Iraq Proposes “Pay-To-Prosecute” for IS Foreign Fighters

by Joe Stork Somewhere between 800 and 900 Islamic State (ISIS or IS) fighters captured in Syria are reportedly neither Syrian nor Iraqi, and the question of what to do with them has become something of a political football. The… Continue Reading  
| Iraq, Belkis Wille, human rights |

The Sri Lanka Easter attacks shattered nearly a decade of peace

Even as some Sri Lankan Muslims were radicalised and went abroad to fight, the government seems to have missed the warning signs. Sri Lanka was less than three weeks away from commemorating a decade of relative peace when the Easter Sunday bombings killed at least 321. The goal of those behind the attack – worse than any conducted by the island’s
| News |

Video: Chemical Weapons Warehouse Exploded in Western Aleppo

A supposed chemical weapons warehouse of Al Qaeda affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) near the city of al-Atarib in western Aleppo exploded on April 20. According to pro-government sources, the warehouse was one of the sites where militants … The post Video: Chemical Weapons Warehouse Exploded in Western Aleppo appeared first on Global Research .
| English, chemical weapons, Syria |

Sri Lanka must tackle the religious intolerance that fuelled the Easter attacks

Religious intolerance has been on the rise in the country since the end of its civil war. This Easter Sunday, a message of life, hope and joy for Christian worshippers was marred by the news of a series of explosions targeting churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, striking a devastating blow to the country’s 1 million-strong Christian community as
| News |

US Defeat in Syria Transforms into Campaign of Spite. “ISIS Was a Creation of the West”

The US-engineered proxy war against Syria, beginning in 2011 and the crescendo of the so-called “Arab Spring,” has ended in all but absolute defeat for Washington. Its primary goal of overthrowing the Syrian government and/or rendering the nation divided and … The post US Defeat in Syria Transforms into Campaign of Spite. “ISIS Was a Creation of the West” appeared first on Global Research .
| English, ISIS, Syria |

President Assad Receives Russia’s Special Envoy to Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad received today in Damascus Mr. Alexander Lavrentiev and accompanying delegation which included Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Lavrentiev is an active Russian career diplomat with more focus on Astana talks between the Syrian state … The post President Assad Receives Russia’s Special Envoy to Syria appeared first on Global Research .
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The “Deal of the Century”: The Palestinian Cause Is behind Iran and Hezbollah’s Success

Israel is not preparing a military adventure against Gaza, Syria, Hezbollah or Iran because it is in fact already attaining its objectives both internationally and domestically.  Its military apparatus regularly hits targets in Syria with a calculated risk of retaliation … The post The “Deal of the Century”: The Palestinian Cause Is behind Iran and Hezbollah’s Success appeared first on Global Research .
| English |

Algeria and Sudan: The next (but not last) Arab Spring cycle

Algeria and Sudan: The next (but not last) Arab Spring cycle By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz State building takes decades not years. It is easier to topple dictators than regimes, and it is faster to change regimes than ideas. Protestors need to agree and organize to make a good transition to democracy. State building requires review of traditional values which are considered absolute, self evident or prescribed by the divine. The 2011 uprisings ousted entrenched rulers
| Arab World, Bloggers, Commentary |

Two Books for One Price: Combined Special Offers from Global Research Publishers

Global Research Publishers bring you a number of special offers on two-book combined purchases. Click on a link below to order the combined book offer of your choice: . .   *SPECIAL OFFER: Voices from Syria + The Dirty War on … The post Two Books for One Price: Combined Special Offers from Global Research Publishers appeared first
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Syria : Well-known Syrian citizen-journalist probably died in detention in 2013

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an investigation into the status of Ali Mahmoud Othman, a well-known Syrian citizen-journalist who disappeared after arrest in 2012. His family was recently told he died in detention on 30 December 2013 and is seeking official confirmation of his death and the return of his body.
| News |

The Mueller Report’s Lasting Damage to Trump

When transcripts of Richard Nixon’s Oval Office tapes were released during Watergate, they were punctuated by the White House with the prissy editing notation: “Expletive Deleted.” As edited by Attorney General William Barr’s blue pencil, the Mueller report has added a new phrase to the political lexicon: “Harm to Ongoing Matter.” Some of Barr’s redactions appear to be the legalistic equivalent of the cavalry riding over the hill to save Trump in the last reel of an old
| Robert Mueller, Politics, Donald Trump |

Arab Protests 2.0

by James M. Dorsey Momentous developments across Arab North and East Africa suggest the long-drawn-out process of political transition in the region as well as the greater Middle East is still in its infancy. So does popular discontent in Syria… Continue Reading  
| Analysis, Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi |

America’s tactic in Syria

For several months now, the Syrian issue has witnessed a political and military stalemate. The Idlib front has been the same since last September’s Sochi agreement between Russia and Turkey. Russia is unable to violate its terms, as this would affect several other issues, especially since Moscow seems to need Ankara more than Iran in the near future, as Turkey can change the balance of power within the municipality. As for the US withdrawal from east of the Euphrates and
| Article, Asia & Americas, Middle East |

Syria fuel crisis worsens as opposition and international coalition block illegal oil transfers

Areas under the control of the Syrian regime are facing a serious fuel crisis after an Iranian credit line was halted six months ago, intensifying the impact of international sanctions and opposition blockages. Shortages grew more acute a week ago, with hundreds of cars waiting in line at one Damascus petrol station daily, one witness said. Photographs showed snarled traffic for hundreds of metres, as new limits came into force; owners of private cars are now only allowed 20 litres
| Asia & Americas, Iran, Middle East |

Iran FM: We will tell Turkey outcome of meeting with Syria’s Assad

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said yesterday that he will present a report of his meeting with Syrian regime President Bashar Al-Assad to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “I had a long meeting with Assad in Syria. I will be presenting a report of these talks to Mr. Erdogan,” Zarif told reporters after a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Ankara. Zarif explained that there are a number of issues that Iran and Turkey do not fully
| Iran, Middle East, News |

Syrian refugees in desperate need for medical aid

Millions of civil war refugees in Syria are in desperate need of supplementary vitamins and medical aid, especially children and pregnant women, who are suffering from cholera.
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U.S. Continues Supplying Military Aid to Kurdish Forces in Northern Syria against Turkey, a US Ally and NATO Member State

The mass media has been widely covering the details of the disastrous humanitarian situation in Rukban refugee camp over recent months. By the way, the crisis in other sites deserves more considerable attention. Al-Hol refugee camp located in Al-Hasakah province … The post U.S. Continues Supplying Military Aid to Kurdish Forces in Northern Syria against Turkey, a US Ally and NATO Member State appeared first on Global Research .
| English |

The Strategy of Controlled Chaos

Everyone against everyone else – this is the media image of chaos which is spreading across the Southern shores of the Mediterranean, from Libya to Syria. It is a situation before which even Washington seems powerless. But in reality, Washington … The post The Strategy of Controlled Chaos appeared first on Global Research .
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Trump Is Expanding America’s Wars, Not Ending Them

He's failed to deliver his promised withdrawals from Afghanistan and Syria, vetoed an order to get out of Yemen, and expanded the U.S. bombing of Somalia, all while eyeing Iran.
| War & Peace, Afghan War, AFRICOM |

Bashar al-Assad’s uncle to face trial in France over property fraud

The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will stand trial in France for allegedly acquiring millions of euros worth of French property assets using funds diverted from the Syrian state, a judicial source said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Rifaat al-Assad is a former military commander, widely held responsible for crushing an Islamist uprising in 1982 against then-president Hafez al-Assad, Bashar’s father. Many thousands were killed. French judicial authorities suspect him of having unduly acquired real estate in several countries with
| France, Middle East, News |

Why should Syria’s Assad fear events in North Africa?

Until recently, Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad was seen as the dictator who succeeded in stopping the domino effect of Arab revolutions, which started from Tunisia at the end of 2010 and subsequently spread to Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Iraq. The regime did not hesitate to use all means necessary to stop the Syrian revolution and prevent its overthrow, including the use of chemical weapons and barrel bombs, as well as resorting to the use of sectarian militias and foreign armies. The
| Africa, Algeria, Article |

US issues new map showing Golan Heights as Israel territory

The US has issued a new map showing the occupied Syrian Golan Heights as Israeli territory, just three weeks after US President Donald Trump announced he would recognise the region as belonging to Israel. The US’ Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, yesterday tweeted a picture of the new map with the words “welcome to the newest addition of our international maps system after [President Trump] issued a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights”. Welcome to the
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East |

Al-Rukban camp officials: Syria regime turning refugee shelters into detention centres

The Syrian regime is turning temporary refugee shelters in Homs into detention centres comparable to Abu Ghraib, the Public Relations and Policy Committee of Al-Rukban refugee camp has said in a new statement. Officials running the camp on the Jordanian border condemned the treatment of returning refugees by the regime, who they say are lured to detention centres under the terms of reconciliation agreements, but often find themselves held there indefinitely. Official spokesman Shukri Al-Shehab, told Syrian news agency Zaman
| Europe & Russia, Middle East, News |

Russian, Algerian top diplomats discuss bilateral relations

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Algerian counterpart Sabri Bukadum have discussed the prospects of bilateral relations and conflict settlement in the Middle East and North Africa, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. “Special attention was paid to the current situation in Syria, Libya, as well as Western Sahara regulation in the run-up to its discussion at the UN Security Council. Moscow and Algeria have reaffirmed their commitment to unblock all conflict situations through political and diplomatic methods
| Africa, Algeria, Europe & Russia |

Why Notre Dame isn’t lost

Buildings help create our sense of permanence, and what to do when they are destroyed is a question with existential overtones. In reactions to the burning of Notre-Dame de Paris, one can see a sadness that is distinct from the direct horror of destruction. Unlike warzones such as Syria, or tragedies like the Grenfell Tower fire, the grief surrounding Notre Dame is less about
| News |

Official: Russia doing its best to set-up Syria’s Constitutional Committee

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin yesterday said his country is doing its utmost efforts to complete the formation of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in preparation for the next meeting in Kazakhstan. “We are doing this in coordination with the United Nations and the guarantors of the Astana format [Russia, Turkey and Iran],” he said, adding that a number of countries have expressed interest in joining the Astana format. The Russian official said there is a plan to hold a
| Europe & Russia, Middle East, News |

US to ensure PKK/YPG not threat in Syria safe zone: US envoy

Washington will work with Ankara to ensure the PKK/YPG do not create a threat to Turkey in the establishment of a safe zone in Syria next to the Turkish border, the U.S. special envoy to Syria said on April 15.
| Turkey |

If Ilhan Omar Is American, No One Is American, by James Kirkpatrick

It’s fitting that it is happening to Dan Crenshaw. The freshman representative from Texas, a former Navy SEAL, has defended America’s endless foreign interventions on the grounds that “we go there so they don’t come here”. [Why guys like me go to places like Syria, by Dan Crenshaw, Washington Post, December 21, 2019. Yet now...
| News |

Syria imposes new fuel rations as sanctions bite

Author:  AFP ID:  1555344535014587400 Mon, 2019-04-15 15:52 DAMASCUS: Damascus on Monday imposed new limits on subsidised petrol for cars and motorbikes in regime-held areas of Syria, in the latest bid to curb a fuel crisis it blames on Western sanctions. Owners of private cars would now be allowed just 20 liters (about 7.5 gallons) of fuel every
| News |

What is a War Crime?

A substantive approach to defining "war crimes" as serious violations of international humanitarian law could help bring a measure of justice in Syria and beyond. The post What is a War Crime? appeared first on Just Security .
| International Justice, IHL, Rome Statute |

Syria refugee, 9, commits suicide after being bullied in Canada

A Syrian family who fled to Canada have spoken out about the death of their nine-year-old daughter after she committed suicide last month as a result of being bullied at school. Amal Alshteiwi’s body was found by her mother on 6 March in their home in Calgary; in the weeks leading up to her death she had consistently complained of being physically and verbally abused by fellow classmates. The bullying continued despite changing schools, leaving Amal distraught “Two weeks before
| Canada, Middle East, News |

Red Cross seeks news on fate of three staff missing in Syria since 2013

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has appealed for information on the fate of three employees abducted in Syria more than five years ago and last known to have been held by ISIL.
| World |

Red Cross appeals for information on three staff missing in Syria since 2013

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) appealed on Sunday for information on the whereabouts of three employees abducted in Syria more than five years ago and last known to have been held by Daesh, Reuters reports. Breaking its silence on the case, the independent aid agency identified the three as Louisa Akavi, a nurse from New Zealand, and Syrian drivers Alaa Rajab and Nabil Bakdounes. US-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Daesh’s last territory in Syria last month, eliminating
| Afghanistan, Africa, Bosnia & Herzegovina |

Regime airstrike injures 5 civilians in Syria’s Idlib

Five civilians were injured in a regime airstrike in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, according to the White Helmets civil defence agency on Sunday, Anadolu Agency reported. The overnight attack targeted the towns of Urum al-Jawz and Bsanqul and Jabal al-Arabaeen, which overlooks the town of Ariha, it said. White Helmets said three children were among those injured in the attack. In September, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression would be
| Middle East, News, Syria |

Syria says 3 soldiers injured in Israeli airstrike

An Israeli airstrike on a military position in central Syria injured three soldiers on Saturday, the official SANA news agency said, Anadolu reports. SANA, citing a military source, said the attack targeted a military position near the town of Masyaf in the Hama province. Syrian air defenses shot down a number of missiles fired from Lebanese airspace, SANA said. There has been no comment from the Israeli military on the report. ‘BING!’ – Trump says he made Golan decision after
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Recap of Recent Pieces on Just Security (April 8-12)

Assange indictment and extradition, Russia probe, International Criminal Court and Afghanistan probe, Sri Lanka war crimes litigation, Syria war crimes prosecution, civilian casualties in U.S. wars, use of Artificial Intelligence in security clearances, Sudan, Pentagon’s transgender policy, Internet/social media regulation and Violent Extremism, "Fake News" and Free Expression, and even more! The post Recap of Recent Pieces on Just Security (April 8-12) appeared first on Just Security .
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Syria's air defenses intercept missiles near city of Hama

Israeli planes targeted a military position near the province of Hama in Syria on April 13, but Syrian air defenses intercepted and downed some of the rockets, Syrian state television said.
| World |

Video: Turkey Aims to Seize Tell Rifaat after Russian Forces Withdrawal

On April 11, the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate prevented a terrorist attack in the city of Homs. Local sources said that intelligence agents dismantled a remotely-controlled heavy improvised-explosive device, which was attached to a civilian vehicle near the Akramah al-Makhzomeh … The post Video: Turkey Aims to Seize Tell Rifaat after Russian Forces Withdrawal appeared first on Global Research .
| English, Syria, Tell Rifaat |

Where Trump’s and Bibi’s Interests Clash

On Monday, President Donald Trump designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, the first time the United States has designated part of another nation’s government as such a threat. Iran’s Supreme National Security Council responded by declaring U.S. Central Command a terrorist group. With 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and 2,000 in Syria, … Continue reading "Where Trump’s and Bibi’s Interests Clash" The post Where Trump’s and Bibi’s Interests Clash appeared first
| Uncategorized |

Assad regime attack kills 2 civilians in Syria’s Idlib

The Bashar al-Assad regime forces on Thursday struck civilian settlements in Idlib de-escalation zone of Syria, killing two people and wounding seven others, Anadolu reports. The White Helmets civil defence agency told Anadolu Agency that the regime forces and Iranian-backed terror groups targeted Lahaya village with mortar shots, artilleries and rockets. In September last year, Turkey and Russia hammered Sochi agreement to strengthen the ceasefire in Idlib de-escalation zone and Russia was committed to preventing Assad regime’s aggression as a guarantor.
| Europe & Russia, Middle East, News |

“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
| English, NO READ MORE LINK |

Snipers, starvation and death: Daesh ‘caliphate’ ended in bloodbath

Even when US coalition air strikes and artillery paused for people to evacuate during lulls in fighting, the killing did not stop in Daesh’s final enclave, Reuters reports. Snipers in areas controlled by Syria’s government near the village of Baghouz picked off women and children fetching water from the river or climbing the small hill to seek medical help in Kurdish-controlled territory, survivors said. People died from their wounds and children starved. “There were lines of bodies, men, women and
| Asia & Americas, Iraq, Middle East |

Maintaining UNRWA Installations, Maintaining Quality Services and Hope

Jerusalem /PNN/ 11 April 2019 The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) will embark on large-scale maintenance projects that will ensure that 268 schools and health centres in Syria, Jordan, Gaza, Lebanon and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, have sound construction and are accessible to all …
| International, #Ramallah, Bethlehem |

Nouriel Roubini, who predicted 2008 crisis, sees no imminent global recession

Author:  Frank Kane ID:  1555002573400031300 Thu, 2019-04-11 20:11 BAHRAIN: Nouriel Roubini, the economist who famously predicted the global financial crisis of 2008, believes the world is heading toward an era of the “new mediocre” where weakened growth will be the norm — but that it will avoid an imminent global recession. Speaking to Arab News on the
| News |

Free Julian Assange and All Political Prisoners

The American war against Iraq was among the more idiotic and gratuitous slaughters in human history. It was premised on lies, prosecuted by criminals and fools, outsourced to professional murderers and it isn’t over. In addition to those murdered directly and indirectly in the war, several million refugees were scattered across the Middle East, including over a million into Syria. ISIS grew from the ranks of the disbanded Iraqi army. This fiasco appeared as it was to all the world,
| articles 2015, Leading Article |

Accountability for War Crimes in Syria: The “Criminalization” Confusion

A new approach to defining what constitutes a "war crime" is needed to ensure domestic courts can provide accountability for war crimes committed in Syria. The post Accountability for War Crimes in Syria: The “Criminalization” Confusion appeared first on Just Security .
| International Justice, IHL, International Criminal Court |

US continuing support for YPG in Syria

The U.S.-led coalition against ISIL has delivered vehicles to depots belonging to the YPG in Deir-Ez Zor province in Syria, according to local sources who spoke anonymously because of safety concerns.
| World |

Iran Is Preparing to Link Tehran to the Mediterranean via a New Highway

The Islamic Republic of Iran is looking for new ways to link their capital, Tehran, with Syria´s Damascus and Iraq´s Baghdad. One of the proposed actions they are taking to make this a reality is the construction of new highways … The post Iran Is Preparing to Link Tehran to the Mediterranean via a New Highway appeared first on Global Research .
| English, Iran, iraq |