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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 24


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

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

Kerry: Some nations ready to deploy Syria peacekeepers - AFP

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

VIDEO: FSA fleeing, Manbij retaken by ISIS -

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


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


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


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


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


European Jihadists in Syria: More and Younger - Gatestone Institute


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




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

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

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

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


PYD to open representative office in Baghdad - Kurdpress News Aganecy


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




New photos thought to show more Syrian torture - Anadolu Agency

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

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

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


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


Torture Report: Malicious Syria Bashing -




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

VIDEO: Turkish lawmakers brawl over judicial reforms -

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 23


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

TRANSCRIPTS: Statements at the Geneva Conference on Syria -

VIDEO: Syria rivals exchange blame in Geneva talks - YouTube

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

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

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


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


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


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


NCB statement on Geneva II - Transnational Middle-East Observer


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


Loyalty to Assad runs deep on Syrian coast -


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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


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


Kurdish women fight for equality in Syria - ekurd


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


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


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


The Kurds and Geneva II - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace




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

Turkish judicial purge brings corruption investigation to halt - Reuters

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

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

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


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


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


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


Turkish intelligence service trucks reveal secrets - Al-Monitor


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


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




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

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

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


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


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Syria News - Jan 22


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

Geneva II: Syrian Regime And Opposition Announce Delegations -

Order of speakers at Geneva-II revealed - Anadolu Agency

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Damascus residents pray for ‘miracle’ at Geneva -


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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

ISIS Raids Anadolu Agency's Syria Office -


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

By Medea Benjamin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Syria/Turkey News - Jan 20


United Nations Invites Iran To Geneva Syrian Peace Negotiations - NPR

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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




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

Two suicide bombings in Aleppo kill five - Syria Newsdesk

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

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

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

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

ISIS leader urges end to rebel clashes - THE DAILY STAR


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


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


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


Protesters attack Shariaa Committee warehouses in Rif Dimashq - Syria Newsdesk


41 bodies found in former ISIL stronghold - Syria Newsdesk


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


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


VIDEO: New ISIS-mass grave found in Syria -


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


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




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

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

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

Kurds on the streets days before Geneva II - ekurd

Sidelined Syrian Kurds take Geneva II protest to Twitter - ekurd


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


Syrian government introduces Kurdish in universities - Al-Monitor




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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 18


Syrian government submits plan for truce, prisoner swap -

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

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

Syria allows aid into 2 contested areas - The Washington Post

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

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

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


Russia Says Iran Essential for Finding Syria Peace - ABC News


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


Kerry: Assad Must Accept Peace Conference Terms - ABC News


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


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


Iraqi FM warns against "poisonous" extremism in Syria


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




Syrian rebels push Qaeda affiliate ISIS from northwest stronghold - Reuters

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

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

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

Syria opposition calls for more arms to fight al-Qaeda -

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

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


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


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


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


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


PHOTO: ISIS beheads FSA rebels in Jarablus -


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


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




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

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

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

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

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


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


Parliament panel approves controversial judicial reform bill -


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


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


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


Turkey: Islamic charity IHH workers released from custody -


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


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Syria/Turkey News - Jan 17


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

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

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

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Saudi Arabia/Turkey/Syria News - Dec 31


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

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. 


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