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Tillerson: one condition for US/Russia military cooperation in Syria

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the United States will not agree to cooperate with Russia’s military in Syria until Moscow recognizes that not all Syrian opposition groups are terrorists, European allies say. During a meeting with his counterparts from France, Germany, Turkey, and other countries on the sidelines of a Group of 20 meeting in Bonn on February 17, Tillerson said the Trump administration supported UN efforts to forge peace in Syria through negotiations that are set to resume in Geneva on February 23. Diplomats at the meeting said Tillerson stressed that Moscow’s alignment with the Syrian government, which labels all Syrian...

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ISIS calls for the killing of Muslim scholars

By: Jamie Dettmer Source: VOA News LONDON – ISIS propagandists have launched a coordinated online campaign accusing prominent Muslim clerics in the Arab world and the West of betrayal in an apparent bid to delegitimize them, especially in the eyes of younger Muslims. The terror group says the clerics are collaborating with Arab regimes and the international coalition opposed to ISIS and are urging supporters as a top priority to kill “the evil scholars.” Some analysts suspect the terror group is casting around looking for traitors to explain the collapse of ISIS’ battlefield fortunes and to shape perceptions about the reasons for the fall of the terror group’s self-styled caliphate....

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Report: Pro-Turkey rebels, Syria regime form “security corridor” in Al-Bab

By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net Turkey-backed Syrian rebels and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have created a security corridor to avoid clashes in the battle to capture the flashpoint town of Al-Bab from ISIS jihadists, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, February 14, according to AFP. If confirmed, it would mark a rare case of contact in the conflict between the Damascus regime and the rebels seeking to oust it. The Hurriyet newspaper likened the zone to the demilitarised “Green Line” in Cyprus between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities. The corridor has been set up in the south of Al-Bab and varies in width from 500 metres to 1,000 metres...

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