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Syria 6 years on: What does the future hold?

Syria 6 years on: What does the future hold?

Mar 14, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Nasim Ahmed When pro-democracy protests started six years ago in Syria’s southern city, Daraa, few would have anticipated that the violent clampdown by the regime would trigger a brutal civil war. Even fewer would have expected it to last more than six years. While the war has been characteristically unpredictable,...

Syria is a ‘testing ground’ for new Russian weapons

Syria is a ‘testing ground’ for new Russian weapons

Mar 5, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor Russia has tested 162 types of new weapons in its combat in Syria, its defence minister said, hailing the military’s performance in the war-torn country, in which more than 310,000 people have been killed. The weapons have proven their worth in the conflict, Sergei Shoigu told the Russian...

US needs to end Israel’s 50-year-long occupation, says Sanders

US needs to end Israel’s 50-year-long occupation, says Sanders

Feb 28, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor Former US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Monday that the US needs to end Israel’s 50-year-long occupation. He made his comments at a conference organised by J Street, an advocacy group aiming to advance Israeli-US interests and a two-state solution. “The occupation runs against...

Iraq government, Shia militias, Daesh all committed war crimes in 2016 – Amnesty

Iraq government, Shia militias, Daesh all committed war crimes in 2016 – Amnesty

Feb 24, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor A major international human rights organisation has said that the Iraqi authorities, Iran-backed Shia jihadists and Daesh militants had all perpetrated war crimes throughout 2016, as a US and Iran-backed war against the militant group continues into 2017. Amnesty International accused all...

Iraq PM: Foreign Daesh fighters have fled Mosul

Iraq PM: Foreign Daesh fighters have fled Mosul

Feb 10, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said yesterday that the majority of foreign non-Iraqi militants fighting for Daesh have evacuated Mosul, Iraq’s second city and Daesh’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq. Al-Abadi’s remarks came during a meeting he had with the governors of Iraq’s 18...

Iraq army, Shia militias execute Sunnis in east Mosul

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor Grim footage has emerged from eastern Mosul, supposedly “liberated” from Daesh control late last month,showing members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and men who appeared to be from the Shia-dominated Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) paramilitary organisation executing unarmed men in the...

Syrian regime denies execution of 13,000 prisoners

Syrian regime denies execution of 13,000 prisoners

Feb 8, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor The Syrian justice ministry yesterday denied the findings published in an Amnesty International report which accused the Syrian regime of executing up to 13,000 prisoners through mass hangings at a military jail near Damascus, news agencies reported. In a statement, the ministry said: “The...

Trump’s status quo for Palestine-Israel isn’t so bad, unless you’re a Palestinian

Trump’s status quo for Palestine-Israel isn’t so bad, unless you’re a Palestinian

Feb 7, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor   By Professor Kamel Hawwash   The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States appears to have emboldened Israeli politicians. Many clearly feel that their strongest ally will henceforth provide them with the chance to complete their colonial project and in the process end any hope of freedom...

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