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Tweeting Gulf Arabs Wire War Chest to Fight Assad on Every Front

Palestinian from Gaza reportedly killed fighting for ISIS near Aleppo

Before reaching Syria, Amer Abu Ghoula was reportedly sentenced to a year in prison in Gaza for aiding those behind the kidnapping and murder of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni.

Report: Israel targeted upgraded anti-aircraft systems in Syria in late October

A regime airstrike in Aleppo killed Youssef al-Abbas, commander of the Qatari-backed al-Tawhid Brigades. Hassan Nazrallah, the head of Hezbollah, said the group would not withdraw from Syria so long as the Assad regime needed it. The Jaish al Islam, a rebel coalition linked to Saudi Arabia, issued a call for foreign fighters; a jihadist research group questioned the move. Regime forces clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, the Al Nusrah Front, al-Khadra' battalion, Maghawir Baba A'mru brigade, and rebels outside Mahin in Homs. An ISIS suicide bomber detonated near Hasel in Aleppo. Protests near ISIS headquarters in Qadi A'skar in Aleppo called for the release of kidnapped activists and an end to masked men in Aleppo city. Kurdish forces now control all of the mainly Kurdish cities in Hasakah. Norway said it would send 50 troops and two ships to help transport chemical weapons out of the country for destruction.

Al-Qaeda-linked rebels apologize after cutting off head of wrong person

The head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party claimed that Kurdish militias have killed some 3,000 Salafists. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham issued a call for all Muslims and factions to come to the front as the group lost many fighters in recent clashes in Aleppo, and threatened to disarm or take to sharia court those armed groups and fighters who do not respond to the call. Regime forces dropped explosive barrels on parts of Tal Hasel in Aleppo that are controlled by ISIS, the Al Nusrah Front, and rebels. ISIS reportedly killed and decapitated a fighter in Aleppo. In Idlib, gunmen shot a doctor, and rebels launched rockets on a Shiite town. In Raqqah, rebels launched rockets on two towns held by the Kurdish YPG. A suicide car bomb detonated at a regime checkpoint in Damascus. The UN denounced recent "barbaric" mortar attacks on Damascus schools.

Hardened in Syrian war, Hezbollah presents new set of threats

Syria war leads to rise of kidnappings in Lebanon

Private Donors' Funds Add Wild Card to War in Syria

Islamist and al Qaeda-linked forces in Aleppo reportedly issued a declaration yesterday calling on fighters to come to the fronts to help repel an alleged offensive by regime, Hezbollah, and Iraqi Abu al-Fadl Abbas forces to retake Aleppo. The Syrian National Coalition named a provisional government for rebel-held areas, to be based in Gazientep, Turkey. Syrian Kurds in the northeast announced the formation of a "transitional civil administration for the area of Western Kurdistan-Syria." A Palestinian Liberation Organization delegation is trying to broker a truce for the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp. Fighting raged in Damascus suburbs.

Women among the biggest losers in Arab Spring

As son heads to Syrian front, family in Germany plots kidnapping to bring him back

British officials discuss 'rising' al Qaeda threat during testimony

Top British intelligence and security officials testified to the "rising" threat of al Qaeda last week. One official explained that there have been 34 terrorist plots in Britain since the 7/7 bombings and most of these have ties to al Qaeda groups overseas. The officials also expressed concern over al Qaeda's growing presence inside Syria.

A suicide truck bomb near the Kurdish Red Crescent in Aleppo killed 11 civilians and injured over 23 more. Fighting raged in Aleppo between regime and Hezbollah forces and Islamist fighters; and between Kurdish forces and Islamists. In Hasakah, the Al Nusrah Front is said to have beheaded two men, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham reportedly killed six civilian bus drivers. ISIS detained the head of the sharia council in Ma'dan in Raqqah. Kurdish YPG fighters clashed with ISIS, Al Nusrah, and rebel fighters in Raqqah near al-Jalbiya. ISIS reportedly shot a sheikh from a sharia council in Latakia who had tried to call for a ceasefire between ISIS and a rebel battalion. The Syrian National Coalition said it would attend Geneva talks, on certain conditions.

The sons feared lost to al Qaeda in Syria

Syria rebels recruit at refugee camp

Exclusive: West scorns Assad 'shopping list' for chemical convoys

Iraq keeps eye on Kurd-jihadist battle in Syria

John Kerry's Middle East dream world

Syrians on Both Sides of the War Increasingly See Assad as Likely to Stay