COVID and Navigating the New Middle East Challenges

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What happened to one Syrian family in aftermath of airstrike? – Channel 4 News

The fighting in Syria’s Idlib province has halted for now – after last week’s ceasefire agreed by Russia and Turkey.  But just hours before that truce, at least 16 civilians were killed when a Russian airstrike hit a poultry farm near the town of Maarat Misrin. Paraic O’Brien has been to Idlib province and followed […]

Turkey releases video of missile strike on Pantsir-S1 in Syria – Defence Blog

Turkish media released unique footage shows Turkey’s armed unmanned aircraft system destroyed a Pantsir-S1 self-propelled combined gun-missile system during its strike on Syrian Arab Army targets on Friday near Idlib. In the video, an apparently active Pantsir system mounted on its 8×8 truck can be seen sitting placidly as the Turkish munition plunges towards it. […]

Pentagon reveals reasons why U.S. forces still remain in Syria – Defence Blog

U.S. military revealed principal reasons for why thousand of U.S. service members still remain in Eastern Syria. Army Lt. Gen. Robert White, the commander of Combined Joint Operation Inherent Resolve, said last week in Baghdad explained that U.S. forces are reset and repostured in Eastern Syria and have restarted operations with the Syrian Democratic Forces […]

Syria: WTF Do We Do Now?

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The Killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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#Syria – Indiscriminate attacks on critical civilian infrastructure must stop immediately 

The EU High Representative Federica Mogherini calls on indiscriminate attacks in north-west Syria to cease immediately. In a statement Mogherini condemned attacks on a camp of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the bombing of a critical life-saving health facility close to the Turkish border are yet another deplorable escalation in the deteriorating situation in north-west Syria.  Mogherini expressed the EU’s most […]