US Looks to Russia to Avoid Run-Ins with Syrian Troops in Deir ez-Zor

As pro-regime forces move to recapture the largest city in eastern Syria, the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) is considering extending cooperation with Russia to avoid run-ins with its Syrian ally near militant strongholds. Earlier this week, Syrian forces supporting President Bashar al-Assad began operations with Iran-backed troops to break a three-year siege …

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Damascus’ Victory in the “Dash For Deir Ez-Zor” Might Dash the Kurds’ “Federalization” Plans

The “Race for Raqqa” might have long been over ever since the Kurdish-led “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) reached the northern edge of Daesh’s so-called “capital” a few months ago, but that didn’t mean that the battle for northeastern Syria was anywhere close to finished. So long as the besieged desert town of Deir ez-Zor remained …

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US Aircraft Evacuates Over 20 Daesh Commanders From Deir ez-Zor

A military and diplomatic source has told Sputnik that a US Air Force plane had evacuated Daesh (ISIS, banned in Russia) field commanders from Deir ez-Zor. The US-led coalition has denied the allegations. "Amid successful actions by Syrian government troops in the eastern part of Syria in late August, a number of field [Daesh] commanders backed by US special services, had …

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Hezbollah Won, But “Israel” Won’t Stop

Expect “Israel” to try and obtain Russian diplomatic support for pressuring Iran to on Hezbollah’s post-war presence in Syria, but don’t necessarily assume that it’ll succeed. Hezbollah swiftly defeated Daesh in an effective anti-terrorist campaign coordinated with the Syrian Arab Army along the mountainous Syrian-Lebanese border. Observers were taken aback by how quickly victory was …

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Kurdistan Independence Referendum to Potentially Blow Mideast Apart

The creation of a sovereign Kurdish state in Iraq could result in the remapping of the Middle East and the collapse of the established status quo, Israeli political analyst Avigdor Eskin writes for RIA Novosti. Eskin notes that regardless of the potential repercussions the Iraqi Kurds are determined to hold an independence vote on September …

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‘Daesh Are Back and Want Revenge’: The Fall and Rise of IS in Libya

Libyans have described their fears of an emboldened Islamic State reasserting itself in vast swathes of lawless territory, as the group seeks to re-establish a new power base after the fall of Mosul in Iraq and ongoing operations to end its control of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in Syria. Almost a year after the liberation …

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Stop Comparing the Taliban to Daesh – They’re Totally Different

The only thing that the two groups have in common is a Salafist ("Islamist") ideology, but apart from that, any other comparison is superficial and ignores the many differences between them. Trump's "new Afghan strategy" was really a formalization of the ongoing Hybrid War on CPEC, which at this stage seeks to drive the Taliban (banned in Russia) out of …

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US General Beats Central Asia War Drums, Promises to ‘Annihilate’ Daesh

US Army Gen. John Nicholson, the top ranking US commander in Afghanistan, made a promise on Thursday to “annihilate” Daesh and “crush the remnants” of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. “We will not fail in Afghanistan,” Nicholson said. “Along with our Afghan partners, we will relentlessly pursue ISIS-K [Daesh’s Afghani affiliate] and annihilate them,” he said. …

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