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  1. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    ‘Syria recruiter’ charged with preparing Australia terror attack

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 12:08pm by Agence France-Presse in Brisbane

    ... was initially accused of recruiting, funding and sending jihadist fighters to Syria after he was detained in Brisbane on September 10. He is now facing a new charge of committing an act in preparation ... the alleged preparation and recruitment for incursions into Syria to fight,” federal police said in a statement. The additional charges came after Australia last month raised its terror threat level ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1618347/syria-recruiter-charged-preparing-australia-terror-attack
  2. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Coalition united against Islamic State but divided on Syria and the Kurds

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 11:17pm by WASHPOST

    ... to fight Islamic State Two months after the start of its campaign against Islamic State, the US-led coalition conducting operations in Iraq and Syria has expanded significantly but remains beset ... a supporting role in the campaign of air strikes in Syria. But serious disagreements remain, particularly over the coalition's plan for Syria and whether the fight against IS militants ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1617093/coalition-united-against-islamic-state-divided-syria-and-kurds
  3. News - World - ANALYSIS: SYRIA

    Fall of Kobani would be symbolic setback for Obama's Syria strategy

    Posted Oct 12th 2014, 06:38am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington If Kurdish town eventually falls to Islamic State militants, as American officials fear, it would be a symbolic blow to US air campaign in Syria Kobani test ... Syria air campaign- far beyond its battlefield importance. If Islamic State seizes full control of the city- which US officials acknowledge is possible in coming days- it could boast that it has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1614659/fall-kobani-would-be-symbolic-setback-obamas-syria-strategy
  4. News - Asia - MALAYSIA

    Malaysians recruited Islamic State jihadis with Facebook, police say

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 12:53pm by AFP

    ... a government engineer and two others who used Facebook to recruit fighters for the extremist group in Syria. "Three of them are key players of a cell whose role was to recruit, finance and arrange trips for Malaysians to join terror groups in Syria," national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said. Those arrested were from 14 to 48 years old and included two women, the statement ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1617560/malaysias-recent-arrests-islamic-state-suspects-include-countrys-main
  5. News - Asia - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Japanese volunteer fought in Syria for a 'personal test'

    Posted Oct 09th 2014, 10:55pm by KYODO

    ... Kyodo in Tokyo Tokyo man who joined rebels had no religious or political motive- just a 'pent-up feeling' Fighting in Syria was a personal test A Japanese man who joined a rebel group in Syria last year said he wanted to test his limits by going into battle but "had no religious or political beliefs". The story of Yoshifumi Uzawa, 26, a self-employed resident ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1613180/japanese-volunteer-fought-syria-personal-test
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    US-led coalition ramps up strikes against Islamic State in Syria-Turkey border town

    Posted Oct 10th 2014, 10:49am by Associated Press in Mursitpinar, Turkey

    ... campaign aimed at rolling back and eventually destroying the extremist group. It has also strained ties between Washington and Ankara over the long-term US strategy in Syria. On Thursday, the US ... State. Turkey also has called for the creation of a buffer zone inside Syria to secure the border, but the White House and Pentagon said Wednesday the US is not considering that option. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1613492/us-led-coalition-ramps-strikes-against-islamic-state-syria-turkey-border
  7. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Bid to identify Islamic State militants in Peter Kassig execution video

    Posted Nov 18th 2014, 09:58pm by MCT

    ... was Hauchard, 22, a native of the Normandy region who converted to Islam at 17 and joined extremists in Syria. Hauchard had previously gone to Mauritania but found the situation there "was not sufficiently radical", Molins said in Paris on Monday. Last year, the prosecutor said, Hauchard left Paris on a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, planning to cross into Syria under the pretext of doing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1643294/bid-identify-islamic-state-militants-peter-kassig-execution-video
  8. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Georgian gorge where fanatics are forged

    Posted Nov 24th 2014, 05:04am by AFP

    ... Batirashvili, a 70-year-old subsistence farmer, warms his hands over a rusty stove as he tells the story of his son, one of the most feared commanders with the Islamic State group in Syria ... to Georgia in the 19th century. Shishani- whose nom-de-guerre means "the Chechen" in Arabic- is among dozens of Kists fighting in Syria and Iraq for Islamic State. The 27-year-old ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1647078/georgian-gorge-where-fanatics-are-forged
  9. News - World - SECURITY

    Terror fears prompt tighter screening of travellers allowed into US visa-free

    Posted Nov 04th 2014, 09:49pm by WASHPOST

    ... concern over the rising number of Islamist militants who have fought in Syria and hold Western passports. The steps, introduced on Monday by the Department of Homeland Security, are aimed at 38 ... driven by concern over how many citizens from "visa waiver" countries have fought in Syria and, because of their citizenship, hold passports that enable them to travel relatively freely ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1632004/terror-fears-prompt-tighter-screening-travellers-allowed-us-visa-free
  10. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Kurdish exodus from Syria to Turkey tops 130,000 as Islamic State advances

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 04:46am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Mursitpinar, Turkey Islamic State's rapid advance through Kurdish northern Syria prompts rush for safety of Turkey and calls for US to expand air campaign Exodus of Kurds in face of jihad reaches 130,000 Turkey says that some 130,000 people have flooded across its border from Syria fleeing an advance by Islamic State jihadis on a strategic Kurdish ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1598156/kurdish-exodus-syria-turkey-tops-130000-islamic-state-advances

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