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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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Syrian rebels weakened in Aleppo battle by their own divisions

Syrian rebels weakened in Aleppo battle by their own divisions

As the Syrian regime and its allies prepared to ramp up their attack on Aleppo in November, one of the rebel groups defending the opposition-held part of the city took up arms against another, seizing its stores of ammunition, fuel and food. The incident near an Aleppo frontline underlined the...

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Nearly half of Russians fear Syria conflict could lead to World War III

Nearly half of Russians fear Syria conflict could lead to World War III

(Independent)- Nearly half of Russians fear Moscow's intervention in Syrian conflict could lead to World War III, a poll has found.  Moscow, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been conducting bombing raids in Syria since September 2015. Forty-eight per cent of...

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The strange case of the Scottish ambulance found among the rubble of eastern Aleppo

The strange case of the Scottish ambulance found among the rubble of eastern Aleppo

(Independent) Moonscape. Desert. Blitz. The past 100 years of war have turned all our words into clichés. I rage at every reference to the Second World War – because it’s over, because Hitler is dead, because we won and because we shouldn’t dig up old graves to frighten future...

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The Islamic State and the media: A symbiotic relationship

The Islamic State and the media: A symbiotic relationship

(Middle East Eye)- It is often said that a symbiotic relationship exists between terrorism and the media. Where terrorism needs the commercial media to communicate its message to either its target or broader audience, commercial media come to depend on the ratings boost often gained by reporting...

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Egypt’s Nightmare

Egypt’s Nightmare

(Foreign Affairs)- On January 25, 2011, tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets, demanding an end to the nearly 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak. Eighteen days later, Mubarak stepped down. In Tahrir Square, the crowds cried, “Lift your head high, you’re an Egyptian.”...

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As Syrian deaths mount, world's 'responsibility to protect' takes a hit: experts

As Syrian deaths mount, world's 'responsibility to protect' takes a hit: experts

As civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo are battered by air strikes, ground offensives and shelling, what has happened to the world's responsibility to protect populations under threat? The Geneva Conventions and the United Nations Security Council were established after World War Two to...

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Victory in sight, Clinton still grapples with negative views

Victory in sight, Clinton still grapples with negative views

Hillary Clinton bested Donald Trump in three debates. She leads in many preference polls of the most competitive states. Barring a significant shift in the next two weeks, she is in a strong position to become the first woman elected U.S. president. But Clinton will end the campaign still...

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Direct Intervention in Syria 'May Not Serve America's National Interests'

Direct Intervention in Syria 'May Not Serve America's National Interests'

(Sputnik News)- Washington needs to develop a clear strategy in Syria and answer the question of what its national interests in the Syrian war are, US-based journalist Antoun Issa notes, throwing into question the "necessity" of the US' direct military involvement in Syria. The next US...

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What’s at Stake in Syria’s Battle for Aleppo

What’s at Stake in Syria’s Battle for Aleppo

(Bloomberg)- Even a war as pitiless as Syria’s can have a low point. The battle for Aleppo has produced carnage, civilian suffering and, according to some, war crimes on a scale rarely surpassed in the five-year conflict. Backed by Russian airstrikes and militias supported by Iran, forces...

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Turkey’s tilt to Russia changes dynamics of Syrian battlefield

Turkey’s tilt to Russia changes dynamics of Syrian battlefield

(FT)- Rebel-held eastern Aleppo looks as though it will either fall or be razed to the ground in the face of relentless Russian bombardment from the air and under siege from Iran-backed militia on the ground. President Vladimir Putin will then have got his way: saving the regime of Bashar...

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Refugee who planned airport attack radicalised in Germany not Syria

Refugee who planned airport attack radicalised in Germany not Syria

The Syrian refugee suspected of planning to bomb a Berlin airport was radicalised only after arriving in Germany, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday, citing the suspect's brother who still lives in Syria. Jaber Albakr committed suicide in prison in Leipzig on Wednesday after two fellow...

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Attack on Aleppo aid convoy was air strike

Attack on Aleppo aid convoy was air strike

Analysis of satellite imagery of a deadly attack on an aid convoy in Syria last month showed that it was an air strike, a U.N. expert said on Wednesday. Some 20 people were killed in the attack on the U.N. and Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy at Urem Al-Kubra near the northern city of Aleppo...

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Four military options for Obama in Syria

Four military options for Obama in Syria

( The Hill )- Lawmakers are pressing for a U.S. military option to help end the Syrian civil war, a so-called "Plan B," as the Obama administration's last-ditch diplomatic effort with Russia flounders. Frustration on Capitol Hill is mounting after a temporary ceasefire negotiated Sept. 9...

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