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Syria crisis: Gauging Russia’s reactions to strike scenario

There are two subjects Russians talk about a lot: history and geography. In recent days, there’s been much public discussion of both. Russian officials and the media have been constantly recalling “Yugoslavia – 1999”, “Iraq – 2003” and “Libya – 2011” as examples of Western military intervention which resulted in regime change. The suspicion in […]

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Syria’s main opposition: Revolt will continue despite Qusayr fall

The armed uprising against the regime of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad will carry on despite the fall Wednesday of the strategic town of Qusayr, the war-torn country’s main opposition group said. “The blessed revolution will continue. Victory is on the side of the righteous, who resisted in the face of oppression and injustice,” AFP quoted […]

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The rise of Shia jihadism in Syria will fuel sectarian fires

Amid Syria’s worsening crisis, there is another unprecedented, yet overlooked phenomenon that bodes ill for the entire region: the rise of global Shia jihadism. The number of foreign Shia jihadists in Syria is arguably greater than Sunni ones. So what will this new trend mean? To be sure, foreign jihadists on both sides are destroying […]

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Syria: Hezbollah Commits to an All-Out Fight to Save Assad

Supporters watched a live broadcast of Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, at a rally in the Bekaa Valley. BEIRUT, Lebanon — The leader of the powerful Lebanese militant group Hezbollah decisively committed his followers on Saturday to an all-out battle in Syria to defeat the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad. He said the organization, founded to […]

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Israeli attack will meet Iran’s great response: Hezbollah’s Nasrallah

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah says he does not believe Israel will attack Iran in the “foreseeable future,” warning that Tehran’s response to any potential assault will anyway be “great.”

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Tomorrow’s foes? Syrian rebels fear foreign Islamist fighters are ‘too extreme’

The civil conflict in Syria has brought Islamists from all over the world to the Arab country to help their brothers topple the “apostate regime”. But will the foreign allies lay down arms if Assad goes? Syrian rebels are starting to fear they won’t.

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‘Assad better get the hell out’ – Panetta

US Defense Sec. Leon Panetta has advice for Syria’s President Assad: “If you want to be able to protect yourself and your family, you’d better get the hell out now.” Panetta also warned that the US would not repeat the mistakes it made in Iraq.

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US/NATO/Israel attack on Iran would be a catastrophe for everyone – Bill Ayers

US wars of “invasion, aggression and occupation” are no longer sustainable economically and socially, veteran war critic and US scholar Professor Bill Ayers told RT. He adds that if NATO, the US or Israel attack Iran, it would lead to a catastrophe. The activist says America has an old colonial mentality and grotesque double standards. […]

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US position on Syria directly endorses terrorism – Lavrov

Washington’s reaction to blasts in Damascus is a downright justification of terrorism, slams Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. US State Department announced that terror acts in Syria are not surprising in light of the Assad regime’s actions. “This is direct endorsement of terrorism. How are we supposed to understand that?” Sergey Lavrov shared his astonishment at […]

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Al Qaeda Taking Deadly New Role in Syria Conflict

CAIRO – It is the sort of image that has become a staple of the Syrian revolution, a video of masked men calling themselves the Free Syrian Army and brandishing AK-47s – with one unsettling difference. In the background hang two flags of Al Qaeda, white Arabic writing on a black field. “We are now […]

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