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Syria talks to proceed, but with limited agenda

Arms smuggling attempt foiled on Jordanian-Syrian border

Turkish Flotilla Charity Tied to Terrorism Again

Social Media Jihad: Ayman al Zawahiri addresses infighting in Syria

Al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri issued an audio statement urging jihadist groups in Syria to avoid "partisan fanaticism" and focus on their common enemies, to submit themselves to a shared sharia court with enforcement powers, and to feel free to name a leader for themselves. An opposition activist group claimed that 1,400 people have been killed in clashes between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and rebel forces over the past month. US Secretary of State Kerry called President Assad "the single biggest magnet for terrorists" and said Hezbollah is the "principal difference" in the current fighting in Syria. The Al Nusrah Front claimed two bombings in Hama and a rocket attack in Idlib.

Al Qaeda head addresses infighting in Syria

Ayman al Zawahiri has released an audio message addressing the infighting between various jihadist factions inside Syria. Although Zawahiri does not address any group or individual by name, his message was clearly aimed at the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), one of al Qaeda's two official branches fighting inside Syria.

Syria: Al-Qaeda's New Home

In Reef Dimashq near the town of Sahem, regime forces, including Hezbollah, battled the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Al Nusrah Front, Islamic battalion fighters, and rebels. In Aleppo province, the ISIS took over much of Menbej city and clashed with rebel and Islamic battalions in Azaz city and al Bab, and Al Nusrah fought against regime forces in southern Aleppo. ISIS fighters in Idlib vowed to avenge the death of a Saudi preacher who had been killed and dragged through the streets of Saraqeb by rebels. Assad regime and opposition figures traded accusations on the opening day of the Geneva II talks, but a UN mediator said both sides might discuss prisoner swaps, local ceasefires, and access to humanitarian aid. US Secretary of State Kerry said the Syrian conflict could not be resolved while Assad was in power; the Syrian Foreign Minister Mouallem disagreed and accused the West of "fight[ing] terrorism while they feed it secretly."

Syria Talks Open with Acrimony and Testy Exchanges

Special Report: Amid Syria's violence, Kurds carve out autonomy

Former NATO commander warns of wider war in Middle East

US secretly backs rebels to fight al Qaeda in Syria

Three Islamist fighting groups, including the large Islamic Front coalition as well as the Islamic Union of the Soldiers of al-Sham and the Army of the Mujahideen, issued a statement yesterday rejecting the Geneva II talks and vowing to fight on; they also thanked Turkey and Qatar for their support. In an effort to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the US, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have reportedly been funneling cash and weapons to rebel groups, including the Syrian Revolutionary Front and the Army of Islam. Five ISIS fighters were killed in clashes with regime forces in al Balat in Aleppo; ISIS fighters reportedly refused command orders to pull back and go to Menbej city, where earlier ISIS clashed with Islamic battalion fighters. ISIS closed educational institutions in Raqqah city and took over the western part of the 17th division in Raqqah province. A senior Russian official said the first round of Geneva II talks between Syria and the opposition will last seven to 10 days. Two months after declaring self-rule in parts of the northeast, Syrian Kurds formed a municipal council in Jazeera in Hasakah, and announced plans to do the same in Afrin and Kobani.

Turkish authorities arrest ex-Gitmo detainee in raids against al Qaeda cells

An ex-Guantanamo detainee, Ibrahim Sen, was arrested in Turkey on Jan. 14. Sen is accused of being an important al Qaeda facilitator and leader.

Al Nusrah Front again targets Hezbollah in Lebanon

Syria's Assad accused of boosting Al-Qaeda with secret oil deals

Turkish intelligence service trucks reveal secrets

Islamic Front no answer for Syria conflict

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham has imposed a harsh version of Islam throughout Raqqah city and destroyed shrines in a mosque; the ISIS issued four decrees for Syrians in areas under its control in Raqqah province. ISIS took over the al Jarah military airport in Aleppo from an Islamic movement, and clashed with Islamic and rebel battalions outside Menbej city. Regime forces battled the Al Nusrah Front and an Islamic battalion in Deir Izzour. Regime forces killed at least 15 Islamic battalion fighters in Reef Dimashq yesterday. Three car bombs detonated in Aleppo and Idlib. State media claimed that regime forces killed a number of Islamic Front fighters in Adra, clashed with Al Nusrah in Deir Izzour, and killed Al Nusrah commanders Ziad Abu al-Qaqa'a and Abu al-Yaman al-Jaza'ri in Idlib. President Assad claimed that extremist terrorists have wiped out the Free Syrian Army over the past few months, and that some opposition groups were recently created by foreign intelligence agencies. Rebel activists and Western intelligence agencies accused the Assad regime of using al Qaeda forces to gain an advantage in the civil war; and a recent Qatar-funded report appears to detail the systematic abuse and killing of thousands of detainees by the regime.

Gruesome Syria photos may prove torture by Assad regime