FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2012 file photo, a Syrian boy shouts slogans against the government as he stands in front of a flag of the armed Islamic opposition group, the Nusra Front, during a demonstration in the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. The country has already been …

Al-Qaeda Launches Surprise Attack on Islamic State in Syria

The Syrian-based Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda offshoot, has launched a surprise attack against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Western Syria, prompting a war between the two terrorist groups, reports AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA).

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U.S. State Department: Iran ‘Destabilizing,’ ‘Unhelpful’ in Syria

United States State Department spokesman John Kirby called Iran’s “destabilizing activity” in Syria “unhelpful” but noted that the Islamic Republic would need to be more involved in the diplomatic process of achieving an end to the violence in the region sooner rather than later.

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Russian Officials Are Pushing Syria to Hold Elections

The Russian government wants Syria to hold presidential and parliamentary elections. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has allegedly stated he would rather wait until “terrorism” is eradicated from the country to hold elections again.

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World View: Russia May Be Building a New Military Base in Syria

In what is potentially a major escalation in the growing sectarian wars in the Mideast, intelligence officials are saying that Russia appears to be building a new military base in Syria, in the Mediterranean port city of Latakia, with an airfield and prefabricated housing units for up to 1,000 personnel.