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ACCIDENTAL TOURISTS: Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees

12.14.14 On scene at what’s becoming Italy’s makeshift Ellis Island. Will Europe learn to accept Syria’s huddled masses yearning to breathe free? AUGUSTA, Sicily—“There is a little office near the…

Many uncertainties remain in the anti-ISIS campaign

Summary by David Ignatius, Daily Star, Lebanon Gen. John Allen must sometimes feel that he’s navigating a maze as he organizes the coalition to defeat ISIS: Iran is a silent…

The U.S. just refuses to take the blame

Summary Rami G. Khouri, The Daily Star, Lebanon It is exasperating to listen to American officials pontificate about events in the Middle East and offer what sounds like reasonable proposals…

Jordan’s King Says Fight Against ISIS Is ‘a Third World War, a Muslim Problem’

Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who is in Washington to meet with President Barack Obama, described the battle against the Islamic State, or ISIS, terror group in Iraq and Syria as…

UN reveals Israeli links with Syrian rebels – Reports by UN observers in the Golan submitted to 15 members of Security Council detail regular contact between IDF officers and armed Syrian opposition figures at the border.

Reports by UN observers in the Golan Heights over the past 18 months reveal the type and extent of cooperation between Israel and Syrian opposition figures. The reports, submitted to…

Jordan makes $2.87b appeal under response plan to refugee crisis

by Khetam Malkawi | Dec 04, 2014 JORDAN TIMES AMMAN — Jordan on Thursday stressed its commitment to supporting Syrian refugees on its territory, but warned that the same level…

Jordan must not become a bankrupt refugee state

Wednesday, 3 December 2014 Chris Doyle Two brothers faced each other in wheelchairs. Only by sheer accident of fate did these two Syrian refugees find themselves reunited in a small…

Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State’s future in Asia

One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over…

More U.S. dishonesty – editorial – The Daily Star, Lebanon

The Daily Star The situation on the ground in Syria is extremely complicated, in contrast to the skies, where things are crystal-clear. The U.S.-led coalition carries out daily airstrikes against…

Pope Francis urges religious tolerance on rare Turkey visit

By Laura Smith-Spark and Arwa Damon, CNN Ankara, Turkey (CNN) — Pope Francis called Friday for religious tolerance and dialogue to counter extremism in the Middle East as he met…

700 migrants’ harrowing sail ends

BY NICHOLAS PAPHITIS | AP ARABNEWS.COM Published — Friday 28 November 2014 IERAPETRA, Greece: More than 700 people, most fleeing Syria, were disembarking Thursday on the Greek island of Crete…

With incentives and brute force, IS subdues tribes

BEIRUT — The Islamic State (IS) group is employing multiple tactics to subdue the Sunni Muslim tribes in Syria and Iraq under its rule, wooing some with gifts — everything…

Islamic State Lacks Funds to Keep Control of Iraqi, Syrian Territory: Experts

LONDON: Islamic State (IS) militants may ultimately lose the war in Iraq and Syria because they do not have enough money to run the territory under their control, despite holding…

Qatar runs covert desert training camp for Syrian rebels

by Amena Baker, The Daily Star, Lebanon Summary At a desert base, Gulf state Qatar is covertly training moderate Syrian rebels with U.S. help to fight both President Bashar Assad…

War with Isis: Islamic militants have army of 200,000, claims senior Kurdish leader

Exclusive: CIA has hugely underestimated the number of jihadis, who now rule an area the size of Britain PATRICK COCKBURN IRBIL Sunday 16 November 2014 The Islamic State (Isis) has…

Isis in Syria: The militia that has transcended tribal divisions to fight Islamic State

BY ROBERT FISK Sunday 16 November 2014 Militias worry me. No rules, no guidelines, no punishments. The Israelis used an undisciplined mob called the South Lebanon Army. The Americans used…

Abdul-Rahman Kassig killing is pure evil, says Obama

BBC News: US President Barack Obama has condemned the killing of US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig as “an act of pure evil”. The Islamic State (IS) militant group released a…

Islamic State to Mint Gold Coins

By Erik Holm and Siobhan Gorman The Islamic State is getting into the gold-coin business. The “Treasury Department” of the jihadist group that is now occupying large portions of Syria…

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