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Damascus (TM) – Syrian government troops backed by Russian forces have sent extra troops toward the city of Manbij in coordination with the militia that controls it, a militia spokesman said, as Turkish-backed Syrian rebels said they were preparing to attack it, Reuters reported. The deployment was coordinated with the US-backed militia inContinue Reading

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Washington D.C. (GPA) – Everyone knows U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has more to do with destabilization than diplomacy. Whether arming terror states like Israel and Saudi Arabia or flattening entire countries like Libya and Iraq, American intervention is pretty much always a humanitarian disaster. At times, thisContinue Reading

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Ankara (GPA) –  With Turkish threats to move on US positions near Manbij and France contemplating deploying more soldiers to aid Kurdish forces in Northern Syria, there is a growing likelihood Turkey may end up confronting one or both NATO allies. The situation on the ground in Syria may always be changing rapidlyContinue Reading

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Damascus (AHT) – While Syria makes progress in freeing areas of the country from foreign-supported terrorist groups, with invaluable assistance from Iran and Russia, the United States is seeking alternate ways to maintain its own presence there. The defeat of ‘rebel’ groups is not good news for the U.S., since it armsContinue Reading

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Washington D.C. (FAIR) – In the Guardian (2/10/18), Simon Tisdall described the US and its Western partners as “hovering passively on the sidelines in Syria,” and “restricting themselves to counterterrorism operations and vain calls for peace.” ABC’s Conor Finnegan (2/26/18) expressed concern that “the US will remain on the sidelines” in the country.Continue Reading

Damascus (GPA) – A Russian jet was shot down above the Idlib deescalation zone over the weekend by rebels connected to Al Qaeda. Saturday afternoon saw the downing of a Russian Su-25 by Tahrir al-Sham, a rebel group tied to the Turkish-backed faction of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) as well asContinue Reading

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Ankara (GPA) – Turkish troops began crossing the border near Afrin on Sunday as a part of a campaign deemed “Operation Olive Branch.” After over a week of cross-border shelling by Turkish artillery and then a flurry of airstrikes that allegedly took out 153 Kurdish targets, Turkey has finally begun sending ground troopsContinue Reading

Damascus (GPA) – Several terrorist groups in Syria claim to have shot down a Syrian jet, likely using a US missile system. Tahrir al-Sham (the Syrian branch of al Qaeda), and the Free Idlib Army (an offshoot of the Free Syrian Army) took responsibility for shooting down a Syrian jetContinue Reading

Damascus (GPA) – In an effort to protect their “moderate rebel” friends, Turkey has launched a new military operation in; violating the national sovereignty of Syria. Last week, Turkey deployed troops into the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib. According to Ankara, the operation is meant to ensure the area’s status as aContinue Reading