US plans for Syria include another 1,000 troops

The Levant News — Up to 1,000 additional US troops could deploy to northern Syria under provisional plans drawn up by the Pentagon, a US defense official said on Wednesday. The plans, which still need to be approved by President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, would mark a significant uptick in US boots …

Elite Iraqi troops battle ISIS on Mosul streets

MOSUL, Iraq: Elite Iraqi troops battled ISIS in the streets of Mosul Friday as U.S.-backed forces in Syria pressed an advance on extremist bastion Raqqa after a sandstorm eased. The high winds in the desert which separates the Syrian Kurdish-Arab militia alliance from the extremists’ stronghold in the Euphrates Valley had slowed their advance Thursday …

Iraq urges U.S.-led coalition to prevent Islamic State escape to Syria

The Levant News — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday it was the duty of the U.S.-led coalition to prevent Islamic State militants from escaping into nearby Syria from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The coalition is providing air and ground support to Iraqi government and Kurdish forces that launched an offensive …

Have the Syrian armed factions changed their loyalties?

The Levant News Exclusive — By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — While the alliances of the Syrian regime seem clear and public, opposition and jihadi armed factions are working hard to keep their ties with regional and international parties vague and covert. Until 2014, the regional and international alignments of these factions were not clear.During the …