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Contents: (summaries below)
  1. Syrian planes bomb Golan post captured by Nusra Front, The Daily Star, Reuters
  2. IDF on high alert in Golan Heights, Times of Israel, Times of Israel staff, AFP and AP
  3. Jeddah meeting on IS brings together unlikely allies, al-monitor.com, Ali Hashem
  4. Found: The Islamic State's Terror Laptop of Doom, foreignpolicy.com, Harald Doornbos , Jenan Moussa
  5. 'Reverse jihad': Iraqi and foreign Christians join fight against Islamic State, Jihad Watch, Robert Spencer
  6. Abbas Can't Solve Gaza or Make Peace, Commentary Magazine, Jonathan S. Tobin
  7. Jeddah meeting on IS brings together unlikely allies, al-monitor.com, Ali Hashem

Syrian planes bomb Golan post captured by Nusra Front
Reuters


The Daily Star, August 28, 2014

...Al-Qaeda's Syria wing, the Nusra Front, alongside moderate rebel groups who had launched the attack early Wednesday on the border post were "holding ground" despite the heavy bombardment, according to a source in the Islamist Beit al-Maqdis brigade, whose fighters were involved in the fighting.

Abu Iyas al-Horani, a spokesman for another rebel group operating in the area, said at least six rebels were killed in the latest spillover of violence in the area that lies almost 20 kilometers west of the town of Qunaitra, the main urban center, which is under state control.

The crossing is monitored by the United Nations, which oversees traffic between the two enemy countries, but the distance between the two warring adversaries' posts is some 200 meters.

During the fighting, two Israelis were wounded by stray bullets, a soldier and a civilian, both in the Golan Heights. Israel responded with artillery fire at two Syrian army positions, the Israeli military said Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 20 Syrian soldiers and 14 rebel fighters were killed in the clashes. The organization gathers information from all sides in the Syrian war....

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IDF on high alert in Golan Heights
Times of Israel staff, AFP and AP


Times of Israel, August 29, 2014

As a result of the fighting on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, the level of alert was raised on the Israeli side, an army spokesperson said Thursday, without confirming that it had been increased to the highest level.

The announcement followed several incidents in the area, including the capture and execution of 160 Syrian soldiers by the Islamic State, gruesome pictures of which appeared online Thursday, and the abduction, also Thursday, of 43 Fijian UN peacekeepers by al-Qaeda-affiliate al-Nusra Front at the Quneitra crossing with Israel, where fighting has raged this week between Syrian rebels and government forces.

Another 81 peacekeepers, from the Philippines, were trapped in the area by heavy clashes between rebels and Syrian troops, according to the UN.

Philippines military spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said in a statement that Syrian rebels demanded that the Filipino troops surrender their firearms, but the soldiers refused.

“They did not surrender their firearms as they may, in turn, be held hostage themselves. This resulted in a stand-off which is still the prevailing situation at this time,” Zagala said....

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Jeddah meeting on IS brings together unlikely allies
Ali Hashem


al-monitor.com, August 27, 2014

A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, Aug. 24, 2014. (photo by REUTERS)

In an out-of-control Middle East — where chaos engulfs almost half the area and regional powers are proving themselves helpless against the new the Islamic State (IS) phenomenon — the serious need for a radical review of policies and alliances has finally become clear. Three main blocs are currently in conflict on several fronts: the “moderate” bloc, consisting of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Jordan; the resistance bloc of Iran, Syria, Iraq and Hezbollah; and the Turkey-Qatar alliance, which can be described as a pro-Muslim Brotherhood bloc.

As these alliances engage in wars from Libya to Iraq, the territory controlled by IS continues to grow. As of late August, IS dominates an area bordering on Turkey and Jordan that spreads from northeastern Aleppo, in Syria, to Jalawla, in eastern Iraq, a mere 38 kilometers (23.6 miles) from Iran. The Iranians are concerned, and the Saudis even more so; meanwhile, the United States, although undecided on a final strategy to defeat this new enemy, has at least made a decision to confront it and has begun doing so.

In Jeddah on Aug. 24, the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Jordan and Egypt gathered to discuss the Syrian conflict and other “challenges, including the rise of terrorist extremist ideology.” In an official statement, they expressed their agreement on “the need to seriously work to deal with these crises and challenges to preserve security and stability in Arab countries.” Egypt’s Foreign Ministry had released an earlier statement indicating the meeting would focus on “the growing presence in Iraq and Syria of extremists,” notably IS. The rise of IS means that the “search for a political solution to the Syria crisis [is] needed more than ever.”...

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Found: The Islamic State's Terror Laptop of Doom
Harald Doornbos , Jenan Moussa


foreignpolicy.com, August 28, 2014

...The ISIS laptop contains a 19-page document in Arabic on how to develop biological weapons and how to weaponize the bubonic plague from infected animals.

"The advantage of biological weapons is that they do not cost a lot of money, while the human casualties can be huge," the document states.

The document includes instructions for how to test the weaponized disease safely, before it is used in a terrorist attack. "When the microbe is injected in small mice, the symptoms of the disease should start to appear within 24 hours," the document says.

The laptop also includes a 26-page fatwa, or Islamic ruling, on the usage of weapons of mass destruction. "If Muslims cannot defeat the kafir [unbelievers] in a different way, it is permissible to use weapons of mass destruction," states the fatwa by Saudi jihadi cleric Nasir al-Fahd, who is currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. "Even if it kills all of them and wipes them and their descendants off the face of the Earth."...

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'Reverse jihad': Iraqi and foreign Christians join fight against Islamic State
Robert Spencer


Jihad Watch, August 28, 2014

“Some Christian groups in northern Iraq say they have had enough of being struck down like helpless victims and are tired of being chased from a place where they consider themselves to be the original inhabitants;  they have decided to take up arms to defend the home their people have known for over 2,000 years.” This is completely understandable; it will, however, be the occasion of a great deal of moral equivalence from the mainstream media and government officials, as they decry “religious extremists on both sides.” But in reality, fighting for self-defense is not the same thing as fighting a war of conquest and extermination.

“Calling It a ‘Reverse Jihad,’ Iraqi and Foreign Christians Join Fight Against Islamic State,” by Don Pittman, Gospel Herald, August 28, 2014:

Some Christian groups in northern Iraq say they have had enough of being struck down like helpless victims and are tired of being chased from a place where they consider themselves to be the original inhabitants;  they have decided to take up arms to defend the home their people have known for over 2,000 years....

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Abbas Can't Solve Gaza or Make Peace
Jonathan S. Tobin


Commentary Magazine, August 27, 2014

While both Hamas and Israel’s government have been trying to assert that they both won the war that apparently concluded with a cease-fire agreement yesterday, a third party is attempting to stake his claim as the man who can win the peace. Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas anticipated the announcement of the cease-fire by vowing to go back to the United Nations on Monday to force Israel to withdraw from all of the West Bank as well as Jerusalem. And some in the U.S. and Israel think the best response to the end of the fighting is to further empower Abbas as a counterweight to Hamas. While this sounds logical, it would be a colossal error.

Some critics of the Netanyahu government believe it has erred in recent years by being so critical of Abbas while essentially acquiescing to continued Hamas rule in Gaza. That school of thought holds that the prime minister thinks leaving Gaza in Hamas’s hands makes it impossible for Abbas to make peace and undermines the chances of a two-state solution. There is no doubt that some in the government would prefer the status quo to a peace deal that would give Abbas the West Bank for a Palestinian state. But those who believe that sort of Machiavellian thinking is responsible for the lack of peace are ignoring some hard truths about Abbas and the political culture of the Palestinians.

A rational analysis of the Palestinian predicament would lead one to think that this is Abbas’s moment. Hamas achieved nothing with its decision to launch a war of attrition with Israel after its members kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers. Nothing, that is, except the utter devastation of Gaza, the loss of two thousand dead as well as the destruction of its terror tunnels and the expenditure of much of its rocket arsenal in return for only a few dozen dead Israelis and little damage to the Jewish state. By contrast, Abbas can now stride into Gaza with his PA forces and claim to be the man who can improve conditions for Palestinians and forge a deal that might give them independence. But those assumptions about Abbas’s ability to act decisively now completely ignore the realities of Palestinian politics as well as the utter incompetence of the PA....

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Jeddah meeting on IS brings together unlikely allies
Ali Hashem


al-monitor.com, August 27, 2014

A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, Aug. 24, 2014. (photo by REUTERS)

In an out-of-control Middle East — where chaos engulfs almost half the area and regional powers are proving themselves helpless against the new the Islamic State (IS) phenomenon — the serious need for a radical review of policies and alliances has finally become clear. Three main blocs are currently in conflict on several fronts: the “moderate” bloc, consisting of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Jordan; the resistance bloc of Iran, Syria, Iraq and Hezbollah; and the Turkey-Qatar alliance, which can be described as a pro-Muslim Brotherhood bloc.

As these alliances engage in wars from Libya to Iraq, the territory controlled by IS continues to grow. As of late August, IS dominates an area bordering on Turkey and Jordan that spreads from northeastern Aleppo, in Syria, to Jalawla, in eastern Iraq, a mere 38 kilometers (23.6 miles) from Iran. The Iranians are concerned, and the Saudis even more so; meanwhile, the United States, although undecided on a final strategy to defeat this new enemy, has at least made a decision to confront it and has begun doing so.

In Jeddah on Aug. 24, the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Jordan and Egypt gathered to discuss the Syrian conflict and other “challenges, including the rise of terrorist extremist ideology.” In an official statement, they expressed their agreement on “the need to seriously work to deal with these crises and challenges to preserve security and stability in Arab countries.” Egypt’s Foreign Ministry had released an earlier statement indicating the meeting would focus on “the growing presence in Iraq and Syria of extremists,” notably IS. The rise of IS means that the “search for a political solution to the Syria crisis [is] needed more than ever.”...

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