Syria War Report – October 20, 2017: Army And US-backed Forces Race for Syrian Oil

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have allegedly handed over the Tabiyah oil field and its nearby facilities to the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance following a visit of Syrian and Russian representatives to the SDF-held city of Hasakah. According to reports, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) with some unidentified “Russians” have already entered the oil …

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ISIS was Not Ended by Trump or Obama – But by Muslims

Extremism was defeated by the Muslims. That should be the headlines. That is what Americans have trouble getting their heads around. Raqqa, the capital of the ISIL phony “caliphate” in eastern Syria, has completely fallen, according to a spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. It is just a matter of neutralizing a few remaining cells …

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ISIS has Lost Raqqa, Where Will It Go Next?

Raqqa is about to fall – and once more, its imminent collapse has been brought about by ISIS fighters who chose not to fight to the death. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – which is mostly Kurdish, is definitely not democratic and would have no force without US airpower – believe that they might hold the …

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Kirkuk Crisis and the Iraqi Government’s Absolute Right to Restore Its Writ

In moving to reassert control of the city of Kirkuk from the Kurds, who hitherto had controlled the city under the aegis of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the Iraqi government has acted in full accordance with its legal and moral rights. The tragedy of the Kurds both of Syria and Iraq is that they …

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Israel is Hiding That Its State-of-Art F-35 Warplane was Hit by Syrian S-200 Missile

It looks that the Israeli “demonstration of power” during the recent visit of Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has turned into a total failure. On October 16, Shoigu arrived Israel for meetings with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The sides were reportedly set to discuss the situation in the region, …

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Israeli Jets Bomb Syrian Anti-Aircraft Battery after Spy Planes Fired at Near Lebanon Border

Israeli jets bombed a Syrian anti-aircraft battery east of Damascus after it fired an anti-aircraft missile at the Israeli aircraft on a spy mission overflying Lebanon, the IDF said. Damascus said the planes violated Syrian airspace near the Lebanese border. The battery was reportedly located 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Damascus, Reuters reported citing …

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How Netanyahu Pulls Trump’s Strings

In the final presidential debate of 2016, Hillary Clinton famously called Donald Trump the “puppet” of Russian President Vladimir Putin. But what’s increasingly clear is that Trump has a more typical puppet master for a U.S. politician – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Since Sept. 18, when the two men met in New York around …

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Turkish soldiers stand near armoured vehicles during a demonstration in support of the Turkish army's Idlib operation near the Turkey-Syria border near Reyhanli, Hatay, on October 10, 2017 © Ilyas Akengin / AFP

Damascus Demands ‘Immediate & Unconditional’ Pullout of Turkish Troops from Northwest Syria

Syria demands an immediate pullout of Turkish troops, whose deployment to Idlib province amounts to “flagrant aggression,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said as quoted by SANA. “The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the incursion of Turkish military units in the Idlib Province, which constitutes to blatant aggression against the sovereignty and territorial …

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Syria War Report – October 13, 2017: Turkish Troops and Vehicles Entered Idlib

Late on October 12, the Turkish Army started deploying troops and vehicles in Syria’s Idlib province. According to reports, at least 30 Turkish vehicles entered Idlib via the Atme border crossing and deployed in an area between it and Darat Izza town. Some sources speculated that the deployment was coordinated with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly …

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