Tag Archives: Al-Qaeda

Defectors: Syrian security forces set off Damascus bombs blamed on al-Qaida

By: Martin Chulov Military defectors in northern Syria have denounced claims that al-Qaida was behind a series of deadly bombings in Damascus, contradicting the UN secretary general’s assessment that the terror group is taking a lead in the insurgency. The … Continue reading

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Video: Former soldier proves that Assad claims of Al-Qaeda militants in Syria are fake [with English subtitles]

This footage depicts a former soldier in the Assad regime’s Republican Guard. He claims that he was given a uniform with an Al-Qaeda markings and photographed in order to add credibility to regime claims that it is fighting a war … Continue reading

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Syria says attackers came from “well known” countries

Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari told the UN Security Council on Thursday that suicide bombers who struck Damascus and killed more than 50 people came from countries “well known” to the international community, dpa reported. Jaafari did not name the … Continue reading

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Syria envoy says British, French, Belgian fighters killed

UNITED NATIONS — Syria’s UN envoy said Thursday that British, French and Belgian nationals were among foreign fighters killed in the country’s mounting conflict and that there was Al-Qaeda involvement. The ambassador, Bashar Jaafari, told the UN Security Council that … Continue reading

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Jordan nabs Syria-bound jihadists: Salafist leader

AMMAN, Jordan – A top Jordanian Salafist leader said on Tuesday eight Sunni jihadists have been arrested as they tried to cross the border into neighboring Syria to fight President Bashar Assad’s forces. “The Jordanian authorities have recently arrested eight … Continue reading

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Jumblatt claims Zawahri distorts image of Syria’s opposition

Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblatt accused Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahri Tuesday of sullying the Syrian opposition’s image. “Al-Qaeda has reared its head again … to tarnish the image of the Syrian opposition, its peaceful protests and legitimate demands for … Continue reading

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Briefing Skipper: Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Colombia

By: Josh Rogin In which we scour the transcript of the State Department’s daily presser so you don’t have to. These are the highlights of Friday’s briefing by spokeswoman Victoria Nuland: The State Department “categorically condemns” the suicide bombing Friday … Continue reading

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‘No proof’ Qaeda operating on Lebanon-Syria border

There is “no conclusive proof” that Al-Qaeda is operating along the Lebanese-Syrian border, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Wednesday, as controversy brews over remarks by Lebanon’s pro-Syrian defence minister. “There is no conclusive evidence of the presence of Al-Qaeda … Continue reading

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Car bombs mark escalation of violence in Syria

By: Moni Basu In the 10 months that Syrians have taken to the streets, Bashar al-Assad has remained firm in his position. This is not a popular movement for democracy, he says, but rather, a sectarian and militant terror campaign. … Continue reading

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Bombs Raise Stakes in Syria

By: Nour Malas and Farnaz Fassihi Syria’s government blamed al Qaeda for two suicide bomb attacks that rocked Damascus on Friday morning, opening a dangerous phase in the Syrian conflict just one day after an Arab League advance mission arrived … Continue reading

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