1 year after #Aleppo #liberation, Little #Santas flood city

Dozens of children dressed in red-and-white Santa Claus costumes danced around a fir tree as Christians in Syria’s Aleppo celebrated Christmas, a scene unimaginable a year ago under Islamist occupation.
Two-thirds of Aleppo’s Christian population of 150,000 had to flee during the war, but this year’s Christmas celebrations were still grand. The city was illuminated and Christmas trees erected in squares.[source]

#US allows #militants train and mount attacks from its #Syrian bases – Russian General Staff Chief

The US is hosting training camps for militant groups in Syria, including former ISIS fighters who fled from Raqqa, said the head of Russia’s General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, citing data obtained by aerial surveillance.
The US forces have effectively turned their military base near the town of al-Tanf in southeastern Syria into a terrorists’ training camp, Gerasimov said in an interview to Russia’s Komsomolskaya Pravda daily on Wednesday.[source]

North Korean #defector #anthrax antibodies reports feed #biological weapons scare

South Korean media have claimed that a North Korean defector was found to have developed antibodies to anthrax before his flight across the border. The report may likely play into the hands of those looking for a pretext for war.
The news was broken by South Korea’s Channel A on Tuesday, citing an anonymous intelligence official.[source]


1 killed in #Moscow #factory building as former owner starts #shooting

A shooter has reportedly gunned down a business rival at a Moscow confectionary factory and remains at large, police told local media. Several people have been taken hostage, a law enforcement source told RIA Novosti.
Police sources speaking to various Russian media outlets are currently giving conflicting information about the incident.[source]

40 #Salafist sisters preach #indoctrination and hate online in #Germany

Germany’s intelligence services have identified an Islamist terrorist network made up of 40 women. Female extremists with hundreds of Facebook followers are increasingly filling the gap left by their imprisoned husbands.
Burkhard Freier, the head of the North Rhine-Westphalian Office for the Protection of the Constitution, told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper that the local female extremist network of “40 sisters” followed a strict Salafist doctrine —informing their advice on everything from raising children to interpreting the religious rules of Islam and stirring up hatred against so-called “non-believers.”[source]