Donald J. Trump walks out to be sworn in as America's 45th President (White House)
24 Jan 2017

Trump Presidency & Bombing Begins; Pentagon Denies Coordinating With Russia; Syrian Rebels Clash

Trump presidency (& bombing) begins. US-led coalition coordinating with Russia or not? Syrian rebel infighting, Astana peace talks, and more in our war news round up…   CENTCOM Syria: Russian Military Claims Coordination With US Coalition, Pentagon Denies _ On Monday, AP reported: “BREAKING: Russian Defense Ministry says its warplanes

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Photo by Voice of America News: Scott Bobb reports from Aleppo, Syria - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yikVv_YAvE&feature=plcp, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22023821
26 Dec 2016

Around The Empire – Episode 2: Reporting From Syria Feat. Rania Khalek

Dan and Joanne talk to independent journalist Rania Khalek, who recently traveled to Syria. She shares what she witnessed and her conversations with Syrians.

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UN Human Rights Council, 21 Oct 2016 (UN Photos)
21 Oct 2016

Rebels Shell Civilians in Aleppo to Prevent Escape; UN Begins War Crimes Inquiry

Civilians are used as human shields by jihadists in both Aleppo and Mosul, and more in our global news round-up.

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White Helmets members celebrate with armed al Nusra (al Qaeda) jihadists in Syria (Still shot from video)
04 Oct 2016

ISIS Disappears From Mosul on Battle’s Eve; White Helmets Exposed

ISIS has reportedly disappeared from the streets of Mosul; an exposé of the “White Helmets” in Syria has rattled the War Party establishment, and more in our round-up.

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Drone footage of the battle for the Aleppo artillery college, taken by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx0ey8HkCs4
25 Aug 2016

Rebranded Al Qaeda Group In Syria Receiving US Weapons

Though many scoffed when Jabhat Al-Nusra rebranded itself Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham, that cosmetic change was apparently enough to convince the US to start sending arms.

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Members of the group Al-Zenki taunt a child before executing him in Syria. Still from video footage.
21 Jul 2016

Video Shows US-Backed Syrian Rebels Beheading 11-Year-Old Boy

The video sparked outrage on social media, especially because it was from one of the so-called “moderate” rebel groups that America was backing.

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World Trade Center smoking on 9/11. Photo by Michael Foran [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
19 May 2016

US Support For Al Qaeda In Syria Complicating Peace Talks

While Obama has been able to keep fewer US boots on the ground than Bush, the effort to play God in the affairs of other nations remains unchanged.

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Osama bin Laden and al-Zawahiri during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, in November 2001. (By Hamid Mir CC BY-SA 3.0)
10 May 2016

Al Qaeda Leaders Call for Jihad and Emirate, Syrian Coalition Alliance Weakens

The fighting in Syria continues. The US and Russia continue to work on cessation of hostilities. Al Qaeda calls for unity jihad and an emirate in Syria.

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Golan Heights (left, by R. Ertov, wikimedia). Shavit launch vehicle believed to be derivative of the Jericho missile (right, by טל ענבר wikimedia)
06 May 2016

Golan Cowboys And That Time Israel Prepared To Nuke Syria And Egypt

AP and the New York Times published a colorful report of the cowboys of the Golan Heights and their intent to stay on this land.

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World Trade Center smoking on 9/11. Photo by Michael Foran [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
14 Apr 2016

US Plans To Give More Weapons To Al Qaeda-Linked Rebels In Syria

The CIA has drawn up plans to provide more-powerful weapons to the so-called moderate Syrian rebels if the current truce in Syria collapses.

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