Islamic State Commanders Liable for Mass War Crimes

Paulo Pinheiro

GENEVA (Reuters) – Islamic State commanders are liable for war crimes on a “massive scale” in northeast Syria where they spread terror by beheading, stoning and shooting civilians and captured fighters, U.N. investigators said on Friday.

U.S. Leads 16 Air Strikes in Syria, Seven in Iraq

A Kurdish man mourns next to gravestones of Kurdish fighters killed during clashes against Islamic State in the Syrian town of Kobani, at a cemetery in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province November 12

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S.-led forces conducted 16 air strikes in Syria, most of them around Kobani near the Turkish border, and seven in Iraq since Monday, the U.S. Central Command said.

John Allen Is Not Getting Good Reviews

John Allen with the Egyptian Foreign Minister / AP

Retired Marine General John Allen is hard at work coordinating the Obama administration’s response to the Islamic State, and the early reviews are in. They are not positive.

Russian Arms Sales to Syria, Iran Add to Middle East Instability

AP

Putin’s Russia has revived its once flagging global arms sales business and is using those sales to revive its defense industrial base. Second to only the United States with about a 26 percent share of the global arms market—the United States has a 30 percent share—Russian arms sales in 2013 generated some 13 billion dollars for government coffers according to the pro-government Russia Today.

Al Qaeda Seizes Territory from Moderate Syrian Group

Al-Nusra Front fighters in Syria

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – Fighters linked to al Qaeda have seized territory from a moderate Syrian rebel group in a three-day campaign that has expanded their control into one of the few areas of northern Syria not held by hardline Islamists.