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40 min ago | Cybercast News Service

Royce: In Supporting Syrian Rebels, US Should Not Play Assad's GameCNS

As the U.S. moves towards equipping Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria it should not "play his [Syrian President Bashar Assad's] game," House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Ed Royce said Tuesday, noting that the opposition forces which the U.S. will be supporting are fighting both the terrorists and the regime. Royce said on the House floor that Assad has avoided confrontation with ISIS, even colluding with the terrorists by buying oil from them while "focusing his efforts on wiping out these rebels in Aleppo that we're talking about supporting."


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2 hrs ago | Russia Taday

Al-Qaeda seeks to unite Islamic Front ahead of US airstrikes in Syria

Al-Qaeda has urged militant groups in Iraq and Syria to put their differences aside and unite against a US coalition which will strike against the Islamic State . There are reports that IS has gone underground following the US airstrike announcement.


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3 hrs ago | The Daily Star

Syrian plane crashes in Raqqa, U.S. strikes targets near Baghdad

BEIRUT: Supporters of ISIS claimed its fighters had shot down a Syrian warplane using anti-aircraft guns Tuesday in what would be the first such incident since the Al-Qaeda breakaway group declared a cross-border caliphate in June. The news came as U.S. airstrikes targeting ISIS in Iraq extended to areas southwest of the capital, according to U.S. Central command.


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6 hrs ago | The Times of Israel

'Israel has the opportunity to win the hearts of all Syrians'

A Free Syrian Army fighter sits behind an anti-aircraft weapon, February 8, 2013. Israel stands to lose the popular support it gained among the Syrian population of the Golan Heights for allowing Assad regime aircraft to bomb opposition-held villages near the border in recent days, a Free Syrian Army commander told The Times of Israel on Tuesday, voicing dismay at the West's reluctance to provide the moderate opposition with basic means of self-defense.


Related Topix: Israel, Middle East, World News, Life, Self Defense

7 hrs ago | The First Post

500 migrants die in callous attack by Egyptian smugglers

Health and border officials in Malta and Italy are struggling today to recover the stories and cadavers of at least 800 migrants believed to have drowned in five separate incidents, the majority - at least 500 - killed when their boat was deliberately rammed and sunk by Egyptian smugglers whom they had paid for the voyage. A migration crisis of biblical proportions is unfolding in southern Europe: a record 130,000 migrants have arrived in Italy and Malta from northern Africa in the first nine months of 2014.


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12 hrs ago | OpEdNews

The Rape of Kasab, Syria

Kasab's descent into hell began at 5.30 am precisely on March 21st 2014 when merciless shelling from the Turkish side of the Syrian border rained down on the undefended Armenian village, not only sending its 2,000 residents into panic but portending the apocalypse that was about to befall them. Over 20,000 fanatics from al Nusra, the Free Syrian Army and a number of other extremist groups swarmed over the border on motor bikes, pick-up trucks and Western ambulances converted into troop and munitions carriers for this blitzkrieg.


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14 hrs ago | KFVS12

Syrian aircraft crashes in city held by IS group

Dan Linville and his son were sitting in their living room when they smelled smoke. When they looked outside, they saw a black cloud coming over the hills.


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15 hrs ago | The Times of Israel

Assad atrocities outstrip Islamic State in Syria, UN panel says

Wounded Syrian men wait for treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus on September 9, 2014, after reported airstrikes by Syrian government forces that killed over 10 people and wounded dozens. The UN commission investigating war crimes in Syria blamed President Bashar Assad's government for committing the bulk of atrocities inside the war-torn country, exceeding the toll from the horrific massacres perpetrated by Islamic State fighters.


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18 hrs ago | New Hampshire Public Radio -

ISIS Profiting From Looting 'Priceless' Syrian Artifacts

Iraqi antiquities were recovered and placed in the care National Syrian Museum in Damascus following the chaos of the Iraq war. Now, Amr Al-Azm says ISIS militants are profiting from the looting of ancient artifacts.


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Mon Sep 15, 2014

CBS News

Rand Paul: Obama's request to arm rebels in ISIS fight "a mistake"

Though he's come around some to the idea of launching a military strike against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as its militants storm the Middle East, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, argued Monday on "CBS This Morning" that heeding President Obama's request to arm Syrian rebels would be "a mistake." "They're the weakest fighting force there," Paul said of the moderate Syrian rebels, pointing to a non-aggression pact with ISIS they reached last week.


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Syrian army blows up bridge used by Islamic State militants

Syria's army has destroyed a bridge used by Islamic State militants as a supply route for moving weapons into eastern Syria. Deborah Gembara reports.


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WLS-AM Chicago

US 'Communicating' with Adversaries Against ISIS but Not 'Coordinating'

Secretary of State John Kerry made clear during a roundtable with reporters in Paris on Monday that the U.S. is open to communicating with both Iran and Syria on their shared concerns regarding the ISIS extremist group, although he insisted it's not "coordinating" with either of them. But the administration does not appear to have a clear answer for when communicating ends and coordinating begins.


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The Washington Monthly

A Slight Problem in Syria

Maybe I missed it in a weekend devoted to an estate sale rather than politics, but did you see this little news item from Agence France-Press dominating world media coverage? No, wait, let me guess: you didn't. Syrian rebels and jihadists from the Islamic State have agreed a non-aggression pact for the first time in a suburb of the capital Damascus, a monitoring group said on Friday.


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The Times of Israel

UN troops leave Syrian Golan amid heavy fighting

UN Fijian peacekeepers members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force wave as they ride on top of a vehicle while leaving the Syrian side of the Golan Heights into the Israeli side of the strategic plateau, on September 15, 2014 UN peacekeeper forces reportedly withdrew from all of their posts in the Syrian Golan Heights Monday, as regime forces and rebel factions continued to wage battle for control of the areas adjacent to the Syrian-Israeli border. A source with the UN said soldiers from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force evacuated from Camp Faouar - their main headquarters in Syria - into Israel, out of concern for their safety, CNN reported.


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Syria skeptical about U.S. anti-IS coalition

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad expressed skepticism about a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State militants, saying that any coalition that excludes Syria and Russia could have "certain" agendas, the state news agency SANA reported Monday. Mekdad made the remarks in response to U.S. efforts to form an international coalition against the IS terror group in Iraq and Syria but excluded Russia and Syria.


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The Baltimore Sun

Islamic militant's death sparks eulogies in Malaysia

The death of a Malaysian Islamist in Syria has sparked an outpouring of eulogies on social media, including from his former political party, underlining sympathy for the militants' cause that is creating a security headache for the government. Lotfi Ariffin, a former activist in the Islamist PAS party that forms part of Malaysia's opposition alliance, had attracted a large following on social media with regular posts of pictures, video and calls to jihad from the Syrian front line.


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Sun Sep 14, 2014

Cybercast News Service

Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort

The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal - destroying a marauding organization of extremists - is bumping up against age-old rivalries and a nod-and-a-wink-style political culture. U.S. secretary of state John Kerry has received backing for the principle of reversing the territorial gains of the Islamic State group in Iraq.


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Belmont Club

The Mystery at Idlib

The sheer ruthlessness and ferocity of Islamic-style warfare was underscored by the decimation of ISIS' main rival by persons unknown. "Nearly fifty senior commanders of a major coalition of Islamic 'moderates' opposed to ISIS in Syria have been killed by an explosion at their secret command bunker as they met to discuss strategy against the the Islamic State," writes Breitbart .


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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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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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