U.S. backed Kurds seek to normalize relations with Damascus

Kurdish-led groups who were part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State and control swathes of northern Syria have revived contacts with the regime in Damascus in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from the war-torn-country. These groups are keen to stave off any Turkish attack, after Turkish Foreign … Read more

Shin Bet warns of expected foreign attempts to meddle in Israel’s elections

The Director of the Israeli Security Agency, Shin Bet, warned of expected attempts by foreign countries that will seek to influence the outcome of the upcoming national parliamentary election, scheduled to be held on the 9th of April. The comments by the Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman, that were made in a public event in … Read more

Russian delegation arrives in Israel to bolster cooperation

A special Russian delegation arrived in Israel, as part of efforts by Jerusalem and Moscow to bolster the coordinated mechanism between their two respective militaries in Syria. A special Russian delegation arrived in Israel yesterday, as part of efforts by Jerusalem and Moscow to bolster the coordinated mechanism between their two respective militaries in Syria. … Read more

Iran’s presence in Syria constitutes a threat to U.S. and allies

While Iran continues to dub its presence in Syria as legitimate, the United States Special Representative for Syrian Engagement, Ambassador James Jeffrey, reiterated Washington’s policy in Syria –which include the eradication of the Islamic State, a fundamental political change in Damascus and an Iranian military withdrawal from the war-torn-country. In an address to the Atlantic … Read more

Three years since UNSC adopts resolution to end Syria conflict

Today marks exactly three years since the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2254, which calls for a ceasefire and political settlement of the Syrian war. While all parties involved in the conflict cite resolution 2254 as the only foundation to ending the most severe humanitarian crisis since world-war-two; the echoed claims of an … Read more

Russia and Israel resume military cooperation in Syria

Three months after a Syrian force accidentally shot down a Russian military Il-20 reconnaissance plane, in the midst of an Israeli airstrike against Iranian targets on Syrian soil; Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov revealed that the militaries of Jerusalem and Moscow have resumed cooperation to assure deconfliction in Israel’s northern war-torn neighbor. At the beginning … Read more

Hamas seeks to advance relations with Russia

The head of Hamas’s political bureau is scheduled to visit Moscow next week, after the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited the top Hamas leader to hold an official meeting with President Vladimir Putin. While the Kremlin did not specify the reason for the invitation, Hamas said in a statement that “Ismail Haniya is expected … Read more

Russia’s Putin invites Hamas’ leader for official meeting

The Russian ambassador to the Palestinians visited the Gaza Strip yesterday, during which he met with the Hamas Political Bureau Director Ismail Haniya. According to several statements by the Islamist Hamas and a Kremlin source, the Russian ambassador provided Haniya with an invitation from President Vladimir Putin to come to Moscow for an official meeting. … Read more

Russia fails to undercut new powers granted to OPCW

Members of the OPCW, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, overwhelmingly rejected a Russian-led initiative to undercut new powers granted to the agency, which provide the chemical weapons watchdog with the power to point a blaming finger for the use of banned toxic munitions in Syria. While the 20-year-old Organization for the Prohibition … Read more

U.S. will not abandon Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi affair

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a policy briefing at the State Department, during which he announced a series of newly imposed sanctions against Iran, saying “The United States today sanctioned an international network that the Iranian regime and Russia are using to provide millions of barrels of oil to the Assad regime (in … Read more