I ran from the Syrian regime’s bombs once – now I fear having to do so again

In the opposition-controlled countryside of north-west Syria, I can live a normal life. But for how long?  I have recently noticed that most of the kitchenware I have is plastic, the kind that’s for short-term use only. This plastic kitchenware, which may seem a minor issue, has made me realise that I still don’t feel stable and haven’t been able to convince myself that this
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Death toll in Syria arms depot blast rises: Monitor

The death toll of an explosion of unknown origin at a weapons depot in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib has risen to 69, mostly civilians, a monitor said Monday.
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Russia's Lavrov to discuss planned four-way Syria summit in Ankara

Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Aug. 13 a four-way Syria summit "is planned in the upcoming future", with the leaders of Russia, France, Turkey and Germany attending
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The new Syria amidst conflicting regional, international interests

On August 2, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told reporters: “From our perspective, the situation is returning to how it was before the civil war, meaning there is a real address,
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100 years after my family were torn apart by a US travel ban, history is repeating itself

Forced to grow up separated from his relatives, my Syrian-American grandfather thought racist immigration policies were in the past. He was wrong. It’s no wonder that the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties are back in the popular imagination: The United States a hundred years ago was eerily similar to the paranoid “Build the Wall” America of President Donald Trump. Like
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Nearly a century after my family were torn apart by a US travel ban, history is repeating itself

Forced to grow up separated from his relatives, my Syrian-American grandfather thought racist immigration policies were in the past. He was wrong. It’s no wonder that the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties are back in the popular imagination: The United States a hundred years ago was eerily similar to the paranoid “Build the Wall” America of President Donald Trump. Like
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Turkey's Erdoğan, Russia's Putin discuss over telephone

Turkish officials say President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin during which they discussed economic ties between the two countries, as well as the latest developments in Syria and Astana peace talks.
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Kültepe: A key center of culture

Kültepe in the central Anatolian region became a key center of culture and commerce between Anatolia, Syria, and Mesopotamia by the end of the third millennium BC and during the first quarter of the second millennium BC, according to UNESCO
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Lavrov to pay a key visit to Ankara to discuss Syria, Idlib

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will pay a visit to the Turkish capital on Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 where he will hold talks with Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on recent developments in Syria and other regional issues.
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British democracy is dangerously vulnerable to tyranny

The UK’s centralised political system and unwritten constitution are gifts to Trump-style authoritarians. Could it happen here? In Britain, liberals watch horrified as Donald Trump tramples on the norms of US democracy. The compliance of the Republican Party and Trump’s shamelessness mean that America’s cherished “checks and balances” have offered little defence. Yet the disturbing truth is that the
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Why there’s no such thing as a civilisation

The West is obsessed with the idea that it is under threat, but that fear springs from a misunderstanding of how modern human societies work. The “clash of civilisations” thesis seems to be enjoying a renaissance. Many pundits, politicians and ordinary citizens believe that the Syrian civil war, the rise of the Islamic State, the Brexit mayhem and the instability of the
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How the Islamic State caliphate was lost

IS has lost control of most of the territory it once held. But it is not defeated and is morphing into an international movement, inspiring more attacks. It seems such a long time ago: the brazen defiance of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on the pulpit of the Mosul Grand Mosque on 4 July 2014, declaring a caliphate; military parades through the streets of Raqqa; the slick videos; the flood
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Turkish, American defense minister discuss Syria on the phone

Turkish and American defense ministers Hulusi Akar and James Mattis exchanged a phone conversation late Aug. 7 to discuss an ongoing bilateral agreement on the Manbij province in Syria and the fight against terrorism, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
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Iran returns to the world

Iran moderated its Islamic aims to secure a strong regional position: it needs to open up to the world and fix its economy so ordinary Iranians, and most especially the young, can realise their aspirations. The Revolutionary Guard interventions in Syria and Iraq were Iran's first military victory outside its own borders in modern history. President Hassan Rohani declared the end of ISIS (Islamic State) on 21 November 2017, and General Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Al-Quds special (...) - 2018/02
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'Tip of the Iceberg': Amnesty Demands Independent Probe of Civilians Massacred During US 'Annihilation Tactics' in Raqqa

Andrea Germanos, staff writer Amnesty International on Monday is urging the U.S.-led military coalition targeting the Islamic State in Syria to launch an independent investigation into the full scale of civilian carnage it may have caused in its brutal Raqqa offensive last year.
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Will the UK reintroduce treason laws?

With ISIS in Syria and Iraq almost fully defeated, western nations now have to contend what to do with hundreds of fighters who left their shores to make the long journey to establish the caliphate
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US has launched over 500 strikes against the Islamic State since May

The majority of coalition strikes over the past three months have been concentrated in Abu Kamal, a critical border crossing on the southern border between Iraq and Syria.
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Would War With Iran Doom Trump?

A war with Iran would define, consume and potentially destroy the Trump presidency, but exhilarate the neocon never-Trumpers who most despise the man. Why, then, is President Donald Trump toying with such an idea? Looking back at Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, wars we began or plunged into, what was gained to justify the … Continue reading "Would War With Iran Doom Trump?" The post Would War With Iran Doom Trump? appeared first
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Syria rebel groups form new coalition as regime eyes Idlib

Rebel groups in Syria’s Idlib province on Wednesday announced the formation of a new coalition, as President Bashar al-Assad looks to turn his sights on the northwestern region.
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Syria: RSF calls on Japan and the international community to save Japanese journalist held hostage

News Japanese journalist, Jumpei Yasuda, held hostage in Syria for three years, reappeared yesterday in a third video dated July 25. RSF calls on Japan and the international community to save him. A third video of Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda , 44, who was kidnapped in Syria three years ago,
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US designates 3 members of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba as terrorists

The US Treasury and State Departments designated three members of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba as terrorists today. One of them was captured in Iraq in 2004 and held for a decade before he was transferred to Pakistan and released. Another has raised funds to send to Syria.
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Astana-format talks on Syria to discuss Idlib, release of detainees and constitutional commission

The delegation of the Syrian opposition wants to discuss the situation in Idlib province, the release of detainees as well as the constitutional commission at the Astana-format talks on Syria in the Russian resort city of Sochi on July 30-31, head of the
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Turkey to discuss Idlib ‘risk’ with Russia, Iran

Officials from Turkey, Russia and Iran began talks on July 30 in Russia’s Sochi city ahead of a 10th round of Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, slated for July 31. The Astana talks will address the latest situation in de-escalation zones in Syria’s Idlib, the return of refugees, the release of prisoners and the formation of a committee that will rewrite Syria’s constitution.
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U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish group says it agreed to chart roadmap with regime

The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), the political wing of the armed group the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said on July 28 that it and the Syrian government had decided at a meeting to form committees to develop negotiations to end violence in Syria
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Facebook releases Brexit campaign ads for the fake news inquiry – but what’s wrong with them?

“Save Our Cuppa. Vote Leave!” Facebook has released the digital ads sent out by Brexit campaigners during the EU referendum campaign. The documents, including nearly 1,600 advertisements, and over 130 artworks, are ads run by the official Brexit campaign, Vote Leave, another campaign group focusing on younger voters, BeLeave, and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party’s pro-Brexit group DUP Vote to Leave.
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Russia has plan for Syrian refugees, UN says return unsafe

Delegation headed by President Vladimir Putin's special envoy on Syria presents a proposal for the return of refugees in Lebanon, where one million registered Syrians are currently live.
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Erdoğan evaluates Syria situation ahead of Putin meeting in South Africa

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on July 25 said he will discuss developments in Syria with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during his trip to South Africa while evaluating what Ankara thinks about the progress in various parts of the war-torn country.
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Mai Skaf, a Syrian scream of hope

On her last Facebook post on Saturday, she wrote: “I will not lose hope; I will not lose hope. It is the Great Syria not Assad’s Syria.” This is how the brave Syrian actress Mai Skaf
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Syria slams ’criminal’ evacuation of White Helmets by Israel

The foreign ministry in Damascus condemned on Monday the evacuation of hundreds of trapped White Helmets rescue workers and their relatives from Syria’s south through its arch-foe and neighbour, Israel.
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How Syria and Ukraine Drove the Russia Hawks Insane

In Part 1 we referenced the infamous hysteria triggered in Salem Massachusetts by Betty Parris (age 9) and Abigail Williams (age 12). In 1692 their prepubescent imaginations were apparently more than capable of detecting the evil doings of witches at loose in their community; and a population hopped up with Calvinist enthusiasm for the supernatural … Continue reading "How Syria and Ukraine Drove the Russia Hawks Insane" The post How Syria and Ukraine Drove the
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Israeli strike in Aleppo Governorate kills IRGC-backed Syrians

On July 15, Israel struck a military position near the Nayrab airport outside of Aleppo city. The latest attack is a component of an expanded Israeli campaign against the Islamic Republic's assets in Syria.
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UNICEF: 55,000 children cut off from humanitarian assistance in southern Syria

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has renewed its call for safe and unconditional humanitarian access to reach children in need wherever they are, pointing to reports of 55,000 children cut off from humanitarian assistance in Quneitra, south of
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Turkey involved in creating new ID forms for Syrians who 'lost it all'

Opposition authorities are issuing new ID cards in northern Syria with help from neighboring Turkey, expanding their administration over territory that remains outside President Bashar al-Assad's expanding area of control.
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Syria’s encrypted messages to Jordan

Regional geopolitical requirements, along with internal political and security concerns, have been the main pillars of Jordanian policy vis-à-vis the Syrian crisis. The management of security
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Concern about health of Japanese journalist held hostage in Syria

News The Japanese phone and Internet company Nifty said in a note on its website today that a newly emerged video of Jumpei Yasuda, a Japanese journalist kidnapped in Syria three years ago, has fuelled hopes that he is still alive, although a comment has raised concern about his health. Nifty , which has not posted the video itself, said it was filmed last month, is 15 seconds long and contains a comment
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The BBC exposes Qatar

What’s new about the latest BBC report about Qatar’s conscious and planned funding of an exquisite formation of terror groups, both Sunni and Shiite, in Iraq and Syria is that it’s
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Erdoğan, Trump discuss Syria, bilateral judicial issues in phone call

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump held a phone call July 16 and discussed a road map for the Syrian city of Manbij, bilateral issues including jailed American pastor Andrew Brunson, who is set to appear in a Turkish court for the third time on July 18, and Fetullah Gülen, whom Turkish authorities want the U.S. to extradite.
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Emergency in southwest Syria: UN asked to protect dozens of journalists in danger

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is asking the United Nations and neighbouring countries to lose no time in guaranteeing the safety of several dozen journalists who have been exposed to extremely grave danger by the Syrian army’s advance on the demilitarized Quneitra region on the Israel border. Because of the particularly alarming situation of these journalists, who have been trapped in this southwestern part of Syria since the regime’s army retook the Deraa region,
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Islamic State targets rival jihadists and Islamists in northern Syria

The Islamic State has targeted key jihadist and Islamist leaders in Idlib province in recent weeks. The so-called caliphate's assassination campaign has focused on prominent figures in Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), as well as other groups.
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Syria rebels begin evacuating Daraa

Syrian rebels and their relatives began evacuating the southern city of Daraa on July15 under a deal to bring the “cradle” of the country’s uprising back under government control.
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The hawks come in to land

Democrats blamed their 2016 failure on the electoral system, fake news and even Russian collusion. The appointment of a hawk as Trump's new National Security Advisor doesn't entirely displease them. The bombing of Syria by the US, France and the UK, following the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain, has driven Russia-West relations to a new low. However, not everyone is displeased: the New York Times on 26 March published an editorial suggesting that the
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ECHO provides assistance to most vulnerable Palestine refugees in Syria

The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has provided humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable Palestine refugees in Syria.
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Lebanon and ‘the reconstruction of Syria’

There is flagrant Lebanese insolence in terms of relations with Syria and Syrians. There is this sentiment that reaches the extent of suffocation by the large number of Syrian refugees while at the
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Songs of victory by the so-called ‘Resistance’ atop Syrian corpses

The most important victory claimed by the “Axis of Resistance” in Syria is keeping President Bashar al-Assad as head of the regime as well as the victory against what they call
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Turkey wants to hold Syria meeting after Putin-Trump summit

Turkey wants to organize a small meeting on Syria after a highly anticipated summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, calling on all relevant international actors to exert efforts to create conditions to hold healthy polls in the war-torn country.
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Netanyahu, Putin, and Trump – Jockeying for Power in Syria

Russian bombs rained down on towns of southern Syria as an estimated 320,000 civilians fled for their lives. Over the past several weeks tens of thousands walked to the Jordanian and Israeli borders hoping to escape the onslaught. Rula Amin, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency UNHCR, based in Jordan, told me the displaced … Continue reading "Netanyahu, Putin, and Trump – Jockeying for Power in Syria" The post Netanyahu, Putin, and Trump –
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Iran will leave Syria, Iraq only if Baghdad, Damascus want it, aide to Khamenei says

A top aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on July 13 that Iran would immediately withdraw its “military advisers” from Syria and Iraq only if their governments wanted it to.
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The Daraa battle that has no horizon

Syria’s Daraa battle proved that there is a deep agreement between Russia, Israel and the US regarding South Syria. This agreement has allowed troops affiliated with Iran to participate in the
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Large ISIS Convoy Crosses over from Syria; 27 Killed in Iraq

Iraqi forces are preparing to fight a large group of militants who crossed over from Syria. The post Large ISIS Convoy Crosses over from Syria; 27 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original .
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