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ISIL hit U.S. F-15 with anti-aircaft batteries captured from Iraq

ISIL fighters on top of a captured military vehicle with anti-aircraft guns in Raqqa, Syria.  /Raqqa Media Center/AP

Special to WASHINGTON — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has been operating anti-aircraft batteries stolen from the Iraqi military. Officials said the U.S. military has determined that ISIL deployed an unspecified number of anti-aircraft artillery to counter Western […]

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ISIL’s conquests make it a magnet for foreign jihadists, from China to Russia

ISIL fighters in Raqqa, Syria.

Special to NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has succeeded in recruiting thousands of fighters over the last two months. The Syrian opposition asserted that ISIL has nearly doubled its foreign fighters contingent since the capture […]

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Mole-aided air strike destroys underground bunker, kills 47 Syrian rebel leaders

Hassan Abboud, seated, was the head of the political bureau of the Islamic Front alliance.

Special to NICOSIA — A leading Sunni rebel militia has been decimated. The leadership of Ahrar Al Sham has been eliminated in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib. Opposition sources said at least 28 of 50 senior members of […]

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Pentagon: ‘ISIL realizes’ that against U.S. airpower, odds for survival are ‘nil’

Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has refrained from targeting the commanders of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, but the Pentagon said air strikes against ISIL have been effective. Officials said the U.S. military has not […]

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Obama said to push Syria no-fly zone with prodding from Turkey

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.  /Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Special to LONDON — The United States is said to have been discussing a no-fly zone over Syria in an effort to stop Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Diplomatic sources said President Barack Obama has been promoting […]

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CIA-trained rebels among Islamists holding off Syrian forces near Golan Heights

Smoke rises following an explosion in Syria's Quneitra province as Syrian rebels clash with President Bashar Assad’s forces, seen from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Aug. 28.  /AP/Ariel Schalit

Special to NICOSIA — Islamist rebel militias have been advancing in Syria’s Golan Heights. Rebel militias are said to have defied Syrian air strikes and advanced in the Quneitra province near Israel. In heavy fighting, the rebels, led by […]

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Hizbullah: Syrian Army bombs ISIL convoy loaded with explosives near Lebanese border

Syria Map Qalamoun

Special to NICOSIA — Syria has halted an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant convoy meant to target Hizbullah strongholds in Lebanon. Hizbullah said the Syrian Army destroyed several vehicles sent by ISIL and Nusra Front for the […]

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ISIL takes strategic Syrian province in major defeat for Assad

Militant Islamist fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade in Syria's northern Raqqa province.

Special to WASHINGTON — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has dealt the regime of President Bashar Assad its biggest defeat since the Sunni revolt in 2011, a report said. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy said […]

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Israel, Syria jointly assist rescue of UN observers from Golan Heights

UN observers on the Golan border.

Special to LONDON — Israel and Syria have joined to help rescue United Nations observers from Islamist rebel militias in the Golan Heights. Diplomatic sources said Israel and Syria provided fire and other support that enabled scores of members […]

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Syria’s sickening crisis — China, Russia, Iran back Assad; Whither the West?

Niño Jose Heredia/Gulf News

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In what can only be described as a plague on both your houses, an UN investigative panel has issued a specific and sickening verdict on the ongoing violence in Syria’s civil war. The […]

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