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US-led strikes kill 35 civilians in east Syria: monitor

US-led strikes kill 35 in east Syria, just days after monitor reports highest monthly civilian death toll for coalition.
2017-05-26 05:05 | News | Aljazeera

Cambodia: Syrian refugee secretly arrives from Australian detention on Nauru

A REFUGEE from Syria has become the seventh person to choose to resettle in Cambodia from Australia’s immigration detention centre on Nauru under an AU$55 million (US$40.8 million) deal struck in 2014, say reports. The post Cambodia: Syrian refugee secretly arrives from Australian detention on Nauru appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
2017-05-26 04:05 | Australia, Cambodia, News | AsianCorrespondent

US And Iran Edge Closer To Confrontation In Syria

By Joyce Karam The six-year cold peace that the US and Iran have operationally maintained in Syria could be approaching
2017-05-26 03:05 | 1, World News, Foreign Policy | EurasiaReview

Turkey says no record of Manchester bomber travelling to Syria

The suicide bomber who killed 22 people in Manchester passed through Istanbul on his way to Europe but there were no records of him entering Syria during his travels, Turkish security officials told Reuters on Thursday
2017-05-25 18:05 | Middle East | DailyStar

Syrian army advances south towards rebel-held area

The Syrian army said it had retaken a swathe of territory from ISIS in southern Syria Thursday in a rapid advance near areas held by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels at the border with Jordan and Iraq
2017-05-25 15:05 | Middle East | DailyStar

NATO will join anti-ISIS coalition: Stoltenberg

NATO will join the US-led coalition fighting ISIS, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday, ahead of a summit with President Donald Trump. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance would step up its fight against ISIS. “This will send a strong political message of NATO’s commitment to the fight against terrorism,” Stoltenberg said. He stressed this did not involve NATO taking on a combat role in the fight against ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. Trump
2017-05-25 14:05 | News | AbrarOnline

Saudis show angry response to pro-Iran remarks by Qatari emir

The Saudi and pro-Saudi media in the region showed harsh reactio to Qatari emir’s remarks that was denied later. The Qatari state TV’s nighttime newscast on Tuesday showed clips of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the ceremony with the anchor not mentioning the comments, though a scrolling ticker at the bottom of the screen had the remarks. They included calling Hamas ‘the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people,’ as well as saying Qatar had ‘strong relations’ with Iran and
2017-05-25 14:05 | News | AbrarOnline

Scahill & Greenwald: What If All Victims of War Received the Media Attention of Manchester Victims?

In Britain, police are expanding their investigation into Monday's suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 and left dozens injured. Many of those killed were young girls. While the Manchester story has dominated international headlines, far less attention has been paid to other stories this week involving the deaths of civilians. In Syria and Iraq, U.S.-led or backed airstrikes have killed dozens of civilians in the last week alone. Meanwhile, in Yemen, the human rights group Reprieve says U.S. Navy
2017-05-25 12:05 | News | DemocracyNow

SitRep: Trump in Brussels; NATO Joins ISIS Fight it’s Already Fighting; Navy Challenges China; Russian Spies Bragged About Flynn Contacts; Manchester Updates

By Paul McLeary with Adam Rawnsley Trump meets NATO. In a move meant primarily to appease President Donald Trump, NATO leaders said on Thursday that the alliance was joining the fight against the Islamic State. Every nation among the alliance’s 28 member states already support the effort in Iraq and Syria in some way, and ...
2017-05-25 11:05 | The Cable, China, Russia | ForeignPolicy

Syrian refugee crisis: All your questions answered

More than five million people have fled Syria since the conflict began, and half of them are children.
2017-05-25 10:05 | News | Aljazeera

US-Led Air Strikes Killed Record Number of Civilians in Syria

Air strikes carried out by the US and its coalition partners in Syria have killed the highest number of civilians on record since the bombing campaign began, a war monitor has said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group mostly advocating anti-government forces in the war in Syria, said on Tuesday that the US-led More
2017-05-25 08:05 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

How Islamic State clings on in Libya

LIKE their comrades in Iraq and Syria, the jihadists of Islamic State (IS) in Libya were in retreat earlier this year. Their branch, considered the most lethal outside the Levant, was pushed out of Sirte, its coastal stronghold, in December and hit hard by American bombers in January. The blows seemed to dispel the idea that, as the core of its “caliphate” crumbled, Libya might serve as a fallback base for IS. But although the jihadists are down in
2017-05-25 07:05 | News | Economist

Manchester Bomber Was Product of West’s Libya/Syria Intervention

Here’s what the media and politicians don’t want you to know about the Manchester, UK, suicide attack: Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old who killed nearly two dozen concert-goers in Manchester, UK, was the product of the US and UK overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya and “regime change” policy in Syria. He was a radicalized Libyan whose […]
2017-05-25 06:05 | Uncategorized | AntiWar

Manchester Bomber Was Product Of West’s Libya/Syria Intervention – OpEd

Here’s what the media and politicians don’t want you to know about the Manchester, UK, suicide attack: Salman Abedi, the
2017-05-25 03:05 | 1, Opinion, Iraq | EurasiaReview

Independent Journalists Reveal America’s Sinister War in Syria

Syria is not experiencing a “civil war.” It is being targeted by both proxy and direct military force organized by the United States and its allies for the explicit purpose of dividing and destroying yet another Middle Eastern nation. Worse than that, the United States is employing tactics to transform Syria’s heterogeneous multi-ethnic and religious […]
2017-05-25 02:05 | \The West\, Iraq, Libya | DissidentVoice

U.S. to step up sanctions on Iran, Syria, NKorea

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers Wednesday that his department would work to increase sanctions pressure on Iran, Syria and North Korea and is reviewing licenses needed for Boeing Co and Airbus to sell aircraft to Iran.
2017-05-25 00:05 | Middle East | DailyStar

Kurdish independence in Iraq likely ‘not if but when’: U.S. general

An Iraqi Kurdish push for independence from Baghdad appears The DIA’s director, Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, told a Senate hearing that the ability of Iraq’s Kurds to reach an understanding with the Shi’ite-dominated government in Baghdad would be essential to avoid renewed conflict. “Kurdish independence is on a trajectory where it is probably not if but when. And it will complicate the situation unless there’s an agreement in Baghdad,” said Stewart, whose role is to provide intelligence assessments and not
2017-05-24 15:05 | News | AbrarOnline

Gulf rift reopens as Qatar decries fake comments by Emir

Qatar said hackers posted fake remarks by its Emir criticizing U.S. In an unusual twist, other Gulf Arab countries including oil giant Saudi Arabia permitted their state-backed media to run the remarks attributed to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Qatar’s official news agency even after Doha had issued a robust denial. The development risked reviving a 2014 rift between Qatar and other Gulf states over Doha’s backing for Islamists, and suggest behind-the-scenes disarray among U.S. Gulf allies just days
2017-05-24 15:05 | News | AbrarOnline

Inside Syria: How life goes on in a besieged town

Civilians in Erbin, one of Eastern Ghouta's besieged communities, live with no water, electricity or public services.
2017-05-24 14:05 | News | Aljazeera

Mideast: Growing Urbanisation Worsens Water Scarcity, Food Imports

Conflict and insecurity remain the key barriers to development progress in the Middle East and North Africa. In Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, about half the population—around 40 million people—require humanitarian assistance. Across the region, countries depend heavily on food imports. As their populations urbanise and grow, the need for imports will increase. These are […]
2017-05-24 13:05 | Armed Conflicts, Development & Aid, Environment | IPSnews

Are the U.S. and Iran on a Collision Course in Syria?

With Iran and its Shiite proxies determined to thwart American influence in Syria, Washington could soon find itself fighting a second front.
2017-05-24 11:05 | Report, Iran, ISIS | ForeignPolicy

US Airdrops Forces in Eastern Syria, Launching ‘Operation Desert Volcano’

The US-led international coalition forces have conducted an airdrop of forces in east Syria against ISIS, killing eight militants, as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) kicked off its “desert volcano” battle to remove “Iranian militias” from the so-called triangle area where the borders of Jordan, Syria and Iraq meet.
2017-05-24 09:05 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Conflict in Syria | AlBawaba

Lessons From a Modern Greek Tragedy

Trump has just inked a deal for $110 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia. The first installment of a longer term $350 billion deal. No sane person can believe that this will lead to anything but an escalation of violence in a region that is already in flames. In Yemen as a result of relentless Saudi bombing 17 million people are faced with famine and there is an incipient cholera epidemic. Lybia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, are all in economic tatters
2017-05-24 08:05 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Chemical experts found sarin exposure in Syria attack: UN

A team from the international chemical weapons watchdog found exposure "to sarin or a sarin-like substance" in samples from an April 4 attack in northern Syria that killed over 90 people and now wants to visit the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, a senior U.N. official said Tuesday.
2017-05-24 08:05 | Middle East | DailyStar

U.N. seeks security for Syria gas attacks investigators

The United Nations is working to obtain security assurances needed to dispatch an international team of experts to the site of last month’s suspected sarin gas attack in Syria, a U.N. official said Tuesday.
2017-05-24 00:05 | Middle East | DailyStar

Syria: Suicide car bombs hit Homs city, Damascus suburb

At least four people are reported dead after a car bomb goes off in Homs, as a second explosion hits a Damascus suburb.
2017-05-23 20:05 | News | Aljazeera

Daesh Claims Two Deadly Syria Attacks

Daesh claimed Tuesday a blast in a regime-held area in Syria's central province of Homs that killed at least six people, as well as an attack on a checkpoint near Damascus. The death toll in Homs includes the two suicide bombers, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told dpa, adding that at least 20 other people were injured in the attack. The blast occurred in the predominantly Alawite al-Zahra neighbourhood, located east of the city of Homs. Syrian
2017-05-23 19:05 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Syria | AlBawaba

Syrian Refugees Scapegoats for Lebanese Government’s Failings

On Monday 10 April 2017, the UNHCR announced that the Lebanese army had ordered the eviction of 10,000 refugees living in the Bekaa Valley in informal settlements. Citing "security reasons", the army told the refugees living close to the Rayak Military Air Base that they would have to relocate.
2017-05-23 17:05 | NEWS, Lebanon and Syria, Opinions and Editorials | AlBawaba

Europe In The Crosshairs: Islamic State’s Revenge For Betrayal In Syria – OpEd

Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in August 2011 to June 2014, when the Islamic State overran Mosul
2017-05-23 17:05 | 1, Opinion, Ariana Grande | EurasiaReview

Suicide bomber kills at least 22, including children, at Ariana Grande concert in Britain

A suicide bomber killed at least 22 people and wounded 59 at a packed concert hall in the English city of Manchester in what Prime Minister Theresa May called a sickening act targeting children and young people. May said police believed they knew the identity of the bomber and police then said a 23-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the attack carried out late on Monday evening as people began leaving a concert given by Ariana Grande, a
2017-05-23 15:05 | News | AbrarOnline

Bahrain police open fire on sit-in protesters, 1 killed: witnesses

Bahrain police on Tuesday opened fire on a long-running sit-in in support of a leading Shiite cleric in the Sunni-ruled [persian] Gulf state, hit by years of unrest. A protester was killed Tuesday in a Bahraini police raid on a sit-in by supporters of a leading Shiite cleric put on trial in the [persian] Gulf state, a rights group said. The Britain-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy reported the “tragic death of a peaceful protester in the crackdown” in
2017-05-23 14:05 | News | AbrarOnline

Democracy Watchdog Turns Up Heat on White House to Answer for 'Illegal' Syria Strike

Nadia Prupis, staff writer A watchdog group on Monday stepped up its efforts to get the Trump administration to answer for its military strike on Syria in April.
2017-05-23 14:05 | News | CommonDreams

Manchester Attacks: What Price Hypocrisy?

The lack of a coherent anti-terrorism strategy in Washington and by extension the West, as emergency services deal with the devastating aftermath of yet another terrorist atrocity in Europe – this time a suicide bomb attack at a concert in Manchester, England - has been thrown into sharp relief during President Trump’s tour of the Middle East.    Specifically, on what planet can Iran be credibly accused of funding and supporting terrorism while Saudi Arabia is considered a viable partner in the fight against terrorism? This
2017-05-23 13:05 | articles 2015, Leading Article | CounterPunch

Can Trump Salvage His Presidency in Syria’s War?

The political noose is tightening around Trump’s neck, and he’s got only one way out: war. The U.S. involvement in the Syrian war is accelerating as Trump’s talons dig deeper into the conflict. If he successfully clutches his prey he stands a chance of clinging to the presidency. The Democrats, now circling a wounded Trump, will happily feast instead on a rotting Syria: the only thing that can keep the Democrats from destroying Trump is if Trump destroys
2017-05-23 09:05 | articles 2015, Leading Article | CounterPunch

Trump in Riyadh: an Arab NATO Against Syria and Iran

1) Trump builds on the theory of terrorism as a battle between Good and Evil. That’s the single most useless theory to explain conflicts and violence. He obviously has no intellectuals around to help him. 2) Trump blames Iran for all terrorism and the wars in both the wars in Syria and Yemen. He wants the world to isolate Iran. More
2017-05-23 08:05 | articles 2015 | CounterPunch

Who and where are the Kurds?

One of the world's largest stateless people that reside primarily in mountainous regions of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey
2017-05-23 06:05 | News | Aljazeera

Former Syrian Militant On Trial for War Crimes in Germany

A court in Germany has put on trial a former Syrian militant leader , who stands accused of allegedly leading a rebel group responsible for torture and killings of civilians supporting the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
2017-05-23 06:05 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Conflict in Syria | AlBawaba

Russia’s Hearts-and-Minds Campaign in Syria Is Aimed at Home

The country's latest humanitarian efforts in the Middle East are designed to win over its own increasingly testy Muslims.
2017-05-22 21:05 | Dispatch, Eastern Europe, Islam | ForeignPolicy

Russia’s Hearts-and-Minds Campaign in Syria Is Aimed at Home

The country's latest humanitarian efforts in the Middle East are designed to win over its own increasingly testy Muslims.
2017-05-22 21:05 | Dispatch, Eastern Europe, Islam | ForeignPolicy

Over 31 million people displaced by conflicts, disasters in 2016

Conflict, violence and disasters caused 31.1 million new internal displacements in 2016, according to a new report released Monday by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Of the 6.9 million new internal displacements caused by conflict in 2016, 2.6 million took place in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Global Report on Internal Displacement. The Democratic Republic of the Congo was the country worst affected, with a spike of 922,000 new displacements during the year
2017-05-22 16:05 | News | AbrarOnline

Germany urges Iran to stop supporting militants in Syria and Iraq

Iran must stop supporting armed groups in Syria and Iraq that contribute to the destabilization of the Middle East if it wants good relations with the West, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday.
2017-05-22 16:05 | Middle East | DailyStar

Egypt: 48 Daesh Suspects Referred to Military Court Over Church Bombings

The Egyptian military judiciary on Sunday received 48 suspects for involvement in three deadly church bombings. The suspects are believed to be members of the Daesh terrorist group, which is mostly active in Iraq and Syria.
2017-05-22 11:05 | NEWS, Main Headlines, Egypt | AlBawaba

If Trump does nothing, 50% of South Sudan's population could soon be gone | Payton Knopf

The consequences of South Sudan’s conflict are significant for US interests. Peace could be an early win for the Trump administration Crimes against humanity. Mass atrocities. Mass displacement. While these terms accurately describe the conflict in Syria, they are equally applicable to South Sudan’s continuing civil war. Left to its present trajectory of displacement and famine, roughly half of South Sudan’s population will have died of starvation or fled the country by the war’s fourth anniversary in
2017-05-22 10:05 | South Sudan, Africa, World news | Guardian

No Peace In Middle East Without Defeating Islamic State

Syria is at a critical crossroads as the battle continues against the so-called Islamic State. What will happen next in The post No Peace In Middle East Without Defeating Islamic State appeared first on Eurasia Review .
2017-05-22 03:05 | 1, World News, Donald Trump | EurasiaReview

On Being Presidential, Special Prosecutors, And The Judgment Of History – OpEd

By Dr. Arshad M. Khan* There is in the U.S. a certain notion of being presidential. Toss missiles at Syria The post On Being Presidential, Special Prosecutors, And The Judgment Of History – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review .
2017-05-22 00:05 | 1, Opinion, Donald Trump | EurasiaReview

Syrian Prison Executions – Anatomy of a Smear Campaign

Syria has long been a pebble in the shoe for America, unwillingly to get with the program. Recalcitrant, stubbornly independent. Hafez al-Assad, father of current president Bashar al-Assad, founded modern-day Syria as a secular state back in 1970. His biggest mistake (in the U.S. book) was to side with the Soviet Union. Fast forward to […]
2017-05-20 06:05 | Uncategorized | AntiWar

Israeli Intelligence Furious Over Trump’s Loose Lips

As the U.S. president heads to Israel for a show of unity, the country’s spies are alarmed at his disclosures to the Russians.
2017-05-19 19:05 | Report, Intelligence, Iran | ForeignPolicy

To Assuage Russia, Obama Administration Backed Off Syria Chemical Weapons Plan

The campaign to punish Assad for attacking his people with chlorine bombs took a back seat to Kerry's diplomacy with Moscow
2017-05-19 17:05 | Exclusive, Barack Obama, John Kerry | ForeignPolicy

Russia says U.S. Syria strike unacceptable violation of sovereignty

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Friday that a U.S. military strike the previous day against militia supported by the Syrian government was an unacceptable violation of Syria’s sovereignty, Russian news agencies reported. Gatilov, who was speaking in Geneva, was cited as saying that the U.S. strike would hamper efforts to find a political solution to the conflict there. “Any military action leading to an escalation of the situation in Syria has an impact on the political process,” agencies
2017-05-19 13:05 | News | AbrarOnline

Iran’s complicated but resistible influence in Syria

On Thursday, the United States conducted air strikes on Iran-backed Shiite militia groups fighting alongside the Bashar Assad regime in Syria. Indeed, since responding to the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun in early April, the Trump administration is reportedly debating escalating U.S. involvement there and, while Thursday’s airstrike was aimed at repelling…
2017-05-19 13:05 | News | Brookings