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Al Qaeda and ISIL are still potent forces in Syria

Al Qaeda and ISIL are still potent forces in Syria

As counterintuitive as it may sound, ISIL will still be stronger than Al Qaeda in Syria even after the former is dislodged from Mosul and Raqqa. Many counterterrorism experts have argued in recent months that it is time to turn attention towards Syria’s Jabhat Fateh Al Sham, formerly known...

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Everyone connected with the abomination in Aleppo will pay a heavy price

Everyone connected with the abomination in Aleppo will pay a heavy price

Frederic C. Hof is director of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. He advised Hillary Clinton on Syria at the State Department in 2012. Some 70 months ago, unarmed, ordinary Syrians rose peacefully against a regime whose incompetence and corruption they had come...

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Why America was bound to fail in Syria

Why America was bound to fail in Syria

The fall of Aleppo is a human catastrophe. It’s also a demonstration of the perils of choosing the middle course in a military conflict. Sometimes it’s possible to talk and fight at the same time. But in Syria, the U.S. decision to pursue a dual-track, halfway approach made the mayhem worse....

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Aleppo’s fall won’t end the Syrian conflict, it will signal a more terrifying stage

Aleppo’s fall won’t end the Syrian conflict, it will signal a more terrifying stage

(The Guardian)- The fall of Aleppo will neither end the conflict nor bring more stability to the country. The continuing offensive by the Syrian regime to capture the rest of the eastern side of the city has led to the capture of about 75% of the rebel-held area. But the regime’s swift...

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Syria's war: What went wrong in east Aleppo?

Syria's war: What went wrong in east Aleppo?

(Al Jazeera)- When the Russian intervention into the Syrian conflict accelerated in mid-2016, many analysts and partisans declared the "Battle of Aleppo" to hold the key to the future of the Syrian conflict. Decisive victory one way or another, or the re-establishment of a military...

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Veteran dissident says Syrian factions in its current formula not able to defeat Assad

Veteran dissident says Syrian factions in its current formula not able to defeat Assad

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian opposition figure and former political detainee Michel Kilo said he told the Saudis that for every fighter killed in Syria will save 5 Saudis later due to the projects and aggressive intentions of Iran towards Saudi Arabia which Iran will not hesitate to implement if it...

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The U.S. Has Intervened in Syria, But Not In The Way You Think

The U.S. Has Intervened in Syria, But Not In The Way You Think

(News Deeply)- On September 17, U.S., British, Danish and Australian warplanes attacked a Syrian military base in Deir Ezzor that had been holding out against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) for months. The U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes killed at least 62 Syrian troops before a frantic...

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Asma al-Assad: from Syria's 'desert rose' to 'first lady of hell'

Asma al-Assad: from Syria's 'desert rose' to 'first lady of hell'

(The Guardian)- Her hair was tastefully curled, her makeup flawless and discreet. Asma al-Assad’s tone, too, was impeccably sober when she gave her first television interview in eight years earlier this week. Like all Syrians, she told her interviewer in her light London accent, she felt...

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3 big problems with plans to escalate in Syria

3 big problems with plans to escalate in Syria

(Vox)- The hot new policy idea in Washington is the hottest old idea: direct US military intervention in Syria’s civil war. In the past several months, the siege of the rebel-held eastern part of the city of Aleppo has dramatized the war’s terrible cost. In the last debate, Hillary...

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Boris Johnson wants Britain to use soft power. The first place must be Mosul

Boris Johnson wants Britain to use soft power. The first place must be Mosul

(theguardian)- Speaking at the Conservative party conference last month Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, set out a vision of Britain as a “soft power superpower”, projecting values through influence, ideas and the power of persuasion. If ever there were a time and a place for exercising...

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The Case for More Sanctions on Russia Over Syria Bombings

The Case for More Sanctions on Russia Over Syria Bombings

(Bloomberg)- Vladimir Putin’s backing for the relentless air bombardment of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo has provoked some foreign governments to accuse Russia of carrying out indiscriminate attacks on civilians. The U.S. and some European Union countries including Germany are...

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When Mosul falls, Isis will flee to the safety of Syria. But what then?

When Mosul falls, Isis will flee to the safety of Syria. But what then?

(Independent)- Syria’s army and Hezbollah and Iranian allies are preparing for a massive invasion by thousands of Isis fighters who will be driven out of Iraq when Mosul falls. The real purpose behind the much-trumpeted US-planned "liberation" of the Iraqi city, the Syrian military suspect, is...

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Russia went to Syria to fight 'terrorists'. We are succeeding

Russia went to Syria to fight 'terrorists'. We are succeeding

(The Guardian)- The novel way of diplomacy proposed by foreign secretary Boris Johnson has so far materialised in a lone gentleman with a poster outside our embassy – not something I would describe as a big diplomatic victory. But the very fact of having to resort to (non-existent) campaigners...

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Who, on the left or right, will stand up for Syria?

Who, on the left or right, will stand up for Syria?

(theguardian)- The far left’s ideology is not “leftwing” in any sense that a socialist from the 19th or 20th centuries would have understood. It is simply opposition to the west whatever the west does. Occidentalism explains the appearances of Labour’s leaders on Iran’s propaganda...

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If they really wanted to Stop the War in Syria, they’d target Russia

If they really wanted to Stop the War in Syria, they’d target Russia

(The Guardian)- Pity the luckless children of Aleppo. If only the bombs raining down on them, killing their parents, maiming their friends, destroying their hospitals – if only those bombs were British or, better still, American. Then the streets of London would be jammed with protestors...

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TASS photographer and regime army's tour: behind scenes

TASS photographer and regime army's tour: behind scenes

Writing by Ethar Abdulhaq (Zaman Al Wasl)- The Russian news agency TASS photographer, Valeriy Sharifulin, published recently a set of photos taken in regime-controlled areas of Aleppo, Damascus and Palmyra. Sharifulin revealed through his commentary on the photos-probably without knowing-...

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Operation Euphrates Shield: Goals and challenges

Operation Euphrates Shield: Goals and challenges

By Burhanettin Duran (The Daily Sabah)- Having launched operation Euphrates Shield on Aug. 24, Turkey not only helped the Free Syrian Army (FSA) liberate Jarablus but also became directly involved in the Syrian civil war. After years of futile negotiations with Turkey's allies over a...

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Syria's political solution needs 6 more months: OPINION

Syria's political solution needs 6 more months: OPINION

By Adnan Abdelrazak (Zaman Al Wasl)- Since Turkey changed its policy towards Syria the revolution, from threats and the possibility of reaching a confrontation for the sake of Syrians freedom and to bring al-Assad down, even if through the military branches inside, to the “more than...

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