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ISIL launches first direct attacks on Syrian forces

ISIL fighters move artillery in Raqqa, northern Syria.  /Reuters

Special to NICOSIA — For the first time, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has launched a campaign against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. On July 24, hundreds of ISIL fighters attacked Syrian Army positions in […]

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FLASHBACK — Kissinger on Israel’s coming demise: Senile, prophetic or merely pragmatic?

Special to By Alexander Maistrovoy, Henry Kissinger’s recent statement, that in 10 years Israel will cease to exist, borders on senile. Although one of his staff members denied it, Cindy Adams from New York Post insisted: “Reported to […]

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Syrian drone shot down after entering Jordanian air space


Special to AMMAN — Jordan’s military has shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle flying from neighboring Syria. The Jordanian military said anti-aircraft batteries intercepted a UAV that entered from Syria. The military said the UAV was detected by Jordan’s […]

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ISIL morphs into ‘full-blown army’: U.S. intel claims ‘we did see this coming’

Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran at the U.S. Department of State, testified at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on July 23.  / Starr

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has revised its assessment and now regards Islamic State of Iraq and Levant as a military force. The administration of President Barack Obama has told Congress that ISIL was transformed from what […]

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Iranian elite forces re-take gas field from ISIL in Syria

ISIL fighters

Special to NICOSIA — Syria has deployed Iranian combat units to recapture a major energy field in the north. Opposition sources said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been summoned to battle Al Qaida fighters in Syria. They said […]

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Turkey sends reinforcements to Syrian border in fight with Kurdish fighters


Special to ANKARA — Turkey has expanded operations to the Kurdish enclave in neighboring Syria. The Turkish Army has deployed reinforcements along the border of the Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. Officials said the reinforcements were meant to stop […]

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Bipartisan doubts: Obama provided no intelligence briefings on aid to Syrian rebels

Sen. Susan Collins.  /Pete Marovich/

Special to WASHINGTON — Congress has expressed skepticism over a U.S. decision to relay $500 million in military aid to Syrian rebels. Leading members of the House and Senate are warning President Barack Obama of a blowback in the […]

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Hundreds of Syrian forces executed by ISIL after challenging capture of key gas field

ISIL fighters at the Syria-Iraq border.

Special to NICOSIA — The Syrian Army, in its first such ground operation, has sought to stop Al Qaida’s capture of a major natural gas field. The Syrian Army has been battling Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and […]

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ISIL’s ‘gang of thieves’ in Turkey stole 1,800 vehicles for operations

Close to 2,000 vehicles stolen in Turkey have been put to use by ISIL in Syria and Iraq.

Special to ANKARA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has formed a huge fleet of vehicles stolen from Turkey. A leading Turkish daily reported that ISIL was deploying nearly 2,000 Turkish vehicles in Syria. The Milliyet newspaper […]

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Kurdish insurgents deploy 1,000 fighters to stop ISIL siege of Syrian city

PKK fighters

Special to NICOSIA — The leading Kurdish insurgency movement has intervened to save its compatriots in Syria. The Kurdish Workers Party has sent nearly 1,000 fighters to stop an offensive by Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the […]

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