US probes ‘stray Syria air drop’

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The US Pentagon says it is examining an Islamic State video appearing to show militants with a weapons bundle intended for Kurdish fighters.
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Purely military action in Syria could fuel extremism: U.N.

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By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that using only military means to fight the threat of Islamic State in Syria could radicalize more Sunni armed groups and spark greater violence. “Our long-term strategic objective in Syria remains a political solution,” Ban told the U.N. Security Council. The United Nations is spearheading efforts to end a civil war sparked by President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests more than three years ago. …
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U.N. chief says moving ahead with Gaza war inquiry

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A Palestinian man looks out of his heavily damaged house at neighbouring houses which witnesses said were destroyed during the Israeli offensive, in the east of GazaUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he was setting up an investigation into attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel's recent war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the use of U.N. sites to store weapons. The world body has said that tens of thousands of dwellings were damaged or destroyed in 50 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants, and 108,000 people were left homeless in a long impoverished, isolated territory. In one incident, more than a dozen people were killed at a U.N. school during an Israeli shelling. …

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Iran supreme leader blames West for Islamic State rise, wants regional solution

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Western powers on Tuesday for the rise of Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq and Syria and said they had no business tampering with the region’s geopolitics. Iran and the United States have been arch-foes for decades but now share a strategic interest in reversing the territorial gains of IS that threaten to remake the Middle East map. …
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Egypt ‘sets appeal’ for journalists

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An appeal against the sentences of three jailed al-Jazeera journalists will be heard by an Egyptian court on 1 January, relatives say.
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Perhaps This Explains ISIS

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BBC map showing Tal Shair

I am brazenly stealing this from a comment by Professor Rex Brynen of McGill University. He has noted that while one of the key hills retaken by Kurdish fighters in Kobanê after much effort is called Tal Shair (see map), in the Star Trek franchise universe, the Tal Shiar is the elite Romulan intelligence agency.

Sure there’s a slight spelling difference. But coincidence? I think not. ISIS are Romulans. It explains so much.
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Pakistan Suspends ARY News License; Modi Urges SAARC to Work Together; Record Poppy Harvest in Afghanistan

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Britain Authorizes Surveillance Missions Over Syria

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FP’s Situation Report: Turkey allowing Kurdish fighters into Kobani; Support for the Islamic State grows in Lebanon; Syrians killed in uprising against IS; Sweden hunts a Russian sub; and much more

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Britain sends drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Tuesday it was authorizing armed and unarmed drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria “very shortly” in order to gather intelligence on Islamic State (IS) militants. Britain announced the deployment after Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey’s border. Michael Fallon, Britain’s defense minister, said both Reaper and Rivet Joint drones would fly over Syria as part of “efforts to protect our national security from the terrorist threat emanating from there. …
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