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ISIS seizes town from Nusra in Hassakeh province

The Daily Star Damaged buildings are pictured at Karm al-Jabal in Aleppo March 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Mahmoud Hebbo) BEIRUT: Militants from the Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS have taken over the town of Markada in Hassakeh province in fighting with the Nusra Front and other Islamist militias, according to pro-opposition media and an activist group. The reports … Continue reading

Hezbollah’s new mission

Hanin Ghaddar The Party of God’s new role is beyond Lebanon When Yabroud fell, Hezbollah celebrated its victory over Syria’s “takfiris,” reassuring its constituency that its success will stop Al-Qaeda from sending suicide bombers to Lebanon’s Shiite-inhabited areas. Celebratory gunfire rang through Lebanese streets, and a widespread propaganda campaign in Party-affiliated media tried to convince … Continue reading

Syria: Jihadists in mass executions

GENEVA, March 18, (Agencies): The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) carried out “mass executions” in Syria in January, the United Nations said Tuesday, adding that it was investigating allegations of mass graves. The group “conducted mass executions of detainees, thereby perpetrating war crimes,” the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said … Continue reading

Syrians eating cats and dogs

Syrians in the Damascus district of Yarmouk are being forced to eat dogs, cats and inedible plants, a new Amnesty International report released on Monday has found. Starvation is being used as a “weapon of war,” Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa director said in the report. “The Syrian government has committed … Continue reading

ISIS enforces strict rules in northern Syrian city

Al Arabiya News The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a Syria-based Islamist militant group, has imposed strict rules in Syria’s northern city of Raqqah, after gaining complete control in the beginning of this year. Rules established by ISIS in a statement released by the group last year include banning music, singing and smoking, … Continue reading

Hezbollah builds airport, tunnels outside Baalbek

by Al Mustaqbal BEIRUT – Hezbollah built an airport between the areas of Iaat and Wardin outside Lebanon’s Baalbek in addition to warehouses and secret tunnels, a report in Al-Mustaqbal newspaper said Monday.   “Hezbollah has built what looks like an airport in an area between Iaat and Wardin in the Beqaa after having bought … Continue reading

LA gangbangers fight alongside Hezbollah in Syria

In YouTube clip, Wino Ayee Peeyakan and ‘Creeper’ can be seen firing rounds at rebels in war-torn country   By Adiv Sterman Two gang members from Los Angeles have apparently been fighting in Syrian war zones alongside Hezbollah combatants and soldiers loyal to the Bashar Assad regime. In a video posted on his Facebook profile … Continue reading