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Turkey News - Feb 25


In voice recordings Erdogan and his son Bilal allegedly discuss how to hide huge sums of cash, Turkish main opposition calls on PM to quit - Today's Zaman

AUDIO (Turkish): In new voice recordings Erdogan and his son Bilal allegedly discuss how to hide huge sums of cash - YouTube

Turkey's Erdogan says incriminating corruption tapes leaked onto Internet are fake - Fox News

VIDEO (Turkish): Abdüllatif Sener, Former Finance Minister and Deputy PM of Erdogan, confirm the authenticity of the recording - YouTube

Usama Qutb, pointman of US-designated terror financier Yasin al-Qadi, allegedly called Erdogan to report car accident - Today's Zaman

AUDIO (Turkish): Usama Qutb, pointman of US-designated terror financier Yasin al-Qadi, allegedly called Erdogan to report car accident - YouTube

Reports of widespread wiretapping make waves in Ankara, Thousands of people including PM Erdogan and national intelligence chief Hakan Fidan allegedely wiretapped for years by the police - hurriyetdailynews


Turkish government spokesperson describes wiretapping of officials as 'illegal’ - Anadolu Agency


Reports of en masse wiretappings denied by prosecutors - Today's Zaman


Gül says HSYK law violates 15 articles of Constitution - CİHAN


CHP to appeal laws on Internet and HSYK - Cihan News Agency


Parliament commission passes bill granting excessive power to Turkey's MIT intel body - hurriyetdailynews


CHP deputy Aksünger says PM uses MİT as his private intelligence agency - Today's Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news


Despite amendments, MIT intel bill worrisome, identical to regime change - Today's Zaman


First hearing of a trial of 29 Gezi protesters over messages they posted on Twitter - Today's Zaman


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Turkey News - Feb 24


In new leaks, gov't allegedly meddles in media, insults YÖK head - Today's Zaman

AUDIO: Erdoğan allegedly tells Ciner Media Group's deputy chairman Saraç to take a program on Show TV off the air mid-broadcast - YouTube

Ruling AK Party engineering media via advertisements, loans - Today's Zaman

AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 1 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 2 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 3 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 4 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 5 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 6 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Varank 7 - In leaked voice recordings Mustafa Varank, an adviser to Erdoğan, allegedly meddles in media - YouTube




Police put down protest against controversial Internet law in Istanbul -

New Internet bill aims to cover up corruption allegations, say analysts - Today's Zaman

'Turkey's new Internet law is the first step toward surveillance society,' says cyberlaw expert -

VIDEO: Police and protesters clash over new Turkish internet law - BBC


VIDEO: Police and protesters clash over new Turkish internet law - Euronews


VIDEO: Police and protesters clash over new Turkish internet law - RT




Villas in İzmir's Urla constructed over last four years, undermining the prime minister's claim that the villas were built 35 years ago (PHOTO) - Today's Zaman

PHOTO: The Urla Villas - Google Search

AUDIO: The Urla Villas - YouTube

Taksim Solidarity Platform set to sue state over Gezi protest crackdowns -


Erdogan tells Taksim Platform to know its place, dismisses demands -


Interview with former AKP deputy İdris Bal (1) - Today's Zaman


Murky Turkish football politics mesh with massive graft scandal -


Corruption cover-up may raise eyebrows in OECD, CoE - Airing News


EU expected to freeze Turkey’s application over Erdogan autocratic style - The Times




Turkish gov't takes a step back on intel bill upon harsh criticism -

Turkish opposition unsatisfied with changes to intelligence bill - Today's Zaman

Demirtaş: The BDP is opposed to the MIT draft bill - ANF


Turkey reveals scale of spying by agency, eavesdrops on almost 2,500 people, mostly foreigners - RT News


Foreign Ministry dismisses reports Taliban opened office in Turkey -


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Syria News - Feb 23


U.N. Orders Both Sides in Syria to Allow Humanitarian Aid -

VIDEO: Syria UN Envoy Ja'afari on humanitarian resolution - YouTube

Syrian Coalition Welcomes UNSC Resolution on Humanitarian Aid - Syrian National Coalition

Syria: Local rebels willing to compromise but are ready for all scenarios - Al Akhbar English

Syria reconciliation, a complicated matter of forgiveness -

The Islamic Front threatens all who make a truce with Syrian Army -

VIDEO: Syrian army officers & FSA rebels eating together!!!!!!!!!!!! -

VIDEO: NDF woman with a FSA rebel in Babila - The video -

WFP Sends 39 Tons of Food to Qamishli - The Syrian Observer


Governor: 38 male Homs evacuees freed in Syria - Al Arabiya News


Syrian troops capture areas along Israeli Golan Heights - The Times of Israel


New Rebel Attack on the Aleppo Central Prison is Repulsed by the Syrian Arab Army - syrianfreepress


Bashar al- Assad supporters hold rally in Qamishlo - Kurdpress News Aganecy


VIDEO: Pro-Assad protest in Qamishli - Transnational Middle-East Observer


VIDEO: Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister: President Assad's future 'not up for discussion’ - BBC News


Iran boosts military support in Syria to bolster Assad - Reuters


Why The Syrian Electronic Army Hacked Us: An Interview With The Attackers - Forbes


Syria submits new 100-day plan for removal of chemical weapons - Reuters


Chemical arms watchdog split on Syria delays -




U.S., allies agree on standards for which opposition groups in Syria will receive aid - The Washington Post

Saudi Arabia is trying to ease differences on Syria with Washington, say diplomatic sources in the Gulf - Reuters

Suicide bomber kills three in e. Lebanon - THE DAILY STAR

Al-Nusra leader appoints Salafi sheikh to head Lebanon branch -

Syria says ready to help Lebanon fight terrorism - THE DAILY STAR

Turkmen leader: Syrian Turkmen threatened by ISIS forces - Anadolu Agency

ISIS confiscates arms from former allies -


ISIS changes official weekend in Raqqa - THE DAILY STAR


Neglected Sex: The Jihadis’ Exclusion of Women From Jihad - Taylor & Francis Online


This Rebel Commander Is Fighting Islamic Extremists In Syria — Is It Enough To Get U.S. Support -


Will Selim Idriss’s Removal Further Fragment the Opposition? - Syria Deeply


VIDEO (Arabic): Idriss’s fiery statements to BBC - Twitter / joshua_landis


Salim Idriss may keep his post, opposition to avoid more escalations: source - ZAMAN ALWSL




Nearly 30 Rebels Die as Kurds Take a Syrian Town -

Syria's Kurds Struggle With Islamist Factions for Control of Oil -

ISIS linked Arab tribal fighters declare war on Kurdish YPG forces, north Syria -

VIDEO: ISIS suicide car bomb attack against YPG - YouTube

Women join the Kurdish fight in Syria, They are third of the fighters - DW.DE

Reports of trafficking of Syrian Kurdish women are false - BAS NEWS


Kurds and Christians cooperate in parts of northern Syria -


European Christians fighting with Syria Kurdish factions - Al-Monitor


Syria: Has an Autonomous Kurdistan Been Established in the North? - EA WorldView


Syrian Kurdish Self-Rule Criticized By Many As UnrepresentativE - RUDAW


PYD should end rifts with other Kurdish forces to gain recognition: PUK Chairman -


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Turkey News - Feb 22


Meeting behind closed doors exposed, attended by Erdogan, “Qaeda financier" Yasin al-Qadi and the MIT intelligence chief Hakan Fidan - Today's Zaman

PHOTOS: Erdogan, “Qaeda financier" Yasin al-Qadi and the MIT intelligence chief Hakan Fidan meet in Istanbul -

US think tank report warns about terrorism finance in Turkey - CİHAN

FULL REPORT: Terrorism Finance in Turkey: A Growing Concern -

Turkey becoming world’s leading terrorism finance hub - Washington Free Beacon

Why Is Turkey Harboring Terrorists? -


ARCHIVE: Turkey’s Double-Speak on Al-Qaeda - Commentary Magazine


ARCHIVE: Yasin al-Qadi and the Erdoğan family - Today's Zaman


ARCHIVE: Yasin al-Qadi escorted by Turkey PM's security detail, daily reports - Today's Zaman


ARCHIVE: Yasin al Qadi Designated By US As Al Qaeda Financier - The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch




Daily claims Paris murder suspect has ties to MİT - CİHAN

Turkey Implicated in Paris Assassinations of Kurdish PKKs -

Turkish intelligence MIT number in Omer Guney's telephone: Paris Kurd killings - ekurd

Turkey's embattled Erdoğan seeks wider powers for spy agency MIT- Today's Zaman

Opposition slams MİT bill - CİHAN

President Gül urged MIT chief not to accede prosecutor’s call for interrogation -

Almost 1,000 officers removed from post in İzmir, Ankara - Today's Zaman


40 police chiefs reassigned in Tekirdağ province - CİHAN


Ankara court issues search warrant as under emergency rule - Today's Zaman


Prime Ministry asks president to purge 'parallel state' in his office - Today's Zaman


Turkish government refutes ‘purges,’ calls mass replacements ‘routine’ -


Gov't criticized for allegedly forcing scientific researcher to alter report - CİHAN


Inspector candidate labeled 'red' by ministry confirms profiling reports - CİHAN


Recruiting based on 'color lists' breach of Constitution - Today's Zaman




29 Gezi protesters face 3 years' imprisonment for Twitter messages - CİHAN

Protesters clash with İstanbul police, throw Molotov cocktails - CİHAN

In intercepted conversation TİB director informs PM's advisor regarding censorship, recording leaks - CİHAN

Turkey's main opposition CHP proposes immediate measures to restore Internet freedom -

Journalist at daily Bugün is threatened - CİHAN


EU says concerns remain valid on freedom of expression in Turkey - Today's Zaman


Europe's Duff to Ankara: We have never been this close to suspending talks - Today's Zaman


Obama warns Erdoğan on rule of law, investment environment - Today's Zaman


New Calls For Obama To Confront Turkey: A Letter from 80 foreign policy figures  - The Daily Beast


IMF suggests Turkey tighten policy, warns of problems - Today's Zaman


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Syria News - Feb 21


Syrian rebel command appears split by ouster of senior military leader Idris - The Washington Post

Syrian rebels call commander's sacking a coup - ZAMAN ALWSL 

Text and signatories of statement by 16 commanders rejecting the Syrian National Coalition' dismissal of Chief of Staff Idris (VIDEO) - EA WorldView

Interview: Idris ally says SMC ‘wants to direct the revolution from abroad’ - Syria Direct

Colonel Saadedine says Idriss' removal was related to the storming of the FSA headquarters by the Islamic Front - The Syrian Observer


Report: The Syrian National Coalition formally severes ties with the National Council -


Opposition official says National Council still key Coalition component despite quitting claims - ZAMAN ALWSL


Regional spymasters make tactical changes to bolster Syrian moderates - The Washington Post


Saudi Arabia Replaces Key Official in Effort to Arm Syria Rebels -




Syria brokering local cease-fires as U.S.-backed talks falter - The Washington Post

UN resumes aid to Yarmuk refugee camp in Damascus - AFP

Crowds rush UNRWA food deliveries in Yarmouk as Nusra withdraws -

700 people evacuated from Yarmouk camp in Syria on humanitarian grounds - KUNA

Governor: More civilians evacuated from Syria’s Homs - Al Arabiya News

UN engages Syria terror group to enable aid - Washtington Post


ISIS jihadists raise rebel banner in truce suburb of Babbila - THE DAILY STAR


Note: ISIS members who entered Babbila to burn the Syrian flag after the truce are now gone, and they went back to Yalda -


PHOTOS: ISIS jihadists raise rebel banner and burn the Syrian flag in truce suburb of Babbila -


Rebels' grip on border region weakens under Syrian Army assault -


Syria rebels battle to prevent regime seizing strategic town - THE DAILY STAR


Ban Ki-moon to push ahead with Syria peace talks - Al Arabiya News


Looking for Syria options U.S. remains cool to using force, has not given up on a diplomatic solution - Reuters


Exclusive: Obama Admin Stiffs Chemical Survivors on New Claim - The Daily Beast


Russia’s Lavrov Warns Against Military Intervention in Syria - RIA Novosti


Russia to Strengthen Mediterranean Force With ‘Stealth’ Subs - RIA Novosti




Five dead in alleged ISIS car bomb at Turkey-Syria border post - AFP

Al Qaeda-linked group claims Beirut bombings - Reuters

Smuggled video testimony documents harsh rule of Syrian Islamist group ISIS in Raqqa (VIDEO) -

VIDEO: ISIS massacres in Hreitan, pulling people from mass graves, horrific - Twitter / joshua_landis

PHOTOS: New Photo In Memory for the 42 Civilans killed by jihadists in Maan -

VIDEO: Daraa man murdered before & after his execution by Salafascist gangsters -

Islamists order women to don veil in eastern Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL


Armed group defects from ISIL in Al-Raqqa - Syria Newsdesk


Al-Qaeda-linked group exploits ISIS decline in Aleppo - Al-Monitor


Jihadists in Syria wrangle over money, power and oil - Al-Shorfa


Jabhat al-Nusra tries to create unified council in Syria - Al-Monitor


Belgium’s Syria fighters – A Statistic Analysis - pietervanostaeyen


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Turkey News - Feb 20

Aleppo, Yabrud, and the end of the war on Syria

The Syrian Arab Army may be on the verge of another set of victories that go far beyond those gained in the summer of 2013 when the Syrian army and Hezbollah took the rebel held city of Qusayr.   The hotly contested battles rage in the major city of Aleppo and the much smaller mountain city of Yabrud. Major gains in either locale would be significant.  Victories in both would raise questions about the various rebel factions and their ability to continue contesting for control of the country.  (Image: Michael Swan)

Syria's commercial center and largest city, Aleppo, was divided at the start of the Syrian conflict in July 2012.  The government lost control of half of the metropolitan area, key towns surrounding the city, and the international airport.

The situation has changed substantially since October 2013.   The Syrian army captured key towns in the countryside surrounding Aleppo, a critical army base, the international airport, and scores of smaller villages.   Government forces continue to take key locations in preparation for a final push to retake the city.  The tactics on both sides are brutal.  Syrian forces drop barrel bombs on Aleppo's rebel strongholds.  Rebels recently executed twenty-one Syrian government sympathizers.   

Syria News - Feb 19


Syria army, rebels agree new Damascus area truce - THE DAILY STAR

A moment of peace in Syria's devastating conflict, The residents we met with were overjoyed with the ceasefire: Correspondent (PHOTOS) - AFP

Trading laughter instead of bullets: Amazing photos of Syrian soldiers and rebels SHAKING HANDS could signal the beginning of the end (PHOTOS) - dailymail

Syria's warring parties share ire over jovial photos of local truce - Reuters

VIDEO: The Babbila truce 1 - YouTube

VIDEO: The Babbila truce 2 - YouTube

VIDEO: The Babbila truce 3 - YouTube

VIDEO: Another truce: Rebels in Asali hand over their heavy weapons - YouTube


VIDEO: Assad forces gain momentum in Syria - CNN


VIDEO: Switching sides in Syria's civil war - CNN


Syria drives rebels from Maan, site of alleged killings - The Washington Post


Assad's forces kill top rebel commander in Al Zara, Homs - ZAMAN ALWSL #syria


Syrian regime flags spotted on several Al-Raqqa buildings - Syria Newsdesk


AFP: Syria rebels say planning Damascus spring offensive - AFP


U.S. opposes supply of shoulder-fired missiles to Syria rebels - Reuters


Syrian Coalition Happy with FSA Chief of Staff Appointment of Brigadier General Bashir - Syrian National Coalition


VIDEO: Official statement from SMC declares Idriss & deputy fired, appoints Bashir as new leader & Heitham Afeisi as deputy - YouTube


VIDEO (Arabic): The new Leader of FSA - YouTube


Salim Idriss supporters reject his dismissal: statement - ZAMAN ALWSL


Idriss Ousting Remains Opaque - The Syrian Observer


Whatever happened to the Western supplies stolen in Syria? - Threat Matrix


Syria boy pictured alone was actually crossing border with family - Telegraph




CNN Exclusive: Syrian town describes atrocities committed by ISIS (VIDEO) -

CNN Exclusive: Video documenting interrogations and executions conducted by ISIS (VIDEO) -

Al Qaeda splinter group ISIS tortured to death Suqour Al Sham commander in Al Shaer, Homs - ZAMAN ALWSL

ISIS embarks on arrest campaigns in Tal Abyad - Syria Newsdesk

ISIS forcing Raqqa women to wed its fighters, say activists - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


VIDEO: This large convoy very strongly suggests ISIS intends to retake lost territory & influence in Deir ez Zour - Twitter / Charles_Lister


Lebanon issues arrest warrants against ISIS suspects - THE DAILY STAR


Syria: A Brief Guide To Chechen & North Caucasian Factions In Syria - EA WorldView


The New Generation of Jordanian Jihadi Fighters -


The Saudi Arabia and Kuwait “Outposts Project”: Al-Qaeda and Its Affiliates - INSS Insight




Iraqi Kurdish government snubs Kurdish group PYD, rejects the recently announced Kurdish administration in Syria - Al-Monitor

Syrian Kurdish Finance Minister Interviewed - Transnational Middle-East Observer

How the Kurdish PYD Operates Its Own Autonomous Government - Syria Deeply

Peace, equality and self-determination: The Kurds take the lead in proposing a new way for Syria - Support Kurds in Syria

Kurds are now shaping the Middle East - Dicle News Agency


YPG captures village of Jez'a close to Iraqi border after violent clashes took place against ISIS, Nusra and Ahrar - Transnational Middle-East Observer


YPG fighters clash with ISIS near Raqqa -


Kurdish YPG forces capture 30 ISIS militants in operations - ekurd


VIDEO: Kurdish YPG forces capture 30 ISIS militants in operations -


ISIS fighters behead four Syrian Kurds -


VIDEO: ISIS statement against 'PKK' in Tal Hamis - Transnational Middle-East Observer


Syrian Kurds Recruit Regime Loyalists to Fight Jihadists -


Gang members captured by Kurdish YPG forces admit there are camps in Turkey - ekurd


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Turkey News - Feb 18


Recordings expose involvement of PM's son in an illicit plan to transfer land of the Etiler Police Academy to a company called Bosphorus 360 - Today's Zaman

VIDEO: Bosphorus360 1 - Cardboard model of the project to be constructed on the land - YouTube

AUDIO (Turkish): Bosphorus360 2 - Intercepted phone conversation - YouTube

AUDIO (Turkish): Bosphorus360 3 - Intercepted phone conversation - YouTube

VIDEO: Bosphorus360 4 - Animation of the project prepared for Bosphorus 360 - YouTube

AUDIO (Turkish): Bosphorus360 5 - Intercepted phone conversation - YouTube

PHOTO: Bosphorus 360 - Photo of the project - Google Search

CHP takes Erdoğan’s daughter’s villa conversation to parliament - CİHAN


AUDIO: Erdoğan’s daughter’s villa conversation - YouTube


CHP leader calls PM Erdoğan ‘liar,' dares him to court challenge - CİHAN


Former minister promised to protect suspected swindler Zarrab - Today's Zaman


Chronology of Dec. 17: The stones are settling into place… - Today's Zaman


POLL: Erdogan's approval rating tumbles to 39.4 percent this month from 48.1 percent in December and 59.1 percent a year earlier - SES Türkiye


POLL: Survey reveals widespread public support for corruption probe in Turkey - Today's Zaman




Erdoğan instructs media manager to cut news on opposition’s İstanbul mayoral candidate - Today's Zaman

AUDIO: Erdoğan instructs media manager to cut news on opposition’s İstanbul mayoral

candidate - YouTube

Turkey elections: On the campaign trail with the İstanbul mayoral candidate hoping to deliver Erdogan a body blow - Telegraph

Hundreds of journalists held a march on Sunday in İstanbul protesting censorship, extensive gov't meddling in media (VIDEO) - Today's Zaman

No answer to request to investigate MİT agents for monitoring reporter - Today's Zaman


CHP submits parliamentary question on Erdoğan's wink - CİHAN


The Erdoğan model of journalism in Turkey - CİHAN




Amid fisticuffs and injuries Turkish Parliament approves controversial bill tightening up gov't grip on judicial body - hurriyetdailynews

VIDEO: Policy punch-up as brawls break outs in Turkey's parliament over judicial reform - YouTube

Judiciary even weaker than in coup times with new HSYK law - CİHAN

HSYK deputy chairman denies pro-gov't media report - CİHAN


New bill blocks appeals of removed public servants - Today's Zaman


Fourteen governors replaced across Turkey -


Counterterrorism unit head resigns in protest of police purge - CİHAN


PM Erdoğan uses lawsuits as weapon against opponents - Today's Zaman




Police, Kurdish demonstrators clash on anniversary of PKK leader's capture - Today's Zaman

VIDEO: Kurds calling for rebel leader’s release - Al Jazeera

VIDEO: In southeast Turkey police, protesters clash on anniversary of Kurdish rebel arrest - RT In motion

VIDEO: More on Kurds clashing with police in the southeast Turkey on the anniversary of capture of rebel leader - YouTube

Probe reveals top-military officers’ efforts to cover up involvement in raid on National Intelligence trucks allegedely carrying weapons to Syrian rebels - Sabah English


VIDEO: Footage of controversial Syria-bound truck aired - Worldbulletin News


Turkey's laws against terrorism financing under scrutiny - Today's Zaman




Turkey most vulnerable emerging market, US Federal Reserve says - Today's Zaman

Turkey in eye of emerging market storm as everything goes wrong at once - Telegraph

Turkey economic model faltering -

The "hard landing" of Turkish economy -


PM's war against judiciary makes his party a damaging factor for economy - Today's Zaman


Union: Workers' rights violated as gov't watches - CİHAN


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Syria News - Feb 17


Saudis Agree to Provide Syrian Rebels With Mobile Antiaircraft Missiles, U.S. Also Giving Fighters Millions of Dollars for Salaries - WSJ

Free Syrian Army fires commander many considered ineffective -

MAP: Syria military situation with control areas - imgur

Syrian Rebels' Southern Spring Offensive - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Southern Comfort: As Geneva II falters, the United States is providing modest support to rebels in southern Syria - NOW

US and Gulf Arabs seem to bet on the “Southern Front” led by Bashar al-Zoubi and the "Syria Revolutionaries’ Front" led by Jamaal Maarouf -

Bashar al-Zoubi, the biography of an FSA leader - The Arab Chronicle

VIDEO (Arabic): Interview with Bashar Al-Zoubi -


Special Report On The Yabrud Offensive - Brown Moses Blog


Thousands flee Syrian rebel-held town as 'major assault' looms -


Exclusive: Al-Qalamoun Battle in Final Days -


Yabroud battle: the Army paralyzes supplying the insurgents through blocking the crossings -




Al Qaeda splinter group ISIS executes 21 near Aleppo and Azaz, including fighters from rival rebel groups and their relatives: report - Reuters

VIDEO: ISIS terrorists execute 13 civilians near Aleppo -

VIDEO: Horrific images from Aleppo - New ISIS mass grave discovered -

Inter-Rebel Fighting Enters a New Phase as Salafists Declare Open War on ISIS - Syria Comment

VIDEO (Arabic): Jamal Maarouf, admitting 1100 killed +1650 injured fighters sofar in rebel infighting -

FSA, ISIS clash in Al-Raqqa city - Syria Newsdesk


Violent explosions rock ISIS's stronghold east Syria as infighting continues - ZAMAN ALWSL


VIDEO: ISIS Convoy Headed By Umar Shishani Arrives In Azaz - EA WorldView


VİDEO: New videos of Azerbaijanis fighting in Syria - APA


Are Syria charities a front for Jihadists? Fears convoys in the country are being used to help militants after thousands in cash is seized - Mail Online


VIDEO: Syria rebels explode mines in tunnel under Aleppo hotel - ZAMAN ALWSL


Jihadists release video of British suicide bomber in the failed Aleppo prison attack - The Long War Journal


VIDEO: Video shows British Syria suicide bomber in the failed Aleppo prison attack - BBC News




Obama to offer Saudi Arabia coordination on Syria policy - JPost 

Kerry Says Syrian Regime Obstructed Peace Talks - Bloomberg

Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Geneva Conference and Situation in Syria - US Mission Geneva

VIDEO: Syria UN Envoy Bashar al-Jaafari: Terrorism must be fully addressed before talking about a transitional government - YouTube

Hezbollah says will quit Syria if Arabs stop meddling - Reuters


Evacuation of Syria's Homs halts, governor blames 'armed groups' - THE DAILY STAR


Homs rebel puts fate in Syrian government hands - Reuters


At Homs Evacuation, Syrian Rebels And Soldiers Come Warily Together -


Rebels have left Syria's Yarmuk: Palestinian official - Yahoo News


Oil extraction in Syria declines by 96 percent since beginning of conflict - The Voice of Russia


Syrian Electronic Army hacks into -


VIDEO: Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Forbes, Steals 1 Million User Accounts - TeleManagement


Syria’s Jihadist Twitter Wars - The Daily Beast


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Turkey News - Feb 15


Turkish PM's son Bilal Erdoğan testifies in graft probe -

Audio tape reveals transfer of the Police Academy's land to Bilal Erdogan was negotiated by PM’s Undersecretary who is now Minister of the Interior - ufilter

AUDIO (Turkish) : Audio tape reveals transfer of the Police Academy's land to Bilal Erdogan - Youtube

Pictures show Topbaş's defense may be false - CİHAN

PHOTOS: Pictures show Topbaş's defense may be false -

Six suspects, including Halkbank's ex-general manager, released in Turkey's massive graft probe -


Former CHP leader criticizes delay in motions against ministers - Today's Zaman


Purges continue with over 70 reassignments - CİHAN


Turkey removes 27 police chiefs - Worldbulletin News


900 AK Party members resign in Ankara - CİHAN


Ocalan: Greater Democracy is the Solution for Turkey’s Kurdish - Rudaw




Court orders press ban regarding probe into suspicious trucks which were allegedly carrying weapons and ammunition to Syrian rebels - Today's Zaman

Report: Syria Most Deadly For Journalists, While Turkey No. 1 Jailer -

Images of Turkish Reporter Felled by Police Water Cannon Stir Anger Online (VIDEO)-

PHOTO: Turkey Reporter Hit With Water Cannon - Business Insider

PM also slammed me for my questions on Uludere, says journalist - CİHAN


Government interference in media revealed in book of former editor-in-chief - Today's Zaman


Social media becomes new venue for corruption revelations - CİHAN


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Syria News - Feb 14


U.S., Russia pledge to unblock Syria talks, Brahimi says - Reuters

VIDEO: Lakhdar Brahimi, Press Conference (Geneva, 13 Februrary 2014) English - YouTube

Opposition plan for post-war Syria ignores Assad - Reuters

FULL TEXT: Syrian opposition issues “Statement of Basic Principles” at Geneva talks - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Syrian Coalition: We Seek To Eliminate the Terror of the Assad Regime - Syrian National Coalition

Syrian Coalition: Regime’s claims about Alleged Massacre in Maan are False - Syrian National Coalition

VIDEO: Rebel: No “Massacre” By Insurgents in Maan in Hama Province - EA WorldView


What Happened in Maan, the Two Massacres (PHOTOS) - SyriaNews


VIDEO: Report about the Islamic Terrorist Massacre on Civilans in al Maan -


Russian Resolution Focuses on Fighting Terrorism in Syria – Minister - RIA Novosti


Syria's warring sides agree to extend cease-fire in Old City of Homs -


Homs governor says detained evacuees to be freed - AFP


Some almost good news from Yarmouk: UNRWA says deal in works to allow aid access -


Non-Palestinian fighters leave Yarmouk camp - Worldbulletin News




VIDEO: Takfiri terrorists strangulate Syrian girl in public - PressTV

ISIS Sharia Court Orders Syrian Girl Stoned to Death in Raqqa for Facebook Account - FrontPage Magazine

PHOTO: ISIS Sharia Court Orders Syrian Girl Stoned to Death in Raqqa for Facebook Account - Google Search

Exclusive: Top ISIS leaders revealed (PHOTOS) - Al Arabiya News

ISIS losing ground in Syria to Jabhat al-Nusra - Al-Monitor


New rebel group wages war on ISIS in Latakia countryside - ZAMAN ALWSL


Child soldiers: victims of an expanding practice by al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria - Al-Shorfa


The destruction of the idols: Syria’s patrimony at risk from extremists - The Independent


Escaped Inmates From Iraq Fuel Syrian Insurgency -


In Syria, Western Fundamentalists Are Tweeting From Amongst the Corpses - Newsweek




Battle for Qalamoun reignites in strategic town of Yabroud - Syria Direct

Syrian planes pound rebel-held Yabroud - THE DAILY STAR

Special Report On Hezbollah's Role In The Yabrud Offensive - Brown Moses Blog

Opposition spokesman: 'FSA on home turf' in Yabroud - Syria Direct

When the battle in the city of Yabroud ends, political discourse in Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Iran will hit a new milestone - Al Akhbar English

Syrian Opposition Militants Holed Up in Krak des Chevaliers “Waiting for their Turn” - Al Akhbar English


49 FSA rebel groups unite in one entity in south Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Al-Qaeda offshoot releases video of Iran embassy bombing, warns of more attacks to come - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: Abdullah Azzam Brigades publish new video of Iranian embassy attack - NOW


Lebanese army seizes top al Qaeda-linked militant - ZAMAN ALWSL


Lebanese Sunnis fighting 'holy war' in Syria - Al Jazeera English


To protect Shiites, Hezbollah imposes its own checkpoints in Lebanon -


What's wrong with this conflict map of Syria? - Threat Matrix


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Turkey News - Feb 13


VIDEO (don't be misled by the wrong title): Talk to Al Jazeera - Erdogan Interview - YouTube

Cash found in shoeboxes at Halkbank ex-manager’s home not bank’s money: Turkish PM -

Erdogan Defends New Internet Curbs as Way to Stop 'Cyber Bullies' - Naharnet

Turkish PM acknowledges phone call to media executive -

Erdoğan's dismissal of questions not enough to refute probe claims - Airing News

CHP leader: Major tenders distributed by Erdoğan and Yıldırım - CİHAN


Gov't keeps playing deaf as Urla villa scandal deepens - CİHAN


Topbaş claims no misdeed in Urla villas - CİHAN


Two prominent businessmen testify as part of graft probes -


Turkey vows to go ahead with new airport despite court order - Yahoo!7


CHP leader reveals former Turkish minister’s advice to son before arrest -


Turkish government set to reintroduce controversial bill restructuring HSYK -


Government's conflictual approach to summary of proceedings draw criticism from opposition - Airing News


İzmir police chief reassigned twice in under a month - CİHAN


MHP leader calls on PM to ask for trial for graft - CİHAN




17 given prison sentences for chanting anti-Erdoğan slogan - CİHAN

Turkish editor hits out at media coercion under Erdogan - Reuters

'Instructions rain down on Turkish media every day,’ says prominent editor-in-chief -

VIDEO (Turkish): Turkish editor hits out at media coercion under Erdogan - CNN Turk

PM advisors' heavy role in media signal new level of engineering - CİHAN

Journalists' union criticizes PM's attitude towards media - Airing News


Opposition claims Erdogan may be media owner - Al-Monitor


Opposition expresses concern for security of free and fair elections - CİHAN


MHP leader: Legal voice recordings are of public interest - Airing News


RSF and CPJ reports show media freedom further crippled in Turkey - Airing News


REPORT: Democracy in Crisis: Corruption, Media, and Power in Turkey - Freedom House




Suspicions Grow of Turkish Involvement in Murder of PKK Activists - SPIEGEL ONLINE

MİT behind Paris killings, says HDP co-chair - Airing News

Probe: Prosecutor's order to raid MIT trucks was a "counter-espionage activity" aimed at harming the work of the MIT - Sabah

Are Turkish weapons falling into hands of radical Syria groups? - Al-Monitor


Turkey likely to remain on gray list for terror financing - Airing News


Voice recording reveals pro-gov't daily turned blind eye on Uludere airstrike - Today's Zaman


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Syria News - Feb 11


UN "shocked" at reports of Syria massacre by rebels in the Alawite village of Maan - AFP

Activists: Rebel attack on Maan killed 40, half of the victims civilians including women while the other half village fighters defending their homes - ABC News

Syrian Army: Nusra Front Slaughter 42 in Maan, Hama - The Syrian Observer

Syrian Information Minister: Opposition Coalition delegation should have condemned Maan massacre - SANA

Syrian National Coalition on the Maan massacre in Hama: "This empty accusation is a desperate attempt to discredit rebels” - Syrian National Coalition

VIDEO: Syrian National Coalition spokesman Safi responds about Alawis killed for sectarian reasons at Maan: "No, no this not true” - Twitter / joshua_landis

Brits 'Involved In Syria Executions And Torture', The material was uploaded onto the accounts of two men from London thought to be linked to Jahbat al Nusra (VIDEO) -


Tales by ex-detainees raise questions about extremists’ goals in Syria - McClatchy DC News


In recent months, ISIS targeted hospitals, doctors, journalists - Latino Times


Al Qaeda splinter ISIS executes civilians as group withdraws from oil-rich Syrian province Deir Al Zour - ZAMAN ALWSL


VIDEO: Suspected ISIS militants killed Tawhid commanders in their sleep w. silenced small-arms in Sheikh Saeed, Aleppo - Twitter / Charles_Lister


ISIS Executes Man Attempting to Defect in Raqqa - The Syrian Observer


ISIL arrests FSA leader in Al-Raqqa - Syria Newsdesk


ISIS applies its own laws in Raqqa - Al-Monitor


VIDEO: Syrian Execution: "Scene Of Utter Cruelty” -


VIDEO: ISIS kills a man and steals his motorcycle - Twitter / joshua_landis




VIDEO: Lakhdar Brahimi, Press Conference (Geneva, 11 Februrary 2014): Syria talks not making much progress - YouTube

Syria Deputy FM Mikdad: Coalition delegation's rejection of acknowledging presence of terrorism in Syria hindered agreement - SANA

Assad advisor: Syrian delegation has no qualms about an agenda for talks as long as counterterrorism comes first and transitional government second - SANA

Syrian Coalition: Political Transition Should Take Precedence over Ending Violence - Syrian National Coalition

Syrian Coalition: Effective Mechanisms Needed To Hold Assad to His Commitment - Syrian National Coalition

Syrian Coalition Submits a Report to the United Nations about Assad Crimes - Syrian National Coalition

Syrian opposition adds rebel figures to Geneva delegation - Reuters


Ambiguous Rebel Statements on the Geneva Negotiations - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


NCC Outlines Conditions for Participation at Geneva - The Syrian Observer


UN declares chaotic Homs evacuation a success, presses for similar access elsewhere in Syria - McClatchy DC


Syria allows some fighting-age men to leave Homs - Yahoo News


Syrian authorities question over 300 men from besieged Homs: U.N. - Yahoo News


Syria: Civilians to take over Yarmouk refugee camp after Al Nusra withdraw, new deal stipulates - Al Bawaba


Yarmouk Camp initiative enters into force as roadblocks and landmines removed - ZAMAN ALWSL 




Xelil: A Federal System Is Now Inevitable For Syria - The Rojava Report

The Kurds and Rojava, State-Building in the Syrian War - Red (Team) Analysis

Construction of Democracy Continues in Cizîre Canton - The Rojava Report

Syrian Opposition Chief: PYD Autonomy ‘Useless’ and Will Not Last - Rudaw


KRG Says It Won’t Deal With PYD Autonomous Cantons in Syria - Rudaw


European delegation including MPs visit Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


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Turkey News - Feb 11


Der Spiegel Report: Germany Has Evidence of Turkish MIT Hand in PKK Killings in Paris - Rudaw

Kurds murdered in Paris: justice refuses to question the DCRI Archives -

PKK leader issues ultimatum to Turkish government - CİHAN

MIT Syria-bound trucks filled with US dollars, says opposition party leader - Today's Zaman

Erdog˘an’s Unusual Relationship With IHH Director - Aydinlik


Turkey’s MİT to monitor all religious groups as potential parts of parallel state -


Turkish PM hints at legal action against ‘gang’ within the state -


Lawyers, academics say ‘parallel state' was invented to block graft probe - CİHAN




Erdoğan's media meddling knows no bounds, voice recordings reveal - CİHAN

AUDIO (Turkish): PM Erdogan intervenes Haberturk paper for publishing negative story, 3 journalists get fired - YouTube

PM Erdoğan: Internet bill protesters are defenders of porn - Today's Zaman

No. of banned websites in Turkey - Twitter / p_zalewski

Leaked photo of Zeynalov's press card shows press body under the Prime Ministry misinformed him - CI˙HAN


Restrictions on corruption suspects canceled - Today's Zaman


Turkey replaces controversial prosecutor Akkas in top cases - Worldbulletin News


Police experience high levels of stress in light of mass purge - Today's Zaman


Some corruption allegations: Government neck-deep in dirt - Today's Zaman


Turkey's new health law criminalizes Hippocratic oath - Today's Zaman


Turkey's Halkbank replaces 'shoebox cash' CEO - Yahoo News


Despite Turkey's spiralling economy, KSA is still investing "big" in Ankara--$8 billion "big"! - Al Bawaba


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Syria News - Feb 10


600 evacuated from Syria's Homs on eve of talks, Shelling targeted the UN aid convoy on Saturday and Sunday - Yahoo News

SANA: Terrorists fired mortar shells and detonated an explosive device in an attempt to derail the Homs relief efforts - SANA

Syrian Coalition Says Regime Attacked UN and Evacuees in Homs, Calls for UN Resolution - Syrian National Coalition

Syrian Coalition: Introduction of Aid to Homs Is a Cosmetic and Inadequate Response to Coalition Demands - Syrian National Coalition

VIDEO: Video appears to show incoming fire at Homs residents preparing to evacuate - Twitter / Brown_Moses

VIDEO: UN personnel running for covering as bombs fall near their vehicles - Twitter / joshua_landis

VIDEOS: 24 videos showing the attack on the UN convoy in Homs Sunday - Twitter / Brown_Moses


VIDEOS: Playlist of videos related to Saturday UN visit in Homs - Twitter / Brown_Moses


VIDEO: Besieged Homs Described as "Jungle of Monsters" by Evacuated Civilians Under the Rule of the Armed Militants - YouTube


VIDEO: Rebels Threatened to Fire at UN Aid Convoy Over a Week Prior to Homs Attack - YouTube


Syria's opposition not to change its delegation to second round of talks in Geneva - The Voice of Russia


Syrian Opposition Interim Prime Minister: PYD Autonomy ‘Useless’ and Will Not Last - Rudaw


Opposition calls for Syrian VP to head Geneva team - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Saudi Arabia calls for urgent U.N. meeting on Syria, cites “growing evidence pointing to war crimes” - Al Arabiya News


Report: US officials presented the Saudis with a huge dossier with irrefutable evidence proving the involvement of Saudi Arabia in terrorist activities in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and even Russia - Al Akhbar


Syrian Official: Saudi Anti-Terrorism Law Not Real, It does not mention anything about halting support of insurgents in the form of funds, armaments and military training -


1,400 Saudi militants fight in Syria: Report - PressTV


Hezbollah says to remain in Syria - THE DAILY STAR




Islamist fighters seize Alawite village Maan in central Syria, kill 25 people -

VIDEO: Islamic Front's Ahrar & Jund al Aqsa capture Alawite village, Maan, north Hama & cleanse it from "filth of shabiha" - Twitter / joshua_landis

VIDEO: Video shows dead in Alawi village of Maan - Twitter / joshua_landis

VIDEO: Wahhabi Militants Invade Alawite Town of Maan in Rural Hama & Sectarian-Based Killings Reported -

Maalula nuns plead for release of Syria’s female prisoners in a new video broadcast by Al-Jazeera (VIDEO) - AFP

Al Nusra Front sets conditions to release Maaloula Nuns: Lebanese TV says - ZAMAN ALWSL

Ahrar Al-Sham, Al-Nusra Front Form Alliance to Fight ISIS in Deir Ezzur -


Jabhat al-Nusra accuse ISIS of cutting supply lines and theft in warning statement - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Activists say ISIS top Lybian commander killed in in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, Syria - Al Arabiya News


Ahrar al-Sham call ISIS traitors and abolish joint front in Hasakah - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


ISIS Second-in-Command Chechen Umar Shishani Slams Saudi Cleric al-Mohaisany and “Peace Initiative” - ZAMAN ALWSL 


13 members defect from ISIL in Al-Raqqa - Syria Newsdesk


ISIS Jihadists execute man for blasphemy in Raqqa - ZAMAN ALWSL


Boy shot dead by ISIS sniper in Syria's Raqqa -


VIDEO: Torture in ISIL prisons: documentary, compilation of liberated prisoners' testimonies - Twitter / joshua_landis


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Turkey News - Feb 9


Turkish police fire tear gas to break up Internet protest - Reuters

VIDEO [Exclusive Video with Camera Amateur]: Turkey: Water cannon drive protesters out of Taksim Square - YouTube

VIDEO: Fireworks and water cannon at Turkey internet protest - YouTube

VIDEO: Turkey: Police water cannons met with protesters' fireworks - YouTube

Opposition calls on Turkish President Gül to veto law on Internet -

Erdogan says no Internet censorship in Turkey - AFP

Decision to deport journalist anti-democratic, say Turkey journalists' associations - Today's Zaman

Journalist's deportation stirs int'l press, fuels concerns over media freedom - Today's Zaman

Journalist in exile: How I was smeared, prosecuted and deported - Today's Zaman

AUDIO (Turkish subtitles): Erdogan’s phone call to head of private TV channel leaked. PM scorns CEO for airing opposition leader’s presser live - Twitter / WashingtonPoint


Leaked audio reveals Habertürk manipulated opinion poll - Today's Zaman


Court imposes media ban on Zarrab news reports - Today's Zaman


Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP): ‘Zarrab to be released after threatening to reveal graft details’ - Today's Zaman


Iranian businessman Zarrab files lawsuit from prison against CHP leader - Today's Zaman


Businessman, bank manager cooperate to help companies pay bribes - Today's Zaman


Decision to demolish Urla villas not implemented - Today's Zaman


Justice minister admits calling prosecutors about graft probe - Today's Zaman


Delaying delivery of summary of proceedings unlawful, analysts say - Today's Zaman


Court halts reassignment of İzmir police officer, 195 more purged in Trabzon - Today's Zaman


Opposition accuses gov't of trying to block graft probe with new bill - Today's Zaman


Academics sign statement saying ‘rule of law suspended' - Today's Zaman


Turkish PM Erdoğan labels illegal wiretapping targeting him as ‘espionage’ -


Deputies' phone communications to be electronically stored, CHP deputy warns - Today's Zaman


Senior education officials to be sacked under upcoming dershane bill - Today's Zaman


Opposition concerned about possible rigging in upcoming elections - Today's Zaman


Ninth MP quits over Turkish graft scandal - AFP


Ratings Agency S&P Downgrades Turkey Rating Outlook to Negative From Stable -


Turkish state-owned lender Halkbank’s brand value drops in 2013: Report -


EBRD's Davey: Corruption may hit huge infrastructure investments - Today's Zaman


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Syria News - Feb 8


Scores of Syrians leave besieged Homs in U.N.-brokered deal - McClatchy DC

VIDEO: UN begins evacuation of Homs, Syria - YouTube

VIDEO: Busloads of Syrians evacuate Homs -

VIDEO: Civilians evacuated from Syria's besieged Homs - YouTube

UN affirms Syrian gov''t, local opposition cooperative in Homs evacuation - KUNA

Opposition leader Ghalioun decries UN-Assad agreement to vacate Homs rebel Areas instead of breaking the siege - ZAMAN ALWSL

Syria: Lifting the Siege of Yarmouk, One Food Parcel and One Polio Vaccination at a Time - Foreign Policy Journal


Syria government will join next round of Geneva peace talks, demanding a discussion "article by article" of the Geneva Communique - Reuters


Regime Begin's People's Campaign in Support of Assad during Geneva Talks - The Syrian Observer


Jarba: All of Geneva I Terms Must be Implemented - Syrian National Coalition


Jarba Studies Expansion of Opposition Delegation, Excludes Regime Figures - The Syrian Observer


Main domestic opposition group the National Coordination Committee (NCC) not to join Syria talks -


Syria can meet June 30 chemical weapons deadline: U.N. chief - Reuters


Syria vows chemical disarmament despite missed deadlines - AFP


UN Security Council Should Impose Measures under Chapter VII over Non-compliance by the Assad Regime on Chemical Weapons Disposal - Syrian National Coalition


First UN report on children in Syria’s civil war paints picture of ‘unspeakable’ horrors - United Nations News Centre


Foreign Ministry Source rejects report allegations issued by UN Secretary General on Children in Syria - SANA, Syria


UNESCO says Syria archaeological material and cultural heritage objects are being trafficked through illegal systems into other countries and markets -


Syria’s protection of cultural artifacts ‘only piece of good news’ amid rubble of war, says UN cultural agency - United Nations News Centre 




Syrian opposition groups fail to capture Aleppo prison - Al-Monitor

Aleppo Jail Attack Suicide Bomber 'Was British’ -

VIDEO: Ahrar al-Sham video shows the moment of yesterday’s suicide truck bomb detonation at Aleppo Central Prison - YouTube

PHOTO: Here’s a picture of the suicide truck driven by British citizen Abu Suleiman al-Britani into Aleppo prison yesterday - Twitter / ShirazMaher: 

VIDEO: Muhaysini, leading Saudi fundraiser, at Aleppo prison calls leaders of Muslims to send help to kill apostate Alawis - YouTube 

Rebel mortar attack kills nine in Aleppo - Business Standard


VIDEO: War in Syria: terrorists indulge mortar attacks - YouTube


Calls for demonstrations against ISIS in Al-Raqqa - Syria Newsdesk


Syria's Christian Minority Are Fighting Back -


Inside Baseball on Syrian Rebel Infighting -


VIDEO: ISIS retaking Manbej and Jarablus after Islamic Front/FSA took it over - Transnational Middle-East Observer


Islamist North Caucasus Rebels Training a New Generation of Fighters in Syria - The Jamestown Foundation


Hanging Out with the Sunni Warlords Who've Seized Control of Tripoli - VICE United Kingdom


VIDEO: Warlords of Tripoli - VICE United Kingdom


US Homeland Security Secretary: Syria Conflict a Threat to Homeland - ABC News




Relations among Syrian Kurdish parties hit new low - Al-Monitor

POLL: Internet poll says PYD leader Salih Muslim best choice for leading Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd

Syria Kurds seeking relation with Ankara, Tehran and Baghdad - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Syrian Kurds reportedly seek to export oil via Turkey - ekurd

PYD Co-leader in Turkish Parliament - CİHAN


“We are ready to protect Turkmens and form an alliance with them against al-Qaeda”: Salih Muslim - Al-Monitor


PKK and AKP: Adversaries or Allies? - Rudaw


VIDEO: New ISIS video: We are the enemy of Ocalan and Barzani - Transnational Middle-East Observer


Kurdish jihadists from Iraq wage holy war in Syria with one eye on home - ZAMAN ALWSL


“With These Guns We Will Return to Kurdistan”: The Resurgence of Kurdish Jihadism - The Jamestown Foundation


VIDEO: Iraqi Kurdish Jihadist Going to Syria - Transnational Middle-East Observer


NOW examines the history, geopolitical position, and possible future of the Kurds in Syria - NOW




Social Media Analysis Reveals The Complexities Of Syrian Conflict - MIT Technology Review

REPORT: Online Social Media in the Syria Conflict: Encompassing the Extremes and the In-Betweens -

Al-Qaeda And Its Offshoots Train And Indoctrinate Newborns, Toddlers, And Preschoolers – Captured On Twitter -


How Facebook Is Destroying History - A Survey Of August 21st - Brown Moses Blog


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Syria News - Feb 7


Islamic Front joines forces with the Nusra Front to launch an assault on Aleppo dubbed "The promise of truth approaches" - GlobalPost

Islamic Front and the Nusra Front Take Over Parts of Jail in Syria’s Aleppo, 'Freeing Hundreds’ of Inmates - Businessweek

SANA: Syrian troops repel rebels' attack on Aleppo's central prison - Xinhua |

VIDEOS: Several videos (reportedly) related to the battle for Aleppo's prison -

VIDEO: Syrian Army Kills Al Nusra Chechen Top Commander in the Aleppo Prison’s Battle - YouTube

Jarba says rebels to receive advanced weapons because they have been waging a two-front war against regime troops and ISIS - THE DAILY STAR

Saudi Arabia pushes hard to get the Islamic Front access to advanced weapons, trains Syrian rebels on anti-aircraft weapons in Turkey - TheNational

At least $1.2bn from Gulf governments has been pumped to rebels in southern Syria since July, That amount is set to rise to as much as $2bn - TheNational

Saudis top UK as world's 4th largest arms buyer -


Suqour Al Sham: no truce agreed with ISIS - ZAMAN ALWSL 


VIDEO: Suqour Sham spokesman on ISIL truce: local initiative, not approved - YouTube


"The ISIS - Suquor al-Sham Truce: Is It Real and Can It Last?" - Syria Comment


VIDEO: ISIS secures way for retreating Suqor al-Shamn - YouTube


Armed groups, regime fight for control of eastern Syria - Al-Monitor


Syria: Islamic Front Condemn Umar Shishani & ISIS “Treachery” Over Suicide Bombing in Ar-Raei on Turkish Border - EA WorldView


ISIS Women Battalion Leader Revealed - The Syrian Observer


VIDEO: Warlords of Tripoli (Part 3/5) - VICE


VIDEO: Warlords of Tripoli (Part 4/5) - VICE


Syria: At least 50 Americans have joined extremist units, U.S. says -


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Turkey News - Feb 6


CHP leader: Erdoğan collected $630 mln from businesspeople to buy out Sabah media outlet - Today's Zaman

Bribe collected for Sabah media group carried by armored vehicle - Today's Zaman

CHP asked source of million dollars 'donated' to foundation led by PM's son - CİHAN

Report: Businessman bribed ex-minister to win tenders - CİHAN

Purges pick up pace across country as more than 200 police officers reassigned, raising the number of those reassigned to roughly 6,000 - CİHAN

Ministry sends back motions on corruption, raising fears of tampering - CİHAN


MHP leader on corruption: PM has two choices, appear before court or flee - CİHAN


Former ruling AKP deputy criticizes government over graft allegations -


POLL: Corruption a major problem in Turkey, says survey - Today's Zaman




PM Erdoğan's act of censorship exposed by a voice record, instructing a manager at a TV channel to immediately remove a news ticker - Today's Zaman

AUDIO: Alleged phone conversation between Erdoğan and an executive of private broadcaster Habertürk - YouTube

Turkey's Parliament voted Wednesday to empower authorities to censor the Internet -

Internet bill to intensify censorship, opposition CHP warns -

Turkey’s top business group warns that Internet bill violates rights -

International Media watchdog warns against Internet bill - CİHAN


Probe launched into daily Taraf on the grounds that the newspaper's articles aim to cause chaos in Turkey - Today's Zaman


A website and a Twitter account by the name of “Haramzadeler,” which means “sons of thieves”, gain popularity when media is under pressure - Today's Zaman


Arrangement on illegal wiretapping to cover up corruption claims, nationalist party leader says -


Experts debate lack of religious freedom in Turkey - Today's Zaman


Latest practices of AK Party gov’t raise fears of ‘one-party state’ - Today's Zaman


BDP leader to PM: Where is the proof for parallel state - CİHAN




Obama skips Turkey in his visit to the region, in another sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries. - CİHAN

Turkey’s Domestic Troubles Causing Tensions With U.S. -

Merkel Holds Out Turkey EU Prospect While Reiterating Skepticism - Businessweek

Tensions Grow Between Turkey, Radical Islamist Group ISIS Fighting in Syria - VOA

Turkey-Syria border remains vulnerable - Al-Monitor

New photos of Syria-bound truck show Turkish gendarmerie arresting Turkish intelligence officers, Gendarmerie Colonel who ordered the truck raid was removed from his post today (PHOTO) - Worldbulletin News


Turkish charity IHH to send 200 aid trucks to Syria - Worldbulletin News


Swedish MP Raises Questions Over Turkey’s Role In Bishops’ Kidnapping by an ISIS Caucasian Fighter - The Rojava Report


Turkish Hospitals Traffick Organs of Injured Syrian Citizens -


Turkish Power Struggle Leaves New Questions on Kurdish Issue - aina.or


What does Ömer Güney’s audio recording tell? - ANF


Full transcript of alleged recording of Omer Guney, the suspect in Paris Kurd killings - ekurd


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Syria News - Feb 5


US denies Kerry said Syria policy failing - AFP

US suggests engaging Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran into a parallel track during Geneva peace talks on Syria - The Voice of Russia

Gul proposes Turkey-Iran cooperation in Syria - Al-Monitor

Iran can play key role in Syria crisis resolution, Qatar opposed to the exclusion of Iran from the Geneva II conference : Qatar FM - PressTV

Geneva talks only way out of Syrian crisis: European Commission - KUNA 

Russia says Syria government to attend Geneva talks, ship more chemical arms - Reuters

Syrian National Coalition chief Jarba meets Russian FM Lavrov in Moscow - RT


VIDEO (in Russian, translation below): Lavrov’s opening comments to Jarba -


Report: Russia stepping up military aid to Syria's Assad - Israel News


Pressure on Coalition to Expand the Negotiating Delegation - The Syrian Observer


Abdulazim: NCC to Join Geneva Negotiations - The Syrian Observer


Kurdish KNC statement Geneva II (Arabic) - Transnational Middle-East Observer


Syria's Christian Minority Are Fighting Back - VICE United Kingdom


How academics got the Muslim Brotherhood wrong, One of these long-held assumptions is that the Brotherhood is moderate - The National


VIDEO: Warlords of Tripoli The war in Syria is dragging neighbouring Lebanon to the edge of the abyss (Part 1/5) - VICE


VIDEO: Warlords of Tripoli The war in Syria is dragging neighbouring Lebanon to the edge of the abyss (Part 2/5) - VICE




Renewed clashes between Syrian Kurds and Qaeda near Raqqa -

Al-Raqqa FSA rebel group promises military action against ISIS - Syria Newsdesk

FSA Advances in Deraa, ISIS In Deir El-Zor - The Syrian Observer

Aleppo province : ISIS fighter detonated himself in rebel Islamic battalion headquarter in Al-Miaden city - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Current ISIS strategy appears appears to consist of 3 inter-related focal points - Twitter / Charles_Lister


VIDEO: ISIS suicide bomber killed by FSA before detonating -


Isolating the Islamic State - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Reyhanli: medical base for Syrian mujahedeen in Turkey - Al-Monitor


Saudi king orders punishing jihadists, The decree appears aimed at stemming the flow of Saudi fighters going to Syria - The Washington Post


Has the Number of Chechens Fighting in Syria Reached Its Peak? - The Jamestown Foundation


VIDEO: Homeland Security Chair: Syria-trained terrorists returning to U.S. is 'one of the highest security threats'  - Blogs


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Syria/Turkey News - Feb 4


Al-Qaeda disavows the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, saying it isn’t responsible for the actions of the group - The Daily Beast

Translation of al-Qaeda Statement acknowledging ISIS officially isn't part of AQ -

Pro-al Qaeda Saudi cleric calls on ISIS members to defect - The Long War Journal


VIDEO: Ex-ISIS Member Reveals Torture in Name of 'Prison Jihad’ - Farsnews


VIDEO: ISIS turns church into the headquarters to torture citizens in Raqqa, Syria - YouTube


Syrian Opposition Pillages Heritage - Commentary Magazine




Syrian opposition main offices in Turkey shut down due to ISIS threat - CİHAN

Syrian Coalition: We Are Committed To Go On With Geneva II - Syrian National Coalition

Syrian opposition delegation in Geneva should be more representative: Lavrov - The Voice of Russia


Safi: Exclusive Right to Expand Negotiating Team Belongs to the Coalition - Syrian National Coalition


'Muslim Brotherhood' has no intention to quit National Coalition: Comptroller General - ZAMAN ALWSL


U.N. delivers aid in Yarmouk for 4th day; UNRWA asks for more speed -


Hundreds of Syrian refugees evacuated from Yarmouk - Channel 4 News




Turkish police murder trial opens amid tight security - AFP

Turkish police deny killing student in June protests - AFP

VIDEO: Turkish police brutality: killing of peaceful demostratror caught on camera - YouTube

POLL: Ruling AK Party's support drops to 36 percent in local elections, Huge support for corruption probe - CI˙HAN

POLL: New poll predicts Erdogan’s defeat in Istanbul - Independent Balkan News Agency

Insight - Fight for Istanbul likely to shape Turkish political landscape - Yahoo News UK

Turkey’s rising political star set for major fight - The Irish Times


Motions reveal practices of unlawful activities and irregularities between the prime minister and a former minister and businessmen - Today's Zaman


CHP to stage protests if summary of proceedings about ex-ministers not submitted to Parliament - Today's Zaman


CHP submits parliamentary question regarding dismissal of Prosecutor Öz's sister - CİHAN


Prime minister's inconsistencies raise eyebrows, A list of 12 Erdogan's lies - Today's Zaman


Turkish government fights graft scandal with probe of 'parallel state' - Reuters


Gov't plans for judicial police a veiled attempt to change regulation - CİHAN


Erdoğan accuses journalists of collaborating with ‘parallel state' - Today's Zaman


Journalists and Writers Foundation: It is sad to note that our country has recently been witnessing deeply worrisome developments regarding democracy and the rule of law - CİHAN


Freedoms, rights grow weaker as censorship knows no boundaries - CİHAN


Turkish Unionists: 'We Are Not Terrorists' - Labor Notes


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Syria/Turkey News - Feb 3


Activists: 36 Killed Sunday Including Children as Syrian Forces Drop Barrel Bombs in Aleppo, Nearly 90 were reported killed on Saturday - VOA

16 Syria rebels killed in ISIS suicide bomb attack in Aleppo: NGO - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Al-Qaeda’s ISIS fighters in Aleppo slay head of Islamic rebel group the Tawheed Brigades - YouTube

Islamist Rebels kill 20 Militants of Al Qaeda-linked Group, East Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL

Syrian rebels linked to ISIS behead man using small knife in front of chidren in Homs - Mail Online

VIDEO: ISIS terrorist beheads a government supporter in Homs -

VIDEO: Time magazine publishes photos of decapitation by Takfiris in Syria - YouTube

PHOTO: ISIS members spotted playing billiards in Al-Raqqa after allegedely killing its owner for selling alcohol - Syria Newsdesk

ISIS grants amnesty to "adulterous" couple in Al-Raqqa, It was expected to carry out a stoning sentence in a public square in the city - Syria Newsdesk


PHOTOS: ISIS Media Hub (Twitter account) allegedely hacked! -


Militants targeted Syrian chemical cargo: Moscow -


Rebel Mortar shells wound 24 people near Syria's Damascus - PressTV


Aussie 'thugs' at Syrian frontline - The Australian


Jabhat al-Nusra claims deadly Lebanon suicide bombing - Yahoo News UK


VIDEO: Deadly al-Nusra suicide car bomb strikes eastern Lebanon - YouTube


The Salafi Plot to Assassinate Najib Mikati - Al Akhbar English




Rojava’s Autonomous Cantons Begin Major Diplomatic Effort In Region with Official Visits to Iran, Iraq and Turkey - The Rojava Report

Head of Afrin Canton: ‘We Exist and We Are Here’ - Rudaw

Syria Kurdish autonomy a model for Syria: PYD leader - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Syrian Kurds won’t fire at Turkey: Salih Muslim - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Iraqi Kurdistan's Gorran movement backs autonomy in Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


Kurdish Left Party leaves Syrian Kurdish National Council SKNC - ekurd


Kurdish YPG forces attack ISIS Islamic-Jihadists, killing 12 - ekurd


ISIS arrests six Kurdish civilians near Aleppo -


Kurdish jihadists fighting in Syria are on the rise - BAS NEWS




CHP directs parliamentary inquiry to Erdoğan into bribery in Sabah-ATV sale - CİHAN

PM son's TÜRGEV is where bribes go, CHP leader maintains - Today's Zaman

CHP: Parliament speaker, minister using trick to cover up corruption - Today's Zaman

CHP deputy asks why graft suspect Zarrab's assets unfrozen - Today's Zaman

Halkbank risky loans skyrocket during graft suspect manager's term - Today's Zaman

Wiretapping of PM to be counted as espionage crime -


Turkey counters corruption probe with investigation into police -


Turkish directorate orders MP to remove parliamentary question over the Sabah-ATV sale from his personal website -


New gov't plans fuel concerns over executive's grip on judiciary - Today's Zaman


HSYK bill sets alarm bells ringing for Justice Academy - Today's Zaman


New Internet bill to limit freedom of information, sparks reactions - Today's Zaman


Fresh resignation in Turkey’s ruling AKP over graft scandal -


A Leader Shows Vulnerability in Turkey’s Cash Crisis -




Ankara alarmed over Qaeda threat in Syria, reportedly taking measures against potential suicide bombing inside Turkey -

Turkish army deploys tanks to Syrian border - Syria Newsdesk

Ankara denies presence of al- Qaeda bases on Turkish soil - CİHAN

Probe into raid on Turkish intelligence's trucks begins - Worldbulletin News


Keep on truckin': Turkey and Al Qaeda in Syria - RT Op-Edge


Turkey Islamic charity Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) has long had ties to al-Qaeda and Hamas -


Turkey's Role in the Kidnapping of the Syrian Bishops and the Country's Relationship to the Suspected Kidnapper -


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Syria News - Feb 1


VIDEO: Brahimi Says No Progress in Syria Talks - YouTube

VIDEO: Brahimi Backs Feb. 10 For More Syrian Peace Talks - YouTube

Syrian Foreign Minister: Opposition "acted as if we had wanted to come here for one hour and hand over everything to them” - AFP

Opposition leader Jarba says Syria regime in Geneva "to dig its own grave with its own hands", the talks marked the beginning of the end for Assad - AFP

VIDEO: Walid al- Muallem Press Conference in Geneva (P.1) - YouTube


VIDEO: Walid al- Muallem Press Conference in Geneva (P.2) - YouTube


VIDEO: Assad adviser: time is right in Syria for a national unity government that might bring in opponents, but not a transitional body - Telegraph


President Ahmad Al Jarba's speech at the end of first round of negotiations in Geneva - Syrian National Coalition


VIDEO (Arabic): Interview with Ahmad Jarba - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT (English): Interview with Ahmad Jarba (Translated) - syriancivilwar


VIDEO (English): Islamic Front's Military Commander: No to Democracy as Syrians are Thirsty for Islamic State - YouTube




Report: UNRWA successfully delivers aid to Yarmouk Palestinian camp - ReliefWeb Mobile

VIDEO: UNRWA successfully delivers aid to Yarmouk Palestinian camp Part 1 - YouTube

VIDEO: UNRWA successfully delivers aid to Yarmouk Palestinian camp Part 2 - YouTube

As Syrian Factions Talk, Homs Starves - Newsweek


Russia Defends Syrian Government Over Aid Stalemate For Homs - RIA Novosti


Did the Syrian army and rebels join forces to operate a checkpoint (VIDEO)? - The FRANCE 24 Observers


American Light Arms to Opposition in Southern Syria - The Syrian Observer


Syrian Christians Ask US to End Support For Rebels -


Church Leaders:‘Will Be No More Christians in Syria’ If War Continues -


VIDEO: Marked for Destruction: The Plight of Syria's Christians with Syrian Christian Leaders -




Al-Qaeda’s ISIS attacks Turkmen-populated areas of Syria - CİHAN

12 Syrian Turkmen wounded in clashes with ISIS close to Turkish border - Anadolu Agency

Syrian Turkmen ask for Turkey's backing - Anadolu Agency

Thousands of Turkmen flee to Turkey amid ISIS-rebel clashes - CİHAN

Syria: ISIS Claim Capture Of Ar-Raei, 24 Hours After Turkish Attack - EA WorldView

ISIS forms two all-female battalions in Al-Raqqa - Syria Newsdesk


ISIS suicide team assaults Iraqi ministry - The Long War Journal


Iraqi army kills 40 ISIS fighters in Fallujah - Al Arabiya News


Lebanese army in firefight with ‘Syrian gunmen’ - Al Arabiya News


Three al-Nusra Front Suspects Detained in Bekaa - Naharnet


Hezbollah and Assad Plan Offensive On Jihadists In Yabrud - The Daily Beast


Indonesian Militants Join Foreigners Fighting in Syria -


The Siege of Adra: Islamist Rebels are Accused of Massacre - CounterPunch


VIDEO: RT first TV crew at besieged Syrian town Adra after alleged atrocity by Salafascists -


Jihad in Syria (Summary) - Institute for the Study of War


Jihad in Syria (Full Report) - Institute for the Study of War


The Islamic State of Disunity: Jihadism Divided - jihadica




Salih Muslim: Syrian coalition does not represent Kurds - Al-Monitor

It is possible that a federal Syria will shape, Kurdish PYD leader Salih Muslim says - ekurd

Salih Muslim Questions Authority of NCC Statement on Kurdish autonomy - The Rojava Reports

A Rift in the Syrian National Coordination Body - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Ocalan Letter Asks Barzani Support in Rojava, Peace Process - Rudaw


PYD: Arrested people have received training in Iraq Kurdistan, The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is training armed forces to send to Syria - Kurdpress News Aganecy


6 Kurds kidnapped by ISIS - Transnational Middle-East Observer


The Politics of the Islamic Front, Part 5: The Kurds - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Is Kurdistan Syria Church's Best Hope for Survival? - CBN News




HRW: Syria Must Stop Illegal Demolitions - VOA

REPORT: Razed to the Ground: Syria’s Unlawful Neighborhood Demolitions in 2012-2013 - Human Rights Watch

PHOTOS: Before-and-after satellite photos show destruction of Syrian neighborhoods -

Kerry warns Syria of possible U.N. action over chemical arms delay, Russia says Syria unable to ship the chemicals to the port of Latakia because of security threats from opposition forces -


Interview with head of CW team in Syria -


Third Chemical Volcano Rocket Used On August 21st Geolocated (VIDEOS) - Brown Moses Blog


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Turkey News - Jan 31


Erdogan, son and son-in-law involded in funds raised from firms for tenders during Sabah-ATV purchase - Today's Zaman

CHP asks PM about claims of public land allocated for TÜRGEV, Erdoğan's son Bilal is a member of TÜRGEV's executive board - Today's Zaman

Erdogan Eye on ‘Crazy Projects’ Links Turkey Scandal to Builders - Bloomberg

AUDIO (Turkish): Sabah-ATV 1 - Wiretapped phone conversation - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Sabah-ATV 2 - Wiretapped phone conversation - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Sabah-ATV 3 - Wiretapped phone conversation - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Sabah-ATV 4 - Wiretapped phone conversation - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Sabah-ATV 5 - Wiretapped phone conversation - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Sabah-ATV 6 - Wiretapped phone conversation - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish): Sabah-ATV 7 - Wiretapped phone conversation - YouTube


AUDIO (Turkish):  One more wiretapped phone conversation with Bilal Erdoğan - YouTube


Bilal Erdoğan Rules This Week’s Humor Magazine Covers - Bianet


Erdoğan's 10-minute hologram speech costs around 50,000 euros - CİHAN


VIDEO: Erdoğan’s hologram - CİHAN YouTube




Turkey government removes around 800 more police officers -

Leading graft probe prosecutors purged with 115 others - CİHAN

Current prosecutors unwilling to accept complaint against PM, ministers - Today's Zaman

Turkish Parliament dismisses summary of proceedings against justice minister -

Injunction on Zarrab's assets lifted in graft probe, prosecutors to object - CİHAN

Turkey Crisis Puts Jailed Millionaire at Heart of Gold-Smuggling Ring - Bloomberg


Anadolu news agency placed outside of auditing - Today's Zaman


AK Party deputy chairman threatens journalist and insults graft prosecutor - Today's Zaman


New Internet law paves way for censorship, concerns journalists - Today's Zaman


AK Party gov't pressuring professional groups, daily says - Today's Zaman




Turkish lawmakers fight during parliamentary commission session over Syria - Today's Zaman

Ankara denies presence of al-Qaeda bases on Turkish soil - CİHAN

Erdogan and the IHH, The Islamic charity works as an extension of Turkish foreign policy - Stand for Peace

Why has US not designated IHH as a terror group? - Israel Hayom


Who Ordered the Killing of PKK founder Sakine Cansiz? Rudaw


Jean-Louis Malterre: Sakine Cansiz's murder investigation should not stop at national borders - ekurd


Syrian opposition figure: Turkey's 'many mistakes' in Syria - Al-Monitor


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Syria News - Jan 30


US intelligence chief Clapper Says Syrian Al-Qaida Wants to Attack US - ABC News

VIDEO: Senate Hearings on Syrian Al-Qaida - YouTube

VIDEO: James Clapper: 7,000 foreign jihadists from 50 countries now fighting in Syria - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT: Senate Intelligence hearing on national security threats - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Syria Al Qaeda Training Western Citizens for Terror Abroad - CNN

Israeli general says al Qaeda's Syria fighters set up in Turkey can easily access Europe from the NATO member state - Yahoo News

Turkish military strikes ISIS convoy in Syria - Today's Zaman

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki says that providing rebels in Syria with arms would only mean sending weapons to terrorists in Iraq -


Iraq’s violence originates from Saudi Arabia: Maliki -


Iraq says Syria war spillover hinders oilfields, pipelines - Yahoo News UK


Israel's Growing Role in Southern Syria to confront Qaeda - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Syria Jihadists Say Liberation of 'Palestine,' Golan Will Follow Fall of Assad (VIDEO) -


Nusra, ISIS moves raise worries in Lebanon of spreading violence - McClatchy DC


How the War in Syria Empowers Lebanese Jihadism - Syria in Crisis - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Syria sends letters to the United Nations and the UNSC about Saudi Arabia’s Terrorist Operations - Global Research


Brahimi says no substantive progress on Syria but hopeful - Reuters


VIDEO: Lakhdar Brahimi Press Conference on Geneva, 29 January 2014 - YouTube


VIDEO: Syrian Coalition spokesperson- press conference - Syrian National Coalition


Lavrov: Geneva II key task is to stop terrorism in Syria, not to have Assad step down - APA


Syria army edges forward in Aleppo - Al Arabiya News


Syria Report -  War Dead (GRAPHS) -


Azerbaijani Foreign Fighters in Syria - JIHADOLOGY




Syria: Popular media activist Raed Fares shot allegedly by ISIS, but stable - GlobalPost

ISIS Hunts Down Kfar Nabel Activists as Agents of the West -

Syria's Islamic Front clashes with ISIS - Worldbulletin News

Aleppo Rebels Kill Second In Command ISIS Fighter - The Syrian Observer

Mujahedeedn Army Arrests ISIS Emir - The Syrian Observer

ISIL evacuates Al-Raqqa town in order to "liberate 17th Division" - Syria Newsdesk

Thousands of Turkmen flee to Turkey amid ISIS-rebel clashes - CİHAN


Eye On the Battle Between ISIS and Other Rebel Groups: International Crisis Group researcher explains the current situation on the ground - Syria Deeply


Ahrar al Sham leader Hassan Abboud criticizes head of Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham - The Long War Journal


On Ahrar al Sham leader Hassan Abboud’s Latest Speech - danielabdullah


ISIS says never rejected reconciliation with rebels but asked questions prior to any agreement - ZAMAN ALWSL


PHOTO: Iraq releases rare 'ISIS chief' photo - THE DAILY STAR


The Dawn of the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham - Current Trends in Islamist Ideology


How Carl Campeau, abducted in Syria, escaped al-Qaeda's clutches - CBC News


As Free Syrian Army Use of Child Soldiers Detailed in New UN Report, How Can US Aid FSA? - Inner City Press


Syria: Rampant Looting by Both Sides in Damascus Countryside - Al Akhbar English




Efrin Becomes Last of Three Rojava Cantons To Officially Declare Autonomy - The Rojava Report

VIDEO: Efrin celebrates autonomy - YouTube

Syrian Kurds: ‘We don't want to draw new borders’, PYD leader Salih Muslim says - ekurd

Syria Kurds autonomy prohibits party nepotism: Cezire Canton Prime Minister Akram Hasu - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Syrian Kurds Regain Control of Strategic Town in Syria from ISIS -


Layla Zana to make accord between Barzani and Ocalan - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Reports: Ocalan Letter for Kurdish President Barzani Could Be About Syria Kurdistan - Rudaw


Who Ordered the Killing of PKK founder Sakine Cansiz? Rudaw


Jean-Louis Malterre: Paris murder investigation of PKK founder Sakine Cansiz should not stop at national borders - ekurd


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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




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 -




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




PYD Names Second Local Kurdish Government in Kobani -

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) -


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




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 -


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 -


Child exploitation by ISIS terror group in Syria war -


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


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




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 -


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




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? -



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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




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 -


A Race for More Than the Mayor of Istanbul –


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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