Monthly Archives: October 2019

Arab spring? unfinished business left by 2011.

Demonstrators have targeted bastions of government power, notably the walled off Green Zone in Baghdad. It used to be the centre of the American occupation. Now it is the place where government offices and embassies are located, as well as … Continue reading

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Algeria: presidential vote on Dec 12

Algeria’s electoral authority says 23 candidates have qualified for the North African country’s controversial presidential vote on Dec 12. Power in Algeria is now concentrated around Army Chief Ahmed Gaid Salah. Interim president Abdelkader Bensalah: “The media has exaggerated the … Continue reading

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Syria: Our K-9, as they call — I call it a dog, a beautiful dog

We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi! pic.twitter.com/PDMx9nZWvw — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2019 Trump: “Our … Continue reading

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Syria: Wagner v Prince in oil patch?

U.S.forces are moving “some “mechanized forces” inro Deir al-Zor, Syria’s oil region, east of the Euphrates. Russia replies: U.S. troops and private security companies in eastern Syria are protecting oil smugglers What private security forces? The St. Petersburg-based website Fontanka … Continue reading

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Syria: Oil – TotalFinaElf, Shell, PetroCanada and Conoco

“The United States will maintain a reduced presence in Syria to deny ISIS access to oil revenue,”, Secretary of Defence Mark Esper said the steps would include “some “mechanized forces” in Deir al-Zor, Syria’s oil region, east of the Euphrates. … Continue reading

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Pakistan: Pervez Musharraf and APML

“Kashmir is in the blood of the Pakistani nation and the country and the army will stand by the Kashmiri people “no matter what,” the ailing former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has asserted, as he returned to active politics. The … Continue reading

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Yemen: pact to end the Aden standoff

Saudi forces took control of Aden after Emirati troops withdrew. The move seemingly paved the way for ending the crisis that had exposed differences between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi over how to proceed in the wider war that has been … Continue reading

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Manbij Syria: Turks arrive

Syrian television broadcast footage of what it said was government troops entering Manbij, west of the Euphrates river, on October 15 2019. The troops that had entered were mostly Kurdish fighters now allied to the government. A resident inside the … Continue reading

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Syrian Turkmen, Syrian National Army

Supported by Turkey, a staunch foe of Bashar al-Assad, Turkmen took up arms against the regime soon after the start of the uprising in 2011. Having all but disappeared for several years, the Free Syrian Army regained the spotlight in … Continue reading

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Syria: Syrian Army in Hasaka

Syrian Army units have entered the predominantly Assyrian Christian town of Tal Tamr, about 12 miles from the Turkish border, in Hasaka “to face Turkish aggression.” The area had been under Kurdish control for 7 years. [February 5 2019 U.S. … Continue reading

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