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U.S. Dollars in Syrian black market with Iranian seal

U.S. Dollars in Syrian black market with Iranian seal

  An exchange agent in Damascus told “Eqtsad” that amounts of American dollars had been trading in the black market with an Iranian seal. The dollars stamped with phrase “Ya Zahra’a”, one of sacred Shiite's slogans that glorify al-Zahra’a, the daughter of...

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Number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon to move to Germany

Number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon to move to Germany

Caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour said in remarks published on Wednesday that a number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon will move to Germany.   “In cooperation with the Higher Refugee Council, we have started to receive requests from Syrian families who wish to move to...

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Israel warns of Syria as global jihadi destination

Israel warns of Syria as global jihadi destination

 Extremists are not just trying to overthrow Assad but to set up an Islamic state on Israel’s doorstep, major general warns   ''An extensive global jihad center is developing right on Israel’s doorstep,'' the IDF’s head of military research Aviv Kochavi said...

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 Assad militias 'cleansing' Homs of Sunni Muslims

Assad militias 'cleansing' Homs of Sunni Muslims

Bashar al-Assad's militias are "cleansing" towns and villages of their Sunni Muslim inhabitants across the Syrian province of Homs, refugee families and residents have told The Daily Telegraph. The "Shabiha", a loyalist militia drawn largely from the  Syrian  president's...

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Syria: disillusioned rebels drift back to take Assad amnesty

Syria: disillusioned rebels drift back to take Assad amnesty

Hundreds of men who took up arms against President Bashar al-Assad are defecting back to the government side, The Daily Telegraph has learnt. Disillusioned by the Islamist twist that the "revolution" in  Syria  has taken, exhausted after more than two years of conflict...

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Kurdish-Nusra battle becoming war within a war in northern Syria

Kurdish-Nusra battle becoming war within a war in northern Syria

Arab Islamists and Kurdish militants, two of the most controversial armed groups in Syria’s civil war, for the past week have been battling each other for control of key towns close to the Turkish border after the Kurds announced a plan to declare local autonomy. The United States views...

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Lebanon imposes new regulations on Syrian refugees

Lebanon imposes new regulations on Syrian refugees

 Lebanese government imposed new entry controls on Syrians on Tuesday and said it would begin shutting down unlicensed businesses as refugees continue to pour into the country. As of July 22, the UN says over 633,000 Syrians escaping their war-torn country have crossed into Lebanon....

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Homs: continuous restrictions on people of revolt city

Homs: continuous restrictions on people of revolt city

   Assad's forces had imposed more restrictions on movement and  transportation against the people of Homs, the latest procedure was requesting birth certificate which assured that the person is originally from Homs neighborhoods, according to Zaman Alwasl's local source....

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Homs, forced displacement by Assad militias to control rich suburbs

Homs, forced displacement by Assad militias to control rich suburbs

Assad militias intend to expel Sunnis, who live in the rich areas of Homs in order to control their areas. ''It's not a sectarian cleanse this time, it's a cleanse of interests and greed.'' Activist said to Eqtsad, newspaper affiliated to Zaman Alwasl. The systematic arrests...

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Syria's opposition leaders lobby Paris for advanced weapons

Syria's opposition leaders lobby Paris for advanced weapons

  Syria's opposition coalition said on Tuesday it still did not have enough sophisticated weapons to turn the tide against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and would try to convince Paris to provide more military help. Speaking ahead of a visit to the United States and the...

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Syrian rebels to start receiving US weapons amid anxiety from Congress

Syrian rebels to start receiving US weapons amid anxiety from Congress

CIA could begin shipping arms in the coming weeks after clearance from House and Senate intelligence committees The  CIA  could begin shipping arms to  Syria  in the coming weeks, after two US congressional panels cleared the way for the controversial transfer of...

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Syria: competition among Islamists

Syria: competition among Islamists

UNTIL last month the leader of Ahrar al-Sham (the Free Men of Syria), a large Salafist rebel group, went by a  nom de guerre . Then on June 8th Hassan Aboud revealed his real name in an interview with Al Jazeera, the Qatari satellite television channel. Days later he attended a Salafist...

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Syria Kurds make rapid advances in north: NGO

Syria Kurds make rapid advances in north: NGO

 Syrian Kurds made rapid advances in the north on Tuesday, expelling jihadists from a string of villages, as mistrust between Kurds and Arabs grows, a watchdog and activists said. Fighting hit a series of ethnically mixed villages in the northern province of Raqa on the border with...

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Assad establishes an Islamic fund to collect money

Assad establishes an Islamic fund to collect money

 Bashar al-Assad had issued on Tuesday a legislative decree to establish an Islamic fund affiliated to  the Ministry of religious endowments,  called  (al-Zakat)to encourage the  charity in the holy month, the regime news agency (SANA) reported....

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Ramadan for fun and war in Aleppo

Ramadan for fun and war in Aleppo

  ''Our voice chanting the Revolutionary songs is louder than the sound of bullets,'' that's the job of our tent in Salah al-Din suburb in the capital city of North Syria, Aleppo, Activists said to Zaman Alwasl. Despite the war, rebels insisted to keep one of the holy...

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Hezbollah should be put on trial, Syrian opposition says

Hezbollah should be put on trial, Syrian opposition says

 Leaders of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah should be put on trial for their role in the Syrian war, the Syrian opposition said on Tuesday, according to AFP. The remarks came as the Syrian coalition welcomed the EU decision to blacklist Hezbollah's military wing, Al...

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Turkish troops kill civilian trying to cross into Syria

Turkish troops kill civilian trying to cross into Syria

Turkish security forces killed a civilian when they returned fire on a group of people trying to cross illegally from  Turkey  into  Syria , the Turkish military said on Tuesday, as tensions increase along the border. The group of eight civilians had been trying to cross...

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Guardian: Syrian Sunnis fear Assad regime wants to 'ethnically cleanse' Alawite heartland

Guardian: Syrian Sunnis fear Assad regime wants to 'ethnically cleanse' Alawite heartland

Sunni residents in the heartland of  Bashar al-Assad 's Alawite sect say they are being repeatedly threatened and forced to flee their homes, amid fears that the likely fall of the nearby city of Homs will lead to widespread sectarian cleansing in parts of  Syria , the Guardian said....

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