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back its allies and interests. Assad has lost ground in the coastal province of Latakia, where fighting killed his cousin,Hilal al-Assad this week. Rebel groups captured the Christian Armenian town of Kessab,
strategically nestled between the coast and the Turkish border. One eyewitness told theBBC that Islamist fighters poured into Kessab, prompting panicked residents to flee. Thatsparked fears for the fate of Kessab and the plight of Syrian Christians at large.Rebel groups tried to allay those fears with YouTube videos professing their respect forlocal churches. But those clips will do little to assure minorities, who are convinced thatrebels waging jihad want to end their way of life. They also fail to address the strategicconsequences of the town’s takeover – now that Jabhat al-Nusra, and by association, al-Qaida, have a beachhead on Mediterranean shores.
Highlights from Syria Deeply:
Rebels Push into Latakia, in a Symbolic and Strategic OffensiveRefugees in Grim Global Spotlight After Syrian Woman Self-Immolates in TripoliThe Scope of Syria's Polio ProblemSyria at the Center of a Splintered Arab LeagueThe Impact of Turkey's Takedown of a Syrian Fighter JetBarrel Bomb Offensive Expands in Aleppo What Challenges Remain in Removing Chemical Weapons from Syria?
Headlines from the Week:
The Guardian: The Syria Conflict Has Lethal Momentum Washington Post: In Syria, the United States is Learning the Lessons of InactionNew York Times: Obama Offers Assurance to Saudis on Syria StanceTelegraph: Syria: The Jihadi Town Where ‘Brides’ Are Snatched from SchoolsReuters: U.N. Urges End to Syria’s ‘Convoluted’ Aid RestrictionsCNN: How U.S. Can Help Syria We’re fielding your feedback on how to better serve you and cover the story. You can reachour team on email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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