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Syria News - Dec 1, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


Belgian fighter admits that Islamic State is lacking manpower - emmejihad


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Syria/Iraq News - Nov 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exclusive: Obama Orders Hostage Policy Review - The Daily Beast

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

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

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

Islamic State apparent beheading video 'sign of desperation' -

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

REPORT: Does Terrorism Pay? An Empirical Analysis -

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yazidi Girls Seized by ISIS Speak Out After Escape -


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

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

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

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

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

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

Syrian rebels abandon Aleppo, leader flees to Turkey -

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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Minimizing ISIL numbers -- just like the Viet Cong



How Many Islamic State Fighters Are There?



Editor Note: As the United States slides back into war in the Middle East, the specter of Vietnam hovers over the endeavor with some observers wondering if wishful thinking will again replace hardheaded analysis about the risks and the costs.

By Ray McGovern

Why was I reminded of Vietnam on Saturday when Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Iraq to “get a firsthand look at the situation in Iraq, receive briefings, and get better sense of how the campaign is progressing” against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL?

Iraq/Syria News - Nov 15, 2014

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

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

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

Has ISIS peaked? Terror group suffers setbacks in Iraq -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iraq's Premier Shakes up His Military - ABC News

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

Baghdad and Kurds Reach Deal on Oil - WSJ


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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A Veterans Day Story: Iraq Veterans' Emily Yates vs. the Federal Military Machine

By John Grant

When you tuck your children in at night
Don’t tell ‘em it’s for freedom that we fight
                                                                                   - Emily Yates


Syria News - Nov 6, 2014

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

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Kobane -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KRG to Open Offices in Rojava Cantons - BAS NEWS

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

YPG and Islamic State Group Maneuver beyond Kobani - teleSUR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Islamic State Looks To Mediterranean To Continue Oil Operations -

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIDEO: John Kirby Briefs Pentagon Press Corps - DoDNEWS Videos

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

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

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


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Syria/Iraq News - Nov 2, 2014


Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga reinforcements arrive in Kobane - Al Jazeera America

VIDEO: Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements arrive in Kobane - YouTube

VIDEO: Peshmerga Handshake with YPG in Kobane - YouTube

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

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

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

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

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

President Barzani: Kobane will not fall to terrorists - Rudaw

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

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

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

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

Syria rebels deploy peacekeepers in Idlib - THE DAILY STAR

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

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

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

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


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

VIDEO: Kurds worldwide march in solidarity with Kobani - YouTube

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

PHOTO: Kurds rally in Amed, Turkey - Twitter

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

Kurds protest at Erdogan visit to Paris - ekurd

PHOTO: Kurds rally in Paris - Twitter

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

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

VIDEO: Kurdish demonstration for Kobane in Frankfurt - YouTube

VIDEO: Solidarity with Kobane Demonstration - Manchester - YouTube

VIDEO: Kurdish demonstration for Kobane in Toronto - YouTube

European Parliament to host Kobanê conference - ANF


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Iraq/Syria News - Oct 29, 2014

Pentagon: Iraqi Forces Make Gains Against Islamic State -

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

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

VIDEO: John Kirby's Pentagon Press Briefing - DoDNEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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U.S. Sends Planes Armed with Depleted Uranium to Middle East

There's a version of this story at Al Jazeera.

The U.S. Air Force says it is not halting its use of Depleted Uranium weapons, has recently sent them to the Middle East, and is prepared to use them.

A type of airplane, the A-10, deployed this month to the Middle East by the U.S. Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing, is responsible for more Depleted Uranium (DU) contamination than any other platform, according to the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). "Weight for weight and by number of rounds more 30mm PGU-14B ammo has been used than any other round," said ICBUW coordinator Doug Weir, referring to ammunition used by A-10s, as compared to DU ammunition used by tanks.

Public affairs superintendent Master Sgt. Darin L. Hubble of the 122nd Fighter Wing told me that the A-10s now in the Middle East along with "300 of our finest airmen" have been sent there on a deployment planned for the past two years and have not been assigned to take part in the current fighting in Iraq or Syria, but "that could change at any moment."

The crews will load PGU-14 depleted uranium rounds into their 30mm Gatling cannons and use them as needed, said Hubble. "If the need is to explode something -- for example a tank -- they will be used."

Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright told me, "There is no prohibition against the use of Depleted Uranium rounds, and the [U.S. military] does make use of them. The use of DU in armor-piercing munitions allows enemy tanks to be more easily destroyed."

On Thursday, several nations, including Iraq, spoke to the United Nations First Committee, against the use of Depleted Uranium and in support of studying and mitigating the damage in already contaminated areas. A non-binding resolution is expected to be voted on by the Committee this week, urging nations that have used DU to provide information on locations targeted. A number of organizations are delivering a petition to U.S. officials this week urging them not to oppose the resolution.

In 2012 a resolution on DU was supported by 155 nations and opposed by just the UK, U.S., France, and Israel. Several nations have banned DU, and in June Iraq proposed a global treaty banning it -- a step also supported by the European and Latin American Parliaments.

Wright said that the U.S. military is "addressing concerns on the use of DU by investigating other types of materials for possible use in munitions, but with some mixed results. Tungsten has some limitations in its functionality in armor-piercing munitions, as well as some health concerns based on the results of animal research on some tungsten-containing alloys. Research is continuing in this area to find an alternative to DU that is more readily accepted by the public, and also performs satisfactorily in munitions."

"I fear DU is this generation's Agent Orange," U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott told me. "There has been a sizable increase in childhood leukemia and birth defects in Iraq since the Gulf War and our subsequent invasion in 2003. DU munitions were used in both those conflicts. There are also grave suggestions that DU weapons have caused serious health issues for our Iraq War veterans. I seriously question the use of these weapons until the U.S. military conducts a full investigation into the effect of DU weapon residue on human beings."

Doug Weir of ICBUW said renewed use of DU in Iraq would be "a propaganda coup for ISIS." His and other organizations opposed to DU are guardedly watching a possible U.S. shift away from DU, which the U.S. military said it did not use in Libya in 2011. Master Sgt. Hubble of the 122nd Fighter Wing believes that was simply a tactical decision. But public pressure had been brought to bear by activists and allied nations' parliaments, and by a UK commitment not to use DU.

DU is classed as a Group 1 Carcinogen by the World Health Organization, and evidence of health damage produced by its use is extensive. The damage is compounded, Jeena Shah at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) told me, when the nation that uses DU refuses to identify locations targeted. Contamination enters soil and water. Contaminated scrap metal is used in factories or made into cooking pots or played with by children.

CCR and Iraq Veterans Against the War have filed a Freedom of Information Act Request in an attempt to learn the locations targeted in Iraq during and after the 1991 and 2003 assaults. The UK and the Netherlands have revealed targeted locations, Shah pointed out, as did NATO following DU use in the Balkans. And the United States has revealed locations it targeted with cluster munitions. So why not now?

"For years," Shah said, "the U.S. has denied a relationship between DU and health problems in civilians and veterans. Studies of UK veterans are highly suggestive of a connection. The U.S. doesn't want studies done." In addition, the United States has used DU in civilian areas and identifying those locations could suggest violations of Geneva Conventions.

Iraqi doctors will be testifying on the damage done by DU before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commissionin Washington, D.C., in December.

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration said on Thursday that it will be spending $1.6 million to try to identify atrocities committed in Iraq . . . by ISIS.

Syria/Turkey News - Oct 25, 2014

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

VIDEO: Hagel: Islamic State Strategy Working - DoD Videos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Long Will Islamic State Last Economically? - Oye Times

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Syrian Rebels Oppose New U.S. War Strategy -

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 23, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

The Administration Goes All In On Kobani -

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

VIDEO: John Kirby, Pentagon Full Press Briefing - DoDNEWS

TRANSCRIPT: Department of Defense Press Briefing by Admiral Kirby -

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

Possible Islamic State Chemical Attack On Kurdish Civilians In Kobani -

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet Syria's answer to Kim Kardashian - Metro News


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

Kurds Accuse Turkish Government of Supporting Islamic State - Reuters

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

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

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

Turkey unveils stringent new anti-protest laws - Yahoo News

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

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

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

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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 20, 2014

US Airdrops Arms to Kurds in Syrian Town of Kobani - Foreign Policy

PYD Syrian Kurds say US discussed arms supplies in direct talks - Rudaw

US confirms sharing intelligence with Syrian Kurds against Islamic State - Kurdpress News Aganecy

US officials in contact with Syrian Kurds “for more than two years”: PYD spokesman - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Kobane's YPG Kurds confirm coordination between them and factions of the Free Syrian Army - Rudaw

Statement of YPG General Command on Kobani and fight against IS, affirming its coordination with factions of the Free Syrian Army - Mutlu Civiroglu

More on the FSA factions helping Kurds in fight against IS militants - Middle East Eye

We won't stop any one from defending Kobani: Salih Muslim - Kurdpress News Aganecy

FSA 1st Dawn Brigade says controls parts of Kobane in video (VIDEO) - Al Arabiya News

Fifteen-year-old boy taken captive with suspected jihadist 'shot in the head by FSA Revolutionaries of Raqqa Brigade fighting against Islamic State - The Independent

VIDEO: Here’s what's likely the child Islamic State fighter reportedly executed after being captured by the FSA faction in Kobane - Brown Moses on Twitter


Islamic State incurs heavy losses in battle for Syrian border town Kobane - The National

Kurds: Four areas liberated from Islamic State gangs in Kobanê - ANF

VIDEO: Kurdish fighters 'recapture' parts of Kobani - YouTube

Dozens of Islamic State mortars, two car bombs pound Kobane - Al Jazeera America

There are still IS forces in Kobani: journalist tells Kurdpress - Kurdpress News Aganecy

VIDEO: This is allegedly a video that shows one of IS car bombs in security zone of Kobane today. Huge explosion - Jenan Moussa on Twitter

IS commits ‘fatal’ blunders in Kobane battle: Analyst - Al Arabiya News

My sources inside Kobane confirms: 5000 civilians are cut from food and water as we speak, caught in the middle between fighting factions - Mudar Zahran on Twitter

YPJ fighter: Aid corridor for Kobane civilians is essential - ANF

Islamic State Group Destroys Three Kobani’s Hospitals and All Ambulances - teleSUR

‘Even animals don’t do it’: Kobani siege survivors on Islamic State brutality (VIDEO) - RT News

Syrian Kurds found vile image of baby girl being 'beheaded' on phone taken from dead IS militants - ekurd

Syrian Kurdish female 'Lions' warriors terrorising Islamic State: The real story of Narin Afrini - ekurd

IS Attacks Kurdish Town of Serêkanîye - BAS NEWS

IS chief Baghdadi's video 'being reviewed' by U.S. intelligence (VIDEO, English Subtitles) - Al Arabiya News


Erdogan opposes transfer of US arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State, "PYD is for us equal to PKK. It is a terror organization" -

No way for change to Öcalan’s prison conditions: President Erdoğan - hurriyetdailynews

Islamic State foiled in attempt to kidnap FSA leader in Turkey, raising questions on Ankara’s readiness to stop jihadists in its soil - Telegraph

200,000 Syrian Kurds find a cold reception as they flee Kobani across border into Turkey - The Independent

Camp on the Turkish-Syrian Border Funded by Kurdistan for Kobane Refugees - Rudaw

VIDEO: Kurds say Turkey stops people returning to Kobane - CNN

YPG member Dilek remanded in Turkey before treatment completed - ANF

Second Democracy and Peace Conference begins in Turkey under the slogan “We salute the Kobanê resistance” - ANF

Senior AKP deputy slams Erdoğan, his party over Kurdish policies: BBC - hurriyetdailynews

Dropping of Dec. 17 probe draws widespread criticism -

New government-drafted bill to further suppress dissidents -

UK finally sanctions Qatari terror funder, 10 months after US - RT UK

Lebanon pulled into war with Islamic State - Al Arabiya News


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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 18, 2014


Kurds are repelling Islamic State attack on Kobani with help of US air strikes - The Independent

Kurds: Islamic State 'being driven out of Syria's Kobane’ - BBC News

VIDEO: Islamic State pushed back with help of U.S. airstrikes in Kobani -

Rights Group: More Than 600 Killed on Both Sides in Fight for Kobani - VOA

Kobani fight an opportunity to blunt Islamic State, general says -

VIDEO: Pentagon: Expanded airstrikes show desired effects against Islamic State - YouTube

VIDEO: Full Pentagon Briefing On Operation Inherent Resolve Against Islamic State - DoD News

Kobani key to US strategy against Islamic State - Yahoo News

Why The Fight Against IS In Kobani Matters -

Islamic State Militants Have Been Flying 3 Captured Warplanes Over Syrian Airport, Witnesses Say - Reuters

The Islamic State operating fighter aircraft, fact or fiction? - Oryx Blog

VIDEO: Expert: decades-old warplanes stand almost no chance against the modern ones of the US-led coalition - Fox News

VIDEO: This video shows the jets captured at Jarrah airbase last November by Jaish al Islam now used by the Islamic State - Brown Moses on Twitter

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula portrays US-led bombing campaign as 'Crusade' against Islam - The Long War Journal

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula Statement: Solidarity with the Islamic State - Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Foreign Fighters Bring Their Kids To Join IS, But Moms Are Fighting Back -


In policy shift, U.S. opens direct talks with Syrian Kurds - McClatchy DC

VIDEO: State Department: U.S. holds first direct talks with Syrian Kurdish PYD party - Ohaber

Syrian Kurds Gain Importance In Campaign Against Islamic State -

Syrian Kurdish official calls for antitank weapons for Kobani - The Boston Globe

Syrian Kurdish parties to reach an Agreement on Rojava, which will be a principle for governing jointly in Syrian Kurdistan - BAS NEWS

Interview with Ibrahim Biro, secretary-general of the Union Kurdish Party in Syria: Syrian Kurds seeking unity in face of ISIS threat - Rudaw

Kurdistan Parliament Wants KRG to Recognize Kurdish Syrian Cantons - BAS NEWS

Peshmerga train Syrian Kurd fighters in northern Iraq - Worldbulletin News

Peshmerga head speaks of struggle against IS - Al-Monitor


Exclusive: Turkey OK’s American drones for reconnaissance to monitor Islamic State, but does not allows the use of manned aircraft - Daily Beast

Air strikes against Islamic State in Kobani are just a PR exercise, Turkey says - National Post

Turkey will not allow its citizens to fight in Kobane: PM Davutoğlu - hurriyetdailynews

Ankara outlines border of possible ‘safe zone’ inside Syria (MAP) -

Islamist Terrorists Are Quiet Neighbor for Turkey 20 Miles From Kobani - Bloomberg

Kurdish militants warn of “violent conflict” if Turkish police given more powers - Rudaw

Turkey, Qatar Complicate Operation Against IS: Special Report - Fox News Channel

UNSC failure a strong message to Turkey on its faulty foreign policy -

Turkey's massive corruption case dropped by prosecutor - hurriyetdailynews

HSYK inspector requests prosecutor Akkaş be barred from profession, He carried out an investigation into the corruption scandal - todayszaman


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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 16, 2014

Air raids slow Islamic State advance around Syria's Kobani: US military - AFP

Kurdish fighters take back swathes of Kobane as US step up airstrikes (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) - Daily Mail Online

Pentagon: Strikes near Kobani have killed hundreds of Islamic State fighters - The Washington Post

Syrian Kurds say giving targets for U.S. strikes near Kobani - Reuters

U.S. Airstrikes Cut Islamic State Oil Production by 70 Percent - Businessweek

VIDEO: Special presidential envoy General John Allen briefs reporters on U.S. efforts to combat IS militants in Iraq and Syria -

VIDEO: The U.S.-led coalition launches fresh air strikes on Islamic State in and around Kobani - Reuters

Obama 'Deeply Concerned' by IS Advances in Kobane - VICE

Remarks by the President After Meeting with Chiefs of Defense - The White House

C.I.A. Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels -

U.S. won’t work with current Syrian rebel groups to battle Islamic State - Columbus Ledger Enquirer


Kurdish leaders meet to end feud and save Kobane - Rudaw

Appeal on Kobane by the newly established Joint Diplomatic Committee of several Kurdish political parties - Peace in Kurdistan

US won’t support Syrian Kurds as long as they are divided: official - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Barzani: It is very important for us as Kurds to show the world a united front, No difference between Kobane and Erbil - Kurdish Question

Kurdistan Parliament Invites Kurdish Syrian Cantons to Erbil - BAS NEWS

Iraqi Kurds say sent arms to Kobani; Syrian Kurds say they didn't arrive because Turkey would not open the transit corridor - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Iraqi Kurds to sends weapon to Kurdish fighters in Kobani in the next 24 hours, “If Turkey doesn’t respond in positive, then the weapons will be sending by planes” - BAS NEWS

France will keep delivering arms to Kurdish Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State group - Fox News

Syrian Kurds Press Hundreds of Young Men Into Army - ABC News

Dutch biker gang grabs rifles, joins Kurds in fight against ISIS - Fox News


Syrian Kurds claim wounded fighters stranded at Turkish border, Three died while Turkish border guards refused to let them in - todayszaman

Turkey says only Syrian refugees can cross border to Kobane, but Turkish and other nationals would not be allowed - Yahoo News

Turkish opposition wants 'volunteers' in Kobani, slams President Erdogan for equating PKK with the Islamic State - Worldbulletin News

VIDEO: Turkey’s Border War (Dispatch 1) - VICE News

France calls on Turkey to open border with Kobani - Worldbulletin News

Syria harshly criticizes Turkey on buffer zones - hurriyetdailynews

160 Kobane Kurds detained in Turkey still on hunger strike -

İstanbul rattled by signs of IS support - todayszaman

Did Islamic State open ‘consulate’ in Turkey? - WND

Turkey eyes new police powers after pro-Kurdish protests - THE DAILY STAR

Families tell grim story of three Turkish youths killed and mutilated by Kurds - Worldbulletin News

PKK reports first Turkish air strikes against it in two years - Rudaw


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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 14, 2014

U.S., Saudi Arabia Continue to Conduct Airstrikes Against Islamic State in Kobani -

Airstrikes against IS militants in Kobani jointly manned by Iraqi Kurdistan region and US air force with information provided by PYD - BAS NEWS

VIDEO: U.S. Air Strikes Create Huge Smoke Cloud Over Kobani - YouTube

Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani: We have sent weapons to Kobane - Kurdish Question

Kurds Meet to Form a Joint Military Force of All Parties in Syria, This is a Condition of the US for Arming the Fighters - BAS NEWS

Woman fighter leads battle against Islamic State in Syria' Kobane (PHOTOS) - Daily Mail Online

VIDEO: Female Kurdish fighters inside Kobani -

Women Fight IS and Sexism in Kurdish Regions -

PYD rounds up conscripts for battle against Islamic State - Rudaw

Hundreds of European Kurds join Peshmerga and YPG - Rudaw

Petition urges US to arm Kobani Kurds against Islamic State - APA

Kurdish Protesters Got Arrested While Marching for Kobane in London - VICE United Kingdom

Liwa Thuwar Raqqa (ex-Jabhat al-Nusra affiliate) working w/ YPG against IS in Kobani - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi on Twitter

FSA Northern Storm Brigade's statement against the Kurds in Kobane -

IS now under attack from White Shroud guerillas in Syria - Daily Mail Online


Witnesses Describe Alleged Jihadist Horror in Kobane, Atrocities Include Beheadings, Amputations, Eye Gouging -

Islamic State now controls half of Kobane including the cultural centre: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights -

MAP, PHOTOS: Map of the IS and YPG positions in Kobane, Photos of the Cultural Centre - BARE NAKED ISLAM

Three Islamic State suicide attacks hit Kobane - Reuters

PHOTOS: IS suicide bomber Abu Nouh strikes PKK/PYD strongholds with his VBIED truck in Kobane - أبو مصطفى الأنباري on Twitter

Gruesome photos may show IS using chemical weapons on Kurds, report says - Fox News

MERIA Special Report: Did IS Use Chemical Weapons Against the Kurds in Kobani (PHOTOS)? -

In the New Issue of its Dabiq Magazine, Islamic State Officially Admits to Enslaving Yazidi Women - Syria Comment

Full text of the fourth installment of IS official publication Dabiq, This issue is titled “The Failed Crusade” -

Iraq: Forced Marriage, Conversion for Yezidis (VIDEO) - Human Rights Watch

Genocide: 10 Reasons Why Ezidis Refuse to Return to Shingal - The Kurdistan Tribune

With the Syrian Army at Adra, Shell-Shocked Syrian Town Freed After Savage Jihadist Massacre - CounterPunch


Ankara denies reaching agreement on İncirlik with US, granting use of the air base for military operations against the Islamic State - todayszaman

Turkish foreign minister says corridor allowing weapons and fighters from Turkey to help Kobane is ‘unrealistic': France 24 - Yahoo News

Exclusive: interview of Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu with FRANCE 24 - YouTube

Erdoğan: Wiping out IS not enough, Assad the real target - Daily Sabah

Erdogan slams modern 'Lawrence of Arabias' in MidEast - THE DAILY STAR

Turkish troops allegedly threaten YPG at border - ANF

Huge amount of explosives ‘that could destroy a city’ seized in southeast Turkey, Police are considering the possibility that it could belong to IS - hurriyetdailynews

Kurdish Rebels Assail Turkish Inaction on IS as Peril to Peace Talks -

VIDEO: Kobane strains Turkey’s fragile Kurdish peace process - France 24

Turkish PM: Government to toughen measures against street violence - hurriyetdailynews

Three German reporters freed after arrest while covering a pro-Kurdish protest  - ekurd

Report: Little sympathy in Istanbul for Kurds amid IS group aggression (VIDEO) - France 24

Barzani: Turkey sent secret arms shipment to Kurdistan, “In fact, we expected more from Turkey compared to what they did” - BAS NEWS

Turkey, Saudi Arabia giving terrorists WMDs, Syria claims - RT News



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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 11, 2014

Islamic State advances deeper into Kobani, taking almost complete control of an area where the local Kurdish administration is based - Reuters

Islamic State shells border crossing to close the noose around the Kobane, prevent anyone from entering or leaving the town - todayszaman

Islamic State brings in heavy weapons and fighters from Raqqa and elsewhere for an intensified assault on Kobane - Rudaw

SOHR: U.S. led coalition aerial strikes have not prevented Islamic State from bringing munitions from Aleppo and al Raqqa - SOHR

Fight for Syria Town Kobani at 'Standstill' After New U.S. Air Strikes on Friday: Pentagon - NBC News

VIDEO: Unofficial Islamic State news account showing heavy street-to-street fighting in Kobane -

VIDEO: More Footage From Kobane in Areas under Islamic State Control - YouTube

VIDEO: From Inside Kobane: The Aftermath of Airstrikes on Islamic State -

FSA unit fighting alongside Kobane Kurds against Islamic State, Interview with the field commander of Raqqa's Revolutionaries Brigades - NOW

The Dawn of Freedom Brigades, a participant in the fight against IS in Kobani: Analysis and Interview - Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

VIDEO:Dawn of Freedom Brigades today target IS positions in east of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) city w/mortar rounds - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi

US back-channel talks with PYD - Kurdpress News Aganecy

US Says Priority Is Islamic State In Iraq, Not Kobani - Sky News

Analysis - Kobani's fall would be symbolic setback for Obama Syria strategy - Reuters

A Kurdish Alamo: Five Reasons the Battle for Kobane Matters - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


UN envoy urges Turkey to let Kurds cross into Syria to battle Islamic State, warns many "will most likely be massacred" if Kobani falls - MC Clatchy

War for Kobane: 13,000 terrified Kurds trapped between Islamic State and Turkish border - Telegraph

Syrian Kurdish leader calls on Turkey to allow its territory to be used for passing weapons to Kurdish fighters defending Kobane- GlobalPost

Kurds surrounded by Islamic State militants risk running out of ammo as Turkey controls Kobani’s last escape route - National Post

Asya Abdullah calls for ‘aid corridor’ - ANF

We cannot help Kobani until there is no cooperation between Ankara and Erbil: PUK leading official - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Hagel: US wants use of Incirlik Air Base in fight against Islamic State - Stripes

Turkey to support training, equipping Syrian opposition: U.S. - THE DAILY STAR

Turkey’s top soldier to skip US-hosted IS meeting - hurriyetdailynews


Death toll of Kurdish unrest in Turkey climbs to 37, with 351 injuries and more than 1,000 detentions: interior minister - hurriyetdailynews

PM accuses CHP leader of ‘treason' in Kobani row, wants him to hush - todayszaman

VOA Exclusive: Turkish Troops Fire on Kurdish Protesters - VOA

VIDEO: VOA Exclusive: Turkish Troops Fire on Kurdish Protesters - YouTube

VIDEO (Raw): Videos reportedly showing protesters being shot in Dargeçit, southeast Turkey - Brown Moses on Twitter

Syrian group fired at Turkish troops on border, military says - todayszaman

VIDEO: Turkish police shouts ''long live ISIS'' to Kurdish protesters - Bertramus on Twitter

PHOTO: Abu Hanzala, claimed to be spiritual leader of IS in Turkey, released from prison today - ilhan tanir on Twitter

VIDEO: IS leader Abu Hanzala, released by Turkish authorities today, explains the current situation of Syria and the recent attacks against the IS before he was arrested - Elijah J Magnier on Twitter


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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 9, 2014

US-led airstrikes push jihadists back in Syrian town Kobane - AP

YPG says for the first time, the U.S. strikes had some effect - ekurd

IS launches new offensive east of Syria’s Kobane after withdrawing following U.S.-led strikes - Al Arabiya News

Kurdish defence chief: IS sent suicide truck bomber to center Kobane. YPG destroyed truck b4 reaching target - Jenan Moussa on Twitter

VIDEO: Kobane: sustained air attacks by the US-led coalition against fighters from Islamic State - BBC News

VIDEO (Raw): Islamic State getting liquified by US air strike -

PHOTOS: First chilling pictures INSIDE Kobane show IS fighters prowling the deserted streets and their flag still flying - Daily Mail

Tens of thousands of Kurds swamp Obama’s official Facebook page: Save Kobane - Rudaw

Is President Obama Sending in The Cavalry (i.e. Air Strikes) to Save Syrian Kurds? -

Washington's Secret Back-Channel Talks With Syria's Kurdish ‘Terrorists' -

Peshmergas, acc to sources, coordinate location of airstrikes in Kobane btwn coalition & YPG. No direct coordination btwn U.S & YPG - Jenan Moussa on Twitter

John Kerry hints protecting Kobani is not priority - ITV News

VIDEO: John Kerry hints protecting Kobani is not priority - YouTube

UN envoy urges help to defend Kobani - DW.DE

VIDEO: UN’s Syria envoy calls for international action to defend Kobane - YouTube

Syria human rights groups call on world to save embattled town of Kobani from 'Islamic State' -

As They Battle IS For Kurdish Town Kobane, U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Question Support -

VIDEO: the Dawn of Freedom Brigades (rebels working w/ YPG) targeting IS positions in east of Kobani city - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi on Twitter

Saraya Jarabulus: rebel group in NE Aleppo/Kobani area working w/ YPG in 'Euphrates Volcano' against IS - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi on Twitter

"Komele" Kurdish faction quits Syr Rev Front after leadership refused 2 provide them w support to go fight in Kobane against IS - Joshua Landis on Twitter

11 Rules For Journalists Covering ISIS, Issued By IS -


Army imposes curfew after 21 killed in Turkey pro-Kurdish protests over failure to aid besieged Kobane - Yahoo News

Kobani: Anger grows as Turkey’s Kurds are stopped from aiding Syria militias in Kobane (VIDEO) - The Guardian

Kurdish rallies in Turkey turn bloody, (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - RT News

VIDEO (Raw): Pro-Kurd rally turns violent in Istanbul as IS on verge of capturing Kobani - YouTube

Kurdish-led Kobani protests spread to Europe -

VIDEO: Kurds across Europe hold protests calling for more help for Kobani -

Street clashes pitting Kurds against radical Muslims left 23 people wounded in Germany - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Germany: Pro-IS mob attacks Kurdish protesters with MACHETES and KNIVES - YouTube

'Shame on you, Turkey!' Massive protest in London demands protection for Kobani Kurds (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - RT UK

Turkish Inaction on IS Advance Dismays the U.S. -

White House walks back talk of Syria-Turkey buffer zone after France backed the proposal and Kerry said the idea was worth examining - Yahoo News

Pentagon: Turkey's proposed buffer zone not on table - Al Arabiya News

Barzani Asks Turkey to Let Peshmerga Through to Kobani, So far there is no word from Ankara - BAS NEWS

Kurdish leader Salih Muslim met with Turkish officials in Ankara - hurriyetdailynews

Kobane connected to Kurdish peace process in Turkey, HDP says - hurriyetdailynews

Gülen warns against adventurism, using force against Kurds -


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Urgent: Right-Left Alliance Needed to Stop This War!

Pick Up TruckBy David Swanson, originally published by Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

Last year, public pressure played a big role in stopping US missile strikes on Syria. The biggest difference between then and now was that televisions weren't telling people that ISIS might be coming to their neighborhood to behead them. There were other, smaller differences as well: Britain's opposition, Russia's opposition, and the difficulty of explaining to Americans that it now made sense to join a war on the same side as al Qaeda.

But there's another big difference between last year and this year. Last year was not a Congressional election year. With elections coming this November, Congress declared an early vacation in September and fled town in order to avoid voting a new war up or down. It did this while fully aware that the President would proceed with the war illegally. Most Congress members, including House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Leader Harry Reid, believe that by allowing a war to happen without explicitly voting for or against it they can best win our votes for re-election without offending their funders.

Congress members have good reason to think that way. Numerous organizations and individuals are dumping endless energy and resources into trying to elect either Democrats or Republicans, regardless of their policies. Big groups on the left have told me that they will not have any time for opposing war until the elections are over, at which point they'll be happy to "hold accountable" any of the Democrats they've just reelected. There are organizations who do the same thing for Republicans.

When war was made the top election issue in exit polls in 2006, Democrats took power and their leader in the House, Rahm Emanuel, openly told the Washington Post that they would keep the war in Iraq going in order to campaign against it again in 2008. And so they did. Republicans elected opposing war in 2010 have been more rhetorical than substantive in their "opposition."

The current war, and the endless war it is part of, must be opposed by people across the political spectrum who put peace ahead of party. ISIS has a one-hour video asking for this war. Giving it to them, and boosting their recruitment, is insanity. Ending insane policies is not a left or right position. This is a war that involves bombing the opposite side in Syria from the side we were told we had to bomb a year ago, and simultaneously arming the same side that the U.S. government is bombing. This is madness. To allow this to continue while mumbling the obvious truth that "there is no military solution" is too great an evil to fit into any lesser-evil electoral calculation.

This war is killing civilians in such large numbers that the White House has announced that restrictions on killing civilians will not be followed. This war is being used to strip away our rights at home. It's draining our economy. It's impoverishing us -- primarily by justifying the routine annual spending of roughly $1 trillion on war preparations. It's endangering us by generating further hatred. And all of this destruction, with no up-side to be found, is driven by irrational fear that has people telling pollsters they believe this war will endanger them and they're in favor of it.

According to the Congressional Research Service 79% of weapons shipments to Middle Eastern countries are from the United States, not counting arms given to allies of ISIS or used by the US military. Rather than arming this region to the teeth and joining in wars with US weapons on both sides, the United States could arrange for and lead an arms embargo. It could also provide restitution for what it has done in recent years, including the destruction of Iraq that allowed the creation of ISIS. Making restitution in the form of actual aid (as opposed to "military aid") would cost a lot less than lobbing $2 million missiles at people who view them as recruitment posters and tickets to martyrdom. That shift would also begin to make the United States liked rather than hated.

We won't get there unless people whose souls are un-owned by political parties take over town hall meetings and let Congress members know that they must work to end this war if they want to earn our votes.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of and campaign coordinator for

Thoughts of a Beheaded Head

Dostoievski once had a character imagine what a head would think if for some seconds it were aware of having been cut off by an executioner's guillotine, or if somehow it were aware for a full minute, or even for five minutes.

I should think such a head would think thoughts entirely dependent on the circumstances and that the type of blade that committed the murder wouldn't affect the thoughts too greatly.

I loved you, it might think, thinking of its loved ones. I did well there, if might think, thinking of its accomplishments. I'm sorry, it might think, dwelling momentarily on its deepest regrets -- as likely as not relatively trivial incidents in which the head together with its body had hurt someone's feelings.

I've died in a war, the head might think, despite opposing wars. I took the risk and enjoyed the thrill, yet the injustice remains. I didn't launch the war. I didn't make millions off it. I didn't win votes from it. I tried to tell people what it was, and here I am no better than a soccer ball about to cease existing as a consciousness.

As the beheaded head's remaining seconds stretched into what seemed to it a long period of time, it might be struck by the absurdity of the situation, and it might be horrified by the barbarism. I was supposed to not be the news, the head might think, and now I am the news. After pretending not to be human, my humanity -- once ended -- will now be used as a reason to escalate the war. No one will ask me. How could they?

But no one ever asked me, did they, even when I was connected to a neck and arms and legs? I reported on this battle or that atrocity. But did anyone ever ask whether the entire enterprise made me ashamed of my species? Did anyone ever ask whether the justifications used were any better than lunacy? My country decided 100 years ago that it would dominate the Middle East for oil -- oil that will destroy the world itself if the wars don't.

In recent years my country destroyed Iraq, killing a half-million to a million-and-a-half people, leaving behind a hell on earth, including a government that both beheads people and bombs them, as well as handing over weaponry to this gang that beheaded my body -- a gang that could only have arisen in the hell on earth that Washington created and which will never match Washington's scale of killing if it keeps beheading and crucifying for decades.

So what does the government of the people who read my reports do? It sends in more weapons to the close allies of ISIS and simultaneously starts bombing ISIS just one year after screaming that it must bomb the Syrian government that ISIS is fighting. And ISIS makes a movie demanding heavier U.S. attacks, and the U.S. obliges and launches heavier attacks. And ISIS recruitment soars, the weapons companies stocks soar, and I get my body cut off.

And because my body is gone from me, and because the war is begun, and because it is guaranteed to get worse rather than better, brave drone pilots will be told that they must continue the war so as not to offend themselves, and as they commit suicide after murdering people with joysticks, still more pilots will be called on so that the first ones will not have killed themselves in vain.

Why when we're alive do we act as if the whole thing isn't insane? Is it a function of our habit of acting as if our existence isn't insane? We puff ourselves up, don't we? We talk solemnly of strategy, energetically ignoring the intentional absurdity of the whole doomed project, just as we eat and eat and eat without ever once wondering what the junk we are eating will do to the worms who will dine on our flesh.

What if the world comes to its senses next week, the head might think as the world grows blurry around it. How will I feel to have missed it by so little? Well, I'll feel nothing of course, and so I do hope that it will happen. I really do. This man who's cut off my body has a loud laugh. He was sad yesterday morning and I could not ask him why. I wonder if people back home know that he thinks Americans can only understand the language of violence, so there's no sense talking to them.

Syria/Turkey News - Oct 7, 2014

Islamic State militants raise flag over Kobane as fighting intensifies -

Street battles as IS enters Syria's Kobane -

VIDEO: Islamic State flag raised over Kobane, Syria - BBC

Islamic State Takes Position on Kobane’s Mount Mishtenur - bellingcat

VIDEO: Outmatched Kurds with AK47s v IS tanks in Kobane - Peter Bouckaert on Twitter

Syrian Kurds say air strikes against IS are not working - The Guardian

Kurds confused at US reluctance to crush Islamic State -

VIDEO: State Department Briefing: U.S. Strategy in Syria Questioned as IS Enters Kurdish Town Kobane - Rudaw

Kurdish Female Commander in Kobane Kills IS Militants in Suicide Attack - rudaw

YPG confirm Arin Mirkan carried out suicide bombing vs. IS in Kobane (PHOTO) - Charles Lister on Twitter

'Grannies with Kalashnikovs' Last Line of Defence for Besieged Syrian Town -

At least 30 Kurdish fighters killed in two IS suicide bombs in Syria’s Hasakah - The Globe and Mail

IS’ Ammunition Is Shown to Have Origins in U.S. and China -

3 New Findings On IS Weapons That You Should Know About -

REPORT: Analysis of small-calibre ammunition recovered from Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria - Conflict Armament Research


Kurds Protesting In Turkey And Europe As Kobane About To Fall - Business Insider

VIDEO: Watch pro-Kurd protesters RAGE in fiery Istanbul clashes - YouTube

PHOTO: In Istanbul, bus on fire during protests over Kobane - Mehmet Cerit on Twitter

Kurdish Protesters Shut Down Oxford Circus Tube, Calling For More Action Against Islamic State (PHOTOS) -

‘Stop IS!’ Kurdish protesters storm Dutch parliament in The Hague (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - RT News

Kurdish-Americans Appeal for US Action in Kobane - Rudaw

UN Secretary General Calls for Action to Protect Civilians in Syria’s Kobane - RIA Novosti


Boots on the ground in Syria ‘if the US strategy includes going after Assad,’ says Turkish PM - hurriyetdailynews

VIDEO: Interview with Turkey Prime Minister on IS, Syria war - CNN

PKK, IS are the same, says Erdoğan - todayszaman

Islamic State siege of Syrian border city tests Turkey's allegiances - Washington Times

After Turkey and UAE, Saudi Arabia Is Next on Biden’s Mideast Apology List After Harvard Remarks -

Turkish army uses tear gas to move Kurds from Syrian border - AFP

VIDEO: Turkish Kurds clashed with police on the border of Syria after they gathered to show support for Kobani's defenders - CNN

Turkish police tear-gas BBC team near Syrian border - BBC News

VIDEO: BBC crew come under attack by Turkish police near Kobane - BBC News

Anonymous customs officer: The Turkish state continues to give logistic support to IS - ANF

Ankara urges PYD leader to join ranks of Free Syrian Army against al-Assad - hurriyetdailynews

Turkey Launches Crackdown On Oil Smugglers Feeding IS -


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Syria/Turkey News - Oct 4, 2014

Islamic State fighters reportedly enter Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani - ekurd

YPG Statement: IS will never be able to enter Kobani - ANF

Kurds Fight Alone as Coalition Holds Fire Against Jihadist Tanks - Businessweek

Dramatic footage of Islamic State advance on Syrian Kurdish Kobani city, the group now control 325 villages in the surrounding area  - ekurd

VIDEO: Dramatic footage of Islamic State advance on Syrian Kurdish Kobani city - YouTube

VIDEO: IS apparently seized a checkpoint of an entry point to the city of Kobani from the south - Aymenn J Al-Tamimi on Twitter

VIDEO: A YPG Killdozer and several dead YPG fighters filmed by IS on the outskirts of Kobane - Brown Moses on Twitter

19-Year-old Syrian Kurdish woman YPG fighter Ceylan Ozalp kills herself rather than falling into IS jihadists' hands -

WYPG Women Soldiers in a War Against IS - Marie Claire

VIDEO: Kurdish Female Fighters VS. The Islamic State (Australian documentary) -

Looks likely that the Chechen-dominated Liwa al-Aqsa is leading the IS offensive on Kobane (Ayn al-Arab) - Charles Lister on Twitter

Mayadeen: 100s of Nusra fighters in Aleppo & Idlib defected to IS & headed to Alshadadi in Hassaka after giving bayaa - Joshua Landis on Twitter

MAP: Who and from where is coming to join IS - James Denselow on Twitter

Seven members of Syria family executed by jihadists - THE DAILY STAR


Turkey vows support for besieged Syrian town Kobane, but stops short of committing to military action - Reuters

VIDEO: Turkey tanks idle as IS attacks Kobane - BBC News

Watching Kobane battle, Kurds lose faith in Turkey anti-IS action - Yahoo Maktoob News

Kobane Kurds say they held talks with the Turkish government but it has not responded to their request for help - The News Tribune

Turkey parliamentary motion is actually against Syria, not IS: main opposition -

Turkey PM: Syrian Kurds paying price for siding with Assad - Daily Sabah

Turkish intervention in Syria would be 'aggression': Damascus - Dunya News

When Turkish official was asked why Turkey wasn't helping Kurds in Syria he replied: “Why must we choose btwn PKK & ISIS?” - cale salih on Twitter

Öcalan: Massacre in Kobani would end peace talks in Turkey -

Turkish co-chairs on the way to Kobanê border - ANF

Turkish soldiers allegedly met IS gangs on Kobanê border last night - ANF

Turkey to bargain with US over no-fly zone -

49 hostages swapped for 180 IS terrorists, report claims -

New EU warns ‘new Turkey' for first time -

Turkey: under pressure to take a definitive stance - European Council on Foreign Relations


Islamic State beheads British hostage, names captured American as next - McClatchy DC

VIDEO: IS Sends “Another Message to America and Its Allies”, Beheads Brit Aid Worker and Threatens to Kill American Next - Saving the Republic

Biden blames US allies in Middle East for rise of IS - RT News

VIDEO: Vice President Biden Delivered Remarks on Foreign Policy at the John F. Kennedy Forum - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT: Remarks by the Vice President at the John F. Kennedy Forum - The White House

Obama team circles wagons as Panetta hits White House on Iraq, Syria and more - Fox News

Leon Panetta: Should have armed Syrian rebels sooner -

Syria opposition head 'not satisfied' with coaltion support - Al-Monitor

American Allies On The Ground In Syria Say US-Led Air Strikes Are Hurting Their Cause - Business Insider

Syrian Rebel Commanders Say US Airstrikes Bolster Assad - VOA

U.S., anti-Assad rebels at odds over Nusra’s role - The State

Syria: top FSA officers quit - Al Arabiya News

Why Does the Free Syrian Army Hate Us? - The Daily Beast

The Idealists Who Started Syria's Revolution Have All Been Killed, Jailed Or Exiled - The Daily Beast

Pentagon "slush fund" pays for ISIS airstrikes, irking some in Congress - CBS News

Anti-IS Pentagon Operation Has New Website, but Still No Name - WSJ


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10 Myths About Obama's Latest War

By Reese Erlich

U.S. Navy/MC1 Trevor Welsh

Veteran foreign correspondent Reese Erlich was in northern Iraq at the start of the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State. He interviewed Kurdish leaders, peshmerga fighters and U.S. officials. He says the reality on the ground is far different from the propaganda coming out of Washington.

What laws of war? We do what we want!: Obama Admits US Bombing Attacks in Syria Pay Little Heed to Protecting Civilians

By Dave Lindorff


In a perverse way, maybe it's progress that the US is now admitting that it doesn't really care about how many civilians it kills in its efforts to "decapitate" a few suspected terrorist leaders.

Turkey/Syria News - Oct 2, 2014

Erdoğan hints at Syria intervention, emphasizing that the Syrian regime must also be toppled as part of the solution -

Erdogan: Dropping tonnes of bombs is only a temporary solution...Turkey will not allow itself to be used in the search for a palliative’ - AFP

Turkey Parliament to approve a bigger military role in Iraq and Syria — but not on American terms - The Washington Post

Turkey plans safe haven in areas controlled by Free Syrian Army and Islamic Front - hurriyetdailynews

Proposed Syria buffer zone to extend 30 Km, says AK deputy chair Atalay, it could become reality in “coming days” - Joshua Landis on Twitter

CHP, HDP to vote against motion on military action in Iraq, Syria -

VIDEO (Turkish): Erdogan Opening Speech at the Parliament of New Legislative Year - YouTube

Turkish president Erdogan calls for new constitution, signalling no let-up in his drive to create an executive presidency -  Worldbulletin News

US still cool to idea of buffer zone, no-fly zone in Syria -

Turkey prepares to make a military move into Syria, but NATO support is not assured - Public Radio International

New hostage crisis for Turkey: Islamic State surrounds troops at Suleiman Shah shrine - McClatchy DC

The Islamic State avoided a confrontation with Turkey by reportedly releasing 36 Turkish soldiers guarding the tomb of Suleiman Shah - Syria Direct

Are Turkish troops trapped at Syrian tomb? - Al-Monitor

President Erdoğan denies claims IS encircled Suleiman Shah Tomb - Daily Sabah


Kurds Don't Believe Turkey Wants To Fight The Islamic State - VICE News

Kurds Outraged as Turkey Closes Border to Volunteers for Kobane - Rudaw

PYD's Muslim appeals to West for weapons, criticizes Turkey -

Demirtaş visits Kobani, urges Turkey to join Kurds' fight against IS -

Turkish government plays with Kurdish fire - Al-Monitor

VIDEO: Compilation of videos shows 6 IS militants crossing into Kobani using a tunnel and railroad on Turkey's side, and Turkish Armed Forces stands nearby -

VIDEO: One more video shows Turkish Armed Forces standing nearby while 6 IS militants cross the Turkey border into Kobani -

PACE: Turkey negligent towards IS recruitment in its borders -

Inspectors' report on MİT trucks reveals gov't cover-up attempts, a case involving what appear to be illegal arms shipments to opposition groups in Syria -

IS to open its first ‘consulate' in Istanbul? - AWDNews


Airstrikes target IS militant advance on key Kurdish town Kobane - France 24

Airstrikes putting "a lot of pressure" on IS around Kobani: Pentagon - KUNA

US Marines crisis unit to deploy to Mideast, 2,300 troops ready to quickly respond to crises - Yahoo News

White House exempts Syria airstrikes from tight standards on civilian deaths - Yahoo News

POLL: Obama is polling a 50 percent approval rating on his handling of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, 44 percent disapprove - Washington Post

Here's How Much The War On IS Is Costing The US - Business Insider

VIDEO: US Air Strikes Over IS: NEW RAW FOOTAGE - YouTube

VIDEO: YPG shows off equipment captured from IS, who captured them from the Iraqi Army, who got them from the US - Brown Moses on Twitter

IS beheads 9 Kurdish fighters, including three women, captured in Syria - Fox News

Airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria stir anger among rebels - LA Times

FSA: No terror is comparable to Assad’s terror - Al-Monitor

Syria Blasts at School Kill 32 Including 10 Kids, The attack occurred in a government-controlled Shiite area - ABC News

VIDEO: Akrama, Homs: video of car bomb & its bloody aftermath. Exploded outside a school in largely Alawi neighborhood - Joshua Landis on Twitter

36 activists executed in Raqqa by IS - الرقة تذبح بصمت on Twitter

IS warns of expansion into southern Syria ‘within days’ - The National

The Case Against Qatar -


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Syria/Turkey News - Sep 30, 2014


IS fighters continue to shell Kobane, There is no targeting, no military objective here, just raining fire on civilians - ABC News

Two civilians killed in missile strike on Kobanê - ANF

VIDEO: IS Shells Kobane with Katyusha Rockets - YouTube

Kurdish YPG Militia and Free Syrian Army Unit Announce Agreement to Fight Islamic State in Syrian Kurdistan - ARA News

VIDEO: Kurdish fighters and Free Syrian Army clash with IS at strategic Syrian border town - YouTube

Syrian Observatory: 1,500 Kurdish fighters join forces from Turkey against IS in Kobane - Mathrubhumi

Kurdish Kobanê commander: We have the initiative - ANF

Vigil for Kobane in the villages of Siwêdê and Boydê on the Turkey border - ANF

Protests against IS's Kobane siege continue across Turkey -

Demonstrations in Europe and US for Kobane - Rudaw

US says will discuss help to Syrian Kurds - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Syrian Minister: We Could Not Defend Kobane Because Turkey Anti-Aircraft Guns Would Target Our Planes - Rudaw

Syria backs global fight against Islamic State, minister tells U.N. in a tacit approval of U.S. and Arab air strikes -THE DAILY STAR

Nusra units in northern Syria appear to have reconciled with IS, holding war planning meetings - The Guardian

IS Moves Forces to Syria from Northern Iraq - Rudaw


Villagers on both sides of the border say Turkey government mainly focused on keeping people from aiding fellow Kurds in Syria - USA Today

VIDEO: Turkey stops Kurds from entering Syria to fight IS - BBC News

Turkish tanks take up position on a hill overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani -

Turkish police and troops attack people keeping vigils for Kobane all along the border - ANF

VIDEO: Turkey security forces intervene in protest held by Kurds in Suruç on the border with Syrian city of Kobane - CİHAN

3 protesters taken into custody by Turkey police in Ergani - ANF

IS Fighters Smuggled From Turkey Into Syria For Just £15 -

CHP deputy says can't find decree declaring IS a terrorist group -

Turkey's already fragile peace process with its own Kurds has been seriously endangered by the Kobane plight -

Turkey: Authoritarian Drift Threatens Rights - Human Rights Watch

REPORT (Full): Turkey’s Human Rights Rollback - Human Rights Watch


Obama says that U.S. intelligence underestimated the threat by the Islamic State, overestimated the Iraqi army’s capacity (VIDEO) - Fox News

VIDEO (Full): Obama CBS 60 Minutes interview - YouTube

U.S. Leads More Airstrikes Against IS In Iraq And Syria, Some Hit Around Kobane - WBUR & NPR

Activists cite civilian casualties as airstrikes heat up -

US/Syria: Investigate Possible Unlawful US Strikes - Human Rights Watch

VIDEO: First CIVILIAN casualty in Raqqa due to International Coalition attacks, 28 sep 2014 - YouTube


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A Good End Date for the New War Is Today

What I've seen of public events, demonstrations, and protests of the latest U.S. war -- just like the larger and more immediately effective public resistance 12 months ago -- has been aimed, remarkably enough, at ending the war and opposing the policies of those engaging in it, and first among them the U.S. President.

What I've seen of inside-the-Beltway-style peace lobby groups' strategy has been aimed, predictably enough, at setting a good end date for the new war and barring the use of U.S. ground troops.

Both approaches are represented by voluminous discussions on listserves, so I feel like I know a good sample of each far more intimately than I might ideally wish. They parallel rejection and support of lesser-evil voting, and are largely made by those who reject and accept the importance of lesser-evil voting. However, many who accept lesser-evilism in the polling booth do not accept it here. And I think they have a point.

If you vote for a decent candidate and he or she loses, an argument can be made that you've "wasted" your vote. But if you advocate for an immediate end to a war, and a Congress that is hearing from the President that the war should last three years, bans continuation of the war beyond a year-and-a-half, then an argument can be made that you helped frame the compromise. In any case, it would be difficult to make a persuasive case that your activism was wasted. If, on the other hand, you found out that some Congress members were interested in a 1-year limit, and you lobbied for just that, and then Congress enacted a 2-year limit, what could you be said to have accomplished?

Here's my basic contention: Congress knows how to compromise. We don't have to pre-compromise for them. (How'd that work out on healthcare?) (How'd that ever work out?) And when we do pre-compromise for them (such as the time AFSCME banned "single-payer" signs from "public option" rallies, so as to simulate public demand for what "progressive" Congress members were pretending to already want) we give significant support and respectability to some serious outrages (such as privatized for-profit health insurance, but also such as bombing Iraq yet again and bombing the opposite side in Syria that was to be bombed a year ago and while arming that same side, which -- if we're honest about it -- is madness.

How many years of madness will be best, is an insane question. It's not a question around which to organize protests, demonstrations, nonviolent actions, lobbying, education, communication, or any other sort of movement building.

But isn't 2 years of war better than 3? And how are you going to get Congress members to limit it to 2 years if you've called them lunatics?

Of course 2 years is better than 3. But less than 2 is even better, and Congress is going to compromise as far as it dares, and knows perfectly well how to do so without help from us.  Is there really evidence to imagine that Senators and Congress members shape their policies around who's most polite to them? Certainly they determine who's invited to meetings on Capitol Hill on that basis, but is being in those meetings our top priority? Does it do the most for us? And can't we still get some people into those meetings by calling mass murder "mass murder" while keeping open every opportunity for the funders and sanctioners of mass murder to oppose and stop it?

We need sit-ins in Congressional offices and protests on Capitol Hill. To a much lesser extent, we need discussions with Congress members and staffers. To the extent that different people must pursue those two tactics, the question will always remain whether mass public organizing should be guided by people who think like the former group or like the latter.

My position comes from the expectation that "support the troops" propaganda and the inevitably worsened situation after a year or two will make the struggle to then end a previously time-limited war harder, rather than easier -- easier only if the public has come to its sense in the meantime.  My position comes from the fact that there are already U.S. troops in Iraq and the belief that we're going to get them home sooner if we don't play along with the pretense that they aren't there or aren't there for combat. My concern is for human life, and when you prioritize an air war over a ground war -- and when the "anti-war" movement does that -- you risk creating a great, rather than a smaller, number of deaths, albeit non-U.S. deaths.

Now, the lobbyists' need to be polite to Congress can be a helpful guide to all protesters. While moral condemnation and humorous mockery can be useful tools, so can Gandhian respect for those who must be won over. But the demand of a peace movement must be for peace and alternatives to war.  When the missile strikes were stopped a year ago, the arming of ISIS-and-friends proceeded anyway, and no useful policy was pursued instead of the missiles. The U.S. had decided to do nothing, as if that were the only other option. Effectively we'd put an end date on the U.S. staying out, as doing nothing was guaranteed not to resolve the problem.

A good end-date for this war is today. A good date to begin useful aid and diplomacy and arms embargoes and reparations is tomorrow. We have to change the conversation to those topics, instead of focusing on the question of how much mass-murdering madness is the appropriate amount. Not because we want it to continue for eternity if it can't be ended now, but because it will end sooner and be less likely to be repeated if we confront it for what it is.

We've been so strategic over the past decade that everybody in the United States knows the war on Iraq cost U.S. lives and money, but most have only the vaguest idea of how it destroyed Iraq and how many people it killed. As a direct result, nobody knows where ISIS came from, and not enough people are fully aware of the high probability that the bombing will strengthen ISIS -- which may be why ISIS openly asks for it in its 1-hour film.

How much insanity should we demand on our posters and signs and online petitions and letters to editors: not another drop.

Freedom’s just another word: US Launches Wars and Backs Coups in the Name of Democracy, but Won’t Back Real Democracy Activists

By Dave Lindorff

The US claims to be supporting democracy from Ukraine to Cuba, and from Somalia to Iraq, often by bombing the alleged opposition, or by supporting proxy wars and subversion. But one place where real democracy activists are battling against the forces of repression they are curiously getting no backing from the United States: Hong Kong.

Syria News - Sep 28, 2014

In Syria, airstrikes carried out against Islamic State in battle for Kobane - The Washington Post

VIDEO: F 15E Strike on IS Compound near Kobane, Syria - YouTube

VIDEO: Hagel Answers CNN Jim Sciutto Question on Kobane - YouTube

MAP: Evolution of front-line since the beginning of IS offensive on Sept 15, Closest front is now about 5 km from Kobane city - LiveLeak

Cheering Kurdish forces engage IS militants in dramatic firefight in Kobane on the Syrian-Turkish border (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Daily Mail

Islamic State deployed all its Syrian forces around Kurdish Kobani town: YPG - ekurd

Interview with Syrian Kurdish YPG spokesperson -

200 Turkish intellectuals call for help to Kobane -

The Defense of Kobani - Middle East Forum

Syria air strikes: US-led coalition attacks IS positions in Homs and Raqqa - The Independent

Syrian civilians in Raqqa cheer U.S. bombing -

VIDEO (Full): Hagel and Dempsey Brief Nation On IS Strikes - Neon Tommy

Iraq, Syria Conflicts to Require More Money, Hagel Says - Bloomberg

US Training Teams Arrive in Saudi Arabia - VOA

US launching complex operation to train, arm Syrian rebels amid airstrikes - Fox News

Rice meets Syrian opposition at White House - Yahoo News UK

VIDEO: Islamic State Member Warns of NYC Attack In Exclusive Interview - VICE News

How to Cut Off ISIS Terror Tycoons - The Daily Beast


No-fly and safe zone, Turkey's priorities in Syria: Erdogan -

US denies Ankara’s demand to establish fly-zone over Syria - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Erdogan says Turkish troops could be used in Syria - Reuters

CHP leader: We don’t want Turkish soldiers in foreign lands - hurriyetdailynews

Hundreds of Kurds break through Turkey border to join anti-IS fight - AFP

VIDEO: Kurds clash with Turkish security forces at the border - euronews

PHOTOS: Hundreds of Kurds break through Turkey border to join anti-IS fight - Daily Mail

People turning back from Kobanê were attacked by Turkish soldiers while crossing a mined area at the border - ANF

Turkish troops open fire on Kobanê border, allegedly 1 dead and 2 wounded - ANF

Turkish soldiers open fire on YPG vehicle - ANF

Turkish soldiers deny entrance from Kobanê to a group of people including journalists and representatives of political parties - ANF

Wounded IS members taken to Kilis for treatment, in addition to Urfa and Antep - ANF

Allegation of a new shipment of weapons to IS on the Turkish border - ANF

Deputy prime minister denies claim Turkish aid agency backs IS -

UN Security Council issues subtle warning to Turkey - Al-Monitor

This Site Tracks the Guns Going Into Syria - Defense One


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