Are Syrian Refugees a Danger to the West?

By Arie Kruglanski, David Webber, Erica Molinario and Katarzyna Jaśko | – While today’s news is full of stories about refugees and migrants to the U.S. from Central America, the plight of those particular refugees is only part of an international migration crisis that has been going on since 2015 and has driven 25.9 million […]
| Displaced and Refugees, Syria |

Gulf tanker incidents to raise shippers’ costs, cut traffic

Sun, 2019-07-21 01:09 WASHINGTON: Recent seizures and attacks aimed at oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz will raise insurance rates for shipping companies and, if unchecked, reduce tanker traffic in the vital waterway, according to energy experts. Britain’s foreign secretary said that Iranian authorities on Friday seized two ships, one flying under the British flag, the other registered in Liberia. The events occurred in a passageway that carries one-fifth of
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Jeremy Hunt appeals for calm as Iran seizes two British oil tankers

The next prime minister could face a test of their foreign policy judgement - and a clash with Donald Trump - much earlier than expected. Iranian forces have seized two British oil tankers in the Gulf amid rising tensions over between the regime, UK and US. Two ships - the British-registered Stena Impero and the Liberian-registered but British owned
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“Voices from Syria” and “The Dirty War on Syria”: Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria

Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: Purchase these two essential books on Syria for one low price. *SPECIAL OFFER:  Voices from Syria + The Dirty War on Syria Author Name: Mark … The post “Voices from Syria” and “The Dirty War on Syria”: Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria appeared first on
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Iran dismisses Trump report that US Navy downed ‘provocative’ drone

Iran on Friday denied President Donald Trump’s assertion that the U.S. Navy has destroyed one of its drones, saying all of its unmanned planes were accounted for, amid growing international concern that both sides could blunder into a war in the Gulf. In the latest episode to test nerves around the strategic waterway, Trump said on Thursday the drone had flown to within 1,000 yards (914 metres) of the U.S. warship Boxer in a “provocative and hostile action” and had
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Ousting Turkey from F-35 to ‘adversely’ affect NATO

Turkey’s removal from the F-35 fighter jet program would also have “adverse” effects on NATO’s power, particularly on its Southern flank, the country’s defense minister said on Thursday, Anadolu reports. “Expecting from the US to avoid steps that could harm relations of two countries is most natural right of Turkey as a strategic partner,” Hulusi Akar told Anadolu Agency after inspection of troops deployed along the country’s border with Syria. “Unilateral and unfair decision” to try to remove Turkey from
| Europe & Russia, International Organisations, NATO |

Video: Waiting for New Idlib Offensive. US Continues to Provide Syria Rebels with Weapons and Military Supplies

The situation in northwestern Hama and along the entire contact line around the Idlib de-escalation zone has remained stable but tense during the past week. The Syrian Arab Army, the Tiger Forces and their allies have repeatedly engaged in local … The post Video: Waiting for New Idlib Offensive. US Continues to Provide Syria Rebels with Weapons and Military Supplies appeared first on Global Research .
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U.S. removing Turkey from F-35 programme after its Russian missile defence purchase

The United States said on Wednesday that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet programme, a move long threatened and expected after Ankara began accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defence system last week. The first parts of the S-400 air defence system were flown to the Murted military air base northwest of Ankara on Friday, sealing NATO ally Turkey’s deal with Russia, which Washington had struggled for months to prevent. “The U.S. and other F-35 partners
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Russia claims US replacing soldiers with mercenaries in Syria

The United States (US) is reportedly replacing some of its regular troops in northern Syria with mercenaries from private military companies (PMC), the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova has announced. Speaking at a news conference yesterday, Zakharova said: “The number of personnel of PMCs in Syria exceeds 4,000. It is notable that in the second half of June alone, 540 people had already arrived in the country, including 70 commanders and instructors. The transfer of mercenaries is
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, Middle East |

"It Is Not Just War. It Is Life": Acclaimed Doc "For Sama" Offers Rare Glimpse into War-Torn Syria

We look at the award-winning documentary feature titled "For Sama," a devastating account of war-torn Syria told through the eyes of director Waad al-Kateab. She filmed hundreds of hours of footage in her native Aleppo to create a stunning depiction of life during wartime. Amid airstrikes and attacks on hospitals, Waad falls in love with one of the last remaining doctors in Aleppo, gets married and has a baby girl, Sama, to whom the film is dedicated. When protests against
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Syrian rebels say Moscow deploys ground forces in Idlib campaign

Russia has sent special forces in recent days to fight alongside Syrian army troops struggling to make gains in a more than two-month assault in northwestern Syria to seize the last opposition bastion, senior rebel commanders said, Reuters reports. They said although Russian officers and troops had been behind front lines directing the operations, using snipers and firing anti-tank missiles, this was the first time Moscow had sent ground troops on the battlefield in the campaign that began at the
| Europe & Russia, Middle East, News |

Hamas senior official says relations with Syrian regime severed in 2012

A senior member of Hamas political bureau, Moussa Abu Marzouk said on Wednesday that the movement has had no relations with the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad since its leadership left the capital, Damascus in 2012. “There are no relations with Syria since we left it. The boycott is not only from us but from the other side [the Syrian regime]” Abu- Marzouk told reporters on the sidelines of his visit to Moscow. “We hope that the situation in
| Asia & Americas, China, Europe & Russia |

20 million children missed out on lifesaving vaccines in 2018: UN Report

Some 20 million children worldwide – more than 1 in 10 – missed out on lifesaving vaccines such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus in 2018, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Globally, since 2010, vaccination coverage with three doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3) and one dose of the measles vaccine has stalled at around 86 percent. While high, this is not sufficient. Some 95 percent coverage is
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From Iraq to Yemen, drones raise US alarm over Iranian plans

The increased use of drones by Iran and its allies for surveillance and attacks across the Middle East is raising alarms in Washington, Reuters reports. The United States believes that Iran-linked militia in Iraq have recently increased their surveillance of American troops and bases in the country by using off-the-shelf, commercially available drones, US officials say. The disclosure comes at a time of heightened tensions with Iran and underscores the many ways in which Tehran and the forces it backs
| Asia & Americas, Iran, Iraq |

Men of God and the Genesis of the U.S.-Saudi Relationship

On February 14, 1945, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, his advisors, and United States Envoy William Eddy crossed the gangplank from the USS Murphy to the USS Quincy for the first ever meeting between a Saudi king and a U.S. president. Over lunch and the coffee that Ibn Saud personally served Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the two men struck an accord. Ibn Saud believed they were twins, close in age and burdened with similar responsibilities and infirmities (with the president paralyzed
| Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, oil |

Israel businessman working with army has his eye on Syria oil

An American-Israeli businessman has been granted permission to export oil extracted from Kurdish areas under the control of Syria’s pro-Washington Democratic Forces. Arab news sources have cited Moti Kahana as the person charged with facilitating the sale of crude oil produced in oil fields controlled by the Kurds in eastern Syria to Israel. Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, which published the story said its claim was based on leaked documents. Kahana however has swiftly came out to reject the story but admitted
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Lindsey Hilsum Q&A: “Getting older is both the most banal and profound thing”

The war correspondent talks Little Women ’s Jo, Artemisia Gentileschi, and the early albums of Joni Mitchell or Bruce Springsteen. Lindsey Hilsum was born in 1958 and was brought up in Malvern. She started her career as an aid worker in Latin America before becoming a journalist. She has since reported from war zones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Rwanda, and is
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Israel group demands Iran tanker sale to compensate ‘Hamas victim’s family’

An infamous Israeli legal advocacy group has demanded that Gibraltar sell a recently-seized Iranian oil tanker in order to compensate an American-Israeli family whose daughter was killed in a 2014 attack, reportedly carried out by Hamas. Shurat HaDin yesterday filed the petition to the Supreme Court in Gibraltar – a British overseas territory located in southern Spain – to demand that the territory sell an Iranian oil tanker it impounded earlier this month. The tanker – known as Grace 1
| Asia & Americas, Iran, Israel |

Syria regime seizes assets of suspects’ families

The Syrian government is freezing the assets of entire Syrian families of people who have been placed on an alleged list of terrorists, Human Rights Watch have said. Under Decree 63 Syria’s Finance Ministry can issue permission to freeze assets of people pending investigation into suspected terrorism charges under a 2012 counterterror law, which has been criticised for its use of broad language. People who had their assets frozen only discovered they had been targeted when they went to carry
| Middle East, News, Syria |

Israel, Saudi, Iran among most religiously restrictive countries in the world

Israel has been discovered to be one of the most restrictive countries on religious freedom, being in the ranks of the likes of Saudi Arabia and Iran, a study by the renowned US-based Pew Research Centre has found. The report, which was released on Monday, tracked the rise of religious restrictions globally, and found that Israel was in the list of the top 20 most religiously restrictive nations. It was also found to have the fifth highest level of “social
| Iran, Israel, Middle East |

Hezbollah withdraws troops from Syria to the Lebanon border

Lebanon-based Hezbollah has been withdrawing its fighters from much of the Syrian territories moving them to areas near the Lebanese border, sources within Syria said. The Shia-dominated group, which is backed by Iran, redeployed its troops to new areas within the Qalamoun district in the countryside around Damascus in south-western Syria, as the majority of its forces withdrew from other areas in the country. The movement on troops and logistics was finally confirmed by Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah in a
| Lebanon, Middle East, News |

Erdogan: Turkey purchased S-400 anti-missile defence systems to protect peace

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday defended his country’s decision to purchase the Russian made S-400 anti-missile defence systems saying Ankara bought it to protect peace and not in preparation for war. Speaking during a meeting with local journalists in Istanbul, Erdogan said Ankara will receive the S-400 system by April 2020, explaining that the Turkish army will control the system. This agreement, he added, was the most important in Turkey’s history. He pointed out that in 2017 Turkey
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, News |

How Israeli-Designed Drones Became Russia’s Eyes in the Sky for Defending Bashar al-Assad

Though their alliances ostensibly put them on opposite sides, the Syrian war has paradoxically deepened the relationship between Israel and Russia. The post How Israeli-Designed Drones Became Russia’s Eyes in the Sky for Defending Bashar al-Assad appeared first on The Intercept .
| National Security, World |

What Right Has Britain to Seize an Iranian Tanker Off Spain?

“We have reason to believe that the Grace 1 was carrying its shipment of crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria. That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria.” – Fabian Picardo, chief minister of Gibraltar “[Praise for Gibraltar and the British marines] for this More
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More Families Freed from US Controlled Rukban Concentration Camp in Northern Syria

While the partisan, fake faction fight over usage of concentration camp persists domestically, American politicians and US media continue to ignore the US Rukban concentration camp in Syria. US occupation criminals continue as illicit armed guards, dictating which Syrians may … The post More Families Freed from US Controlled Rukban Concentration Camp in Northern Syria appeared first on Global Research .
| English, Rukban concentration camp, Syria |

Harassment of pro-government journalists growing in Syria

News The pro-government journalist who was arrested last week in Aleppo is the latest in a steadily growing list of journalists to fall victim to the Assad regime, a list that includes those who are supposedly its supporters. A pro-government stance does not suffice to protect media personnel from arrest.
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Syria Calls on Civilized World to Intervene in Turkey Cultural Aggression

Turkey has a long history of criminal aggression against Syria. Even before the NATO Spring was imposed in March 2011, Turkey had built tent cities for refugees, before they felt the need to flee. It has housed various terrorists, fraudulent … The post Syria Calls on Civilized World to Intervene in Turkey Cultural Aggression appeared first on Global Research .
| English, cultural genocide, Syria |

The War on Syria Continues. Iran Is Next?

Not only are the ethnic-cleansing SDF playing a central role in the balkanization of Syria, but their criminal occupation of resource rich areas east of the Euphrates affords them and their Imperial masters strategic locations, useful not only for their … The post The War on Syria Continues. Iran Is Next? appeared first on Global Research .
| English, Mobile, Iran |

Playing Soldiers

The World’s Only Corn Palace was crowded on this post–Independence Day weekend when I visited to see it thank me for my service. An estimated half-million tourists a year trek to Mitchell, South Dakota, to admire the odd, onion-domed sports and concert venue, which is decorated in byzantine “crop art” mosaics: Each year, the building’s husk is covered in a new, themed series of murals made entirely out of 13 different shades of dried corn, native grasses, and grains,
| Politics, American military, Culture |

War monitor: Syria regime destroyed 20 hospitals, medical centers in Idlib, Hama

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said yesterday that as many as 20 hospitals and medical centres were out of service as a result of the Syrian regime’s aggression on the towns of Idlib and Hama, the last major opposition strongholds in the country. “The Syrian regime and its Russian ally in the most violent continuous escalation since the end of the April 2019 in the area ‘Putin-Erdogan’; are targeting hospitals and medical centers directly by bombing them with warplanes
| Europe & Russia, International Organisations, Middle East |

Palestine: If Kushner only Knew . . .

By Dominique Eddé | – ( L’Orient Le Jour) – Had Mr Kushner taken the trouble to consider all the losses, the shattered lives, separations and humiliating defeats endured by the Palestinians, had he made any attempt to gauge the price paid by Palestine’s neighbours – Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt – over the last […]
| Israel/ Palestine |

What to Do With International Isis Fighters? Rojava May Have a Solution

The question of what to do with the thousands of foreign Isis fighters, wives and children currently detained in north-eastern Syria has been dominated by two narratives. The first, louder, calls for draconian punishment – let them be hung by Iraqi kangaroo courts, or left to rot in Syrian prisons. The liberal left has responded […]
| Articles, assad, autonomous region |

Video: Syrian Army Repelled Large Attack in Northern Hama. UK Claims Iran Attempted to Capture Its Tanker

On July 10, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies launched a surprise attack on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northern Hama and captured the town of al-Hamameyat and the … The post Video: Syrian Army Repelled Large Attack in Northern Hama. UK Claims Iran Attempted to Capture Its Tanker appeared first on Global Research .
| English, Iran, Syria |

Germany condemns airstrikes in northwest Syria

Germany strongly condemned the Syrian regime and its allies on July 12 for their recent airstrikes in the country's northwest that have killed and injured dozens of civilians.
| World |

Turkish defense minister, US counterpart discuss S-400s, Syria

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and his U.S. counterpart talked by phone late on July 12 about issues related to Turkey’s acquisition of a long-range missile defense system and recent developments in Syria.
| Turkey |

Most Veterans Say America’s Wars Are a Waste. No One’s Listening to Them.

In spite of his confused account of U.S. history, his partisan snipes, and his dictatorial posturing, Donald Trump’s parading and speechifying in Washington on July 4 attempted to glom onto one of the last consensus issues in a broken American culture: We love to support our troops. “We celebrate our history, our people, and the heroes who proudly defend our flag—the brave men and women of the United States military,” Trump told a crowd
| The Insecurity Complex, American military, Iraq |

Global Power Shifts Sparked in Syrian Hornets’ Nest

by Helena Cobban This week, Mideast watchers have been breathlessly awaiting the arrival in NATO member Turkey of the first of the two batteries of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan purchased from Russia in… Continue Reading  
| Syria, Bashar al-Assad, Helena Cobban |

Middle East Dictators Buy Spy Tech From Company Linked to IBM and Google

Iran and Syria are the only countries in the region where Semptian would refuse to sell its surveillance tools, an employee said. The post Middle East Dictators Buy Spy Tech From Company Linked to IBM and Google appeared first on The Intercept .
| Technology, World |

War monitor says 71 fighters killed in unrest in north-west Syria

As many as 71 fighters were killed in clashes that broke out on Wednesday night between Syrian regime forces and armed opposition groups in the north-west of the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said yesterday. The clashes broke out after armed groups including the Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, an alliance of militant groups dominated by a former affiliate of Al-Qaeda, launched an attack which resulted in controlling the “heavily fortified” Hamamiyat village, north-west of Hama. According to the observatory,
| Middle East, News, Syria |

Iran calls on Britain to release seized oil tanker immediately

Iran called on Britain on Friday to immediately release an oil tanker that British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicion it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman told state news agency IRNA, Reuters reports. “This is a dangerous game and has consequences … the legal pretexts for the capture are not valid … the release of the tanker is in all countries’ interest,” the spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, said. Iran has warned of
| Europe & Russia, Iran, Middle East |

Majority of US Veterans doubt Value of Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria Wars: Pew

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – A Pew Research Center opinion poll conducted among 1,284 veterans who had served since 2001 (which also polled 1,087 American civilians as a control), found that a majority of veterans holds that the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars and the intervention against ISIl in Syria were not worth it. The results […]
| Afghanistan, Featured, Iraq |

Russia: ‘Significant progress’ in Syrian peace process

Russia on Thursday said there is a “significant progress” in the Syrian peace process, Anadolu reports. Speaking at a news conference Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said she expects the visit of the UN special envoy for Syria to Damascus will boost the process of establishing the Syrian constitutional committee. “On the political track, significant progress towards the completion of the formation and launch of the constitutional committee has been made […] We expect the visit of the UN special
| Asia & Americas, China, Europe & Russia |

Lebanon hopes for best season in years as Saudis return

Thu, 2019-07-11 23:54 BEIRUT: Ibrahim Zeeb is visiting Lebanon for the first time in years and says it’s the food he has missed most. “The best breakfast we’ll find anywhere is here,” said Zeeb as he waited with his children at Beirut airport for a relative flying in to join them from Saudi Arabia. Lebanon is hoping for its best tourist season since 2010, thanks to a rise
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Blast causes deaths in Syria’s rebel-held Afrin

A car bomb killed 11 people and wounded many others on Thursday in Syria’s Afrin city, which Turkey-backed rebels captured from Kurdish fighters last year, medical sources and a monitor said, Reuters reports. The blast struck an entrance to the city, killing civilians including children, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitoring group said. The Observatory and the medical sources said many other people had been injured in the explosion, some very badly. Afrin lies north of Aleppo near the border
| Middle East, News, Syria |

Afrin: Incidents Of Desecration And Destruction Of Cultural Sites

Soon after the inception of Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch in January of 2018, reports began trickling out of Syria’s Afrin district detailing the desecration or destruction of numerous cultural sites in the region. Just two days into the operation, airstrikes inflicted significant damage on Ain Dara, a “Neo-Hittite temple…built by the Arameans in the first... The post Afrin: Incidents Of Desecration And Destruction Of Cultural Sites appeared first on bellingcat .
| MENA, Afrin, Syria |

Britain says it fended off Iranian attempt to block its oil tanker

Three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz, but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship, Britain said on Thursday, Reuters reports. Exactly a week after Britain seized an Iranian tanker accused of violating sanctions on Syria, London said the British Heritage tanker operated by oil company BP had been approached in the strait, main outlet for Middle Eastern oil. “HMS Montrose was forced to position herself between the Iranian vessels and British Heritage and
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, Iran |

The Strange Case of the Grace I’s Detention

by Francois Nicoullaud On July 4, the government of Gibraltar detained in its waters a Panamanian ship, the Grace I, allegedly on its way to deliver Iranian oil to a Syrian harbor. Immediately after the move, Gibraltar outlined in an… Continue Reading  
| EU, Iran, Syria |

Majorities of Both US Veterans and Public Believe Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 'Not Worth Fighting'

Jessica Corbett, staff writer The majority of American veterans and members of the general public agreed in a new survey that the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the U.S. military campaign in Syria were all "not worth fighting."
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