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

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

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 agreement's logistic implementation.

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

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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

North Caucasus <em>troops</em> crucial props in Russia's Syria agenda

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 ...

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 seriously considered by the Trump administration.

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 ...

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 ...

Russia summons Israeli ambassador over Syria airstrikes

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 ...

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 ...

Russia plays a new card in Libya

Igor Delanoe

Russia plays a new card in Libya

Comment: The Kremlin's renewed interest in Libya must be seen in the light of the Russian return to the near-East and the rise of ...

Egypt scrambles to save Libya's Haftar over lost oil-fields

The New Arab

Egypt scrambles to save Libya's Haftar over lost oil-fields

Exclusive: Cairo-backed Khalifa Haftar's recent loss of two key oil ports to a rival faction has been viewed as cause for concern by the Sisi ...

The New Arab & agencies

Russian, American and Turkish generals gather for Syria strategy

Top generals of the Turkish, Russian and US armies met Tuesday for talks about next steps in the fight against the Islamic State group [IS] in Syria.

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian regime recaptures ancient Palmyra from IS

Syria's military has fully recaptured the historic town of Palmyra from the Islamic State group as the militants fled in the face of artillery ...

The New Arab

Syrian regime forces enter Palmyra amid Damascus clashes

Syrian regime forces entered the ancient city of Palmyra late Wednesday after fierce battles against the Islamic State jihadist group, while ...

Martin Armstrong

Muted Oscar celebrations for White Helmets as Syria bleeds

While Sunday's Oscar signalled recognition of the rescue organisation's life-saving work, on the ground in Syria it was business as ...

Syria a 'testing <em>ground</em>' for deadly new <em>Russian</em> weapons

The New Arab

Syria a 'testing ground' for deadly new Russian weapons

Russia tested 162 new types of weapons in the Syrian conflict, according to the defence minister who said that they proved their 'worth' and ...

Paul Iddon

An Iraqi-Kurdish precedent for proposed Syrian 'safe zones'?

Analysis: As the proposal of safe zones inside Syria gains traction, Iraq's Kurdistan may provide one such model - though likely to be opposed ...

Will Assad and Turkey clash or cooperate in al-Bab?

Paul Iddon

Will Assad and Turkey clash or cooperate in al-Bab?

Analysis: Turkish soldiers have spent months trying to wrest the northern Syrian city from the clutches of the Islamic State group. Now Assad's ...

IS 'besieged' in last bastion in Syria's Aleppo province

The New Arab & agencies

IS 'besieged' in last bastion in Syria's Aleppo province

The Islamic State group is "completely besieged" in al-Bab after forces loyal to Syria's regime cut off a road into the militants' last major ...

Trump gives generals 30 days for new anti-IS strategy

The New Arab & agencies

Trump gives generals 30 days for new anti-IS strategy

US President Donald Trump has ordered members of his Cabinet to begin a 30-day review of the nation's strategy to combat the Islamic State group.

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