Putin Erdogan have Concluded a Good Deal on Idlib

Much scepticism surrounds the fate of the city of Idlib following the deal concluded between the two presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that led to the suspension of the long-awaited military operation against the jihadists and their allies. Only a few details of the deal have been revealed, enough however to shed doubts …

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Here’s How the Latakia Tragedy – Nay, Conspiracy! – Might Have Played Out

Well-intentioned guesswork (a.k.a. “conspiracy theorizing”) argued on a rational basis could present a plausible explanation for a seemingly inexplicable event whose official narrative doesn’t seem to add up amidst an ever-increasing number of inconsistencies. There are a plethora of theories about what happened on the fateful night of 17 September when a Syrian-launched S-200 missile …

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Putin Keeps Cool and Averts WWIII as Israeli-French Gamble in Syria Backfires Spectacularly

By initiating an attack on the Syrian province of Latakia, home to the Russia-operated Khmeimim Air Base, Israel, France and the United States certainly understood they were flirting with disaster. Yet they went ahead with the operation anyways. On the pretext that Iran was preparing to deliver a shipment of weapon production systems to Hezbollah …

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Russian Aircraft Brought Down in Syria: Hard Road to Peace

A Syrian S-200 air defense system inadvertently shot down a Russian surveillance plane over the eastern Mediterranean Sea on Sept.17 while countering Israeli air strikes against targets in the country’s coastal Latakia governorate. Fifteen Russian servicemen lost lives as a result. The aircraft was returning to Hmeimim air base. The Il-20 is a military version of the …

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Idlib: Lull Before the Hurricane. New US Military Doctrine for Intervention in Syria

It appears that the Russians have pressed the pause button on their plans for an offensive alongside the Syrian government to retake Idlib. By the time they return to play mode the martial music may have changed. New US policies for Syria Without fanfare the US has just reformulated its position to create the conditions …

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Hold the Front Page: The Reporters are Missing

The death of Robert Parry earlier this year felt like a farewell to the age of the reporter. Parry was “a trailblazer for independent journalism”, wrote Seymour Hersh, with whom he shared much in common. Hersh revealed the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the secret bombing of Cambodia, Parry exposed Iran-Contra, a drugs and …

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