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Room for skepticism on Trump team's wider Syria policy - Seattle Times;

Room for skepticism on Trump team's wider Syria policy - Seattle Times

Seattle TimesRoom for skepticism on Trump team's wider Syria policySeattle TimesThe U.N. Security Council meets to discuss a chemical-weapons attack on a Syrian town. (Mary Altaffer/AP). There is room for skepticism about the Trump administration's wider Syria policy beyond aiding in the destruction of ISIS headquarters in Raqqa.and more »

Larijani: US Travel Ban on Muslims Won't Curb Terror - Financial Tribune;

Larijani: US Travel Ban on Muslims Won't Curb Terror - Financial Tribune

Financial TribuneLarijani: US Travel Ban on Muslims Won't Curb TerrorFinancial TribuneIran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani expressed disbelief at the US administration's travel ban for citizens from six countries, including Iran, saying his country has led the fight against terrorism in the Middle East. "At the time when Iraq was ...and more »

US threats and actions in Syria are those of a rogue state - RT;

US threats and actions in Syria are those of a rogue state - RT

RTUS threats and actions in Syria are those of a rogue stateRTJohn Wight has written for newspapers and websites across the world, including the Independent, Morning Star, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, London Progressive Journal, and Foreign Policy Journal. He is also a regular commentator on RT and BBC Radio ...and more »

Trump: Toward War in the Middle East - Common Dreams;

Trump: Toward War in the Middle East - Common Dreams

Common DreamsTrump: Toward War in the Middle EastCommon DreamsBy staying out of the conflicts in the Middle East, the United States can benefit both American citizens and the citizens of those distant lands. by. Adil E. Shamoo · 0 Comments. Donald Trump meets with Joint Chiefs of Staff (courtesy JCS via Flickr ...and more »

Iran: Travel Ban Is 'Shameful' to All Iranians Fighting ISIS and Upholding Nuclear Deal - Newsweek;

Iran: Travel Ban Is 'Shameful' to All Iranians Fighting ISIS and Upholding Nuclear Deal - Newsweek

NewsweekIran: Travel Ban Is 'Shameful' to All Iranians Fighting ISIS and Upholding Nuclear DealNewsweekIranian officials have blasted the U.S.'s decision to partially reinstate a ban on incoming nationals from six majority-Muslim countries, including Iran, arguing it is assisting in the fight against militant groups and has complied with the terms of a ...and more »

The Signal in Syria's Noise - War on the Rocks;

The Signal in Syria's Noise - War on the Rocks

War on the RocksThe Signal in Syria's NoiseWar on the RocksFor special access to experts and other members of the national security community, check out the new War on the Rocks membership. Related Articles. The Trouble with Tanf: Tactics Driving Strategy in Syria · How to Get Away with Mass Murder: Denying ...and more »

Israel inching closer to a war nobody wants - +972 Magazine;

Israel inching closer to a war nobody wants - +972 Magazine

+972 MagazineIsrael inching closer to a war nobody wants+972 MagazineIncreasingly hawkish rhetoric directed at Hezbollah, along with providing humanitarian aid to Syrian rebels, may lead Israel into a war no one wants. Israel's interest is a stable Middle East, but it won't happen without an end to the occupation. By ...and more »

White House Encouraged After Elephants Abstain From Climbing Trees - Center for Research on Globalization;

White House Encouraged After Elephants Abstain From Climbing Trees - Center for Research on Globalization

Center for Research on GlobalizationWhite House Encouraged After Elephants Abstain From Climbing TreesCenter for Research on GlobalizationTrump administration officials are walking back the White House announcement of its plans to fake another “chemical weapon attack” in Syria. There are plenty of reasons why the U.S. would want to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical weapons ...and more »

If Trump is serious about getting tough on Iran, embrace dissidents - Chicago Sun-Times;

If Trump is serious about getting tough on Iran, embrace dissidents - Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-TimesIf Trump is serious about getting tough on Iran, embrace dissidentsChicago Sun-TimesIranian President Hassan Rouhani often is described by the media as a moderate, but he is anything but, writes Linda Chavez. He has increased the number of executions and cracked down on dissent. / Getty Images. Linda Chavez. When Donald Trump was ...and more »

Make Iran Pay a Price for Regional Meddling - Algemeiner;

Make Iran Pay a Price for Regional Meddling - Algemeiner

AlgemeinerMake Iran Pay a Price for Regional MeddlingAlgemeinerThere is no doubt that the Middle East is in turmoil like never before. And this is highly due to the disastrous engagement/lead-from-behind policy adopted by the Obama administration, despite its claim it sought to lessen tensions. Iran is taking ...and more »

Syria: The Operation Was Successful But the Patient Died - Newsweek;

Syria: The Operation Was Successful But the Patient Died - Newsweek

NewsweekSyria: The Operation Was Successful But the Patient DiedNewsweekFor the past several years, this writer has resisted joining the “It's too late to do anything about Syria” chorus. That resistance is, at long last, breaking down, at least with respect to what is happening in eastern Syria. We are now reaping the ...and more »

America Needs a Post-ISIS Strategy - Gatestone Institute

America Needs a Post-ISIS StrategyGatestone InstituteThe headlines out of Syria are eye-catching: There are signs the Assad government may be planning another chemical attack. American pilots have struck forces threatening our allies and shot down a Syrian plane and Iranian-made drones. The probability ...and more »

Israel responds to Syrian spillover fire in repeat incident - The Daily Star;

Israel responds to Syrian spillover fire in repeat incident - The Daily Star

The Daily StarIsrael responds to Syrian spillover fire in repeat incidentThe Daily StarOCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel's military says aircraft struck a Syrian military post that earlier fired a mortar into the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan Heights. It said the Syrian shell caused no injuries Friday, the latest in several such ...and more »

Trump Courts War Risks with Iran - Consortium News;

Trump Courts War Risks with Iran - Consortium News

Consortium NewsTrump Courts War Risks with IranConsortium NewsPushed by Israel and Saudi Arabia, President Trump is edging toward war with Iran, possibly beginning with “mission creep” in Syria, a reversal of Trump's campaign rhetoric objecting to military adventures, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul ...and more »

US Strategy and Israel's Stake in Eastern Syria - Middle East Forum

US Strategy and Israel's Stake in Eastern SyriaMiddle East ForumThe downing on June 18th of a Syrian Air Force SU-22 by a UA Navy F-18 Super Hornet over the skies of northern Syria sharply raises the stakes in the emergent stand-off in the country. This stand-off is no longer between local militias, nor between ...and more »

It is with Iran's help that Daesh is on its last breath: Larijani - Tehran Times;

It is with Iran's help that Daesh is on its last breath: Larijani - Tehran Times

Tehran TimesIt is with Iran's help that Daesh is on its last breath: LarijaniTehran TimesIranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has said that it is with the help of Iran that Daesh is on its last breath in Iraq and Syria. In an exclusive interview with CNN published on website on Thursday, he said that Daesh would have occupied Baghdad ...and more »

Saudi releases Iranian fishermen held for a year - ArabianBusiness.com;

Saudi releases Iranian fishermen held for a year - ArabianBusiness.com

ArabianBusiness.comSaudi releases Iranian fishermen held for a yearArabianBusiness.comSaudi Arabia released five Iranian fishermen held for more than a year, news agencies in Iran reported, in a rare sign of conciliation between the regional rivals. The five fishermen were said to have been in custody since they strayed into Saudi ...and more »

Get out of Middle East — now - Island Packet

Get out of Middle East — nowIsland PacketThis fire just keeps getting gasoline thrown on it. It's time to simply get out. No country in this region is worth a single American life, except Israel. The politics there are a thing of beauty. Let's see. The U.S. actively supports the Syrian Kurds ...and more »

Washington May Be Inching Toward 'Regime Change' in Syria, Iran and Venezuela - LifeZette;

Washington May Be Inching Toward 'Regime Change' in Syria, Iran and Venezuela - LifeZette

LifeZetteWashington May Be Inching Toward 'Regime Change' in Syria, Iran and VenezuelaLifeZetteThe Trump administration and Congress appear to be inching toward policies of regime change in at least three countries — Iran, Syria and Venezuela — in what would be a dramatic reversal of the non-interventionism Donald Trump advocated during the ...and more »

Some regional states use terrorists as as tool: Kamal Kharrazi - Tehran Times;

Some regional states use terrorists as as tool: Kamal Kharrazi - Tehran Times

Tehran TimesSome regional states use terrorists as as tool: Kamal KharraziTehran TimesTEHRAN – Kamal Kharrazi, head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, said on Wednesday that some Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia use terrorist groups as a tool to reach their objectives. Karrazi made the remarks during the ...and more »