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Syria conflict: What is at stake in the battle of al-Bab?

Syria conflict: What is at stake in the battle of al-Bab?

(BBC)- The Syrian town of al-Bab was rather insignificant until it emerged as a strategic stake between the Syrian president and his allies (Russia and Iran), Turkey, the Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Party) and the so-called Islamic State group. Situated just north-east of Aleppo, this...

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Battle to Retake Syrian City Turns Into a Geopolitical Test of the War

Battle to Retake Syrian City Turns Into a Geopolitical Test of the War

(New York Times)- A northern Syrian city that is one of the Islamic State’s last enclaves in the country is under assault by military forces bearing down from all sides. The complication is that the advancing forces — the Syrian Army and pro-government militias backed by Russia, and...

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In Syria, The Rebels Turn On Each Other

In Syria, The Rebels Turn On Each Other

By David Patrikarakos ( RFE/RL )- 2017, it seems, will be no less chaotic than its predecessor -- an aphorism made plain by a mere glance at the state of international politics extending from Paris to Washington. But nowhere is this trend clearer than in that most tumultuous of...

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No solution for Syria without Turkey

No solution for Syria without Turkey

There is no solving the conflict in Syria without Turkey, a Middle East political analyst told Anadolu Agency. "All the supporters of the fighters on the ground in Syria are somehow [geographically] distant from Syria. They can withdraw their jets anytime and stop financing the groups they...

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Nazi Alois Brunner died in Syria in 2001

Nazi Alois Brunner died in Syria in 2001

 Alois Brunner, an Austrian SS officer found responsible for the World War II deportation of 125,500 European Jews to Nazi death camps, died in a Syrian jail cell in 2001, according to a report by two journalists published in France. Until now, Brunner, Adolf Eichmann's right-hand...

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Opposition's bitter choices in Astana talks: analysis

Opposition's bitter choices in Astana talks: analysis

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Major differences can be observed in the planned peace talks in Kazakhstan's Astana between Turkey, Russia and Iran, the regional powers that most involved in Syria's proxy war. This discord clearly indicates that the understanding which was drafted in Moscow triple...

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Who’s Who in Syria’s Civil War

Who’s Who in Syria’s Civil War

(Council on Foreign Relations)- Syria’s civil war has grown ever more complex in the nearly six years since protesters first challenged the government. President Bashar al-Assad aims to reassert control nationwide, while predominantly Sunni Arab opposition forces seek to wrest the state from...

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Surrender or die: Syria's sieges are the difference-makers in the conflict

Surrender or die: Syria's sieges are the difference-makers in the conflict

(Middle East Eye)- Allowing aid into besieged areas of Syria has proven to be a successful diplomatic tool for negotiating, but civilians always pay the price for these truces On 13 December 2016, Bashar Jaafari, the current permanent representative of Syria to the United Nations, declared:...

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US imposes terrorism-related sanctions against bin Laden son

US imposes terrorism-related sanctions against bin Laden son

The Obama administration imposed sanctions Thursday on a son of Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, saying the younger bin Laden poses a risk to U.S. national security. The State Department said Hamza bin Laden has been added to its Specially Designated Global Terrorist list after he was...

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Impact of Syria's ceasefire - Analysis

Impact of Syria's ceasefire - Analysis

(Zaman Al Wasl)- By reading the deal signed between the Syrian opposition factions, Turkey, and Russia we can conclude that this agreement is at its core a political deal and not an agreement to a ceasefire. The aim of the agreement is for both sides to form a delegation to participate in the...

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'Syrian ceasefire was a Russian priority to reduce war bill': expert

'Syrian ceasefire was a Russian priority to reduce war bill': expert

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The military expert Ismail Eyub considered that five core reasons pushed Russia, in cooperation with Turkey, to impose the ceasefire in Syria although Russian President Vladimir Putin described the ceasefire as “fragile.” In a statement to zaman al-Wasl, Eyub mentioned...

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Aleppo collapse and displacement in 2016- Report

Aleppo collapse and displacement in 2016- Report

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Perhaps 2016 is the ultimate year of forced displacement. And how can it be considered otherwise when it was witness to the largest operation of forced displacement undertaken against the residents of Aleppo, the economic and industrial capital of Syria, following a...

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 Washington rises tension with Ankara after missile supply to Kurdish forces

Washington rises tension with Ankara after missile supply to Kurdish forces

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The level of American-Turkish tension increased recently following American President Barack Obama supplying the Syrian Democratic Forces with a large shipment of weapons which will enter Syria from Iraq.  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hastened to...

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Syrian regime destroyed 70% of rebel-held Homs in 2016

Syrian regime destroyed 70% of rebel-held Homs in 2016

(Zaman Al Wasl)- We do not contradict the truth if we say that 2016 is ISIS year in Homs Province. ISIS surprise attacks on Homs eastern countryside confused the regime and its mercenaries and their strategic alley, Russia. ISIS caused huge loss for regime in souls and military gear estimated...

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'Sheikh Yapraq' deep secret beyond Aleppo collapse

'Sheikh Yapraq' deep secret beyond Aleppo collapse

(Zaman Al Wasl)- He is known by the common people as al-Sheikh Yapraq without this name having to do with anything related to the truth of the shrine’s owner, his position and mission which raise him to the position of the real founder of al-Nusairiyah sect and who placed its rules being its...

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What next for Syria, its allies and foes after fall of Aleppo?

What next for Syria, its allies and foes after fall of Aleppo?

(The Guardian)- While US and European politicians wring their hands and indulge in recriminations over the fall of Aleppo, Russia, Iran and Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime are celebrating a “historic” victory they believe has turned the tide in the six-year-old war. “Is there...

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Chechen militias arrive Syria in support of Assad

Chechen militias arrive Syria in support of Assad

By Ethar Abduhaq (Zaman Al Wasl)- Zaman al-Wasl followed with great interest the news and reports of Russia media regarding Moscow sending a group of what is known as the Chechen special forces. The forces add to the long list of Bashar Assad loyalists who fight with him against the Syrian...

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Even after defeat, ISIL’s influence will remain strong

Even after defeat, ISIL’s influence will remain strong

By Hassan Hassan ( The National )- The extent to which communities in Syria and Iraq that have fallen under ISIL’s influence have changed since the group took control might take a generation to fully comprehend. In much of the expanse that ISIL has controlled or still holds, social change...

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