” says peshmerga general - Al Arabiya News

Australian Airstrikes Pound ISIS Underground Caves And Bunkers, Kill 100 ISIS Members Near Kirkuk - International Business Times

VIDEO: IS Attacks Close to Iraq's Oil City of Kirkuk - YouTube

IS poses threat to Iraq oil investment -

At least 43 ISIS jihadists killed in a failed bid to regain control of the Mosul dam - Latin American Herald Tribune

ISIS Militants Execute Two Female Parliamentary Candidates in Mosul -

IS Moves Prisoners from Iraq to Syria Fearing Attack on Mosul - Latin American Herald Tribune


Reports: ISIS militants causing massive damage of the convent in Mosul -


VIDEO: ISIS Blows Up Nun Monastery Jesus Heart in Mosul -


VIDEO: Islamic State releases footage showing fighters destroying a number of Shia Muslim shrines in Iraq,The video is titled Demolishing Idols - Yahoo UK


Islamic State imposes a reign of fear in Iraqi hospitals - The Washington Post


Iraqi generals Who Abandoned Mosul may be Executed - Bas


U.S. Central Command News Release: Airstrikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq -


Hezbollah arrives in Iraq - Al-Monitor



Islamic State beheads Ismaili man for 'apostasy' - THE DAILY STAR

PHOTOS: Onlookers in Homs, including children, watch as ISIS beheads an old man it says he was Ismaili “apostate” - Hassan Hassan on Twitter

Nusra Front executes Syrian for 'insulting prophet' - THE DAILY STAR

ISIS Video 'Blood Of Jihad 2' Trains Child Soldiers On How To Kill Infidels (VIDEO) - 

More jihadist training camps identified in Syria and Iraq - The Long War Journal

In New ISIS Video British Hostage John Cantlie Says He Will Likely Be Executed (VIDEO) -

ISIS selling villages in Kobanê - ANF


Thousands of women gathered at border for Kobanê in solidarity with Kurdish fighters - ANF


Control of Syrian Oil Fuels War Between Kurds and Islamic State - WSJ


VIDEO: Christian militia fights Islamic State in northern Syria - DW.DE


UN: Islamic State group got up to $45M in ransoms - Stripes


Activists Say Syrian Airstrikes on Raqqa Kill 95 - VOA


As Syrian army closes in, Douma residents turn against rebels - Al-Monitor


Syria 'no-fly zone' not being considered: NATO general - THE DAILY STAR


Putin meets with Syria foreign minister for the first time - THE DAILY STAR


Syrian FM: Russia to Boost Relations With Assad - ABC News


Russia dispatched 30 planeloads of humanitarian aid to Syria over 18 months: Lavrov - TASS


Erdogan slams US 'impertinence' over Kobane - Al Jazeera English


CIA operation in eastern Libya was tracking the movement of weapons to Syria: Benghazi report - Fox News


Qatar runs covert desert training camp for Syrian rebels - Reuters


Pope Francis: Don't shut door to dialogue with Islamic State -


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Ukraine News - Nov 24, 2014


Putin: We’re stronger because we’re right, actions in Crimea and afterwards are a strategic decision - Business Insider

TRANSCRIPT: Interview with Vladimir Putin - TASS

Putin Tells New U.S. Envoy Ties Must Be Based On Equality -

Western sanctions are aimed at regime change in Russia: Lavrov - RT News

VIDEO: Lavrov Press Conference on Ukraine (Part 1) - CNN

VIDEO: Lavrov Press Conference on Ukraine (Part 2) - RT News

Russia Warns U.S. Against Arming Ukraine - The Moscow Times

Russian Weapons Separatists Using In Ukraine - Business Insider


Merkel's spokesman raps Russia after report on aid to Ukraine rebels, helping to finance public services and state pay and pensions - The Moscow Times


Russia's New Tactical Nuclear Weapons Program Growing Confident  - International Business Times


The Russia-France Warship Deal Is Turning Into a Total Mess - VICE News


Moscow to Replace Western Companies if They Quit Energy Projects in Russia - Sputnik International


British anti-Putin campaigner claims Russians plan to kidnap him - The Guardian


Russia says to tighten ties with Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia - Reuters


Comment by Spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich on the provocative remarks by the President of Lithuania - MFA of Russia


Moldova, eyeing Ukraine, divided on Europe integration as election nears - Reuters



Despite Biden's Visit, US Will Not Provide Lethal Aid To Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag

US delivers anti-mortar radars to Ukraine: Pentagon - Yahoo News

Statement of the US Defense Department: U.S. Delivers Radar Systems to Ukraine -

US to Keep Sending Military Advisors to Ukraine: State Department - Sputnik International

US troops to remain in Baltics, Poland next year amid Moscow tensions - Reuters

US Congress pro-Ukraine lobby may press through for weapons to Ukraine soon - TASS

McCain slams Obama for not providing weapons to Ukraine - UNIAN news


Statement of Senator John McCain and Lindsey Graham on Ukraine -


VIDEO: McCain: Russia 'a Gas Station Masquerading as a Country' - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukrainian Volunteer Battalions Leaders in Washington: Newly elected MPs ask US lawmakers for weapons


U.S. should look at giving weapons to Ukraine: top Obama adviser - Reuters


VIDEO: State Department: Ukraine Lethal Aid On Table - YouTube


New Ukraine Coalition Agreed, Sets NATO As Priority -


Washington does not object to Ukraine’s bid for NATO membership: U.S. State Department - rickrozoff


German foreign minister speaks out against Ukraine joining NATO, "it is possible for NATO to have a partnership with Ukraine, but not membership” - RT News


NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Annual Session Focuses on Ukraine - NATO PA



The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine reports heavier fighting over the last 24 hours - Interpreter_Mag

Four Ukrainian Soldiers Killed As Violence Continues Near Russian Border -

Separatists to Lay Claims Over Whole Donetsk Region's Territory: Deputy PM - Sputnik International

Donetsk separatists ask Russia to recognise republican independence - TASS

Ukraine's field army digs in for separatist offensive - Telegraph

With Borscht and Rifle Scopes, Volunteers Power Ukraine Forces -


VIDEO (Eng subs): Debaltsevo resident speaks to Euromaidan, reveals that people are afraid of Ukrainian Army that shelled their town with “Grads” -


VIDEO: (Eng subs):  "Poroshenko will choke with blood”: Interview with residents of houses ruined by Ukrainian Army -


Donetsk Airport drone footage shows how it has been destroyed by conflict (VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online


Main Points of the Coalition Agreement in Ukrainian Parliament - Interpreter_Mag


Poroshenko Heckled At Maidan Memorial, Biden Forced To Avoid Protests - Interpreter_Mag


VIDEO: 'Shame!' Protesters heckle Poroshenko at Maidan memorial - YouTube


Ukraine Marks Anniversary of Deadly 1930s Famine, Poroshenko Compares It With Separatist War In East (VIDEO) - VOA


Germany alarmed over government appointments in Ukraine -


ARCHIVE: Kiev regional police head accused of neo-Nazi ties -


Ukraine slashed gold holdings in October, the hryvnia has lost 83 percent of its value against the dollar this year - Reuters


Shadow currency trade points to new Ukraine financial crisis -


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Israel News - Nov 21, 2014


Hamas calls for 'day of rage' in the West Bank on Friday - Maan News Agency

Violence in East Jerusalem; 'Intifada starts today,' Palestinian kids say - Ynetnews

Hamas said activating Jerusalem cells as Israel rocked by synagogue massacre - World Tribune

Hamas Praises Recent Terror Attacks In Israel, Calls Launch Of New Intifada, Threatens: 'The Palestinian Volcano Will Erupt’ -

Police on heightened alert as Hamas calls for ‘day of rage’ -

Police set up checkpoints at East Jerusalem neighborhoods - The Times of Israel

Police bust massive shipment of firecrackers, knives and swords bound for capital - The Times of Israel

Hamas resumes trials of homemade rockets, IDF says - Ynetnews


Hamas affiliated social media abuzz with cartoons glorifying Jerusalem terror attack (CARTOONS) -


VIDEO: Palestinians in the Middle-East celebrate the synagogue massacre -


VIDEO: Palestinians brandish AXES to celebrate synagogue attack -


VIDEO: Hamas’s new hit song in Hebrew: 'Zionist, you are about to be killed by a car’ -


VIDEO: Attempted hit and run in Israel -


Hamas member admits to running over soldiers in Nov. 5 attack - The Times of Israel


Hamas planned to assassinate FM Lieberman - Ynetnews


The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Thursday officially mourned two of its members who were killed after carrying out the attack on an Israeli synagogue - Maan News Agency


PFLP statement on the Synagogue attack in Jerusalem - Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine


Contradictory messages from PA in response to Synagogue massacre, While Abbas condemned the attack one of his senior advisors and the official Facebook page of Fatah praised it - The Tower


Israel spy chief says Abbas is not inciting to terror, while Netanyahu points accusing finger at Palestinian president - Ynetnews


Abbas powerless to stop Palestinian violence, experts say - AFP



Terrorist's home destroyed by Israel, marking return to controversial policy - The Times of Israel

Palestinians: Order to demolish homes of Palestinians who perpetrated attacks unlawful and immoral -

VIDEO: Israel forces demolish a Palestinian home of an Hamas member in wake of attack on synagogue - AP

Committee Approves 78 Apartments In Eastern Jerusalem - The Jewish Week

US slams Israeli construction in E. Jerusalem, renewed home demolitions - The Times of Israel

Five major EU states to Israel: Demolishing terrorists' homes will escalate tensions - Haaretz


Israeli soldiers protect settlers attacking Palestinian villagers (VIDEO) - RT News


Israeli settlers stab a Palestinian in Jerusalem, attack school in West Bank - Al Akhbar English


VIDEO: Palestinians attend funeral ceremony for hanged bus driver - YouTube


Did Palestinian pathologist recant findings in death of Jerusalem bus driver? Israel urges Palestinian Authority to admit that death was suicide, pathologist appears to cast doubt - i24news


Egypt takes aim at Hamas' terror tunnels, closes the key Rafah crossing into Gaza and announces that it would establish a 500-meter buffer zone - Fox News


Closing of Egypt's Rafah crossing leaves thousands of Gazans stranded - Reuters


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Ukraine News - Nov 19, 2014


NATO Sees Military Buildup In Ukraine, Urges Russia To Pull Back -

Doorstep statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg upon arrival at European Union Foreign Affairs Council (VIDEO) - NATO

Ukraine crisis: Russia demands guarantees from NATO - BBC News

Putin says west is provoking Russia into new cold war as ‘spies’ deported - The Guardian

Moscow will not allow the defeat of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, Putin warns - AP

Russian President Putin says Ukraine needs federalization to settle conflict - Business Insider

VIDEO (English): Exclusive ARD interview with Russian President Putin - ARD

TRANSCRIPT (English): ARD interview with Russian President Putin -

German, Russian foreign ministers discuss Ukraine crisis, Both reportedly agreed on the need to return to the so-called Minsk protocol -

VIDEO: Press Conference of German, Russian foreign ministers on Ukraine -

Opening remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a joint meeting of the foreign ministry boards of Russia and Belarus - MFA of Russia


Talks on eastern Ukraine must involve separatist militias: Russian diplomat - TASS


Russia bans meat imports from Montenegro on suspicion of smuggling from EU - TASS


Putin Says West Has 'Lost Russia's Food Market' -


Russia’s Farmers See Opportunity After Ban on Western Food Imports -


Ukraine crisis pushing Russia into recession, hits east Europe - EBRD | Reuters


Russian Airlines Face Losses Over Ukraine Crisis -


Head of Russian Central Bank Defends Ruble Float - The Moscow Times


Crimea Gets Renationalized - Businessweek


Web users debunk Russian TV's MH17 claim - BBC News


Russian State Television Shares Fake Images of MH17 Being Attacked - bellingcat


ARES research report suggests that separatists were “very likely” to have received arms from Russia “however the level of state complicity in such activity remains unclear” - ARES


REPORT: ARES Research Report No.3 “Raising Red Flags: An Examination of Arms & Munitions in the Ongoing Conflict in Ukraine - ARES


PHOTO: Russian GRU Spetsnaz paratrooper Milchakov and unity are now surfaced in Donetsk - elisaschreuder on Twitter



Donetsk residents angry over Kyiv threat to end the funding of all public services in rebel areas by this weekend - VOA

Ukraine takes economic swing at rebels by closing state offices, hospitals, schools, banks – but might hit people instead (VIDEO) -

Report Says 64 Pensioners in Eastern Ukraine Starved to Death - The Moscow Times

Ukraine scraps human rights treaty for rebel areas - RT News

Ukraine opposition seeks reversal of decree blocking welfare benefits for eastern regions - TASS

VIDEO (Russian): Mothers protest demanding social support for children in East Ukraine (Part 1) - YouTube

VIDEO (Russian): Mothers protest demanding social support for children in East Ukraine (Part 2) - YouTube

Five Ukrainian soldiers killed in east Ukraine fighting - GlobalPost


Artillery fire, explosions shake Donetsk airport - Reuters


No new offensive planned against rebels: Ukraine - Business Standard News


Ukraine Releases Russian Jailed Over Alleged Plot To Kill Putin -


Ukraine may see 7% GDP decline in 2014: Yatsenyuk -


The collapse of Ukraine’s economy: Don’t chicken out of Kiev - The Economist


Ukraine’s economy: Worse to come - The Economist


'Politics blinded them?' Putin says sanctions against Russia may backfire on Ukraine - RT News


EU to extend list of separatists in Eastern Ukraine targeted by visa ban and asset freeze -


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Syria/Iraq News - Nov 18, 2014

Islamic State Executed 1,432 Syrians Outside Battle Since June, 882 were civilians and 483 members of pro-government forces: Report - Reuters

New Islamic State Video Shows Beheading Of American Hostage Peter Kassig and More than a Dozen Captured Syrian Soldiers - Fox Nation

VIDEOS: The Islamic State video split in two short versions showing beheading of Peter Kassig and Syrian soldiers - LeakSource

VIDEO: Full Islamic State video titled “Although the disbelievers dislike it” showing beheading of Kassig and Syrian soldiers - Clarion Project

MAP: Alleged location of the Islamic State execution of Kassig in the Syrian town of Dabiq, north of Aleppo -

8 Reasons Why The Peter Kassig Islamic State Video Is A Game-Changer -

ISIS' Final American Hostage in Caliphate is 26-Year-Old Female Aid Worker -

Exclusive: Obama Orders Hostage Policy Review - The Daily Beast

Islamic State executions: European jihadis take lead roles in killing video - CBS News

Peter Kassig killing comes as Islamic State suffers first battlefield defeats - Telegraph

Latest Islamic State horror masks a week of defeats - The Guardian

Islamic State apparent beheading video 'sign of desperation' -

Peter Kassig Beheading: Study Shows Executions Do Not Help Terror Groups Achieve Aims -

REPORT: Does Terrorism Pay? An Empirical Analysis -

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Blood bath: ISIS executed 18 persons in Raqqa - Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently

PHOTOS: Blood bath: More photos of ISIS execution of civilians in Raqqa -

Horror in Raqqa: ‘Islamic Court’ decided not to execute a sentence by shooting or decapitation, but instead invited the crowd to trample three Syrian officers -

ISIS Boot Camp Syria: Children as Young as 10 Forced to Behead Syrian Soldiers -

PHOTO: Sickening photo shows warped ISIS fanatics making baby kick severed head -

ISIS kills six doctors in Mosul for refusing to treat wounded fighters - Rudaw

Yazidi Girls Seized by ISIS Speak Out After Escape -


Kurds say Islamic State militants near defeat in Kobani - LA Times

Islamic State Casualties Mount in Kobani Amid War of Attrition - Bloomberg

5 Kurdish villages and hamlets liberated from ISIS in Serêkaniyê - ANF

Child soldiers enlisted by Kurds to fight against Islamic State in Syria - The Washington Post

Obama says no change in Syria policy, Assad still not priority -

Spokesman: Nusra is looking for a ceasefire, not a larger merger with IS, because it wants to focus on fighting “just the Alawites” - Syria Direct

Syrian rebels abandon Aleppo, leader flees to Turkey -

Syria agrees ‘in principle’ to De Mistura freeze - THE DAILY STAR

Qatari Minister Warns on U.S.-Led Airstrikes in Syria - WSJ

Terror financiers are living freely in Qatar, US discloses - Telegraph


Islamic State fighters are retreating from Baiji oil refinery, Iraq officials say - The Washington Post

Peshmerga repel ISIS attack near Mosul, several militants killed - Rudaw

Centcom Officials Provide Inherent Resolve Airstrike Details in Syria and Iraq -

Iraqi PM's Office denies Abadi and Dempsey discussed deployment of foreign troops, says 'Iraq doesn’t need any' - Iraqi News

Obama ‘Would Order’ US Troops into Combat If ISIS Got Nuclear Weapon - KTIC Radio

Seize All Tanker Trucks to and From Islamic State Areas, UN Says - Businessweek


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Iraq/Syria News - Nov 15, 2014

Islamic State advances halted in some areas of Iraq, U.S. defense officials say - The Washington Post

Iraq retakes strategic oil town of Baiji from jihadists - Daily Mail Online

VIDEO: Islamic State fighters driven out of Iraq's Baiji - YouTube

Has ISIS peaked? Terror group suffers setbacks in Iraq -

IS adopting a defensive strategy in Iraq to avoid airstrikes, military says that Iraqi ground troops can "move to offense" -

Iraq: ISIS has Trenches,Tunnels and Bomb Shelters to Counter U.S. Air Attacks [VIDEO] -

Hagel says air war against Islamic State will intensify - Al Arabiya News

U.S. Central Command News Release: Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq -

Obama calls for more funds in the fight against ISIS, Key figures highlighted in the 34-page letter (Full text) -

Obama seeks human-rights waiver on Islamic State war funds - AP

POLL: Obama’s ISIS war is surprisingly popular in the Arab world - Vox

VIDEO: House considers how to cut off funding from the Islamic State -

Qatar, Kuwait could improve anti-terror financing efforts: US Treasury -

Iraq's Premier Shakes up His Military - ABC News

Iraq seeks advanced precision-kill weapon systems from US - Army Technology

Baghdad and Kurds Reach Deal on Oil - WSJ


Hagel discounts targeting Assad in Islamic State fight, “Our military aims in Syria are limited to destroying ISIL’s safe havens” - Chicago Tribune

Full Hagel Statement on the Strategy and Military Campaign Against ISIL Before the House Armed Services Committee -

Canada is at war with ISIS, not Syria, Stephen Harper says - CBC News

Activists say US-led Syria airstrikes kill at least 860: 746 Islamic State militants, 68 members of Nusra Front and 50 civilians -

US Hits Al-Qaida Militants in Syria for Third Time - ABC News

YPG forces retake control of strategic mountain in Kobani - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Kurds block an Islamic State supply route to Syria's Kobani - Reuters

PYD says ready to cooperate with US against IS to keep control of region - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Opposition Figures Claim ISIS, Nusra Front Agree To Cooperate In Syria - AP

The Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra: A Looming Grand Jihadi Alliance? - Syria Comment

Jabhat al-Nusra eyes Idlib for Islamic emirate - Al-Monitor

Video Shows Al Nusra Tanks Pushing North Towards 'Another Kobane’ (VIDEO) - VICE News

UN envoy to Syria De Mistura's focus is on 'Aleppo First' - Al-Monitor

FSA reject UN's Aleppo truce plan - Al Jazeera English

Syrian National Coalition Leader Bahra: De Mistura’s Plan is Unclear -

Red Cross offers to help reconcile warring Syria sides - THE DAILY STAR

Syrian 'hero boy' video faked by Norwegian director - BBC News


New UN report depicts ‘relentless assault’ on civilians in ISIL-controlled Syria including public beheading, shooting and stoning - United Nations

REPORT: Rule of Terror: Living under ISIS in Syria - United Nations

ISIS denying food, medicine to hundreds of thousands in Syria, UN report says - Fox News

Airstrikes Fail to Slow ISIS' Iraq Killing Spree, Database Suggests - NBC

Iraq: Bomb Blast Kills 15 in Northern Baghdad - ABC News

Islamic State leader claims 'caliphate' has expanded to more countries in new audio message - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State's Archipelago of Provinces - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

AUDIO (Arabic): Islamic State leader Baghdadi's new audio message -

TRANSCRIPT (English): Islamic State leader Baghdadi's new audio message -

A video allegedly showing the leader of the Islamic State getting injured in an airstrike, wearing the same Rolex watch which he wore during his sermon at Mosul (VIDEO) -

Islamic State to mint own Islamic dinar coins in gold, silver and copper - The Guardian


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Ukraine News - Nov 13, 2014


NATO alleges columns of Russian tanks, artillery and combat troops entering eastern Ukraine - VOA

VIDEO: NATO general says Russia sending troops into Ukraine - YouTube

Numerous sightings of large columns of unmarked military vehicles and tanks in the Donetsk region (VIDEOS,PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag 

VIDEO: Alleged Russian military column entering east Ukraine -

60 km from Russian border we observed a convoy this morning with 15 armytrucks plus artillerie (PHOTOS) - Jeroen Akkermans on Twitter

Picture Taken By Journalist May Prove That Russia Has Deployed Artillery Radar In East Ukraine (PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag

Videos May Show Russian Special Forces Clearing The Way For Military Convoys In Ukraine (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Interpreter_Mag

Russian Legislators Receive Responses from Military Officials on Soldiers Reportedly Killed in Combat in Ukraine - Interpreter_Mag

Russia to send seventh aid convoy to east Ukraine - TASS

Russian FM stresses importance of Kiev’s direct dialogue with Donetsk, Luhansk - TASS

In-patient mental examination authorized for Ukraine pilot accused of murder in Russian court - TASS

VIDEO: Ukrainian army pilot Nadezhda Savchenko appears in Moscow court -

NATO general: Russia beefing up bases in Crimea, but there is no clear assessment of whether that includes deployment of nuclear weapons - NZ Herald News

Russia moving more military hardware to Crimea. Picture from the Kerch ferry web camera (PHOTO) - Maria Antonova on Twitter

Russian Defense Ministry board considering formation of military grouping in Crimea - TASS

Russia to donate 47.1 billion rubles to Crimea making about 75% of its budget - Vestnik Kavkaza

Russia's long-range bombers to conduct regular patrol missions from the western Atlantic to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico - Yahoo News

Intelligence report details close encounters with Moscow -

MAP: Russia’s "close encounters" with NATO air forces -

POLL: 83 percent of Russians agree that the West is conducting an information war against Russia - RT News

Jews reject Russia claims of Ukraine anti-Semitism - BBC


Heavy shelling rocks Ukraine rebel bastion Donetsk - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Fighting in Ukraine's Donetsk Escalates to Heaviest in Months - WSJ

Numerous Attacks In Donetsk And Lugansk Regions - Interpreter_Mag

Some 2,400 houses damaged, need repair in Luhansk: OSCE report - TASS

Ukraine, Syria civilians attacked with incendiary weapons: HRW (VIDEOS) - RT News

OSCE Monitor: Russian-Backed Rebels Seem To Be Preparing To Attack Crucial Port City Mariupol - Business Insider

Attack On Ukrainian Checkpoint Northwest Of Mariupol - Interpreter_Mag

VIDEO: Attack on Mariupol Eastern checkpoint and nearby petrol station -

At the Security Council UN Official Warns Of Return To Full-Scale War In Ukraine's East -

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he wishes to stop the war in Ukraine and to prevent the beginning of WWIII - Crimean News Agency

Arseniy Yatsenyuk: Russia has already crossed hundreds of “red lines” - Charter’97

VIDEO (English) - Press Conference of Ukraine Military Spokesman Lysenko, Nov 12 - Ukraine Crisis Media Center

Donbas civil society leaders accuse Ukraine of 'declaring war' on own people -

Ukraine rebels: a disunited front run by warlords - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Sentenced to Death by a Crowd in Separatist East Ukraine, Interview with Separatist Commanders - VICE

Three Ukrainian battalion commanders leave for U.S. to meet with McCain - Russia Beyond The Headlines

Kiev regional police head accused of neo-Nazi ties -

Wanted British 'White Widow’ Islamic State terrorist killed in Ukraine, claims Russian news agency - Daily Mail Online

Ukraine's economic situation 'desperate': Institute of International Finance -


MH17 was brought down by missile supplied by Russian military to separatists in Ukraine: Report - Daily Mail


Origin of the Separatists’ Buk: A Bellingcat Investigation - bellingcat

MAP: Exploring the MH17 Linked Buk Convoys in Ukraine and Russia with Mapbox - bellingcat

Geolocating the June Russian Buk Convoy in Millerovo - bellingcat


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Iraq/Syria News - Nov 11, 2014


CENTCOM: Allies Launch Barrage of Airstrikes Against Islamic State, Conducting 23 Air Strikes in Syria and 18 in Iraq  - Reuters

U.S. Central Command News Release: Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq -

Islamic State chief Baghdadi injured, deputy killed in anti-ISIS airstrikes: Iraqi defense minister - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's close aide killed in US air strike - Telegraph

ISIS News: Jihadists Confirm Baghdadi's Injury; Say Leader's Death won't End Caliphate -

Official statement (Arabic) published by Iraqi intelligence on the operation against Al-Bagdadi and 40 IS leaders -

Iraqi military reach refinery town of Baiji - Worldbulletin News

Peshmerga inch closer to Mosul with air support - Rudaw

Islamic State deserters arrested sneaking into Kirkuk - Rudaw

Sunni tribes join Shiite militias in battle for Iraqi town in Anbar province, a rare show of sectarian unity - McClatchy DC

To ease Sunni fears, Iraq orders Shi'ite militias back from front line - Reuters

ISIS Allegedly Murders Nine Journalists in Mosul, Iraq -

Islamic State sells stolen Kirkuk oil at $20 per barrel: Iraq Finance Ministry - ekurd


Kurds Say Balance of Power Shifted in Kobani - BAS NEWS

ISIS militants bomb Kobane neighborhoods before withdrawal, "burned, looted and exploded the places" - ARA News

Kobani Kurdish Fighters Rescue Trapped, Injured ISIS 'Emir'; Video Goes Viral (VIDEO) -

VIDEO: Boy under sniper fire rescues girl in Kobane - YouTube

Syrian Kurdistan give women equal rights, snubbing IS jihadists - AFP

IS recalls dozens of fighters in order to fight in Kobani - Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

VIDEO (Arabic): ISIS releases new video “A Message to the Peshmerga”, promises to send reinforcements to support fighters in Kobane - YouTube

‘ISIS Sees Turkey as Its Ally': Former Islamic State Member Reveals Turkish Army Cooperation - Newsweek

Syrian Islamic Front rebel leader brands Kobani’s Kurdish defenders as enemies - Rudaw

VIDEO (English Subtitles): Press Conference of the Islamic Front Military Leader on Kobanê - YouTube

President of the opposition Syrian National Coalition: US-led attacks on ISIS are undermining anti-Assad forces - The Guardian

Attack in Syria kills 5 nuclear scientists - AP

Hezbollah blames Israel in death of 5 nuclear technicians in Syria - McClatchy DC

Jabhat al-Nusra blows up Armenian church in Deir el-Zour: A savage blow that echoes through Armenian history - The Independent

Syria's Assad says U.N. envoy's local ceasefire bid 'worth studying': state media - Reuters

UN envoy holds high-level talks with Syrian officials on plan to ‘freeze’ Aleppo conflict - United Nations News Centre

Local ceasefires 'best hope' for Syria, report says - Daily Mail Online


Obama says Islamic State fight in new phase, additional 1,500 troops are being sent to help train Iraqi army soldiers and militia fighters - WRIC

Obama asks for $5.6 billion to fight Islamic State - Washington Times

Despite growing coalition against Islamic State, US shouldering most of the air campaign - The Boston Globe

Obama indicates US may ask allies for more help to combat ISIS in Iraq - The Guardian

Report: Obama’s Letter to Khamenei Said Syria’s Assad Will Not Be Toppled - EA WorldView

Background Conference Call on the Administration's Request for Overseas Contingency Operations - The White House

RAF carries out first British drone attacks against Isis in Iraq - The Guardian

Australian special forces moving into Iraq, Tony Abbott says - The Guardian

In the UAE, the United States has a quiet, potent ally nicknamed ‘Little Sparta’ - The Washington Post

Iran says ready to help Iraq fight IS jihadists - Yahoo News

Qatar minister’s family ties to jihadi terror - Telegraph


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Ukraine News - Nov 8, 2014

Ukraine accuses Russia of sending 32 tanks, 16 artillery systems and 30 trucks loaded with fighters and ammunition to the East - ABC News

VIDEO: (English): Russian Tanks and Artillery Move Into Luhansk, Says Ukraine military spokesman - Yahoo UK

NATO sees increase in Russian troops along Ukraine border - Daily Mail Online

United States does not have "independent confirmation" of Russian incursion in Ukraine - Yahoo News

Putin Holds Talks With Security Chiefs Over 'Deterioration' in Eastern Ukraine - The Moscow Times

Russia says it stands by Ukraine ceasefire deal, respects but does not officially recognize Donetsk, Luhansk elections - Reuters

Putin Not Planning on Meeting Poroshenko, Heads of DPR, LPR: Spokesperson - RIA Novosti

NATO plans large-scale military drills in Eastern Europe and Baltic States - TASS

NATO launches Iron Sword war games in Lithuania -

VIDEO: NATO Conducts 'Iron Sword' Exercises In Lithuania -

Ukrainian female military officer Savchenko In Russian Court - Interpreter_Mag

Three witnesses claim Ukrainian pilot Savchenko is innocent - Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI)

PHOTOS: Images of the abducted Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko put before a Russian court -

POLL: Vast majority of Russians do not want the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics in eastern Ukraine to become part of Russia - YouTube

Gorbachev to defend Putin in Berlin - DW.DE

Ruble Set for Worst Week in 11 Years as Russia Says Ready to Act - Bloomberg

In Ukraine Crisis, U.S. Businesses Face Tit-for-Tat Response to Sanctions -

Poroshenko: Ukraine Yet to Receive Payment for Russian Gas Transit - RIA Novosti

Ukraine's currency reserves plummet 23 percent to nine-year low - Reuters

Ukrainian Currency Hits Record Low - WSJ


Ukraine crisis: Killing of 2 teens playing soccer shocks war-weary nation - CBS News

Ukraine's National Guard denies it shelled school in Donetsk -

VIDEO: Mourning in Donetsk at funeral for two teens killed while playing football - Reuters

Missile That Killed 2 Teens in Donetsk May Not Have Come from Ukrainian Forces - Interpreter_Mag

Geolocation: Rocket that hit School No63 did not come from government-controlled Peski (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) - Ukraine@war

Statement on the protection of children during the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine - UNICEF

Children die in Donetsk. Who is to blame? - EUROMAIDAN PRESS

Up to 200 rebels killed in Donetsk aiport fighting: Ukraine's Defense Ministry -

Five Ukrainian soldiers killed in clashes with separatist militias - Fox News Latino

Intense Shelling In Lugansk Region - Interpreter_Mag

VIDEO: Hromadske TV apparently showing the aftermath today of some heavy shelling in Donetsk - YouTube

The Battle of Ilovaisk: Details of a Massacre Inside Rebel-Held Eastern Ukraine -

Ukraine imposes passport controls around rebel area - Yahoo News

Poroshenko rules out any possibility of granting the state status to the Russian language in Ukraine - TASS

Ukraine Holds Politically Charged 'Dictation' Contest -

Ukraine’s 'Right Sector' Leader Recognized as Elected Member of Parliament - RIA Novosti

Svoboda nazi apologist quits party to become head of Security Service propaganda - Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine


Alleged Child Molester Sentenced to Death by Show of Hands in Separatist Eastern Ukraine - Newsweek

VIDEO: Alleged Child Molester Sentenced to Death by Show of Hands in Separatist Eastern Ukraine - YouTube

Kyiv Authorities Slam Separatist Courts Handing Down Summary Death Sentences -

Laws of war in the Lugansk People's Republic, “People’s Court” pronounces first death sentence for statutory rape - EUROMAIDAN PRESS

VIDEO: Separatist-appointed Cultural Minister Irina Filatova, whose scantily-clad photographs went viral, demands death sentence for Ukrainian writer over cartoon -

Stagnation and Infighting Take Hold in Rebel-Controlled Eastern Ukraine - SPIEGEL MOBIL

Separatists groups quarrel among themselves in Donbas -

Rebel Leader Bezler Linked to MH17 Disaster Is Reported Dead - Newsweek

Ukrainian security service can’t confirm reports of death of separatist leader Bezler - UNIAN news

Donetsk rebels call reports that Horlivka cdr Igor Bezler was killed "a ruse by the Ukrainian press" - Nikolaus von Twickel on Twitter


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Syria News - Nov 6, 2014

Obama to seek authorization from Congress for Islamic State fight - Reuters

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Kobane -

VIDEO: Two Huge Explosions in Kobane Target ISIL Positions - NBC

Peshmerga fighters 'heavily shelling’ Islamic State in Kobane: commander - Kurdish Institute of Paris

VIDEO: First footage of peshmerga in action inside Kobane! Here they are firing Katyusha at ISIS - Jenan Moussa on Twitter

Interview with commander on the Kobane battle: ‘YPG acting with the Peshmerga like a single army’ - ANF

Peshmerga: more military reinforcements left Erbil on Monday heading to Kobane - ARA News

Turkey says it received no demand for more peshmerga fighters in Kobani -

Turkish military angered by Ankara’s peshmerga move - Al-Monitor

POLL: Like Turkey’s Erdogan, most Turks disapprove of helping Kobane - Rudaw

KRG to Open Offices in Rojava Cantons - BAS NEWS

YPG commander: Islamic State Stops Attacks in Kobani - BAS NEWS

YPG and Islamic State Group Maneuver beyond Kobani - teleSUR

5 villages and 23 hamlets liberated by YPG in Serêkaniyê - ANF

Islamic State releases 93 Syrian Kurds: monitor - Yahoo News UK

Some Kurds help Islamic State with terrain, language in battle for Kobani - Fox News

Kobane official calls for more outside help to defeat Islamic State, thanks the United States and the Iraqi Peshmerga - Rudaw

Syrian Kurdish leader notes change in West’s attitudes, says PYD ''is no longer seen as a terrorist organization’’ -

Syria: Islamic State Tortured Kobani Child Hostages - Human Rights Watch

Islamic State warns Kurdish female fighters face forced marriage - Al Arabiya News

Islamic State Looks To Mediterranean To Continue Oil Operations -

Syria army retakes gas fields from Islamic State jihadists: activists - THE DAILY STAR

Exclusive: Washington cuts funds for investigating Bashar al-Assad's war crimes, while is stepping up funding to collect evidence of war crimes in Iraq by the Islamic State - foreignpolicy


Pentagon Confirms Militant Group Al-Nusra Has Gained Ground In Syria, Doesn't View Events As 'Major Setback' - KMBZ

US considers expanded airstrikes in Syria against al-Nusra - TheHill

US-Trained Syrian Rebels Defect to Al-Qaeda, Surrender Weapons -

VIDEO: Nusra Front captures US made weapons in Idlib - YouTube

Al Qaeda militants mass near key Bab al-Hawa border crossing, important supply route for fighters in Syria - Toronto Star

Al-Qaeda’s Bid for Power in Northwest Syria - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Leader of Syria Al-Qaeda wing threatens strikes against Hezbollah in Lebanon - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

AUDIO (Arabic): First al-Nusra leader Joulani interview for months. Explains why Nusra attacked SRF leader Maarouf & who helped - Joshua Landis on Twitter

In audio message Joulani says the 'international coalition/alliance' is intending to destroy Jabhat al-Nusra & 'Jamaat ad-Dawla' [Islamic State] - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi on Twitter

DOD, Coalition Working Out Details for Syrian Opposition Training Program -

VIDEO: Plan to Train and Equip Syrian Opposition Forces Progresses - DoD Videos

TRANSCRIPT: Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Adm. Kirby -

VIDEO: John Kirby Briefs Pentagon Press Corps - DoDNEWS Videos

France urges anti-IS coalition to help Aleppo rebels holdout against Assad - Yahoo News

Turkey warns of threat to Aleppo from Assad, fears new refugee influx -

Turkish border attacks work of Assad spies in FSA, Syrian opposition commander claims -


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Ukraine News - Nov 4, 2014


Alexander Zakharchenko named prime minister of eastern Ukraine after 'election' - Telegraph

Igor Plotnitsky wins self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic head elections - TASS

Miner's son, Lenin fan win separatist Ukraine votes - Yahoo News

High turnout in separatist Ukraine vote, Ukrainian separatists say (VIDEO) -

VIDEO (English Subtitles): Long queues to vote in Luhansk Republic - YouTube

Donetsk, Luhansk say ready to hold an equitable dialogue with Kiev and to restore relations with Ukrainian regions - TASS

Text of the joint statement by the Donetsk, Luhansk republics - Interfax

Ukraine needs to change strategy in east after rebel vote: Poroshenko - Reuters

Address by the President of Ukraine - Official web-site of President of Ukraine

Despite provocations, the diplomatic path of resolution remains the priority for the Ukrainian authorities - Petro Poroshenko on Twitter

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Appeal of Petro Poroshenko regarding to the formation of a coalition in Parliament and the pseudo-elections at Donbass -

Kiev ready to buy coal from self-proclaimed republics in Donbass: official - RT Business

2 soldiers killed by car bomb a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol - GlobalPost

VIDEO: Car Bomb Attack on Mariupol Ukraine Checkpoint - YouTube

Heavy Shelling In Donetsk As Fighting Renews - Interpreter_Mag

Ukrainian Soldiers At Checkpoint 31 Receive Ultimatum From Separatist Fighters - Interpreter_Mag

OSCE says its drone fired at in Ukraine, U.S. blames rebels - Yahoo News

OSCE Statement On Attack On Monitoring Drone - Interpreter_Mag

Bodies of 286 Women Discovered, 400 Listed Missing in East Ukraine: Zakharchenko - RIA Novosti

Europe remembers victims of Odessa massacre (VIDEOS) - RT News

'People's Court' In Separatist-Held Alchevsk Issue Death Sentence By Show Of Hands (VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

VIDEO: Ukraine’s rebels open school doors to Russian education - euronews

Ukraine's Maria Zarring with 34k breasts named Russia's top 'natural beauty’ (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) - Daily Mail Online

PHOTOS: Meet the busty Russian model at the centre of Ukraine propaganda claims - Irish Mirror Online


Russia says it respects separatist vote but stops short of recognising Donetsk and Luhansk as independent, calls for talks with Kiev - Guardian

Minsk Agreements Implementation Possible After Donbas Elections: Russian Official - RIA Novosti

Russia urges Kiev not to conduct military operation in south-east of Ukraine - TASS

Russia blocks UN statement on Ukraine vote -

'Russian' Troops Surge Into Ukraine As Donetsk And Luhansk Elections Reveal Winners -

NATO: 300 Russian Troops in Eastern Ukraine Train Rebels -

Russia's border with Ukraine completely porous: NATO general - TODAYonline

In the last 24 hours the flight of 3 Russian reconnaissance Su-24 over Azov and Kerch Strait, IL-20 over the Black Sea were observed - NSDC of Ukraine on Twitter

Russian Aid Convoy Of Vehicles Enter Ukraine Through Donetsk Border -

Ukraine unaware of contents of Russia's 5th 'humanitarian convoy’: NSDC -

Russian Emergencies Ministry preparing 6th humanitarian convoy for Donbass - TASS

Russian Hackers Target NATO, Ukraine And Others: ISight - Business Insider


US blasts contested elections in Ukraine - TheHill

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Illegal Separatist Elections in Eastern Ukraine - The White House

Elections in eastern Ukraine no reason to bring Russian troops into Ukraine: White House - TASS

EU blasts Russia over Ukraine separatist vote - GlobalPost

Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the ‘presidential and parliamentary elections’ in Eastern Ukraine - European Commission

UN says elections in eastern Ukraine violate Minsk agreements - TASS

Russia Threatened With More Sanctions After Backing Vote - Businessweek

Ruble Weakens as Ukraine Rebel Elections Spur Sanctions Concern - Businessweek

Iron Sword 2014: NATO stages massive military drill in Lithuania - RT News

Guided-missile destroyer USS Ross to Enter the Black Sea - U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet


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Syria/Iraq News - Nov 2, 2014


Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga reinforcements arrive in Kobane - Al Jazeera America

VIDEO: Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements arrive in Kobane - YouTube

VIDEO: Peshmerga Handshake with YPG in Kobane - YouTube

Peshmerga in Kobane fire rockets at Islamic State - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO: Breaking: Peshmerga Forces have launched attacks on ISIS in Kobane - Al Jazeera

Iraqi fighters lift spirits in Syria siege town Kobane - Yahoo News

U.S. Launches 10 Air Strikes In Syria, Iraq -

Source inside Kobane: "ISIS couldn't even attack the peshmerga convoy. Coalition planes bombed ISIS heavily as convoy moved in - Jenan Moussa on Twitter

President Barzani: Kobane will not fall to terrorists - Rudaw

Joint message from YPG and Peshmerga for “national army” - ANF

Kobani clashes kill 100 ISIS jihadists in 3 days: monitor - THE DAILY STAR

Al Qaeda group Nusra seizes bastion of Western-backed SRF rebels in Syria's Idlib region - Reuters

Islamic State and Nusra Front, former rivals, team up against SRF rebels in Idlib -

Syria rebels deploy peacekeepers in Idlib - THE DAILY STAR

Al- Nusra Front's proposals to stop fighting with the SRF - Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

VIDEO: SRF’s Jamal Marouf explains why he withdrew from Jabal al-Zawiya, Idlib after Nusra takeover yesterday - Twitter

Aleppo ‘at risk’ after FSA fighters were sent to Kobane: Commander - hurriyetdailynews

U.S. Spying on Syria Yields Bonus: Intelligence on Islamic State - WSJ


Global day for Kobani: Thousands march to support Kurds’ fight against Islamic State (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) - RT News

VIDEO: Kurds worldwide march in solidarity with Kobani - YouTube

Thousands protest in Turkey to show solidarity with Kobane Kurds - Yahoo!7

PHOTO: Kurds rally in Amed, Turkey - Twitter

Erdogan decries coalition's focus on Kobane, says nations fighting IS should turn attention to areas other than the Kurdish town - Al Jazeera

Kurds protest at Erdogan visit to Paris - ekurd

PHOTO: Kurds rally in Paris - Twitter

Putin: Turkey is governed by a demagogue dictator who supports terrorists - AWDNews

Erdogan’s new $350 mln palace draws controversy - Al Arabiya News

VIDEO: Kurdish demonstration for Kobane in Frankfurt - YouTube

VIDEO: Solidarity with Kobane Demonstration - Manchester - YouTube

VIDEO: Kurdish demonstration for Kobane in Toronto - YouTube

European Parliament to host Kobanê conference - ANF


ISIS militants line up, kill 50 tribesmen and women in Iraq town - Fox News

PHOTO: Islamic State kills 50 tribesmen and women in Iraq town -

Iraq: ISIS Executed Hundreds of Prison Inmates, Mostly Shiites - Human Rights Watch

VIDEO: Survivors of ISIS massacre tell their stories for the first time -

US condemns ISIS “depravity” in alleged executions, amid reports of discoveries of mass graves and the slaying of Sunni Muslim tribesmen - Rudaw

Grim Fate Awaits Women, Girls Captured by Islamic State Group - VOA

VIDEO: “Whoever wants to sell, I’ll buy” - ISIS fighters excitedly discuss buying Yazidi women - Charles Lister on Twitter

Foreign Fighters Are Flooding Into Iraq and Syria to Join the Islamic State: UN - VICE News

ISIS advertising for skilled professionals to man its failing oil fields - Daily Mail Online


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Ukraine News - Oct 31, 2014


East Ukraine separatists hold vote to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy - Reuters

Eastern Ukraine: EU deplores Russian support for ‘elections’ in self-proclaimed ‘republics’ -

Poroshenko, Merkel condemn plans to hold 'pseudo-elections' in Donbas on November 2 -

VIDEO: Ukraine’s Poroshenko condemns 'pseudo elections' in east - YouTube

Central Europe, Britain oppose Ukraine rebel vote - Daily Mail Online

UN Chief Condemns Planned Separatist Election іn E. Ukraine - VOA

Moscow criticizes West for its refusal to recognize rebel-organized elections in Ukraine - AP

VIDEO: Moscow will recognise rebel elections in east Ukraine - YouTube

Online voting in Donetsk’s elections began yesterday. These are the candidates for PM. Most people only know Zakharchenko (PHOTOS) - Christopher Miller on Twitter

Ukraine Security Council reports rise in Donbas separatists’ military activity -

Nine killed in Ukraine battles over the last 24 hours - Business Standard News

East Ukraine's rebels prepare for a long cold war - AFP

Donetsk separatists declare total mobilization of men and woman from 18 to 55 -

East Ukraine Demarcation Line Yet to Be Set: Donetsk Separatist Prime Minister - RIA Novosti

Donetsk People's Republic Plans to Take Control of Mariupol: Separatist Prime Minister - RIA Novosti

Mariupol authorities report shelling of Ukrainian positions near town -

Since September pro-Russian forces intensified their effort to retake the Donetsk International Airport (MAPS) - Washington Post

VIDEO (English): Press-conference of former Donetsk military commander Igor Strelkov - YouTube

VIDEO: Holy hell. Video shows Donetsk rebels brutally beating other rebels, one with allegedly deadly head wound - Christopher Miller on Twitter

Ukraine Purges Interior Ministry Leadership With Pro-Russian Ties - VOA

Ukrainian GDP Plunges 5.1% Amid Deadly Conflict in Nation’s East - Businessweek


NATO Reports Spike in Russian Military Flights over the Black, Baltic seas and the Atlantic Ocean - AP

NATO Statement on Large-Scale Russian Air Activity in Europe - NATO

NATO Chief: Russia's Actions in Ukraine 'Challenge’ Security - VOA

VIDEO: NATO Chief Stoltenberg says Russia poses 'Euro-Atlantic security challenge' - YouTube

MAP: Just how busy has Russia's air force been over the last few days? - Robert Coalson on Twitter

Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal - Reuters

Russian Humanitarian Aid Convoy to Arrive in Ukraine Wednesday: Emergencies Minister - RIA Novosti

U.S. Urges Russia To Free Jailed Ukrainian Pilot Nadiya Savchenko -

VIDEO: State Department’ Psaki: Savchenko Covered By Minsk Accord - YouTube

Russia’s investigators say no grounds for Ukrainian woman pilot’s release from custody - TASS

VIDEO (English): Update on the captured pilot Nadiya Savchenko with Vira Savchenko, Nadiya’s sister - Ukraine Crisis Media Center

POLL: 82% of Russians think that foreign journalists criticises Putin because they want to destroy Russia - Shaun Walker on Twitter

White House Confirms Computer System Cyber Attack -

Security Firms Tie Russian Government to Utilities Hacks - Bloomberg

VIDEO: Did Russians hack W.H. computer network? - CNN


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Iraq/Syria News - Oct 29, 2014

Pentagon: Iraqi Forces Make Gains Against Islamic State -

Pentagon: Destruction of Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq limits its ability to project power and conduct operations -

VIDEO: Pentagon: Despite the damage of recent airstrikes Islamic State is still able to recruit new fighters - DoDNEWS

VIDEO: John Kirby's Pentagon Press Briefing - DoDNEWS

Iraqi army take down Islamic State flag in Jurf al-Sakhr (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online

VIDEO: Iraqi army retakes strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhr - YouTube

Kurdish Peshmerga Takes Control of Three Strategic Roads Near Mosul - BAS NEWS

French warplanes bomb Islamic State camp in Iraq - The Long War Journal

Advanced surface-to-air missile thought to have been supplied to Syrian rebels by Qatar against American wishes has been filmed in the hands of IS jihadists in Iraq - Telegraph

Islamic State has a guide to shoot down Apache helicopters with MANPADS - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Does Islamic Statge Have Anti Aircraft Missiles? - YouTube

Suicide bomb kills 27 Shiite fighters near Baghdad (VIDEO) -

Iraq special ops dismantle Islamic State linked cell in Baghdad - Al-Shorfa

Iraq: Abadi agrees to the creation of a 30,000-strong force of volunteers against Islamic State in Anbar -  ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

US airdrops aid for Sunnis under Islamic State's aggression in western Iraq: Pentagon -

U.S. official urges allies to combat Islamic State ideology indoctrinating disaffected young Muslims- AP

Anbar tribal campaign aims to destroy Islamic State books - Al-Shorfa

Joint US-UAE task force to choke off Islamic State funding - The National

US war on Islamic State costing $US8.3 million a day -

Analysis: A month ago, Islamic State’s advance looked unstoppable. Now it’s been stopped. - Vox

Obama White House did little to stop 'The Rise of ISIS,' says 'Frontline' documentary - Yahoo News

Soufan report offers new detail on scope and scale of Islamic State - Marshable

REPORT: Ordered Chaos: The Structure of The Islamic State - The Soufan Group

Islamic State’s Political-Military Power in Iraq - Combating Terrorism Center at West Point


Kurdish Peshmerga troops arrive in Turkey en route to fight Islamic State militants in Kobani - AP

VIDEO: Peshmerga head for Syria's Kobane to fight Islamic State - YouTube

Hostage John Cantlie 'news report' video says Islamic State close to taking Kobani - LA Times

VIDEO: Hostage John Cantlie 'news report' video says Islamic State close to taking Kobani - YouTube

Iran accuses Turkey of prolonging civil war in Syria and supporting "terrorist groups"- Yahoo News

Turkey disagrees with US, Russia, Iran on Syria: Erdoğan - hurriyetdailynews

Turkey wants anti-Assad FSA rebels to control Kobane: PM - Yahoo News

Syrian Kurds Reject FSA Involvement in Kobani Battle - SYRIA 360°

Video shows Islamic State fighters talking with Turkish border guards (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Daily Mail Online

Interview: SPIEGEL ONLINE met up with an Islamic State recruiter in Turkey - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The Secret Life of the Islamic State Chechen Warlord - The Daily Beast

Nusra Front, maybe with Islamic State help, seizes territory from another Syrian rebel group - THE DAILY STAR

U.S. wants Syria rebels to fight IS not Assad, sees them in political not military solution: Asharq al-Awsat newspaper - THE DAILY STAR

Lebanese military foil part of Islamic State-Nusra scheme to establish Islamic emirate - THE DAILY STAR

Lebanon’s pot farmers gear up for a fight with Islamic State - The Washington Post


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Ukraine News - Oct 28, 2014

Ukraine's Pro-Western Parties Win Parliamentary Elections, Open Coalition Talks -

With 75.% of the Votes Counted Popular Front Edges Ahead of Poroshenko Bloc, Svoboda Out in Ukraine's Parliamentary Elections - Interpreter_Mag

OSCE observers give Ukraine election a clean bill of health - Reuters

VIDEO: OSCE Says Ukraine Elections 'Free And Fair' -

OSCE full statement on the Ukraine elections - OSCE

Pro-Russian Separatists spurn polls in Ukraine -AFP

'Party of War’ Winning Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections: Donesk Separatist Prime Minister - RIA Novosti

Kharkiv, Luhansk, Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk regions prefer Russia leaning Opposition Bloc -

CHART: How the Donbass voted: Opposition Bloc 33.30% Petro Poroshenko Bloc 19.20% Communist Party 10.00% Popular Front 6.90% Samopomich 6.60% -

Turnout in parliamentary polls in south-eastern Ukraine reached 41%, 11% lower than in other regions: CEC - TASS

Analysis: Pro-Western election will not heal Ukraine's divisions, Poroshenko will have to compromise with Yatsenyuk which advocates a tougher line with Russia and separatists - dpa news

Right Sector leader winning in his one-seat constituency in Dnipropetrovsk region - TASS

Detained Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko Loses Appeal in Russia, Expects Seat in Ukrainian Parliament - Interpreter_Mag

Two government soldiers killed in ambush on Ukrainian checkpoint in Lugansk, artillery shelling in Mariupol - APA

Heavy shelling breaks out near Donetsk after Ukraine poll - DW.DE

VIDEO (Russian): Separatist forces vow to continue fighting for Donetsk airport - YouTube

Russian crooner Kobzon sings with separatist leader Zakharchenko in Donetsk - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Zakharchenko Sings with Joseph Kobzon - YouTube


Lavrov: Russia ready to recognize Ukrainian parliamentary election results - TASS

Lavrov: Russia Hopes Ukraine Authorities Adopt Peaceful Approach in Dealing with the Separatists - RIA Novosti

Lavrov: Moscow to recognize results of Nov 2 elections held by separatists in Luhansk, Donetsk People’s Republics - TASS

Obama charges Russia with interference in Ukraine elections, says U.S. will not recognize the Nov 2 elections in separatist areas - Washington Times

Statement by the President on Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine - The White House

Ruble Drops as Pro-EU Groups Win Ukraine - Businessweek

Russia economy slows as Ukraine crisis bites: official data - Yahoo News

UBS Executive: Sanctions Pain on Russia Has Only Just Begun - WSJ

Russian Brain Drain Saps Talent as Sanctions Hit Financing - Bloomberg

Russian Military On The Move On The Ukrainian Side Of The Donetsk Border (PHOTO, VIDEO) - Interpreter_Mag

Russia bringing in new batches of volunteer-mercenaries at Donetsk airport? (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war

Russian Uragan/Smerch/Tornado team caught on satellite images in Donetsk? (PHOTOS) - Ukraine@war

Was Ukraine shelled with Smerch rockets from Russian territory? - Ukraine@war

Poland planning a major realignment of its military structure because of the conflict in neighboring Ukraine - ABC News

Exclusive: US Embassy in Moscow Faces Cold War-Era Harassment - ABC News

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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 25, 2014

Pentagon: “The coalition continues to gain both momentum and strength and we know we’re having a direct effect on Islamic State -

VIDEO: Hagel: Islamic State Strategy Working - DoD Videos

VIDEO: Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby Briefing - DoDNEWS Videos

VIDEO: Pentagon says 1,700 bombs dropped in Iraq and Syria - YouTube

At least 500 Islamic State militants killed in US-led strikes in Syria, observer group says - The Boston Globe

US airstrike obliterate Islamic State' banner and Kurdish fighters raise their own (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online

VIDEO: Air strike targets Islamic State militants on a hill in Kobane obliterating their flag - YouTube

Islamic State said to be using chlorine bombs in Syria and Iraq - AP

FBI warns news outlets that group affiliated with Islamic State is targeting journalists - The Washington Post

POLL: 2 of 3 Americans say Islamic State threat is important - AP

Airstrikes against Islamic State diminish oil financing but more is needed to end the group's reign of terror -

Cutting off Islamic State' cash flow, the U.S. government’s assessment of the terror group' finance and a strategy to counter it - Brookings Institution

U.S. warns of sanctions on buyers of Islamic State oil, threatens Kurdish and Turkish middlemen - ekurd

How Long Will Islamic State Last Economically? - Oye Times

Jihadist training camps proliferate in Iraq and Syria - The Long War Journal

The White Shroud: A Syrian Resistance Movement to the Islamic State - Syria Comment


Syrian Kurdish factions unite over Islamic State threat, reach an agreement to share power after years of disputes - Middle East Eye

VIDEO (Kurdish): Barzani’s statement after the signed agreement of the Kurdish parties - YouTube

Interview of PYD leader Salih Muslim after the signed agreement of the Kurdish parties -

PYD leader's assessment of the fight agaist Islamic State in Kobani - Yahoo News

"We do not have organic links with the PKK...The PYD doesn't take orders from anyone", PYD leader says - Daily Sabah

150 Peshmerga will go to Kobani: Erdogan - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Peshmerga forces won’t receive order from YPG: minister - Kurdpress News Aganecy

The White House online Petition to officially arm YPG may have a Tallying Glitch - ekurd

Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with Free Syrian Army rebels to aid besieged Kobani, "no such agreement has been reached yet" - Reuters

Syria Kurds say Free Syrian Army rebels should focus on fighting Islamic State elsewhere, not Kobani - ekurd

Rebels plead for U.S. military help against Assad forces closing on Aleppo, deny that they are sending 1,300 troops to Kobani -

Here is the Aleppo FSA military council denying sending troops to Kobane, this follows lots of criticism from locals - lou zay on Twitter: “

Zahran Aloush (Jaysh al-Islam/Islamic Front leader) rejects all media reports that he's sending troops to Kobane - Ibn Nabih on Twitter

Syrian Rebels Oppose New U.S. War Strategy -

U.S.: Rebel force in Syria to be built from scratch, building an opposition capable of mounting offensive operations against Islamic State militants will take at least a year -


Erdoğan: US carried out airdrops to Kobani despite Turkish objection -

Airdrops to Kobani not wrong at all, US says after Erdoğan's criticism -

US reiterates PYD is not terrorist after Erdoğan's critical remarks -

Turkey's U.S. relations show strain as Washington's patience wears thin - Reuters

PYD leader accuses Turkey of allowing ISIS militants into Kobane - Al Akhbar English

Turkish PM reiterates: CHP, HDP collaborators of Assad’s cruelty - hurriyetdailynews

Report: Suspect in assasination attempt on Danish writer released in Turkey -

Danish PM: Turkey must face repercussions over suspect's release -


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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 23, 2014


Pentagon: 1 airdrop of 28 bundles of weapons to Kurds intercepted by Islamic State in Kobani, not enough to advantage the enemy -

VIDEO: Islamic State Intercepted Supplies From U.S. Airdrop - YouTube

US working closely with Kurds to save Kobani, report says - Fox News

PYD not terrorist under US law: Washington - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Pentagon: Six more airstrikes near Kobani in support of Operation Inherent Resolve -

VIDEO: Huge Blasts Rock Kobani in Effort to Oust Islamic State - NBC

The Administration Goes All In On Kobani -

Pentagon: Kurds hold majority of Syria's Kobani town, Islamic State stalled - ekurd

VIDEO: John Kirby, Pentagon Full Press Briefing - DoDNEWS

TRANSCRIPT: Department of Defense Press Briefing by Admiral Kirby -

Islamic State video shows jihadis on patrol in Kobane as US warplanes circle overhead (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Daily Mail Online

Possible Islamic State Chemical Attack On Kurdish Civilians In Kobani -

PHOTOS: Doctors release these photos about symptoms of a possible chemical attacks in Kobani - Kobane News ! on Twitter

Islamic State used chemical weapons in Kobane, says American fighting with Kurds in Syria (VIDEO) -

AUDIO (Arabic): Dr Dara Mahmud on Claims of Chemical Attacks in Kobane - Kobane News ! on Twitter

Interview with the President of Syrian Kurdistan's Kobani Canton Anwer Muslim - ekurd


Kurdish parliament approves the proposal to send its Peshmerga to support under-armed Kurdish fighters in Kobane - Rudaw

Kurdish presidency: Peshmerga to fight in Kobane “within days”, will be operating heavy weapons - Rudaw

Report: KRG to initially send 200 peshmerga fighters to KobanI -

Syrian Kurdish parties are close to make deal: Salih Muslim - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Syria says giving military and logistic support to Kurds in Kobani, supplying ammunition and arms to the town - AFP

Syria claims it destroyed jets seized by Islamic State as they were landing at Jarrah airbase in the eastern countryside of Aleppo - AP

Syria air force strikes 200 times in 36 hours: monitor - Reuters

No Mercy: Islamic State, Father Stone to Death Daughter for Alleged Adultery in Hama, Syria - International Business Times

VIDEO: Islamic State, Father Stone Daughter to Death for Adultery in Hama -

Dutch and German Biker Gangs Arrive in Kobani to Fight Islamic State -

Internet sensation Syrian girl who posts her views on IS, al-Assad, and the US (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online

Meet Syria's answer to Kim Kardashian - Metro News


Erdoğan: I don’t understand why Kobani is so strategic for US, weapons airdrop is wrong because it was seized by Islamic State - todayszaman

Kurds Accuse Turkish Government of Supporting Islamic State - Reuters

Kurdish exiles of Kobani, Syria, doubt Turkey's promise of help - LA Times

VIDEO: Kurds' anger at Turkey as Kobane battle rages on - BBC News

PYD not on Turkey's terrorist list, report reveals -

Turkey unveils stringent new anti-protest laws - Yahoo News

HRW says security bill would reverse reforms, should be rejected -

TV reporter Serena Shim killed days after she claimed Turkish intelligence services had threatened her (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online

Iranian TV Says Death Of Journalist In Turkey Is 'Very Suspect' -

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Libya News - Oct 22, 2014

Three Years After Gadhafi's Death, Libya Slides Into Civil War -

VIDEO: Libya On The Brink Of New Civil War - Fox News

Libya Tobruk-based parliament allies with renegade general Haftar, struggles to assert authority - Reuters

Libyan army advancing in Benghazi: spokesman - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Operation Dignity expects Benghazi battles to end in a week as further reinforcements arrive -

Benghazi Medical Centre struggles to keep up as 75 bodies arrive in five days -

VIDEO: Libya PM Thinni requesting foreign ‘logistical support’ to overcome conflict -

Near Benghazi, Libya's army liberates a ghost town - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Near Benghazi Libya's army liberates a ghost town - Frequency

Libya's persecuted Tawergha people displaced for the 2nd time amid Benghazi clashes -

VIDEO ARCHIVE: Islamic militants resist general Haftar’s offensive in Benghazi - YouTube

VIDEO ARCHIVE: Ansar al Sharia Seize Libyan Special Forces Base In Benghazi - YouTube

Libya's Tobruk government calls on army to 'liberate' Tripoli - Middle East Eye

Libya Dawn are Muslim Brotherhood who receive orders from masters abroad: PM Thinni -

Three Years After Gaddafi’s Death Government and Militias Compete for a Share of Oil Revenues -

ARCHIVE: Tripoli’s new rulers take over Libya government, oil company websites - Reuters

ARCHIVE: Two rival Libyan governments claim to control oil policy - Reuters


UN: Islamic State already in Libya and expanding -

Islamic State, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb enter Libya through neighbouring states: PM Thinni -

VIDEO: Libya’s Islamist militants parade with Islamic State flags in Derna - YouTube

Analysis: Islamic State expands in Libya - Al-Monitor

The Islamic State's First Colony in Derna, Libya - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Public lashings follow Derna “Sharia Court” verdicts -

Islamic State to launch Sat-TV station in Libya: Herald -


EU calls for a political solution in Lybia, urges all parties to observe an unconditional ceasefire. - Libya Business News

EU Council Conclusions on Libya -

VIDEO: US Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones speaks to CNN about the current situation in the country - CNN

In surprise Libya trip, U.N. chief calls for halt to fighting - Al Arabiya News

VIDEO: UN and EU speak out on escalating conflict in Libya - YouTube

UN Special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon interview with Alarabiya’s Panorama program - United Nations Support Mission in Libya

Rival Libyan PM meets Turkish envoy in first known meeting with foreign visitor - Reuters

Gaddafi cousin hopes to participate in Libyan peace talks - Yahoo News

Libyan tribal leaders gather in Cairo for unity talks - Daily News Egypt

Egypt, Sudan to coordinate on Libya unrest - Yahoo News

Foreign minister: Egypt will not deal with Libya’s Islamists, "We will only deal with the House of Representatives” - dpa news


Libya-Goldman clash sheds light on formerly secretive fund -

How Goldman's Libya case could disrupt derivatives -

ARCHIVE: Libya’s Sovereign Fund and Goldman Sachs Clash in Court -

ARCHIVE: Libyans ‘taken for a ride’ by Goldman Sachs, court hears -

ARCHIVE: Goldman Sachs 'charmed Gadaffi-era sovereign wealth fund employees with girls and alcohol' in trip to Morocco - The Independent

ARCHIVE: SEC Official Backs Libya Fund’s Claim Against Goldman, According to Court Documents - WSJ

ARCHIVE: Goldman Ordered to Pay Some Costs in Libya Case -


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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 20, 2014

US Airdrops Arms to Kurds in Syrian Town of Kobani - Foreign Policy

PYD Syrian Kurds say US discussed arms supplies in direct talks - Rudaw

US confirms sharing intelligence with Syrian Kurds against Islamic State - Kurdpress News Aganecy

US officials in contact with Syrian Kurds “for more than two years”: PYD spokesman - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Kobane's YPG Kurds confirm coordination between them and factions of the Free Syrian Army - Rudaw

Statement of YPG General Command on Kobani and fight against IS, affirming its coordination with factions of the Free Syrian Army - Mutlu Civiroglu

More on the FSA factions helping Kurds in fight against IS militants - Middle East Eye

We won't stop any one from defending Kobani: Salih Muslim - Kurdpress News Aganecy

FSA 1st Dawn Brigade says controls parts of Kobane in video (VIDEO) - Al Arabiya News

Fifteen-year-old boy taken captive with suspected jihadist 'shot in the head by FSA Revolutionaries of Raqqa Brigade fighting against Islamic State - The Independent

VIDEO: Here’s what's likely the child Islamic State fighter reportedly executed after being captured by the FSA faction in Kobane - Brown Moses on Twitter


Islamic State incurs heavy losses in battle for Syrian border town Kobane - The National

Kurds: Four areas liberated from Islamic State gangs in Kobanê - ANF

VIDEO: Kurdish fighters 'recapture' parts of Kobani - YouTube

Dozens of Islamic State mortars, two car bombs pound Kobane - Al Jazeera America

There are still IS forces in Kobani: journalist tells Kurdpress - Kurdpress News Aganecy

VIDEO: This is allegedly a video that shows one of IS car bombs in security zone of Kobane today. Huge explosion - Jenan Moussa on Twitter

IS commits ‘fatal’ blunders in Kobane battle: Analyst - Al Arabiya News

My sources inside Kobane confirms: 5000 civilians are cut from food and water as we speak, caught in the middle between fighting factions - Mudar Zahran on Twitter

YPJ fighter: Aid corridor for Kobane civilians is essential - ANF

Islamic State Group Destroys Three Kobani’s Hospitals and All Ambulances - teleSUR

‘Even animals don’t do it’: Kobani siege survivors on Islamic State brutality (VIDEO) - RT News

Syrian Kurds found vile image of baby girl being 'beheaded' on phone taken from dead IS militants - ekurd

Syrian Kurdish female 'Lions' warriors terrorising Islamic State: The real story of Narin Afrini - ekurd

IS Attacks Kurdish Town of Serêkanîye - BAS NEWS

IS chief Baghdadi's video 'being reviewed' by U.S. intelligence (VIDEO, English Subtitles) - Al Arabiya News


Erdogan opposes transfer of US arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State, "PYD is for us equal to PKK. It is a terror organization" -

No way for change to Öcalan’s prison conditions: President Erdoğan - hurriyetdailynews

Islamic State foiled in attempt to kidnap FSA leader in Turkey, raising questions on Ankara’s readiness to stop jihadists in its soil - Telegraph

200,000 Syrian Kurds find a cold reception as they flee Kobani across border into Turkey - The Independent

Camp on the Turkish-Syrian Border Funded by Kurdistan for Kobane Refugees - Rudaw

VIDEO: Kurds say Turkey stops people returning to Kobane - CNN

YPG member Dilek remanded in Turkey before treatment completed - ANF

Second Democracy and Peace Conference begins in Turkey under the slogan “We salute the Kobanê resistance” - ANF

Senior AKP deputy slams Erdoğan, his party over Kurdish policies: BBC - hurriyetdailynews

Dropping of Dec. 17 probe draws widespread criticism -

New government-drafted bill to further suppress dissidents -

UK finally sanctions Qatari terror funder, 10 months after US - RT UK

Lebanon pulled into war with Islamic State - Al Arabiya News


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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 18, 2014


Kurds are repelling Islamic State attack on Kobani with help of US air strikes - The Independent

Kurds: Islamic State 'being driven out of Syria's Kobane’ - BBC News

VIDEO: Islamic State pushed back with help of U.S. airstrikes in Kobani -

Rights Group: More Than 600 Killed on Both Sides in Fight for Kobani - VOA

Kobani fight an opportunity to blunt Islamic State, general says -

VIDEO: Pentagon: Expanded airstrikes show desired effects against Islamic State - YouTube

VIDEO: Full Pentagon Briefing On Operation Inherent Resolve Against Islamic State - DoD News

Kobani key to US strategy against Islamic State - Yahoo News

Why The Fight Against IS In Kobani Matters -

Islamic State Militants Have Been Flying 3 Captured Warplanes Over Syrian Airport, Witnesses Say - Reuters

The Islamic State operating fighter aircraft, fact or fiction? - Oryx Blog

VIDEO: Expert: decades-old warplanes stand almost no chance against the modern ones of the US-led coalition - Fox News

VIDEO: This video shows the jets captured at Jarrah airbase last November by Jaish al Islam now used by the Islamic State - Brown Moses on Twitter

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula portrays US-led bombing campaign as 'Crusade' against Islam - The Long War Journal

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula Statement: Solidarity with the Islamic State - Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Foreign Fighters Bring Their Kids To Join IS, But Moms Are Fighting Back -


In policy shift, U.S. opens direct talks with Syrian Kurds - McClatchy DC

VIDEO: State Department: U.S. holds first direct talks with Syrian Kurdish PYD party - Ohaber

Syrian Kurds Gain Importance In Campaign Against Islamic State -

Syrian Kurdish official calls for antitank weapons for Kobani - The Boston Globe

Syrian Kurdish parties to reach an Agreement on Rojava, which will be a principle for governing jointly in Syrian Kurdistan - BAS NEWS

Interview with Ibrahim Biro, secretary-general of the Union Kurdish Party in Syria: Syrian Kurds seeking unity in face of ISIS threat - Rudaw

Kurdistan Parliament Wants KRG to Recognize Kurdish Syrian Cantons - BAS NEWS

Peshmerga train Syrian Kurd fighters in northern Iraq - Worldbulletin News

Peshmerga head speaks of struggle against IS - Al-Monitor


Exclusive: Turkey OK’s American drones for reconnaissance to monitor Islamic State, but does not allows the use of manned aircraft - Daily Beast

Air strikes against Islamic State in Kobani are just a PR exercise, Turkey says - National Post

Turkey will not allow its citizens to fight in Kobane: PM Davutoğlu - hurriyetdailynews

Ankara outlines border of possible ‘safe zone’ inside Syria (MAP) -

Islamist Terrorists Are Quiet Neighbor for Turkey 20 Miles From Kobani - Bloomberg

Kurdish militants warn of “violent conflict” if Turkish police given more powers - Rudaw

Turkey, Qatar Complicate Operation Against IS: Special Report - Fox News Channel

UNSC failure a strong message to Turkey on its faulty foreign policy -

Turkey's massive corruption case dropped by prosecutor - hurriyetdailynews

HSYK inspector requests prosecutor Akkaş be barred from profession, He carried out an investigation into the corruption scandal - todayszaman


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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 16, 2014

Air raids slow Islamic State advance around Syria's Kobani: US military - AFP

Kurdish fighters take back swathes of Kobane as US step up airstrikes (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) - Daily Mail Online

Pentagon: Strikes near Kobani have killed hundreds of Islamic State fighters - The Washington Post

Syrian Kurds say giving targets for U.S. strikes near Kobani - Reuters

U.S. Airstrikes Cut Islamic State Oil Production by 70 Percent - Businessweek

VIDEO: Special presidential envoy General John Allen briefs reporters on U.S. efforts to combat IS militants in Iraq and Syria -

VIDEO: The U.S.-led coalition launches fresh air strikes on Islamic State in and around Kobani - Reuters

Obama 'Deeply Concerned' by IS Advances in Kobane - VICE

Remarks by the President After Meeting with Chiefs of Defense - The White House

C.I.A. Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels -

U.S. won’t work with current Syrian rebel groups to battle Islamic State - Columbus Ledger Enquirer


Kurdish leaders meet to end feud and save Kobane - Rudaw

Appeal on Kobane by the newly established Joint Diplomatic Committee of several Kurdish political parties - Peace in Kurdistan

US won’t support Syrian Kurds as long as they are divided: official - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Barzani: It is very important for us as Kurds to show the world a united front, No difference between Kobane and Erbil - Kurdish Question

Kurdistan Parliament Invites Kurdish Syrian Cantons to Erbil - BAS NEWS

Iraqi Kurds say sent arms to Kobani; Syrian Kurds say they didn't arrive because Turkey would not open the transit corridor - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Iraqi Kurds to sends weapon to Kurdish fighters in Kobani in the next 24 hours, “If Turkey doesn’t respond in positive, then the weapons will be sending by planes” - BAS NEWS

France will keep delivering arms to Kurdish Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State group - Fox News

Syrian Kurds Press Hundreds of Young Men Into Army - ABC News

Dutch biker gang grabs rifles, joins Kurds in fight against ISIS - Fox News


Syrian Kurds claim wounded fighters stranded at Turkish border, Three died while Turkish border guards refused to let them in - todayszaman

Turkey says only Syrian refugees can cross border to Kobane, but Turkish and other nationals would not be allowed - Yahoo News

Turkish opposition wants 'volunteers' in Kobani, slams President Erdogan for equating PKK with the Islamic State - Worldbulletin News

VIDEO: Turkey’s Border War (Dispatch 1) - VICE News

France calls on Turkey to open border with Kobani - Worldbulletin News

Syria harshly criticizes Turkey on buffer zones - hurriyetdailynews

160 Kobane Kurds detained in Turkey still on hunger strike -

İstanbul rattled by signs of IS support - todayszaman

Did Islamic State open ‘consulate’ in Turkey? - WND

Turkey eyes new police powers after pro-Kurdish protests - THE DAILY STAR

Families tell grim story of three Turkish youths killed and mutilated by Kurds - Worldbulletin News

PKK reports first Turkish air strikes against it in two years - Rudaw


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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 14, 2014

U.S., Saudi Arabia Continue to Conduct Airstrikes Against Islamic State in Kobani -

Airstrikes against IS militants in Kobani jointly manned by Iraqi Kurdistan region and US air force with information provided by PYD - BAS NEWS

VIDEO: U.S. Air Strikes Create Huge Smoke Cloud Over Kobani - YouTube

Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani: We have sent weapons to Kobane - Kurdish Question

Kurds Meet to Form a Joint Military Force of All Parties in Syria, This is a Condition of the US for Arming the Fighters - BAS NEWS

Woman fighter leads battle against Islamic State in Syria' Kobane (PHOTOS) - Daily Mail Online

VIDEO: Female Kurdish fighters inside Kobani -

Women Fight IS and Sexism in Kurdish Regions -

PYD rounds up conscripts for battle against Islamic State - Rudaw

Hundreds of European Kurds join Peshmerga and YPG - Rudaw

Petition urges US to arm Kobani Kurds against Islamic State - APA

Kurdish Protesters Got Arrested While Marching for Kobane in London - VICE United Kingdom

Liwa Thuwar Raqqa (ex-Jabhat al-Nusra affiliate) working w/ YPG against IS in Kobani - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi on Twitter

FSA Northern Storm Brigade's statement against the Kurds in Kobane -

IS now under attack from White Shroud guerillas in Syria - Daily Mail Online


Witnesses Describe Alleged Jihadist Horror in Kobane, Atrocities Include Beheadings, Amputations, Eye Gouging -

Islamic State now controls half of Kobane including the cultural centre: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights -

MAP, PHOTOS: Map of the IS and YPG positions in Kobane, Photos of the Cultural Centre - BARE NAKED ISLAM

Three Islamic State suicide attacks hit Kobane - Reuters

PHOTOS: IS suicide bomber Abu Nouh strikes PKK/PYD strongholds with his VBIED truck in Kobane - أبو مصطفى الأنباري on Twitter

Gruesome photos may show IS using chemical weapons on Kurds, report says - Fox News

MERIA Special Report: Did IS Use Chemical Weapons Against the Kurds in Kobani (PHOTOS)? -

In the New Issue of its Dabiq Magazine, Islamic State Officially Admits to Enslaving Yazidi Women - Syria Comment

Full text of the fourth installment of IS official publication Dabiq, This issue is titled “The Failed Crusade” -

Iraq: Forced Marriage, Conversion for Yezidis (VIDEO) - Human Rights Watch

Genocide: 10 Reasons Why Ezidis Refuse to Return to Shingal - The Kurdistan Tribune

With the Syrian Army at Adra, Shell-Shocked Syrian Town Freed After Savage Jihadist Massacre - CounterPunch


Ankara denies reaching agreement on İncirlik with US, granting use of the air base for military operations against the Islamic State - todayszaman

Turkish foreign minister says corridor allowing weapons and fighters from Turkey to help Kobane is ‘unrealistic': France 24 - Yahoo News

Exclusive: interview of Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu with FRANCE 24 - YouTube

Erdoğan: Wiping out IS not enough, Assad the real target - Daily Sabah

Erdogan slams modern 'Lawrence of Arabias' in MidEast - THE DAILY STAR

Turkish troops allegedly threaten YPG at border - ANF

Huge amount of explosives ‘that could destroy a city’ seized in southeast Turkey, Police are considering the possibility that it could belong to IS - hurriyetdailynews

Kurdish Rebels Assail Turkish Inaction on IS as Peril to Peace Talks -

VIDEO: Kobane strains Turkey’s fragile Kurdish peace process - France 24

Turkish PM: Government to toughen measures against street violence - hurriyetdailynews

Three German reporters freed after arrest while covering a pro-Kurdish protest  - ekurd

Report: Little sympathy in Istanbul for Kurds amid IS group aggression (VIDEO) - France 24

Barzani: Turkey sent secret arms shipment to Kurdistan, “In fact, we expected more from Turkey compared to what they did” - BAS NEWS

Turkey, Saudi Arabia giving terrorists WMDs, Syria claims - RT News



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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 11, 2014

Islamic State advances deeper into Kobani, taking almost complete control of an area where the local Kurdish administration is based - Reuters

Islamic State shells border crossing to close the noose around the Kobane, prevent anyone from entering or leaving the town - todayszaman

Islamic State brings in heavy weapons and fighters from Raqqa and elsewhere for an intensified assault on Kobane - Rudaw

SOHR: U.S. led coalition aerial strikes have not prevented Islamic State from bringing munitions from Aleppo and al Raqqa - SOHR

Fight for Syria Town Kobani at 'Standstill' After New U.S. Air Strikes on Friday: Pentagon - NBC News

VIDEO: Unofficial Islamic State news account showing heavy street-to-street fighting in Kobane -

VIDEO: More Footage From Kobane in Areas under Islamic State Control - YouTube

VIDEO: From Inside Kobane: The Aftermath of Airstrikes on Islamic State -

FSA unit fighting alongside Kobane Kurds against Islamic State, Interview with the field commander of Raqqa's Revolutionaries Brigades - NOW

The Dawn of Freedom Brigades, a participant in the fight against IS in Kobani: Analysis and Interview - Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

VIDEO:Dawn of Freedom Brigades today target IS positions in east of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) city w/mortar rounds - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi

US back-channel talks with PYD - Kurdpress News Aganecy

US Says Priority Is Islamic State In Iraq, Not Kobani - Sky News

Analysis - Kobani's fall would be symbolic setback for Obama Syria strategy - Reuters

A Kurdish Alamo: Five Reasons the Battle for Kobane Matters - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


UN envoy urges Turkey to let Kurds cross into Syria to battle Islamic State, warns many "will most likely be massacred" if Kobani falls - MC Clatchy

War for Kobane: 13,000 terrified Kurds trapped between Islamic State and Turkish border - Telegraph

Syrian Kurdish leader calls on Turkey to allow its territory to be used for passing weapons to Kurdish fighters defending Kobane- GlobalPost

Kurds surrounded by Islamic State militants risk running out of ammo as Turkey controls Kobani’s last escape route - National Post

Asya Abdullah calls for ‘aid corridor’ - ANF

We cannot help Kobani until there is no cooperation between Ankara and Erbil: PUK leading official - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Hagel: US wants use of Incirlik Air Base in fight against Islamic State - Stripes

Turkey to support training, equipping Syrian opposition: U.S. - THE DAILY STAR

Turkey’s top soldier to skip US-hosted IS meeting - hurriyetdailynews


Death toll of Kurdish unrest in Turkey climbs to 37, with 351 injuries and more than 1,000 detentions: interior minister - hurriyetdailynews

PM accuses CHP leader of ‘treason' in Kobani row, wants him to hush - todayszaman

VOA Exclusive: Turkish Troops Fire on Kurdish Protesters - VOA

VIDEO: VOA Exclusive: Turkish Troops Fire on Kurdish Protesters - YouTube

VIDEO (Raw): Videos reportedly showing protesters being shot in Dargeçit, southeast Turkey - Brown Moses on Twitter

Syrian group fired at Turkish troops on border, military says - todayszaman

VIDEO: Turkish police shouts ''long live ISIS'' to Kurdish protesters - Bertramus on Twitter

PHOTO: Abu Hanzala, claimed to be spiritual leader of IS in Turkey, released from prison today - ilhan tanir on Twitter

VIDEO: IS leader Abu Hanzala, released by Turkish authorities today, explains the current situation of Syria and the recent attacks against the IS before he was arrested - Elijah J Magnier on Twitter


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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 9, 2014

US-led airstrikes push jihadists back in Syrian town Kobane - AP

YPG says for the first time, the U.S. strikes had some effect - ekurd

IS launches new offensive east of Syria’s Kobane after withdrawing following U.S.-led strikes - Al Arabiya News

Kurdish defence chief: IS sent suicide truck bomber to center Kobane. YPG destroyed truck b4 reaching target - Jenan Moussa on Twitter

VIDEO: Kobane: sustained air attacks by the US-led coalition against fighters from Islamic State - BBC News

VIDEO (Raw): Islamic State getting liquified by US air strike -

PHOTOS: First chilling pictures INSIDE Kobane show IS fighters prowling the deserted streets and their flag still flying - Daily Mail

Tens of thousands of Kurds swamp Obama’s official Facebook page: Save Kobane - Rudaw

Is President Obama Sending in The Cavalry (i.e. Air Strikes) to Save Syrian Kurds? -

Washington's Secret Back-Channel Talks With Syria's Kurdish ‘Terrorists' -

Peshmergas, acc to sources, coordinate location of airstrikes in Kobane btwn coalition & YPG. No direct coordination btwn U.S & YPG - Jenan Moussa on Twitter

John Kerry hints protecting Kobani is not priority - ITV News

VIDEO: John Kerry hints protecting Kobani is not priority - YouTube

UN envoy urges help to defend Kobani - DW.DE

VIDEO: UN’s Syria envoy calls for international action to defend Kobane - YouTube

Syria human rights groups call on world to save embattled town of Kobani from 'Islamic State' -

As They Battle IS For Kurdish Town Kobane, U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Question Support -

VIDEO: the Dawn of Freedom Brigades (rebels working w/ YPG) targeting IS positions in east of Kobani city - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi on Twitter

Saraya Jarabulus: rebel group in NE Aleppo/Kobani area working w/ YPG in 'Euphrates Volcano' against IS - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi on Twitter

"Komele" Kurdish faction quits Syr Rev Front after leadership refused 2 provide them w support to go fight in Kobane against IS - Joshua Landis on Twitter

11 Rules For Journalists Covering ISIS, Issued By IS -


Army imposes curfew after 21 killed in Turkey pro-Kurdish protests over failure to aid besieged Kobane - Yahoo News

Kobani: Anger grows as Turkey’s Kurds are stopped from aiding Syria militias in Kobane (VIDEO) - The Guardian

Kurdish rallies in Turkey turn bloody, (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - RT News

VIDEO (Raw): Pro-Kurd rally turns violent in Istanbul as IS on verge of capturing Kobani - YouTube

Kurdish-led Kobani protests spread to Europe -

VIDEO: Kurds across Europe hold protests calling for more help for Kobani -

Street clashes pitting Kurds against radical Muslims left 23 people wounded in Germany - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Germany: Pro-IS mob attacks Kurdish protesters with MACHETES and KNIVES - YouTube

'Shame on you, Turkey!' Massive protest in London demands protection for Kobani Kurds (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - RT UK

Turkish Inaction on IS Advance Dismays the U.S. -

White House walks back talk of Syria-Turkey buffer zone after France backed the proposal and Kerry said the idea was worth examining - Yahoo News

Pentagon: Turkey's proposed buffer zone not on table - Al Arabiya News

Barzani Asks Turkey to Let Peshmerga Through to Kobani, So far there is no word from Ankara - BAS NEWS

Kurdish leader Salih Muslim met with Turkish officials in Ankara - hurriyetdailynews

Kobane connected to Kurdish peace process in Turkey, HDP says - hurriyetdailynews

Gülen warns against adventurism, using force against Kurds -


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