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US Sees Islamic State Group Spreading its Tentacles

US Sees Islamic State Group Spreading its Tentacles

IS remains the greatest threat globally, with a “formidable force” in Syria and Iraq

02 June 2016

Obama: ‘I Look at Syria’s Children and I See My Own’

Obama: ‘I Look at Syria’s Children and I See My Own’

“I see my daughters, and my nieces, and my nephews”

02 June 2016

UK calls for air drops of humanitarian aid to besieged towns in Syria

UK calls for air drops of humanitarian aid to besieged towns in Syria

"While air drops are complex, costly and risky, they are now the last resort to relieve human suffering across many besieged areas"

02 June 2016

Kurds: Peshmerga target Mosul in advance on ISIS territory

Kurds: Peshmerga target Mosul in advance on ISIS territory

"I am very happy to help liberate these villages today, because they are Kurds like us. After we liberate the village they can return and we will guard them too"

30 May 2016

Opinion: 1

US-backed Syrian Forces Advance Toward IS Capital

US-backed Syrian Forces Advance Toward IS Capital

“In some areas they just retreat, and in other areas they stay to fight… But we have killed dozens of them so far”

28 May 2016

Opinion: 1

US dropping calls for Assad to go because Syrian regime is better than ISIS

US dropping calls for Assad to go because Syrian regime is better than ISIS

In Syria and Lebanon, there are no plans for a future, but the Syrian army is going to have a role in any New Syria

26 May 2016

Opinion: 1

US Allied Forces Launch Operation to Liberate Raqqa

US Allied Forces Launch Operation to Liberate Raqqa

“We’re launching this campaign with the help of coalition forces in northern Raqqa”

24 May 2016

Greece begins moving migrants from Idomeni camp

Greece begins moving migrants from Idomeni camp

Greece has begun evacuating thousands of stranded migrants from the makeshift Idomeni camp on its northern border with Macedonia.

24 May 2016

Iraq Launches Western Operation Against Islamic State

Iraq Launches Western Operation Against Islamic State

Iraq's security forces have announced the start of an operation to retake control of Ar-Rutbah, a town in western Anbar province that links Islamic State-controlled areas there with the Jordanian and Syrian borders.

17 May 2016

Fearing Western Agents, Islamic State Enhances Vetting For New Recruits

Fearing Western Agents, Islamic State Enhances Vetting For New Recruits

The Islamic State has toughened its until now largely open recruitment policy, subjecting candidates to vetting, profiling, and interviews, an IS-supporting Palestinian jihadi source told

16 May 2016

Turkey kills dozens of Isis fighters in a revenge attack

Turkey kills dozens of Isis fighters in a revenge attack

Artillery bombardments said to have been partly in response to rocket attacks on Turkish border town

08 May 2016

Turkey jails Cumhuriyet journalists Can Dundar and Erdem Gul

Turkey jails Cumhuriyet journalists Can Dundar and Erdem Gul

A Turkish court has jailed two prominent journalists for revealing state secrets, in a case widely criticized by international observers.

06 May 2016

Syrian civil war: Russia, U.S. to work together

Syrian civil war: Russia, U.S. to work together

While world leaders decry the bombing of a children's hospital in Aleppo, an unusual partnership in the Syrian civil war is forming in Geneva

04 May 2016

Opinion: 1

ISIS struck deal with Assad to withdraw its weapons from Palmyra, leaked documents reveal

ISIS struck deal with Assad to withdraw its weapons from Palmyra, leaked documents reveal

The Islamic State group had struck a deal with the Syrian regime to withdraw its fighters from the ancient city of Palmyra

03 May 2016

Airstrikes in Aleppo Kill Civilians

Airstrikes in Aleppo Kill Civilians

“It is our view that this, essentially, would be a refreshment of the cessation of hostilities and getting both sides to commit to refreshing the commitments that they made”

30 April 2016

Turning point in battle against IS?

Turning point in battle against IS?

The international campaign against the Islamic State is evolving quickly. As the U.S. announces a new phase in its campaign, the key question is what the extremist group will do to thwart the campaign

29 April 2016

Kerry expresses outrage after 50 killed in strike on Syrian hospital

Kerry expresses outrage after 50 killed in strike on Syrian hospital

An airstrike on a hospital in Syria has killed 50 people; the UN warns that the situation in Aleppo has become "catastrophic" amid intensified fighting in recent days

29 April 2016

The Kurdish Phoenix

The Kurdish Phoenix

It remains to be seen whether the Kurds will maintain their internal unity and cooperation with other Iraqi and international participants, and will continue to enjoy their friendly and secular image in the eyes of Western audiences.

28 April 2016

by Danny Orbach

UN envoy urges Obama, Putin to step in Syrian peace talks

UN envoy urges Obama, Putin to step in Syrian peace talks

Staffan de Mistura told that the cessation of hostilities agreed upon by the Western- and Saudi-backed opposition and Assad’s government – backed by Moscow –“hangs by a thread”

28 April 2016

ISIS revenue down 30 percent as its territory shrinks, report claims

ISIS revenue down 30 percent as its territory shrinks, report claims

"You can be fined for driving on the wrong side of the road and for not being able to answer questions correctly on the Koran"

18 April 2016

Isis fighters’ numbers hit two-year low, Obama says

Isis fighters’ numbers hit two-year low, Obama says

"In other words, the Isis core in Syria and Iraq continues to shrink.”

14 April 2016

Assad holds elections despite peace talks in Geneva

Assad holds elections despite peace talks in Geneva

Syrian regime ignores the war, holds parliamentary elections despite widespread criticism

13 April 2016

Top U.S. intel official: European countries ignoring terrorist tracking tools

Top U.S. intel official: European countries ignoring terrorist tracking tools

"We make sure that we know as much as we can… But we can't know everything all the time."

07 April 2016

Why A Kurdish Enclave in Syria Is a Very Bad Idea

Why A Kurdish Enclave in Syria Is a Very Bad Idea

A few simple reasons why PYD/YPG claims to federal autonomy and attempts to annex Syrian land are illegitimate, undemocratic, and could lead to genocide.

06 April 2016

by Maram Susli

Mass Grave Found in Syria's Palmyra

Mass Grave Found in Syria's Palmyra

Palmyra, coined as the "bride of the desert," used to attract tens of thousands of tourists every year.

03 April 2016

WHY SHOULD THE KURDS HAVE A FEDERAL REGION IN SYRIA?

WHY SHOULD THE KURDS HAVE A FEDERAL REGION IN SYRIA?

Syrian Kurds declared federal region in Northern Syria. Here are a few simple reasons of why the Kurds should have an autonomous state in Syria.

01 April 2016

by Miray Aslan

Syrian forces capture Palmyra city from ISIS militants

Syrian forces capture Palmyra city from ISIS militants

Palmyra recaptured from ISIS on Sunday, months after the city fell to the Islamic extremist group

27 March 2016

Opinion: 1

Kerry in Moscow calls for unity following Brussels attacks

Kerry in Moscow calls for unity following Brussels attacks

John Kerry called for unity between Russia and the US to help end the conflict in Syria, saying this week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels have “underscored the urgency” of defeating the Islamic State

24 March 2016

Saudi Arabia's 'Islamic' Coalition: Spin Or Substance?

Saudi Arabia's 'Islamic' Coalition: Spin Or Substance?

The notion that Saudi Arabia -- a country that has been widely accused of exporting Islamic radicalism around the world -- could lead a fight against extremism strikes some analysts as deeply ironic

20 March 2016

Kurdish Federal Autonomy in Northern Syria: A Triple Challenge

Kurdish Federal Autonomy in Northern Syria: A Triple Challenge

With Russia pulling out of Syria in Putin’s latest chess move, things are expected not to calm down but to intensify

19 March 2016

by Joshua Tartakovsky

Syrian and Afghan migrants clash with each other the next day after Angelina Jolie visit

Syrian and Afghan migrants clash with each other the next day after Angelina Jolie visit

People, who stood in line for free food, started a massive fight

18 March 2016

Kerry determines ISIS committing genocide in Iraq, Syria

Kerry determines ISIS committing genocide in Iraq, Syria

The second time U.S. has acknowledged the atrocities that are a part of another war in the Middle East.

17 March 2016

Syrian Kurds Set to Declare Autonomous Federal Region in Syria

Syrian Kurds Set to Declare Autonomous Federal Region in Syria

Kurdish leaders say they plan to declare an autonomous federal region for the areas they control in the northern part of the country

16 March 2016

Is Russia’s Syria Withdrawal Putin's Gamble? Economic, Geopolitical Consequences At Stake, Analysts Say

Is Russia’s Syria Withdrawal Putin's Gamble? Economic, Geopolitical Consequences At Stake, Analysts Say

Syrian civilians finally can hope that the current cease-fire is perhaps the beginning of the end of what has been classified as genocide

16 March 2016

Russia to withdraw forces from Syria

Russia to withdraw forces from Syria

Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu gave the order to withdraw and aircraft are being loaded up for long-range flights back to Russia.

15 March 2016

5 years after the spark, Syria war at a critical juncture

5 years after the spark, Syria war at a critical juncture

A diplomatic framework is in place to end the Syrian carnage, a two-week-old partial cease-fire is holding, and peace talks are set to resume in coming days.

13 March 2016

Why do most Palestinian-Israeli politicians defend Hezbollah against Gulf Arabs? It is due to their secularism, not religiosity

Why do most Palestinian-Israeli politicians defend Hezbollah against Gulf Arabs? It is due to their secularism, not religiosity

In one of the Levant’s stranger squabbles, Palestinian politicians in the Israeli parliament condemned the Gulf Cooperation Council for classifying the Lebanon-based Hezbollah militia as a “terrorist organization.”

12 March 2016

by Max J. Schindler

Eating Leaves, and Other Ways Besieged Syrians Try to Survive

Eating Leaves, and Other Ways Besieged Syrians Try to Survive

The horrors of everyday life in Syria where the war shows no signs of stopping

09 March 2016

When it Comes to Hezbollah, Israel has Russia’s Ear

When it Comes to Hezbollah, Israel has Russia’s Ear

It appears then that while Iran and Russia have a tight alliance in Syria, they also have their major disagreements and contradicting interests, more than what meets the eye

09 March 2016

by Joshua Tartakovsky

The dangerous "replay" button

The dangerous "replay" button

For Washington to arm jihadists meant to open the way for the collapse of the USSR, and now they continue to do so in Syria.

03 March 2016

by Giuseppe Zaccaria

Will the Ceasefire hold? Kerry’s Plan B for Syria

Will the Ceasefire hold? Kerry’s Plan B for Syria

Syria would be wise to focus on ISIS and Nusra rather than attack the other rebel groups, so as to show them that peace pays more than war.

28 February 2016

by Joshua Tartakovsky

Syria: Peace and Victory

Syria: Peace and Victory

Whether it is Sudan, Yugoslavia, Serbia itself, Macedonia, Ukraine, Russia, China, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen or Iran, the methods, and the eventual (or hoped for) outcome of partition vary only slightly.

28 February 2016

by Navid Nasr

Libya: The Re-Intervention

Libya: The Re-Intervention

What is the main mission of the UN? To bless NATO bombs?

26 February 2016

by Navid Nasr

Syria before the War

Syria before the War

Western support for terrorism turned Syria from heaven into hell

24 February 2016

by Tobias Nase

Weaponising the Refugee Crisis

Weaponising the Refugee Crisis

NATO and its accomplices are benefitting from the refugee crisis, either economically or militarily.

23 February 2016

by Maram Susli

THE ROASTED "TURKEY" SANDWICH

THE ROASTED "TURKEY" SANDWICH

Turkey's Syrian strategy based on ousting Assad and the fall of Kobane had failed. Turkey got stuck between Russia and US/Russian-supported YPG

16 February 2016

by Miray Aslan

Oceania vs. Eastasia: Iran, the Mainstream Media and the Atlanticist Establishment

Oceania vs. Eastasia: Iran, the Mainstream Media and the Atlanticist Establishment

"Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane."

29 January 2016

by Navid Nasr

US has an airbase in Syria with Kurdish help, says will work with Turkey to aid terrorists in Syria

US has an airbase in Syria with Kurdish help, says will work with Turkey to aid terrorists in Syria

The Kurds in Syria are not easy to deal with and have their own interests, but in war one has to also work with unreliable partners since any vacuum will be taken over by the other side.

26 January 2016

by Joshua Tartakovsky

THE REFUGEES AND THE KURDS

THE REFUGEES AND THE KURDS

Why is EU turning a blind eye to Turkey's human rights violations?

25 January 2016

by Miray Aslan

FSA: Free Syrian Army or Fruitcake Salafi Army?

FSA: Free Syrian Army or Fruitcake Salafi Army?

Some of the biggest lies repeatedly told, and repeatedly debunked, over the course of the past several years include "the Assad regime's" supposed propensity for using chemical/biological agents on "ITS OWN PEOPLE!!!"

22 January 2016

by Navid Nasr

Simplistic Portrayals of Rebel Forces in Syria Will Not Do

Simplistic Portrayals of Rebel Forces in Syria Will Not Do

Even smart and knowledgeable observers can be blinded by ideology. Author`s opinion about one note on GIA

22 January 2016

by Danny Orbach

Syria Rebel Leader’s Assassination a Major Blow to the US-NATO-Saudi Agenda. Part 2.

Syria Rebel Leader’s Assassination a Major Blow to the US-NATO-Saudi Agenda. Part 2.

This article focused on the death of Zahran Alloush, commander of the Jaish al-Islam group in the Damascus suburbs, and his organization’s laundry list of crimes against the Syrian people, as well as...

14 January 2016

by Eric Draitser

The Cry of Madaya and A Western Fairytale

The Cry of Madaya and A Western Fairytale

1001 tales in the Middle East.

13 January 2016

by Panagiotis Papargyris

The Execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and the Decline of the House of Saud

The Execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and the Decline of the House of Saud

On July 8, 2012, Saudi police arrested a Shi'ite religious leader in the town of Al-Awamiyah in that country's Eastern Province, wounding him and killing two others...

10 January 2016

by Navid Nasr

Germany is about to go to war in Syria – but with whom?

Germany is about to go to war in Syria – but with whom?

In the past the German army actually helped the terrorists in Syria.

03 December 2015

by Tobias Nase

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