US-led anti-ISIS coalition acknowledges 10 more civilian deaths

Friday, 23 February 2018

The US-led coalition fighting the IS group in Syria and Iraq acknowledged Thursday the deaths of another 10 civilians, increasing the overall toll of non-fighters killed to at least 841.The coalition said in a statement that it had completed a review in January of 116 reports of potential civilian casualties from air and artillery strikes, of which all but four were deemed to be duplicates or not credible.These four incidents occurred in Syria between October 2016 and November 2017.In one ...

Iraq says handed over 4 women, 27 children suspected of ISIS ties to Russia

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Iraq has handed over to Russia four women and 27 children suspected of having ties to the ISIS group, local television broadcaster Al-Sumaria quoted the foreign ministry as saying on Thursday. “Iraq has returned to Russia 27 children and four women who were tricked into joining Daesh,” the ministry spokesman told reporters, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.  

Saudi FM to Iran, Qatar: Enough is enough

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said in a speech before the European Parliament in Brussels that the current nuclear agreement is not enough to modify Iran’s behavior. “We believe that the sunset provision that allows Iran to enrich as much as it wants eight or ten years from today is very dangerous because Iran could theoretically have 50,000 or 60,000 centrifuges it will be able to enrich enough uranium for a nuclear bomb within weeks,” he said. “We ...

WATCH: War of words heats up between Turkish FM and Arab League chief

Monday, 19 February 2018

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit this week became embroiled in a heated exchange regarding Turkey’s operations in Syria. Cavusoglu on Sunday told a panel at the Munich Security Conference that Ankara is using its “legitimate right of self-defense” in its intervention against Kurdish militia groups in northwestern Syria. Aboul-Gheit had earlier decried the presence of so many foreign forces in the country, including ...

Five killed in attack on church in Russia’s Dagestan

Monday, 19 February 2018

A man in Russia’s southern province of Dagestan shot into a crowd leaving a church on Sunday, killing five people and injuring at least five others, Russian news agencies reported, citing the local health ministry. The attack occurred in the village of Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan, agencies said. ISIS claimed responsibility for the shooting, its news agency Amaq reported, but did not provide immediate evidence for the claim. The small republic in the Caucasus ...

Syria continues to unravel in post-ISIS war

Saturday, 17 February 2018

The war in Syria has not ended. In fact, the phase of ‘post-ISIS wars’ has just started. Syria remains a dangerous link between regional conflicts and the great powers, despite the defeat of ISIS in the east. The recent confrontation between Iran and Israel in Syria is only one of the few possibilities that could fuel the next phase of civil war in Syria.A messier quagmireTurkey has opened a direct confrontation with the People’s Protection Units in the northern Kurdish town of ...

Huda al-Husseini

The Syrian people have become invisible

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Over the past week, the conflict in Syria has flared up again with the usual ferocity: hundreds of needless civilian deaths, new starvation sieges in so-called “de-escalation zones” as well as the systematic targeting of hospital and other humanitarian targets, reports of renewed chemical attacks, all on the back of another farcical round of diplomatic “negotiations”. As if that was not enough, Israel is now becoming active in the conflict, with direct clashes between ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Syria: A booby-trapped gift and mischievous partners

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Months ago journalists used to hear realistic statements on Syria. “Practically, there can be no solution in Syria except through Russia” and “A ‘Russian Syria’ is better for the region than an ‘Iranian Syria’.”For some time, it appeared that the “Russian Syria” was accepted by the Americans, Europeans, the region and Arabs. It became clear that this acceptance depended on Russia devising a political solution that would reduce ...

Ghassan Charbel

Kuwait to give $2 billion in loans, investments for Iraq

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Kuwait’s Emir said it would lend $1 billion and commit a further $1 billion of investments to Iraq, joining a group of international backers that have this week pledged funds to bolster the country’s recovery. Donors and investors have gathered in Kuwait to discuss efforts to rebuild Iraq’s economy and infrastructure as it emerges from a devastating conflict with ISIS militants who seized almost a third of the country. “Kuwait will earmark $1 billion in loans to Iraq and ...

US ‘searches for remains of American hostages’ executed by ISIS in Syria

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

US Special Forces and FBI agents are in Syria searching for the remains of three Americans executed by ISIS and one woman who died while in captivity of unknown causes, according to a report from ABC News.The people whose remains are being sought are journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid workers Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig and Kayla Mueller.Foley, Sotloff and Kassig were all beheaded by ISIS in 2014.Mueller was killed in 2015, although ISIS claimed she was killed by a coalition ...

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