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According to the New York Times, the US is spending over one million dollars on building detention facilities in Syria. These facilities are guarded by the PKK’s Syrian offshoot, the YPG, and are holding thousands accused of belonging to Da’esh, including 400 people from more than three dozen countries (and their family members). The suspects […]
The YPG resistance has been severely on the wane in Afrin. Turkish soldiers have stormed ahead, taking villages, mountains and hills – today, they and their FSA human shields managed to grab total control of Mersava, Shaltah, Iki_Dam and Kyrrhos as the YPG front lines disintegrated, also taking control of Hopkan village and reaching Rajo. The panicked YPG […]
Arizona senator Jeff Flake launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump and fellow Republicans on the Senate floor, in which he bemoaned his colleagues giving up on core principles “in favor of a more viscerally satisfying anger and resentment”. He didn’t stop there. “It is time for our complicity and our accommodation for the unacceptable […]
A revised version of Trump’s travel ban is being put into effect today, after the Supreme Court allowed some parts of the ban to be re-asserted pending a hearing in the fall. The US State Department has issued some clarifications as to who exactly is affected by the ban. As before, it affects travellers from […]
As anyone who follows the news can clearly see, it isn’t going down well for the self-styled “Islamic State”. Having once held 1/3 of Iraq and 50% of Syria, their territory has shrunk dramatically since 2014. World powers have capitalised on their bloody rise to unite against them in unison with unsavoury regimes and groups, […]
The battle for Mosul is in full swing. The Iraqi Golden Division, Kurdish Peshmerga and other forces are engaging with Da’esh across the outskirts of the city. Mosul is a tough nut to crack. Da’esh has been preparing for some time, buying up stocks of AGTM anti-tank missiles on the black market. AGTMs have been […]