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3 hrs ago | Christian Science Monitor

From IS-controlled Raqqa, tales of the group's resilience

In a hospital bed in southern Turkey, lies a Syrian volunteer rescue worker who had his kneecap blown off in an airstrike in Raqqa, the Syrian bastion of the self-styled Islamic State . His story - and that of others who have made their out of Raqqa - sheds light on what life is like under the group's rule, and of how difficult it will be for a US-led coalition that President Barack Obama insists will "destroy" IS to make headway with airstrikes alone.


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7 hrs ago | Newindpress

Syria Opposition Head Seeks Support of Anti-IS Coalition

ABU DHABI: The head of the main Syrian opposition group in exile said Sunday he expected the support of the international community to press the fight against Damascus and Islamic State jihadists. The United States is pushing for the formation of a broad international coalition to tackle IS which has captured swathes of Iraq and Syria, and has already secured the backing of 10 Arab states including Saudi Arabia.


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11 hrs ago | Outside the Beltway

President Obama's Misplaced Trust In The "Moderate" Syrian Rebels

One of the lynch pins of President Obama's strategy against ISIS appears to be increasing support for the so-called "moderate" Syrian rebels , who apparently would be tasked with fighting something akin to a two front war against both the Assad regime in Damascus and the jihadist rebels that are part of and allied with ISIS. Along with an international coalition that seems at the moment to exist only in theory, these rebels allied with groups such as the Free Syrian Army would apparently make up the majority of the ground force that would be necessary to actually push back against the territory gains that ISIS has made in both Iraq and Syria in recent years.


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15 hrs ago | Arutz Sheva Israel News

Israeli Hospital Battling to Save Injured Syrian Boy's Sight

Israeli medics were checking on Wednesday a 12-year-old Syrian boy who was brought to Ziv Medical Centre in Tzfat , northern Israel. The hospital said that the boy was severely wounded, losing the sight in both eyes and suffering injuries to his arm and leg, when a shell exploded near his home in the outskirts of Damascus.


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19 hrs ago | The Daily Caller

Pentagon Official: What It Will Take To Win The War Against The Islamic State

Joseph Miller is the pen name for a ranking Department of Defense official with a background in U.S. special operations and combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has worked in strategic planning.


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Sat Sep 13, 2014

Daily Mail

ISIS strike deal with moderate Syrian rebels to stop fighting each...

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The Independent

Islamic State: 'US failure to look into Saudi role in 9/11 has helped Isis'

In an exclusive interview, the Senator who led inquiry into attack says Obama's plan to confront Sunni jihadis repeats past mistakes Patrick Cockburn is an Irish journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent since 1979 for the Financial Times and, presently, The Independent. He was awarded Foreign Commentator of the Year at the 2013 Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards.


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Seattle Times

Family’s ties to Syria inspire Texans to move

Suzanne Hitto embraces son Imran Hitto in June at their home in Murphy, Texas, before leaving to join her husband, Ghassan Hitto, in Istanbul, Turkey. A naturalized American, Ghassan Hitto was born in Syria.


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The Times of Israel

Syrian rebels said to control most of the border with Israel

Smoke rises following an explosion in Syria's Quneitra province as Syrian rebels clash with President Bashar Assad's forces, seen from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, on August 28, 2014. Syrian rebels are in control of almost the entire Syrian border with Israel, the Al-Arabiya news network reported Saturday.


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News Max

Iran to US: Airstrikes in Syria 'Playing With Fire'

The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council accused the United States on Saturday of violating the sovereignty of nations on the "pretext of fighting terrorism" in Iraq and Syria. "On the pretext of fighting terrorism, the United States want to pursue their unilateral policies and violate the sovereignty of states," Ali Shamkhani said, quoted by the official IRNA news agency.


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Dissident Voice

The Terrorism "We" Support in Syria

In stark contrast to the sparse coverage of the brutality of ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria over the past few years, there has recently been substantial coverage of the emergence of ISIS in Iraq and the terrorist acts that this US-backed and funded grou p has been committing. This surge of media focus on ISIS' brutality in Iraq and particularly on the recent alleged be-headings of two American journalists is extensively considered, amongst independent political analysts , to be setting the stage for NATO and the Axis-of-Imperialists to "fight terrorism" in Iraq and Syria, aka destroy both countries .


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Fri Sep 12, 2014

The Times of Israel

Syria, a paradise lost for the Golan's Druze

Rare phone calls are all that remain of the links between Druze on the Israeli side of the Golan and their families in Syria after fighting across the ceasefire line closed the Quneitra crossing. Since the 1980s, the Israeli army has allowed Druze residents to go to Syria to visit relatives, marry or even study in Damascus.


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The Star

Analysis: U.S. strikes unsettling for Damascus

AP Photo/SANA, File In this Wednesday, July 16, 2014 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syria's President Bashar Assad is sworn for his third, seven-year term, in Damascus, Syria. The Syrian government has said it welcomes U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.


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WATE-TV Knoxville

US will be ramping up airstrikes soon _ in Iraq

12, 2014. Graphic shows possible coalition support in the fight against the Islamic State and UPDATES with news that Turkey hasna TMt officially committed; 4c x 4 1/2 inches; 195.7 mm x 114 mm; .


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U.S. Builds Regional Support to Fight ISIS

Ten Middle Eastern nations, including Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have pledged to "do their share" in the fight against the terrorist group When Eyada Hussein left his house in the Hasakah province of Syria four months ago militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria had set up a checkpoint just 100 meters from his home. "You have to understand, if ISIS is here, then there are regular people just here," said Hussein pointing from one side of the narrow street to the other, in this neighborhood of Beirut where he works on construction site.


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Syrian troops capture key central town

Government forces have captured a central Syrian town that has changed hands several times during the civil war, the military and activists said Friday. By retaking the town of Halfaya in Hama province, troops will be better positioned to defend nearby Christian and Allawite communities that support President Bashar Assad.


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DNA India

Government's air raids kill 42 near Syria capital: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Syria n government air raids on a rebel-held area near Damascus killed 42 people, including seven children, a monitoring group said on Friday, giving an updated toll. Thursday's air strikes were carried out in Douma, a satellite suburb northeast of the capital that has been under siege for more than a year.


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Thu Sep 11, 2014


Syrian government launches attacks on major cities

Columns of smoke and flames could be seen over Damascus, Aleppo and Deraa amid reports that the government had launched a news series of attacks across Syria. Deborah Gembara reports.


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Windsor Beacon

Syria airstrikes need boots on the ground, AF officer says

U.S. special operations forces will be needed on the ground in Syria to make the expanded air war President Obama has ordered there more effective, a senior Air Force commander told USA TODAY. The spy planes flying missions over Iraq and Syria can develop a list of potential Islamic State targets, said the commander who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe what the war might look like.


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Arabs back anti-IS move as Syria warns on 'attacks'

The Arab League called Monday for its members to combat the Islamic State group, but stopped short of offering any specifics ahead of a speech by U.S. President Barack Obama outlining America's strategy for challenging the extremists. The League's resolution does not explicitly back an expanded American military operation targeting the group holding wide swathes of Iraq and Syria.


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