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Iran war with Israel not out of order

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif accused Israel of engaging in “adventurism” with its bombing campaigns in Syria and said he could not rule out the possibility of a military conflict between the countries. Zarif told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that Iran was in Syria at the invitation of the …

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UN says two hundred Syrian families trapped by ISIS

Some 200 families are trapped in a shrinking area of Syria still controlled by Islamic State, whose forces are stopping some from fleeing, U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday. “Many of them (also) …continue to be subjected to intensified air and ground-based strikes by the U.S.-led Coalition …

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Netanyahu admits to latest strike against Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israeli forces had carried out another strike in Iran-aligned Syria, a day after the Syrian army said an Israeli drone fired missiles near a demolished hospital and an army observation post. “We are operating every day, including yesterday, against Iran. All the …

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Carmb bomb explodes close to Turkish border

A car bomb exploded at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the Syrian town of al-Rai near the Turkish border on Tuesday, residents and an emergency worker told Reuters. The explosion struck a checkpoint some 5 km (3 miles) away from the border, wounding three policemen and four civilians, an …

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Syrians stability and security to priority, says Rouhani

The stability and complete security of Syria is an important regional goal for the Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday in a meeting with Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem in Tehran, according to the Tasnim news agency. “One of the important regional and foreign policy goals of the Islamic …

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Syrian army attacked by US jet fighters

Syrian state media, citing a military source, said U.S.-led jets attacked a Syrian army position near the battle front against the last Islamic State pocket east of the Euphrates late on Saturday, causing damage and injuries. “U.S. coalition aircraft launched an aggression this evening against one of the Syrian Arab …

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Aleppo Soap Story

Ibrahim Alalou   My homemade Aleppo soap Aleppo soap is world famous. We Syrians take pride in it. Some historians date it back to 2000 years. It was the only soap we use until recently for hair, body and washing clothes. The scent of it is so overwhelming when you walk …

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Iran making banking agreements with Syria

Iran has reached “very important” banking agreements with Syria and will also set up a power station in Syria’s Latakia province, Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said on Monday. “We will be by Syria’s side in the reconstruction phase as we have been by its side in fighting terrorism,” Jahangiri said …

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Kurds planning to negotiate with Assad regime

The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia believes talks with the government over the future of the northeast region will begin in days after a “positive” reaction from Damascus. Any deal between the YPG and President Bashar al-Assad’s state could piece together the two biggest chunks of a nation …

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Russia condemns Israeli airstrikes on Syria

Russia said on Wednesday that Israel should stop carrying out what Moscow called arbitrary air strikes on Syria, days after the Israeli air force targeted what Israel said were Iranian forces there. Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova listens during the annual news conference of the Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei …

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EU envoys denied entry into Assad’s new Syria

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has revoked special visas for European Union diplomats and officials traveling regularly between Beirut and Damascus, complicating efforts to distribute aid to civil war victims, three senior EU diplomats said. Since conflict broke out in Syria in 2011, the EU has used the Lebanese capital, the …

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Lebanon wants Syria reinstated in Arab League

Lebanon’s Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil called on Friday for reinstating Syria into the Arab League. “Syria should return to us…Syria should be in our embrace instead of throwing it into the embrace of terrorism,” he told Arab foreign and economy ministers at a summit that Beirut is hosting. Source: …

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The 3 Ingredients Instant Syrian Soup

By Ibrahim Alalou   A pot of hot steamy soup(kishk). Nowadays everyone is talking about healthy eating, non-processed natural and authentic food that is nutritious with as few ingredients as possible. Since I lived in the two worlds I looked into our authentic food for answers so the rest of …

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Saudi Arabia denies it is reopening Damascus embassy

Saudi Arabia on Monday denied media reports that it was reopening its embassy in Damascus amid attempts by some Arab states, including ones that once backed rebels against President Bashar al-Assad, to reconcile with him. A source at the Saudi foreign ministry denied comments attributed to Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf …

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Qatar not keen on reopening its embassy in Syria

Qatar’s foreign minister said on Monday that he saw no need to re-open an embassy in Damascus, nor any encouraging signs for a normalisation of ties with the Syrian government. Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also said Qatar still objects to Arab League membership for Syria. Syria’s …

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US begins to pull out of Syria in earnest

The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria, a spokesman said on Friday, indicating the start of a U.S. pullout that has been clouded by mixed messages from Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement last month that he had decided to withdraw 2,000 U.S. …

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From Syria with Roses

By: Ibrahim Alalou A half acre of roses at my farm in Syria. I have a big farm in northern Syria. The story of the farm is worth telling, at least from my point of view. The reasons are many and it will take several posts but what better to start …

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Bolton warns Syria over US pullout

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton has warned the Syrian government it should not see the impending U.S. military withdrawal from the country as an invitation to use chemical weapons. U.S. President Donald Trump said in December that U.S. troops had succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State militants …

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UAE planning to resume flights to Syria

The United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said it is evaluating the possibility of national carriers resuming flights to the Syrian capital of Damascus. GCAA made the comment in a statement on Sunday, following the UAE’s reopening on Thursday of its embassy in Damascus. UAE airlines Etihad and …

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UAE stands firm over Damascus decision

The resumption of diplomatic services at the Embassy of the UAE in Damascus, where the Charge d’Affaires has begun discharging his duty, is a huge and positive decision by the UAE, said The Gulf Today in an editorial on Saturday. “As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has …

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Sesame: Not just a Street

Ibrahim Alalou   Halavah, A Middle Eastern sweet meal made from crushed sesame seeds and garnished with nuts.   Sesame Street was created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett in 1969. The long running American children’s television series was broadcast in more than 140 countries. In 2001 there were over …

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