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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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US Asks Turkey to Show Restraint in Syria

The United States is expressing concern about Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria and top officials are appealing for restraint and fears that the conflict could spread. At Monday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S. understands Turkey’s “legitimate security concerns” and is “committed to working with …

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New hope emerges in Egypt-Sudan Nile dam spat

New hope has emerged in the long-running diplomatic dispute over a dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile River, which Cairo sees as an existential threat. On Thursday, Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said they were opposed to any “conflict” over the sharing …

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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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Iran—On the Brink?

by Graham E. Fuller* — With the emergence of demonstrations and rioting in various Iranian cities earlier this month, Washington’s neoconservatives and interventionist/ imperial-minded “liberals” have been given a new lease on life in promoting their aspirations for “regime change” in Tehran. Indeed, of the three current potential global flashpoints—North …

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Iran’s peace, stability important for Turkey

Iranian president and his Turkish counterpart held a phone conversation during which the two sides called for expanding their ties and Erdoğan stressed the significance of ‘maintaining peace and stability in Iran. Erdoğan and Rouhani discussed ongoing demonstrations in Iran in a phone conversation on the morning of Jan. 3, …

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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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Former IDF soldier convicted of trying to join Islamic State

A Belarusian-Israeli convert to Islam was convicted Wednesday of attempting to join the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria. Valentin Vladmir Mazlevski, 40, who was arrested nearly a year ago while trying to travel to Syria via Turkey, was convicted by the Nazareth District Court of contact with a foreign agent, attempting …

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At least 6 killed during violent protests in Iraqi Kurdistan

At least six people were killed and more than 70 injured Tuesday as anti-government protests erupted for a second straight day, said a provincial health director in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region. Five people died during demonstrations over unpaid civil servant salaries and rising tensions with Baghdad in the Kurdish city …

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Another opportunity missed in Syria

The eighth round of peace talks in Geneva between the Syrian government and the opposition ended on December 14 in utter failure to the dismay of the international community which had hoped that the end of the Syrian conflict could be in sight at last.  Obviously the two sides are …

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Palestinian diplomats push for UN resolution rejecting Trump’s al-Quds move

Palestinian officials are reportedly pushing for a UN Security Council resolution that rejects US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital.” The measure, which would strongly condemn Washington’s decision and demand its reversal, would almost certainly face a US veto, diplomats said Wednesday. According to senior …

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Putin is outplaying Trump in the Middle East

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Syria on Monday as part of a whirlwind Middle Eastern tour. Putin, who also stopped in Egypt and Turkey, met leaders, posed for photo-ops, inked a huge energy deal and, all in all, played the part of an influential international statesman. While President Trump has sparked outrage across the region, …

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Netanyahu quiet on U.S. Embassy move in speech, focuses on Iranian threat

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Israel’s “irreplaceable” relationship with the United States in his first public remarks after the Trump administration said it would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, but he did not address the move directly and instead stressed the threat of Iran. Netanyahu lauded Israel’s expanding …

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