Problems for Syrians in Egypt; News from Kurdish North; Looting & Oil; Round-up

by Matthew Barber The scale of this propaganda piece is impressive: An ISIS billboard in Raqqa promoting shari’a law. The yellow text at the top says “The state’s civil law is contrary to the religion of Allah,” followed by a verse from the Qur’an (3:83 “Do they, then, seek a religion other than Allah’s, while […]

Round-up: News from the North, Changes to Opposition, Egypt, and a lot of Miscellany

News from Aleppo / Idlib / Homs   Government forces in Syria press on with battle to retake rebel-held areas – WP Syrian government aircraft scattered leaflets over the northern province of Idlib on Wednesday, calling on rebels to hand themselves over and urging foreign fighters to return to their homelands, as regime troops pressed […]

Round Up: Lethal Aid, Human Interest Stories, Lebanon

US Policy and Weapons for Rebels   In Turnabout, Syria Rebels Get Libyan Weapons – NYT During his more than four decades in power, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya was North Africa’s outrageously self-styled arms benefactor, a donor of weapons to guerrillas and terrorists around the world fighting governments he did not like. Even after […]

Clerics in Egypt Call for Global Jihad Against Regime’s Shiite Allies, Egypt Cuts Syria Ties

Clerics in Egypt Call for Global Jihad Against Regime’s Shiite Allies by Matthew Barber The last post contained a question from a reader wondering why Egypt has been largely off-the-radar as an important regional presence in the Syrian conflict. With interesting timing, the last few days may have inaugurated the beginning of a change to […]

Jordan Shudders Under 331% Increase in Refugees as Conflict in Dera’a Intensifies

by Matthew Barber and the Syria Video team   Mile-long line of Syrians fleeing into Turkey If you haven’t yet watched it, allow me to strongly encourage you to view the Frontline documentary Syria Behind the Lines. Superior even to this documentary, however, is a segment of extra footage from the journalist who filmed the […]