MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Egypt's Minister of Defense, First Deputy Prime Minister and likely presidential candidate, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) in Novo-Ogaryovo residence on February 13, 2014 near Moscow, Russia. Egypt's Minister of Defense Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy are on a two-day official visit to meet with their Russian counterparts for bilateral discussions. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
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Egypt sends Assad secret arms aid, including missiles, with Russian funding

August 30, 2015 Full text at DEBKAfile Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi has begun supplying Bashar Assad with arms, including missiles, after concluding a secret deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his consent to pick up the tab, DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources reveal. [ . . . ] El-Sisi is now …

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How Turkey Plays the War on Terror

By Philip Giraldi August 25, 2015 Full text at The American Conservative [ . . . ] The United States has given open and covert support to rebel groups operating in Syria in the insane belief that overthrowing President Bashar al-Assad would lead to the creation of a new democracy. Just …

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Hitam Ali Staiti at his home in the village of Douheir Taha.  (photo by Fehim Tastekin)
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Syria’s Lords of War: “We are fighting for all of Syria”

By Fehim Taştekin August 24, 2015 Full story at Al-Monitor [ . . . ] In Tartus, a man asked me what, as a journalist, I was looking for in Syria. I replied, “I want to observe how the war affected the society and economy.” He said, “Ah, you are …

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The Truth about Syria, No. 12, August 19, 2015: “U.N Security Council Approves Path Forward for Syria: Condemns IS & Al-Qaeda Terrorists, No Mention of Assad Step-Down”

No. 12 Alarmed by Continuing Syria Crisis, Security Council Affirms Its Support for Moving Political Solution Forward Allam: Warnings of jihadists among Syria’s rebels came early, were ignored ISIS beheads Palmyra antiquities expert and displays his mutilated body in the centre of the historic city after he refused to reveal …

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Alarmed by Continuing Syria Crisis, Security Council Affirms Its Support for Special Envoy’s Approach in Moving Political Solution Forward

United Nations press center http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/sc12008.doc.htm 7504th Meeting* (PM) Security Council Meetings Coverage Expressing grave alarm over the continuing crisis in Syria and its toll of over 250,000 dead and 12 million displaced, the Security Council this afternoon affirmed its support for the approach of Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura in moving forward …

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Under the militants' control: ISIS, whose insurgents control swathes of Syria and Iraq, captured Palmyra - a Unesco World Heritage Site - from Syrian government forces in May
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ISIS beheads Palmyra antiquities expert and displays his mutilated body in the centre of the historic city after he refused to reveal where ancient statues and gold were hidden

Palmyra head of antiquities Khaled Asaad was murdered by ISIS yesterday He had been ‘detained and interrogated for over a month by the militants’ ISIS took Unesco World Heritage Site from government forces in May Their depraved supporters took to social media to proudly display a sickening photograph of the scholar’s …

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In this photo taken on June 12, 2011 during a government-organized tour for media, a Syrian security officer shows dead bodies, some still in uniform, that were beheaded or struck on the head with an axe, near the city's Military Police building, in the town of Jisr al-Shughour, north of Damascus, Syria. Syrians poured across the border to refugee camps in Turkey, fleeing a military crackdown that sent elite forces backed by helicopters and tanks into the northern town. Bassem Tellawi AP
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Warnings of jihadists among Syria’s rebels came early, were ignored

August 13, 2015 By Hannah Allam Full story at Mclatchydc.com WASHINGTON – In the first week of September 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before congressional hearings  . . .  “The opposition is getting stronger by the day,” Kerry assured members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He painted …

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The Truth about Syria, No. 11, August 11, 2015: “SAWA Calls for ‘Thoroughgoing Reevaluation’ of America’s Syria Policy as U.S. and Allies’ Links to Terrorists Exposed”

August 11, 2015 No. 11 SAWA Chairman writes to new U.S. Special Envoy for Syria to urge a “thoroughgoing reevaluation of American policy goals and means of achieving them” Ankara warms to idea of political solution in Syria: “Ankara and Damascus will eventually find themselves on the same side” Former …

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A woman walks along a street in the southeastern Turkish town of Silopi in Sirnak province, near the Turkish-Iraqi border crossing of Habur, Turkey, August 7, 2015. Five people were killed in eastern Turkey on Friday in a series of clashes between security forces and Kurdish militants, part of a surge in violence that has put further strain on a fragile peace process between Ankara and the rebels. Three people were killed and seven wounded during clashes between police and militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the town of Silopi, authorities said. In two other separate incidents in Van and Agri provinces, the militants killed two soldiers, bringing the death toll among Turkish security forces since July 20 to at least 21. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar  - RTX1NHMZ
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Ankara warms to idea of political solution in Syria: “Ankara and Damascus will eventually find themselves on the same side”

August 11, 2013 By Semih Idiz Full story at Al-Monitor Disturbed by the bad press it is receiving at home and abroad and continuous questions about its commitment to fighting the Islamic State (IS), the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is signaling that Ankara is …

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Ambulances ferry ISIL terrorists between Adıyaman and Syria, CHP report says

Full story at Today’s Zaman (Turkey) In a recent report, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has claimed that ambulances are routinely used in the southeastern province of Adıyaman to carry injured Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants from Syria to Turkey and to transport new ISIL recruits across the border into …

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