Tagged: Syrian Civil War

‘ISIS rejects Zawahiri’s call for its withdrawal from Syria,’ BBC Arabic (London), 13 May 2014

The organisation “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIS) has rejected the call of Al-Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to cease fighting in Syria. Continue reading

‘Number of Moroccans in Syria surpasses 8,000 fighters,’ Al-Massae (Morocco), 12 May 2014

A new report suggests that there could be over 8,000 Moroccans fighting in Syria against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Previous reports suggested a number between 1,000 and 1,500 Moroccans were in Syria, mainly fighting in a unit called “Sham al-Islam,” led by former Guantanamo Bay prisoner and Moroccan national Ibrahim Benchekroun. Continue reading

‘Asad’s regime transports various weapons to Hezbollah’s strongholds in Lebanon’, al-Moslim.net, 20th April 2014

Al- Asad aims to open a strategic road in hopes of getting various weapons to Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon according to opposition sources.



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‘Da’ash Imposition of Islamic law on Christians of al-Raqqa in Syria’, al-Rafidayn (Iraq), 27 February 2013

In an attempt to raise funds and legitimize themselves among hard-line Islamists, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have instituted an ‘agreement’ in the city of al-Raqqa imposing a number of rules on Christians in the city as well as the general population, including an ancient Islamic tax for non-Muslim inhabitants in the Islamic domain.

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‘Syrian Red Crescent: 300 people evacuated today from the Old City of Homs’, Akhbar al-Khaleej (Bahrain), 10th February 2014

A boy sits at the back of a pick-up truck loaded with belongings as he flees with his family the violence in Aleppo's al-Jazmati district

As the fourth day of the humanitarian ceasefire enters into force more people leave the Old City of Homs, where al-Asad’s forces currently besiege the opposition fighters.

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‘Globe and Mail: Canadian Prime Minister paints a grim picture of the Middle East,’ el-Badil (Egypt), 23 January 2014

The Global and Mail reports on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Israel. Harper was in Tel Aviv as a part of his current Middle East tour. The PM received an honourary doctorate from Tel Aviv University and expressed his thoughts on the Jewish state and the current conflict in Syria.

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‘What is “ISIS?,”’ an-Nahar (Lebanon), 7 January 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria

This report from an-Nahar discusses the of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria organization in the current conflict in Syria. The report marks their transition from Iraq to fighting in Syria under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as well as their activities during the conflict and interactions with other armed groups in the country.

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‘Protest in Beirut calling for an end of the starvation of Yarmouk,’ Al-Jazeera (Qatar), 16 January 2014

Screen Shot 2014-01-16 at 1.56.39 PMDozens of protesters gathered outside the headquarters of a United Nations office in Beirut Wednesday evening to call for an end to the siege on the Yarmouk refugee camp in the Syrian capital of Damascus. The camp, which is home to the largest Palestinian refugee community in the country, has been under siege since last summer, leading to the death of dozens of residents from starvation.

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‘Islamic Front announce death of ‘Da’ish’ leader in Saraqeb’, al-Arabiyya (UAE), 15th January 2014

The Free Syrian Army have undertaken victories in the Idlib countryside around Aleppo against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, know in Arabic by the acronym Da’ish (Dawat al-Islam fi al-Iraq wa ash-Shams).

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‘Al-Fawzan: Syria and Iran created “ISIS” to abort the revolution,’ Al-Arabiya (UAE), 5 January 2014

A Saudi professor of comparative jurisprudence claims that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a creation of Syrian and Iranian intelligence to stop the Syrian revolution from succeeding. Al-Fawzan believes that ISIS deceived Syrians of the truth behind the organization.

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