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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 17


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

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

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

Rebels expel ISIS's Jihadists from Jarabulus - ZAMAN ALWSL 

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

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

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

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


Young Christian killed and beheaded by jihadists - Fides News Agency


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

KCK Executive Council Releases Statement on Geneva II - ekurd

Syria Kurdistan Goes to the Polls - The Rojava Report

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


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


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


VIDEO: Funeral parade of YPG martyrs in Qamislo - YouTube


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


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




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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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


Turkish president signals veto on government-led judicial bill -


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Syria News - Jan 16


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

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

European Spies Reach Out to Syria to Share Information on Jihadists -

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

Flow of Westerners to Syria Prompts Security Concerns -

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


VIDEO: Kerry Announces Aid Package for Syrians -


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


UN Chief Urges Syrian Opposition to Join Talks - ABC News


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


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


Hamas urges militants to leave Damascus Palestinian camp - AFP


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Turkey/Syria News - Jan 15


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

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

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

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

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

Turkey president urges shift in Syria policy - Yahoo News


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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


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


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


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




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

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

U.S. Presses Syrian Opposition to Join Talks -

Vatican urges Syria ceasefire as Kerry visits - Yahoo News

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

ISIS Kills Nusra Front Emir in Raqqa - The Syrian Observer

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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


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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 13

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

US: Syria peace talks test credibility for parties -

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

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

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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


Protesters attack Sharia Committee headquarters in Saqba - Syria Newsdesk


Syria activists freed from dungeons breathe new life - Saudi Gazette


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


Pressed in Syria, Jihadists sneak into Iraq - Azzaman English


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




Punches fly as Turkish MPs debate judicial reform - Reuters

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

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

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

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

Tens of thousands protest against Tayyip Erdogan -

VIDEO: Thousands protest corruption in Turkey - YouTube

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Syria News - Jan 12


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

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

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

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

FSA Claim Control of Northern Syrian Town of Addana from ISIS -

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

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

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

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


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


Syrian army purges holy shrine of militants near Damascus - PressTV


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


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


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


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




Syria opposition groups to form new coalition - Qatar Tribune

Syrian Opposition Issues Cordoba Declaration For 'Assad-Less Transition' -

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Kurdish female fighters in Syria: We preserve dignity -


Syrian Electronic Army Targets Microsoft Twitter Accounts With Hacks -


Syrian Electronic Army takes over Xbox social media accounts - TechGeek




Food, medical shortages kill Palestinians in Syria -

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


PHOTO: Starving children in Palestinian camp Yarmouk - Syrian Perspective


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


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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 10


Syria opposition under pressure to attend Geneva II talks - AFP

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

Syria Rebels Schooled in Tactics Before Talks With Assad - Bloomberg

Syrian National Coalition On Brink Of Collapse - NPR

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Syria’s War Economy - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace




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

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

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

Syria Reports 2 Rebel Attacks on Chemical Arms Sites -

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

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

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


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


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


Journos tell of mock execution horror in Syria - The Local


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


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


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


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




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

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

Tripoli mobilizes after historic Christian library torched - THE DAILY STAR


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




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

EU members concerned over graft probe purges -

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

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


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


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


POLL: Turkey’s Erdogan Sees Support Slide - WSJ


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


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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 9


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIDEO: Prisoners liberated from ISIS in Raqqa - YALLA SOURIYA

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


VIDEO: Decapitation video - YouTube


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




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

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

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

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

Islamic Front to blacklist Geneva II participants - ZAMAN ALWSL

Kerry seeking cease-fire, aid for Syria -


German foreign minister backs inviting Iran to Syria meet - AFP


Saudis Back Syrian Rebels Despite Risks -


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


International Appeal calling for Kurdish representation at Geneva II - ekurd


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


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




Turkish police purge reaches top ranks amid graft scandal - Reuters

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

Turkish government moves for more control on judiciary -

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

Turkish army says military tutelage over -


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


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


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



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Syria/Iraq News - Jan 7


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

Iraqi tribes taking lead in fight to evict al-Qaeda -

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


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


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




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

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

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


The Saudi challenge to US Syria policy - Al-Monitor


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




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

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


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


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


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


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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 6


Al Qaeda-linked group ISIS routed in Syrian rebel infighting -

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

Syria rebels kill, capture dozens of Qaeda affiliates - AFP

ISIS kill 50 Syria rebels in new front - Yahoo News

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

Reports of ISIS defeats in Raqqa - YALLA SOURIYA

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


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


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


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


MAPS: Maps detailing rebel infighting -


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

Syria opposition re-elects Jarba as leader - AFP


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


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


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


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




Erdogan denounces 'judicial coup' against Turkey - GlobalPost

Turkish Parliamentary Speaker Çiçek deplores end of court independence -

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 4


Rebel groups battle Al Qaeda linked ISIS in northern Syria -

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

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

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

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

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


Explosions Target Syrian Gas Pipelines, Knock Out Electricity - VOA


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


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


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


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


Qaeda-Aligned Militants in Iraq Claim Falluja as Independent State -


Iraq army, tribes join forces against al Qaeda - Reuters


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

Jarba expresses Geneva II concerns - Al-Monitor

Key Syria opposition reaffirms peace talks rejection - AFP

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

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


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


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


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


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




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

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

PUK backs Syrian Kurds' autonomy - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Turkey building a wall between Antep and Jarablus - ANF




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

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


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


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


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Syria/Iraq/Turkey News - Jan 3, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Al Nusra Opens Syrian Jihad School - Israel National News


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


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




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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


In Syria, Opposition Fights With Itself -


Baath Battalions at Damascus Checkpoints - The Syrian Observer


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


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


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


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




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

VIDEO: Iraq - ISIS terrorists enter Ramadi -

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

VIDEO: Iraqi gunmen capture Maliki soldiers in Fallujah -

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

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

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


Bombing Aimed at Hezbollah Hits Southern Beirut -


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


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


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


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


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


REPORT: Foreign Fighters in Syria -




Government plans to change Turkey's justice system -

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Talk Nation Radio: Robert Parry on Syria in Reality and in the New York Times

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Saudi Arabia/Turkey/Syria News - Dec 31


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

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

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

Kingdom, France sign nine bilateral cooperation pacts - Saudi Gazette

PHOTO: Hollande sword dance with the Saudis - Google Search


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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


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


Turkey Biggest Loser in World Stocks as Crisis Persists - Bloomberg


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




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

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

ISIS Storms Shahba Press Office - The Syrian Observer

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

ISIS releases kidnapped FSA officer in Aleppo - THE DAILY STAR


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


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




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

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

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

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


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


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


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




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

Syrian Kurds agree to disagree - Al-Monitor

Syrian Kurds face dilemma following Transitional Administration announcement - BAS NEWS


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


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Syria News - Dec 30


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

More about the Assad letter to the Pope -

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


IDF estimates: 300 Hezbollah operatives killed in Syria - Ynetnews


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


Iraqi MP Reveals Collaboration between Terrorist ISIS, MKO -




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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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

Kurdish Police in Syria: We Captured '1533 terrorists' -


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


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


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


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


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




NYT Backs Off Its Syria-Sarin Analysis - Consortiumnews

New Study Refines View of Sarin Attack in Syria -


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


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

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

Turkey/Syria News - Dec 28


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


VIDEO: Anti-government protesters rock Turkey's Taksim Square -


VIDEO: Pepper gassing - police cannons clearing anti-government protesters -




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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

Syrian opposition rejects regime oil deal with Russia - GlobalPost

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

Syrian Kurds Agree to Side with Opposition in Geneva Talks: Source -


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


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


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


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Turkey/Syria News - Dec 26


Three ministers resign as one urges PM to step down amid corruption probe - Today's Zaman

VIDEO: Embattled Erdogan defends AK Party as trio of ministers resign - YouTube

VIDEO: Protests in Ankara chanting "AKP resign" - Vine

VIDEO: Istanbul clashes as Turkey PM Erdogan condemns 'plot' - YouTube

VIDEO: Protestors call for government's "urgent" resignation" -

Turkish PM replaces 10 ministers amid graft inquiry - Reuters


PM threatens business, media and civic groups amid corruption woes - Today's Zaman


PM praises chief suspect Zarrab for contribution to Turkish economy - Today's Zaman


VIDEO: Istanbul's police chief axed as anti-graft raid backlash intensifies - YouTube


400 more police officers in İstanbul removed from duty - Today's Zaman


Journalists' unions slam directive denying access to police departments - Today's Zaman


İstanbul prosecutor orders detention of 30 people, police resist - Today's Zaman


US refutes media reports of embassy staff lobbying against Turkish government -


Growing Mistrust Between U.S. and Turkey Is Played Out in Public -




Damascus says rebels attacked chemical weapons sites - AFP

Syria gov: Secret location of Syria chemical sites ‘leaked’ to al-Nusra -

Truce agreed between government and rebels in besieged town Moadamiyaat Ash-Sham near Damascus - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Besieged Moadamiyaat Ash-Sham Raises Regime Flag to Get Food - YouTube

AP Exclusive: Al-Qaida leader targeting UN workers - Yahoo News

Terrorist mortar attack claims lives of 4 citizens in Damascus- SANA, Syria


25 Islamist groups unite under Al Qaeda command in Al Qalamoun battles - ZAMAN ALWSL 


FSA is in talks with Islamic Front to unite efforts: Chiefs spokesman - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Moroccan ex-Guantánamo Detainee Mohammed Mizouz Identified In Syria - Syria Comment


Exclusive: The story of a kidnapped Syrian forced by al-Qaeda to bomb in Idlib -


Al-Qaeda in Syria Recruiting Foreign Fighters Online - Assyrian International News Agency


The Syrian Electronic Army Is at It Again -


New report exposes digital front of Syria's civil war - Al Jazeera America


UN Investigator Undercuts New York Times on Syria Chemical Attack - Alternative


VIDEO: Compilation of Videos Shows Children Fighting Among Syrian Rebels Including the Free Syrian Army - Israel National News




Exclusive - Assad s secret oil lifeline: Iraqi crude from Egypt - Yahoo!7

Syria signs offshore oil and gas exploration deal with Russia - RT Business

Syria issues second food tender using Iranian credit - THE DAILY STAR

Iraq closes border with ally Syria - Al Arabiya News


UN chief: Iran should be part of international conference on Syria - Trend.Az


VIDEO: UN chief wants Iran to attend Syria peace talks - YouTube


Follow the Money: How Syrian Salafis Are Funded From the Gulf - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Hizballah Cavalcade: Khamenei’s Cannon: .50 Caliber Anti-Material Rifles & Shia Fighters in Syria - JIHADOLOGY


Hizballah Cavalcade: Liwa’a al-Hamad: Harakat al-Nujaba’s Latest Shia Militia in Syria - JIHADOLOGY




Kurdish Groups Agree to Attend Geneva 2 Under United Banner - Rudaw

The Fractious Politics of Syria's Kurds,  PYD is deeply problematic but shares some common interests with US - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

The Rojava Revolution in 2013: The Success of the YPG - The Rojava Report

Syria’s Kurdish Army: An Interview With Redur Khalil - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Rojava (Syria Kurdistan): Syria's Unknown War - VICE United States


Al Nusrah Kurds: how do they operate and why do they fight fellow Kurds in Syria? - The Kurdistan Tribune


Iraqi Kurdistan's security forces arrest Islamic leader for encouraging youths to go to Syria - ekurd


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Syria News - Dec 24


Syria opposition 'won't attend talks' unless Aleppo bombing ends - Yahoo News

Syrian opposition to decide on its participation in Geneva II on Jan 7 – chief - The Voice of Russia

Syrian Coalition: Brahimi's statements Appease Iran - Syrian National Coaltion

Syrian Coalition: Russia has to demonstrate impartiality ahead of Geneva II - Syrian National Coaltion

Syrian Coalition: Real Terrorists in Syria are Bashar al-Assad and the militias of Hezbollah - Syrian National Coaltion

Syrian Coalition Condemns Abductions And Forced Disappearances Practiced By The Assad Regime - Syrian National Coaltion


UN chief backs Iran going to Geneva II, says preparations for upcoming Syria peace conference ‘on track’ - United Nations News Centre


Jimmy Carter calls for Syria elections, peacekeepers - The Washington Post


Hezbollah ambush kills 32 Islamist fighters in e. Lebanon - THE DAILY STAR


Jabhat al-Nusra: Now in Lebanon? - NOW


Army officers among 17 dead as Syria fuels Iraq violence - AP


Iraq To Tighten Security On Syria Border - Eurasia Review


Al-Maliki: countries which lack freedoms stand behind crisis in Syria - SANA, Syria




Assad says Syria facing major extremist offensive - THE DAILY STAR

North Caucasian al-Shishani On Capture Of Kindi Hospital, "This is the will of Allah, in short. In short, a lot of infidels were killed here" - EA WorldView

Islamic Front joins al Qaeda suicide assault to take Kindi hospital - The Long War Journal

Islamist rebels invaded Adra town in Syria conducting Sharia trials and executions of residents - Tavern Keepers

Islamist rebels said to forcibly convert Syrian Druze, Residents of 14 villages ordered by al-Qaeda group to publicly embrace Islam - The Times of Israel

Al Qaeda affiliates gain loyalty and power east Syria: FSA commanders - ZAMAN ALWSL


The Rebel Offensives in East Ghouta: “The Battle of God is the Greatest and Most Honorable” (November 22nd-December 21st) - Brown Moses Blog


Idriss: We Are Working To Unite The Ranks Of Fighters Fighting Assad - Syrian National Coaltion


VIDEO (English): Latest speech from Brigadier General Salim Idriss - -




Muslim: We won't allow Geneva-II to become another Lausanne which divided "Kurdistan" into four parts -

Talks between Syrian Kurdish parties continuing - ekurd

Syrian Coalition: Kurdish delegation to Geneva II Will be Part of the Syrian Coalition - Syrian National Coaltion


PKK Agrees with KDP on Four Principal Points - ekurd


Jabhat Al-Nusra and Kurdish People’s Protection Units fight for control of Alouk - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Turkish police attack Kurdish protesters on Syrian border (VIDEO) - PressTV 




Qatar Islamic charity officials gave millions to al-Qaeda, U.S. says - The Washington Post

Terrorists for human rights, working closely with the United Nations and human rights groups, most notably Human Rights Watch - The Daily Beast

Amnesty admits links to activist accused of funding Al Qaeda, Human Rights Watch declined to comment - The National


Qatar rights advocate hit by U.S. sanctions denies al Qaeda ties - Reuters


US State Department calls on regional leaders to stop funding ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra- SANA, Syria


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Syria News - Dec 23


Suicide bombing near Shiite school in Syria’s Homs kills 7, incl 5 children - RT News

8 killed in rebel attacks against church in southern Syria - Xinhua -

5 killed by rebel mortar attack in in Aleppo province - Xinhua -

Syrian government airstrikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo kill at least 32, activists say - AP

Mujahideen of Islamic Front and Al-Nusra Front capture strategic Al-Kendi hospital in Aleppo -

VIDEO: Suicide bombers destroy Al-Kendi cancer hospital in Aleppo - YouTube

VIDEO: Rebel statement outside the Al-Kendi hospital - YALLA SOURIYA

Syria Minister: damages of the terrorist attack on al-Kindi hospital estimated at 1.5 billion SYP - SANA, Syria

Syria State media: Terrorists attacked a number of families who last Wed were fleeing Eastern Ghouta to Beit Sahm and turning themselves in to the authorities, Three civilians killed and others injured -


Activists: Pro Assad Shiite militant group opened fire on civilians who were fleeing Eastern Ghouta to Beit Sahm killing at least 30 people - The Syrian Observer


VIDEO: Families fleeing Eastern Ghouta to Beit Sahm under attack - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Terrorist confesses to carrying out the crime of assassinating cleric and erudite scholar Muhammad Sa'eed Ramadhaan Al-Bouti - Syrian Perspective


Photographer turned down by Al-Qaeda linked group dies shooting for Reuters in Syria - duckrabbit blog


ISIS Recruiting Ex-Iraqi Intelligence Officers - islamicinvitationturkey


VIDEO: Execution of alleged "Shabiha" by members of ISIS - YouTube


VIDEO: Al Nusra /ISIS terrorists in Syria burning cartons of cigarettes - YouTube


VIDEO (English subtitles): Confession of a Jordanian Terrorist in Syria -


Syria's Barrel Bomb Technology Relative To Aleppo Syria Attacks - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (VIDEO) - Brown Moses Blog




Leader of Ahrar al-Sham and Islamic Front political chief Hassan Aboud rejects Geneva peace talks - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO (Full Interview, English Subtitles): Leader of Ahrar al-Sham and Islamic Front political chief Hassan Aboud speaks to Al Jazeera - Al Jazeera‎

Interim PM Tomah: Syrian Coalition Desires to Build Bridges with the Islamic Front - Syrian National Coaltion

Syrian Coalition official dismisses chances of Geneva II going ahead - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Former Assad official Makdissi backs ‘third way’ for Syria’s silent majority- The National


Interview with the Syrian Prime Minister on Geneva II - Al Akhbar English


“Dubious Sources”: Tracing the Rumors About EU Intelligence Reconnecting With Assad - Syria in Crisis - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Hizbullah Clashes with Syrian Rebels Overnight in Bekaa's Nahle — Naharnet


Hizballah Cavalcade: Liwa’a al-Hamad: Harakat al-Nujaba’s Latest Shia Militia in Syria - JIHADOLOGY




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

ISIS kidnap no less than 50 Syrian Kurdish civilians - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Kurdish leaders announce two delegations for Geneva – one in conjunction with the Syrian opposition, the other with President Assad’s regime - ekurd

Pro-PYD media: Syrian opposition trying to prevent Kurdish unity - Transnational Middle-East Observer


Syrian Opposition Head Jarba: Barzani is Great Supporter of Syrian People, Revolution - Rudaw


Draft of project of the Constitution of Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


Kurdish Strategy Towards Ethnically-Mixed Areas in the Syrian Conflict - The Jamestown Foundation


New Kurdish media find their voices in Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd




Russia: Battle near Syrian chemical facility endangers disarmament process — RT News

Who Attacked Ghouta With Chemical Weapons?: Review of UN Press Conference (VIDEO) -


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Fiddling while Syria burns

Syria is a swirling cauldron of battles and tragedies as the thirty-day countdown begins for the January 22, 2013 United States-Russia sponsored peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland. (Image)

Syrian government sources reported between 80 and 100 killed in Adra, an industrial town northwest of Damascus.   Al Qaeda aligned Al Nusra rebels and the Saudi sponsored Islamic front entered the town on December 12 after a series of defeats in the surrounding area.  Reports indicate that Christian and Druze Syrians were singled out.  According to local workers, rebels infiltrated factories then began shooting workers.  Workers staged a protest on December 20 demanding a response by the United Nations and support from the International Labor Organization.

Battles between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and rebels heated up in Aleppo, Syria's largest city, and the mountainous Qalamoun region near the border with Lebanon. 

Syria News - Dec 21


Brahimi: US Blocks Iran From Syria Peace Talks, Saudi Invited -

VIDEO: Brahimi: US Blocks Iran From Syria Peace Talks - BBC News 

Difficult to have Iran at Syria peace talks: U.S. official -

Syria crisis can’t be solved without Iran: Russian official - PressTV

No preconditions for joining Syria conference: Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif - PressTV

Ban-ki Moon Stresses Necessity for Iran’s Participation in Geneva II Conference on Syria -

VIDEO (Dec 3) : Ban Ki moon Iran must be invited to Syria talks - YouTube


Reports of Secret Negotiations Between Syria Regime, Opposition in Oman - The Syrian Observer


West Understands That Assad Is Lesser Evil Than Terrorists – Lavrov - RIA Novosti


Russia Signals to Syria's Assad to Stay Silent on Re-election -


Damascus defiant on Assad re-election - THE DAILY STAR


U.S. caution over Assad future prompts opposition doubts - Reuters


"Bashar al-Assad Is Not As Bad As These People!" - A Libyan On Joining Jabhat al-Nusra - Brown Moses Blog


Russia blocks U.N. statement condemning Syrian attacks: diplomats - Reuters


Russia did not ‘block’ Syria draft statement at UN – diplomatic source - RT News


The Gulf Goes Global: the evolving role of Gulf countries in the Middle East and North Africa and beyond - FRIDE 


The Political Science of Syria's War -


NYT Replays Its Iraq Fiasco on Syria Chemical Attack - Consortiumnews




Amnesty International accuses ISIS of kidnapping, torture and executions -

FULL REPORT: Rule of Fear: abuses committed in detention facilities run by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) -  Amnesty International

VIDEO: Amnesty Int'l: Al-Qaeda in Syria kidnaps, tortures, executes prisoners in secret jails - RT News

Adra massacre: Militants show photos of those they beheaded (PHOTO) -

Exclusive: Survivors of Adra carnage speak about 'black Wednesday' (VIDEO) -

Islamic Extremists Assault Syria's Alawite Villages: ‘Scenes of Beauty As Well As Unspeakable Horrors’ - WSJ

Syria Islamic Militants Go After Opposition Activists - ABC News

Rebel Leader: Nuns Were Led To Safety, Not Seized, In Syria - Public Radio Tulsa


Brahimi Urges Rebels to Release Syrian Human Rights Activist Razan Zeitouneh — Naharnet


Syria: Insurgents capture Kindi hospital converted into regime military barracks in Aleppo (VIDEO) - EA WorldView


Syria’s Eastern Ghouta: A Chaotic Conflict of Brigades - Al Akhbar English


The Factions of Abu Kamal - Brown Moses Blog


Video raises worries of Britons fighting with Syria militants - Reuters


VIDEO: Brigade of exclusively British jihadists fighting in Syria - Sky News


Foreign Jihadists in Syria: Tracking Recruitment Networks - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Transnational Islamist Networks: Western Fighters in Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria - The International Spectator - Volume 48, Issue 4


The German Jihadists’ Colony in Syria - Foundation for Defense of Democracies


U.S. Court Revives 9/11 Victims' Case Against Saudi Arabia -


VIDEO (English): Interview with Al-Nusra leader in Syria - Al Jazeera


VIDEO (Arabic): Full 50-minute interview with the head of al-Nusra - Al Jazeera Arabic




Abbas Khan's death in Syria: why his family don't believe the official story - The Guardian

The BBC's Contradicting Reports On Abbas Khan, the doctor's family feared that the he was likely to commit suicide five days before his death - M of A




Syrian Kurds fail to agree on Geneva II - ekurd

PYD demands Kurdish delegation at Geneva talks separate from both the government and opposition - Reuters

Jarba says Syria Kurds 'to send two delegations to peace talks', one with the opposition coalition and the other with the government - THE DAILY STAR


Kurdish Geneva Particpants Announced by KNC - The Syrian Observer


Night Raids on Kurdistan Mosques to Catch Islamist Recruits for Syria - Rudaw


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Syria News - Dec 19


Syria's Islamic Front spurns talks with U.S.: diplomat - Yahoo News

Syria: Islamic Front denies meeting US ambassador - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

The Islamic Front says it 'will not fight the al Qaeda organization' - Threat Matrix

The Islamic Front: New Power On The Ground In Syria -

Islamic Front Military Leader Zahran Alloush: His Ideology and Beliefs - Syria Comment

VIDEO (Arabic) - Ahrar al-Sham ldr & Islamic Front political chief Hassan Aboud sounding dismissive of Geneva II - YouTube

Islamic Front leading figure was bin Laden's courier, now Zawahiri's representative - The Long War Journal

A Confused Situation in Northern Syria: FSA and the Islamic Front - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Salim Idris has failed as leader of Syrian rebels, coalition says - Telegraph


FSA, Islamic Front pledge to reconcile - THE DAILY STAR


Islamic Front ends up disputes with leading rebel group in Idlib - ZAMAN ALWSL


Opposition Coalition spokesman resigns - ZAMAN ALWSL 


The Belated Birth of the  Muslim Brotherhood’s Waad Party in Syria in Crisis - Carnegie Middle East Center


Lavrov: "All Syrian Patriots Must Unite to Fight Against Islamic Front, Jihadists, and Al Qaeda" (VIDEO) - EA WorldView


Syrian Foreign Ministry wonders at US intention to hold talks with Islamic Front terrorist group- SANA, Syria


Syria peace conference to open Jan. 22 in Montreux - Boston Herald


U.N. heads, EU call for humanitarian ceasefire in Syria - Reuters


Exclusive: West signals to Syrian opposition Assad may stay - Reuters


Interview with Syrian Minister ‘We Are Not Going to Geneva to Hand Over Power' - Rudaw


Syrian Coalition: Iran’s Participation in Geneva II Can Be Reconsidered - Syrian National Coaltion


Fragmented Syria: The Balance of Forces as of Late 2013 -




‘Slaughtered like sheep’: Eyewitnesses recount rebel massacre in Adra, Syria (VIDEO) — RT News

A survivor of Adraa tells his nights of terror with al-Nusra Front -

Rebels denounce claims of killing civilians in Adra: statement - ZAMAN ALWSL 

Russia condemns Adra massacre, calls on world community to react — RT News

Lavrov: Foreign support to armed groups in Syria caused terrorist massacre in Adra- SANA, Syria

VIDEO: Sectarian Based Massacres and Burning Committed in Adra, Syria by Saudi Backed Wahhabi Militants - YouTube

Al Qaeda-Linked Jihadists Are Hunting and Killing Moderate Syrian Rebels - The Daily Beast


ISIS Arrests FSA Leader - The Syrian Observer


Al Qaeda freed leader of Hama FSA Military Council - ZAMAN ALWSL


Kanayé, another Christian village invaded by jihadists that impose the Islamic law - Fides News Agency


Turkish journalist kidnapped by al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria -


ISIS and al-Nusra Front sell Maalula’s artifacts via internet -


Al-Nusra Front leader in Syria speaks to Al Jazeera - Middle East - Al Jazeera English


An alleged biography of Al-Nusra Front leader Abu Muhammad al-Julani – pietervanostaeyen


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – a Short Biography of the ISIS Sheikh - pietervanostaeyen


Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham -


Documents show Turkey sent guns to Syrian rebels, over 47 tons of weaponry since June -


Turkey admits export of rifles to Syria only ‘for sports': hunting rifles and blank firing guns -


Saudi prince bashes US over foreign policy in Iran and Syria, says his country ready to act 'with or without' West - Al Jazeera America


Syria’s Saudi Jihadist Problem - The Daily Beast


ICSR Insight: Up to 11,000 foreign fighters in Syria; steep rise among Western Europeans - ICSR


Militants from 70 countries fight in Syria: Report -


Sweden raises estimate of fighters in Syria to 75 - ZAMAN ALWSL


The Chechen Jihadists fighting in Syria - BBC News


Syria: Chechen Fighter Abu Umar al-Shishani rise to power, "Likes To Spend Time In Jacuzzi In His Aleppo Villa" - EA WorldView


As many as 100 Canadians could be fighting in Syria against Assad regime, think tank says - National Post


Extremist Syrian faction touts training camp for boys - The Washington Post




Dr Abbas Khan's mother accuses Syrian regime of killing son to spite Britain - Telegraph

Tragic last letter of British doctor Abbas Khan murdered in a Syrian prison cell - Mail Online


Syria says British doctor's family can probe death - AFP


Syria Foreign Ministry submits medical report on death of British citizen who entered Syria illegally - SANA




Syrian Kurds welcome agreement to unite for the Geneva II conference - Al-Monitor

Syrian Kurds jockey for seat at Geneva talks - Al-Monitor

Barzani sneaks to Geneva II to put Kurdish dream on table - ZAMAN ALWSL

Syrian and Iraqi Kurds more divided over Syria - Al-Monitor


Syrian Kurdish PYD committee on visit to Russia, Salih Muslim to give address in the Duma - ekurd


Iran pleased with PYD transitional administration - BAS NEWS


ʿAyn al-ʿArab/ʿAfrin: Islamic State imposes economic blockade - 


"Why Syria’s Kurds are beating Al Qaeda" - Syria Comment




Russia and western nations clash over who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria at a UN Security Council meeting  - AFP


Who Attacked Ghouta?: Location of Liwa Al Islam Videos -


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Syria News - Dec 16


VIDEO: Interview with General Salim Idriss, the chief of staff the Free Syrian Army - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO: Al Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and the Collapsing Free Syrian Army -

Free Syrian Army Spokesman Fahad al-Masri criticizes Chief of General Staff Salim Idriss calling his superior ‘‘unsuccessful and wretched’’ - Aydinlik

The Syrian Coalition calls on the Free Syrian Army and the Islamic Front to "unite their ranks under a single national project" - Syrian Coalition

Syria's moderate opposition in 'serious difficulty': France - THE DAILY STAR

FSA commander al-Wawi freed after days of abduction - ZAMAN ALWSL 


FSA commander defects to Qaeda-linked group - Yahoo News UK


Insurgents in Syria Fight Each Other, Inflict Casualties -


Two Rebel groups reach reconciliation accord - ZAMAN ALWSL 


VIDEO: Heavy clashes erupt among various insurgents groups in Syria - YouTube


Syria rebel commander freezes to death - AFP


Syrian Army: Syrian rebels execute 80 civilians in Adra outside Damascus, ‘Whole families murdered’ - RT News


Al Qaeda affiliate ISIS makes gains in Deir Zour - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Plundered Syrian Torah scrolls said held by Al-Qaeda-linked rebels - The Times of Israel


Talks 'ongoing' to free seized nuns in Syria -


Protesters call for nuns’ release outside Turkey embassy - AFP


Sharia law imposed in Christian village in Syria by Nusra Front - Agenzia Giornalistica Italia | AGI


New Shari'a council takes over oil fields in Deir Ezzour - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


VIDEO: Demonstration against Jabhat Al-Nasra in at the engineering faculty in Raqqa - YouTube




Syrian Islamic Front rebels to meet U.S. officials: opposition sources - Reuters

US explores ties with Syrian Islamist rebels, possibly Assad too - for a lineup to fight al Qaeda - DEBKAfile

US, Turkey to rethink Syria policies - Al-Monitor

Qatar resets its Syria policy - Al-Monitor

VIDEO: Former CIA chief Michael Hayden believes militant win is not possible in Syria - YouTube


U.S., Britain have not helped Syrian rebels enough, Saudi prince says - Reuters


VIDEO: King of the Sands: Controversial Syrian Film on Saudi Arabia's Founder Shown in Syria + Trailer - YouTube


Report: Bandar asked Putin to delay Geneva II conference - THE DAILY STAR


Syrian coalition: opposition delegation to Geneva II will comprise all factions - World Bulletin


Prominent Shiite cleric backs fighting in Syria - The Washington Post




Salih Muslim is said to be in Erbil to settle differences between PYD and Barzani - Kurdpress News Aganecy

Syria war brings al-Qaeda threat to Iraqi Kurdistan - Al-Monitor

First UN aid flight takes off from Iraqi Kurdistan for Syrian Kurdistan - ekurd


Syria Kurds will establish their government: Kurdish KNC official - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Fears that rise of PYD in northern Syria jeopardizes Turkmen presence in region - Today's Zaman


Foreign Policy Analysis: Syrian Turkmen in Grip of Assad Regime, ISIS and PYD - ORSAM




After the Release of the UN Report Fresh Doubts about Syria’s Sarin Guilt - Consortiumnews

Responses To The Final UN Report Into The Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria - Part 2 - Brown Moses Blog


Responses To The Final UN Report Into The Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria - Part 3 - Brown Moses Blog


Who Attacked Ghouta?: Hexamine is not the Smoking Gun Implying Government Culpability -


Observations on the UN final report into chemical weapons use in Syria - Human rights investigations


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Syria News - Dec 14


Activists: Islamists kill 15 Alawite and Druze civilians in Adra, Witnesses accuse the Islamic Front and Nusra Front of carrying out the attacks - NBC News

VIDEO: Syria rebels attack Adra homes, make piles of bodies -

PHOTO: Child Bashar Hassan was murdered with his parents and two siblings by the rebels in Adra - Syrian Perspective

Islam Army denies kidnap accusations of prominent activist near Damascus - ZAMAN ALWSL 


Shuhada'a Douma Brigade to retaliate against kidnappers of VDC activists - Syria Newsdesk


VIDEO (English): Human rights lawyer Razan Zeitouneh describe siege & life in Syria, recorded just before abduction - YouTube


Negotiations intensify for release of Syrian nuns - Al-Monitor


Al-Qaeda affiliate's execution of disabled man in Syria sparks outrage - Al-Shorfa


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




Qaeda rebels seize 120 Syrian Kurds near Turkish border: watchdog - Yahoo News

PYD leader Salih Muslim: No solution for Syria without the Kurds, we won’t accept any decision made at Geneva if we are not involved in it - ekurd

US former Ambassador Robert Ford says Kurdish issue should not be discussed in Geneva - Kurdpress News Aganecy

PKK Supports Initiative to Reconcile Syrian Kurds Ahead of Geneva Conference - Rudaw

Syrian Kurdish PYD leader Salih Muslim says talks in Erbil positive for the revival of the Kurdish Supreme Council - ekurd


Barzani, Baydemir and Zana are to unite Syrian Kurdish parties: official - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Turkey's top Kurdish politicians in Iraqi Kurdistan for mediation between KDP and PYD - ekurd


ʿAyn al‑ʿArab: PYD closes private schools -


Education "politicalized" in Syria's Kurdish region: Students protest -


State of the Battle between Kurds and Islamist Rebels - Syria Deeply


How do Kurds join Al Nusrah in Syria - and who are they? - The Kurdistan Tribune




Syrian National Coalition: Islamic Front Militants Nabbed Our Weapons - ABC News

FSA - Islamic Front showdown at Bab al-Hawa - Carnegie Middle East Center

VIDEO (Arabic): FSA Officer at warehouse in Bab al-Hawa explains how the Islamic Front surrounded camp, robbed it, even taking underwear - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): An insurgent from the Islamic Front describes the seizing of FSA warehouses - YouTube

Ankara mediates between FSA and Islamic Front, However the two sides were ultimately unable to reach a solution  - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

FSA top commander denies fleeing Syria to Qatar -ZAMAN ALWSL

FSA commander, Ammar al-Wawi, missed near Turkish border -ZAMAN ALWSL 


Opposition memo proposes to establish FSA-Islamic Front “Joint Distribution Center Command" -


Syrian coalition say Islamic Front fighters are 'welcome' to participate in Geneva peace talks - Fox News


The FSA creates a new military alliance: Syria Revolutionaries’ Front - Carnegie Middle East Center


US switches military aid from rebels in the north to new pro-US security zone against Al Qaeda - DEBKAfile


White House willing to support a Syrian rebel coalition that would include Islamist groups provided they back upcoming peace talks in Geneva and return seized military material  - The Washington Post


Hagel: U.S. vows support for Syrian opposition despite troubles - Reuters


CIA focuses on al-Qaeda's use of Turkish smuggling routes - Al-Monitor


Does the Islamic Front 'battle al Qaeda'? - Threat Matrix


Free Syrian Army and al-Nusra Front battling it out for leadership over the “the refugee republic” in Ersal - Al Akhbar English


Muhajireen Battalions in Syria - JIHADOLOGY




Iran, Saudi among 30 countries invited to Syria talks - THE DAILY STAR

Brahimi sets deadline for naming Syrian delegations to peace talks - The Star Online

Interview with the prime minister of the Syrian opposition’s interim government on the Geneva II peace conference - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Obama Advisor: 'Extremism' Could Be Key to Ending Syrian Civil War -

Why Is Saudi Arabia Buying 15,000 U.S. Anti-Tank Missiles? The deal may be related to Riyadh's support for the Syrian rebels - 


Saudi religious leader condemns suicide attacks - Yahoo News Maktoob


Film taking aim at Saudi monarchy opens in Syria -


Syrian girls advertised for selling in Saudi Arabia -


Russia: Is Damascus' Claim Of "1,700 Chechens" Fighting in Syria Correct? - EA WorldView


Syria: Abu Umar al-Shishani - "Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar Joined ISIS After Al-Baghdadi Oath" - EA WorldView


Jihadists from Spain in Syria: facts and figures - Elcano


Syrian War Profiteers Gun for Frozen Funds - Al Akhbar English


Syria tender for food calls for payment from Iran - Yahoo News


Syria frees 366 prisoners from Aleppo jail: SANA - THE DAILY STAR


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Interview With The Syrian Electronic Army - YouTube




U.N. confirms chemical arms were used repeatedly in Syria - Reuters

UN final report on chemical weapons attacks in Syria (full text) - unoda

Syria: Summary of Conclusions of the UN Mission on the Use of Chemical Weapons - EA WorldView


Responses To The Final UN Report Into The Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria - Part 1 - Brown Moses Blog


Fast Proof of Nerve Gas in Syria -


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Syria News - Dec 12



U.S., Britain suspend aid to north Syria after Islamic Front seizes FSA weapons store, General Salim Idriss flees into Turkey -Reuters

VIDEO: U.S. suspends non-lethal assistance to northern Syria - YouTube

Turkey closes Syria border gate as US suspends non-lethal aid -

Islamic Front “complete coup” against the FSA’s Chiefs of Staff seizing ten warehouses with an arsenal of weaponry - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


FSA Statement on the Islamic Front - Syrian National Coaltion


Syrian FSA struggles in shadow of Saudi-backed opposition front - Al-Monitor


Nusra Front executes members of FSA for raping, killing activists - THE DAILY STAR


Islamic Front brigade launches joint raid with al Qaeda's Syrian branches against Hezbollah and pro-Assad militias - The Long War Journal




Major news outlets urge Syria rebels to halt abductions - The Washington Post

Jihadist site urges Syria militants to free journalists - THE DAILY STAR

Aleppo: protest against Al Qaeda affiliate demanding detainees freedom - ZAMAN ALWSL

VIDEO: Spanish journalist’s wife pleads with rebels in Syria to free her husband -

Opposition coalition member Rima Flaihan: Islam Army leader kidnapped Razan Zaitouneh - ZAMAN ALWSL

ISIS militants attack university students in Al-Raqqa - Syria Newsdesk


Syrian Coalition: ISIS and Sister Groups are Desperate Gamble by a Dying Regime - Syrian National Coaltion


Syrian Salafi Militants: More United, than Divided on Future - Al Akhbar English


Al Qaeda affiliate expels Ahrar Al Sham from Maskenh near Aleppo - ZAMAN ALWSL


Syrian Electronic Army: All Vandyke's Leaked Facebook Messages Revealed - Syrian Electronic Army


The Three Versions of Al Qaeda: A Primer - Foreign Policy Research Institute


VIDEO: al Kindi Hospital still resits, Rebel shelling has turned much of the hospital into a burning, shattered ruin - - Syria - 


VIDEO: ISIS captures area of systems for power generation -


VIDEO: Jabhat al-Nusra PR Video About Capture of Al-Omar Oil Field, Largest in Syria - YouTube


VIDEO: Shari'a at work! 100 lashes for an adulterer! After his punishment he hugs his ISIL- torturer! -


VIDEO: Finnish National Fighting With Al-Qaeda In Syria: I Have Come To Establish The Caliphate In The Levant - Atlas Shrugs




ISIS forcibly displace Syrian Kurdish civilians from their homes in the town of Tal Abyad - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


Kurdish leader Salih Muslim‘s speech at the EU conference - Mesopotamische Gesellschaft


The Kurdish PUK’s Syria Policy - Carnegie Middle East Center


VIDEO: Interview YPG woman fighter Zozan Cudi, Syria Kurdistan -




The Gulf Cooperation Council wraps up a two-day annual summit in Kuwait City condeming Assad, Syria slams Gulf "inflammatory rhetoric" - Al Akhbar

Syria: Saudi Loses Battle for Damascus - Al Akhbar English

VIDEO: Syrian UN Perm Rep Dr. Jaafari confirms arrest of 300 Saudis and death of thousands (Full Speech) - YouTube

VIDEO: Newly-emerged letter revealed that Saudi Arabia has send many criminals for fighting in Syria -


Interview with military analyst Omar Lamrani of Stratfor to weigh in on the current state of the battle in Syria - Syria Deeply


IPT Exclusive: Jihad-Supporting Syrian Imam Raised Millions on U.S. Fundraising Tour - The Investigative Project on Terrorism


Halutz: Israel Prefers Assad to Islamist Rebels - Israel National News


Archbishop Hindo: inciting Christians to take up arms is "insane" - Fides News Agency


Jarba: Moscow Visit Delayed - Syrian National Coaltion


VIDEO: Interview: Women Should Be Allowed At Syria Peace Negotiations -


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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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