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Turkey News - Jan 29

 

According to wiretapped phone conversations Erdogan accepted two villas from a businessman in return for easing zoning restrictions in Urla - Today's Zaman


AUDIO (Turkish): Urla Villas -1: Wiretapped phone conversations between Erdogan's daugther and businessman Topbaş - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Urla Villas -2: Erdogan’s wiretapped phone conversation - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Urla Villas -3: Erdogan’s wiretapped phone conversation - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Urla Villas -4: Erdogan’s wiretapped phone conversation - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Urla Villas -5: Wiretapped phone conversations between Erdogan and businessman Topbaş - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Urla Villas -6: Erdogan’s wiretapped phone conversation- YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Urla Villas -7 Erdogan’s wiretapped phone conversation - YouTube


Report: Municipality illegally donated public buildings to TÜRGEV, Erdogan's son Bilal is a member of TÜRGEV's executive board - Today's Zaman


Turkish opposition voices new graft claims, $100 million transaction to TÜRGEV which counts the Erdogan's son Bilal as a board member - hurriyetdailynews


Police chief suspended after revealing order to halt corruption operation - CİHAN

 

Massive purge in police creates security weakness, say analysts - Today's Zaman

 

Autonomy of Turkish Justice Academy to end - CİHAN

 

Internet censorship growing more reckless in Turkey - Today's Zaman

 

Turkey Internet activists warn the government 'cannot stop us' - DW.DE

 

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POLL: Survey reveals broad public support for corruption investigations - Today's Zaman


Erdoğan widens hostile stance to include diverse groups amid corruption woes - CİHAN


Erdoğan calls critics, civil movements ‘traitor’, threatens investors - CİHAN


Erdoğan vows to continue sending ‘aid' to Syria - CİHAN


Turkey may face trouble in future due to trucks allegedly carrying weapons to Syria - Today's Zaman

 

Political Divisions in Turkey Widen Over Syria Policy - VOA

 

Zarrab suspected of sending $1.5 million for assassination of Saudi envoy - Today's Zaman

 

Exiled Turkish cleric Gulen says he is a "scapegoat" in Erdogan corruption scandal - BBC News

 

VIDEO: Interview with Turkey’s Fethullah Gulen - BBC News

 

Minister's remarks on Gülen cause AK Party members to resign - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish central bank makes massive rate hikes to stem lira fall - Reuters

 

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Syria News - Jan 28

 

Syrian talks break down over future role of Assad - AP


'No concrete step' yet for Homs evacuation, aid - Yahoo News


US resumes nonlethal aid to Syrian opposition - The Washington Post


Congress secretly approves U.S. weapons flow to 'moderate' Syrian rebels - Reuters


Damascus-based FSA rebel faction backs Coalition delegation to Geneva 2 - Syria Newsdesk

 

Evidence points to secret Israeli strike on Syrian missile launchers - Fox News

 

Inside the Syrian Electronic Army Hack on CNN - mashable.com

 

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30% of Al-Raqqa's residents flee to Turkey - Syria Newsdesk


Mounting Abuses by Al-Qaeda’s ISIS Against Civilians in Raqqa - The Syrian Observer


VIDEO (Arabic): An ex-prisoner by ISIS confirms that Father Paolo Dall’Oglio is in ISIS Akirshe prison of Raqqa - YouTube


Key Al-Qaida Militant Reportedly Killed in Syria - ABC News


Opposition factions launch new battle against ISIS in Aleppo - Syria Newsdesk

 

Jaish Al Mujahideen arrests ISIS Emir and other fighters West Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Saudi cleric's reconciliation initiative for jihadists draws wide support, then ISIS rejection - The Long War Journal

 

Translation of ISIS's rejection of the Moheisini peace plan - Twitter / aron_ld

 

ISIS in Lebanon: Lebanese Army a Target - Al Akhbar English

 

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PYD Names Second Local Kurdish Government in Kobani - welat-kurdistan.org


President of Kobani Governing Council: Geneva 2 Is Not Binding For Us - The Rojava Report


Third Kurdish autonomy to be announced in northern Syria - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Qamishli to be capital city of Jazeera Canton in Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


US State Dep calls for unified Syria following PYD declaration - Worldbulletin News Portal

 

Syrian Kurds not united behind opposition delegation to Geneva talks - Al-Monitor

 

Clashes break out between Syria Kurds and Qaeda near Sere Kaniye (Ras Al Ain) - aranews.org

 

YPG sucesfully defends Manajir from ISIS - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

VIDEO: Kurdish YPG Fighters Fighting With Al Nusra In North Syria 26 01 2014 - YouTube

 

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Syria News - Jan 26

 

Syria Geneva II talks: Breakthrough in sight with humanitarian corridor that could see aid convoy heading to Homs within 48 hours - The Independent


Homs aid a 'trial balloon' for peace talks: Syria opposition - GlobalPost


VIDEO: Lakhdar Brahimi, full press conference on direct talks between Syria government and opposition - YouTube


VIDEO: Horrific footage of starvation in Palestinian Yarmook camp in Syria - YouTube


Syrian Coalition Calls for Setting a Specific Timeframe for Geneva II Negotiations - Syrian National Coalition

 

Weak Rebel Support for the Syrian Peace Talks - Syria in Crisis - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

American Official Reveals Secret Communications with Regime - The Syrian Observer

 

Chaos in Syria could avalanche if regime changes abruptly: Lavrov - Interfax

 

Russian-Chinese Naval Training Exercise Begins in Mediterranean - RIA Novosti

 

CNN gets hacked: ‘Syrian Electronic Army Was Here…’ - Poynter

 

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Jihadist announces creation of ISIS branch in Lebanon - Naharnet


VIDEO: Jihadist announces creation of ISIS branch in Lebanon - YOUTUBE


Nusra Front claims responsibility for several attacks in Lebanon, urges Sunnis to avoid Hezbollah areas - THE DAILY STAR


Israel foils Al Qaeda plot to attack American Embassy in Tel Aviv - Fox News


Israel fears it is next target of al-Qaeda-linked jihadis in Syria, to re-evaluate its policy of neutrality in the conflict - The Times of Israel


Israeli officer: With 30,000 Al Qaeda fighters in Syria, ready to embark on cross-border military action to stem this direct threat - DEBKAfile


Al Qaeda group claims responsibility for Cairo bombings - The National


Al Qaeda offshoot ISIS imposes strict Islamic rules in north Syria, beheaded on Friday two men by sword over charges of insulting The Holy Prophet -  ZAMAN ALWSL

 

VIDEO: ISIS Beheader - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: New ISIS mass grave near Atareb, 2 women pulled from it - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Ex-ISIS man reveals torture in name of 'prison jihad’ in Syria - LiveLeak.com

 

Child exploitation by ISIS terror group in Syria war - alalam.ir

 

VIDEO: Syrian kid about 3-4 years old shooting with AK 47 - LiveLeak.com

 

Belgium’s Syria Jihadist Fighters ~ An Overview of 2012 and 2013 - JIHADOLOGY

 

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Kobanê To Declare Kurdish Autonomy on January 27th - The Rojava Report


Kurdish members of Syria opposition coalition lashed out al-Jarba after he did not mention the rights of the Kurds in his speech - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Lavrov: Kurds and NCB should be included - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

Jabhat al-Nusra, ISIS and Ahrar ash-Sham form joint front to seize western Ras al-Ayn from PYD control - YALLA SOURIYA

 

VIDEO: Rebels get ready to storm Ras al-Ayn to free it from YPG - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: Fighters from ISIS, Ahrar and Nusra sing for unity & the end of fighting that diverts them from jihad - YouTube

 

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Report on Martyrs Who Died in Regime's Detention Center Branch 215 of the Military Intelligence Division, Damascus - Violations Documentation Center


Ten Inconsistencies in the Carter-Ruck Torture Report - SibiaLiria


Carter Ruck clients: Yasin Qadı, Yusuf al-Qaradawi and other people allegedly connected with al-Qaeda, Erdogan and Islamic Relief Organization (IHH) - nsnbc international

 

Does a Qatar-Sponsored ‘Smoking Gun’ Torture Report Reveal An Ulterior Motive? - mintpressnews.com

 

 

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Turkey News - Jan 25

 

Former US envoys to Ankara say Erdoğan doing great harm to democracy - Today's Zaman


Op-Ed by former U.S. ambassadors to Turkey: The United States needs to tell Turkey to change course - The Washington Post


US State Department on Turkey graft probe claims: No comment - CİHAN


Turkey's Government Sees US Hand in Anti-Corruption Probes - VOA


EU president urges Turkey to respect rule of law - Today's Zaman


EU to wait before taking action, Erdogan failed to convince the European Union leadership of the existence of a parallel state - CI˙HAN


‘Parallel structure’ case to bring gov’t closer to authoritarianism - Today's Zaman

 

PM Erdoğan confirms partial suspension of HSYK bill - Today's Zaman

 

Turkey's main opposition: Draft military law bill jeopardizes promotions, amendments will require prime minister’s approval before trying senior members of the military by the judicial authorities - hurriyetdailynews

 

Legal proceedings underway for Turkish Justice Minister Bozdag - hurriyetdailynews

 

Truck-intercepting prosecutor stripped of some powers - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish PM Erdoğan's son ready to testify over graft probe: Lawyer - hurriyetdailynews

 

Turkish PM Erdoğan slams top business group head for probe warning - hurriyetdailynews

 

Int'l press institutions: PM identifying journalist as target worrisome, hampers press freedom - Today's Zaman

 

Intellectuals call on gov't not to ‘acquit' corruption, coup plotters - Today's Zaman

 

Online Petition Drive in Turkey Attempts to Force Anti-Corruption Reforms - VOA

 

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Erdogan threatens to unveil graft accusations against main opposition candidate for Istanbul mayor - Reuters


CHP Istanbul candidate Sarıgül replies to TMSF: ‘You cannot scare me’ - hurriyetdailynews


Turkish government accused of trying to sabotage poll - FT.com

 

A Race for More Than the Mayor of Istanbul – NYTimes.com

 

Turkish Opposition Eyes Its Opportunity In March local elections - KNAU Arizona Public Radio

 

Lira slide becomes headache for Turkey's embattled Erdogan - Reuters

 

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They Never Announce When You Prevent a War

There exists, I suppose, some slight chance of this one making it into the State of the Union address, no doubt in a distorted, bellicose, and xenophobic disguise.  Typically, there's no chance of any announcement at all. 

We're stopping another war.

There are a million qualifications that need to be put on that statement.  None of them render it false.  A bill looked likely to move through Congress that would have imposed new sanctions on Iran, shredded the negotiated agreement with Iran, and committed the United States to join in any Israeli war on Iran.  This would be a step toward war and has become understood as such by large numbers of people.  Efforts to sell sanctions as an alternative to war failed. Tons of pushback has come, and is still coming, from the public, including from numerous organizations not always known for their opposition to war.  And the bill, for the moment, seems much less likely to pass. 

This is no time to let up, but to recognize our power and press harder for peace.

Pushback against the sanctions bill has come from the White House, from within the military, and from elsewhere within the government. But this bill was something the warmongers wanted, AIPAC wanted, a majority of U.S. senators wanted, and corporate media outlets were happy to support.  The underlying pretense that Iran has a nuclear weapons program that endangers the world had the support of the White House and most other opponents of the March-to-War bill.  That pretense has been successfully sold to much of the public. The additional supporting pretense that sanctions have helped, rather than hindered, diplomacy has similar widespread backing. But when it comes to a measure understood as a step into war, the public is saying no, and that public response is a factor in the likely outcome.

In this instance, President Obama has been on the right side of the debate. I've never known that to actually be true before. But there's been a whole infrastructure of activism set up and fine-tuned for five years now, all based around the pretense that Obama was right on various points and Congress wrong.  So, when that actually happened to be true, numerous organizations knew exactly what to do with it. War opposition and Obama-following merged.  But let's remember back to August and September.  That was a different situation in which . . .

We stopped another war.

Raytheon's stock was soaring. The corporate media wanted those missiles to hit Syria. Obama and the leadership of both parties wanted those missiles to hit Syria.  The missiles didn't fly.

Public pressure led the British Parliament to refuse a prime minister's demand for war for the first time since the surrender at Yorktown, and the U.S. Congress followed suit by making clear to the U.S. president that his proposed authorization for war on Syria would not pass through either the Senate or the House.  Numerous Congress members, from both houses and both parties, said they heard more from the public against this war than ever before on any issue. It helped that Congress was on break and holding town hall meetings.  It helped that it was Jewish holidays and AIPAC wasn't around. 

And there were other factors.  After the public pushed Congress to demand a say, Obama agreed to that.  Perhaps he wanted something so controversial -- something being talked about as "the next Iraq" -- to go to Congress.  Perhaps he expected Congress would probably say No.  In such a scenario, the decisive factor would remain the past decade of growing public sentiment against wars.  But I don't think that's what happened.  Obama and Kerry were pushing hard and publicly for those missiles to fly.  When they couldn't get the "intelligence" agencies to back their fraudulent case, they announced it anyway.  Those lies are just being exposed now, in a very different context from that in which the Iraq war lies or the Afghanistan or Libya war lies have been exposed.  Obama told us to watch videos of children suffering and dying in Syria and to choose between war and inaction.  We rejected that choice, opposed war, and supported humanitarian aid (which hasn't happened on remotely the necessary scale).

In the space of a day, discussions in Washington, D.C., shifted from the supposed necessity of war to the clear desirability of avoiding war. The Russians' proposal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons had already been known to the White House but was being rejected. When Kerry publicly suggested that Syria could avoid a war by handing over its chemical weapons, everyone knew he didn't mean it.  In fact, when Russia called his bluff and Syria immediately agreed, Kerry's staff put out this statement: "Secretary Kerry was making a rhetorical argument about the impossibility and unlikelihood of Assad turning over chemical weapons he has denied he used. His point was that this brutal dictator with a history of playing fast and loose with the facts cannot be trusted to turn over chemical weapons, otherwise he would have done so long ago. That's why the world faces this moment." In other words: stop getting in the way of our war! By the next day, however, with Congress rejecting war, Kerry was claiming to have meant his remark quite seriously and to believe the process had a good chance of succeeding, as of course it did.  Diplomatic solutions are always available.  What compelled Obama to accept diplomacy as the last resort was the public's and Congress's refusal to allow war.

These victories are limited and tentative.  The machinery that pushes for war hasn't gone away.  The arms are still flowing into Syria.  Efforts to negotiate peace there seem less than wholehearted.  The U.S. puppeteer has stuck its arm up the rear end of the United Nations and uninvited Iran from the talks.  The people of Syria and Iran are no better off.

But they're also no worse off. No U.S. bombs are falling from their skies.

There could be other proposals for wars that we'll find much harder to prevent.  That's precisely why we must recognize the possibility of stopping those proposals too, a possibility established by the examples above, from which we should stop fleeing in panic as if the possibility that everything we do might have some point to it horrifies us.

Any war can be stopped.  Any pretended necessity to hurry up and kill large numbers of people can be transformed into a negotiation at a table using words rather than missiles.  And if we come to understand that, we'll be able to start dismantling the weaponry, which in turn will make the tendency to think of war as the first option less likely.  By steps we can move to a world in which our government doesn't propose bombing someone new every few months but instead proposes helping someone new. 

If we can stop one war, if we can stop two wars, why can't we stop them all and put our resources into protection rather than destruction?  Why can't we move to a world beyond war?

Syria/Turkey News - Jan 24

 

Syrian opposition chief Jarba says Russia not sticking to Assad - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO (and transcript): Russian FM Lavrov: Geneva II talks must not include any discussion of Syria regime change - EA WorldView


Kerry: Some nations ready to deploy Syria peacekeepers - AFP


Iran president Hassan Rouhani calls for “free and fair elections in Syria,” says Tehran “ready to engage” neighbors - CBS News

 

Syrian opposition refuses to meet govt face-to-face at Geneva 2 talks - RT News

 

FSA seeks new US arms supplies as Geneva talks resume - Telegraph

 

A Revolution in Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood? - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

VIDEO: Syrian President’s Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban goes on fiery rant - CNN

 

Many Syrians still see Assad as indispensable in saving their country - McClatchy DC

 

Hope Springs in Syria? How Local Cease-fires Have Brought Some Respite to Damascus - Foreign Affairs

 

VIDEO: Footage shows Syria 'FSA' militants defecting to the Syrian army - YouTube

 

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Nearly 1,400 dead since Syria rebel infightiing began, The Observatory says the figure included 760 moderate and Islamist rebels, 426 ISIS fighters - Al Arabiya


VIDEO: Northern Syria: Al-Qaeda's New Home, VICE filmmaker unprecedented access to both al Qaeda factions ISIS and Al Nusra  - YouTube


Al Qaeda ISIS militants seize Manbij east Aleppo: activists - ZAMAN ALWSL


VIDEO: FSA fleeing, Manbij retaken by ISIS - LiveLeak.com


MAP: Seems that Islamic Front lost Manbej to ISIS - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

VIDEO: In New Video Campaign Islamic Front Appeals To Foreign Fighters, apparently offering them an alternative to the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham - EA WorldView

 

Qaeda chief Zawahri urges end to deadly clashes between rebels - THE DAILY STAR

 

AUDIO (and English transcript): Syria: Statement of Al Qa’eda Leader al-Zawahiri - EA WorldView

 

More on Al Qaeda head addressing rebel infighting in Syria - The Long War Journal

 

European Jihadists in Syria: More and Younger - Gatestone Institute

 

Interview: How Kuwait Emerged as a Rebel Finance Hub - Syria Deeply

 

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Syrian Kurds protest "exclusion" from Geneva II talks - AFP


Salih Muslim: The Solution is Democratic Autonomy - The Rojava Report


Christians and Kurds Form Coalition in Syria - Assyrian International News Agency


VIDEO: Press Conference: Christians and Kurds Form Coalition in Syria - YouTuber

 

PYD to open representative office in Baghdad - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

Barzani offers to help in fight against terrorism - Al-Monitor

 

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New photos thought to show more Syrian torture - Anadolu Agency


PHOTOS: New photo gallery thought to show more Syrian torture - Anadolu Agency


State Dept. Learned in November of Photos Said to Show Torture in Syria - NYTimes.com


Report on Assad's tortures in Syria 'full of inconstistencies' - expert - The Voice of Russia

 

IIT Exclusive- 10 Reasons to Reject Syria Torture Report as Untrue - LiveLeak.com

 

Torture Report: Malicious Syria Bashing - rense.com

 

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Brawl occurs in Turkish parliament arliament during a debate over the corruption scandal - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Turkish lawmakers brawl over judicial reforms - Reuters.com


Draft to mandate Turkish PM’s consent for prosecution of top commanders - hurriyetdailynews.com


Inspection of trucks carrying weapons to Syrian rebels reignites debates on MİT Law - Today's Zaman


Weapons being shipped to Syrian rebels in accordance with MGK decision: Report - Today's Zaman

 

Intel not tasked with carrying weapons, Turkish main opposition leader says - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Syria-bound trucks put spotlight on Turkey - Al-Monitor

 

French prosecutors ask Turkey for details about Paris murder suspect connections - Today's Zaman

 

New developments in Paris killings threaten to derail PKK peace talks - Al-Monitor

 

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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 23

 

Syrian Geneva II peace talks witness bitter exchanges between opposing parties - Chicago Sun-Times


TRANSCRIPTS: Statements at the Geneva Conference on Syria - unog.ch


VIDEO: Syria rivals exchange blame in Geneva talks - YouTube


Russia's Lavrov says Syrian rivals vowed to hold direct talks - Yahoo News


Syrian enemies may discuss prisoner swaps, local ceasefires and humanitarian aid despite talks acrimony - Reuters


VIDEO: Clashes between pro-Assad men & his oppositionists in Montreux - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Verbal spat between pro-government and opposition individuals at Montreux - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Switzerland: Protesters show support for Assad as Geneva II begins - YouTube

 

Islamist militias full statement: Regime ‘has left no room for dialogue’ - Syria Direct

 

NCB statement on Geneva II - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

Syria hails Aleppo airport reopening as a victory over rebels - Yahoo News

 

Loyalty to Assad runs deep on Syrian coast - CSMonitor.com

 

Due to a Shortage of Troops, Assad Issues Decree to Call Back Former Soldiers - The Syrian Observer

 

Minutes of US envoy Robert Ford past meeting with Syrian opposition: Report - .alalam.ir

 

Fierce clashes between Al Qaeda's ISIL and rebel groups near Azaz, north Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Where Is Al Qaeda Holding Its Western Hostages In Syria? - The Daily Beast

 

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Syria’s Kurds will declare self-rule in the whole Kurdish regions within a week - hurriyetdailynews.com


Syrian Kurds Announce Local Government in Cizire Canton with Qamishli as Capital - CİHAN


VIDEO: Kurds celebrating their self-declared autonomy in Qamishli - Syria


Residents throughout the Cizîre Region Celebrate After Declaration Of Autonomy (VIDEO) - The Rojava Report


The Kurds claim an autonomous government in north-east Syria. Three Christians among the 20 ministers - Fides News Agency

 

Special Report: Amid Syria's violence, Kurds carve out autonomy - Reuters

 

Kurdish women fight for equality in Syria - ekurd

 

KNC Foreign Delegations Head on Geneva II (VIDEO, Kurdish) - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

Iraq Kurdish leader sees little gains at Syria conference - Yahoo News

 

Turkey fighting PYD, PKK, al-Nusra, says Erdoğan - Today's Zaman

 

The Kurds and Geneva II - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

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Turkey launches new mass purge of police and judiciary, Up to hundreds of police and 96 judges and prosecutors reassigned - GlobalPost


Turkish judicial purge brings corruption investigation to halt - Reuters


Turkey's Main Opposition CHP Exposes Document of Threat Against Prosecutor by Undersecretary - Good Morning Turkey


3 former ministers to be named members of criminal organization in graft indictment, web portal claims - Today's Zaman


Erdoğan gov't abusing regulatory agencies to punish opponents - Today's Zaman

 

700 party members resign from ruling AK Party in Diyarbakır - Today's Zaman

 

AK Party's Adana administration board resigns in protest - Today's Zaman

 

Report: Bill to authorize MİT to transport arms to Syria - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish intelligence service trucks reveal secrets - Al-Monitor

 

Turkish Government Would Show off if Trucks were Loaded With Humanitarian Aid to Syria: BDP Leader - Good Morning Turkey

 

‘MİT profiling directive a crime, contradicts universal law' - Today's Zaman

 

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Syria government says torture report 'politicized,' photos ‘fake’ - AFP


AUDIO: Syrian government advisor pours scorn on torture report - BBC News


Ministry of Justice dismisses as baseless Carter-Ruck’s torture report- SANA

 

Who Attacked Ghouta with Chemical Weapons?: Analysis of the Second UN Report shows the opposition has used sarin on at least three occasions - whoghouta.blogspot.com

 

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Syria News - Jan 22

 

Syria warring sides join world powers in Montreux for peace talks - AFP


Geneva II: Syrian Regime And Opposition Announce Delegations - haberler.com


Order of speakers at Geneva-II revealed - Anadolu Agency


Syrian National Council quits opposition bloc over the Geneva II peace talks with the Damascus regime - Al Arabiya News


Statement of three rebel groups – the Islamic Front, Jaish al-Mujahideen and Ajnad al-Sham – on Geneva II - YALLA SOURIYA


VIDEO (English): Islamic Front military leader Zahran Aloush dismisses Geneva, denies kidnapping Zeitouneh and describes war on ISIS - Syria Direct


Syrian internal opposition group rejects Coalition offer to join delegation to Geneva II - The Back Channel

 

Syria to seek 'anti-terror' support in Geneva - Al Jazeera English

 

Russian-backed Syrian Proposal: Presidential Elections Under International Supervision Within Three Months - The Syrian Observer

 

TRANSCRIPT: President Bashar al-Assad’s interview with Agence France Presse - SANA, Syria

 

VIDEO: President Bashar al-Assad's interview with Agence France Presse - YouTube

 

US getting "messages" from within Syrian regime anxious to end war - AFP

 

Damascus residents pray for ‘miracle’ at Geneva - GulfNews.com

 

NGOs: Christian representatives should participate in the peace negotiations at the Geneva 2 conference - Fides News Agency

 

Obama, Putin discuss Sochi security, Syria talks - Yahoo News

 

Russia: Booting Iran out of Syria talks 'mistake' but 'not disaster’ - AFP

 

Syrian Coalition: Iran Must Meet Our Conditions If It Wants To Participate In Geneva II - Syrian National Coalitiion

 

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US secretly backs rebels to fight al Qaeda in Syria - Telegraph


More than 1,000 Syrians flee al-Qaeda-linked ISIS in northern border-town of as they mow down children and behead prisoners in cold blood - Al Jazeera


Islamic Front says State of Al Qaeda behind Bab Al hawa suicide blasts - ZAMAN ALWSL


Al Qaeda offshoot ISIS imposes strict Islamic rules in north Syria - Reuters


ISIS release 4 statements that decree new laws on the Syrian citizens in the areas under its control in Raqqah - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


ISIS Raids Anadolu Agency's Syria Office - haberler.com

 

VIDEO: ISIS pulled its troops from the Western countryside of Aleppo & left this mass grave - Twitter / joshua_landis

 

Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon claims Beirut suicide bombing - Yahoo News UK

 

Eyewitness account: Jabhat Al-Nusra committed "massacres" in Adra - Syria Newsdesk

 

Prominent doctor freed, activists accused al-Nusra Front of kidnapping - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

A Third Press Statement on the Kidnapping of Lawyer and Prominent Activist Razan Zeitouneh and Her Colleagues -  Violations Documentation Center in Syria

 

The disillusioned FSA defectors joining Assad's forces - ITV News

 

AUDIO: Translation of the new audio-message by ISIS chief Abū Bakr al-Baghdādī - pietervanostaeyen

 

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Syria photos prove mass torture by Assad regime: Report - AFP


Gruesome Syria photos may prove torture by Assad regime (VIDEO) - CNN.com


VIDEO: Gruesome Syria photos may prove torture by Assad regime - YouTube


REPORT into the credibility of certain evidence with regard to torture and execution of persons incarcerated by the current Syrian regime - theguardian


There exist ample reasons to question the assertions made in the Syria war crimes report - comeDonChisciotte.net

 

Why one day before the Geneva meeting? This report is altogether most unconvincing, based on alleged photos of alleged victims by an alleged 'defector' in Qatar - Media Lens Message Board

 

The state of Qatar and Al-Jazeera are both clients of London-based law firm Carter-Ruck who commissioned the report - Media Lens Message Board

 

Carter-Ruck law firm behind new Syria smear defended 'al-Qaeda financier' Yasin al Qadi in 2007 - inagist.com

 

Human Rights Watch says US undermining efforts to bring Assad's regime before global court - Star Tribune

 

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Should Syria’s Future Be Decided by Men With Guns?

By Medea Benjamin


Just days before the Syria peace talks known as Geneva II are scheduled to begin on January 22, 2014, in Montreux, Switzerland, Syria's main political opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), has agreed to attend. They will be joined by various officials of the Syrian government, UN officials and representatives from 35 countries. Swiss President Didier Burkhalter will deliver the opening remarks, followed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Then, Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry will address the assembly on behalf of the forum's initiators. But one voice will be notably underrepresented—that of Syrian women, especially the non-violent, pro-democracy activists who represent civil society. “When we talk about women at the table, the men see them as the tablecloth,” said Hibaaq Osman, an NGO leader who has been working with Syrian women and pushing for their inclusion. “The future of Syria should not exclusively be decided by those who carry guns.”



Syrian women have suffered immensely throughout the conflict. The estimated 100,000 killed so far includes not just men, but thousands of women and children. Women activists have been detained as part of government crackdowns on the rebel opposition and have been raped and tortured in detention. An investigation by the Women’s Media Center tracked reports of rape and deliberate, politically-motivated attacks on women. When a soldier in the Free Syrian Army was captured by government forces, women from his family were brought to the prison and raped in front of him. In another sickening story, three sisters recounted how a group of Syrian army soldiers broke into their house in Homs, tied up their father and brother, raped the three women in front of them, and then opened their legs and burned their vaginas with cigarettes, saying “You want freedom? This is your freedom.” There have also been reports of women and children being used as human shields or hostages by armed groups.



In areas controlled by the fundamentalist rebel groups, extremists have imposed oppressive rules on women and girls, reversing freedoms of movement, expression and other rights women had previously exercised. In some cases, women and girls have been prevented from working, going to school or just leaving their homes without a male guardian, even to flee violence. Human Rights Watch has reported that some extremist Islamist groups in northern Syria, such as Jabhat al-Nusra, the Nusra Front, and the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), are imposing strict and discriminatory rules on women and girls, such as requiring them to wear headscarves and full-length robes, limiting their ability to carry out essential daily activities, to move freely in public or to attend school.



The humanitarian crisis is acute. Some 4 million Syrians have been internally displaced. Food and access to it is so restricted in some of the military-contested areas that children are dying from starvation. “There are children who are eating roots and leaves off the trees,” said Kefah Ali Deeb of the National Coordination Committee for the Forces of Democratic Change. “Believe me; this is not my imagination. There is more suffering than you could imagine.”



Syrians desperate to escape the war have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and Jordan, sometimes arriving by the thousands in a single day. Some three million Syrians are now refugees, over 80% of them women and children. Large numbers of women whose husbands have been killed or are off fighting have suddenly become heads of their households, but bereft of resources to care for their children. Relief agencies and host countries are overwhelmed by the numbers and the need. And although the refugees living abroad are spared the immediate impact of the fighting, many are unfortunately still subjected to violence, sexual assault, and abysmal living conditions.



According to a U.N. Women study, child marriages and domestic violence are on the rise among refugee families. As refugees grow more destitute, parents are more inclined to pull their daughters out of schools or marry them off at younger ages in exchange for dowries. Early marriage is seen as a way to ensure that daughters are cared for and fed, and to generate scarce income for the family. But girls sold into marriage are extremely vulnerable to abuse, lose opportunities for education and risk serious health hazards of early pregnancy.



Some refugee women have been forced into prostitution by their families, under the cover of short-term marriage arrangements. Women and girls sold into marriage are sometimes abandoned or sold again to brothels or traffickers, where their abuse and exploitation only worsens.



Syrian women, many of whom were involved in the initial pro-democracy, nonviolent uprising against Bashar al-Assad, have been risking their lives to address the humanitarian crisis—distributing humanitarian aid, monitoring human rights and providing emergency help. Syrian women have brokered local ceasefires to enable aid to get through. While the fighting has raged around them, women have continued to organize, build civil society groups and train themselves to play a role in designing a unified, democratic Syria.



These women have repeatedly called on the international community to include their voices in peace efforts. From January 11-13, 2014, 47 Syrian women gathered under the auspices of UN Women to hash out their positions. "We cannot remain silent regarding events unfolding in Syria, such as daily death, massive destruction, starvation, displacement of hundreds of thousands of Syrian families in Syria and abroad, the spread of terror and violence, ongoing detentions, acts of kidnapping, destruction of infrastructure and the spread of diseases, particularly among children," said Syrian activist Kefah Ali Deeb at a UN press conference.



The women called for the effective participation of women in all negotiating teams and committees in a proportion of no less than 30%. They called for senior gender experts to be fully integrated into the UN mediation team. “We want there be a meaningful participation of women in the entire political process, including in the formation of the transitional governing body, the constitutional drafting committee, the drafting of the election law, mechanisms of transitional justice, the local administration and local committees for civil peace,” said Syrian activist Delsha Ayo at a UN press conference.



The women are desperate to deal with the immediate human catastrophe. “Large numbers of women have been arrested, kidnapped or disappeared. They include our families, our friends, our colleagues,” said Kefah Ali Deeb, activist and member of National Coordination Committee for the Forces of Democratic Change. “We must get the detainees released from prison and break the sieges that are driving stranded populations to starvation.”



But they are also looking down the road, and many have been working on principles for a new constitution. “We have been watching what happened in Tunisia and Egypt and Libya and there are a lot of lessons to prepare ourselves,” said Sabah Alhallak, the women’s coordinator for the Syrian Commission for Family Affairs. They insist that any eventual constitution guarantee women’s equality and penalize all forms of discrimination and violence against women.



While Lakhdar Brahimi has met with the women several times and has encouraged their participation as observers, he has not agreed to grant them an official role. Unfortunately, even at the peace table, the men with guns will continue to have the loudest voices.



In response, the groups CODEPINK, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), MADRE, Karama and the Nobel Women’s Initiative are gathering at the talks under the banner of “Women Lead to Peace” to support Syrian women. The day before the official talks begin, they will hold a Women’s Summit with women from former conflict zones such as Bosnia, Liberia, Guatemala and Ireland speaking about their experiences of transitioning from war to peace. Syrian women and humanitarian aid workers will share their stories and experiences of life in Syria and refugee camps. There will then be a modeling of the negotiations: a look at what the official peace talks could and should look like. On January 22, the women will stage a peace rally outside the official talks. You can sign their petition to the international community and watch the Summit.



The Syrian women and their global allies understand that the Syria crisis is so deep and complex that it will take a long time to end the fighting and even longer to rebuild, but they see no other option. “We are lawyers, engineers and professors; we are housewives, nurses and other medical professionals; we are 50 percent of society and we are determined to stop the war,” said Rafif Jouejati, director of FREE-Syria (the Foundation to Restore Equality and Education in Syria). “If Geneva II fails, then we will keep going to make Geneva III, IV or V work. We will keep pushing the men who are making war until they make peace.”  




Medea Benjamin is cofounder of www.codepink.org and www.globalexchange.org, and author of eight books, including Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.

Syria/Turkey News - Jan 20

 

United Nations Invites Iran To Geneva Syrian Peace Negotiations - NPR


Saudi, UAE back Syria opposition vote to join peace talks - THE DAILY STAR


US envoy Robert Ford to Syria Opposition: Go to Geneva 2, Changes are on the Way in Riyadh over Syria - alalam.ir


China and Russia may hold joint naval drill in the Mediterranean designed to tackle terrorist threats and improve joint rescue operations at sea - RT News


Syrian opposition says to attend Geneva peace talks, backed by some rebel groups - Reuters


VIDEO: Syria opposition votes to attend Geneva peace talks - euronews

 

Opposition: Geneva ‘funeral’ for Syrian regime - Al Arabiya News

 

FSA General Salim Idriss' statement laying out the essential prerequisites for any negotiations at the upcoming Geneva II 'peace talks’ - facebook.com/RadioFreeSyria

 

Syria says Interfax Assad comments on not giving up power inaccurate - Reuters

 

UN Confirms First Delivery Of Aid To Starving Palestinians In Syria - huffingtonpost.com

 

VIDEO: Good supplies enter besieged Palestinian suburb of Syrian capital - ITV

 

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Renewed battles between opposition battalions and ISIL in Aleppo - Syria Newsdesk


Two suicide bombings in Aleppo kill five - Syria Newsdesk


Rebels counteract ISIL's reinforcement in Manbij north Aleppo -ZAMAN ALWSL 


Rebels target ISIL's sites in Aleppo western countryside - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Al-Mujahideen Army ousts ISIL from Ratyan in Aleppo - Syria Newsdesk


Syria: Umar al-Shishani & ISIS Claim Advance From Al-Bab To Manbij in Aleppo, Capture FSA Base - EA WorldView


ISIS leader urges end to rebel clashes - THE DAILY STAR

 

AUDIO: ISIS leader Al Baghdadi 16-minute recording calls for reconciliation and to re-focus minds on the “greater enemy”, followers of Shia Islam - YouTube

 

Statement from Zawahiri's representative shows Syrian rebel group Ahrar al Sham tied to al Qaeda - The Long War Journal

 

AUDIO: Al-Qaeda Envoy Abu Khaled al-Suri calls for Zawahiri to intervene concerning ISIS in Syria - YouTube

 

Protesters attack Shariaa Committee warehouses in Rif Dimashq - Syria Newsdesk

 

41 bodies found in former ISIL stronghold - Syria Newsdesk

 

The Foreign Policy Essay: Charles Lister on “The anti-Jihadist Revolt in Syria” - Lawfare

 

VIDEO: Large demonstrations in E Ghouta in favor of Islamic State of Iraq & Sham(ISIS) - YouTube

 

VIDEO: New ISIS-mass grave found in Syria - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: A look inside a stormed ISIL headquarters in Aleppo - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: Islamic Front Guns Down Female Suicide Bomber On The Turkish Border - LiveLeak.com

 

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Syrian Kurds feel left out of Geneva II - Al-Monitor


PKK Umbrella Group Warns it Will Ignore Geneva II Resolutions - Rudaw


Large Rallies for Rojava in Istanbul, Izmir, and Diyarbakir demanding the rights of Kurds be recognized at the Geneva-II peace conference - Rojava Report


Kurds on the streets days before Geneva II - ekurd


Sidelined Syrian Kurds take Geneva II protest to Twitter - ekurd

 

Syrian opposition accuse Kurdish YPG fighters of anti-revolution efforts - ekurd

 

Syrian government introduces Kurdish in universities - Al-Monitor

 

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Police break up protest against new Internet law - Today's Zaman


VIDEO: Clashes in Turkey as internet censorship protests turn violent - euronews


Turkish authorities purge regulators, state TV employees in backlash against graft probe - The Washington Post


Turkey approves controversial medical aid bill making it a crime for doctors to provide emergency first aid without government authorisation - AFP

 

Erdoğan gov't rolls back judicial reforms in violation of EU, CoE rules - Today's Zaman

 

‘Clean Hands' prosecutor: With HSYK bill, thieves would choose their judges - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish gendarmerie stops seven Syria-bound trucks dispatched by intelligence agancy MİT, finds weapons and ammunition - Today's Zaman

 

Al-Qadi denies al-Qaeda link in newspaper ad - Today's Zaman

 

Alleged Erdogan ties to al-Qadi a national security concern - Today's Zaman

 

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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 18

 

Syrian government submits plan for truce, prisoner swap - latimes.com


VIDEO: Syria offers truce, prisoner swap with rebels - YouTube


Syria ready to help speed humanitarian assistance: Russia - Yahoo News


Syria allows aid into 2 contested areas - The Washington Post


Syrian gov't ready to join forces with opposition to combat terrorism - FM - Voice of Russia


Russia steps up military lifeline to Syria's Assad -sources - Reuters


Geneva-2 to take place whether opposition wants it or not - The Voice of Russia

 

Russia Says Iran Essential for Finding Syria Peace - ABC News

 

Iran says 'good coordination' among Syria allies on talks - THE DAILY STAR

 

Kerry: Assad Must Accept Peace Conference Terms - ABC News

 

'You need to go to Geneva': Opposition source reveals threat made by Britain and US over Syria peace talks - The Independent

 

Syria builds dollar reserves, thanks partly to Assad's enemies - Reuters

 

Iraqi FM warns against "poisonous" extremism in Syria

 

The Syrian War's Private Donors in the Gulf Lose Faith - The New Yorker

 

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Syrian rebels push Qaeda affiliate ISIS from northwest stronghold - Reuters


Islamist rebels seize Base 46, last HQ for ISIS west Aleppo -ZAMAN ALWSL


ISIS adopts suicide attacks as best war strategy against rebels - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Analysis: Shifting dynamics of rebel infighting in Syria - The Long War Journal


Syria opposition calls for more arms to fight al-Qaeda - FT.com


Alleged message to ISIS from Zawahiri's Syrian representative posted online - Threat Matrix


Who Pulls the Strings of the Islamic Front’s Shura Council? | Al Akhbar English

 

The Politics of the Islamic Front, Part 4: The State - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

Syrian refugees suffer as rebel group infighting slows aid - CBS News

 

Abuse and torture rife in secret ISIS jails in Syria, says Amnesty - Reuters

 

VIDEO: Bodies of 5 summarily executed men near Alatareb, Aleppo, activists accused the ISIS - YouTube

 

PHOTO: ISIS beheads FSA rebels in Jarablus - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: ISIS fighter posing chopped head and put it into a bag - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: A Nun speaks about brutal crimes against Syrian people - LiveLeak.com

 

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Top administrative court rejects ministries' appeal of controversial amendment - Today's Zaman


Justice Ministry undersecretary called İzmir prosecutor to stop fraud probe: CHP leader claims - hurriyetdailynews.com


Reassignments -- new mobbing on massive scale by gov’t to silence dissent - Today's Zaman


Turkish authorities remove senior officials from banking regulatory body - Today's Zaman


Police officers to be removed identified by data at TİB - Today's Zaman

 

No arrest warrant for Turkish PM’s son, justice minister says - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Parliament panel approves controversial judicial reform bill - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

MİT to monitor all religious groups as potential parts of parallel state - Today's Zaman

 

Information reached the police on January 10 of another weapons shipment heading through Turkey to Syria - Aydinlik

 

An operation has revealed a number of details showing the connection between MIT, al-Qaeda and the Islamist ‘‘charity’’ organisation IHH - Aydinlik

 

Turkey: Islamic charity IHH workers released from custody - UTSanDiego.com

 

Victim's families: Lift confidentiality of Paris murders probe - Today's Zaman

 

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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 17

 

Nearly 1,100 killed in Syria rebel-ISIS jihadist battles: activists - Yahoo News


U.N. Reports mass executions in Northern Syria carried out by armed opposition groups, in particular by ISIS - NYTimes.com


Battles rage to push ISIS out of north Syria - THE DAILY STAR


Rebels expel ISIS's Jihadists from Jarabulus - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Alleged ISIS car bomb kills 26 in north Syria, mostly rebels - AFP


ISIS Controls Raqqa, 250 Fighters, 50 Civilians Killed - The Syrian Observer


Islamic Front to take control of Aleppo industrial zone from ISIS - ZAMAN ALWSL 


The Story of Two Armenians Executed by ISIS - Al Akhbar English

 

Young Christian killed and beheaded by jihadists - Fides News Agency

 

Interview with Free Syrian Army (FSA) chief Gen. Salim Idris - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

 

The Politics of the Islamic Front, Part 2: An Umbrella Organization - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

The Politics of the Islamic Front, Part 3: Negotiations - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

About What Is Going On From the Fighting Between the [Islamic] State and the Mujāhidīn of al-Shām - JIHADOLOGY

 

6 Rebel groups pledge allegiance to Al Nusra Front - ZAMAN ALWSL 

 

Suicide car bomb kills three in Hezbollah stronghold in Lebanon near Syria - Reuters

 

Statement from Jabhat al-Nuṣrah in Lebanon claims responsibility for the suicide car bombing: “Martyrdom Operation Upon the Stronghold of Ḥizb Irānī in the Hermel” - JIHADOLOGY

 

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PYD leader Salih Muslim: Kurds will not attend Geneva II unless Kurdish question is on agenda - ekurd


If Kurds are not recognised as a third party they'll reject Geneva: PKK leader Sabri - ekurd


KCK Executive Council Releases Statement on Geneva II - ekurd


Syria Kurdistan Goes to the Polls - The Rojava Report


Syrian Kurds aim to benefit from Islamist infighting - Al-Monitor

 

Efrin: end of al-Qaeda’s ISIS siege north Syria - aranews.org

 

YPG buries 39 Kurdish fighters in Qamishli, died by clashes against the ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other Islamist rebel fighters - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

VIDEO: Funeral parade of YPG martyrs in Qamislo - YouTube

 

ISIS executes Kurdish civilians in Tel Ebyad - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

“PYD have established a model for Syria”: Prominent UK human rights lawyer Margaret Owen - ekurd

 

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New analysis of rocket used in Syria chemical attack undercuts U.S. claims - MiamiHerald.com


REPORT (Full Text): Possible Implications of Faulty US Technical Intelligence in the Damascus Nerve Agent Attack of August 21 - s3.amazonaws.com

 

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‘Dismissed ministers received millions in bribes’ - Today's Zaman


Gov't assault on police to evade graft probe intensifies - Today's Zaman


İstanbul police again defy arrest order as top prosecutors reassigned - Today's Zaman


Nearly 20 İstanbul prosecutors removed from post - Today's Zaman


Guards of prosecutors in al-Qaeda probe replaced - Today's Zaman


Turkish government to move ahead with judiciary plan, despite main opposition refusal - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkish president signals veto on government-led judicial bill - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Jurists ask PM to take his hands off judiciary - Today's Zaman

 

Top business group head warns that Turkey may slip into ‘police state’ - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Erdogan declares war on Gulen's 'empire of fear’ - AFP

 

Ruling AKP moves to expel deputy known for close ties with Gülen movement - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

European Parliament calls on Turkey to preserve impartial judiciary amid graft probe - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish intelligence agency MIT denies claims over Paris killings but launches internal probe - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Investigative reporter Baransu exposed the spy agency MIT illegally profiled opposition party members & relayed the confidential memo to Erdogan - Twitter / abdbozkurt

 

Benghazi weapons shipped to Syrian rebels through Turkish IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation - larouchepac.com

 

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Syria News - Jan 16

 

Western intelligence talking to Damascus about the jihadist threat, Syrian minister says - BBC News


VIDEO: Interview: Western intelligence talking to Damascus about the jihadist threat, Syrian minister says - BBC News


European Spies Reach Out to Syria to Share Information on Jihadists - WSJ.com


VIDEO: European Spies Reach Out to Syria to Share Information on Jihadists - WSJ.com


Flow of Westerners to Syria Prompts Security Concerns - NYTimes.com


The Spanish Foreign Fighter Contingent in Syria - Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

 

Syrian rebels kill Belgian commander linked to al Qaeda’s ISIS: activists - Reuters

 

Canadian killed in Syria: Calgary man, 22, joined fight after converting to Islam - National Post

 

Syria's Assad slams Saudi Wahhabi ideology as 'threat to world' - Yahoo News

 

Syria’s internal political opposition may not attend Geneva II - Al-Monitor

 

US to stop financing Syrian opposition if it refuses to go to Geneva - The Voice of Russia

 

Kerry pledges another $380M in humanitarian aid for Syria - TheHill

 

VIDEO: Kerry Announces Aid Package for Syrians - NBCNews.com

 

New analysis of rocket used in Syria chemical attack undercuts U.S. claims - MiamiHerald.com

 

UN Chief Urges Syrian Opposition to Join Talks - ABC News

 

U.N. says it abandons aid delivery after Syria insisted on dangerous route - Reuters

 

Syria: UN agency determined to reach starving Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus - United Nations News Centre

 

Hamas urges militants to leave Damascus Palestinian camp - AFP

 

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Turkey/Syria News - Jan 15

 

Turkish police detain at least 23 in anti-al-Qaeda operation, after the raids two anti-terror police unit chiefs were dismissed - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkey cracks down on Islamic charity İHH suspected of arming Al Qaeda affiliates in Syria (VIDEO) - CSMonitor.com


Profile: Islamic charity IHH, a significant actor in the global jihadist movementy - The Long War Journal


Policemen relieved of duties following discovery of ammunition on buses heading from Turkey to Syria - Today's Zaman


Interior Ministry approves lists for new wave of police purges - Today's Zaman


Turkey president urges shift in Syria policy - Yahoo News

 

Turkish PM to show ‘no mercy’ to ‘group’ behind graft probe - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Turkish gov't to ‘freeze’ judicial bill if opposition agrees to charter change on key body - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

'Gov't must await Constitutional Court approval to implement HSYK law' - Today's Zaman

 

Former graft prosecutor Öz files formal complaint against PM Erdoğan after ‘threat’ claims - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

New graft prosecutors request unfreeze of suspects' assets - Today's Zaman

 

Supreme State Council able to try Turkish Armed Forces commanders - Today's Zaman

 

Gülen to file criminal complaint over illegal wiretapping - Today's Zaman

 

US, EU step up pressure on Turkey over judicial independence - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Brussels asks Turkey to be consulted to ensure judicial bill in line with EU legislation - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

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Turkey's Intelligence Agency MİT denies any link to Paris killings of Kurds - Today's Zaman


Voice recording suggests MİT ordered killings of PKK members in Paris - CİHAN


AUDIO: Tape released allegedly features Paris killings suspect voice - ANF

 

TRANSCRIPT: Full transcript of alleged Paris killings suspect Ömer Güney recording - ANF

 

Following the audio recording, leaked “secret" document could link Turkish MIT to the Paris assassinations (Document text translated) - The Kurdistan Tribune

 

Turkish Intelligence Agency (MIT) at center of political storm - Al-Monitor

 

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U.S., Russia call for trust-building moves ahead of Geneva talks such as prisoner exchanges, localized cease-fires and an end to blockades - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Kerry, Lavrov zero in on ceasefire in Syria - Yahoo News


U.S. Presses Syrian Opposition to Join Talks - NYTimes.com


Vatican urges Syria ceasefire as Kerry visits - Yahoo News


VIDEO: John Kerry talks Syria with Pope's aide - Yahoo News


Ambassador Ford to opposition: Geneva II without preconditions or guarantees - ZAMAN ALWSL #syria

 

Syrian opposition holds firm to Geneva II preconditions - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

 

Syrian Coalition: Political Solution Impossible Without Assad's Departure - Syrian National Coaltion

 

Syrian Coalition: Participation in Geneva II Will Be Dependent On the Response of the International Community to Our Basic Demands - Syrian National Coaltion

 

Syrian Coalition: Russia’s And Assad’s Attitudes To The Syrian Revolution Are Identical - Syrian National Coaltion

 

The Politics of the Islamic Front 1: Structure and Support - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

The names of the Syrian government delegation to Geneva leaked - all4syrian

 

The Baath Battalions Move Into Damascus - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

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Regime advances near Aleppo, ISIS tightens grip on Raqqa - THE DAILY STAR


ISIS Kills Nusra Front Emir in Raqqa - The Syrian Observer


Syria: How Did Raqqa Fall To The Islamic State of Iraq & ash-Sham? - EA WorldView


ISIS ihadists seize Syria town near Aleppo, execute 60 - Yahoo News


ISIS car bomb kills 8 rebels at Syria checkpoint - THE DAILY STAR


ISIS is planning to assassinate Massoud Barzani: source - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

Two Christians beheaded by ISIS in Idlib in Syria - OrthoChristian.Com

 

Italian Jesuit Priest Kidnapped By ISIS In Syria Being Held In Prison - YALLA SOURIYA

 

More proof of ISIS torture of Kurds - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

VIDEO: Three “spies" are executed by the Mujahideen: western Homs - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: al Nusra Front terrorists beheading a syrian citizen+Subtitles - LiveLeak.com

 

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Damascus: Yarmouk Starves as Relief Convoys Attacked by Rebels - Al Akhbar English


VIDEO: Yarmouk residents waiting for the promised aid today that never arrived - YouTube

 

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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 13


Friends of Syria group urges opposition to attend Geneva talks - Reuters


US: Syria peace talks test credibility for parties - NewsObserver.com


For Russia, terrorism is priority at Syria conference - Al-Monitor


'Syria’s destiny concerns us' - Lavrov to Jarba - The Voice of Russia


Jarba Says 'Friends of Syria' Agree No Role for Assad and Family in Country Future - Naharnet

 

Damascus steps up economic measure ahead of Geneva talks, reports revealed that a new line of credit between Syria and Russia will be signed soon - Globaltimes.cn

 

Kurds should demonstrate they can control own regions: PYD official - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

Aleppo's Kurds: Living Under Siege - Al Akhbar English

 

Officials: Efforts to lift Yarmouk siege have failed - Maan News Agency

 

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Qaeda-linked ISIS regains ground in northeast Syrian city of Raqqa - Reuters


Al Qaeda's ISIS unit executes dozens of rivals in Raqqa -activists


ISIS has summarily executed 100 Ahrar ash-Sham captives in ar-Raqqah north of Syria - Ahrar ash-Sham Media Office


16 ISIS suicide attacks target Syria rebels in one week - GlobalPost


Syrian opposition and ISIS continue Idlib battle - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

 

Activists: Nearly 700 dead in Syrian rebel clashes - The Washington Post

 

VIDEO: Claim of Mass Grave Discovered At ISIS HQ Near Al Burayj, Aleppo - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Convoy of the pro-ISIS Liwa Dawood, including four T-72 & T-62 tanks, 4 BMP-1 armoured vehicles, and 13 more vehicles - YouTube

 

Protesters attack Sharia Committee headquarters in Saqba - Syria Newsdesk

 

Syria activists freed from dungeons breathe new life - Saudi Gazette

 

New ISIS Leaks Reveal Particulars of al-Qaida Strategy - Syria Comment

 

Pressed in Syria, Jihadists sneak into Iraq - Azzaman English

 

Syria's civil war being fought with fighters high on drugs - Telegraph

 

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Punches fly as Turkish MPs debate judicial reform - Reuters


VIDEO: Turkish bizarre: MPs throw tablets, punchs and a kick in heat - YouTube


Turkish PM slams opposition, head of judges association over session marred by brawl - hurriyetdailynews.com


Erdoğan blasts judge who was kicked by AK Party lawmaker - CİHAN


CHP asks Parliament to punish AK Party deputy for flying kick - CİHAN


Tens of thousands protest against Tayyip Erdogan - thenews.com.pk


VIDEO: Thousands protest corruption in Turkey - YouTube


VIDEO: Police fires tear gas and water cannon at anti-government protesters  - CNN


Turkey will push ahead with judicial reforms, says Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - The Guardian

 

HSYK opposes gov’t proposal, say planned changes violate Constitution - CİHAN

 

Witch hunt in bureaucracy draws ire: McCarthyism creates collateral damage - Today's Zaman

 

Parents of former graft prosecutor say son targeted for ‘doing justice' - Today's Zaman

 

Protecting "Qaeda financier" al-Qadi may come with a big price tag for Erdogan - Today's Zaman

 

CHP proposals to eradicate corruption get support from analysts - Today's Zaman

 

Power struggle between Erdogan and Gul heats up - New Straits Times

 

Turkey's power struggle affects Kurdish issue - Al-Monitor

 

In Scandal, Turkey’s Leaders May Be Losing Their Tight Grip on News Media - NYTimes.com

 

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Syria News - Jan 12

 

500 reported killed in rebel infighting in Syria - The Boston Globe


Rebels clash in north Syria, bodies pile up in hospital -monitors - Reuters


Rebels, ISIS jihadists in fierce battle at Syria's Saraqeb - GlobalPost


Rebels make gains in western countryside of Aleppo against Al Qaeda's ISIS - ZAMAN ALWSL


FSA Claim Control of Northern Syrian Town of Addana from ISIS - ibtimes.co.uk


Tens freed from ISIS prison in Addana near Idlib - ZAMAN ALWSL


ISIS advance on Syria's Raqqa, on the back foot in parts of Aleppo and Idlib: activists - ZAMAN ALWSL


Raqqah: ISIS takes over the Tal Abyad border crossing with Turkey after clashes with the Islamist movement - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Al-Qaeda Leaks from a Former Leader of ISIS: Baghdadi and Golani Fight Over the Levant Emirate - Al Akhbar English

 

Syrian troops seize rebel-held town north of Aleppo and push toward the second city, taking advantage of fighting between rebels and jihadists - GlobalPost

 

Syrian army purges holy shrine of militants near Damascus - PressTV

 

Syria Militants Said to Recruit Visiting Americans to Attack U.S. - NYTimes.com

 

Al-Qaeda-Linked Groups Desecrate Churches In Syria - Eurasia Review

 

PHOTO: A whole family: mother, daughters, son & aunt were killed by "rebels" - Syrian Perspective

 

PHOTO: Children Hassan Hishmeh, Fayez Hishmeh & their mother Sanaa were killed by the "Islam Army" in Adra - Syrian Perspective

 

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Syria opposition groups to form new coalition - Qatar Tribune


Syrian Opposition Issues Cordoba Declaration For 'Assad-Less Transition' - haberler.com


Syrian Coalition: Assad Monopolizes Terrorism Industry in the Region - Syrian National Coaltion


Sarah: Russia Blocking the UNSC Statement Is an Attempt Divert Geneva II’s Focus - Syrian National Coaltion


The Istanbul-based Syrian interim government seeks to form new Free National Army unifying FSA and Islamic Front - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


White House press secretary: no decisions have been made yet regarding the resumption of nonlethal assistance" to Syrian rebels - TheHill

 

Iran will not attend Syria peace talks: U.S. officials - chicagotribune.com

 

UN has not invited Kurds to Geneva II: Salih Muslim - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

BDP asks Ban Ki-Moon to invite Syria Kurds to Geneva II - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

Interview with Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Selahattin Demirtas: PYD’s ‘Third Way’ is Best Option for Syria - Rudaw

 

Why Rebel Groups Fighting Each Other Are Still Fighting Together against the PYD, a Kurdish militia group Near Qamishli - Syria Deeply – Syria News

 

Kurdish female fighters in Syria: We preserve dignity - aranews.org

 

Syrian Electronic Army Targets Microsoft Twitter Accounts With Hacks - mashable.com

 

Syrian Electronic Army takes over Xbox social media accounts - TechGeek

 

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Food, medical shortages kill Palestinians in Syria - Globaltimes.cn


Abbas: those who entered Palestinian camps to fight are betrayers of Palestinian Cause- SANA, Syria

 

PHOTO: Starving children in Palestinian camp Yarmouk - Syrian Perspective

 

UN food program chief says large swathes of eastern Syria had become even harder to access due to hard-line Islamist rebels - Catholic Online

 

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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 10

 

Syria opposition under pressure to attend Geneva II talks - AFP


Syrian opposition groups holds first unified meet ahead of Geneva talks including National Coalition, domestic opposition and Islamic Front - Reuters


Syria Rebels Schooled in Tactics Before Talks With Assad - Bloomberg


Syrian National Coalition On Brink Of Collapse - NPR


Coalition Fears Rival Body has Support From Islamic Front - The Syrian Observer


Syrian Coalition: Temporary Resignations are Attempts to Express Personal Views - Syrian National Coaltion

 

UN Secretary asks Coalition leader to confirm attending Peace Conference ASAP - ZAMAN ALWSL 

 

Russia regrets part of Syrian opposition setting terms for participating in Geneva-2 - The Voice of Russia

 

Rouhani says Syria talks will fail without Iran - THE DAILY STAR

 

Iraq Is New Schism for Saudis in Strained Alliance With West - Businessweek

 

Radicals make al-Assad look less evil, The regime and ISIL are in a partnership backstage: Turkish FM - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Syria’s War Economy - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

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ISIS fighting back in north Syria against rebels groups - Yahoo News


Car bomb near a school in Syria Shia village kills up to 18, mostly women and children - latimes.com


Rebel mortar attack near a mosque in Syria's Homs kills 7 - Xinhua | English.news.cn


Syria Reports 2 Rebel Attacks on Chemical Arms Sites - NYTimes.com


At least 45 Syrian rebels killed by Syrian army in Homs fighting - Yahoo News


VIDEO: 40 killed rebels in Homs confirmed by National Defense Forces video - YouTube


Islamic Front Expels Al-Qaeda Militants from Al-Bab, Aleppo - The Syrian Observer

 

Islamist rebels seize HQ of ‘Iraq and The Levant’ in Al Dana, Idlib - ZAMAN ALWSL #syria

 

Three citizen-journalists among hostages executed by ISIS - Reporters Without Borders

 

Journos tell of mock execution horror in Syria - The Local

 

VIDEO: Freed Prisoners Speak About Islamic State of Iraq’s Torture & Executions - EA WorldView

 

UN warns on Syria's Yarmouk camp, Syria State media says aid convoy 'blocked' by rebels, at least 15 have died from hunger - THE DAILY STAR

 

Truce between rebels and government in Barzeh district enters into force, life comes back - ZAMAN ALWSL #syria

 

A table of the most up-to-date estimates of the numbers of Westerners who have fought and died in the Syrian insurgency - The Murphy Raid

 

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Global Persecution of Christians Doubled In 2013, With Syria Accounting For Half Of Killings - btimes.com


Lebanon Christian Library with 80,000 Books Is Burned Down After Owner Was Falsely Accused of Insulting Islam, Mohammed (PHOTOS) - TheBlaze.com


Tripoli mobilizes after historic Christian library torched - THE DAILY STAR

 

VIDEO: Syria/Aleppo - Alleged Christian Armenian converted to Wahhabi-Islam - LiveLeak.com

 

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US concerned about Turkey`s crisis, urges a system "where no one is above the law and allegations against public figures are investigated impartially" - AFP


EU members concerned over graft probe purges - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkey government’s move to reshape the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors most likely annulled by the Constitutional Court - hurriyetdailynews


Ruling AKP deputy likens Turkish prosecutor Öz’s fate to prosecutor found dead at home - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Police Department has denied reports of a reduction in the number of bodyguards protecting graft prosecutor Öz,- Today's Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news

 

CHP leader says greater corruption claims to emerge in upcoming days - Today's Zaman

 

POLL: Turkey’s Erdogan Sees Support Slide - WSJ

 

POLL: New survey indicates Turkish people support secular democracy - Today's Zaman

 

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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 9

 

Syrian rebel groups seize Al Qaeda-linked ISIS headquarters in Aleppo - Fox News


ISIS militants kill at least 50 prisoners, 300 escape in ISIS’s main headquarters in Kadi Askar in Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL 


10 media activists among those prisoners killed by Al Qaeda affiliate ISIL in Aleppo (VIDEO-Funeral) - ZAMAN ALWSL 


VIDEO: Prisoners Executed by Jihadists' in Syria's Aleppo - YouTube


Ex-ISIS detainees tell horror stories of captivity - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO (Arabic): Interview with journalist detained by ISIS in Aleppo - YouTube


ISIS besieged by opposition fighters in Raqqa, Activists say 50 prisoners freed from militant compound in city - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


VIDEO: Prisoners liberated from ISIS in Raqqa - YALLA SOURIYA


Al Nusra Front Leader in Syria Urges Truce and Islamic Court to End Rebel Infighting - NYTimes.com

 

AUDIO: Statement from Jabhat al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammed al-Jolani calling for an immediate cessation of infighting - jihadology

 

Al Qaeda- linked ISIS vows to attack Syrian rebels, opposition leaders - Reuters

 

AUDIO: The ISIS spokesman, replying to al-Joulani’s call for a cessation of “in-fighting”, says that “jihad is the only way... through blood, flesh, and skulls” - YouTube

 

Syria: Truce Between ISIS’s Abu Umar al-Shishani & Ahrar ash-Sham On Eastern Front in Aleppo Province (VIDEO) - EA WorldView

 

VIDEO: The leader of the FSA-aligned Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF), discussed his organization's recent campaign against ISIS - YouTube

 

Hostilities between rebels groups and ISIS have affected at least 40 separate municipalities, with ISIS having lost control of as many as 24 - Foreign Policy

 

Pushing Back Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: The Syria Revolutionaries’ Front and the Mujahideen Army - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

Pushing Back Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: The Islamic Front - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

2 Swedish journalists freed in Syria amid concern for hostages - McClatchy

 

PLO Official: Al-Nusra and ISIS among factions preventing Yarmouk siege relief - ZAMAN ALWSL #syria

 

Survivor recounts how terrorists beheaded a youth on Homs-Marmarita road - Syrian Truth - English

 

VIDEO: Decapitation video - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Islamic State in Iraq Execute Syrian Truck Drivers (Not Sure if Repost) - LiveLeak.com

 

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Syria opposition delays decision on Geneva peace talks until Jan 17 - AFP


Coalition presidential polls, Geneva peace talks spark resignations - THE DAILY STAR


Hijab and Sabbagh quit National Coalition in serious escalation - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Divisions and Accusations Behind Jarba Re-election - The Syrian Observer


Islamic Front to blacklist Geneva II participants - ZAMAN ALWSL


Kerry seeking cease-fire, aid for Syria - KansasCity.com

 

German foreign minister backs inviting Iran to Syria meet - AFP

 

Saudis Back Syrian Rebels Despite Risks - NYTimes.com

 

Kuwaiti Charity Tied To Global Muslim Brotherhood To Cordinate Kuwait’s Aid To Syrian Refugees - The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch

 

International Appeal calling for Kurdish representation at Geneva II - ekurd

 

KNC Kurd leader elected as Syria Coalition deputy chief - Kurdpress News Aganecy 

 

Elections to be held in Kurdish areas of Syria in four months - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

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Turkish police purge reaches top ranks amid graft scandal - Reuters


Probe launched into police for not complying with court order - Today's Zaman


Turkish government moves for more control on judiciary - hurriyetdailynews.com


Graft prosecutor says threatened by officials dispatched by Erdoğan - Today's Zaman


Turkish army says military tutelage over - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Insight: 'Earth is gold' - graft probe turns eyes to Turkey building boom - Reuters

 

Meet Corruption Probe Suspect Rıza Sarraf, the Great (Turkish) Gatsby - Vocativ

 

VIDEO: Leak Video of Ex-Ministers brother-in-law while receiving bribe money - YouTube

 

 

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Syria/Iraq News - Jan 7

 

Infighting between Rebel Groups and Qaeda-linked ISIS Spreads to the Eastern Syrian City of Raqqa - NYTimes.com


VIDEO: Syria Islamists Fight Al Qaeda Allies In Raqqa - YouTube


VIDEO: Clashes in Raqqa between ISIS and Ahrar Al-Sham Islamists - LiveLeak.com


Al Qaida's ISIS rebels leave mass grave behind as they desert base in Syria - McClatchy DC


VIDEO: Beheaded corpses found in a mass grave near a former ISIS HQ in Kafranbel - LiveLeak.com


Syria rebels free al-Qaida captives as 'war within a war' deepens - theguardian.com


VIDEO: Jabhat al Nusra frees captives from ISIS prison - YouTube


Syria: Army of the Mujahideen Challenges ISIS Gains - Al Akhbar English

 

VIDEO (Arabic): Islamic Front military chief Zahran Alloush: ISIS is a defiant group & we had to fight it - YouTube

 

AUDIO: Aleppo ISIS militants ask for ceasefire after heavy losses in Syria - LiveLeak.com

 

Pushing Back Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: The Path to Conflict - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

Freed Turkish journalist kidnapped allegedly by ISIS traumatized by ordeal - Today's Zaman

 

Syrian Journalists Face ISIS Kidnap Threat - Institute for War and Peace Reporting 

 

ISIS Threatened to Close School Unless Female Students Wear Islamic Dress - The Syrian Observer

 

PHOTO: 9 yr old Rahaf Saleem was abducted by Syrian rebels from her home in Balouteh,Latakia in August 2013 & is still missing - Syrian Perspective

 

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VIDEO: Two cities in Iraq fall to Al Qaeda - Fox News Video


Iraqi tribes taking lead in fight to evict al-Qaeda - usatoday.com


U.S. steps up military deliveries to Iraq to help fight al Qaeda-White House - Reuters

 

Kerry: US will support Iraq, but without troops - The Seattle Times

 

Iran offers to help Iraq in fight against al-Qaida - The Washington Post

 

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U.N. sending invitations to Switzerland peace talks on Syria, Iran not yet invited - ABC News


Iran rejects Kerry proposal on participation in Geneva 2, dismisses sideline role in peace talks - AFP


Iran must prove helpful for Syria role by persuading Assad to stop the bombardment of Aleppo and allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged towns, U.S. officials say  - Businessweek

 

The Saudi challenge to US Syria policy - Al-Monitor

 

Syrian Coalition Lists Regime Officials Considered Eligible for Transitional Ruling Body - Syrian National Coaltion

 

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Constituent Assembly approves West Kurdistan Constitution, The Democratic Autonomous Kurdish Government is made up of three cantons - EKURD


Western Kurdistan’s Governmental Model Comes Together, The council also agree on the formation of 20 ministries - The Rojava Report

 

Kurdish fighters recapture Tal Hamis from Qaeda in NE Syrias (VIDEO) - PressTV

 

PHOTO: Piles of corpses of Kurds slain by Ahrar ash-Sham et al. on accusations of fighting for YPG in Tel Hamis - Twitter / ajaltamimi

 

VIDEO: YPG Capture Al Qaida weapons in Tel Hamis - Transnational Middle-East Observer

 

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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 6

 

Al Qaeda-linked group ISIS routed in Syrian rebel infighting - latimes.com


Al Qaeda affiliate ISIS pull out of northern Syria strongholds - Reuters


Syria rebels kill, capture dozens of Qaeda affiliates - AFP


ISIS kill 50 Syria rebels in new front - Yahoo News


The Battle between ISIS and Syria's Rebel Militias - Syria Comment


Reports of ISIS defeats in Raqqa - YALLA SOURIYA


Syria's Islamic Front warns ISIS: we are grateful and thankful to the foreigners who came to help us…but we will not accept any group that claims to be a state" - Yahoo News

 

VIDEO (Arabic): Islamic Front head of political bureau Hassan Aboud blames ISIS although makes clear that he views ISIS as a potential partner - YouTube

 

Syria opposition says backs rebel fight against Qaeda-linked ISIS - THE DAILY STAR

 

Top FSA official: Qaeda group ISIS backed by Assad, Iran, Iraq - ZAMAN ALWSL 

 

MAPS: Maps detailing rebel infighting - LiveLeak.com

 

VIDEO: Syria rebels launch fierce attack on al Qaeda fighters - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Islamic Front and Free Syrian Army Attack Islamic State of Iraq in Manbij in Aleppo Province - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Protests for the withdrawal of the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham from towns and cities has spread to Raqqa - YouTube

 

VIDEO: Protest in the Salaheddine neighborhood of Aleppo against ISIS! - YouTube

 

Al Qaida group ISIS already battling in Iraq and Syria claims suicide attack in Lebanon - McClatchy DC

 

Qaeda-linked chief Majid al-Majid dies in Lebanese custody - France - France 24

 

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Kerry says Iran could participate in Syrian peace talks - The Boston Globe


VIDEO: Kerry hints at role for Iran in Syria negotiations - France 24


Syrian Coalition: Insistence on Iran's Participation Will Foil Geneva II - Syrian National CoaltionI


Syrian Coalition to decide on Geneva II on Monday - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Syria opposition re-elects Jarba as leader - AFP

 

Syrian Coalition: Assad Regime Escalating Terrorism in the Region Before Geneva II - Syrian National Coaltion

 

The Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo: "At the Geneva 2 one has to take cognizance of the fact that Syria is not Libya" - Fides News Agency

 

Syria rebels, regime agree truce in Damascus district - Yahoo News

 

Negotiations underway to release Maaloula nuns in swap deal: Zaman Alwasl source - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

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Erdogan denounces 'judicial coup' against Turkey - GlobalPost


Turkish Parliamentary Speaker Çiçek deplores end of court independence - hurriyetdailynews.com


Media unions react harshly to criminal complaints filed by Prime Minister Erdogan against journalists - Today's Zaman


More police fired in aftermath of corruption probe - Today's Zaman


Ex-economy minister traveled to Mecca with private jet of key suspect in graft probe: Report - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

CHP leader interrogates double standards in law, targeting Turkish PM’s son - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

CHP leader: AK Party feeds partisans with money it takes from public - Today's Zaman

 

Turkey to Mull Proposals for Military Re-Trial - ABC News

 

Prosecutor passes off Hatay truck case in protest, his repeated requests to search a truck that was reportedly carrying weapons and ammunition to Syria were denied - Today's Zaman

 

Is Turkey sending weapons to Syria under guise of aid? - Al-Monitor

 

Syrian Coalition renews gratitude to Turkey for continued support - Syrian National Coaltion

 

Turkish journalist freed in northern Syria, kidnapped by groups believed to be linked to al-Qaida - ABC News

 

VIDEO: Turkish journalists rally over colleagues kidnapped in Syria - YouTube

 

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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 4

 

Rebel groups battle Al Qaeda linked ISIS in northern Syria - latimes.com


VIDEOS: Syria: Insurgents & Protesters Rally v. Islamic State of Iraq - EA WorldView


Syria: ISIS Are Alien Invaders, Say Kafranbel Activists - EA WorldView


Doctors Without Borders says 5 staff members 'taken by group' in north Syria - Maan News Agency


A spokesman for the Ahrar al-Sham rebel group says Doctors Without Borders members were in the ISIS hand - Latin American Herald Tribune


Silence continues over abduction of Syrian human rights lawyer - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

 

Explosions Target Syrian Gas Pipelines, Knock Out Electricity - VOA

 

Exclusive tittle-tattle interview with the three jihadi leaders in Syria: ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Al Nusra Abu Mohammad al-Jawlani and Islamic Front Zahran Alloush - Karl reMarks

 

Up to 7,000 Foreign Jihadists Reportedly Fighting in Syrian Civil War - Algemeiner.com

 

Rebel Foreign Fighters killed in Syria for December alone = 652, via SOHR - Twitter / joshua_landis

 

24% of rebel forces killed in 2013 were foreign fighters, only 1% of regime forces, via SOHR - Twitter / joshua_landis

 

Qaeda-Aligned Militants in Iraq Claim Falluja as Independent State - NYTimes.com

 

Iraq army, tribes join forces against al Qaeda - Reuters

 

Lebanon IDs Commander Of Al-Qaida-Linked Group - NPR

 

Qaeda leader held in Lebanon raised funds for anti-Assad militants -experts - Reuters

 

Report: Ex-Guantanamo detainee and member of Bahrain's royal family joins Syrian jihad - The Long War Journal

 

VIDEO (English Subtitles): Terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra confess to assassination of cleric scholar Sheikh al-Bouti - YouTube

 

PHOTO: ISIS beheaded several army soldiers after taking al-Tanahej barricade in Hama - Twitter / zaidbenjamin

 

VIDEO: Ahrar al-Sham flogs two men 25 times for working during Friday prayer - YpuTube

 

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Brahimi states List of Geneva II participant countries - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Jarba expresses Geneva II concerns - Al-Monitor


Key Syria opposition reaffirms peace talks rejection - AFP


Sarah: Russia and Iran do not want a political solution - Syrian National Coaltion


National Coalition to re-elect Jarba mid January: source - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Phones, Media, Banned from Upcoming Coalition Meeting to Discuss Whether to Participate in Geneva II - The Syrian Observer

 

Maleh: ISIS is a mine planted by Assad - Syrian National Coaltion

 

Fighting in Aleppo, Resisting Geneva: An Interview With the Tawhid Brigade - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

Vatican to Propose Syrian Cease-Fire at Jan. 13 Meeting - NCRegister.com

 

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


Syrian Coalition condemns the joint Assad/PYD offensive against the town of Tal Hamis, calls on the FSA to fend off attackers - Syrian National Coaltion


PUK backs Syrian Kurds' autonomy - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

Turkey building a wall between Antep and Jarablus - ANF

 

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Turkish governor blocks search of Syria-bound truck, Police officers removed after stopping the truck allegedly carrying weapons - hurriyetdailynews


A mysterious truck with an alleged cargo of arms and humanitarian aid en route to Syria stirs crisis between judiciary, executive - CİHAN

 

Turkish Truck Mystery Adds New Front to Political Crisis: Ankara’s Syria policy - WSJ

 

VIDEO: As Syria Bound Truck Resists Search in Turkey's Hatay, ICP Asks UN Amos - Inner City Press

 

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Syria/Iraq/Turkey News - Jan 3, 2014

 

ISIS condemned for brutal murder of fellow jihadist Suleiman, a physician who was also a commander in the Ahrar al-Sham militia - THE DAILY STAR


PHOTO: A shocking photograph of the disfigured body of Dr. Suleiman after his extremely brutal torture and death - Twitter / HadiAlabdallah


FORENSIC REPORT: A report of a forensic doctor about the effects of extremely brutal torture on the body of Dr. Hussein Suleiman - YALLA SOURIYA


Syrian Coalition Condemns Killing of Dr. Hussein al-Suleiman by ISIS - Syrian National Coaltion


Syria: Western-backed Coalition accuse ISIS of having ties to the Damascus government and serving Assad’s interests - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


The Revolution Betrayed: Syrian activists who protested the Assad regime from the beginning are now being arrested, imprisoned, tortured and killed by Al-Qaeda linked rebels - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

 

FSA, Nusra, Protests Against ISIS Extend to Idleb - The Syrian Observer

 

After ISIS Kidnaps Shehabi, Masaken Hanano News Suspends Operations - The Syrian Observer

 

Syria: Interview with Free Syrian Army Prisoner, Lt Col Ahmad Saoud, released by ISIS - EA WorldView

 

Idlib: Thug groups which claim operating under Free Syrian Army impose royalties on people -ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Masked militants kidnap Euphrates Dam facility manager in Al-Raqqa - Syria Newsdesk

 

Al Nusra Opens Syrian Jihad School - Israel National News

 

VIDEO: Dozen Dead In Syria During Clashes Between ISIL vs FSA Syria December 2013 - YouTube

 

VIDEO: ISIS youth event in Aleppo, Kids sing of slaughtering Alawis. Love only Muslims. Bayaa to ISIS's Baghdadi - Twitter / joshua_landis

 

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Syrian Coalition: Assad’s Brutality Impedes Geneva II - Syrian National Coaltion


Al-Maleh: Assad Must Be Prosecuted and Held Accountable - Syrian National Coaltion


We reject Geneva II as platform to deploy opposition forces against each other, divide rebels into “moderates” and “extremists”: Sabra - The Syrian Observer


Al-Bahra: Russian Statements about Geneva II don’t represent agenda - Syrian National Coaltion


Syrian Coalition: Inviting Iran mines Geneva II - Syrian National Coaltion


Syria says Geneva peace meet invites unsent, the delay is "the result of the floundering efforts to form a delegation representing the opposition"- THE DAILY STAR

 

Opposition Coalition head met Manna and Abdul Azim in Cairo: source - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria: Statement On Geneva II – NCB

 

Opposition member urges mass resignation from the National Coalition - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Opposition bloc seeks to form new body instead of National Coalition next Cordoba conference - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Achievements Of The FSA - 2013 in review - Syrian National Coaltion

 

In Syria, Opposition Fights With Itself - WSJ.com

 

Baath Battalions at Damascus Checkpoints - The Syrian Observer

 

The Arab Nationalist Guard: A Pro-Assad Militia - Brown Moses Blog

 

Syrian Electronic Army says hacked into Skype's social media accounts - Chicago Tribune

 

PHOTOS: Images of the Skype blog hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army - TechCrunch

 

Skype says user information safe in Syrian Electronic Army hack - Reuters

 

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Al Qaeda seizes partial control of 2 cities in western Iraq (VIDEO) - The Long War Journal


VIDEO: Iraq - ISIS terrorists enter Ramadi - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Army forces in "heavy" fighting with militants in Fallujah, Iraq - YouTube


VIDEO: Iraqi gunmen capture Maliki soldiers in Fallujah - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: Sunni Militants Storm Iraq Police Stations - One News Page


Civilian death toll in Iraq highest in years, fueling concern of Al Qaeda 'resurgence' - Fox News


Saudi Arms Shipments to Rebels Waiting behind Iraq's Borders with Syria - AhlulBayt Islamic Mission (AIM)

 

Bombing Aimed at Hezbollah Hits Southern Beirut - NYTimes.com

 

VIDEO: Lebanon explosion kills at least 5, injures 20 people - YouTube

 

Lebanon arrests Saudi leader of Al Qaeda-linked group, reports say - The Boston Globe

 

Hezbollah Commander: “We Intervened to Defend Shia Villages” - ZAMAN ALWSL

 

Report: Syrian troops clash with infiltrators coming from Lebanon - Fox News

 

Israeli study of foreign fighters in Syria suggests Shiites may outnumber Sunnis - washingtonpost.com

 

REPORT: Foreign Fighters in Syria - terrorism-info.org.il

 

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Government plans to change Turkey's justice system - hurriyetdailynews.com


Faced with legal challenges, gov't tries to weaken top administrative court - Today's Zaman


Turkish court refuses to release ex-minister’s son, others in graft probe - hurriyetdailynews.com


Judges, prosecutors say dismissing police officers intervention in judiciary - Today's Zaman


POLL: Poll shows massive support for HSYK declaration - Today's Zaman

 

Despite Turkish gov't, Europe praises HSYK - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish PM Erdoğan labels graft probe an ‘assassination attempt' - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Erdoğan sues Today's Zaman journalist over critical tweets - Today's Zaman

 

Another AK Party deputy, Hami Yıldırım, resigns in protest - Today's Zaman

 

Turkish governor blocks police search on Syria-bound truck reportedly carrying weapons - hurriyetdailynews.com

 

Minister says intercepted truck was taking aid to Syria - Today's Zaman

 

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

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Saudi Arabia/Turkey/Syria News - Dec 31

 

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


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


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


Kingdom, France sign nine bilateral cooperation pacts - Saudi Gazette


PHOTO: Hollande sword dance with the Saudis - Google Search

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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


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


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

 

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

 

Turkey Biggest Loser in World Stocks as Crisis Persists - Bloomberg

 

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

 

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


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


ISIS Storms Shahba Press Office - The Syrian Observer


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


ISIS releases kidnapped FSA officer in Aleppo - THE DAILY STAR

 

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

 

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

 

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


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


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Syrian Kurds agree to disagree - Al-Monitor


Syrian Kurds face dilemma following Transitional Administration announcement - BAS NEWS

 

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

 

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Syria News - Dec 30

 

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


More about the Assad letter to the Pope - Globaltimes.cn


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


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


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


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

IDF estimates: 300 Hezbollah operatives killed in Syria - Ynetnews

 

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

 

Iraqi MP Reveals Collaboration between Terrorist ISIS, MKO - islamicinvitationturkey.com

 

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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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


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


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


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


Kurdish Police in Syria: We Captured '1533 terrorists' - LiveLeak.com

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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NYT Backs Off Its Syria-Sarin Analysis - Consortiumnews


New Study Refines View of Sarin Attack in Syria - NYTimes.com

 

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

 

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

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

Turkey/Syria News - Dec 28

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

VIDEO: Anti-government protesters rock Turkey's Taksim Square - soltv.no

 

VIDEO: Pepper gassing - police cannons clearing anti-government protesters - dha.com.tr

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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


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


Syrian opposition rejects regime oil deal with Russia - GlobalPost


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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


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


Syrian Kurds Agree to Side with Opposition in Geneva Talks: Source - www.iede.co.uk

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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