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Syrian Opposition in Geneva Tries to Polish Image, Project Unity




Turkey's Syria policy needs to be recalibrated




Ahrar al Sham leader criticizes head of Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham

Hassan Abboud, a top official in Ahrar al Sham and the Islamic Front, has issued a stinging rebuke of ISIS emir Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Earlier this week, ISIS rejected a reconciliation effort that would have put an end to the infighting between jihadist groups in Syria.


Rebels in Syria Claim Control of Resources




UN Security Council urges end to ransom payments to extremists




Jordan's balancing act on Syria




An Al Nusrah Front suicide bomber killed 13 soldiers in an attack Rahjan, Hama, the ancestral home of Defense Minister al Freij. An Islamic judge for Al Nusrah, Turki al-Ashaari, was reportedly killed in Hama. A UN aid convoy to Homs stalled as the Syrian government demanded assurances that the aid did not go to "terrorists." The governor of Homs said the UN is negotiating with rebels to allow the evacuation of civilians from Homs; he also said the International Red Cross has been asked to help with the evacuation of a Dutch priest from the city. At least two senior Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham commanders have reportedly been captured by rebels in Aleppo, including an "emir" named Ahmad Jamal Nayef. ISIS reportedly flogged a teenager for not going to prayers. Syrian peace talks broke off for a day as the regime denounced the US' resumption of the supply of weapons and aid to the rebels.




Syrian Jihad: Bringing the War Back Home?




The US is providing light arms, including antitank rockets, to "moderate" rebels in southern Syria. The US has also resumed the shipment of nonlethal aid, including vehicles and communications equipment, to Syrian rebels in the north, a month after shipments were suspended following the seizure of Free Syrian Army warehouses by Islamist rebels. A recent effort to unify jihadist ranks split by infighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham has temporarily stalled. ISIS raised its flag in Tal Abyad city in Raqqah. The Syrian opposition called the regime's offer to allow women and children to leave Homs a ploy. The second batch of Syria's chemical weapons left Syria from the port of Latakia. Israeli missiles reportedly struck warehouses in Latakia containing Russian S-300 missiles last night. Abdullah Suleiman Salih al-Dhabah a.k.a. Abu Ali al-Qasimi, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist on the Saudi Arabian list of most-wanted terrorists, was reported killed in Aleppo earlier this month. Haji Bakr a.k.a. Sameer Abid Mohammed al-Halefawi, a key ISIS official, is said to have been killed in a dispute between ISIS and rebel groups in Aleppo. A new study estimates that 11,000 non-Syrians are now fighting in the country, including 2,000 Muslims from Europe and the US, and that a significant number are expected to return home radicalized.




Tough road for Sahel security




At the Geneva talks, the Assad regime offered to provide "every access," including humanitarian aid, to women and children of the besieged city of Homs so long as the rebels give them safe passage out of the city center. A UN agency complained that regime forces are not facilitating the provision of aid to the Yarmouk refugee camp, despite assurances. In Deir Izzour, tribal gunmen agreed with the Al Nusrah Front and the sharia committee to exchange prisoners, including an Islamic battalion commander captured by Al Nusrah. In Damascus, regime forces battled Al Nusrah and Islamic battalions in al Qadam. In Hasakah, Kurdish YPG forces clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, Al Nusrah, Islamic battalions, and rebels.




The Long War Journal's reply to Marie Harf




State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf responds to LWJ




As Afghan War closes, allies see broader American pullback




The Assad regime and the Syrian opposition failed to reach any agreements in their first face-to-face meeting. Rebels and regime forces clashed south of Damascus, and the Al Nusrah Front and Islamic battalions battled regime forces in Deir Izzour. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham reportedly arrested a man in Raqqah city because his wife was not wearing a veil.




Regional wave of Sunni extremism reaches Lebanon




The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham has taken over Darkoush in Idlib after clashes with an Islamic battalion and rebels. Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal said the US should get a resolution from the UN Security Council authorizing a force to stop the fighting in Syria, and that foreign Shiite fighters in Syria should be driven out. Turkey's foreign minister said all non-Syrians should leave Syria, whether Hezbollah or not. Representatives from the Assad regime and the opposition will meet face-to-face tomorrow at the Geneva II talks. The movement of Syria's chemical weapons out of the country is bogging down, with only about 1% shipped so far; the regime wants to equip transport vehicles with armor and other security items, such as radio scramblers, before shipping more of the toxic materials.




State Dept. Learned in November of Photos Said to Show Torture in Syria




State Department deputy spokesperson mischaracterizes al Qaeda




US Embassy plot reveals Israel's growing Al Qaeda problem