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As ISIS Nears Defeat, Old Rivalries Flare Up With Oil at Stake

In 2014, when Islamic State rushed into northern Iraq, the region’s rival factions and their international backers turned their attention to defeating the extremists despite old rivalries, sectarian divisions, and differing agendas. Three years later, as Islamic State nears defeat, having been expelled from its stronghold of Mosul and its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, many […]

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Al-Assad survives to rule over almost unrecognizable nation

With his political survival all but assured, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife, Asma, are back to acting presidential, making bread at a bakery in Hama Province, checking out a dairy in Tartus and comforting wounded soldiers at their home. After six years of civil war, the images of a beaming, confident al-Assad are […]

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‘Like Berlin 1945’: Russia, U.S. Race for Last Corner of Syria

A few miles apart in the Euphrates River valley, Russia and the U.S. are fighting separate military campaigns against Islamic State — and an underlying strategic battle with each other, whose outcome could reshape the Middle East. The Syrian civil war reached another tipping point last week when Bashar al-Assad’s Russian-backed army arrived at the […]

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RUSSIA, IRAN, OTHER ASSAD ALLIES AND ENEMIES CASH IN ON SUCCESS IN SYRIA, BUT U.S. LEFT OUT

BY TOM O’CONNOR ON 8/17/17 AT 1:08 PM  http://www.newsweek.com/russia-iran-assad-ally-enemy-syria-war-us-651953 Syria is hosting its first international trade fair in five years, a sign of increased stability in the embattled nation’s capital and a statement of victory from the government, which has been embroiled in a war with armed opposition groups and jihadists since 2011. Despite ongoing violence […]

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Islamic State Is Dying on the Battlefield—and Winning on the Internet

July20, 2017 After Iraqi forces reclaimed control of Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, on July 10, Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared “total victory” over Islamic State. The American commander of the global ­coalition to defeat the group, U.S. Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, said the loss of Mosul had dealt a “decisive blow” to […]

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Airstrikes on Islamic State-held Syrian city kill 12

Elias Hubbard June 10, 2017 Retaking Raqqa would be a strategic victory for forces battling to roll back the group’s territorial gains, though it won’t be sufficient to halt terrorist attacks, according to Sami Nader, head of the Beirut-based Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs. Last week, it was reported that the US -backed forces have […]

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Another Strike in Quneitra, Israel Won’t allow Iran’s Militias to Close On Its Border

CAROLINE AKOUM AND NAZIR AL-MAJLIApril 24, 2017, 1:54 pm Tel Aviv, Beirut – For the second time in two days, Israel attacked National Defence Forces (NDF) camp in Quneitra, south Syria, killing three members and injuring two others, an NDF official told AFP news agency. Israeli Army spokesperson refused to confirm or deny the reports […]

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Russian Power Takes Assad to Gates of Rebel Stronghold: Q&A

Syrian rebels are attempting to break the government’s siege of Aleppo city, where defeat could dictate the overall direction of the five-year conflict both on the battlefield and at any future peace negotiations. Trapped behind front lines are as many as 275,000 civilians, with only a few hundred reportedly fleeing along safe routes. Even if […]

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Russian Bombers Use Iranian Base to Attack Syrian Militants

Russia acknowledged that its warplanes used an air base in Iran to bomb militants in Syria, drawing U.S. complaints that the move “was not helpful” in efforts to enact a cease-fire in the country’s 5 1/2-year civil war. Russian Tu-22M3 and Su-34 bombers flew from Iran’s Hamadan base Tuesday to attack Islamic State and Nusra […]

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