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By Michael Jansen - Nov 13,2019
It is amusing to record US explanations for the continuing presence of its soldiers in north-eastern and eastern Syria. US President Donald Trump was the first to state why US troops, who were supposed to exit Syria, would remain in this area.
By Michael Jansen - Nov 06,2019
Mass protests against mismanagement, corruption and sectarian rule are gripping Iraq, a poor country which should be wealthy. The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ second largest producer, Iraq possesses 12 per cent of the world's oil reserves.
By Michael Jansen - Oct 30,2019
In response to US President Donald Trump's personal triumphalism over the slaying by US forces of Daesh’s leader, Kurdish militia Commander Mazloum Abdi tweeted, "For five months there has been joint intel cooperation on the ground and accurate monitoring, until we achieved a joi
By Michael Jansen - Oct 23,2019
Hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets and squares across Lebanon to call for the fall of the country's political class, which they accuse of looting the country.
By Michael Jansen - Oct 10,2019
Donald Trump has said that the US will withdraw troops from northern Syria in order to allow Turkey to launch a military operation to clear Kurdish fighters from the border area east of the Euphrates River.
By Michael Jansen - Oct 02,2019
The Arabs must press the main combatants to end the war in Yemen, the region's poorest country.
By Michael Jansen - Sep 25,2019
Palestinian citizens of Israel participate in that country's parliamentary elections but get little or no benefit from their vote.  The Joint Arab List representing the Palestinian constituency 20 per cent of the population came in third in the September 17 election, winning
By Michael Jansen - Sep 18,2019
On September 8, US and Turkish armoured vehicles and troops began joint land and air patrols along the Syrian side of a section of that country's border with Turkey.
By Michael Jansen - Sep 11,2019
Iran has trumped Trump by routing its oil tanker along the northern shore of the Mediterranean, pausing at ports in Greece and Turkey, then anchoring off Syria's Tartus.
By Michael Jansen - Sep 04,2019
Damascus' International Fair and the liberation of northern Hama and southern Idlib from Al Qaeda-affiliated insurgents have lifted morale in the Syrian capital and elsewhere in the country.

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