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ISIL had responded to the US-led air strikes
2014.09.25 04:30:44

Syrian Kurds said Islamic State (ISIL) had responded to the US-led air strikes by sending more tanks and fighters into an assault near the Turkish border in the north, where nearly 140,000 civilians have fled in recent days in the fastest exodus yet.

The advance on the town of Kobani is a reminder of the difficulty Washington is likely to face in defeating fighters in Syria, where it lacks strong military allies on the ground.



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US-led air strikes against militants are going in the 'right direction'
2014.09.25 04:29:33

A Syrian government minister said US-led air strikes against militants are going in the "right direction" because the government had been informed before they started and they were not hitting civilians or Syrian military targets.

Syria is still watching all developments with caution, Ali Haidar, minister for national reconciliation, told Reuters on Wednesday after US warplanes pounded Islamic State positions in a second day of attacks.

"As for the raids in Syria, I say that what has happened so far is proceeding in the right direction in terms of informing the Syrian government and by not targeting Syrian military installations and not targeting civilians," he said.

"Notification of the Syrian government happened," he said.

"Confirmation that they would not target Syrian military installations, and confirmation they would not target civilians happened."

[Reuters]



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Statement from the US military
2014.09.25 04:28:16

"US military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, using a mix of attack, bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct five air strikes Tuesday and today.

Two air strikes west of Baghdad destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles and a weapons cache. Two air strikes southeast of Irbil destroyed ISIL fighting positions. A fifth air strike damaged eight ISIL vehicles in Syria northwest of Al-Qa'im. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

The strikes were conducted as part of the president's comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.

To date, US Central Command has conducted 198 air strikes across Iraq against ISIL. Along with partner nations, US Central Command has also conducted 20 air strikes across Syria against ISIL."



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Nusra Front evacuated its base
2014.09.25 04:27:21

Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, has evacuated its bases in populated parts of the Idlib countryside in northwest Syria after US-led forces carried out strikes on the group, some of its fighters said on Wednesday.



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France's interior ministery
2014.09.25 04:26:18

France's interior minister has announced a wide-ranging probe into a series of blunders that saw three suspected fighters waltz out of a French airport after being transferred from Turkish custody.

Authorities were left red-faced after an announcement they had arrested the three men at a Paris airport turned out to be false.



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Neither the airspace nor the (air base) were used
2014.09.25 04:22:53

Turkey on Wednesday said neither its airspace nor a strategic air base on its territory were used in the latest US-led strikes against ISIL fighters in Syria, a Turkish official said.

"The answer is clear: Neither the (Turkish) airspace nor the Incirlik (air base) were used," the official told AFP in Ankara on condition of anonymity.



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Iraqis arrested in Switzerland
2014.09.25 04:20:44

Three Iraqis arrested in Switzerland in March are suspected of having planned an attack in the name of the ISIL group, Swiss media reported on Wednesday.

The daily newspaper Tages Anzeiger reported that Switzerland's Federal Intelligence Service had been tipped off by a western counterpart which intercepted the men's phone calls.

Switzerland's national prosecutor's office has confirmed the arrest but declined to give further details.



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Syrian rebel group, Hazem Movement
2014.09.25 04:19:42

A Syrian rebel group, Hazem Movement, has issued a statement regarding coalition strikes in Syria.

This is a summary of the statement:

"The coalition attacks is an offensive on the national sovereignty and undermines the Syrian revolution.

While the international community continues to ignore arming Syrian rebels, it will only make the situation worse and increase the destruction scale in the region.

The only beneficiary from the foreign intervention is the Syrian government - especially in the absence of real strategies to topple the Syrian regime."

Hazem Movement is the first fraction that received and used American anti-tank missiles (TOW). It's considered to be a moderate Free Syrian Army battalion in Idlib and Aleppo.



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Five air strikes hit ISIL-controlled territory
2014.09.25 04:18:08

Five air strikes hit ISIL-controlled territory in Syria near the Iraqi border on Wednesday, a group that tracks the Syrian war said.

Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Reuters the raids had hit the border town of Albu Kamal and surrounding areas.

It was not clear who had mounted the air raid. A US-led alliance launched air strikes on ISIL in Syria on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the US military said those strikes were "only the beginning".



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Syrian government forces used toxic gas
2014.09.25 04:06:54

Activists reported that Syrian government forces used toxic gas believed to be chlorine in Adra al-Umalieh, at the northeast of Damascus.

Seven people were reportedly killed and others sustained breathing difficulties.

The casualties were rebel fighters and government soldiers imprisoned by rebels, activists said.

Adra al-Umalieh is a rebel-held industrial area.

The video below purports to show casualties suffering breathing difficulties, coughing and chest contractions. MWC cannot confirm the authenticity of this video.



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Fighting between ISIL and Kurdish fighters
2014.09.25 04:05:58

Activists reported several air strikes over night on IS positions in North East Aleppo countryside. in Sarrin, Qubah, Ilajaj, QaraQuzak and Khrab Ashak villages.

Those villages located southern Kurdish area of Kobani where fighting between ISIL and Kurdish fighters is taking place.

The attacks believed to be carried out by the US led coalition.



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United States informed Iran
2014.09.25 04:04:44

United States informed Iran in advance of its intention to strike ISIL fighters in Syria and assured Tehran that it would not target the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a senior Iranian official told Reuters.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the senior Iranian official said Tehran had voiced concern for Assad, its closest regional ally and the recipient of Iranian military support during a Syrian civil war now in its fourth year.

"Iran was concerned about Assad's position and his government being weakened in case of any action against IS (Islamic State) in Syria and brought this issue up in meetings with Americans," the senior Iranian official said.



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Air strikes hit ISIL held territory
2014.09.25 03:51:02

Air strikes hit ISIL held territory near Syrian town Kobani at Turkish border overnight according to Monitoring Group



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Abu Abdullah, director of Damascus Center for Strategic Studies
2014.09.25 03:49:43

"If the United States really focus on counter-terrorism, why don't they negotiate with Syria? Why don't they coordinate with Iran, Russia and China? They are all important forces in exerting influence over regional situation. So they should at least pass a UN Security Council resolution.

Why should the United States act unilaterally? Behind this is its own interests. What we have to be concerned about now is issues such as setting up no-fly zone. Currently Israel and Turkey have already had such plans."

[Source: APTN]



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Australia's parliament
2014.09.25 03:48:26

Tougher counter-terror laws are to be introduced to Australia's parliament on Wednesday would make it a crime to travel to places considered "terror hotspots", punishable by up to 10 years' jail.

[Source: AFP]



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US campaign against ISIL
2014.09.25 03:33:18

A prominent Syrian analyst spoke of his concerns about the US campaign against ISIL, a day after the United States and its Arab allies launched airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria.

Bassam Abu Abdullah, director of the Damascus Center for Strategic Studies, accused the United States of double standards in the counter-terrorism efforts.



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PM retires top generals
2014.09.25 03:31:18

Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi has retired two top generals from the army - part of plans to restructure the military after ISIL seized control of part of the country.

Abbadi's decision to remove the two generals followed a ISIL assault on an Iraqi army base in Saqlawiya in western Anbar province on the weekend. A senior Iraqi security official said the attack left 400 to 600 soldiers dead or captured.

State television announced that General Abboud Qanbar, the defence ministry's acting secretary-general, and General Ali Ghaidan, the former ground commander of the armed forces, had been put on pension.

Ghaidan was retired earlier this summer after ISIL took control of northern Iraq's biggest city Mosul in June, but was then quietly restored to duty. Ghaidan and Qanbar had until Tuesday managed to survive their role in the military's disastrous summer losses to Islamic State.

Abbadi's media office also announced that changes were being made to the office of commander in chief, the disputed military bureau created by former leader Nouri al-Maliki. The security official said he expected the bureau's top officers to be dismissed or reassigned.

State television said the office of commander in chief was being abolished, but Abbadi's office said only that an overhaul was under way.

[Reuters]



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US President Barack Obama's comments on Ukraine at UNGA
2014.09.25 03:30:23

Russia’s actions in Ukraine challenge this post-war order.

After the people of Ukraine mobilized popular protests and calls for reform, their corrupt President fled.

Against the will of the government in Kiev, Crimea was annexed. Russia poured arms into Eastern Ukraine, fueling violent separatists and a conflict that has killed thousands.

When a civilian airliner was shot down from areas that these proxies controlled, they refused to allow access to the crash for days. When Ukraine started to reassert control over its territory, Russia gave up the pretense of merely supporting the separatists, and moved troops across the border.



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Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy to Syria
2014.09.25 02:46:40

"There was obviously a discussion about the issue about terrorism and how to fight or limit terrorism. And in that context, there was, and there is, a plan by me to push as well for the issue about political dialogue. Fighting terrorism needs to be accompanied with a genuine process, a political process, including all Syrians."

[Source: APTN]



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Baghdad blast kills 21, wounds 50
2014.09.25 02:45:22

Residents of Sadr City, a Shia district of eastern Baghdad, assessed the damage on Wednesday after a deadly car bomb late on Tuesday.

At least 21 people were killed and more than 50 were wounded, officials said.

Several shops were damaged by the blast, which took place in a busy commercial area.

[Reuters]



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