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Syria/Turkey News - Feb 4


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

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

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


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


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


Syrian Opposition Pillages Heritage - Commentary Magazine




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

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

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


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


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


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


Hundreds of Syrian refugees evacuated from Yarmouk - Channel 4 News




Turkish police murder trial opens amid tight security - AFP

Turkish police deny killing student in June protests - AFP

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Syria/Turkey News - Feb 3


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

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

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

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

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

VIDEO: ISIS terrorist beheads a government supporter in Homs -

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

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

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


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


Militants targeted Syrian chemical cargo: Moscow -


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


Aussie 'thugs' at Syrian frontline - The Australian


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


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


The Salafi Plot to Assassinate Najib Mikati - Al Akhbar English




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

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

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

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


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


Kurdish Left Party leaves Syrian Kurdish National Council SKNC - ekurd


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


ISIS arrests six Kurdish civilians near Aleppo -


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




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

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

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

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

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

Wiretapping of PM to be counted as espionage crime -


Turkey counters corruption probe with investigation into police -


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


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


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


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


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


A Leader Shows Vulnerability in Turkey’s Cash Crisis -




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

Turkish army deploys tanks to Syrian border - Syria Newsdesk

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

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


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


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


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


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Syria News - Feb 1


VIDEO: Brahimi Says No Progress in Syria Talks - YouTube

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


VIDEO (Arabic): Interview with Ahmad Jarba - YouTube


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


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




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

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

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

As Syrian Factions Talk, Homs Starves - Newsweek


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


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


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


Syrian Christians Ask US to End Support For Rebels -


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


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




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

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

Syrian Turkmen ask for Turkey's backing - Anadolu Agency

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

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

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


ISIS suicide team assaults Iraqi ministry - The Long War Journal


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


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


Three al-Nusra Front Suspects Detained in Bekaa - Naharnet


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


Indonesian Militants Join Foreigners Fighting in Syria -


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


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


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


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


The Islamic State of Disunity: Jihadism Divided - jihadica




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

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

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

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


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


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


6 Kurds kidnapped by ISIS - Transnational Middle-East Observer


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


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




HRW: Syria Must Stop Illegal Demolitions - VOA

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

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

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


Interview with head of CW team in Syria -


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


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Turkey News - Jan 31


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


VIDEO: Erdoğan’s hologram - CİHAN YouTube




Turkey government removes around 800 more police officers -

Leading graft probe prosecutors purged with 115 others - CİHAN

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

Turkish Parliament dismisses summary of proceedings against justice minister -

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

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


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


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


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


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




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

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

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

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


Who Ordered the Killing of PKK founder Sakine Cansiz? Rudaw


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


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


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Syria News - Jan 30


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

VIDEO: Senate Hearings on Syrian Al-Qaida - YouTube

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

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

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

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

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

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


Iraq’s violence originates from Saudi Arabia: Maliki -


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


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


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


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


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


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


Brahimi says no substantive progress on Syria but hopeful - Reuters


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


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


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


Syria army edges forward in Aleppo - Al Arabiya News


Syria Report -  War Dead (GRAPHS) -


Azerbaijani Foreign Fighters in Syria - JIHADOLOGY




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

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

Syria's Islamic Front clashes with ISIS - Worldbulletin News

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

Mujahedeedn Army Arrests ISIS Emir - The Syrian Observer

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

VIDEO: Efrin celebrates autonomy - YouTube

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

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


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


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


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


Who Ordered the Killing of PKK founder Sakine Cansiz? Rudaw


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


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Turkey News - Jan 29


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Autonomy of Turkish Justice Academy to end - CİHAN


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


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




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

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

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

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

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


Political Divisions in Turkey Widen Over Syria Policy - VOA


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


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


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


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


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


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Syria News - Jan 28


Syrian talks break down over future role of Assad - AP

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

US resumes nonlethal aid to Syrian opposition - The Washington Post

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

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


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


Inside the Syrian Electronic Army Hack on CNN -




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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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




PYD Names Second Local Kurdish Government in Kobani -

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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Syria News - Jan 26


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

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

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

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

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


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


American Official Reveals Secret Communications with Regime - The Syrian Observer


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


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


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




Jihadist announces creation of ISIS branch in Lebanon - Naharnet

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

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

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

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

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

Al Qaeda group claims responsibility for Cairo bombings - The National

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


VIDEO: ISIS Beheader -


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


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


Child exploitation by ISIS terror group in Syria war -


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


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




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

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

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


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


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


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




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

Ten Inconsistencies in the Carter-Ruck Torture Report - SibiaLiria

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


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



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Turkey News - Jan 25


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Legal proceedings underway for Turkish Justice Minister Bozdag - hurriyetdailynews


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

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

Turkish government accused of trying to sabotage poll -


A Race for More Than the Mayor of Istanbul –


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


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


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They Never Announce When You Prevent a War

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

We're stopping another war.

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

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

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

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

We stopped another war.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Syria/Turkey News - Jan 24


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

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

Kerry: Some nations ready to deploy Syria peacekeepers - AFP

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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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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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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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