The Syria Mess

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Accepting Assad's rule won't end Syrians' suffering

If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains in power, he will perpetuate the very conditions that first paved the way for foreign meddling, violence …

Eastern Ghouta: What happened and why

It was the last rebel stronghold near the Syrian capital.<p>After a fierce seven-week offensive that left much of Eastern Ghouta in rubble, and an alleged chemical attack, the Syrian army regained control of the areas which have been held by opposition fighters since 2012.<p>Russian military police …

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<b>Es sind nicht zuerst religiöse Bruchlinien, die zu Schlachten wie jetzt um Ost-Ghuta führen</b>Wenn ich vor Jahren in Damaskus eine Moschee betreten …

The Syrian conflict's anti-propaganda propagandists

In times of war it's important but often difficult to distinguish truth from propaganda. So the newly-formed "Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and …

Turkey's march on Manbij stalled by wall of reality

The United States and Russia don't appear to be on the same page as Turkey in Syria, despite Ankara's expectations, which hang in the balance.

Understanding Eastern Ghouta in Syria

The UN says nearly 400,000 civilians are trapped in the Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, the latest battleground in a series of bloody rebel …

Iran, Deeply Embedded in Syria, Expands ‘Axis of Resistance’

BEIRUT, Lebanon — When an Iranian drone flew into Israeli airspace this month, it set off a rapid series of strikes and counterstrikes that deepened fears over whether a new, catastrophic war was brewing in the Middle East.<p>That flare-up ended quickly, if violently, with the drone destroyed and an …

Syria's Ghouta: 'Nearly 180 killed' in two weeks

The number of people killed in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta has reached 179 after a little over two weeks of government and Russian bombardment, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).<p>Government forces backed by Russian warplanes began a campaign to take the …

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How Syria's White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine

The Russia-backed campaign to link the volunteer rescuers with al-Qaida exposes how conspiracy theories take root: ‘It’s like a factory’<p>The Syrian volunteer rescue workers known as the White Helmets have become the target of an extraordinary disinformation campaign that positions them as an …

Russian private contractors fighting, dying in Syria

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Syrian government carried out Khan Sheikhun sarin attack: UN

Bashar al-Assad's government was responsible for a deadly sarin gas attack on a rebel-held Syrian town in April, a UN report found on Thursday.<p>"The …

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Turkey intervenes in Syria: What you need to know

After months of speculation, Turkey has launched an intervention – with the help of rebels it supports – in northwestern Syria. But what exactly is …

Russia accuses US of pretending to fight IS in Syria and Iraq

Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of pretending to fight the Islamic State group (IS) and of deliberately reducing its air strikes in Iraq …

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Mapping the Battle Against ISIS in Deir Ezzor

BEIRUT – In recent weeks, the so-called Islamic State has suffered a string of defeats in eastern Syria. It has lost swaths of territory in Deir …

Assad and allies target the YPG: The marriage of convenience hits a wall

The alliance of convenience between the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) - which have been scrambling for …

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Hezbollah declares Syria victory, Russia says much of country won back

BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah has declared victory in the Syrian war while Russia said government forces had driven militants from much of the country where President Bashar al-Assad’s rule seemed in danger two years ago.<p>A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) …

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Victory for Assad looks increasingly likely as world loses interest in Syria

States that were until recently committed to toppling the Syrian leader are now resigned to him staying<p>In recent months, as supplies of aid, money and weapons to Syria’s opposition have dwindled, it had clung to the hope that ongoing international political support would prevent an outright victory …

Analysis: The Syrian regime’s offensive towards Deir Ezzor

Bashar al Assad's forces and allies are advancing on the Islamic State's stronghold in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. The two sides have …

Russia Deploys a Potent Weapon in Syria: The Profit Motive

MOSCOW — The Kremlin is bringing a new weapon to the fight against the Islamic State militant group in Syria, using market-based incentives tied to oil and mining rights to reward private security contractors who secure territory from the extremists, Russian news outlets have reported.<p>So far, two …

Russia, Turkey, Iran fail to agree on Syria de-escalation zones | Reuters

ASTANA (Reuters) - Russia, Turkey and Iran failed in talks on Wednesday to finalise an agreement on creating four de-escalation zones in Syria after Ankara raised objections, diplomats said.<p>U.N. special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura attends the round on Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, …

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How Moscow and Ankara are forging plans for a post-IS Syria

Islamic State has been reduced to its final strongholds in Syria, but a clear end game for the country’s wider conflict remains uncertain.<p>With the US …

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US opens gaps in Old Raqqa's historic walls, allowing SDF footholds

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) backed by international forces blew through sections of the 1,242-year-old city walls in …

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SDF warns of 'fierce' conflict with Turkey in north Syria

<b>ISTANBUL, Turkey –</b> Syrian Kurd leaders have warned of "open, fierce confrontation" with Turkish forces in northern Syria, after a third day of …

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