Category Archives: Near East

Anti-ISIS forces advanced deep in East Syria

The battle in Deir Ezzor has been heating up recently as both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) advance deep into the Islamic State’s (ISIS) Euphrates heartland.

On Sunday morning, things would only get worse for the Islamic State as local tribal fighters defected to the US-backed Coalition at the Al-‘Omar Fields.

Russia | US and coalition bomb Syrian Raqqa, like Dresden was bombed in 1945 – Russian Defense Ministry

Combat aircraft of the US and the coalition bombarded Syrian Raqqa like Germany’s Dresden was destroyed during World War II. In the operation to liberate the city from terrorists of the Islamic State (IS, terrorist organization outlawed in Russia), thousands Syrian civilians were killed, spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry General-Major Igor Konashenkov said on Sunday.

Islamic State militants defeated in Syria’s Raqqa, says SDF

US-backed forces announced on Sunday the “final phase” of the battle to retake Raqqa in Syria, after the city was evacuated except for foreign Islamic State (IS) group militants and their families.

More than 3,000 civilians fled Raqqa on Saturday night under an evacuation deal that left just a few hundred foreign IS militants and some of their relatives in the handful of positions they still hold in their one-time Syrian stronghold.

President Trump Beats War Drums for Iran

President Trump has been notoriously inconsistent in his foreign policy. He campaigned on and won the presidency with promises to repair relations with Russia, pull out of no-win wars like Afghanistan, and end the failed US policy of nation-building overseas. Once in office he pursued policies exactly the opposite of what he campaigned on. Unfortunately Iran is one of the few areas where the president has been very consistent. And consistently wrong.

“Rojava revolution is a response to the plot against Öcalan”

On the 19th anniversary of the October 9 plot against Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan, HPG and YJA Star guerrillas said that the Rojava Revolution is a response to the plot.

Speaking to ANF Turkish service the guerrillas said the plot against Öcalan is frustrated and they will continue to struggle until the Kurdish leader is free.