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Russia’s air defenses can’t stop Israel from stomping on Iran with airstrikes

Russia’s air defenses can’t stop Israel from stomping on Iran with airstrikes

Russia deployed some of its best air defenses to Syria to keep US missiles and jets at bay as the US military's immense air and naval power fought ISIS in close proximity — but the supposedly airtight defenses are routinely defeated by Israel. In February 2017, a Syrian-manned...

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Arab nations inch toward rehabilitating Syria’s Assad

Arab nations inch toward rehabilitating Syria’s Assad

He has survived eight years of war and billions of dollars in money and weapons aimed at toppling him. Now Syrian President Bashar Assad is poised to be readmitted to the fold of Arab nations, a feat once deemed unthinkable as he forcefully crushed the uprising against his family’s rule....

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How Gulf states hatched plan with Israel to rehabilitate Assad

How Gulf states hatched plan with Israel to rehabilitate Assad

By David Hearst Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have hatched a plan with Israel to welcome Syrian President Bashar al-Assad back into the Arab League to marginalise the regional influence of Turkey and Iran, Middle East Eye can exclusively reveal. The...

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What next for Syria's last major rebel bastion?

What next for Syria's last major rebel bastion?

For nearly four months, a Russian-Turkish ceasefire deal has protected three million people in Syria's last major rebel bastion of Idlib from a major regime offensive. But could a recent jihadist advance inside the northwestern stronghold, or even an expected US troop pullout from the...

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