Category: Syria

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CIA Ending Its Rein of Terror Inside Syria

According to reports out of Washington, senior members of the Trump Administration, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, have announced their decision to cut off funding to Syrian rebels fighting against the Government of Bashar al-Assad. Many are now suggesting that the move may be the deciding step ultimately resulting in the end of the Syrian Civil War as we have known it.

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How The United States Has Laid The Ground Work for The Middle East’s Next War

In September of 2017, the Kurdish people will hold a referendum vote to separate from Iraq and form their own country. However, the leaders of Iraq and Turkey both say they will refuse to recognize a Kurdish nation state, never-mind seceded territory to them. By continuing to arm, fund and support the Kurds, why is the US continuing to turn its back on a strategic NATO ally and coalition partner, and what does this mean for the future of the Middle East?

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US Led Coalition Forces Are Using White Phosphorous in Iraq and Syria

US led coalition forces are using White Phosphorus munition against the Islamic State in both Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria. The use of these weapons is strictly forbidden in certain circumstances under international law, most notably as an “offensive weapon.” The US maintains they are using it as a “smokescreen” to shield fleeing escaping civilians from IS snipers. Despite this however, there are already reports circulating of civilian causalities, something which is not uncommon whenever these weapons are used.

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Reports: Evacuations In 4 Syrian Towns Begin After Assad and Rebels Strike Peace Accord

According to reporting by Middle East Eye, “At least 80 buses left the government-held towns of Fua and Kafraya in Idlib province in the northwest” early Friday morning. Adding that “More than 30,000 people are expected to be evacuated under the deal, which began on Wednesday with an exchange of prisoners between rebels and government forces.”

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Amnesty International Calls On The International Community To Demand Justice for Syria

In the last 6 years since War first broke out in 2011, over 400,000 Syrians have died and nearly 20% of Syrian nationals have fled the country to live as refugees. As for the people who stayed, the UN now says that more than half of Syria’s population is in need of immediate humanitarian assistance with conditions worsening by the day.

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You Might Not Be Familiar With Raqqa, But Here Is Why You Will Be Hearing A Lot More About It Over The Coming Months

The battle to retake Raqqa, Syria began November 5th, 2016 and within days to weeks, the US military will be stationing ground troops to fight along side Kurdish forces already fighting. This is important to note because it will mark the first time the Obama administration has deployed “boots on the ground” within Syria.