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Why China Wants Syria in its New Belt and Road

China has been actively expanding its influence to the Middle East, and engaging war-torn Syria as part of its signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been a case in point. On November 24, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Political and Media Advisor to the Syrian President Bouthaina …

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British volunteer fighter Oliver Hall dies in Syria

A 24-year-old British man has been killed in Syria, the BBC understands. Oliver Hall, from the Portsmouth area, joined Kurdish armed groups to fight against so-called Islamic State. Another British fighter described him as a “lovely lad” who was “excited to be there”. Kurdish sources say Mr Hall was killed …

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North Korea and Syria are growing closer: That’s bad news for the US

Closer ties between two of the world’s most acute political powder kegs — North Korea and Syria — are fanning fears of deeper cooperation on missile technology and chemical weapons. The longstanding bilateral relationship, which stretches back to the late 1960s, has prospered this year even as both countries face international sanctions. Syrian minister …

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Syrian Opposition Eager to Set up Joint Military Command Centre

Syrian opposition sources revealed that there are consultations between the opposition factions to coordinate a joint military operations room in the north of Syria, similar to that of the Fatah army. In the absence of details about the prospective project, in the shadow of the parties concerned and influential, the …

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Vladimir Putin’s diplomatic push in Middle East seals both Syria’s fate and diminishing role of the US in the region

Exactly one year ago, Syrian President Bashar al Assad, with Russia’s help, was laying waste to the last rebel-held neighbourhoods of Aleppo. Cluster bombs and bunker-busters fell out of the sky “like rain”, one resident said at the time. Children mistook the bright lights of phosphorous munitions for fireworks. The …

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Iran leader: Talks to help stabilize Syria

The Latest on Syria talks (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Turkey’s president says trilateral talks with the leaders of Russia and Iran have critical importance for bringing peace to Syria. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking after Wednesday’s talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the Russian Black Sea resort of …

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IDF FIRES ON SYRIAN TARGETS NEAR GOLAN HEIGHTS

The IDF fired upon Syrian army positions Sunday evening near the Israeli border in the Golan Heights on Sunday, the IDF spokesperson’s office reported. Syrian forces had been working to fortify a military outpost in the buffer zone, in violation of ceasefire agreements, and an IDF tank fired deterring shots in …

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Israel in no hurry to enter Saudi-Lebanese fray

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation Nov. 4 caught even Israeli intelligence by surprise. His disappearance in Saudi Arabia made the incident all the more mysterious. Embarrassingly, no one in Israel’s intelligence community had a precise explanation in real time for this series of remarkable events, which caught the entire Middle East …

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Coalition rescues French journalists in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition rescued two French journalists on Thursday who had gone missing in an area of Yemen held by the Iran-aligned Al Houthi group, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported. The channel said the two women had been “kidnapped” by the Al Houthis on November 2 while travelling with a …

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Israeli Military Chief Gives Unprecedented Interview to Saudi Media: ‘Ready to Share Intel on Iran’

A Saudi newspaper published an unprecedented interview on Thursday with the Israeli military chief, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. It marks the first time any senior Israel Defense Forces officer, let alone the chief of staff, has been interviewed by a media organization in Saudi Arabia, which does not have diplomatic ties with …

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Syria civil war: Troops enter last IS urban stronghold

Syrian pro-government forces have entered the eastern border town of Albu Kamal, so-called Islamic State’s (IS) last urban stronghold in the country. The state-run al-Ikhbariya channel said troops and militiamen had “fully liberated” the town on Wednesday night. But the official Sana news agency and state TV said they had …

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