The US Wants the War in Syria to Continue

Last week, Defense Secretary James Mattis shot off a warning to Assad for alleged chemical attacks. Washington had heard enough sob stories from partisan NGOs and anti-government forces that it reprimanded the Syrian government publicly. On Wednesday, the United States followed through. After pro-regime forces assaulted the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the United States lead …

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FILE PHOTO: Soldiers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad hold a Syrian national flag with a picture of Assad © Khaled al-Hariri / Reuters

ISIS Is Almost Gone But the Fighting Continues: Who’s Still in Syria?

The battle against Islamic State in Syria may be nearing its end, but the conflict in this war-torn country seems far from over. Competing factions and old rivalries have created a complicated, uncertain future for Syria. With so many different warring parties wrestling for control of Syria’s fate, it seems prudent to review the conflict’s …

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United States Fails in Afghanistan – Russia Makes an Unexpected Move

The conflict in Syria is drawing to a close, but Afghanistan may be about to break out in conflict with renewed vigor. It is, according to numerous sources, that the ISIL fighters are moving to continue their war. Will events in Afghanistan develop according to the Syrian scenario? Or is there a chance of avoiding …

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The rugged Wakhan Corridor of Badakhshan province in northern Afghanistan. Photo: AFP

China’s Latest Move in the Graveyard of Empires

The latest plot twist in the endless historical saga of Afghanistan as a graveyard of empires has thrown up an intriguing new chapter. For the past two months, Beijing and Kabul have been discussing the possibility of setting up a military base alongside Afghanistan’s border with China. “We are going to build it [the base] and the …

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) during their meeting as part of an effort to revive the Middle East peace process ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, US, September 19, 2017 (REUTERS)

Israel’s Worst Kept Secret: An Embarrassing Alliance with Egypt in Sinai

Last week, the New York Times' Cairo bureau chief, David Kirkpatrick, published a purported expose of a hitherto secret Israeli campaign against Islamist insurgents in the northern Sinai. Since 2011, the militants, who were an amalgam of disgruntled Bedouin and Islamic State (IS) operatives, had launched attacks both against targets on a southern highway near …

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Turkey Accused of Recruiting Ex-ISIS Fighters to Attack Kurds in Syria

Turkey is recruiting and retraining ISIS fighters to lead its invasion of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, according to an ex-ISIS source. “Most of those who are fighting in Afrin against the YPG [People’s Protection Units] are ISIS, though Turkey has trained them to change their assault tactics,” said Faraj, a former …

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Terrorists In Syria Have MANPADs But Who Did They Get Them From?

A Russian jet fighter pilot was killed on Friday while operating over the town of Massran in Idlib province in Syria. The Sukhoi-25 plane had apparently lowered its altitude while on mission and was struck by fighters belonging to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The pilot ejected but, once on the ground, was killed with HTS …

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The US-ISIS Nexus in Afghanistan Becomes Hot Topic

Tehran has begun highlighting in loud decibel its hitherto-low key voice of disquiet that the United States is transferring the Islamic State* fighters from Syria and Iraq, where they have been defeated, to Afghanistan. On January 30, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said: "The US goal of transferring the ISIL terrorists to Afghanistan is aimed …

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