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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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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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