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ISIS’s victories may win it recruits from rival Syrian rebel groups

When the fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria swept aside Iraqi security forces in just two days of fighting to seize control of much of northern and central Iraq, it appears they also took control of the initiative in their fight in neighboring Syria, where they've seen ...read more

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Agency: Last of Syria’s chemical weapons handed over for destruction

By William Branigin The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced Monday that the last of Syria's identified chemical weapons stockpile was handed over to inspectors for removal and destruction. The agency, which was charged last year with overseeing the destruction of Syrian's chemical weapons under an agreement between the United States ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Editorial: Obama’s wrongheaded reluctance to help the moderate opposition in Syria

By Editorial Board AS THE TERRORIST group known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) rampages across Iraq, the illogic of President Obama's reluctance to help the moderate opposition in neighboring Syria becomes ever clearer. The Syrian Free Army wants to fight the jihadists. But as ISIS consolidated gains in Iraq last ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Israeli military carries out airstrikes in Syria

The Israeli military says it has carried out airstrikes on a number of military targets inside Syria, including the military headquarters, in response to a cross-border attack that left an Israeli teenager dead.

Israeli soldiers load shells in their tank following the first death on the Israeli side of the Golan ...read more

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BATTLE TO CONTROL IRAQ OILFierce fight reported at main refinery

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com RADICAL JIHADIST FORCES of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly are in pitched battle with Iraqi government forces for control of the giant Beiji oil refinery (above), with reports the militants control up to 75 percent of the facility.Kurds, outgunned by fanatical ISIS, hope looming Baghdad battle ...read more

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Opinion: Threat to the wider world

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken over much of the Iraqi province of Nineveh, including the country's second largest city, Mosul. In the course of doing so, they have released thousands of jihadist prisoners, reportedly taken hundreds of people hostage and -- perhaps most worryingly of ...read more

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Radicals in Syria holding 150 students abducted on way to final exams

About 150 Kurdish students were kidnapped last week by the radical Islamist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and they remain in a prison in the ISIS-held town of Manbij in northern Syria, adding to what's quickly becoming one of the worst mass kidnapping incidents of the Syrian ...read more

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American who killed himself in Syria suicide attack was from South Florida, official says

By Adam Goldman An American who killed himself in a suicide attack in Syria was from South Florida, a U.S. official said. Authorities are exploring whether the young man, whose name has not been disclosed, traveled to Syria more than once, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss details ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Syria Set to Miss Deadline for Chemical Weapons Destruction

By Reuters The UN has confirmed that the destruction of Syria's chemical arsenal will not be completed by June 30, a final deadline set as part of a 2013 deal that averted U.S. air strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times


Editorial: U.S. inaction on Syria helped make it a hell on earth

By Editorial Board RUSSIA AND China on Thursday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate war crimes in Syria. Western powers and human rights group condemned the veto, and rightly so. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Group says Syria used chemical weapons in April

A leading international human rights group said on Tuesday it has strong evidence that Syria's army used chlorine gas on rebel-held neighborhoods last month, dropping the canisters in crude bombs on residential areas.

A vehicle drives past campaign posters of the June 3 presidential election in Damascus, Syria, Monday, May 12, ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee

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Syria's historic Crusader castle damaged by war

The Crac des Chevaliers once held off a siege by the Muslim warrior Saladin some 900 years ago, but today bears the wounds of modern warfare: heavy artillery damaged its walls, an airstrike punctured its roof and shrapnel tore through its religious artifacts.

This photo made on Thursday, May 1, 2014, ...read more

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FBI Director: Number of Americans traveling to fight in Syria increasing

By Sari Horwitz, Adam Goldman FBI Director James B. Comey said Friday that the problem of Americans traveling to Syria to fight in the civil war there has worsened in recent months and remains a major concern to U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Syrian rebels who received first U.S. missiles of war see shipment as ‘an important first step’

By Liz Sly KHAN AL-SUBUL, Syria — Under the leadership of a young, battle-hardened rebel commander, the men entrusted with the first American missiles to be delivered to the Syrian war are engaged in an ambitious effort to forge a new, professional army. Read full article >> ...read more

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Flash Points: Is Syria's civil war rejuvenating al Qaeda?

CBS News Homeland Security Correspondent Bob Orr talks with CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate about the ongoing civil war in Syria and why counterterrorism officials are worried about the foreign fighters flowing into the country. ...read more

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Kuwait, top ally on Syria, is also the leading funder of extremist rebels

By Karen DeYoung Kuwait, a U.S. ally whose aid to besieged Syrian civilians has been surpassed only by the United States this year, is also the leading source of funding for al-Qaeda-linked terrorists fighting in Syria's civil war, according to Obama administration officials. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


In Easter message, Pope urges faithful to pray for Syria, Ukraine and aid poor

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com POPE FRANCIS PRAYS for peace in Ukraine and Syria, while telling the faithful they should be 'sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick,' as he celebrates Easter Mass before more than 150,000 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.Pope's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi'Holy fire ceremony draws ...read more

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Ignatius: Obama appears ready to expand covert assistance to Syrian opposition

By David Ignatius The Obama administration, stung by reversals in Ukraine and Syria, appears to have decided to expand its covert program of training and assistance for the Syrian opposition, deepening U.S. involvement in that brutal and stalemated civil war. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Former Energy Minister Says Targets Oil and Gas Development in Syria

By Reuters <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> Russian energy company Soyuzneftegaz hopes that deals can be concluded to develop oil and gas in peaceful regions of Syria even if civil war is still raging elsewhere, its chairman said. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times


Islamist recruiter who inspired Hamburg cell tied to 9/11 attacks gains freedom in Syria

By Adam Goldman A key figure in the radicalization of members of the Hamburg cell at the center of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has been freed from a Syrian prison where he spent years after being secretly sent to Damascus with U.S. backing. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Rift between terror groups in Syria: What does it mean?

Flash Points: CBS News Homeland Security Correspondent Bob Orr talks with CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate about terrorism in Syria and Nigeria, along with a high-profile arrest of a former Guantanamo detainee in Britain. ...read more

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UN Security Council Unanimously Approves Syria Aid Access Resolution

By Reuters <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> The United Nations Security Council achieved rare unity to act on Syria's civil war Saturday when Russia and China supported adoption of a resolution to boost aid access in Syria that threatens to take "further steps" in the case of noncompliance. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times


Kerry hails new UN Syria aid resolution as possible turning point in crisis

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com SECRETARY OF STATE John Kerry has praised the UN Security Council for agreeing on a resolution calling on both sides in Syria's civil war to allow access to humanitarian aid for all Syrians, saying it could be 'a hinge-point in the tortured three years' of fighting. FLASHBACK: Kerry accuses ...read more

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Russia and NATO Plan Joint Operation on Syria's Chemical Weapons

By Reuters <moscowtimes@themoscowtimes.com> BRUSSELS - Russia and NATO are drawing up plans for a rare joint naval operation in the Mediterranean to protect the U.S. ship that will destroy Syria's deadliest chemical weapons, officials and other sources said. ...read more

Source: The Moscow Times


McCain warns of failure in Syria talks

By foxnewsonline@foxnews.com ARIZONA REPUBLICAN Sen. John McCain is warning that efforts to end Syria's roughly 3-year-long civil war are on the brink of failure and the crisis is worsening, following a second round of stalled talks.Syrian troops bombard town near Lebanon borderSyrian activist group says 140,000 people have been killed since crisis ...read more

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After Second Round of Syria Talks, No Agreement Even on How to Negotiate

By By ANNE BARNARD and NICK CUMMING-BRUCE The United Nations mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, wrapped up the second round of peace talks here on Saturday without breaking a longstanding deadlock or setting a date for a third round, and urged the parties to think seriously about their commitment to the negotiations. ...read more

Source: The New York Times


Obama tells Jordan’s king he will seek more humanitarian aid for Syria’s refugees

By Zachary Goldfarb RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — With the violence in Syria growing worse by the day, President Obama said on Friday evening that he was searching for ways to provide more humanitarian support to the country's citizens and for ways to put more pressure on the regime of Bashar al-Assad to stem ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Editorial: Mr. Obama’s new tone on Syria

By Editorial Board IS PRESIDENT Obama creeping toward a rethinking of his Syria policy? Some words he spoke Tuesday raised our hopes. At a news conference with French President François Hollande, Mr. Obama described the Syrian conflict, which he dismissed five months ago as “someone else's civil war,” as “one of our highest ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Obama: ‘Enormous frustration’ over ‘crumbling’ state of Syria

By David Nakamura, William Branigin President Obama on Tuesday called Syria a “crumbling” state and acknowledged that the United Nations remains “far from achieving” its goal of returning stability and normalcy to the war-torn nation, but he again ruled out direct U.S. military intervention. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Tales by ex-detainees raise questions about extremists’ goals in Syria

In the space of a few months, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria came to dominate much of northern and eastern Syria, lording it over more moderate rebels and installing a reign of terror the extent of which is only now becoming clear.

This undated file image posted on a ...read more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Battle against ISIS may help unify fractured Syrian rebels

Rebels in northern Syria initially planned to launch an offensive against Islamic extremists this spring, but they moved months earlier because the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was on the verge of seizing a strategic town, according to a new television documentary.

Nov. 8, 2013 - A rebel fighter fires ...read more

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Al-Qaeda’s expulsion of Islamist group in Syria prompts high-level U.S. debate

By Karen DeYoung, Greg Miller The Obama administration is engaged in a debate about the extent of the president's powers to use lethal force against terrorist organizations, and the deliberations have been accelerated by al-Qaeda's recent decision to sever ties with a violent Islamist group in Syria. Read full article >> ...read more

Source: The Washington Post


Can the U.S. exploit the al Qaeda rift in Syria?

Flash Points: CBS News Homeland Security Correspondent Bob Orr talks with CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate about the recent rift between al Qaeda factions fighting in Syria and what it could mean for the civil war there. ...read more

Source: CBS News


Editorial: The U.S. must reconsider its failed Syrian policy

By Editorial Board JOHN F. KERRY acknowledged to a group of congressmen over the weekend that the Obama administration's policy in Syria is failing, according to two Republican senators. If so — Mr. Kerry's spokeswoman disputed the account — he would deserve credit for finally recognizing realities that he and President Obama have ...read more

Source: The Washington Post