Tagged: Syria

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Syria and the origin of a new Icy Battle

Recent US-led coalition strikes in response to an alleged chemical attack in Douma, a suburb of Damascus, had Western analysts hoping for a tectonic change in Washington’s policy on Syria. Russia, on the other hand, was fearful that its previously unchecked influence in the battlefield was coming to an end. The results of the joint…

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Staffan de Mistura requires de-escalation on Syria

The UN special envoy for Syria has said tensions need to calm down between the major global powers in order to restart diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Syria. Staffan de Mistura made the comments after holding talks on Friday with Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, in Moscow. De Mistura said that chemical weapons inspectors in Douma,…

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Syria in 2018 is now not Iraq in 2003

Last Saturday, when the United States, the UK and France launched strikes on three chemical facilities in Syria, the move was met with disapproval in some quarters. The pre-announced spectacle blew up three buildings and took no lives, but some pronounced it a “dangerous escalation”. Some spoke of its “illegality”. All complained about its disregard…

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Will the US confront Iran’s forces in Syria?

Tensions between Iran and the US over Syria are at the highest they have been since the country’s civil war started in 2011. While the two countries have repeatedly voiced indignation about the other’s presence in Syria, they have not reached the point of a military confrontation so far. While the US has targeted fighters…

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Iraq fighter jets strike ISIL targets inside Syria

Iraq says it has carried out “deadly air strikes” against fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group, situated in pockets inside neighbouring Syria. The announcement comes days after Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister, said his country would take action against ISIL if the fighters threatened Iraq’s security. Iraqi F-16…

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Saudi in talks with US over troop deployment in Syria

Saudi Arabia is holding talks with the United States about sending troops into Syria as part of a wider international coalition, the kingdom’s foreign minister has said. In his comments on Tuesday, Adel al-Jubeir said the deployment offer was “not new”, adding that Riyadh had previously proposed the idea to former US President Barack Obama. “We are…

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Theresa May perchance presumably well well faces British MPs over Syria strikes

Britain’s prime minister is about to face questions in parliament about the UK’s decision to launch coordinated attacks on Syria – alongside American and French forces – without parliamentary approval.  Theresa May will be giving a statement in the House of Commons on the attacks by the US, UK and France on three sites allegedly linked to…

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What’s the West finish sport in Syria?

More than half a million Syrians have been killed over the course of Syria’s ongoing war, according to the United Nations, but only a fraction of those deaths happened as a result of 34 confirmed chemical attacks allegedly launched by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his war against armed opposition groups in the country. With…

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Why Russia did no longer acknowledge to US strikes on Syria

After a week of rhetorical escalation between the US and Russia – much of it conducted on Twitter – missile strikes on Syria were finally carried out on Saturday. US, UK and French forces launched attacks on three sites allegedly linked to the production of chemical weapons near Damascus, as well as in the province…