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Syria News - Nov 18


Assad's forces advance in northern Syria towards Aleppo - Reuters

Syrian Army Retakes important towns in Aleppo, Homs and Damascus. Both Salah and Salameh, leaders of largest Aleppo militia, wounded - Syria Comment

Syrian air raid kills rebel commander in Aleppo: activists - Reuters

The Battle of Qalamoun: Syrian troops launch offensive near Lebanon, forcing hundreds to flee across the border - The Washington Post

In Qalamoun Syrian army fights for road needed to remove chemical weapons - Reuters

Syria: Hezbollah concentrate massive forces to join Battle of Qalamoun - Ynetnews

Hezbollah commander killed in Syria - Al Arabiya News

Blast in Damascus kills 31 troops, including four generals - AFP

VIDEO: Blast in Damascus kills 31 troops -

Mortar rounds kill 7, injure several in Damascus - PressTV


Mortar attacks in Damascus cause material damage to 3 churches and school - Syrian Truth | English


Islamic Extremists Sabotage Power Supply in Aleppo - Prensa Latina News Agency


VIDEO: A tour of the aleppo power station recently liberated by freedom fighters -


Syrian army recaptures 3 towns in Homs: statement - Xinhua |


Israeli border village backs Syria's Bashar al-Assad - CBC News


Jarba declines invitation to Russia, cites schedule clash - THE DAILY STAR


Coalition Response to Lavrov: Geneva II must Not be an Attempt to Divert Responsibility - Syrian National Coaltion


Tomah: Interim Government Will Not Hamper Geneva II - Syrian National Coalition




Islamic State in Iraq and Levant Executes Six FSA Militants in Syria, Free Syrian Army demands ISIS leave Latakia - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

VIDEO: Conflict between ISIS and FSA ended lethal, 6 captured FSA fighters executed by ISIS -

A group of religious scholars in Aleppo issues a statement condemning the Islamist State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) - THE DAILY STAR

Kidnapping for ransom has become common between Syrian rebel groups competing for money and weapons -

Syria war leads to rise of kidnappings in Lebanon -

ISIS attacks those who denounce its crimes: activists - Al-Shorfa

Notes on the Growing Struggle between ISIS, Nusra/Ahrar, and other factions of the FSA - Syria Comment

Rift grows between Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS - Al-Monitor

Chechen Leader In Aleppo Talks About Islamic State of Iraq's Expulsion of "Warlord" Hayani - EA WorldView


Zaman Alwasl Reporter in Aleppo is wanted, He is under threat of death by Islamic extremists - ZAMAN ALWSL


There’s an epidemic of journalist kidnappings in Syria – Quartz


al-Raqqa province: Clashes broke out between ISIS and armed men from the al-Sakhani tribe - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Captured Jabhat Al-Nusra Administrative Documents Show Details Of Arms, Foreign Fighters - Brown Moses Blog


Investigating Claims Of Syrian Opposition Members Executing Prisoners - Brown Moses Blog


Social networking sites promote 'jihad duty' for foreigners in Syria -


PHOTOS: Ahrar al-sham members executed after being tortured by ISIS -


VIDEO: The Islamic State Of Iraq And Levant attacked the headquaters of a local Free Syrian Army Brigade in Aleppo -


VIDEO: Aleppo Governorate - ISIL members destruction of historic/religious sites continues -


VIDEO: Syria brutal beheading execution -


VIDEO: Jabhat al-Nusra executing soldier in cold blood (English subtitles) -


VIDEO: More battalions joining up with Army of Islam (Jaysh al Islam) -




Turkey confronts policy missteps on Syria with rise of al-Qaeda across the border - The Washington Post

Turkey resumes exports to Syria - Al-Monitor

Syria to top agenda at Erdogan-Barzani meeting - Al-Monitor

President Barzani Slams PYD in Syria, Rejects Autonomy Declaration - Rudaw

PYD's sphere of influence expanding in Syria - Today's Zaman

Syria: Islamists Seize Kurdish Village - Israel National News


Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s Gatsby, Master Spy - Daily Beast


Expert: About 600 Saudi fighters in Syria - Al Arabiya News


Al-Qaeda in Syria Draws Fighters From U.S. and Europe -


Exclusive: U.S. and Iran Poised to Meet to Tackle Syria Aid Together - The Cable


Brotherhood: U.S. Sends $12 Million to the Syrian Opposition - Conservative Angle


Russian mercenaries fighting in Syria - BLOUIN BEAT


St. Petersburg Sends Contractors to Syria - The Interpreter


The Last Battle of the “Slavonic Corps”: The story of the Russian mercenaries who went to war against Syrian rebels - The Interpreter


Syria Special: The Tragi-Comedy of the Failed Mission of Russia's Military Contractors For Assad - EA WorldView


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Syria News - Nov 15


Iran Adds Military Aid to Syria as Russia Gives Money - Bloomberg

Top Iraqi militia commander killed in Syria - Al Arabiya News

Hezbollah leader vows to keep fighters in Syria, proclaims that victory over the Qaida-linked groups is imperative -

VIDEO: Nasrallah: Hezbollah in Syria for long haul - YouTube

Nasrallah: We fight in Syria to protect Lebanon and Palestine - National News Agency

Sayyed Nasrallah: We Won’t Bargain Existence of Syria for Some Ministerial Posts -

VIDEO (Arabic): Press Conference - Hassan Nasrallah - YouTube


Assad's Army plans to recapture Tamico as Damascus districts fall one by one - ZAMAN ALWSL


Damascus bombs, rebel mortar fire kill three near the outskirts of the historic mosque and bustling market - AFP


Syrian National Coalition Statement: Russia Falsely Accuses Rebels of Shelling Damascus - Syrian National Coalition


Damascus says opposition delusional in demanding Assad quit - Yahoo News


Syrian opposition leaders to discuss Geneva II with armed factions - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Destruction of Syrian chemical weapons proceeding actively - Lavrov - The Voice of Russia


Quitting Over Syria, Many US analysts felt that the evidence for a Syrian government role in the Ghouta chemical attack was subject to interpretation and possibly even fabricated - The American Conservative




Al-Qaeda-linked rebels apologise after cutting off head of wrong person - Telegraph

Extrajudicial “Justice” and the ISIS Decapitation of Ahrar al-Sham fighter Mohammad Marroush: Background and details - THE GUN

Ahrar al-Sham Circulates Wanted Poster for Two Men Involved in Decapitation of Mohhamad Marroush - THE GUN

VIDEO: ISIS holding the head of of Ahrar al-Sham fighter Mohammad Marroush - You Tube

VIDEO: Old video in which Mohammad Marroush energetically praised ISIS - YouTube

Christians 'face extinction' amid sectarian terror, minister warns - Telegraph

Christians in Syria face mounting horrors - Baptist Press

Attacks on Christians as horrific as Kristallnacht against Jews, says MP - Christian Today

Controversial nun speaks out on war in Syria - National Catholic Reporter


Putin calls Assad on Geneva-2, chemical weapons, persecution of Christians - RT News


VIDEO: People in rebel held east Aleppo stage protest against abduction of activists by rebels - YouTube


VIDEO: Video by Syrian journalist Ziad al-Homsi about Douma. He was arrested by ISIS over two weeks ago - YouTube


Al-Qaeda recruiting children, orphans in Syria - Al-Shorfa


Leader of Tawhid Brigade wounded by Assad’s Airstrike - ZAMAN ALWSL


Exclusive: Syria's Salafists to launch political party soon in Istanbul -ZAMAN ALWSL




Kurdish Declaration of Autonomy in Syria Rejected by Turkey, Larger Opposition - Rudaw

Turkey's Davutoğlu: PYD should make clear who it sides with, the Syrian regime or the opposition - Today's Zaman

Turkey interfering with PYD, Muslim claims -

Massoud Barzani pessimistic about Syria's autonomous Kurdish government - ekurd

PYD has authority only on regions ‘given by the al-Assad regime’: Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani -

President Barzani statement about future of Kurds in Syria -

Barzani's visit and Turkey's Kurds - Today's Zaman


Erdoğan seeks Barzani help in Kurdish bid and elections -


Coalition slams PYD as a separatist organization - Syrian National Coalition


Syrian Coalition: Kurdish National Council is a needed addition to the structure of the Coalition - Syrian National Coalition


Disunity could scupper Syria Kurdish region - AFP


U.S. Should Embrace Syrian Kurdistan - Commentary Magazine


al-Hasaka province: Kurdish militia YPG took hold of 18 villages during the past 48 hours - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


The Fight for Syria’s Border Crossings - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


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Syria News - Nov 14


Syrian army captures much of contested suburb of Damascus - Fox News

VIDEO: Hezbollah aids Assad troops recapture Damascus suburb - RT In motion

VIDEO: Update on Syrian Army's Cleansing Operations in Northern Damascus from Barzeh - YouTube

Syria rebels, ISIS and Nusra among them, urge Aleppo mobilisation to halt assault - BBC News

ISIS in Aleppo releases a statement confirming that it has lost many casualties - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

VIDEO: Rebel Forces In Aleppo Uniting Against Assad? - YouTube

VIDEO: Ahrar al sham sends in reinforcements to Aleppo -

Shell kills two in Damascus Christian neighborhood - AFP


9 people killed by mortar attack in Syria's Homs -


The Druze Militias of Southern Syria - Syria Comment


Lebanon: Assassination of pro-Hezbollah sheikh pushes Tripoli to the brink - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Opposition will have to talk to Assad: Hezbollah - THE DAILY STAR


Russia: Syria’s Banker and Arms Supplier - The Interpreter




Syrian Kurds make fresh military gains after declaring self-rule - Reuters

Syrian Kurdish leader claims military gains against Islamists - Reuters

Hasakah province: 5 rebels were killed by clashes with the Kurdish militia YPG by the city of Qamishli - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Syria opposition says armed Kurds 'hostile' - Al Jazeera English

Statement: Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) is an Anti-Syrian Revolution Organization - Syrian National Coalition

Syrian Coalition welcomes the Kurdish National Coalition into its ranks - Syrian National Coalition


US concerned about Kurdish interim administration in Syria: State Department -


Barzani’s Diyarbakır Visit Could be Game Changer for the Kurds - Rudaw


Turkey-Syria border under scrutiny, exposing the ammunition and weapons sent to Syria via Turkey - Al-Monitor


Turkey asks NATO to extend Patriot deployment near Syria border - Yahoo News




Syrian activists flee abuse in al-Qaeda-run Raqqa - BBC News

Al-Qaeda turns Raqqa into a big prison which locals call ‘Tora Bora’ of Syria -

VIDEO: Militants turns church into the headquarters to torture citizens in Raqqa - CNN

The schoolteacher versus al-Qaeda in Raqqa - NOW

Terrorists kill two women they had abducted in Khneifes village - Syrian_truth

ISIS cuts head of Syrian man after saying "shiite slogans" in hospital, Turned out victim is Ahrar Al-Sham rebel (VIDEO) - Twitter / jenanmoussa

Rebel Massacre Signals Turning Point in Syrian War -

Who attacked Ghouta with chemical weapons? – the opposition forces - Human rights investigations


Al Qaeda Affiliated in Syria releases weekly newspaper - ZAMAN ALWSL


Superior Funding, Resources Helping ISIS Pose Threat To 'Moderates' Near Turkey Border - EA WorldView


Private Donors’ Funds Add Wild Card to War in Syria -


UNHCR Refugee Camp in Jordan: Safe Haven for Jihadist Rebels and Arms Shipments into Syria -


Poisonous rivalries between commanders end in defeat for Free Syrian Army - The National


"Ad interim" government of the Syrian opposition: Christians, excluded, protest - Fides News Agency


Muslim Brotherhood in Syria rejects Iranian offer over regime change -


Syrian civil society pushes for role at Geneva II - Al-Monitor


Socioeconomic Monitoring Report of Syria -


Syria conflict draws rising numbers of German jihadists - THE DAILY STAR


Two Danes allegedly die fighting in Syria - The Copenhagen Post


VIDEO: Members of the "Brigade of the Two Holy Mosques" captured a military base at the Golan Heights & Massacred Soldiers Part 1- LiveLeak.coms


VIDEO: Members of the "Brigade of the Two Holy Mosques" captured a military base at the Golan Heights & Massacred Soldiers Part 2 - LiveLeak.coms


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Syria News - Nov 13


Families grieve in Damascus after attack on Christian school, rebel mortar fire has hit shops, churches and homes killing dozens of civilians - Washington Post

VIDEO: Children killed in Damascus mortar attack - RT

A woman killed, 20 other citizens injured by terrorists' mortar shells in Damascus - SANA, Syria

Mortar shells on the center of Damascus: children, civilians and churches affected - Fides News Agency

Syrian troops on offensive in Damascus and Aleppo - Middle East - Al Jazeera English


Boosted by foreign Shi'ite militia, Assad's forces advance on Aleppo - Reuters


FSA brigades, Al-Nusra and the Islamic Ahrar Al-Sham Movement declare "general readiness" in Aleppo - Syria Newsdesk


Jabhat al-Nusra makes bid for public support - Al-Monitor


Syrian Electronic Army's Alleged Attacks Expose Soft Spot -




Western-backed Syrian opposition names cabinet, to operate from Turkey -

Saudi Arabia allocates $300mln to finance Syrian opposition government - The Voice of Russia

Syria rebel 'premier' says order, security top priorities - AFP

List of the Ministers of The Syrian Opposition Interim Government - National Coalition Of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces

29 provisions to regulate Opposition Interim government with Coalition - ZAMAN ALWSL

Free Syrian Army sets terms for Geneva peace talks - AFP


Syria: Army of Islam rejects Geneva II conference - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


VIDEO: Syria Opposition Leader Jarba Talks to the BBC -


How Jihadists Are Blackmailing, Torturing, and Killing Gay Syrians - VICE United States


16 Christian and Shia women found live in tunnel, used as sex slaves by rebels - Syrian Perspective


Western-raised jihadists pouring into Syria could threaten US in future: key lawmaker - Fox News


The sons feared lost to al-Qaida in Syria -


As son heads to Syrian front, family in Germany plots kidnapping to bring him back - The Washington Post


Saudi who fought in Iraq now in Syria - Saudi Gazette


VIDEO: New video message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām: “A Window Upon the Land of Epic Battles #24″ - JIHADOLOGY




Syria's Kurds move towards autonomy with announcement of transitional government - The Independent

Hasakah province: ISIS kills 6 civilians who worked as bus drivers: 3 were Christians and 3 Kurdish - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Unconfirmed report: ISIS suffers defections and withdraws randomly from Raqqa city -

Syrian-Kurdish Women Reconcile Family, Work and Fighting Duties - Rudaw

VIDEO: All-Female Kurdish Combat Unit Joins Fight in Syria - Huffington Post


VIDEO: Kurdish Women in Military Training - RT


Syrian Kurds Say Ties With Turkey Linked To Settlement Process - Today's Zaman


In-Depth analysis: Syria’s Kurds and Turkey -


Erdoğan to meet with Barzani, at a time when disagreements between the KRG and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) are growing deeper - Today's Zaman


Iraqi Kurdistan govt: We overlook abuses from Salih Muslim - ekurd


Kurds Discuss Peace, Democracy and Solution Models in Ankara - Rudaw


Ankara Kurdish Regional Conference: Summary - ekurd


VIDEO: The Kurdish Crescent: New Trends in Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy




Pro-Syrian regime cleric killed in north Lebanon - English | Front Page

In Lebanon, dramatic rise in kidnapping for cash in unlikely knock-on effect of Syria war - The Washington Post

Organ Trade Thrives Among Desperate Syrian Refugees in Lebanon - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Clashes erupt between Hezbollah, Shiite militants in Syria - AFP


PLO in Damascus Talks on Ending Refugee Camp Siege - Naharnet


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Syria News - Nov 12


Leading Syrian Opposition Group, Yielding to Pressure, Votes to Join Peace Talks -

A Statement by the Syrian Coalition’s General Assembly - Syrian National Coalition

Coalition leader slaps rebels' representative in Istanbul over Geneva II - ZAMAN ALWSL

Damascus mortar fire 'kills nine children' in Christian district - Yahoo News

Syria: Militants Capitulate in Damascus Countryside - Al Akhbar English

Syrian army seizes full control of several areas in Aleppo countryside -

Syria army seeks to reopen Aleppo airport: military - Yahoo News


Islamic Militia Expels Criminal Gangs from Aleppo - Al-Monitor


Al Qaeda’s Most Dangerous Stronghold - The Daily Beast


Some of the rules imposed by ISIS rebels on Syrian citizens living in those areas that are now under its control in Raqqa and Idlib -  BARE NAKED ISLAM


Internal disagreements could lead to al-Qaeda split - Al-Monitor


Militants from over 80 countries fighting in Syria -


Polio virus strain in Syria confirmed as being from Pakistan - WHO - Yahoo News


New video emerges of man in Syria claiming to be Australia s first suicide bomber (VIDEO) - Yahoo!7


VIDEO: The Matthew Schrier story, American photographer who was held hostage by terrorists in Syria - 60 Minutes Overtime - CBS News


Exclusive: West scorns Assad 'shopping list' for chemical convoys - Reuters


Recapitalising the Syrian Banking System: Costs and Challenges - Syria Comment




Aleppo province: 11 civilians have been killed by the suicide truck bomb near the Kurdish Red Crescent in Kobani - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

VIDEO: Ronahi news report from Kobani after attack against Kurdish Red Crescent - YouTube

Syrian Kurds' military gains stir unease - Reuters

Iraq keeps eye on Kurd-jihadist battle in Syria - Yahoo News


Why Isn’t Washington Talking Directly With Syrian Kurds? - Rudaw


Kurdish conference in Turkey without PYD - Today's Zaman


Long-awaited pan-Kurdish National conference postponed indefinitely - ekurd


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Syria News - Nov 11


Syrian opposition wants rebel backing for Geneva talks - Reuters

Syrian opposition renews rejection for any future role for Assad - English | Front Page

Syrian Coalition: All of the anti-regime forces are represented in the ranks of the Coalition - Syrian National Coalition

Head of Syrian opposition: West must keep promises before we attend peace talks - Telegraph

Opposition PM selects 10 ministers of the interim government amid disputes - ZAMAN ALWSL


Syrian opposition accuses Russia of blocking humanitarian aid - Telegraph


Iraqi FM: Syrian opposition and regime negotiating would be "victory" - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Iraqi official: Qatar must mind its size and respect others, Doha’s support to the war in Syria has turned to a threat for Iraq as well -




Syrian Army, Hizbullah battle ISIS and FSA in key city of Aleppo - World Tribune

Syrian army retakes northern military Base 80 in third day of clashes - Reuters

VIDEO: Syrian State TV report from inside Base 80 -

VIDEO: Liwa al-Tawhid fighters firing on aircraft backing offensive on Brig. 80 yesterday - YouTube

VIDEO: ISIS militants/reinforcements arriving at the start of the counter-attack yesterday at Brigade 80 - YouTube

Syria activists: Truce between Government officials and rebels reached in blockaded town near Damascus - AP

U.N. to immunize 20 million children against polio in Middle East -


Did Pakistani Jihadists Bring Polio To Syria? - Confessions of a Closet Republican


Vice hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army in anger over article -


VIDEO: Very brutal torture of rebels by Syrian army soldiers -




NGO: Kidnapped Syrian MP executed by jihadists - English | Front Page

VIDEO: Video from January after Syrian MP was kidnapped -

Young lady activist and volunteer nurse kidnapped and killed by Islamist rebels (PHOTO) - ZAMAN ALWSL

Most known satirist in Syria’s revolution is kidnapped by Islamist rebels (PHOTO) - ZAMAN ALWSL

Abductions of journalists covering Syria’s civil war largely unreported, held and threatened with death by extremists or by gangs seeking ransom - AP

A look at some journalists missing in Syria - AP

VIDEO: B.C. journalist missing in Syria since Fri - Washington Examiner Video

Al Qaeda group is operating on kidnap for ransom money from the West - via Money Jihad


Al-Qaeda in Syria raids wedding party, ban music and singing - English | Front Page


From north to east, ISIS losses outweigh ‘victories’ - THE DAILY STAR


Syria: A Cold War Between Nusra and ISIS, According to Islamist sources mediators have been able to broker a temporary truce - Al Akhbar English


The evolution of al-Qaeda; From Iraq to Syria -


Army of Islam opens “Foreigners Office" to recruit fighters -


VIDEO: British Nationals Fight with al Qaeda in Syria - Vice


Kerry: Obama Has Prosecuted al Qaeda With Unprecedented Intensity - Washington Free Beacon


Syrian nun Mother Agnes-Miriam exposes horrific situation in Syria, proposes new way forward - End the Lie – Independent News


VIDEO: ISIS teaches on Twitter how to ‘kindly’ cut off human head -


VIDEO: Terrorists Torture and Killing a Prisoner in Homs -




Turkey suspends construction of Syrian borderwall after Kurds protest -

VIDEO: Kurds Protest Over Construction of Wall Along Turkey Border with Syria - YouTube

VIDEO: Turkey: Protests against Turkish plans to build a wall along the Syrian border turn into violent clashes with police -


Extremist groups should leave Syria Kurdistan, FSA has gone weak: YPG spokesman - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Syrian Kurds and Other Minorities Fear Radicalized Opposition -


At Turkey’s doorstep, rift between PYD and Barzani deepens - Today's Zaman


Turkey and Iraq push trade and counter-terror ties - GlobalPost




Syria’s Use of Incendiary Weapons - Human Rights Watch

FULL REPORT: Syria’s Use of Incendiary Weapons - Human Rights Watch

VIDEO: School children: Incendiary bomb victims 'like the walking dead' - BBC News

Is The Syrian Military Using Another Type Of Chemical Weapon? - Brown Moses Blog


Who Attacked Ghouta With Chemical Weapons?: Response to Dan Kaszeta's Chemical Analysis -


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Syria News - Nov 9


U.S. presses Syrian opposition to agree to Geneva peace talks - Yahoo News

US Navy carrier departing Persian Gulf region, underscoring the shift from military threat to broader diplomatic approach - AP

Syrians and Observers Increasingly See Assad as Likely to Stay -

US and Saudi Arabia parting ways, A close examination of Kerry's Riyadh Air Force Base speech reveals that it's not as reassuring as it claimed to be - NOW

Syrian Rebel Groups Vie for Saudi Funding and Weapons -

Maliki Accuses Saudi Arabia of Being Unfriendly Neighbor -


Russia: Syrian Opposition Refuses Moscow Talks - ABC News


Inflexibility of Syrian opposition hampers Geneva-II: Russia - Xinhua |


Russia Dismisses US Doubts Over Syrian Chemical Arms Data - RIA Novosti


Turkey Sounds Alarm over Rise of Takfiri Peril in Syria -


Turkey: the trouble next door -


Rocket heads seized in Turkey's Adana were bound for Syria, says governor -


Syria demands Turkey cooperation in court about to terrorists' acquisition of WMDs -


PYD leader says Turkey seems to have stopped aiding Syrian radical groups - Today's Zaman


Kurdish parties in Syrian Kurdistan discuss participation to Geneva II conference - ekurd


Does Washington have a policy toward Syria’s Kurds? - Al-Monitor




Syrian army closes in on Aleppo after dawn attack - Reuters

MAP: New map of Aleppo after the recent Syrian army victories at Safira and Base 80 - Twitter / KeepingtheLeith

Bishop Audo: Clashes at the power plant in Aleppo risk environmental catastrophe - Fides News Agency

VIDEO: The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant storm Aleppo thermal station -

In Syria, Hizballah Helps Assad in the Battle for Qalamoun -


STATS: Next Century Foundation monthly report on Syrian casualty figures -


Syrian Muslim Brotherhood promise new party - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


FSA ex-commander says West 'supporting' Assad - BBC News


The Syrian National Defence Force's Most Devastating Urban Combat Weapon (VIDEO) - Brown Moses Blog


VIDEO: Friday Protest in Kafranbel Has Message for Mother Agnes - YouTube




Hama province: ISIS executes Alawites: 4 children 2 women and 2 men - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Archbishop Hindo: the jihadi militias also massacre the other rebels - Fides News Agency

Confessions Of A Syrian Activist: "I Want Assad To Win Over Islamic Extremists" -

Al-Jazeera airs Al-Qaeda announcement ordering ISIS dissolution (VIDEO) - NOW


Al-Qaeda and its power games - NOW


AUDIO: ISIS's al-Baghdadi responded to Qaeda leader last June: I choose the orders of God over the orders of Al-Zawahiri - YouTube


The Mysterious Fall of Raqqa, Syria’s Kandahar - Al Akhbar English


VIDEO: Salafascists murdering handcuffed Syrian POW -


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Syria News - Nov 8


Syrian opposition rejects blame for Geneva II delay - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Syrian opposition lashes out at UN envoy - McClatchy DC

Syrian National Coalition: UN-Arab League Envoy Brahimi Should Maintain Neutrality -

Jamous to Brahimi: FSA and Syrian Coalition Represent the People of Syria - Syrian National Coalition

Jarba Accuses Iraq of Double Standards - The Syrian Observer


Syrian National Coalition Mulls Talks With Government - ABC News


Syrian National Coalition Positive About Informal Talks in Russia - RIA Novosti


Other Syrian opposition groups agree to informal talks over Geneva-2 in Moscow - The Voice of Russia


Kerry confident date for Syria talks will be set within days - Yahoo News


Russia eyeing post-Assad future, allies say - Fox News




Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new Syrian rebel force Army of Islam - The Guardian

Saudi Arabia's Shadow War, The Kingdom is turning to Pakistan to train Syria’s rebels - Foreign Policy

Saudi nuclear weapons 'on order' from Pakistan - BBC News

Does Pakistan have nuclear weapons ready to ship to Saudi Arabia? -

Analysts: Missiles flow into Syria, risk falling into hands of al Qaeda - Washington Times


Hundreds of Britons fighting in Syria - MI5 chief - BBC News


Hezbollah is expanding its reach into Middle East -




Kurds protest against wall along Turkey's border with Syria - Reuters

Syrian Kurdish leader: Turkey may end proxy war - Al-Monitor

Turkish PM denies helping al Qaeda in Syria, criticizes Russia - Reuters

Syria argument raises tension in Davutoğlu’s Parliament briefing -


Turkish authorities seize 1,200 rocket heads in truck close to border with Syria - The Washington Post


Behind The Lines: Kurds Defending ‘Rojava’ - JPost | Israel News


Kurdish militia has taken over 2 villages on the highway to Aleppo - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Iraqi Kurdistan more vulnerable to Al-Qaeda attacks - Al-Monitor


Obstacles to Kurdish Autonomy -




Syria army retakes key rebel town near Damascus - English | Front Page

Syrian army pushes back after rebels take large arms depot - Reuters

VIDEO: Orient News report from inside seized weapons depots in Mahin - YouTube

VIDEO: Mujahideen capture a HUGE amounte of weappons and ammo, the biggest so far -

Qaeda goes all out to silence activists in Syria’s Raqa – AFP

The ISIS execute a nurse in al-Raqqa, accused of being an agent for the Turkish Intelligence - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


New statement from Jabhat al-Nuṣrah: “The Bombing of the Air Force Intelligence Branch in al-Sūwaydā’ and Killing Its Head” - JIHADOLOGY


Islamic State captures main power zone in Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL


Assad’s Syria Offers $3,600 Rewards to Capture Foreign Fighters - Bloomberg


VIDEO: Alleged Walkie-Talkie Conversation between Members of al-Qaeda's ISIL and FSA in Aleppo -




Syria: joint OPCW-UN chemical weapons team verifies site in Aleppo - United Nations News Centre

The Syrian National Defence Force Provides More Evidence Linking The Government To The August 21st Sarin Attacks - Brown Moses Blog


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Syria News - Nov 7


Bombings at Damascus railway landmark, Syrian intelligence compound in Sweida kill 16 - The Washington Post

Al-Nusra Front, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and FSA battalions said to have seized arms cache in Homs - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: FSA chief Salim Idriss confirms the falls of Homs arm depots to Al Arabiya - YALLA SOURIYA

FSA leader Gen. Salim Idriss meets with Islamist rebel commanders in Turkey in a last ditch attempt to stave off a major split - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Amid New Setbacks, United Rebel Command in Doubt - Syria Deeply

FSA leader Salim Idriss denounces the claims of being America's Man, 'I am Muslim, Syrian and Proud' - ZAMAN ALWSL

VIDEO: FSA leader General Selim Idriss on accusations that he works for the Americans to fight the Islamists - YouTube

Syrian Kurds Complain Their Fight against Al-Qaeda Going Unnoticed - Rudaw


The Fall of Yaroubiya to the YPG In Context - Brown Moses Blog


Phtojournalist Ziad Hamsi Kidnapped in Syria by Islamist Rebels - New Republic


Eastern Walda tribe denies ISIS loyalty pledge - THE DAILY STAR


Islamist rebel air force takes off in Syria, The Army of Islam releases video showing off its two L-39ZA light fighter jets - The Times of Israel


MAP: New Estimates Showing most 'Syrian Opposition Control' is in Al Qaeda Hands -


PHOTO: ISIS in Raqqah city chopped off the head of the statues of two peasants holding up a torch, locally called the statue of liberty - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


VIDEO: Rebels' Unspoken Crimes Against Humanity in Christian Town Sadad, Homs Countryside - YouTube


VIDEO: Syria rebels have announced a major consolidation of 9 "operation rooms" around Damascus into 1 single “structure" - YouTube


VIDEO: New video message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām: “A Window Upon the Land of Epic Battles #23″ - JIHADOLOGY




Russia "ready to host" Syria regime, opposition for talks - AFP

Lavrov: Syrian Coalition inconsistent with Geneva Communiqué which calls for peace talks without preconditions - Syria 24 English

U.S. Doesn’t Have Enough Clout to Unify Syrian Opposition: Gatilov - Itartass

Syrian National Coalition: Moscow Did Not Send Invite to Jarba for Dialogue -

Official: Syrian government to attend Syria II without preconditions -

Saudi Arabia key obstacle to Syria’s peace: Executive Intelligence Review editor - Panorama


Report: Saudis Aiming Missiles at Israel and Iran - Israel National News


Iran Has 'Hundreds Of Troops' In Syria -


Behind The Lines: Assad’s North Korean connection - JPost


Report from Syria: N. Korean pilots, chemwar advisors housed in ‘posh’ quarters - World Tribune


Gaza jihadists take their fight to Syria - AFP


VIDEO: Palestinian Jihadists take their fight to Syria - YouTube


Syrian gangs profit from human pipeline - Money Jihad


VIDEO: XIII World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Focus on Syria - YouTube




Turkey mostly mum on chemicals seized on Syria border, opposition party says the government wants the case to be closed - Al-Monitor

Suspect accused of providing chemical materials to Syrian rebels released by Turkish court -

Exclusive: Assad Asks The U.N. to Equip His Troops, Give Him Armored Trucks for the transfer of chemical materials abroad for destruction - The Cable


Industrial And Economic Aspects Of Sarin : Why Poor Quality Is Not An Indicator Of Non-state Manufacture - Brown Moses Blog


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Syria News - Nov 6


U.S., Russia fail to agree on Syria peace talks date - Reuters

VIDEO: Syria conflict: No date for peace conference - UN envoy - YouTube

UN envoy blames Syrian opposition for delay in talks toward ending war -

Jarba: We reject Geneva 2 If Geneva 1 is not applied including the transfer of power with all its components - Syrian National Coalition 

Syria Says No to Peace Talks Removing Assad - Israel National News

Russia says Iran must join Syria peace talks - AFP


Russians to meet with Syrian opposition - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Analysis - Saudis unconvinced by Kerry's show of U.S. goodwill - The Star Online


Turki Bin Faisal Al Saud interview: Saudi Arabia’s former chief of intelligence on the kingdom’s disappointment in Barack Obama -


Qatar slams 'unconditional' proposed Syria talks - AFP


Syrian rebels ask Qatari Foreign Minister for independent army - MFS


Iraq talks about border barriers with Syria to limit militants crossing -


Greater Iraqi–American Cooperation Needed on Counterterrorism, Syria, and Iran -




Al Qaeda-linked group strengthens hold in northern Syria (VIDEO) -

CNN Exclusive: Inside Syrian town living under al Qaeda reign of fear (VIDEO) -

VIDEO: Syria's foreign fighters - Blogs

Chain of Command of ISIS in Syria -

Syria Kurds oust jihadists from Turkey border area - Yahoo News

Turkey Kurdish mayor on hunger strike over Syria 'wall of shame' - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: Turkish Police clashing with Kurds protesting against Ankara's plans to erect a wall near the border with Syria -


Turkey Peace and Democracy Party Chair Demirtas: PYD’s ‘Third Way’ is Best Option for Syria - Rudaw


Militia’s for Syria’s Brotherhood - Syria Deeply


Mortar round hits Vatican embassy building in Damascus - The Washington Post


Update: Suffering in Christian Town Sadad: 45 killed by rebels, Bodies of family discovered in a well - Catholic World


PHOTO: Jabhat al-Nusra member torturing a Syrian civilian - Syrian Perspective


VIDEO: Saudi Arabian Terrorists want to behead all Syrian Christians in the name of JIHAD - YouTube


Regime Takes al-Safira and Continues Push to Aleppo - Institute for the Study of War Syria Updates




FIRST ON CNN: US intelligence suggests Syria may hide some chemical weapons - Blogs

VIDEO: U.S. intel: Syria might try to keep chemical weapons - CNN

U.S. envoy to the United Nations sceptical of Syria chemical arms declaration -  The Star Online


Inspectors Waiting on 2 Syria Chemical Sites - ABC News


Main opposition Republican People’s Party: Chemicals seized at Turkey’s Syria border raise questions -


Dan Kaszetaʼs Email to Mr. Denis OʼBrien on Ghouta Chemical Attack -


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In Syria, Suicide Bombing At School in Shiite Village Leaves At Least 6 Dead -

Kurdish Forces Crush Islamists in Northern Syria, take 19 towns in the past 3 days - Israel National News

Syrian rebels lose ground to Assad forces - The Washington Post

FSA Military Council Head Resigns, Slams Political, Military Opposition -

VIDEO: Colonel Abdul Jabbar Aqidi, FSA Military Council Leader in Aleppo, Resigns - YouTube

Al Qaeda-linked group gains strength on NATO's border -

ISIS receives pledges from 14 Raqqa tribes - THE DAILY STAR


Statement of the Raqqa Information Center in protest of the continued harassments by ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) - Syria Freedom Forever


Concerned from imminent attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant rebel groups pledge allegiance to Jabhat al-Nusra near Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL 


A woman stands alone defying the ISIS in Syria - English | Front Page


ISIL Prepares To Launch Attack In Turkey's Big Cities -


Elusive Al-Qaida leader in Syria stays in shadows - AP


Syrian Kurdistan: For Kurdish women, it’s a double revolution - ekurd


Syrian Kurdish Front Divided As Geneva II Approaches - Al-Monitor


Iraq's Kurdistan govt accuses Syrian Kurdish PYD of "gone beyond limit" - ekurd


Syria: Foreign Rebels Responsible for Polio, "The virus originates in Pakistan and has been brought to Syria by the jihadists" - ABC News


Syria vows to vaccinate all children against polio -


VIDEO: Syria minister says jihadists behind polio outbreak - News -


In midst of Syrian war, giant Jesus statue arises - Fox News


PHOTO: Fadi Al-Darouj one of six family members executed by rebels in Christian town Sadad, Homs - Syrian Truth | English


PHOTO: Ranim Al-Darouj one of six family members executed by rebels in Christian town Sadad, Homs - Syrian Truth | English




Kerry tries to soothe relations with Saudi Arabia but tensions evident - Reuters

Syrian conflict: Persian Gulf officials, tired of waiting for U.S., move to boost aid to rebels - The Washington Post

Unifying Syria’s Rebels: Saudi Arabia Joins the Fray - Carnegie Middle East Center

The Saudi Leadership Crisis - Al-Monitor

Syrian Information Minister: Saudi Arabia responsible for destruction of the Nation - SANA, Syria

Could Iraq Become A Potential Proxy Battleground Between Saudi Arabia And The US? - Middle East Briefing


Arab League backs Syria peace talks, urges opposition to go - Reuters


Syrian Opposition Sets Preconditions for Peace Talks: Assad must cede power, Iran should not be at the negotiating table - VOA


Syrian Coalition: Assad Must Be Held Accountable - Syrian National Coalition


Syria's Muslim Brotherhood establishes new party called The Promise - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Imam conducts illegal gun-running from Sweden to Syria - Money Jihad


Iran Revolutionary Guards commander killed in Syria - Reuters


VIDEO: An Iraqi expeditionary commander lies dead after his vehicle was ambushed by Syrian Sunni Arab citizen soldiers -


Russia Sends Most Powerful Ships to Mediterranean - Israel National News


Israel to US: Syria raid leak 'endangers our national security' - The Times of Israel


UN announces major rise in Syria war homeless - Yahoo News




Turkish authorities seize a large quantity of chemicals from a convoy on Syria border, the army says they "could be transformed into weapons" - Sky News

Evidence collection and analysis by dozens of contributors show that the Syria chemical attack was carried out by opposition forces - whoghouta

Who Attacked Ghouta?: This post estimates the direction of the rocket trajectories, by analyzing the impact sites in Zamalka -


Who Attacked Ghouta?: Discussion: This post will try to estimate the number of victims in the attack -


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Mass graves in Sadad: 45 Christian civilians including women and children killed by Nusra and Daash (ISIS) - Vatican Fides Agency

Archbishop: "In Sadad, the largest massacre of Christians in Syria...We have shouted aid to the world but no one has listened to us" - Vatican Fides Agency

VIDEO: FSA-Nusra Raid on Ancient Syriac Christian Town of Sadad in Syria - YouTube

Beleaguered Syrian Christians fear future, increasingly targeted by jihadis - The Washington Post


Rebel mortar shells hit Christian-Druze suburb of Damascus, 2 women killed -


Report: Christians Persecuted and Forgotten? -  Aid to the Church in Need


Ibrahim says case of abducted bishops more complicated - Orthodoxy Cognate


VIDEO: 2012 Interview with Virgin Mary Statue-Smashing FSA Cleric -




Syrian army captures strategic town at approaches to Aleppo - Reuters

VIDEO: Syrian Army Just Gained Control of Aleppo's Strategic al-Safira - Al-Jazeera

Regime troops batter south Damascus rebels - AFP

Syria: War in Qalamoun Didn’t Begin Because It Never Stopped - Al Akhbar English


Hezbollah deploys 15,000 troops for anticipated Qalamoun battle - English | Front Page


Alarm over rise of al-Qaeda linked jihadists in Syria -


Syria: Coalition says Geneva talks may be delayed - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Syrian Brotherhood criticises attempts to discredit opposition -


Two missing Norwegian girls ‘held’ in Syria, father says - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: Kidnapped Polish journalist back home after escape from Islamic militants in Syria - euronews


VIDEO: ISIS Imposes Ridiculous Taliban Rules in Syrian Areas that it Controls - YouTube




Kurds in Iraq, Syria work as shield against al-Qaeda - English | Front Page

Yaaroubiyah and beyond: Kurdish armed factions inside Syria handed a military defeat to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham - AFP

Five Reasons US Should Change Policies Toward Syria’s Kurds - Al-Monitor


Conference at the National Press Club in Washington: “The Kurdish Role in the New Middle East” - Today's Zaman


Turkish police fire tear gas at demonstration over wall construction on Syrian border - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Turkey Anger Kurds With Wall To Control Crossovers From Syria - YouTube




Key U.S. senators strongly criticize Obama's Syria policy - Reuters

VIDEO: Senate Hearing: Syrian Civil War - C-SPAN Video Library

CIA training rebels in Syria, so far "only" 1,000 fighters instructed - The Voice of Russia

Iran secret weapons shipments to Syria on US agenda during Maliki visit - The National


VIDEO: Iran Proven to be Lying About Involvement in Syrian Civil War - CBS


Turkey, Iran signal thaw in ties amid mutual concern on Syria - Reuters


Qatar returns to the limelight amid the Syrian crisis - English | Front Page


Israeli warplanes attack target inside Syria, official says - Fox News




Assad can't leave without guarantees - Medvedev - The Voice of Russia

Russia Increases Syria Arms While Joining Push for Talks - Bloomberg

Exclusive: Russian banks strengthen ties with blacklisted Syrian lenders - Reuters


Russia Spotlight: Are Russian Private Military Contractors Guarding Regime Economic Objectives In Syria? - EA WorldView


Russia seeks role as protecter of Syrian Christians - Catholic Culture




Syria has destroyed chemical weapons facilities, international inspectors say - The Washington Post

Exclusive: Syria Pushes To Keep Its Chemical Weapons Factories - Foreign Policy - The Cable


UN report on chemical weapon use in Syria – delayed until early December - Human rights investigations


Terrorist's Confession: We obtained chemical materials and coordinated with foreign sides - SANA


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Mairead Maguire's Open Letter to U.S. Peace Movement

Open Letter to the American people from Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate

My dear friends,

As a teenager living in Belfast, I admired the American Peace Movement and many prominent figures within it. Fifty years later, two of the most inspiring people still remembered across the world are Americans: Martin Luther King and Dorothy Day.

American peace activists and civil rights workers were imprisoned, some killed. But a generation spoke and sang about love.

Like Mahatma Gandhi in India,  the Berrigan Brothers in the  Peace Movement and the American Civil Rights Movement show us that the path to freedom and equality is a peaceful one. This journey of transformation in the pursuit of peace and justice is a constant challenge to the entrenched powers which thrive on hatred and war; acting as a constant challenge to blind prejudice and the lies that are necessary for war.

In making this journey of love we must always acknowledge that those we regard as enemies are fellow human beings and we are called to love them .  If we don’t, when do the killing fields stop?

I first came to you from Northern Ireland to speak to you about what was happening in my country. I was met with great kindness in America. Now I write to you to about Syria.

We must not allow a war to go on for decades, as many did in regards to Ireland.  We must have the foresight to stand up for peace, nonviolence  and reconciliation now, before the suffering is entrenched and before prejudices and lies seep deeply into the consciousness of a new generation, acting as seeds for more yet more war.

I write to you to ask your help for the people of Syria.  All the people of Syria deserve your attention. Like you, they want the opportunity to live, love and labour in support of their children’s dreams.  With your efforts we can make it a bright future in a peaceful and prosperous country where love will conquer all.

The people of Syria are a diverse people, a courageous and generous people with a proud history of tolerance. Over many centuries, their country has welcomed millions of disparate people seeking refuge just as the United States has done.

I visited Syria in May 2013. Despite the on-going violence, I found it to be a land of hope. I met tribal and religious leaders, political dissidents and grieving parents and widows. In Syria, there are millions of ordinary folk risking their lives for a peaceful, reconciled and united Syria they can all love. 

Mother Agnes Mariam, one of the leaders of the Mussalaha (reconciliation) Movement in Syria, is on a speaking tour of America this November. Mother Agnes Mariam has sat at a table with the prime minister of Syria and has eaten olives with a rebel leader.  And recently she risked her life to negotiate the safe passage of thousands of civilians and of many fighters from a conflict zone. 

Your heroes, the heroes we all uphold, show us bridges of nonviolence and  peace must be built between people. War stems from hatred and lies. Peace requires courage, wisdom, and love. And foresight.

Mother Agnes is bringing to America a universal message your country knows well. She presents it through the story of Syria.  I encourage you to hear the story of Syria.


Mairead Maguire

lst November,2013


Syria/Saudi Arabia News - Oct 31


White House: Al Qaeda in Iraq now 'transnational threat' - TheHill

Top U.S. military commander warns of downward Iraqi spiral - Wall Street Journal

In Iraq, Sunni attacks spark Shiite calls to arms - AP

Iraqi Shiites Join Syria War - Al-Monitor

Iraq's Maliki to seek U.S. arms to fight Qaeda, role on Iran and Syria - NBC News

The Iraqi Prime Minister Op-Ed -


Iraqi PM Maliki struggles to convince U.S. lawmakers to back more aid - Reuters


Senators Send Letter to President Obama on Iraq as PM Maliki Visits DC – U.S. Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents


Sources: Maliki convey a verbal message from Assad of Iranian agreement on U.S. military strike on Daash -


Iran, Hizbullah 'intertwined' in Syria: analysts - Al-Shorfa


VIDEO: Syria footage sheds light on Iran's involvement - BBC News


Nasrallah blames Syria stalemate on Saudi - Al Jazeera English


Saudi Arabia in firing line as war in Syria spreads to Iran - The Times


Syrian Minister: US Thinking of ‘Opening Channels’ with Damascus -


Al-Qaeda recruits entering Syria from Turkey safehouses - Telegraph


Turkish market on Syrian border serves the discerning rebel -


Israel Prepares Golan Residents for Al-Qaeda Spillover from Syria War -


Report: Syrian Regime Using North Korean Pilots - Israel National News




Exclusive: Syria peace talks face delay as big powers split - Reuters

Assad: For political resolution to Syrian war to succeed, support for armed groups must end - The Washington Post

Syria envoy hopes for Saudi will take part in talks - THE DAILY STAR

Syria's Assad issues general amnesty for all 'criminals' in a possible concession to rebels - NBC World News

Thousands flee Syrian town after rare cease-fire deal - Al Jazeera America

Syria Kurdish Leader: Solution Must Include Assad - Al-Monitor

Kurdish parties in Syria wish to take part in Geneva II - World Bulletin


Meet the Kurdish Female Freedom Fighters of Syria Battling Qaeda - VICE United Kingdom


KDP Denies Closing Kurdistan Border to Salih Muslim - Rudaw


VIDEO: PYD Member: Fresh Operations against ISIL Starts in Syria -


Russia alarmed by fresh reports Syrian militants using chemical weapons against Kurds – FM - The Voice of Russia


A Detailed Examination Of The Range Of Munitions Used In The August 21st Sarin Attack - Brown Moses Blog


Full Report On The Range Of Munitions Used In The August 21st Sarin Attack -


Who Attacked Ghouta with Chemical Weapons?: Estimating the UMLACA Range -


Syrian Al-Qaida Branch Torches Church -


VIDEO: Rebels Destroy Virgin Mary Statue in Syria -


Syrian Coalition Strongly Condemns Destruction of Christian Statues - Syrian National Coalition


VIDEO: Amateur video shows Syria FSA mercenary 'rebels' massacring 'Assad loyalists' - YouTube


VIDEO: 6 men executed in cold blood by FSA militia -


VIDEO: Belgian Wahhabis Filmed Themselves Beheading a Shiite Man -


VIDEO: ISIS gains power in Syria - The Washington Post


VIDEO: ISIS-linked aid group decrees male teachers can't teach female students - YouTube


VIDEO: Rebels arrest a boy for trying to smuggle several pieces of chicken into his neighborhood - YouTube




Syria: UN and health organisations call for ceasefire to deal with polio threat -

Polio outbreak in Syria threatens whole region, WHO says - Reuters


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Bandar beat down - Chief Saudi cleric says fighting in Syria wrong

"This is all wrong, it's not obligatory [to fight the Syrian government].  These are feuding factions and one should not go there. I do not advise one to go there."  Grand Mufti Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia

saudiflagAfter weeks of agitation for increased attacks on the Syrian government and its president, Bashir al-Assad, the Saudis signaled a 180 degree change in policy, based on the mufti's statement.  Fighting with the Syrian rebels is no longer a sacred cause, it is something to be avoided, according to the Kingdom's most important Muslim cleric.

The mufti is not some closet liberal in the Saudi hierarchy.  He's the top religious official in the Kingdom.  His statements are used to interpret legal and religious policies.  The King of Saudi Arabia, who asked him to speak on the Syrian conflict, appoints him. 

Syria/Saudi Arabia News - Oct 29


Kurdish militants tighten grip on Syria's northeast, consolidate their control of an oil-producing region - Reuters

Syrian National Coalition: Iraqi Soldiers and PYD Militiamen Attack FSA Brigades near Border with Iraq - Syrian National Coalition

Suicide bombers attack Iraqi checkpoints along highway which runs from Baghdad to Syria -

ISIS shakes Iraq with surge of violence - Ya Libnan

Iraqi Kurdistan accuses Syrian Kurdish PYD leader Salih Muslim of threatening the region's security - ekurd


Syrian Kurdish PYD leader Salih Muslim reaches Geneva through Baghdad after he was denied entry by Iraqi Kurdistan - ekurd


Davutoğlu says PYD does not represent all Kurds, warns it not to establish a de facto government - Today's Zaman


VIDEO: Kurdish YPG forces take over Syria-Iraq border centre Til Koçer after heavy clashes - 


VIDEO: Spoils of war for the Kurds that took over a Syria-Iraq border post -




Syrian troops retake Christian town after pushing out al Qaeda-linked rebels - Fox News

VIDEO: ISIS and Al Nusrah raiding the ancient Christian town of Sadad, killing and taking hostages -

ISIS set fire to the Armenian Church in the city of Tal Abyad - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

No clear information on bishops abducted in Syria: Sayyah - THE DAILY STAR

Syrian Rebels Killed Suspect During Interrogation, Found Innocent Later - SyriaNews


Update on the Latakia Massacre Committed by Syrian Rebels - Syrian Perspective


The Civilian Administration of the Insurgency in Aleppo - Noria Research


PHOTO: Activist Mohamed Shoaeb after being tortured by ISIS in Al Raqa - YALLA SOURIYA


VIDEO: FSA terrorists whipping a man for drinking and selling wine in Syria -


VIDEO: The Woman in Pants who refuses to obey ISIS clothes edicts - Vimeo


VIDEO: Al Qaeda Leader In Syria Photographed Inside A U.S. Aid Tent - YouTube




Syrian Coalition: Syrians Say No to Geneva 2 - Syrian National Coalition

FSA snubs Iran, Russia, China participation in Geneva 2 - English | Front Page

Main Syrian Islamist rebel groups declare opposition to Geneva peace conference, brand peace talks 'treason'  - NBC World News

VIDEO: 19 Islamist rebel groups in Syria have rejected all & any ideas for a Geneva II Conference - YouTube

Lavrov: "State Sponsors Of Opposition Working To Undermine Geneva-II" - EA WorldView

Saudi Arabia’s declining power: The kingdom’s frustrations with President Obama are tied to its own weakness - Slate


Saudi religious leader urges youths not to fight in Syria - Reuters


VIDEO: Secret Saudi Hospitals Discovered on Turkey Syria Border -


Iran’s secret night flights to arm Syria’s Assad revealed - The National


Hezbollah chief rules out military solution in Syria - THE DAILY STAR


Syrian rebels present a video saying: we killed Hezbollah men (VIDEO) - JerusalemOnline


Violent spillover from Syria kills two in northern Lebanon - Reuters


Abbas, Hamas, Flirting With Syria's Assad :: Gatestone Institute


Syrian Electronic Army Target Obama's Twitter, Facebook Posts -


Syria’s Breaking Bad: Are Amphetamines Funding the War? - Yahoo News


Truth and Falsehood in Syria: 23 Reasons Why We Should be Careful About Uncritically Accepting Western Views of the Syrian Insurrection - Syria Solidarity Movement




Tunis Women Performing Controversial 'Sexual Jihad' Arrested - International Business Times

VIDEO: Tunis women arrested for 'sexual jihad' - BBC

A father's heartbreak as his daughters leave Norway to join jihad in Syria - Telegraph


VIDEO: Mothers of Syria: Women take up arms to fight against rebels - YouTube


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Syria/Saudi Arabia News - Oct 27


Saudi Arabia's women hold day of action to change driving laws - The Guardian

Dozens of Saudi Arabian women drive cars on day of protest against ban (VIDEO) -

Saudi women's driving kicks off without arrests (VIDEO) -

U.N. Human Rights Council praises Saudi Arabia on women's rights, Stoning for adultery, flogging, amputations and eye-gouging - Washington Times

VIDEO: Saudi ban women drivers: Protests to change law - BBC

VIDEO: Saudi Arabian Woman Filmed Driving Car On Day Of Protest Against Ban - YouTube


VIDEO: Remake of American Song: No Woman, No Drive - YouTube


Interview: Bitter memory of Syrian girl abused by Saudi sheikh (VIDEO) -


Syria's Women, Many Raped In Refugee Centres, Long To Return Home -


Tunisia's 'sexual jihad' - extremist fatwa or propaganda? - BBC News


Islamic Doctrines Justify Sex Jihad -


VIDEO: Woman and Girls Talk About Being Forced into Sex Jihad -




Poll shows that Saudi Arabia's Syria Connection is Part of a Larger, Dangerous Trend For the Royal Kingdom - PolicyMic

POLL: Saudi Arabia’s Image Falters among Middle East Neighbors - Pew Global Attitudes Project

Saudi Arabia Gets Tough On Foreign Policy – Obaid - SUSRIS


US-Saudi Rift: Divorce Good for American Taxpayers and Christians, Saudis to downgrade ties with the CIA in training Syrian opposition and provide surface-air missiles that could reach Al Qaeda affiliates -


What Did the Qatari Minister Tell His Saudi Counterpart? - Al Akhbar English


UN envoy: Iran participation in Syria conference essential - The Times of Israel




Syrian Kurds Capture Border Crossing With Iraq - ABC News

Al-Qaeda affiliate battling to seek control of Syria borders: analysts - Al-Shorfa

Al-Qaeda imprisons 60 Syrians as they try to turn the country into an Islamic state - Mail Online

Al Qaeda’s thrust toward Golan: Israel, Saudis, Jordan share urgent need to stem the fast-multiplying peril - DEBKAfile

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


Al-Nusra out of Syria's ancient Sadad town (VIDEO) -


Al Nusrah Front denies emir killed by Syrian troops - The Long War Journal


Rebel sources: 15 Hezbollah soldiers killed outside Damascus - English | Front Page


SANA: Terrorists from ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra killed, heavy weapons seized- SANA, Syria


VIDEO: Border crossing Syria-Turkey: Kurds from both sides unite against Turks! - YouTube


VIDEO: Documentary: Al Qaeda: The Lebanon Chapter -


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Syria News - Oct 26


Abu Mohammad al-Golani, leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, killed in Syria, state TV claims - GlobalPost

Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front denies report of leader's death - FRANCE 24

Syrian Army Makes More Gains Near Capital, kills at least 40 opposition fighters in an ambush - ABC News

VIDEO: Damascus Countryside al-Otaiba, the Syrian army killed 41 terrorists -

SANA: Terrorist Car Bombs Explodes Prematurely in Damascus Countryside, Claiming Lives of Militants and Civilians Including Children -


Kurdish gunmen and jihadists clash in eastern Syria - THE DAILY STAR


Syrian Kurds Win Support In Battle With Al-Qaeda Forces - Al-Monitor


Al-Qaeda strives to build Islamic state in northern Syria - The Times


The Price to Release the Two Kidnapped Bishops in Syria, List of Demands by Chechen terrorists (VIDEO) - SyriaNews


Action Needed As Kidnapping Of Syrian Archbishops Reaches 180 Days -


Incursion of the Islamist militias in the Syrian Christian city of Sadad - Fides News Agency


Jihadists burn Bibles and Christian books outside Christian church in Raqqa - Fides News Agency


Syria: Islamist Rebels Posting The Names Of Christians ‘Supposed To Be Killed’ Online - DW


Islamists Repress Syria's Citizen Journalists -


On Syria, UN's Valerie Amos Says Met Jarba's SNC, Won't Answer on Contacts with Al Nusra or ISIS, Trust Fund on Pledges? - Inner City Press


Turkish Al-Nusrah "Whistleblower" Case Postponed Until November - nsnbc international




Al Qaeda Building Stronghold in City of Mosul in Northern Iraq - Matthew Aid

Iraq to press U.S. on drones, F-16s to fight al Qaeda - Reuters

Turkey, Iraq eye closer cooperation on Syria as relations thaw - Reuters

Report: Syrian al-Qaeda planning car bombings in Turkey - Trend.Az

Saudi Arabia, Qatar may be playing dangerous game over Syria rebels - Blogs


Qatar’s Emir appears to offer an olive branch to Syria, mediating for the release of the bishops - THE DAILY STAR


Hezbollah Forces Help Syrian Regime Win Key Battle - VOA


Elite Hezbollah fighters are spearheading battle in Syria, IDF commander warns - JPost


Feltman Dubs Hizbullah 'Soldiers of Fortune,' Accuses it of Causing Sectarian Tensions - Naharnet


Transcript of interview with Jeffrey Feltman on Syria and the Geneva peace talks - Al Hayat


Syria rebels meet peace envoy: FSA - THE DAILY STAR


AUDIO: What Would It Take To Get Syrian Opposition To Peace Talks? Interview with Najib Ghadbian, the Syrian National Coalition representative to US - NPR


VIDEO: U.S. energy boom the “biggest strategic game changer since we won World War II” - Fox News | Money Jihad


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Syria News - Oct 25


Exclusive: Kerry and Top State Dept Officials Split Over Syria Talks - The Cable

Syria Analysis: Fight Within Obama Administration --- Officials Crticize Him as "Uncertain" - EA WorldView

US Navy ships stationed off coast of Syria coming home after extended deployments -

VIDEO: Tought Crowd Heckles McCain in Town Hall Meeting on Syria - The News Star

Moscow slams 'Friends of Syria' for undermining Geneva peace talks - RT News

Russia Rules Out Discussing Assad’s Fate at Peace Talks - Bloomberg

Syria opposition to decide Nov. 9 on Geneva talks - THE DAILY STAR

Syrian National Coaltion Of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces - Jarba Lays Out Conditions to Attend Geneva 2 -

Turkey joins Saudis in showing displeasure over US policy on Syria - JPost


US very concerned over Turkey-China missile deal - Today's Zaman


Saudi Arabia warns U.S. that policy on Syria, Iran straining decades-old alliance - CBS News


The U.S.-Saudi crackup reaches a dramatic tipping point -


'This Is Not How a Protection Racket Is Supposed to Work', Why the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are increasingly at odds - Foreign Policy


Saudi ex-Spy Chief: Lebanon on Brink of Civil War because of Hizbullah Agenda on Syria - Naharnet


The “Hizballah Execution Video”: Confirmation of Shia Militia Involvement - Brown Moses Blog


Four killed in Sunni-Alawite clashes in Lebanon's Tripoli - Reuters


Return of Azaz hostages bittersweet for families of disappeared - THE DAILY STAR


Report: Lebanon Mulls Participation in Syria Peace Talks ahead of Brahimi Visit - Naharnet


Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas signs cooperation accord with Bashar Assad - DEBKAfile


Maronite head asks Qatar help to free Syria bishops -


Qatar to ‘exert all efforts’ to release Syrian bishops - THE DAILY STAR


Qatar’s Foreign Minister Clarifies Position on Syria - Al-Monitor


Tunisia’s 'Road to Jihad' in Syria Paved by Muslim Brotherhood - Al-Monitor


Syria has become Iranian protectorate – Netanyahu - Northern Voices Online




Syria frees dozens more women in hostage deal -monitoring group - Reuters

Syria troops close in on suburbs hit by chemical attack - Yahoo News

Syria 'Gradually' Restoring Power after Rebel Attack - Naharnet

VIDEO: Pipeline fire sparks Syria blackout -

Rebel Advance in Daraa Raises Jihadist Profile in Southern Syria - Syria Deeply – Syria News


Syria’s Minority Alawites Cling to Assad, Hope for Peace -


Syria's Christians Flee Rebel Crosshairs -


Assad Apologist Nun Embarks On U.S. Speaking Tour -


At least 22 people suspected of having polio in Syria - WHO - Reuters




Syrian militants claim kidnap of Russian engineer and post video, The man says he will be killed unless exchanged for an imprisoned Saudi (VIDEO) - RT News

VIDEO: Monstrous murder by Syrian rebels beheading a civilian and slaughtering two women - YouTube

Rebels on a beheading spree in Syria with more massacres (VIDEO) -

VIDEO: Interview: FSA Rebel Group Grandsons of the Prophet Recruits 13-Year-Old Boy as Sniper who Killed 32, Including 13 Civilians - YouTube


VIDEO: Man being executed by Jabhat al-Nusra in front of his grave -


Hanged and beaten by Al Qaeda, but Syrian activist lived to tell the tale - The Times


Syrian Journalist Pays The Price For Standing Up To Al-Qaeda -


Syrian jihadists' new recruitment technique: slick suicide attack videos (VIDEO) - The FRANCE 24 Observers




Al-Qaeda threatens to take over all Iraqi Sunni towns on the Syrian border - Rudaw

Al-Qaeda’s corridor through from Iraq to Syria - The Hindu

Iraq 'Security Road-map' Seeks to Halt Al-Qaeda Expansion -

Iraqi army nabs 8 al-Qaeda gunmen near Syria border - Al-Shorfa

Syrian Kurds and jihadists clash near Iraq border - Yahoo News


Kurdish guerrillas beg West for help in their fight against al-Qaeda - The Times


Syrian Kurdish Leaders Want Erbil at Geneva II Talks - Rudaw


Assad's offer to the Kurds before the Geneva II conference - Today's Zaman


Syrian Kurdish PYD leader Salih Muslim denied permission to enter Iraqi Kurdistan - ekurd


Reactions against KDP over banning Syrian PYD leader from entering Iraqi Kurdistan - ekurd


Syrian Kurdish Leader Discusses Son's Killing by Jihadists - Al-Monitor


Insight: French investigation into Kurdish murders eyes Turkey connections | Reuters


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Syria News - Oct 23


Saudi spy chief says Riyadh to 'shift away from U.S.' over Syria, Iran - Reuters

Saudi UN Envoy: Iran Has No Role in Syria Solution - Al-Monitor

Saudi Arabia Said to Disregard U.S. on Aid to Syria Islamists - Bloomberg

US halts aid to FSA rebels -

EU Ministers Urge Cutting Support to Extremists in Syria - Wall Street Journal -

In a Weapons Shell Game, Russia Is Still Arming Syria - The Daily Beast


Saudi Bankrolling of al-Qaeda Well Known to U.S. Government - Executive Intelligence Review


PKK Kurdish rebels threaten new fight in Turkey accusing it of backing Islamist rebels in Syria - Reuters


McCain blames Obama administration for Saudi rejection of U.N. seat - Reuters


Chilling Saudi-US relations not expected to heat up oil market -


Boom in U.S. Shale Oil and Gas Threatens Saudi Economy, Warns Prince Alwaleed -


Saudi Arabia Under Fire At UN Over Women's Rights - Gulf Business


Saudi Clerics Protest Women Driving, Blaming U.S. For Anti-Ban Campaign -




Syria Opposition Under Pressure to Negotiate - ABC News

Syrian opposition resists calls to commit to peace talks, calls for Assad’s exit  - Reuters

Friends of Syria talks in London agree on no future role for Assad - GlobalPost

Communique of The Friends of Syria Core Group of countries -

Qaeda linked rebels battle Syrian army in Christian town - Israel News, Ynetnews

Nusra Front claims killing of top Syrian intelligence officer - THE DAILY STAR

al-Nusra Front in Raqqa accuses members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant of abducting and killing a number of its commanders - YALLA SOURIYA


Four rockets fired from Syria hit a Hezbollah stronghold in eastern Lebanon - English | Front Page


The Story of Al-Tawhid Brigade: Fighting for Sharia in Syria - Al-Monitor


Syria's Rebels: Radicalization and Division - Middle East Institute


Air force strikes rebels near Damascus, Aleppo -


Druze youth from Golan flocking to Syria to join Assad army - Haaretz


Cameron calls Facebook ‘irresponsible’ for lifting ban on beheading videos - RT News


VIDEO: al-Qaida in Syria targets minorities - YouTube


VIDEO: Chechen Mujahideen in Syria -




Syria fully cooperative on chemical disarmament, mission head says - AFP

Who Attacked Ghouta with Chemical Weapons? UMLACA Simulation: The CW rockets used to attack Zamalka have a range of around 2.5 km -


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Syria News - Oct 22


Pressure mounts on Syria opposition to join talks - GlobalPost

EU urges Syria opposition to attend Geneva peace talks - AFP

Brahimi: No Geneva conference without credible opposition - THE DAILY STAR

Syria’s Assad says factors needed for successful conference not in place - The Washington Post

U.S. tries to calm Saudi anger over Syria, Iran - Reuters

Is Saudi Arabia Holding Up The Geneva II Conference on Syria? - Al-Monitor

Arab states urge Saudi Arabia to keep UN Security Council seat - The Independent


Exclusive: On Saudi UNSC Seat, Arab Group Statement Was Never Agreed To, ICP Is Told, "Reuters Never Called" - Inner City Press


Saudi Rejection Of UN Seat Gains Support By Gulf States, Egypt -


Saudi intelligence chief is real leader of al-Qaeda: Syrian envoy -


Report: US canceled delivery of Predators to Turkey - Today's Zaman


Turkey Readjusts North Syria Strategy - Al-Monitor


Syrian Electronic Army attacks most major Qatar websites -


Qatar recovers websites from pro-Assad Syria hackers - FRANCE 24


VIDEO: Syrian Electronic Army launched a cyber attack against Qatar - YouTube




Syrian rebel-held Damascus suburb appeals for urgent help -

UN humanitarian chief calls for immediate ceasefire in rural Damascus - CNTV English

VIDEO: Bombardment on under siege Damascus suburb Moadamiyeh continues -

Suicide bomber kills 31 in Syria's Hama: state media -

Senior FSA rebel chief killed in clashes with army - AFP

Rebel factions under Al Qaeda assault in deals with local Syrian army commanders - DEBKAfile

Analysts: Syrian Regime Strikes Back in Southern Aleppo - Institute for the Study of War


Police resort to tear gas as Kurds protest on both sides of Turkish-Syrian border to denounce decision to build a wall -


Six Syria Kurds died in ISIS suicide bombing attack - Kurdpress News Aganecy


PYD leader claims radicals in Syria would weaken without Turkey's support - Today's Zaman


Assad’s new Kurdish tactic - World Bulletin


Syrian Kurds Beset by Divisions - Al-Monitor


Qalamoun Mountains likely scene of Syria's next big battle -


Hezbollah preparing for decisive battle in Syria, sources say - AFP


Hezbollah will pay a heavy price in Qalamoun, FSA warns - Ya Libnan




Lebanese Hostage Deal: 10 months of Negotiations and $9 Million - Al Akhbar English

Newly freed pilgrim speaks of difficult conditions in captivity - THE DAILY STAR

Lebanese say Syria captors tormented them with lies – The Express Tribune

Turkish pilots detail abduction upon return home - THE DAILY STAR

Fate of Syria women detainees unclear after hostage deal - THE DAILY STAR

Syria rebels say regime freed no detainees despite deal - AFP

Turkish special operation team ‘snatched’ Lebanese pilgrims inside Syria: Report -

Turkey says efforts to save abducted bishops under way - Today's Zaman


Al Qaeda-linked extremists cause new Syria refugee crisis - NBC World News


Fatah Movement: Syrian opposition gunmen prevented aid from entering Palestinian camps - SANA, Syria


Mujahideen finally defeated gangs of secular rebels from Northern Storm in Aleppo -


How Syrian Radio Station ANA Took on Al Qaeda - FP Passport


ANA New Media Association Official Statement In Regards to ISIS Crackdown on Radio Station - YALLA SOURIYA


Jailed Turkish Al-Nusrah Whistleblower driven to Brink of Suicide - nsnbc international


Meeting Syria’s Mujahedeen - Al-Monitor


Foreign jihadists surpass Afghan-Soviet war, storm Syria in record numbers - Washington Times


Report: Spike of Western, Caucasus jihadists enter Syria - JPost


Al-Nusra recruits Algerian terrorists: Report -


German Camp: Collection Point for German Jihadists in Syria - SPIEGEL ONLINE


Norwegian sisters flee to Syria to fight with al-Qaeda - Telegraph


Missing teenagers spotted near Syria -




Doctor: Syria snipers targeting pregnant women and children in "death game" - CBS News

British Press Shills for Syria War With 'Baby Snipers' Story - The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

VIDEO: Syria snipers 'shoot at pregnant women,' UK doctor claims - BBC News 


VIDEO: Syria: Image released of foetus with bullet lodged in head - Telegraph


VIDEO: Targeting Fetuses : the real story - Syrian Truth - English


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Syria News - Oct 19


Saudis Shock U.N., Quit Security Council Over Syria - Foreign Policy - The Cable

Saudi Foreign Ministry statement: Three reasons for declining UN Security Council seat - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Saudi U.N. draft condemns Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria, the regime’s use of chemical weapons and heavy aerial bombardment - THE DAILY STAR

US shrugs off Saudi rejection of UN Council seat, saying Washington would continue to work with Riyadh - AFP

Moscow Slams S. Arabia For UN Security Council Seat Rejection - RIA Novosti

France says shares 'frustration' of Saudi on Security Council - GlobalPost

‘Turkey treats relations with Saudi Arabia strategically' - Today's Zaman

Erdogan, Syrian Rebels’ Leading Ally, Hesitates -

Q+A: Is Turkey Shifting Its Stance on Syria? - Syria Deeply – Syria News


Pro-ISIS sources claiming "many muhajireen" (Chechens, Arabs & 2 Chinese) have been arrested in Turkey - Twitter / Charles_Lister


Turkey rejects claims over spy chief as ‘black propaganda’ - Today's Zaman


Interior minister says wall on Syrian border is for protection from mines - Today's Zaman


How Radical Groups Operate On Turkey’s Border - Al-Monitor


Weapons, fighters flow to Syria's next battlefront, “Saudi Arabia is running the battle in Qalamoun and we have information that it warned Hezbollah against participating" -


Qalamoun battle threatens Lebanon, report says - AFP


As-Safir: Maamoura Car Bomb Possibly Went out of Syria’s Qalamoun -


ISIS-Nusra rift divides Tripoli salafis - AFP


Squeeze play: Hamas, in forced bow to Iran, apologizes for backing Syrian rebels - World Tribune


Syrian Rebels Slam Hamas Over Ties to Iran - Israel National News


Gaza Salafists Killed in Syria - Al-Monitor


Iraq blocks al-Qaeda bid to control Anbar border towns with Syria - Al-Shorfa




Lebanese hostages in Syria freed, They were captured in Aleppo last May by the FSA Northern Storm brigade - Al Jazeera English

Canadian UN worker freed after 8 month Syria captivity, held by an Islamist radical group - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Canadian UNDOF Employee Turned over to UN after being Kidnapped by Terrorist Gangs - YouTube

VIDEO: Canadian hostage speaks about his kidnappers - Syrian Truth | English

Red Cross releases video plea to free 3 staff abducted in Syria - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Head of ICRC delegation appeals for release of kidnapped workers - YouTube

Brother of Abducted Lebanese Cameraman in Syria Demands to Know his Fate - Naharnet

Kidnapped by al-Qaeda: testimonies from Syria - Al-Shorfa

Patriarch claims that more than 450,000 Christians fled or were internally displaced out of the total of 1.75 million in Syria -

Al Qaida taking hold in Syria -


The Islamic State strikes again: This time they raided / destroyed / confiscated ANA's office in Raqqa and arrested a media activist -


ISIS captures rebels camp near Azaz as denies being hit by Turkish mortar - ZAMAN ALWSL


ISIS photos show children training at 'al Zarqawi Cubs Camp' - The Long War Journal


Family vacation? No, 'family jihad' in Syria (VIDEO) - The FRANCE 24 Observers


Whole families from Kazakhstan travelling to Syria for jihad - Asia News


Syrian army repels rebel attack at prison in Aleppo - Yahoo News


Abu Bara al-Masri, an Egyptian Jabhat al-Nusra militant responsible for suicide bombing at Aleppo Central Prison - Twitter / Charles_Lister


VIDEO: Jabhat al-Nusra suicide bombing on exterior wall of Aleppo Central Prison - YouTube


Syria: Al Nusra Jihadist Rebels Execute 10 Soldiers in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor - Israel National News


Alleged soldier brutally beheaded by alQaeda linked terrorists (VIDEO) -


Jabhat al Nusra captured this young boy in Deir al Zor, accusing him of being a 'shabee7a' (PHOTO) - Syrian Perspective


Al Qaeda-Aligned Groups in Syria May Have Access to Biological Pathogens - Washington Free Beacon


Syrian Rebels Using Remote Controlled Car Bombs  - Israel National News


Jihadist Websites Linked to Syria Thriving on Internet - Al-Monitor


State TV: top Syrian intelligence officer killed by gunmen - English | Front Page


Anything But Politics: The State of Syria’s Political Opposition - International Crisis Group


Battling on two fronts, moderate Syrian rebels struggle for funding, lose fighters - The Washington Post




Syrian civil war driving apart Arab rebels and Kurds - The National

Kurdish PYD accused of heavy handed rule in Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd

Syria's first Kurdish-language newspaper - Al Jazeera English


Syrian Kurdistan's Lawyers: We have freed ourselves from the dirty law of the regime. New legal system to be established - ekurd


Yazidis Benefit From Kurdish Gains In Northeast Syria - Al-Monitor


VIDEO: Istanbul Protests in Support of Syrian Kurds - YouTube


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Syria News - Oct 17


Turkey says it fires on Islamist militant positions in Syria - Reuters

The brutal Al Qaeda-linked group ISIS has virtually taken over northern Syria putting Turkey on edge - Fox News

Pressure Mounts on Turkey Over Radical Groups in Syria, It is no secret that the Erdogan government initially supported Jabhat al-Nusra - Al-Monitor

Youth in Turkey Become Al-Qaeda Recruits - Rudaw

Syria Informed Turkey on Al-Qaeda Cells, AKP Government Ignored - nsnbc international

Ankara alarmed by Syrian Kurds' autonomy is boosting its military presence on the border -

Turkey’s wall on Syria border faces Kurdish opposition - Al Jazeera Blogs


Dozens killed in Syria Kurd-jihadist clashes - FRANCE 24


Kurdish parties to merge under 'Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria' - World Bulletin


Abu Dhabi-based Sky News Arabia says has lost contact with crew in northern Syria - Reuters


American journalist James Foley remains missing in Syria nearly one year after his capture - GlobalPost


Bombs planted in confessional box of Syrian church - Telegraph


Jabhat al-Nusra stole aid destined for Syrian families: Iraqi charity - Al-Shorfa


Experts Warn of Al Qaeda Biological Weapons Threat - Israel National News


Kidnapped Turkish pilots appear on Lebanese TV (VIDEO) -


VIDEO: ISIS Extremists Shell Free Syria Army Asifa Militia on Turkish Border - YouTube


VIDEO: New video message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām: “A Window Upon the Land of Epic Battles - JIHADOLOGY


VIDEO: Al-Nusra Front has posted a video documenting its preparations for a suicide bombing attack - Israel National News




US urges Syrian opposition to join peace talks - AFP

Tensions rise as Saudis fear US 'going soft' - DW.DE

Saudis struggling to supply Syrian rebels: ‘We are not in the arms dealing business’ - World Tribune

Iran is incapable of resolving Syria crisis, says Saudi ambassador to U.N. - English | Front Page

Free Syrian Army chief on ISIS, Geneva and Syria's civil war - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Dozens of Syrian fighting groups break ties with main opposition, says rebel commander - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Liwa Ansar al-Sana announces that 67 groups renounce the SNC & call for unifying rebel forces - YouTube


Statement of the Civilian Movement in Syria Regarding the Remarks of Mr. Zahran Alloush, Commander of the Army of Islam - Syria Freedom Forever 


Little Saigon man suspected of aiding Al Qaeda was headed back to Syria, officials said -


Japanese reporter joins al Qaeda in Syria - Threat Matrix


Who are the British jihadists in Syria? - BBC News


Al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood meet in Jordan to discuss Syria and Egypt - Jihad Watch


VIDEO: ISIS fighters from Kazakhstan in Syria - YouTube


VIDEO: Dozens of foreign Jihadists bring families to Syria -


Syria chemical inspectors destroy "critical" weapons equipment - CBS News


Syrian opposition: no chemical sites under our control - English | Front Page


Syria army hails recapture of rebel town near Damascus, Opposition says it was backed by Iraqi and Lebanese Shiite militia - AFP


Iran slashed Hamas funding, senior official admits | The Times of Israel


Syria first lady pledges to stand by husband - The National


50 000 Syria Christians ask for Russian citizenship  - Interfax-Religion


A group of clerics issue a fatwa allowing starving Syrians to eat cats and dogs -


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Syria News - Oct 15


Jihadists in Syria behind kidnapping of ICRC workers, NGO says - AFP

Islamist militants destroy Sufi shrine in eastern Syria - English | Front Page

Two suicide car bombs explode in central Damascus: SANA - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Moments Before the Two Suicide Bombings During Live Syrian T.V. Interview - YouTube

Syria: Car bomb strikes rebel-held town, killing at least 27 people -

Jihadists make gains against FSA in inter-rebel Syria clashes - Yahoo News

Rival al-Qaeda-linked groups fortifying in Syria with mix of pragmatism and militancy - The Washington Post

Al-Qaeda leader urges unity among Syrian jihadis, no deals with Western-backed and secular groups - The Times of Israel

Al Qaeda’s Teenage Fan Club - VICE United States


FSA threatens ISIS of giving areas to Syrian Army -


Assessing Syria’s Islamist rebel alliance – “Army of Islam” - 5Pillarz


New Report on Battlefield Situation in Southern Syria - Institute for the Study of War


Will Bishops Be Included in Deal To Release Lebanese Detainees? - Al-Monitor


Russian traveler feared captured by Syrian militants - RT News


Sex jihad of Tunisian girl in Syria: "They promised me paradise, so I gave myself to 152 men" - Jihad Watch


Dutch Foreign Fighters – Some Testimonials from the Syrian Front - JIHADOLOGY


Al-Qaida surges back in Iraq, reviving old fears - AP


Al-Qaeda in Iraq Resurgent, Part II - Institute for the Study of War


VIDEO: Syrian Opposition Newscaster: No Such Thing as FSA in Syria Anymore. They're All Islamist Brigades! - YouTube


VIDEO: Three clans of Aleppo declare allegiance to ISIS, Syria -


AUDIO (English translation): New audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām: “May God Be With You, Oh the Oppressed State” - JIHADOLOGY


VIDEO: Jihadist Send Message to Wahabi Brothers to Infidel World from Aazaz Syria - YouTube


VIDEO: Yemeni Jihadists Behead, Threaten Alawites in Aleppo, Syria - YouTube


VIDEO: Syria, a Documentary: Armed gangs speak about their atrocities, crimes and sabotage acts Part 1 - YouTube




Syria: Syrian National Council chief threatens to pull out of main opposition coalition if it attends Geneva peace summit- ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Syrian National Coalition PM on Geneva, extremism and new government - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Russia Calls on U.S. to Bring Syria Opposition to Peace Talks - Naharnet

Kerry calls for 'urgent' Geneva conference on Syria - Yahoo News

U.S. allies let funds flow to al Qaeda in Syria - Washington Times

Syrian opposition totally dependent on foreign sponsors – senior Russian MP - RT Russian politics


Pressure mounts on Syrian opposition to let UN inspectors visit chemical sites - Haaretz


Syria: FSA open to "temporary" ceasefire - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


In Rare Cease-Fire, Hundreds Evacuate Rebel-Held Syrian Town -


Hizballah Cavalcade: Liwa’a al-Imam al-Hasan al-Mujtaba: A Shia Militia Fighting in Rif Dimashq/Ghouta - JIHADOLOGY


Hizballah Executing Syrian Prisoners? - Analyzing the Video (VIDEO) - Brown Moses Blog


Assad's elite unit - The Syrian 4th Armoured division - C A Parkinson


Assad Interview - Al Akhbar English


Assad lambasts Hamas for deception - THE DAILY STAR


Evidence of Hamas Fighting the Syrian Arab Army (VIDEO)-


Hamas doesn’t take action for any side in Syrian conflict - spokesman - RT Op-Edge


Salafi jihadist from Gaza reportedly killed fighting for ISIS in Syria - The Long War Journal




Iraqi Kurdistan’s chief ready to strike militants in Syria, Iraq - English | Front Page

Officials: Erbil Attack Was Carried Out By Foreign Recruits - Rudaw

Syrian Arab Village Welcomes Kurdish Fighters - Al-Monitor


Syrian Kurds says Turkey should stop supporting 'gangs' in Syria - Today's Zaman


Syrian Christians, in fear of Jihadists, begin to take up arms with Assad  - BizPac Review


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Syria News - Oct 12


Armed opposition groups in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and seized over 200 as hostages in rural Latakia - Human Rights Watch

“You Can Still See Their Blood”, Killings and Hostage Taking by Opposition Forces in Latakia Countryside (FULL REPORT) - Human Rights Watch

VIDEO: Report: Syria Executions, Hostage Taking by Rebels - Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch Criticizes Turkey Over Syrian Opposition Massacre -

Turkey lashes out at HRW claims of support for Syrian terrorist groups - Today's Zaman

Turkey's spymaster a driving force behind efforts to supply the rebels and topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad -

Syrian National Coalition statement on the HRW report about human rights abuse by Syrian rebels -

Free Syrian Army Denies Involvement in Reports of Rebel Murder - US News and World Report

Al-Qaeda’s New Orders: Avoid Killing Christians and Shia -


Syrian rebel fatwa: seize non-Sunni property - Money Jihad


U.S.-backed Syria rebels urged to break with al Qaida allies over alleged abuses -


Report warns of threat of loose missiles in Syria if they fall into the hands of terror groups -


Al Qaeda's Syrian Strategy - Foreign Policy


Syria: ISIS Orphans al-Nusra Front, Cutting Its Funding - Al Akhbar English


The Founding of the Al-Nusra Front and its Collaboration with Other Rebel Organizations -


Liwa Al-Tawhed Captures a "Russian Spy" - Brown Moses Blog


VIDEO: Jobar Update: Syrian Soldier Confirms Capture of Taliban Militants and "Sexual Jihad" Girls - YouTube


VIDEO: Soldier after being shot dead and beheaded by terrorists -


Syrian army recaptures two Damascus suburbs from rebels, Backed by Lebanese Shi'ite movement Hezbollah and Iraqi Shi'ites - The Independent


Opposition: Hizbullah playing key role in Syrian offensive around Damascus - World Tribune


Positive signs for release of bishops, but no word on abducted Lebanese pilgrims - THE DAILY STAR


A Christian volunteer soldier in Syria: 'We have to defend our community' - The FRANCE 24 Observers




Chemical weapons watchdog OPCW wins Nobel Peace Prize for Syrian mission - Reuters

UN Security Council Approves Joint Mission With OPCW in Syria - RIA Novosti

Exclusive: U.S. suggests destruction unit for Syria's chemical weapons - Reuters

Russia Suggests List of Experts to Chemical Weapon Inspection Team - RIA Novosti

Syrian opposition says Nobel prize for chemical weapons watchdog is 'premature' - CTV News

Air raids and clashes near Syrian chemical weapons sites - Reuters

Russia says Syria rebels received Afghan training in chemical weapons, planning attacks on the territory of Iraq - Yahoo News


Who Attacked Ghouta With Chemical Weapons?: Suggesting Scenarios -


Geolocation of alleged chemical rockets in East Ghouta - StoryfulPro


No, You Can’t Make Sarin in Your Kitchen - Bloomberg


Analysts and think tanks in Syria debate have ties to defense contractors - The Washington Post


Report: Conflicts of interest in the Syria debate, An analysis of the defense industry ties of experts and think tanks who commented on military intervention - Public Accountability Initiative


Arab league, OIC call for Eid ceasefire in Syria - Reuters


Syrian Coalition Spokesperson Talks About Call for Ceasefire During Islamic Holiday -


Hacked off: What happened when the Syrian Electronic Army attempted a cyber attack on The Independent?  - The Independent


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Conflicts of interest in the Syria debate


During the public debate around the question of whether to attack Syria, Stephen Hadley, former national security adviser to George W. Bush, made a series of high-profile media appearances. Hadley argued strenuously for military intervention in appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV, and authored a Washington Post op-ed headlined “To stop Iran, Obama must enforce red lines with Assad.”

In each case, Hadley’s audience was not informed that he serves as a director of Raytheon, the weapons manufacturer that makes the Tomahawk cruise missiles that were widely cited as a weapon of choice in a potential strike against Syria. Hadley earns $128,500 in annual cash compensation from the company and chairs its public affairs committee. He also owns 11,477 shares of Raytheon stock, which traded at all-time highs during the Syria debate ($77.65 on August 23, making Hadley’s share’s worth $891,189). Despite this financial stake, Hadley was presented to his audience as an experienced, independent national security expert.

Though Hadley’s undisclosed conflict is particularly egregious, it is not unique. The following report documents the industry ties of Hadley, 21 other media commentators, and seven think tanks that participated in the media debate around Syria. Like Hadley, these individuals and organizations have strong ties to defense contractors and other defense- and foreign policy-focused firms with a vested interest in the Syria debate, but they were presented to their audiences with a veneer of expertise and independence, as former military officials, retired diplomats, and independent think tanks.

The report offers a new look at an issue raised by David Barstow’s 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times series on the role military analysts played in promoting the Bush Administration’s narrative on Iraq. In addition to exposing coordination with the Pentagon, Barstow found that many cable news analysts had industry ties that were not disclosed on air.

If the recent debate around Syria is any guide, media outlets have done very little to address the gaps in disclosure and abuses of the public trust that Barstow exposed. Some analysts have stayed the same, others are new, and the issues and range of opinion are different. But the media continues to present former military and government officials as venerated experts without informing the public of their industry ties – the personal financial interests that may be shaping their opinions of what is in the national interest.

This report details these ties, in addition to documenting the industry backing of think tanks that played a prominent role in the Syria debate. It reveals the extent to which the public discourse around Syria was corrupted by the pervasive influence of the defense industry, to the point where many of the so-called experts appearing on American television screens were actually representatives of companies that profit from heightened US military activity abroad. The threat of war with Syria may or may not have passed, but the threat that these conflicts of interest pose to our public discourse – and our democracy – is still very real.

Columbia University, Once Home to Protests of War, Plans Gripe Session to Bemoan Absence of War

The Struggle for Syria: Panel Event at Columbia University

With over a 100,000 deaths and millions of refugees and displaced persons, the Syrian civil war has shaken the Middle East and horrified the rest of the world.  It has raised many questions about the ethical and legal justification for a humanitarian intervention, the necessity to protect international norms such as the prohibition of chemical warfare, and the Russia-US dynamic in addressing this crisis.  How significant is the current cooperation and commitment to end Syria's chemical weapons program? How do the events in Syria relate to regional and global efforts related to weapons of mass destruction? What are the avenues for progress in Syria?
On October 16th, join us at Columbia University to hear about these issues from a distinguished roster of experts: Professor Michael Doyle, Harold Brown Professor of US Foreign and Security Policy; Professor Peter Clement, former Director of the Office of Russian and Eurasian Analysis at the CIA; and Professor Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute Jonathan Granoff.

To RSVP, contact  Zunaira Mubasher, Columbia University.





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Syria News - Oct 10


Chemical weapons inspectors say they can meet tough deadline in Syria - The Washington Post

Inspectors in Syria may need cease-fires to reach chemical weapons -

VIDEO: OPCW Press Conference on Syria - YouTube

VIDEO: OPCW's Syria inspectors: Footage and interviews -

VIDEO: Syria chemical weapons plant during UN inspection - YouTube


UN Chief Proposes Establishing Joint Mission with OPCW in Syria which Would Comprise some 100 Personnel - RIA Novosti


Russia, U.S. agree on how Syria should eliminate chemical arms: Putin - Yahoo News


Pentagon's role in Syria poison gas destruction likely - AP


On Syria, Questions About UN Trust Fund & Plans, on Cyprus; Ban Ki-moon Said to "See From One Eye" - Inner City Press


The Syrian Regime Secures a Critical Chemical Weapons Site near Aleppo - Instituto de Seguridad, Defensa y Estudios Internacionales (ISDEI)


Syrian regime's capture of al-Safira base near Aleppo aids U.N. chemical cleanup -


Syrian opposition leader speaks on U.S.-Russian deal on chemical weapons - English - Front Page




Charbel Denies Imminent Release of Lebanese Pilgrims held captive by rebels in Syria, Talks About Ongoing Negotiations - Naharnet

“Fr. Dall’Oglio is alive and is being treated well by his kidnappers” - Vatican Insider

France reveals two more journalists held in Syria - Yahoo News

Al-Qaeda affiliate detains Aleppo residents for protesting its presence in Syria - Al-Shorfa

Syria: Lone Protester Takes Stand on Raqqa Abductions - Institute for War and Peace Reporting 

ISIS after controlling Azaz, opens new Shariah court and Police station - ZAMAN 


Analyzing Events in Azaz - A Detailed Look At ISIS' Takeover - Brown Moses Blog


Kurdistan: ISIS attack on security base in Erbil was attempted prison break - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Syria rebels 'seize guard post on Jordan border' in Daraa region - Yahoo News Maktoob


VIDEO: Syrian Rebels Forces Advance Across Daraa Region - YouTube


Syria rebel shelling sparks oil refinery fire in Homs - FRANCE 24


Syria: Army of Islam Continues to Expand - Israel National News


VIDEO: Harakat Ahrar al-Sham release their first English language weekly news report -


Hezbollah, Iraqi militia capture Damascus suburb: opposition - Reuters


VIDEO: Video claiming to show Hezbollah fighters in Syria executing injured opposition fighters - YouTube


VIDEO: Over 30 insurgents surrender to the Syrian Army in Damascus -




Turkey says not aiding Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels -

Syrian Kurdish Leader Urges Turkey to End Support for Salafists - Al-Monitor

Growing Unease Over Turkish Jihadists in Syria - VOA

Turkey denies building wall on Syrian border despite locals' claim - Today's Zaman

Turkey reopens border checkpoints which allows the flow of support to rebel groups fighting in Syria -

Saudi Arabia funds Syrian Islamist rebels, splits with U.S. -


Saudi may fire Bandar over Syria: Report -


Charity millions ‘going to Syrian terror groups, People giving money to help Syrian refugees are inadvertently supporting terrorism, the charity watchdog warns - Money Jihad


Iran rejects U.S. condition for joining Syria peace conference - Reuters


The Coalition Rejects Iran’s Participation in Geneva and Considers It an Occupier With Whom It Is Impossible to Negotiate -


Putin suggests large Muslim nations join Syria peace talks - Al Jazeera America


VIDEO: Syria trending toward radical jihadists, not moderate rebels' - Lavrov (EXCLUSIVE) - YouTube


VIDEO: Libyan PM: Libya is used to smuggle arms abroad - YouTube




Syria’s Kurds Divided Over Geneva II Conference - Al-Monitor

US Wants Kurds to attend in Geneva meeting under Syria opposition council: official - Mesopotamische Gesellschaft 


Kurdish Groups Take Control In Northeast Syria - AINA


Son of Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim killed in fighting: Report -


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Syria News - Oct 8


Kerry praises Assad for acting on Syria's chemical weapons in 'record time' (VIDEO) -

OPCW weapons inspectors say "Syrian authorities were cooperative", disabling warheads, aerial bombs and mixing equipment  -

US State Dept Downplays ‘Praise’ for Assad Over Weapons Removal,  He cannot be part of a future government in Syria - RIA Novosti

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan slams Kerry's praise of Assad - TheHill


Russia calls for pressuring "Armed Opposition" to guarantee security of chemical investigators - Syrian Arab news agency


Who Attacked Ghouta?: Analysis Of Prior Alleged Chemical Attacks -


Lavrov, Kerry Hope to Hold Syria Geneva II Conference in Mid-November - RIA Novosti


Ban firmly "determined" to make Geneva II Syria Conf. happen - KUNA


Syrian opposition sets conditions for Geneva II: “no dialogue with criminal Assad regime” and Iran must not participate as “mediator” -


U.S. opens door to Iran taking part in Syria peace conference - Reuters


Syrian Officials Sound a Conciliatory Note Toward the Opposition -




ISIS claims responsibility for attack in Iraqi Kurdistan's capital, says was in response to Barzani's support to Kurdish forces battling jihadists in Syria - ekurd

Explosions across Baghdad kill at least 38 people, Eight of the 10 blasts were in mainly Shi'ite districts - Yahoo News

Interview: Maliki Says Terrorism in Iraq 'Directly Related' to Syria - Al-Monitor

Turkey Builds Wall On Syria Border To Stop Illegal Crossings, Smugglers and rebel fighters cross the border undetected in many remote areas - AP


Kurdish National Council to hold talks with Turkish officials -


Gunmen Gain Ground Among Lebanon Sunnis Emboldened by Syria War - Bloomberg


Syria: Golan Village Under Nusra’s Thumb - Al Akhbar English


Syrian Radical Islamist Forces Gain in Aleppo, “It is unlikely the FSA will hold its ground against the ISIS for long" - Al-Monitor


After heavy fighting, Syrian troops reopen key road to embattled northern city of Aleppo - The Washington Post


The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: al-Baghdadi Triumphant, Today ISIS persists in a state of outright disobedience to Al Qaeda leader Zawahiri - jihadica


Indictment: Saudi-American financed jihad in Somalia and Syria - Money Jihad


Syrian Army Kills Former Saudi Officer Linked to al-Nusra Front - Prensa Latina News Agency


Banksy Parodies Syrian Rebel in a Video Satire (VIDEO) -


VIDEO: Kurdish YPG fighters protect Kurdish village, attacked by jihadi terrorists -


VIDEO: Syrian rebels beheading another citizen -



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