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Al-Nusra commander killed by ISIS landmine in east Hama

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According to opposition sources, a top Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham commander leading the jihadist group’s anti-ISIS operation in northeastern Hama was killed in battle yesterday. Keep Reading

Israel’s anti-Iran policies during the Trump administration

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The Trump administration, with the help of Israel, has opened up a number of new files in the Middle East, such as the anti-Iran Arab coalition, an Arab NATO, among others. In his first meeting with Trump on February 12th,2017, Benjamin Netanyahu  revealed that Israel hopes that under the leadership of Donald Trump, radical Islam will be set back.  Keep Reading

US airstrike kills 14 civilians in Syrian gov’t controlled areas

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Syria State television said jets from a US-led international coalition raided the government-held Qusur district of Deir ez-Zor city and killed 14 civilians and wounded 32 others. Keep Reading

US-backed militias retook Raqqa after reducing it to rubble, killing 2000 civilians, letting ISIS flee

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Raqqa, the Syrian stronghold of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has now been declared “liberated” by both the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and their backers, the US. Last weekend several hundred IS fighters struck a deal with the SDF to take their family members and leave to IS-controlled parts of Deir ez-Zor governorate. Some foreign fighters reportedly stayed behind, refusing to surrender. Keep Reading

Syrian forces make advances in war on ISIS in Deir-ez-Zor

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According to local media reports, the army units engaged in fierce clashes with ISIS terrorist groups in Howeijet Saqer and al-Sinaa neighborhood, as the army air force and artillery directed intensive strikes on ISIS fortifications and hideouts in the neighborhoods of al-Sheikh Yassin, Souk al-Hal, Sinema Fouad Street, al-Howeiqa, al-Jbeiliyeh, al-Rashdiyeh, al-Ummal, Kanamat, Khasarat and al-Aradi. Keep Reading

Saudi participation in a security conference organized by Israeli Policy Forum in New York

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The former head of the Saudi intelligence service, Turki al-Faisal, participated in the “Middle East Security” conference, which was organized by the Israeli Policy Forum in New York, in the presence of former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy and a number of former officers of the Israel army. Keep Reading

Retreating Kurdish militias destroy infrastructure as Iraqi forces advance on

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Al-Masdar news website published photos that shows two bridges destroyed by pro-Barzani Peshmerga fighters. The bridges cross major rivers that connect the main road leading to the city of Erbil via Kirkuk in the area of Altun Kupri . Keep Reading

Trump’s Iran strategy looks ominously familiar

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Then, as now, we watched as a US president set the United States on a course for war in the Middle East by politicizing intelligence, making false claims about weapons of mass destruction, overselling the benefits of confrontation and pulling members of Congress-afraid of looking soft on terrorism and WMD-along in his wake. Keep Reading

Saudi religious crisis; gradual change and elimination of Wahhabism

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One can well comprehend how far this situation has been influence by Riyadh’s political comportment. Changes in the political structure and Salman’s rise to power also affected Saudi Arabia’s religious system. Keep Reading

No int’l deal restricts countries’ missile activities: Iran

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Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, who is a senior spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces, said on Saturday that the Islamic Republic’s defensive power was non-negotiable, given the threats posed by Western states. Keep Reading

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