01 Nov 2019

North Korea, emboldened by Trump peril and Chinese allies, tries harder line

North Korea on Thursday launched two missiles as part of an unannounced test, possibly in order to put pressure on the US to meet an end-of-the-year deadline set by the regime for the lifting of US sanctions. However, some analysts suggest that North Korea could get by without a US-North

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31 Oct 2019

CIA-trained Afghan forces ‘committed war crimes,’ report

A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) accuses US-backed Afghan forces trained by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of carrying out “summary executions and other grave abuses without accountability.” The study is based on testimonies of local residents, who said that the forces conducted unlawful night raids based

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30 Oct 2019

Turkey sees YPG withdrawal incomplete; joint Russian patrols to start Friday

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday claimed that some members of the Kurdish YPG militia had failed to meet a Tuesday evening deadline to withdraw to 30 km (18.64 miles) from the Turkish border in northeast Syria, adding that his county ‘reserved the right’ to target any YPG fighters in

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29 Oct 2019

US wants to bolster fight against Islamic State after its leader’s death

In the wake of the recent US military operation that resulted in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the US “is determined to prevent a resurgence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq,” the US State Department said on Monday, adding that it “continues to work with the

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28 Oct 2019

IS leader al-Baghdadi death prompts terror alerts

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, killed himself by detonating a suicide-vest on Saturday when US special forces raided his hideout in northwestern Syria, US President Donald Trump announced on Sunday. While analysts believe the death of the terror group’s notoriously ruthless leader is bound to hurt the

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25 Oct 2019

US plans to send tanks to Syria oil fields, reversing Trump troop withdrawal – reports

Various US media outlets are reporting that Washington may soon send tanks and other heavy military hardware to northeastern Syria in order to protect oil fields in the region against attacks from Islamic State fighters and other militant groups. Analysts say the move could effectively reverse US President Trump’s recent

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24 Oct 2019

Analysis: Declaring Victory, Trump Strengthens Russia’s Hand

Analysts warn that even though US President Donald Trump on Wednesday described the latest developments in Syria as a success for his administration, the recent deal between Turkey and Russia to carve up a part of Syria may actually represent a strategic disaster for Washington. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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24 Oct 2019

North Korea urges US to act wisely through year-end deadline

North Korea wants the US government to act “wisely” as an end-of-the-year deadline set by the regime for the lifting of US sanctions approaches, Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan warned on Thursday. The official said that “contrary to the political judgment and intention of President Trump,” US government officials

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23 Oct 2019

NATO chief warns ‘fight against IS is not over’

Islamic State (IS) has a chance to regain influence in Syria after the US military pullout from northeastern Syria, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday. According to the alliance leader, NATO has to preserve the gains its forces made in Syria, where the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

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22 Oct 2019

Erdogan talks Syria with Putin and issues warning to Kurds

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in order to discuss the situation in northeastern Syria, where Russian forces have been deployed to prevent a confrontation between Syrian troops and Turkish troops. The latter moved into the territory after US President Trump decided

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