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Turkish Reinforcements Arrive on Syrian Border

Ankara (GPA) – US forces are beginning to worry about a new front in the Syrian war as Turkish reinforcements arrive on the border of Kurdish controlled Afrin. Turkey has been exchanging rocket and artillery fire with the US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria in recent weeks, and it now looks like Ankara is seeking to expand operations. Turkey […]

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Vladimir Putin, at Wit’s End with Washington, Opts for Poker over Chess

Moscow (SCF) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a calculated bet that the embattled Trump administration will interpret his expulsion of hundreds of US diplomats from Russia as more of a friendly warning than an overtly hostile act. As US lawmakers on the weekend sent to President Trump’s desk a bill that would make […]

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Why Trump Must Sign the New Russia Sanctions Bill

Washington, D.C. (Duran) – The neo-con establishment has deprived the president of foreign policy authority, locking in sanctions by act of congress. Despite the White House’s apparent opposition, the US congress has passed a new sanctions package against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. Donald Trump seems destined to sign the legislation – and in fact, he has little […]

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Russia Expelling US Diplomats as Response to Latest Sanctions

Moscow (GPA) – Triggered by a new round of sanctions, Russia expelling US diplomats comes as the predictable – though long delayed – response to one of Obama’s last geopolitical moves. Following Congress’ passage of new sanctions targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea, Russia has responded by issuing an order to the US, and several other countries, […]

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Russian Airbase in Syria Renewed for Another 50 Years

Damascus (MEE) – The base has been central to Moscow’s military campaign in Syria. Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost half a century, official documents show. Related: China Joins With Russia In Calls For Investigation Into Syrian Chemical Weapon Claims The […]

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Russia deploys Military Police to Monitor Syria ‘De-escalation Zones’

Damascus (MEE) – Russian police will set up checkpoints in Eastern Ghouta and southwest Syria. Russia has deployed military police to monitor two safe zones being established in Syria, it was announced on Monday, with officials touting it as a new era of US cooperation. Senior commander Sergei Rudskoi said Russian forces had set up checkpoints and observation […]

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Moscow, Baghdad Sign Huge Arms Deal

Baghdad  (SCF) – It was reported on July 20 that Russia and Iraq have struck a deal on supplying a large batch of T-90 tanks. Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian president’s aide for military technical cooperation, confirmed the agreement but declined to provide details, saying only «the number of tanks is substantial». Russian military analyst Ruslan Pukhov told Russian newspaper Izvestia that the […]

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Russia to Venezuelan Opposition: “Violence Is a Dead-End Road”

Moscow (TeleSUR) – The Russian government has called for an end to violent right-wing protests that have left nearly 96 people dead. The Russian government has warned the Venezuelan opposition from pursuing its violent campaign against the Maduro government, describing the opposition tactics as “extremely dangerous.” Russian Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Artyom Kozhin said Thursday that “the steps […]

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Analysis: DNC Servers Were Locally Hacked, Making Russian Interference Unlikely

Washington D.C. (MPN) – The “Russiagate” scandal has dominated headlines and airwaves for months now, with politicians and analysts lining up to pin last year’s election meddling on Russian spies. But an independent investigator’s new analysis lays the blame at the feet of a hacker closer to home. In the latest complication for the “Russiagate” […]

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Moscow May Expel about 30 US Diplomats; Freeze Some US Assets in Russia

Moscow (Tasnim) – Russia may decide to expel about 30 US diplomats and freeze some US assets over the situation over the Russian diplomatic facilities closed down in the United States, media reported on Tuesday. Two diplomatic compounds belonging to Russia were closed down at the end of 2016 as part of the sanctions introduced […]

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