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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


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


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


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



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Syrian Opposition in Disarray


Syrian Opposition in Disarray


by Stephen Lendman


After 28 months of conflict, Assad defeated Washington's best laid plans. Its Syrian National Coalition (SNC) opposition lacks effective leadership. It lacks legitimacy. 


It's an artificial construct. It operates extrajudicially. It resembles a gang that can't shoot straight. On July 8, another leader resigned. 


Syria/Egypt News July 10


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

Mohamed ElBaradei appointed Egypt's new VP - Ahram Online

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood rejects timetable for elections -

Egypt's interim constitutional declaration draws criticisms - Ahram Online


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


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




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

US Encourages Muslim Brotherhood to Join Egyptian Political Transition - VOA

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

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


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


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


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


Al Jazeera staff resign after ‘biased' Egypt coverage -


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




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

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

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

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


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


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


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


Saudi arms will arrive soon: Syria rebel chief - hurriyetdailynews


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


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


Syrian Rebels Claim Responsibility for Beirut Bomb - Israel National News


Syrian rebels retract: Not responsible for Beirut blast - Ynetnews


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


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


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


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



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Syria/Egypt News July 9


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

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood calls for national uprising -

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIDEO: Egyptian Army Sniper Firing At Crowd - YouTube

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


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


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


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


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


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


Army arrests 11 in Sinai attacks - Daily News Egypt


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


Turkey Clears Gezi Park Protest With Water Cannons After Reopening -




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

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

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


Carl Levin wants to suspend aid to Egypt -


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


Iran says overthrow of Egypt president improper - usatoday


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


CNN Becomes Target Of Egypt Protesters -


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




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

Twin car bombs hit Homs - AFP

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

Syria Spurns Ramadan Cease-Fire Idea - ABC News

Report: Assad's Brother Commanding Homs Assault -


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


Syrian opposition PM Ghassan Hitto resigns - FRANCE 24


Congress delaying military aid to Syrian rebels - Israel News


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


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


Syrian government invites UN for chemical weapons inspection -


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


Refugees from Syria in Gaza Divided Over Assad -


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


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



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Syria/Egypt News July 8




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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Syria embassy re-opens in Cairo - alalam


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


Diplomats resist calling Morsi ouster a coup - usatoday


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


Fresh Clashes Erupt Yet Again In Turkey Over Park –




Syria rebels pound besieged Shiite towns - Businessweek

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

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


Tension Between Rebel Groups Intensifies in Syria -


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


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



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Syria News July 7


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

Egypt: Coptic Christian priest shot dead by Islamists - Telegraph

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

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

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


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


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


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


Morsi Spurned Deals, Seeing Military as Tamed -


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

Qatar Charity Wiring $5bln to Syria Rebels - islamicinvitationturkey

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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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Syria News July 6


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


Morsi supporters storm police station in Giza: Report - PressTV


Islamist gunmen stage multiple attacks in Sinai - Reuters


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


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


African Union suspends Egypt over president ouster - Fox News


Feminists stages topless protest against Turkey PM - Fox News




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

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

Egypt's shadow hangs over Syrian opposition - Reuters

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


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


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


A Revolt within the al Qaeda Movement - ISN


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


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


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



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Syria News July 5


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

ElBaradei tops list to head Egypt government-sources - Reuters

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

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

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


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


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


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


POLL: Morsi Meter -


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


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




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

Statement by President Barack Obama on Egypt - The White House

Marines poised for mission in Egypt -


Egypt foreign minister to Kerry: no military coup - Reuters


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

Syria:Terrorists target with mortar Kyrillos Church in Damascus -


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


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


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



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Syria News July 3


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


International community reactions to Egypt protests - Ahram Online


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




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

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

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


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


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


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



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Talk Nation Radio: Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire Says Syrians Oppose Intervention

Mairead Maguire, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize, speaks about here recent trip to Lebanon and Syria, where she met with refugees, combatants, members of the opposition, and members of the government.  She found that supporters and opponents of the government, including those working for political changes, overwhelming oppose foreign interference and violence.  Maguire is a founder of Peace People and of the Nobel Women's Initiative.  Maguire has nominated Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize and credits his work with helping to discourage the West from intervening in Syria.

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Syria News July 2


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

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


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


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


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




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


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


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


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


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


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


Homs Governor refutes allegations on targeting a mosque- SANA


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


China State Media Blames Syria Rebels for Xinjiang Violence - VOA


Syria neighbors block thousands from fleeing: rights group - Reuters


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


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




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

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

Egypt: Protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood HQ - Yahoo! News

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


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


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


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


Tunis Hints of Backpedaling on Syria -


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




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Syria News June 29


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

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

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

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

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

Kurdistan Presidency Holds Emergency Meeting With Syrian Kurdish Parties - Rudaw

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Maliki Blames Morsi, Brotherhood for Continuing Syria Bloodshed - Rudaw

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

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

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

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

Russia criticizes groups setting conditions for Syria talks - Reuters

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

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


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New Bill Would Block War and Weapons to Syria Without Congressional Authorization -- Just Like the Constitution Does

From Rep. Peter Welch:
Welch Leads Bipartisan Coalition in Congress to Block U.S. Intervention in Syria

Legislation Would Block Intervention Without Prior Congressional Approval

Washington, DC (June 27th) - Rep. Peter Welch joined with Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY), Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY),  and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) at a press conference today to unveil bipartisan legislation to block U.S. military intervention in Syria without an affirmative vote of Congress.  

Specifically, Welch and his colleagues’ bill would require military intervention in Syria, including military assistance, to first be authorized by a joint resolution of Congress.  It would exempt ongoing humanitarian assistance from the requirement of Congressional approval.

“It is vitally important that we recognize the lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Welch.  “Syria is in a brutal and tragic civil war the roots of which go back hundreds of years. To the extent that America can help with humanitarian assistance to ease this tragic refugee crisis, we should do so. But sending military assistance to Syrian rebels, or intervening directly in this conflict, will lead to the Americanization of this Sunni-Shia conflict. If America walks down this path, Congress and the American people should first be part of a vigorous debate.  Congress has the constitutional responsibility to authorize any action and it should do its job.”

Identical legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Chris Murphy(D-CT), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee(R-UT).  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is also a cosponsor of the House bill.

Welch recently traveled to the region on a congressional oversight trip from April 28-May 4.  He visited a refugee camp on the Syrian-Turkey border.

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