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China says seeks closer military ties with Syria

The Levant News — China wants to have closer military ties with Syria, state media on Tuesday cited a senior Chinese officer as saying during a rare visit to the war-torn Middle Eastern country. While relying on the region for oil supplies, China tends to leave Middle Eastern diplomacy to …

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Islamists at War in Turkey

The Levant News — by Graham E. Fuller — Last week witnessed what may be the last act of an unfolding struggle between two major Islamic movements in Turkey. Turkish president and leader of the AKP party Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused exiled Islamic leader Fethullah Gülen of plotting the failed …

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Turkey detains 13 in raids connected to airport attack

The Levant News — Police in Turkey raided 16 addresses in Istanbul early this morning and detained 13 people, including three foreigners, in response to Tuesday’s bombing of the Ataturk international airport. The death toll from the attack now stands at 42, with 128 people in hospitals, including 41 in …

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Israel and Turkey announce reconciliation

The Levant News — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally announced reconciliation between Israel and Turkey during a press conference today in Rome. The two nations hope an agreement due to be signed Tuesday will ease six years of tensions since the deadly Israeli attack on a Turkish blockade runner headed …

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Liberman won’t object to reconciliation with Turkey

The Levant News — New Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has reportedly promised not to object publicly to a reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey, despite having harshly disapproved of such a move in the past. Liberman had warned among other things that an Israeli-Turkish rapprochement would harm ties with Greece …

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THE UIGHUR ISSUE

By GIANCARLO ELIA VALORI — The autonomous region of Xinjiang, in the People’s Republic of China – with a relative majority of Turkmen Muslim people (45%) and the Han Chinese who since 1949 have risen from 6% to 41% of the population – is an issue not only for China, …

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Trump wants to leave U.S. allies in the lurch

By Bill Schneider for Reuters — Thanks to Donald Trump, Americans now know what a populist foreign policy looks like: “Not isolationist, but America First.” That’s how the Republican presidential front-runner defined his views to an interviewer last week. “I like the expression,” Trump said, implying that he had never …

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Syria and Unwarranted Optimism

By Kamran Bokhari for Stratfor — Since Putin announced Russia’s withdrawal, diplomats and media have been unreasonably hopeful about the future of the Syrian civil war. Russia’s military drawdown from Syria soon after the ceasefire has created a strange sense of optimism in the media regarding peace talks. Any substantive …

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Russia sends fighter jets to Armenia base near Turkey

THE LEVANT NEWS — The Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday that Moscow has deployed several fighter jets and a transport helicopter to Russia’s airbase in Armenia near the border with Turkey. Four fourth-generation Mikoyan MiG-29 aircraft and a number of modernized MiG-29S bombers and a Mil Mi-8MT helicopter have been …

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Syria ceasefire talks delayed: Russia

THE LEVANT NEWS: Russia said U.N.-led talks planned for Saturday between major international players on establishing a ceasefire in Syria had been postponed, as wrangling dragged on between the various sides. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Russian news agencies that the meeting in Geneva had been put back to …

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Saudi Troops into Syria: The “Gates of Hell” Will Be Open in the Coming Months.. Three Possible Scenarios

By Elijah J. Magnier for Global Research — There are three possible scenarios in Syria Participation of [Saudi] Arab troops  in Syria is not excluded. A high-ranking officer within the joint operations room in Damascus, which includes Russia, Iran and Syria and Hezbollah said, “ there are three possible scenarios in Syria: …

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Iran will keep backing Assad government

THE LEVANT NEWS — TEHRAN: Iran will maintain its backing for the Syrian government, a senior Iranian official said, after the U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed a plan to end the war. “We will continue to give our support to Syria,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian. Iran will …

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Erdogan meets Hamas leader in Istanbul

THE LEVANT NEWS — ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met with Khaled Meshaal, leader of Palestinian militant group Hamas, on Saturday in Istanbul, Turkish presidential sources said, a day after Israel and Turkey said they were close to patching up five-year political rift. A source from Erdogan’s office said Meshaal …

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ISIS- The Hour Has Struck

THE LEVANT NEWS — by Graham E. Fuller– ISIS, with its horrific attack on purely civilian targets in Paris, has established new realities about its nature, capabilities and intentions. The need for its elimination can now no longer be in doubt. It is not that Parisian lives are more important …

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Senior EU Official: … I Think The EU Will Fall Apart

The Levant – – European Council President Donald Tusk, who chairs EU summits, on Friday called on the 28-country bloc’s leaders to stop shifting the responsibility onto others and to build a credible migration policy. Bitterly divided European leaders will seek to find a credible response to the worst migration …

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The Russians are Coming!

THE LEVANT NEWS — By Graham E. Fuller — Washington has been wrapped in confusion and indecision for years now in trying to sort out just what its real objectives are in Syria. Its obsessive, and ultimately failed goal of denying Iran influence in the Middle East has notably receded …

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Quantum Geopolitics

Quantum Geopolitics THE LEVANT NEWS — By Reva Bhalla for Stratfor —  Forecasting the shape the world will take in several years or decades is an audacious undertaking. There are no images to observe or precise data points to anchor us. We can only create a picture, and a fuzzy one …

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Just what is Turkey up to?

THE LEVANT NEWS – by Graham E. Fuller — Turkish policies towards the Middle East have been in wild oscillation over the past many weeks, even months. Ankara has now finally and begrudgingly initiated military action against ISIS in cooperation with the US. But it has also initiated air attacks …

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