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Remnants of a cruise missile
2014.09.24 03:30:46

The video below purports to show the remnants of a cruise missile that reportedly was used to bomb the village of Kfredrian in Syria’s northern Idlib province. MWC was not able to verify the claims made in the video.



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ISIL will respond to US-led airstrikes
2014.09.24 03:28:58

An ISIL fighter in Syria tells Reuters that the group will respond to US-led airstrikes and blames Saudi-Arabia for allowing it to happen. - Reuters



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Car bomb explosion
2014.09.24 03:27:34

Car bomb explosion on busy commercial street in Baghdad kills 17 people, wounds 35: Iraq officials [AP]



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Obama speaking in Washington
2014.09.24 03:26:55

US President, Barack Obama, speaking in Washington, said:

"The Middle East is rejecting ISIL and standing up for peace and security.

"We will move forward with plans supported by congress to train the Syrian opposition.

"More broadly 40 nations have agreed to help to take out terrorists targets and train and equip ... to cut off financing and cut off hateful ideology"



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Obama vowed to continue the fight against Islamic State fighters
2014.09.24 03:25:20

U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to continue the fight against Islamic State fighters following the first U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the group in Syria, and pledged to build even more international support for the effort.

"Once again, it must be clear to anyone who would plot against America and do Americans harm that we will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people," Obama said before leaving the White House for the United Nations in New York.

Obama said the strength of the coalition, now at more than 40 countries, including five Arab states that took part in Tuesday's air campaign.

"America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security," he said. "The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this not America's fight alone."

[Reuters]



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Syria says that the Iraqi envoy is briefing Assad
2014.09.24 03:23:48

Syria says that the Iraqi envoy is briefing Assad on the next steps of efforts to combat terrorism – Reuters via Syria State TV

[Reuters]



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US did not give the Syrian regime any advance warning
2014.09.24 03:22:37

The United States did not give the Syrian regime any advance warning of the air strikes launched against Islamic fighters, a senior US official has said.

"We did not request the regime's permission. We did not coordinate our actions with the Syrian government. We did not provide advance notification to the Syrians at a military level, or give any indication of our timing on specific targets," Jen Psaki, US State Department spokeswoman said in a statement early Tuesday.

[AFP]



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US-led air strikes killed at least 120 fighters
2014.09.24 03:21:01

US-led air strikes have killed at least 120 fighters in Syria, a monitoring group has said.

The dead included more than 70 members of the Islamic State (IS) group in the north and east of Syria, as well as 50 al-Qaeda fighters, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, AFP news agency reported on Tuesday.

[AFP]



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Airstrikes against positions of Al-Nusra Front
2014.09.24 03:19:48

Airstrikes were also carried out against positions of al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate Al-Nusra Front, the observatory said.

The strikes hit an area in western Aleppo province, killing at least seven people, both militants and civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.



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Iraq's PM dismissed two commanders
2014.09.24 03:18:21

Iraq's prime minister has dismissed two top army commanders.

They were in charge at the time Iraq's second biggest city Mosul fell to ISIL fighters.

The former Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki had refused to sack them.



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Israeli media reports identified the Syrian aircraft
2014.09.24 03:16:49

Israeli media reports identified the Syrian aircraft that was shot down over the Golan heights as a MiG-21. The spokesman said it was a "fighter plane".

Fighting from Syria's civil war has occasionally spilled over into the Golan, territory Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.



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Israeli Patriot missile shot down a Syrian aircraft
2014.09.24 03:05:52

An Israeli Patriot missile shot down a Syrian aircraft that flew into Israeli-controlled airspace on Tuesday, the military said, without disclosing the type of plane it intercepted.

"Moments ago a Syrian aircraft infiltrated Israeli airspace. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) intercepted the aircraft in mid-flight, using the Patriot air defense system. The circumstances of the incident are being reviewed," a military statement said.

Israel Radio said the aircraft was a drone and was shot down over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, where fighting from Syria's civil war has occasionally spilled over. Israeli Army Radio said it may have been a Syrian warplane. - Reuters



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US and its partners carried out at least 50 airstrikes on ISIL targets
2014.09.24 03:04:29

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that the US and its partners carried out at least 50 airstrikes on ISIL targets in the Syrian provinces of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor on Tuesday. Interesting to note that both al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and ISIL targets were hit by strikes in northwest Syria overnight.

Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said at least 20 ISIL fighters were killed in the airstrikes. He also said Nusra Front positions had been struck in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo in northwest Syria.



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ISIL targets in the village of Kfredrian in Syria
2014.09.24 03:03:20

The video below purports to show airstrikes on ISIL targets in the village of Kfredrian in Syria's northern Idlib province. MWC has not been able to verify the authenticity of the footage.



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Deadly car bomb
2014.09.24 02:57:00

Residents of Baghdad's Ur neighborhood assessed the damage on Tuesday, a day after a deadly car bomb.

The blast killed 12 people and wounded at least 28 others, police and hospital officials said.

Several shops were destroyed when the bomb exploded in a commercial district.

The attack brought Monday's death toll in and around Baghdad to 26.

[AP]



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Jordan confirmed participation in the strikes
2014.09.24 02:55:46

Jordan's minister of information and communication, Mohamamd Al Momani, confirmed his country participated in the strikes on ISIL in Syria. Momani said the airstrikes will continue in the coming period and that four countries were involved in the operation, including Jordan.

The minister said Jordan participated to strike "terrorism in its home in order to protect Jordan's security and stability and to prevent terrorism from reaching the kingdom". He said details about Jordan's role in this operation will be revealed later on and as necessary.



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#ISIL urges supporters to kill Westerners
2014.09.24 02:49:57

The Islamic State of Iraq and the levant (ISIL) has called on its supporters to take its fight to foreign shores beyond the Middle East.

Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the group's spokesman, urged the group's supporters to strike the US, France and its allies for launching airstrikes against its 'caliphate'.

O America, O allies of America, and O crusaders, know that the matter is more dangerous than you have imagined and greater than you have envisioned. We have warned you that today we are in a new era, an era where the State, its soldiers, and its sons are leaders not slaves.

He urged the group's supporters to kill Western citizens, whether they be military or non-combatants.

Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling. Both of them are disbelievers.

If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him.



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Video of British journalist John Cantlie
2014.09.24 02:45:08

ISIL fighters have released a video that appears to show British journalist John Cantlie criticizing preparations for US-led attacks on the group, the SITE monitoring service reported.

ISIL, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq, has already executed two US journalists and one British aid worker in recent weeks in what it said was reprisal for US air strikes against it in Iraq.

In the five-minute video, the man identified as Cantlie suggests President Barack Obama, long careful to avoid the sort of conflicts his predecessor George Bush pursued, was being sucked into a war he could not win, SITE reported. - Reuters



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Saudi Arabia accuses 'forces of darkness' of tarnishing the image of Islam
2014.09.24 02:32:25

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince has said the Kingsom should do more to protect its youth from extremism, after accusing "forces of darkness" of tarnishing the image of Islam.

Speaking at Saudi Arabia's 84th national day on Tuesday, Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, said "Today, as Muslims, we are concerned because we have not done enough to protect our nation from extremism and its youths from militancy".

Officials and citizens must "join hands to deliver the true picture of Islam tarnished by the forces of darkness, and show our great religion with its ethics, knowledge and work in the face of deviant thoughts and interpretations," he was quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency.

He added that some of the misled have replaced the doctrine of tolerance with "terrorism and bombing".

Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh last month said al-Qaeda and ISIL "have nothing to do with Islam and [their proponents] are the enemy number one of Islam".

[AFP]



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Tens of ISIL fighters were killed or wounded in airstrikes
2014.09.24 02:30:22

Tens of ISIL fighters were killed or wounded in airstrikes on the city of Raqqa and surrounding areas, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Reuters news agency by phone.

"There are tens of wounded and dead," Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Observatory said.



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