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Talk Nation Radio: Robert Parry on Syria in Reality and in the New York Times

Robert Parry reports that the New York Times has finally, and quietly, admitted that a key claim pushed in September by the New York Times and Human Rights Watch that nearly took the United States to war in Syria is false. Parry has been the editor of since 1995. He broke stories on Iran-Contra and the October Surprise for AP and Newsweek and other outlets. His books include America's Stolen Narrative: From Washington and Madison to Nixon, Reagan, and the Bushes to Obama.

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Saudi Arabia/Turkey/Syria News - Dec 31


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

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

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

Kingdom, France sign nine bilateral cooperation pacts - Saudi Gazette

PHOTO: Hollande sword dance with the Saudis - Google Search


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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


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


Turkey Biggest Loser in World Stocks as Crisis Persists - Bloomberg


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




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

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

ISIS Storms Shahba Press Office - The Syrian Observer

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

ISIS releases kidnapped FSA officer in Aleppo - THE DAILY STAR


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


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




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

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

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

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


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


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


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




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

Syrian Kurds agree to disagree - Al-Monitor

Syrian Kurds face dilemma following Transitional Administration announcement - BAS NEWS


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


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Syria News - Dec 30


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

More about the Assad letter to the Pope -

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


IDF estimates: 300 Hezbollah operatives killed in Syria - Ynetnews


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


Iraqi MP Reveals Collaboration between Terrorist ISIS, MKO -




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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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




NYT Backs Off Its Syria-Sarin Analysis - Consortiumnews

New Study Refines View of Sarin Attack in Syria -


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


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NY Times Admits Pro-War-on-Syria "Evidence" Pushed by Human Rights Watch and New York Times Was Wrong

For months, the “slam-dunk” evidence “proving” Syrian government guilt in the Aug. 21 Sarin attack near Damascus was a “vector analysis” pushed by the New York Times showing where the rockets supposedly were launched. But the Times now grudgingly admits its analysis was flawed, reports Robert Parry.

Turkey/Syria News - Dec 28


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

Syrian opposition rejects regime oil deal with Russia - GlobalPost

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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Turkey/Syria News - Dec 26


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

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

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

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

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

Turkish PM replaces 10 ministers amid graft inquiry - Reuters


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




Damascus says rebels attacked chemical weapons sites - AFP

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


The Syrian Electronic Army Is at It Again -


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


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


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




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

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

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

Iraq closes border with ally Syria - Al Arabiya News


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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Syria News - Dec 24


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


Jabhat al-Nusra: Now in Lebanon? - NOW


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


Iraq To Tighten Security On Syria Border - Eurasia Review


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




Assad says Syria facing major extremist offensive - THE DAILY STAR

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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




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

Talks between Syrian Kurdish parties continuing - ekurd

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


PKK Agrees with KDP on Four Principal Points - ekurd


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


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




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

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

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


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


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


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Syria News - Dec 23


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


ISIS Recruiting Ex-Iraqi Intelligence Officers - islamicinvitationturkey


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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


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


Draft of project of the Constitution of Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


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


New Kurdish media find their voices in Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd




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

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


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Fiddling while Syria burns

Syria is a swirling cauldron of battles and tragedies as the thirty-day countdown begins for the January 22, 2013 United States-Russia sponsored peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland. (Image)

Syrian government sources reported between 80 and 100 killed in Adra, an industrial town northwest of Damascus.   Al Qaeda aligned Al Nusra rebels and the Saudi sponsored Islamic front entered the town on December 12 after a series of defeats in the surrounding area.  Reports indicate that Christian and Druze Syrians were singled out.  According to local workers, rebels infiltrated factories then began shooting workers.  Workers staged a protest on December 20 demanding a response by the United Nations and support from the International Labor Organization.

Battles between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and rebels heated up in Aleppo, Syria's largest city, and the mountainous Qalamoun region near the border with Lebanon. 

Syria News - Dec 21


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


Damascus defiant on Assad re-election - THE DAILY STAR


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


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


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


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


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


The Political Science of Syria's War -


NYT Replays Its Iraq Fiasco on Syria Chemical Attack - Consortiumnews




Amnesty International accuses ISIS of kidnapping, torture and executions -

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

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

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

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

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

Syria Islamic Militants Go After Opposition Activists - ABC News

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


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


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


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


The Factions of Abu Kamal - Brown Moses Blog


Video raises worries of Britons fighting with Syria militants - Reuters


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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




Syrian Kurds fail to agree on Geneva II - ekurd

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

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


Kurdish Geneva Particpants Announced by KNC - The Syrian Observer


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


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Syria News - Dec 19


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


FSA, Islamic Front pledge to reconcile - THE DAILY STAR


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


Opposition Coalition spokesman resigns - ZAMAN ALWSL 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ISIS Arrests FSA Leader - The Syrian Observer


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham -


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


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


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


Syria’s Saudi Jihadist Problem - The Daily Beast


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


Militants from 70 countries fight in Syria: Report -


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


The Chechen Jihadists fighting in Syria - BBC News


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


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


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




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

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


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


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




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

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

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

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


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


Iran pleased with PYD transitional administration - BAS NEWS


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


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




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


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


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Syria News - Dec 16


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Insurgents in Syria Fight Each Other, Inflict Casualties -


Two Rebel groups reach reconciliation accord - ZAMAN ALWSL 


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


Syria rebel commander freezes to death - AFP


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


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


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


Talks 'ongoing' to free seized nuns in Syria -


Protesters call for nuns’ release outside Turkey embassy - AFP


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


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


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




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

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

US, Turkey to rethink Syria policies - Al-Monitor

Qatar resets its Syria policy - Al-Monitor

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


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


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


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


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


Prominent Shiite cleric backs fighting in Syria - The Washington Post




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

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

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


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


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


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




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

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


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


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


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


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Syria News - Dec 14


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

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

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

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


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


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


Negotiations intensify for release of Syrian nuns - Al-Monitor


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


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




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

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

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

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

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


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


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


ʿAyn al‑ʿArab: PYD closes private schools -


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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

FSA top commander denies fleeing Syria to Qatar -ZAMAN ALWSL

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Muhajireen Battalions in Syria - JIHADOLOGY




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

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

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

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

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


Saudi religious leader condemns suicide attacks - Yahoo News Maktoob


Film taking aim at Saudi monarchy opens in Syria -


Syrian girls advertised for selling in Saudi Arabia -


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


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


Jihadists from Spain in Syria: facts and figures - Elcano


Syrian War Profiteers Gun for Frozen Funds - Al Akhbar English


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


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


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




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

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

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


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


Fast Proof of Nerve Gas in Syria -


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Syria News - Dec 12



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

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

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

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


FSA Statement on the Islamic Front - Syrian National Coaltion


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


VIDEO: ISIS captures area of systems for power generation -


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


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


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




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


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


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


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




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

Syria: Saudi Loses Battle for Damascus - Al Akhbar English

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

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


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


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


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


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


Jarba: Moscow Visit Delayed - Syrian National Coaltion


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


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Syria News - Dec 11

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

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

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

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

VIDEO: A recent message of  Razan Zaitouneh - Foreign Plocy

Spanish journalist, photographer kidnapped by ISIS in Syria - Reuters

Snatched Spanish Reporters Believed Alive: Employer -

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


VIDEO: Militants target Aleppo's main hospital -


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


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


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




Who runs Syria's Kurdish areas? -

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

The Qamishli Front (VIDEO) - Brown Moses Blog


Kurdistan in Last Effort to Reconcile Kurdish Groups in Syria -




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

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

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

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


Hezbollah escalates rhetoric against Riyadh - Al-Monitor


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


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




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

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

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


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


Why Seymour Hersh has it wrong this time - NOW


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


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


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


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


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Syria News - Dec 10


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

Syria regime forces advance in Qalamoun - AFP

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

Hezbollah Commander Killed in Syria fighting - Israel National News

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Bishop: Christians should take up arms in Syria -


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


English translation  of the interview with the 13 nuns - NOW


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


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


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


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




Iraq Forces Clash With Gunmen in Syria Border Area -

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

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

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

VIDEO: Iraq discovers smuggling tunnels at Syria border -

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

Saudi jihadists flow into Syria - Al-Monitor

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


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


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


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


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


Syria’s Jihadists Linked to Organized Crime -


Syria's Foreign Fighters -


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


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


Syria opposition leader says to visit Russia - THE DAILY STAR


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


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




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

Syrian Kurds discuss differences over Geneva II - Al-Monitor

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


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


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


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




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

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

Obama aides deny Syria intelligence story - AP

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


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


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


Delays possible in Syria chemicals weapons mission - The Washington Post



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Whose Sarin?

By Seymour M. Hersh

Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports, culminating in a formal Operations Order – a planning document that precedes a ground invasion – citing evidence that the al-Nusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al-Qaida, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity. When the attack occurred al-Nusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad.


Syria News - Dec 7


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


VIDEO: Jihadis execute other rebel -


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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Syria’s Gulf Brigades - The Middle East Channel


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


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


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


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


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




Activists: Assad used poison gas again - Al Arabiya News

Syria denies claims of new chemical weapons attack - CBS News

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


Syria's Chemical Weapons Munitions Destroyed, Watchdog Says -


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


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


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Syria News - Dec 6


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


VIDEO: Terrorists in Syria Attack Aleppo Kindi Hospital -




NGO: Syria jihadists kidnap 50 Kurds - Al Arabiya News

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

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

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

Tall Tamr: Numerous YPG‑fighters killed by ISIS -

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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


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


Weekly ISIS newspaper hits stands - THE DAILY STAR


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

Saudi female suicide bomber arrives in Syria - i24news


Moroccan family of 5 members fighting in Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL


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


VIDEO: Chechen Fighters in Syria - BBC


Sunni group claims assassination of Hezbollah commander - AFP


Hizballah Leader Nasrallah Declares War on Saudi Arabia -


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


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


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Syria News - Dec 4


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details emerge of life under al Qaida in Syria -


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


VIDEO: ISIS/AQ takes no prisoners -


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




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

Davutoglu Denies Turkey Has Security Forces In Syria -

Turkey, Qatar re-examining policies towards Syria -

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

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

Iran Dismisses Preconditions for Attending Geneva Conference on Syria -

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

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


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


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


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


Hezbollah chief: Saudis behind embassy bombings - Yahoo News


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


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


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


The Future of Syria | Refugee Children in Crisis -


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


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




Kurds seek autonomy in a federal Syria: top official -

Syrian Kurds Want Iraqi Border Crossing Opened - VOA

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

Rojava – Kurdish forces expell Islamist rebels - pietervanostaeyen


The Second Phase in Rojava - The Rojava Report


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


KNC to occupy positions in the Syrian National Coalition


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


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




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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Profiteers become another obstacle to peace in Syria -


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


Rebels say Russian mercenaries helping Assad - ZAMAN ALWSL 


’Israel’ Intervenes in Ghouta Battles -


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


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


VIDEO: Group Of Unarmed Men Executed By Assad Militias -


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




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

VIDEO: Mortar hits de Gaulle school in Damascus - YouTube

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

Syrian rebels enter Christian village near capital - Washington Times

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

Kurdish self-rule in Syria: Disputes and fears -


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


Women Take the Initiative for Rojava - The Rojava Report


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


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




US to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons - ABC News

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

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


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


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


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


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Syria army presses advance near Damascus - THE DAILY STAR

Disillusionment Grows Among Syrian Opposition as Fighting Drags On -

Mortar Round at Historic Syrian Mosque Kills 4 - ABC News

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

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

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

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

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


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


200 Iran drones monitoring Lebanon-Syria border for Hezbollah -


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

VIDEO: Syrian rebels executed by ISIS -

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

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

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

ISIS poses threat to Turkish security - THE DAILY STAR

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


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


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


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


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


Sabotage Affects Power Supply in Aleppo - Prensa Latina News Agency


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


New rebel merger Islamic Front off to modest start - AFP


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


The Brotherhood Plan for Syria - The Majalla Magazine


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


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




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

Syrian Kurds Take Steps Toward Self-Rule - VOA

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

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


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


Al-Nusra Front holds talks with PYD - BAS NEWS


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




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

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


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


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




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

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

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Ambassador Vitaly Churkin – Amanpour - Blogs

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


Syrian Electronic Army hacks TIME magazine over Assad - RT News


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Syria News - Nov 28


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


Obama Signals a Shift From Military Might to Diplomacy -


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


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


Iran Dips Into Nukes Bank to Back Syria - Bloomberg


Friction between Iranian, Syrian soldiers surfaces - THE DAILY STAR


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


Nun emerges as power broker in Syria -


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


Syria foreign trade all but collapses - AFP




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

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

Three killed in mortar attacks in Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL

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

VIDEO: ISIS terrorists execute SAA militias -

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


The Syrian Government is Giving Missiles to Kurdish Separatists - Medium


KRG accuses PYD of “gone beyond limit” - SHOAH


Afrin: PYD organizes demonstration against Barzani -


Amudah: PYD demonstrates against Barzani -


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


Kurdish Congress Stalled Over Issues in Syrian Kurdistan -


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


Turkey border wall highlights Kurdish divisions - THE DAILY STAR


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A Pre-Conspiracy Theory: What If Our Premature Nobel Laureate President’s Having a ’63-Style Kennedy Moment?

By Dave Lindorff

I’m going to engage here in a thought experiment which may make some readers a little queasy, but bear with me.

It’s been half a century since the wrenching experience of having a charismatic young president cut down by bullets in what most Americans apparently still believe was a dark conspiracy by elements of the US government unhappy with the direction he was taking the country in international affairs.

Syria News - Nov 26


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

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

VIDEO: New Syrian Islamic Liberation Front Enters Eastern Ghouta -

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

Hezbollah announces killing of its commander near Damascus - ZAMAN ALWSL

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

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

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

Sixth British jihadist reportedly killed in Syria - The Independent


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


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


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


Aleppo braces for major regime offensive - Al-Monitor


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


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


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


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




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

VIDEO: Omar oil field captured by rebels - YouTube

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

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

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


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


Free Syrian Army former chief missing in Turkey: report -


Swedish journalists reported abducted in Syria - Business Standard


7 Foreign Jihadists kidnapped in Raqqa -ZAMAN ALWSL


Denmark: 80 Danes have joined Syria fight -


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


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


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


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




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

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

Explosions hit Syria's Qamishli -

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

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


Assad Arms Kurdish PYD With Missiles - Pakistani Defence Forum


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


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


VIDEO: Istanbul Protests in Support of Syrian Kurds - Rudaw


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




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

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

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

Syria peace talks set for January 22 in Geneva - Reuters

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


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


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


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


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


Syria’s Reconciliation Minister evades assassination attempt - RT News


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


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Syria News - Nov 23


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The coming 'battle for Qalamoun' - Al-Monitor


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


VIDEO: Iran's Secret Army in Syria - BBC


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


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


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


New Egyptian militia joins Syrian war supporting Assad - ZAMAN ALWSL


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Syria News - Nov 22


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Young Palestinian Refugees Join Jihadists Fighting in Syria -


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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


Report: The Gulf countries and Sectarianism -


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


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


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


Hezbollah actions in Syria endanger Lebanon: president - FRANCE 24


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


Kurds divided over Syrian autonomy - Al-Monitor


Thousands protested against Massoud Barzani in Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


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


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Syria News - Nov 20


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

VIDEO: First footage: Aftermath as powerful blasts rock Iranian embassy in Beirut - YouTube

Profile: Abdullah Azzam Brigades claims credit for attack on Iranian embassy - The Long War Journal

Background: While Hezbollah fights in Syria, al-Qaeda ally emerges in Lebanon -

VIDEO: Qaeda-affiliated Group Abdullah Azzam Brigades threatens Lebanon's Shiites: Revenge ... Soon! - The Arab Digest


VIDEO: We Are Ready To Stand Against The World: Abdullah Azzam - YouTube


Lebanon turning into a decisive battlefront in the Syrian civil war - Haaretz


Nightmare on Syria Street: In Lebanon's northern capital, the Syrian civil war is being fought block by block - Foreign Policy


Syrian troops capture key town Qaraa near Lebanon border - Houston Chronicle


Army of Islam Withdrew from Qaraa and ISIS+Other Jihadist are pissed -


Hezbollah's strategy in Qalamoun - AFP


Two Lebanese killed en route to battle Syria regime - GlobalPost




Syria: Opposition Abuses During Ground Offensive in Christian town Sadad - Human Rights Watch

Syria’s Christians Flee Kidnappings, Rape, Executions at the hands of jihadists and FSA rebels - Daily Beast

UN votes to condemn Syria government rights abuses - AFP

Mother Agnes has pulled out of the Stop the War conference. And yet she would have fitted in so well - Spectator Blogs


Syria Jihadists Hold Press Conference to Apologize for 'Fumbling' Beheading Rollout - Newslo


Rebel mortar fire kills two citizens in central Damascus - AFP


Shariah Authority urges people to report abuses by rebels: Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL


Armed group kidnaps Journalist Ahmed Brimo in Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL




FSA, al Qaeda factions reach peace deal, launch "joint counteroffensives" against Hezbollah and Iranian military positions in and around Aleppo - TheHill

Syria rebel chief Abdelqader Saleh killed in regime strike in Aleppo - AFP

The death of Abdelqader Saleh - Syria Comment

Death of Syrian rebel Abdulkader al-Saleh threatens hold on Aleppo -

Statement: Commander of al-Tawhid Brigades Abdul Qadir al-Saleh Becomes a Fallen Hero - Syrian National Coalition


VIDEO: Liwa al-Tawhid/Unity Brigade General Command Official Statement about top commander Abdelqader Saleh death -


PHOTO: ISIS Leader Eliminated By The SAA in Raqqa -


Report: German footballer-turned-jihadist dies in Syria - Al Arabiya News


Report: Qaeda's leadership is set to declare Jabhat Al-Nusra "Al-Qaeda in Syria" -


Syria rebels in Latakia: al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra in, ISIS out -


Officials deny funds from Kuwait flow to Syria jihadists - THE DAILY STAR


Qaeda Fundraiser Saudi Preacher Relocates to Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL




ISIS threatens Iraqi Kurdistan - elkurd

18 al-Qaeda elements arrested after trying to enter Iraq via Syria - shafaaq.coa

Jabhat Al-Nusra intercepts Iraqi convoy heading towards Homs - Syria Newsdesk

How have Iraqi Kurdish authorities responded to the Syrian civil war? - Council on Foreign Relations


Barzani's threat to attack Jihadists was to position himself as leader of Syria's Kurds: US Expert - Council on Foreign Relations


Erdogan and Barzani cooperating against the revolution in Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


Iran pleased with PYD transitional administration in Syrian Kurdistan - BAS NEWS


Turkey backing off support for jihadists on Syria border - Al-Monitor


47 radical groups attacked Syria Kurds: PYD - Kurdpress News Aganecy




Syria peace talks should focus on fighting 'terrorists': Russia - THE DAILY STAR

Determination of stages, content of transition process in Syria is internal affair of Syria - Lavrov - The Voice of Russia

Ahmad Jarba: Here's why the Syrian National Coalition is willing to join peace talks in Geneva next month -

Al Bahra: We Reject the Intervention of Any International Party in Choosing Geneva II Participants - Syrian National Coaltion


Syrian opposition under American pressure to accept an invitation by Russia to go to Moscow to discuss the peace conference - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Russia Blames Syrian Militants for Aid Supply Problems - RIA Novosti


Syrian Coalition: Red Cross and Red Crescent Work in Regime-Held Areas Only - Syrian National Coalition


Sex tapes scandals of the Syrian opposition (VIDEO) - R22 | News


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