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 and the increase of terrorist …

Confusion over Trump’s first talks with foreign leader

By Alistair Bell and Ginger Gibson for Reuters | WASHINGTON | One day before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s first meeting with a foreign leader, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japanese officials said they had not finalized when or where in New York it would take place, who would be invited, or in some cases whom …

Iraq launches Mosul offensive to drive out ISIS

By Babak Dehghanpisheh and Maher Chmaytelli for Reuters | BAGHDAD — Iraqi government forces, with air and ground support from the U.S.-led coalition, launched an offensive on Monday to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, the militants’ last major stronghold in the country. Helicopters released flares overhead and explosions could be heard …

Have the Syrian armed factions changed their loyalties?

The Levant News Exclusive — By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — While the alliances of the Syrian regime seem clear and public, opposition and jihadi armed factions are working hard to keep their ties with regional and international parties vague and covert. Until 2014, the regional and international alignments of these factions were not clear.During the …

Siria: la lealtà dei gruppi armati è cambiata?

di Dr. Haytham Mouzahem — Se le alleanze del regime siriano paiono limpide e pubbliche, i gruppi armati jihadisti e di opposizione, i cui schieramenti sono rimasti nell’ombra fino al 2014, stanno lavorando sodo per tenere nebbiosi e segreti i loro legami con le parti regionali e internazionali. Durante i primi due anni della guerra …