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Syrian rebels' Aleppo success complicates strategies of Assad and Russia

Syrian rebels' Aleppo success complicates strategies of Assad and Russia

In breaking a Syrian government siege on opposition-held areas of Aleppo, insurgents have set back President Bashar al-Assad's hopes of using Russian air power to reclaim a vital city and speed the end of the five-year conflict. The sudden advance by fighters from western Syria into a military...

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Aleppo's siege break changed Syria talks agenda

Aleppo's siege break changed Syria talks agenda

Writing by Abdullah al-Ghadawi (Zaman al-Wasl)- Last Friday, the Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Sergey Lavrov discussed possibility of implementing Security Council resolution 2254 in relation to Syria and putting a plan to counter “extremist” groups. Russian American...

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Governor of Syria Central Bank has new monetary policy

Governor of Syria Central Bank has new monetary policy

(Eqtsad)- The new Governor of the Syrian Central Bank is trying hard to return the bank to its right path after the effort of his predecessor Adib Mayala during the past few lean years in the life of the Syrian economy to turn the central bank into one of the biggest Syrian exchange offices to...

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Ankara expresses doubts over CIA shadow in coup bid

Ankara expresses doubts over CIA shadow in coup bid

Writing by Ethar Abdulhaq (Zaman Al Wasl)- A Turkish newspaper confirmed that aircraft of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was harassed by two F16s when Erdogan was returning to Istanbul from a holiday in Marmaris south of Turkey during the coup attempt. The Daily Sabah Newspaper...

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Russia-led regional powers agree on military council leads Syria by September: sources

Russia-led regional powers agree on military council leads Syria by September: sources

Writing by Abdullah Al Ghadawi; Translation by Rana Abdul (Zaman al-Wasl)- The issue of forming a military council in Syria was not proposed on table before last June. Zaman al-Wasl rushed to reveal the features of this council after Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu’s visit to Syria...

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Different targets, different countries: The challenge of stopping Islamic State

Different targets, different countries: The challenge of stopping Islamic State

Deadly attacks in four countries linked to Islamic State show the limitations of U.S.-led efforts to loosen the group's grip in Syria and Iraq, and the challenge of stopping attacks that are not only globally dispersed but very different in their choice of targets, current and former U.S....

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Russia deployed nuclear bombers in Syria: sources

Russia deployed nuclear bombers in Syria: sources

Writing by Malek Oqab; Translation by Rana Abdul (Zaman Al Wasl)- The strategic Russian nuclear bomber tu-95 appeared flying in Idlib province during the past few days. tu-95 was flying towards Russia-held Hmeymim air base in coastal Latakia province, sources said. The airport now is known...

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Why Ahrar al-Sham commanders favorite target for assailants

Why Ahrar al-Sham commanders favorite target for assailants

Writing by Ethar Abdul Haq; Translation by Rana Abdul (Zaman Al Wasl)- No Rebel faction on Syrian soil has paid as much of a price from its leaders’ blood as the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham movement did. Many leaders of the movement have been killed in a series of assassinations which stir many...

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Syria: Russia's military losses in numbers

Syria: Russia's military losses in numbers

(Zama al-Wasl)- Russia officially began military air campaign in Syria on September 30 last year. According to experts, the Russian operations were more like training since the rebels do not have anti-aircraft weapons. Still, the rebels caused Russia, the second powerful state militarily,...

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Bloodshed blurs Middle East borders set 100 years ago by UK-French pact

Bloodshed blurs Middle East borders set 100 years ago by UK-French pact

 A century after Britain and France secretly mapped out a Middle East they would control upon defeating the Ottomans in World War One, its borders have been blurred by sectarian bloodshed - and some in the region see opportunity in the chaos. These include Israelis or Kurds who seek to...

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Journalists' protests a 'further threat to Sisi'

Journalists' protests a 'further threat to Sisi'

A raid on Egypt’s journalists’ union head office this week could intensify opposition to President Abdel Fattah el Sisi, according to analysts. On Sunday, police stormed the headquarters of the press syndicate in Cairo, arresting two journalists for allegedly inciting protests and plotting...

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Security chaos turned rebels' main concern as assassinations mount

Security chaos turned rebels' main concern as assassinations mount

(Zaman Al Wasl)- When Syria's uprising erupted 5 years ago with a peaceful demonstrations to topple Bashar Assad, Syrians- suddenly- found themselves trapped as crackdown was surrounding them everywhere. Death toll was rising and no concrete efforts made by the International community to stop...

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Obama at Gulf summit to seek help against ISIS

Obama at Gulf summit to seek help against ISIS

One year after receiving them at Camp David, U.S. President Barack Obama meets Gulf leaders again Thursday, hoping they can more strongly commit to the fight against extremists. At the same time, with nine months left in his term, the president must again seek to reassure his Sunni allies...

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Islamic State's income drops 30 percent on lower oil, tax revenue: IHS

Islamic State's income drops 30 percent on lower oil, tax revenue: IHS

Islamic State's income and the population under its control have both fallen by about a third, a U.S.-based analysis firm said, describing the declining revenue as a threat to its long-term rule over its self-proclaimed caliphate. Revenue for the ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim group,...

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ISIS plans to expand its territories southern Syria to include Quneitra, Sweida

ISIS plans to expand its territories southern Syria to include Quneitra, Sweida

By Ali Eid; Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zaman Al Wasl)- The outcomes of the battle between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and ISIS-allegiants armed formations in the Southern Front, Daraa and Horan in particular, is not known yet, as battles are still ongoing in the villages of Yarmouk valley and...

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Turkish firms in Russia struggle as diplomatic row rages

Turkish firms in Russia struggle as diplomatic row rages

Four months after President Vladimir Putin accused Ankara of a "stab in the back", Turkish business executives in Russia are getting used to saying hasty goodbyes. "Every week another friend calls to say he's leaving," one Turkish businessman based in Moscow told Reuters. "It's...

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ISIS eyed on southern Syria as 'Caliphate' territories shrink in the north

ISIS eyed on southern Syria as 'Caliphate' territories shrink in the north

By Ali Eid; Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zaman Al Wasl)- Indirect battle between the Islamic State and the free Syrian Army (FSA) has broken out in Southern Syria front, Horan and Daraa. It cannot be called a traditional battle for both side, as the exact manpower, the strength and goals of...

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Russia flies out almost half Syria strike force: Reuters analysis

Russia flies out almost half Syria strike force: Reuters analysis

Just under half of Russia's fixed-wing strike force based in Syria has flown out of the country in the past two days, according to a Reuters calculation which suggests the Kremlin is accelerating its partial withdrawal. President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the bulk of the...

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