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NEWSLINK: ISIL crucifies eight rival fighters, says monitoring group

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[“ISIL crucifies eight rival fighters, says monitoring group” – Reuters 7.1.14] Reuters reports on the so-called “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) crucifying eight of their own militants for being too moderate, and publicly displaying their bodies: Eight rebel fighters have been crucified in Syria by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) because they were considered too moderate, a monitoring

NEWSLINK: Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels

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[“Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels” – BBC – 6.26.14] BBC covers reported plans by the Obama administration to request a half-billion dollars from Congress to provide military training and equipment to Syrian rebels, specifically a subset apparently to be deemed moderate. However, one focus would be not simply assisting rebels opposing Syrian strongman Bashas al-Assad, but also countering Islamic group “ISIL,”

NEWSLINK: Israeli air strikes target Syria after Golan death

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[“Israeli air strikes target Syria after Golan death” – BBC 6.22.14] BBC covers Israeli claims to have launched new attacks on targets in Syria, this time in response to the death of an Israeli youth in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The [Israeli] military said it had attacked nine targets in response to the killing of a 15-year-old boy in a strike in the occupied Golan

Syrian Activists Say Dozens of Bodies Found in River

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(VOA – Michael Lipin – January 29, 2013) Syrian opposition activists say the bodies of at least 65 people apparently shot in the head have been found in a river in the northern city of Aleppo. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights posted videos on the Internet on Tuesday, showing dozens of muddied bodies that it says were dragged out of the Queweik river

Syria Talks End With No Breakthrough

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(VOA – Lisa Schlein,¬†Edward Yeranian -January 11, 2013) International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says talks with senior U.S. and Russian officials in Geneva ended Friday without a breakthrough about how to end the civil war in Syria. Brahimi held closed-door talks Friday at United Nations’ European headquarters in Switzerland with Russian Deputy Foreign Ministry Mikhail Bogdanov and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. The discussions

Mideast Winter Storm Deepens Misery of Syrians

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(VOA – Scott Bobb – January 10, 2013) A winter storm in the Middle East has brought heavy snowfall and flooding and caused at least eight deaths. The storm, called the worst in more than 20 years, disrupted life across the region and deepened the misery of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. Weather experts say the storm dumped the precipitation of an entire average

United States and Israel preparing military operation in Syria’s occupied Golan Heights?

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UPI reports, based upon a claim in Middle Eastern source al-Quds al-Arabi, that the United States and Israel are preparing a military intervention in the Golan Heights: Israel is in secret talks with Syrian rebels to help find the remains of an executed Israeli spy and prepare for an operation, al-Quds al-Arabi reports. The report said Israeli officials held talks in Jordan with Syrian opposition

Treasury Department announces sanctions against persons and entities linked to Iranian WMD programs, as well as military support for Syria’s Assad

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The U.S. Treasury Department announced on Dec. 21, 2012, that it was “designating” four companies and one individual under Executive Order 13382 that targets weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferators and their supporters. The action prohibits U.S. parties from doing business with the parties designated, freezes any U.S. assets of the parties and potentially cuts off access to the U.S. financial system for any foreign