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Syria's Civil War Forces Doctors to Choose the Rebels or the Regime

US caution over Syria talks prompts opposition doubts

In what was said to be his first-ever media interview, Abu Mohammed al Julani, the leader of the Al Nusrah Front, claimed that his fighters have now won 70 percent of the battle, and that the conflict will soon be over. Julani said the group was fighting to establish an Islamic state under sharia in Syria. He also said that Al Nusrah "rebuke[s] those who go to extremes in declaring takfir of people," distancing the group from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, and claimed that the Syrian National Coalition has "no presence on the ground." Syria's deputy foreign minister said no one should dictate whether Assad can run for re-election; Russia's deputy foreign minister cautioned that all sides should avoid fanning tensions before the Geneva II talks.

Syrian conflict said to fuel sectarian tensions in Persian Gulf

United Kingdom - How many more times can the Foreign Office get it so wrong?

Al Qaeda leader in Syria speaks to Al Jazeera

Latest Treasury designation targets al Qaeda's fundraising network

A newly released terrorist designation by the Treasury Department highlights the extent and cohesion of al Qaeda's global fundraising network. Treasury reports that Ayman al Zawahiri's main representative in the Levant, Abu Khalid al Suri, has been funneling cash from Gulf donors to al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda Is Developing A Mini Version Of Assad's Brutal, Secret Prison System In Syria

The German jihadists' colony in Syria

A "German Camp" that caters to training and recruitment and serves as a magnet to attract German-speaking jihadists from Europe has been established in Syria.

US Ambassador Robert Ford said the Islamic Front flatly turned down the US' request for talks; Ford added that the US is "ready to sit with them because we talk to all parties and political groups in Syria." The Assad regime called the US offer "reprehensible" as the Islamic Front "agrees in principle, strategy, and goals with" the Al Nusrah Front, a US-designated terrorist group. Saudi Arabia signaled that it will 'go it alone' in Syria given the West's reluctance to arm the rebels. Five rebel fighters in Idlib were killed on Dec. 16 by the premature detonation of a car bomb they were assembling. The Moroccan jihadist group Sham al-Islam released a video showing its fighters participating in a raid on Aleppo Central Prison. The UN condemned recent attacks on UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights by Syrians, blaming both opposition fighters and regime troops.

Young Tunisians Are Being Recruited to Jihad

British 'celebrity jihadi' and chef dies in Syria

State Department designates head of Al Nusrah Front branch in Lebanon

The State Department added Usamah Amin al Shihabi to the list of specially designated global terrorists. Al Shihabi is the head of the Al Nusrah Front's "Palestinian wing in Lebanon." Leaked State Department cables reveal that the Jordanians previously accused him of training a terror cell that targeted Americans.

The Islamic Front 'will not fight the al Qaeda organization'

Syrian rebel leader was bin Laden's courier, now Zawahiri's representative

Abu Khalid al Suri, Ayman al Zawahiri's representative in the Levant, also serves as a senior leader in Ahrar al Sham, a Syrian rebel group that often fights alongside al Qaeda's two official branches. According to the Spanish government, al Suri was one of Osama bin Laden's most trusted couriers and may have delivered surveillance tapes of the World Trade Center to al Qaeda senior leadership in Afghanistan prior to 9/11.

A Syrian National Coalition source said Western nations are now signaling that they may prefer the Assad regime to remain for a transitional period in order to avoid possible chaos and an Islamist takeover. The Islamic Front denied reports it was meeting with the US ambassador; an Islamic Front official claimed that the group will not fight against al Qaeda. The Al Nusrah Front and rebels are besieging the Aleppo Central Prison area. Gunmen assassinated a leader of the al Tawhid brigade near Anadan in Aleppo. The OPCW said it was possible that the Dec. 31 deadline for moving all of Syria's chemical weapons out of the country may not be met, due to poor security. A study by a British research group reported that up to 11,000 fighters from over 70 nations have traveled to Syria since late 2011 to battle the Assad regime, and that of the 20 percent whose affiliation is known, most have joined the Al Nusrah Front or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham.

Dragged off the bus in Tripoli and shot: the latest spillover from Syria's brutal civil war

Syria's Saudi Jihadist Problem

Extremist Syrian faction touts training camp for boys

Syrian Kurds jockey for seat at Geneva talks