38 British Watchtowers Span Lebanon’s Borders: Who are They Really Watching?

Islam Times - The UK has constructed dozens of sophisticated watchtowers on the Lebanese–Syrian border in recent years. Ostensibly, the initial pretext was that the reason for the construction of these satellite-linked, fortified towers is to monitor the crossing or movement of individuals and vehicles, and therefore deter terrorist Takfiri groups from entering Lebanon from Syria.
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Iraq's Nujaba Says US Military Presence 'Absurd', Urges Govt. to Act

Islam Times - The official spokesman for Iraq’s Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba movement, which is part of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) or Hashd al-Sha’abi, has denounced the recent deadly US airstrikes on Iraqi resistance groups on the Iraq-Syria border, stressing that the Baghdad government must show its sovereignty and full ability to ensure Iraq’s national security and stability.
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Syria FM: Damascus Reserves “Unalienable Right” to Recover Occupied Golan Heights

Islam Times - Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has told the United Nations that the Damascus government reserves the right to wrest back control of the “Israeli”-occupied side of the Golan Heights, and that the deployment of the world body’s peacekeeping forces in the territory cannot replace an optimal solution to the problem.
| Syria |

Saudi Arabia: political solution the only way to solve Syria conflict

The only way to resolve the Syrian conflict is through a political solution in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister has said. Prince Faisal Bin Farhan made his comment during a joint ministerial meeting on Syria in Rome yesterday. "The absence of effective international will to solve the Syrian crisis," explained Bin Farhan, "contributed to
| Europe & Russia, International Organisations, Iran |

Syria: missile attack targets US troops

A missile attack targeted a base housing American forces in Syria on Monday, a spokesman for the US-led anti-Daesh coalition has revealed. Coalition Spokesman Colonel Wayne Marotto said that the US troops were attacked by multiple rockets but suffered no casualties. He added that "counter-battery artillery fire" was aimed at "rocket launching positions". The Syrian official news agency SANA quoted
| Asia & Americas, Middle East, News |

Iraqi Shiite Militias hit back at US Bases in Syria after Biden Air Raids; Why does US have Bases in Syria? Why Hasn’t it Left Iraq?

“The American forces launched missile bursts from two bases in the Al-Omar and Koniko field near the city of Al-Busaira in the northeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, which is under the control of the “Syrian Democratic Forces” towards the areas controlled by the Syrian regime and loyal forces south of the city of Al-Mayadin in the eastern countryside of Deir
| Featured, Iraq, Syria |

China and Russia Quiet about US Past Genocides and Ongoing Genocide in the Middle East and Africa

Albert Einstein wrote that in 1950, even before the CIA operation Mongoose10 had completed its control over everyone of any appreciable importance in American media and sources of information and in much of Western Europe and on the other continents, see the lengthy article: Worldwide Propaganda Network Built by the C.I.A. 12/26/1977, The New Times.11,12 China is accused of cultural genocide in
| Assassinations, China, Genocide |

Russian MiG-31s Armed With Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles Join Tu-22M3 Bombers In Syria

Russian Ministry of Defense Screencap A MiG-31K taxies at Khmeimim Air Base. Russian Ministry of Defense Screencap A pair of Tu-22M3s during the latest deployment to Syria. Both are armed with Kh-22 or Kh-32 series long-range cruise missiles. Russian Ministry of Defense Screencap Russian personnel attend to a Tu-22M3 at Khmeimim. Russian Ministry of Defense Screencap The Admiral Grigorovich class frigate Admiral Essen and Admiral Makarov. PHOTO ©
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UAE resumes flights to Syria

Direct flights between Syria's Damascus and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s cities of Dubai and Sharjah will resume on 20 June, the Syrian Ministry of Transport announced yesterday. In an official statement, the ministry said that the national airline, Syrian Air, will operate three flights to Sharjah and four to Dubai every week. In December 2018, the UAE reopened its
| Europe & Russia, Middle East, News |

Syria hospital hit in artillery attacks on Afrin, at least 13 killed

At least 13 people were killed and several wounded in two separate artillery attacks on the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Saturday, local medical sources and Turkey's government said, reports Reuters. The first attack struck a residential area, while the second hit a hospital shortly afterwards, civil defence sources said. Video footage on social media showed casualties amid the
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, France |

Syria slams US' 'persistent' support for Israel occupation

The Syrian Foreign Ministry yesterday rejected US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's remarks about the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan Heights and described them as an extension of Washington's support for Israel's ongoing occupation and aggression. On Monday, Blinken said that "as a practical matter, Israel has control of the Golan Heights, irrespective of its legal status, and that will have
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East |

Russia FM warns US over supporting separatists in Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday warned the United States over backing Syrian separatists, saying it "may end badly". Speaking at the Primakov Readings International Forum, Lavrov said: "We stress every time the illegality and illegitimacy of the American presence on Syrian territory, especially since this presence is accompanied by the looting of the natural resources of the Syrian Arab
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, Middle East |

Turkey and Russia consult on Syria and Libya

Turkish officials have met with their counterparts at the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow for consultations on the latest developments in Syria and Libya. According to the ministry, the delegations reaffirmed their commitment to the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Syria. Moreover, said Moscow, both sides expressed satisfaction with the implementation of the Russian-Turkish agreements aimed at maintaining the
| Africa, Europe & Russia, Libya |

Turkey crossing 'best for aid to Syria,' says US envoy

The US ambassador to the UN has said that Turkey's Cilvegozu border crossing is the "best" option for international NGOs to get aid into Syria, TRT World has reported. Linda Thomas-Greenfield spoke to journalists on Thursday following her visit to the World Food Programme distribution centre in the Reyhanli district of Turkey's southern Hatay province. The American diplomat said that
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, Middle East |

Presidential election in the Syrian Arab Republic

Islam Times- The Syrian presidential election was a celebration of victory in the face of external aggression. It confirmed the authority of Bashar al-Assad, not for his political ideas, but for his courage and tenacity as a warlord. The West, which lost this war, still does not accept it. Therefore, they consider this election as null and void. They persist
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Return of Iraqis seen as easing threat from Syria camp

The Iraqi government for the first time is expected to bring home about 100 Iraqi families from a sprawling camp in Syria next week, a move that US officials see as a hopeful sign in a long-frustrated effort to repatriate thousands from the camp, known as a breeding ground for young insurgents.
| Middle East |

Russia: OPCW Likely to Again Make Claims About Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

Islam Times - The Investigation and Identification Team (IIT) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) may announce the launch of another investigation into purported use of chemical weapons in Syria, Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy told a UN Security Council session on Tuesday.
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Syria and the escalation in US-Russia hostility

America has made it clear that it will not participate in any support that might reach the Syrian regime within the framework of the donors' conference for Syria in Brussels on Tuesday. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has cancelled his speech in the Belgian capital and called a conference for the international coalition against Daesh, also tomorrow. Meanwhile, the
| Article, Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia |

Rivals seeking to gain as Biden mulls approach to Syrian war

The Biden administration is mulling over America’s role in Syria’s ongoing conflict as the U.S. tries to break away from Middle East wars, but Vladimir Putin’s top diplomat already has been busy on the ground, trying to win support for a Syria approach that could establish Russia as a broker of security and power in the region.
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The War of Hunger is Taking Over From the War of Guns…and All Syrians are the Victims

“The war of hunger … scares me more than the war of guns,” says Ghassan Massoud, the Syrian actor famous for playing Saladin in the 2005 Ridley Scott film Kingdom of Heaven. A politically neutral and popular figure in Syria, Massoud is quoted as saying that government employees are earning 50,000 Syrian pounds ($13/£9) a month when they need 800,000
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Damascus: EU Responsible for Suffering and Bloodshed of Syrian People

Islam Times - Syria has affirmed that the EU is responsible for suffering and bloodshed of the Syrian people and their livelihood through its support for terrorism with all its forms in addition to the economic terrorism, affirming that the EU has no right to pretend caring about the Syrians, and it has no capacity to undertake any positive role.
| Syria |

Biden's War Policy Offers Chance for Change -- or More of the Same

Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images U.S. drone policy is arguably more important than ever in terms of setting the tone for the use of armed drones globally. “A review of the drone program is certainly what’s needed. But that review needs to be a real review — not one that simply asks whether we should go back to 2016 and policies as they were under
| National Security, Politics |

Roaming Charges: No Neanderthal Ever Bombed Syria

Joe Machin (WV)… 230,000 Jon Tester (MT)… 126,000 Jeanne Shaheen (NH)…146,000 Maggie Hassan (NH)….146,000 Angus King (ME)…158,000 Kyrsten Sinema (AZ)…840,000 Tom Carper (DE)…106,000 Chris Coons (DE)…106,000 See the paid-off local bottom feeders Passing themselves off as leaders Kiss the ladies shake hands with the fellows Open for business like a cheap bordello And they call it democracy….(The other Cockburn) Democrats 97-119 (or 45%-55% against) Republicans 0-209 Booked Up What I’m reading this week… Free Speech and the
| articles 2015, Leading Article, Roaming Charges |

Biden’s air strike plays into the hands of Iran’s hardliners, Israel, and Saudi Arabia

Benjamin Netanyahu and his government were not the only people who jumped for joy after Joe Biden ordered the air strike on the Syria/Iraq border yesterday. Hardliners in Iran were also pleased, because the U.S. attack may slow down the restoration of the Iran nuclear agreement, and relaxation of U.S./Iran tensions could weaken the hardliners in upcoming Iranian elections. Source
| Media Analysis, News, Biden |

Engaging the World: The Making of Hamas's Foreign Policy

On 4 February, representatives from the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, visited Moscow to inform the Russian government of the latest development in the unity talks with the other Palestinian factions, especially Fatah. This was not the first time that Hamas officials had travelled to Moscow on similar missions. In fact, Moscow continues to represent an important political breathing space for
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, ICC |

Russia condemns US airstrikes in Syria

The Kremlin announced on Friday that it is closely monitoring the situation in Syria in the wake of the US airstrikes in the country and maintaining close contact with the Syrian authorities. Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters via teleconference that he could not say whether the US had informed Moscow of its plans in advance, adding that communications on operations
| Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia, Middle East |

Court rules Daesh bride cannot return to UK

A UK-born woman who went to Syria as a schoolgirl to join Daesh should not be allowed to return to Britain to challenge the government taking away her citizenship because she poses a security risk, Britain's Supreme Court ruled today according to Reuters. Shamima Begum left London in 2015 when she was 15 and went to Syria via Turkey with two school
| Europe & Russia, Middle East, News |

Biden’s Latest Strike on Syria. The S-300 No-Show. The Russia-Israel De Facto Alliance?

All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the “Translate Website” drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). *** The Alt-Media Community is suspiciously silent about the S-300s’ no-show following … The post Biden’s Latest Strike on Syria. The S-300 No-Show. The Russia-Israel De Facto Alliance? appeared first on Global Research.
| English, Russia-Israel, S-300 |

Video: Two Truths and a Lie: US Patriot Missiles Leave Saudi Arabia for Syria

All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the “Translate Website” drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). *** The United States has deployed a Patriot defense battery to Syria’s … The post Video: Two Truths and a Lie: US Patriot Missiles Leave Saudi Arabia for Syria appeared first on Global Research.
| English, Saudi Arabia, Syria War |

Israel 'rewards' allies with surplus Covid-19 vaccines

Honduras, the Czech Republic, and Guatemala have all opened or promised to open diplomatic offices in Jerusalem. Israel is rewarding key allies, who have taken steps to recognise its contested sovereignty over Jerusalem , with surplus coronavirus  vaccines , according to a report by the country's public broadcaster. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday that Israel
| News |

Israel planning to 'use Covid-19 vaccines to buy normalisation'

The Israeli government could use the Covid-19 vaccine to establish relations with an undisclosed nation, an official said. Israel may donate precious Covid-19 vaccine doses to an undisclosed Arab country in return for  normalisation , the country's Army Radio reported on Sunday. The vaccines would be given to Arab states after its own inoculation efforts have concluded,
| News |

Another Brick In the Wall: Music Site’s Blocking Further Closes Off Chinese Internet

Nobody was surprised when Clubhouse, the viral app on which Chinese users shared their unfiltered views with global audiences, was blocked in China. Users had widely anticipated that Clubhouse would have to die. But the sudden blocking of Bandcamp, an international independent music platform, shocked Chinese and international observers. Together with the recent raid on Renren Yingshi, the subtitling group
| China & the World, Culture & the Arts, Information Revolution |

Syria Insight: Regime walk-out leads to new 'constitution crisis'

For some the constitutional talks were a last hope in ending the Syrian war peacefully. For others, it was another attempt by the regime to stall for time. The unexpected success of the fourth round of UN-backed Syrian Constitutional Committee talks in late 2020 meant that the next session, held in late January , came amid a rare atmosphere
| In-depth |

Citizen Lab Response to the U. N. Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries

The Citizen Lab’s response to the questionnaire of the U.N. Working Group on the use of mercenaries on the provision of military and security products and services in cyber space by cyber mercenaries and related actors and its human rights impact. In a recent report to the General Assembly (A/75/259), the Working Group on the use of mercenaries identified “cyber mercenaries”
| News, NSO Group, United Nations |

AHRC applauds Life for Relief and Rahma Worldwide

AHRC applauds Life for Relief and Rahma Worldwide The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) commends Life for Relief & Development (LIFE) and Rahma Worldwide for their recent humanitarian effort in Lebanon responding to an urgent call for relief. The aid was provided to Syrian and Palestinian refugees residing at camps in the city of Tyre... The post AHRC applauds Life for
| American Arabs, NewsWire, Syria |

Ten Steps Biden Can Take Toward Peace

When it comes to war, if personnel is policy, America is yet again in deep trouble. As retired Army Major Danny Sjursen recently pointed out at TomDispatch, when it comes to foreign policy, President Joe Biden’s new cabinet and advisers are well stocked with retired generals, reconstituted neocons, unapologetic hawks, and similar war enthusiasts. Biden himself has taken to asking God
| Uncategorized, biden administration, Cold War |

The U.S. Senate Is a Global Problem

Watching the Senate conduct the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump brought back a flood of memories from high school. I distinctly remember an earlier incarnation of those Trump-friendly Republican senators taking up their positions at the back of class to snicker, yawn ostentatiously, and otherwise disrupt the serious, well-researched presentations of their fellow students. Then, when it was their turn
| Democracy & Governance, Arms Control, Donald Trump |

Moscow's mercenaries: How Russia is swelling the global market for private military companies

Analysis: In an era of increasingly privatised warfare, Russia is spearheading the use of mercenaries to expand its influence. What do we think about when we hear the term 'mercenaries'? For the president of Mozambique , the word has only one meaning - control - and he is willing to pay handsomely for it. Examples from Africa, Syria and
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How should Turkey's military presence in northern Syria be assessed?

Analysis: Has Ankara's role in northern Syria made any positive impact, or will it ultimately be counterproductive? Turkey has retained a military presence across significant swathes of northern Syria since it launched its first cross-border operation into the region in 2016.  Many Arab Syrians in the areas Turkey holds are content with the situation: they see it as
| In-depth |

Russia, Turkey, Iran meet to discuss Syria conflict

Delegations from Russia, Turkey, and Iran are meeting in Sochi to discuss the Syria Constitutional Committee and the ceasefire in rebel-held Idlib province. Officials from  Russia , Turkey, and Iran will meet today in the Russian city of Sochi, as part of the Astana peace process, which seeks to find a solution to the conflict in Syria . 
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With the world distracted, Islamic State readies for a resurgence in Syria

Comment: The root causes of Islamic State in Syria were never adequately addressed, and now, as the world is distracted, a resurgence seems afoot, writes Sam Hamad. Though many took Trump's  triumphalist hyperbole on his administration's victory over the Islamic State group (IS) last year with a pinch of salt, the status of the group in Syria has slipped almost
| Comment |

Syria's White Helmets awarded funds to produce coronavirus prevention equipment

The award-winning NGO will produce millions of pieces of personal protective equipment to protect volunteers, healthcare workers and displaced Syrians from Covid-19. Syria 's Nobel Prize-nominated White Helmets have received more than $1 million in funding to produce lifesaving personal protective equipment  (PPE). The Syria Civil Defence , a volunteer first responder organisation popularly known
| News |

History whispers to blockading Arab states as GCC rift is resolved

Comment: As blockading states agree to end their irrational boycott of of Qatar, Rami Khouri highlights how diplomacy and statecraft also helped preserve the ancient Nabataean Arab Kingdom. This week's agreement to end the boycott  of Qatar by four Arab countries is important and historic, and reflects a striking combination of old ways and new realities in
| Comment |

Understanding U.S wars, ISIS and Qassem Soleimani’s assassination

Islam Times: while the ISIS was having field days destroying and taking over different towns and villages in Iraq and Syria, with the active support of the US and Israel, that General Qassim Soleimani emerged from the blues, when hope was almost lost by the people of Syria and Iraq, and with divine strength and support, he deteated the proxy
| The martyr of Quds |

In pictures: The Middle East bids farewell to 2020

Here's our look at how the region said farewell to a year of change and challenges. The past year presented the world with challenges unseen for generations. As fireworks displays lit up the skies of cities across the Middle East on Thursday evening, some celebrated while others braced and reflected on a year of change and challenges. For those in
| News |

Ankara seeks normalisation with EU in 2021: Turkish official

Ankara wants to mend its strained relations with the European Union this year, Deputy Foreign Minister Kaymakci said. Turkey hopes to normalise its strained relations with the European Union in 2021, the country's deputy foreign minister said on Thursday. Ankara expects "dialogue and engagement with no conditions" from the EU, explained Faruk Kaymakci. "2021 can
| News |

Democracies Don’t Start Wars. But Democrats Do

Islam Times - It may have been President Bill Clinton who once justified his wrecking of the Balkans by observing that liberal interventionism to bring about regime change is a good thing because “Democracies don’t start wars with other democracies.” Or it might have been George W. Bush talking about Iraq or even Barack Obama justifying his destruction of Libya
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Why rumours of a Biden-Erdogan showdown are greatly exaggerated

Analysis: Despite assumptions that Biden will pursue a more aggressive policy towards Turkey, Ankara could re-emerge as an invaluable ally for the new administration. The recent and long-expected US decision to sanction Turkey over its Russian S-400 missile system purchase under the CAATSA law has once again fuelled debate about what's next for US-Turkish relations.  The US decision to sanction
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