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June 21, 2017 9:14 PM Saudi Arabia's Aggressive New Heir to the Throne

The ascension of Mohammad bin Salman may help entrench a more assertive foreign policy for the kingdom. In December 2015, a remarkable memo from Germany’s foreign intelligence service was leaked to news outlets. It argued that Saudi Arabia’s new leaders were destabilizing the Middle East. The memo said King Salman and his advisers had replaced the kingdom’s 2

June 20, 2017 9:26 AM Donald Trump Betrays His Promise to 'Stay Out' of Syria

His interventionism is a betrayal of all who supported him due to his claim that the U.S. “gets nothing” from the conflict and should “stay out.” During the 2016 election, many voters were dismayed by both major-party candidates. Hillary Clinton was the personification of the Washington establishment foreign-policy hawk, with her dismal track record 6

June 20, 2017 8:01 AM A look at Syria’s conflict as mutual enemies close in on Daesh

Latest events are unfolding in Syria’s remote east, far from the main battles of the civil war Beirut: Daesh is in retreat across Syria and Iraq, and the contours of a new conflict among the array of parties battling it are already starting to appear. The US military shot down a Syrian government warplane on Sunday, saying it had targeted an American-allied 5

June 19, 2017 11:04 PM By keeping U.S. focus on Islamic State, Trump risks wider Syria war

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has ordered stepped-up military operations against Islamic State and delegated more authority to his generals, but without a comprehensive Syria strategy, his approach risks further confrontation with Syria, Iran and even Russia, according to U.S. officials and analysts. While the U.S. military's shootdown of a Syrian 3

June 19, 2017 3:30 PM Trump and the battle for eastern Syria

The battle for Mosul may be entering its final phase. The battle for Raqqa is under way. But the battle for the future of eastern Syria is just beginning. This is where the parallel struggles - on the one hand the US-led coalition against so-called Islamic State (IS), and on the other the Assad regime and Iran against a variety of US-backed Kurdish and rebel 7

June 19, 2017 4:33 AM Iran's supreme leader criticizes U.S. policies toward Tehran

BEIRUT Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out on Sunday at U.S. President Donald Trump's administration and what he characterized as its hostility to the Islamic Republic. "This inexperienced group has not recognized the people and leaders of Iran," he said, according to the website for state TV. "When they get hit in the mouth, at that time they'll 6

June 19, 2017 12:49 AM U.S. Jet Shoots Down Syrian Warplane

American officials said there appeared to be no direct connection between the two events, but they underscored the complexity of a region in which Syria, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Israel and the United States with its allies have carried out air or missiles strikes, albeit in pursuit of different and often competing objectives. For the United States, the main focus 6

June 19, 2017 12:18 AM U.S. Shoots Down Syrian Warplane for First Time

A U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane on Sunday, marking an unprecedented new escalation in the conflict between the U.S. and its allies and the Assad regime in Syria. U.S. Central Command told Reuters that the plane was shot down in “collective self-defense of coalition partnered forces” after it had targeted U.S.-backed forces near the ISIS-held 2

June 18, 2017 8:53 PM US shoots down Syrian bomber for attacking anti-Assad force

An American fighter jet shot down a Syrian government bomber in the skies over northern Syria Sunday after the bomber was observed attacking anti-regime, pro-American fighters. The Pentagon announced in a press release that Syrian bombers controlled by President Bashar Assad attacked Syrian Democratic Forces about 4:30 p.m. Syrian time in the town of Ja'Din 1

June 16, 2017 10:42 AM Russia verifying whether it killed IS leader in airstrike

Russia said Friday it was verifying whether it had killed the leader of the Islamic State group in an airstrike targeting a meeting of IS leaders just outside the group's de facto capital in Syria, dealing a potentially severe blow to the extremist group as it fights to hang on to its strongholds in Syria and Iraq. The Russian Defense Ministry claimed 2