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Destruction of Syrian chemicals a work in progress




War profiteers plunder Syria




Hamas denies ISIS presence after Gaza jihadist killed in Syria




Jailed jihadist ideologue says the ISIS is a 'deviant organization'

The Al Nusrah Front is promoting a new statement purportedly written by Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi, who denounces the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS). Despite being jailed in Jordan, Maqdisi claims to have taken part in the efforts to end the jihadist infighting in Syria. Maqdisi also says he informed al Qaeda head Ayman al Zawahiri of his role.


Swedish spy chief warns of rise of Islamist threat




Senior Hezbollah commander Fawzi Ayoub a.k.a. Abu Abbas was killed while fighting in Nawa in Deraa. An OPCW team investigating alleged chlorine gas attacks in the town of Kfar Zeita in Hama was attacked on the way but managed to visit the town. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq, Hama, Deir Izzour, and Idlib. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Deraa. In Aleppo, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham executed a man for being a "wizard," and detained a number of civilians in Menbej city, which it controls.




Obama Close to Authorizing Military Training of Syrian Rebels




American took part in suicide bombings, Al Nusrah Front sharia official says

A top sharia official in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, says that a suicide bomber who recently took part in a coordinated assault was known as Abu Hurayra al Amriki, or Abu Hurayra "the American." The bomber's identity has not been confirmed by US officials.


Syrian Rebels Describe US-Backed Training in Qatar




The Al Nusrah Front announced the creation of the "Baas Foundation for Production and Military Development" and urged Muslim weapons experts worldwide to submit ideas to improve al Qaeda's arsenal in Syria and beyond. Al Nusrah carried out two car bombings in Homs city, followed up with rocket attacks on rescuers; and four suicide attacks against regime forces near Ariha city in Idlib. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq; in Idlib, where they now control the highway from Mourk in northern Reef Hama to M'arat al-Nu'man; and in Aleppo, where they were joined by the Jaysh al Muhajireen Wal Ansar, the Jaysh al Mujahideen, and rebels. Islamic fighters also clashed with regime forces in Hama, Damascus, Deraa, and Tartous. Turkish border guards reportedly killed a woman and wounded two men at Ras al-A'in in Hasakah. Jordan and Syria are expelling their respective ambassadors.




Al Nusrah Front, Suqour al Sham launch joint suicide assault in Syria

Al Qaeda's affiliate and a unit in the supposedly moderate Islamic Front executed a complex suicide attack and used three foreign fighters. One is rumored to be an American, although that report is unconfirmed.


Zawahiri again addresses jihadist infighting in Syria

In a newly released three-page statement, Ayman al Zawahiri again says that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) owed its allegiance to al Qaeda's senior leadership before disobeying orders. Any pledges of allegiance collected by the ISIS since then "are null pledges, because they arose from a direct violation of my command as his direct emir," he states.


A May 3 message from al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri was posted on jihadist forums, calling for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham to leave Syria and fight in Iraq, and urging clashing jihadists in Syria to submit to an independent sharia court. A three-day truce near Homs city went into effect yesterday between regime forces and rebels. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Deraa; Latakia; Reef Dimashq; and Aleppo, where they were joined by Al Jabha Al Islameyya and Jaysh Al Muhajireen. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Idlib and Hama. The ISIS fought against regime forces in Aleppo, and in Raqqah, where they were also targeted by Islamic Front fighters. In Deir Izzour, two Al Nusrah suicide car bombings at ISIS checkpoints killed 11 ISIS fighters and two civilians. State media claimed that the rebel mortar attack on a pro-Assad campaign rally in Deraa killed 39 people and injured 205 more, most of them civilians.




Syrian opposition scores in US Senate defense bill




Iran's Levantine strategy




Tunisia in the Libyan tempest




Harakat Hazm: America's new favorite jihadist group




The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama, Homs, Idlib, Reef Dimashq, and Aleppo. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Latakia and Deraa, and shelled a Christian city in Hama. A rebel mortar attack on a pro-Assad rally in Deraa city yesterday killed 21 people and wounded over 30. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham fought against Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour, where the ISIS took over the al-Kharata oil station and killed 26 Al Nusrah and Islamic Front fighters. Regime forces yesterday entered Aleppo central prison, which has been besieged by Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front for the past 13 months. Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution seeking to refer the Assad regime to the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes.




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Russia, China veto UN bid to refer Syria to international court