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As Tide Turns, Houthis Reject US, Saudi “Peace” Deals for the Recycled Trash They Are

    As Tide Turns, Houthis Reject US, Saudi “Peace” Deals for the Recycled Trash They Are

SANA’A, YEMEN — March 26 marks the sixth anniversary of the U.S.-backed Saudi bombing campaign in the war-torn country of Yemen and massive demonstrations took place across the country on Friday in commemoration. Hundreds of thousands of people took the streets in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a near the besieged Sana’a International Airport, and in…

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Erdogan’s Idlib Misadventure: Reality Checks and Hard Lessons for Turkey

    Erdogan’s Idlib Misadventure: Reality Checks and Hard Lessons for Turkey

Even when viewed through the prism of Turkish interests, President Tayyib Erdogan’s escalatory actions in Syria’s Idlib governorate constitute now plainly evident blunder. Refusing to finally abandon its occupation of Idlib has so far produced numerous setbacks for Turkey, visible to all but the brashest of Erdogan’s diehard supporters. It also threatens to damage Turkey’s…

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The Battle for Idlib: Did Erdogan Capitulate to Putin in Moscow?

    The Battle for Idlib: Did Erdogan Capitulate to Putin in Moscow?

There was a celebration in Syria when Russia announced a ceasefire agreement with Turkey on March 3 following a six-hour meeting between Presidents Erdogan and Putin in Moscow. Under the agreement, Erdogan agreed to pull back Turkish forces and not to contest territory that Syria had recently reclaimed from terrorist groups in eastern Aleppo and…

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Hope of Hodeida Ceasefire Wanes as Saudis Talks Peace but Bolster Military Presence

    Hope of Hodeida Ceasefire Wanes as Saudis Talks Peace but Bolster Military Presence

HODEIDA, YEMEN — Representatives from Yemen’s Houthis and the Saudi-led Coalition have agreed on Phase 1 of a mutual redeployment of forces under a UN-sponsored deal that would see both sides leave Yemen’s port city of Hodeida after months of failed attempts to implement previous agreements in the Red Sea city. The UN spokesman’s office said…

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Before the Ink Could Dry: Saudis Violate Yemen Truce with Fierce Attacks on Hodeida

  Before the Ink Could Dry: Saudis Violate Yemen Truce with Fierce Attacks on Hodeida

HODEIDA, YEMEN — Hope was quickly dashed for the residents of Yemen’s Hodeida after a week of peace talks in Sweden initially gave rise to a ceasefire between Houthi forces and the Saudi-led coalition.  But instead of peace, the sounds of fierce clashes and coalition fighter jets re-echo throughout the province. Saudi Arabia has violated…

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Prisoner Swap, Hodeida Ceasefire Mark Successful First Step in Yemen Peace Talks

  Prisoner Swap, Hodeida Ceasefire Mark Successful First Step in Yemen Peace Talks

RIMBO, SWEDEN — Following three years of one of the bloodiest battles of the 21st century, the Saudi assault on Yemen’s key port city of Hodeida may be nearing its end. The Saudi-led coalition and Ansar Allah, the political wing of the Houthi resistance movement, have agreed to a ceasefire in Hodeida and in the…

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The Nefarious Reasons Behind the US and UK’s Sudden Concern for Civilians in Yemen

  The Nefarious Reasons Behind the US and UK’s Sudden Concern for Civilians in Yemen

At first glance, it may seem like a positive move. The Trump administration and London are both putting pressure on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire in Yemen’s atrocious war. Washington and London are also calling for warring sides to enter into peace negotiations within a month. What’s wrong with that, you…

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US-Egyptian-Israeli Strategy: Bomb Palestinians into Accepting Trump “Peace Plan”

  US-Egyptian-Israeli Strategy: Bomb Palestinians into Accepting Trump “Peace Plan”

GAZA CITY – The Gaza Strip seemed to maintain a tenuous calm Tuesday after a de facto ceasefire between Palestinian factions and Tel Aviv ended a week of heightened violence that saw the Israeli military pound civilian targets across the coastal enclave. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza has reported that the Israeli assault…

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Ongoing Bombardment of Hodeida Belies UAE Claim of Ceasefire

  Ongoing Bombardment of Hodeida Belies UAE Claim of Ceasefire

HODEIDA, YEMEN — The United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, announced on Sunday a pause in the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led attacks against Yemen’s port city of Hodeida. He claimed the halt is intended to allow United Nations efforts to resolve the conflict to take place. Despite the announcement, however, the Saudi-led coalition is,…

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UN Feigns Outrage Over Ghouta While Terrorist Rockets Rain Down on Damascus

  UN Feigns Outrage Over Ghouta While Terrorist Rockets Rain Down on Damascus

GHOUTA, SYRIA — On February 20, from Amman, Jordan, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Geert Cappelaere, issued a statement of “outrage” titled: “The war on children in Syria: Reports of mass casualties among children in Eastern Ghouta and Damascus.” The “statement” — consisting of blank lines with the preface “No words…

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