Middle Orient

Regime Fighter Found Dead in Ghouta

On Wednesday, the Syrian regime forces found one of their fighters killed near the village of Jisreen in eastern Ghouta, Damascus countryside. The SY 24 correspondent in eastern Ghouta said, “the Presidential Guard, affiliated with the regime army, found the body of one of its members on the outskirts of …

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Opposition Groups Target Syrian Government Posts in Syria’s Idleb

Opposition group al-Fateh al-Mubin has sniped several government members in south Idleb, according to North Press. On Wednesday, the armed opposition groups targeted the Syrian government forces’ sites, and sniped several government members in areas of Idleb, northwestern Syria. Military sources told North Press that the al-Fateh al-Mubin operations room …

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KMW commissioned the TROPHY protection system for the German LEOPARD 2

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) will equip the Israeli TROPHY protection system in German LEOPARD 2 battle tanks. The contract for this was signed with the German Equipment Office (BAAINBw) and the State of Israel on February 22nd, 2021. The system is able to destroy incoming projectiles before they hit a tank. …

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IAEA Demands Iran Explain ‘Undeclared Nuclear Material’

The UN nuclear watchdog said on February 23 that it is “deeply concerned” that Iran secretly kept “undeclared nuclear material” at an “undeclared location” as the agency warned that Tehran continued to exceed “many limits” set by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

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Reimagined US-Middle East Strategy Would Lean Less On Arms Sales

U.S. policies in the Middle East are built on outdated “legacy” aid packages, massive arms sales and a disproportionate focus on the Iranian threat that fail to advance American interests – or help the region’s people – and need to be rethought, according to a new RAND Corporation report. The …

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Imagining Palestine: On Barghouti, Darwish, Kanafani and the Language of Exile

For Palestinians, exile is not simply the physical act of being removed from their homes and their inability to return. It is not a casual topic pertaining to politics and international law, either. Nor is it an ethereal notion, a sentiment, a poetic verse. It is all of this, combined. …

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Iran Says It’s Developed New Long-Range Combat Drone

Iran says it has developed a new long-range wide-body combat drone that has a range of 3,000 kilometers, reports local media. The IRGC-linked Tasnim News Agency, cited Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh as saying the Kaman-22 (Bow-22) is the first wide-body combat drone manufactured by local experts.

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How Islamic State returned to haunt civilians in northeast Syria

Remnants and cells of the Islamic State have recently increased their attacks against the Syrian Democratic Forces and civilians in the areas under the SDF control in northeast Syria. The provinces of Deir ez-Zor, Hasakah and Raqqa, and the Manbij area in the countryside of Aleppo, which are under the …

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Iran begins restricting short-notice nuclear inspections

Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif tweeted that Iran has halted its implementation of the Additional Protocol. Iran has begun restricting inspections of its nuclear facilities by the global atomic watchdog, the Iranian foreign minister said Tuesday. A law passed by Iran’s hard-liner-dominated parliament in December called for stopping the country’s …

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In Syria’s Deir ez-Zor, SDF conscription ‘severs livelihoods’

The Syrian Democratic Forces’ recent campaign to conscript youth for military service is compounding economic hardship in Deir ez-Zor province, one of the poorest areas of Syria. In villages where the campaign is most active, young men are staying home for fear of arrest, forgoing daily wages and delaying grocery …

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