Syrian government grants American basketball player nationality

Sunday, 18 February 2018

The Syrian government granted American basketball player, Justin Hawkins, the Syrian nationality making him the first American to receive the nationality and play for the Syrian national team. “It is certain that Hawkins, chosen by the coach of our national team, will join us to support the team in the Basketball World Cup in China,” the Syrian Basketball League said. The league posted some personal information about Hawkins on their Facebook page saying that he used to play for a ...

Lebanese husband and pregnant Syrian wife found murdered in Istanbul

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A Lebanese citizen and his Syrian wife were found murdered and dumped in the Arnavutkoy neighborhood in Istanbul, the Lebanese foreign ministry said in a statement, adding that two Syrian suspects have been arrested. The man was identified as Mohammed Mahmoud Bashir and the wife as Nisrine Kreidy. Both were born in 1978. Kreidy was in her first trimester of pregnancy. The Lebanese consulate in Turkey communicated with Bashir’s brother Bassel to identify the bodies, the statement said. The ...

US still unsure who directed Syria attack, despite Russian deaths

Sunday, 18 February 2018

The United States is still unsure who directed a Feb. 7 attack on U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, even as he acknowledged accounts that Russian civilian contractors were involved. Reuters has reported that about 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria. The U.S. has estimated about 100 pro-Syrian government forces were killed by U.S. strikes to repel the ...

Did Jordan king visit Moscow to avert disaster in the region?

Sunday, 18 February 2018

The moment his plane landed in Moscow on February 15, Russian media broadcast the king while saying: “I am always very delighted and warmed by the opportunity to see my dear brother, President Putin, as a friend, a dear friend of his as well as a friend of Russia ’, with this statement King Abdullah II started his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.The wording is very important at this time as the king expressed the Jordanian fears of a comprehensive regional war with ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Syria: Looking for ways out of the maze

Sunday, 18 February 2018

In Western political and diplomatic circles the received idea these days is that war in Syria has reached its end and that what one should now focus on is reconstruction.However, like all other received ideas this one, too, is as full of holes and Swiss cheese.The first hole is that what we have witnessed in Syria over the past seven years was not a war in any classical sense of the term. What we saw was several wars woven into each other in the context of a humanitarian disaster sharpened by ...

Amir Taheri

Public reports ‘clearly show’ Assad’s use of chemical weapons - McMaster

Saturday, 17 February 2018

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that, despite denials, public reports showed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was using chemical weapons, and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government accountable. “Public accounts and photos clearly show that Assad’s chemical weapons use is continuing,” McMaster said at a major international security conference taking place in Munich. “It is time for all nations ...

Jordan foils militant pipeline smuggling plot: army

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Jordan’s army said Saturday it has foiled a plot to smuggle arms, drugs and “terrorists” through a disused oil pipeline along its border with Syria.“The Jordanian armed forces were able... to thwart a plan to smuggle weapons, drugs and terrorists” through the pipeline, an official in the general command said in a statement.“A group of terrorists and drug traffickers” had used a house near the Jordan-Syria border and the disused Trans-Arabian Pipeline ...

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack on Syria’s Afrin

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, Syrian Kurdish news outlets and Syria's state-run news agency reported Saturday.The news outlets quoted local doctors in Afrin as saying the hospital treated six cases of people who suffered shortness of breath, vomiting and skin rashes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group also quoted local doctors ...

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

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