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Halab shelled by Islamic State forces

Syrian state media said insurgent shelling on Aleppo city wounded 50 people on Saturday, causing breathing problems. State news agency SANA, citing a health official in the city which is under government control, said the shells hit two districts and contained gases that made people choke. Source: Reuters

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Iraqi forces battle Islamic State in Salahuddin province

Iraqi forces have killed 15 Islamic State militants inside a tunnel during a search operation in the northern Sunni-majority Salahuddin province, the military said on Wednesday. Islamic State, which once occupied a third of Iraq’s territory, has been largely defeated in the country but has continued to carry out ambushes, …

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SUMMARY, ANALYSIS, PUBLICATIONS, AND ARTICLES

Think Tanks Activity Summary (For further details, scroll down to the PUBLICATIONS section) The American Foreign Policy Council looks at Trump’s Iran policy.  They note, “Even more important, however, is the current tug-of-war taking place over Iran’s banking sector. The Nov. 7 sanctions round is aimed in large part at …

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US forces to stay in Syria, even after ISIS defeat

The Trump administration hopes that the U.S.-backed fight against Islamic State in its last foothold in northeastern Syria will end within months but American forces will remain to ensure the “enduring defeat” of the militant group, a top U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday. Ambassador James Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative …

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Syrian army free ISIS hostages

The Syrian army has rescued a group of 19 women and children who were abducted by Islamic State in the Syrian city of Sweida in July, Syrian state television reported on Thursday. The group was freed in an area northeast of the desert city of Palmyra, in what state television …

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Upto 30,000 Daesh militants left in Iraq, Syria

Between 20,000 and 30,000 Daesh terrorists remain in Iraq and Syria despite the group’s defeat and a halt in the flow of foreigners joining its ranks, according to a UN report released Monday. The report by UN sanctions monitors estimates that between 3,000 and 4,000 extremists were based in Libya …

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Syrian government forces seal victory in southern territories

The Syrian regime has reclaimed a sliver of territory in southern Syria that was under the control of Islamic State, sealing its military victory in the strategic southern territories that rebelled in 2011 against Bashar al-Assadand fully reestablishing its hold over the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The Syrian Observatory …

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The Latest: Syria says it expelled IS from eastern desert

The Latest on the situation in Syria (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Syria’s military says it has expelled the Islamic State group from the country’s vast eastern desert. The military says it’s cleared about 5,800 square kilometers — or 2,200 square miles — of the expanse linking its heartland to …

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11 Daesh terrorists arrested in Iraq’s Nineveh province

At least 11 Daesh terrorists were arrested Tuesday in different parts of Iraq’s northern Nineveh province, according to local police sources. Nineveh Police Chief Hamad Namis al-Jubouri told Anadolu Agency that security forces had managed to capture Hussein Salim Yassin Mustafa, who had been in charge of recruitment for the …

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ISIS Close to Losing Last Pockets in East Syria

ISIS fighters are close to losing their small pockets in east Syria after being besieged in the two provinces of Hasaka and Deir Ezzor, particularly in areas located east of the Euphrates River. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by Italian, French and US forces, advanced in the southern al-Hasaka governorate …

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At least 18 killed, 90 wounded in Baghdad explosion

At least 18 people have been killed and over 90 more injured in an ammunitions depot blast in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. An Iraqi police source said on Wednesday night the incident took place in Baghdad’s Sadr City district, while ammunitions stored near a local mosque were being transferred to a car park. …

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US warns Syrian government not to advance on south

The U.S. government says it will take “firm and appropriate measures” to protect a cease-fire in southern Syria if President Bashar Assad’s forces attack rebels there. In a statement released Friday, the State Department said it was concerned by reports that Assad’s forces were preparing for an operation near the …

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Indonesia church attacks kill 9, dozens wounded

A wave of blasts including a suicide bombing struck outside churches in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding dozens of others, police said, the latest assault on a religious minority in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country. Three separate locations in the city of Surabaya were hit …

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Iraq holds first parliamentary election since Daesh defeat

Iraq began voting Saturday in its first parliamentary election since declaring victory over Daesh, with the country hoping to shore up a fragile peace and rebuild. Polling stations opened around the conflict-scarred nation under tight security as fighters still pose a major security threat despite a sharp fall in violence. …

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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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