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Is Assad Finally Glimpsing the End

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As Isis surges ahead and the Syrian regime teeters on the brink of collapse, our Middle East correspondent, winner of the 2015 Orwell prize for journalism, reports on the deadly struggle for dominance in the region.

A Syrian rocket launcher shell on enemy positions in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra. Photograph: EPA

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China Insists War is Already Underway on the Internet

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In a chilling memo released on Wednesday, the People’s Liberation Army, or PLA, informed the world that, at least on the internet, China is at war.

The memo is called “Cybersovereignty Symbolizes National Sovereignty.”

PLA is not joking around

“The internet has become the main battlefront for struggle in the ideological area,”

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Ukrainian Forces Left in “Zombie” State After Major Defeat

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On a snowy, empty highway, a couple and their son emerge from weeks of hiding, wandering in a hungry daze. A rebel truck, mangled by a land mine, is blocking the road. Half a dozen Ukrainian corpses, several burned, lie in a ditch.

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Russian Backed Rebels Send Ukrainian Troops Running

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Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers retreat from strategic town taken by pro-Russia separatists, leaving their dead and wounded comrades behind

Fatigue in retreat: Ukrainian servicemen sit on top of a tank near Artemivsk, as they withdraw from Debaltseve following a fierce offensive by Russian-backed separatists. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Fatigue in retreat: Ukrainian servicemen sit on

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Bid to Arm Ukraine to Fight Russian-Backed Separatists Dividing NATO

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President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are trying for a public display of unity despite a potential split over arming Ukrainian fighters to better battle Russian-backed separatists.

That was the unstated point of Monday’s meeting at the White House, where Merkel was to brief Mr. Obama on upcoming talks

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Jordan Hell-Bent on Destroying ISIS Completely

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AMMAN, Jordan — The United Arab Emirates said Saturday it ordered a squadron of F-16 fighters to Jordan, which an official said would participate in airstrikes on the Islamic State group after the UAE earlier suspended its involvement.

Demonstrators chant anti-ISIS slogans during a rally in Amman, Jordan February 6th.

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Swedish Foreign Minister: War Between Russia and the West was now Quite Conceivable

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That Angela Merkel has gone to Moscow speaks to the sudden gravity of the situation in east Ukraine

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In Brussels and other European capitals, the fear of Vladimir Putin is becoming palpable. The mood has changed in a matter of weeks from one of handwringing impotence

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Danger Zone: U.S. Considering ¨Lethal¨ Aid to Ukraine

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The United States is now considering sending lethal aid to help the Ukrainian government fend off attacks from pro-Russian rebels in the eastern part of Ukraine.

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This assistance would come in the form of so-called “defensive lethal aid,” which could include anti-tank, anti-air and anti-mortar systems.

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ISIS Crippled, Struggling to Replenish Ranks

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U.S.-led airstrikes, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters having significant effect

Recent threats and hostage-taking by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are a reminder that the jihadist group still has the ability to scare foreign governments.

But despite its bluster, military analysts say the Sunni extremists known as ISIS are suffering on the battlefield.

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U.S. Appeasement of Iran is Enabling Assad

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President Obama’s decision, now essentially official*, to appease Iran by doing nothing to help thwart the Assad regime has dire consequences for Syria.

Tens of thousands of Syrians will continue to be slaughtered, many of them by barrel bombs dropped by planes the U.S. could have stopped from flying.

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U.S. General: Russian Drones Responsible for Heavy Casualties in Ukraine

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US has pledged to lead training exercises for Ukrainian troops to counter the Russian military.

Here’s a Geographical Reference for the Russia, Ukraine, Crimea Crisis

The commander of US forces in Europe Lieutenant General Ben Hodges has said that Russian-backed militant forces in east Ukraine are gaining significant advantages from the use

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1000 Killed Since Ukraine “Cease Fire”

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A new report issued by the United Nations show 13 people are killed per day in the ongoing conflict, despite the ceasefire implemented since September.

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A new report published Thursday by the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine shows that almost 1,000 people

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U.S. Official´s Want to Send Troops to Fight ISIS

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General Martin Dempsey tells House committee that he would consider abandoning Obama’s pledge and send troops to fight Isis in Iraq

 

General Martin Dempsey and defense secretary Chuck Hagel testify before the House armed services committee about the ongoing fight against Isis. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

 

The top-ranking officer in the

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Israel Blocking War Crimes Probe

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The Israeli government has announced that it is denying entry to members of the UN Human Rights Council commission charged with investigating war crimes committed during the summer Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip.

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The Foreign Ministry says they will not cooperate in any

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Russia Sends 32 Tanks Over Border, Angela Merkel Not Amused

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German chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced “grave concern” over reports of a new Russian military incursion in east Ukraine.

Merkel has also called for fresh EU sanctions over rebel ‘elections’ in east Ukraine

Her office said, in a communique after Merkel spoke with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko by phone, that she: “expressed her grave

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Obama Asks Congress for ISIS War Authorization

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Prepare for war. Where? Syria, Iraq, Russia, Iran, China, anywhere and everywhere.

Warmonger in chief, senator John McCain wants troops in Syria, arms for Ukraine, an examination of “China’s continued encroachment in the south China Sea”, and an investigation into warming relations with Iran.

McCain is set to take over as head of

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Marine Survives Head-shot from Taliban Sniper

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A Taliban sniper managed to get a non-fatal head-shot on a Marine’s helmet while the Marines were conducting a joint helicopter raid in the Now Zad district, Helmand Province in 2013.

The shot occurs right around 45 seconds into the video.

ISIS on Verge of Capturing Baghdad

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on social networks on Thursday, shows young men in underwear being marched barefoot along a desert road before being allegedly executed on Wednesday by Islamic State (IS) militants at an undisclosed location in Syria's Raqa Province. Islamic State fighters have executed more than 160 Syrian soldiers it captured during its storming of the key northern Tabqa air base this week. AFP was unable to verify the location and the date of the video.

Iraq’s military abandoned a strategically important base in Anbar province after heavy fighting with ISIS militants, provincial security force sources told CNN on Monday.

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The base outside the city of Hit was one of the Shiite-led government’s few remaining military outposts in Anbar,

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ISIS Advance Prompts Experts to Worry About WWIII

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There are fears that jihadis in the Syrian border town are disguising themselves as refugees to cross into Turkey and on to Europe

Terrorism experts fear we are at the start of World War Three, as the Syria-Turkey border town of Kobane faces falling to Isis.

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Air Strikes Beginning to Fail Against ISIS

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World View: American-led air attacks are failing. Jihadis are close to taking Kobani, in Syria – and in Iraq western Baghdad is now under serious threat

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America’s plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group’s fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on

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