Russia says US stalling on Aleppo rebel pullout

MIDDLE EAST ONLINE Syrian regime forces were on the verge Tuesday of seizing a major rebel district of Aleppo as Moscow and Washington traded barbs over stalled efforts to end fighting in the battle-worn city. After retaking control of about two-thirds of east Aleppo in recent days, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad were advancing Tuesday on the large residential district of Shaar. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said if the district is retaken rebel force...
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Will China Deploy Troops to Syria?

Last week, lawmakers adopted China's first-ever dedicated anti-terrorism law. The new law's most interesting provision, as far as foreign observers are concerned, is an article authorizing the Chinese military to take part in counter-terrorism missions abroad. Will China now join the Syrian, Russian and Iranian-led anti-terror campaign in Syria? On Thursday, commenting on China's new counterterrorism law, and specifically its provision allowing the People's Liberation Army to participate in a...
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Syrian Terror Groups Now Fighting Each Other

Heavy battles have erupted between two rebel groups – Jaysh al-Islam (meaning Army of Islam) and Jaysh Tahrir al-Sham in Damascus province, as militants continue to lose ground in Syria, according to reports from the Iranian News Agency FARS. © Photo: Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation This is not the first report of infighting between the rebel groups in the country.Earlier in December, heavy fighting reportedly erupted between the Daesh (also known as ISIL/ISIS) and o...
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Arab Gulf Leaders No Longer Trust America

Arab Gulf leaders meeting with President Barack Obama at Camp David this week are expected to seek big security guarantees from the United States. Some states want new, advanced weaponry such as the F-35 fighter jet and Gulf diplomats in Washington said they wanted a formal defense treaty with the United States. For its part, the Obama Administration has said the Camp David summit will focus on defense cooperation on ballistic missile defense, cyber warfare, and terrorism. Washington is also ...
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