7:37 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
While using a civilian airliner as cover, four Israeli F-16 fighters approached the outskirts of Damascus and launched an attack on local residential areas late night on February 6. There’s no disputing that by adopting such tactics the Israeli Air Force endangered the civilian aircraft – an Airbus A320 owned by the private Syrian Cham Wings Airlines, arriving at Damascus from Najaf International Airport (NJF) in Iraq with 172 passengers on board. This Syrian airliner was running late and it’s clear from data provided by FlightrRadar24, that Israeli military aircraft were clearly expecting the arrival of yet another A320, owned by SyrianAir due to arrive from Tehran, hoping to provoke local air defence units into destroying the liner by mistake.
13:42 [Tass] (E)
The United States has been setting up new military bases in northeastern Syria to gain foothold in oil-rich regions of the country, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency has reported. According to the agency’s sources, US servicemen started creating a base near Tal Brak, a village in northern Al-Hasakah Governorate, in a bid to block Russian servicemen the way to the Rmelan district that houses Syria’s main oil fields. Equipment and materials for the construction have been redeployed from Iraq. Another base will be set up in former Kurdish fortifications in the south of Al-Hasakah, to control oil extraction in the Deir ez-Zor governorate.
7:32 [youtube/The Last American Vagabond] (E)
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours.
23:26 [Sana] (E)
Last Thursday, units of the Syrian Arab Army liberated the city of Saraqeb and started to remove what the terrorists have left behind.
23:00 [SANA] (E)
The reporter added that the Army units operating in Aleppo southern countryside advanced in al-Eiss town and its strategic hill after concentrated strikes which destroyed the terrorists’ fortifications and bases.
9:31 [State of the Nation] (E)
Israeli strikes on Damascus suburbs put a civilian aircraft in serious danger and forced it to divert to Russia’s Khmeimim airbase as the Syrian air defense was activated to repel the attack, the Russian military said.
14:28 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The continuing Syrian army operation to liberate Idleb governorate is leading to a new clash between Turkey and Russia.
The governorate of Idleb is still largely occupied by Turkish controlled `rebels` and al-Qaeda aligned Jihadi groups like Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
14:23 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Alastair Crooke - President Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ has been published this week. Mostly, it has been examined as a purely political project – whether in terms of the domestic needs of Trump and Netanyahu, or as a maximum squeeze on Palestinians, which may, or may not, work. But there is another (implicit) dimension, lying – a little out of sight – behind these explicit politics.
It has been argued, by at least one US historian, that the U.S. is no ordinary nation-state, but should be understood as a system leader, a ‘civilizational power’ – like Rome, Byzantium, and the Ottoman Empire. The ‘system leader’, historically, has always sought to embed its particular civilizational vision onto those distant ‘lands’ that serve, or abut, its empire: which is to say that the universalistic vision may be bound to one state, but is forcefully unfurled across the globe, as ‘our’ inevitable destiny.
17:06 [Southfront] (E)
The incident with the Syrian Army strike in Greater Idlib, which killed and injured several Turkish service members, once again demonstrated that Turkey was pursuing solely its own interests regardless its formal status of one of the the ‘key Russian partners’ in the region. On February 3, the Turkish Defense Ministry reported that 6 Turkish personnel were killed and 7 others were injured in a Syrian Army attack....Another point of pressure is the Turkish stance towards the conflict in Ukraine. On February 3, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his Turkish counterpart discussed ways to “enhance strategic partnership and cooperation in all areas of interaction.” In his comments, the Turkish president once again condemned Russia’s ‘annexation’ of Crimea, particularly speaking up for the rights of the Crimean Tatars in the region.
14:29 [Asia Times] (E)
The absence of former Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani is beginning to be felt in Iraq. The two meetings that US President Donald Trump had with the leader of Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani, and Iraqi President Barham Salih in Switzerland on January 22 on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum are symptomatic of Washington’s agenda to press ahead with the rollback of Iranian influence in Iraq.
18:19 [Tass] (E)
At least four Turkish military servicemen have been killed and nine others wounded by shelling in Syria’s idlib province, Turkey’s NTV television reported on Monday citing a statement by the Turkish Ministry of National Defense. According to Ankara, Turkish troops were shelled by the Syrian army near the inhabited community of Saraqib.
14:52 [TASS] (E)
A Turkish military convoy has crossed the border with Syria, Al Arabiya TV channel reported on Sunday. According to the report, the new convoy consists of several dozen armored vehicles, including tanks. Asharq Al-Awsat reported that at least 40 armored vehicles and tanks of the Turkish army had crossed the border through the Kafr Lusein checkpoint located in the north of Syria’s Idlib Governorate.
14:50 [TASS] (E)
Moscow is in full compliance with its obligations concerning the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria but the situation is far from perfect, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. "We don’t agree with this view," Peskov said, commenting on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement that Moscow had allegedly failed to abide by Syria agreements. "Russia is in full compliance with the Sochi agreements on the Idlib zone. At the same time, we regret to say that the situation is far from perfect," he added. The Kremlin spokesman pointed out that "a large number of terrorists remain in the area and continue aggressive attacks on the Syrian army and Russia’s Hmeymim air base." "It causes us huge concern," he added.
10:08 [TLAXCALA] (E)
Gideon Levy - The Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan brings with it good news and bad news. It will put the final nail in the coffin of that walking corpse known as the two-state solution – that’s the good news. It will also create a new reality in which international law, the resolutions of the international community and especially international institutions are meaningless. Filled with the hope that the U.S. president instills in us, in his great mercy, let’s begin with the good news. Once his proposal is made public, no one will ever be able to talk with any seriousness about the two-state solution. It was probably never born, but now it is clearly dead. There is no Palestinian state and there never will be. The gall of America to support Israeli annexation now and the establishment of a Palestinian state only “in the future” – as if the burning issue were annexation, not the occupation – is only an ornament for the casket.
10:07 [Consortium News] (E)
Ignoring past Israeli prime ministers who warned that annexation of the West Bank would introduce legal apartheid to Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu said the first phase of annexations would go to the Cabinet on Sunday, reports Joe Lauria. Within hours of the so-called Trump peace plan on the Palestine-Israel question being revealed on Tuesday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would propose the first phase of West Bank annexation to the Israeli cabinet on Sunday.
7:41 [youtube/ vanessa beeley] (E)
Yesterday a million or more protestors took to the streets of Iraq to demand the exit of the US military from Iraq and an end to the American occupation of this sovereign nation. While western media tried, pitifully, to spin the numbers or even to try to portray the marches as being against the Iraqi government - the numbers of Iraqis who are now rising up against American imperialism is increasing every day,
12:14 [presstv] (E)
Iraqis have rallied in Baghdad in massive numbers to call for an end to US military presence in the country following high-profile assassinations and airstrikes targeting anti-terror forces.
19:25 [Stalker Zone] (E)
Ukraine will send a reconnaissance group of staff officers to Iraq. According to a source from Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence, this team will include representatives of the East and South operational commands. The officers will have to study on the ground the area of future deployment of the Ukrainian contingent as part of the NATO mission in Iraq.
13:11 [TASS] (E)
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday he wanted to discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin US President Donald Trump’s "deal of the century" for the Middle East, as well as the problem of the occupation of Palestinian territories and elections in Palestine. "Naturally, we need to discuss a number of problems.
8:05 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
There’s been no shortage of cultural and political figures over the last couple of centuries who would show interest towards the incredibly rich history of the Middle East. Essentially, this region gave birth to economy as we know it, a handful of ancient civilizations on top of three of world’s major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The United States started showing interest towards the Greater Middle East (that includes North Africa, Iran and Afghanistan on top of the Levant) as early as in the 19th century, when 20% of its maritime trade was with the Middle East...In a world where the Middle East acquires 35% of the world’s total arms sold each year, Turkish journalists go above and beyond to draw attention to the fact that all of these weapons are being used against Muslims!
10:43 [Mint Press News] (E)
...While recent rhetoric in the media has dwelled on the extent of Iran’s influence in Iraq, China’s recent dealings with Iraq — particularly in its oil sector — are to blame for much of what has transpired in Iraq in recent months, at least according to Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who is currently serving in a caretaker role....After the feed was cut, MPs who were present wrote down Abdul-Mahdi’s remarks, which were then given to the Arabic news outlet Ida’at. Per that transcript, Abdul-Mahdi stated that: The Americans are the ones who destroyed the country and wreaked havoc on it. They have refused to finish building the electrical system and infrastructure projects. They have bargained for the reconstruction of Iraq in exchange for Iraq giving up 50% of oil imports. So, I refused and decided to go to China and concluded an important and strategic agreement."
19:42 [Al Jazeera] (E)
Haitham bin Tarek has indicated he will maintain the country`s independent foreign policy in a troubled Gulf region....The new Sultan, Haitham bin Tariq named by Qaboos in a letter opened following his death, will now have to undertake serious economic reforms to safeguard Qaboos`s legacy and maintain internal stability, analysts said. At the same time, Haitham will be in charge of upholding the country`s foreign policy - which can be summarised as "an enemy to no one and a friend to all" - amid a polarising conflict in the region.
19:41 [Al Jazeera] (E)
Qaboos was a direct descendant of the founder of the Al Bu Said dynasty and he ruled the Gulf state since 1970... "Sultan Qaboos will first and foremost be remembered for initiating the `Omani Renaissance`, undertaking social, economic, educational and cultural reforms as well as opening Oman up to the world," Jeffrey Lefebvre, associate professor of political science at the University of Connecticut, told Al Jazeera. "In a conservative society, he also took the lead in promoting women to positions of influence in the government [like] the Omani ambassador to the United States, and ensuring representation in popularly elected legislative councils," Lefebvre added.
11:31 [The Ron Paul Institute] (E)
By Scott Ritter - Russian leader Vladimir Putin made a surprise Christmas visit to Syria, where he met with the country`s president, Bashar Assad. The tranquility of their meeting was in sharp contrast to the hell breaking out in neighboring Iraq. The unannounced visit to Syria, where Putin also delivered a Christmas address to Russian forces deployed in that nation, was remarkable.
11:23 [Middle East Monitor] (E)
Thursday, the Palestinian Legislative Council (Parliament) called on Thursday for the endorsement of the steadfast population of the occupied city of Jerusalem through implementing projects that aim at strengthening Palestinians’ roots in the face of the occupation and the rabid campaign of Judaisation targeting them. The rapporteur of the Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Committee in the Palestinian Legislative Council, MP Ahmed Abu Halabiya, demanded on Thursday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) undertakes an active role in pursuing the occupation authorities for the crimes they are committing against Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.
1:01 [Middle East Monitor] (E)
Israeli police officers impersonating Palestinian technicians were attacked by two teenagers in the illegal Jewish settlement of Bat Ayin in Gush Etzion located in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday.
1:00 [Middle East Monitor] (E)
With the risk of Iraq becoming a theatre of war following American assassination of Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, Saudi Arabia has said that it is doing everything in its power to spare the country from the dangers of another war.
21:10 [Middle East Monitor] (E)
US troops withdrew from two military bases in Syria’s north-eastern province of Hasakah yesterday following the previous night’s missile strikes by Iran on US bases in Iraq in retaliation for the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani. According to local sources American forces left from a base in Kharab Al-Jir area and moved towards the Al-Walid crossing near the Iraqi-Syrian border in a caravan of 40 military trucks, with at least 50 more evacuating another base in Shaddadi towards Houl, east of Hasakah.
20:44 [Al Monitor] (E)
The letter of Gen. William H. Sili, commander of US military operations in Iraq, was leaked and then rapidly disseminated among Israel’s most senior security figures Jan. 6. In fact, a translated version in Hebrew appeared only minutes after the letter was leaked to the media, sweeping up the WhatsApp groups of Israel’s most top-secret (coded) defense systems.
7:45 [RT] (E)
Iran’s anticipated retaliation for the US assassination of Qassem Suleimani sent a clear signal to Donald Trump that while the current round of violence may be over, Iran stands ready to respond to any future US provocation.
21:38 [youtube/presstv] (E)
Toward the end of a segment on Press TV dealing with the assassination of General Qassam Soleimani, the moderator interrupted what I was saying to announce that the IRGC had fired rockets from Iran at two American military bases in Iraq.
21:25 [Tass] (E)
80 people were killed in Iran’s missile attack on US bases in Iraq, Reuters reported with reference to Iran’s state television. Earlier, CNN said citing sources that the missiles launched by the Iranian side hit the part of the Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq where no American troops were stationed.
19:46 [RT] (E)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a surprise visit to Syria, holding talks with his counterpart, Bashar Assad, at the Russian military command center.
19:02 [RT] (E)
The government of Iraq has asked Washington for clarification, after Baghdad received Arabic and English-language letters on troop withdrawal containing different messages.
17:11 [Press TV] (E)
Iraq’s Arabic-language al-Forat news agency reported that the alliance took the decision on Tuesday to move its command center from the Iraqi capital Baghdad to Kuwait City.
6:57 [Press TV] (E)
Iraq’s influential cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, has released a statement saying that if US troops do not leave the country, Iraq will turn into a new Vietnam for Washington.
18:59 [Tehran Times] (E)
... “There is no need for the presence of American forces after defeating Daesh,” said Ammar al-Shibli, a lawmaker and member of the parliamentary legal committee. “We have our own armed forces which are capable of protecting the country,” he said, Reuters reported.
21:19 [Tasnim] (E)
“When the coffins of American soldiers and officers begin to be transported ... to the United States, Trump and his administration will realize that they have really lost the region and will lose the elections,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech broadcast live from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut as he addressed his supporters on Sunday evening.
20:44 [Press TV] (E)
Yemeni forces have targeted a gathering of Saudi mercenaries in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern province of Asir with domestically-manufactured missiles in retaliation for airstrikes by the kingdom, a Yemeni military source says.
20:36 [Sic Semper Tyrannis] (E)
Under the 2014 agreement in which American troops were invited to return to Iraq to help in the fight against the Islamic State, a foreign troop withdrawal begins after one-year notice. If the letter of the agreement is maintained, US troops will remain in Iraq for the foreseeable future. But that is the legal status, not the reality on the ground, which is yet to be determined. There are currently more than 5,200 US troops in Iraq.
16:43 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Update: There are unconfirmed reports that US aircraft have attacked Iranian positions near the eastern Syrian city of Al-Bukamal. Meanwhile, a US surveillance drone was reportedly shot down by Iran`s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Anbar, however there has been no official confirmation.
16:31 [Xinhua] (E)
The Iraqi parliament on Sunday passed a draft law requiring the government to end the presence of foreign forces in Iraq and prevent them from using Iraqi airspace and water.
18:44 [RT] (E)
Iraq`s Balad Air Base, which hosts a number of US forces and contractors, has been the subject of a rocket attack. At least three unguided projectiles have exploded inside the facility, reportedly causing no casualties.
18:43 [RT] (E)
An explosion has rocked Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, where the US Embassy is located. Some reports indicate that a rocket was fired, targeting the area.
13:19 [Press TV] (E)
Shortly after the United States’ assassination of a senior Iranian commander in Baghdad, a fresh American airstrike hits a convoy belonging to Iraq’s anti-terror fighters north of the Arab country’s capital, reportedly killing six people.
15:40 [RT] (E)
The US State Department is calling on all US citizens to “depart Iraq immediately” in advice issued on Friday, in the wake of the US killing of key Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.
8:50 [RT] (E)
Two teenage boys from the Jewish-only settlement of Bat Ayin have been arrested for attacking a pair of cops disguised as Palestinian laborers in what the right-wing legal aid group defending them has condemned as a “provocation.”
19:04 [Press TV] (E)
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the army`s operations against terrorist groups in the northwestern province of Idlib are aimed at eliminating terrorism as a threat to security and safety of the Arab country`s nation.
18:26 [RT] (E)
President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for bombing a coalition base and orchestrating the storming of the US Embassy in Baghdad, as Iraqis rage at American airstrikes on militias in the country.
21:04 [RT] (E)
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has condemned US airstrikes on what he claims were “Iraqi armed forces,” saying that such attacks will have “grave consequences.”
6:41 [Xinhua] (E)
Four Katyusha rockets hit Sunday a base that houses U.S. troops near the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a Interior Ministry official said.
4:32 [Press TV] (E)
The Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported on Friday that Salih decried the attacks as being unacceptable and damaging for the country, adding that the strikes were contrary to security agreements inked between Baghdad and Washington.
20:34 [RT] (E)
US airstrikes have pounded three Kataib Hezbollah military facilities near the town of Qaim, Iraq, as well as two targets in Syria, in response to the group’s alleged bombing of an Iraqi military base on Friday.
20:16 [Press TV] (E)
Fifty Yemenis have died from the latest outbreak of the H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu, in the war-ravaged country and 1,600 others are suspected to have contracted the disease, says the Yemeni Ministry of Public Health and Population.
18:12 [Press TV] (E)
Yemen’s soldiers have adeptly managed to impose military equations on the Saudi-led coalition involved in a deadly campaign against the impoverished country, says the spokesman for Yemeni armed forces.
17:07 [Press TV] (E)
Velayati who is an adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with a delegation of representatives from Syrian tribes in Tehran on Saturday.
6:17 [Sic Semper Tyrannis] (E)
ANNA News has some excellent footage of recent combat in Idlib. It shows some 25th Special Mission Forces Division units on the attack. You get a good feel for the nature of the combat with small, combined arms units operating over fairly open terrain.
3:32 [Al Masdar News] (E)
The video shows a Syrian soldier (some pages said he was an officer), as he faces an American patrol in the eastern Euphrates.
The Syrian Army soldier tells the U.S. patrol:
“You are occupiers, and you will leave Syria either today or tomorrow.”
22:40 [Press TV] (E)
Official news agency SANA said troops pressed ahead with their advances in the southeastern countryside of Idlib on Thursday, and liberated strategic villages of Halban, Samaka, Tal Khatra and Khirbet Nawwaf from Takfiri terrorists.
13:39 [Tass] (E)
Tal Samin is located 26 km north of Raqqa, the former capital of the Islamic State terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia). Just a few days ago, US troops were still present in the rear base, located in a former school building.
11:06 [Iran Front Page] (E)
A senior advisor to Iran’s Leader says the country is prepared to help Syria regarding the withdrawal of American troops from the Arab state.
11:13 [Sana] (E)
The Christian denominations in Syria celebrated the merry Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messenger of Love and Peace, by holding masses and prayers at churches and places of worship.
5:51 [Sana] (E)
Syrian Arab army’s air defenses on Tuesday downed a drone belonging to terrorist organizations in al-Sqailbiyeh city in the northwestern countryside of Hama province.
22:52 [Press TV] (E)
Protesters demonstrated against the economic and financial policies in Lebanon on Tuesday, and demanded a major overhaul of the banking sector.
2:40 [The American Conservative] (E)
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) spoke to several Yemeni mothers about their experience in the war and the effects that the war has had on them and their families. This is the testimony of a mother named Nadia: The plane shelled close to us. We fled because we were afraid for our children … Our life was miserable even before the war … We depend on livestock. I just sold a sheep to buy flour and sugar. I do not cook anything but bread and tea … My baby was close to death a few days ago. He had fever and seizure. I was holding him and crying to my mother. The war on Yemen has lasted for almost half a decade, and it has been a nightmare for the country’s civilian population. Millions have been driven from their homes, almost a quarter of a million have died from starvation, disease, and violence, and tens of millions are on the edge of famine.
22:11 [Twitter/ISWNews] (E)
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8:17 [twitter/GeromanAT] (E)
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20:03 [SANA] (E)
Syrian Arab Army units reestablished control over the strategic town of al-Tehh in the southeastern countryside of Idleb following violent battles.
0:16 [Sana] (E)
Syrian Arab Army’s units on Saturday continued their military operations against the terrorist organizations in the southeastern countryside of Idleb and cleared three new villages after eliminating terrorists in them.
23:38 [Press TV] (E)
Qais al-Khazali, the leader of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq movement, says Israeli and American spy services are behind violent attacks in Iraq, and they include attacks on protesters and even the US embassy in Baghdad.
16:58 [Press TV] (E)
China’s special envoy for Syria says the United States’ pretext for extending its military presence in the Arab country, namely to protect Syrian oil fields, is untenable.
13:39 [Press TV] (E)
The reduction would mean 114 fewer people at the US Embassy in Baghdad, 15 fewer people at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center, and eight fewer people at Consulate General in Erbil, the capital of Iraq`s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, the report said.
22:36 [Mint Press News] (E)
The outsized role of U.S. Israel lobby operatives in abetting the theft of Syrian and Iraqi oil reveals how this powerful lobby also facilitates more covert aspects of U.S.-Israeli cooperation and the implementation of policies that favor Israel.
4:43 [Press TV] (E)
Turkey has threatened the United States with requesting its withdrawal from Incirlik Air Base if Washington imposes sanctions on Ankara over purchase of S400 missile defense systems from Russia.
7:43 [Fars News Agency] (E)
A senior member of the Iraqi parliament`s Security and Defense Commission disclosed on Tuesday that the US continues non-stop dispatch of arms and military equipment to Ein al-Assad base in al-Anbar province without the government`s knowledge.
22:54 [Elijah J. Magnier] (E)
For several weeks now, much of the Lebanese population has turned on the country’s traditional political leaders and wrought havoc on the corrupt domestic political system. Those who have ruled the country for decades have offered little in the way of reforms, have paid little attention to the infrastructure, and done little or nothing to provide job opportunities outside the circle of their clients. The protestors were also driven into the street by the US measures strangling the Lebanese economy and preventing most of the 7-8 million expatriates from transferring financial support (around $8 billion per year) to their relatives back home. This is how the US administration has conducted its policy in the Middle East in its failed attempt to bring Iran and its allies to their knees.
10:52 [Consortium News] (E)
The bulk of Lebanon’s corrupt ruling class are clients of the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, not Iran. But this fact is too inconvenient for Western media to point out, writes As’ad AbuKhalil.
20:44 [Press TV] (E)
Lebanese businessman Samir al-Khatib, one of the leading candidates for the position of prime minister, has withdrawn his candidacy to lead the next government, paving the way for caretaker Prime Minister Sa’ad al-Hariri to re-emerge for the job.
20:39 [Sana] (E)
Life is gradually returning to normal in Abu Rasin area and its villages in Hasaka northern countryside, with the return of business activity to markets there due the state of stability brought to the area by the presence of the Syrian Arab Army.
20:36 [Press TV] (E)
Hundreds of displaced Syrian citizens are heading towards their hometowns and villages from an overcrowded desert camp in the northeast of the conflict-hit country.
17:59 [Press TV] (E)
Lebanon’s new government must have a plan to immediately carry out reforms in the cash-strapped country, says a lawmaker from the Hezbollah resistance movement, stressing that “chances of a solution to the crisis have not been eliminated.”
22:11 [TASS] (E)
According to the peacekeeper, once the civil war broke out, this strategically important site fell under the control of IS. The strategically vital Al-Ba’ath HPP, in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa, is in the process of being renovated, Vladimir Varnavskiy, an officer from the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides told TASS.
0:26 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
When the Saudi King Salman promoted his son Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) to Defense Minister and then Crown Prince the expectations were high. But three of the major projects Muhammad since launched soon ran into trouble. Now initiatives are under way to limit the damage he caused. The end of the five year old Saudi war on Yemen is coming into sight. The public offering of the Saudi state owned ARAMCO oil company is finally taken place but with a much lower valuation than originally planned. The thirty month spat with Qatar is under repair.
0:15 [Gospa News] (E)
Israel must leave the Golan. The UN General Assembly reiterated it in recent days, which gave a great slap to US President Donald Trump who on several occasions declared legal the occupation of the territories taken from the Tel Aviv army to Syria. The news did not have prominence in the western media that instead in June last had celebrated with enthusiasm the laying of the foundation stone of the city Trump Heights, so named by the Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu after the public recognition by the White House of the territories occupied by Israel in the the Golan plateau.
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