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Pentagon Admits Killing 18 U.S.-Backed Syrian Fighters in ‘Friendly Fire’ Incident

The incident occurred days after President Trump took unilateral military action and bombed a Syrian government air base.

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Donald Trump’s Syria Attack Tramples Many Laws

President Trump’s assault on Syria was illegal under both U.S. and international law, and the American mainstream media’s celebration of his rush to judgment sent him a frightening message: Bombing makes you popular.

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Washington’s Trend of Demonizing Foes Lands Sean Spicer in Hot Water

The White House spokesman’s belligerent malapropisms soared to new heights Tuesday with his comments about Hitler not gassing his own people.

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Why Russia Won’t Leave Syria

Russia has all but won the war in Syria, and it’s not going to yield the sphere of influence it has made in the region to Donald Trump or anyone else.

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Iraqi Shiite Cleric Says Russia, America and Assad Should All Get Out of Syria

Muqtada al-Sadr also calls on Donald Trump to stop taking frivolous positions that damage the world community.

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Is It Our Goal to Prolong the Syrian War?

Some see a covert U.S. policy—under both Obama and Trump—to keep the war going and then, one day, to “pick up the remnants.”

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Washington’s Supreme Hypocrisy on Chemical Weapons and Civilian Deaths

The use of chemical weapons in Syria is an atrocity, but American politicians’ outrage draws on myths of American exceptionalism and erosion of political memory.

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Has Trump Deferred to Russia in Syria?

Some see U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as suggesting that Syrians are stuck with Assad and the Trump administration doesn’t object.

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Russia Reaches Syria Cease-Fire Pact With Turkey—and the U.S. Had Nothing to Do With It

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that after negotiations in Moscow between his administration and its Turkish and Iranian counterparts, an accord regarding the war in Syria has been reached, establishing a fragile truce that’s being hailed as “a potential turning point” in the bloody civil war that has raged for six years.

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What’s Happening in Aleppo Isn’t as Black and White as ‘Our Political Masters’ Make It Out to Be

Robert Fisk, The Independent’s award-winning correspondent, writes that while the bloody clash in the Syrian city is horrific, many questions remain about American and British involvement and Western media’s portrayal of the conflict.

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Syria’s Aleppo Falling: Moscow Is a Player in the Region Again

Russia’s success in shaping the outcome of the Syrian struggle has made Moscow a player in the region again for the first time since the fall of the old Soviet Union.

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In Donald Trump’s Shadow, Will East Aleppo Fall to the Assad Regime and Its Russian Backer?

Since Trump’s election, Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin have thrown caution to the wind.

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To Understand Today’s World—Syria, Brexit, Even Trump—Watch This Adam Curtis Film (Video)

In “Hypernormalisation,” the British documentary filmmaker delves into the intricacies of a “strange time” in which “extraordinary events keep happening that undermine the stability of our world” while “those in control seem unable to deal ... and no one has any vision of a different or a better kind of future.”

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The ‘White Helmets’ and the Inherent Contradiction of America’s Syria Policy

By embracing the anti-Assad message and imagery of the White Helmets, that organization’s supporters are furthering the messaging used by Al Nusra Front, its affiliate organizations and Islamic State to recruit followers around the world.

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How the ‘White Helmets’ Became Global Heroes While Pushing for U.S. Military Intervention in Syria

Backed by Washington and marketed by a top public relations firm, the Syrian civil defense organization is saving civilians—and lobbying for airstrikes and regime change.

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Syria Truce Holds, Offering Hopes for Delivery of Humanitarian Aid

The truce that began Monday night in Syria held for its first 24 hours in the areas designated by the U.S. and Russia for a cease-fire. There was little sign of political compromise, however, which is a bad sign for the future.

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Iran and Hezbollah Welcome Cease-Fire in Syria (Video)

The truce, brokered by the U.S. and Russia, is to take effect Monday evening. Lebanon’s Hezbollah forces have been fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad and get aid from Iran, which stressed that the agreement needs a “monitoring instrument.”

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U.S. Jets Almost Tangle With Syrian MiGs, Which Bombed an Area With Embedded U.S. Troops

A new round of fighting between Kurdish YPG fighters and the Syrian army could drag the United States into war.

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In Syria, Rebels From East Aleppo Strike Hospital in Government-Held West Aleppo (Video)

Muslim fundamentalist rebels, including al-Qaida, took revenge Tuesday on West Aleppo for the heavy government bombardment of East Aleppo that has killed dozens in the past week, including at a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders.

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Syria: As Fierce Fighting Reignites, Aleppo Is on Brink of ‘Humanitarian Disaster’ (Video)

Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, saw a worrying outbreak of violence last week that could fatally undermine the cessation of hostilities that had held between most Free Syrian Army units and the Syrian Arab Army.

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Panama Papers Revelation of Assad Family’s Stolen Wealth Helps Explain the Syrian Revolution

The revelation in the leaked Panama Papers that Mossack Fonseca and HSBC serviced the companies of corrupt Syrian billionaire Rami Makhlouf (first cousin of dictator Bashar Assad) long after the U.S. imposed sanctions on him is a reminder of why Syrians revolted against the regime in 2011.

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Syrian Cease-Fire in Tatters as al-Qaida and Allies Attack South of Aleppo (Video)

The rebel opposition allied with al-Qaida broke the cease-fire Saturday morning, taking several villages and towns in the southern hinterlands of Aleppo.

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Fall of Palmyra: Syrian Regime Races to Take Islamic State’s ‘Berlin’

The fact that massive Russian airstrikes and a determined assault by the Syrian Arab Army on the ancient city of Palmyra could dislodge at most a couple of thousand Islamic State fighters is not too surprising. But what does it say about the situation in Syria and Russian/Syrian strategy?

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Surprise: Russia and Hezbollah Begin Military Withdrawal From Syria (Video)

Apparently, Russian President Vladimir Putin feels that he has accomplished his main goal in Syria, which was to shore up the Syrian government and prevent it from falling to the rebels.

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Winners and Losers in Five Years of Syrian Civil War

A half-decade after protests began in Damascus and Deraa (mainly Deraa) in Syria, the country is a basket case and its social statistics look like those of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

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In Amsterdam, Refugees Find Shelter From the Storm

A life of displacement is hard, some Europeans oppose the influx and the bureaucracy is not all it could be. But small acts of kindness and human connection ease an anxious situation. Here’s one volunteer’s account from a refugee center.

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Russia Is Open to a ‘Federal’ Syria, but the Opposition Is Worried About Partition

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Monday that Russia supports whatever arrangements for the future the Syrians reach in the current negotiations, including a possible federal state.

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Is the Syrian Cease-Fire a Sign That Russia Is Winning the War? (Video)

Whether or not the cessation of hostilities in Syria holds, it is a major turning point in the revolution and civil war that began in 2011.

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As the Syrian Army Advances East of Aleppo, Islamic State Strikes Back With Bombings That Kill 140

Islamic State is turning to car bombings because it is in danger of being demoted from caliphate to just a run-of-the-mill terrorist organization.

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Would a Syrian Kurd Defeat of Islamic State Help Democrats Win the White House in 2016?

This has been a war with a lot of seesawing, so it is premature to make any decisive pronouncements. But this is an election year, and if Islamic State is defeated in Syria in 2016, it could vindicate President Obama’s strategy.

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Israel Frets That Iranian Troops Could Soon Be Nearby if Aleppo Falls and the Assad Regime Wins

Israeli officials are reportedly filled with anxiety and consternation about the possibility that the regime of Bashar Assad will conquer Aleppo with Russian and Iranian help before going on to reconstitute itself.

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Syrian Army Agrees to Food Aid Deliveries to Starving Madaya (Video)

The Syrian government agreed Thursday to allow humanitarian aid into Madaya and two other besieged towns near the Lebanese border northwest of Damascus. But it should do more.

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Is Hillary Clinton Right That Donald Trump Is Helping Islamic State?

During Saturday night’s Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton at one point alleged that Islamic State is “going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.” Trump on Sunday denied that any such Islamic State video exists, and said of Clinton, “she lies like crazy.”

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Clinton: Trump Is Islamic State’s Chief Recruiter. Sanders: Get Islamic State First, Assad Later

The latest Democratic debate had a lot of discussion on foreign policy. It’s a shame the Democratic National Convention put it on a Saturday night, when the audience was much lower.

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Putin Claims Turkey Was Protecting Islamic State Oil Smuggling as He Urges Kurds to Ally With Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday in Paris that his government had intelligence that the reason Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet last week was to protect oil smuggling from Islamic State (Daesh) through Turkey.

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Did Islamic State’s Paris Attacks Bolster Bashar Assad? Spain Calls Him the ‘Lesser Evil’

No country was more insistent that Bashar Assad must go than France. But now, as Islamic State looms large as enemy No. 1, Europe is reconsidering the Syrian dictator’s fate.

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Iran Is Helping to Build the ‘New Syrian Army’ as Islamic State Fighters Flee to Iraq

AFP Arabic is saying that Russian airstrikes have forced “a large number” of Islamic State fighters and their families, especially foreigners, to flee Syria for western Iraq.

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Is Russia’s Offer of Parliamentary Elections in Syria Serious? (Video)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said three surprising things Saturday in an interview with state-owned television channel Rossiya 1.

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American Hypocrisy: GOP Against Sharia Law at Home but Sees Its Backers as ‘Moderates’ in Syria

The same GOP politicians who denounce all U.S. Muslims for allegedly wanting to impose Sharia on all Americans are talking about the Syrian rebels who want a Sharia society as “moderates” and “U.S. allies” being targeted by Russia. 

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VIDEO: Iran in Syria? Reports Say Its Troops Plan Idlib and Aleppo Campaigns

The commander of the Jerusalem Brigade of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards has been spotted near Latakia, urging on a volunteer militia of Alawite Shiites.

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