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Why International Powers Fear Kurdish Independence Vote Could Derail Fight Against ISIS

The Kurdish leadership is coming under intense international pressure to postpone the referendum on independence due to take place in Kurdish-controlled parts of northern Iraq on 25 September. Outside powers see the poll as destabilising Iraq and neighbouring countries at the very moment when ISIS and its self-declared caliphate are being defeated. But Kurdish President Masoud …

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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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Syria’s Victory at Deir ez-Zor Turns the Tide On US Regime-Change Plans

The breaking of the siege of Deir ez-Zor by the Syrian army and its Russian ally marks the defeat of not just foreign-backed anti-government militants. It signals victory over the re/gime-change plot orchestrated by the US and its partners. For three years, the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor had been besieged by militants affiliated …

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While Defeat of ISIS Dominates Attention, al-Qaeda Gets Stronger

Al-Qaeda is creating its most powerful stronghold ever in north-west Syria at a time when world attention is almost entirely focused on the impending defeat of ISIS in the east of the country. It has established full control of Idlib province and of a vital Syrian-Turkish border crossing since July. “Idlib Province is the largest …

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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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Syrian Army Breaks 3-Year Daesh Siege of Deir ez-Zor

The Syrian army has finally broken Daesh (ISIS banned in Russia) terrorist group's siege of the city of Deir ez-Zor. Syrian state news agency SANA reported that the three-year siege of the city of Deir ez-Zor has been broken due to the Syrian government forces' operation. A military source told Sputnik Arabic that the Syrian army with the support …

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