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Op-Ed: Many Islamic State weapons made in the U.S.

Baghdad - Many weapons used by the Islamic State were seized as they captured bases in Iraq from Iraqi forces. However, the group also has US weapons that appear to have been given originally to moderate Syrian rebels linked to the Free Syrian Army.

Islamic State occupies town on Lebanon Syria border

Beirut - Jihadists associated with Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL) seized territory inside Lebanon. The rebel group that swore allegiance to the Islamic State set up checkpoints in the town of Arsal.

Op-Ed: Iraq a lose-lose proposition for Obama administration

Baghdad - For President Obama, Iraq is the anti-war horse he rode to victory in 2008. Many political analysts say opposition to the Iraqi war was the club he used to first pound Clinton then Republicans into submission.

Syrian rebels and government agree to ceasefire near Homs

Homs - Activists report that Syrian rebels have negotiated a ceasefire near the city of Homs. The ceasefire came into effect Friday. Earlier negotiations led to rebels giving up Homs while they were transported with weapons to rebel-held areas.

Two militant groups in Syria continue to clash with each other

Damascus - Fighting between rival radical Islamist groups has claimed the lives of 62 militants and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes to avoid the violence.

Ceasefire in Homs allows rebels to retreat with weapons

Homs - While there may be no progress in Syria peace talks there have been local ceasefires from time to time. A new ceasefire deal has been reached between rebel and Syrian commanders.

UN special envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi set to resign

New York - Lakhdar Brahimi the UN and Arab League joint special representative on Syria is said to be planning to resign in the near future. He told reporters almost a year ago in New York that he thought about resigning every day.

Op-Ed: Assad's presidential run probably dooms any peace talks

Damascus - The speaker of the Syrian parliament announced on April 28 that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would seek a third term in office in an election that is to be held on June 3.

Gun battles between pro and anti-Assad forces break out in Beirut

Beirut - Clashes between pro and anti-Assad gunmen in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has left at least 13 people wounded according to police.

Op-Ed: Radical Islamic group ISIL withdraws from some Syrian territory

Aleppo - The radical Jabhat al-Nusra Front recognized by Al Qaeda gave rivals Islamic State in Iraq and Levant(ISIS or ISIL or AQI) five days to agree to mediation over control over the areas of northern Syria ISIL occupies.

Assad forces kill up to 175 Al Qaeda-linked rebels in ambush

Damascus - Syrian state-run news outlets report that Syrian forces ambushed fighters of the Jabhat al-Nusra faction of rebels linked to Al Qaeda killing 175 and wounding many more.

More militant group may have killed Syrian Al-Qaeda leader

Aleppo - Abu Khaled al Suri died in a suicide bombing in Aleppo Syria. He was a member of Ahrar al-Sham and close to current Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. The death was confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Op-Ed: Dismissed chief of Free Syrian Army claims he is still commander

Istanbul - The former commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) General Salim Idriss rejected his dismissal as military head of the group. He claims that the whole chain of command needed a "total restructuring".

Op-Ed: Brahimi makes last ditch effort to save Geneva 2 talks on Syria

Geneva - UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said that high-level Russian and U.S. diplomats promised to try and keep the Geneva 2 peace talks alive as they are now at a deadlock after very little progress.

Op-Ed: Second round of Geneva 2 talks see little progress so far

Geneva - The Geneva 2 peace talks have resumed as of Monday February 10th. On the first day the two sides did not meet together but the UN Special Envoy met separately with each side and took messages back and forth.

Op-Ed: Six hundred people now evacuated from Homs

Homs - In spite of mortar fire and shooting yesterday, a total of six hundred people have now been evacuated from besieged parts of Homs mostly women, children, and the elderly.

Agreement reached on humanitarian aid for Syrian city of Homs

Homs - The UN welcomed reports that an agreement had been reached to allow evacuation of civilians from besieged areas of Homs and for aid to be delivered as well.

Op-Ed: Russian official claims Syria will attend next round of Geneva 2

Moscow - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told reporters that the Syrian government will take part in the second round of talks at Geneva 2.

Syrian government aircraft unleash air strike in Aleppo, 83 dead

Aleppo - Syrian government helicopters and war planes have launched air strikes on 15 opposition-held neighbourhoods in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday.

Op-Ed: First round of Geneva 2 talks end with no breakthrough

Geneva - The first round of peace talks designed to end the ongoing civil war in Syria have now ended. There was no breakthrough achieved. Each side blamed the other for the lack of progress.

Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus a humanitarian disaster

Damascus - Yarmouk is a Palestinian refugee camp a short distance south of Damascus. The camp was set up for Palestinian refugees after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that resulted in the creation of Israel but displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.

Ceasefire arranged in rebel held suburb of Damascus

Damascus - In another development that will help improve the humanitarian situation in the Syrian civil war, a ceasefire has been arranged between government forces and rebels in an area of Damascus held by rebels.

Geneva 2 reaches humanitarian agreement on city of Homs

Homs - While Geneva 2 may not be able to stop the fighting in the civil war, even at this early stage the meetings have resulted in agreement on a positive humanitarian move.

Kurds create their own transition government in northern Syria

Damascus - Just a day before the Geneva 2 talks began, the Kurds in Syria declared a provincial government in the northeast area of Syria that they control.

Op-Ed: Iran invited and then uninvited to attend Geneva 2 talks

Montreux - Objections by the United States and the Syrian opposition has resulted in the UN doing a complete about-face as it has uninvited Iran to the Geneva 2 talks after a last-minute invitation just a day ago.

Western-backed Syrian National Coalition votes to attend Geneva 2

Montreux - After delaying a decision that was to be made yesterday, today the Syrian National Coalition, the main western-backed rebel group agreed to attend the Geneva II peace talks sponsored by the UN, Russia, and the U.S.

U.S. urges Syria rebels to attend peace talks, slams govt

Damascus - Barely a week before the Geneva peace conference about the protracted Syrian civil war, US secretary of State John Kerry ruled out Bashar al-Assad’s stake in the Syria’s future if he fails to discuss a political transition in favor of rebels.

Kerry and Lavrov strive for Syria ceasefire before peace talks

Paris - As part of the preparations for the Geneva II talks scheduled for January 22, both Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and United States Secretary of State John Kerry have broached the idea of "localized ceasefires."

Syrian National Coalition still undecided on attending Geneva II

Geneva - The members of the main Western-backed Syrian opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition(SNC) have postponed a vote to decide whether or not they will attend the Geneva II conference on Syria scheduled for January 22.

Op-Ed: Syrian rebels drive Al Qaeda-linked ISIS group from some areas

Aleppo - After steadily expanding the area it controls for some time, often at the expense of other rebel groups, The Islamic State in Sham (ISIS) — also known as Al Qaeda in Iraq — has relinquished control of some areas in northern Syria.
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Sigrid Kaag  Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United ...
Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations (OPCW-UN) joint mission on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme, speaks during a news conference in Damascus November 30, 2013
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A U.N. chemical weapons expert  wearing a gas mask  holds a plastic bag containing samples from one ...
A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus August 29, 2013
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A Syrian man holds the head of a severely wounded man at the entrance of a house that is used as a h...
A Syrian man holds the head of a severely wounded man at the entrance of a house that is used as a hospital in Bab Amr. Feb. 6, 2012
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A FSA fighter engaged in a shootout in Aleppo
A FSA fighter engaged in a shootout in Aleppo
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Syrian rebels
Syrian rebels
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Kamal Hamami  aka Abu Basir  was reportedly killed with his brother during a reconnaissance mission ...
Kamal Hamami, aka Abu Basir, was reportedly killed with his brother during a reconnaissance mission in Turkmen mountains
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Anti-riot police in central Damascus  Jan. 16  2012.
Anti-riot police in central Damascus, Jan. 16, 2012.
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A close-up view of the Za atri camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan  as seen on July 18  2013  from a ...
A close-up view of the Za'atri camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, as seen on July 18, 2013, from a helicopter
U.S. State Department
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Syrian child refugees in Lebanon
Syrian child refugees in Lebanon
IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation
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Doctors and medical staff treating injured rebel fighters and civilians in Aleppo
Doctors and medical staff treating injured rebel fighters and civilians in Aleppo
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In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network  U.N. investigators gather poten...
In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, U.N. investigators gather potential evidence in a Damascus suburb, August 28, 2013
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People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists  who were killed during what ac...
People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists, who were killed during what activists said was an ambush, into their graves during their funeral in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus November 24, 2013. Fierce fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as Syrian rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad
With permission by Reuters / Bassam Khabieh
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Syria: Wounded civilians
Syria: Wounded civilians
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People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists  who were killed during what ac...
People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists, who were killed during what activists said was an ambush, into their graves during their funeral in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus November 24, 2013. Fierce fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as Syrian rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad
With permission by Reuters / Bassam Khabieh
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October 3  2012 - Aleppo  Syria:  A series of car bombs detonated in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri...
October 3, 2012 - Aleppo, Syria: A series of car bombs detonated in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri square in Aleppo, destroy an Officer's Club, hotel and a cafe. At least 44 are killed and 122 are wounded. The al-Qaida-linked al-Nursa Front claimed responsibility for the attack.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Syria at the U.S. Department of State in Wash...
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Syria at the U.S. Department of State in Washington
U.S. Department of State
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Residents pick up after aerial bombings by government forces in the rebel-held Azaz section of Alepp...
Residents pick up after aerial bombings by government forces in the rebel-held Azaz section of Aleppo, August 16, 2012.
Scott Bob report from Azaz, Syria.
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U.N. chemical weapons experts visit a hospital where wounded people affected by a suspected gas atta...
U.N. chemical weapons experts visit a hospital where wounded people affected by a suspected gas attack are being treated, in a southwestern Damascus suburb, August 26, 2013
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File photo: An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube  allegedly shows a tank from forces...
File photo: An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube, allegedly shows a tank from forces loyal to the Syrian government being hit by a projectile in the town of Izaz, on the Turkish-Syrian border
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