Islamic State has destroyed Syrian monastery, says monitor

IS militants also transferred several dozen Christians to a location near its stronghold in northeastern Syria

Islamic State militants have demolished a monastery in the central Syrian province of Homs, a monitor said on Thursday, in a strategically located town the jihadist group wrested from government control earlier this month.

The group has also transferred several dozen Christians, captured during its offensive, to a location near its stronghold in northeastern Syria, the monitor said, according to the Irish Times.

Did the U.S. Just Kill 5 Kids in Syria?

A Syrian monitor group says planes from the U.S.-led coalition killed civilians, including five children, in an airstrike near Aleppo this week, according to Michael Weiss, the dailybeast.com

According to a Syrian monitor group, warplanes believed to be part of the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition bombed and killed 18 people in the Idlib province town of Atmeh on Tuesday night, close to the Turkish border.

President Al- Assad Not to Bow to Supporters of Terrorism in Negotiations

 

A Syrian political analyst underlined that President Bashar al-Assad will not abandon his rigid stance on the ongoing war against the foreign-backed terrorist groups in his country.

"Everyone knows that the Syrian president is a firm negotiator and he will not accept any solution that would harm Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity; hence we consider war as the only solution to deal with the terrorist groups and their supporters," Syrian Political Researcher Kamal Fayaz told FNA on Sunday.

Putin to Turkish Envoy: “Tell Erdogan he can go to hell along with ISIL Terrorists”

Russian President Vladimir Putin broke the accepted diplomatic protocols and personally summoned Turkish Ambassador to Moscow Ümit Yardim, and warned him that the Russian Federation shall sever the diplomatic relations immediately unless Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stops supporting ISIL terrorists in Syria, where Russia holds its last navy base in the Mediterranean sea, FNA reported.

The Independent: German Isis recruit reveal full horrors of his 'execution centre' ordeal

Ebrahim B finally woke up to the horrific reality of life in Isis in August last year. Locked in a blood-smeared cell in one the terror organisation’s “execution centres” somewhere in Syria, the 26-year-old German Tunisian from Wolfsburg was forced to listen to the sound of a fellow prisoner being decapitated.

With Nuke Deal, Iran Set to Become a Future World Power: Pepe Escobar

With the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 nations finalized at last, Tehran will be able to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. According to Sputnik contributor Pepe Escobar, the agreement could also prime the Islamic Republic to become "one of the powers of the future."

"Remember that in the past few days, [the US] was backtracking. And Obama, roughly a week ago, was saying the deal was less than 50/50," Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar told Radio Sputnik.

Yet, despite the uncertainty, negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 Nations – including China, Russia, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany – resulted in a comprehensive agreement.

Greece votes No

It's not just disaffected pensioners: young Greeks have worked out that they don't need the bloated EU

Despite the scaremongering and bullying from those in Brussels, we are waking today with Greece having delivered a resounding No, according to Nigel Farage, the Telegraph.