Category Archives: Near East

The last southern battle in Syria: finish off ISIS and then on, towards Idlib

by Elijah J Magnier

Southern Syria is surrendering to the forces of the Syrian army: deals have been concluded between the Syrian government and the militants, including jihadists belonging to Jabhat al-Nusra (aka Hayat Tahrir al-Sham). The main deal, supervised by the Russian forces, allows whoever is willing to go to the northern city of Idlib, which is becoming the largest gathering of jihadists, to join the caravan and board the green buses, carrying their personal light weapons.

USA | PBS Report from Yemen: As Millions Face Starvation, American-Made Bombs Are Killing Civilians

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen is incredibly difficult to cover on the ground, with many obstacles for journalists hoping to access the capital Sana’a and other areas affected by the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition bombings. We speak with a reporter who smuggled herself into northern Yemen to report on the widespread famine and devastation there in an exclusive three-part series for ”PBS NewsHour.” Special correspondent Jane Ferguson is a Beirut-based special correspondent. Her pieces are titled “Yemen’s spiraling hunger crisis is a man-made disaster,” “American-made bombs in Yemen are killing civilians, destroying infrastructure and fueling anger at the U.S.” and “Houthis deny U.S., Saudi claim that they are Iran’s puppets.”

Political wing of SDF to open offices in Latakia, Damascus, Hama, Homs

by Leith Aboufadel

The political wing of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is going to open offices in several provinces inside Syria, the Spokesperson of the SDF, Ilham Ahmad, said on Thursday.

According to Ahmad, the SDF’s political wing will be opening offices in the provinces of Latakia, Damascus, Hama, and Homs.

Putin – Netanyahu meeting in Moscow

by Elijah J Magnier

Much speculation and many “positive outcome” comments were released about a “secret deal” alleged to have taken place during the meeting between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week in Moscow. The Israeli media described it as “successful”, like the last visits (three in the last six months). However, Russian sources say the opposite, despite the hints of positiveness Putin mentioned. These hints were exaggerated and interpreted by Netanyahu as “an achievement”.

Les Etats-Unis unissent l’Arménie et l’Azerbaïdjan contre l’Iran

Les États-Unis tentent de créer dans la coalition anti-iranienne sans précédent Caucase du Sud, réconciliant Arménie et l’Azerbaïdjan – vieux rivaux, rival sur le territoire contesté depuis des siècles. Un aspect clé de la conclusion de la paix, selon l’idéologie américaine, devrait être un transfert progressif du Haut-Karabakh à l’Azerbaïdjan. Nikol Pashinyan, qui est arrivé au pouvoir en Arménie est manifestement prêt à prendre cette mesure sans précédent pour obtenir le soutien politique de Washington. Cependant, les experts azerbaïdjanaisse réfèrent à ce scénario avec un certain degré de scepticisme.