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Syrian War Report – March 16, 2018: Army Evacuated Over 12,500 Civilians From Eastern Ghouta

On March 15, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies liberated the village of Hamuriyah in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta from members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and Faylaq al-Rahman. ...

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The Five stages of (Imperial) grief: Anger

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Syrian War Report – March 15, 2018: Militant Advance In Northern Hama Ends In Failure

On March 14, ten so-called “moderate opposition” groups launched a large-scale attack on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northern Hama and captured the villages of al-Hamamiyat and Karnaz. According to a released statement, the attack was dubbed ...

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Syrian War Report – March 14, 2018: Government Forces Liberate Key Area In Southern Damascus

On March 13, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) entered the area of al-Qadam in southern Damascus after local militants had been evacuated from it. Militants had been forced to sign an evacuation agreement with Damascus after ISIS units operating in ...

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When dealing with a bear, hubris is suicidal

When dealing with a bear, hubris is suicidal

[This analysis was written for the Unz Review] Assuming mankind finds a way not to destroy itself in the near future and assuming that there will still be historians in the 22nd or 23rd centuries, I bet you that they will ...

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The myth of a neo-imperial China

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The geopolitical focus of the still young 21st century spans the Indian Ocean from the Persian Gulf all the way to the South China Sea alongside the spectrum from Southwest ...

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Syria the day after Putin’s speech; Who’s Doing What in Syria Part III

by Ghassan Kadi Much has been said about Putin’s 1st of March 2018 speech; a speech that should well and truly be known in the future as the “Putin Manifesto”, and no analysts have been better able to examine its political and ...

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Trump, May, Merkel and Macron

Trump, May, Merkel and Macron issue joint statement blaming Russia for Sergei Skripal poisoning

Business Insider reports: full statement (emphasis added) We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom, abhor the attack that took place against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, UK, on 4 March 2018. A British police ...

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5 Seconds Until World War 3

On March 13, US President Trump ousted his secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, and announced he would replace Mr. Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, the CIA director. At the CIA, Pompeo will be replaced by the current deputy director, Gina Haspel.   ...

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Syrian War Report – March 13, 2018: US Officially Threatens To Strike Syrian Army

On March 12, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley actually threatened that the US will strike Syrian government forces if they don’t halt their operation against terrorists in Eastern Ghouta. “We also warn any nation that is determined to ...

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