Syria’s Assad ‘confident in victory’

‘I don’t feel sorry for them… because they don’t feel sorry for themselves’: Bush risks wrath of injured veterans by saying they volunteered their service

Guantanamo guard converts to Islam, demands release of detainees
Terry Holdbrooks was deployed to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to guard detainees. The Phoenix, Ariz., resident has become a devout Muslim and an unlikely advocate for the prisoners’ rights.

Turkish police ‘arrest 12 terror suspects’ in raids
Turkish police have arrested 12 people suspected of links to a terrorist organisation, an official says.

Syria’s Assad ‘confident in victory’ in civil war
Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Thursday that he is “confident in victory” in his country’s civil war, and he warned that Damascus would retaliate for any future Israeli airstrike on his territory.

U.N. investigators say most Syria rebels not seeking democracy
Most Syrian rebel fighters do not want democracy and the country’s civil war is producing ever worse atrocities and increasing radicalization, independent U.N. investigators said on Tuesday.

Russia may revise ban on Syrian arms exports – Minister

PM indicated to Putin: ‘We’ll destroy your missiles if you deliver them to Assad’
After Netanyahu made clear he would not allow the S-300 anti-aircraft weapons to go into service, the Russian president reportedly suggested Israel buy them instead

Russia to Sell at Least 10 MiG Fighters to Syria

Jonathan Manthorpe: Assad begins to gain upper hand in Syrian civil war
Recruitment of more loyalists into army, change in strategy pays dividends for Damascus

Assad Warns Israel, Claiming a Stockpile of Russian Weapons

Russia Criticizes US Refusal to Rule Out Syria No-Fly Zone

Syria’s Opposition Won’t Attend International Peace Talks

Hezbollah said to control most of Qusayr in major setback for Syria rebels

Western states a gang of arsonists setting countries on fire
How to describe the actions of Britain and France towards Syria and by extension, the wider Middle East and Africa regions?

Guantanamo guard converts to Islam, demands release of detainees
Terry Holdbrooks was deployed to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to guard detainees. The Phoenix, Ariz., resident has become a devout Muslim and an unlikely advocate for the prisoners’ rights.

America’s China mistake
As Beijing becomes more bellicose, Washington clings to the hope that military-to-military relations will somehow relieve tensions. They won’t.

Mormon mother of seven who was jailed in Mexico on drug smuggling charges is FREED by judge as surveillance video clears her of having 12lbs of marijuana

Iraq mayhem ‘ready to explode’ into wider conflict, U.N. official says
A wave of deadly bombings struck Baghdad on Thursday in an already remarkably lethal week in Iraq, prompting a U.N. official to warn the mayhem is “ready to explode” into a wider conflict.

Baghdad Blasts Continue; 42 Killed, 129 Wounded

Pakistani Taliban Withdraw From Peace Talks Over Rehman’s Killing
US Drone Strike Foiled Peace Process Before It Started

US lifts ban on mobile phones and software for Iran
The US has eased restrictions on the sale of mobile phones and other communications devices, software and services to Iranians.

Obama’s new FBI chief approved Bush’s NSA warrantless wiretapping scheme
James Comey becomes just the latest symbol of the Obama legacy: normalizing what was very recently viewed as radical

Venezuela launches 3 surveillance drones as part of initiative to curb drug trafficking

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