Syria

Egypt participates in international peace talks for solution in Syria

After the United Nations security council failed to adopt a resolution for peace in Syria, international talks led by the US and Russia were held in Swiss capital of Lausanne on Saturday to discuss the Syrian crisis. The spokesperson for Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Abou Zaid said in a statement on Friday that US secretary of state John ...

Syria conflict: Rebels advance on IS stronghold of Dabiq

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Turkish-backed Syrian rebels are advancing on Dabiq, a symbolic stronghold of so-called Islamic State. The small town holds great value to IS because of a prophecy of an apocalyptic battle, and features heavily in its propaganda. The operation began as US and Russian envoys met in Switzerland to discuss possible routes to a new ceasefire. No ...

Anti-War Movement Must Listen to Voices Within Syria’s Civil War

With the prospects of increased U.S. military involvement in Syria, peace activists have been mobilizing across the country. Recognizing the disastrous results of recent U.S. military interventions, the suspicions throughout the region regarding Washington’s motivations, and the lack of any major cohesive democratic armed force to support, there is a widespread understanding within the anti-war left that further militarization of ...

Syria conflict: Heavy air strikes resume on Aleppo

Russian planes have resumed air strikes on rebel-held districts in the city of Aleppo, in what activists say is the heaviest bombardment in days. At least 25 people are reported to have died, including children. The bombardment follows a temporary lull called by the Syrian government, partly to allow civilians to leave rebel areas in the east of the city. ...

Syrian refugee detained in Germany for alleged attack plan

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG A Syrian refugee detained by police in Germany had links to the ISIS militant group and was planning a bomb attack “with Islamist motives,” German officials said Monday. German police discovered 1.5 kg of extremely dangerous explosives in a flat in Chemnitz before detaining 22-year-old Jaber al-Bakr in Leipzig on Sunday, ending a manhunt that lasted ...

Russian strikes in Syria

WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG Why is Russia bombing Syria? Russia says the strikes are to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). But most of their first strikes have been against non-Isil groups who are opposed to President Assad’s regime. Why would Russia bomb non-Isil groups? Russia’s spokespeople are sometimes vague – referring to Isil and terrorists in ...

IS ‘loses more than a quarter of its territory’ in Syria and Iraq

So-called Islamic State (IS) has lost more than a quarter of the territory it once controlled, new data shows. Security and defence analysts IHS say the group’s control has shrunk by 28% since its height in January 2015. In the first nine months of this year, IS’ territory fell from 78,000 sq km (30,115 sq miles) to 65,500 sq km ...

Amid Syrian chaos, Iran’s game plan emerges: a path to the Mediterranean

Not far from Mosul, a large military force is finalising plans for an advance that has been more than three decades in the making. The troops are Shia militiamen who have fought against the Islamic State, but they have not been given a direct role in the coming attack to free Iraq’s second city from its clutches. Instead, while the ...

Syria conflict: Aid convoy attack was air strike, UN expert says

Analysis of satellite imagery taken after a deadly attack on an aid convoy in northern Syria last month shows that it was an air strike, a UN expert says. At least 18 people were killed when lorries unloading at a Syrian Arab Red Crescent warehouse in a rebel-held town outside Aleppo came under fire. The US believes Russian warplanes bombed ...

The ancient tragedy John Kerry used to explain Syria

BY KALAHAN DENG In a Wednesday session on Syria at the United Nations Security Council, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry deployed a curious historical reference. “Those who believe this crisis couldn’t get worse are dead wrong, as are those who believe that a military victory is possible,” Kerry intoned at the special session, after urging a cessation of hostilities. ...

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