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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

U.K. Terror Threat Raised to ‘Severe’ on New Intelligence From Syria and Iraq

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Prime Minister David Cameron said the threat to the U.K. from Islamic State militants is greater than anything previously faced, as the government raised the terror threat level to “Severe,” the second-highest level, based on new intelligence. Cameron told reporters

Obama ‘authorises spy flights over Syria

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President Barack Obama has authorised surveillance flights over Syria in order to gather intelligence on the Islamic State group, a senior US administration official said. Tuesday’s move could mark the first step towards US air strikes against targets inside Syria.

Anatomy of an air strike: Three intelligence streams working in concert

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In a fast-moving war with an elusive foe like the Islamic State militants, information is as important as guns, jet fighters and bombs. Sometime early this summer, U.S. Special Operations Forces launched a raid into Syria in an effort to

ISIS Baffling U.S. Intelligence Agencies

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The U.S. intelligence community is still trying to answer basic questions about the jihadists who tried to wipe out Iraq’s remaining Yazidis and who now threaten to overrun the capital of the country’s Kurdish provinces. In a briefing for reporters

CIA Arms Kurdish Pershmerga in Battle Against ISIS: Officials

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. is directly arming Kurdish fighters in their battle against Islamist militants in northern Iraq, security officials told NBC News on Monday. In the past, the U.S. had channeled all weapons – including ammunition – through the

Intelligence Source: Turks Launch Bombing Strikes on ISIS

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A former high ranking CIA official in Baghdad tells Newsweek that Turkish jets carried out airstrikes on Islamic State (I.S.) militants threatening Kurdish refugees–an assertion that Ankara denies. The White House, meanwhile, said it had launched humanitarian air drops to

ISIS in Iraq stinks of CIA/NATO ‘dirty war’ op

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For days now, since their dramatic June 10 taking of Mosul, Western mainstream media have been filled with horror stories of the military conquests in Iraq of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, with the curious acronym ISIS. ISIS,

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

Western intelligence: Syria is ready to use chemical weapons

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Extensive preparations by Syrian army units for launching chemical weapons against rebel forces have been sighted in the northern town of Homs, Western intelligence agencies told debkafile’s military sources Tuesday, March 19. Damascus paved the way for resorting to unconventional

Turkish Cabinet to Discuss Syrian Attack Against Jet

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Turkey's cabinet is to meet Monday to discuss the downing of a Turkish military jet by Syria last week – an act Ankara says happened, without warning, in international airspace. The meeting comes a day before NATO ambassadors are scheduled

23 Killed in Iraq Blast

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Iraqi officials say a car bomb attack in central Baghdad has killed at least 23 people and wounded more than 65. The Monday morning blast in the Baab al-Muadham neighborhood damaged an office for a Shi'ite religious affairs foundation that

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

CIA Chief Discusses Syria, Iraq With Turkish PM

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(RTTNews) – CIA Director David Petraeus discussed developments in Syria and Iraq with Turkish leaders including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his surprise visit to Ankara that ended on Tuesday. According to Turkish media reports, escalating sectarian strife in

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

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

Turkey Confirms Civilian Deaths in Airstrikes

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A Turkish official has confirmed that 35 people killed in Turkish airstrikes in Iraq are civilians the military mistook for Kurdish rebels. Ruling party official Huseyin Celik said initial information shows the victims were smugglers, “not terrorists,” and apologized for

Syria security forces attacked in Damascus

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DAMASCUS, Syria – Syrian state TV said Friday that two vehicles packed with explosives had been detonated in Damascus, targeting state security services. The TV said Friday's explosions were caused by separate "terrorist operations" that targeted the state security building