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October 31, 2014

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new: Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on 'unprecedented scale'  UN

"UN report suggests decline of al-Qaida has yielded an explosion of jihadist enthusiasm for its even mightier successor organisations, chiefly IsisThe United Nations has warned that foreign jihadists are swarming into the twin conflicts in Iraq and Syria on an unprecedented scale and from countries..."

washington post

Iraqi Kurds join fight to break Islamic State siege on Syrian town

"ISTANBUL — A delegation of 10 Iraqi Kurdish fighters crossed into the embattled Syrian border town of Kobane on Thursday, drawing an angry response from the Syrian government, which blamed Turkey for permitting the first public deployment of foreign troops in Syria since the war there began...."

the economist

The war against Islamic State: The Kurdish Stalingrad

"Cheering on the defenders of Kobane, and the US Air Force “WE WILL resist to our last drop of blood together… if necessary we will repeat the Stalingrad resistance in Kobane.” The words of Polat Can, a Syrian Kurdish commander, to describe the fight against Islamic State (IS) jihadists..."

voice of america

new: Iran, Turkey Rivalry Puts Focus on Kurds

Iran, Turkey Rivalry Puts Focus on Kurds

"As differences over Syria and the Islamic State continue to deepen between Turkey and Iran, Kurds living across the Middle East are set to become pawns in the intensifying rivalry between these two regional powers. This week, former close allies Tehran and Ankara again exchanged angry barbs. The..."

new: UN Syria Envoy Proposes 'Freeze Zones' for Conflict


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yahoo news

Australia passes laws cracking down on foreign fighters

"SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia passed laws on Thursday aimed at preventing young people from becoming radicalized and going to fight in overseas conflicts such as those in Iraq and Syria, where scores of Australians have joined militant groups. Last month, the United Nations demanded that all..."

google news

new: Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on 'unprecedented scale' – UN - The Guardian

"The GuardianForeign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on 'unprecedented scale' – UNThe GuardianA report by the UN security council, obtained by the Guardian, finds that 15,000 people have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the Islamic State (Isis) and similar extremist..."

Many killed in Syria barrel bomb 'massacre' -

For Turkey and US, at odds over Syria, a 60-year alliance shows signs of ... - Washington Post

Isis in Syria: General reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his ... - The Independent

US airstrikes probably didn't take out terror targets in Syria, officials say - CNN

syria comment

A Visit to the Tomb of Hafez al-Asad

"The following is an excerpt from “Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present,” just out from Oxford University Press/ C. Hurst & Co. For further information on the book and the history of Syria, follow me on Facebook and Twitter. The road from Latakia to Qardaha wound gently along the..."

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جديد: إطلاق سراح ميشيل كرو والإبقاء على بقية أفراد عائلته رهن الاحتجاز

"أكد صديق عائلة "كرو" المحتجز أفرادها لدى فصيل مسلح معارض في ريف إدلب "جوزيف مكربنة" إطلاق سراح رب الأسرة "ميشيل كرو" عبر وسطاء، وتم إيصاله إلى مقر الهلال الأحمر في حلب، فيما أبقى الفصيل على أفراد العائلة الآخرين رهن الاحتجاز.وكان فصيل مسلح في ريف إدلب أعلن في 28 أغسطس/ آب الماضي اعتقال العائلة كونهم يحملون الجنسية الروسية والسورية،..."

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