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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Extends Grip in Areas Captured From ISIS

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Extends Grip in Areas Captured From ISIS

Rolf Holmboe, Research Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and former Danish Ambassador to Syria said, “..The Russians want a solution on their terms, which is one where Assad stays in power. The ceasefires do two things. They allow the Russians to take control of the political negotiations and look good internationally. But more importantly, they allow Assad and the Iranian-backed militias to free troops to grab the territory that Islamic State is about to lose.”

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 22 July 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 22 July 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Syrian armed forces have announced a ceasefire in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus, according to a statement released through the official SANA news agency.

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SYRIA POLITICS: US Coalition Must Pay for ‘Illegitimately’ Destroying Syria: Damascus to UN

SYRIA POLITICS: US Coalition Must Pay for ‘Illegitimately’ Destroying Syria: Damascus to UN

Syria wants the US and its allies to pay for the destruction of Syrian infrastructure and to bear legal responsibility for “illegitimately” bombing civilian targets, Damascus has told the UN, demanding that the American-led coalition strikes stop.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Damascus Preparing for Chemical Weapons Attack ‘Baseless’: Syria’s Foreign Ministry

SYRIA POLITICS: Damascus Preparing for Chemical Weapons Attack ‘Baseless’: Syria’s Foreign Ministry

US moves could be aimed at derailing the fifth round of Syria peace talks brokered by Moscow, Tehran and Ankara, in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, on July 4-5, the Russian official concluded.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Fully Supports Russian Safe Zones Proposal: Foreign Ministry

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Fully Supports Russian Safe Zones Proposal: Foreign Ministry

UN’s Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, called on the militants to return to the negotiating table “because what is important is also to look at the possibility of an outcome on a de-escalation.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Rebels Fight Each Other, 38 Fighters Killed in First 24 Hours

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Rebels Fight Each Other, 38 Fighters Killed in First 24 Hours

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it documented the deaths of 38 fighters in the first 24 hours of fighting between rebel groups. It also reported civilian casualties.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Played Negative Role Fueling Conflict in Syria: Analyst

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Played Negative Role Fueling Conflict in Syria: Analyst

“The Israelis do not want peaceful solution. They are using pretext to destroy Hezbollah and bomb ammunition depot,” Rustem Safronov says.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Israel Says Airstrike at Damascus Airport ‘in Line With Israel Policy to Stop Iran Arms Transfers’

SYRIA POLITICS: Israel Says Airstrike at Damascus Airport ‘in Line With Israel Policy to Stop Iran Arms Transfers’

According to “senior” Syrian rebel sources who spoke to Reuters, the blasts allegedly struck an ammunition warehouse “used by Iranian-backed forces.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Revealed! Russia to Deploy Ground Forces to Syria: Syrian Military Says

SYRIA POLITICS: Revealed! Russia to Deploy Ground Forces to Syria: Syrian Military Says

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Damascus and Moscow were engaged in negotiations to put into operation more air defense systems inside Syria.

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SYRIA POLITICS: ISIS ‘Essentially Moved’ Its HQ From Raqqa to Deir ez-Zor

SYRIA POLITICS: ISIS ‘Essentially Moved’ Its HQ From Raqqa to Deir ez-Zor

ISIS, the jihadists and their military command are now centered some 140 kilometers southeast of the city of Raqqa, the US media report claimed.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin On Syria Missile Strike By US, Says NATO Nodding Like Bobble Heads

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin On Syria Missile Strike By US, Says NATO Nodding Like Bobble Heads

“What was the reaction of the NATO allies? All of them are nodding like bobble heads,” Putin said in an interview with Mir 24 TV channel.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Orders Missile-Armed Ship to Syria After US Attack

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Orders Missile-Armed Ship to Syria After US Attack

“Russian ship armed with cruise missiles Kalibr will visit the logistics base in Tartus,” a source said. The Admiral Grigorovich is capable of carrying a Ka-27 or Ka-31 helicopter and can reach speeds of up to 30 knots (55kph).

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army, Rebels Fight Fiercely in Northeast Damascus

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army, Rebels Fight Fiercely in Northeast Damascus

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his army, Russian, Iranian and Shi’ite forces, have steady succession of military victories over the past 18 months.

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SYRIA POLITICS: In Backing Assad, Russia Looks to Outdo Iran

SYRIA POLITICS: In Backing Assad, Russia Looks to Outdo Iran

“Russia is wary of Turkey, but prefers squeezing it and limiting its movement, instead of mounting full-frontal attack,” a political figure in Damascus said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Bashar al-Assad Army Recaptures All Towns, Villages in Wadi Barada Valley Near Damascus

SYRIA POLITICS: Bashar al-Assad Army Recaptures All Towns, Villages in Wadi Barada Valley Near Damascus

Military support from President Bashar al-Assad’s foreign allies, including Russia, Iran and Lebanese group Hezbollah, have been instrumental in helping turn the nearly six-year civil war in his favour.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Army Wins Water Spring Near Damascus

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Army Wins Water Spring Near Damascus

“The Syrian army has entered Ain al-Fija … and raised the Syrian flag over the spring installation,” the Hezbollah media unit’s statement said. It said this was part of a deal reached with insurgents, who under the agreement would depart the area.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army Advances Towards Damaged Damascus Water Source

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army Advances Towards Damaged Damascus Water Source

The army and the Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim militia Hezbollah gained complete control of the town of Baseimah, taking them close to Ain al-Fija where the water springs are located.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Air Strikes Resume On Rebel-Held Damascus Water

SYRIA POLITICS: Air Strikes Resume On Rebel-Held Damascus Water

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes began on Sunday morning, after a lull since Saturday morning during which a new round of negotiations over repairs took place.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia To Start Talks With US On Aleppo Rebel Withdrawal

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia To Start Talks With US On Aleppo Rebel Withdrawal

“Those armed groups who refuse to leave eastern Aleppo will be considered to be terrorists,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Battle For Aleppo Escalates

SYRIA POLITICS: Battle For Aleppo Escalates

U.N. humanitarian adviser said on Friday the besieged population of eastern Aleppo faced a “very bleak moment” with no food or medical supplies.

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