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US stresses Iraq emphasis even as air strikes escalate against Isis in Syria
www.theguardian.com

“Iraq is our main effort, and it has to be, and the things that we're doing right now in Syria are being done primarily to shape the conditions in Iraq,” General Lloyd Austin, the commanding officer of US Central Command, told reporters at the Pentagon …

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Syria's 'Moderate Rebels' Say They Are Willing, But Need Weapons
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The American-led coalition opposing the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is starting to move toward vetting and training ground forces to do battle in both countries. But it's a slow process, and it comes after years of frustrations for …

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US-led air strikes in Syria kill 10 civilians: monitor
www.reuters.com

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said seven civilians were killed when an air strike hit a gas plant near the town of al-Khasham is the eastern Deir al-Zor province on Friday, and three civilians were killed in an air strike on Thursday night in …

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Commander of the National Ideological Resistance in Syria
www.joshualandis.com

Following on from my previous post here at Syria Comment on the National Ideological Resistance in Syria (a 'Syrian Hezbollah' militia brand primarily based in Tartous and Hama governorates but also operating militarily at …

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Kurdish fighter's long battle through changing face of Syrian war
www.foxnews.com

Syrian Kurdish fighter Delkhwaz Sheikh Ahmad, 22, sits with his wife Siham, 23, and their two sons, Dilyar, left, 3 and Ibrahim, 2, right, at his brother's house in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, as he prepares to leave for Kobani, Syria, to rejoin …

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ISIL fighters 'trained to fly warplanes' in Syria
www.euronews.com

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said witnesses reported the planes were flown around the military airport in Aleppo, it is unknown whether the jets are equipped with functioning weapons. The insurgents were said to be trained by Saddam …

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Middle East Updates / US launches six air strikes in Syria near Kobani
www.haaretz.com

Middle East Updates / U.S. launches six air strikes in Syria near Kobani. Car bombs rock Baghdad, killing at least 24; Kurds sharing intel with U.S. for Syria strikes; Yemen's Al-Qaida expresses support for IS against U.S.-led 'crusade'; Iran, Russia …

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Group claims ISIS has taken to the air
www.cbsnews.com

A new report says the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants are taking to the sky. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a U.K.-based organization which relies on an extensive network of sources and activists inside Syria, claims …

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