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Syria News - Dec 11

Syria human rights lawyer Zaitouneh and three opposition members kidnapped, activists say they believe Islamist rebels were responsible - DAILY STAR

The four civil rights activists kidnapped in Douma received threats from unidentified militants back on the 25th of September - Syria Newsdesk

Zaitouneh recently took aim at the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: “More than 90 percent of the cases of abduction are carried out by ISIS" - McClatchy DC

Zaitouneh's groundbreaking work documenting the Aug 21 sarin attack – one of 1st on the scene (Full Text, VIDEO) - YALLA SOURIYA

VIDEO: A recent message of  Razan Zaitouneh - Foreign Plocy

Spanish journalist, photographer kidnapped by ISIS in Syria - Reuters

Snatched Spanish Reporters Believed Alive: Employer -

Syria Islamists seize Turkey border crossing: monitor - THE DAILY STAR

Al Qaeda fighters in Syria kill two top FSA leaders - TheHill

Syria’s moderate rebel groups launch ‘soft power’ plan to beat Islamists - The Independent


In Qatar talks, U.S. underscores support for Syrian moderates - Reuters


Syria regime closes in on Yabrud, last rebel-held town in Qalamoun where it is believed a group of nuns have been transferred - Naharnet


Syria: 'Dozen killed in clashes between jihadists in north' - Adnkronos Security


ISIS members forcibly seize two ambulances in Al-Raqqa - Syria Newsdesk


VIDEO: Militants target Aleppo's main hospital -


VIDEO: Poor Syrian girl CRIES when Al Qaeda goon forces her to sing!! -


VIDEO: Former French fighter in Syria: 'We are all al-Qaeda' - BBC News


VIDEO (English Subtitled): Al-Qaeda Interview with German jihadist Abu Talha al-Almani (DenisCuspert) -




Who runs Syria's Kurdish areas? -

Interview with YPG commander: "Terrorist Groups Are Displacing Kurdish People” - Inter Press Service

The Qamishli Front (VIDEO) - Brown Moses Blog


Kurdistan in Last Effort to Reconcile Kurdish Groups in Syria -




Al-Jarba: "Yes to Geneva II" based on principles determined by coalition - KUNA

Jarba Takes Part in GCC Summit, Accuses Regime of Arming Qaida-Linked ISIS - Naharnet

Syrian opposition head urges Gulf states to launch aid fund - Reuters

With US ties frayed, Saudi calls for Gulf union - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Hezbollah escalates rhetoric against Riyadh - Al-Monitor


Is Iran set to lash out at Saudi Arabia? - Blogs


At UN Human Rights Day, Syria Banned from Speaking as Chair of Asia Group by Japan, Cyprus, Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Ja'afari Tells Inner City Press - Inner City Press




VIDEO: Did Syrian rebel group have sarin? Seymour Hersh Says Obama Cherry Picked Intel On Syrian Sarin Gas Attack - CNN

VIDEO: Seymour Hersh: Obama "Cherry Picked" Intel on Syrian Chemical Attack to Justify U.S. Strike (1 of 2) - Democracy Now

VIDEO: Seymour Hersh: Obama "Cherry Picked" Intel on Syrian Chemical Attack to Justify U.S. Strike (2 of 2) - Democracy Now


Sy Hersh's Chemical Misfire, What the legendary reporter gets wrong about Syria's sarin attacks - Foreign Policy


Why Seymour Hersh has it wrong this time - NOW


Chemical Weapons Conspiracy That Wasn't --- Hersh's "Exclusive" Dissected - EA WorldView


Mother Agnes Mariam on the sarin report: “I praise, I thank Mr. Hersh to be courageous, to be audacious, to be full of honesty -


Matt Van Dyke Online Accounts Leaked by the Syrian Electronic Armys Today, Admits that He Has Information the Rebels Had Chemical Weapons -


Full Text of Matt Van Dyke Online Accounts Leaked by the Syrian Electronic Armys -


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Syria News - Dec 10


Syrian army retakes road needed to ship out chemical arms - Reuters

Syria regime forces advance in Qalamoun - AFP

US in quiet talks with Hizballah as Syrian rebels lose Qalamoun strongholds in crushing defeat -

Hezbollah Commander Killed in Syria fighting - Israel National News

Syrian Islamists seize Western-backed rebel bases - monitoring group - Reuters

Joint Chiefs denies al Qaeda attack on FSA depots - ZAMAN ALWSL

Jihadists execute mentally ill Syrian man for 'blasphemy', The heating oil vendor said: "What am I, the God of fuel" THE DAILY STAR

PHOTO: Jihadists execute Syrian man for 'blasphemy' - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Syria's Rebel Press Is Fighting Back Against Jihadists - VICE United States


Reflections of a Revolutionary, Imprisoned by Al-Qaida - Syria Deeply


To Syria’s Revolutionaries, Assad Isn’t Looking So Bad After All - Yahoo News


Bishop: Christians should take up arms in Syria -


Lebanon to seek Qatar’s help over nuns seized in Syria - THE DAILY STAR


English translation  of the interview with the 13 nuns - NOW


VIDEO: Bodies of Syrian army dead displayed by Rebel fighters after conquest of Maaloula - YouTube


Al-Qaeda’s Governance Strategy in Raqqa - Syria Comment


Abu Umar al-Shishani Reports Advance For ISIS In South-West Aleppo - EA WorldView


Interview with ISIS Chechen Leader Abu Umar al-Shishani - EA WorldView




Iraq Forces Clash With Gunmen in Syria Border Area -

Insurgents control 400 kms of Iraq/Syria border: Analyst - PressTV 

Iraqi FM says proliferation of extremists may create a jihadi 'emirate' in Syria - Fox News

Next door to Syria, an al-Qaeda-linked group is also gaining ground in Iraq - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Iraq discovers smuggling tunnels at Syria border -

Syria urges UN to stop "Saudi support for extremists" - AFP

Saudi jihadists flow into Syria - Al-Monitor

Saudi Clerics Endorse Jihadists in Syria - Foundation for Defense of Democracies


Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis - The Independent


Qatar Changing Policy on Syria, to Improve Relations between Doha and Damascus, -


Arms smuggling along Syria-Jordan border triples - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Jordan's Daraa problem, In recent weeks, anti-Syrian regime rebels have tightened their grip over most of its territory - Al-Monitor


Syria’s Jihadists Linked to Organized Crime -


Syria's Foreign Fighters -


Syria conflict: Foreign jihadists 'use Turkey safe houses' - BBC News


Sydney man admits making Syrian war videos but denies inciting violence -


Syria opposition leader says to visit Russia - THE DAILY STAR


Al-Jarba praises Kuwait, GCC for vital support to Syrian people - KUNA


Uncertain Future for the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood’s Political Party- Carnegie Middle East Center




PYD Leader: US and Turkey are Hindering Kurdish Rights - Rudaw

Syrian Kurds discuss differences over Geneva II - Al-Monitor

Syria: Kurdish party denies ties to government - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


ISIS continues attacks on Syrian Kurds Aleppo - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Salih Muslim: I have performed Hajj twice and Umrah 50 times - BAS NEWS


VIDEO: Among the Kurds of Rojava (Syria Kurdistan) -




Seymour Hersh: US administration cherry-picked intelligence on chemical weapons attack to make the case for a military strike against Syria -  LRB

VIDEO: Seymour Hersh: Obama "Cherry-Picked" Intelligence on Syrian Chemical Attack to Justify U.S. Strike - Democracy Now!

Obama aides deny Syria intelligence story - AP

New Yorker, Washington Post Passed On Seymour Hersh Syria Report -


Who Attacked Ghouta?: Review of Seymour Hersh's LRB Piece -


PHOTO: 3D Models Of Volcanoes And Their Launchers - Brown Moses Blog


Delays possible in Syria chemicals weapons mission - The Washington Post



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Whose Sarin?

By Seymour M. Hersh

Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports, culminating in a formal Operations Order – a planning document that precedes a ground invasion – citing evidence that the al-Nusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al-Qaida, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity. When the attack occurred al-Nusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad.


Syria News - Dec 7


Ahrar Qalamoun and Nusra Front demand hostage swap for kidnapped nuns, release of 1000 female detainees by Syrian government - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Abducted Syrian nuns appear in video, deny being kidnapped and thank captors for "protection" - Al Akhbar English

VIDEO: Maloula nuns appear on al-Jazeera without their crosses - YouTube

PHOTO: Kidnappers have taken the cross off the nun - Syrian Truth | English

Suicide car bomber kills 5 in Kurdish town Qamishli - THE DAILY STAR

Islamic State sentences Raqqa artist to death by decapitation in absentia - Syria Newsdesk


‘Shocking’ number of journalists being abducted by Al Qaida militias in Syria - World Tribune


A Split In Loyalties & Ideology For Syria's Chechen Fighters - EA WorldView


VIDEO: Jihadis execute other rebel -


PHOTO: The tomb of a monk was ransacked by terrorists in Qara - Syrian Perspective




Islamist rebels tighten hold in south Syria fueling tensions with FSA, ISIS seizes three trucks carrying more than 30 tons of arms destined for FSA - Qatar Tribune

Syrian Coalition Release a Report on FSA Gains (full text in Arabic) - Syrian National Coaltion

Syria's FSA Not To Attend Geneva Talks - Eurasia Review

VIDEO: FSA spokesman: Group will not attend Geneva II conference -

Disillusioned Fighters Abandon Frontlines as Syria’s Revolution Is Hijacked by Armies of Jihadists - Rudaw

FSA founder refutes rumors of kidnap and pledge allegiance to Al Qaeda - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Shi’ite checkpoints become remarkably widespread in Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Why Private Gulf Financing for Syria’s Extremist Rebels Risks Igniting Sectarian Conflict at Home - Brookings Institution


Syria’s Gulf Brigades - The Middle East Channel


Damascus demands compensation from Saudi Arabia and Qatar for fuelling terrorism in Syria - Russian Radio


E.U. security officials note increased flow of fighters to Syria's civil war - The Washington Post


House Intel Chair Slams U.S. Outreach to Syria's Islamist Rebels -


PYD Leader: We Will Not Play The Game At Geneva II - The Rojava Report


INTERVIEW: Brzezinski says Russia and U.S. poised for cooperation on Syria, Iran (AUDIO) - Voice of Russia




Activists: Assad used poison gas again - Al Arabiya News

Syria denies claims of new chemical weapons attack - CBS News

VIDEO: Syrian media reject opposition's accusation of government using chemicals in Damascus countryside -


Syria's Chemical Weapons Munitions Destroyed, Watchdog Says -


Chemical Weapons Convoy Faces Enemy Territory And Threat of Roadside Bombs, Securebio expert discusses the details of the mission - Syria Deeply – Syria News


Chemical weapons: How Pentagon plans to destroy Syria's stockpile at sea -


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Syria News - Dec 6


Damascus paper says rebels using nuns as “human shields" - AFP

Nuns captured in Syria in contact 'every day' with nearby convent - World News

Conflicting statements on the issue of the Sisters of Maalula - Fides News Agency

Syrian Coalition: We are working on ensuring the safety of the nuns in Maloula - Syrian National Coalition

Bishops, mufti condemn ‘kidnapping’ of nuns, orphans from Syrian town - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Solidarity of Muslim Clerics with Christian Clergymen in Damascus Denouncing Saudi Wahhabi Terror - YouTube


VIDEO: 'Monstrous' Terror: Islamist rebels hold nuns hostage in Syria - RT


Rebel rockets kill 18 in pro-regime area of Syria's Aleppo - AFP


VIDEO: Insurgents Kill 18 in Mortar Attacks in Aleppo - YouTube


Activists: Rebels kill Iraqi journalist in Syria - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: Terrorists in Syria Attack Aleppo Kindi Hospital -




NGO: Syria jihadists kidnap 50 Kurds - Al Arabiya News

ISIS Besiege PYD in Afrin, Ain al-Arab - The Syrian Observer

ISIS threatens to besiege Syrian Kurdish city Kobani - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Aleppo province: ISIS confiscates shops and a bakery owned by Kurds in the Minbej city - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Tall Tamr: Numerous YPG‑fighters killed by ISIS -

Kurds want to complete their autonomy project prior to Genera II conference - Kurdpress News Aganecy -


Syrian Kurds celebrate war-torn country's first civil marriage - Al Jazeera America


Syrian Opposition Says Kurdish Autonomy Demand Would Have The Effect Of Disrupting Geneva Talks -


Syrian Coalition PM: PYD is a part of the Syrian regime - Rihab News


Syria’s Kurds divided over path to autonomy - Al-Monitor


Syrian KDP: Kurds should attend Geneva II as a single delegation - ekurd


PYD and Iraq reach consensus on opening border - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Iraqi Kurdish PM accuses PYD of deceiving Kurds - Kurdpress News Aganecy




U.S., Allies Reach Out to Syria's Islamist Rebels, The goal is to persuade some Islamists to support a Syria peace conference in Geneva -

Two competing analyses of the Islamic Front, a newly formed consortium of seven powerful Syrian rebel groups - NOW

Leading Syrian rebels defect FSA, dealing blow to fight against al-Qaeda - Telegraph

4 battalions from Qatar-backed Islamist brigade defect to wage 'armed jihadist struggle' - The Long War Journal

Leader of ISIS vows to target FSA rebels in Syria's Raqqa -


A misreading of comments by Syrian Gen. Salim Idriss: “The army must fight ISIS" -


Weekly ISIS newspaper hits stands - THE DAILY STAR


Beheadings and spies help al Qaeda gain ground in Syria - Reuters


Syria's 'bride of the revolution' mourns freedom in al Qaeda's grip - Reuters


Desperate Syrian rebels turn homes into weapons factories - NBC World News




Kuwait charities, tribes and citizens raise money -- possibly hundreds of millions of dollars -- for armed groups fighting the Syrian regime - Foreign Policy

Turkey on Alert Against 47 Al-Qaeda Groups in Syria -

Who Are the Foreign Fighters in Syria? - Carnegie Middle East Center

Afghan Militants Join Syria's Civil War, As If It Wasn't Awful Enough - FP Passport

Saudi female suicide bomber arrives in Syria - i24news


Moroccan family of 5 members fighting in Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL


Russia & Syria Spotlight: Jihad For Export, Part II - EA WorldView


VIDEO: Chechen Fighters in Syria - BBC


Sunni group claims assassination of Hezbollah commander - AFP


Hizballah Leader Nasrallah Declares War on Saudi Arabia -


The road from Iraq to Damascus: Iraqis fight to the death to defend Shia shrines - they show less zeal for Assad's regime - The Independent


Geneva 2 must aim for free polls in Syria: Iran - THE DAILY STAR


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Syria News - Dec 4


Head of convent says Syrian rebels abduct 12 nuns, Syrian patriarch calls for their release - Star Tribune

Syria rebels: snipers block nuns’ evacuation - Al Arabiya News

VIDEO: Syrian rebels destroying & torching old Christian town Maaloula -

VIDEO: Syrian Rebels Invade Ancient Maaloula Again and Abduct Nuns and Orphans from St. Thecla Convent - YouTube

Suicide bomb at Damascus office kills four-state media - Reuters

Syria: Al-Qaeda jihadists seize church, transform it into their headquarters - Jihad Watch

Terrorists target Imam of the Great Mosque in Jeroud, Damascus Countryside - SANA, Syria

Al-Qaeda in Syria target Turkmen minority - Al-Monitor

Details emerge of life under al Qaida in Syria -


Lawyers denounce Shariah Authority decision to ban civil law in Syrian courts - ZAMAN ALWSL 


How al Qaida’s rise drove a Syrian revolutionary to choose exile - McClatchy 


Daily energy supplies curtailed in Syria after attacks on gas network -


Syria Document: Founding Declaration of the Islamic Front - EA WorldView


FSA intelligence report: Threat posed by the al-Qaeda affiliate known as the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” or ISIS - The Washington Post


Atassi resigns as vice president for Syria National Coalition - THE DAILY STAR


Senior Member Of The SMC Defects To ISIS And Details Foreign Involvement In the Oppostion (VIDEO) - Brown Moses Blog


INTERACTIVE MAP: A detailed look at Syria’s Islamist, jihadist groups - FRANCE 24


VIDEO: ISIS/AQ takes no prisoners -


VIDEO: Terrorists humiliating prisoner, asking him to bark and bite his fingers - English subtitles -




Turkey deports 1,100 European fighters who came to Turkey to join al-Qaeda-linked groups fighting in Syria - Today's Zaman

Davutoglu Denies Turkey Has Security Forces In Syria -

Turkey, Qatar re-examining policies towards Syria -

Kilicdaroglu speaks on Kurdish issue, Iraq, Syria, Egypt - World Bulletin

Iran must be invited to attend Geneva II confab on Syria: UN chief - PressTV

Iran Dismisses Preconditions for Attending Geneva Conference on Syria -

State Dept mulling whether to invite Iran to upcoming Syria talks - Washington Times

Syria on the agenda at Iraq PM’s Iran visit -


Al-Jaafari: Saudis which fight in Syria came with knowledge of Saudi intelligence - SANA, Syria


VIDEO: Syria UN Rep: Saudi Arabia Gets Rid of its Imprisoned Terrorists by Sending them to Kill Syrians - YouTube


Hillary Clinton leaked memo: Riyadh biggest funder of world extremist -


Hezbollah chief: Saudis behind embassy bombings - Yahoo News


Hezbollah negotiates with armed opposition to release 11 militants - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Hezbollah chief says he met Qatari envoy in recent days - Reuters


Fleeing Syrian rebels accused of aggravating violence in Lebanon - McClatchy DC


The Future of Syria | Refugee Children in Crisis -


Number of European fighters in Syria rises sharply, drawn by tales of easy life and glory -


Authorities fear Australians returning from Syria will put combat skills to use at home -




Kurds seek autonomy in a federal Syria: top official -

Syrian Kurds Want Iraqi Border Crossing Opened - VOA

‘Islamic State’ to impose blockade on Kurdish areas under PYD control - ZAMAN ALWSL

Rojava – Kurdish forces expell Islamist rebels - pietervanostaeyen


The Second Phase in Rojava - The Rojava Report


“The War in Rojava has Carried Over to Geneva” - The Rojava Report


KNC to occupy positions in the Syrian National Coalition


Bombs Target Peshmarga Officials, as Erbil Blames Insecurity on Syria - Rudaw


Explaining Iraqi Kurdistan’s Policy Towards Syria, Interview With Wladimir van Wilgenburg - musingsoniraq




Security situation in Syria poses difficulties in removing chemical weapons - JPost

A Chemical Weapons Specialist On Syria's Chemical Weapon Transport Issues - Brown Moses Blog


Who Attacked Ghouta?: Response to New Brown Moses Theory -


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Syria News - Dec 2


A Syria solution must have Assad's blessing, minister says - AFP

Assad: Our Battle With Saudi Is Open-Ended - Al Akhbar English

Syrian National Coalition will go to Geneva II if the conditions of the revolution are accepted: Jarba -

A Brotherhood Vision for Syria: Interview with the former leader of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood - Tam Hussein

How The Free Syrian Army Became A Largely Criminal Enterprise, Militias involved in profit making schemes, kidnapping & theft - Telegraph

Official statement: At least 25 employees of the Syrian National Coalition aid branch go on strike claiming “corruption and disruption of effective workflow” - Twitter / Racanarchy


Profiteers become another obstacle to peace in Syria -


Syria-fueled violence kills four in Lebanon's Tripoli - Reuters


Rebels say Russian mercenaries helping Assad - ZAMAN ALWSL 


’Israel’ Intervenes in Ghouta Battles -


‘Iran ready to arbitrate between Turkey, Syria' - PressTV


European envoys move to resume Syria contacts (VIDEO) - PressTV


VIDEO: Group Of Unarmed Men Executed By Assad Militias -


VIDEO: Syria's women refugees fear sham marriages and rape -




Children escape as mortar hits French school in Damascus - The Times of India

VIDEO: Mortar hits de Gaulle school in Damascus - YouTube

Terrorists in Syria Targeting Christian Children: Syrian Christian MP - syrianfreepress

Syrian rebels enter Christian village near capital - Washington Times

ISIS terrorists exhume Sufi shrines in Aleppo countryside- SANA, Syria

VIDEO: Rebels attacking shiite forces at the Deir Cherubim monastery -

VIDEO: Yemenis Behead, Threaten Alawites in Aleppo, Syria -

Terrorists confess to taking part in stealing human organs and smuggling chemicals from Turkey- SANA, Syria


Terrorists fire mortars at Tishreen power station, causing drop in power feed in southern region- SANA, Syria


5.5 million m3 gas daily loss due to terrorists' attacks - SANA, Syria


The seven sisters of Syria’s newest rebel alliance Islamic Front - THE DAILY STAR


5 Islamic groups form new Islamic bloc in Damascus suburbs - ZAMAN ALWSL #syria


VIDEO (Arabic): FSA ex-commander, after joining ISIS, speaks in detail about meetings with regional & western intelligence services - YouTube


US: American Fighters Battling Assad in Syria a Security Risk - ABC News


128 Jordanians ‘slain’ in Syria while fighting alongside rebel groups: report - The Jordan Times


The Al Qaeda fanatic from Britain who funded jihad trip to Syria by mugging Londoners with a Taser - Mail Online




Geneva II decisive for Kurds: Salih Muslim - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Muslim: Some forces want to prevent Kurds' participation in Geneva II - ANF

KNC and PYD meet in Qamishli, it seems they want to have an unified position for Geneva and reactivate the Supreme Kurdish Council - Transnational Middle-East Observer

Kurdish self-rule in Syria: Disputes and fears -


Declaration of Kurdish self-rule in Syria: PYD to monopolize power, says Kurdish leader -


Women Take the Initiative for Rojava - The Rojava Report


PYD has not negotiated with Barzani, “Syrian Kurds are unhappy with Barzani after he denied the occurrence of any Kurdish revolution in northern Syria" - Kurdpress News Aganecy


KDP, PYD and PKK hold meetings at high level in preparation for the Pan-Kurdish national conference - ekurd




US to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons - ABC News

Chemical Weapons Watchdog Rejects a Request by Syria to Convert Arms Sites -

Key new evidence reveals fundamental error in Human Rights Watch, media & government statements over Syria chemical attacks (VIDEO) - Human rights investigations


UPDATE - Who Attacked Ghouta?: Geolocating New UMLACA Video -


New Key Evidence In Understanding The August 21st Sarin Attack (VIDEO) - Brown Moses Blog


VIDEO: Distraught Father Finds His Two Dead Daughters from Syria Gas Attack -


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Syria News - Nov 30


Syria army presses advance near Damascus - THE DAILY STAR

Disillusionment Grows Among Syrian Opposition as Fighting Drags On -

Mortar Round at Historic Syrian Mosque Kills 4 - ABC News

VIDEO: Syria: One of the world's oldest mosques hit with mortar shells, 4 dead -

One killed, nine injured in shelling of Russian embassy in Damascus - Yahoo News

Fear in Syrian capital as mortar shells rain down - World Wires -

Syria fighting kills 19 Hezbollah fighters in 10 days - THE DAILY STAR

Hezbollah minister’s nephew killed in Syria, returned home: sources - THE DAILY STAR


Hizbullah Field Commander Nicknamed 'Sayyed Nasrallah' Killed in Syria - Naharnet


200 Iran drones monitoring Lebanon-Syria border for Hezbollah -


Qatar Opens Up to Hezbollah and Damascus After Hostage Deal - Al Akhbar English


Irish troops forced to return fire in Syria after a convoy came under attack by Syrian rebels -


VIDEO: Truck load of corpses from Iraqi shiite Abu al Fadl al Abbas brigade -killed in eastern Ghouta - YouTube


VIDEO: Multiple injuries in Scud missile attack on Ar-Raqqah, Syria -


VIDEO: A second 'SCUD missile attack' on Raqqa, Syria -


What the comeback of the Syrian pound says about the state of the civil war – Quartz




Video shows execution of Syrian rebels by Al Qaeda-linked group - Reuters

VIDEO: Syrian rebels executed by ISIS -

VIDEO: ISIS not just execute Syrian rebel chief Hassan Jazra, they hung him and then beheaded him - YouTube 

Idlib becomes hotspot of heavy clashes between ISIS and other rebels after the ISIS executed 9 Syrian rebels -

VIDEO: Al-Qaeda in Syrian School: 'Infidels Must Be Slaughtered!' [English Subs] - YouTube

ISIS poses threat to Turkish security - THE DAILY STAR

A parish priest: "The exodus of civil Christians from Qara, invaded by foreign jihadists" - Fides News Agency


Syria Rebels: "They fire randomly to force Christians to leave" - Free North Carolina


Dispute over Gasfield among Islamic rebel groups east Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL


VIDEO: Alleged al-Qaeda allies run Syria oil field - Al Jazeera English


Rebel-Held Raqqa Sees Electricity Cut, in a Patchwork of Public Services - Syria Deeply


Sabotage Affects Power Supply in Aleppo - Prensa Latina News Agency


Terrorists murder 3 employees of Homs Electricity Company- SANA, Syria


New rebel merger Islamic Front off to modest start - AFP


Islamic Front endorses jihad, says 'the Muhajireen are our brothers' - The Long War Journal


The Brotherhood Plan for Syria - The Majalla Magazine


Syrian Opposition Defense Minister in the Interim Government Rejects Geneva II - Syrian National Coaltion Of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces


Opposition Activists in Damascus Give Views on Peaceful Solution - Adopt a Revolution




PYD Meet UN Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi - Welat Opinion

Syrian Kurds Take Steps Toward Self-Rule - VOA

Hasaka province: YPG fighters took hold of 3 villages - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

YPG Brings Til Temir Operation To Successful Completion - The Rojava Report


Kurds and Islamists struggle for power in Syria's Tel Abyad -


Al-Nusra Front holds talks with PYD - BAS NEWS


VIDEO: Turkish police fire tear gas as Kurds protest against Syria wall -




Final Sellström Report to be delivered to UN on December 13th - Human rights investigations

Syria reports destruction of all unfilled chemical weapons - OPCW - The Voice of Russia


More evidence Ghouta chemical weapons rockets could only have been fired from rebel areas (VIDEO) - Human rights investigations


Who Attacked Ghouta with Chemical Weapons?: Geolocating New UMLACA Video -




CNN cuts ‘most crucial points’ from interview with Russia's UN envoy on Syria - RT News

VIDEO: Syria: Russia's Ambassador to the U N , Vitaly Churkin CNN interview November 27, 2013 - YouTube

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Ambassador Vitaly Churkin – Amanpour - Blogs

VIDEO: Mother agnes-Mariam: Americans Misled by False Mainstream Media Reports on Syria -


Syrian Electronic Army hacks TIME magazine over Assad - RT News


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Syria News - Nov 28


Syria tells Western foes to stop dreaming Assad will go, reiterates that it has no plans to surrender power at the Geneva peace talks - Reuters

Syrian President Assad to Skip Geneva Conference, “The conference will open at a foreign minister level" - RIA Novosti

Syrian delegates to attend Geneva under Assad orders - Foreign Ministry - The Voice of Russia

Opposition: Assad ‘must build trust’ before SNC will attend Syria peace talks - The National

Brahimi demands opposition for wide participation in Geneva II, not only Coalition - ZAMAN ALWSL

Free Syrian Army shuns Geneva peace talks, says no ceasefire - Reuters

VIDEO: ‘Free Syrian Army not to join Geneva II conference' -

FSA rebel commander complains lack of arms in Syria’s eastern battlefields - ZAMAN ALWSL


VIDEO: Underfunded and outgunned Free Syrian Army faces additional enemies - PBS NewsHour


The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood’s Inflated Revival - Al Akhbar English


Syrian Waad Party denies being Muslim Brotherhood arm - Al-Monitor


Obama Signals a Shift From Military Might to Diplomacy -


Iran Deal Ripples Felt From Syria Battlefields to Saudi Palaces - Bloomberg


Turkey, Iran call for Syria ceasefire before peace talks - Yahoo News


Iran Dips Into Nukes Bank to Back Syria - Bloomberg


Friction between Iranian, Syrian soldiers surfaces - THE DAILY STAR


Hezbollah And The Fight For Control in Qalamoun - Institute for the Study of War


Nun emerges as power broker in Syria -


Human rights watchdog: Syrian women refugees harassed, exploited in Lebanon - Fox News


Syria foreign trade all but collapses - AFP




Terrorist attacks claim lives of 12 medical staff members, 18 civilians - SANA

Suicide bomber kills 15 including two children west of Damascus - AFP

Three killed in mortar attacks in Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL

Syria jihadists execute soldiers, 'collaborators' near Damascus - Yahoo News

VIDEO: ISIS terrorists execute SAA militias -

Al-Qaeda cuts off head of rebel battalion in Syria accusing him of "apostasy" -

Al-Qaeda's brutal tactics in Syria forces out moderates - BBC News

Insight: After Assad, Syria democrats learn to fear Qaeda - Reuters

Number of journalist kidnappings in Syria unprecedented - Committee to Protect Journalists


PHOTO: As starvation mounts rebels slaughter lion instead of cats - ZAMAN ALWSL


New rebel alliance wants Syria as 'Islamic state', The covenant of the Islamic Front -


Number of foreign fighters from Europe in Syria is historically unprecedented. Who should be worried? -


Gateway to terror: British Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary 'sent hundreds to join al-Qa’ida in Syria' - The Independent


Dutch Foreign Fighters – Some Testimonials from the Syrian Front (Part III) - JIHADOLOGY


Turkish Interior Ministry: 500 citizens fighting with al-Nusra in Syria - Today's Zaman


VIDEO: Jordanian Jihadist Surprised as he Finds out he was Treated for 6 Months at Syrian Govt Hospital - YouTube




Kurdish Militias Drive Out Jihadists, Bring Stability Back to Parts of Syria -

In Syria, Kurds are fighting their own war against Islamists, and winning - Public Radio International

Inside Syria: Al-Qaeda Was Here, A tour through the new territory won by Kurdish fighters gives a rare look at life under the extremists -

Al-Qamishli: Three ISIS car bombs attacks against the PYD and the regime -

Relations between Arabs and Kurds, and the current situation in Syrian Kurdistan: Interview with PYD leader Salih Muslim - ekurd

Women Take on Fighting Role in Syria's Kurdish North - VOA

Women in Syria's Kurdistan Region Work to Stop Sexual Violence - VOA

PYD autonomy incites more division, says Syrian opposition figure - Today's Zaman


Syrian oil minister meets with PYD, promises the Kurdish party a fixed percentage of oil revenues -


The Syrian Government is Giving Missiles to Kurdish Separatists - Medium


KRG accuses PYD of “gone beyond limit” - SHOAH


Afrin: PYD organizes demonstration against Barzani -


Amudah: PYD demonstrates against Barzani -


Syrian Kurdish party calls on Turkey, KRG to end embargo - Al-Monitor


Kurdish Congress Stalled Over Issues in Syrian Kurdistan -


Baghdad Approves $15m in Aid to Syrian Regions, “The assistance includes fuel, food and medicines for Kurds and Arabs”  - Rudaw


Turkey border wall highlights Kurdish divisions - THE DAILY STAR


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A Pre-Conspiracy Theory: What If Our Premature Nobel Laureate President’s Having a ’63-Style Kennedy Moment?

By Dave Lindorff

I’m going to engage here in a thought experiment which may make some readers a little queasy, but bear with me.

It’s been half a century since the wrenching experience of having a charismatic young president cut down by bullets in what most Americans apparently still believe was a dark conspiracy by elements of the US government unhappy with the direction he was taking the country in international affairs.

Syria News - Nov 26


Syria: More than 160 killed as rebels try to break government siege near Damascus - CTV News

Syrian National Coalition: FSA and Islamic Front Advance on Regime Forces in Eastern Ghouta - Syrian National Coalition

VIDEO: New Syrian Islamic Liberation Front Enters Eastern Ghouta -

Syria: At least 5 Hezbollah fighters killed in last 2 days in Damascus - Ynetnews

Hezbollah announces killing of its commander near Damascus - ZAMAN ALWSL

Assad activists accuse Hezbollah of treason, it disobeyed Syrian Army orders costing large number of causalities in Damascus - ZAMAN ALWSL

VIDEO: Documents and items recovered from alleged Hezbollah fighters in Eastern Ghouta  - YouTube

PHOTOS: 14 executed and beheaded soldiers by terrorists in the area of East Ghouta, Damascus, they accuse them of being Hezbollah fighters - Liveleak

Sixth British jihadist reportedly killed in Syria - The Independent


Military commander of ‘Green Battalion’, al-Qaeda affiliate killed in Qalamoun - ZAMAN ALWSL


11 dead in mortar fire on Aleppo city: Syria state media - THE DAILY STAR


ISIS and other groups capture 13 villages in Aleppo countryside - ZAMAN ALWSL


Aleppo braces for major regime offensive - Al-Monitor


Syrian Army’s Aleppo and Qalamoun operations - Today's Zaman


The village of Deir Atieh invaded by Islamists: Christians identified and detained - Fides News Agency


VIDEO: Rebels Attack Ancient Convent in Saidnaya Housing Syria's Tallest Jesus Statue -


PHOTO: More of beheaded heads but this time of an Alawiite Shabih from al-Qaimarya Alawiite village - Twitter / trouble jee




Islamist rebels capture Syria's largest oilfield in Eastern Syria: activists - Reuters

VIDEO: Omar oil field captured by rebels - YouTube

Al-Qaeda Seizes US Aid Warehouse From Syrian Rebels, U.S. to tighten mechanisms for FSA aid delivery - THE DAILY STAR

Al Qaeda advancing in Syria, one town at a time -

Syrian rebels that Turkey allowed to proliferate near its border include many who say they have no problem fighting alongside Qaeda against Assad - Bloomberg


Al Qaeda arrests prominent rebel commander in Atimah, north Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Free Syrian Army former chief missing in Turkey: report -


Swedish journalists reported abducted in Syria - Business Standard


7 Foreign Jihadists kidnapped in Raqqa -ZAMAN ALWSL


Denmark: 80 Danes have joined Syria fight -


The History of Jihadism in Finland and An Early Assessment of Finnish Foreign Fighters in Syria « JIHADOLOGY


An official from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) urges the decapitation of Assad as well National Coalition supporters - The Daily Star


PHOTO: ISIS leaflet from northwestern Syria telling girls and women they must wear only the Sharia approved burqa - Twitter / BklynMiddleton


VIDEO: Non-Syrian ISIS Court Judge Speaks About the Supremacy of Islamic Courts in Syria - syrianfreepress




Kurdish militia aims to connect Kurdish enclaves in Syria - Al-Monitor

Syria's Kurds Find Strategy Against Jihadist Bombings Elusive - VOA

Explosions hit Syria's Qamishli -

PYD Leader Warns of War with Arab Settlers in Kurdish Areas - Rudaw

Syrian Kurdish leader: 'We don't need permission for autonomy' - World Bulletin


Assad Arms Kurdish PYD With Missiles - Pakistani Defence Forum


Iraq Requires Syrian Flag From the PYD On Broder Crossing - Aydinlik


Iraqi Kurdistan government to investigate Kurdish youths going to Syria for Jihad - ekurd


VIDEO: Istanbul Protests in Support of Syrian Kurds - Rudaw


VIDEO: Kurdish police academy in western Kurdistan (north Syria) -




Syrian children shelled, tortured, targeted by snipers, report says - CBC News

Full Report: Stolen Futures: The Hidden Toll of Child Casualties in Syria - Oxford Research Group

VIDEO: Syrian snipers 'target children' says report - YouTube

Syria peace talks set for January 22 in Geneva - Reuters

Participant list for Syria talks still undecided: Brahimi - Yahoo News


Russia says no agreement on invite for Iran to Syria talks - Ifax - The Star Online


What Does Nuclear Deal Mean for Iran's Role in Syria (VIDEO)? VOA


Syria 'Welcomes' Nuclear Deal With Iran - The Weekly Standard


Putin, Pope back negotiated solution to Syria conflict - Yahoo News


Syria’s Reconciliation Minister evades assassination attempt - RT News


Jordanian, Egyptian and Saudi tourists scout Syrian refugee camps to buy teen wives -


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Syria News - Nov 23


Major Syrian rebel groups join forces to form the Islamic Front, to "build an Islamic state where almighty God alone will be our ruler" - Al Jazeera

VIDEO: Official announcement of the formation of the Islamic Front - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): Interview with leader Abu Issa al-Sheikh after the Islamic Front's formation - YouTube

Rebels Inc., To overcome their declining fortunes rebel groups coalesce consolidating their territory and establishing financing networks - Foreign Policy

Al Qaeda affiliate ISIS captures Syrian border town ousting another Islamist rebel unit, Turkey has not stopped supplies from crossing the border - Today's Zaman

ISIS and Nusra take key Qalamoun town from army, watchdog says - AFP

24 Syrian Rebels Killed in Attack on Syrian Army Base Near Raqqa - AP

Assad says rebel army being prepared in Jordan, trying to "retaliate to the [regime’s] Qalamoun offensive and its progress in Aleppo" - AFP


The coming 'battle for Qalamoun' - Al-Monitor


8 Kurdish YPG forces killed in northern Syria clashes with the extremist jihadist groups - Kurdpress News Aganecy


The Serekeniye Martyr's Offensive: Kurds Consolidate Control in Hasaka - Institute for the Study of War Syria Updates


Two rebel brigades officially announced their resignation from the FSA Military Council - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Insurgent Split --- The Dispute Between Abu Umar al-Shishani & His Deputy, Seyfullakh the Chechen Over Joining ISIS - EA WorldView


ISIS cuts down 150-year-old oak in Syria, After jihadists took over the local shrine and prevented people from going to pray there, prayers were held by the tree instead - Yahoo News


PHOTO: ISIS cuts off 150-year-old tree in Idleb, claiming that people were worshiping the tree rather than Allah -  Syrian Truth | English


Jabhat al-Nusra has raised its new flag over a Shi'ite shrine -


VIDEO: Moment of the fall of mortars on Baghdad Street, in the center of Damascus -




Putin: Western states must bring Syrian opposition to peace talks - Reuters

Bogdanov to Al-Manar: US Discussions with Syria Opposition Postpone Geneva II -

Lavrov: A united opposition delegation is not a condition in Geneva II, Moscow urges different spectrums of the opposition to participate - Syrian Observer

Syrian Coalition: We will not accept the presence of any other political body other than the Coalition itself during the Geneva negotiations - Syrian Coalition

Free Army supports Coalition, as we only decide who will go to Geneva II: spokesman Jamous says - ZAMAN ALWSL

Exclusive: The United States, Iran, Russia and Saudi Arabia Hold Secret Talks to Improve the U.N.'s relief effort in Syria -  The Cable

On Syria and Iran, U.S. and Russia Can Work Together - By Madeleine Albright and Igor Ivanov - Foreign Policy


A New Pattern of International Cooperation Creates Hope for Iran, Syria - Carnegie Europe


Syria seeks India's role to resolve the crisis - Hindustan Times


India’s Position on Syria - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


U.S. Intel Eyes New Threat: al Qaeda in Lebanon - The Cable


Lebanese Salafis Amidst Syria's War - The Middle East Channel


Who Are the Abdullah Azzam Battalions? - Carnegie Middle East Center


VIDEO: Iran's Secret Army in Syria - BBC


'Iran supports Syria despite hardships of sanctions' - Iran's deputy FM - RT


Chechen Hajj Pilgrims Claim They Were Drafted In Saudi Arabia To Fight In Syria - EA WorldView


Al-Qaeda leaves Yemen for Syria and Egypt – authorities - The Voice of Russia


New Egyptian militia joins Syrian war supporting Assad - ZAMAN ALWSL


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Syria News - Nov 22


Chechens drawn south to fight against Syria's Assad - BBC News

Russian Muslims fight and die against Assad’s forces - The National

Russian militants fight in Syria, raise fears back home - Reuters

Meet the ISIS Chechen Commander Assad, Russia and the U.S. All Fear -

The "True" Story of ISIS Chechen Leader Abu Umar al-Shishani --- & What It Means (VIDEO) - EA WorldView

U.S. Says Dozens of Americans Have Sought to Join Rebels in Syria -


Britain investigates reports of citizens’ deaths while fighting on the side of Islamic militants in Syria -


Young Palestinian Refugees Join Jihadists Fighting in Syria -


Gunfire from Syria kills Jordanian jihadist: Official - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: American jihadist killed in Syria: "We've come to spread the Sharia of Allah...and we've come to kill anyone who comes in our way" - Jihad Watch


VIDEO: "This is the duty on me" - exclusive interview with 23-year-old British jihadi in Syria - BBC




Syrian army makes advances as ISIS calls for jihadists to unite under its banner - Al Akhbar English

Suicide bombs hit Syrian troops, hospital north of Damascus, rebels belonged to Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant - Washington Post

Terrorist mortar attack kills one civilian in Damascus - Syrian Truth | English

Six civilians got wounded by mortar shells fired by terrorists in several neighborhoods in Damascus. - Syrian Truth | English

VIDEO: CCTV Camera recorded mortar terrorist attack in Aleppo - YouTube

VIDEO: The crew ANNA-News was attacked by a rebel sniper -


Raqqah province: ISIS publicly executes 2 Syrian Kurds, by cutting their throats in the market place - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Roadside bomb in south Syria wounds 2 Jordanian writers who met with government officials - The Washington Post


Russian activists go to Syria to rescue traveler from militants' captivity - The Voice of Russia


Al-Qaeda's battle to “apply Shariah, the rule of Allah” in northern Syria - Telegraph


Expert: Syria’s revolution is devouring its children, and ISIS is the devourer -


'Islamist posturing' is a strategy to raise funds says Syrian rebel, Qatar supports the Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia the Salafists - The FRANCE 24 Observers


VIDEO (Arabic): Army of Islam leader Zahran Alloush: we have minimal differences with Jabhat al-Nusra, their Sharia official can be ours & vice versa - YouTube


VIDEO (Arabic): Full interview of Army of Islam leader Zahran Alloush - YouTube


VIDEO (English): Former FSA commander Abdul Jabbar AL Aqidi defending the biggest Qaeda group (ISIS) in Syria during his recent TV interview -




Lavrov says the Coalition monopolizes the representation of Syrian people and it does not represent all parts of the Syrian opposition - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Syrian Coalition: Russians Must Convince Assad of Geneva I’s Six Principles - Syrian National Coalition

Syria's NCB to independently partake in Geneva talks after the Coalition refused to participate in a unified delegation - Xinhua |

Assad says won’t relinquish power to opposition, accuses Saudi Arabia of seeking to disrupt the Geneva talks - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Syria UN Rep Jaafari Attacks Saudi Arabia for its Conduct & its Support of Wahhabi Terror in Syria -


Report: The Gulf countries and Sectarianism -


Sabra: Confidence in Our Aims Before Geneva II - The Syrian Observer


Syrian Baath militia commander goes rags-to-riches - Al-Monitor


Shiite militias: the other 'foreign fighters' in Syria - McClatchy DC


Hezbollah actions in Syria endanger Lebanon: president - FRANCE 24


Pope Francis Speaks Up Against Christian Persecution in the Middle East - IBTimes UK


Kurds divided over Syrian autonomy - Al-Monitor


Thousands protested against Massoud Barzani in Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


Hackers Broke Into Syria's Secret Police Computers And Found... Porn - Forbes


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Syria News - Nov 20


Suicide bombings kill 23 near Iran embassy in Beirut, Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claims responsibility, calls Iran to withdraw from Syria - Reuters

VIDEO: First footage: Aftermath as powerful blasts rock Iranian embassy in Beirut - YouTube

Profile: Abdullah Azzam Brigades claims credit for attack on Iranian embassy - The Long War Journal

Background: While Hezbollah fights in Syria, al-Qaeda ally emerges in Lebanon -

VIDEO: Qaeda-affiliated Group Abdullah Azzam Brigades threatens Lebanon's Shiites: Revenge ... Soon! - The Arab Digest


VIDEO: We Are Ready To Stand Against The World: Abdullah Azzam - YouTube


Lebanon turning into a decisive battlefront in the Syrian civil war - Haaretz


Nightmare on Syria Street: In Lebanon's northern capital, the Syrian civil war is being fought block by block - Foreign Policy


Syrian troops capture key town Qaraa near Lebanon border - Houston Chronicle


Army of Islam Withdrew from Qaraa and ISIS+Other Jihadist are pissed -


Hezbollah's strategy in Qalamoun - AFP


Two Lebanese killed en route to battle Syria regime - GlobalPost




Syria: Opposition Abuses During Ground Offensive in Christian town Sadad - Human Rights Watch

Syria’s Christians Flee Kidnappings, Rape, Executions at the hands of jihadists and FSA rebels - Daily Beast

UN votes to condemn Syria government rights abuses - AFP

Mother Agnes has pulled out of the Stop the War conference. And yet she would have fitted in so well - Spectator Blogs


Syria Jihadists Hold Press Conference to Apologize for 'Fumbling' Beheading Rollout - Newslo


Rebel mortar fire kills two citizens in central Damascus - AFP


Shariah Authority urges people to report abuses by rebels: Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL


Armed group kidnaps Journalist Ahmed Brimo in Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL




FSA, al Qaeda factions reach peace deal, launch "joint counteroffensives" against Hezbollah and Iranian military positions in and around Aleppo - TheHill

Syria rebel chief Abdelqader Saleh killed in regime strike in Aleppo - AFP

The death of Abdelqader Saleh - Syria Comment

Death of Syrian rebel Abdulkader al-Saleh threatens hold on Aleppo -

Statement: Commander of al-Tawhid Brigades Abdul Qadir al-Saleh Becomes a Fallen Hero - Syrian National Coalition


VIDEO: Liwa al-Tawhid/Unity Brigade General Command Official Statement about top commander Abdelqader Saleh death -


PHOTO: ISIS Leader Eliminated By The SAA in Raqqa -


Report: German footballer-turned-jihadist dies in Syria - Al Arabiya News


Report: Qaeda's leadership is set to declare Jabhat Al-Nusra "Al-Qaeda in Syria" -


Syria rebels in Latakia: al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra in, ISIS out -


Officials deny funds from Kuwait flow to Syria jihadists - THE DAILY STAR


Qaeda Fundraiser Saudi Preacher Relocates to Syria - ZAMAN ALWSL




ISIS threatens Iraqi Kurdistan - elkurd

18 al-Qaeda elements arrested after trying to enter Iraq via Syria - shafaaq.coa

Jabhat Al-Nusra intercepts Iraqi convoy heading towards Homs - Syria Newsdesk

How have Iraqi Kurdish authorities responded to the Syrian civil war? - Council on Foreign Relations


Barzani's threat to attack Jihadists was to position himself as leader of Syria's Kurds: US Expert - Council on Foreign Relations


Erdogan and Barzani cooperating against the revolution in Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


Iran pleased with PYD transitional administration in Syrian Kurdistan - BAS NEWS


Turkey backing off support for jihadists on Syria border - Al-Monitor


47 radical groups attacked Syria Kurds: PYD - Kurdpress News Aganecy




Syria peace talks should focus on fighting 'terrorists': Russia - THE DAILY STAR

Determination of stages, content of transition process in Syria is internal affair of Syria - Lavrov - The Voice of Russia

Ahmad Jarba: Here's why the Syrian National Coalition is willing to join peace talks in Geneva next month -

Al Bahra: We Reject the Intervention of Any International Party in Choosing Geneva II Participants - Syrian National Coaltion


Syrian opposition under American pressure to accept an invitation by Russia to go to Moscow to discuss the peace conference - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Russia Blames Syrian Militants for Aid Supply Problems - RIA Novosti


Syrian Coalition: Red Cross and Red Crescent Work in Regime-Held Areas Only - Syrian National Coalition


Sex tapes scandals of the Syrian opposition (VIDEO) - R22 | News


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Syria News - Nov 18


Assad's forces advance in northern Syria towards Aleppo - Reuters

Syrian Army Retakes important towns in Aleppo, Homs and Damascus. Both Salah and Salameh, leaders of largest Aleppo militia, wounded - Syria Comment

Syrian air raid kills rebel commander in Aleppo: activists - Reuters

The Battle of Qalamoun: Syrian troops launch offensive near Lebanon, forcing hundreds to flee across the border - The Washington Post

In Qalamoun Syrian army fights for road needed to remove chemical weapons - Reuters

Syria: Hezbollah concentrate massive forces to join Battle of Qalamoun - Ynetnews

Hezbollah commander killed in Syria - Al Arabiya News

Blast in Damascus kills 31 troops, including four generals - AFP

VIDEO: Blast in Damascus kills 31 troops -

Mortar rounds kill 7, injure several in Damascus - PressTV


Mortar attacks in Damascus cause material damage to 3 churches and school - Syrian Truth | English


Islamic Extremists Sabotage Power Supply in Aleppo - Prensa Latina News Agency


VIDEO: A tour of the aleppo power station recently liberated by freedom fighters -


Syrian army recaptures 3 towns in Homs: statement - Xinhua |


Israeli border village backs Syria's Bashar al-Assad - CBC News


Jarba declines invitation to Russia, cites schedule clash - THE DAILY STAR


Coalition Response to Lavrov: Geneva II must Not be an Attempt to Divert Responsibility - Syrian National Coaltion


Tomah: Interim Government Will Not Hamper Geneva II - Syrian National Coalition




Islamic State in Iraq and Levant Executes Six FSA Militants in Syria, Free Syrian Army demands ISIS leave Latakia - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

VIDEO: Conflict between ISIS and FSA ended lethal, 6 captured FSA fighters executed by ISIS -

A group of religious scholars in Aleppo issues a statement condemning the Islamist State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) - THE DAILY STAR

Kidnapping for ransom has become common between Syrian rebel groups competing for money and weapons -

Syria war leads to rise of kidnappings in Lebanon -

ISIS attacks those who denounce its crimes: activists - Al-Shorfa

Notes on the Growing Struggle between ISIS, Nusra/Ahrar, and other factions of the FSA - Syria Comment

Rift grows between Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS - Al-Monitor

Chechen Leader In Aleppo Talks About Islamic State of Iraq's Expulsion of "Warlord" Hayani - EA WorldView


Zaman Alwasl Reporter in Aleppo is wanted, He is under threat of death by Islamic extremists - ZAMAN ALWSL


There’s an epidemic of journalist kidnappings in Syria – Quartz


al-Raqqa province: Clashes broke out between ISIS and armed men from the al-Sakhani tribe - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Captured Jabhat Al-Nusra Administrative Documents Show Details Of Arms, Foreign Fighters - Brown Moses Blog


Investigating Claims Of Syrian Opposition Members Executing Prisoners - Brown Moses Blog


Social networking sites promote 'jihad duty' for foreigners in Syria -


PHOTOS: Ahrar al-sham members executed after being tortured by ISIS -


VIDEO: The Islamic State Of Iraq And Levant attacked the headquaters of a local Free Syrian Army Brigade in Aleppo -


VIDEO: Aleppo Governorate - ISIL members destruction of historic/religious sites continues -


VIDEO: Syria brutal beheading execution -


VIDEO: Jabhat al-Nusra executing soldier in cold blood (English subtitles) -


VIDEO: More battalions joining up with Army of Islam (Jaysh al Islam) -




Turkey confronts policy missteps on Syria with rise of al-Qaeda across the border - The Washington Post

Turkey resumes exports to Syria - Al-Monitor

Syria to top agenda at Erdogan-Barzani meeting - Al-Monitor

President Barzani Slams PYD in Syria, Rejects Autonomy Declaration - Rudaw

PYD's sphere of influence expanding in Syria - Today's Zaman

Syria: Islamists Seize Kurdish Village - Israel National News


Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s Gatsby, Master Spy - Daily Beast


Expert: About 600 Saudi fighters in Syria - Al Arabiya News


Al-Qaeda in Syria Draws Fighters From U.S. and Europe -


Exclusive: U.S. and Iran Poised to Meet to Tackle Syria Aid Together - The Cable


Brotherhood: U.S. Sends $12 Million to the Syrian Opposition - Conservative Angle


Russian mercenaries fighting in Syria - BLOUIN BEAT


St. Petersburg Sends Contractors to Syria - The Interpreter


The Last Battle of the “Slavonic Corps”: The story of the Russian mercenaries who went to war against Syrian rebels - The Interpreter


Syria Special: The Tragi-Comedy of the Failed Mission of Russia's Military Contractors For Assad - EA WorldView


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Syria News - Nov 15


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

Top Iraqi militia commander killed in Syria - Al Arabiya News

Hezbollah leader vows to keep fighters in Syria, proclaims that victory over the Qaida-linked groups is imperative -

VIDEO: Nasrallah: Hezbollah in Syria for long haul - YouTube

Nasrallah: We fight in Syria to protect Lebanon and Palestine - National News Agency

Sayyed Nasrallah: We Won’t Bargain Existence of Syria for Some Ministerial Posts -

VIDEO (Arabic): Press Conference - Hassan Nasrallah - YouTube


Assad's Army plans to recapture Tamico as Damascus districts fall one by one - ZAMAN ALWSL


Damascus bombs, rebel mortar fire kill three near the outskirts of the historic mosque and bustling market - AFP


Syrian National Coalition Statement: Russia Falsely Accuses Rebels of Shelling Damascus - Syrian National Coalition


Damascus says opposition delusional in demanding Assad quit - Yahoo News


Syrian opposition leaders to discuss Geneva II with armed factions - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Destruction of Syrian chemical weapons proceeding actively - Lavrov - The Voice of Russia


Quitting Over Syria, Many US analysts felt that the evidence for a Syrian government role in the Ghouta chemical attack was subject to interpretation and possibly even fabricated - The American Conservative




Al-Qaeda-linked rebels apologise after cutting off head of wrong person - Telegraph

Extrajudicial “Justice” and the ISIS Decapitation of Ahrar al-Sham fighter Mohammad Marroush: Background and details - THE GUN

Ahrar al-Sham Circulates Wanted Poster for Two Men Involved in Decapitation of Mohhamad Marroush - THE GUN

VIDEO: ISIS holding the head of of Ahrar al-Sham fighter Mohammad Marroush - You Tube

VIDEO: Old video in which Mohammad Marroush energetically praised ISIS - YouTube

Christians 'face extinction' amid sectarian terror, minister warns - Telegraph

Christians in Syria face mounting horrors - Baptist Press

Attacks on Christians as horrific as Kristallnacht against Jews, says MP - Christian Today

Controversial nun speaks out on war in Syria - National Catholic Reporter


Putin calls Assad on Geneva-2, chemical weapons, persecution of Christians - RT News


VIDEO: People in rebel held east Aleppo stage protest against abduction of activists by rebels - YouTube


VIDEO: Video by Syrian journalist Ziad al-Homsi about Douma. He was arrested by ISIS over two weeks ago - YouTube


Al-Qaeda recruiting children, orphans in Syria - Al-Shorfa


Leader of Tawhid Brigade wounded by Assad’s Airstrike - ZAMAN ALWSL


Exclusive: Syria's Salafists to launch political party soon in Istanbul -ZAMAN ALWSL




Kurdish Declaration of Autonomy in Syria Rejected by Turkey, Larger Opposition - Rudaw

Turkey's Davutoğlu: PYD should make clear who it sides with, the Syrian regime or the opposition - Today's Zaman

Turkey interfering with PYD, Muslim claims -

Massoud Barzani pessimistic about Syria's autonomous Kurdish government - ekurd

PYD has authority only on regions ‘given by the al-Assad regime’: Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani -

President Barzani statement about future of Kurds in Syria -

Barzani's visit and Turkey's Kurds - Today's Zaman


Erdoğan seeks Barzani help in Kurdish bid and elections -


Coalition slams PYD as a separatist organization - Syrian National Coalition


Syrian Coalition: Kurdish National Council is a needed addition to the structure of the Coalition - Syrian National Coalition


Disunity could scupper Syria Kurdish region - AFP


U.S. Should Embrace Syrian Kurdistan - Commentary Magazine


al-Hasaka province: Kurdish militia YPG took hold of 18 villages during the past 48 hours - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


The Fight for Syria’s Border Crossings - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


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Syria News - Nov 14


Syrian army captures much of contested suburb of Damascus - Fox News

VIDEO: Hezbollah aids Assad troops recapture Damascus suburb - RT In motion

VIDEO: Update on Syrian Army's Cleansing Operations in Northern Damascus from Barzeh - YouTube

Syria rebels, ISIS and Nusra among them, urge Aleppo mobilisation to halt assault - BBC News

ISIS in Aleppo releases a statement confirming that it has lost many casualties - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

VIDEO: Rebel Forces In Aleppo Uniting Against Assad? - YouTube

VIDEO: Ahrar al sham sends in reinforcements to Aleppo -

Shell kills two in Damascus Christian neighborhood - AFP


9 people killed by mortar attack in Syria's Homs -


The Druze Militias of Southern Syria - Syria Comment


Lebanon: Assassination of pro-Hezbollah sheikh pushes Tripoli to the brink - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Opposition will have to talk to Assad: Hezbollah - THE DAILY STAR


Russia: Syria’s Banker and Arms Supplier - The Interpreter




Syrian Kurds make fresh military gains after declaring self-rule - Reuters

Syrian Kurdish leader claims military gains against Islamists - Reuters

Hasakah province: 5 rebels were killed by clashes with the Kurdish militia YPG by the city of Qamishli - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Syria opposition says armed Kurds 'hostile' - Al Jazeera English

Statement: Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) is an Anti-Syrian Revolution Organization - Syrian National Coalition

Syrian Coalition welcomes the Kurdish National Coalition into its ranks - Syrian National Coalition


US concerned about Kurdish interim administration in Syria: State Department -


Barzani’s Diyarbakır Visit Could be Game Changer for the Kurds - Rudaw


Turkey-Syria border under scrutiny, exposing the ammunition and weapons sent to Syria via Turkey - Al-Monitor


Turkey asks NATO to extend Patriot deployment near Syria border - Yahoo News




Syrian activists flee abuse in al-Qaeda-run Raqqa - BBC News

Al-Qaeda turns Raqqa into a big prison which locals call ‘Tora Bora’ of Syria -

VIDEO: Militants turns church into the headquarters to torture citizens in Raqqa - CNN

The schoolteacher versus al-Qaeda in Raqqa - NOW

Terrorists kill two women they had abducted in Khneifes village - Syrian_truth

ISIS cuts head of Syrian man after saying "shiite slogans" in hospital, Turned out victim is Ahrar Al-Sham rebel (VIDEO) - Twitter / jenanmoussa

Rebel Massacre Signals Turning Point in Syrian War -

Who attacked Ghouta with chemical weapons? – the opposition forces - Human rights investigations


Al Qaeda Affiliated in Syria releases weekly newspaper - ZAMAN ALWSL


Superior Funding, Resources Helping ISIS Pose Threat To 'Moderates' Near Turkey Border - EA WorldView


Private Donors’ Funds Add Wild Card to War in Syria -


UNHCR Refugee Camp in Jordan: Safe Haven for Jihadist Rebels and Arms Shipments into Syria -


Poisonous rivalries between commanders end in defeat for Free Syrian Army - The National


"Ad interim" government of the Syrian opposition: Christians, excluded, protest - Fides News Agency


Muslim Brotherhood in Syria rejects Iranian offer over regime change -


Syrian civil society pushes for role at Geneva II - Al-Monitor


Socioeconomic Monitoring Report of Syria -


Syria conflict draws rising numbers of German jihadists - THE DAILY STAR


Two Danes allegedly die fighting in Syria - The Copenhagen Post


VIDEO: Members of the "Brigade of the Two Holy Mosques" captured a military base at the Golan Heights & Massacred Soldiers Part 1- LiveLeak.coms


VIDEO: Members of the "Brigade of the Two Holy Mosques" captured a military base at the Golan Heights & Massacred Soldiers Part 2 - LiveLeak.coms


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Syria News - Nov 13


Families grieve in Damascus after attack on Christian school, rebel mortar fire has hit shops, churches and homes killing dozens of civilians - Washington Post

VIDEO: Children killed in Damascus mortar attack - RT

A woman killed, 20 other citizens injured by terrorists' mortar shells in Damascus - SANA, Syria

Mortar shells on the center of Damascus: children, civilians and churches affected - Fides News Agency

Syrian troops on offensive in Damascus and Aleppo - Middle East - Al Jazeera English


Boosted by foreign Shi'ite militia, Assad's forces advance on Aleppo - Reuters


FSA brigades, Al-Nusra and the Islamic Ahrar Al-Sham Movement declare "general readiness" in Aleppo - Syria Newsdesk


Jabhat al-Nusra makes bid for public support - Al-Monitor


Syrian Electronic Army's Alleged Attacks Expose Soft Spot -




Western-backed Syrian opposition names cabinet, to operate from Turkey -

Saudi Arabia allocates $300mln to finance Syrian opposition government - The Voice of Russia

Syria rebel 'premier' says order, security top priorities - AFP

List of the Ministers of The Syrian Opposition Interim Government - National Coalition Of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces

29 provisions to regulate Opposition Interim government with Coalition - ZAMAN ALWSL

Free Syrian Army sets terms for Geneva peace talks - AFP


Syria: Army of Islam rejects Geneva II conference - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


VIDEO: Syria Opposition Leader Jarba Talks to the BBC -


How Jihadists Are Blackmailing, Torturing, and Killing Gay Syrians - VICE United States


16 Christian and Shia women found live in tunnel, used as sex slaves by rebels - Syrian Perspective


Western-raised jihadists pouring into Syria could threaten US in future: key lawmaker - Fox News


The sons feared lost to al-Qaida in Syria -


As son heads to Syrian front, family in Germany plots kidnapping to bring him back - The Washington Post


Saudi who fought in Iraq now in Syria - Saudi Gazette


VIDEO: New video message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām: “A Window Upon the Land of Epic Battles #24″ - JIHADOLOGY




Syria's Kurds move towards autonomy with announcement of transitional government - The Independent

Hasakah province: ISIS kills 6 civilians who worked as bus drivers: 3 were Christians and 3 Kurdish - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Unconfirmed report: ISIS suffers defections and withdraws randomly from Raqqa city -

Syrian-Kurdish Women Reconcile Family, Work and Fighting Duties - Rudaw

VIDEO: All-Female Kurdish Combat Unit Joins Fight in Syria - Huffington Post


VIDEO: Kurdish Women in Military Training - RT


Syrian Kurds Say Ties With Turkey Linked To Settlement Process - Today's Zaman


In-Depth analysis: Syria’s Kurds and Turkey -


Erdoğan to meet with Barzani, at a time when disagreements between the KRG and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) are growing deeper - Today's Zaman


Iraqi Kurdistan govt: We overlook abuses from Salih Muslim - ekurd


Kurds Discuss Peace, Democracy and Solution Models in Ankara - Rudaw


Ankara Kurdish Regional Conference: Summary - ekurd


VIDEO: The Kurdish Crescent: New Trends in Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy




Pro-Syrian regime cleric killed in north Lebanon - English | Front Page

In Lebanon, dramatic rise in kidnapping for cash in unlikely knock-on effect of Syria war - The Washington Post

Organ Trade Thrives Among Desperate Syrian Refugees in Lebanon - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Clashes erupt between Hezbollah, Shiite militants in Syria - AFP


PLO in Damascus Talks on Ending Refugee Camp Siege - Naharnet


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Syria News - Nov 12


Leading Syrian Opposition Group, Yielding to Pressure, Votes to Join Peace Talks -

A Statement by the Syrian Coalition’s General Assembly - Syrian National Coalition

Coalition leader slaps rebels' representative in Istanbul over Geneva II - ZAMAN ALWSL

Damascus mortar fire 'kills nine children' in Christian district - Yahoo News

Syria: Militants Capitulate in Damascus Countryside - Al Akhbar English

Syrian army seizes full control of several areas in Aleppo countryside -

Syria army seeks to reopen Aleppo airport: military - Yahoo News


Islamic Militia Expels Criminal Gangs from Aleppo - Al-Monitor


Al Qaeda’s Most Dangerous Stronghold - The Daily Beast


Some of the rules imposed by ISIS rebels on Syrian citizens living in those areas that are now under its control in Raqqa and Idlib -  BARE NAKED ISLAM


Internal disagreements could lead to al-Qaeda split - Al-Monitor


Militants from over 80 countries fighting in Syria -


Polio virus strain in Syria confirmed as being from Pakistan - WHO - Yahoo News


New video emerges of man in Syria claiming to be Australia s first suicide bomber (VIDEO) - Yahoo!7


VIDEO: The Matthew Schrier story, American photographer who was held hostage by terrorists in Syria - 60 Minutes Overtime - CBS News


Exclusive: West scorns Assad 'shopping list' for chemical convoys - Reuters


Recapitalising the Syrian Banking System: Costs and Challenges - Syria Comment




Aleppo province: 11 civilians have been killed by the suicide truck bomb near the Kurdish Red Crescent in Kobani - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

VIDEO: Ronahi news report from Kobani after attack against Kurdish Red Crescent - YouTube

Syrian Kurds' military gains stir unease - Reuters

Iraq keeps eye on Kurd-jihadist battle in Syria - Yahoo News


Why Isn’t Washington Talking Directly With Syrian Kurds? - Rudaw


Kurdish conference in Turkey without PYD - Today's Zaman


Long-awaited pan-Kurdish National conference postponed indefinitely - ekurd


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Syria News - Nov 11


Syrian opposition wants rebel backing for Geneva talks - Reuters

Syrian opposition renews rejection for any future role for Assad - English | Front Page

Syrian Coalition: All of the anti-regime forces are represented in the ranks of the Coalition - Syrian National Coalition

Head of Syrian opposition: West must keep promises before we attend peace talks - Telegraph

Opposition PM selects 10 ministers of the interim government amid disputes - ZAMAN ALWSL


Syrian opposition accuses Russia of blocking humanitarian aid - Telegraph


Iraqi FM: Syrian opposition and regime negotiating would be "victory" - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Iraqi official: Qatar must mind its size and respect others, Doha’s support to the war in Syria has turned to a threat for Iraq as well -




Syrian Army, Hizbullah battle ISIS and FSA in key city of Aleppo - World Tribune

Syrian army retakes northern military Base 80 in third day of clashes - Reuters

VIDEO: Syrian State TV report from inside Base 80 -

VIDEO: Liwa al-Tawhid fighters firing on aircraft backing offensive on Brig. 80 yesterday - YouTube

VIDEO: ISIS militants/reinforcements arriving at the start of the counter-attack yesterday at Brigade 80 - YouTube

Syria activists: Truce between Government officials and rebels reached in blockaded town near Damascus - AP

U.N. to immunize 20 million children against polio in Middle East -


Did Pakistani Jihadists Bring Polio To Syria? - Confessions of a Closet Republican


Vice hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army in anger over article -


VIDEO: Very brutal torture of rebels by Syrian army soldiers -




NGO: Kidnapped Syrian MP executed by jihadists - English | Front Page

VIDEO: Video from January after Syrian MP was kidnapped -

Young lady activist and volunteer nurse kidnapped and killed by Islamist rebels (PHOTO) - ZAMAN ALWSL

Most known satirist in Syria’s revolution is kidnapped by Islamist rebels (PHOTO) - ZAMAN ALWSL

Abductions of journalists covering Syria’s civil war largely unreported, held and threatened with death by extremists or by gangs seeking ransom - AP

A look at some journalists missing in Syria - AP

VIDEO: B.C. journalist missing in Syria since Fri - Washington Examiner Video

Al Qaeda group is operating on kidnap for ransom money from the West - via Money Jihad


Al-Qaeda in Syria raids wedding party, ban music and singing - English | Front Page


From north to east, ISIS losses outweigh ‘victories’ - THE DAILY STAR


Syria: A Cold War Between Nusra and ISIS, According to Islamist sources mediators have been able to broker a temporary truce - Al Akhbar English


The evolution of al-Qaeda; From Iraq to Syria -


Army of Islam opens “Foreigners Office" to recruit fighters -


VIDEO: British Nationals Fight with al Qaeda in Syria - Vice


Kerry: Obama Has Prosecuted al Qaeda With Unprecedented Intensity - Washington Free Beacon


Syrian nun Mother Agnes-Miriam exposes horrific situation in Syria, proposes new way forward - End the Lie – Independent News


VIDEO: ISIS teaches on Twitter how to ‘kindly’ cut off human head -


VIDEO: Terrorists Torture and Killing a Prisoner in Homs -




Turkey suspends construction of Syrian borderwall after Kurds protest -

VIDEO: Kurds Protest Over Construction of Wall Along Turkey Border with Syria - YouTube

VIDEO: Turkey: Protests against Turkish plans to build a wall along the Syrian border turn into violent clashes with police -


Extremist groups should leave Syria Kurdistan, FSA has gone weak: YPG spokesman - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Syrian Kurds and Other Minorities Fear Radicalized Opposition -


At Turkey’s doorstep, rift between PYD and Barzani deepens - Today's Zaman


Turkey and Iraq push trade and counter-terror ties - GlobalPost




Syria’s Use of Incendiary Weapons - Human Rights Watch

FULL REPORT: Syria’s Use of Incendiary Weapons - Human Rights Watch

VIDEO: School children: Incendiary bomb victims 'like the walking dead' - BBC News

Is The Syrian Military Using Another Type Of Chemical Weapon? - Brown Moses Blog


Who Attacked Ghouta With Chemical Weapons?: Response to Dan Kaszeta's Chemical Analysis -


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Syria News - Nov 9


U.S. presses Syrian opposition to agree to Geneva peace talks - Yahoo News

US Navy carrier departing Persian Gulf region, underscoring the shift from military threat to broader diplomatic approach - AP

Syrians and Observers Increasingly See Assad as Likely to Stay -

US and Saudi Arabia parting ways, A close examination of Kerry's Riyadh Air Force Base speech reveals that it's not as reassuring as it claimed to be - NOW

Syrian Rebel Groups Vie for Saudi Funding and Weapons -

Maliki Accuses Saudi Arabia of Being Unfriendly Neighbor -


Russia: Syrian Opposition Refuses Moscow Talks - ABC News


Inflexibility of Syrian opposition hampers Geneva-II: Russia - Xinhua |


Russia Dismisses US Doubts Over Syrian Chemical Arms Data - RIA Novosti


Turkey Sounds Alarm over Rise of Takfiri Peril in Syria -


Turkey: the trouble next door -


Rocket heads seized in Turkey's Adana were bound for Syria, says governor -


Syria demands Turkey cooperation in court about to terrorists' acquisition of WMDs -


PYD leader says Turkey seems to have stopped aiding Syrian radical groups - Today's Zaman


Kurdish parties in Syrian Kurdistan discuss participation to Geneva II conference - ekurd


Does Washington have a policy toward Syria’s Kurds? - Al-Monitor




Syrian army closes in on Aleppo after dawn attack - Reuters

MAP: New map of Aleppo after the recent Syrian army victories at Safira and Base 80 - Twitter / KeepingtheLeith

Bishop Audo: Clashes at the power plant in Aleppo risk environmental catastrophe - Fides News Agency

VIDEO: The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant storm Aleppo thermal station -

In Syria, Hizballah Helps Assad in the Battle for Qalamoun -


STATS: Next Century Foundation monthly report on Syrian casualty figures -


Syrian Muslim Brotherhood promise new party - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


FSA ex-commander says West 'supporting' Assad - BBC News


The Syrian National Defence Force's Most Devastating Urban Combat Weapon (VIDEO) - Brown Moses Blog


VIDEO: Friday Protest in Kafranbel Has Message for Mother Agnes - YouTube




Hama province: ISIS executes Alawites: 4 children 2 women and 2 men - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Archbishop Hindo: the jihadi militias also massacre the other rebels - Fides News Agency

Confessions Of A Syrian Activist: "I Want Assad To Win Over Islamic Extremists" -

Al-Jazeera airs Al-Qaeda announcement ordering ISIS dissolution (VIDEO) - NOW


Al-Qaeda and its power games - NOW


AUDIO: ISIS's al-Baghdadi responded to Qaeda leader last June: I choose the orders of God over the orders of Al-Zawahiri - YouTube


The Mysterious Fall of Raqqa, Syria’s Kandahar - Al Akhbar English


VIDEO: Salafascists murdering handcuffed Syrian POW -


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Syria News - Nov 8


Syrian opposition rejects blame for Geneva II delay - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Syrian opposition lashes out at UN envoy - McClatchy DC

Syrian National Coalition: UN-Arab League Envoy Brahimi Should Maintain Neutrality -

Jamous to Brahimi: FSA and Syrian Coalition Represent the People of Syria - Syrian National Coalition

Jarba Accuses Iraq of Double Standards - The Syrian Observer


Syrian National Coalition Mulls Talks With Government - ABC News


Syrian National Coalition Positive About Informal Talks in Russia - RIA Novosti


Other Syrian opposition groups agree to informal talks over Geneva-2 in Moscow - The Voice of Russia


Kerry confident date for Syria talks will be set within days - Yahoo News


Russia eyeing post-Assad future, allies say - Fox News




Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new Syrian rebel force Army of Islam - The Guardian

Saudi Arabia's Shadow War, The Kingdom is turning to Pakistan to train Syria’s rebels - Foreign Policy

Saudi nuclear weapons 'on order' from Pakistan - BBC News

Does Pakistan have nuclear weapons ready to ship to Saudi Arabia? -

Analysts: Missiles flow into Syria, risk falling into hands of al Qaeda - Washington Times


Hundreds of Britons fighting in Syria - MI5 chief - BBC News


Hezbollah is expanding its reach into Middle East -




Kurds protest against wall along Turkey's border with Syria - Reuters

Syrian Kurdish leader: Turkey may end proxy war - Al-Monitor

Turkish PM denies helping al Qaeda in Syria, criticizes Russia - Reuters

Syria argument raises tension in Davutoğlu’s Parliament briefing -


Turkish authorities seize 1,200 rocket heads in truck close to border with Syria - The Washington Post


Behind The Lines: Kurds Defending ‘Rojava’ - JPost | Israel News


Kurdish militia has taken over 2 villages on the highway to Aleppo - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Iraqi Kurdistan more vulnerable to Al-Qaeda attacks - Al-Monitor


Obstacles to Kurdish Autonomy -




Syria army retakes key rebel town near Damascus - English | Front Page

Syrian army pushes back after rebels take large arms depot - Reuters

VIDEO: Orient News report from inside seized weapons depots in Mahin - YouTube

VIDEO: Mujahideen capture a HUGE amounte of weappons and ammo, the biggest so far -

Qaeda goes all out to silence activists in Syria’s Raqa – AFP

The ISIS execute a nurse in al-Raqqa, accused of being an agent for the Turkish Intelligence - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


New statement from Jabhat al-Nuṣrah: “The Bombing of the Air Force Intelligence Branch in al-Sūwaydā’ and Killing Its Head” - JIHADOLOGY


Islamic State captures main power zone in Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL


Assad’s Syria Offers $3,600 Rewards to Capture Foreign Fighters - Bloomberg


VIDEO: Alleged Walkie-Talkie Conversation between Members of al-Qaeda's ISIL and FSA in Aleppo -




Syria: joint OPCW-UN chemical weapons team verifies site in Aleppo - United Nations News Centre

The Syrian National Defence Force Provides More Evidence Linking The Government To The August 21st Sarin Attacks - Brown Moses Blog


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Syria News - Nov 7


Bombings at Damascus railway landmark, Syrian intelligence compound in Sweida kill 16 - The Washington Post

Al-Nusra Front, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and FSA battalions said to have seized arms cache in Homs - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: FSA chief Salim Idriss confirms the falls of Homs arm depots to Al Arabiya - YALLA SOURIYA

FSA leader Gen. Salim Idriss meets with Islamist rebel commanders in Turkey in a last ditch attempt to stave off a major split - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Amid New Setbacks, United Rebel Command in Doubt - Syria Deeply

FSA leader Salim Idriss denounces the claims of being America's Man, 'I am Muslim, Syrian and Proud' - ZAMAN ALWSL

VIDEO: FSA leader General Selim Idriss on accusations that he works for the Americans to fight the Islamists - YouTube

Syrian Kurds Complain Their Fight against Al-Qaeda Going Unnoticed - Rudaw


The Fall of Yaroubiya to the YPG In Context - Brown Moses Blog


Phtojournalist Ziad Hamsi Kidnapped in Syria by Islamist Rebels - New Republic


Eastern Walda tribe denies ISIS loyalty pledge - THE DAILY STAR


Islamist rebel air force takes off in Syria, The Army of Islam releases video showing off its two L-39ZA light fighter jets - The Times of Israel


MAP: New Estimates Showing most 'Syrian Opposition Control' is in Al Qaeda Hands -


PHOTO: ISIS in Raqqah city chopped off the head of the statues of two peasants holding up a torch, locally called the statue of liberty - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


VIDEO: Rebels' Unspoken Crimes Against Humanity in Christian Town Sadad, Homs Countryside - YouTube


VIDEO: Syria rebels have announced a major consolidation of 9 "operation rooms" around Damascus into 1 single “structure" - YouTube


VIDEO: New video message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām: “A Window Upon the Land of Epic Battles #23″ - JIHADOLOGY




Russia "ready to host" Syria regime, opposition for talks - AFP

Lavrov: Syrian Coalition inconsistent with Geneva Communiqué which calls for peace talks without preconditions - Syria 24 English

U.S. Doesn’t Have Enough Clout to Unify Syrian Opposition: Gatilov - Itartass

Syrian National Coalition: Moscow Did Not Send Invite to Jarba for Dialogue -

Official: Syrian government to attend Syria II without preconditions -

Saudi Arabia key obstacle to Syria’s peace: Executive Intelligence Review editor - Panorama


Report: Saudis Aiming Missiles at Israel and Iran - Israel National News


Iran Has 'Hundreds Of Troops' In Syria -


Behind The Lines: Assad’s North Korean connection - JPost


Report from Syria: N. Korean pilots, chemwar advisors housed in ‘posh’ quarters - World Tribune


Gaza jihadists take their fight to Syria - AFP


VIDEO: Palestinian Jihadists take their fight to Syria - YouTube


Syrian gangs profit from human pipeline - Money Jihad


VIDEO: XIII World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Focus on Syria - YouTube




Turkey mostly mum on chemicals seized on Syria border, opposition party says the government wants the case to be closed - Al-Monitor

Suspect accused of providing chemical materials to Syrian rebels released by Turkish court -

Exclusive: Assad Asks The U.N. to Equip His Troops, Give Him Armored Trucks for the transfer of chemical materials abroad for destruction - The Cable


Industrial And Economic Aspects Of Sarin : Why Poor Quality Is Not An Indicator Of Non-state Manufacture - Brown Moses Blog


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Syria News - Nov 6


U.S., Russia fail to agree on Syria peace talks date - Reuters

VIDEO: Syria conflict: No date for peace conference - UN envoy - YouTube

UN envoy blames Syrian opposition for delay in talks toward ending war -

Jarba: We reject Geneva 2 If Geneva 1 is not applied including the transfer of power with all its components - Syrian National Coalition 

Syria Says No to Peace Talks Removing Assad - Israel National News

Russia says Iran must join Syria peace talks - AFP


Russians to meet with Syrian opposition - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Analysis - Saudis unconvinced by Kerry's show of U.S. goodwill - The Star Online


Turki Bin Faisal Al Saud interview: Saudi Arabia’s former chief of intelligence on the kingdom’s disappointment in Barack Obama -


Qatar slams 'unconditional' proposed Syria talks - AFP


Syrian rebels ask Qatari Foreign Minister for independent army - MFS


Iraq talks about border barriers with Syria to limit militants crossing -


Greater Iraqi–American Cooperation Needed on Counterterrorism, Syria, and Iran -




Al Qaeda-linked group strengthens hold in northern Syria (VIDEO) -

CNN Exclusive: Inside Syrian town living under al Qaeda reign of fear (VIDEO) -

VIDEO: Syria's foreign fighters - Blogs

Chain of Command of ISIS in Syria -

Syria Kurds oust jihadists from Turkey border area - Yahoo News

Turkey Kurdish mayor on hunger strike over Syria 'wall of shame' - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: Turkish Police clashing with Kurds protesting against Ankara's plans to erect a wall near the border with Syria -


Turkey Peace and Democracy Party Chair Demirtas: PYD’s ‘Third Way’ is Best Option for Syria - Rudaw


Militia’s for Syria’s Brotherhood - Syria Deeply


Mortar round hits Vatican embassy building in Damascus - The Washington Post


Update: Suffering in Christian Town Sadad: 45 killed by rebels, Bodies of family discovered in a well - Catholic World


PHOTO: Jabhat al-Nusra member torturing a Syrian civilian - Syrian Perspective


VIDEO: Saudi Arabian Terrorists want to behead all Syrian Christians in the name of JIHAD - YouTube


Regime Takes al-Safira and Continues Push to Aleppo - Institute for the Study of War Syria Updates




FIRST ON CNN: US intelligence suggests Syria may hide some chemical weapons - Blogs

VIDEO: U.S. intel: Syria might try to keep chemical weapons - CNN

U.S. envoy to the United Nations sceptical of Syria chemical arms declaration -  The Star Online


Inspectors Waiting on 2 Syria Chemical Sites - ABC News


Main opposition Republican People’s Party: Chemicals seized at Turkey’s Syria border raise questions -


Dan Kaszetaʼs Email to Mr. Denis OʼBrien on Ghouta Chemical Attack -


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Syria News - Nov 5


In Syria, Suicide Bombing At School in Shiite Village Leaves At Least 6 Dead -

Kurdish Forces Crush Islamists in Northern Syria, take 19 towns in the past 3 days - Israel National News

Syrian rebels lose ground to Assad forces - The Washington Post

FSA Military Council Head Resigns, Slams Political, Military Opposition -

VIDEO: Colonel Abdul Jabbar Aqidi, FSA Military Council Leader in Aleppo, Resigns - YouTube

Al Qaeda-linked group gains strength on NATO's border -

ISIS receives pledges from 14 Raqqa tribes - THE DAILY STAR


Statement of the Raqqa Information Center in protest of the continued harassments by ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) - Syria Freedom Forever


Concerned from imminent attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant rebel groups pledge allegiance to Jabhat al-Nusra near Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL 


A woman stands alone defying the ISIS in Syria - English | Front Page


ISIL Prepares To Launch Attack In Turkey's Big Cities -


Elusive Al-Qaida leader in Syria stays in shadows - AP


Syrian Kurdistan: For Kurdish women, it’s a double revolution - ekurd


Syrian Kurdish Front Divided As Geneva II Approaches - Al-Monitor


Iraq's Kurdistan govt accuses Syrian Kurdish PYD of "gone beyond limit" - ekurd


Syria: Foreign Rebels Responsible for Polio, "The virus originates in Pakistan and has been brought to Syria by the jihadists" - ABC News


Syria vows to vaccinate all children against polio -


VIDEO: Syria minister says jihadists behind polio outbreak - News -


In midst of Syrian war, giant Jesus statue arises - Fox News


PHOTO: Fadi Al-Darouj one of six family members executed by rebels in Christian town Sadad, Homs - Syrian Truth | English


PHOTO: Ranim Al-Darouj one of six family members executed by rebels in Christian town Sadad, Homs - Syrian Truth | English




Kerry tries to soothe relations with Saudi Arabia but tensions evident - Reuters

Syrian conflict: Persian Gulf officials, tired of waiting for U.S., move to boost aid to rebels - The Washington Post

Unifying Syria’s Rebels: Saudi Arabia Joins the Fray - Carnegie Middle East Center

The Saudi Leadership Crisis - Al-Monitor

Syrian Information Minister: Saudi Arabia responsible for destruction of the Nation - SANA, Syria

Could Iraq Become A Potential Proxy Battleground Between Saudi Arabia And The US? - Middle East Briefing


Arab League backs Syria peace talks, urges opposition to go - Reuters


Syrian Opposition Sets Preconditions for Peace Talks: Assad must cede power, Iran should not be at the negotiating table - VOA


Syrian Coalition: Assad Must Be Held Accountable - Syrian National Coalition


Syria's Muslim Brotherhood establishes new party called The Promise - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Imam conducts illegal gun-running from Sweden to Syria - Money Jihad


Iran Revolutionary Guards commander killed in Syria - Reuters


VIDEO: An Iraqi expeditionary commander lies dead after his vehicle was ambushed by Syrian Sunni Arab citizen soldiers -


Russia Sends Most Powerful Ships to Mediterranean - Israel National News


Israel to US: Syria raid leak 'endangers our national security' - The Times of Israel


UN announces major rise in Syria war homeless - Yahoo News




Turkish authorities seize a large quantity of chemicals from a convoy on Syria border, the army says they "could be transformed into weapons" - Sky News

Evidence collection and analysis by dozens of contributors show that the Syria chemical attack was carried out by opposition forces - whoghouta

Who Attacked Ghouta?: This post estimates the direction of the rocket trajectories, by analyzing the impact sites in Zamalka -


Who Attacked Ghouta?: Discussion: This post will try to estimate the number of victims in the attack -


The Ghouta Sarin Story: Bullbleep Mountain or Veritas Valley? Episode 1: Getting the Rocket-Dose Right -



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Mass graves in Sadad: 45 Christian civilians including women and children killed by Nusra and Daash (ISIS) - Vatican Fides Agency

Archbishop: "In Sadad, the largest massacre of Christians in Syria...We have shouted aid to the world but no one has listened to us" - Vatican Fides Agency

VIDEO: FSA-Nusra Raid on Ancient Syriac Christian Town of Sadad in Syria - YouTube

Beleaguered Syrian Christians fear future, increasingly targeted by jihadis - The Washington Post


Rebel mortar shells hit Christian-Druze suburb of Damascus, 2 women killed -


Report: Christians Persecuted and Forgotten? -  Aid to the Church in Need


Ibrahim says case of abducted bishops more complicated - Orthodoxy Cognate


VIDEO: 2012 Interview with Virgin Mary Statue-Smashing FSA Cleric -




Syrian army captures strategic town at approaches to Aleppo - Reuters

VIDEO: Syrian Army Just Gained Control of Aleppo's Strategic al-Safira - Al-Jazeera

Regime troops batter south Damascus rebels - AFP

Syria: War in Qalamoun Didn’t Begin Because It Never Stopped - Al Akhbar English


Hezbollah deploys 15,000 troops for anticipated Qalamoun battle - English | Front Page


Alarm over rise of al-Qaeda linked jihadists in Syria -


Syria: Coalition says Geneva talks may be delayed - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Syrian Brotherhood criticises attempts to discredit opposition -


Two missing Norwegian girls ‘held’ in Syria, father says - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO: Kidnapped Polish journalist back home after escape from Islamic militants in Syria - euronews


VIDEO: ISIS Imposes Ridiculous Taliban Rules in Syrian Areas that it Controls - YouTube




Kurds in Iraq, Syria work as shield against al-Qaeda - English | Front Page

Yaaroubiyah and beyond: Kurdish armed factions inside Syria handed a military defeat to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham - AFP

Five Reasons US Should Change Policies Toward Syria’s Kurds - Al-Monitor


Conference at the National Press Club in Washington: “The Kurdish Role in the New Middle East” - Today's Zaman


Turkish police fire tear gas at demonstration over wall construction on Syrian border - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Turkey Anger Kurds With Wall To Control Crossovers From Syria - YouTube




Key U.S. senators strongly criticize Obama's Syria policy - Reuters

VIDEO: Senate Hearing: Syrian Civil War - C-SPAN Video Library

CIA training rebels in Syria, so far "only" 1,000 fighters instructed - The Voice of Russia

Iran secret weapons shipments to Syria on US agenda during Maliki visit - The National


VIDEO: Iran Proven to be Lying About Involvement in Syrian Civil War - CBS


Turkey, Iran signal thaw in ties amid mutual concern on Syria - Reuters


Qatar returns to the limelight amid the Syrian crisis - English | Front Page


Israeli warplanes attack target inside Syria, official says - Fox News




Assad can't leave without guarantees - Medvedev - The Voice of Russia

Russia Increases Syria Arms While Joining Push for Talks - Bloomberg

Exclusive: Russian banks strengthen ties with blacklisted Syrian lenders - Reuters


Russia Spotlight: Are Russian Private Military Contractors Guarding Regime Economic Objectives In Syria? - EA WorldView


Russia seeks role as protecter of Syrian Christians - Catholic Culture




Syria has destroyed chemical weapons facilities, international inspectors say - The Washington Post

Exclusive: Syria Pushes To Keep Its Chemical Weapons Factories - Foreign Policy - The Cable


UN report on chemical weapon use in Syria – delayed until early December - Human rights investigations


Terrorist's Confession: We obtained chemical materials and coordinated with foreign sides - SANA


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Mairead Maguire's Open Letter to U.S. Peace Movement

Open Letter to the American people from Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate

My dear friends,

As a teenager living in Belfast, I admired the American Peace Movement and many prominent figures within it. Fifty years later, two of the most inspiring people still remembered across the world are Americans: Martin Luther King and Dorothy Day.

American peace activists and civil rights workers were imprisoned, some killed. But a generation spoke and sang about love.

Like Mahatma Gandhi in India,  the Berrigan Brothers in the  Peace Movement and the American Civil Rights Movement show us that the path to freedom and equality is a peaceful one. This journey of transformation in the pursuit of peace and justice is a constant challenge to the entrenched powers which thrive on hatred and war; acting as a constant challenge to blind prejudice and the lies that are necessary for war.

In making this journey of love we must always acknowledge that those we regard as enemies are fellow human beings and we are called to love them .  If we don’t, when do the killing fields stop?

I first came to you from Northern Ireland to speak to you about what was happening in my country. I was met with great kindness in America. Now I write to you to about Syria.

We must not allow a war to go on for decades, as many did in regards to Ireland.  We must have the foresight to stand up for peace, nonviolence  and reconciliation now, before the suffering is entrenched and before prejudices and lies seep deeply into the consciousness of a new generation, acting as seeds for more yet more war.

I write to you to ask your help for the people of Syria.  All the people of Syria deserve your attention. Like you, they want the opportunity to live, love and labour in support of their children’s dreams.  With your efforts we can make it a bright future in a peaceful and prosperous country where love will conquer all.

The people of Syria are a diverse people, a courageous and generous people with a proud history of tolerance. Over many centuries, their country has welcomed millions of disparate people seeking refuge just as the United States has done.

I visited Syria in May 2013. Despite the on-going violence, I found it to be a land of hope. I met tribal and religious leaders, political dissidents and grieving parents and widows. In Syria, there are millions of ordinary folk risking their lives for a peaceful, reconciled and united Syria they can all love. 

Mother Agnes Mariam, one of the leaders of the Mussalaha (reconciliation) Movement in Syria, is on a speaking tour of America this November. Mother Agnes Mariam has sat at a table with the prime minister of Syria and has eaten olives with a rebel leader.  And recently she risked her life to negotiate the safe passage of thousands of civilians and of many fighters from a conflict zone. 

Your heroes, the heroes we all uphold, show us bridges of nonviolence and  peace must be built between people. War stems from hatred and lies. Peace requires courage, wisdom, and love. And foresight.

Mother Agnes is bringing to America a universal message your country knows well. She presents it through the story of Syria.  I encourage you to hear the story of Syria.


Mairead Maguire

lst November,2013


Syria/Saudi Arabia News - Oct 31


White House: Al Qaeda in Iraq now 'transnational threat' - TheHill

Top U.S. military commander warns of downward Iraqi spiral - Wall Street Journal

In Iraq, Sunni attacks spark Shiite calls to arms - AP

Iraqi Shiites Join Syria War - Al-Monitor

Iraq's Maliki to seek U.S. arms to fight Qaeda, role on Iran and Syria - NBC News

The Iraqi Prime Minister Op-Ed -


Iraqi PM Maliki struggles to convince U.S. lawmakers to back more aid - Reuters


Senators Send Letter to President Obama on Iraq as PM Maliki Visits DC – U.S. Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents


Sources: Maliki convey a verbal message from Assad of Iranian agreement on U.S. military strike on Daash -


Iran, Hizbullah 'intertwined' in Syria: analysts - Al-Shorfa


VIDEO: Syria footage sheds light on Iran's involvement - BBC News


Nasrallah blames Syria stalemate on Saudi - Al Jazeera English


Saudi Arabia in firing line as war in Syria spreads to Iran - The Times


Syrian Minister: US Thinking of ‘Opening Channels’ with Damascus -


Al-Qaeda recruits entering Syria from Turkey safehouses - Telegraph


Turkish market on Syrian border serves the discerning rebel -


Israel Prepares Golan Residents for Al-Qaeda Spillover from Syria War -


Report: Syrian Regime Using North Korean Pilots - Israel National News




Exclusive: Syria peace talks face delay as big powers split - Reuters

Assad: For political resolution to Syrian war to succeed, support for armed groups must end - The Washington Post

Syria envoy hopes for Saudi will take part in talks - THE DAILY STAR

Syria's Assad issues general amnesty for all 'criminals' in a possible concession to rebels - NBC World News

Thousands flee Syrian town after rare cease-fire deal - Al Jazeera America

Syria Kurdish Leader: Solution Must Include Assad - Al-Monitor

Kurdish parties in Syria wish to take part in Geneva II - World Bulletin


Meet the Kurdish Female Freedom Fighters of Syria Battling Qaeda - VICE United Kingdom


KDP Denies Closing Kurdistan Border to Salih Muslim - Rudaw


VIDEO: PYD Member: Fresh Operations against ISIL Starts in Syria -


Russia alarmed by fresh reports Syrian militants using chemical weapons against Kurds – FM - The Voice of Russia


A Detailed Examination Of The Range Of Munitions Used In The August 21st Sarin Attack - Brown Moses Blog


Full Report On The Range Of Munitions Used In The August 21st Sarin Attack -


Who Attacked Ghouta with Chemical Weapons?: Estimating the UMLACA Range -


Syrian Al-Qaida Branch Torches Church -


VIDEO: Rebels Destroy Virgin Mary Statue in Syria -


Syrian Coalition Strongly Condemns Destruction of Christian Statues - Syrian National Coalition


VIDEO: Amateur video shows Syria FSA mercenary 'rebels' massacring 'Assad loyalists' - YouTube


VIDEO: 6 men executed in cold blood by FSA militia -


VIDEO: Belgian Wahhabis Filmed Themselves Beheading a Shiite Man -


VIDEO: ISIS gains power in Syria - The Washington Post


VIDEO: ISIS-linked aid group decrees male teachers can't teach female students - YouTube


VIDEO: Rebels arrest a boy for trying to smuggle several pieces of chicken into his neighborhood - YouTube




Syria: UN and health organisations call for ceasefire to deal with polio threat -

Polio outbreak in Syria threatens whole region, WHO says - Reuters


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Bandar beat down - Chief Saudi cleric says fighting in Syria wrong

"This is all wrong, it's not obligatory [to fight the Syrian government].  These are feuding factions and one should not go there. I do not advise one to go there."  Grand Mufti Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia

saudiflagAfter weeks of agitation for increased attacks on the Syrian government and its president, Bashir al-Assad, the Saudis signaled a 180 degree change in policy, based on the mufti's statement.  Fighting with the Syrian rebels is no longer a sacred cause, it is something to be avoided, according to the Kingdom's most important Muslim cleric.

The mufti is not some closet liberal in the Saudi hierarchy.  He's the top religious official in the Kingdom.  His statements are used to interpret legal and religious policies.  The King of Saudi Arabia, who asked him to speak on the Syrian conflict, appoints him. 

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