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Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in Aleppo

Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in opposition-controlled parts of Aleppo during battles to retake the city late last year, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Monday. Via: reuters.com  The findings add to mounting evidence of the use of banned chemical weapons in the six-year-old  and could strengthen calls by Britain, France and the United States for sanctions ...

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Russia Seeks Another Mediterranean Naval Base in Libya

Russia has been ramping up its involvement in the Libyan sociopolitical crisis, which has been ongoing since the removal of its ruler, Muammar Qaddafi. Russia has been strengthening its ties with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who heads the Libyan National Army.  Via: jcpa.org / Michael Segall Haftar has longstanding ties with Moscow going back to the early 1970s. After Qaddafi’s fall, ...

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Sweden to consider military partnership with UK

The Swedish Armed Forces is looking into the possibility of joining a military partnership led by the United Kingdom. Via: thelocal.se  As well as the UK, six other Nato countries – Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Netherlands – are Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) members. “We have also held discussions with Finland and will undertake a joint analysis of potential ...

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High Tension In Eastern Ukraine As Kremlin, Kyiv Trade Blame

Tension is high in eastern Ukraine, where fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatists has flared over the past three days. Via: rferl.org The sides traded blame on January 31 for a surge in hostilities around the government-controlled town of Avdiyivka that has led to the highest casualty toll since mid-December. The European Union called for “the fighting to stop immediately,” ...

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Inside Iran February 1, 2017

Main Points Via: terrorism-info.org The Astana talks on the future of Syria ended on January 24, 2017. Iran, Russia and Turkey agreed to establish a joint mechanism to oversee the Syrian ceasefire. They issued a statement at the end of the talks stressing their countries’ commitment to preserving Syria’s territorial integrity, continuing the joint struggle against ISIS and the Fateh al-Sham ...

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The Eight Great Powers of 2017

In 2016, Russia surpassed Germany, and Israel joined the list for the first time.  Via: american-interest.com 1. The United States of America No surprise here: as it has for the last century, the United States remains the most powerful country on earth. America’s dynamic economy, its constitutional stability (even as we watch the Age of Trump unfold), its deep bench of strong ...

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Russia parliament votes 380-3 to decriminalize domestic violence

Russia’s parliament voted 380-3 on Friday to decriminalize domestic violence in cases where it does not cause “substantial bodily harm” and does not occur more than once a year. Via: usatoday.com The move, which eliminates criminal liability in such cases, makes a violation punishable by a fine of roughly $500, or a 15-day arrest, provided there is no repeat within 12 months. The bill now ...

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Iran repopulates Syria with Shia Muslims

In the valleys between Damascus and Lebanon, where whole communities had abandoned their lives to war, a change is taking place. For the first time since the conflict broke out, people are starting to return. Via: theguardian.com But the people settling in are not the same as those who fled during the past six years. The new arrivals have a different ...

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Russia Signs Deal for Syrian’s Bases in Tartus and Latakia

Russia signed a long­term agreement on Friday to greatly enlarge its military presence in Syria, more than doubling the space for warships in Russia’s only Mediterranean port and securing rights to an air base that may already be adding a second runway. Via: nytimes.com The agreement covers the port in Tartus and an air base near Latakia, which have been pivotal ...

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Islamic State blows up part of Palmyra’s Roman amphitheatre

The group destroyed many priceless relics when it was previously in control of Palmyra, which dates back to the second century. Via: sky.com  Islamic State militants have blown up part of the Roman amphitheatre in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, according to state media. The SANA news agency said the facade of the amphitheatre had been destroyed together with the ...

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