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1 hr ago | Christian Science Monitor
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.
5 hrs ago | Newindpress
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.
9 hrs ago | Outside the Beltway
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.
13 hrs ago | Arutz Sheva Israel News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 06:22 pm
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