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Syrian Rebels Say Evacuation Agreement Met in Aleppo

Ceasefire comes amid UN reports of carnage, civilian deaths

Aleppo Syria airstrikeSyrian rebels have reached a ceasefire agreement with Russia to evacuate civilians and opposition fighters remaining in eastern Aleppo amid reports that pro-Bashar al Assad forces had massacred dozens of civilians in the besieged city, the Associated Press reported.

Islamic State, Assad Dancing Around Each Other on Battlefield

This undated image posted on Aug. 27, 2014 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a Syrian opposition group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a fighter of the Islamic State group waving their flag from inside a captured government fighter jetA new report released by Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Center shows that the majority of the Islamic State's military activities in Syria have focused on non-governmental opposition groups, while only a small percentage have targeted the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

‘Ultimately Destroy’ Means ‘Contain’

Twice tonight, President Obama stated that the nation’s strategy towards the Islamic State is to “degrade, and ultimately destroy” it. Bill Gertz will have a full analysis of the president’s remarks here at the Free Beacon shortly, but there is a simple point worth emphasizing by way of an immediate reaction to the speech: the modifier “ultimately” is a dodge of tremendous proportions. The timeline for the “ultimate” destruction of ISIS, according to the president’s advisors, may take two or three years—that is, potentially into the next presidential administration. The President is thus using roughly the same form of rhetoric as the Congressman that tells you his plan will balance the budget, but ten years from now.

Syria Death Toll Hits Nearly 126,000: Monitoring Group

Number of children killed in conflict tops 6,000

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The death toll in Syria's civil war has risen to at least 125,835, more than a third of them civilians, but the real figure is probably much higher, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.