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By Michael Jansen - Sep 20,2017
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeatedly vowed to “tear up” the 2015 deal between the Security Council’s five permanent members plus Germany and Iran, providing for the dismantling of that country’s nuclear programme in exchange for lifting sanctions.After moving
By Michael Jansen - Sep 13,2017
US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) units advanced into the Deir Ezzor province and took control of an industrial zone in a bid to challenge the Russian- and Iranian-backed Syrian army.They have just ended the siege of the provincial capital and the nearby airbase and consol
By Michael Jansen - Sep 06,2017
UN envoy Staffan de Mistura predicted that Daesh strongholds in Syria could fall by the end of October, which, in his view, could prompt the international community to press for free and fair elections.“What we are seeing is, in my opinion, the beginning of the end of this war...
By Michael Jansen - Aug 31,2017
Israeli occupation forces demolished Palestinian schools in four West Bank communities ahead of the new scholastic year, depriving several hundred children of proper classrooms and forcing some to meet under the sun or in makeshift tents.All the schools were destroyed under the p
By Michael Jansen - Aug 23,2017
The overwhelming majority of takfiri men who in the past two years mounted attacks against civilians in France, Belgium and Spain have been of Moroccan and Tunisian origin.Their hostility is difficult to explain as these North African countries have escaped the mayhem sown in the
By Michael Jansen - Aug 16,2017
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is in deep trouble.  He faces charges of corruption in three cases now being assessed by Israeli prosecutors and the attorney general.  The first involves up to $100,000 worth of highly valuable gifts — pink champagne and cigars
By Michael Jansen - Aug 09,2017
UN chief Antonio Guterres has said he continues to support UN's Independent Commission of Inquiry on warfare in Syria despite the resignation of prosecutor Carla Del Ponte who blamed the lack of backing from the Security Council for her decision."I have no power [to prosecute] as
By Michael Jansen - Aug 02,2017
Russia’s covert intervention on the side of Republican candidate Donald Trump in last year’s presidential campaign has boomeranged against him.Before and after taking office, Trump had pledged to improve relations with Moscow, but he has been overruled by Congress, in spite of it
By Michael Jansen - Jul 26,2017
Al Qaeda has won the post-Daesh power struggle in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. Hay’et Tahrir Al Sham, a takfiri coalition dominated by Al Qaeda’s Jabhat Fatah Al Sham (formerly Nusra), routed Ahrar Al Sham, a sometime partner on Syria’s battlefields.Following Daesh’s
By Michael Jansen - Jul 19,2017
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan marked the first anniversary of last year's failed July 15 coup by sacking 7,563 soldiers and police officers.This action added to the 150,000 military and intelligence personnel, civil servants, judges, prosecutors, teachers, professors and



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