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#Syria: news update 10/16/2014

The two big things that happened today, were the shrinking in the areas that are under the control of the Islamic State in ‘Ayn al-Arab/Kobani, plus the little gain al-Assad made near Deir al-Zur, in the Huwayjat Saqr area حويجة صكر, and in Morek.   136 more words


al- Nusra released Father Jallouf

#al-Nusra released Franciscan Priest Hanna Jallouf along with some of those who were detained with him today.  He was released to the village of al-Qnayyeh, which contains the ancient monastery of Mar Yousef, that became a sanctuary for many during the Syrian crisis.   15 more words

Dar'a: Zimrin and Umm al-'Awsaj fell to anti Assad Forces

Zimrin and Umm al-‘Awsaj fell to a coalition of anti-Assad groups near Dar’a.  This coalition is attacking al-Liwa’ 15 nearby.  The next big target is al-Sanamayn, which will put them 45-50 Km from Damascus.   8 more words

Obama faces backlash after blaming intel community for missing ISIS

One wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, woke up Monday morning checking for tire tracks after his boss effectively threw him under the bus for having “underestimated” the threat posed by the Islamic State militant group. 784 more words


Russia's new S-400 air defense systems to be supplied to 12 regiments by 2020

New S-400 Triumf air defense systems will be supplied to 12 missile regiments of Russia’s Aerospace Defence Forces by 2020, their spokesperson, Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said on Monday. 400 more words


Erdogan in no position to give lessons on democracy: Egypt

Egypt has responded to Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest swipe at the Egyptian government, saying that the Turkish president has continued a “series of exaggeration and lies” about Egypt. 548 more words


ISIS+ Al-Nusra Front? Islamists reportedly join forces, new threat against West issued

Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front has issued a new threatening audio message featuring its leader warning the West “will pay the heaviest price” for its actions. The Syrian group is reportedly now joining up with the estranged… 873 more words