Iraqi Kurdistan-Russia Oil Deal could have Major Implications for Region

The Kurdistan Regional Government quietly signed a major deal June 2 with Russian oil giant Rosneft, allowing Russia its first entry to the Kurdish oil market, which was dominated by the United States and Turkey. Iraq’s central government for years has opposed the sale of Iraqi oil by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern …

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Video Emerges of US Allowing ISIS Fighters to Escape Safely in Syria

With numerous distractions unfolding on the newly released reality TV show that is “Keeping Up with the Trump Administration,” it may surprise readers to learn that the U.S. is using the terror group ISIS as a pawn in its depraved foreign policy. Video footage obtained by Al-Masdar appears to show convoys of ISIS fighters fleeing …

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Marching Toward a Wider War in the Middle East

Behind the bitter political warfare in Washington and the endless media flogging of hysterical claims of Russian interference in the election with the supposed collusion of Donald Trump, very real wars in the Middle East are threatening to coalesce into a regional and even global conflagration with ominous implications for the peoples of not only …

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Saudi Arabia Becomes Pro-Kurdish after Turkey Sides with Qatar

This could be the beginning of a new alignment that will elevate the Russian position in the region while diminishing the influence of the United States. The new and seemingly prolonged row between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is having some curious and almost shocking knock-on effects. The most interesting is that Syrian media has been …

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The US takes Syria’s Al-Qaeda off Terror Watch-Lists

According to a recent report [1] by CBC Canada, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, which was formerly known as al-Nusra Front and then Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) since July 2016, has been removed from the terror watch-lists of the US and Canada after it merged with fighters from Zenki Brigade and hardline jihadists from Ahrar al-Sham …

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Syrian Army has Reached the Iraqi Border, Cutting off the Americans at al-Tanf

A major move to cut off the US in southern Syria from taking more territory The Syrian Army has reached the Iraqi border, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense. While we don't have a lot of details yet, here's what we can say: this is a brilliant move if true. Not exactly a checkmate …

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ISIS Means and Measures Against Armoured Vehicles

During the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the ISIS terrorist group has relied on several tactics and weapons against battle tanks and other kinds of armoured vehicles used by its opponents. In October 2016, ISIS organization published an important video release dubbed the Armour Hunters, featuring Abu Abdel Nasser al-Iraqi, one of the commanders …

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Disturbing Images Emerge of Torture in ‘Liberated’ Iraq

Iraqi and US crimes against humanity in and around Mosul threaten the fragile unity of the broken Iraqi nation. Contrary to Iraqi state propaganda and the statements of those hoping against hope that Iraq might at some point recover from decades of war and chaos, the sectarianism unleashed by George W. Bush and Tony Blair’s …

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