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Syrie: un nouveau tournant dans le conflit

DECRYPTAGE – En se retirant de Syrie, la Russie renforce la position de l’Iran, élément essentiel de la survie de Bachar el-Assad, qui joue un rôle central dans les crises de la région. En septembre 2015, l’intervention militaire russe avait bouleversé les équilibres stratégiques en Syrie et profondément changé la donne …

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Terrorist crimes have nothing to do with Islam: Khamenei

THE LEVANT NEWS– Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the atrocities committed by Takfiri terrorists have nothing to do with Islam. The Leader made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday. Ayatollah Khamenei said the terrorist groups’ savage crimes, …

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Terrorists empowered after US-led strikes: Syria

THE LEVANT NEWS– Syria complains that terrorists harrying the country grew in power after the United States and its allies started aerial strikes against purported Daesh hideouts. “The result is that the terrorists have gained more ground and more recruits from around the world,” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told China’s Phoenix television …

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Syrian Army Eliminates Dozens of Terrorists in Many Provinces

The Levant News– Syrian Army units on Friday continued operations in a number of provinces, killing and injuring dozens of ISIL and al-Nusra Front terrorists and obliterating their hideouts and weaponry. Deir Ezzor Army units killed numbers of ISIL terrorists to the east of Deir Ezzor military airport, al-Mrei’iyeh, Hweijet …

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U.N. committee condemns Iranian intervention in Syria war

The Levant News– The U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee on Thursday adopted a Saudi-drafted resolution condemning Iranian and Russian intervention in Syria, a decision that the Syrian and Iranian delegations rejected as unhelpful and unjustified. The non-binding resolution, authored by Saudi Arabia and co-sponsored by Qatar and other Arab …

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Iran starts dismantling nuclear equipment, U.N. report says.

The Levant News– Iran has disconnected almost a quarter of its uranium-enriching centrifuges in less than a month, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday, suggesting it is racing to implement an agreement restricting its nuclear activities. Under the July deal, sanctions against Iran will be lifted in exchange for …

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Syrian military recaptures district in Aleppo from Daesh

The Levant News– Syrian army forces have recaptured the Al-Jamiliyah neighborhood in northwestern city of Aleppo from the Takfiri Daesh terrorists, who are wreaking havoc in the Arab country. The seizure occurred on Wednesday. Meanwhile, in another development on the same day, Daesh elements transferred heavy weapons and Christian families from …

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Syrian army recaptures strategic Latakia areas

The Levant News– The Syrian army has regained control over a number of strategic areas in the northwestern Latakia Province in its fight against Daesh terrorists. The Syrian army said on Sunday that its forces had retaken control of a number of strategic hills in Latakia’s countryside. The forces destroyed …

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9 detained in Lebanon over twin bombings

The Levant News– Lebanese Interior Minister Nuhad Mashnouq says security forces have detained nine people in connection with the recent deadly twin bombings in the country’s capital, Beirut. Mashnouq said during a televised conference on Sunday that the detainees included two suspects who had planned Thursday’s bombings. He added that the entire …

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Paris attacks: Police seek ‘dangerous’ Abdeslam Salah

The Levant News– French police have issued a photograph of a man wanted in connection with Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris. The man, named as Belgian-born Abdeslam Salah, 26, is described as dangerous. Seven attackers, including two who lived in Belgium, died during assaults on a series of targets, officials …

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World must unite to fight terrorists: Putin

The Levant News– Russian President Vladimir Putin says the only effective way to fight terrorism is to establish a united global front against the scourge. Putin made the remarks during a meeting with leaders of the top 20 world economies ahead of a G20 summit in the Turkish city of …

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Russia’s Putin to visit Iran in late November

The Levant News– Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to pay an official one-day visit to Iran later this month, the Kremlin says. President Putin will set off for Tehran on November 23 to attend a meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), the Kremlin’s top foreign policy aide Yury …

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Kerry: Uncertainty hangs over Syria talks

The Levant News– Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that prospects are uncertain at best for this weekend’s Syria peace talks. But he says the diplomatic effort to end the war cannot be abandoned. Kerry said that although the elements necessary to forge peace may not exist, “time and …

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Saudi king has ‘full confidence’ in Egypt security

The Levant News– Saudi King Salman has expressed “full confidence” in Egyptian security measures, ordering Riyadh’s national airline to continue flights to Sharm el-Sheikh despite suspicions a bomb downed a Russian jet flying from the resort. An ally of Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the king “directed Saudi Arabian Airlines to …

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As ties thaw, Rouhani in historic visit to Europe

The Levant News– Hassan Rouhani heads to Italy and France from Saturday for the first visit of an Iranian leader to Europe in a decade, as ties thaw after Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. In Rome Saturday and Sunday, Rouhani will meet Italian officials and Pope Francis, while Monday …

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Obama rejects Netanyahu’s plea to recognize Israeli rule over occupied Golan Heights: White House

The Levant News– US President Barack Obama has rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s suggestion to discuss Washington’s recognition of Israeli rule over the occupied Golan Heights, according to the white House. A senior White House official said the US position, which objects to Israel annex in the Golan Heights, …

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Iraq Kurds make gains against Daesh in Sinjar battle

The Levant News– Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces have managed to retake some positions from the Daesh Takfiri group in northwestern Iraq as a fresh offensive is under way for taking back the strategic town of Sinjar. “The attack began at 7:00 am (0400 GMT), and the Peshmerga forces advanced on several axes to …

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US flies B-52 bombers near Chinese islands

The Levant News– The United States has flown two B-52 bombers very close to China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea, a move apparently designed to increase tensions with Beijing. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Hill newspaper on Thursday that the bombers made one pass …

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U.N. warns against cuts in development aid due to refugee crisis

The Levant News– U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday warned against proposed reductions in development aid by wealthy countries struggling to cope with Europe’s refugee and migration crisis, saying such cuts would be counter-productive. “With the world facing the largest crisis of forced displacement since the Second World War, (Ban) …

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Israel warplanes strike near Syria airport: Report

The Levant News– Israeli warplanes have struck targets near the international airport in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Syrian media says. The reports said the attack happened Wednesday morning. There were no immediate comments from the Syrian government on the issue. In October, the Israeli military launched a number of artillery attacks against …

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Israeli minister accuses EU of ‘anti-Semitism’

The Levant News– An Israeli minister has accused the European Union of “disguised anti-Semitism” in response to a decision by the EU to start labeling products made in the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The EU’s proposal to order the labeling comes as it is dissatisfied with …

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EU says parts of Britain’s reform demands ‘problematic’

The Levant News– The European Union has labeled parts of a reform plan in the 28-nation bloc proposed by British Prime Minister David Cameron as “highly problematic,” saying they clearly lead to discrimination between European citizens and restricts some fundamental freedoms. A spokesman of the European Commission, the powerful executive …

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EU – Balkans Mini-Summit over Refugees

The Levant News — As Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia on Saturday threatened to close their borders to tens of thousands of arrivals streaming into Europe, the European Union and Balkan leaders hold emergency talks on Europe’s refugee crisis on Sunday. President Jean-Claude Juncker called for the mini-summit which will gather …

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Syria’s Breaking: Gaining More Progress

The Levant News Exclusive -Damascus-The Syrian army and armed forces killed a large numbers of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations on Saturday, gaining more progress in different Syrian territories. Operations were carried out by the Syrian army forces against ISIS positions in Aleppo, …

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The Roots of Migrant Crisis

The Levant News — You’ve no doubt seen or heard the stories by now: Thousands of migrants, seeking refuge from conflicts, oppression and poverty in many parts of the world, paying smugglers and often meeting a tragic end at sea. Refugee crises have emerged in places as far-flung as Southeast Asia …

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