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Logistics of a Ceasefire in Syria

Russia and the United States have orchestrated a ceasefire in Syria. As of September 12, there is to be a seven-day cessation of violence in order for Syrians (excluding those in ISIS controlled territory) to receive access to humanitarian aid and, provided that the ceasefire succeeds, for the two superpowers to negotiate an unprecedented joint bombing campaign (both have thus far operated independently) directed against the more radical elements of the conflict. 674 more words


Syria war death toll now more than 300,000: Monitor

More than 300,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict since March 2011, a monitor said in a new toll on Tuesday, the first full day of an internationally-brokered truce. 166 more words


Israel bombs Syrian army launcher in response to ‘errant fire’

ARA News
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

DAMASCUS – In response to an earlier Syrian strike on its territory, Israeli air force bombed Monday a target in Syria, military sources said. 224 more words


US Commander Warns Moscow, Damascus Against Operations Near American Positions

The US forces commander in Syria Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend says Moscow and Damascus have been informed about possible countermeasures should the coalition troops in Syria “feel threatened”. 75 more words


Islamic State's first act of war on European Christianity

ISIS has already been waging war on Christians in Iraq and Syria, committing countless atrocities.

Regardless of whether Tuesday’s attack was the work of Islamic State or whether it was merely inspired by the jihadi rhetoric emanating from the so-called caliphate, its symbolism is hard to ignore. 63 more words

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Syrian-Russian steps can provoke Golan clash

For four days since July 25, the Syrian army has been continuously firing artillery batteries – moved close to Israel’s defense lines on the Golan border – in a manner that comes dangerously close to provoking an Israeli response. 145 more words


Why Turkey Suspects Washington of Playing a Part in Failed Coup

The failed Turkish coup attempt has triggered a heated debate about its origins and alleged plotters. Canada-based author John Chuckman explains why he believes Washington could have winked and nodded to Turkish military rebels. 856 more words