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Syria: U.S. sanctions bite on Asma al-Assad, French sentence Rifaat Assad

Bashar al-Assad’s wife, Asma al-Assad, who was born in Britain to a cardiologist father and diplomat mother, is a former investment banker. But Pompeo in his statement charged that she, with the support of her husband and her own family, … Continue reading

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Idlib Syria: Putin and Erdogan deal in Moscow over hamlets

Putin and Erdogan agreed to “cease all military actions along the line of contact” starting at 12:01 a.m. March 6; establish a security corridor 6 kilometers (nearly 4 miles) deep to the north and 6 kilometers deep to the south … Continue reading

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Libya: revitalize Algeria’s role on the international stage

Ankara had pinned hope for a logistical route and base from Tunisia, Libya’s northwestern neighbor. In his unscheduled visit to Tunisia Dec. 25, Erdogan was given an unexpectedly chilly welcome. Shortly after the visit, Tunisian President Kais Saied denied his … 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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ISIS resurgence in Iraq

Officials with CJTF-OIR, the command overseeing the fight against ISIS, said that “despite improving capabilities of the Iraqi Security Forces, ISIS is rebuilding in remote areas that are hard for these forces to secure.” CJTF-OIR’s estimate “that some 45,000 ISIS … Continue reading

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Libya:Haftar to control entire onshore oil?

Mahmoud Jabril, Ali Tarhouni, Libyan rebel Interim National Council takes shape. Qatar markets rebel oil, Continue reading

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Syria: playing with fire on Twitter

Spoke w/ President Erdogan of Turkey to advise where we stand on all matters including our last two weeks of success in fighting the remnants of ISIS, and 20 mile safe zone. Also spoke about economic development between the U.S. … Continue reading

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Three card monte in Idlib

Syrian troops who have been freed up after pacifying the south have been redeploying to the north in anticipation of an offensive in Idlib. At the same time, Turkey has been reinforcing its observation posts in the province, which were … Continue reading

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