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Russian fears of Syria becoming a 'new Afghanistan' | Syrian crisis

<b>Moscow, Russia -</b> Alexander Sokolov proudly showed black-and-white pictures of himself snapped more than 30 years ago at a Soviet military base outside Kabul, the Afghan capital, where he served as a communications officer.<p>Sokolov said he thinks the USSR left Afghanistan undefeated after the …

Middle East

Oman coordinated Syria visit with regional states

Muscat: Oman coordinated foreign minister Yousuf Bin Alawi’s visit to Damascus with regional states and world powers, a top official at the Ministry …

Middle East

Saudi ambassador says Jeremy Corbyn 'lacks respect'

Diplomat makes unusual step of criticising leader of Opposition for 'scuppering' trade deal with Riyadh<p>The Saudi ambassador to London has taken the unusual step of publicly denouncing the leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, accusing him of "breaching respect" by scuppering a trade deal with …

Saudi Arabia

Egyptian, Saudi foreign ministers 'reaffirm accords' over Syria and Yemen - Politics - Egypt

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has reaffirmed the compatibility of visions between Cairo and Riyadh on the crises in Syria and Yemen, again …

Middle East

Thailand’s Growing Links With Qatar

As I mentioned in a piece last year, Qatar has become increasingly interested in pursuing a “Look East” policy of expanding and strengthening …

South-east Asia

Women of the Intifadas

Raja Mustafa pulls out a tattered issue of Palestinian Revolution magazine. It is from 1993, the last year of the first Palestinian uprising, or Intifada.<p>Inside it is a black and white photograph of Raja taken almost 25 years ago. An Israeli soldier stands in the foreground. Raja is behind him, …

Israel

UN has a long history in disappointing Palestinians

Dubai: The United Nations is turning 70 — and the Palestinian question remains its longest and most intractable issue.<p>With more than 226 resolutions …

Israel

Russia offers to coordinate with rebels and US in Syria

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said his country is ready to support the Free Syrian Army (FSA) with air strikes and cooperate closely with the US in fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and other factions.<p>The calls for cooperation came after at least 44 …

Middle East

Putin, champion of the Shias

AT CHECKPOINTS across the country, Iraq’s many and various security forces cheer Russia’s arrival as an answer to their failure to turn the tide …

U.S. ambasador pays homage to Marine victims of 1983 attack

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Little progress at US, Russia, Saudi, Turkey, Syria talks

1 / 5<p>Syrian regime soldiers walk amid debris in Aleppo on October 23, 2015<p>Syrian regime soldiers walk amid debris in Aleppo on October 23, 2015 (AFP …

Poor election turnout in Egypt might strengthen Sisi's hand

By Lin Noueihed and Michael Georgy<p>CAIRO (Reuters) - Turnout was so low in the first round of Egypt's parliamentary elections, that satirist Bassem …

Turkey Facing Isolation in Bid to Designate Kurdish Group as Terrorists

Turkey's National Security Council is increasing pressure on the Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG, by stepping up its efforts to get the group …

Middle East

Greece: Attacks on Boats Risk Migrant Lives

<b>Attacks at Sea and Pushbacks to Turkey</b> <br>On October 10, a rubber boat carrying Afghans arrived on Lesbos. Passengers confirmed that they had been on …

Can Russia’s New Iran Alliance Last?

Their Syria policies are driven by different long-term approaches<p>DUBAI—By entering the Syrian war, Russia has joined hands with Iran in trying to rescue President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. But is this a durable alliance—or just a temporary convergence of interests that may implode as the conflict …

Middle East

Assad open to working with some rebels: Putin

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Why Palestinians Need an International Protection Force

Palestinians have taken to the streets to demonstrate against nearly 50 years of military rule and the denial of their freedom at the hands of …

Putin's High-Stakes Syria Gamble: With or Without Assad

This week's surprise Moscow summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian leader Bashar Assad was perhaps one of the most sensitive …

Middle East

Russian drone films fighting in Damascus – video

Video of a Damascus neighbourhood filmed by a Russian drone has provided a rare glimpse into the staggering scale of destruction that years of fighting has inflicted around the Syrian capital, seat of President Bashar Assad’s power. The video shot over the district of Jobar by RTR war correspondent …

Middle East

Russia's intervention in Syria: Protracting an already endless conflict

Russia's intervention in Syria has introduced a dangerous new dynamic into an already volatile and complex conflict. Rather than advancing its …

Middle East

Exclusive: Shipping traffic to Syria surges as Russia steps up offensive | Reuters

LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - More than 100 cargo vessels have reached Syria in the past few weeks, in the biggest buildup in shipping for over a year as Russia steps up its support for ally President Bashar al-Assad.<p>Russian-flagged cargo ship Alexandr Tkachenko sails in the Bosphorus, on its way to …

Middle East

Russian strikes in Syria spark more suffering, says Germany's Steinmeier

Germany’s foreign minister has slammed Russian air strikes in Syria, claiming they have created more suffering.<p>Frank-Walter Steinmeier says he hopes political and military issues were on the table during a surprise meeting between Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin earlier this week.<p>He spoke after …

Jordan King Warns Israel against Changing Aqsa Status Quo

Jordanian King Abdullah II again warned Israel Thursday against any move to change the status quo at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound, while …

Israel

European Union asks U.S. to take in more Syrian refugees

WASHINGTON — Khaled fled Aleppo, Syria, with his wife and four you children — two of whom he carried in a backpack.<p>Their harrowing trek, through the …

European Union

US serviceman killed rescuing hostages from Daesh in Iraq

The US military freed a number of Kurdish captives in a rescue mission in northern Iraq on Thursday, and one American was killed in the operation, …

Middle East

WikiLeaks reveals Maliki cooperated with Mossad and Iran to get rid of Iraqi scholars

Leaked documents obtained by WikiLeaks and broadcast on <i>Al Jazeera</i> on Tuesday are purported to show that former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki …

Middle East

Palestinian protester 'killed by tear gas' in Hebron

At least three Palestinians - including two alleged attackers and a protester - have been shot dead by Israeli forces, while five Israeli soldiers were injured during suspected attacks by Palestinians.<p>A 54-year-old Palestinian, Hashem al-Azzeh, died on Wednesday due to inhaling excessive tear gas …

Israel

What's fuelling the recent wave of attacks in Israel?

The killing of a young Eritrean asylum seeker in Israel on Sunday has brought to the surface what many see as a rising trend of racism and vigilante violence in Israel.<p>This killing comes at a time of heightened tension between Israel and the Palestinians. It took an unprecedented turn recently over …

Israel