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Lebanon Eyes Syria’s Post-War Reconstruction

The port of Tripoli in Lebanon wants the world to know it’s ready for business. British safety managers are training local hires to operate heavy machinery and Chinese technicians are running diagnostics on two new container cranes that tower over the harbor, just 28 kilometers from the Syrian border. After six years of civil war […]

Beijing Leads From Behind in Syria – Editorial

Muqtada al-Sadr is up to something. In 2004 occupied Iraq, the nationalist leader who later engineered the Sadrist movement was even demonized as America’s number one enemy – briefly dethroning Osama bin Laden. Now, he’s being painted – by the usual Wahhabi-coddling suspects – as some sort of Reconciliatory. Last month, al-Sadr flew to Jeddah […]

Syria: As the War Continues, WMD Lies Linger – Editorial

Despite the now historical lies exposed in the wake of the devastating US invasion and occupation of Iraq beginning in 2003, the United States has attempted to use similar lies regarding weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) repeatedly as a pretext for similar wars including in neighboring Syria. military aggression carried out by the US – […]

US Plans Decades-Long Military Presence In Northern Syria: Militia Group

A US-backed militia group in northern Syria says American forces plan to remain in the Arab state “for decades to come” after the fall of Daesh, adding that Washington is not providing support to anti-Damascus militants “for free.” In a Thursday report by Reuters, Talal Silo, the spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), […]

International Airstrikes And Civilian Casualty Claims In Iraq And Syria: July 2017

Following the near-record civilian death toll tracked in June, a significant reduction in likely fatalities from Coalition air and artillery strikes in Iraq and Syria was seen in July. Testament to how high casualties have been in recent months, July was still the fourth most lethal for non-combatants since the start of Coalition actions in […]

Kurds Plan Ahead For Shifting Status In Syria

Syrian Kurds are taking critical steps to deal with the threat of being caught in a vise between their worsening relations with the Damascus regime, and Turkey’s possible cross-border operations. Syria’s Kurds have just proposed a new governmental structure comprising three federal regions and six cantons in the Democratic Federal System of Northern Syria (previously […]

US-Led Airstrikes on Syria’s Raqqa Kill Dozens of Civilians In Three Days, Monitor Says

U.S.-led coalition airstrikes aimed at dislodging Daesh terrorist group from the Syrian city of Raqqa have cost the lives of 59 civilians in three days, a monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 21 children were among at least 59 civilians killed in the airstrikes since Monday, after more corpses were […]

Syria Open To Chemical Attack Investigation

The Syrian government will provide help for the international fact-finding mission tasked to probe chemical attack allegations in Syria, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said Wednesday. A fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will come to Syria in the next few days, Mekdad said during a press briefing. The […]

Iran’s Military Chief In Rare Visit To Turkey For Syria Talks

Turkish and Iranian military leaders held talks on Wednesday over cooperation in the Syrian conflict and counter-terrorism, officials said, during a rare visit to NATO-member Turkey by the Islamic Republic’s military chief of staff. Turkey’s ties with Washington have been strained by US support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, and the visit by Iranian General […]

Mossad Chief Heads Delegation to Washington for White House Talks on Syria

A delegation of Israeli defense officials will visit Washington later this week for talks with senior White House and American defense officials. Haaretz has learned that the delegation will be headed by Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, and he will be joined by the head of the Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi, […]

Pentagon Confirms Its In-House Rebels Defected to the Syrian Army

Syrian fighters trained, armed and salaried by the Pentagon have indeed defected to the Syrian army. Last week there were reports of two separate groups of “Commandos of the Revolution” fighters, who share the al-Tanf base with the US military in southern Syria, crossing over and joining the loyalist camp. What I hadn’t realized however, […]

After Syria, Turkey Is Building 2nd “Security” Wall Along Border With Iran, Iraq Maybe Next

Turkey has started work on a huge security wall along its Iranian border in order to halt influx of Kurdish militants and smuggling activities, while a similar and longer barrier with war torn Syria has neared completion. The information, published this week by the Turkish news agency Dogan quoting local officials, doesn’t come much of […]

Facing Defeat in Syria, ISIS Inexplicably Expands Globally – Editorial

Throughout human history, when a military force and its economic center has been defeated, it contracts, then collapses. For the first time in human history, the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS), has managed to reverse this fundamental aspect of reality – but not without help. Facing defeat in Syria as government forces backed by its Russian […]

Turkey’s Tough Stance on Uighurs Has Implications For Syria

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s trip to China on Aug. 3-4 ended with a major fracture in Turkey’s East Turkistan and Uighur policies when Turkey promised to do its utmost to eradicate anti-China forces in Turkey. nhindered passage of Uighurs affiliated with the East Turkistan Islamic Movement — which China considers to be a terror […]

Specter of Syrian Kurdistan: How US’ Covert Plan is Taking Shape

The US is making efforts to create an independent Kurdish entity in northern Syria, Turkish political observer Mehmet Ali Guller told Sputnik, explaining how the US plan can be prevented, and how it is definitely not in the interest of the Kurds to become America’s ground forces in the region. Washington is implementing its step-by-step […]