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Obama administration considering ramping up CIA’s role in training Syria rebel fighters: report

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The CIA may be spending more time in Syria. The Obama administration is considering plans to ramp up the agency’s role in arming and training moderate rebel fighters in Syria, U.S. officials told the Washington Post. The expansion comes as

Russia commanded spy operation against Israeli forces and Syria rebels, footage shows

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Recent footage apparently taken of an intelligence base in the Syrian Golan Heights, uploaded by fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) after their capture of the base, indicates deep Russian involvement in the espionage operations of President Bashar Assad’s

Intelligence Pros Can’t Understand U.S. Policy on Ukraine

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Philip Giraldi finds U.S. policy on Ukraine close to “incomprehensible”. Not only that he writes “I know of no former or current intelligence official who believes that the expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe was a good idea, that toppling

Israeli intelligence: Assad concealing chemical capability

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Israeli intelligence is afraid that the regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria is acting to conceal a small percentage of the chemical weapons in its possession, while misleading the international community. This assessment joins similar ones heard in the

CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say

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The U.S. is providing more arms and training to the moderate rebels in Syria, under a growing secret program run by the CIA in Jordan. Sources tell NPR that secret program could be supplemented by a more public effort in

Pro-Assad Syrian hackers launching cyber-attacks on western media

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The Guardian has come under a cyber-attack from Syrian hackers who have targeted a series of western media organisations in an apparent effort to cause disruption and spread support for President Bashar al-Assad's regime. The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) claimed

CIA Expands Role in Syria Fight

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The Central Intelligence Agency is expanding its role in the campaign against the Syrian regime by feeding intelligence to select rebel fighters to use against government forces, current and former U.S. officials said. The move is part of a U.S.

Paris: NATO-Arab Syria intervention imminent

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Sources close to the French Defense Ministry reported Friday, Dec. 7, that a Western-Arab military intervention against the Assad regime is due to begin shortly with the participation of the US, France, Britain, Turkey, Jordan and other anti-Assad Arab nations. debkafile: The

CIA, Rebels on the Hunt for Assad’s Chemical Weapons

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After days of increased violence and strategic gains on the part of the Syrian rebel militias, the CIA is now sifting through intelligence and satellite imagery to find Bashar al-Assad’s chemical and biological weapons. Various groups of rebels are trying to

Russia, China Veto UN Resolution on Syria

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Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that would have imposed non-military sanctions on Syria in an effort to pressure President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Thursday's vote was 11-to-2, with two abstentions. It was the third time

State TV: Suicide Bombing Kills Syrian Defense Minister

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Syrian state television says a suicide bomber has struck the National Security building in Damascus, killing Defense Minister Daoud Rajha and Deputy Defense Minister Assef Shawkat, brother-in-law to President Bashar al-Assad. At least one rebel group has claimed responsibility for

Syria: 23 Soldiers Killed in Fighting

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Activists say Syrian rebels killed 23 soldiers in clashes near the city of Rastan, in one of the deadliest days for loyalist forces in the country's 14-month, anti-government uprising. Monday's fighting broke out after the town, about 25 kilometers north

Syrian Violence Kills 22 as Arab Leaders Back Peace Plan

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Violence across Syria killed at least 22 people — most of them civilians — as Arab leaders in Baghdad backed a peace plan during a summit focused on resolving the year-long Syrian crisis. Syrian rights activists say forces loyal to

Syria’s Homs Battered by Heaviest Shelling in Days

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Syrian rights activists say forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have intensified an assault on the central opposition stronghold of Homs, as U.N. diplomats drafted a General Assembly resolution to denounce human rights violations by the Assad government. The activists

Russian officer convicted of spying for CIA

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MOSCOW — A military court on Friday convicted a Russian officer of passing missile secrets to the CIA and sentenced him to 13 years in prison, officials said. Lt.-Col. Vladimir Nesterets also was stripped of his military rank after he

Bombs Blasts Kill 25 in Northern Syrian City

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Syrian state television says at least 25 people were killed and 175 others wounded in two explosions in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Friday. The blasts targeted a military intelligence building and a security force base in Syria's main

Syrian Activists Say Troops Continue Deadly Homs Assault

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Syrian activists say government troops have killed dozens of civilians in Homs, continuing a months-long siege of the city that has been a hub of protests against President Bashar al-Assad's 11-year autocratic rule. The shelling Wednesday follows days of assaults