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Focus: Syria - Mar 23, 2017


U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces expects to attack Tabqa dam and air base soon - Reuters


SDF will dominate Tabqa dam in next 72 hours: SDF commander declares - syria.liveuamap.com


VIDEO: YPG Footage showing the advance of the US backed SDF across Lake Assad/River Euphrates and towards Tabqa Dam - syria.liveuamap.com


US military helping operation to seize strategic Tabqa dam near Syria’s Raqqa - Al Arabiya English


US Coalition statement on the Syrian Democratic Forces assault near Tabqah dam - Operation Inherent Resolve


Reports starting to come in that US troops have been deployed to Tabqa (via helicopter). This account says 100 troops involved - Shiraz Maher on Twitter”


US special forces cut the main route between Aleppo and Raqqa, after making a surprise airdrop near Tabqah, Syria. - syria.liveuamap.com


Kurdish forces cutoff key ISIL supply line in northern Syria, capturing several villages along the strategic Aleppo-Raqqa Highway - almasdarnews.com


SDF soldier announces that more soldiers will be transported to the peninsula west of Tabqa in some hours - Syrian Civil War Map


Syrian Democratic Forces say need up to 15 days to block, start storming Raqqa - Sputnik


SDF's Talal Selou tells al-Watan's Junblat Shkai SDF would be happy to coordinate with the Syrian Army in Raqqa, if US approves - Aron Lund on Twitter

 

ISIS reportedly redeploys forces from Deir Ezzor To Raqqah - southfront.org

 

US General: "The YPG has a political office in Moscow itself, but the groups that we're providing support to on the ground are not being supported directly by Russian military forces” - Washington Examiner


US State Department warning against travel to Syria and urging US citizens in Syria to depart immediately - Haidar Sumeri on Twitter

 

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Turkey Deputy PM on Raqqa: If you are saying ‘We will bring in the PYD while taking Daesh away’, Turkey will never allow it. We will not be involved - Sputnik


Turkey still determined to play role in final Raqqa assault, set up the Army of Al-Jazirah and Euphrates Tribes - al-monitor.com


Turkey training the Free Syrian Police (FSP) to help out with secondary operations in Aleppo province - al-monitor.com


Turkey expects Russia to close Syrian Kurds' office in Moscow: Foreign Ministry - Sputnik


Turkey not convinced with Russian denial for military base in Afrin - hurriyetdailynews.com


Syrian Kurdish YPG says Turkey shells villages in northwest Afrin, wounding 10 civilians - Reuters


Russian armored vehicles w Russia YPG flags, heading to Afrin border towns, were being heavily shelled by Turkish military - Jack Shahine on Twitter

 

Russian troops go to Syrian area shelled by Turkey, Kurdish YPG says - Channel NewsAsia


Turkey summons Russian envoy, says fired into Kurdish-held Syria after soldier killed by sniper - Reuters


Turkish military says 71 Kurdish militants killed in Syria in last week - Jerusalem Post

 

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Syrian Army troops liberated city of Deir Hafer in Eastern countryside of Aleppo: Reports - southfront.org


ISIS withdraws from last east Aleppo stronghold Deir Hafer - almasdarnews.com


Syrian Army continues routing ISIS in rural Aleppo after Deir Hafer, liberates new village - almasdarnews.com


Qaeda-led Syrian rebels press major assault near Hama, the offensive also includes Free Syrian Army fighters - Reuters


Al-Qaeda rebels seize two more villages in northern Hama - almasdarnews.com


Syrian army prepares Hama counterattack ahead of renewed peace talks - Reuters


Elite Tiger Forces arrive in northern Hama to drive back Al-Qaeda - almasdarnews.com


Syrian Army recaptures two villages in northern Hama counter-offensive - almasdarnews.com


Syrian Army storms jihadist-held Al-Qaboun in east Damascus - almasdarnews.com


Syrian army regains control of Maghazel industrial area in Eastern Damascus - Sputnik


Jaish al-Islam (participant of peace talks) joins Hayat Tahrir al-Sham & Co in advance against government forces In Eastern Damascus - southfront.org


Ahrar-AlSham participates in HTS offensive to cut Homs-Salamiyah supply routes Syria - syria.liveuamap.com


Jihadist rebels mobilize in northeast Latakia for new offensive - almasdarnews.com


Three more Russians lost their lives in Syria: Media - southfront.org


UN-mediated Syria talks resume in Geneva - StarTribune.com


Statement by the UN Special Envoy for Syria on the fifth round of intra-Syrian talks, 23 March 2017 - ReliefWeb


Russia wants Syrian Kurds in Geneva talks despite Turkey’s resistance - ARA News


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Focus: Syria - Mar 20, 2017

 

Syrian Kurdish YPG aims to expand force to over 100,000 - Reuters


YPG to receive training from Russia in Afrin under new agreement, says spokesman - Rudaw


Text of YPG Spokesman Redur Xelil's statement on agreement made with Russia in relation to Afrin - syria.liveuamap.com


Statement by the Russian Defense Ministry on the agreement with the Kurds; it denies the deployment of a new military base near Afrin - Aron Lund on Twitter


US received no notification on Russian presence in Syria's Afrin: Pentagon - Sputnik


US-backed Kurdish forces seized Karamah town East of Raqqah - southfront.org


SDF liberating train station 18 KM east Raqqa city. - syria.liveuamap.com


SDF-YPG liberated village Cerqa and Tal Fatisah hill - syria.liveuamap.com


SDF has liberated Muhammadiyah water pumping station located 15 km east of the city of Raqqa from ISIS terrorists - Afarin Mamosta on Twitter


Syrian Kurds say ready to take part in Commission on Constitution elaboration - Sputnik


Turkey won't accept 'region of terror' in northern Syria, deputy PM says in comments appearently aimed at a Syrian-Kurdish militia - Daily Mail Online


Turkish Red Crescent to boost aid projects for Syria’s al-Bab - Daily Sabah


US-led coalition conducts 18 strikes in Raqqa as SDF entered city's limits - Sputnik


4,000 USD a reward for IS militants, for killing an American soldier in the battle of Raqqa – #SOHR

 

Al-Qaeda order: 'Do not consult anybody to kill Americans' - pjmedia.com


Pentagon assessing reports of civilian deaths after airstrike in Syria - TheHill


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Syrian army retakes Damascus areas captured by rebels - usatoday.com


Syrian warplanes annihilate militant supply lines East of Damascus - Sputnik


A look at the insurgent groups who launched new offensive in outskirts of Damascus - FDD's Long War Journal


Battle in east Damascus accumulates highest death toll this year, as 100+ Syrian soldiers and jihadist rebels were killed in under 24 hours - almasdarnews.com


Rebels launched a surprise attack through secret tunnels leading to the government-held Old City in Damascus - RT


Why liberation of Damascus’ district Jobar is an important step in eradicating terrorists - Sputnik


On video uploaded online on Mar. 17, the leader of al Qaeda’s joint venture in Syria promised to ‘escalate’ operations - FDD's Long War Journal


Government forces capture Al-Qusayr village and train station south of Deir Hafer - southfront.org


Syrian Army attempts to encircle ISIS in Deir Hafer, east Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


ISIS left with one way out of east Aleppo stronghold Deir Hafer - almasdarnews.com


Russian, Syrian jets conduct over 100 airstrikes above east Aleppo: Al-Amaq - almasdarnews.com


VIDEO: Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitary group Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba releases video of group operations in Eastern Aleppo - southfront.org


Syrian rebels, civilians leave Homs under new Russian deal - Rudaw


VIDEO: Syrian Army liberates new territory in northern Palmyra - almasdarnews.com


Syrian Army besieged in Aleppo after ISIL cuts off important highway - almasdarnews.com


Islamic State intercepts aid airdropped over Deir Ezzor (PHOTOS) - almasdarnews.com


Syria to consider any military op without gov't approval as invasion, 'whether to liberate Raqqa or any other place': Assad - Sputnik


Full text of Assad statement to Russian media: we are ready to discuss anything including constitution, defending borders is our right - Syrian Arab News Agency


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Focus: The Anti-Islamic State Offensive in Syria - Mar 17, 2017


Syrian Kurdish YPG says Raqqa attack to start in early April - US News


Kurdish forces renew push towards Raqqa city, Al-Kulayb and Hamad Assad villages liberated from ISIS - almasdarnews.com


VIDEO: US-Backed Kurdish forces celebrate capture of Raqqa provincial village al-Hoos from Islamic State - Yahoo News


Kurds call on Trump to establish safe zones in SDF-held territory in northern Syria - ARA News


Opposition party offices closed, members arrested by the Kurdish Rojava administration - Rudaw


UN report counters Amnesty claim that YPG and SDF have committed ethnic cleansing in Syria - Rudaw


UN says Syrian Kurdish YPG forcibly conscripts men, boys for military service - ekurd


YPG to participate in Raqqa operation: US military officer - Daily Sabah


Syrian Democratic Forces continue to ‘build Arab element’: US coalition - Sputnik


US-led coalition says no plans to incorporate Rojava Peshmergas in fight against ISIS in Syria - ARA News


Coalition spokesman Col. Dorrian estimates ISIS has around 2,000 fighters left in Mosul and 3,000-4,000 in Raqqa - EHSANI2 on Twitter

 

VIDEO: Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Dorrian briefs reporters on Raqqa progress - dvidshub.net


TRANSCRIPT: Department of Defense press briefing by Col. Dorrian - defense.gov


US-led coalition strikes destroy Daesh drone facility near Raqqa - Sputnik


U.S. military likely to send as many as 1,000 more ground troops into Syria ahead of Raqqa offensive, officials say - Washington Post


CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack: sources - Reuters


State Dept official says US continues to work with Kurdish YPG in Syria, 'but we also recognize Turkey's concerns' - ARA News


Turkey wants diplomatic solution on Syria's Manbij, defense minister says - Reuters


Turkey prepares new Arab army to fight Kurdish YPG with leaders of some 50 Syrian tribes - kurdistan24.net


Assault on al Raqqa commences, but cooperation between US and Russia coalitions is critical - Lima Charlie News


The roles of the US, Russia, Turkey, Iran and Israel in Syria: moving towards the end of the war - Elijah J M


Trump deserves a chance to deal with Russia over Syria - The National Interest

 

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Syrian Army liberates Umm Zulaylah, Tall Ayoub, Hazazeh and Al-Kreen villages in eastern Aleppo, encircles ISIS bastion Deir Hafer - almasdarnews.com


Syrian army further outflanks Deir Hafer from southern direction, gains the villages of Khassaf and Zubayda and hill top - southfront.org


Syrian army retakes Kiyariyah village located directly north of the ISIS-held city of Deir Hafer in Eastern Aleppo - southfront.org


Tiger Forces liberate Harmalah village near ISIL's stronghold Deir Hafer in east Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


Russian airstrikes target the Islamic State’s positions inside the Deir Hafer Plain of east Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


ISIS deploys large fighting force to keep hold of last stronghold Deir Hafer in Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


ISIS actively prepares for protracted defense of Raqqa - southfront.org


Islamic State launches fresh suicidal attacks on Deir Ezzor Airbase - almasdarnews.com


Syrian, Russian jets launch nonstop airstrikes over Deir Ezzor - almasdarnews.com


Syrian army repels ISIS attacks in Deir Ezzor - southfront.org


Syrian army expands buffer-zone around Palmyra - almasdarnews.com


Syrian Army liberates Palmyra gas fields as ISIL's defenses collapse north of city - almasdarnews.com

 

Russia sends 150 demining experts to Syria's Palmyra: agencies - Reuters

 

1,000 Servicemen of 5th Legion completed training by Russian instructors in Damascus (PHOTOS) - southfront.org


Syria peace talks in Astana close with no sign of rebels - Reuters


Syrian opposition ignored Astana talks after Erdogan's failure in meeting with Putin: source - southfront.org


New round of Astana talks on Syria to be held in May: Russian official - Kurdpress News Aganecy

 

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Focus: Libya - Mar 14, 2017


Eastern Libyan army says they have retaken oil ports, counterattack included ground, air and naval forces - Reuters


VIDEO: Pro-Haftar forces launch offensive to retake Libya oil terminals - YouTube


VIDEO: LNA fighter in Ras Lanuf showing SDB / allies vehicles and GRAD missiles destroyed during the offensive of today - Tom Feneux on Twitter


Eastern Libya oil corporation cancels unity agreement with Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation - The Libya Observer


Joint statement on Libya by France, Italy, UK and US: Oil must remain under the exclusive control of the National Oil Corporation - France-Diplomatie


Libya crude oil output falls 13% over the last 2 weeks, after field and port closings - Bloomberg


2 Experts: After Libya port battle, oil below $45? - Barrons.com


Tribal gathering in Benghazi affirms support for Haftar - libyaherald.com


Libya's eastern parliament quits UN peace deal with Tripoli - AP


Eastern Libya head Saleh: UN-backed Government of National Accord head Al-Sarraj 'just a Libyan citizen and not a side in the dialogue' - Libya Prospect


Libya's eastern parliament calls for elections next year - The Tribune


30 HoR members meeting in Tripoli announce continued support for the UN-backed Libyan Political Agreement - libyaherald.com


Tripoli State Council chairman Abdulrahman Sewehli thanks Qatari emir for his support - libyaherald.com


Violent clashes erupt in Tripoli leaving several casualties - The Libya Observer


West Tripoli clashes force evacuation of central business area - libyaherald.com


Here is what we know about Tripoli tension - The Libya Observer


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Russia appears to deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya role - sources - Reuters


Lavrov says he has heard nothing about presence of Russian troops in Egypt - TASS


Libya's eastern parliament speaker says Russia offered aid - ABC News


Eastern Libya government ready to implement arms contracts with Russia reached under Gaddafi - Sputnik


Hafter envoy Badri again in Moscow - libyaherald.com


Russian private security firm RSB had armed men in east Libya - Reuters


Russia's RSB-group demined plant in Libya on country's official request: CEO - Sputnik


AFRICOM commander very concerned over Russian meddling in Libya - militarytimes.com


Libya: Why the EU is looking to Russia - CNN.com


Eastern Libya premier in Egypt to seek support for Dignity Operation - The Libya Observer


Egypt condemned Al-Qaeda attacks against oil facilities in Libya  - Daily News Egypt


Egypt scrambled to save Libya's Haftar over lost oil-fields - alaraby.co.uk


'Egypt seizes weapons headed to Gaza from Libya' - Jerusalem Post


'Egypt intercepts Libyan surface-to-air missiles in Sinai' - Jerusalem Post


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Focus: Syria - Mar 11, 2017


The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they are confident to capture Islamic State capital Raqqa: "We have enough forces to liberate Raqqa with the help of the coalition." Is this a true assessment or an overstatement? Raqqa is inhabited by Arabs and is not part of Syrian Kurdistan. An effective and winning strategy leads to the conclusion that Raqqa should be liberated by Arab forces. The Syrian Democratic Forces, which are led by the Kurdish YPG and include also an Arab component named Syrian Arab Coalition, to date lack adequate equipment and training and may not be strong enough to defeat the Islamic State even with the support of US airstrikes. Relying on them in the liberation of Raqqa may result in a long-protracted war with heavy casualties and uncertain conclusion. There is the risk that US troops, now in ‘advisory’ role, will get involved in direct combat operations to make up for the deficiencies of the Syrian Democratic Forces and set up a chain of unforeseeable events with disastrous consequences. Erdogan’s Turkey, which vehemently opposes any role by the Kurds in the liberation of Raqqa, will obstruct their intervention by any means. Assad, who says that capturing Raqqa is a priority of the Syrian Army, will oppose a US-backed and Kurdish-led offensive without coordination with his government. On this Russia will side with Assad. The Syrian Democratic Forces cannot be the leader in the Raqqa offensive but a participant in auxiliary roles. The US should welcome the Assad pledge to liberate Raqqa and coordinate with Russia the military operations. The benefits for US will be to win the war against the Islamic State in Syria, save lives and money.


Backed by US troops, SDF confident can capture IS 'capital’ Raqqa - WTOP


US-backed SDF captures 40 km of land between Deir Ezzor and Raqqa - almasdarnews.com


Syrian Kurdish-led forces capture strategic Menxer hill near Raqqa - ekurd


VIDEO: Syrian Democratic Forces release 40 captured Turkey-backed rebels to relieve tensions between warring parties - almasdarnews.com


Hundreds of ISIS fighters pour into Raqqa as Kurdish forces advance - almasdarnews.com


300 families of IS fighters flee Syria's Raqqa - gulf-times.com


Spokesperson: Coalition will support SDF to cut off IS routes in Raqqa - kurdistan24.net


U.S. says Kurdish YPG group of Syrian Kurdistan not terrorist - ekurd


US prepares surprise assault on Raqqa by Ranger Regiment: Reports - southfront.org

 

Russia, US discuss communications channel on Syria: Pentagon - TASS


U.S. split over plan to take Raqqa from Islamic State - WSJ


Three-way contest for Raqqa to shape Mideast - WSJ


Dem introduces bill to block Trump administration from funding U.S. troops in Syria - breitbart.com


Turkey kills 71 US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria: Army - kurdistan24.net


Turkish FM: Turkey will hit PYD/PKK in Syria's Manbij if they stay - yenisafak.com


Turkey plans to build new town near Syrian Al-Bab - southfront.org


Syrian rebels want Astana meeting delayed to assess ceasefire - Reuters


Agenda of Geneva talks on Syria set for March 23 : 1. Counter-Terrorism 2. New Constitution 3. Elections 4. Governance 5. Reconstruction - Dr Shahid on Twitter

 

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Assad calls U.S. forces 'invaders', but still hopeful on Trump - Reuters


Assad says priority is capturing IS capital Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, Syrian army girds for final showdown with Daesh - Sputnik


Assad opens doors for China to restore Syria ‘in every sector with no exception' - Sputnik


VIDEO: Assad interview - Phoenix Chinese Channel


TRANSCRIPT: Assad interview to Chinese Phoenix TV - Syrian Arab News Agency


Military expert: Syrian army to besiege Raqqa from West - farsnews.com


Army destroys ISIS gatherings and boats in Deir Ezzor – Syrian Arab News Agency


Army destroys tank and fuel tanker for ISIS in Deir Ezzor, targets ISIS and al-Nusra in Homs – Syrian Arab News Agency


Syrian Govt restored pumping stations feeding Aleppo city with water supplies - southfront.org


Army unit seized Turkish truck loaded with weapons and ammo bound for ISIS terrorists in Hama – Syrian Arab News Agency

 

Syrian government urges U.N. to make Turkey withdraw from Syria - Reuters


Damascus bombings near Shite pilgrimage sites kill dozens - The New York Times


Syria demands UN condemnation of terrorist attacks in Damascus – Syrian Arab News Agency


Israel concerned by reported pending deal between Iran and Assad regime that would see Islamic Republic build military base at Mediterranean port of Latakia - Algemeiner.com


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Focus: Syria - Mar 8, 2017


Marines have arrived in Syria to fire artillery in the fight for Raqqa - The Washington Post


US weighs deploying up to 1,000 'reserve' troops to Kuwait for IS fight - CNBC


US expanding Kobani airport runway to receive large transport aircraft - southfront.org


With a show of stars and stripes, U.S. forces in Syria try to keep Turkish and Kurdish warring allies apart - The Washington Post


VIDEO: US troops on the ground in Syria - Canoe Video


Islamic State losing territory but still determined to fight, an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 fighters remain in Raqqa: U.S. military says - New York Times


ISIS on trajectory toward lasting defeat, defense official says - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


IS leaders reportedly fleeing Syrian de facto capital Raqqa to the nearby province of Deir Ezzor, local sources say - VOA


Iraq to continue striking Islamic State targets in Syria, Abadi says - Reuters


U.S. appears to root for Kurdish support in Raqqa push: Turkish sources - Reuters


Turkey shuts down US aid group Mercy Corps as relations with Washington deteriorate - Fox News


Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) sends aid to civilians in Syrian town Al Bab - aa.com


Turkey Applies political pressure by cutting off water to Syria - Sputnik


Turkey pushes Syria safe zones again, wants the issue on the agenda at the next round of U.N.-led peace talks in Geneva scheduled for later this month - VOA


Kurdish-led forces clash with Turkish military in Efrin canton - almasdarnews.com


Fight IS, start 'revolution': Why foreigners join Syria Kurds - AFP


UN envoy says next round of Syrian talks to start March 23 - therepublic.com


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Syrian Army liberates more territory in east Aleppo pushing towards Raqqa - almasdarnews.com


+20 villages liberated as the Syrian Army seizes ISIS pocket in stunning Aleppo offensive - almasdarnews.com


Syrian army captures water station supplying Aleppo from Islamic State - Reuters

 

Syrian Army reaches Lake Assad for the first time since 2012 amid humiliating ISIS defeat - almasdarnews.com


VIDEO (Arabic): Syrian Army Tiger Forces liberates Khafseh & reaches Euphrates river - YouTube


Syrian Army advances on Jihar military airbase - southfront.org


Syrian Army captures areas outside Kashish military airport East of Aleppo - Sputnik


Syrian Army amassing soldiers in northwest Aleppo for new offensive - almasdarnews.com


PHOTOS: Another amazing day for the Syrian Army as ISIS faces full annihilation in rural Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


VIDEO: Russian Special Forces engage terrorists in Latakia and Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


Syrian Army breaks through ISIS defense line in Hama - southfront.org


Syrian Army pushes militants out of Daraa city districts - Sputnik


Syrian special forces trained by Russian military advisers ready to fight against ISIS in Homs - southfront.org


PHOTOS: Syrian Army captures underground insurgent HQ in eastern Damascus - almasdarnews.com


MAP: Extrapolation of the population in Syria under control of each war faction: Government 71%, Syrian Democratic Forces 13%, Rebels 9%, ISIS 7% - Syrian Civil War Map on Twitter


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Focus: Syria - Mar 6, 2017


U.S. military deploys forces in Syria's Manbij to be a 'visible sign of deterrence and reassurance' - Reuters


The 75th Ranger Regiment hits the ground in Syria to participate in the war against ISIS - SOFREP


VIDEO: US troops spotted in armored convoy near Manbij, Syria - RT News


Syrian militia says Manbij under protection of U.S.-led alliance - Reuters


US and Russian troops patrol neighboring villages in Syria - Telegraph


Russian and US forces reach common ground in Syria, troops from both countries patrol the same Syrian town in close co-operation - The Times


U.S. base near Manbij appears to house military transport aircraft CH-4 Chinook in addition to transfer helicopters V-22 Osprey and assault aircraft AH-64 Apache - almasdarnews.com


US-led coalition carries out 2 strikes against Daesh near Manbij - Sputnik


Plans to boost Roj Peshmerga troops to 10,000, commander says US gave the green light for the Roj troops to enter Kurdish territories in Syria - Rudaw

 

Scores of Kurds killed, two villages captured by Turkish-back forces west of Manbij (PHOTOS) - almasdarnews.com


Turkey says to step back from striking Syria's Manbij unless it is in cooperation with Russia and the United States - AFP


Ankara content with Syrian regime presence in Manbij if PYD withdraws - Daily Sabah


Defence Minister Işık: Turkey will prevent unification of PYD cantons at all costs - Daily Sabah


Next rounds of Syria talks to be held in mid-March in Astana - Kurdpress News Aganecy


EU to host Syria conference on Apr 5 with UN: Mogherini - Channel NewsAsia


Moscow wants to include PYD Kurds in next Geneva talks - ARA News


Benjamin Netanyahu to urge Russia to say 'nyet' to Iranian ops in Syria near Israel border - Jerusalem Post

 

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Kurdish forces begin to hand over 20 villages to the Syrian Army in rural Aleppo, all located between Al-Bab and Manbij - almasdarnews.com


Manbij Military Council denies handing over Manbij city to Assad - ARA News


Government troops gain more ground liberating villages in Aleppo and isolating ISIS stronghold of Dier Hafer - southfront.org


ISIS continues rapid decline in rural Aleppo as Syrian Army liberates two new towns - almasdarnews.com


Syrian Army liberates Jazal gas fields in northern Palmyra - almasdarnews.com


ISIL faces expulsion from east Aleppo: the Syrian Army has liberated more than 100 villages since mid-January - almasdarnews.com

 

PHOTOS: Lots of T-90 main battle tanks supplied by Russia to Syrian Army - southfront.org


Five more Syrian Army soldiers captured by Turkish forces in Aleppo province (PHOTOS) - almasdarnews.com


Turkey to allow family of Syrian pilot who crashed to visit him: PM - Reuters


US-backed Syrian forces cut key road linking Raqqa, Deir Ezzor - VOA


Syrian Kurds to make deal with Damascus: representative - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Battle for Manbij shows Syria’s civil war is almost over – and it looks like Bashar Assad has won - The Independent


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Focus: Syria - Mar 4, 2017


Pentagon: Russian and Syrian regime convoys enter northern Syria city Manbij, they have some armored equipment with them - AFP


Pentagon: US operations in Syria unaffected as Russia moves convoys to Manbij - Sputnik


Pentagon was not aware of Manbij deal between SDF and Assad regime, US official says - Daily Sabah


US-led coalition sends troops to Manbij to 'deter aggression and keep focus on defeating ISIS': spokesperson - Rudaw


PHOTO: More US SOFs deployed to north of Manbij by the Sajur river to prevent Turkish/jihadi attacks on SDF - Gilgo on Twitter

 

VIDEO: Manbij Military Council set up new base with ‘international coalition’ help - YouTube


US commander says Syrian Arab Coalition is now majority group within SDF - Rudaw


PYD proxy won’t need U.S. State Department permission to open a Washington office: diplomatic sources - Daily Sabah


US Air Force aided Syrian Army, Russian military liberate Palmyra - almasdarnews.com


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Russian MOD General Staff chief Sergey Rudskoy confirms Syria regime takeover in YPG-held Manbij - Daily Sabah


VIDEO (English Subs): Syria briefing by Chief of MOD of Russian General Staff Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy - LiveLeak.com


Syrian Army and Kurdish coordination strengthens as food enters Manbij district - almasdarnews.com


Kurds hope corridor to Aleppo will ease economic blockade on Rojava - Rudaw


Kurdish YPG fighters repel Turkish attack near Syria's Afrin - ARA News


Turkey sends armored vehicles to northern Aleppo amid escalating tensions with Kurdish forces - almasdarnews.com


Walls, drones and mines: Turkey tightens border as Syria incursion deepens - Reuters


Syria's water cut off by Turkey - aina.org

 

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Syrian army takes more villages from militants in northwest Syria - Reuters


MAP: Once again huge SAA advances vs. ISIS in eastern Aleppo. Government forces are approaching lake Assad (approx. 16 km) - Peto Lucem on Twitter


Russia's General Staff reveals details of Palmyra operation: Russian aviation and Special Operations forces have made a considerable contribution - TASS


VIDEO: Syrian Army, Qud's forces conduct operations against terrorists in rural Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


Ahrar al-Sham: Syrian jet crashes near Turkey after attack by the group (VIDEO) - Middle East Eye


VIDEO: Four Syrian Army soldiers captured by Turkish-led forces in rural Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


Turkish-backed rebels capture two more Syrian soldiers near Al-Bab - almasdarnews.com


Al-Qaeda affiliate filmed using US anti-tank missiles in west Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


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Focus: Syria - Mar 2, 2017


Manbij is Turkey's next target in Syria, and the SDF must also not be in Raqqa: Erdoğan - Daily Sabah


'Turkey will hit PKK/PYD in Manbij unless it retreats’: Mevlut Cavusoglu - aa.com


Turkey sets up military bases in Syrian Cities of al-Bab, Azaz - Sputnik


Turkey deploys elite commando units in Syria - Daily Sabah


Concurrent attacks by Turkish army, affiliates and ISIS against SDF on Manbij - ANF


Manbij Military Council regains what it lost in the city’s countryside hours after losing it to Turkey backed forces - SOHR


MAP: Manbij: Turks & Ahrar al Sham attack from the West - whilst Daesh attacks from the South - Doloroso on Twitter


VIDEO: Turkish backed forces advances to Manbij - YouTube


Turkey may shut off İncirlik Air Base to US - yenisafak.com


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To counter Turkey, US-backed Kurdish forces agree to hand over key Manbij area to Syrian government in deal brokered by Russia - Middle East Eye


Statement (Arabic) from SDF saying they have handed over several towns to the Syrian army west of Manbij due to EuphratesShield attacks - Twitter


MAP: Kurdish-led SDF to handover huge section of Manbij territory to Syrian army - almasdarnews.com


Damascus looks to Syrian Kurds to counter Turkey - Middle East Online


Syrian Army liberates 10 villages in eastern Aleppo amid dash towards Euphrates River - almasdarnews.com


Syrian army announces recapture of Palmyra from Islamic State, with help from allied forces and Russian warplanes - Reuters


Hezbollah, Russia and the U.S. help Syria retake Palmyra - The Washington Post


Syrian opposition likens Palmyra battles to 'Tom and Jerry' show - Reuters


Russia and Syria say opposition trying to wreck peace talks - Reuters


At peace talks, Syria rebels urge Trump to correct Obama's 'catastrophic mistakes' - Reuters

 

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U.S.: Kurds will participate in some form in attack on Raqqa - The Washington Post


US arms Syrian Arab Coalition to combat ISIS in Raqqa - ARA News


Syrian Kurds receive US weapons, vehicles via Iraq - Kurdpress News Aganecy


US sets up military base in Syrian Manbij to ‘defend it from Turkish attack’: SDF officer - Sputnik


Standoff in Manbij as US troops face the Turkish Army across the battlefield (VIDEO) - almasdarnews.com


U.S. General says no evidence of YPG attacks from Northern Syria on Turkey - Reuters


Central Command tweets photos of Kurdish women fighting ISIS - Business Insider


Syrian opposition figure to deploy all-Arab force in Raqqa offensive alongside the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces - Reuters


U.S. commander downplays chance of big Iraq, Syria troop hike - Reuters


Russians strike U.S.-backed forces in Syria by mistake believing they were ISIS, general says - usatoday.com


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Focus: Syria - Feb 27, 2017


Syrian army advance opens new link to Kurdish areas, bringing it to the edge of SDF-held areas south of Manbij - Reuters


Damascus opens up trade route with Kurds in northern Syria - almasdarnews.com


MAP: Syrian army links up with the Syrian Democratic Forces in Manbij, finally allowing Efrin to call home - Aron Lund on Twitter


Syrian soldiers block Turkey-backed militants' only pathway to Manbij - farsnews.com


Syrian troops block Turkish push to Raqqa - Morning Star


Syrian army advances against Islamic State near Aleppo, takes the town of Tadef south of al-Bab: monitor - Reuters


Turkey-backed FSA rebels clash with Syrian army in Tadef near Al Bab - Reuters


Russia stops the fighting between Syrian army, Turkish-backed rebels near Al Bab - Sputnik


Massive loss for ISIS as Kurdish troops restart operations south of Manbij - almasdarnews.com


Syrian Arab Coalition makes major gains toward Raqqa, Pentagon says - Sputnik


U.S.-backed fighters in Syria worry more about Turkey than ISIS - Foreign Policy


"We'll quit Raqqa and fight in Manbij if Turkey/FSA attacks," YPG officials tell US military - Map of Syrian Civil war


Syrian planes transfer Kurdish PYD wounded members to Damascus: Official - basnews


Kurdish fighters capture three new villages in dash towards Deir Ezzor - almasdarnews.com


Thousands of Kurdish troops arrive from Iraq to spearhead Deir Ezzor offensive - .almasdarnews.com


Barzani's agenda in Turkey visit: ‘Rojava Peshmergas’ in Syria offensive - ekurd


Syrian Kurdish Peshmerga forces not part of Free Syrian Army or YPG: officials - ARA News

 

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Mattis gives White House tentative plan for rapid defeat of ISIS - Military.com


Top US commander for Mideast visits Kurdish-led SDF troops in secret Syria trip: alliance - AFP


US general says Kurdish-led SDF forces need heavy weapons to destroy ISIS in Raqqa - ARA News


US sends new batch of armored vehicles to Kurdish forces (PHOTO) - almasdarnews.com


US Central Command tweets support for Manbij Military Council despite Turkish threats - almasdarnews.com


PHOTO: Image purporting to show US forces on demarcation line between the SDF and Turkish backed forces in Manbij - syria.liveuamap.com


US, Russia need more talk on ISIS fight, Air Force general says - Military.com


Al Qaeda second in command killed in US drone strike in Syria. Who is Abu Khayr al-Masri?  - ibtimes.com


A big story here: Many dozens of the most hard-line fighters in northwestern Syria headed to Raqqa after a free-passage deal with Al Qaeda - Hassan Hassan حسن on Twitter

 

Turkey sends troops, armored personnel carriers to Syrian border: Reports - Sputnik


Turkey cutting Euphrates River flow to Syrian villages particularly in Kobani and Manbij, it is a violation of intl. conventions of water - alwaght.com


Turkey builds more than half of Syrian border wall - DW.COM


Turkey will end operation in Syria after Manbij captured: Tayyip Erdogan's adviser - UPI.com


Russia plays key role in maintaining ceasefire in Syria: Erdogan’s Adviser - Sputnik


Erdogan's adviser says March meeting with Putin to focus on Syria - Sputnik


Russia forms elite Syrian unit to hunt ISIS terrorists - macedoniaonline.eu


Russian frigate heads to Mediterranean on Syria mission: source - Reuters


A shipment of 17394 tons of wheat, sent by Russia to Syrian people, arrive in Tartous - Syrian Arab News Agency


Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu: Russia, US may conduct joint operations against ISIS in Raqqa - TASS


Top-notch Kh-101 cruise missiles that Russia unleashes on Daesh in Raqqa - Sputnik


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Focus: The House GOP Border Tax Plan (Part 4) - Feb 13, 2017


The New York Fed explains why a border tax won’t help the U.S. economy, Ideas that sound good on paper can end up working very differently in practice - WSJ


Fed economists criticize House GOP border tax, arguing that it would raise prices for American consumers and businesses - CNN


New York Fed economists' blog post: Why the proposed border tax adjustment is unlikely to promote U.S. exports - Liberty Street Economics


White House denies Axios report that chief economic adviser Cohn said Trump administration does not support the GOP border adjustment tax - Newsmax


White House statement denying Axios report on Cohn's comments on border adjuststment tax - Axios


VIDEO: Original Axios report: Cohn says no go on House GOP border tax version - CNBC


'We understand the concerns' of retailers, small businesses worried about border adjusted tax: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin - CNBC


Sean Spicer & taxes: Press secretary doesn’t understand border adjustment tax - National Review


How a U.S. "border tax" could hit your wallet (Page 1-5) - CBS News


How a border tax could hit car buyers - Car and Driver


American-made companies worried about proposed border tax - Chicago Tribune


JCPenney CEO says he's confident Congress understands concerns about how a border adjusted tax will be regressive and will hurt low income consumers - CNBC


VIDEO: Hewlett Packard Meg Whitman on border adjustment tax: 'It actually lowers the number of jobs for many, many companies' - CNBC


VIDEO: Pernod Ricard CFO says he’s not in favor of border tax - Bloomberg


Border tax adjustments: an unnecessary gamble - Mercatus Center


Regressive and loophole-ridden: Issues with the House GOP border adjustment tax proposal - ITEP Reports


Is that the border-adjustment tax compatible with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules? - Tax Reform and Transition


The border adjustment tax creates more problems than it solves - Tax Justice Blog

 

Alchemy is difficult and dangerous: The border adjusted tax distorts terms of trade with unknown consequences in pursuit of something that looks nice only in spreadsheets - jpmorganinstitutional.com


Don't ruin a chance for tax reform with “border adjustments" - Foundation for Economic Education


How ‘border adjustment’ poisons tax reform - WSJ


Why the GOP should abandon the border adjustment tax, Instead Republicans should go bold and propose a tax cut - POLITICO


Why a border tax is a tax on Middle America - Morning Consult


The introduction of a border tax adjustment (BTA) to the U.S. corporate tax code would be disruptive to currency markets, global trade, and global supply chains - CNBC


VIDEO: Gluskin Sheff economist gives thumbs down to border tax - Bloomberg


Paul Ryan and Donald Trump support 2 different policies they both call a “border tax” - Vox


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Focus: Syria and Turkey - Feb 22, 2017


Extensive efforts to solve the knots for the official launch of the fourth round of Syria peace talks at Geneva - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Syrian opposition says direct negotiations with Damascus regime necessary to reach political solution in Geneva talks - ARA News


De Mistura: Intra-Syria talks in Geneva impossible without ceasefire holding - Tasnim News Agency


Russia asks Syria to halt bombing during UN peace talks - AFP


Lavrov: Russia waiting for US to provide ‘details’ on proposed safe zones in Syria, they should be agreed with Damascus - RT News


Full text of the a new Syrian draft Constitution, proposed by Russia and presented to opposition leaders - Sputnik


More U.S. troops may be needed against ISIS in Syria, a top general says - The New York Times


Exclusive: CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack: sources - Reuters


Kurdish-Arab alliance pushes into Deir ez-Zor, expels ISIS from several villages - ARA News


Manbij Military Council: We will fight Turkish army if they attack Manbij - freerepublic.com


US coalition continues to assist SDF-led Manbij Military Council north Syria - ARA News


McCain meets Erdogan, calls for the formation of a US-Turkish partnership to solve the Syrian crisis - Middle East Monitor


Statement of SASC Chairman John McCain on meeting with Turkish President Erdogan - United States Senator John McCain


Trump critic McCain meets Saudi king - DAWN.COM


Saudi Arabia 'ready to send ground troops' to Syria - alaraby.co.uk


Dem senator asks for 'top to bottom' review of Syria policy - TheHill


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Multiple sites seized from ISIS as the Turkish Army reaches Al-Bab city centre - almasdarnews.com


Turkey Defense Minister: ‘100 Daesh fighters’ left in Syria’s Al-Bab, half of the town in the hands of Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels - Arab News


VIDEO: Al Bab street war: Turkish Forces and Syrian rebels attack ISIS - YouTube


Turkish Defense Minister to US: Act over Syria’s Manbij or we’ll reconsider a military operation there - Hurriyet


'Turkey will not seek permission to address threats’ whether in Al-Bab, Aleppo, Raqqa in Syria or Tal Afar, Sinjar in Iraq: Presidency spokesman - aa.com


Seizing control of Syria's Al-Bab important to push for Raqqa: Turkish official - US News


Turkey wants to see FSA replace SDF in Raqqa battle - Rudaw


Claim that PYD only effective force against Daesh collapsed, says Ankara - Daily Sabah


Turkey: Send US Special Forces to northern Syria to back Syrian opposition forces - Middle East Monitor


VIDEO: Turkey's Erdogan says aims safe zone in Syria after Raqqa operation - YouTube


Turkey failed to deliver a Syrian force to take Raqqa: analysis - ARA News


Regional rivals Iran, Turkey trade barbs over Syria - AFP


Erdoğan fans an Islamic nationalism in bid to build Ottoman-style influence - Christian Science Monitor


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Focus: The House GOP Border Tax Plan (Part 3) - Feb 21, 2017


CEOs of 16 U.S. companies urge Congress to pass border tax - Reuters


Text of U.S. companies’ letter to Congress on the border tax - American Made Coalition


Americans for Affordable Products coalition responds to American Made Coalition press call on the border tax - AAP

 

Americans for Affordable Products calls on Sens. Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham to oppose border adjustment tax: Press event set for 11:00 am on Feb 23 - AAP


Graham: Ryan tax plan won’t get 10 votes in the Senate - TheHill


Koch-backed group American for Prosperity squares off against Paul Ryan on import tax - Bloomberg


Tim Phillips, Americans for Prosperity president: 'Border adjustment' a 'devastating tax increase' - Washington Times


Walmart warns against House GOP's proposed border tax - Business Insider


Retail has good reason to hate a border tax - Bloomberg


Border tax could wipe out retail earnings by 50% or more, analyst says - CNBC


IHA urges Congress to stop border adjustment tax - Giftware News


The president of a housewares and cleaning products company: Border tax will cripple companies like mine - TheHill


Bespoke Bikes threatened as border-tax plan hangs over factory - Bloomberg


Rep. Ro Khanna op-ed: Border tax is reverse redistribution - TheHill


Robert Reich op-ed: The Republican tax sham - The Huffington Post


Paul Ryan’s border adjustment tax mistake - National Review


A bad way to pay for Trump's corporate-tax cuts - Bloomberg View


Border adjustment tax just complicates tax code even more - MacIver Institute


Border tax debate pits theory against the real world - stltoday.com


EU denies plan to challenge GOP border tax - The Times


China to respond if U.S. introduces border adjustment tax: minister - Xinhua


The planned US border tax would most likely violate WTO rules - Inter Press Service


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Focus: Syria and Turkey - Feb 18, 2017


US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces inch closer to IS ‘capital’ Raqqa - AP


Syrian Democratic Forces liberate villages in the Raqqa campaign - ANHA


Syrian Democratic Forces liberate two more Raqqa villages from IS - milletpress.com


Syrian Democratic Forces liberate prison on the outskirts of Raqqa city - almasdarnews.com


Islamic State fortifies Raqqa with barricades, landmines, booby-trapped explosives and suicide bombers - alaraby.co.uk


Islamic State 'bureaucrats' fleeing Raqqa stronghold in Syria - Reuters


Russian strategic bombers hit ISIS in Raqqa in coordination with Pentagon via ‘deconfliction line’ (VIDEO) - RT News


Syrian Kurds will fight Turkish forces if they advance towards Raqqa: Kurdish leader - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Kurds pledge to fight Turkey to retain Syria's Manbij - Al Jazeera


SDF Commander: We promise our people to liberate Raqqa very soon - anfenglish.com


Coalition general says SDF forces most likely to take Raqqa from ISIS, not Turkey - ARA News


Next phase of SDF Raqqa operation sees alliance with Deir Ezzor Military Council - Rudaw


Wrath of Euphrates campaign statement on the Raqqa - Deir Ezzor connection - ypgrojava.org


US Airforce propels the Syrian Democratic Forces to capture three villages from ISIS in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside - almasdarnews.com


Kurdish forces overrun two more ISIS-held villages north of Deir Ezzor - almasdarnews.com


Kurds call on Russia to defend Syria's federalization on international level - Sputnik


Russia pushes hard to include Syria’s Kurds in Geneva talks - Rudaw


After a month of military operations, regime forces advance over IS in 50 areas - Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

 

Syrian Coalition spokeperson: Assad cannot have a role in Syria, Geneva talks should discuss political transition - etilaf.org


Isis’ ‘business model’ failing as group haemorrhages millions while losing territory across Syria and Iraq: Report - The Independent


ICSR/EY Report key findings: "Caliphate in Decline: An Estimate of Islamic State’s Financial Fortunes" - ICSR


REPORT: "Caliphate in Decline: An Estimate of Islamic State’s Financial Fortunes" - ICSR


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Turkey sets out Raqqa operation plans to U.S.: report - Reuters


Turkish PM: If the Trump administration opts for the YPG and PYD in the Raqqa operation 'there will be serious problems in relations with the U.S.' - Hurriyet


Turkey threatens to move on Kurdish-held stronghold Manbij in Syria - Middle East Monitor


Erdogan interview: We will eradicate terrorism with GCC support - Saudi Gazette


Turkey says almost taken Syria's Bab, war monitor says the jihadists still control 90 percent of the town and that shelling and air strikes killed dozens of civilians - Reuters

 

Turkish forces lose ground as ISIL's mounts counter-offensive in Al-Bab - almasdarnews.com


Syria government and monitoring group blast Turkey over civilian deaths - The Washington Post


Casualties by the Turkish forces in al-Bab city - Syrian Observatory For Human Rights


Syria calls on Turkey to withdraw troops from Syria, close border - CCTV News

 

No breakthroughs at second round of Syrian peace talks in Astana - rferl.org


Trump: Gulf states will pay for safe zones in Syria - The Daily Caller

 

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Focus: Russia and NATO - Feb 16, 2016

 

Putin accuses NATO of trying to embroil Russia in confrontation  - TASS


Putin pledges to strengthen Russia’s Federal Security Service - TASS


Putin: 'Ukraine government is clearly not ready for a peaceful solution...openly speak about organization of sabotage and terrorism' - Donbass International


Putin urges 'restoring dialogue' between Russia, US intel - AFP


VIDEO: Putin urges 'restoring dialogue' between Russia, US intel - YouTube


VIDEO: Vladimir Putin’s full statement at the annual meeting of the FSB - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Vladimir Putin’s full statement at the annual meeting of the FSB - President of Russia


Moscow vows to take measures in response to NATO buildup in Black Sea - Sputnik


Russia may lose interest in dialogue with NATO if it yields no results: NATO envoy - APA


Russia demands Pentagon explanation of Mattis’s ‘position of strength' comments - newsweek.com

 

Out of question: 'Crimea cannot be subject of bargaining between Russia and US': Official - Sputnik


POLL: Over 80% of Russians have positive attitude toward President Putin - Sputnik


Kremlin aide says no agreement yet on Putin-Trump meeting: Ifax - Reuters


Russian fighter jets 'buzz' US warship in Black Sea, photos show - CNN.com


Russia shows off menacing amphibious vehicle after NATO deploys troops - Express.co.uk


The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov was followed by more than 50 NATO ships on its way to Syria and back - Sputnik


Russia deploys cruise missile in violation of arms treaty: report - TheHill


Russian spy ship now off Virginia coast - ABC News


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Defense ministers at NATO meeting pledge to counter Russia, sign letters of intent spurring additional actions - ibtimes.com


NATO European allies to jointly buy planes, set up new elite HQ - US News


NATO to boost naval presence in Black Sea - Yahoo News


VIDEO: NATO Secretary General, Press Conference at Meetings of Defence Ministers - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: NATO Secretary General, Press Conference at Meetings of Defence Ministers - NATO


NATO Secretary General: alliance remains committed to Georgia - Agenda.ge


Press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission at the level of Defence Ministers - NATO


NATO to stay "strongly committed" to Ukraine: Stoltenberg - Unian


Stoltenberg unfazed by poll showing waning Ukrainian support for NATO - KyivPost


Ukraine turns a blind eye to ultrarightist militia - The Washington Post


Ukraine publishers speak out against ban on Russian books - The Guardian


500 US troops arrive in Romanian Black Sea port to bolster defense - AP


Ships from 4 NATO countries conduct naval drills in Black Sea - RT News


Get Ready, Russia: Britain is sending warships to the Black Sea - The National Interest Blog

 

NATO ships merge into group to exercise anti-submarine tasks amid drills in the Black Sea - Sputnik

 

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Trump warns of the dangers of a “nuclear holocaust” while addressing the need for a positive relationship with Russia - POLITICO


VIDEO: Trump raises spectre of 'nuclear holocaust' amid questioning over Russia - YouTube


Mattis tells NATO: 'We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level (with Russia.) But our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground' - UPI.com


Mattis rejects Putin’s proposal to share intelligence - New York Post


Trump’s retreat from realism accelerates: The case of Crimea - Cato @ Liberty


An open letter to Trump and Putin: The world needs Nuclear Zero - TheHill


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Focus: Syria - Feb 15, 2017


Pentagon might propose sending ground troops to Syria - CNNPolitics.com


VIDEO: Pentagon considering proposing troops in Syria - CNN Video


The United States confirms use of depleted uranium in Syria, the toxic material has been accused of causing cancer and birth defects - Foreign Policy


Tillerson, Dunford to meet with Russian counterpart - KBZK.com


Russian top diplomat says broad anti-terrorist front forming in Syria - TASS


Anti-Assad states to meet amid concerns over US policy on Syria - The Guardian


Stoltenberg rules out NATO's involvement in combat operations against IS in Syria - TASS


Turkish FM rules out engaging with Assad for solution to the conflict, defends Ankara's calls for safe zones in Syria - qatar-tribune.com


The positions of Saudi Arabia and Turkey are “absolutely identical” on Syria: Saudi foreign minister - Middle East Monitor


Qatar's ties with Turkey at new heights - The Peninsula Qatar


Syria talks in Kazakh capital Astana delayed, delegations downgraded - Reuters


Cease-fire brokered by Turkey and Russia frays in Syria’s south as rebels launch new offensive in Daraa - The Washington Post


Russian strikes target rebels at southern Syria border crossing, moderate Islamists and al-Qaeda fighters cooperate in attempt to expand into Daraa - Antiwar.com


The truce of the Caesar (Putin) and Sultan (Erdogan) ends the 46 day with growing breaches within the ceasefire areas - Syrian Observatory For Human Rights


Prominent FSA rebel spokesman assassinated in Daraa province, he was scheduled to attend the Syria peace talks in Astana - almasdarnews.com


ISIS fights back in al-Bab against Syria regime troops and Turkish-led forces - ARA News


The Syria regime forces are about 5 km northwest of Deir Hafer town after controlling 9 villages in the road between it and al-Bab area - Syrian Observatory For Human Rights


Contrary to Turkish optimism, an arduous battle against a ‘dug-in’ Islamic State in al-Bab - Syria Direct


Jordan commander: IS expands hold in border camp for Syrians - AP

 

Ahrar al-Sham claims 955 of its members defected during infighting w. AQ/JFS in Syria - Charles Lister on Twitter


Hizbollah boosted by battleground successes in Syria conflict - FT.com


Libyan National Army troops may be trained in Syria by Russia - Stratfor


U.N. warns of catastrophic dam failure in Syria battle - Reuters


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Syrian Kurdish groups expect U.S. support, will fight any Turkish advance - Reuters


Turkey unwelcome: Syrian Kurds ready to defend territories liberated from Daesh, including the city of Manbij - Sputnik


Syrian Kurds want Turkish 'occupants' to stay away from liberating Raqqa - ekurd


Turkey warns US defense secretary over PKK/PYD in Syria - aa.com


YPG entrance into Raqqa a threat against Turkey’s security: deputy PM - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Turkish soldiers, Syrian Kurds exchange fire as Islamic State battle rages on - Breitbart


Uninvited Syrian PYD Kurds 'not expecting much' from Astana talks, not to recognize unattended conferences’ decisions - ekurd


Syrian PYD Kurds reportedly not invited to Geneva IV peace talks: PYD chief Muslim - ekurd


Asya Abdullah: We will not recognise a Syrian constitution drafted without Kurds - Kom News


Interview with co-chair of Syria Democratic Council Ilham Ahmad - ekurd


Any Syria settlement meetings excluding Kurds doomed to fail: Turkish HDP Party - Sputnik


Pan-Kurdish conference takes place in Russia - ekurd


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Focus: The House GOP Border Tax Plan (Part 2) - Feb 13, 2017


EU and trade partners readying WTO challenge to GOP border tax, say plan ‘definitely not compatible’ with global trade rules - Financial Times


VIDEO: Economist Chad Bown explains why the GOP border tax could lead to $385bn retaliation by US trading partners under WTO rules - YouTube


The GOP border tax threatening to split corporate America, Will Trump back the radical reform that pits importers against exporters? - Financial Times


A border tax could turn the Trump dream into a nightmare - Financial Times


Border tax could upend global markets, but investors shy away from any bets - WSJ


House tax chief Brady : Lawmakers coming around on border adjustability - Washington Examiner


US border tax plan could harm developing nations, destabilise world economy - The Straits Times


‘Trump’s border tax devastating for India’ - Business Line


Border tax didn't come up in Trudeau's meeting with Trump, Canada's finance minister says - CNBC


U.S. border adjusted tax could raise vehicle prices by hundreds, thousands - autonews.com


Proposed border tax would hurt low-income car buyers most, study finds - NESN.com


Automakers enlist dealers in border tax fight - autonews.com


U.S. refiners give mixed reviews of GOP-backed border tax, concerns that it could upend the energy ecosystem and consumers most likely to get hit with gas up 30-40 cents - Oil & Gas 360


Financial Industry worried about effects of border adjustment tax plan - Morning Consult


VIDEO: Border adjustment tax clearly bad for retail: Leonhardt - Yahoo Finance


Solomon retail chief: How a border tax will threaten retail M&A - CNBC


These 21 companies support GOP proposed border adjustment tax, over 100 companies have come out against - Fortune.com


US exporters may not benefit from border adjustment tax, companies that run negative tax liabilities would be entitled only to a carry-forward and not a refund - Global Trade Magazine


The real dangers of border adjusted tax for fashion, it could cripple any American fashion brand reliant upon importing goods and services from abroad - BoF


Italian fashion industry hopes to avert additional US border tax - AP


GOP senator Perdue: Reject border tax proposal - TheHill


Letter of Senator David Perdue (R–Georgia) concerning tax reform - Forbes


GOP stalwart Steve Forbes blasts Republicans on ‘crazy' border tax's $1 Trillion cost to consumers - NBC News


VIDEO: Steve Forbes: 'Crazy' border tax punishes American consumers - CNBC


The border-adjusted tax plan is bad for America - The National Interest


Paul Ryan’s border adjustment tax vs. Donald Trump’s targeted tariffs - americanthinker.com


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Focus: Turkey and Syria - Feb 12, 2017


Erdogan says Turkish troops inside Syria's al-Bab, end goal is Raqqa and clearing the area of both Islamic State and Kurdish YPG - Middle East Eye


The 'Islamic State' still in control over most of al-Bab city and repels 2 violent attacks on Bzaah and Qabasin - Syrian Observatory For Human Rights


VIDEO: Turkey sets sights on ISIS capital Raqqa - YouTube


Erdogan: 'Next step is to establish a no-fly zone, then they [the Syrians] will be able to establish their national army' - Middle East Observer


Russia deescalated clash between pro-Syrian government,Turkish-backed forces in Al Bab - Rudaw


Turkey bombs Kurdish villages northwest Syria - ARA News

 

Turkey aims to strengthen ties with Gulf as Erdoğan starts 3-day visit in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar - Daily Sabah


VIDEO: President Erdogan visits the Gulf region - YouTube

 

Turkey's ties with Saudi Arabia strategically important: Erdogan - KUNA


Riyadh, Ankara on same page on Mideast: Saudi envoy - Daily Sabah


Turkey referendum on boosting presidential powers set for April 16, opponents fear a lurch towards authoritarianism - France 24


Turkey pressures media ahead of Erdogan referendum, the opposition says the space for debate is already being squeezed - DW.COM


Turkish officials demand Gulen extradition, end of support to Syrian Kurds during Pompeo visit - Breibart


Turkey demands extradition of Gulen supporters from 16 countries - Sofia News Agency

 

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Syrian Democratic Forces seize more ground east Raqqa amid ISIS retreat - ARA News


Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces: 124 ISIS militants killed, 98 villages captured east of Raqqa - ARA News


Syrian Democratic Forces: Raqqa’s Arab tribes support us in fight against IS - Kurdpress News Aganecy


All-Arab force to enter Raqqa once liberated: Syrian Democratic Forces commander - Rudaw


PYD delegation meets with Syrian government representatives, discuss attempts to prevent the Turkish-led Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Moscow mediates talks between Assad & Syrian Kurds: Russian FM - RT News


Kurdish towns reconcile with Syrian government in Aleppo - almasdarnews.com


YPG has been using US anti-tank missiles for a year: Report - Daily Sabah


Tensions between Kurdish rivals in Syria continue, three KNC officials arrested by the PYD - ARA News


KNC officials to join Syria peace talks in Geneva, PYD excluded - ARA News


Russia pushes hard to include Syria’s Kurds in Geneva talks - Rudaw


Moscow to host pan-Kurdish conference on 15 February with the participation of Kurds from Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria - ARA News

 

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Assad says US troops welcome in Syria to fight ‘terrorism' - ABC News


Assad: Trump's plan for safe zones in Syria 'not a realistic idea’ (VIDEO) - TheHill


VIDEO: Defiant Assad tells Amnesty International torture and mass hanging report is 'fake news’ - Yahoo News


Hearsay extrapolated: Amnesty claims mass executions In Syria, provides zero proof - M of A


Amnesty International’s kangaroo report on Syria - theduran.com


Amnesty Internation report on Syria: a response from a Syrian dissident (former political prisoner living in Europe) - The Angry Arab News Service


Saydnaya report: Amnesty hired special effects experts to fabricate 'evidence' - Centre for Research on Globalization


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Focus: Russia - Feb 9, 2017


Putin calls snap Russia air-raid drill involving 45,000 troops and 150 aircraft this week, 'for a time of war and...to repel aggression' - Independent


S-400 air defense units of Russia's Aerospace Force go on combat alert in snap check - TASS


Moscow air defense spots notional enemy’s strategic bombers in snap check - TASS


NATO buildup in E. Europe and Germany threat to Russian security, increases risk of incidents: Moscow - RT News


Russia says Romania's stance on EU sanctions and decision to host elements of a Nato missile defence system made it a 'clear threat' - Telegraph


U.S. forces arrive in Belgium, Latvia, Lithuania - UPI.com


Baltic states seek more NATO help ahead of a large Russian military exercise planned for September - Reuters


NATO war with Russia: US troops, helicopters deployed to Germany - ibtimes.com


Navy kicks off NATO drills on the Black Sea, Putin's doorstep - navytimes.com


NATO activities in Black Sea region fight against non-existent threats: Moscow - Sputnik


NATO backs Ukraine as clashes surge: deputy chief - AFP


Top House Armed Services Dem to Trump: Give Ukraine weapons - The Daily Caller


Ukraine's domestic conflict no platform for Russia-US deal: Kremlin - Sputnik


Russia's Baltic Sea pipeline scares the life out of Ukraine - Forbes


Is Europe caving to Russia on pipeline politics? - Foreign Policy


Putin ratifies deal to build Turkish stream gas pipeline to southern Europe - rferl.org


Senators urge Trump to get tough on Russia, introduce bill to prevent the President from easing sanctions without congressional approval - CNNPolitics.com


Text of The Russia Sanctions Review Act of 2017 - huffingtonpost.com


Dem pushing House vote on Trump’s alleged business conflicts, Russia ties - TheHill


Moscow readies a new, hard-line ambassador for Washington - Foreign Policy

 

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Russian foreign ministry says ready to cooperate with NATO in Afghanistan: TASS - Reuters


Russia to host conference on Afghanistan, to push for talks with the Taliban and contain 'spillover effects' of Islamic State trying to get a foothold - VOA


Top American commander: Russia 'legitimizing' Taliban to undermine US, NATO - TheHill


General requests thousands more troops to break Afghanistan ‘stalemate' - NPR


Russia sends Syria its largest missile delivery to date, US officials say - Fox News


Former NATO general warns against Russia partnership in Syria - Stripes


Russian diplomat slams as provocation Amnesty International’s report on Syria, stating that thousands were hanged in secret at Saydnaya - TASS


We don't view PKK or YPG as terrorists, Russia says: Report - hurriyetdailynews.com


Russia disagrees with Trump labeling Iran ‘number one terrorist state’ - RT News


Russia promises Israel to keep weapons out of Hezbollah's hands - ynetnews.com


EU reaches out to Russia to broker deal with Libyan general Haftar - The Guardian


French report: What's behind Russia ramping up its military presence in the Mediterranean - Sputnik


Putin expected to take part in Silk Road Summit in Beijing in May - Sputnik


China’s president plans to visit Russia in midyear - TASS


Multiple Russia-China ministerial meetings planned for this year - Sputnik


Ambassador says Trump's administration not going to affect Russia-China relations - TASS


POLL: Half of Russians consider China Moscow's strategic, economic partner - Sputnik


Russia warns other States against interfering in South China Sea dispute: Envoy - Sputnik


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Focus: The Yemen Raid (Part 2) - Feb 5, 2017

 

The Yemen raid was a tragedy, and not by accident. Mistakes were made during the conception, planning, decision making and execution of the mission. Trump was ill-advised and, I guess, deeply regrets to have approved the mission. Civilians, including children, were killed and an American soldier died. It was also costly because multiple units were deployed; Harrier jets, Apache helicopter gunships and drones were involved, and a a $70 million MV-22 Osprey destroyed. The fact that an estimated 14 Al Qaeda members were killed does not make a difference. 


The core question is: Do this kind of raids prove effective in defeating Al Qaeda in Yemen? The International Crisis Group says no: "The raid ignores the local political context, to the detriment of an effective counter-terrorism strategy. The tribesmen targeted had links to AQAP/AAS, yet many, if not most of them, were motivated less by AQAP’s international agenda, including targeting the West, and more by a local power struggle." Through the use of social policies Al Qaeda in Yemen has embedded with local tribes who are armed, well-organized and able to collect intelligence and detect drone activities. The US commando found itself surrounded and shot by all sides, to extricate itself called aerial support which, according to the Pentagon, triggered civilian casualties. Raids are perceived by the locals as an unwanted foreign military interference and "the high number of civilian casualties ... are deeply inflammatory and breed anti-American resentment across the Yemeni political spectrum that works to the advantage of AQAP,”


An effective strategy to defeat Al Qaeda in Yemen must address the internal civil war which created a power vacuum. US should stop siding with the Saudi who are conducting an indiscriminate bombing campaign destroying residential areas, hospitals and crowded places. US should act as a neutral peacemaker promoting a negotiated political settlement of the dispute between the Hadi government and the Huthi/Saleh alliance. It is worth to revisit the "Kerry plan” which called for the formation of a national unity government and offered security guarantees to both parties. The conflict will not be resolved by a military victory. It’s the art of diplomacy.


In audio recording Al Qaeda leader in Yemen labels Donald Trump a ‘fool’, says US raids failed - Reuters


AUDIO (Arabic): New message from leader of Al Qaeda‘s Yemen branch in response to the US raid - jihadology.net


Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm releases a statement condemning the recent American counterterrorism operation in Yemen - Long War Journal


Text of the Al Qaeda statement on the US raid  - Long War Journal


Al Qaeda urges followers to hit back at U.S. following Yemen raid, Militants launch attacks on government-held territory - WSJ


A deadly U.S. raid in Yemen reveals strength of al-Qaeda affiliate - The Washington Post


Locals recount what happened the night the U.S. commando raid - LA Times


Deadly U.S. raid may bolster Yemen's al Qaeda: International Crisis Group - Reuters


Military strikes are no simple answer to al-Qaeda’s rise in Yemen - International Crisis Group


REPORT: Yemen’s al-Qaeda: Expanding the base - International Crisis Group


Saudi failures spurred Al Qaeda in Yemen to sharpen its battle tactics - warisboring.com


Yemen Al-Qaeda flays ‘deviant’ Daesh rivals - Arab News


REPORT: Fighting the Long War: The Evolution of al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula - Combating Terrorism Center at West Point


ARCHIVE: Al Qaeda winning hearts and minds over ISIS in Yemen with social services - ibtimes.com


ARCHIVE: Al-Qaeda still making big money from Yemen oil - Breibart


ARCHIVE: AQAP in Southern Yemen: Learning, adapting and growing - Jamestown


ARCHIVE: Obama administration's $1 billion arms deal aids Saudi brutality in Yemen, lawmakers say - Washington Times


ARCHIVE: Attack may push U.S. to reconsider support of Saudi Arabia-led air war in Yemen - LA Times


ARCHIVE: America should quit Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen: The senseless killing must stop - Forbes


Focus: The Yemen Raid - Feb 3, 2017


'Almost everything went wrong': Inside the Navy SEAL raid in Yemen targeting al Qaeda - NBC News


SEALs knew ‘they were screwed from beginning' In Yemen raid, went into battle anyway - The Daily Caller


SEAL Team 6 raid in Yemen raises questions, The first is: What was the rush to mount the raid? - CNN.com


How Donald Trump's first military action went from the Obama White House to deadly raid - CNNPolitics.com


What happened behind the scenes before the Yemen raid? We can’t be sure, but it was not a normal vetting process - Slate


The Yemen raid—What was normal and abnormal about the process with lessons for the future - Just Security


Trump’s first counterterrorism operations and the prior interagency review process - Just Security


Raid in Yemen: Risky from the start and costly in the end - NYTimes.com


VIDEO: What went wrong in the deadly raid on al-Qaida in Yemen? Interview with Sanger of The New York Times and Atwood, director of International Crisis Group - PBS NewsHour


A timeline of events on how the controversial Navy SEAL raid on Yemen was planned and carried out - The Washington Post


House Dem wants briefing on Yemen raid - POLITICO

 

VIDEO: Former Obama official says: Spicer SEAL raid story 'B.S.', Obama administration did not approved the Jan. 28 raid on al Qaeda in Yemen - WSJ


US defends release of 10-year-old video seized in Yemen raid - ABC News


Al Qaida takes three Yemen towns days after US raid - GulfNews.com


Yemen is the first battleground in Trump’s confrontation with Iran - Foreign Policy


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Focus: Russia and Ukraine - Feb 2, 2017


Putin says the Ukrainian authorities triggered the current surge of tensions in Donbass - TASS


VIDEO: Putin says Ukraine escalated conflict in Donbass - RT News


Ukrainian paramilitary supported by army attacked rebels in East: Peskov, citing Kremlin data - RT News


Foreign Ministry statement on the rapidly deteriorating situation in Donbass - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation


Russia UN ambassador Churkin: Kiev trying to find military solution to Donbass conflict - Sputnik


VIDEO: Statement of Russia UN Ambassador Churkin: Violations of the Minsk agreement by Ukraine - YouTube


Recordings of surveillance cameras clearly indicate that clashes were triggered by fire from positions held by the Kiev government troops, Russia's UN ambassador says - TASS


Ukrainian army concentrated troops near Avdiivka for offensive: Separatists - Sputnik


Ukrainian Defense Ministry admits it conducts offensive operations in Donbass, refrains from commenting on the question about the pullback of heavy weapons - TASS


Russia diplomat says OSCE monitors turn blind eye on Ukrainian tanks in Donbass - TASS


VIDEO: BBC reporter films Kiev tanks in residential area on E. Ukraine frontline - RT News


Why Avdiivka is the most vulnerable spot for the Russian-separatist army in Ukraine, The new Ukrainian army positions allow to take the main road under fire control - Euromaidan Press


POLL: Only 14% of Ukrainians trust Poroshenko, 9% the government and 5% the parliament - TASS


POLL (Results): Trust to Ukraine Social Institutions - Kiev International Institute of Sociology


Kiev should give up on the Donbass, As conflict rages again, Ukraine needs to understand that winning the war would be more trouble than it's worth - Foreign Policy


Anxious Ukraine risks escalation in ‘creeping offensive', observers say the Ukrainians appear to be trying to create new facts on the ground - rferl.org


Is Ukraine sabotaging Trump's detente with Russia? It’s hard to see what Putin gains from new fighting, on the other hand Poroshenko has everything to gain - Huffington Post

 

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US administration flirts with softer stance on Russia's conduct in Ukraine - Military.com


State Dept statement on cease-fire violations in Eastern Ukraine - state.gov


US Ambassador Nikki Haley condemns Russia's 'aggressive actions' in Ukraine - AFP


McCain to Trump: Send weapons to Ukraine - TheHill


EU's Tusk says fighting must stop in Ukraine, points to 'Russia's aggression' - rferl.org


Chief Monitor of the OSCE Mission to Ukraine Ambassador Apakan calls for immediate cessation of violence in the Avdiivka-Yasynuvata-Donetsk airport area - OSCE


NATO Scraps Ukraine meeting fearing escalation with Russia - themoscowtimes.com


Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, to call for referendum on joining NATO - UPI.com


Berlin authorities suspect that Poroshenko bears responsibility for the deteriorating situation in the east of Ukraine, German Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper wrote - Sputnik


Hungary’s prime minister Orban meets Putin, urges the European Union to repair relations with the Kremlin and lift sanctions - irishtimes.com


POLL: Putin has better reputation in Hungary than Merkel or Trump, survey finds - Hungary Today


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Focus: Donald Trump and Trade - Feb 1, 2017


NAFTA negotiation may start in May after 90 days consultation with businesses: Mexico - Yahoo7 Finance


Mexico says it will negotiate NAFTA changes but won't accept import quotas or new tariff barriers - Fox News


Mexico's Pena Nieto, Canada's Trudeau spoke Monday: Mexico govt - Reuters


Mexico turning its focus on trade with the rest of the world, from Latin America to Europe and Asia: Foreign Affairs Secretary - mexiconewsdaily.com


EU, Mexico pick up trade talk pace as Trump touts tariffs - TheStreet


Mexico seeks to bolster ties with China, attract investment - CCTV News


China-Mexico tie-up to invest $200 mln in Mexican auto plant - Reuters


Trump backlash turns Mexicans against NAFTA - Bloomberg


VIDEO: Why Mexicans think NAFTA should be scrapped entirely - Bloomberg


'Viva Mexico!': Trump wall awakens Mexican patriotism - Yahoo News


Gloom descends on Monterrey, Mexico’s NAFTA capital - WSJ


POLL: Over two-thirds of Mexicans agree with Peña Nieto’s decision to cancel visit with Trump - The Huffington Post


Report: In a 'humiliating' and 'threatening’ tone during a phone call, Trump lambasted Mexico's president and threatened to use military force against the drug trade - Yahoo Finance


U.S., Mexican officials meet in Mexico, discuss security: sources - Reuters


Mexico may halt fight against drugs on US border: former foreign affairs sec - RT America


US State Dept to hire security companies to protect U.S. personnel working at the embassy in Mexico City - TMZ


Fear of Trump move drives remittances to Mexico to record, The increase brings 2016 transfers to $27 billion - Bloomberg


Mexico will send $50 Million to help victims of Trump's deportation agenda - Konbini


Think tank Center for American Progress: Trump's 'vilification' of Mexico will harm US - TheHill


REPORT: Preserving and Strengthening the U.S.-Mexico Relationship – Center for American Progress


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Trump, trade adviser signal displeasure with U.S. 'strong dollar' policy, say Germany, Japan and China engaged in devaluing their currencies - Reuters


Merkel pushes back at Trump team’s accusations on German trade - Bloomberg 


Merkel's spokesman says Germany says it's working at troubled Trump ties - Reuters


German foreign minister heads to Washington amid growing U.S. critiques - Yahoo Finance


German economy minister: Trump′s protectionism a threat to Germany′s economy - DW.COM


Germany's Martin Schulz calls Trump 'un-American' and warns against lifting Russia sanctions - The Independent


Trump protectionism will hurt Germany badly: BDI industry body - Reuters


BMW says will stick to investment plans for Mexico despite Trump threats - Reuters


EU chair Tusk labels Trump a 'threat' as Europeans debate U.S. ties - Reuters


Japan policymakers reject Trump devaluation claims - Reuters


Japan PM: Car trade imbalance not Japan’s fault - The News Wheel


Auto trade key in Abe-Trump talks - The Japan News


Japan eyes U.S. job, investment initiative ahead of Abe-Trump summit - Reuters


With NAFTA under threat, Japanese automakers in Mexico wary of Trump's trade stance - The Japan Times


Report: 3.4 million jobs lost to China - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


REPORT: Growth in U.S.–China trade deficit between 2001 and 2015 cost 3.4 million jobs: Here’s how to rebalance trade and rebuild American manufacturing - Economic Policy Institute


Quebec wants a seat at NAFTA negotiating table - Montreal Gazette

 

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Focus: The House GOP border tax plan - Jan 29, 2017


Note: The Trump's tariff on Mexican imports should not be confused with the GOP border adjustment tax. While the first aims to save American jobs, the second will hurt the consumers by considerably hiking prices on most, if not all, goods.


Koch Network ready for a fight on the House GOP border adjustment tax - National Review


Letter to the House tax-writing committee on the border adjusted tax - Americans for Prosperity


Koch political network to spend $300M to $400M over 2 years to influence public policy - Fortune.com


Corporate America split over radical Republican import tax plan - FT.com


Exporters forming coalition to support House GOP border tax - TheHill


Small businesses uneasy over border-adjustment tax plan, owners say they may have to raise prices and lay off workers but exporters expect to benefit - WSJ


New border tax proposed by GOP could hike prices on cars, clothes, electronics, gas and more - USA TODAY


Here's how Under Armour can be impacted by the proposed ‘border adjustment tax' - forbes.com


Boeing may have negative tax bill under GOP tax reform, Treasury might write checks to the company - IBD


Border tax ideas roil oil markets, favor Gulf Coast refiners - Reuters


Chevron's CEO, echoing Trump, calls GOP border tax 'complicated' - NBC


GOP border tax may hurt more than Mexico as Asia exports at risk. Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea may be hurt the most - Bloomberg,


Steve Forbes hits GOP border tax in WSJ ad - newsmax.com


Steve Forbes' letter to Congressional Republicans on the border adjustment tax - TPA


Steve Forbes' letter to President Trump: Don't let Congressional Republicans wreck your tax plan - forbes.com


U.S. House tax chief: lower tax rates vulnerable without border adjustment - Business Insider


An analysis of the House GOP tax plan - Tax Policy Center


Opinion: Let's bury the idea of a border adjustment tax - IBD


Opinion: Trump right to question GOP tax plan - TheHill


GOP border adjusted taxes and Trump's ‘big border tax' are not the same: Here are four reasons why - forbes.com


Text of the House GOP tax plan: Better way forward on tax reform - House Ways and Means Committee


President Trump announces Manufacturing Jobs Initiative - whitehouse.gov


Dana exec tapped for President’s jobs council - The Blade


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Focus: NAFTA - Jan 24, 2017


Pressured by Trump, Mexico ready to discuss NAFTA rules of origins in U.S. talks - Reuters


Mexico President demands North America stay free-trade zone, announces 10 objectives in talks with U.S. - Bloomberg


VIDEO (Spanish): Las 10 claves de Peña Nieto para negociar con Trump - Univision


Economy minister: Mexico may leave NAFTA if renegotiation unfavorable, 'It's impossible to sell it here at home if there aren't clear benefits for Mexico' - Reuters


Economy minister: Mexico set to 'mirror' policy on any U.S. trade tax change, 'If there is any action that punishes imports to the North American market' - Reuters


Mexico warns US it will not conduct negotiations unless Trump abandons plans to make it pay for border wall construction - Sott.net


Interview with Economy minister Guajardo: Sin beneficios claros ‘no tiene sentido quedarnos’ en el TLC (VIDEO, Spanish)- Televisa News


Interview (Spanish): Habrá “medidas espejo” contra Trump, dice la Secretaría de Economía Guajardo - El Universal


RADIO (Spanish): Todo listo para reunión con el equipo de Donald Trump: Guajardo interview - YouTube


Mexico’s potential weapons if Trump declares war on NAFTA - The New York Times


Trudeau braces for Trump NAFTA gambit with oil-patch huddle - Bloomberg


Trump aide reassures Canada on trade talks, isolating Mexico - Bloomberg


Canada not the focus of Trump's NAFTA talk, Canada ambassador says  - CBC News


Canada to Mexico on NAFTA: you might be on your own - Reuters


Trump-friendly lawmaker: Forget NAFTA, let’s do one-on-one deal with Canada (a country that is not Mexico) - Financial Post

 

NAFTA: GOP leaders fire warning shot to Trump - CNNPolitics.com


President Trump can levy tariffs without Congress - CNN


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Trump meets labor unions leaders: 'We're going to stop the ridiculous trade deals' - LifeZette


AFL-CIO praises President Trump’s move to withdraw from TPP, renegotiate NAFTA - Breibart


Machinists Union ‘heartened' by announcement that the U.S. is withdrawing from the TPP and is seeking to reopen NAFTA - Business Wire


United Steelworkers USW commends Trump decision to withdraw from the TPP; anticipates further action - Yahoo News


Teamsters: Withdrawal from TPP and renegotiating NAFTA the right choice for U.S. trade policy - Teamsters


With new NAFTA terms, Trump wants ‘yuge' min.-wage hike in Mexico - IBD


REPORT: Looking for Local Labor Market Effects of NAFTA - Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press Journals


REPORT: NAFTA and the Gender Wage Gap - University of Michigan


How a Trump tariff could sideswipe US auto industry - AP


Reopening NAFTA could revive debate over what makes a car 'American' - Fox Business


Latest data on automobile manufacturing and trade with Mexico - FXS


The Center for Automotive Research report says Trump trade policies will kill 31,000 car jobs 'If the U.S. were to enact a 35 percent tariff on light vehicles imported from Mexico' - Yahoo Finance


REPORT: NAFTA trade benefits to the automotive industry and potential consequences of withdrawal from the agreement - Center for Automotive Research


Trump move on TPP and NAFTA dismays agricultural groups - agrinews-pubs.com


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Focus: Donald Trump and Trade - Jan 21, 2017


Trump trade strategy starts with quitting Asia pact TPP, renegotiating NAFTA: White House - Reuters


White House website gives priorites on economy and trade, Trump seeks 4% annual GDP growth and 25 million jobs over 10 years - Bloomberg


White House website: Trade deals working for all Americans - whitehouse.gov


Republican senator's bill aims to reel in Trump's trade power, will require him to go through Congress to use tariffs or quit NAFTA - CNN


How Trump's trade advisers are planning to shake up China - forbes.com


Trump team: We don't want a trade war with China, just better deals - cnbc.com


Trump team backs call for crackdown on China over semiconductors - ft.com


China says can resolve trade disputes with new U.S. government - Reuters


U.S.-trained official may shape China’s response to Trump on trade - The New York Times


Asian media decry isolationist Trump, fear economic, diplomatic turmoil - Reuters


North Asia will be hit the hardest from Trump’s trade barriers: Goldman Sachs - cnbc.com


What's at stake for U.S. in a trade war with China - CNN


China is preparing to retaliate against Donald Trump’s tough trade stance, warns American Chamber of Commerce - Financial Post


Apple, GM, Boeing are China's top hostages in a Trump trade war - IBD


Chinese paper says Boeing, US agriculture at risk in Trump trade war - VOA


Trump to receive Mexican president on January 31: White House - AFP


Mexico announces high-level meetings with Trump team - TheHill


Mexico says it is willing to negotiate with Trump, including border wall - BNN

 

How Trump could change U.S. auto manufacturing, by renegotiating or quitting NAFTA - CBS News


America's original NAFTA negotiator says Trump can improve deal - Chicago Tribune


Europe expresses concern, hope on Trump’s approach to trade, Officials warn that promises to restrict international trade would be damaging if enacted - WSJ


Merkel vows compromise with U.S. on trade, military spending - Reuters


U.S. under Trump must abide by trade deals: German Finance Minister - Reuters


Donald Trump plans new deal for Britain as Theresa May becomes first foreign leader to meet new president since inauguration - Telegraph


Boris Johnson warns Donald Trump deal must 'work for UK' - Daily Mail Online


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Davos’ elite fear Trump presidency might usher in end of globalization and free trade - AP


Chinese leader warns against trade wars in dig at Trump at Davos - France 24


'Don't damage trade', emerging market leaders tell Trump from Davos - Reuters


The world should be wary of stumbling into trade wars that would destroy jobs, World Trade Organization Director-General says at Davos - Reuters


Trump fear and loathing in Davos – POLITICO


Davos elites see an ‘abyss’: The populist surge upending the status quo - The New York Times


Davos elite seeks fixes to defend the system from populists - Bloomberg


Obscene: Just eight men own half the world's wealth, reveals Oxfam report at Davos - Business Standard News


Davos elite fret about inequality over vintage wine and canapés - The New York Times


Editorial: An odd moment for Davos - The New York Times


I saw enough at Davos to convince me that the global elite isn't interested in ending inequality - The Independent


Davos man has no clothes - Foreign Policy


At Davos Chinese billionaire Jack Ma says the US wasted trillions on warfare instead of investing in infrastructure - cnbc.com


Pharma CEOs, blasted by Donald Trump for 'getting away with murder' on drug prices, put a brave face in Davos - Reuters


George Soros calls Donald Trump a 'would-be dictator' who 'is going to fail' - cnbc.com


VIDEO: Davos interview with Lawrence Summers on the risks of Trump - Bloomberg


Davos elites are increasingly stressed about robots taking your job - Fortune.com


Society is 'on a collision course' with driverless cars, Davos leaders warned - Daily Mail Online


The Global Risks Report 2017 - World Economic Forum, Davos


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Focus: Islamic State - Jan 18, 2017

 

Note: The Islamic State has launched an offensive against the besieged Syrian government held areas in Deir Ezzor. The situation is very critical with looming mass killings and starvation. Could this be a test of a new U.S.-Russia military cooperation in the fight against terrorism? Deir Ezzor is strategically important: it is a major Islamic State supply route from Syria to Iraq and it is closed to key oilfields.


Islamic State surrounds government held military airport in Deir ez-Zor, cutting off food supplies for the civilians - The Guardian


Fears of mass killings as IS advances in Syria's on government-held areas of Deir Ezzor - AFP


Syrian soldiers battle in last stand against ISIS at Deir Ezzor - Lima Charlie News


Syrian helicopters land in Deir Ezzor for first time since ISIS offensive, bringing in fresh reinforcements and carrying away injured soldiers - almasdarnews.com


Unprecedented Russian airstrikes as ISIS threatens to take Deir ez-Zor. Encircled Syrian city hangs by a thread - russia-insider.com


High-ranking Syrian general arrives in Deir Ezzor - almasdarnews.com


VIDEO: War reports from Deir ez-Zor - YouTube


PHOTOS: ISIS Attacks Syrian army at power plant near Deir ez-Zor - Heavy.com


Russian media: US gave ISIS escape route from Mosul to Syria; now civilians are paying the price in Deir ez-Zor - RT Op-Edge

 

U.S. increasing airdrops of supplies to Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces battling ISIS in Syria - militarytimes.com


U.S. officials say sizable Arab force identified for Raqqa campaign - WSJ


Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces repel aggressive ISIS attack west of Raqqa - Rudaw


Syrian Kurdish PYD to open representative office in Washington - Kurdpress News Aganecy


Syrian Kurds make precondition for talking with Assad government - kurdpress.com


U.S. carries out strikes near Syria's al-Bab after Turkish criticism - Reuters


Russia says teams up with Turkey for first time to bomb ISIS militants in al Bab - Reuters


Islamist Syrian rebel group says it won't attend peace talks in Kazakhstan - Reuters


Pentagon readies more aggressive ISIS proposals for Trump - CNNPolitics.com

 

Nation’s top general says he has ISIS war options ready for Trump - Foreign Policy


Gabbard takes secret trip to Syria, in December she introduced legislation to stop the administration from “directly or indirectly” arming terrorists including ISIS and al Qaeda - POLITICO

 

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Iraq has retaken east Mosul from Isis, says army general - The Guardian


Iraqi forces preparing to capture west Mosul, say it will be easier - UPI.com


Iraqi forces say IS destroyed historic Tomb of Jonah in Mosul - VOA


VIDEO: The ruined shrine of Prophet Jonah in Mosul - kurdistan24.net


How the U.S. military sees the anti-ISIS fight, A dispatch from Iraq - The Atlantic


Islamic State lost almost a quarter of its territory in 2016, IHS Markit says - Yahoo News


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Focus: Libya - Jan 17, 2017


Russia turns to Libya with show of support for eastern commander Haftar - Reuters


Russians will arm Libyan general Haftar in challenge to West, according to his aides - The Times & The Sunday Times


Libyan army commander Haftar signs $2 billion arms deal with Russia despite UN sanctions, according to Libya Express - defenseworld.net


RAI TV reports that Haftar signed an agreement whereby Russia would build two military bases near Tobruk and Benghazi - Al Jazeera


Moscow is preparing to send military experts to train forces loyal to Haftar, according to Radio France International  - alaraby.co.uk


VIDEO: Libyan Commander Haftar visits Russian aircraft carrier for anti-terrorism briefing - YouTube


Russia, Egypt pushing for Haftar-Sarraj Libya meeting in Cairo - alaraby.co.uk


Beida (Tobruk) government accuses Italy of violating Libyan sovereignty, 'An Italian military vessel loaded with soldiers and ammunition has entered Libyan territorial waters' - libyaherald.com


LNA rejects Italian offer of humanitarian aid for east until it removes all the troops from Libya - libyaherald.com


British Ambassador to Libya arrives in Tobruk to meet HoR Speaker - Libyan Express


Algeria continues Libya peace efforts with visit of pro-LNA HoR group - libyaherald.com


In interview UN envoy Kobler highlights 2017 decisive for Lybian stability - China.org.cn


Head of UN Special Mission to Libya Kobler meets Egypt's army chief of staff for the 2nd. time in a month - Middle East Observer


'Meeting with Kobler, a waste of time’: Haftar - The North Africa Post


Obama gives Trump renewed Libya emergency powers - libyaherald.com


TSG IntelBrief: The Trump administration and the prospects for Libya - The Soufan Group


Libya turns into an arena for conflict between Russia and the West - Middle East Monitor

 

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Libya forces loyal to Haftar retake Benghazi district from jihadists - AFP


Libyan National Army faces snipers and IEDs as its squeezes Ganfouda enclave - libyaherald.com


New LNA air strikes on Derna Islamists after Hafter appoints another new head of operations - libyaherald.com


PHOTOS: Images show the Libyan National Army's fight against jihadists - Daily Mail Online


Erik Prince’s mercenaries bomb Libya flying aircrafts of UAE who supports the Tobruk government - warisboring.com


Nephew of Muslim Brotherhood’s Ali Salabi killed in Benghazi fighting against the Libyan National Army - libyaherald.com


Areas of western Tripoli blocked for the third day as a local militia continues to try to force the release of their commander - libyaherald.com


Armed groups rival of Libya's UN-backed government tries to seize ministry buildings in Tripoli - Reuters


Libya oil output rebounds to about 700,000 barrels a day with power returning at fields - Bloomberg


Libya ramps up oil production, threatening OPEC plans - WSJ


NOC to sue Petroleum Facilities Guards for blocking key Al-Zawiya gas pipeline, Al-Feel oilfield at Attorney General's office - The Libya Observer


Eastern NOC claims oil deals with Russia, China independently of the Tripoli-based organisation - Libya Business News


Amid tensions PC/GNA demands Central Bank of Libya to release agreed 2017 first quarter budget - libyaherald.com


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Focus: Russia - Jan 16, 2017


Note: Kudos to Trump for his farsighted peaceful proposal to lift anti-Russian sanctions in exchange for nuclear arms reductions. Another common ground for cooperation could be the Arctic region.


Trump offers to Russia an end to sanctions for nuclear arms cut: 'I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially' - Reuters


Trump: 'NATO is very important to me' but it is obsolete because designed many years ago, countries aren’t paying and it didn’t deal with terrorism - Washington Examiner


Donald Trump avoids saying who he trusts more — Vladimir Putin or Angela Merkel, 'I start off trusting both — but let’s see how long that lasts' - Independent


Kremlin says judgement on Trump’s remarks about sanctions only possible after inauguration - TASS


Senator: Russia won’t trade security for lifting of sanctions, 'one of the main obstacles is the implementation of the US global missile defense plans' - RT


Kremlin agrees with Trump that NATO is 'vestige of past', according to the spokesman 'confrontation is the systemic goal of NATO' - TASS


Hollande on Trump's NATO remarks: Europe needs no policy advice from abroad - Sputnik


Merkel to Trump: Europe's destiny is ‘in our own hands' - VOA


German official says McCain told him he did not expect Trump to reverse the deployment of 4,000 U.S. troops to Poland. - AOL News


Don't add Montenegro to ‘obsolete' NATO: Senate shouldn't sacrifice U.S. security for Balkan mouse - Forbes


Army minister accuses Corbyn of siding with Russia against Nato after the Labour leader said 'I want to see a de-escalation, ultimately a de-militarisation...between both sides' - The Guardian


Inside Ike Eisenhower’s farewell warning: The military industrial complex - The Daily Beast

 

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Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia - Reuters


US Marine force in Norway to eye Arctic and beyond - Stripes


Russian media: US Marines land in Norway, signaling departure from post-WW2 commitment to Russia - RT News


With about a third of its territory located north of the Arctic Circle, Russia is interested in developing projects in the region - Sputnik


Russia, Norway to sign final pact on disputed Arctic shelf exploration in April - Sputnik


Foreign Ministry in Oslo confirms possible political participation at Putin’s Arctic conference in Arkhangelsk in March - The Independent Barents Observer


Russia expands its presence in the Arctic, in the past two years it has opened six military bases - Russia Beyond The Headlines


Russia's nuclear-powered ice-breaker in the race to control the Arctic - Daily Mail Online


Russia deploys Arctic radar array on Wrangel Island - RT News


Russian Arctic ports have best year ever - The Independent Barents Observer


Siberian scientists to study Arctic 'anchor points' for development of Northern Sea Route - TASS


REPORT: Russia’s Arctic Obsession - Financial Times


US Navy Arctic drones: Ice melting too fast as competition with Russia intensifies - Scout


Experts from Russia and North America identify possible trends for the future of Arctic affairs and bilateral U.S.-Russian relations in the region - Russia Direct


International cooperation robust in the Arctic - Global Trade Magazine


Strategic thinking in the Russian Arctic: When threats become opportunities (1) - Red (Team) Analysis


Strategic Thinking in the Russian Arctic: When threats become opportunities (2) - Red (Team) Analysis

 

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Focus: The Trump Dossier - Jan 13, 2017


Note: Why the intelligence community included a two page summary of the ‘Trump dossier’ in the presidential and congressional briefing? The Trump dossier is unsubstantiated, contains falsities, outlandish claims, inaccuracies and typos. Veteran intelligence officials call it a complete fraud which 'violated basic standards for intelligence reporting.’ A disinformation analyst at the US Navy’s call it a forgeryMedia critics call it dodgy. In a statement intelligence chief James Clapper wrote that ‘the IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions. However, part of our obligation is to ensure that policymakers are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security.’ Does this pile of garbage really affect national security? The Telegraph reports that the alleged author of the Trump dossier Christopher Steele had contact with the FBI in July 2017 to discuss the content of it. The intelligence agencies had ample time to verify the veracity of the dossier, make an analysis and reach final conclusions. Why they did not make an investigation if they felt that the dossier was worth of it. By enclosing the summary of the dossier in the presidential briefing the intelligence community publicized it and validated it even if they had not reached any judgement about it. The New York Times states that 'putting the summary in a report that went to multiple people in Congress and the executive branch made it very likely that it would be leaked.’ Below are analyses of the Trump dossier published in the media.


Intel vets say Trump ‘dossier' is a ‘complete fraud' - The Daily Caller


‘Forgery!’ Donald Trump spy file is ‘bogus,’ security expert claims - radaronline.com


The Trump dossier is fake — and here are the reasons why. 'A sad state of affairs where an anonymous report, full of bizarre statements, captures the attention of the world media' - Forbes


Spy fiction or malware? A closer look at a ‘dodgy’ Russia dossier on Trump – World Tribune


Credibility of Donald Trump 'dirty dossier' is undermined by basic errors, claims former British spy - Daily Mail Online


VIDEO: Former UK Security Minister raises doubts over Trump dossier - Daily Mail Online


Michael Cohen, an attorney for the president-elect, denies allegations contained in a dossier published by BuzzFeed News: 'It Is fake news meant to malign Mr. Trump' - The Atlantic


Russian tech expert named in Trump report says US intelligence never contacted him about the accusations, which he says are false - McClatchy DC


Russians named in Trump dossier dismiss claims, They were incredulous over allegations of ties to Kremlin-led efforts to interfere with U.S. elections - WSJ


UK spy ‘gathered' Trump intel without going to Russia - The Daily Caller


Theresa May says Trump dossier author has not worked for Britain for years - Reuters


Chris Steele’s friends describe a 007 figure but MI6 call him ‘an idiot’ - Support


Alleged Trump dossier author Christopher Steele met the FBI to discuss the background to the file he had compiled - The Telegraph 


Democrats accuse FBI director of stonewalling on Trump-Russia ties, as more call for him to step down - The Washington Post


US intel sources warn Israel against sharing secrets with Trump administration, fear will be leaked to Russia—and from Russia to its close ally Iran - Ynetnews News


Spy agencies around the world are digging into Trump’s Moscow ties - BuzzFeed News


REPORT: Full text of the Trump dossier - BuzzFeed News


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