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A Win for Assad: Syria and Oman Boost Relations After Damascus Meeting

DAMASCUS, Syria  – On Sunday, in Syria’s capital, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman. According to the report run by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), President Assad and Minister Alawi bin Abdullah talked about focusing on the latest developments in […]

Damascus Prepares to Storm Idlib as patience with Turkey runs thin

DAMASCUS – July 5, 2019 – Russian and Syrian aviation over the past three days (July 2-4) have dealt one of the most powerful series of strikes against the positions of Islamist militants in the Idlib and Hama provinces since the launch of the initiative of Russia and Turkey in the north-west last September. the […]

Why Armenia sides with Assad in Syria’s civil war

BY IDO VOCK – When Armenia sent a few dozen troops to support the Russian military mission in support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad earlier this year, few eyebrows were raised. Thousands of foreign soldiers from powers as disparate as the United States and Turkey are already stationed in the country. A handful more sappers […]

As tensions ratchet up between Washington and Tehran, Moscow adopts a more measured approach

By Mark N. Katz – Putin, along with many of Washington’s Western allies, has criticized the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement reached during the Obama years. Moscow also joined with the other signatories—the UK, France, Germany, China, and Iran—in seeking to preserve the agreement. Following the recent Iranian […]