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Wikileaks: American Plan In 2006 To Destabilize Syria

The Levant News — Here is a Wikileaks document shows that the US has planned to destabilize Syria since 2006: INFLUENCING THE SARG IN THE END OF 2006 Date:2006 December 13, 16:03 (Wednesday) Canonical ID:06DAMASCUS5399_a Original Classification:SECRET Current Classification:SECRET Handling Restrictions– Not Assigned — Character Count:14471 Executive Order:– Not Assigned …

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Russian Ambassador in Lebanon: Hezbollah’s Fighting Alongside Syrian Government Forces Is Legitimate

The Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin - The Russian embassy is one of 113 foreign representations in Lebanon, and one of 102 foreign representations in Beirut.

The Levant – – Where it is fighting alongside government forces, Hezbollah’s intervention in the Syrian conflict is legitimate, Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said in comments published on Tuesday. “The party (Hezbollah) will remain engaged in the fight to aid the legitimate regime as long as fighters from …

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The Russians are Coming!

THE LEVANT NEWS — By Graham E. Fuller — Washington has been wrapped in confusion and indecision for years now in trying to sort out just what its real objectives are in Syria. Its obsessive, and ultimately failed goal of denying Iran influence in the Middle East has notably receded …

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Lavrov calls upon global support for Syria against «ISIS»

The Levant News — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow will continue to supply the Syrian army with weapons and needed equipment to fight terrorism as it is the most effective force against the Islamic State “ISIS” organization, Syrian Arab News Agency “SANA” reported. Talking to reporters in …

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Latest Military News From Syria

  ThE LEVANT NEWS — Damascus Countryside  Syrian Air Force renews raiding locations of the Islamic battalions in Harasta town in Damascus countryside. Homs  Syrian Air Force conducts airstrikes on locations of IS around Masaken al-Debat and al-Wadi al-Ahmar areas in Palmyra city in Homs eastern countryside, which resulted in …

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Quantum Geopolitics

Quantum Geopolitics THE LEVANT NEWS — By Reva Bhalla for Stratfor —  Forecasting the shape the world will take in several years or decades is an audacious undertaking. There are no images to observe or precise data points to anchor us. We can only create a picture, and a fuzzy one …

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Syrian War Takes Rising Toll on Hezbollah

by DAN DE LUCE FOR FOREIGN POLICY — THE LEVANT NEWS — The powerful Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia is suffering mounting battlefield casualties in neighboring Syria, as Tehran’s most important proxy plunges ever deeper into a potential quagmire. With Hezbollah increasingly shouldering the burden of the war on behalf of Syrian …

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US-led Air Strikes Kill 7 Nusra Front Gunmen in Syria

THE LEVANT NEWS — Seven militants from Syria’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front terrorist group, including commanders, were killed in US-led air strikes Wednesday in the northwest of the conflict-riven country, a Britain-based opposition monitoring group said. The US-led raids in Syria, which began last September, have allegedly focused on the so-called …

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ISIS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra

BEIRUT: ISIS militants have destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler, the group said. An ISIS statement released late Thursday said the six busts were found when the smuggler was stopped at a checkpoint. The issue was referred to an Islamic …

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UN: ISIS destruction of heritage sites a war crime

ٍٍSource: Associated Press – BERLIN: The U.N.’s cultural agency says the destruction of antiquities and heritage sites in conflict zones by ISIS and other groups could amount to war crimes. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee Monday adopted a resolution condemning “intentional attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or …

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How Islamic State Victories Shape the Syrian Civil War

Source: Stratfor.com The Islamic State will prioritize the defense of its core supply lines, used to provide equipment and much-needed recruits. The Islamic State will continue to demonstrate considerable flexibility in its offensive operations. The Syrian government and rebel forces will have to increasingly devote their attention and resources to …

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ISIS shoots dead 20 at Palmyra amphitheater

Reuters — ISIS militants shot dead around 20 men inside an ancient amphitheater in the Syrian city of Palmyra Wednesday, accusing them of being government supporters, an activist group monitoring the conflict said. Reuters was unable to independently confirm the report from the Britain-based activist group, the Syrian Observatory for …

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Syrian rebels ‘seize hospital holding 150 soldiers’

Source: AFP– Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor said. The monitoring group’s head said “dozens” of people had managed to flee but others were killed, wounded or taken …

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Iran’s new strategy in Syria

By Ali Hashem for Al-MONITOR — For the past four years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been involved thoroughly in the developments taking place in Syria. The Iranian role reached its peak with the decision to defend the Syrian regime with all possible means, defining the war taking place …

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Syrian army captures area on Lebanon border: Hezbollah

Reuters- – The Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters captured a mountainous area on Syria’s border with Lebanon on Thursday and killed dozens of insurgents including from al Qaeda’s Nusra Front wing, a Hezbollah official told Reuters. The area, Assal al-Ward, is a strategic position that overlooks Lebanese border towns where …

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Qalamoun …The Boundaries of Worry

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE — By Safwan Dawood*- Translated by Hadi Nehme — Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah announced that his party will be in Syria “wherever it ought to be”, and a number of the party’s officials have repeatedly reiterated that Hezbollah militants have taken part in battles in Qalamoun. …

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Syria, A Human Tragedy

  Syria, A Human Tragedy  is a multimedia story on the four years of Syrian civil war. This comprehensive multimedia project done by the leading Slovenian daily Delo analyses the war itself, the humanitarian catastrophe that was sparked by it and the wider geostrategic context of the conflict that is seen by …

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ISIS launches assault on pro-Assad forces in western Syria

    By Kareem Shaheen  for The Guardian — Islamic State(ISIS) militants have killed dozens of pro-Assad regime fighters in a two-pronged offensive in western Syria that threatens the ancestral homes of the Ismailis, a minority Muslim sect, and which opposition activists fear Damascus will exploit to provoke fresh sectarian tensions. The …

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US still considering no-fly zone for Syria

By Barbara Slavin for Al-MONITOR – WASHINGTON — The retired Marine general in charge of mobilizing an international coalition against the group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS) says that the United States has not ruled out a no-fly zone or protected corridor in Syria to safeguard the thousands …

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