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Chancellor Who Refused to Follow US Into Iraq Says Berlin Can’t Let Itself Be Pulled Into Iran Folly

Earlier, key European powers Germany, France and the UK appeared to snub Washington’s requests for them to join a US-led mission against “Iranian aggression” in the Persian Gulf, with the three countries signaling support for a European-led security effort to “protect” commercial vessels operating in the region instead.

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Germany won’t take part in US Strait of Hormuz initiative – FM

Germany will refuse to take part in a US-led maritime mission in the Strait of Hormuz, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced. Maas said that there “cannot be a military solution” to the current crisis in the Persian Gulf.

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Rebuilding Aleppo: Before & after PHOTOS show reconstruction of key Syrian sites

Syria’s ancient city of Aleppo was filled with bustling markets and historical buildings before it was engulfed in the devastating conflict. Now, before and after photos show progress in rebuilding its war-torn sites.

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No foreign military presence is key to Persian Gulf stability – Russia’s security concept

Russia has unveiled its Concept of Collective Security in the Persian Gulf, outlining arms control, joint anti-terrorist efforts and giving up on foreign military presence as keys conditions for stability in the turbulent region.

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Putin Congratulates Assad on 75th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and pledged to defeat terrorism in Syria by joint efforts.

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Reckless US Policies Towards Iran Might Devastate Whole Security System in Middle East – Russia

Earlier this week, Washington imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran after the Iranian military downed an American drone, stating it had violated the country’s borders.

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Lebanon Threatens to Strike Israeli Airport if Military Conflict Erupts – Report

Lebanon’s Defence Minister Elias Bou Saab has warned that the Lebanese Air Force will strike Israel’s Ben Gurion airport in the event of a military conflict between the two states, the Jerusalem Post reported, citing Hezbollah’s al-Manar news site.

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Sides Interested in Douma Attack REVEALED as ‘Unpublished OPCW Report’ Leaked

The Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media has recently published what they say is a never-before-seen report by the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission on the alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Douma on 7 April 2018, showing that the entire incident was a false flag.

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Trump’s America lost mediator’s role in Arab-Israeli conflict – Palestinian Authority’s Abbas

The pro-Israeli bias of Washington under President Donald Trump has become so glaringly obvious that the Palestinian Authority will not accept the US as a mediator in the conflict with the Jewish state, Mahmoud Abbas said.

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Road to next war begins in Golan

When Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austro-Hungary, took a wrong turning in Sarajevo in 1914 the world found itself on the road to WW1. With Donald Trump’s self-serving recognition of Israel’s illegal annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights, a similar wrong turn has been taken, and it has paved the way […]

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Did the West really ‘lose’ in Syria?

Eight years after the conflict in Syria began, gloomy ‘how did it all go wrong for the West’ articles are appearing. Actually, there was no defeat for ‘the West’. The alternative to the Assad government prevailing was far worse.

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‘Time to declare victory!’ US senators seek to end ‘forever war’ in Afghanistan

Senators Rand Paul and Tom Udall have introduced a bill to end the ruinously expensive conflict in Afghanistan, declaring ‘victory’ in the longest war in US history after 18 years, some $6 trillion and over 100,000 dead.

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‘Syria is awash with illegality’: UK hid SAS involvement in Syria to avoid being ‘allied to US’

The UK doesn’t want to be seen deploying special forces with the likes of the US, an ex-UN chief told RT, suggesting Syria is awash with “illegality,” after the British MoD admitted its personnel are active in the war-torn nation.

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Taliban Shifts to Talks With Moscow Despite Possible US Peace Deal

On Tuesday, senior Afghan officials, including former President Hamid Karzai, met with Taliban representatives in Moscow weeks after the insurgents met with US representatives to discuss an end to the war. However, no Afghan government officials were present at the meeting, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani strongly criticized the talks as undermining his government.

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US Reconsidering ‘Undisputed Air Power’ Status Due to Russia’s S-400s

Russia’s S-400 missile systems were deployed at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria following the Turkish Air Force’s November 2015 downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber on the Syrian-Turkish border.

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