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How Western Meddling and a Dust Bowl Drought Ignited Syria’s Civil War

    How Western Meddling and a Dust Bowl Drought Ignited Syria’s Civil War

DOUMA, SYRIA (Opinion) —  The reported “chemical attack” at Douma, Russia has claimed, was fake news. One U.S. news agency has now confirmed from the location of the reported attack that April 7, 2018 was an uneventful day in this Syrian city and not one single person in Douma corroborated the story of a chemical…

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The “Cruise Missile Left” Now Cheerleading NATO’s Next Wars

    The “Cruise Missile Left” Now Cheerleading NATO’s Next Wars

The US-led alliance of imperial nations has waged war on Syria for eight years with the hopes of overthrowing the independent Arab nationalist state led by President Bashar Al-Assad. Syria was believed to be another domino destined to fall in imperialism’s great power game to contain any international threat to its rule. Former NATO general Wesley…

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Chomsky Among “Progressives” Calling for US Military Involvement in Syria

    Chomsky Among “Progressives” Calling for US Military Involvement in Syria

NEW YORK – On Monday, the New York Review of Books published an open letter and petition aimed at securing Western support for putting pressure on Turkey to end its occupation of Afrin, opposing further Turkish incursions into Syria, and backing autonomy for Rojava — the region of Northern Syria that has functioned autonomously since…

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Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

    Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

In the first two parts of this report, I have estimated that about 2.4 million people have been killed as a result of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, while about 1.2 million have been killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a result of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.  In the third and final part of this report, I will…

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War Pressure Builds as Iran and Israel Each Vow to Respond to Other’s Escalations

  War Pressure Builds as Iran and Israel Each Vow to Respond to Other’s Escalations

TEHRAN, IRAN – Iran has no intention of letting Tel Aviv get off scot-free after the Israeli military struck an alleged Iranian air-defense system at the T4 base in Syria earlier this month, according to a senior military official in Tehran who promised that the Islamic Republic “cannot remain indifferent” to escalations by Israel, the…

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Dear Salafist Wahhabi Apologists

  Dear Salafist Wahhabi Apologists

Mehdi Hasan (MH) can hardly be blamed for the ignorance that he displays in his Intercept article, “Dear Bashar al-Assad Apologists: Your Hero Is a War Criminal Even If He Didn’t Gas Syrians.”  He has apparently never been to Syria, doesn’t often do research on Syria, and gets his information from proponents of a single…

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As Russia Considers Air Defense Upgrade for Syria, US Makes Secret Visit to Israel

  As Russia Considers Air Defense Upgrade for Syria, US Makes Secret Visit to Israel

Increasingly, it appears that the recent U.S. coalition missile strikes on Syria have utterly backfired: instead of weakening Syria or degrading its military capabilities, the attack may have actually served to strengthen Syria’s defenses. Since the massive strike which involved the U.S., U.K., and France launching over 100 cruise missiles, Russia is rumored to be moving forward on…

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Trump the Latest in Long Line of US Presidents Trampling on International Law

  Trump the Latest in Long Line of US Presidents Trampling on International Law

The U.S. missile attack on Syria in response to unproven chemical weapons use by the Assad regime once again puts America in violation of the international laws that we claim to support. The UN charter forbids such action unless it is in self-defense or approved by the UN Security Council, neither of which applies in this case.…

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Trump Should Ask Israel to Fund America’s Occupation of Syria

  Trump Should Ask Israel to Fund America’s Occupation of Syria

On 16 April 2018, the internationally respected analyst of Middle-Eastern affairs, Abdel Bari Atwan, headlined about Trump’s increasingly overt plan to break Syria up and to establish permanent US control over the parts it wants, “Attempting the Unachievable”. He stated that “The coming few months are likely to prove very difficult for the Americans and very costly, not just…

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New Photos Show US May Be Expanding Military Bases Ahead of Syria Withdrawal

  New Photos Show US May Be Expanding Military Bases Ahead of Syria Withdrawal

Twitter user, @obretix, has noted more signs of Trump’s widely-announced ‘troop withdrawal’ from Syria. U.S. troops, which are supposed to be winding down their presence in Syria, appear to be constructing a new military base between Tell Baydar and Tell Tamr in northern Syria. The base includes a 1.5 kilometer airstrip. According to reports, the base will be able…

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