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The Fatwa on Croissants

A sharia committee in a rebel-held area of Syria has banned croissants, because the French delicacy allegedly violates Muslim morality and recalls the country’s painful colonial past. The fatwa against the manufacture, sale and consumption of croissants is in effect in rebel-controlled sections of the city Aleppo, where sharia committees had already made wearing tight clothes and makeup a criminal offense for any Muslim woman.

Let the Mudslinging Begin

Sparks fly in this debate on the Syrian civil war, pitting investigative journalist and blogger Lee Kaplan against Ken O’Keefe, the activist and former Marine who led the human shield action to Iraq in 2002. Rather than discuss Syria, the two exchanged a wild series of accusations and below-the-belt insults. Iran’s propaganda arm, Press TV, organized the debate, and its announcer appeared to provide cover to O’Keefe. In turn, he has been a frequent apologist for the Iranian mullahs, peddling the outlandish notion that 9-11 was an inside hit job conducted by the Israeli spy agency Mossad.

Kurds Form Syrian Stronghold

Kurdish fighters in Syria have captured a town on the border with Turkey following days of clashes with the jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra. The group had earlier announced they would be administering a region in the Northeast of Syria autonomously.

Brotherhood: The Big Lie

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is reportedly using guerrilla social media tactics to promote their Islamist agenda in the crisis-struck state. The Brotherhood, who back ousted former president Mohammed Morsi, controversially posted old pictures of children dying in Syria on their Facebook page, to imply these events were currently taking place in Egypt.

Syrian Tensions Spill Over

Gunfire erupts in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, causing Sunni Muslims to run for their lives. The machine gun shots were fired by Lebanese troops to disperse dozens of Sunni Muslims who were demonstrating in support of a hardline cleric. The military crushed his fighters earlier this week in the worst fighting in Lebanon since the neighboring Syrian conflict broke out.

Our Secret Involvement in Syria

Does the Obama Administration conduct any business in public? Apparently not. Now we learn that the US has been secretly involved in providing military training to the Syrian rebels since late 2012. The CIA has carried out the training in the use of anti-tank and antiaircraft weapons from clandestine bases in both Turkey and Jordan.

Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling

President Obama was in Ireland this week for the G8 summit, but at least one Irish politician is not happy about the visit. Clare Daly, a member of the Irish Parliament, tore apart both Obama and the “unprecedented slobbering” over him and his family during their visit. She called the U.S. president a “war criminal” who can hardly claim to be promoting peace, and called out Irish leaders for pimping out Ireland for Obama, saying the Irish government is “prostituting ourselves in return for a pat on the head.”

Marines Dispatched to Jordan

US Marines carried out demolition exercises in Jordan as part of a multinational military training program involving border security and irregular warfare.  The exercises are taking place as security concerns about neighboring Syria continue to mount.

Ready to Cross the Red Line

Hoover Institution fellow Fouad Ajami weighs in on the U.S. plan to help arm the Syrian rebels and possibly establish a no-fly zone. H/T Wall Street Journal

Could Lebanon Be Next?

As Syria’s civil war claims 93,000 victims,what can be done to stop Syria’s sectarian conflict from spreading Lebanon, to perhaps the most factionally divided country in the world? Channel 4 from Great Britain reports.

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