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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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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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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