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  • Syria: nearly half rebel fighters are jihadists or hardline Islamists, says IHS Jane´s report

    09/15/2013 2:36:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 9/15/13 | Ben Farmer
    Nearly half the rebel fighters in Syria are now aligned to jihadist or hardline Islamist groups according to a new analysis of factions in the country´s civil war. Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad´s regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented into as many as 1,000 bands. The new study by IHS Jane´s, a defence consultancy, estimates there are around 10,000 jihadists - who would include foreign fighters - fighting for powerful factions linked to al-Qaeda. Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share much of the outlook
  • Al-Qaeda-linked rebels take Syrian Christian village, activists say

    09/08/2013 5:39:12 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 28 replies
    cbs ^ | 9/8/2013 | staff
    Rebels including al-Qaeda-linked fighters gained control of a Christian village northeast of the capital Damascus, Syrian activists said Sunday. Government media provided a dramatically different account of the battle suggesting regime forces were winning. Independent information has been nearly impossible to come by in the 2.5-year-old conflict in Syria. Maaloula, a scenic mountain community, is known for being one of the few places in the world where residents still speak the ancient Middle Eastern language of Aramaic. The rebel advance into the area this week was spearheaded by the Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, exacerbating fears among Syrians and religious...
  • Al-Qaeda-linked rebels take Syrian Christian village, activists say

    09/08/2013 5:42:56 AM PDT · by maggief · 4 replies
    AP ^ | September 8, 2013
    AMMAN, Jordan Rebels including al-Qaeda-linked fighters gained control of a Christian village northeast of the capital Damascus, Syrian activists said Sunday. Government media provided a dramatically different account of the battle suggesting regime forces were winning. Independent information has been nearly impossible to come by in the 2.5-year-old conflict in Syria. Maaloula, a scenic mountain community, is known for being one of the few places in the world where residents still speak the ancient Middle Eastern language of Aramaic. The rebel advance into the area this week was spearheaded by the Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, exacerbating fears among Syrians...
  • Eyewitness: "The aim of the militants was to kill as many as possible Christian inhabitants"

    09/07/2013 6:50:13 PM PDT · by annalex · 60 replies
    Radio Voice of Russia ^ | Sep. 6th, 2013 at 9:30 PM | Naowaf Ibrahim
    Eyewitness: "The aim of the militants was to kill as many as possible Christian inhabitants" On September 5th the Syrian opposition armed groups attempted to capture Maalula, the town populated mostly by Christians, located 60 km from Damascus. The correspondent of "Voice of Russia" got in touch with the eyewitness to the events, which was in town during the assault, Vail Malas. Maalula town is best known for the fact that its inhabitants speak a dialect of Aramaic, which is close to the language of Jesus Christ. Government troops repulsed the attack, but the militants related to "Dzhabhat en-Nusra" and...
  • Syria crisis: al-Qaeda seizes village that still speaks the ancient language of Christ

    09/05/2013 10:49:25 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 53 replies
    7:46PM BST 05 Sep 2013 Fighting raged through the picturesque mountain village of Maaloula, near Damascus, on Thursday, as the regime launched a counter-attack against the rebels. "They entered the main square and smashed a statue of the Virgin Mary," said one resident of the area, speaking by phone and too frightened to give his name. "They shelled us from the nearby mountain. Two shells hit the St Thecla convent." Maaloula, tucked into the honey-coloured cliffs of a mountain range north of Damascus and on a "tentative" list of applicants for Unesco world heritage status, is associated with the earliest...
  • Al-Qaeda militants kill 24 civilians near Ras al-Ain -

    09/05/2013 8:48:41 PM PDT · by austinaero · 22 replies
    alalam online ^ | 09/02/2013 | none given
    Al-Qaeda linked terrorists in Syria have beheaded all 24 Syrian passengers traveling from Tartus to Ras al-Ain in northeast of Syria, among them a mother and a 40-days old infant. Gunmen from the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Levant stopped the bus on the road in Talkalakh and killed everyone before setting the bus on fire - See more at: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1512664#sthash.C3Y23xws.dpuf
  • Mexican Cartels Behind Oregon Killings

    06/22/2013 5:10:46 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 06/22/13 | Friends of Ours
    The "Mexican cartels, including the powerful Sinaloa and the brutal Los Zetas, have infiltrated almost every corner of Oregon," and "perhaps most unnerving, cartel-connected traffickers lash out in violence to control territory, settle debts or warn rivals" as reported by Les Zaitz for The Oregonian: "Police suspect a cartel is behind the roadside execution early last year of a trafficker near Salem. They think cartel operatives shot two California drug dealers whose bodies were found buried in the sage northeast of Klamath Falls last fall. They also believe a cartel ordered a 2007 hit in which a trafficker and four...