Friday, 20 September , 2019

Russia-Middle East

No trace of chemical weapons at alleged attack site in Douma...

9 Apr, 2018 The Russian military has found no trace of chemical weapons use after searching parts of Syria’s Douma allegedly targeted by an “attack.”...

Head of Russian General Staff Says Will Target US Aircraft if...

Gerasimov says his men will take measures against missiles and launch vehicles over Damascus both By Marko Marjanović 13 Mar 18 Lately the US has been talking...

Nightmare No1: Αmerica vs. Russia in Syria

Uncle Sam vs. Russia in Eastern Syria: the Nightmare Scenario By Mike Whitney September 22, 2017 The impending collapse of ISIS has touched off a race...

A warning to Trump? Russia floats return to Iran’s Hamadan air...

By Alexander Mercouris In further sign of Russia's backing for Iran, Russian ambassador to Tehran floats possibility of Russian air force deployments to Iran and...

Putin urges new Marshall Plan for Middle East

"It has been said more than once that this evil [terrorism] can be defeated only through polled effort of all world countries. Russia has offered that and is offering it to all of its partners," Putin said at a meeting of the Valdai international discussion club. "Colossal damage requires a long-term and all-round program, a kind of the Marshall Plan to revive

FM: Turkey May Invade Iraq If Threatened

Cavusoglu insisted that invading Iraq is Turkey’s “most natural right.” Turkey presently has about 500 troops in Iraq, which they’ve had for around a year. The Iraqi government has repeatedly demanded Turkey withdraw, but Turkish officials have insisted they will stay and participate in the war against ISIS.

Russia: Israel, Palestinian Leaders Agree to Meet for Talks

Russia's Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that the Israeli and the Palestinian leaders have agreed "in principle" to meet in Moscow for talks in what the Russians hope will relaunch the Mideast peace process after a more than two-year break.

US And Turkey Cook Up ‘Deep’ Invasion

TURKEY’s president revealed yesterday that the US had proposed a “deep” invasion of Syria to capture the Islamic State (Isis) stronghold of Raqqa. Turkish media reported comments by Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he flew home from the G-20 summit in China. He said his US counterpart Barack Obama had broached the subject at the meeting.

Leila Khaled on ISIS and Islamism, Syria and the Palestinians

A terrorist for the Israelis, Khaled was a symbol throughout the world for the Palestinian armed struggle, following her participation in one of the four simultaneous hijackings of September 1970, inspiring songs, films and works of art internationally. These hijackings were part of the Palestinian “response” to the ignominious defeat they suffered with the

Middle East divides the Empire (a text of unusual clarity)

The West should seek the further weakening of Islamic State, but not its destruction. A weak but functioning IS can undermine the appeal of the caliphate among radical Muslims; keep bad actors focused on one another rather than on Western targets; and hamper Iran’s quest for regional hegemony.