Syria’s War: Moving to New Battlefields, Opening New Fronts

A mass exodus of Islamic State (IS) commanders and fighters from the Syrian city of Raqqa has been reported recently. The group has controlled Raqqa since late 2013. There are around 500 thousand people living in the city, mainly from the areas of Palmyra, al-Sakhnah and the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib. In late March, Newsweek wrote …

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Flames rising in the distance which are believed to be coming from Damascus International Airport following an explosion early in the morning of April 27, 2017. © Sameer Al-Doumy / AFP

Strikes Near Damascus ‘In Line with Israel Policy to Stop Iran Arms Transfers’ – Israeli Minister

The “incident” in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport is in line with Israel’s policy to prevent Iran’s advanced weapons from reaching Syria, Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said. Katz told Israeli Army Radio that “the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran's smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria …

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The Not-So-Grand Strategy Behind America’s Warring Around

It’s getting pretty crazy, the warring around of Washington since the Trump Project took office January 20. The question is whether there is a true strategy behind the dramatic escalation of Trump Administration military aggression around the world. There definitely is in my view, and it’s not good for world peace, not good for the …

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Who’s in Trump’s Head?

At the end of last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said arresting Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is now a “priority.” Not long after, CNN reported that authorities have prepared charges against Assange, who is currently seeking refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Donald Trump’s response to these recent developments was “It’s OK with …

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‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Going Rabid

On Monday, April 25th, the AP headlined, «US general in Afghanistan suggests Russia arming the Taliban» and reported that U.S. Pentagon chief James «Mad Dog» Mattis was accusing Russia of violating the sovereignty of unnamed nation(s) and was supplying weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan — the very same group that the U.S. back in 1979 had begun …

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Can Erdogan Juggle Trump and Putin at the Same Time?

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin were quick to congratulate Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over his recent referendum victory, which effectively makes him Turkey’s sole ruler. Putin’s call was expected, but Trump’s reaching out to Erdogan in this manner caught many by surprise. Trump’s call also came just as Erdogan was bracing …

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Turkey Bombing US-backed Forces in Syria

The Syrian Republican Guard has repelled another ISIS offensive in Deir Ezzor. The fighting took place near the Deir Ezzor Airbase, the Tamin Brigade base and in the cemetery area. Earlier this month, ISIS allegedly transferred its self-proclaimed capital from Raqqah to Deir Ezzor amid the continued US-backed advance on Raqqah. If true, the terrorist …

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A member of the Sudanese air force walks past jets during a joint Sudanese-Saudi drill in Sudan earlier this month (AFP)

Saudis Hire World’s Biggest PR Firm to Push ‘Muslim Nato’

An international public relations firm is facing accusations of complicity in "whitewashing" alleged Saudi Arabian war crimes in Yemen after signing a deal to represent a Riyadh-dominated military alliance dubbed the "Muslim Nato". Middle East Eye understands that Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman hired Burson-Marsteller last month to wage a charm offensive on …

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