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US Keen on Russia Distancing Itself From Iran’s Syrian Ambitions

The Pentagon released a video, on February 13, of a Russian T-72 tank being destroyed by an American drone attack in Syria, the most recent in a series of wrist-slaps intended to persuade Moscow to distance itself from Iran’s ambitions in Syria. This follows an engagement with a force reportedly composed of Russian nationals working […]

US Seeks to Double AK-47 Supply to Syrian Partners

The Donald Trump administration is seeking to more than double the number of assault rifles it provides to Syrian Kurds and other US-backed fighters despite rising anger from NATO ally Turkey. Budget figures released Feb. 15 reveal that the Pentagon plans to give its Syrian partners — including the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — more […]

Power Play In Syria: What Turkish Moves Mean For US And Russia – Analysis

On January 20, Turkish Armed Forces launched air and ground maneuvers with in Operation Olive Branch to target U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG (Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units) and so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets. Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters then began moving into areas Kurdish militias were pushed out from by Turkish […]

Did Russia Just Win the War in Syria?

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Russia Is Taking Over Syria’s Oil And Gas

If finally happened… In accordance with an energy cooperation framework agreement signed in late January, Russia will have exclusive rights to produce oil and gas in Syria. The agreement goes significantly beyond that, stipulating the modalities of the rehabilitation of damaged rigs and infrastructure, energy advisory support, and training a new generation of Syrian oilmen. […]

Conflicting Reports of Russian Fighters Killed by US Forces in Syria

There are conflicting reports of Russian and Ukrainian fighters having been killed by American forces in northeastern Syria, with some sources claiming that up to 200 Russians and Ukrainians, most of them private contractors working for the Syrian government, were left dead in clashes last week. If such reports are accurate, they could point to […]

Turkey Asks US To Remove Kurdish Fighters From Washington-Backed Syrian Militia

Turkey has asked Washington to end its support for Kurdish fighters and remove them from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). It comes amid growing tensions between the NATO allies. Speaking after a NATO defense ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Thursday, Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said he had told his US counterpart, Jim Mattis, […]

What Are Real Reasons Behind Russian Troop Drawdown in Syria?

It might take a Russian chess master to keep track of Russia’s maneuvering of troops in Syria. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov announced Feb. 10 that a battalion of Russian military police had returned to Chechnya from Aleppo. He said the Chechen capital city of Grozny welcomed the servicemen with a ceremonial rally, and several servicemen […]

Who Controls Syria? The Al-Assad Family, The Inner Circle, And The Tycoons – Analysis

Ever since Hafez al-Assad came to power in 1971, the three pillars of the Syrian regime have been the Ba’ath Party, the Alawite minority and the army. The current Syrian elites were formed around these three forces. The tip of the pyramid is represented by the so-called inner circle: a small group of people most […]

Turkey Sets Up New Observation Outpost In Northwestern Syria

Turkey has set up a new observation point in the Syrian northwestern province of Idlib as part of an agreement with the other two guarantors of the Syria ceasefire, Iran and Russia. The outpost, located nearly 70 kilometers from the Turkish border, is run by a small number of Turkish troops monitoring any armed confrontations […]

Will the Israeli-Iranian Showdown Be in Syria — or New York? – Editorial

In today’s Middle East, when parties look for a greater power to pressure regional actors not to escalate, they don’t turn to Washington. They turn to Moscow. With leverage over Israel, Iran, and Syria, Russia is in a unique position to stop the wider conflict that threatens to erupt — and particularly after a single […]

US, Turkey Could Be on Collision Course in Syria

As the situation in Syria heats up among all players — including Israel — Turkey and the United States so far have limited their exchanges to a war of words. However, signs aren’t encouraging that it will end there. Decision-makers in Ankara have toughened their rhetoric against the United States, and many senior figures in […]

Blood, Oil And Gas: 7 Years Of Syrian Civil War

The Syrian civil war is in its seventh year. The battlefield has changed multiple times together with a number of belligerents. The dynamic political and military stage has fostered numerous violent ideological and religious groups affiliated with Western and Islamic states. Each governs its own territory at the expense of the government in Damascus. However, […]

Damascus Warns Israel of “more surprises” in Syria

The Syrian government said on Tuesday that Israel would face “more surprises” in future attacks on Syria’s territory, after Syrian air defences shot down an Israeli F-16 jet. Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed the F-16 as it returned from a bombing raid on Iran-backed positions in Syria early on Saturday. Both Iran and Russia are supporting […]

Who’s Afraid of Peace in Syria?

In the sixty-eighth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Kommersant, and Komsomolskaya Pravda. He discusses the context of the recent shooting of the Russian military plane SU-25 over Idlib as it was presented in the Russian press, addressing the question of […]