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Focus: Syria - Apr 24, 2017


U.S. sanctions 271 employees of Syrian research center, says they are responsible for developing chemical weapons - Reuters


Press Release: Treasury sanctions 271 Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center staff in response to sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun - treasury.gov


VIDEO: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announces Syria sanctions - YouTube


‘Full, transparent’ investigation into Idlib chemical attacks needed: EU official Mogherini - kurdistan24.net


UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria says has reached no conclusions on alleged Idlib gas attack - RT


OPCW decision not to send chemical weapons experts to Syria ‘strange’: Lavrov - Sputnik


Ceasefire for Khan Sheikhoun if experts come to probe Syria chemical incident: Russian MoD - RT News


Iran, Russia boost military ties amid U.S. action in Syria - freebeacon.com


Unconfirmed: Russia ready to deploy ground forces in the areas where Syrian troops are engaged in serious battles - PressTV


Russian National Guard do not participate in military operations in Syria, press service says - Sputnik


IMPORTANT CORRECTION TO The nerve agent attack that did not occur, by T. Postol - washingtonsblog.com


The White House statement on the Khan Sheikhoun crater, the shell and the impact are all absolutely wrong - Lame Cherry


VIDEOS: Collection of videos that show changes in the claimed impact crater of the chemical strike in Khan Sheikhoun from Apr 4 to Apr 6 - Pastebin.com


Monitor on massacre marketing: Everything says impure, not military-grade sarin was used in Khan Sheikoun - libyancivilwar.blogspot.com


Anatomy of a sarin bomb explosion (Part I) - bellingcat


Anatomy of a sarin bomb explosion (Part II) - bellingcat


Why is US media ignoring all dissenting expert voices on the Khan Sheikhoun attack? - RT Op-Edge


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Focus: Syria - Apr 19, 2017


Note: To stimulate the discussion and full independent investigation of the Syrian chemical explosion, I focus on expert opinions that oppose the narrative that the Syrian government carried out the gas attack.


OPCW Director-General shares incontrovertible laboratory results concluding exposure to sarin in Khan Sheikhun - OPCW


Russia April 20 will submit a proposal for a vote to the OPCW on the situation in Idlib - Russian Reality


Comment by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on the OPCW Executive session re-opening in The Hague on April 19 - Russian Federation


British chair to both OPCW probes on Syria ‘chemical attack’ is against int’l principle: Lavrov - RT News


FM Ayrault says France will prove Syria's Assad used chemical weapons - usatoday.com


VIDEO: Attaque à l'arme chimique: le renseignement français va apporter "les preuves" de l'implication de Bachar, promet Ayrault - LCP


Top U.S. intelligence analyst Theodore Postol accuses White House of fraud about Syrian sarin gas attack - washingtonsblog.com


The nerve agent attack that did not occur: Analysis of the times and locations of critical events in the alleged nerve agent attack in Khan Sheikhoun, by T. Postol - washingtonsblog.com


Ex-UN inspector Barton says Syrian crater ‘too small’ for toll, 'To kill the number of people killed there would require more than one little rocket’ - theaustralian.com.au


For those who ask: HOW COME THE FIRST RESPONDERS DIDN'T DIE FROM THE SARIN GAS THE NEXT DAY? Handy chart re chemical warfare agent persistency - S. Rifai on Twitter


IR data collected by the U.S. combined with eyewitnesses and videos shows the Syrian government employed only conventional weapons against Khan Shaykhun (read page 3) - Truthdig


Talk: Alleged chemical attack Khan Sheikhoun 4 April 2017 - A Closer Look On Syria


PHOTO: Geolocation of the four plumes caused by the explosions at 6:30-7:00 AM on April 4 in Khan Sheikhoun - A Closer Look On Syria


VIDEO: Virginia Sen Dick Black explains why Assad had no motive to gas civilians. - YouTube


VIDEO (and transcript): Former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says the Syrian Government may not be responsible for the chemical attack - therealnews.com


'Truth is first casualty of war': GOP Rep. skeptical Assad carried out gas attack - Fox News Insider


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Focus: Syria - Apr 12, 2017


Leading MIT rocket scientist Theodore Postol issues a report: White House claims on Syria chemical attack 'cannot be true' -washingtonsblog.com


REPORT (Full text): A Quick Turnaround Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report About the Nerve Agent Attack in Syria - Theodore Postol


VIDEO: Interview with Theodore Postol: US report on Idlib attack ‘misinterprets evidence’, ‘politically motivated' - YouTube


Discussion: Leading CW expert Postol of MIT published a 14-page document questioning WH claims that Sarin was dropped from Syrian AF plane - Reddit


ARCHIVE: Possible Implications of Faulty US Technical Intelligence in the Damascus Nerve Agent Attack of August 21, 2013 - Postol, Lloyd


REPORT (Full text): The Assad regime's use of chemical weapons on 4 April 2017 - White House


White House background Press Briefing on Syria chemical attack, 4/11/2017 - whitehouse.gov


Former UN weapons inspector Blix: Send investigators to Syria, not cruise missiles - Utrikesmagasinet


VIDEO: 'I believe nobody, I’d like to see impartial investigation’: ex head of UNMOVIC Blix on Idlib gas attack - YouTube


OPCW to begin Syria probe after use of chemicals in idlib attack is confirmed - The Siasat Daily

 

Last two chemical weapons facilities in Syria belong to rebels and they were not destroyed: OPCW - Maeplet


Syria invited OPCW to send inspector to Shayrat airfield: Representative to UN - Sputnik


At UN, Britain says it has evidence of Syria sarin gas use - WGNO


Turkey: Autopsies show sarin gas used against Syrian town - The Ledger


Putin says chemical weapons incident in Syria’s Idlib could be a provocation - TASS

 

Putin: Russia has data on new provocations planned against Syrian authorities - TASS


Chief of Russian General staff: chemical weapons are being brought to Khan Shaykhun, Jira airport, Eastern Ghouta and West Aleppo to further blame Syrian government in attack - syria.liveuamap.com


Trump: 'Unlikely' Russia had no knowledge of Syrian chemical attack - ABC News


Tillerson warns Russia on Syria, saying Assad era is ‘coming to an end’ - The New York Times


Defense chief Mattis says Syria will pay a big price if it uses gas again - usatoday.com


McMaster: U.S. eager for regime change in Syria, but 'we’re not the ones who are going to effect that change.' - POLITICO


McMaster and Russia - Sic Semper Tyrannis


Out of 47 major editorials on Trump’s Syria strikes, only one opposed - FAIR


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Focus: Syria - Apr 10, 2017

 

US Official: Russia knew in advance of Syrian chemical attack - AP


McCain: Russia cooperated with Syria in chemical attack - ABC News


Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi, Former DIA Colonel Pat Lang say the Syrian chemical attack story is a sham - Intel Today


VIDEO: Col. Wilkerson says Syrian government may not be responsible for the chemical attack, Trump’s response is a violation of international law - Truthdig


PODCAST: Philip Giraldi says intelligence community doubt Assad gas narrative - The Libertarian Institute


VIDEO: Vet CIA officer Ray McGovern: Syria bombed a rebel arms depot filled with chemical weapons, Assad didn’t gas his people - InvestmentWatch


Michael Savage: This was a complete false flag event… Assad had nothing to gain by gassing his own people...No sarin gas, most likely phosgene gas - theduran.com

 

PODCAST: Michael Savage prosecutes the Syrian attack and his results are jaw-dropping ⋆ WayneDupree.com

 

Gabbard takes heat from Dems for skepticism of Syria chemical attack - TheHill

 

VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard slams Trump’s attack on Syria - Antiwar.com Blog

 

Where was CIA’s Pompeo on Syria? Is he doubting Assad guilt? - Consortiumnews

 

Trump's decision to launch missile strikes on Syria was based on a lie that it dropped a military chemical weapon on innocent civilians - Sic Semper Tyrannis

 

The American media and many American political leaders are a complete disgrace as they have cheered Trump's illegal and unjustified order to launch missiles against Syria - Sic Semper Tyrannis

 

What we know & don't know about the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, eyewitnesses accounts - caucus99percent

 

Wag the dog -- How Al Qaeda played Donald Trump and the American media - The Huffington Post

 

Revisiting the story of the ‘false flag’ chemical attack at Goutha on 21 august 2013 - Sic Semper Tyrannis

 

VIDEO: Ray McGovern addresses the 2013 Ghouta Syrian gas attack accusations - YouTube

 

Special Report: The growing potential for militant chemical attacks, and how you can prepare - Max Security

 

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Talk Nation Radio: Dennis Kucinich on Opposing War on Syria

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Dennis Kucinich is an internationally renowned champion of diplomacy and peace. His distinguished career in public service dates back to 1969 and spans councilman, clerk of courts, Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio State Senator, 8 term Member of US Congress and 2-time Democratic candidate for President of the United States. We discuss U.S. warmaking in Syria.
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Focus: Syria - Apr 7, 2017

 

Putin considers US attack in Syria aggression against sovereign state: Kremlin - Sputnik


Putin to Netanyahu: Unacceptable to make 'groundless accusations' on Syria chemical attack - Haaretz.com


Russian Foreign Ministry statement on US military action in Syria on April 7, 2017 - mid.ru


Russian Defense Ministry: 36 Tomahawk missiles out of 59 did not reach the Ash Sha’irat airbase, total cost of the operation $110.271 million  - southfront.org


Russian Defense Ministry decides on expansion in Syria following Putin's orders - Sputnik


Russia to take measures to Increase Syrian air defense capabilities - southfront.org


Russian warship steams toward US destroyers that launched Syria strikes - Fox News


Russia expects US to provide evidence of chemical weapons use by Syria - TASS


Moscow reminds all chemical weapons were taken out of Syria in 2014 with US help - Sputnik


Syria has 'ridiculously huge' stockpile of sarin gas, Pentagon memo reveals - Washington Times


Rebel warehouse with chem weapons hit by Syrian airstrike in Idlib: Russian MOD - RT News


VIDEO: Weapons manufacturing facility in Khan Sheikhoun captured by Qatari TV, video begins by showing people being washed off after the chemical attack - Al Jazeera


White Helmets & SOHR can't be considered as reliable sources: Russian Foreign Ministry - southfront.org


US probes possible Russia role in Syria chemical attack - CNN.com


China does not assign blame for the Syria chemical attack or mention Syrian leader Bashar Assad, supports investigation - Fox News

 

UN Chief urges ‘very clear' probe into Syria's Idlib chemical attack - Sputnik

 

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Presidency of Syrian Arab Republic: US aggression is reckless and irresponsible act – Syrian Arab News Agency


Eyewitness says Syrian military anticipated U.S. raid - ABC News


Al-Moallem: Syrian Army didn’t and will not use chemical weapons even against terrorists – Syrian Arab News Agency


Syria determined to carry out its obligations towards OPCW, rejects forging facts – Syrian Arab News Agency


Mikdad: We provided OPCW and the UN with reports on toxic substances transported into Syria by terrorist organizations – Syrian Arab News Agency


Did Assad or the Russians use chemical weapons against civilians in Syria or are we dealing with a false flag operation? Is Trump being duped by the neocons? - O Mouggos


What caused the chemical calamity in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria on April 4, 2017? - Rootclaim


Chemical Weapons 2017: What Just Happened In Syria? - activistpost.com


Tahrir AL sham said the warplane that did the airstrikes was Su-22 2/4 - Yusha Yuseef on Twitter


it's known that bombs used by this type of warplanes can't be filled with gas or editable ، Unlike let's say helicopter home made bombs 3/4 - Yusha Yuseef on Twitter


Also SAA command didn't know about existence of chemical supplements inside the targeted base 4/4 - Yusha Yuseef on Twitter


VIDEO: Minutes after the sarin gas attack on Idlib - LiveLeak.com


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Syria strike disappoints Trump backers in media - TheHill


Trump's troll army isn't ready for war in Syria, The alt-right crowd breaks with the president - POLITICO Magazine


Trump’s Syria strike is sign of Bannon’s waning influence - nymag.com


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Trump’s military strikes in Syria are reckless and short-sighted - Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard


VIDEO: Ron Paul: "Zero chance" Assad behind chemical weapons attack In Syria; Likely a false flag - Zero Hedge


Trump supporter Marine veteran warns Trump: ‘You're being duped’ on Syria (VIDEO) - southfront.org


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Top 10 Lies, Damn Lies, and Lies About Syria

1. Chemical weapons are worse than other weapons.

This is not the case. Death and dismemberment are horrific regardless of the weapon. No weapon is being used legally, morally, humanely, or practically in Syria or Iraq. U.S. bombs are no less indiscriminate, no less immoral, and no less illegal than chemical weapons -- or for that matter than the depleted uranium weapons with which the United States has been poisoning the area. The fact that a weapon has not been banned does not create a legal right to go into a country and kill people with it.

2. Chemical weapons use justifies the escalated use of other weapons.

Does shoplifting justify looting? If a Hatfield poisoned a McCoy, would another McCoy be justified in shooting a bunch of Hatfields? What barbarism is this? A crime does not sanction another crime. That's a quick trip to hell.

3. Important people we should trust know who used chemical weapons.

No, they do not. At least they do not know that the Syrian government did it. If they knew this, they would offer evidence. As on every past occasion, they have not done so.

4. The enemy is pure evil and will answer only to force.

The U.S. government and its proxies have sabotaged peace negotiations numerous times over the past several years, maintaining that Assad would have to step down or -- preferably -- be overthrown by violence before anything could be negotiated. This does not make the U.S. government pure inhuman evil, much less does it make the Syrian government that.

5. If you don't want to bomb Syria with one enemy's name on your lips, you hold the firm belief that said enemy is actually a saint.

This piece of stupidity gets people accused of loving and holding blameless the Syrian government, the Russian government, the U.S. government, ISIS, and various other parties. In fact, the reasonable thing to do is to hold all killers responsible for their killing because of the crime, not because of who commits it.

6. U.S. war-making in Syria is defensive.

This is the opposite of reality-based thinking as war-making endangers us rather than protects us. Someone should ask Donald Trump to remember the Maine. You may remember that Spain wanted the matter brought to a neutral arbiter, but the United States wanted war, regardless of any evidence. That's been the typical move over the centuries: careful maneuvering into war, not away from it. Trump, by the way, is already up to his bloody elbows in several wars inherited from Obama -- wars no less immoral and illegal slaughters because of their connection to either of those presidents. The question of who blew up the Maine is, at this point a truly dumb one. The important point is that the U.S. didn't want to know, wanted instead to rush into a war before anyone could find out. Typically, the desire to avoid information, and not some other consideration, is the reason for the urgency in war-making.

7. Peace was tried in 2013, and it failed.

No. What happened was that Obama and his administration tried to pull off the same stunt that Trump is trying now, and the public rose up and refused to allow it. So, instead of a massive bombing campaign, Syria got more weapons, more trainers, more troops, and a medium sized bombing campaign. That's very different from actually shifting direction and offering Syria diplomacy, aid, and disarmament.

8. The U.S. government's goal is peace.

The long openly stated goal of powerful players in the U.S. government is to overthrow Assad.

9. Syria is as boring and unconcerning as numerous other ongoing U.S. wars.

In reality, Syria is a war that risks fighting between the United States and Russia, while each is armed with far more than enough nuclear weapons to destroy all life on earth. Creating a profitable conflict between the U.S. and Russia is a likely actual motivation of some hawks on Syria.

10. Making everything worse with yet more violence is the only option left.

That's not an option at all. But these are: aid, reparations, negotiations, disarmament, the rule of law, truth and reconciliation.

Focus: Syria - Mar 29, 2017

 

Clashes rage around Tabqa town after the Islamic State counter-attacks to fend off a US-backed advance near the militants' stronghold of Raqqa - alaraby.co.uk


Clashes renewed in the vicinity of al-Tabqa airbase between the Islamic State and the Syria Democratic Forces - SOHR


Raqqa-Tabqa road under SDF control - NRT English


Engineers repair Syria's Tabqa dam spillways after ISIS shelling - Reuters


VIDEO: ISIS began pounding the Tabqa dam with mortars. engineers evacuated and SDF/YPG reinforcements arrived. - syria.liveuamap.com


Engineer says Tabqa dam not in immediate damage, but needs urgent repairs (VIDEO) - almasdarnews.com


Red Crescent Team checks north side of Al-Tabqa dam in Raqqa province, say that the dam is out of service but it is not at risk (VIDEO) - Reuters


US- led coalition official: No imminent danger to Tabqa Dam, ISIS losing more ground in Raqqa - ARA News


VIDEO: ISIS-affiliated news agency Amaq reportedly showing damage to the dam, states it was “completely out of service” and that its floodgates could not be opened - YouTube

 

Raqqa lives in darkness and thirst for the 5th consecutive day and panic in the city due to rumors about “the collapse of the near Euphrates Dam” - SOHR


The fight for a key dam in Syria could lead to 'catastrophe' for hundreds of thousands of people - Yahoo News


Monitoring groups say US behind deadly air strike on Syrian Tabqa dam that killed two local experts trying to repair it - FT


US-led coalition warplanes kill the man in charge of the Euphrates dam management in targeting him with a group of 12 persons including technicians in al-Tabqa – SOHR


Russian general claims US-led coalition hit Tabqa dam in Syria - militarytimes.com


More US troops may be needed for fight against ISIS near Raqqa, general says - Fox News


US-led Coalition to use Tabqa airbase during Raqqa operation - Sputnik


US military delivers equipment to Kurdish forces in northern Raqqa: report - almasdarnews.com


Syria's Raqqa expected to join Kurdish-led federalism: Kurdish leader - Reuters


Syrian Democratic Forces say handed over responsibility for the administration in the Raqqa countryside to the Raqqa Civil Council - Rudaw


US-led coalition has no intention to create federal Kurdish state in Syria: official - ARA News


The Kurds can take Raqqa, but they can’t stay, says top U.S. General. - Foreign Policy on Twitter

 

Syrian Coalition: Liberation of Raqqa should be assigned to the FSA - etilaf.org


Fantastic report based on interviews with the key 4 tribes in Raqqa. - A MUST READ, with important lessons - Charles Lister on Twitter


Lesson 1 - ALL of Raqqa’s key tribes are deeply hostile to U.S-backed YPG & skeptical of the SDF. Today’s strategy ensures further war. - Charles Lister on Twitter


Lesson 2 - A sizeable U.S troop deployment into eastern Syria based on today’s strategy is v. likely to spark a broader hostile insurgency - Charles Lister on Twitter


REPORT: Eyeing Raqqa: A Tale of Four Tribes - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Turkey ends 'Shield' military operation in Syria, PM says - US News


Turkish observers: 'Ankara, Damascus must unite' to halt US-backed Kurdish state in northern Syria - Sputnik

 

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Four Syrian towns reach evacuation deals between pro-government and rebel forces -DW.COM


More links on the reported Fouaa–Kefraya/Zabadani–Madaya agreement - Aron Lund on Twitter


The National Coalition is not at all fond of the Four Towns agreement - Aron Lund on Twitter:


[Unverified] reports that HTS may have received $30 million for agreeing to recent “4 towns” evacuation deal - Charles Lister on Twitter


Fighters, civilians evacuated from last militant-held district in Homs (VIDEO) - almasdarnews.com


Syrian government troops entered Deir Hafer: Report - southfront.org


Syrian army advance on Jirah military airbase (VIDEO) - southfront.org


ISIS-held Jirah military air base in Aleppo to be encircled by Syrian army (MAP) - southfront.org


Syrian Army overruns jihadi groups in northern Hama - almasdarnews.com


Syrian Army regains the lead in northern Hama, recaptures another hilltop (VIDEO) - almasdarnews.com


ISIS offensive in Deir Ezzor ends in complete disaster, 30+ terrorists killed - almasdarnews.com


Syrian, Iraqi intelligence work together to destroy ISIS's largest base in Deir Ezzor - almasdarnews.com


HNC reiterates no role for Assad in transitional period & accuses Iranian-backed militias of war crimes - etilaf.org


U.S. envoy to U.N. Haley: Syria's Assad 'hindrance to moving forward' - Reuters


Russian Deputy FM rules out discussing Assad's future with US - Sputnik


Peace talks will continue until Syria has ‘territorial integrity’: Russian Deputy FM - almasdarnews.com


Russia urges Syrian opposition to not raise tensions - almasdarnews.com


Russia's Lavrov: still possible to renew cooperation with U.S. in Syria - Reuters


Lavrov interview: An “absolutely artificial hysterical situation was created” in U.S.-Russia relations—but not quite yet a Cold War. - The National Interest


Iraq will not sever ties with Iran despite pressure from Arab nations - Rudaw


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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Syria - Jan 11, 2017


US State Dept: Syrian Kurds a force on the ground and must be in peace talk ‘at some point’ - Rudaw


VIDEO: US State Dept spokesman: Syrian Kurds a force on the ground and must be in peace talk ‘at some point’ - YouTube


No room for ‘terrorist’ Kurdish YPG at Syria talks, says Turkish deputy PM - hurriyetdailynews.com


Turkey expects US solidarity on terrorist YPG, FETO: FM - aa.com


Turkish foreign minister Cavusoglu op-ed: Turkey deserves better from the United States - The Washington Post


Turkey's war on Syrian Kurds under scrutiny, The Turkish Army announces the death of 291 YPG fighters during military operations in northern Syria - ARA 


Kurdish PYD ready to table proposals for Constitution referendum talks in Astana peace talks - Sputnik


Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF): We are not PKK - Rudaw


Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) statement confirming that it has no affiliation or ties to PKK - U.S. Central Command on Twitter


Interview with Kurdish PYD leader Salih Muslim - ekurd


Two Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fronts meet northwest of Raqqa, continue push for city - Rudaw


ISIS counter-attacks against US-backed YPG forces near Raqqa - southfront.org


Kurds arrest ISIS supporters northeast Syria - ARA News


Syrian Kurdish-led forces seize historic castle from Islamic State less than 20 miles from Raqqa - ekurd


I Fought ISIS with the Kurds in Syria. This is what it was like - The Tower


4-year-old among 3 child soldiers in new Isis video showing execution of alleged Kurdish YPG spies in Syria - ibtimes.co.uk


Syrian women speak of ISIS atrocities in Manbij - ARA News


US special forces raid ISIS stronghold in Deir el-Ezor near Raqqa, reportedly killing dozen - CBS News


French Security Council calls liberation of Syria's Raqqa national priority - Sputnik


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Tillerson: US must prioritize defeating Daesh (ISIS) in Syria before dealing with Assad - Sputnik


VIDEO: Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson at confirmation hearing: 'Syrian Kurds... have been our greatest allies’ in the fight against ISIS - YouTube


French presidential hopeful Fillon considers dialogue with Assad to resolve Syria crisis - Sputnik


Iraq PM Al-Abadi sends message to Assad about the war on terrorism - AWD News


Assad says Syria not putting conditions on peace talks, asked if that included his position as president Assad said ‘yes' but any new constitution must be put to a referendum - CBC


Assad willing to grant amnesty to armed groups, adding that 'this is the maximum that one can offer' - almasdarnews.com


Improved U.S.-Russia ties positive for Syria, Assad says - Bloomberg


Assad welcomes French presidential candidate Fillon’s views on Syria - France 24


VIDEO: Bashar al-Assad answers French media questions - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Bashar al-Assad answers French media questions - Syrian Arab News Agency


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Focus: Syria - Dec 29, 2016

 

Syrian government and rebels sign cease-fire deal, says Russia - LA Times


VIDEO (English subs): Putin: Syria ceasefire agreement reached, readiness to start peace talks - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Shoigu and Lavrov brief Putin on agreements between the Syrian government and the opposition on a ceasefire and peace talks - Kremlin


Russia to cut military presence in Syria: Putin - TASS


Syria ceasefire deal — the draft text - TRT World


List of armed formations, which joined the ceasefire in the Syrian Arab Republic on December 30, 2016 - Russia Ministry of Defence


POLL: Putin’s approval rating hits 2016 record-high of nearly 87 percent - TASS


Lavrov hopes Trump administration will join efforts on Syria peace talks - TASS


Lavrov says Egypt could join Syria talks in Astana, while Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Iraq could join them at subsequent stages - TASS


Two parallel talks on Syria settlement might be held in Astana - Sputnik


Press release regarding the announcement of country-wide ceasefire between the warring parties in Syria - Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Assad believes agreements on Syria lay grounds for stabilization 'for first time ever’ - TASS


Syrian foreign minister sees 'real chance' for political settlement - Reuters


Press Release: Syrian Coalition calls for full implementation of the Russian-Turkish ceasefire agreement - etilaf.org


FSA says Syria ceasefire agreed, reveals details - orient-news.net

 

Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham says has 'reservations' about Syria agreement, and was not among the groups that had signed it - Reuters


"Nor did Nour al-Din Zinki sign the agreement” - Sami on Twitter


Turkey says Lebanon's Hezbollah should leave Syria - The Times of Israel


"Hezbollah says fighters from the party will remain in #Syria indefinitely, despite Turkey's demands that the group withdraw” - Zeina Khodr on Twitter

 

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US State Dept 'welcomes' Syria cease-fire, sees it as 'a positive development' - Washington Examiner


Graham fears Syria truce a ‘capitulation’ to Russia, Iran - TheHill


"#Putin declares ceasefire in #Syria to make way for talks. Make a desert, call it peace - John McCain on Twitter

 

US supplies weapons to YPG terrorists in Syria, period, Turkey FM says - Daily Sabah


Erdogan to US: 'We are your NATO ally. How on earth can you support terrorist organizations and not us?' - aa.com


The truth regarding misinformation in Turkish media concerning United States and Coalition operations against ISIL in Syria - U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Turkey

 

ISIS 'war committee' member killed in coalition airstrike, US official tweets that Kurdish-Arab SDF have so far cleared 1,900 square kilometres in their campaign to isolate Raqqa - Rudaw


Kurdish PYD says not invited to join Syrian ceasefire deal - Sputnik


Syrian Kurdish groups, allies say approve blueprint for federal system - Reuters


Syrian Kurdistan drops Rojava (Western Kurdistan) word in its draft constitution - Rudaw


Kurds and Damascus meet over the status of the Kurdish-administrated entities in the north of the country - Rudaw


Syrian Democratic Front (not to be confused with the Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces) unites internal opposition groups - Sputnik


"Of 111,000 displaced fr east Aleppo, 74,951 or 2/3 went to Gov-controlled areas, & 36,086 to reb areas” - Joshua Landis on Twitter


MAP: "As a ceasefire is announced, @ReutersGraphics maps estimated Syrian civil war fatalities - Reuters Top News on Twitter



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Focus: Turkey and Syria - Dec 26, 2016


All-out Turkey offensive to liberate al-Bab nears end as focus turns toward next target Manbij - Daily Sabah


US led int'l coalition refusing air support in al-Bab anti-Daesh op. unacceptable, Turkey spox Kalın says - Daily Sabah


Turkey moves tanks and guns to Syria border, eyes Raqqa if Trump agrees to block Kurdish forces from participating - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Erdogan says 'Turkey will never allow the formation of a new [Kurdish] state in northern Syria’, wants role in Raqqa ‘because Turkey is a global power' - Breibart


President Tayyip Erdoğan to ask Donald Trump to impose no-fly zone over Syria - The Independent

 

Qatar, Turkey hold talks on Syria crisis - gulf-times.com


Turkish military, Free Syrian Army shell Kurdish villages on Afrin canton situated between al-Bab and Manbij - Sputnik


Kurdish YPG reports ongoing attacks by Turkish army near Kobanê with heavy weapons - ANF 


Kurdish YPG militia says to leave Manbij, it finished training local security units in Manbij which it captured from Islamic State - Kurdpress News Aganecy


U.S. does not support connecting Kurdish cantons in Syrian Kurdistan: Ambassador to Ankara - ekurd


Russia met 24 Syrian Kurdish parties: Russian general - Kurdpress News Aganecy


US backed Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces 5km from strategic Tabqa dam west of Raqqa - Rudaw


Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces say make gains in Raqqa province, have liberated 97 villages from ISIS in the past 10 days - VOA


Kurdish female fighters playing key role in battle for Raqqa - ARA News


US-Led coalition bracing for bombing raids against Daesh in Syria's Raqqa, 'We will be stepping up the training for Syrian Democratic Forces’ - Sputnik

 

ISIS jihadists burn four men to death on charges of supporting Kurdish forces - ARA News


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Focus: Aleppo - Dec 14, 2016


Confusion over Aleppo evacuation as rebels say deal back on, however Syria's government source says ‘there is no agreement, the negotiations are ongoing' - France 24


Syrian rebels shell besieged villages in Idlib province which Damascus ally Iran is demanding to be evacuated before a ceasefire deal - Reuters


UN body says Aleppo rebels may be blocking civilians from fleeing Aleppo and using them as human shields - AFP


Russian Defense Ministry reports more than 360 gunmen lay down arms in Aleppo - TASS


Russian FM minister calls on the US to influence the units of the militant opposition backed by Washington - TASS


Damascus in close contact on military planning with Moscow and Tehran - TASS


Syrian leader Assad's Shi'ite allies helped him win in Aleppo - Reuters


Western media disinformation: Unverified Aleppo “on the spot” executions - Centre for Research on Globalization


U.S. may target heavy weapons seized by Islamic State in Palmyra, US general warns - Reuters

 

ISIS video claims to show abandoned Russian base in Palmyra with significant weaponry left behind - The Guardian


VIDEO: Abandoned Russian military base in Palmyra - YouTube


Obama waives restrictions on military support to foreign forces 'to combat terrorism in Syria' - ibtimes.com

 

Weapons can end up with terrorists now US military aid restrictions to Syria lifted: Kremlin - RT News


No complete confidence US arm supplies to Syria ‘can’t change hands’: State Dept - RT America


Interview with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on the bill to halt U.S. arms supplies to 'individuals and groups who are working directly with al-Qaida, ISIS ...and other terrorist groups' - NPR


Press Release: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard introduces legislation to stop arming terrorists - Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard


VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard introduces bill to stop arming terrorists - YouTube

 

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Aleppo: US ambassador Samantha Power blasts Assad, Russia, Iran over Syria atrocities at UN Security Council meeting - Haaretz


Russia ambassador Churkin to Samantha Power: You are not Mother Theresa, remember the role of US and allies in the creation of ISIS as a result of intervention in Iraq and Syria - RT


VIDEO: Ambassador Samantha Power's attack on Syria, Russia and Iran over deaths in Aleppo - YouTube


VIDEO: Russia’s UN Ambassador Churkin responds to Samantha Power on Syria - YouTube


VIDEO (Full statements): US Ambassador Power and Russia Ambassador Churkin at UN Security Council meeting on Aleppo - YouTube


Syria Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari: The Syrian government is innocent of the U.S. and western accusations that it has committed crimes in Aleppo - SANA


VIDEO: Syria Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari statement at the UN Security Council on Aleppo - YouTube


Senators McCain and Graham: Aleppo a ‘testament to our moral failure, everlasting shame' - Newsmax


New York Times editorial: Aleppo’s destroyers: Assad, Putin, Iran - The New York Times


Germany blames Russia over Syria, says sanctions still on table - sg.news


Russian Defense Ministry calls criticism over Aleppo ‘Russophobic hot air’ - themoscowtimes.com


Syria's Assad: Trump can be our natural ally to fight terrorism - Reuters


Assad: All Western aid for Syria sent to terrorist groups, not civilians - Sputnik


VIDEO (Full interview): Assad: West is telling Russia that Syrian Army went too far in defeating terrorists  - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Assad full interview - Syrian Arab News Agency


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