Qatar Emir urges international community not to neglect Syria

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, yesterday urged the international community not to neglect the Syrian issue. Speaking at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Sheikh Tamim said this year marked a decade since the start of the Syrian civil war while the crisis continues to pose "immense perils", including the increased
| Middle East, News, Qatar |

US drone strikes kill senior Al-Qaeda figure in Syria

Drone strikes by the United States-led international coalition have killed a commander reportedly belonging to Al-Qaeda in the north-west Syrian province of Idlib. After initially telling the AFP news agency that it had not conducted any strikes on Idlib, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) then acknowledged that it had killed an Al-Qaeda official in the province. In a statement yesterday, CENTCOM spokeswoman
| Asia & Americas, Middle East, News |

Jordan: chief of staff meets Syrian defence minister over border security

Jordan's chief of staff met with the Syrian defence minister in Amman yesterday to discuss border security, Hala Akhbar has reported. The meeting between Jordan's General Yousef Huneiti and General Ali Ayoub looked at ways to "increase coordination in border security" in the interests of both countries. The agenda included the recent fighting in southern Syria as well as drug
| Jordan, Middle East, News |

Iran will supply Lebanon with more fuel, if requested

Iran will provide Lebanon with additional fuel whenever the Lebanese government requests it, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said yesterday. "Iran is determined to cooperate with and assist friendly governments. In this case, there was a request from Lebanese businessmen. The buying and selling process took place normally and the shipment had been sent," Khatibzadeh said. "If the Lebanese government wants
| Asia & Americas, Iran, Lebanon |

Morocco backs de Mistura as UN envoy for Western Sahara

Morocco's ambassador to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, announced on Wednesday that the Kingdom has agreed to the appointment of Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura as the Secretary-General's envoy to disputed Western Sahara. "Morocco was consulted beforehand about this appointment and has already notified Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of its approval," explained Hilale. "The Kingdom's approval stems from its constant trust
| Africa, Algeria, International Organisations |

Ex-Lebanon FM says relation with Syria will resume

Lebanon's former Foreign Minister and head of the Free Patriotic Movement, Gebran Bassil, said by virtue of nature and geography, the relationship between his country and Syria will resume. Bassil denied claims that Lebanon's new government had been formed after contact between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Iranian counterpart Ibrahim Raisi. "The situation needs a real change, at least the wrong
| Europe & Russia, France, Iran |

How Tucker Carlson Lost It

The transformation of The Daily Caller is the Rosetta Stone moment of Carlson’s career, a period during which he learned his lesson. He never sought respectability again. From left: On CNN’s “Crossfire” in 2004, Tucker Carlson and co-host Paul Begala flank guest Jon Stewart, who put them down; Carlson was booed at the Conservative Political Action Conference in D.C. in 2009; an infamous 2015 article on his
| The Soapbox, Politics, Magazine |

'My gun is my body', says Syrian dancer Nidal Abdo

For a Palestinian-Syrian-Ukrainian who grew up in the largest refugee camp in Syria, becoming a dancer doesn't strike me as the most obvious career choice. Yet of the three main dance companies in Syria, the choreographers that founded them were all Palestinians who were born and raised in Yarmouk camp. "This gave a lot of motivation for the men and
| Europe & Russia, France, Interviews |

Lebanon vows not to deport detained Syrian refugees

Lebanon has vowed that it will not deport six Syrian refugees, following an outcry by human rights organisations fearing that they could be detained and tortured by the Syrian authorities. The six men entered the country irregularly and illegally. They were arrested and detained by Lebanese intelligence two weeks ago as they went to the Syrian Embassy to collect their
| Lebanon, Middle East, News |

France upholds prison term for Bashar Al-Assad's uncle

The Paris Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a four-year prison sentence against Rifaat Al-Assad, the uncle of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, for "misappropriating public funds and money laundering". Last year, the Paris Criminal Court sentenced Rifaat to four years in prison for crimes he committed between 1996-2016. The court also confiscated his assets in France which are estimated to be worth €90
| Europe & Russia, France, Middle East |

Syria and Lebanon’s Unbreakable Brotherhood: Against All Odds!

Islam Times - Unique of its kind, Hermel’s Al Assi river in north Lebanon, flows upwards towards Syria opposing the logical direction of any river and links between the Syrian and Lebanese borders. The link between the two neighbors is fed with social and political factors that has long bonded both countries for hundred years to date.
| Lebanon |

Syria and Lebanon’s Unbreakable Brotherhood: Against All Odds!

Islam Times - Unique of its kind, Hermel’s Al Assi river in north Lebanon, flows upwards towards Syria opposing the logical direction of any river and links between the Syrian and Lebanese borders. The link between the two neighbors is fed with social and political factors that has long bonded both countries for hundred years to date.
| Lebanon |

Recap of Recent Articles on Just Security (August 28-September 3)

Afghanistan The International Criminal Court and Afghanistan by Andrew Hilland (@Andrew_Hilland) and Catherine Gilfedder Aligning Sanctions Laws with Humanitarian Principles: Pre-authorizing Aid in Afghanistan and Other Crises by Rachel Alpert How the International Community Can Protect Afghan Women and Girls by Heather Barr (@heatherbarr1) What the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan Could Mean for Guantanamo Detainees and the Due Process Clause by Jonathan Hafetz (@JonathanHafetz) Attack on U.S. Capitol Why a
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The Telltale Trail of the US Military’s New ‘Bladed’ Missile

Few knew at the time that this was the hallmark of the R9X Hellfire missile, about which there has since been much reporting in international media. That’s because it carries no explosives.The missile instead destroys its target using its kinetic energy and six blades that are deployed from the missile before impact. This minimises the missile’s area of effect, ostensibly
| Conflict/Crime, World News/International, Conflict |

Africa: In Search of Advantages - Israel's Observer Status in the African Union

[The Conversation Africa] Since its establishment as a state in 1948, Israel has placed great importance on foreign policy. This is because it had been under a political and economic boycott by surrounding Arab states. The boycott has been falling apart since the 1979 peace treaty with Egypt. But it is still in place with countries such as Syria, Lebanon,
| News |

Biden-Putin, a Yalta II rather than a new Berlin

Islam Times- The United States, defeated in Syria, went to Geneva to accept the conditions of the winner, Russia. The summit of June 16, 2021 should put an end to hostilities on the condition that the Biden Administration holds its troops. Western Europeans will have to pay the bill. China is confirmed in its position as Russia’s partner.
| US |

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.
| UK |

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.
| Iraq |

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
| Syria |

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.
| Russia |

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.
| Middle East |

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 |

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 |