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Empire Project in Syria Reaches New Low - Syrian Support Group

pergallon1How low will the Western powers stoop in the assault on the people and nation of Syria?    You may be surprised.  Here are three nightmares from the conflict. (Image: Neil Turner)

The United States, United Kingdom, France, Turkey, and the Gulf oligarchies sponsored a rebellion in Syria that chose cities as the primary battleground.  Syrian rebels entered the cities, took over without invitation by the residents, and battled the police and other representatives of the Syrian government.  Nobody expected the government to simply surrender the cities to the rebels.  This often-overlooked fact explains the scale of death and destruction in Syria.

The above listed cast of characters supported or looked the other way as foreign fighters from Al Qaeda in Iraq took on a major combat role. The group, known as Al-Nusra, is credited as the best combat force fighting the Syrian government.   The group slaughters civilians and captured soldiers.  A favorite targets for violence and kidnapping are the minorities of Syrian Christians and Kurds.

The latest news of the effort to depose a government that never attacked the United States and posed no imminent threat has more to do with hypocrisy than death and destruction.   Craven, rapacious greed flowers in the context of a full tilt violence.

U.S. sanctioned Syrian rebel fundraisers "obsessed" with oil over revolution

Syria/Egypt News - Aug 2


Ousted Egypt president’s supporters snub offer of protection if they end their protests - The Washington Post

Egypt protesters plan new marches after crackdown order - GlobalPost

International concern over ending Cairo sit-ins - Daily News Egypt

UN, EU stress inclusive political process in Egypt amid crackdowns on protests - Xinhua


German foreign minister Westerwelle arrives in Egypt, calls for restraint and urges authorities to avoid 'selective justice' - DW.DE


National Salvation Front reaffirms trust in government to fight terrorism - Daily News Egypt


Egypt extremist group warns of 'chaos' over protest clearances - NBC World News


One million pro-Morsi protesters, 30 million opponents in 1432 July demos: Democracy Index - Ahram Online




Photographer recounts ordeal at hands of Islamists in Syria, recalls mock executions and scenes of torture - AFP

Assad visits troops in Damascus suburb, says army will win 'the fiercest barbaric war the modern history has ever witnessed' - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Bashar al Assad tells army troops that victory is near - YouTube

Assad's confidence "disgusting" after he destroyed his country, opposition figure says - AFP


US State Dep calls Assad Instagram account "repulsive" glossing over the brutality and suffering he is causing - AFP


Ammo dump blast triggered by rebel rockets kills 'at least 40' in Syria's Homs - Fox News


VIDEO: Deadly explosions hit Syria's Homs - Al Jazeera English


VIDEO: Rebel massacre at Khan Al Asal near Aleppo - new details -


VIDEO: Remember SAA soldier beheaded by brainwashed rebel child soldier? Boy surrendered begging for amnesty -


VIDEO: Syrian regime officers flogging teen - NOW


Syrian Rebels Urge N.Caucasus Jihadists to Stay Home - RIA Novosti


U.S. unlikely to sanction another Israeli strike on Syria - Haaretz



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Syria/Egypt News - Aug 1


Pro-Morsi rallies no longer acceptable, constitute a threat to the country's national security: Egyptian cabinet - Ahram Online

Cabinet decision to disperse sit-in is 'terrorism': Brotherhood - Ahram Online

3 Muslim Brotherhood leaders sent to criminal court - Ahram Online

Pro-Morsi Wasat Party leaders arrested - Ahram Online


Egyptian Tamarod movement wants brotherhood blacklisted as a terrorist organization -


Tamarod attacks Third Square for 'fragmenting Egyptian people - Daily News Egypt


Egypt's ‘Third Square’ Protests Reject Army, Islamists - VOA


African delegation meets Egypt's Morsi - Yahoo! News


AU Wise Men delegation recounts Tuesday Morsi meeting - Ahram Online


US urges Egypt to respect right to peaceful assembly - Ahram Online


Senate roundly rejects proposal to halt Egypt aid - Fox News


U.S. to go ahead with joint military exercise in Egypt | Reuters




Jihadist hold 200 Syria Kurds hostage: NGO - Fox News

Kurdish militia vow to defeat rebels linked to al-Qaida in Syria - The Columbus Dispatch

VIDEO: In Afrin, Residents Condemn Islamist Attacks On Kurds, Civilians - YouTube

Al Nusrah Front launches joint assaults with numerous Syrian rebel groups, including Free Syrian Army units - The Long War Journal

Syrian opposition chief says no peace talks before rebels reverse regime gains - The Washington Post

Fighting rages for Khan al-Assal, town in Syria chemical weapons row - AFP


Syria says 38 Jordanian ‘jihadists’ killed in July - The Jordan Times


Mortar Attack Kills Six, Injures 19 Near Damascus - Prensa Latina News Agency


Syria: At least 10 killed in Homs mortar attack - Business Standard


Three Syrian TV employees kidnapped 40 km north of Aleppo - Reporters Without Borders


The Struggle for Justice In rebel held Aleppo, The Sharia council is not seen as “legitimate” by many citizens - Al-Monitor


Jailed and Raped for Not Fasting by AlNusra Front Jihadists - SyriaNews


VIDEO: Two rapists executed in Deir al-Zour, Syria -


PHOTOS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad joined Instagram. Here are his first photos -




West's main aid group for Syrian rebels collapses into disarray - Telegraph

Iraqi Kurds to voice concern on al-Nusra during Ankara visit - hurriyetdailynews

Ankara to Barzani: We do not lend support to al-Nusra Front - hurriyetdailynews

Saudi Arabia Delivers Weapons to Al-Qaeda in Northern Syria, Buy Old Military Equipment and Arms from Israel to Supply Rebels - 


Can the West Finally Turn Off Its Tolerance for the Saudis? - huffingtonpost


Syria: PLO Palestinian Initiative to End Fighting in Yarmouk Camp - Al Akhbar English


Syrian rebels' missile defense system threatens Israel - Ynetnews


Syrian Missiles Were Moved Before Israeli Strike, Officials Say -


Senate panel moves to gut Pentagon $$ for contract with Russian firm supplying Assad - Fox News


U.N. says chemical weapons inspectors to visit three Syrian sites - Reuters



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Syria/Egypt News - July 31


Al Qaeda group kidnaps Italian Jesuit Paolo Dall’Oglio in Syria: activists - Reuters FaithWorld

Fears mount over fate of Italian priest who went missing in Raqqa - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Italian Jesuit Priest Speaking to a Crowd In Raqqa Before Alleged Kidnapping - YouTube

VIDEO: Interview with Father Paolo Dall'Oglio at Raqqa before 'kidnap' -


Dall'Oglio in Raqaa to mediate for the release of a crew of Syrian journalists and technicians taken hostage a few days ago -


AUDIO: Archb. Zenari: Fr. Dall'Oglio's abduction in Syria is part of a "Via Crucis" of kidnappings - radiovaticana


Syria's moderate rebels wane as extremist forces dominate - The National


Aleppo rebel religious committee forbids ‘colonial’ croissants - English | Front Page


Al-Qaeda's Syrian Recruits: The Case of 'Abu Majed' - Al-Monitor


Liwa al-Islam Deploys Advanced Surface-To-Air Missiles Systems, It is known to cooperate with Jabhat al-Nusra and conduct joint operations (VIDEO) - Brown Moses Blog




Car bomb kills Syrian Kurdish politician - Reuters

Syrian Kurdish militia urges to rise up against jihadists, says Qaeda and FSA "have become one side in attacking the Kurdish people" - GlobalPost

Interview with Saleh Muslim Mohammad on the occasion of his visit to Turkey, Syrian Kurds Want Transitional Administration Now - Al-Monitor

Battle for Oil Intensifies Between Syrian Kurds, Jihadists - Al-Monitor


Ankara, Syrian opposition holds talks between Al Nusra and PYD - World Bulletin


VIDEO: Syria al-Qaida offshoots blowing up Kurdish houses in Tel Abyad - YouTube


VIDEO: Kurdish Fighters Prepare To Attack Jabhat Al-Nusra Near Qamishli - YouTube


Iran grants Syria $3.6-billion oil credit line - AFP


Arab, Muslim states urge truce in Syria for Eid feast - AFP


Chief: Syrian rebels to form govt late August - AFP


Syria civil war: President Bashar al-Assad joins Instagram - The Independent


Syrian Electronic Army targets White House staffers, floods Reuters with pro-Assad cartoons -


CARTOONS: Full set of cartoons uploaded by the Syrian Electronic Army to Thomson Reuter’s account -




EU’s top diplomat says jailed Morsi is ‘well,’ but no breakthrough in resolving Egypt crisis - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Morsi meeting: EU chief Catherine Ashton speaks to BBC - BBC News

Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya says Morsi to reject Ashton 'safe exit' offer - Ahram Online


Morsi supporters march against 'police brutality' after violence rocks Cairo - Ahram Online


Obama asks Graham, McCain to travel to Egypt - English | Front Page


Hagel urges Egyptian military leaders to pursue political solution - The Hill


Saudis Divided over Egypt - Al-Monitor


Hamas Hits Back At 'Preposterous' Egypt Claims - Al-Monitor



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Waging the Battle of Syria


Waging the Battle of Syria


by Stephen Lendman


Syria's conflict began in March 2011. Resolving it remains elusive. Previous articles explained it's Washington's war. It was planned years ago. 


It's about advancing America's imperium. There's nothing civil about it. It's about toppling another independent government. They're not tolerated. Washington wants pro-Western puppet ones replacing them.


Syria/Egypt News - July 30


Syrian Opposition Leader Jarba Says He Would Meet Assad Officials -

Al Arabiya Exclusive: SNC leader Jarba says Geneva II may end Syria war -

VIDEO: Interview with SNC leader Jarba - | WebTV

Syrian opposition condemns rebel execution of captives, to begin probe into Khan al-Asal killings - Businessweek

VIDEO: Part A: Captive soldiers in Khan al-Assal -


VIDEO: Part B: Captive soldiers in Khan al-Assal -


VIDEO: Khan al-Asal: Insurgent hits the captive twice on the head, causing his head to hit the stone floor - YouTube


Syria captures rebel base in key city of Homs -


Worries Mount as Syria Lures West’s Muslims -


Al-Qaeda Militants Travel To Syria Via Turkey -


Al Qaeda’s Play for Lebanon - The Daily Beast


Syria, U.N. Negotiate Terms for Chemical Strike Inquiry - Yahoo! News


Russia asks UN to consider its inquiry of Syria chemical arms use - People's Daily Online


On Syria in General Assembly, Talk of Chemical Weapons Witnesses Killed While UN Plays Hide the Ball - Inner City Press




Syrian Kurd leader says Turkey vows humanitarian aid - AFP

Analysis: Al Qaeda's Iraqi, Syrian affiliates jointly battle Kurds - The Long War Journal

Hasakah province: Two girls killed from Qaeda bombardment of their house - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


VIDEO: Jabhat al-Nusra Public Execution In Al-Hasakah - YouTube


VIDEO: Aleppo province: Mass migration of Syrian Kurds out of Tal Hasel fearing that al-Nusra will bombard the village -Syrian Observatory for Human Rights




Top EU diplomat in Egypt to mediate between rival sides as Islamists call for more protests - The Washington Post

Egypt Allows EU Envoy to Visit Morsi -

Egypt arrests more Islamists as EU official visits - Yahoo! News

White House condemns Egyptian military crackdown, no immediate steps to suspend U.S. military assistance - Yahoo! News


Ban warns Egyptian leaders over demonstration deaths - Ahram Online


Egypt’s interim government must rein in notorious security forces -


Despite dozens of deaths, Muslim Brotherhood finds little sympathy at home or abroad -


Egypt rights groups demand interior minister's dismissal - Ahram Online


Clashes between Morsi's supporters and opponents leave 12 houses torched in Cairo's Ezbet Abu-Hashish - Ahram Online


Palestinian leader in Cairo for show of support - Yahoo! News



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Egypt News - July 29


VIDEO: Police officers shooting at protesters hiding behind a barricade - YouTube

VIDEO: Police gunmen firing at the Islamist protesters - YouTube

VIDEO: Plain clothes officer firing a machine gun - YouTube

Egypt: Many Pro-Morsi Protesters Shot in Head or Chest, Police was Shooting to Kill - Human Rights Watch


Eyewitness: People were dropping like flies - NZ Herald News


PHOTOS: Pics of uniform &  plain clothed police officers shooting -


VIDEO: Cairo Massacre: The hospital field in Rabaa square - YouTube


PHOTOS: Extensive set of pics on the aftermath of the clashes - Mosa'ab Elshamy


Mosa'ab Elshamy eyewitnessed the killing by the police - Facebook




Egypt's interim president says PM has right to give military arrest powers - Fox News

Police won't allow 'mad people' to disturb Egypt's peace: Interior Minister - Ahram Online


Tamarod very concerned by Interior Minister's statements - World Bulletin


ElBaradei condemns ‘excessive use of force’ in Egypt - English | Front Page


Egypt’s prosecution blames Nasr City violence on Morsi supporters - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online


Brotherhood holds forces behind 30 June responsible for Saturday clashes - Daily News Egypt


Muslim Brotherhood to create a “Free Egyptian Army”? - United Jerusalem


El-Awa proposes initiative to end political crisis in Egypt - Ahram Online




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Syria/Egypt News - July 28


Violent clashes in north Cairo leave dozens of Morsi supporters dead, Death toll has risen to 80 according to the Health Ministry - Ahram Online

Police used live bullets in Cairo violence: Brotherhood - Ahram Online

NSF mourns deaths and says 'can't help' but blame the Muslim Brotherhood, calls for a private investigation to hold accountable all those responsible - Ahram Online

VIDEO: Raw Footage of Cairo Overnight Clashes - YouTube

VIDEO: Police Video of Cairo Clashes - YouTube


VIDEO: Egypt: Doctors battle to treat the injured after scores killed in protests - Telegraph


VIDEO: Interior Minister Says Brotherhood-affiliated Preacher Ordered Protesters To Block Bridge - YouTube


Libya protesters attack Muslim Brotherhood's offices after killings - Fox News


More than 1,000 inmates escape Libyan prison as protests sweep across country beset by unrest - The Washington Post


Libya PM to reshuffle cabinet, cut ministries after killings - Reuters


Thousands protest government at Tunisia funeral, ‘‘Down with the party of the Brotherhood’’ chanted mourners - The Boston Globe


Tunisia Says Assassination Has Links to Al Qaeda -




NGO: Syrian forces gain in assault on rebel Homs - AFP

Syrian Troops Capture Historic Khalid Ibn Al-Walid Mosque In Homs' Khaldiyeh District -

Syria says rebels killed 123 people in northern town of Khan al-Assal, majority civilians - Reuters

Al Nusrah Front claims to have "liberated" the town of Khan al Assal, Background on Ansar al Khilafah Brigade - The Long War Journal

VIDEO: Khan al Assal: Captive is cowering, a cut on his throat, with an insurgent holding a large knife next to him- YouTube


VIDEO: Khan al-Assal: Insurgents — one of whom appears to be a teenage boy — abusing a young man - You Tube


VIDEO: Salafists Gunmen Blow Up A Mosque In Eastern Syria - YouTube


Qatar-funded Syrian rebel brigade backs al Qaeda groups in Syria - Threat Matrix


Al Qaeda Member Confirms Terrorists Entry to Syria, adding that the Chechens are the most dominant group - Prensa Latina News Agency


Thousands of defected Syrian police who joined the rebels are on U.S. payroll: State Dep official - World Tribune


U.N. says accord reached on Syria chemical weapons inquiry - English | Front Page


Chemical Weapon Specialists Talk Sarin, Saraqeb, and Khan Al-Assal - Part 1 - Brown Moses Blog


Syrian Opposition Set Pre-Conditions for Geneva Two Talks in Pay-to-Play Briefing of UN Censorship Alliance, Transcript Here by FUNCA - Inner City Press




PYD leader in visit to Turkey proposes formation of provisional council until political solution -


Turkey moves for ‘holy alliance’ with Kurds, ‘non-radical’ Syria rebels -


Turkish police deny reports tying Syrian suspects to bishops' alleged murders - World Bulletin


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Syria/Egypt News - July 27


Millions of Morsi's Opponents Rally In Egypt Responding To Army Call, Morsi's supporters also turned out but in smaller numbers - AP

Egypt investigating Morsi on charges of murder and conspiracy -

Five killed, more than 100 injured in clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsi in Egypt's Alexandria - Ahram


Clashes in Cairo between Morsi supporters, opponents - Fox News


Egypt's 'Third Square' protesters denounce army, Morsi - Ahram Online


Hamas reels as Egypt accuses movement of conspiracy, attacks - GlobalPost




Syria Troops Gain Ground In Central City Of Homs - huffingtonpost

Pro-government Palestinian factions advance in refugee camp in Syrian capital - Fox News

Syrian Rebels Strike Remote Army Outposts in Khan al-Asal, Activists Say Dozens Soldiers Killed - huffingtonpost

VIDEO: Footage of tens of regime forces killed by rebels in Khan al-Asal - YouTube

MAP:  Shows areas of military control between ‎Syrian Army, Rebels, Kurds - and Contested Zones - National Coalition Of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces


Syrian opposition leader to Kerry: We're 'desperate,' send arms quickly - NBC World News


Syrian opposition tells UN Assad must agree to hand power to a transitional government - Fox News


Al Qaeda Is Back - Yahoo! News


Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant eulogizes Tunisian suicide bomber - The Long War Journal


Syrian Christian Describes Religious Cleansing by Extremists -


Analysis - Setbacks to bring quieter Qatar foreign policy but no U-turn - World - The Star Online


North Korean leader meets visiting Syrian delegation - THE DAILY STAR




Turkey warns Syrian Kurd leader against autonomy plans - Fox News


Extremist fighters blow up houses belonging to Kurdish families in Syria's al-Raqa - Al-Shorfa


VIDEO: Al Hurra interviews Abdulbasit Sayda (Former head SNC), Salih Muslim (PYD), Abdul Hakim Bashar (KDP-S) on the issue of Kurdish autonomy and the recent fights between JN/ISIS and the YPG - Transnational Middle-East Observer


VIDEO: Intense discussion between an Arab and a Kurd (English Subtitles) -


VIDEO: YPG & Al Nusra Battle for Tal Abyad City - YouTube



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Syria/Egypt News - July 26


Car bomb in Damascus suburb kills 10, wounds 66: state media blames the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham - Reuters

Syria Calls on Security Council to Condemn Damascus terrorist explosion - SANA

Syrian army, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine battling al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front in Yarmouk (VIDEO) - PressTV

VIDEO: Battle for Yarmouk; Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine help Syrian army against Nusra Front -

Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria execute 14 Shi'ites truck drivers after checking ID cards in north Iraq - Herald Sun

Al-Qaeda in Iraq (a.k.a. Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria) - Council on Foreign Relations

VIDEO: Islamic State of Iraq and Sham Convoy Crossing Syrian Border - YouTube


Islamic State of Iraq and Nusra Front host a family fair in Syria, complete with ice cream and jihad (VIDEO) -


Top Anti-Shia Kuwati Extremist Salafi Perished in Syria Clashes, He was accused of committing the Hatla massacre -


Syria forces advance in Homs' Khalidiya district - PressTV


Top Al-Nusra commander killed in Homs -


Exclusive: Syria's war halves wheat harvest, erodes state share - Reuters


U.S. testing Syrian rebel supply lines as it prepares to send arms - Reuters


With little argument, House limits U.S. military involvement in Syria, Egypt -


Hollande pledges French support for Syrian National Coalition but not arms (VIDEO) - euronews


Global Arms Markets As Seen Through The Syrian Lens - Forbes


Putin urges international community to resist repressions against Christians - RT 


Russia carries Hezbollah fighters to Syria, FSA head says - hurriyetdailynews




PYD leader arrives in Turkey for two-day talks: Report - hurriyetdailynews

Davutoglu: Radical Islamic Groups Betray Syrian Revolution -

Turkey Opposition party questions gov’t policy on Syrian Kurds - hurriyetdailynews

Iraq's Barzani prepares grand conference with Kurdish political parties from Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq - todayszaman


Kurdish Rivals PYD and KNC Reach Agreement in Ayn al-Arab - Mesopotamische Gesellschaft


PYD appeals to international community - ANF


Syrian Kurdish Forces Surround Iraq Border Crossing, Preparations are underway for a large-scale operation to capture the area from Jabhat al-Nusra - Al-Monitor


Islamic State of Iraq and Sham blows up houses of Kurds in Tal Abyad - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights




Obama administration officials: No coup in Egypt -

Egypt's national reconciliation sessions begin; Brotherhood boycotts - Ahram Online

Egypt army gives Brotherhood 48 hours to join roadmap: official - Ahram Online

Egypt Brotherhood chief urges peaceful pro-Morsi protests - Fox News


Tamarod and NSF announce participation in Friday anti-Morsi demonstrations - Daily News Egypt


Mursi's brother stands by Egyptian army in home village - Yahoo! News


Egypt's new finance minister plans stimulus, not austerity - Reuters


Egypt's Economy Stabilizes, for Now, as Arab Pledges Buy Time -


Gunmen kill 2 soldiers in Egypt’s Sinai - PressTV


Hamas-Egypt Tensions Take Toll On Gaza - The Daily Beast


Hamas Concerned About Tamarod Movement in Gaza - Al-Monitor



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Obama Plans Full-Scale War on Syria


Obama Plans Full-Scale War on Syria


by Stephen Lendman


He exceeds the worst of George Bush. He's currently waging multiple direct and proxy wars. He's insatiable. 


He's a war criminal multiple times over. He's got lots more killing and destruction in mind. His agenda prioritizes war on humanity. He lusts for conquest. 


Syria/Egypt News - July 25


All Kurdish parties back draft interim government in Syrian Kurdistan: PYD leader Salih Muslim

KNC and the PYD united to keep al-Qaeda out of Syrian Kurdistan - NOW

Jihadists’ Rise, Kurdish Self-Rule Disrupt Syrian Alliances, UN diplomat: FSA battalions might soon rise up against Qaeda - Al-Monitor


Syria's Kurdish militant leader: Turkey has nothing to fear from us - todayszaman


Turkey Says It Doesn't Take Sides In Northern Syria Clashes between al-Qaeda-affiliated radical groups and Kurdish militants -


Turkey is not mulling military intervention in Syria, Deputy PM Arınç says - hurriyetdailynews


Russia says Syrian Kurds should be protected against Qaeda attacks - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Iraqi Kurdish fighters went to Syria to fight Assad but were used by al-Nusra and ISIS to fight Syrian Kurdish militias - ekurd




Syrian rebels kill woman in attack on civilian convoy, several wounded: activists - The Globe and Mail

VIDEO (article): More on the attack on civilian convoy, two reported killed - Armenian News Agency

Syrian volleyball coach killed by rebels near Damascus - NZ Herald News

Three suspects who allegedly killed Syrian bishops captured in Turkey - Orthodoxy Cognate


Polish journalist kidnapped by Islamist militants in Syria - English | Front Page


Many insurgents — “moderate” or “extremist” — may no longer trust FSA chief Idriss - EA WorldView


Text of the al Nusra terrorists' confessions on Syrian TV (Part 2) - Syrian Perspective


Ahrar al-Sham Brigade will ease the blockade to enable Syrian forces to transport food and supplies in exchange for prisoners (VIDEO) - Al Jazeera English


VIDEO: 8 Islamic rebel battalions declare the creation of a joint room of operation in Aleppo - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


The Risky Missile Systems That Syria's Rebels Believe They Need -


Pakistani Taliban leader discusses 'global jihad,' Syria in al Qaeda video - The Long War Journal


Inmates set free by Al Qaeda may head to Syria - TVNZ


Iraq Unravels in the Shadow of Syria’s Bloodbath -


Israel Angered by U.S. Leaks of Submarine Missile Attack on Syria - Washington Free Beacon




U.S. Halts Delivery of F-16 Fighters to Egypt, in Sign of Disapproval -

Egypt's army raises pressure on Islamists with call for rallies - Reuters


Tens injured in clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents in Damietta - Ahram Online


Egypt's new rulers virtually seal Gaza as part of campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood - Fox News


Turkey - 72 Journalists Forced Out for Covering Protests, Union Says -



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Syria/Egypt News - July 24


NGO: Syria Kurds overrun villages, expel jihadists - AFP

Kurdish group advancing toward northern Iraq border - World Bulletin

VIDEO: Kurdish Militias Heading To Tell Abyad - YouTube

VIDEO: Moderate Islamist Al Farouq Brigades en route from Homs to Al Hasakah to support the fight against Kurdish groups - Youtube

‘Islamic State of Iraq and Sham’ accused of targeting Kurdish neighborhoods - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Russia: Al-Qaeda-linked extremists hold 200 Kurdish civilians hostage as ‘live shield’ in Syria - RT News

Raqqah province: Clashes continue between Kurds and jihadists - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Syrian City of Raqqa Suffers Under Rebel Rule - As-Safir Newspaper


PYD statement on Salafist attacks on Kurdish areas & EU military support for Syrian opposition - The Kurdistan Tribune


Al- Nusra asks members to kill Syria Kurds - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Al Nusra Head Support an Islamic Caliphate, strongly opposes parliamentary elections - Israel National News


FSA would not allow Kurds autonomy: commander - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Syrian Kurds Reject SNC, Al-Qaeda - Al-Monitor


Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims credit for prison break in Iraq - Threat Matrix


Turkey Reacts to PYD Autonomy Plan in Syria - Rudaw


Syrian Kurds Reassure Turkey - Al-Monitor


Turkey’s Syria Policy in Shambles Over Support for Jihadists - Al-Monitor


Qatar’s Geopolitical Gamble: How the Gulf State May Have Overreached - Yahoo! News




U.S. arming of Syria rebels could be temporary, slow: officials - Yahoo! News

Syria's opposition leaders lobby Paris for advanced weapons  Reuters


FSA aims to liberate southern Syria by end of Ramadan: report - World Bulletin


Syria opposition gets U.N. meeting with the Security Council, FSA chief won't attend - Reuters


Syria: disillusioned rebels drift back to take Assad amnesty - Telegraph


Al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists confess to perpetrating terrorist acts - SANA, Syria


Text of the al Nusra terrorists' confessions - Syrian Perspective




Cairo Clashes Between Morsi Backers, Foes Escalate - VOA

Brotherhood to boycott Egypt president's national reconciliation meetings - Ahram Online

Senate plan would keep aid to Egypt, with conditions - Reuters


The al Qaeda Network Responds to Egypt - Critical Threats



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Syria/Egypt News - July 23


Dempsey gives details on U.S. options in Syria -

Dempsey Pegs Syria No-Fly Zone at $1 Billion a Month - Bloomberg

U.S. congressional hurdles lifted on arming Syrian rebels - Reuters

Official: Al Qaeda-affiliated groups gaining strength in Syria - Blogs

Syria: Russia discussing giving loan to Damascus, still ‘committed’ to delivering S-300 missiles - AFP

Syrian government, opposition must work to expel terrorists: Russia - Reuters


Russia Says Assad Is Ready for Peace Talks -


Russian Region Says Militants Flocking to Syria - ABC News


EU Declares Hezbollah's Military Wing Terror Group - ABC News


Al Qaeda militants flee Iraq jail in violent mass break-out - Reuters


VIDEO: Cameron admits weapons could be in 'bad guys' hands in Syria - YouTube




Activists: 75 Syria rebels dead in Damascus battles - usatoday

VIDEO: Damascus - Syrian army killed many Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Adra city - YouTube

Assad's forces aiming to take back Homs and secure central Syria, not Aleppo for now -

Enlisting Damascus Residents to Answer Assad’s Call -

Pro Assad Palestinian fighters take on Syrian militants at Yarmouk camp (VIDEO) - PressTV


Syria rebels seize government town in Aleppo province - Reuters


VIDEO: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Northern Syria - AL Jazeera


Has the Islamic State of Iraq Taken Over the Insurgency (VIDEOS)? - EA WorldView


PHOTOS: Foreign passports found in Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant base in Northern Syria - Syrian Perspective | Facebook


Islamic State of Iraq Sponsor A Fun Day In Aleppo (VIDEOS) - EA WorldView


Aleppo Governor: 150 tons of vegetables distributed for free to citizens- SANA, Syria


Pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army hacks messaging networks - Times Union




YPG Commander: Kurds Are Bulwark Against Islamic Extremism in Syria - Rudaw

Erdoğan says Turkey patient on Syria for now, FSA chief Idris says that the opposition's struggle with the PYD would continue -

Islamists battling Kurdish fighters release 300 Kurdish civilians in exchange for their rebel chief -

Kurds cement power in war on Turkish border - hurriyetdailynews


Fresh clashes erupt between Kurds and Syrian Islamists - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights | Facebook


VIDEO: Kurdish fighters against al Qaida terrorists in Syrian Kurdistan -


VIDEO: YPG foils attempted suicide bombing in Çelaxa -




At least 2 dead, 40 injured in pro and anti Morsi clashes - Ahram Online

112 wounded in bloody violence in Egypt's Suez between loyalists and opponents of Egypt's toppled president Mohamed Morsi - Ahram Online

POLL: 71% of Egyptians unsympathetic with pro-Morsi protests  - Ahram Online

Egypt Islamist Calls for U.S. Embassy Siege Amid Unrest - Businessweek


Family of Egypt's Mursi threaten legal action over 'abduction' - Reuters


Six Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood highups flee to Gaza, set up command post for uprising - Debkafile


The Egyptian Kid Who Took on Morsi - The Daily Beast


VIDEO: Egyp's Brotherhood rejects PM dialogue call - Al Jazeera English



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Syria/Egypt News - July 21


Syria Kurds expel jihadists, seize weapons: NGO - Fox News

Kurds capture jihadist commander in north Syria: NGO - Fox News

Report: Assad agreed to recognize the autonomy of Kurds in an area covering seven districts, Turkey warns Syrian PYD against seeking autonomy - todayzaman


Kurds clash with Turkey security forces after celebrating Kurdish capture of Syrian border town (VIDEO) - euronews


VIDEO: Kurdish Gains in Syria Prompt Fears in Turkey - YouTube


Raqqah province: Jabhat Al Nusra detained last night a journalist who worked for a Kurdish news network, as well as 5 other civilians - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights




Saudi Crown Prince Meets With Syrian National Coalition - Al-Monitor

Interview: SNC president Jarba on arms, Assad, Geneva II - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

VIDEO: FSA Spokesman: We Have Received New Weapons that Will Have Big Impact in 72 Hours - YouTube


Foreign fighters flocking to Syria stir US, EU terror concerns - Bloomberg


VIDEO: Sorrowful Aleppo Christians blast the rebels - YouTube


Syrian Army Targets Oil Smugglers -


VIDEO: Smuggling Olive Oil in Syria - YouTube




Egypt reviews ties with Syria, has no intention of waging 'jihad': minister - Reuters

Jordan's King Abdullah meets Egypt's new leaders in first visit by a head of state since coup - Fox News

Egypt forms committee to amend constitution - The Seattle Times


Top prosecutor orders investigation into Mansoura deaths - Egypt Independent


Muslim Brotherhood Statement on Heinous Massacre of Women in Mansoura - Ikhwanweb


Anti-Morsi political groups condemn murder of Morsi supporters in Mansoura - Ahram Online


Many neighbors tire of pro-Morsi sit-in in Egyptian capital - The Washington Post



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Syria/Egypt News July 20


Official: Syria Kurds plan temporary autonomous government - AFP

Syrian Kurdish group aims for independent local administration, says it is not seeking independence - Reuters

Syrian Kurds Prepare For Self-Governance Amid Divisions Within Their Ranks - Al-Monitor

Syria Kurds fight jihadists for their autonomy: analysts - Fox News

MAP: Areas controlled by Kurds and Qaeda affiliates in Northern Syria - arabthomness


Kurdish militants replace FSA flag with PYD's in Ras al-Ain - todayzaman


Hasaka province: Clashes are still ongoing between Kurds and jihadists - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


VIDEO: Wounded Al-Nusra fighter gets kicked in the face by angry Kurds -


VIDEO: A leader of "the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham" in a Turkish hospital wounded during clashes with the Kurdish militia - Syrian Perspective


Ankara Warns Against Kurdish Autonomy in Syria - Al-Monitor


Turkey should be alarmed by PYD's declaration, experts say - todayzaman


Kurd militants give Turkey 'final warning' on peace deal - Yahoo! News




NATO: Assad, Russia and Iran are prevailing in Syria, Bulk of combat assumed by foreign fighters affiliated with Al Qaida not the Syrian rebels - World Tribune

Obama briefed on military options in Syria: no-fly zones, ground invasion, missile strikes on regime infrastructure, drones against al-Qaeda - Alarabiya

Obama may cancel talks with Putin over Snowden, Syria - The Globe and Mail

Senators send letter seeking answers from Joint Chiefs chairman on Syria - The Edwardsville Intelligencer

John McCain on His Meeting With Obama, Middle East Tour, and Syria - The Daily Beast


Syria Regime Frees 23 Female Prisoners In Intended Swap For Lebanese Shiites - Huffingtonpost


Shells fired by rebels hit major Shiite shrine near Damascus - Houston Chronicle


Aid workers 'targetted by jihadists in Syria' - Telegraph


VIDEO: Aleppo rebels burn food aid trucks -


VIDEO: The Saddam Hussein battalion tortures a civilian for a personal quarrel with the leader of the rebel group - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Jabhat al-Nusra Regional Commander Slams Islamic State of Iraq In Claimed Interview - EA WorldView


Lebanese army says Syria rebels did not kill Assad supporter, Death was the result of a marital dispute - Reuters




Muslim Brotherhood backers rally in Egypt for ousted President Mohammed Morsi's reinstatement - CBS News

Two dead in Mansoura after pro, anti Morsi protesters clash - Ahram Online

Police disperse clashes in Qena; pro, anti Morsi marches nationwide - Ahram Online

VIDEO: Pro-Morsi protesters march to Defence Ministry in Egypt - Telegraph


Concerns over Sinai becoming new terrorist base - DW.DE


Militants kill 2 in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula - PressTV


Egyptian General: Hamas Smuggled Rockets to Muslim Brotherhood -


Britain Blocks Exports to Egyptian Army - Israel National News



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Syria/Egypt News July 19



Dempsey says US considering use of force in Syria - Yahoo! News

U.S. military prepares for potential chemical weapons in Syria - CBS News

VIDEO: U.S. considering use of military force in Syria, Dempsey says - CBS News Video

Administration’s Syria problem: U.S. can’t find non-Al Qaida rebels - World Tribune


British army boss: Syria no-fly zone requires ground control so you would be going to war - AFP


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


Iran’s Ahmadinejad aims to boost ties with Iraq, visit holy sites in final official visit - The Washington Post


Syria: Kilo calls on Saudis to support FSA, not jihadists -


The Syrian National Coalition's Saudi Makeover - Al Akhbar English




Syrian Kurds battle al-Qaeda-linked Islamists for control of oil fields - The Globe and Mail

NGO: 29 dead in Syria clashes between Kurds, jihadists - AFP

Syrian Kurds Consolidate In Clashes With Jihadists , They now control the border crossing with Turkey - Al-Monitor

Turkey Alarmed at Syrian Border Fighting between Kurds and Jihadists - VOA

Turkish gov't says won't tolerate PYD's fait accompli in northern Syria - todayzaman


Al-Monitor: Gezi Park protests have sharpened division between Erdogan and Gul - Panorama | Armenian news


Hasakah province: The YPG has taken control of the Qasrouk village after violent clashes with Jabhat al-Nusra fighters- Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Hasakah province: A rebel battalion kidnap 19 Kurdish university students - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


SNC leader to meet Kurdish leaders - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Competition among Syria Islamists: One Islamist rebel group seems to have overtaken all the others - The Economist


The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham Expands Into Rural Northern Syria - Syria Comment


Video tries to recruit Kazakhstan Muslims to join jihad in Syria - Times Of Cental Asia


VIDEO: Christians targeted by foreign Jihadis in Syrian war - BBC News




Egypt's interim president gives first address to nation, Mansour said unnamed groups are pushing the nation "toward the abyss" -

Exclusive: Egypt's Brotherhood proposes first crisis talks via EU envoy - Yahoo! News

Islamists Blamed for Uptick in Sinai Violence After Morsi's Ouster -


Egypt army Sinai sweep 'kills 10 militants' - Fox News


Egypt set for Fattah 2 offensive on Sinai Islamist terror. Gaza sealed. US and Israeli forces on alert - debkafile


UAE transferred $3 billion in aid to Egypt, Saudi to follow shortly - Reuters


Al-Jazeera Under Fire For Its Coverage Of Egypt (AUDIO) - NPR


Al Jazeera Employees Resign Over Network Siding with Muslim Brotherhood - canadafreepress



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Syria/Egypt News July 18


Al-Nusra Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant expelled from flashpoint Kurdish Syrian town by Kurdish fighters - AFP

Clashes Re-Erupt in Syria Between Al-Qaeda, Kurds -

VIDEO: Syria: Clashes between Kurds and Islamists - YouTube

VIDEO: Kurdish defense units YPG fighters are sniping Al-Nusra terrorists in city of SereKaniye - YouTube

VIDEO: Kurdish women defense units YPG are fighting against Jabhat Al-Nusra in SereKaniye - YouTube

Stray bullets from Syria kill two Turkish citizens, They came from the Syrian town of Ras-al Ain where Kurdish fighters have been battling Islamists - Reuters


VIDEO: Stray bullets from Syria kill two Turkish citizens - YouTube


Syrian Kurds to declare autonomy from Damascus - The Times of Israel


Turkey Should Be Alarmed By PYD's Declaration, Experts Say -


Syria revolution needs solving Kurds problem: Ahmad Jabra - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Report: Free Syrian Army demanding the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham to leave Raqqa or abandon its intention of announcing the city as an Islamic Emirate - islamicinvitationturkey


The Islamic State in Raqqa has prepared a list for arrest of those not fasting in Ramadan - The Syrian Observer


Pro Assad Palestinian refugees training to liberate camps from rebels (VIDEO) - PressTV


Syria’s Nusra Front tries to show it’s a different kind of al Qaida, They talk a lot about the FSA being recruited by the CIA to fight them -


Nusra Front Uses Stand-Up Comedy To Gain Support (VIDEO) - Israel National News


PHOTOS: More On The Gas Grenades Linked To Chemical Weapon Attacks In Syria - Brown Moses Blog




Prominent Assad defender shot dead in Lebanon (VIDEO) - FRANCE 24

VIDEO: Militants Assassinate Pro Assad Syrian State TV Commentator - AOL On

Syria: UN cultural agency chief deplores rising violence, damage to World Heritage sites - United Nations News Centre

Aleppo Governor: Over 100 trucks loaded with supplies arrived in Aleppo within past 24 hours- SANA, Syria


A Map of Non-Violent Activism in Syria - Amnesty International UK


Plunging currency adds to Syria’s gloom - The Washington Post


Qatar was ‘making too many enemies’: New emir, new foreign policy - World Tribune


Will Changing of the (Political) Guard Bring Reform to Qatar? - Cato @ Liberty




POLL: Fewer See Events in Egypt as Critical to U.S. Interests - Pew Research Center

U.S. suggests Egyptian military averted civil war - Reuters

Top EU diplomat calls for inclusive Egypt politics - Yahoo! News

Morsi release would aid reconciliation, asserts German ambassador - Ahram Online

Egypt's Morsi being held for own protection: Army - Ahram Online


Prior to Egypt’s coup, months of acrimony between president and top army general - The Globe and Mail


Exclusive: Egypt's 'road not taken' could have saved Mursi - Yahoo! News


Egypt Is Arena for Influence of Arab Rivals -


Thousands protest at Cabinet building in Cairo - Ahram Online


Over 400 pro-Morsi protesters detained by Egypt prosecution - Ahram Online


Egypt prosecution orders arrest of Wasat Party leader Sultan - Ahram Online


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood rocked by youth rebellion - The Australian


Coptic Christian church destroyed by Egypt looters - BBC News




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Syria/Egypt News July 17


Syrians fleeing war at rate not seen since Rwandan genocide: UN - The Globe and Mail

UN struggles to feed millions of Syrians - CBS News

Syria: Aleppo Receives International Humanitarian Aid - Prensa Latina News Agency

VIDEO: Charities feed Aleppo families during Ramadan - English | Front Page

Syria terrorists torch aid convoys in Aleppo -


Whether survival sex or prostitution, Syria’s poorest refugees face grim choices - THE DAILY STAR


Syrian Christian Girls Describe Daily Life of Fear, Violence - Christian Newswire


Britain: Iran can join Syria peace talks only if it changes tack - Reuters


New Iran President Backs Syria's Assad, Hezbollah - ABC News


Defense Minister Yaalon denies Israel attacked Syria’s Latakia arms depot. Twenty-five Syrian shells on Golan - Debkafile


Israel trains for border clash with Syria -


Commentary: Kuwait's Hidden Hand in Syria - The National Interest


UN Envoy: Iraq and Syrian Conflicts Are Merging - ABC News


Iraqi Foreign Minister on the Syrian Crisis - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT




Pakistan Taliban say no shift to Syria, some have gone there independently but the movement's focus remains in Pakistan - Fox News

G’Day Damascus: Australians Are Joining Syria’s Rebels in Surprising Numbers -

FSA chief accuses David Cameron of betraying Syrian opposition - English | Front Page

Free Syrian Army selling weapons to al Qaeda including anti-aircraft missiles and Koncourse anti tank weapons - Threat Matrix


FSA says Al-Qaeda to announce Islamic state in northern Syria - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


4 al-Nusra were killed, and 3 others were injured by the ongoing clashes with the Kurdish YPG in Ras al-Ein- Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Clashes Re-Erupt in Syria Between Al-Qaeda, Kurds - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East




7 killed, 261 injured in overnight clashes between the police and Morsi supporters in Cairo - Ahram Online

Morsi supporters, opponents react to Monday clashes in Ramsis, Giza - Ahram Online

VIDEO: Egypt protests: seven die in clashes in Cairo -

Liberals get key positions in new Egyptian Cabinet, It does not include any members of Islamist parties -

Egypt's first post-Morsi cabinet - who's who - Ahram Online


Egypt Muslim Brotherhood spurns cabinet offer - Ahram Online


Nour Party criticises proposed Egypt cabinet - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online


Interview: Islamist leader sees no Egyptian reconciliation without Mursi return - Firstpost


Brotherhood criticises US stance towards new Egypt rulers - Ahram Online


POLL: Americans Want Nothing to Do With Egypt -


Egypt warns Turkey not to meddle in its affairs - Reuters


Egypt economic team heartens investors - Saudi Gazette




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Attacking Syria: Israeli/Turkish Denials Ring Hollow


Attacking Syria: Israeli/Turkish Denials Ring Hollow


by Stephen Lendman


A previous article cited two Russia Today reports. One suggested Israeli Dolphin-class submarines attacked Latakia, Syria. 


At issue was targeting Russian-made S-300 air defense missile components and/or Yakhont P-800 missiles.

Israel Waging Undeclared War on Syria


Israel Waging Undeclared War on Syria


by Stephen Lendman


Israel reflects the worst of rogue state governance. It's contemptuous of international laws, treaties, conventions, its own statutes, and High Court decisions.


It's out-of-control. It's unaccountable. It makes its own rules. It maintains lawless militarized occupation harshness. It force-feeds austerity on its own citizens. It suffocates 1.7 million Gazans. It attacks other countries with impunity.

Syria/Egypt News July 16


Pakistani Taliban: 'We sent hundreds of fighters' to Syria - NBC World News

More on the Pakistani jihadists reported in Syria - Threat Matrix

VIDEO: Pakistani Taliban is Sending "Hundreds" of its Fighters to Syria to Hasten Sharia Implementation - YouTube

Yemen: Saudi Arabia recruits fighters for Syrian rebels - Medafrica Times

China claims Uyghurs militants fight with Syrian rebels - Asia Times Online

Chemicals found by the Syrian army in a storage building used by anti-government insurgents were from Saudi Arabia - alalam

VIDEO: Evidence of Syrian Rebels Using Sarin Gas, One says: "I will bring Sarin gas" (English Subtitles) - YouTube

VIDEO: New horrible beheading by Islamists in Syria - SyriaNews

PHOTO: Syrian rebels behead the statue of Virgin Mary in Idlib province - Syrian Perspective

Al-Qaeda affiliates turn against mainstream Syria opposition - Al-Shorfa

FSA wants al Qaeda suspect to face trial in Sharia court - Reuters

Assad's forces advance into rebel-held district of Damascus - Reuters

Government intensifies assault on Idlib rebel stronghold -

Weapons dump is out of reach to rebels facing defeat in Homs - The Times

Military force; the main tension between Syria Kurdish parties - Kurdpress News Aganecy



No Quick Impact in U.S. Arms Plan for Syria Rebels, The administration still has little appetite for intervention in Syria -

Legal Fears Slowed U.S. Aid to Syrian Rebels -

U.S. Legal Grounds for Backing Syrian Rebels -

Qatar’s foreign policy: Change of tack with words like “reassessment”, “recalibration” and “corrections” - The Economist

RT source: Israeli strike on Syria was carried out from Turkish base - RT News

Turkish FM denies Israel used Turkish base in Syria attack - hurriyetdailynews

Putin returns criticism to Turkish PM on foreign forces in Syria - hurriyetdailynews


Senior U.S. official visits Egypt, calls for dialogue stressing America’s impartiality in the country’s domestic politics - English

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood leader says not to fast: You need your strength for battle - Washington Times

Document attributed to Egypt's MB calls for bloodshed, dividing army -

Egypt prosecutor orders arrest of Brotherhood figures over charges of "inciting violence, funding violent acts" - Ahram Online

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood shows signs of fracturing after Morsi's fall - NBC World News

Pro-Morsi protesters, police face off in Cairo's downtown - Ahram Online

At least 3 killed in attack on bus carrying workers in Egypt's Sinai, the attackers shouted "Allahu akbar!" (God is great) - Ahram Online

Libya Reacts to the Turmoil in Egypt - Transitions

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Syria/Egypt News July 15



Egyptian army chief says no group barred from politics, will facilitate the right of free choice - Reuters

Morsi refused army request to hold referendum, says Egypt's El-Sisi - Ahram Online

Egypt Freezes Assets of Brotherhood Leaders -

Morsi supporters remain steadfast in calls for reinstatement - Ahram Online

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood admits it has been negotiating with army -

ElBaradei sworn-in as Egypt's vice president - Yahoo! News


Prosecution orders bail for head of Brotherhood FJP - Ahram Online


Egypt's Salvation Front nominates trio to negotiate with president - Ahram Online


Egypt's Christians target of Islamist anger in wake of Morsi's ouster - Fox News


In Sinai, militants intensify attacks since Egypt president's ouster - The Denver Post


Egypt weighs charges against Morsi for damaging economy - CBS News


Egypt’s Real Disaster: Away from Political Turmoil, an Economy in Freefall -


VIDEO: Egypt's economy suffering since revolution - CBS News Video


US, Saudi Arabia keen on maintaining stability in Egypt, seek transition of power into an elected democratic government - State Information Services White House


Kuwait sends $200 million worth of oil to Egypt: newspaper - Reuters


Turkey's Erdogan says Morsi 'my president' in Egypt - Ahram Online


Hamas official lambasts new Egyptian regime - THE DAILY STAR




Israeli submarine responsible for July attack on Syrian arms depot - report - RT News

Israel airstrike on Syria was aimed at Russian made missiles - The Times


Israel tests ballistic missile, Arrow defense system against long-range rockets - Haaretz Daily Newspaper


Russia to defy US by selling anti-ship missiles to Syria - Telegraph


Russian military stages biggest war games since Soviet times - RT News


Russia Readies Strategic Bombers in Snap Far East Military Drills - RIA Novosti




Syrian troops advance against rebels in Damascus - THE DAILY STAR

Car bomb attacks kill 6 in Damascus suburb - PressTV

Syrian rebels' Damascus chemical cache found by Assad army - State TV (VIDEO) - RT News

FSA to al-Qaeda: We are waiting to know the reason why he was killed. It’s been 48 hours now and no clarification has been issued yet - Alarabiya


Former opposition PM Hitto: Coalition prevented me from working on the ground inside Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL


Cameron ditches plan to arm Syrian rebels after military chief says it's 'hardly worth it' unless he launches all-out war - Mail Online


Syrian kidnappers of Lebanese call for faster exchange - THE DAILY STAR


Two French journalists kidnapped in Syria alive - Fox News


Syria Weighs Its Tactics as Pillars of Its Economy Continue to Crumble -


VIDEO: Syrian economy suffers from two years of unrest - PressTV


VIDEO: Who controls Syria's oil? - Al Jazeera English



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Syria Discovers Terrorist-Used Chemical Weapons Factory


Syria Discovers Terrorist-Used Chemical Weapons Factory


by Stephen Lendman


New evidence adds greater credibility to numerous past reports. So-called "rebels" bear responsibility for chemical weapons use. 


They're aided and abetted by Washington, other Western nations, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other regional rogue states. 


Syria/Egypt News July 14


FSA Battles Jihadi Groups In Aleppo - AP

FSA, jihadists fight in Idlib province: NGO - Fox News

VIDEO: Rebel  Describes Killing of Free Syrian Army Commander by Islamic State of Iraq - Al Jazeera

Where Does Jabhat al-Nusra End, and the Islamic State of Iraq & ash-Sham Begin? - Syria Comment


Northern Syria: Syrian Part of the Kurdistan Workers Party will Announce Autonomy? - SyriaNews


Iraq Says It Can’t Halt Arms to Syria -


Gunmen From Syria Kill Iraq Border Policeman -


Syria Denying Israeli Attack on Rockets Stash in Latakia - The Jewish Press


The Explosions in Latakia: Before and After, photography of the site in Syria where explosions were reported last Friday (PHOTOS) -




Egypt announces criminal investigation of Mursi - Yahoo! News

Morsi being held for his own safety: army - Daily News Egypt

Islamist lawmakers demand Morsi's return in Egypt - Fox News

Muslim extremists kill our priests, burn our churches and kidnap our women: How Egypt descended into a nightmare of religious hatred - Mail Online


Pro-Morsi protesters prevented from launching illegal radio channel: ERTU - Ahram Online


Huh? Pentagon Denies U.S. About to ‘Invade’ Egypt - ABC News


Analysis: Jordan relieved at ‘downfall’ of Egypt Islamists - Ammon News


Turkey redefines armed forces' duty, further rolling back powers to intervene in politics - Fox News


Police fire rubber bullets, tear gas on Istanbul protesters - Fox News


VIDEO: Police stops journalists' march to Taksim Square - PressTV



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Syria/Egypt News July 13


Tension soars as FSA leader shot dead by Qaeda jihadists - NOW

New front opens in Syria as FSA says al Qaeda attack means war - Yahoo! News

FSA’s council to meet to discuss killing of top Syrian rebel -

Pakistan Taliban 'sets up a base in Syria' - BBC News


More on the Pakistani Taliban 'base' inside Syria - The Long War Journal


Russia, Syria Exchange Files on Foreign Fighters - Official - RIA Novosti


Turkey, Iran call for cease-fire in Syria during holy month of Ramadan -


Syrian rebels vow to fight until the end in Homs, deny reports that they are preparing to desert the city - ITV News


Israel believed behind recent Syria strike - Blogs


More on the alleged Israeli strike on Yakhont missiles in Syria - Threat Matrix


Syria President Assad says ousted Baath party members made mistakes - The Independent




U.S. to Egypt: Ousted President Morsi must be freed - Yahoo! News

U.S. Sends Marines, Navy to off the Coast of Egypt - US News and World Report

Germany calls for Morsi release in Egypt - Ahram Online

Qatar’s regional policy thrown into doubt after Mursi’s ouster - English | Front Page

Tens of thousands of Islamists demand reinstatement of ousted Egyptian president - The Washington Post


Thousands break fast in Tahrir Square to celebrate Morsi ouster - Ahram Online


Egypt's PM picks leftist politician as deputy - Yahoo! News


Egypt’s young Brotherhoods break away from old leadership, establishes non-violence group -


Egypt: Second Christian Killed in Northern Sinai in Post-Morsi Backlash - IBTimes UK


Egypt's media embrace military after Morsi ouster, to dismay of press advocates - Fox News


Why Does Al Jazeera Love a Hateful Islamic Extremist? - Bloomberg




Istanbul police block protest by journalists demanding press freedoms - Fox News


Group commemorating slain Gezi protester attacked by civilians in central Istanbul -


VIDEO: Group commemorating slain Gezi protester attacked by civilians in central Istanbul - YouTube


Assailant with machete attacking Gezi protesters in Istanbul flees to Morocco -




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Statement of ComeHomeAmerica.US in Opposition to U.S. Intervention in Syria

(Cross-posted on behalf of Come Home America Steering Committee)  To sign onto our statement, go to the bottom of this Come Home America page. 

We in ComeHomeAmerica (www.
comehomeamerica.US) condemn our government’s war on Syria, prosecuted first with sanctions, then with covert support through “allies” like the dictatorial petro-monarchies of the Gulf and now with overt provision of arms for the anti-government forces and perhaps even a bombing campaign. We demand an immediate cessation of this bellicose policy by our government. Sanctions and military intervention in Syria are not in the interests of the American people; nor are they in the interests of the Syrian people.

We are far from alone in our opposition. Fully 70% of Americans are opposed to armed intervention in Syria – a number that has only increased over the months according to Pew polls. And yet the President and a majority in Congress favor intervention, revealing a crisis of our political institutions, which are far removed from the will of the people on this and many other issues.

We in ComeHomeAmerica are a very diverse group. We are traditional conservatives, progressive activists, libertarians of the Ron Paul type, old-fashioned Leftists, religious people appalled by war and non-religious who also harbor disgust over our numerous wars for over a century now. We are not pacifists, although there are pacifists in our ranks. But we do believe that any war must be defensive and a last resort, not a constant option to further the perceived interests of our elite. Our roots go deep in our country’s history, at least as far back as the Anti-Imperialist League, which was organized to oppose the war in the Philippines and included members as different as Mark Twain and Andrew Carnegie, the wealthiest man in America.

We protest our government’s actions not simply because of the specific conditions in Syria but based on general principles. The same principles would have kept us from launching the recent wars on Iraq and Libya and many others over the past century and longer.

Our first principle is that war inflicts enormous damage on human beings and we are repulsed by it, a revulsion that is found in most human beings. Hence the war-makers try to keep their deeds hidden or covered in fantasies of glory. Secrecy in turn leads to suborning the press, a mainstay of our democracy.

Our second principle, the easiest one, is that we do not want to pay for these wars and the belligerent imperial colossus, including the DoD, CIA, NSA and others, costing about one trillion a year, roughly the sum that is raised in personal income taxes on April 15. Some of us simply want the money back and others want it to be spent on social needs. But while we differ on that, we agree that the money must no longer go to a war complex. On that we are firmly united.

A third principle is that the sovereignty of other nations is to be respected. Sovereignty is a concept introduced into international law to protect weak nations from powerful ones. The U.S. is presently the most powerful, and hence we have a special obligation to respect that principle and the Nuremberg principle that prohibits wars of aggression, which includes “wars of choice” or “pre-emptive wars.” A corollary to that is that U.S. foreign policy is not based on “human rights.” Unfortunately, “humanitarian” rationales are too often used to justify or disguise bellicose policies made for other reasons. We reject such rationales for wars of aggression.

A fourth principle is that an Empire is incompatible with liberty and democracy. The US has now become a worldwide Empire with more than 1200 military bases and outposts overseas. Every Empire must perforce be a military one, because it seeks to dominate others, which elicits resistance, and that in turn calls forth military oppression. The result is that others who could be friends turn into enemies; this is the “blowback” with which we have become so familiar over the last decade and more. Our own American Revolution is an example of a successful revolt against an empire. Furthermore, imperial designs can too readily lead to a global conflagration such as World War One. And an Empire is doubly dangerous, because in the end it is incompatible with democracy as citizens tire of wars and hence must be monitored and their opposition countered. The recent revelations about the extent of domestic spying by the NSA should bring that home to us once again.

We welcome those who agree with one or more of these principles to make common cause with us in ComeHomeAmerica. We cannot afford to let other differences separate us and hence allow agents of war to defeat us by the tactic of divide and conquer. We must join together. In the end our very survival depends on it.

The CHA Steering Committee:

Paul Buhle(WI), Retired Prof.; author; producer of radical, progressive comic books.

Doug Fuda(MA), Activist, Boston Chapter of CHA

Bill Kauffman(NY), Author, Ain’t My America

Angela Keaton(CA), Chair, Outright Libertarians; Operations Director,

Dan McCarthy(VA), editor, The American Conservative

George O’Neill (FL), Co-founder of CHA

Coleen Rowley(MN), FBI Whistleblower; a Time Person of the Year, 2002

John V. Walsh,MD(MA), Neuroscience Prof.; writer for CounterPunch, DissidentVoice

Kevin Zeese (MD), Co-founder of CHA, (

Please add your name below.

Additional Signers

Sam Smith, Progressive Review

David Swanson, author, War is a Lie; blog,

David MacMichael, Former CIA analyst who resigned in protest, Founding member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

Murray Polner, Author, We Who Said No To War

Sheldon Richman Vice President, Future of Freedom Foundation.

Jeff Taylor, Associate Prof. of Political Science, Dordt College

David Henderson, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

Dave Wagner, Co-author, Radical Hollywood.

Syria/Egypt News July 12


POLL: No arms to Syrian rebels, most Americans say - CBS News

POLL (Full Report): Americans say 61 - 27 percent not to be involved in Syria and oppose 59 - 27 percent providing arms to anti-government groups - Quinnipiac University

U.S. plan to arm Syrian rebels stalls amid congressional disagreements - The Washington Post

UK parliament wins veto over any decision to arm Syrian rebels - Reuters

Money, guns flowing from Kuwait to Syria's most radical rebel factions - Fox News


Syrian rebels receive new batch of weapons from Arab states - English | Front Page


Comrades in Arms: How Libya sends weapons to Syria’s rebels - Foreign Policy


UN officials accept Syria’s invitation for talks on chemical weapons probe - United Nations News Centre


Russia’s UN envoy: Moscow ‘not blocking’ UN access to Syria, Western ‘propaganda storm’ misleading - RT News


Jimmy Carter's Making a Syria Peace Push, And the Opposition Isn't Happy About It - The Cable




Syria jihadists lose support as abuses mount - Fox News

The CIA: Al-Qaeda Dispatched 16 Tons of Explosives to Lebanon with plans to target officials in Hezbollah and the army - Al Akhbar

Cast as Hezbollah supporters, Lebanese Shiites are expelled from Sunni Gulf amid sectarian war - The Washington Post

Al Qaeda kills Free Syrian Army commander: FSA spokesman - Yahoo! News

Syria's al-Nusra Front – ruthless, organised and taking control - The Guardian


Raqqa: Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham reportedly detain more than 1500, including dozens of women - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Aleppo: Rebels attack a bus and take its passengers to an unknown location, also detain seven Kurds - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Supplies to Palliate Crisis in Aleppo Arrived, Says Governor - Prensa Latina News Agency


Syrian opposition issues rare condemnation of rebels for Aleppo food blockade - The Washington Post


Col Asaad says many of FSA officers marginalized, he made controversial statements such as that suicide bombing is “an integral part of revolutionary action" - YALLA SOURIYA


Syrian rebels prepare to abandon Homs - The Times


Syrian rebels inflicted heavy losses by army in Homs province - Xinhua |


Kurdish Group Ready to Back Main Syria Opposition in Return for Rights Recognition - Rudaw




Christians Targeted for Retribution in Egypt -

Chaos in Egypt: Christians “Hacked With Axes,” Priest Beheaded -

Egyptian Catholic Bishops: Ousting of Morsi - a Joyous Day for Us Christians - Catholic Online


Egypt unrest: Suspects held in rooftop killing of Alexandria teen -


Egypt army defends role in deadly clashes with Morsi supporters -


After backing military ouster of Morsi, Egypt liberals want power to advance democracy agenda - The Washington Post


Egypt PM says won't rule out Brotherhood role in new govt- Ahram Online


Egypt welcomes U.S. remarks on Mursi describing the rule of toppled leader as undemocratic - Reuters


U.S. Says Egypt Arrests Make It Difficult to Move Beyond Crisis -


Egyptian Coup Splits Middle East Countries - yaleglobal


How Egypt's Economy Toppled a President - Businessweek


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Syria/Egypt News July 11


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

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

VIDEO: FSA Food Embargo in Aleppo - YouTube

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

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

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


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


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


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


Islamic group arrests media activist in Ar Raqqa - ZAMAN ALWSL


Al Nusra torture room found in Rif Dimashq - alalam


Syria's Foreign Legions -


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


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


Syrian Christians flee to Lebanon, become kidnapping targets - GlobalPost


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


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


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




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

US studying Russia report of Syria rebel gas use - AFP

Syrian opposition rebuts Russian claims about sarin - usatoday


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


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




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

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

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

Analysis: Why was Tamarod successful? - Egypt Independent

Egypt Tamarod movement spreads across the Middle East - FRANCE 24


Coptic leader hopeful after Muslim Brotherhood removed in Egypt -


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




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

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


Gulf Billions Buy Egypt Economy Breathing Space - VOA


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


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