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Israel to escalate fight against Iran in Syria after U.S. exit – Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (JPost) December 20, 2018 Israel will escalate its fight against Iranian-aligned forces in Syria after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday. Some Israeli officials have said U.S. President Donald Trump's move, announced on Wednesday, could help Iran by [...]

By |December 20th, 2018|Isreal, Syria|

U.S. forces leaving Syria while there is no word on any Iran withdrawal

U.S. soldiers near the tense front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, April 4, 2018. (AP) December 20, 2018 While the United States is planning to "withdraw all of its troops from Syria," Israel's Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has said that Tel Aviv [...]

By |December 20th, 2018|Syria|

On Iraq’s border with Syria, Iran-backed militia warily eye U.S. forces

Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) fighters stand on a hill at the Iraqi-Syrian border near al-Qaim, Iraq. November 25, 2018. Picture taken November 25, 2018. (REUTERS) December 13, 2018 From a desert hillside guarded by Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitaries, commander Qasim Muslih can spot Islamic State hideouts across the frontier in Syria. But he also [...]

By |December 13th, 2018|North America, Syria, USA|

Syrian fatigue with the Iranian presence grows in regime areas

Iran's army chief of staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, left, looks into binoculars as he visits and other senior officers from the Iranian military a front line in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP) December 8, 2018 On Jun. 15, the Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the Syrian [...]

By |December 8th, 2018|Syria|

Iran-backed Iraqi militia leader urges formal security role on border with Syria

Qais al-Khazali (Left), Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (A.A.H.) commander sitting next to Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani. (INU) November 27, 2018 The head of a powerful Iraqi militia wants a formal role for paramilitaries in securing the border with Syria, a move that could deepen US worries about Iran’s growing sway over a [...]

By |November 27th, 2018|Iraq, Syria|

Syrian regime grants citizenship to Iranians, Hezbollah fighters

Hezbollah and Syrian flags flutter on a military vehicle in Western Qalamoun, Syria August 28, 2017. (REUTERS) November 27, 2018 The Syrian regime naturalized thousands or even tens of thousands of Iranians, including members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Iran-backed militias like Hezbollah that are deployed in southern Syria along the border [...]

By |November 27th, 2018|Syria|

Syrian opposition leader: Iranian militias behind chemical attack on Aleppo

The head of the High Negotiations Committee, Naser al-Hariri, said that Iran’s militias were behind the chemical attack targeting Aleppo. (Supplied) November 26, 2018 Iran’s militias were behind the chemical attack targeting Aleppo, and they seek to abort the Sochi deal in Idlib, the head of the High Negotiations Committee, Naser al-Hariri, told [...]

By |November 26th, 2018|Syria|

US trains 30,000 SDF members east Syria to ‘contain’ Iran

SDF soldiers take aim at a minaret, where they think an ISIS sniper is positioned on the western edge of Raqqa, Syria. (The Washington Post) November 25, 2018 The US Army started on Saturday to build five observation posts at the border with Turkey, as part of Washington’s procedures to enhance its military [...]

By |November 25th, 2018|Syria|

US refuses trading Iran withdrawal from Syria for sanctions relief

US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey. (AP) November 25, 2018 The Kremlin chose silence as a policy towards recent statements made by the US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey on the future of Iran’s role in the Syria crisis. Jeffrey, speaking to Russian media, had said that Washington will [...]

By |November 25th, 2018|Syria|

Netanyahu: Putin can’t get Iran out of Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11. (AP) November 22, 2018 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Russia alone does not have enough leverage to get Iran out of Syria. Speaking at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Netanyahu said that [...]

By |November 22nd, 2018|Syria|