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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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WHO says 338 killed in eastern Aleppo in past week

WHO says 338 killed in eastern Aleppo in past week

Fighting in Syria's besieged eastern Aleppo has killed 338 people since Sept. 23, including 106 children, and 846 have been wounded, including 261 children, the World Health Organization said on Friday. "We are asking for four things: stop the killing, stop attacks on health care, let the...

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Journalist Jurgen Todenhofer fabricates Nusra Front's interview

Journalist Jurgen Todenhofer fabricates Nusra Front's interview

Writing by Ethar Abdulhaq (Zaman Al Wasl)- The German journalist Jurgen Todenhofer broadcasted a video recording which he described as the most difficult interview he has ever conducted in Syria. The interview took place 10 days ago with a commander from al-Nusra Front, as he called, who spoke...

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ANALYSIS - Aleppo is a 'what'?!

ANALYSIS - Aleppo is a 'what'?!

Gary Johnson, the U.S. presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party and former governor of New Mexico, joined news channel MSNBC's live "Morning Joe" show to answer journalists’ questions. One of the panel’s questions, Mike Barnicle's, "What would you do, if you were elected, about Aleppo?"...

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Fight for Syria's Aleppo exposes limits of Russian air power

Fight for Syria's Aleppo exposes limits of Russian air power

 Russia's politically-sensitive and ultimately fruitless decision to launch bombing missions on Syria from Iranian soil has exposed the limits to its air power, leaving Moscow in need of a new strategy to advance its aims. People familiar with Russia's military said Moscow opted...

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 Assad, Kurds: change in engagement rules

Assad, Kurds: change in engagement rules

By Abdullah Ghadawi (Zaman Al Wasl)- On the day the regime airplanes bombed three locations for the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) in al-Hasakah on Thursday of last week, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was promising the supporters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)...

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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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