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2014.09.24 04:42:44

The wife of a British aid worker held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group has received an audio message from him pleading for his life.

Barbara Henning said she has been told that her husband, Alan, had been to a Sharia court, and that he was found innocent of being a spy.

[AP]


  Syria | Islamic State
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2014.09.24 04:31:09

Local man in the Syrian town of Kfar Derian said in an interview :

"At 3 am this morning people were sleeping in this residential, under-privileged area. When we were sleeping, we were surprised by the sound of the bombs. We heard more than three big bombs and we have not heard such big bombs before."

But one of the rockets also hit a house that was a home to a displaced family from Aleppo, killing 13 people including three children.

[Reuters]


  Syria | Islamic State | United States
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2014.09.24 04:29:58

The European Union increases aid for Syrian refugees by $280 million.

The EU Commission said Tuesday the new funding includes 50 million euros for humanitarian aid and 165 million euros to support long-term development projects in Syria and the neighboring countries hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees.

[AP]


  Syria | European Union
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2014.09.24 04:27:08

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that air strikes alone could not defeat Islamic State, and rallied allies to cooperate to stop the flow of foreign fighters joining the group and to disrupt their funding by not paying kidnapping ransoms.

"ISIL is an organization that knows no bounds, as it has proven," said Kerry.

"It brutalizes women and children and sells them off as slaves to jihadists, it forces grown men to their knees and ties their hands behind their back and shoots them in the head."

"This kind of barbarity simply has no place in the modern world and these cold blooded killers masquerading as a religious movement need to be stopped," he added.

[Reuters]


  Syria | Islamic State | United States | John Kerry | Iraq
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2014.09.24 04:25:22

The leader of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Tuesday his Lebanese Shia Muslim group opposed U.S-led air strikes on Syria.

"We are against American military intervention and an  international coalition in Syria, whether that (action) is against the regime or IS," Nasrallah said in a speech aired on Hezbollah-run al-Manar television.


  Syria | Islamic State | United States | Hezbollah
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2014.09.24 04:23:28

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power wrote: "The Syrian regime has shown that it cannot and will not confront these safe havens effectively itself."

"States must be able to defend themselves ... when, as is the case here, the government of the state where the threat is located is unwilling or unable to prevent the use of its territory for such attacks," Power wrote in the letter obtained by Reuters.


  Syria | Islamic State | United States | Samantha Power
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2014.09.24 04:22:01

Syrian Television reported on Tuesday that President Bashar Assad had voiced his support for "any international effort against terrorism", apparently trying to position his government on the side of the US-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group.

Assad reportedly made his comments during his meeting with Iraqi National Security Advisor Faleh Fayyad.

[AP]


  Syria | Islamic State | United States
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2014.09.24 04:20:46

Turkey could give military or logistical support to US-led air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

"We will give the necessary support to the operation. The support could be military or logistics,"

[Reuters]


  Syria | Islamic State | United States | Turkey
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2014.09.24 04:19:26

ISIL storage facility near Abu Kamal, Syria, struck by US strike aircraft Sept. 23, 2014.

US Central Command- Released by US Department of Defense


  Syria | Islamic State | United States
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2014.09.24 04:18:00

US airstrike against an ISIL compound northwest of Raqqa, Syria, Sept. 23.

US Central Command- Released by US Department of Defense


  Syria | Islamic State | United States
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2014.09.24 04:14:15

The United States and its allies must comply with the rules of war in carrying out air strikes on Islamist targets in Iraq and Syria, a senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday.


  Syria | Islamic State | United States | ICRC | Iraq
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2014.09.24 04:12:53

Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari told Reuters on Tuesday that he was personally informed by US Ambassador Samantha Power of imminent US and Arab airstrikes against Islamic State targets on Syrian territory hours ahead of time.

Ja'afari said Power told him on Monday morning that the military action would be carried out. He added that "we're in close coordination with Iraq."

The US mission confirmed that Power had informed Ja'afari.

[Reuters]


  Syria | Islamic State | United States
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2014.09.24 04:11:59

US President Obama spoke from the White House a few minutes ago saying Arab support in Syria airstrikes shows 'this is not America's fight alone"

Obama says the joint fight against the Islamic State will take time but is vital to the security of the United States, the Mideast and the world.

Obama say the U.S. is "proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder'' with Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates in conducting the strikes.


  Syria | Islamic State | United States | Barack Obama
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2014.09.24 04:10:45

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said Tuesday that Damascus backed any international effort against "terrorism," after a US-led coalition against ISIL launched airstrikes in the country, state media reported.

"Syria will continue to resolutely fight the war it has been prosecuting for years against... terrorism," state news agency SANA quoted him as saying.

"It supports any international effort to fight against terrorism," he added, as he met Iraq's national security adviser in Damascus.


  Syria | Islamic State | United States
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2014.09.24 04:09:06

Bahrain confirmed Tuesday that its warplanes joined those of other Gulf monarchies in bombing ISIL positions as part of a US-led coalition against extremists in Syria and Iraq, an official said.

[AFP]


  Syria | Islamic State | United States | Bahrain
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2014.09.24 04:07:04

A press release published Monday by a coalition of 40 leading international human rights and humanitarian organizations, including Amnesty International, the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children and Islamic Relief, urging world leaders to prioritize the protection of Syrian civilians.

The coalition aims to highlight the importance of International Humanitarian Law, in which all parties to a conflict are obliged to distinguish between civilians and fighters. They must not target civilians and must refrain from launching indiscriminate attacks.

They have launched a petition demanding that leaders set out the further diplomatic steps they will take to bring an end to indiscriminate attacks, as promised in February, and reminding them that while there may be no end in sight to the conflict.


  Syria | Islamic State | United States
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2014.09.24 04:05:57

The US military said in a statement it had "destroyed or damaged multiple Islamic State targets" around the cities of Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, Hasakah and the border town of Albu Kamal."

The targets included "Islamic State fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles," it said.


  Syria | Islamic State | United States
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2014.09.24 04:04:35

Six people have been killed in Sha'er area which is disputed between IS and Syrian government in Eastern Homs countryside due to air strikes targeted that area.


  Syria | Islamic State
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2014.09.24 04:03:45

Syria confirms that it has fought and continues to fight Islamic State in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor and other areas," a Syrian government statement said. "It has not and will not stop fighting the organization in cooperation with states directly harmed by it, most importantly with Iraq,"


  Syria | Islamic State | Iraq
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2014.09.24 04:02:36

Syria said on Tuesday that US Secretary of State John Kerry had told the Damascus government in a letter delivered by Iraq that the United States and its allies were going to attack Islamic State in Syria, hours before the air strikes took place.

A Syrian analyst interviewed on Syrian state TV said the air strikes did not amount to an act of aggression because the government had been notified in advance.

[Reuters]


  Syria | Islamic State | United States | John Kerry | Iraq
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