Sunday, June 25, 2017
Writing for IRIN, Aron Lund documents the Assad regime's problems with militias since it reclaimed all of Syria's largest city Aleppo in December. The catalyst for a possible crisis came earlier this month when 13-year-old Ahmed Jawish, in an upscale district in western Aleppo, was shot in the head and killed by man in military fatigues. The teenager's offense was...
GOP 52-48 majority threatened by four conservatives and five moderates Developments on Day 156 of the Trump Administration: Senate GOP Leader McConnell Fights to Ensure Passage of ObamaCare Repeal Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell struggles to gather the votes needed for quick adoption of the GOP bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare. McConnell is hoping for a vote by Friday and the July...
UPDATE 1615 GMT: Members of the Assembly of Experts, MPs, and Islamic scholars have issued a statement: "The reverence of the President is obligatory. Insulting Dr. Rouhani is against the national interests of the country and should be treated with serious misconduct." Referring to Rouhani's May 19 re-election, the signatories said insulting the president is an insult to the...
Israel sends deadly warning to Assad regime about operations near Golan Heights LATEST Iran: Our Missiles Really Did Hit Their Targets Leading Syrian Dissident Ziadeh Denied Asylum in US US: We'll Welcome Pro-Assad Troop Move Into East Picture: Assad at Eid Prayers in Hama SUNDAY FEATURE Assad Regime Struggles to Control Its Militias in Aleppo UPDATE 1600 GMT: Israel has retaliated with an airstrike for the second...
US agencies discovered Russian President Vladimir Putin’s specific instructions to "defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump" Drawing on interviews with more than three dozen current and former US officials, Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima, and Adam Entous of The Washington Post document the Russian campaign to influence the 2016 US...
Rebel faction says chlorine used since Thursday, but pro-Assad offensive in Jobar repelled LATEST Car Bomb in Idlib Province Causes "Many" Casualties Israel Kills 2 Regime Soldiers in Retaliatory Airstrikes Trump Administration's Back Channel with Assad Regime Over Kidnapped American Austin Tice Turkey: We Will Retaliate Against Attacks by Kurdish Militia YPG Rebels claim that the Assad regime's military has used chemical weapons in an...
Is the Islamic State the central issue in the Middle East? Has the US been sidelined? And what of the dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar? Rosemary Hollis of City University London and I joined BBC Radio Scotland on Saturday to talk about these issues and more in the region. When it comes to Syria, the US game is to use...
"Brave efforts by Iraqis to reclaim cultural and national identity will not succeed fully until the country is free of its corrupt and divided political elite." Balsam Mustafa of the University of Birmingham writes for The Conversation: Just after Iraqi forces declared they were closing in on the old city of Mosul, they announced that the Islamic State had destroyed the...
Did Trump just acknowledge witness intimidation? Developments on Day 155 of the Trump Administration: See also “Crime of the Century” — Russia’s Intervention in the 2016 US Presidential Election Trump Admits Intimidation of Comey, Russian Interference in 2016 Election In a series of unwitting admissions, Donald Trump admits that he lied about the possibility of taping conversations with James Comey, hoping to intimidate...
Iran has appealed to the West over the July 2015 nuclear deal, calling for a renewed commitment from the US and European countries because "engagement is not a one-way street". Ali Akbar Salehi, a former Foreign Minister who led Iran's technical team in the talks with the 5+1 Powers, used London's Guardian newspaper for the message. Salehi called on "all actors"...
"The scale of the Syrian refugee crisis and the challenge of mitigating a 'lost generation' of the education of Syrians is a critical one." Dina Kiwan of the University of Birmingham writes for The Birmingham Brief: The Syrian refugee crisis has been described by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees as the largest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time,...
Trump: "I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings." Developments on Day 154 of the Trump Administration: Trump Admits He Didn't Tape Conversations With Comey Donald Trump steps back from his Twitter threat that he might have tapes of his one-on-one conversations with James Comey, the FBI director whom he fired in early May over the expanding Trump-Russia investigation. Trump...