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Russia & Syria to dump dollar in mutual trade, agree joint energy projects

The Moscow-Damascus Intergovernmental panel has reached a series of agreements, including switching to national currencies in mutual settlements and commercial energy exploration in Syria. “Mutual settlements, transport and logistics – as far as I’m concerned these issues have been settled,” Vladimir Padalko, Vice-President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry told journalists on the […]

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Enter the dragon: China’s crucial role in winning Syria peace

China is stepping up its involvement in Syria, not with its military, but with cash. For Beijing, war-torn Syria is an opportunity for reconstruction business. For Damascus, prosperity means peace.China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem have shown through their cordial  discussions that Beijing and Damascus are on the same page when […]

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Israelgate? As Russia probe runs dry, Mueller may turn to Middle East to pursue Trump ‘collusion’

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly preparing to shift the focus of the interminable Russiagate investigation to the Middle East, where at least three countries may have tried their hands at “election meddling.”

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Syrian Air Airline in Talks to Buy Russia’s MC-21 Passenger Planes – CEO

Syrian flag carrier Syrian Air is discussing with Russia the purchase of new MC-21 passenger jets, the airline’s CEO, Talal Abdulkarim, told Sputnik on Thursday. ‘Some time ago, we contacted the Russian side directly to discuss a purchase of MC-21 jets. Our company wants to be the first in buying these aircraft from this high-tech […]

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Syrian Air Defences Down ‘Hostile Targets’ Over Country’s South – Reports

Syrian air defences have downed several “hostile targets” over the country’s southern region, Syrian news agency SANA reported. A Syrian security source reported that the air defences downed an Israeli combat plane and four missiles. Israeli military has refuted the claims about the downing.

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Israel denies report its jet was downed during Syria raid as ‘bogus’

The Israeli military has described reports that one of its jets was brought down while carrying out airstrikes in Syria as “bogus,” amid reports that the country’s air defense systems engaged and downed several “hostile targets”.

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All Foreign Troops Except Russian Military Must Leave Syria – US Envoy

Earlier, the envoy claimed that US troops would be staying in the Arab Republic until the “enduring defeat” of Daesh*. He also said that Bashar Assad should not govern the country in the future, noting, however, that it’s not the US’ job to oust him.

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US Coalition Strikes Deir ez-Zor Using Banned White Phosphorus – Syrian Media

Syrian state media has repeatedly reported about the coalition’s airstrikes in the area of the Syrian city of Hajin leaving dozens of civilians dead, while the US-led coalition fiercely denies conducting strikes.

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Amnesty Starts Project to Let Netizens Track US Coalition’s Destruction of Raqqa

A prominent international watchdog has launched an online investigative project that will allow Internet users worldwide to track the destruction caused by the US-led coalition’s bombardment of Syria’s Raqqa in 2017 that has resulted in numerous civilian casualties and the city being nearly completely razed to the ground.

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WATCH Syrians Carry Assad on Their Shoulders, Thanking Him for Liberation

Residents of the Syrian province of Suwayda, grateful for their liberation from the captivity of Daesh* terrorists, lifted Syrian President Bashar Assad onto their shoulders during an official reception.

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‘Russia Has Made Clear’ That Status Quo of Syria Strikes ‘Gone’ – Israeli Media

This week, multiple media reports alleged that the Israeli military was training to destroy Russian-made air defence systems, including the S-300s recently delivered to Syria. The reports followed an expression of hope by the US that Russia would allow Tel Aviv to resume its airstrikes against so-called “Iranian targets” in the Arab Republic.

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Afghans Turning Their Backs on US After 17 Years of War

Seventeen years after the US invasion of Afghanistan, many residents of the country have changed their minds for the worse on the Americans. The war, by many measures, keeps getting worse.

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Pentagon Report Questions US’ Own Legal Justification for Staying in Syria

The unusually frank quarterly report to Congress on the US’s military operations against Daesh* in Syria and Iraq also hints that Washington has no exit strategy once the terrorists are defeated.

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Israeli Foreign Ministry Vows to Prevent Tragedies Like Russian Il-20 Downing

Israel will do utmost to prevent such incidents like the downing of a Russian Il-20 plane near Syria from happening again, Yacov Livne, the director of the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Euro-Asia Department, said on Monday.

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Israeli Air Force Shuns Attacks in Syria Since S-300 Delivery – Lawmaker

Russia has delivered 49 units of its sophisticated S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems to Syria in wake of the accidental destruction of a Russian Il-20 plane by Syrian air defenses responding to an Israeli attack.

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