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Insight - Syria sees Islamist threat bringing detente with West, but not soon

Aug 22, 2014

Insight - Syria sees Islamist threat bringing detente with West, but not soon

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria is wagering that Islamic State's push to reshape the Middle East will eventually force a hostile West to deal with President Bashar al-Assad as the only way to tackle the threat. While Assad's forces escalate their fight with Islamic State militants in the Syrian civil war, the United States is staging air strikes on the same group across the frontier in Iraq. This, along with United Nations sanctions targetting the Sunni Muslim militants in both Syria and Iraq, has strengthened Assad's belief that the United States and Europe are coming around to his way of viewing the conflict, according to sources familiar with Syrian government thinking #facebook #United States #Business #Syria #Technology #Middle East #Russia #Argentina #Latin America #Mexico #opinion #article
Syria A year after chemical attacks, justice remains elusive

Aug 21, 2014

Syria A year after chemical attacks, justice remains elusive

Syria's opposition and its allies, including the United States, accused Damascus of carrying out thechemical weapons attack. President Bashar Assad's government denied responsibility, and blamed the rebels. #Barack Obama #United Nations #Syria #NewsTracker #Damascus #Free Syrian Army #Chemical weapons #Syrian civil war #Sarin #Sarin gas #Chemical weapon attack #nerve agent #chemical Weapons Convention #Bassar al-Assad
Iraq James Foley's killing spurs fresh US airstrikes against ISIL

Aug 21, 2014

Iraq James Foley's killing spurs fresh US airstrikes against ISIL

And looking forward, the State Department refused to rule out future US military operations in Syria, where Obama has long resisted intervening in a three-year civil war. #Terrorism #Syria #NewsTracker #USA #Iraq #journalists #Kurds #President Barack Obama #Jihadists #islamic-state #Militancy in Iraq #ISIL #ISIS #Caliphate #Yazidis #James Foley #Steven Sotloff #2014 US airstrikes in Iraq
Indonesia President says Islamic militants are embarrassing Muslims

Aug 21, 2014

Indonesia President says Islamic militants are embarrassing Muslims

Indonesia is home to the world's biggest Muslim population of about 225 million and has long struggled with terrorism. #World #Syria #Islam #Indonesia #TheySaidIt #Iraq #Muslim #Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono #Islamists #ISIL
James Foley's death unlikely to have any impact on US policy on Iraq

Aug 21, 2014

James Foley's death unlikely to have any impact on US policy on Iraq

The president's supporters voiced support for the current, cautious intervention in Iraq. No tea partiers or dovish Democrats who have cautioned against military action publicly changed position. #Obama #HowThisWorks #US #Syria #US congress #Iraq #ISIL #James Foley
#ISISMediaBlackout trends as US journo's killing sparks social media boycott

Aug 21, 2014

#ISISMediaBlackout trends as US journo's killing sparks social media boycott

The ISIL group, an al-Qaida offshoot, has been a determined user of social media, broadcasting high-definition video of horrific forms of punishment including crucifixions, beheadings, stonings and mass slaughter. #Terrorism #Syria #NewsTracker #USA #Iraq #journalists #Kurds #President Barack Obama #Jihadists #islamic-state #Militancy in Iraq #ISIL #ISIS #Caliphate #Yazidis #James Foley #Steven Sotloff #2014 US airstrikes in Iraq
US tried to rescue journalist, other hostages during a secret Syria mission

Aug 21, 2014

US tried to rescue journalist, other hostages during a secret Syria mission

The incident, in which a number of militants were killed, appeared to be the first direct ground engagement between the United States and ISIL militants, seen by Obama as a growing threat in the Middle East. #World #Terrorism #Syria #NewsTracker #USA #Iraq #Kurds #President Barack Obama #Jihadists #islamic-state #Militancy in Iraq #Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant #US withdrawal from Iraq #ISIL #ISIS #Caliphate #Yazidis #James Foley #Steven Sotloff #2014 US airstrikes in Iraq
From Obama to NYT Reactions to beheading of US journalist James Foley

Aug 21, 2014

From Obama to NYT Reactions to beheading of US journalist James Foley

James Foley was remembered on Wednesday as a journalist who was passionate, persistent, big-hearted, always pushing closer to the story. #Obama #Barack Obama #Syria #NewsTracker #Iraq #ISIS #James Foley #US journalist #US journalist beheaded #American Journalist
ISIL threatened Foley's life last week GlobalPost CEO

Aug 21, 2014

ISIL threatened Foley's life last week GlobalPost CEO

The chief executive officer of a Boston-based news organization says James Foley's kidnappers last week threatened to kill him in response to US bombings in Iraq. #United States #NewsTracker #ISIL #Islamic State of Syria and Levant #James Foley #US journalist #GlobalPost #Boston Global