Israel Supports the Creation of a Kurdish State

For decades, Israel has had significant links to Kurdish groups throughout the Middle East. Long before President Erdogan led what in many ways amounts to a counter-revolution in Turkish politics, Israel’s support of Kurdish separatist movements throughout the region, was often a sore point between Ankara and Tel Aviv, who apart from this issue, tended …

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Russian Su-25 attack aircraft take off from the Khmeimim airbase in Syria © Dmitriy Vinogradov / Sputnik

Russian Special Forces Repel a US-Planned Attack in Syria, Denounce the USA and Issue a Stark Warning

Something rather unprecedented just happened in Syria: US backed “good terrorist” forces attempted a surprise attack against Syrian government forces stationed to the north and northeast of the city of Hama. What makes this attack unique is that it took place inside a so-called “de-escalation zone” and that it appears that one of the key …

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Ahmed Abu Kholeh, head of the Deir al-Zor military council which fights under the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), speaks during a press conference in the village of Abu Fas, Hasaka province, Syria, September 9, 2017 © Rodi Said / Reuters

US-Backed Forces on Collision Course with Syrian Army in ‘Race for Deir ez-Zor Oilfields’

The race between legitimate Syrian government forces and the US-backed SDF umbrella group to control the oil rich Deir ez-Zor province has intensified following the lifting of the blockade by Syrian troops last week and risks turning into direct confrontation. Last Tuesday, the Syrian military backed by the Russian air force finally broke the IS …

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Syria, Turkey and the Kurds: A Devil’s Triangle That Only Russia Can Navigate

Throughout the conflict in Syria, the Syrian Arab Army and its Russian/Iranian and Hezbollah allies have tended to operate in different regions vis-a-vis the Kurdish led US proxy army known as the SDF. Over the last year however, this has increasingly changed. As Syrian forces along with their allies continue to liberate Deir ez-Zor city …

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Syria: As the Endgame Approaches

As Syrian forces reach the Euphrates River, breaking the siege of the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, Damascus and its allies, along with the state sponsors fueling the militancy that has consumed Syria for the past 6 years, are putting in place their final pieces as the endgame approaches. Syrian forces having already retaken …

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Turkey's Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar (R) and Turkish Intelligence Chief Hakan Fidan leave a meeting with a Russian delegation in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 10, 2016. (c) REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Gauging the Aftermath of Turkey’s Great Intelligence Gaffe

The latest scandal coming out of Turkey reads like a novel by Tom Clancy or John le Carre: spies, kidnapping, assassination attempts and terrorists. Given the seriousness of the allegations, the utter lack of reaction by Turkish officialdom and media is stunning. Last week, Al-Monitor reported that militants in Iraqi Kurdistan claimed to have captured two high-level Turkish intelligence officials. Cemil Bayik, one …

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