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Matthieu Aikins on the arms makers of Aleppo.
The momentum in Syria seems to be reversed in favor of Assad. 
Iran is increasing its aid to Assad.
Kuwait’s behind-the-scenes role in Syria.
The Syrian currency has plunged and since the war began the economy has shrunk by 35%.
The Guardian publishes an interactive guide to the events of July 8th in Cairo, when dozens of supporters of ousted President Morsi were killed in Salah Salem.
The interim government began work this week.
The fall of Morsi in Egypt is worrisome to Tunisia’s Islamists. 
Two witnesses have withdrawn from testifying in the ICC’s case against Uhuru Kenyatta.
Eritrea is intentionally undermining regional stability by paying warlords and political agents to exert influence over the Somali government.
Hundreds protested an Israeli plan to resettle Bedouin Arabs in the Negev Desert.
The Yemen-based Al-Qaeda cell has confirmed the death of its number 2 commander Saeed al-Shihri, a former Guantánamo detainee, by drone strike.
A customs procedures dispute between the US and Afghanistan has halted the movement of US military equipment across the border.
Pakistan is sending a top official to Afghanistan this weekend on a fence-mending mission.
Four were killed and forty wounded when Indian paramilitary soldiers fired on protesters in Kashmir.
Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to five years in prison for embezzlement, sparking protests. 
Russia plans to buy 2 UAE-made drones. 
Loyalist rioting in Belfast has wounded scores of police officers, and reinforcements have had to be called in from elsewhere in the UK. 
A five-day standoff between Panama and a rusty North Korean freighter resulted in the seizure of parts of an old Soviet missile radar system, apparently en route to North Korea.
UK counterterrorism laws are being used by police to justify the seizure of people’s mobile data at the border.
Nasser al-Awlaki, the father of Anwar al-Awlaki, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times, calling for justice in the drone killing of his grandson, Abdulrahman. Anwar al-Awlaki’s sixteen year old son was killed in Yemen roughly two weeks after a drone killed his father.
An essay on “Political Islam” by Nadeem Paracha in Dawn.
A federal appeals court in NY overturned last year’s district court decision to block the part of the NDAA dealing with indefinite detention of terror suspects without trial.
A parliamentary committee cleared Britain’s version of the NSA, the GCHQ, of working with the NSA “to bypass laws governing the collection of data about its citizens.”
The actual Rolling Stone story behind the Dzokhar Tsarnaev cover controversy is a great piece of journalism and ought to be read.
In an angry response to the cover, a police tactical photographer released numerous photographs of the manhunt, including ones of a bloody, surrendering Tsarnaev, to Boston Magazine. 
The FBI has barred Florida from releasing the autopsy results for Ibrahim Todashev, the Chechen man shot dead during an FBI interrogation related to the Boston bombing, due to an active internal investigation of his death.
The judge in the Bradley Manning trial is allowing the charge of aiding the enemy. The charge potentially carries the death penalty, although the government has previously said it would seek life in prison with no parole. 
Prior to the judge’s ruling on this, Julie Tate at the Washington Post expressed concern over the impact this decision could have on journalists. 
The number of detainees on hunger strike at Guantánamo is dropping significantly, although there’s no immediately obvious explanation.
During testimony at Capitol Hill, the NSA revealed some of the scope of its surveillance, saying it used a 3 hops policy in tracking communications. This means they track the target, the people that person communicates with, the people those people communicate with… and then the people that those people communicate with.
Journalists at a State Dept briefing grill the spokeswoman on the US position on Edward Snowden’s asylum and free speech abilities. [Full video]
Growing tension with Russia over Snowden may mean the cancellation of Obama’s planned Moscow trip.
A broad coalition of groups sued the NSA in San Francisco federal court to halt electronic surveillance, at least the fourth such suit.
The DOJ revised its News Media Policies. Here’s Empty Wheel with some analysis.
The Obama administration is remaining silent on whether or not it will seek to renew a court order expiring at 5pm today that allows the NSA’s phone records collection.
Glenn Greenwald’s book on NSA surveillance and Edward Snowden is forthcoming from Metropolitan Books in March of 2014.
Sen. McCain has stated his intentions to block a new term for current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey.
Former Newsweek editor Peter Goldman touchingly remembers Michael Hastings.
Buzzfeed has established a $100,000 reporting fellowship for an established national security journalist working in the tradition of Michael Hastings who has a year-long reporting project in mind.
CPI reports on the drone Global Hawk Block 30 and Northrup Grumman’s leveraging of campaign donations and insider access to keep it alive despite operating flaws and maintenance issues. 
Sec. Hagel held a closed meeting with female Marines at Camp Lejeune about their military experience.
The Navy introduced measures to combat sexual assault in its ranks, from barracks patrols and civilian counselors to online publication of case results and nearly $10m to improve investigations.
Sgt. David Raikes, a WWII RAF bomber pilot and war poet whose plane was shot down but long unfound, has finally been laid to rest with his crew in Italy.
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Photo: Aleppo, Syria. An FSA fighter watches television and surveillance monitors. Photograph: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

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Photo: Aleppo, Syria. An FSA fighter watches television and surveillance monitors. Photograph: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

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