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Syria: bottom line questions

Graham E. Fuller — The Trump administration has just delivered several dozen military strikes against Syria purportedly aimed at chemical production and storage facilities. It was an act the international community feared might lead to overt war in Syria between the US, Iran and Russia, but it came off a bit …

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NATO’s AWACS give U.S. eyes in the sky over Syria

The smell of jet fuel flooded the cabin and a tremendous roar made it difficult to talk as a near-windowless military plane rumbled down a runway in southwestern Turkey. Sitting along rows of computer screens under the dim overhead lights, a multinational crew of 19 monitored hundreds of miles into …

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More Than 20 Killed in Attacks in Afghanistan

A series of militant attacks in Afghanistan killed more than 20 people, officials said on Saturday, ahead of an international meeting next week aimed at building diplomatic support for hoped-for peace talks with the Taliban. Taliban militants attacked an Afghan army post overnight on Friday, killing 18 government soldiers, while …

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Iran’s response to the development of security planning and the challenges facing the West of Asia

By Sajad Abedi   During the years after the Islamic Revolution of Iran, national security considerations have undergone various changes. Changes have been conducted in the light of the pursuit and continuation of some of the great features of the Islamic Republic’s holy system. The country’s security considerations are divided …

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Syria war: Assad’s government accuses US of massacre

Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionUS-allied SDF fighters control territory east of the River Euphrates Syria has accused the US of carrying out a “brutal massacre” with a bombing attack in Deir al-Zour province. The overnight air and artillery strikes killed an estimated 100 pro-government fighters near the Euphrates river, according to the …

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Israel’s growing ties with former Arab foes

A number of recent reports have appeared to confirm one of the worst-kept secrets in the Middle East. In coordination with Egyptian authorities, Israel has for months been conducting clandestine airstrikes against jihadist groups operating in northern Sinai. The Israelis used unmarked drones, helicopters and jets to launch at least 100 strikes …

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Turkish military convoy attacked in Syria’s Aleppo

Pro-Syrian government forces have targeted the path of a Turkish military convoy in the southern countryside of Aleppo province in northern Syrian, a monitor group reported on Tuesday. The Turkish military convoy was moving toward the town of Eis in southern Aleppo when the pro-government forces hit the convoy, prompting …

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Erdogan: we will ‘strangle’ U.S.-backed force in Syria “before it’s even born”

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to “strangle” a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria “before it’s even born,” as Washington’s backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies. The United States announced its support on Sunday for plans for a “border force” to defend territory held by U.S.-backed, …

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Bloodshed in Baghdad: Twin bombings kill over 2 dozen

Iraqi security forces say twin bomb attacks in central Baghdad have killed at least 26 people, following weeks of relative calm in the Iraqi capital. The bombings occurred at Aviation Square in the Iraqi capital on Monday morning. The Interior Ministry said in a preliminary statement that 65 people have also …

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Russia registers in Syria ten ceasefire violations, Turkey – eleven

Russian observers registered over past 24 hour ten ceasefire violations in Syria, Turkish representatives – eleven, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a daily bulletin on ceasefire observation, published on Wednesday. “Control groups continue monitoring the ceasefire compliance within the implementation of the Memorandum on the de-escalation zones in the …

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Syria’s Assad names new defense and other ministers: state TV

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday issued a decree appointing new ministers for defense, industry and information, state television reported. He appointed General Ali Abdullah Ayoub as defense minister, Mohammed Mazen Ali Yousef as industry minister and Imad Abullah Sarah as information minister, state television reported, citing the decree. Ayoub, …

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French ‘jihadist commander’ captured in Syria

Eight French jihadists, including a Muslim convert suspected of involvement in the 2015 Paris attacks, have been captured in Syria by Kurdish fighters. Thomas Barnouin, 36, described as a “jihadist commander”, was detained near the Iraqi border earlier this month with two other French converts named as Romain Garnier, 33, and Thomas …

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