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Israel hits Syrian military targets in Damascus

Israeli warplanes were said to have struck the military target in the Syrian capital of Damascus, while the raid on the weapons convoy occurred on the Damascus-Beirut highway, according to the reports. As with past claims of Israeli strikes, Israel did not immediately confirm or deny news of the purported …

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Turkey entered Syria to end al-Assad’s rule: Erdoğan

The Levant News – The Turkish military launched its operations in Syria to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Nov. 29. “In my estimation, nearly 1 million people have died in Syria. These deaths are still continuing without exception for children, women and …

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Syrian government drives rebels from swath of Aleppo

By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam | BEIRUT The Syrian army and its allies announced the capture of a large swath of eastern Aleppo from rebels on Monday in an accelerating attack that threatens to crush the opposition in its most important urban stronghold. Two rebel officials said the insurgents, …

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A Voice From the Shadows

By ARON LUND for Diwan — A political taboo was quietly shattered this month, when one of Syria’s most powerful security officials, Lieutenant General Jamil al-Hassan, gave his first-ever interview to a Russian news site. Though Hassan mostly voiced common pro-government positions that are in themselves unremarkable, the interview itself …

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Turkey’s intervention in Syria from Syrian perspective

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE – By Niazy G. Atay* – Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian crisis expanded to military action with the Operation Euphrates Shield (OES), initiated on 24 August. Hotly-debated issue of Turkey’s intervention to Syria at international and domestic levels came into existence following the reconciliation with Russia …

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Syrian rebels battle each other north of Aleppo

By Tom Perry for REUTERS| BEIRUT – Syrian insurgents clashed in a town near the Turkish border on Monday as inter-rebel tensions spilled over, playing to President Bashar al-Assad’s advantage with the government tightening its grip on rebel-held eastern Aleppo. The confrontation in Azaz pitted a prominent Free Syrian Army …

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Assad aide meets with Lebanese president

BEIRUT: An aide to Syrian President Bashar Assad affirmed “deep” bilateral ties between Damascus and Beirut after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun Monday. The Syrian Minister of Presidential Affairs Mansour Fadellulah Azam told reporters after the meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace to congratulate him on …

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ISIS hits back in Mosul but faces new Raqqa front

By Ahmed Rasheed and Rodi Said | BAGHDAD/AIN ISSA, SYRIA – Reuters —ISIS fighters targeted Iraqi troops with car bombs and ambushes in Mosul, stalling an army advance in their north Iraq stronghold, but faced attack on a new front on Sunday when U.S.-backed rebels launched a campaign for the Syrian …

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Syria—what cost “victory?”

by Graham E. Fuller* — A deep contradiction lies at the heart of US policy towards the present horrifying conflict in Syria. Which is better? To now reluctantly accept continuation of Bashar al-Asad in power in Damascus for the foreseeable future, thereby hastening the end of the war and the …

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IS bombing kills 31 at Kurdish wedding in Syria

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Kurdish wedding in Syria’s northeastern city of Hasakah on Monday, killing at least 31 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Islamic has claimed responsibility for the attack targeting the wedding ceremony of a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces …

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Top 10 Western lies about Syrian conflict

By Neil Clark for RT – Neil Clark is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and blogger. He has written for many newspapers and magazines in the UK and other countries including The Guardian, Morning Star, Daily and Sunday Express, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, The Spectator, The …

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China Is Supporting Syria’s Regime. What Changed?

By Michael Clarke and Raffaello Pantucci for The National Interest — On August 14, Guan Youfei, a rear admiral in China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy, visited the Syrian capital of Damascus, escorted around the city under heavy guard. Guan’s visit reportedly included meetings with senior military officials and Russian officers, …

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All you need to know about Uighur “Jihadis” in Syria- Interview with Haytham Mouzahem

The Levant News — Here is an interview with Dr. Haytham Mouzahem, President of Beirut Center For Middle East Studies, regarding the Uighur fighters in Syria: Q- Is there now clear and undisputed evidence emerging from Syria of a significant Uighur presence? What is their number? I have seen everything …

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Germany deliberates anti-terror response

Following multiple terror strikes across Germany, Bavarian authorities plan to boost the police force and use the army to help secure borders. Soldiers, however, warn that the Bundeswehr is no “auxiliary police.” The Munich cabinet wants to have more experts “monitoring extremists,” and to recruit more people for “special police …

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Des pourparlers secrets entre la Turquie et la Syrie à Alger?

Le Levant — C’est du moins ce qu’affirme le très controversé Doğu Perinçek, Président du Parti des Travailleurs de Turquie dans un nombre d’entretiens qu’il a accordé ces derniers jours à de nombreux médias, où il saluait la démarche de Recep Tayyip Erdogan en faveur d’une normalisation avec la Russie, …

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Lebanon foils two ISIS-planned attacks

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army says it has foiled two terror attacks that ISIS was planning to carry out at a tourist site as well as a crowded residential area. The army’s announcement comes on the wake of a series of suicide bombings in the country’s northeastern border village of Al-Qaa …

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