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New images show ISIS torching alcohol, cigarettes

A pile of cigarettes, banned in ISIS-held areas, burn as the militants watch over. (Photo courtesy: YouTube) Al Arabiya News Photos released by supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) showed militants burning piles of confiscated cigarettes and alcohol allegedly in areas in Iraq and Syria. In applying their strict interpretation of … Continue reading

ISIS in fresh bid to seize regime airbase

ISIS launched a fierce offensive to seize the last government controlled airbase in eastern Syria, entering a strategic village near the facility. BEIRUT – The Islamic State (ISIS) group earlier in the week launched a fierce offensive to seize the last government controlled airbase in eastern Syria, entering a strategic village near the facility.   … Continue reading

Al-Nusra attack Aleppo Shiite towns

BEIRUT – Islamist fighters launched an offensive to seize two Shiite towns north of Aleppo on the weekend in a bid to secure rebel supply lines into the embattled city.   On Sunday, fighters from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front as well as other opposition forces attacked Zahraa and Nubl, both of which have been besieged by … Continue reading

Islamic State and al-Nursra reach accord in Syria

By DEB RIECHMANN ISTANBUL (AP) — Militant leaders from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria last week and agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander have told The Associated Press. … Continue reading

Iran in the Syria war: a report

Naame Shaam NOW received the following report summary from Naame Shaam, a group of Iranian, Syrian and Lebanese activists and citizen-journalists, which interviewed with NOW in April.   The report focuses on uncovering the role of the Iranian regime in Syria and is the result of a year of Naame Shaam’s work. It draws largely … Continue reading

Al Qaeda’s Killer New Alliance with ISIS

Jamie Dettmer ISTANBUL—Jihadi veterans known collectively as the Khorasan group, which have been targeted in two waves of airstrikes by U.S. warplanes, are trying to broker an alarming merger between militant archrivals the Islamic State and Jabhat al Nusra, the official Syrian branch of al Qaeda. The merger, if it comes off, would have major … Continue reading

Does Israel have reason to target Syria nuclear experts?

The story immediately fueled the conspiratorial theories that maybe Israeli intelligence, namely the Mossad, had been behind it. THIS UNDATED image released by the US government shows a suspected nuclear reactor plant under construction in Syria.. (photo credit:REUTERS) According to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, more than 200,000 people have … Continue reading

The battle for Homs

Ana Maria Luca The Islamic State (ISIS) has been battling Syrian state forces in Homs region for the past 10 days, pushing hard to acquire several natural gas fields and refineries, along with air bases and other military objectives. While the US-led coalition is busy watching the battle of Kobani, there is a battle in … Continue reading

US led air strikes hit al-Nusra in Syria

Islamic fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front drive through the Yarmuk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, on July 28, 2014. (AFP) Air strikes by a U.S.-led coalition set up to fight Islamic State targeted the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in northwest Syria overnight, an organization that tracks violence in the Syrian civil war reported … Continue reading

Turkey attacks the Kurds in Syria

Reuters Turkish warplanes attacked Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in southeast Turkey on Sunday in the first significant air operation against the militants since the launch of a peace process two years ago, Hurriyet news website said on Tuesday.     The air strikes caused “major damage” to the PKK, Hurriyet said. They were launched … Continue reading

Postmodern Islamism: 4 Syria caliphate scenarios

Numerous near-term developments are possible in the fight to defeat the Islamic State, but the failure of Arab revolutions to eradicate corruption and dictatorship mean we’ll see continued violence and extremism.   Fidaa Itani The effect thus far of the Arab Spring has been to consolidate extant ruling systems. The revolutions have failed to bring … Continue reading