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, as well as pledges that …

UK lists East Turkistan Islamic Movement as terrorist group

The Levant News — The British government has officially listed the East Turkistan Islamic Movement as an Islamic terrorist and separatist organization. The latest list has officially listed the Turkistan Islamic Party as a terrorist group. The TIP is also known as the East Turkistan Islamic Party and the East Turkistan Islamic Movement. In describing …

China Concerned Of Uighur “Jihadis” Role In Syria

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE – By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — On 21 April 2016, China’s Special Envoy on Syrian crisis Chai Cho Yan visited Damascus and met with the Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid al-Moallem, and the head of the Syrian government’s delegation to the Geneva talks, Bashar al-Jaafari. Al-Jaafari stated that “the presence …

Uighur “Jihadis” Role In Syria War

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE – By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — On 21 April 2016, China’s Special Envoy on Syrian crisis Chai Cho Yan visited Damascus and met with the Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid al-Moallem, and the head of the Syrian government’s delegation to the Geneva talks, Bashar al-Jaafari. Al-Jaafari stated that “the presence …

Fighting “Islamic State” on several fronts

By David Ignatius for Stars and Stripes — U.S. special operations forces working with a widening array of partners are slowly tightening their squeeze on Islamic State group fighters in eastern Syria — moving toward an eventual assault on the jihadis’ self-declared capital of Raqqa. The Pentagon’s top priority in the campaign against the Islamic …