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Turkish drones headed to Syria

Turkish drones have started operating in northern Syria where Washington and Ankara have agreed to create a safe zone, Turkey’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. Turkey and the United States agreed last week to set up a joint operations center regarding the safe zone to be established in northern Syria. …

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Gibraltar now thinking of releasing Iran tanker

Gibraltar said on Tuesday it was seeking to de-escalate issues arising with Iran since the detention of the Grace 1 tanker. British Royal Marines seized the Iranian oil tanker on July 4 off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating EU sanctions by taking …

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“Who Lost Turkey?”

“Who Lost Turkey?” Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com) 5 August 2019 Here we go again, another phase of witch-hunting over “Who lost —-(fill in the blanks) country.” It was once who lost China in 1949, then Cuba in 1959, then Iran in 1979, and others. The latest iteration is now “Who …

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Hezbollah scaling back forces in Syria

Iran-backed Hezbollah has reduced its forces in Syria as fighting died down though it still has fighters all over the country, its leader said on Friday. The heavily armed Lebanese Shi’ite movement has played a vital role in the war next door, helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reclaim much of …

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Crew of Iranian tanker released

Gibraltar police said on Friday that all four crew members of the Iranian Grace 1 tanker have been released on bail without charge after it was detained last week on suspicion of breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria. Gibraltar police said earlier on Friday that they had arrested …

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Tanker dispute between Iran and UK escalates

Iran called on Britain on Friday to immediately release an oil tanker that British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicion it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman told state news agency IRNA. “This is a dangerous game and has consequences … the …

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€100 million in EU funds for Syrian refugees

The EU – via the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis – adopted a €100 million new assistance package to support the resilience of refugees, internally displaced person,IDP, host communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. This will be done through the strengthening of public service delivery …

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Trump Pulls the Plug in Syria

By Graham E. Fuller Every once in a while President Trump manages to get something right. This time it is the decision to call off the broad US covert assistance to the Syrian opposition forces fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Asad. Asad has been notoriously brutal in putting down the …

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A Voice From the Shadows

By ARON LUND for Diwan — A political taboo was quietly shattered this month, when one of Syria’s most powerful security officials, Lieutenant General Jamil al-Hassan, gave his first-ever interview to a Russian news site. Though Hassan mostly voiced common pro-government positions that are in themselves unremarkable, the interview itself …

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US, Russia commit to further Syrian aid

THE LEVANT NEWS — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Saturday and the two “recommitted” themselves to continued deliveries of aid to those affected by the war in Syria, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said. They also discussed the progress negotiators …

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Sukhoi warplanes used by Russia in Syria anti-terror op

The Levant News — The Russian Ministry of Defense has revealed that the aviation force in Syria is exclusively composed of Sukhoi warplanes, including the cutting-edge Su-34, tried-and-tested Su-25 and the Su-24M striking Islamic State targets in the country. The Su-24 is a tactical bomber meant to fly below the radar and …

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Thousands Enter Syria to Join ISIS

The Levant News — Nearly 30,000 foreign recruits have now poured into Syria, many to join the Islamic State, a doubling of volunteers in just the past 12 months and stark evidence that an international effort to tighten borders, share intelligence and enforce anti-terrorism laws is not diminishing the ranks of …

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Sweida’s Baath Official Kidnapped By Terrorists

The Levant News — Sources in Sweida province told that armed terrorist groups kidnapped Secretary of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party branch in Sweida Shibli Jannoud. The sources added that investigations proved that Jannoud was kidnapped by terrorists and taken to an unknown area. The sources held the terrorists responsible for any …

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Russia’s participation in fighting Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS: Moallem

The Levant News –In an interview with the Russian RT channel that was aired on Saturday about Russia’s participation in fighting Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS terrorist organizations,  Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid Moallem, said: “There is something new beyond (Russia) providing Syria with weapons, which is Russia engaging in …

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