November 30, 2021

US Envoy: Evidence of Syria preparing chemical weapons in Idlib

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From Newsmax There is “lots of evidence” chemical weapons are being prepared by Syrian government forces in Idlib region in northwest Syria, the new U.S. representative for Syria said on Thursday, warning any attack on the last big rebel enclave would be a “reckless escalation.” “I am very sure that we have very, very good […]

Iran building weapons factories in Syria, Lebanon, Israeli media reports

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From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Israeli media are reporting that Iran is building a factory in northwest Syria to manufacture long-range rockets. The reports feature satellite images showing a site under construction in northwest Syria near the Mediterranean coastal town of Baniyas that purportedly could be used to produce and store the weapons. Israeli Prime […]

How Putin engineered Russia’s return to superpower status

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By Joshua Keating, Slate From Business Insider “The Russians can’t change us or significantly weaken us,” Barack Obama said on Dec. 16, during his final press conference as president. “They are a smaller country. They are a weaker country. Their economy doesn’t produce anything that anybody wants to buy, except oil and gas and arms. They […]

Syria war: Russian helicopter shot down, killing five on board

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From BBC A Russian military helicopter has been shot down in Syria killing all five on board – the deadliest single incident for Russia’s military since its air campaign began last September. The Mi-8 transporter was brought down by rebels, Russia says, in northern Idlib province. It was returning from delivering humanitarian aid to the […]

UPDATE – Turkey: Mass arrests after coup bid quashed, says PM

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Turkey: Mass arrests after coup bid quashed, says PM From BBC Some 2,839 soldiers, including high-ranking officers, have been arrested over an attempted coup that is now over, says Turkey’s PM Binali Yildirim. In a night he called a “black stain on Turkish democracy”, he said 161 people had been killed and 1,440 wounded. Explosions […]

A rupture in Europe, but whose politics will prevail?

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By Rachel Shabi From AlJazeer t’s a bleakly depressing map – an aptly illustrative closing curtain on a bleakly depressing year. Bad enough that the nightmarish war in Syria unleashed the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Horrendous enough that the menace of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s deadly bombs, along with the Islamic State of […]

Putin slams Obama on Syria: US has ‘mush for brains’

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From Newsmax President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday slammed Washington for refusing to share intelligence with Russia on Syria, and accusing it of muddled thinking. “I believe some of our partners simply have mush for brains,” Putin said, expressing some of his strongest criticism yet of Washington’s handling of the Syrian crisis. Late last month Moscow […]

NBC News’ Richard Engel says he misidentified the Syrian group that kidnapped him

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By Margaret Hartmann From New York Mag No one doubts that NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel suffered a terrifying and dangerous ordeal when he and five colleagues were kidnapped in Syria in December 2012, but thanks in part to the Brian Williams scandal, there are new questions about his story and how the […]

What part of Jihad doesn’t Washington get?

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By Denis Kleinfeld From Moneynews President Obama is telling us that the United States is going to take limited military action to degrade and then destroy the newly named yet still fictitious Islamic State. The president also promises to reduce their ability to finance their war of Jihad. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says they […]