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Turkish Shelling Near Afrin After Syrian Government Allied Troops Arrive

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Syria: Pro-government forces enter Afrin

Syria civil war has become alarming with the entry of Syrian pro-regime forces in Afrin which has been perceived as a major and sharp provocation by the Turkish forces. 425 more words

Geopolitics

In the cases of two separate holocausts, Israel and Poland find it difficult to acknowledge the facts of history

The Israelis have been mighty pissed off with the Polish government these past few days. I don’t blame them. In fact – and I’m not referring to the racist, extremist military occupation government of Benjamin Netanyahu – the Israeli people and Jews around the world are quite right to be enraged at Poland’s latest Holocaust denialism. 68 more words

Middle East

US-Russia rivalry surges in Syria

By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | February 20, 2018

A major speech by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday at an international conference on the Middle East turned into the strongest Russian denunciation to date of the shift in the US policies under the Trump administration towards Syria, where the Pentagon now intends to keep a military presence indefinitely.

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United States

Syria: Eastern Ghouta being exterminated by regime

Syrian civil war has taken an ugly turn as the government forces have bombarded a rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta and left nearly 150 civilians dead in what is seen as a catastrophic attack. 192 more words

Geopolitics

Abbas calls for Palestinian peace conference by mid-2018 without U.S. lead

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is calling for an international peace conference by mid-2018 with key goals of full U.N. membership for the state of Palestine and a timeframe for resolving all issues with Israel for a two-state solution. 176 more words

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