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Analysis: Wresting control of Idlib province from Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham would allow Turkey to effectively surround the Kurdish-held Afrin canton, writes Paul Iddon.

Comment: Turkish-supported rebel factions in Syria are unlikely to fight al-Qaeda's local franchise, as doing so could benefit the Assad regime, writes James Snell.

Syrian regime forces enter IS-held Mayadeen

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Syrian regime forces enter IS-held Mayadeen

Syrian government forces prepare to deal a 'severe blow' to the IS group amid mounting concerns about civilian casualties.

Slain <em>Russian</em> general 'held senior post' in Syrian army

The New Arab

Slain Russian general 'held senior post' in Syrian army

Russian general Valery Asapov had been seconded to Bashar al-Assad's regime as a military commander before he was killed in Syria, ...

Russia fires cruise missiles at IS stronghold in Syria

The New Arab & agencies

Russia fires cruise missiles at IS stronghold in Syria

Russia's military fired seven cruise missiles on Thursday at Islamic State targets in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zour as ...

Robert Cusack

Russia wants to keep contracts signed by Libya's Gaddafi

A leading Russian diplomat gave an illuminating interview on Friday, commenting on his country's policies over Libya.

The New Arab

Russia to have semi-permanent military presence in Syria

Moscow has gave the green light for the semi-permanent presence of Russian military aircraft in Syria.

Joris Leverink

Turkey sets eyes on north Syria's Kurds

Comment: While Kurdish troops are busy ousting Islamic State group fighters from Raqqa, their homes are being shelled by the Turkish ...

David Isenberg

Erik Prince to Prince Zayed: The private military connection

Erik Prince is back. He's not only pitching colonial capitalism in DC, but huckstering ex-SF-led armies of sepoys to wrest Afghanistan, Yemen ...

Syrian man bludgeoned with hammer by <em>Russian</em> mercenaries

Paul McLoughlin

Syrian man bludgeoned with hammer by Russian mercenaries

A horrific video has emerged showing a Syrian man being struck repeatedly with a large hammer by armed men thought to be Russian ...

The New Arab

Hardline Syrian rebel faction rejects Turkish peacekeeping mission plans

Al-Qaeda linked Tahrir al-Sham has warned Turkey against sending troops to Syria's Idlib province, following an agreement between ...

Has the US established de-facto no-fly zones in Syria?

Paul Iddon

Has the US established de-facto no-fly zones in Syria?

Analysis: Washington has shot down aircraft threatening its allies in Syria, and will likely shoot down more, writes Paul Iddon.

The US expands its toehold in southern Syria

Paul Iddon

The US expands its toehold in southern Syria

As the US bolsters its presence in the region, the likelihood of clashes and escalation between the coalition and regime forces increases, ...

US-Russia resume air-coms, but confusion remains over Syria 'safe-zones'

Martin Armstrong

US-Russia resume air-coms, but confusion remains over Syria 'safe-zones'

While Washington has backed a Russian-proposed de-escalation plan for Syria, it has done so with a degree of scepticism concerning the ...

Explaining Syria's 'de-escalation' zones and why some are worried

The New Arab & agencies

Explaining Syria's 'de-escalation' zones and why some are worried

Explaining Syria's new 'safe zones' and how they work, and why many are worried about their vagueness

The New Arab

North Caucasus troops crucial props in Russia's Syria agenda

Hundreds of Muslim Chechen and Ingush servicemen are in Syria. The North Caucasian troops are proving valuable both militarily and in Moscow's PR push at home and on the ground.

The New Arab

Trump's Syria strategy slowly emerges out of the smoke

Can threatening war crimes charges or offering a safe exile persuade President Bashar al-Assad to leave? Such long-shot proposals now being ...

The New Arab & agencies

Russia trying to gain influence in Libya: US general

Russia is trying to expand its influence in Libya through a combination of military means and oil and weapons sales, a top US general said ...

Paul Iddon

US, Russia reject Turkish attempts to sideline Syrian Kurds

Analysis: A confrontation between Turkey and Kurdish fighters could affect the operation to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State group, writes ...

Iraq and Trump: The first two months

Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Iraq and Trump: The first two months

Comment: Just two months after Trump's inauguration, significant damage has already been done to American-Iraqi relations, despite amendments to ...

The New Arab

Russia summons Israeli ambassador over Syria airstrikes

Israeli aircraft carried out several strikes on Syria last week, prompting the launch of ground-to-air missiles in response, one of ...

Saudi Aramco resumes Egypt oil deliveries

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Aramco resumes Egypt oil deliveries

Saudi Arabia's state oil company Aramco has delivered the first two oil shipments to Egypt after deliveries were suspended for several months ...

Moscow apparently has forces at Egyptian base: US official

The New Arab & agencies

Moscow apparently has forces at Egyptian base: US official

Moscow has apparently deployed military forces to a base in western Egypt, a US official said Tuesday, a sign Russia could be increasing its ...

<em>Russian</em> soldiers' deaths shed light on Moscow's mercenary empire

Robert Cusack

Russian soldiers' deaths shed light on Moscow's mercenary empire

An investigation has revealed the deaths of three Russian 'contractors' who died in Syria - showing that the Kremlin's policy of using ...

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