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Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds: Russia Blamed for Crisis in Eastern Ghouta

    Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds: Russia Blamed for Crisis in Eastern Ghouta

As usual, the West has demonstrated its ability to fire off a quick response when it comes to slamming Russia for something it has not done. This time it’s about Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb under terrorist control. The accusation? Russia and its ally Syria are guilty of killing innocent civilians, thanks to their “devastating“ attacks and “siege-and-starve…

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Israel Ramps Up Support For Over 7 Syrian Rebel Factions In Desperate Bid to Expand Reach

    Israel Ramps Up Support For Over 7 Syrian Rebel Factions In Desperate Bid to Expand Reach

GOLAN, SYRIA — As the acute phase of civil warfare in Syria winds down while the government of President Bashar al-Assad increasingly gains the upper hand over foreign-funded insurgents, regional powers are desperately boosting aid for local proxies in a last-ditch attempt to rekindle the nearly seven-year-long conflict and gain a strategic foothold in the…

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‘Mother Jones’ Senior Reporter Asks Medium To Silence Antiwar Leftists

    ‘Mother Jones’ Senior Reporter Asks Medium To Silence Antiwar Leftists

Opinion — When news first broke that Medium, one of my primary blogging platforms, had closed the accounts of Trump-supporting pundits Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer, I tweeted the following in response: The only people cheering for this are leftists who haven’t been paying attention and centrists who have. This ongoing trend of marginalizing online dissent…

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East Ghouta: Selective Outrage Undermines Human Rights in Syria

    East Ghouta: Selective Outrage Undermines Human Rights in Syria

News stories are full of quotes painting the situation as nearly unprecedented in its horror: “hell on earth,” “never seen anything like this,” “one of the worst attacks in Syrian history,” and “flagrant war crime” on an “epic scale.” A New York Times editorial, calling the battle “one of the most violent episodes of the seven-year war,” demands that Syrian President…

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Without Changing a Stripe, ISIS Morphs from US’s Deadly Enemy to Useful Weapon to Perfect Target

  Without Changing a Stripe, ISIS Morphs from US’s Deadly Enemy to Useful Weapon to Perfect Target

EUPHRATES RIVER VALLEY, SYRIA (Analysis) — While President Trump has recently hailed the defeat of ISIS, the group has been able to stave-off a complete defeat by retreating to a few, small remaining pockets in Syria. One of these pockets, located east of the Euphrates along Syria’s border with Iraq, is surrounded by the Syrian…

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US Applies Useful Double Standard to Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

  US Applies Useful Double Standard to Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

AFRIN, SYRIA — On Saturday, Syrian news agency SANA reported that six men had been hospitalized after an alleged Turkish chemical weapons attack on a small town near the city of Afrin in Northern Syria. Jiwan Mohammad, the director of the Afrin Hospital, told SANA that the men’s symptoms were indicative of those experienced after contact…

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America Loves Terrorists Abroad: ISIS as Proxy US Mercenaries

  America Loves Terrorists Abroad: ISIS as Proxy US Mercenaries

By all accounts, wherever the Islamic State has gained and held territory, its residents suffer terrible oppression and deprivation. Unless you are on their wavelength, you most likely agree that ISIS rule has been calamitous for its subjects. Both Obama and Trump have pointed out their badass nature on numerous occasions, not so much in…

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Israel Preps for Syrian War with Golan’s Oil and Water in its Sights

  Israel Preps for Syrian War with Golan’s Oil and Water in its Sights

GOLAN HEIGHTS – Soon after Saturday’s dangerous escalation involving Syria’s downing of an Israeli fighter jet in its airspace seemed to fizzle out, the Jerusalem Post reported that Israel was approaching the de-escalation period as a time to prepare for large-scale war with its northern neighbor by boosting its air defenses. According to those cited…

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Hundreds of Russian Fighters Killed in US Airstrikes in Syria

  Hundreds of Russian Fighters Killed in US Airstrikes in Syria

Following up to last night’s bombshell report that at least two Russian mercenary fighters in Syria had been killed by U.S.-led coalition forces, this morning Bloomberg is out with an exclusive, according to which the body count is far greater than had been disclosed: U.S. forces reportedly killed “scores” of Russian contract soldiers in Syria last week…

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Kurdish Militias in Conflict-Ridden Northeastern Syria Turn to Kidnapping, Conscription, ISIS-like Tactics

  Kurdish Militias in Conflict-Ridden Northeastern Syria Turn to Kidnapping, Conscription, ISIS-like Tactics

Sarah Abed is an independent journalist and political commentator.  She covers a broad range of issues relating to the Syrian war, Kurdish issues in Iraq and Syria, as well as U.S policy in the Middle East.  The following is an account of Sarah’s conversations with Aramean Christians living under Kurdish rule in occupied northern Syria, as…

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