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Syrian rebels prepare to defend ruined Aleppo as troops and militias close in

Whoever wins the coming battle for northern Syria will go a long way towards victory in a war now driven by regional agendas 23/12/14

Islam's Dysfunctional State: In Isis-controlled Syria and Iraq everyday life is falling apart

Isis’s vaunted exercise in state-building appears to be crumbling, as living conditions deteriorate across the territories under its control, exposing the shortcomings of a group that devotes most of its energies to fighting battles and enforcing strict rules 27/12/14.

Isis have army of 200,000, claims Kurdish leader

The Islamic State (Isis) has recruited an army hundreds of thousands strong, far larger than previous estimates by the CIA, according to a senior Kurdish leader. He said the ability of Isis to attack on many widely separated fronts in Iraq and Syria at the same time shows that the number of militant fighters is at least 200,000, seven or eight times bigger than foreign in intelligence estimates of up to 31,500 men./14/11/14

Backed by U.S. Airstrikes, Kurds Reverse an ISIS Gain

The two-day offensive, which involved 8,000 Kurdish fighters, was the largest one to date in the war against the Islamic State.18/12/14

As Congress mulls America's war with the Islamic State terror group, more than 4,000 Fort Carson soldiers prepared Thursday to leave for Kuwait, where they will take over as America's largest ground force in the troubled region. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team bid farewell to the post in a ceremony and soon will serve as U.S. Central Command's Reserve force in the Middle East - the first soldiers into battle if a major combat force is used to battle Islamic State fighters. The unit…

DEC15.........................Bashar al-Assad has not yet been ousted from power, but he has already lost Syria.